Please see the attached resolutions (3) and the 2018 convention rules from National JA Jim Whitcraft.
Remember to print a copy of the resolutions to have with you at convention.
Hope to see MANY of you in Orlando!
As the National Convention gets closer, the National Executive Board has voted to eliminate the need for the individual Chapters to submit for the “Quality Chapter Award”.
We have decided to go to a much simpler formulation as we have done in the past. It’s simple, we are going to keep it to increased membership, programs reporting for both semi-annual periods prior to the National Convention and have your Dues and Remittance and Revalidations in on time. It is your job to submit on time and ours to keep track of those items. I sincerely hope that this brings back the prestige and honor of the Quality Chapter award as we enjoy presenting this award. If you have any questions, contact me at email@example.com.
Please remember to send in your 990’s with your Revalidations, this is imperative to keep your Chapters in good standing with the IRS.
I look forward to seeing as many Riders as can come to Orlando for the National Convention.
National 1st Vice President
It is that time of year again. Time to submit Chapter nominations for "Chapter Rider of the Year 2018 ".
If you have a member of your Chapter that you feel has gone above and beyond in his/her service this year, you may submit a nomination for "Chapter Rider of the Year 2018".
Nominees must be a current Chapter member in good standing.
To nominate a member of your Chapter: Please send their name, a short bio of why you feel they are a candidate to be recognized as "Chapter Rider of the Year 2018". Also include any articles you feel are associated, such as newspaper clippings if available (not required).
Chapters with a Department: Send your nominations to your Department President no later than June 30th, 2018.
Chapters without a Department: Email your nominations to National Riders Secretary Karen Cox @ firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 30th, 2018.
Remember: Deadline for submission is June 30th, 2018. ALL nominations must be RECEIVED by this date.
Please do not reply to this email with your nominations. Nomination names and information must be emailed as mentioned above.
Kathy Campbell RNCO
It is once again time for Department and Chapter elections throughout the Country, Congratulations to all the new and returning Officers. If you have accepted a position within the organization, I challenge you to perform your duties to the best of your abilities. This means read the Unified Constitution and By-Laws to become familiar with your duties and responsibilities. These documents can be found at www.amvetsridersnational.org on the Publications page.
One of the first responsibilities for the 1st Vices is to ensure that the Revalidations are received in a timely manner to the National AMVETS Riders. Chapters must revalidate to the Riders Department (or National, if no Department) no later than 1st of July each year to maintain their Charter. Chapters must submit to Department Headquarters (or National, if no Department) a copy of their most current IRS tax filing with the revalidation paperwork, (990, 1023, 1024).
Departments must revalidate no later than the 15th of July each year to maintain their Charter along with copy of their most current IRS tax filing with the revalidation paperwork, (990, 1023, 1024).
Just a reminder, to be eligible for the Quality Chapter award, National must have your Chapter revalidation by 1 July. The requirements can also be found at www.amvetsriders.org.
Again, Congratulations to all the new and reelected Officers nationwide.
National 1st Vice President
2018 RIDERS NATIONAL MID-YEAR RALLY
April 26-28, 2018, Bunnell, FL
Meeting was called to order by President George Cummings, April 28, 2018 at 2:30 pm.
Invocation given by Jeremiah Botkin, RNCHAP. Pledge of Allegiance was lead by Larry Saad, RNSAA. Mission statement was read by President George Cummings.
Roll call of officers, all present.
1st Vice Tom McNamara - We have a total of 1,902 members that we can account for. Approximately 100 cannot be accounted for because their status as a Rider or Supporter isn’t known and therefore not marked on the National roster. It’s important that the DRF’s are filled out completely. The Department Rosters were sent to each department to be corrected and marked that dues were paid and sent back to Karen.
2nd Vice John Reando - If you have a new email address, send it in. Program reporting is going good. The following departments have reported 100%: GA, IA, KY and OH. National raffle tickets: sell them and get the stubs and money back to me. Do not send cash. The drawing will be held at the National Convention in August. In order to get Quality Chapter, you must sell at least $100 worth of tickets. LRP: Committee members are Kristin Orem, David Ray, Richard Dean, George Cummings and John Reando.
Past National President Don Cox No Report.
Judge Advocate Jim Whitcraft My report is in the book. I ask that it
be accepted as written.
Treasurer Dan Macdonald - Finance committee gave him ideas on tracking expenses. Suggest he have sub-groups under some line items, so it’ll be broke down. Not all the membership money has come in yet because not all DRF’s are in yet. Audit Committee – No discrepancies found, it was perfect. They did have recommendations: When officers get receipts, make a copy right away because store receipts tend to fade. Also, have a running total on the spreadsheet.
Communications Officer Kathy Campbell - I ask that my report be accepted as written in the book.
Secretary Karen Cox - I ask that my report be accepted as written in the book.
Publications Officer Kelly Webber - I ask that my report be accepted as written in the book.
Sergeant-At-Arms Larry Saad - No uniform issues. Dealing with the 990’s.
Motion to accept officers’ reports from David Ray, 2nd by Dave Wilkins, no discussion, passed.
Kurt Knechtle - President of Chapter 113 – Thanked everyone for attending. Said he received help throughout the planning of the rally. All raffle winners will be drawn today.
Richard Dean – 2nd Vice MO 48 – Has PLEASE STAND patches for sale for $6.00. Funds from sold patches will go to Hero’s Care.
David Ray – Department of GA President, has been appointed as National Historian. He was presented with a red beret.
Move from regular business to nominations for National Officers:
Sergeant-At-Arms Larry Saad nominated Accepted
Treasurer Dan Macdonald Accepted
Judge Advocate Jim Whitcraft Accepted
2nd Vice John Reando Accepted
1st Vice Tom McNamara Accepted
President George Cummings Accepted
Back to regular business. Cindy Zebley, 1st Vice Riders Chapter 113 thanked everyone for coming.
The National Executive Board thanked everyone.
President George Cummings gave a personal thank you to everyone for coming.
Motion made to adjourn. No discussion, passed. Adjourned at 3:25pm.
Prayer by RNCHAP Jeremiah Botkin.
Colors retired by RNSAA Larry Saad.
Riders National Secretary
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS!!!
Commemorative Patch Contest
To: All AMVETS Riders Members
2018 Marks the 10th anniversary of the AMVETS Riders National Charter.
In celebration of this milestone National AMVETS Riders is looking to have a “10 Year” commemorative patch made and available at convention in August.
We are opening this up to the membership as a “10 Year” patch contest!
The patch design must be approximately 3” to 4” in size, round or oval and must represent the 10 years.
The person who submits the chosen patch design will receive $100!
All designs must be submitted by email to the Riders National Secretary no later than June 10th, 2018.
We look forward to seeing your ideas!
Submit your patch design to:
Karen Cox – RNS
Remember the deadline to submit is June 10th!
It’s about Mid Year time, and there is work to be done. I will be getting a letter out regarding EVERY Chapter 990 tax status.
Department Presidents, please insure your chapters and Dept are current. Those chapters without a Dept, please make sure you are current...
Please go to National's web page, and find my email address and forward a copy of 990 to me. Please add your chapter# and Dept in the subject line, as to weed out spam.
If you’re as computer illiterate as I am, and you’d rather mail a copy, that’s fine, too.
Thanks in advance.
Larry Saad, RNSAA
AMVETS Riders and Supporters,
I am honored to serve as National Riders Treasurer for the past 5½ years, we are almost half way through another year and Riders have a lot going on across the Nation as usual.
First I would like to remind everyone to make sure to file their 990 for their Chapter and Department if you haven’t already.
At National Riders we have a $250- death benefit, plus we have 3 $1,000- Scholarships and you can find the applications for both on the website under the publications tab.
This year our new National Riders 2nd Vice John Reando has developed a great gun raffle to raise money for National Riders, PLEASE PARTICIPATE!! This fund raiser is what helps us from increasing dues and also allows us to have the Death Benefit and Scholarship funds, both of these funds were developed to give back to the Membership.
At National we have worked very hard at cutting expenses in order to maintain these benefits and still be able to do everything else needed to support the Riders Organization and we need this fund raiser to succeed in order to balance our budget.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at Mid-Year in Florida.