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American Legion Riders: Chair

From the Chairman

October 2022

Wow, what an impressive group! I’m talking about The American Legion Riders, Department of Florida. Did you see the press release, “The American Legion Riders, Department of Florida received the “Garland Murphy Award” from the “Child Welfare Foundation” at the National Convention. I want to thank Joe Marcheggiani for receiving the award on our behalf. What a year, we broke our funding record to PVR/SPI, are still growing membership, focusing on the Cause not the Applause, and enjoying every minute as a member of the ALR of Florida. Beverly and I would like to Thank all of you for the continued support and commitment to the ALR program.

Thanks to Denny Luke, our first event this year, the “POW/MIA” Seven Bridges ride in Jacksonville, was a success. We had approximately two hundred and thirty bikes with about 105 passengers. The Meet and Greet at Post 129 on Jacksonville Beach was well attended, along with the dinner at Post 137 after the ceremony. Thanks to all who battled the rain to support the POW/MIA remembrance weekend!

Fall Conference is right around the corner, and it’s usually our goal to have everything set up for the balance of the year. I’m happy to report that it looks like everything is coming together. We will have a few things to discuss.

Update on activities.

  • This is Merry Go Round month; good luck this month, let’s see who rides for the Kids and wins the race.
  • Summit, Jeff Hawk finished negotiations on the hotel. Beverly, Kristi, Joe, and I will review last year’s class attendance to see if we should change some classes. We will review the Survey Monkey as well to make sure we have your input on your suggestions.
  • Children and Youth picnic, I may have missed it, but I didn’t see the date posted on the calendar. I’ll post it when I find out.
  • In-State Unity Ride, Joe Marcheggiani and Zane Koonce are working on two routes, and Jason Skobel is working on the Western route. All three of the routes will end in Clearwater again this year.
  • Bev & Wayne Wooten are working on putting the Rally together. If all the pieces come together, it’s going to be the best Rally we have ever had.
  • Don’t know if I’ve mentioned this, but Bert’s Barracuda Harley, which is next store to OCC, has donated a new 2023 Black Harley Davidson Street Glide at cost for the ALR to Raffle off. The Raffle should go live this month.

That’s the update for now; if you have any ideas or would like to become part of our volunteer team, please do not hesitate to let Bev or me know. We are always looking for help.

Thanks to all that participated, Ride Safe; looking forward to seeing you soon.

Your 2022 – 2023 Schedule

  • National Legacy Ride August 21-25th, 2022
  • POW/MIA Ceremony, Jacksonville, September 17th
  • “Merry Go Round” Month of October 2022
  • Fall Conference November 18-20th
  • Summit February 8th Meet & Greet, Classes 9th – 12th, 2023
  • “Round Robin,” Month of April 2023
  • In-State Unity Ride – Meet & Greet, April 16th, Ride April 17th – 21st.
  • Rally April 22nd, Orange County Chopper Museum


If you have any ideas, please share!

Thank You for what you do, and we are proud to be part of your Leadership Team, which is such an excellent group!

“For the Cause, not the applause”

Jim Wineland
American Legion Riders

“For the Cause, not the applause.”