To: All Chapter and Department Presidents and 1st Vices
From: Tom McNamara
National 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, Department Dues Per Department SOP and submit total amount per member to the Department. Chapters without Riders Departments send $12 per member to the National Secretary. 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 (DRF) forms to the Department Secretary prior to March 1st. Chapters without Departments must send to the National Secretary. Chapters failing to submit DRF to the Department (or National in Non Dept states) by March 1st will be assessed a $25 late fee. Chapters failing to remit dues to the Department (or National in Non Dept states) by April 1st WILL be automatically suspended by the Department and National. 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.
Revalidations occur after and because of Election of Officers at the Chapter and Department level. Even if all the Officers stay the same, a Reval must be completed.
EVERYTIME You have an Officer change, you must send in a new Revalidation.
*July 1st - Chapters must revalidate with Officers form to the Riders Department Secretary (or National in Non Dept Chapters) 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 (or National for Non Dept Chapters).
*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.
The information is in the letter can be found in the Unified By-Laws at amvetsridersnational.org under the Publications tab. If you have any questions, please feel free to personally contact me to discuss this. I can be reached by phone at (678) 463-2987, e-mail email@example.com.
National 1st Vice President
TO DEPARTMENT 1ST VICES
I hope all is going well for all of you!
Just a heads-up: I will be sending out a Master Membership of all your chapters to you within the next couple weeks. I need that updated and emailed back to me NLT March 15th. You can then drop the membership check in the mail to me; or you can use PayPal to send your money to National. I will be sending instructions with the Master List.
Thank you for all you do! If you have any questions, please email them to me.
Riders National Secretary
Greetings to all,
It is that time of year where the Chapters should be collecting the annual dues and verifying the Membership rosters. The requirements set for times to have your Dues in are stated in the Unified By-Laws Section 5.8 and reads as below:
5.8 Chapters shall remit National dues and Department dues (if applicable) and a complete membership roster to their respective Riders Department no later than March 1st each year. If no Riders Department exists, National dues and roster shall be sent to the Riders’ National Secretary no later than March 1st each year. Departments shall collect their Chapters’ dues and rosters and send them to the Riders National Secretary no later than March 15th each year. Chapters with no Department remitting dues after due date will be assessed a $25.00 late fee. Departments shall fine Chapters if payment is late. Chapters failing to remit dues by April 1st shall be automatically suspended. 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 Riders Annual National Convention.
Please read that section carefully as we do not enjoy having to suspend a Charter over something this routine. All the information for your Dues and Remittance can be found on our website: www.amvetsridersnational.org under the publications tab. Most of you have gone to the digital excel format and that seems to be working well so let’s keep it up. PLEASE verify all of your member’s phone numbers, e-mail addresses and parent organization membership numbers. Chapter 1st Vices should contact their respective Departments and if any Department 1st Vices or Chapters without a Department have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 678-463-2987/ firstname.lastname@example.org or the National Secretary, Karen Cox at email@example.com / 319-382-2484.
National 1st Vice President
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
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
Greeting my fellow Riders,
A Reminder on Dues and Remittance:
All Dues are to be to your Departments no later than February 1st.
All Departments need to send National dues to National no later than February 15th.
All non-Department chapters must submit to National no later than February 1st.
National address for dues and DRF submission:
Karen Cox, Riders National Secretary
14 Reid Place
Palm Coast, FL 32164
Once received and all paperwork and payments are verified I will issue your 2016 stickers.
They will be sent to Department 1st vice unless emailed otherwise. Non-Department chapters, I will also mail to your 1st vice unless emailed with alternative mailing. If you want mailed to alternate mailing please email me the name and address you want them sent to.
I would like to thank you all for what you do. Keep it up and watch us GROW!!!
If you have any Questions please do not hesitate to call me, as one of your National Officers,we are here for you!
Riders National 1st Vice
319-464-6230 or firstname.lastname@example.org