September 22, 2016
To Riders and Supporters Nationwide,
I am extremely pleased and humbled to be re-elected as your Riders National President!
I appreciate your confidence in me. I’d like to congratulation all newly elected Department and Chapter Officers and those who were re-elected; and to my National Officers on their re-elections and reappointments!
Congratulations also to our Rider of the Year, Mike Bush GA-12; Department Rider of the Year, John Reando MO-48; Programs Reporting Chapter IA-49 & the Department of IA; Membership Award went to the Department of FL. Keep up the good work!
If you haven’t been on the Riders National Website recently, please do so. There is a lot of useful information: amvetsridersnational.org.
I still have an “open door” policy; I will gladly speak to anyone who calls me. However, please use your chain of command when necessary as outlined in the Unified CBL’s.
On the website, under the Publications tab, you’ll find the new Unified Constitution and the Unified By-Laws 2016-2017. Please look them over as time permits. The Long Range Plan (LRP), discussed at Convention, outlines short and long term goals of the organization. It will be available on the website soon, and be updated and added to as necessary. Another thing we have initiated is a Scholarship Program, as well as a Death Benefit Plan for our Riders and Supporters. They are not on our website yet but will be soon.
As most of you have heard, we must use the AMVETS National Quartermaster when ordering anything to do with Riders and Supporters. A link has been placed on our home page for the AMVETS National Quartermaster, Laura Stenson. As time goes on, she will be building onto her website to include a lot of the Riders/Supporters items.
Our Mid-Year Rally for 2017 will be held in Missouri in May. More information on that will be sent out in the beginning of 2017. The 73rd National Convention will be held in Virginia in August.
On closing, I am asking everyone to be safe in your travels. Everyone keep up the great work you are doing. We are moving forward and I expect to have an excellent year in front of us! Thank you, take care and God Bless!
Riders National President