Letter from Dan Macdonald, RN1V
Greetings Legendary AMVETS Riders 1st Vices,
We are now into a new membership year and everyone should be collecting dues for 2023. I have already been receiving 2023 dues and rosters from some of you, thank you. When you are updating the 2023 roster, make sure to double check that all information is filled in and correct. Everyone should have the spread sheet with their final 2022 membership and a tab for 2023 to use with the new membership year.
We have been making big strides at going electronic, we need to continue moving to fully electronic. Using the excel membership roster will make everything easier for everyone. The more complete and accurate information we have the better we can communicate with the membership, and that is also why we are moving more to using the excel membership roster.
Remember to carry applications and information with you so you can not only talk to people about joining this great organization, but have the paperwork to get it done right away.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your Department, and if you don’t have a Department reach out to me. I will do everything I can to help.
We continue to grow every year, and I look forward to this being our biggest membership year yet.
2022-2023 Unified CBL and Updated SOP
Position has been filled thank you to all who applied and for your continued support of the AMVETS Riders.
SUBJECT: Application for National Communications Officer
The National Executive Board is requesting applications for National Communications Officer. There will be a conference call interview with the Executive Board. The deadline for application submission is December 4, 2021.
The National AMVETS Riders Standing Operating Procedures, Unified Bylaws, and Officers Manual outline criteria for Communications Officer: www.amvetsridersnational.org
Qualifications for appointed National Office:
The qualifications to hold a National Appointed Office are as follows:
2021-2022 Unified Bylaws as follows:
11.10 COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER shall be responsible for the planning, formulation, and development of a communications program, including, but not limited to, publicity, organizational publications, promotional material, and Riders internet website. The Communication Officer shall be responsible for efficient and proper liaison with all communications media-press, radio, motion pictures, periodicals, television, and all forms of advertising. In addition, they shall compile from year to year all records of historical value and interest for AMVETS Riders. Communication Officers from all levels of the Riders shall unify to compile this historical data. The Communication Officer shall perform other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Board or the President.
Communication Officer Duties and Responsibilities:
Applications to include:
AMVETS Riders National President
2020 Rally Cancelation
On behalf of the of the National AMVETS Riders Executive Board, I regret to inform the Riders Nation that because of an act of God, we must cancel this year’s Mid-Year Rally hosted by Illinois Chapter 169 in North Pekin, Ill. This is by no means the fault of the hosting Chapter; they have complied with all timelines and was actively preparing to host this event. The Governor of Illinois has shut down all establishments for the foreseeable future. We decided that we could not push the date of the Mid-Year because of the uncertainty caused by Covid-19 (Coronavirus). We feel that the only option at this point is to add a day onto the front of the National Riders Convention to conduct necessary business.
If you had pre-registered for the Mid-Year rally, our National Treasurer, Paul Spuhl, will be contacting you for the return of your money.
We will be moving onto the planning of the Mid-Year for 2021, this is my personnel favorite meeting of the year. I hope to see all of you in Springfield Ill for the National Convention.
When our Post start to open up, please support them as many Post are small and it will be hard to recover monetarily. Please look out for one another and stay in contact with you Chapter Presidents.
Perspective piece courtesy AMVETS National Riders President Tom McNamara
I've been a motorcycle rider for many years now. I've heard of Rolling Thunder. I've heard of the freedom ride. I've heard of the Saluting Marine. I know the legacy of the past 33 years protest ride that has aimed to hold our government and nation’s feet to the fire when it comes to ensuring that our nation's prisoners of war and missing in action are never forgotten.
2019 Convention Rules/Resolutions
Please see the attachments from National JA Jim Whitcraft.
You will find the 2019 Convention Rules and 9 Resolutions to be presented at Convention in Louisville.
Make sure your delegates have copies of these documents.
Convention 2019 Awards
With the 2019 Convention approaching, it is time to send in your nominations for Rider of the Year and Supporter of the Year.
One award will be given for each of these categories.
Please see the attached letters.
Have a great day and we hope to see you all in Louisville!
Kathy Campbell RNCO
ROLLING THUNDER LETTER
From: AMVETS Riders National President George Cummings
Greetings my brothers and sisters of our great AMVETS Riders organization.
It is with great honor that I bring to you information that I have been working on collaboratively with the AMVETS.
We have been working to continue the Call to Action demonstration which was started in 1987 in Washington D.C. by Rolling Thunder to bring attention to those service men and women that were serving our country during war whom never came home. Over 82,000 of these brave men and women, also known as POWs and MIAs, never returned home.
National AMVETS Riders will continue this event starting in 2020 and every year after until we can bring them all home.
What I am asking of all of you is, will you join us in making this a success. We will need many boots on the ground to pull this off.
Rolling Thunder has done a great job showing us the way so let’s keep the message going in the AMVETS Riders traditional ways.
Please contact the Riders National Communications Officer Kathy Campbell or myself if you would be willing to take this pledge.
More information will be coming down the pipeline with possible perks for anyone who volunteers to help put on this event.
This year’s 2019 event had over 1.5 million bikes in attendance!
We project that a lot of the attendees would join our rank and file membership and grow our cause to assist all Veterans far and wide.
AMVETS Riders to the forefront!
Your AMVETS Riders National President;
To: All membership Officers
From: Tom McNamara
National AMVETS Riders
1st Vice President
RE: Hard Deadlines for the smooth operations for DRF’s and Revalidations.
Dues and Remittance forms (DRF);
*September 1st through January 31st – Chapters collect dues from members, $12 for National, plus Department per member. Chapters may charge whatever the Chapter membership decides for Chapter dues. This gives Chapter 1st Vices time to verify individual memberships with parent organizations (AMVETS, Sons of AMVETS and AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary) prior to the end of February. National will start accepting DRF’s as soon as December 1st.
*March 1st – Chapters must remit Dues and Remittance forms to the Department prior to March 1st. Chapters failing to submit DRF to the Department by March 1st will be assessed a $25 late fee. Chapters failing to remit dues to the Department by April 1st WILL be automatically suspended by the Department. Suspended Chapters may be reinstated, no later than June 1st by submitting a complete membership roster, dues, $25.00 late fee, and a $50.00 reinstatement fee. Chapters failing to reinstate by June 1st shall be subject to a vote of revocation by the Riders Delegates at the AMVETS Riders Annual National Convention.
*March 15th – The Department shall collect their Chapters’ dues and rosters and send them to the Riders National Secretary no later than March 15th each year. The Department will submit $12 per member to National.
*July 1st - Chapters must revalidate with Officers form to the Riders Department Secretary no later than 1st of July each year to maintain their Charter.
Retain one (1) copy for your Chapter, submit one (1) copy to the Riders Department Secretary.
*July 15th – The Department must revalidate the Department with a new Officers form to the National AMVETS Riders no later than the 15th of July each year to maintain their Charter. The Department shall have all Chapter Revalidations submitted to the National Riders Secretary prior to the July 15th deadline or the delinquent Chapter will be placed on suspension.
If you have any questions, please feel free to personally contact me, RN1V Tom McNamara to discuss this or any membership issues at (678) 463-2987 (please leave a message if I don’t answer and I will return your call within 24 hours.), or e-mail email@example.com.
1st Vice President
National AMVETS Riders
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