American Legion Riders Chapter 53 Meeting Minutes

August 1, 2021

Meeting called to order by Commander Greg Martin.

Opening Prayer said by Avis Morrison.

Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony was performed by SGT at Arms

Todd Sinsel.

All in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the ALR preamble.

Roll call completed by Secretary Pam Sinsel.

Twenty members were present meeting a quorum.

July meeting minutes read by Pam Sinsel. Accepted as read.

Finance report read by Treasurer Sarah Martin. Bank Balance $6,419.21. Motion to approve: Richard Catron; Second: Mike Frank; Accepted as read.

Sick/Deployment Call: Austin Friedrichsen is being deployed to Texas in October for a year.

Old Business:

Donation to the Grand Island State Veterans Cemetery:  Richard Catron motioned we donate $1,000 to use towards debt owed.  Second: Sarah Martin; 1 Nay; Motion approved.

By-law changes approved at June meeting have now been posted to Facebook ALR members page.

Thumb drive and patches have been ordered.

Committee Updates:

Operation Christmas Card – Sarah Martin:  Sarah is working on a flier that will be put on our Facebook page encouraging people to share with others and donate.

Freedom & Independence Ride – Sarah Martin:

$2,729.14 raised from event including the banner.

$163 was amount raised for the Albion post for the lunch they provided.

The Grand Island, Albion & Columbus Police and the Nance County Sherriff Departments helped the group along the route. As soon as thumb drive arrives, Greg will get certificates of appreciation printed and sent to each along with certificates to each of the club stops, Albion, Columbus and Silver Creek.

Sarah returned everything possible from the event for refund. 

Sloppy Joe sauce is left over. Scheduled to have for dinner before the meeting on October 2nd

New Business:

Red wood sign to match the other Legion organizations: Glen offered to make letters to match what the other organizations have. ALR has a portion of the North wall in the dining area. Mike Frank offered to donate $40 to have it made.

Dues are due:  June 30th is the end of the year for all Grand Island Club Legion organizations.  $45 Legion; $25 Auxiliary; $25 SALS; $25 ALR.

Hamburger Nights: Club is planning to start Wednesday Burger Nights again. Four to five people needed each Wednesday in the month. Group agreed to help December and January.  Greg will inform club. Will post a sign-up sheet once we know when we are scheduled and closer to dates. 

During Freedom and Independence Ride one Challenge Coin was lost.

Riffle Raffle: After discussion, Jon Monk will talk with local gun sellers to see what is popular now and available and report back to group at next meeting.

Jon Monk brought up possibility to have chapter buy headsets/communication. Greg will post to Facebook to get suggestions and opinions from other members and discuss at a future meeting.

Upcoming Events:

2021 Nation of Patriots Tour: Flags that have been flown over battle fields from all over the world travel 48 states beginning at Milwaukee, WI. Calendar shows August 9th & 10th for Grand Island, but itinerary is not posted on web-site. Escort will be from Grand Island to North Platte on the 10th. Greg will announce details as soon as he has them.

Wreaths Across America Car/Bike Show - August 14th @ UVC. Flier has been posted to our Facebook page with details.

Labor Day State Fair Parade – September 6th: Meet at 10 am at Island Oasis west parking lot, walk to Pinnacle Arena for presentation of colors and walk back to bikes to do parade. Greg will be asking other Legion organizations and other posts about interest in doing a flag line during event. Tom Gallentine is having a bike show same day as parade. Would like to have bikes from parade in show. Riders can pick up bike for parade and bring back to show.

Greg will post more details as they become available.

September 10-11th Legacy Run: From Benson, Fremont, Columbus, Grand Island to Broken Bow for overnight on the 10th. Hotel room block has been made in Broken Bow. Scottsbluff & Gehring on the 11th. If you want to register for the National Legacy Run to get the t-shirt and rocker you must register as a non-participant. See legion.org/riders for information.

Benson ALR 3rd Annual Remembrance Run – Saturday, September 18th: .

Motion to close the meeting: Sarah Martin.  Pam Sinsel: Second. Approved

Avis Morrison said closing prayer. SGT at Arms retired the POW/MIA chair covering. Meeting adjourned.

American Legion Riders Chapter 53 Meeting Minutes

July 3, 2021

Meeting called to order by Commander Greg Martin. Chaplain Jacob Gaspari said opening prayer. SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel conducted the Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony. Pledge of Allegiance was said. The ALR preamble was read. Roll call completed by Secretary Pam Sinsel. Ten members were present meeting a quorum.

June meeting minutes read by Pam Sinsel. Accepted as read.

Finance report read by Treasurer Sarah Martin. Motion to approve as read: Richard Catron; Second: Jacob Gaspari; Accepted as read.

Sick call: Richard Catron, Glenn Pelensky, Jacob Gaspari

Old Business:

June 8th escort/flag line for WWII Vet Lyle Reab,: Four members attended; Richard Catron, Glenn Palensky, Jon Monk, David Morrison.

Committee Updates:

Operation Christmas Card – Sarah Martin: Committee met on Monday, June 28, 2021. Decided no time to throw together a ride this year. Will look at again next year. Will put together a flier for them to help encourage people to donate. Encouraged Char (Swalberg, organizer/creator) to set up Venmo account to make it easy for people to make donations. Will circulate on our facebook page and share with other ALR pages we associate with. May check with local businesses and other Legions to see about setting up donation boxes wrapped in Christmas paper with a sign of what items they would like donated such as jerky.

America First Rally – Greg Martin: Rally will not be held at Fonner Park. Will be held at Veterans Athletic Complex on July 24, 2021 12 – 2 pm. Has been advertised on Facebook without ALR association since chapter did not approve the change of date and venue.

Freedom & Independence Ride – Sarah Martin: Banner has been put up. Mindy will get ride information added to sign. Committee needs to finalize with several businesses their raffle prize donations. Gun will be at the event and drawing and taken back to Boops Shooters by Greg Martin for them to handle all paperwork with winner. Saturday, July 10th at 10 am will do pre-ride to finalize route. Greg will contact Legion commander at Columbus to finalize with them as the ALR will be participating in State Romp. After meeting, committee will hold short meeting to finalize food and other items needed for event.

New Business:

Greg Martin, Sarah Martin & Richard Catron attended the open house Monday, June 28th for the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery Grand Island project. Gave project details to chapter. Chapter decided to wait on the decision to donate funds to this project.

State Convention was held the previous Saturday. Elected new officers for state.

State Fair Veterans Parade will be September 6, 2021. Meet in lot across from Island Oasis.  Presentation of colors will be held between Fonner concourse and Heartland Event Center followed by parade. If not participating in parade may be asked to do flag line.

John Arias is working on a September 11th Legacy Run from Benson, Valentine  Gering.  Two day event.  More details to come.

Benson ALR 3rd Annual Remembrance Run – Saturday, September 18th:  Also holding gun raffle. See Greg Martin for information.

Air Force flag is now available at American Legion Flag & Emblem store. Greg Martin requested approval for the purchase of thumb drive of certificates for $9.95. Motion to approve: Sarah Martin. Second: Richard Catron. Approved. Greg Martin is looking for a KIA flag. Not available through Flag & Emblem store.

Thoughts and prayers go out to Ed Foster (SAL member) and his family on Ed’s passing.

Motion to close the meeting: Sarah Martin.  Avis Morrison: Second. Approved

Chaplain, Jacob Gaspari said closing prayer. Sargent-at-Arms, Todd Sinsel retired the POW/MIA chair covering. American Flag was retired. Meeting adjourned.

AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MEETING MINUTES June 5, 2021 Meeting called to Order by Commander Greg Martin. Chaplain Jacob Gaspari said opening prayer, Acting Sargent-at-Arms Todd Sinsel conducted the Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony, Pledge of Allegiance was said, The ALR preamble read, Roll call completed by Coral Selden, 16 members were present meeting a quorum. Introduction of new members: Brain and Robin Everhart May meeting minutes read by Coral Selden. Motion made by Jon Monk to approve minutes as read. Second: Sarah Martin. Minutes approved. Finance Officer Sarah Martin read the Finance Report. Richard Catron made motion to approve as read. Second: Jacob Gaspari. Motion approved. Sick Call – None to report. Old Business Greg Martin, read the proposed Bylaw changes: 5.2 A Special Session meeting may be called by any Chapter member, where as: • A notification is submitted to an Executive Committee member(s) by means of electronic or written format (email, text, chat, etc.). The executive committee will review the request and determine along with the member if there is an alternative to calling a Special Session meeting. • If the chapter member still wishes to call for a Special Session meeting, the subject matter for the special session meeting must be stated when Special Session meeting is called. Special Session meeting shall be called to order within 7 days. No business shall be transacted other than the stated purpose, unless those at the scheduled Special Session meeting, by two-thirds majority vote, deem it necessary to discuss. 5.2.1 An Emergency meeting shall only be called for issues needing immediate attention and cannot be delayed until a Special Sessions meeting or General meeting can be called. Only a member of the executive committee may call for an Emergency meeting with a 24-hour notification. The subject matter for the Emergency Meeting must be stated when Emergency meeting is called. A quorum shall be present to Make, Second, and Approve or reject any motion. Proxy/absentee voting will be allowed for elections only. (There will need to be a new section added to the by-laws for this) I. Standing Rules. Description A. Standing Rules are Chapter #53 administrative events that occur at various times during the year. B. Standing Rules are NOT By-laws and may be changed at any general membership meeting by majority vote of those in attendance. II. Current Rules 1. Profanity may not be used on any ALR Chapter online forums, social media pages, chats, etc. Disciplinary action may include temporary or permanent suspension from the Chapters online platforms. Coral Selden made a motion to approve the proposed changes to the By-laws. Second by David Morrison. Motion approved. 2021-2022 Elections The following nominations for 2021-2022 elected officers were selected during May’s meeting. Richard Catron made the motion to accept the nominations as Elected Officers for 2021-2022. Second by Jacob Gaspari. Motion approved as follows: • Commander – Greg Martin. • Vice Commander – David Morrison. • Secretary – Pam Sinsel. • Treasurer – Sarah Martin. • Sgt. at Arms – Todd Sinsel. • Appointed positions o Historian- Avis Morrison o Chaplain – Jacob Gaspari o Liaison – Rich Catron Operation Christmas Card – presented by Char and Chuck Swalberg.• Operation Christmas Card is a 501(c)3, Non-Profit organization based in North Platte, NE. Established in 2015. They send Christmas cards and care packages to our deployed troops over the Holidays. • Membership has grown and annual goal is 500 care packages. Annual costs is roughly $10,200 for shipping and $17,000 for package content. • Requesting any assistance from the American Legion Riders to help organize towards a fundraiser. Sarah Martin made a motion to start a committee to help organize an event or fundraiser. Second – Coral Selden. Motion approved. Committee members: Sarah Martin, Jacy Todd, and David Morrison. First meeting scheduled for Saturday, 6/12 @ 6:30 p.m. Proposed Flag cost of $40 for each group (AL, ALR, Sons, & ALA) towards the purchase of the large Flag in Veteran Park. Commander Greg Martin, will have a discussion next week with Ron Hitch and Scott Schleicher about VFW & VFW Auxiliary contributing. Committee Reports Freedom & Independence Ride, July 17, 2021. • Jerry Sheet Metal donated $300 towards the cost of the event banner. All other banner sponsors are paying $75. Pam Sinsel advised there is still enough room for 8 more sponsors on the banner. • American Legion Auxiliary will help with the supper. • Continually working on donations and sponsorship. New Business Commander Greg Martin said all branch flags have been purchased except the Air Force and the KIA flag. Jon Monk made the motion to purchase flag when they become available. Second – Avis Morrison. Motion Approved. Sarah Martin, passed around the Plaque received for the ALR Legacy Donation. A check in the amount of $50.00 was received from George Cyboron’s family. It will be deposited in the General Fund. Jon Monk mentioned donating towards the Grand Island State Veterans cemetery. $750K needs to be raised towards the $7.5 million project. Discussion tabled until next month.Upcoming Events: • June 8th – Escort/Flag line for Lyle Reab/WWII Vet. Meet at noon at the Aurora/Higby Mortuary then escort to the Giltner Cemetery for Flag line. • June 12th – Mills-Schroder Post 87, Clary Center, 2nd Annual Poker Run Greg Martin spoke about an American First Rally that was scheduled at Fonner Park in Grand Island on June 19, 2021. Fonner Park has rescinded permission to use their parking lot because the date is Juneteenth, and they felt it would send the wrong message to have the event on that date. Fonner Parks CEO suggested changing the date and listing a supporting organization such as the ALR. Sarah Martin made the motion to add the Grand Island Chapter 53 American Legion Riders name to the flyer with added wording that this is not a political event and does not support any political party or affiliation, and to changing the date of the event from Jun 19th to June 26th . Second – Coral Selden. Motion approved. Sarah Martin made the motion to close the meeting. Second Coral Selden. Acting Sargent-at-Arms Todd Sinsel retired the POW/MIA chair covering. American flag was retired. Jacob Gaspari said a closing prayer. Meeting adjourned. A drawing of a face

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MEETING MINUTES

May 1, 2021

Meeting called to Order by Commander Greg Martin. Chaplain Jacob Gaspari said opening prayer, Acting Sargent-at-Arms Todd Sinsel conducted the Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony, Pledge of Allegiance was said, The ALR preamble read, Roll call completed by Coral Selden, 15 members were present meeting a quorum.

April meeting minutes read by Coral Selden.  Motion made by Jon Monk to approve minutes as read.  Second: Mike Frank. Minutes approved.

Finance Officer Sarah Martin read the Finance Report.  Richard Catron made motion to approve as read.  Second: Jacob Gaspari. Report approved.

Sick Call – None to report.

Old Business

Membership dues discussed and Richard Catron made a motion to keep as indicated in the Bylaws.  Second:  Jacob Gaspasi.  Motion passed. 14 votes for. 1 against.

    1. Dues will be in the amount of $25.00
      1. If joining between July 1st to December 31st dues will be $25.00
      2. If joining between January 1st to May 31st dues will be $12.50
      3. If joining between June 1st and June 30th no dues are due until next year’s dues are due.

In April’s meeting, a donation of $70 was approved to the NWIHCS/VA.  The VA let us know they don’t need any food donations.  Mike Frank made a motion to change the donation to be applied towards the NWIHCS/VA Community Living Center (CLC).  Second:  Richard Catron.  Motion approved.

Committee Reports

Freedom & Independence Ride, July 17, 2021.

  • Commander Greg Martin discussed having a raffle versus silent auction at the July 17th Ride. 
  • Bartender cost $80; Rich Catron will check to ensure there’s no cost for the Room.
  • Possible elimination of the 50/50 raffle due to Nebraska State Law requires a license.  Tabled until next committee meeting, scheduled on May 15, 2021.
  • Route has been finalized:  Grand Island – Wolbach – Albion (lunch will be served) – Columbus – Silver Creek – back to Grand Island.
  • Volunteers still needed to help the day of the event.  Sarah Martin and Avis Morrison will handle the registration/money.
  • Jerry Sheet Metal offered to donate towards the cost of a banner.  Pam Sinsel provided examples of size, layout, sponsorship and cost.  More information will be provided at next meeting.

David Morrison made a motion to open nominations for 2021-2022 elected officers. Second by Richard Catron.  (elections will be held on June 5th, 2021)

  • Commander nomination – Greg Martin.  1st -Rich Catron; 2nd – Todd Sinsel
  • Vice Commander – David Morrison.  1st-Todd Sinsel; 2nd – Avis Morrison
  • Secretary – Pam Sinsel.  1st – Coral Selden; 2nd – Sarah Martin
  • Treasurer – Sarah Martin.  1st – Todd Sinsel; 2nd Jacob Gaspari
  • Sgt. Of Arms – Todd Sinsel.  1st – Sarah Martin; 2nd – Avis Morrison

Mike Frank made a motion to close elections. Avis Morrison second. Motion approved.

By Laws Changes were read and discussed. No vote was held. Recommended changes Tabled until June’s meeting.

New Business

Kent Meyer said Operation Christmas Card in this 5th year of sending care packages to Troops, Veterans, and their families.  They service approximately 500 families per year.  Kent will check on bringing a Representative in for a presentation before a decision is made on a donation.

Richard Caton made a motion to donate $70 towards the VFW Auxiliary “Never Forget Marker”.  Second: David Morrison. Motion passed. 14 votes for. 1 against.

Richard Catron mentioned this is the 100th year for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Commander Greg Martin discussed getting all branch flags for the ALR.  He recently purchased a flag to use at a funeral.  Recommend to buy American Made.  Austin Friedrichsen suggested going through the PX exchange.  Coral Selden will research the cost.  Sarah Martin made the motion to donate $100 towards the purchase of the all branch flags.  Second: Todd Sinsel.  Motion approved.

Sarah Martin made the motion to close the meeting.  Second Coral Selden.  Acting Sargent-at-Arms Todd Sinsel retired the POW/MIA chair covering.  American flag was retired. 

Jacob Gaspari said a closing prayer.  Meeting adjourned. 
Next meeting is scheduled for June 5, 2021.  

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MEETING MINUTES

February 6, 2021

Meeting called to Order by Commander Greg Martin.  Avis Morrison said opening prayer, Sargent-at-Arms Brian Mothers conducted the Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony, Pledge of Allegiance was said, The ALR preamble read, Roll call completed by Membership officer Jeff Schmidt, 16 members were present meeting a quorum.

January meeting minutes read by Sarah Martin.  Brian Mothers mentioned correction to January 6th meeting minutes. Amended to: The Veteran’s Appreciation Day committee (Greg Martin, Brian Mothers, David Morrison and Jeff Schmidt) met with Jeremy Brandt and Ken Ward at the Vet’s Club on December 19, 2020 to discuss next year’s event.

Finance Officer Sarah Martin read the Finance Report.  Zac Snodgrass made motion to approve as read.  Second: Mike Frank. Report approved.

Old Business

Challenge coin update – Challenge coins have been purchased. Commander Greg Martin will arrange for pick up. 

The Veteran’s Appreciation Day is being postponed until June 2022.  We don’t have enough time to get the parade planned at this point. The streets department said we need a $1 million event liability insurance when we decide to have the parade.

Poker tournament is not an option due to gambling laws.

Committee meetings will be scheduled March 13th at 6:00 at the Vet’s Club for Freedom & Independence ride and Parade Committee.

We received a letter from the Central Nebraska Veteran’s home thanking us for our $300 donation.

Flag & patch order is still on a Covid hold, expecting the ban to be lifted soon.

Hornady and 40 North Tap & Grille have agreed to donate money for the large flag in Veterans Park. No amount specified.

Thank you to everyone who came to the Christmas party at the Plainsman. The owner thanked us for coming down and invited us back anytime.

Thank you Brian & Kate Mothers for hosting the Christmas after party.

New Business

March 5th-7th is the American Legion District Conference. Volunteers are needed to help with the event.

Jeff Schmidt made a motion to cancel our March ALR meeting. Seconded by Brian Mothers. No vote held.

Discussion about purchasing a rifle for a raffle. This raffle would be a fundraiser for our chapter only. Sarah Martin made a motion for the chapter to purchase a rifle for raffle at a cost up to $1,000 with 250 tickets to be sold at $10 each. Seconded by Richard Catron. Motion approved.

Sarah Martin discussed options for tokens that we could give to kids when we do flag lines at funerals. She shared some design examples she made for stickers that could be put on poker chips. Zac Snodgrass mentioned that we could look at purchasing different types of pins.

Iron Horse Bike Show is March 19th-21st. Cost for a booth is $50. Sarah Martin made a motion to pay the $50 fee for a table at the Iron Horse Bike Show. Avis Morrison 2nd. Motion approved.

Bike night starts June 6th. We will check into having a table/booth there.

Sons Nut Feed has been rescheduled for April 17th, 2021.

Auxiliary Easter egg hunt schedule for April 3rd. This is open to all of the Legion families. Time to be announced.

  • Reminders:
    • If we need to do any events at the Vets Club, we need to let Mindy know in advance.
    • Only plastic cups are allowed in our meeting room. No glasses or glass bottles allowed.
    • Turn in mileage report to David Morrison.
    • American Legion meetings are 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm.
    • Sons and Auxiliary meetings are first Wednesday of every month. Auxiliary meeting is at 6:00pm, Sons meeting is at 6:30pm.

Sarah Martin made the motion to close the meeting.  Second David Wells.  Sargent-at-Arms Brian Mothers retired the POW/MIA chair covering.  American flag was retired.  Avis Morrison said a closing prayer.  Meeting adjourned. 

Next meeting is scheduled for April 3rd, 2021.

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MEETING MINUTES

January 2, 2021

Meeting called to Order by Commander Greg Martin.  David Wells said opening prayer, Sargent-at-Arms Brian Mothers conducted the Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony, Pledge of Allegiance was said, The ALR preamble read, Roll call completed by Membership officer Jeff Schmidt, 20 members were present meeting a quorum.  Guest in attendance:  Dave and Heather Wells.

December meeting minutes read by Coral Selden.  Motion made by Sarah Martin to approve minutes as read.  Second: Brian Mothers. Minutes approved.

Finance Officer Sarah Martin read the Finance Report.  Richard Catron made motion to approve as read.  Second: Jeff Schmidt. Report approved.

Sick Call – Austin Friedrichsen involved in a Fed X vehicle accident during winter conditions last week and Clint Baker who’s been exposed to COVID.

Old Business

Challenge coin update – Greg Martin continues to have problems with the Venmo account, seems to be a security problem as funds can’t transfer.  He will discuss with bank.  A check will be mailed to purchase the 200 coins to avoid any more delays. 

The Veteran’s Appreciation Day committee (Greg Martin, Brian Mothers, David Morrison and Jeff Schmidt) met with Jeremy Brandt and Ken Ward at the Elks Lodge on December 19, 2020 to next year’s event:

  • Event tentative scheduled June 12, 2021.  A message was left with Katrina at the City Streets Division.  We need approval from the city to block off the route. 
  • Route discussed and determined to start at Northwest end of Webb Plaza behind Skate Island, head North and wind around with the final stop at the Vets Club. 
  • Jeremy Brandt will create flyers for the event.
  • Ideas for fundraisers:
    • Chili Cookoff
    • Poker Run
    • Cookbooks
    • Concession Stands/Food Trucks
    • Riffle Auction – AR-556/223 bullpup – Cost $1200-$1300 with vendor selling for $1000.  Brian Mothers made a motion to purchase.  2nd Richard Catron.  Motion approved.
      • 500 tickets to be sold (½ ALR & ½ Elks). 
      • Cost to purchase tickets approximate $24.72 (1000 tickets, any extras can be used for future events).

Freedom & Independence Ride – Committee members:  Sarah Martin, Mario Reyes, Mike Frank, Brian Mothers, and Jeff Schmidt.  Sarah Martin made the motion to hold this event on July 17th.  Second Brian Mothers.  Motion approved.

Patch order is on a Covid hold, expecting the ban to be lifted soon.

The Vets Club flag in front needs replaced.  Approximate cost will be around $221 (18 x 12).  Flag donations will start this month.

Reminder to turn in mileage report to David Morrison.

New Business

Clint Baker’s American Legion Riders website update tabled until February.

Poker Tournament fundraiser committee volunteers are Brian Mothers, Jacy & Pam Todd, and Cory Steinacher.  First meeting scheduled for January 16th at 6:30 p.m.

Correspondence

  • Received a thank you card from Nebraska-Western Iowa HealthCare System (NWIHCS) for our $300 donation. 
  • Greg and Sarah Martin took candy bars, chips and pop to the VA. 
  • Reminder, no glass cups to the meetings.
  • Drink tickets may be purchased for a discounted price.  Contact Commander Greg Martin if interested.

Commander Greg Martin reminded members the Christmas Party will be held January 9th at the Plainsmen in Juanita at 5:00 p.m.

Coral Selden made the motion to close the meeting.  Second Brian Mothers.  Sargent-at-Arms Brian Mothers retired the POW/MIA chair covering.  American flag was retired. 

Coral Selden said a closing prayer.  Meeting adjourned. 
Next meeting is scheduled for February 6, 2021.

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MEETING MINUTES

December 5, 2020

Meeting called to Order by Commander Greg Martin.  Avis Morrison said opening prayer, Sargent-at-Arms Brian Mothers conducted the Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony, Pledge of Allegiance was said, The ALR preamble read, Roll call completed by Membership officer Jeff Schmidt, 19 members were present meeting a quorum.

November meeting minutes read by Coral Selden.  Motion made by Brian Mothers to approve minutes as read.  Second: Zac Snodgrass. Minutes approved.

Finance Officer Sarah Martin read the Finance Report.  David Morrison made motion to approve as read.  Second: Tim. Report approved.

Old Business

Challenge coin update – Greg Martin is waiting on creating a new Venmo account before purchasing the 200 coins. 

The Veteran’s Appreciation Day committee (Greg Martin, Brian Mothers, David Morrison and Jeff Schmidt) met on November 21, 2020 to next year’s event:

  • Event tentative scheduled June 12, 2021.
  • Meeting scheduled at 1700 on December 19, 2020 with the Elks Lodge to discuss helping with event.
  • Invitation will be sent to other chapters, ROTC, AMVETS, Boy/Girl State, school bands, Crete/Midwest Express, National Guard/MSgt Walters, etc.
  • Ray O’Connor has volunteered to provide the venue to start the event.
  • Volunteers and 3-4 runners will be required at event.  Anticipating pre-registration will help limit the time at the day of the event.

Patch order is on a Covid hold, expecting the ban to be lifted soon.

Wreaths Across America scheduled December 19, 2020.  Please be at the cemetery by 1000.

Reminder to turn in mileage report to David Morrison.

New Business

Commander Martin discussed creating a calendar of events for 2021.  This calendar will outline meetings, and monthly/yearly events.

Ron Hitch/Vets Club member updates the list of officers and contact information on the Legion website.

Executive Committee met on November 21, 2020, to approve $500 donation to the Legacy Run.

Kate Mothers posted a Facebook posting with a suggestion for a Boy Scout Eagle scout project to create a flag box/container/holder to hold retired flags until the burning ceremony is held.  Table discussion.

The Vets Club flag in front needs replaced.  Approximate cost will be around $221 (18 x 12).  Sarah Martin made a motion to seek donation first from businesses before purchasing the flag.  Second:  Richard Catron.  Motion carried.

Clint Baker gave a PowerPoint presentation on the benefits of creating an American Legion Riders website.

  • Recruitment
  • Showcase for events, rides, and charities
  • Community Engagements
  • Meeting times/locations
  • Sponsorships:  pay for website, charities, and chapter fundraising
  • Cost approximate $250 with $100-$125 yearly cost.

Jeff Schmidt made a motion to proceed with the design.  Second Brian.  Motion carried and discussion will resume at January 2, 2021 meeting.

Commander Greg Martin asked members if they are interested in having a Christmas party.  Venue consideration due to social distancing:  Perkins, Plainsman, Tommy.  Greg will check venues, dates and times and send a message via Facebook.

Reminder dues need to be paid prior to December 31st to remain in good standing.

St. Paul Patriot Guard honored Veteran, Allan Hancock yesterday, Dec. 4th.

Mike Frank made the motion to close the meeting.  Second Sarah.  Sargent-at-Arms Brian Mothers retired the POW/MIA chair covering.  American flag was

American flag was retired.  Avis Morrison said a closing prayer.  Meeting adjourned. 

Next meeting is scheduled for January 2, 2021.

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MEETING MINUTES

November 7th, 2020

Meeting called to Order by Commander Greg Martin.  Avis Morrison said opening prayer, Sargent-at-Arms Brian Mothers conducted the Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony, Pledge of Allegiance was said, The ALR preamble read, Roll call completed by Membership officer Jeff Schmidt, 15 members were present meeting a quorum.

October meeting minutes read by Sarah Martin.  Motion made by Brian Mothers to approve minutes as read.  Second: Tim Sinsel. Minutes approved.

Guests Present: Jacy and Pam Todd, Brad and Linda Bowman (Hastings ALR),
Clint Baker (Edgar ALR)

The Linda Bowman benefit ride was on October 24th.  7 bikes and 4 cages showed up for the ride.  $389 was raised for the benefit. 100% of proceeds given to the Bowman Family.

Finance Officer Sarah Martin read the Finance Report.  Jeff Schmidt made motion to approve as read.  Second: Zac Snodgrass. Report approved.

Old Business

Brian Mothers discussed purchasing challenge coins.  The Benson chapter 112 sells them to other chapters for $2.50 each. Purchase 200 coins to sell at events for $5 each. Mike Frank made a motion to purchase 200 challenge coins. Second: Jeff Schmidt. Motion approved.

Mike Gentes has resigned as vice commander and left the Legion Riders Chapter 53 of Grand Island, Nebraska in good standings.

Commander Martin discussed Resolution 19 it was tabled until a future meeting when more information is available.

New Business

Commander Martin: We need to elect a new Vice Commander.
Nominations were held.  Brian Mothers nominated David Morrison.
 Zac Snodgrass seconded the nomination.  No other nominations were made.  Sarah Martin made a motion to hold a vote.  Mike Frank seconded the motion.  Motion approved.  Vote was held for David Morrison to be new Vice Commander.  Vote-unanimous.

With David Morrison moving to Vice Commander, per our constitution and by-laws, officers cannot hold more than position.  This leaves the Historian office open.  Nominations were held.  Brian Mothers nominated Avis Morrison.
David Morrison seconded.  No other nominations were made.
Nomination approved.  Vote held for Avis Morrison to be Historian. 
Vote-unanimous.

Brian Mothers discussed the Veterans Appreciation Day.  The Elks club is interested in helping us with this event.  The event committee is as follows:
Greg Martin, Brian Mothers, David Morrison and Jeff Schmidt. 
If anyone else would like to join this committee, let us know.  The event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday June 12th, 2021.

Jon Monk discussed fellow Saint Paul Legion Rider Tim Hannibal had a bad accident and Howard County Legion Riders are wanting to do a fundraiser for him.  Time and date not yet available.

Zac Snodgrass brought up a possible benefit event for his son’s school teacher at Dodge for medical expenses.  Zac asked what events we could do during the winter.  Sarah Martin brought up doing a chili cookoff.  Jeff Schmidt suggested that we should do a chili cookoff annually.  We will look at this again once health restrictions have been lifted.

Sarah Martin made the motion to close the meeting, seconded by Jeff Schmidt.  Sargent-at-Arms Brian Mothers retired the POW/MIA chair covering.  American flag was retired.  Jacob Gaspari said a closing prayer.  Meeting adjourned. 

Next meeting is scheduled for December 5th.

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MEETING MINUTES

October 3rd, 2020

Meeting called to Order by Commander Greg Martin.  Pledge of Allegiance was said.  Sarah Martin said an opening prayer.  Commander Greg Martin and Sargent-at-Arms Brian Mothers conducted the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony.  The ALR preamble was read.  Roll call was completed by Membership officer Jeff Schmidt.  14 members and 2 supporters were present meeting a quorum.

September meeting minutes were read by Sarah Martin.  Motion was made by made by John Monk to approve the minutes as read.  Seconded by Brian Mothers. Minutes approved.

New supporting members Kris & Lara Snyder were introduced.

Finance Officer, Sarah Martin, read the Finance Report.  Jeff Schmidt made a motion to approve the Finance Report as read.  Seconded by Zac Snodgrass. Report approved.

Old Business

We sent out 28 thank you cards to the business that donated to our Freedom and Independence Ride.

We received a thank you card for participating in the Veterans Day Celebration at the state fair.

Wreathes across America poker run on Saturday October 10th.  Wreathes will be placed at the Veterans cemetery on December 19th.

Kearney Veterans Day parade is canceled.

Mike Gentes brought up the benefit ride for Linda Bowman.  Other groups are not taking lead on this. We discussed that we could host a benefit poker run with 50/50 raffle on October 24th, and this would be done at no expense to the chapter.
Brian Mothers, Zac Snodgrass, Sarah Martin and Mike Gentes volunteered to run the committee for this event.  Brian Mothers made a motion to approve.  Seconded by Mike Gentes. Motion approved.

Coral Selden advised that the Vet’s hospital does have someone going in to do haircuts if we wanted to donate funds to that cause.  $13 a haircut.  Coral will try to get Jody in contact with Greg Martin to see what needs the Vet’s hospital has for their residents. Greg Martin will check with Nancy Klimeck at the Vet’s home to see what their needs are. Gifts for Yanks was brought up as another option to direct donations to.

September 12th, 5 of our chapter members joined Dave Davis’ Veterans cemetery headstone cleanup project.

New Business

Mike Gentes talked about Back the Blue & Trucks for Trump rally in Hastings on October 17th.

Mike Gentes talked about the Veterans Day Parade in Hastings on Veterans Day.

We purchase 15 more American Flags, but we don’t have flagpoles for them yet.  Greg Martin spoke with Nancy Dissmeyer from the Kearney ALR chapter about pricing for 3 bags to hold the flags.  She has already made the bags which are $75 for all 3 zip up bags.  Richard Catron made a motion to purchase the bags. Seconded by Brian Mothers. Motion passed.

Sarah Martin is going to plan a fun riding course in the VFW parking lot on October 17th.

The UVC board asked if we want to help with burger night. The Legion, Sons, and Auxiliary each take 3 month turns running burger night every Tuesday night from  4-7pm.  We need 5-6 people to help with this.  Greg Martin will check with the board to see what months they want us to cover if we are able to cover this.

We need to keep track of all our hours and miles. There Vice Commander will bring a spreadsheet to the meetings for you update your time and miles.

Jeff Schmidt said a closing prayer.  Sargent-at-Arms Brian Mothers retired the POW/MIA chair covering.  American flag was retired.  Jeff Schmidt made the motion to close the meeting, seconded by Jeff Schmidt.  Meeting adjourned.  Next meeting is scheduled for November 7th

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MEETING MINUTES

August 1st, 2020

Meeting called to Order. Chaplain Jacob Gaspari said an opening prayer. Commander Greg Martin conducted the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony. Pledge of Allegiance was said. The ALR preamble was read. Roll call was completed by Membership officer Jeff Schmidt. 18 members were present meeting a quorum.

July meeting minutes were read by Sarah Martin. Motion was made by made by Randy Grotzky to approve the minutes as read. Seconded by Jeff Schmidt. Minutes approved.

The Finance Officer, Sarah Martin, read the Treasurer’s Report. We have $981.07 in the bank. A patch order was placed on July 13th, in the amount of $381.93. Jeff Schimdt made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read. Brian Mothers seconded. Report approved.

Old Business

August 22nd, Freedom and Independence Ride: The board gave us approval to have our event at the United Veterans Club using the west parking lot. The Vet’s Club has an outdoor grill that we can use, Bubba has volunteered to cook for us. Greg Martin will contact Construction Rental to see if they will donate tables and chairs. Events committee has contacted many local businesses to ask for donations for silent auction or raffle. 50/50 raffle was discussed and possible tax penalties. Ride details were also discussed.

David Morrison and Brian Mothers have volunteered to pay for the ALR Flag to be displayed at the United Veterans Club. The estimated cost for the flag, tassel, tax and shipping is around $205 total.

State romp is September 18th – 20th. Cost is $40.00.

New Business

Kate Mothers has resigned as secretary. We need someone to fill this position as it is a required position for the chapter.

Jeff Schmidt suggested that we post meetings time and location on the public Facebook page to help bring in more people.

After our last meeting, we received a donation of 10 flags and flag poles from Dave Davis. Commander Greg Martin would like our chapter to have 25 American flags as well as flags for each branch of the military.

Commander Greg Martin suggested that we schedule more fun rides together. Prairie Pride Brewery is having an event this Saturday August 8th. They have a live band Dage Lee, $1 tacos, $5 nachos and $3 margarita’s from 6pm-8pm.

Sargent-at-Arms Brian Mothers retired the POW/MIA chair covering. Chaplain Jacob Gaspari said a closing prayer. Brian Mothers made the motion to close the meeting, seconded by Jacob Gaspari. Meeting adjourned.  Next meeting is scheduled for September 5th

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MINUTES

11 July 2020

Meeting called to Order. Pledge of Allegiance was said. Chaplain Jacob Gaspari said an opening prayer. The Preamble was read. The meeting was called to order. Roll call was read off by the Membership officer Jeff Schmidt. 13 members were present meeting a quorum. Introductions of 3 new members were made.

June meeting minutes were read by the Secretary Kate Mothers. Motion was made by made by Brian Mothers to approve the minutes as read. Seconded by Jacob Gaspari. Minutes approved.

The Finance Officer, Sarah Martin, read the Treasurer’s Report. We have $1348 in the bank and $54.65 in cash. A patch order is going in tomorrow. Brian Mothers made a motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as read. Jeff Schmidt seconded. Report approved.

A motion was made by Brian Mothers for the Treasurer to pay back Greg Martin the $141.72 owed to him from our first patch order. Seconded by Jeff Schmidt. Motion approved.

Events committee reported on the Aug 22nd Freedom and Independence Ride event they are organizing. It will go before the AL board next week to make sure before we advertise the event that we are okay with having the outdoor grilling at the UVC. Kate Mothers made a motion to approve the event. Seconded by Jeff Schmidt. Motion approved.

Old Business

An ALR flag for the UVC to display was discussed. Pricing is approximately $150.

State Romp date has changed and is now Sep 18-20.

A 2021 Veteran’s Day Parade was discussed. Greg Martin and 3 other officers had met with the Elks to discuss possibly cohosting the event. The weather and timing of the event was discussed and might possibly be changed to just a Veterans or Military Appreciation Parade held earlier in the summer. It was agreed that Brian Mothers, Greg Martin, Jeff Schmidt and Dave Morrison would form a Parade Events committee.

New Business

On June 10th, 3 members (Greg Martin, Brian Mothers and Dave Morrison) attended a funeral for Marine Ryan Kortus in Omaha with the Patriot Guard.

On June 27, a slow ride practice was held for members that wanted to practice. 10 members were present for the slow ride practice in GI at the UVC and for a short ride to Hastings for lunch at Kitty’s Roadhouse. 8 members continued onto to a funeral in Glenvil with the Patriot Guard.

Various members helped the UVC put up and take down American Flags in the Veterans Memorial Park for both Flag Day in June and Independence Day in July.

Greg Martin was part of the escort to send a young man off to Marine bootcamp, from Columbus to Omaha.

Dakota Davis of the Patriot Guard asked us if we’d do a Back the Blue line in support of the Grand Island Police Dept and Hall County Sheriff’s office on Independence day. 17 members turned out. Our chapter then went on a short ride to Central City and Aurora then back to GI.

Kate Mothers made a motion to change the quorum back to it’s original wording. It was seconded by Jeff Schmidt. Motion was denied.

Brian Mothers made a motion that we change the signatories on the bank account from the Treasurer and Secretary, to the Treasurer and Membership officer. Motion was seconded and approved. So Kate Mothers, Secretary is to be removed off of the chapter bank account at Five Points Bank, and Jeff Schmidt, Membership Officer will be added.

Legion Care free $5k Life Insurance was discussed. How to sign up information was posted in the Facebook Members Page.

The subject of alcohol was discussed. It was agreed that there is no drinking during our chapter meetings and not while during an ALR ride event we host.

Chaplain Jacob Gaspari said a closing prayer. Sarah Martin made the motion to close the meeting, seconded by Brian Mothers. Meeting adjourned.  Next meeting is scheduled for August 1st

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MINUTES

6 June 2020

Due to the state’s Directed Health Measures (DHM) no meeting was held in May.

19 members and 1 guest attended. A quorum was present.

Richard Catron made the motion to change the quorum to be a majority of members present. Brian Mothers seconded it. Motion passed.

Sarah Martin made a motion to amend the previous motion to include one officer. Richard Catron seconded the motion. Motion passed.

The constitution and bylaws were discussed, and numerous changes were made. Including adding a new section to cover extenuating circumstances. A motion was made by Brian Mothers to approve the new constitution and bylaws. Sarah seconded the motion. Motion passed.

The Events committee is planning a Freedom and Independence Ride for Aug 22nd that starts and ends in Grand Island.

The Financial officer reported we have $923 in our bank account. Treasurer’s report will be made available online.  The April minutes were posted online. Zac Snodgrass made the motion to approve the minutes as posted and the Treasurer’s Report as read. Coral Selden seconded.

Benson chapter has approximately 200 Legion Rider Challenge Coins that they’ll sell us at cost of $2.50 each. We can sell them at rides as souvenirs for $5 each. It was decided to wait until next month to vote to see if we wanted to buy any from them, and if so, how many.

The Commander and several of our members joined in a chat with the Elks Lodge about organizing a Veteran’s Parade for Grand Island in 2021. We would possibly be helping them host it.

Copies of what our new membership cards would look like and our new application to join were passed around for review.

Coral Seldon made a motion to keep all our current officers in place for another year. Mike Frank seconded the motion. Motion passed.

The date of the State Romp has changed, due to the States DHMs.

Glenn Plensky, our AL liaison, said that next Friday, June 12th the legion would be putting up flags in the Veterans Memorial Park at 5pm for Flag Day and could use some help. Also, flags would be taken down on Mon, Jun 15th at 5pm and folded. Social distancing for coronavirus is to be followed and flag folding volunteers should wear masks and hand sanitizers will be provided.

Due to our next scheduled meeting falling on Independence Day, our next meeting will be on July 11th.

Brian Mothers made a motion to close the meeting. Jeff Schmidt seconded it. Motion carried and meeting closed.

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MINUTES

4 April 2020

A regular meeting of the American Legion Riders Chapter 53 was called and held on 13 March 2020 online using Zoom and Facebook live. Commander Greg Martin called the meeting to order. A quorum was present.

POW/MIA empty chair resolution was read. Pledge of Allegiance was recited, and the Preamble was read.

Commander Greg Martin opened the meeting.

Minutes of the previous meetings minutes, both March 7th and 13th, were posted online for all members to view. Brian Mothers made a motion to accept the minutes as viewed due to the special circumstances. Jeff Schmidt seconded the motion. Motion passed.

The Finance Officer presented the Treasurer’s Report. It is posted online. Bank account has not been opened yet because the banks lobby is closed due to the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.

OLD BUSINESS:

The Executive Committee made changes to the Constitution and Bylaws. The proposed changes have been posted online. Brian Mothers made the motion to table the discussion and approval of the changes until we can have a meeting in person. Seconded by Jeff Schmidt. Motion passed.

Patch rockers are in. Make arrangements with Greg Martin to pick up.

New Business:

Brian Mothers made a motion to table all organized rides and fundraising until after the Coronavirus pandemic is behind us. Fun rides with social distancing are okay. Jacob Gaspari seconded the motion. Motion passed.

For the Good of the Legion:

We had a full-page article, with photos, about us in the Apr/May 2020 The Nebraska Legionnaire newsletter. It’s titled ‘Honoring Donald Stratton’ and was about us honoring the WWII veteran at his burial and the escort home.

Glenn Palensky is now the liaison between our ALR chapter and our sponsoring American Legion post. He told us our framed Charter was put on display in the bar of the United Veterans Club, along with all the others.

Closing statement read and POW/MIA flag recovered.

Jeff Schmidt made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Timothy Sinsel. The next monthly meeting will be May 2, 2020 on 7pm. An announcement will be made near the time, to let everyone know if we can meet in person, or take a poll to see if we want to meet online again to follow the state’s social distancing restrictions or skip the next meeting. Meeting adjourned.

Closing prayer was said by Jacob Gaspari.

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MINUTES

13 March 2020

An emergency meeting of the American Legion Riders Chapter 53 was called and held on 13 March 2020 at United Veterans Club commencing at 6:30pm. Commander Greg Martin called the meeting to order.

Members present:

Greg & Sarah Martin

Brian & Kate Mothers

Mike Gentes

Jeff & Karen Schmidt

Mike Frank

Zac Snodgrass

A quorum was present.

OLD BUSINESS:

A correction was requested to the February minutes.  It needs to specifically say in writing that we want to open our chapter bank accounts at Five Points Bank. A motion was made by Zac Snodgradss and seconded by Jeff Schmidlt. Motion carried.

Two officers were already chosen to act as signatories on our bank account during our Feb meeting: Sarah Martin (Treasurer) and Kate Mothers (Secretary). A motion was made by Brian Mothers, and seconded by Jeff Schmidt that the bank signatories should always be our chapter Treasurer and one other officer. Motion passed.

During our February meeting a motion was passed that “any Allied service member can wear a veteran bottom rocker.” A motion was made by Sarah Martin to clarify that they are allowed a special bottom rocker to denote that they are an Allied veteran. The Allied veteran in question, Brian Mothers, did not wish to be confused for an American Veteran. Exact wording of patch left up to the veteran. Seconded by Jeff Schmidt. Motion passed.

New Business:

Greg Martin let it be known that we have a clerical error in our by laws. There is a numbering error that starts with paragraph 4, and all the numbers are off after it. This clerical error will be fixed ASAP.

Our Chapter bank accounts were further discussed. Bylaws state that there is a $250 withdrawl limit without chapter approval. There will be no fees on our bank account. Checks and debit cards were discussed. 

A motion was made to amend our Bylaws to ready “that a Special Session or Emergency meeting may only be called to order with 24 hour notification by means of email, electronic format, or phone call to no less than 2/3rds of Chapter membership. An Emergency meeting may only be called for issues needing immediate attention that cannot be postponed until our regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Any member may call a Special Session meeting or Emergency meeting. A quorum must be present to pass any motions. A quorum being 5 members of the Chapter with at least 3 or more being officers and if necessary any 2 other registered members of the Chapter. Jeff Schmidt made the motion, seconded by Mike Franks. Motion passed.                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Jeff Schmidt made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Seconded by Mike Frank. The next monthly meeting will be 4 April, 2020 on 7pm at the United Veterans Club in the Memorial Hall. Meeting adjourned.

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MINUTES

7 March 2020

The regular meeting of the American Legion Chapter 53 duly called and held on 7 March 2020 at United Veterans Club commencing at 6:30pm. Commander Greg Martin called the meeting to order. A quorum was present. Members recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble was read.

The minutes of the previous (Feb) meeting were read. A correction was requested to the minutes. It was requested that to the 2 signature cards to be on file with the bank, that an American Legion officer be added: Jim Bretman, AL Post 53 Commander.  A motion was made by Jeff Schmidlt and seconded by Brian Mothers to accept the minutes as read with the correction to be added. Motion carried.

OLD BUSINESS:

Charter officers were discussed. During our founding meeting in Dec 2019, officers were selected. However, not all officers had received their Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons membership numbers at that time. Other members with valid membership numbers were submitted on our Request for American Legion Riders Chapter paperwork as officers. A motion was made by Jeff Schmidt that we reinstall our original officers now that all of their membership numbers came through. Brian Mothers seconded. Motion carried. The officers reinstated are:

Commander Greg Martin

Vice Commander Mike Gentes

Secretary Kate Mothers

Treasurer Sarah Martin

Sergeant of Arms Brian Mothers

ALR Bank account was discussed. It was clarified by State officers that the ALR sponsoring Legion post needs to let us use their tax ID number for our bank account.

Vice Commander Mike Gentes brought up a motion to amend paragraph 10.1 of our By Laws. It reads “Members who joined the American Legion Riders at Grand Island Nebraska, Chapter 53 prior to January 05, 2020 are considered Charter Members and are allowed to display the Charter Member patch on their riding vests.” The motion was made to change the date from Jan 5, 2020 to March 8, 2020 by Kate Mothers. Seconded by Sarah Martin. Motion carried.

New Business:

The addition of other pins or patches added to the front and sides of our riding vests was discussed. The motion was made by Brian Mothers, and seconded by Jeff Schmidt to allow other pins and patches as long as they were not derogatory or political, for the good of the Legion, and that they could not be from a motorcycle club. Motion carried.

An announcement was made that the 2020 Nebraska State Romp would be July 17-19, 2020. It’s hosted by Benson American Legion Riders Post 112. Registration fee is $60. Flyers were available for anyone interested.

WWII veteran and USS Arizona survivor Donald Stratton passed away on Feb 15, 2020 at the age of 97. His funeral services were in Colorado Springs on Feb 29, 2020. He was escorted home by the Patriot Guard and American Legion Riders. Our members Brian Mothers, Dave Morrison and Avis Morrison meet up with the escort in Wa Kenney, KS and continued to Red Cloud, NE. His internment with full military honors was March 2, 2020 in Red Cloud. American Legion Riders made up the flag line. Our attending members were Greg Martin, Dave Morrison, Jacob Gaspari, Kate Mothers and her son Nathan Acosta. At the meeting a moment of silence was observed to honor Lennie Riedel, 65, of American Legion Post 363 in Colby, KS who lost his life during the funeral escort.

Commander Greg Martin appointed two new officers: Jacob Gaspari as Chaplain and Dave Morrison as Historian. We are still needing to fill the Membership officer position.  

An announcement was made about Iron Horse bike show on March 20-22, 2020. Set up on Friday starts as 5pm. Volunteers are needed to man our booth.

Patches that were ordered came in and were distributed. Still waiting on Top Rockers that were special ordered to arrive.

Introduction of Guests was made by Commander Greg Martin. Our guests included John Arias, American Legion Riders District 6 South Central Assistant Liaison and Eric Garrels, District 6 Assistant Sons of American Legion Commander. We also had 10 members from Clay Center ALR Chapter 87, 4 members of Gibbon ALR, 2 members of Aurora ALR Post 42, 2 members of the Veterans MC and 2 members of the Midwest Bikers for Christ.

Next our 7 officers were sworn in by John Arias, District 6 Assistant Liaison.

John Arias then read our official Charter and presented it to our Commander Greg Martin.

Jeff Schmidt made a motion to adjourn our meeting. Seconded by Sarah Martin. The next monthly meeting will be 4 April, 2020 on 7pm at the United Veterans Club in the Memorial Hall. Meeting adjourned.

The meeting was followed by a Chapter Party for all in attendance.  Chapter Chaplain Jacob Gaspari said grace.

Supersaver in Grand Island donated $50 to our Chapter. Other donations:

Clay Center ALR Chapter $150

Gibbon ALR $5

Dakota Davis $20

General public $20

Total donations received was $245.

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS POST 53 AMENDED MINUTES

1 February 2020

Meeting was called to order by Director Greg Martin. Six members and 9 guests were present.

Pledge of allegiance was said. Preamble was recited.

Meeting was opened.

Minutes of January meeting were read. Jeff Schmidt made the motion to accept the minutes. Mike Gentes seconded. Minutes accepted.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS:

Members were asked to introduce themselves, then guests.

A motion was made by Brian Mothers to change the Director and Vice Director position names to Commander and Vice Commander. Jacob Gaspari seconded. Motion was passed.

American Legion Riders back patches were discussed. It was decided to get the one-line patch with “Post 53” on it. A top rocker with “Grand Island, Nebraska”. A bottom rocket can be added that says “Veteran”, “Sons of American Legion” or “American Legion Auxiliary”. A motion was made by Brian Mothers, and seconded by Jeff Schmidt. Motion passed.

A “Charter Member” patch was discussed and a small front patch in gold lettering was chosen. Jeff Schmidt made the motion and Coral Selden seconded. Motion passed.

Orders for patches would be taken by Greg Martin after the meeting.

A motion was made by Kate Mothers that any Allied service member can wear a veteran bottom rocker. Seconded by Jacob Gaspari. Motion passed.

A charter bank account was discussed, for opening a checking and savings account at Five Points Bank. Three signature cards for the account would be Sarah Martin, ALR Treasurer; Kate Mothers, ALR Secretary; and Jim Bretman, American Legion Post 53 Commander. Once the account is open, then we can accept annual dues at the next meeting. *(1) *(2)

Iron Horse motorcycle show is at Fonner Park in Grand Island on March 20-22. We can have a table for $55. Jeff Schmidt made the motion and Brian Mothers seconded it. There will be a sign-up sheet at the March meeting for times to man our table.

Commander Greg Martin reminded us to keep track of our time and mileage with working for the American Legion, Sons, Auxiliary, or Legion Riders.

Next meeting is March 7th at 6:30pm, at United Veterans Club.

Motion to close meeting was made by Jeff Schmidt and seconded by Brian Mothers. Meeting closed.

*(1) Minutes amended during regular monthly meeting on 3/7/2020 to add an American Legion Post 53 Officer to a signature card on bank account.

*(2) Minutes amended during an emergency meeting on 3/14/2020 to add the name of the bank, Five Points Bank, where we want to open a checking and savings account. Also that the American Legion Riders signature cards would be the Treasurer and one other ALR officer.

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS POST 53 MINUTES

4 January 2020

Meeting was called to order by Greg Martin. Eight members and one guest were present. Pledge of allegiance was said.

Members present:

Greg Martin

Mike Gentes

Brian Mothers

Sarah Martin

Kate Mothers

Karen Schmidt

Jeff Schmidt

Coral Selden

New Business

First order of business was the new charter set up and what requirements we needed to do this.

We discussed our constitution and bylaws. The motion to adopt was made by Brian Mothers and seconded by Mike Gentes. Motion Passed.

Officers elected:

Director-Greg Martin

Vice Director – Mike Gentes

Secretary- Coral Selden

Treasurer- Jeff Schmidt

Sergeant at Arms- left open

Annual dues were discussed and an amount of $25 decided upon. Jeff Schmidt made the motion. Brian Mothers seconded. Motion passed.

It was decided that the monthly meeting of the charter would be held on the 1st Saturday of the month at 7pm. Motion was made by Kate Mothers, seconded by Jeff Schmidt. Motion passed.

The Nebraska American Legion mid-year conference to be held in Kearney on Saturday January 11th. If Charter paperwork is accepted in time, our officers are to be sworn in at the conference.

Next meeting will be February 1, 2020.

Motion to close the meeting made by Jeff Schmidt, seconded by Sarah Martin. Meeting was closed.

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