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American Legion Riders: Chair

From the Chairman

September 2021

Upcoming Events

We have a very busy start for the 2021 – 2022 Legion year. The September POW/MIA Ceremony is really starting to pick up speed. At the time of this article, we have ten (10) Riders coming out of the Tampa area and about six (6) coming out of District 8. Plus, there will be heavy support coming out of District 5 and 4. We are also hearing about several individuals coming out of the Panhandle. It’s going to be a great start to an annual event. Oh, by the way, join us at Post 129 on the beach for a gathering after the event.

The next big event is the comeback of the “Five State Fun Run”. It’s all setup, and the hotels are all ready to go. I received a lot of calls from our counterparts in the other four states. They are very interested in the “Fun Run” and are looking forward to riding at least part or all of the ride. Tying in with the “Five State Fun Run” is the month-long “Merry Go Round” benefitting the “Children and Youth” program.

Joe Marcheggiani as the ALR Chief Road Captain is busy planning our In-State-Unity Rides. Jeff Hawk is also working with Joe on the ride while taking care of his position as Event Coordinator for the Rally and Summit. We are looking for more volunteers! We are looking for different locations for both the Rally and Summit.

As the ALR Department of Florida, we have surrounded ourselves with a group of true Champions that stay focused on the tasks at hand and have a passion for the program. Now, of course, what are we going to do this year. Wait and see.

If you have any ideas, please share!

Beverly & I have already started putting together next year’s schedule. The Summit Meet & Greet will be on February 2nd, followed by classes on 3rd, 4th & 5th. Still working on the In-State Rally, more to come.

Again, Thank You for all your Efforts!

Here is our tentative schedule for the upcoming year.

  • POW/MIA Ceremony
    September 18th, Jacksonville
  • MGR
    October 2021
  • 5 State Fun Run
    October 10th – 16th
  • Fall Conference
    November 5th-7th
  • 2022 Summit
    Meet & Greet, February 2nd
    Classes, February 3rd – 5th
    Safety Class on February 6th
  • Round Robin
    April 2022
  • In-State Ride
    Meet & Greet, April 24th
    Ride, April 25th – 29th
    April 30th

Beverly and I would like to thank each of you for the support we received this last year! Thank You for what you do, and we are proud to be part of your Leadership Team of such a great group!

Jim Wineland
American Legion Riders

“For the Cause, not the applause.”