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
Good day Riders!
This is an update on registration and t-shirt orders for Mid-Year 2018.
Remember to get your registrations in to avoid the higher cost of registering at Mid-Year. We have an updated deadline on ordering t-shirts from the hosting chapter.
IF YOU ARE ORDERING A MID-YEAR T-SHIRT, YOUR T-SHIRT ORDER MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN APRIL 10TH! Any t-shirt ordered after this date will not be ordered. This is to ensure t-shirts will be ready and available for Mid-Year. If there is no size marked and t-shirt section on your registration is not complete, your t-shirt will not be ordered.
So, if you are wanting a Mid-Year 2018 t-shirt, your registration form with t-shirt section complete must be received by April 10th. Also remember that your t-shirt payment must be sent with your registration.
If you are not ordering a t-shirt, the deadline for the early registration of $10 is April 15th. If not registered by this date, you will need to register at Mid-Year at the higher cost of $20.
Thank you and we will see you there!
Kathy Campbell, RNCO
MID-YEAR RALLY HOTELS
APRIL 27 – 29 2018
Host Chapter is FL-113, Bunnell, FL
Hilton Garden Inn - (386)586-2463 …….……………………………$116+tax/night
55 Town Center Blvd., Palm Coast, FL
TELL THEM YOU ARE WITH AMVETS RIDERS FOR THE DISCOUNTED RATE-LIMITED ROOMS AVAILABLE
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott – (386)445-3450 …………..$92+tax/night
400 Old Kings Rd., Palm Coast, FL
TELL THEM YOU ARE WITH AMVETS RIDERS FOR THE DISCOUNTED RATE-LIMITED ROOMS AVAILABLE
Hampton Inn – (386)439-8999 ……………………………………….$146+tax/night
150 Flagler Plaza Dr., Palm Coast, FL
Holiday Inn Express & Suites – (386)439-3939 …………………$135+tax/night
200 Flagler Plaza Dr., Palm Coast, FL
Econo Lodge – (386)446-4457 ………………………………………….…$72+tax/night
5 Kingswood Dr., Palm Coast, FL
Days Inn – (386)7734 ………………………………………………………….$87+tax/night
120 Garden, Palm Coast, FL
Red Roof Inn – (386)446-8180 …………………………………………...$87+tax/night
10 Kingswood Dr., Palm Coast, FL
MEETINGS WILL BEGIN ON FRIDAY MORNING APRIL 27th. YOU MAY WANT TO ARRIVE ON THURSDAY, APRIL 26th
SUBJECT: Corrected 2017 Mid-Year Minutes
September 22, 2017
Correction to page 1, line 7 of both paragraphs under “GUESTS”.
PARAGRAPH 1 AS READS: with a Gold Rider’s Honorary Beret, and made him an honorary rider;
IS CORRECTED TO READ: with a Gold Rider’s Commemorative Beret, and made him an honorary rider;
PARAGRAPH 2 AS READS: him with a Rider’s Honorary Black Beret and made him an honorary rider.
IS CORRECTED TO READ: him with a Rider’s Commemorative Beret, and made him an honorary rider.
Riders National Secretary
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.
CORRECTION TO MID-YEAR RALLY MINUTES, DATED MAY 6th, 2017
The Department of GA was erroneously omitted from the attendance portion.
Page 1, under Roll Call and Credentials, then under RECAP:
INCORRECT PORTION READS: 6 Departments (FL, IA, KY, MI, MO and OH);
IS CORRECTED TO READ: 7 Departments (FL, GA, IA, KY, MI, MO and OH);
Riders National Secretary
2017 NATIONAL RIDERS MID-YEAR RALLY
Meeting was called to order by Don Cox, Riders National President (RNP), on May 6, 2017 at 1330 hours.
Invocation by Jeremiah Botkin, Riders National Chaplain, (RNCHAP). The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Larry Saad, Riders National Sergeant-At-Arms (RNSAA).
Guests: President Don Cox introduced our guests: National Commander Harold Chapman and National Execute Director Joe Chenelly. President Cox had each come to the podium. Commander Chapman thanked us for the invite and thanked us for all we do, he said he was very pleased with the Riders. He said to get on the AMVETS National Facebook page. He also said the Camp Hope trailer was outside and to please support it. President Cox presented him with a Gold Riders Honorary Beret, and made him an honorary rider; he was very pleased and appreciated the beret.
National Executive Director, Joe Chenelly, thanked us for what we do. He stated HQ’s wants to support us. He explained the difference between 501c (3) and c (19) and why we need to file under the 501c (19): The c (19) is for veteran organizations who have members. It’s against the law to hold a c (3) if you have members. The c (3) is for the service foundations. He explained the importance in getting the 990’s filed annually. President Cox also presented him with a Rider’s Honorary Black Beret and made him an honorary rider.
Roll Call and Credentials: Given by Kathy Campbell, Riders National Communications Officer (RNCO).
All National Officers were in attendance, excluding Dan MacDonald, Riders National Treasurer who was excused. Rob Quick and Bruce McElhaney, Past National Presidents (PNP) were present.
Recap: 9 National Officers; 2 Past National Presidents (PNP); 6 Departments (FL, IA, KY, MI, MO and OH); 40 Chapter Delegates; 23 Alternates, 48 Non-voting; 103 are in attendance with 96 of those pre-registered. Kathy also expressed the benefit of each Department and each Chapter appointing a Communications Officer and having conference calls between your Department and Chapters.
Convention Rules: Jim Whitcraft, Riders National Judge Advocate (RNJA), called for a motion to adopt the Convention Rules, 2nd and passed. The Convention Rules will be posted on our website.
1st Vice George Cummings (RN1V): Recommended reinstatement of Awards Program for recruitment, by use of a patch with year and each year thereafter when eligible. Motion was made, 2nd and passed. Told the membership that it is their responsibility to ensure that their dues are paid up if they plan to be a delegate.
Scholarships Awarded: 3 of the 5 scholarships will be awarded. The 3 individuals are: BROOKE RALLO, DONALD CLIFTON IV and MADISON GABRIEL. Each will receive $1000. Congratulations.
2nd Vice: Tom McNamara (RN2V) Money reported in programs was $867,557, 30,000 hours reported and 233 members have been reported since January 2017. Keep up the great work.
Mid-Year Rally Bids: PNP Rob Quick headed up the Mid-Year Rally Committee. The bids submitted to host the 2019 Mid-Year Rally were: GA-10, KY-125, and OH-51. Some of the criteria included, but not limited to, are location, space required and, financially stable. The committee’s recommendation to the membership is OH-51, Thornville, OH. Motion made, 2nd, passed. Congratulations. KY 125 agreed to take it if for some reason OH-51 could not do it. GA-10 plans to put in for mid-year bid for the year 2020.
CBL SOP’s: Jim Whitcraft (RNJA), asked for a motion for an SOP changing the due date for Dues and Remittance Forms and dues checks be submitted to Headquarters by March 15th, with a drop-dead date of April 15th. Motion made, 2nd and passed. He also asked for a motion for an SOP naming what officers will chair which committees. Motion made, 2nd and passed. They will be posted on the website.
Treasurer Report: The credit card used by the National Officers for travel expenses has a “cash back” program. Motion was made to use the awards towards convention goodies and door prizes. Motion was 2nd and passed. Ending balance of accounts at the end of February 2017 was $51,432.56. Motion was made to authorize the Riders National President a rental car during Mid-Year Rally. Motion was 2nd and passed.
Old Business: None
New Business: Nominations for National Officers.
Sergeant-At-Arms Larry Saad
Judge Advocate Jim Whitcraft
Treasurer Dan MacDonald
2nd Vice John Reando
1st Vice Tom MacNamara
President George Cummings
Good & Welfare: None
Meeting adjourned at 1430 hours. Benediction by Jeremiah Botkin RNCHAP; Retirement of Colors led by Larry Saad, RNSAA.
Riders National Secretary
amvetsridersnational.org (Riders Website)
March 7, 2017
Riders and Supporters Nationwide,
I hope this finds everyone doing well!
Since August 2016, we’ve opened 7 new chapters and 1 new department. Welcome to all of you! We are very pleased to have you join our Riders family! If you have any questions, concerns or need help, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you have a Department, please refer your questions to them first. If you don’t have a Department, please contact National.
NATIONAL RIDERS WEBSITE: Be sure and check out our National Riders Website. It has a lot of good useful info. It has all our forms, our National Quartermaster, Laura Stenson’s info; the new Unified Constitution and By-Laws (CBL’s) and much more. amvetsridersnational.org.
NATIONAL LOTTERY TICKETS: You can order them online or contact Tom McNamara, National 2nd Vice and he’ll make sure you get them. If you already have some, please try to sell them; that’s what helps keep us from raising the Riders dues. Remember, you can sell them to anyone: family, friends and neighbors.
DRFs: Nice job to the Departments and individual chapters who have sent them in! If you haven’t yet, please do so as soon as possible.
QUALITY CHAPTERS CRITERIA: The 5 areas that need to be met for Quality Chapter patch are: DRF in on time, REVAL in on time, recruit new member(s), participate in at least 1 National fund raiser and report your programs.
MID-YEAR RALLY: This is a very informative convention. If you can possibly come, you will enjoy it. This is the place where new ideas are formed, new friendships are formed, and old ones reunite. It will take place at Post 48 in Desoto, MO from May 5-7. Pre-registration forms are on the website. Print the form, fill it out and mail them, with your registration fee, to the National Riders Secretary. The cost is $10 if you pre-register by April 15th. Registration after the 15th and at the Rally is $20. T-shirts are also available for $15 each. Those must be paid for by April 15th so they can be ordered. Information about the rally is on the website.
Also remember: This year the hosting Chapter/Department for Mid-Year 2019 will be chosen. If your Chapter/Department would like to be considered to host the 2019 Mid-Year, the requirements and bidding guidelines can be found on the website under the events tab. Bids need to be postmarked by April 1st.
SCHOLARSHIP AND DEATH BENEFIT FORMS: These forms are on our website now. Please take advantage of the Scholarship Program; the application has been revised. Also, if a Rider or Supporter has passed, please fill out that form. It doesn’t matter what caused their death. This program was implemented last fall, so you can fill out a form if someone has died since that time.
Thank you Riders and Supporters for all you do for our communities and veterans out there! Everyone stay safe! Hope to see you all in Missouri in May!
Riders National President