AMVETS Riders Nation,
I have attached a copy of the Finance Report document for the year 2017-2018 and a copy of the budget for comparison. With the confusion of tracking expenses from credit card charges the previous Quarterly Financial Report is not accurate so I will not be sending out the 3rd quarter or final 4th quarter report. This is some of the things that came out of the audit. I did attach a copy of the document that will be used to track credit card charges to make sure everything will be tracked accurately. I added a line under committed funds for tracking of budget carry over for the Death Benefit, the new budget amount is not counted in the carry over amount, only unused Scholarship and Death Benefit from previous year.
First, I humbly thank you for the vote of confidence in electing me for the position of Riders National 1st Vice President. I am honored to be working with some of the most dedicated Riders in the country.
Over the next few months, The Chapter and Department 1st Vices will start getting prepared for our upcoming Dues and remittance in January. With everybody’s help by paying your dues on time and making sure your contact information is correct, we can make this process as painless as possible to ensure that nobody gets missed on any rosters. The National Roster is what counts when it comes time for voting.
If you are a Chapter or Department Officer, I challenge you to not just hold a position, but become the subject matter expert for your membership, they deserve the best. As we grow to nearly 3000 Riders nationwide, being able to fulfill the requirements of your position is critical to our success as the AMVETS Riders Nation. Lead by example. Within the next few months we will be rolling out a Riders Officers manual that puts in plain English what is required of each Officer position.
We have many things planned for our future as we grow and I am asking that you give your full support, as I do, to the Riders National President George Cummings. We also have a new National 2nd Vice, John Reando, he has a lot of fresh and great Ideas that we will be looking at to keep the dues at the current level, but, we all have to participate in the National fund raisers to make that happen. I am privileged to work with ALL the National and Department Officers, Elected and Appointed, to make the AMVETS Riders the Premiere Veteran oriented motorcycle organization in the world, not just a program.
Along with the other National Officers, I have an open door policy as long as you have used the Chain of Command. Members contact their Chapter Officers, Chapters contact their Department Officers, and Departments contact National Officers. If you are not satisfied with a timely response, give me a call. Our phone numbers and e-mails, along with a lot of other information, are on the National website, amvetsridersnational.org.
Riders National 1st Vice President
Thank you for electing me to serve as your National 2nd Vice during the Norfolk convention.
For those of you that don't know me, I am a life member of AMVETS Post 48 in De Soto, Missouri and an Army National Guard Veteran. I enlisted in 1984 and served six years, including two trips overseas.
I joined the AMVETS in 2008 and became a charter member of Riders Chapter 48 in 2009. In 2013 I took office as the Chapter 1st Vice, and was elected Chapter President the following year. Since that time, I have held the offices of Department 2nd Vice, 1st Vice, and for the past two years I have served as Riders President of the Department of Missouri.
Since 2013, I have attended all National Mid-Years and Conventions. I have served on the Programs, Membership, Bylaws, and Mid-Year committees.
I am looking forward to this coming year, working with all of you on your programs, reporting and continuing Tom McNamara's work with the Long Range Plan.
John Reando, RN2V
Good day all!
In order to expedite the process of getting information out to the Riders Nation, I have had to upgrade my email service causing me to create a second email.
You may still use the old one but, when I send out an email, they will mostly now come from the additional email:
If your settings are such that it does not recognize this server, please allow emails from the new email.
I am getting several back stating that the receiving email is rejecting my email as spam.
Please check your spam folder as I just sent out an email to all officers.
Thank you and if you have any questions please ask.
Kathy Campbell RNCO
1st place - Alan Smith, Ohio
2nd place - Amy McDowell, GA
3rd place - John Hardy, GA
National 1st Vice
August 21, 2017
To Riders and Supporters Nationwide,
It’s an honor and privilege to have been elected as your Rider’s National President!
I have some large shoes to fill, but I have had some great leaders to show me the way.
And I will continue to strive to do my best to represent our great nation of riders.
I'd like to take this time to highlight those individual’s that excelled this year in helping the riders make a difference. Dept. of the Year, Kentucky with programs award with $3,721.28 per member reporting, Chapter of the Year, Florida 86 with $12,221.66 per member program reporting, Dept. Rider of the Year Natalie Cummings form Iowa, Chapter Rider of the Year Richard Dean from Missouri. President’s Prestige’s award for outstanding achievements go out to Kristin Orem from Kentucky. President's Award for most improved chapter goes out to Kentucky 125. Membership award for largest chapter went out to Florida Chapter 2 total of 89 members. Membership award for revalidation and over whelming aspect of LRB and LRS went to Dept. Of Missouri.
As past Presidents before me, I too have an open door policy as long as you follow your chain of command. We here at National strive on the fact that all of our officers do their jobs and do them well.
If you haven’t already please go to our web site www.amvetsridersnational.org. Sometimes the information you are looking for is there. Kelly Webber, our Publications officer does a great job making sure everything is there. It’s a shame if we don’t use it.
Communication: Just a reminder. our national face book page is there for you to use. Please just remember this is not where we air out our issues. Please remember to be courteous and professional. Our communications officer Kathy Campbell has the right to remove anything deemed to be offensive, advertisement or just not appropriate to our cause.
National Secretary Karen Cox has agreed to continue do the great work she does. With saying that, please make sure when sending our Membership spreadsheet back to us that you do not add any boxes or changes to the format of this document that our beloved K ladies have worked really hard making.
Quarter Master: please continue to use the National Amvets Quarter Master for all your riders apparel. A link is on our national page and Lara Stenson will help you in any way. All she asks is that if she doesn’t answer, that means she’s on the other line working on other people’s stuff. Leave her a message and she will get back to you.
Midyear Rally 2018 will be in Florida as well as National Convention 2018. So start planning now. Hope to see a lot more new faces in the seats.
In closing, please all be safe riding this year. Keep up all the great work helping all our veterans nationwide. I would love to see the riders storm the hill with the sons in Washington this year. We do make a difference when we are there.
See you all soon.
National Amvets Riders President
Tickets will be available at the AMVETS National Convention, or can be purchased directly from Tom McNamara:
Tom McNamara, RN2V
Phone: (678) 463-2987
Drawing to be held August 12th, 2017 during the Convention Meeting