2017 Convention Rules and the Riders schedule have now been posted under Events > National Convention.
Registration is now open for the 2017 National AMVETS Riders Convention in Norfolk, Virginia. Please visit the Events page for updates, a link to the AMVETS.org registration page with hotel information, and a downloadable registration form.
Events - National Convention
Schedule to be announced.
CORRECTION TO MID-YEAR RALLY MINUTES, DATED MAY 6th, 2017
The Department of GA was erroneously omitted from the attendance portion.
Page 1, under Roll Call and Credentials, then under RECAP:
INCORRECT PORTION READS: 6 Departments (FL, IA, KY, MI, MO and OH);
IS CORRECTED TO READ: 7 Departments (FL, GA, IA, KY, MI, MO and OH);
Riders National Secretary
2017 NATIONAL RIDERS MID-YEAR RALLY
Meeting was called to order by Don Cox, Riders National President (RNP), on May 6, 2017 at 1330 hours.
Invocation by Jeremiah Botkin, Riders National Chaplain, (RNCHAP). The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Larry Saad, Riders National Sergeant-At-Arms (RNSAA).
Guests: President Don Cox introduced our guests: National Commander Harold Chapman and National Execute Director Joe Chenelly. President Cox had each come to the podium. Commander Chapman thanked us for the invite and thanked us for all we do, he said he was very pleased with the Riders. He said to get on the AMVETS National Facebook page. He also said the Camp Hope trailer was outside and to please support it. President Cox presented him with a Gold Riders Honorary Beret, and made him an honorary rider; he was very pleased and appreciated the beret.
National Executive Director, Joe Chenelly, thanked us for what we do. He stated HQ’s wants to support us. He explained the difference between 501c (3) and c (19) and why we need to file under the 501c (19): The c (19) is for veteran organizations who have members. It’s against the law to hold a c (3) if you have members. The c (3) is for the service foundations. He explained the importance in getting the 990’s filed annually. President Cox also presented him with a Rider’s Honorary Black Beret and made him an honorary rider.
Roll Call and Credentials: Given by Kathy Campbell, Riders National Communications Officer (RNCO).
All National Officers were in attendance, excluding Dan MacDonald, Riders National Treasurer who was excused. Rob Quick and Bruce McElhaney, Past National Presidents (PNP) were present.
Recap: 9 National Officers; 2 Past National Presidents (PNP); 6 Departments (FL, IA, KY, MI, MO and OH); 40 Chapter Delegates; 23 Alternates, 48 Non-voting; 103 are in attendance with 96 of those pre-registered. Kathy also expressed the benefit of each Department and each Chapter appointing a Communications Officer and having conference calls between your Department and Chapters.
Convention Rules: Jim Whitcraft, Riders National Judge Advocate (RNJA), called for a motion to adopt the Convention Rules, 2nd and passed. The Convention Rules will be posted on our website.
1st Vice George Cummings (RN1V): Recommended reinstatement of Awards Program for recruitment, by use of a patch with year and each year thereafter when eligible. Motion was made, 2nd and passed. Told the membership that it is their responsibility to ensure that their dues are paid up if they plan to be a delegate.
Scholarships Awarded: 3 of the 5 scholarships will be awarded. The 3 individuals are: BROOKE RALLO, DONALD CLIFTON IV and MADISON GABRIEL. Each will receive $1000. Congratulations.
2nd Vice: Tom McNamara (RN2V) Money reported in programs was $867,557, 30,000 hours reported and 233 members have been reported since January 2017. Keep up the great work.
Mid-Year Rally Bids: PNP Rob Quick headed up the Mid-Year Rally Committee. The bids submitted to host the 2019 Mid-Year Rally were: GA-10, KY-125, and OH-51. Some of the criteria included, but not limited to, are location, space required and, financially stable. The committee’s recommendation to the membership is OH-51, Thornville, OH. Motion made, 2nd, passed. Congratulations. KY 125 agreed to take it if for some reason OH-51 could not do it. GA-10 plans to put in for mid-year bid for the year 2020.
CBL SOP’s: Jim Whitcraft (RNJA), asked for a motion for an SOP changing the due date for Dues and Remittance Forms and dues checks be submitted to Headquarters by March 15th, with a drop-dead date of April 15th. Motion made, 2nd and passed. He also asked for a motion for an SOP naming what officers will chair which committees. Motion made, 2nd and passed. They will be posted on the website.
Treasurer Report: The credit card used by the National Officers for travel expenses has a “cash back” program. Motion was made to use the awards towards convention goodies and door prizes. Motion was 2nd and passed. Ending balance of accounts at the end of February 2017 was $51,432.56. Motion was made to authorize the Riders National President a rental car during Mid-Year Rally. Motion was 2nd and passed.
Old Business: None
New Business: Nominations for National Officers.
Sergeant-At-Arms Larry Saad
Judge Advocate Jim Whitcraft
Treasurer Dan MacDonald
2nd Vice John Reando
1st Vice Tom MacNamara
President George Cummings
Good & Welfare: None
Meeting adjourned at 1430 hours. Benediction by Jeremiah Botkin RNCHAP; Retirement of Colors led by Larry Saad, RNSAA.
Riders National Secretary
amvetsridersnational.org (Riders Website)
March 7, 2017
Riders and Supporters Nationwide,
I hope this finds everyone doing well!
Since August 2016, we’ve opened 7 new chapters and 1 new department. Welcome to all of you! We are very pleased to have you join our Riders family! If you have any questions, concerns or need help, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you have a Department, please refer your questions to them first. If you don’t have a Department, please contact National.
NATIONAL RIDERS WEBSITE: Be sure and check out our National Riders Website. It has a lot of good useful info. It has all our forms, our National Quartermaster, Laura Stenson’s info; the new Unified Constitution and By-Laws (CBL’s) and much more. amvetsridersnational.org.
NATIONAL LOTTERY TICKETS: You can order them online or contact Tom McNamara, National 2nd Vice and he’ll make sure you get them. If you already have some, please try to sell them; that’s what helps keep us from raising the Riders dues. Remember, you can sell them to anyone: family, friends and neighbors.
DRFs: Nice job to the Departments and individual chapters who have sent them in! If you haven’t yet, please do so as soon as possible.
QUALITY CHAPTERS CRITERIA: The 5 areas that need to be met for Quality Chapter patch are: DRF in on time, REVAL in on time, recruit new member(s), participate in at least 1 National fund raiser and report your programs.
MID-YEAR RALLY: This is a very informative convention. If you can possibly come, you will enjoy it. This is the place where new ideas are formed, new friendships are formed, and old ones reunite. It will take place at Post 48 in Desoto, MO from May 5-7. Pre-registration forms are on the website. Print the form, fill it out and mail them, with your registration fee, to the National Riders Secretary. The cost is $10 if you pre-register by April 15th. Registration after the 15th and at the Rally is $20. T-shirts are also available for $15 each. Those must be paid for by April 15th so they can be ordered. Information about the rally is on the website.
Also remember: This year the hosting Chapter/Department for Mid-Year 2019 will be chosen. If your Chapter/Department would like to be considered to host the 2019 Mid-Year, the requirements and bidding guidelines can be found on the website under the events tab. Bids need to be postmarked by April 1st.
SCHOLARSHIP AND DEATH BENEFIT FORMS: These forms are on our website now. Please take advantage of the Scholarship Program; the application has been revised. Also, if a Rider or Supporter has passed, please fill out that form. It doesn’t matter what caused their death. This program was implemented last fall, so you can fill out a form if someone has died since that time.
Thank you Riders and Supporters for all you do for our communities and veterans out there! Everyone stay safe! Hope to see you all in Missouri in May!
Riders National President
National 1st Vice - MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL CHANGES
November 10, 2016
Hello my fellow riders, it’s that time of the year to start processing your membership renewals.
Last year we started opening membership acceptance sooner, in November. This is to help you as well as National to get them in and verified. Please start sending in your D&R‘s so that by February we can be all done with getting all stickers to our members.
Again we will be sending all stickers to the Departments. Those state that do not have Departments, I will be sending those directly to the Chapter 1st Vices. If you want them sent to somewhere else please send me an email with name and address of person to receive.
I look forward to working with you again this year, keep up the great work.
George Michael Cummings
1st Vice National