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.
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.
AMVETS RIDERS NATIONAL
OFFICERS TRAVEL EXPENSE POLICY
The following policy is for the payment of expenses for AMVETS Riders National Officers and other members of the Riders Organization when authorized by the Riders National President and Riders National Executive Board.
Payment for attendance at National Executive Committee Meetings, Mid-Year Rally and National Conventions will be paid at the following Rates:
National President: Travel shall be paid either full airfare or mileage reimbursement rate, which will be choice of the RNP. RNP may have a suite when booking rooms and allotted days of reimbursed lodging shall be, maximum of FOUR (4) days for National Executive Committee Meetings plus Mid-Year Rally and SEVEN (7) days Maximum for the National Convention, additional days must be approved in writing by the NEB. RNP may rent a vehicle when needed while attending authorized functions for National Riders with prior approval of the NEB.
Elected Officers: Travel shall be paid at the lesser rate of mileage or airfare. Lodging shall be paid at the full rate of a regular room, any charges for a more expensive room will be paid by the Officer. Maximum of THREE (3) days for National Executive Committee Meetings, National Convention and Mid-Year Rally, additional days must be approved by the NEB. One of the following Appointed Officers RNS, RNCO, or RNPO shall be reimbursed for FOUR (4) days for Convention and Mid-Year in order to organize and set up for meetings ahead of time. Any additional expenses must have prior approval from the NEB.
Immediate Past: Shall be reimbursed at the same rate as Elected Officers. Any additional expenses must have prior approval from the NEB.
Past National Presidents: Will receive up to $250.00 to cover travel and or lodging with approved receipts. Any additional expenses must have prior approval from the NEB.
Appointed Officers: Shall be reimbursed for full travel expenses with receipts, but shall not exceed the Elected Officers reimbursement rate. Any additional expenses must have prior approval from the NEB.
Official Business Travel: Individuals traveling on Official Business as directed by the Riders National President and Riders National Executive Board shall be reimbursed at actual cost unless different reimbursements are agreed upon before expenses are incurred.
Mileage shall be paid at a rate of $ 0.36 per mile based on Google Maps from home address to event. Air Fare shall be based on the lowest air fare available a minimum of 30 days prior to the scheduled event date, to include round trip mileage to the airport, parking and baggage fees. Air Fare shall be for Economy Class travel or the lowest priced airfare available on priceline.com. When booking airfare in advance any and all Officers can opt to take flight cancelation insurance as long as it does not exceed $25.00.
Misc. Expenses: Shall be paid at actual cost for expense as long as receipts are provided with proper documentation.
RECEIPTS and REPORTING
All expenses incurred while on official business shall be accounted for with legible RECIEPTS clearly stating the INDIVIDUAL’S NAME, DATE, PLACE of PURCHASE, and AMOUNT. The Treasurer shall date and initial receipts when received.
Expenses shall be listed on the Official AMVETS Riders Expense Report and submitted to the National Treasurer no later than FOURTEEN (14) days from the end of travel or expenditure in order to be reimbursed. All expense reports must be signed by a combination of TWO (2) National Riders Officers and ONE (1) shall be National Riders Treasurer and the other be either RNP, 1st Vice, or 2nd Vice. No Officer can be an approval signature on their own expense sheet.
TRAVEL and LODGING ARRANGMENTS and PAYMENT
Each individual is responsible for making their own Travel and Lodging arrangements unless the National Riders Treasurer has agreed to schedule it for them. Failure to make proper arrangements will be at the expense of the INDIVIDUAL and NOT the RIDERS ORGANIZATION. No reimbursements will be made for improper Travel, Lodging, or other expenses incurred.
There will be no advanced payment for Travel, Lodging, or other expenses except when authorized by the Riders National President and Riders National Executive Board whom shall assume responsibility for any and all costs or losses associated with any advance payment not used or recovered. Each National Officer has their own National Riders credit card and may use it for authorized travel expenses.
At no time will AMVETS Riders Credit Cards, Banking Account Information, or any check which is not properly completed be given to any individual or entity except by the individual authorized to do so.
Any reimbursement received or receiving from their Parent Organization, Chapter, or Department is to be used first before National Riders picks up the remaining cost of eligible expenses.
This Travel Expense Policy is not a guarantee of all reimbursements stated. If for acceptable financial reasons approved by 2/3 vote of the Riders National Executive Board any or all reimbursements may be reduced or eliminated. Prior notification of reimbursement changes will be given before expenses are incurred by individual.
This Policy was revised and adopted 5/5/2017 at Mid-Year Rally Meeting by National Riders Finance Committee. Approved and adopted by the body 5/6/2017, 2017 at Mid-Year Rally general meeting.