American Legion Riders Chapter 53 Meeting Minutes

August 17, 2022

All in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony performed by Brian Everhart.

Opening prayer by Chaplain Jacob Gasparai.

ALR Chapter 53 Preamble recited by all in attendance.

Meeting called to order by Commander David Morrison.

Roll call completed by sign in sheet. Nineteen members present meeting a quorum.

July meeting minutes read by Historian Avis Morrison. One correction. The VA facility in Grand Island is not a hospital. It is a medical center. Minutes accepted with correction.

July finance report read by Financial Officer Sarah Martin. Motion to approve, Greg Martin. Second, Avis Morrison. Approved as read

Finance Report – Scott Wolfe motioned to have the finance report at meetings be the total income and expenses for previous month and total bank balance. A detailed report will be available at the meeting and on-line. Second, Mark Newton. Motion carried.

New Members & Guests: Julie Schnitzler – American Legion District 6 Commander was present. We had cake for her birthday. Also present were guests Keith Ditter, Verdecia Dunbor and Edith Decel.

State Romp 2023 - Greg Martin: The UVC has approved having an outdoor event. Greg will take back some concerns to the board. We will need to have full member participation for this event to work. Will break down full committee into sub-committees: Route planning, Sponsorships & donations, Memorabilia, Fundraising & events, Meals, Hotels, Advertising of event, Pictures & video of event. First full committee meeting with be held Friday, August 26th in Hastings. Time and place will be announced on Facebook.

Sick/Deployment Call - Austin Friedrichsen is still deployed at the US/Mexico border until October. Coral Selden was in a motorcycle accident July 31st. Suffered broken wrist and a burn on her leg from the exhaust pipe. Has had skin grafting surgery for the burn.

Austin Friedrichsen – Jon Monk motioned to approve the Chapter pay Austin’s dues for the ALR and the American Legion for 2023. Second, Avis Morrison. Motion carried.7

Office Supplies – Scott Wolfe motioned, after discussion, to authorize the Financial Officer to spend up to $150 per quarter to maintain office supply inventory. Second, Dora Wolfe. Motion carried.

White shirts for ceremonial flag lines and parades – We will not be placing a group order due to multiple preferences by Chapter members. Appropriate shirts would be a plain white shirt, a white shirt from the American Legion Flag & Emblem Store (emblem.legion.org), etc.

ALR Chapter 53 Standing Rules – Greg Martin clarified with the American Legion Department of Nebraska Judge Advocate on our rights to change or add to the Constitution, Bylaws and Standing Rules. Our group is a volunteer organization and is allowed to make rules as long as they are not a civil or legal rights violation.

Eagle Scout Project – Flag retirement drop/deposit box – Greg Martin: Adeline Woods was not present. She relayed to Greg she is waiting for information from Copy Cat Printing.

Nebraska Legacy Scholarship Run Donation – Greg Martin clarified that our $250 gift to the run will be recognized as a donation from the Nebraska American Legion Riders instead of being recognized from our Chapter as the $750 donation will be.

Storage Cabinet – Sarah Martin motioned to approve up to $200 be spent on a wood or metal cabinet for the Chapter’s storage needs. Cabinet needs to have at least a 4’ open area to store our flag poles. Second, Scott Wolfe. Motion carried. Mark Newton is going to look for a cabinet and will get approval from a member of the executive committee member before purchasing.

Bingo – Richard Catron: The United Veterans Club is looking for volunteers for Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon Bingo.

Girl Scout Cookies: Jon Monk’s granddaughter was able to donate 187 boxes to the VA Medical Center. Jon said thank you to everyone that made that possible.

Raffle: Greg Martin motioned to approve up to $1300 be spent for 2 guns, a first prize and a second prize, for a raffle we will discuss at the next meeting. Second, Scott Wolfe. Motion carried.

Closing prayer Chaplain Jacob Gaspari.

Brian Everhart retired the POW/MIA chair covering.

Sarah Martin motioned to adjourn the meeting. Second, Avis Morrison. Meeting adjourned by Commander David Morrison.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, August 20, 2022 - Husker Party in the Park for Veterans – Grace Abbott Park. Introductions and prayers at noon. Ceremony at 2:15. Meet on west side of park to do a flag line for ceremony. This annual event is a fundraiser for the Business Coalition for Veterans.

Thursday, August 25, 2022 - Nation of Patriots Tour – Greg Martin will post details to Facebook. nationofpatriots.com

Saturday, September 10, 2022 – Patriotic Bike Show - St Paul – Central Plains American Legion Riders – 9am to 5pm

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American Legion Riders Chapter 53 Meeting Minutes

July 20, 2022

 

All in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony performed by SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel.

Opening prayer by Avis Morrison.

ALR Chapter 53 Preamble recited by all in attendance.

Meeting called to order by Commander David Morrison.

Roll call completed by Secretary Pam Sinsel. Thirteen members present meeting a quorum.

 Greg Martin motioned to approve postponing reading of the meeting minutes to let Adeline Woods discuss her Eagle Scout project. Second, Scott Wolfe. Motion carried.

 Eagle Scout Project – Flag retirement drop/deposit box – Adeline Woods: The business she was thinking of using for the vinyl wrap has a six-month back-up. They gave names of a couple of places in Grand Island. Copycat Printing was one name given and she will check into. Discussed fundraising with the possibility of having donation boxes around town.

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

June finance report read by Financial Officer Sarah Martin. Motion to approve, Richard Catron. Second, Greg Martin. Approved as read.

 Freedom & Independence Ride Committee – Sarah Martin: Net proceeds for the event were $4,272.43.

 Veterans Relief CommitteeNext meeting Thursday, August 4th 6:30 pm at the UVC.

Sick/Deployment Call - Austin Friedrichsen is still deployed at the US/Mexico border

 Headsets – Greg Martin has asked for assistance with this project. Coral Selden will look for options.

 Look Twice Save a Life Sign – Ready to move forward with this project. Pam Sinsel will draw up a 4’x4’ sign. Sarah Martin motioned to approve spending up to $200 for the sign. Second, Greg Martin. Motion carried.

 Grand Island VA Hospital - Asking for paper, pens, etc. Sarah Martin motioned to approve spending up to $250 on miscellaneous items for the hospital. Second, Scott Wolfe. Motion carried.

 Stop Soldier Suicide – A thank you letter was received for the Chapter’s $100 gift.

 Donations from the Freedom & Independence Ride Proceeds – Greg Martin motioned to approve $500 to the Grand Island VA Hospital and $500 to the Kearney Central NE VA Home to be split evenly between Dollar Days and Gifts For Yanks. Second, Richard Catron. Motion carried.

Greg Martin motioned to approve $750 be given to the National Legacy Scholarship Fund and $250 be given to the Nebraska Legacy Scholarship Run. Second, Richard Catron. Motion carried.

 Long Sleeve White ALR Chapter 53 Shirts – Avis Morrison will put together a draft of a shirt and get quotes from a few printers. We will then be able to get the approval from the American Legion to use the emblem and move forward with printing.

 State Romp 2023 – Date will depend on when the state convention will be held. We will need a committee to start planning. Sub committees will be needed to plan route, hotels, give aways, etc. Clay Center will be helping with the event and planning. First committee meeting will be set at August general meeting.

 ALR Chapter 53 Standing Rules – Greg Martin is seeking clarification from the American Legion Department of Nebraska Judge Advocate on our rights to change or add to the Constitution, Bylaws and Standing Rules.

 Dora Wolfe, motioned to close the meeting. Sarah Martin, second. Motion carried.

Closing prayer by Avis Morrison.

SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel retired the POW/MIA chair covering.

Meeting adjourned by Commander David Morrison.

American Legion Riders Chapter 53 Meeting Minutes

June 15, 2022

Opening prayer by Chaplain Jacob Gaspari.

All in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony performed by SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel.

ALR Preamble recited by all in attendance.

Meeting called to order by Commander Greg Martin.

Roll call completed by Secretary Pam Sinsel. Nineteen members present meeting a quorum.

May meeting minutes read by Pam Sinsel. Accepted with a date and a spelling correction.

May finance report read by Financial Officer Sarah Martin. Motion to approve, Brian Everhart. Second, Dora Wolfe. Approved as read.

 Sick/Deployment Call:

 Austin Friedrichsen is still deployed at the US/Mexico border.

 Committee Reports:

 Freedom & Independence Ride – Greg Martin: Stromsburg has been confirmed as our first stop. Geneva will have lunch for a $10 charge. Bubba has volunteered to help cook. Tim Sinsel has volunteered his audio equipment for use during event. Second banner and logos ordered.

Mindy informed Greg bartender fee will probably be a little higher due to higher staff wages.

Scott Wolfe motioned to approve the higher bartender fee. Second, Mario Reyes. Motion approved. Mindy will have the ride information on the sign by 6/16/22.

 Veterans Relief Committee – Greg Martin: The committee has met once. Will meet again to continue making plans. Sarah Martin motioned to approve the opening of a savings account for the funds the Veterans Relief Committee will have for their use. Second, Nicole Reyes. Motion approved. 

 Old Business:

 Eagle Scout Project – Flag retirement drop/deposit box: Adeline’s goal is for a box that is weatherproof, holds more flags than existing bin and have a nicer look. Smooth side of electrical box will be placed to the front with an opening like the clothing donation boxes around town to make weatherproof. Existing door will be to the back for flag retrieval and be netted so flags will not fall out when opening the door. Thinking of a plasma cut out at top of box indicating Flag Deposit or something similar. Will have a false bottom sitting about a foot off the ground. The electrical box was donated to this project by the City of Grand Island.

 Headsets: Greg Martin is continuing to look at options.

 Look Twice, Save a Life: Sign has been approve by the UVC Executive Committee. The land is owned by Hall County. Greg Martin or another officer will take it to the Hall County board for further approval before moving forward with plan.

 New Business:

 Sarah Martin motioned to open the floor for elections. Second, Scott Wolfe. Elections opened.

All uncontested positions were approved. Ballots were cast for SGT at Arms. Todd Sinsel was elected by votes. Avis Morrison motioned to close elections. Second, Dora Wolfe. Motion approved. New officers take positions 7/1/2022.

 2022-2023 Officers:

Commander - David Morrison

Vice Commander - Scott Wolfe

Finance Officer - Sarah Martin

Secretary - Pam Sinsel

SGT at Arms - Todd Sinsel

 Sarah Martin motioned to approve our chapter pay the $15 registration fee for any member of

the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 53 that wishes to attend the State Convention in Columbus. Second, Scott Wolfe. Motion approved.

 Sarah Martin motioned to add the following addition to the ALR Chapter 53 standing rules: No alcohol shall be consumed by Chapter members who are vehicle operators on any ALR Chapter 53 sanctioned riding event until the riding portion of the event is concluded. Second, Avis Morrison. Motion approved.

 The Grand Island Vets Hospital is asking for paper, pens, stationary, note cards, etc. The VFW Auxiliary is raising funds. Tabled until the next meeting. Coral Selden will clarify the request.

 Julie Schnitzler, American Legion District 6 Commander, would like to put together an American Legion Nebraska Riders Passport. She will discuss this at the State Convention on June 25th with American Legion Riders Chapters spearheading it.

 Greg Martin will post to Facebook chat about ALR white shirts.

 Upcoming Events:

 June 17th-19th – Nebraska ALR State Romp, Ashland, NE

June 18th – Stromsburg Swedish Festival Parade, 6 pm.

June 24th-26th – Nebraska American Legion State Convention, Columbus. Dress is business attire.

July 8th – Flags at the club will be taken down beginning at 5 pm.

 Closing prayer by Chaplain Jacob Gaspari.

SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel retired the POW/MIA chair covering.

Sarah Martin motioned to close the meeting. Second, Nicole Reyes. Meeting adjourned.

Chapter 53 Meeting Minutes

May 18, 2022

All in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Opening prayer by Chaplain Jacob Gaspari.

Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony performed by SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel.

ALR Preamble recited by all in attendance.

Meeting called to order by Commander Greg Martin.

Roll call completed by Secretary Pam Sinsel. Nineteen members present meeting a quorum.

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

May 5, 2022 emergency meeting minutes read by Pam Sinsel. Accepted as read.

April finance report read by Financial Officer Sarah Martin. Motion to approve, Brian Everhart. Second, Coral Selden. Approved as read.

New Members:

Welcome Mark Newton. Mark was not present at meeting.

Committee Reports:

Freedom & Independence Ride – Greg Martin: Banner sponsors and raffle donations are still needed. If anyone has ideas or places to ask, let a committee member know and committee will reach out. Ride is being finalized. Stops will be include American Legion posts in Stromsburg, Geneva for lunch and Clay Center.

Old Business:

Eagle Scout Project: The Vets Club executive committee has approved the use of the electrical box. Box has been delivered to club. Adeline reported that she has several ideas on how the box will work including a way to retrieve the flags in the back and a bottom to keep flags off the ground. The box will hold 5 times as many flags as the existing collection container. Discussed having a competition on the design of the box. Chapter would like to see design possibly include branches of the military, VFW and Legion chapters and POA MIA emblem.

Standing Rules for Funeral Flowers or Memorial: After discussion, Richard Catron motioned to approve the following standing rule: Spending up to $100 on funeral flowers or memorial for ALR Chapter 53 members, spouses, children or parents. Second, Sarah Martin. Motion approved.

Headsets: Greg Martin is continuing to look at options.

New Business:

Thank you has been received from Girls State applicant supported by the chapter.

Sarah Martin motioned to approve reimbursement to Jon Monk for his $25 contribution to the

Jr Law Cadet Program. Second, Jacob Gaspari. Approved.

Zach Snodgrass motioned to approve $100 to sponsor Brian Shelton in his 50 mile march to stop veteran suicide. Second, Jeff Schmidt. Approved. Zach is to get information on what organization to pay the check to.

Scott Wolfe brought up the need to have a safety meeting before our Freedom and Independence Ride. After discussion, Saturday, June 2nd was set as the date. Time to be announced.

Jeff Schmidt asked who the administrators on Facebook chat are? Greg Martin and David Morrison are administrators on all Facebook pages. Moderators are Sarah Martin, Mario Reyes and Avis Morrison.

Jeff Schmidt asked if the UVC would let the chapter put up a Look Twice Save A Life sign on the corner of Capital and Broadwell. Greg Martin was to ask the executive committee if it was okay.

A calendar of events on the UVC website was discussed. Greg Martin is to ask if it is possible.

Jacob Gaspari suggested we form a committee and a fund to specifically help veterans in our community. Zach Snodgrass and Jacob Gaspari have volunteered for the committee.

Sarah Martin motioned to open nominations. Second, Scott Wolfe. Nominations opened.

Sarah Martin nominates David Morrison as Commander.

Zach Snodgrass nominates Scott Wolfe as Vice Commander.

Robyn Everhart nominates Sarah Martin as Finance Officer.

Zach Snodgrass nominates Pam Sinsel as Secretary.

Sarah Martin nominates Todd Sinsel as SGT at Arms. Scott Wolfe nominates Brian Everhart as SGT at Arms.

Sarah Martin motioned to close nominations. Second, Don Vance. Approved. Elections will be

held at the June 15, 2022 meeting.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, May 21st Aurora ALR Poker Run

Saturday, June 4th – Kearney ALR Poker Run

Sunday, June 5th – Edgar ALR Poker Run

Sunday, June 12th – Clay Center ALR Poker Run

June 17th-19th – Nebraska ALR State Romp in Ashland, NE

June 24th-26th – Nebraska American Legion State Convention in Columbus

Closing prayer by Chaplain Jacob Gaspari.

SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel retired the POW/MIA chair covering.

Sarah Martin motioned to close the meeting. Second, Scott Wolfe. Meeting adjourned.

American Legion Riders Chapter 53 Special Meeting Minutes

May 5, 2022

Meeting called to order by Commander Greg Martin.

Roll call completed by Secretary Pam Sinsel. Thirteen members present meeting a quorum. One chapter supporter was present.

Guests:

Julie Schnitzler – American Legion District 6 Commander

John Arias – ALR Nebraska State Liaison

Julie and John presented information about a Navy Veteran and single mother who is participating in Veterans Treatment Court. This individual has a one-time need for financial assistance. After discussion, Mike Frank motioned to give $500 to this Veteran, paid to Julie Schnitzler for Julie to pay the Navy Vet’s bill directly. Second, Scott Wolfe. Motion approved unanimously.

American Legion Riders Chapter 53 Meeting Minutes

April 20, 2022

All in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Opening prayer by Avis Morrison.

Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony performed by SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel.

ALR Preamble recited by all in attendance.

Meeting called to order by Vice Commander David Morrison.

Roll call completed by Secretary Pam Sinsel. Eighteen members present meeting a quorum.

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

March finance report read by Treasurer Sarah Martin. Motion to approve, Richard Catron. Second,

Avis Morrison. Approved as read.

New Members:

Welcome Lonnie Awtry. Lonnie has joined us from the Saint Paul ALR chapter. Lonnie lives in Grand Island.

Committee Reports:

Freedom & Independence Ride – David Morrison: Committee is still planning the ride route. Possible route will be to Legion posts in Central City, Geneva and Clay Center. Next committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 3rd 7 pm.

Old Business:

Eagle Scout Project: Next step for Adeline is to decide if the electrical box will work for her project.

Next step for the ALR is to ask executive committee of the United Veterans Club for guidance on design before Adeline begins that process.

Elections: Nominations for elections will be done at the May meeting with voting at the June meeting.

New Business:

Jon Monk’s granddaughter has raised funds for almost 170 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to be donated to the Vets Hospital. Jon thanked the members of the ALR for their support.

Nicole Sayles’ father passed. Sarah Martin motioned to spend up to $90 for a floral arrangement. Rich Catron, Second. Approved.

John Larson has rifle raffle tickets available for sale for the Hall County Warriors Memorial being planned for Memorial Park. Tickets are $10 each.

Jeff Schmidt motioned to approve the following change to the standing rules section of our bylaws.  In the event an ALR member has a death in their family it is approved to spend up to $100 for funeral flowers. Family members include spouse, child, parent, grandparent and sibling. This motion is tabled for the next meeting while the bylaws are reviewed.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 23rd – Registration 11 am - Ride Noon - 5: Destiny Church is hosting “Ride for Woody” a fundraiser for the Business Coalition for Veterans.

Saturday, May 21st – National Veterans Awareness Ride: This is the date for the Grand Island overnight stop. Itinerary posted to the chat group.

Saturday, May 21st – Registration 10 am – Ride at 11 am: 1st Annual Aurora Legacy Run.

Closing prayer by Avis Morrison.

SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel retired the POW/MIA chair covering.

Motion to close the meeting, Sarah Martin. Second, Avis Morrison. Motion approved.

Meeting adjourned.

American Legion Riders Chapter 53 Meeting Minutes

March 16, 2022

All in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Opening prayer by Avis Morrison.

Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony performed by SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel.

ALR Preamble recited by all in attendance.

Meeting called to order by Commander Greg Martin.

Roll call completed by Secretary Pam Sinsel. Nineteen members present meeting a quorum.

February meeting minutes read by Pam Sinsel. Accepted as read with one date correction.

Finance report read by Treasurer Sarah Martin. Motion to approve, Avis Morrison. Second,

Scott Wolfe. Approved as read.

Sick/Deployment Call:

Austin Friedrichsen is still deployed at the US border.

Committee Reports:

Freedom & Independence Ride - Greg Martin: Ride route is still being planned. Mindy will get the committee a Sysco list and we will plan the food. Sponsorship flier will be posted.

Old Business:

Eagle Scout Project: Todd Sinsel has found an electrical box that will be donated if decision is to use. The box is 15” deep, 64” wide and 56” tall.

Committee is needed for rides & events.

Mario & Nicole Reyes offered to be additional Facebook administrators/moderators.

Iron Horse Bike Show: March 19th - 21st: We have a booth. Set up starts 5 pm on Friday. Shifts available over the weekend. Sign up on Facebook.

Girls State: We discussed the possibility that Girls State will go virtual again this year. Registration fee had to be paid up front, but funds will be returned if it goes virtual.

New Business:

The executive committee approved the purchase of 200 American Flag pins. Cost is $104.Todd Sinsel brought to the group neverforget826.com and a trailer John Walz from Hastings has.  The trailer commemorates 8/26/21 and the Americans that were abandoned in Afghanistan. After discussion, Jon Monk motioned to extend an offer for John to set up trailer at our Freedom and Independence Ride in July. Scott Wolfe, Second. Approved with no sponsorship/funds from the ALR.

Upcoming Events:

SALS Steak Feed – March 19th 5:30 -8:00 pm

Aurora American Legion Steak Feed – March 21st 6-8 pm at fairgrounds.

American Legion Baseball Steak Feed – March 26th 5-8 pm at the UVC

SALS Nut Feed - April 2nd: Volunteers needed. Set-up @ 9am. Food prep @ noon. Raffle tickets @ 4:30.  

Closing prayer by Avis Morrison.

SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel retired the POW/MIA chair covering.

Motion to close the meeting, Sarah Martin. Second, Avis Morrison. Motion approved.

Meeting adjourned.

American Legion Riders Chapter 53 Meeting Minutes

February 16, 2022

All in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Opening prayer by Avis Morrison.

Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony performed by SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel.

ALR Preamble recited by all in attendance.

Meeting called to order by Commander Greg Martin.

Roll call completed by Secretary Pam Sinsel. Sixteen members present meeting a quorum.

October meeting minutes read by Pam Sinsel. Accepted as read with one date correction.

Finance report read by Treasurer Sarah Martin. Motion to approve, Avis Morrison. Second,

Robin Everhart. Approved as read.

Sick/Deployment Call:

Jon Monk tore his quad and had surgery.

Committee Reports:

Freedom & Independence Ride: Greg Martin – Committee held meeting on February 1st. Date is set for July 16, 2022. Decided to keep entrance fee the same as last year, $15 single, $10 passenger and we will invite car clubs. Burgers and brats will be served. Discussed offering the public dinner for $5. Checking burger prices through the club. Snap-On will sponsor the cost of a 2nd banner. Next committee meeting Tuesday March 1st, 7:00 pm.     

Old Business:

Eagle Scout Project: Adeline presented additional ideas for retirement flag box with pros and cons for each.  Postal box, electrical box, library return box, UPS/FedEx box. All may be hard to acquire or expensive but will give protection of the contents from weather. Mike Frank will try to contact Gary Quandt to discuss some options. Welder in St Paul may be willing to donate some work.

Girls State: Price for Girls State is $400. Approved $375 at January meeting. Sarah Martin motioned to approve the additional $25. Second, Jeff Schmidt. Motion approved.

New Business:

Brian Everhart motioned to approve an annual donation of $100 to the American Legion Auxiliary Easter Egg Hunt. Second, Sarah Martin. Motion approved.

Committee is needed for rides & events.

An additional administrator is needed for the ALR Facebook page.

Upcoming Events:

District Legion Conference: March 5th at United Veterans Club.  Registration 8:30-9:30 am.

ALR will run burger nights in April.

SALS Nut Feed is April 2nd.

Set up for the Iron Horse Bike Show is Friday March 18th, 5:00 pm.  Show is Saturday, March 19th, 11am to 6pm and Sunday, March 20th, noon to 6pm.

Aurora American Legion Steak Feed is Monday March 21st 6-8 pm at fairgrounds.

Closing prayer by Avis Morrison.

SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel retired the POW/MIA chair covering.

Motion to close the meeting, Sarah Martin. Second, Jeff Schmidt. Motion approved.

Meeting adjourned.

American Legion Riders Chapter 53 Meeting Minutes

January 19, 2022

All in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Opening prayer by Chaplain Jacob Gaspari.

Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony performed by SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel.

ALR Preamble recited by all in attendance.

Meeting called to order by Commander Greg Martin.

Roll call completed by Secretary Pam Sinsel. Twenty members present meeting a quorum.

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

Finance report read by Treasurer Sarah Martin. Motion to approve, Jeff Schmidt. Second,

Jon Monk. Approved as read.

Committee Reports:

Kentucky Tornado Relief–Greg Martin:  Thank you to everyone for their time and help. David and Avis Morrison drove the truck and trailer with 35,600 pounds of donations and unloaded at Crosspoint Church in Powderly Kentucky. A thank you was posted on the Facebook page and an article was published in the District 6 newsletter.  

Old Business:

Mailbox For Eagle Scout Project:  Adeline was not present due to Covid exposure.

The price for concrete pad for the Honor Guard van decreased. Chapter previously approved $600 and the new amount being requested is $540.

It has been decided to use pvc painted black for the ALR flag pole for expense purposes.

New Business:

Thank you letter from the VA Hospital Grand Island was received.

Boys/Girls State:  Richard Catron motioned if a boy or girl comes forward to be sponsored, the chapter will cover the $375 cost for one boy and one girl. Second: Jon Monk. Motion approved.

Volunteers Needed:  Richard Catron said volunteers are needed to sell pickle cards during Thursday night Bingo 5:30-9:30 pm. 

State Romp:  Our chapter has been asked to hold the State Romp for 2021. Clay Center has offered their help. After discussion the chapter decided to say no for this year, but will discuss doing it in 2023.

Iron Horse Bike Show:  Avis Morrison motioned to spend $55 for a booth again this year at the show. Second: Coral Selden. Motion approved.

Rider-of the-year Nomination:  We will nominate and vote for our chapter’s nomination for

rider-of-the-year. 

Freedom and Independence Ride July 16, 2022:  Committee being formed for this year’s ride. Current committee includes: Coral Selden, Todd Sinsel, Pam Sinsel, Sarah Martin, Avis Morrison, David Morrison, Brian Everhart and Robin Everhart. First meeting will be February 1st at 7 pm.

Upcoming Events:

Mid Year Conference: January 22-23 in Columbus.

Closing prayer by Chaplain Jacob Gaspari..

SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel retired the POW/MIA chair covering.

Motion to close the meeting: Avis Morrison; Second: Sarah Mating; Motion approved.

Meeting adjourned.

American Legion Riders Chapter 53 Meeting Minutes

December 15, 2021

All in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Opening prayer by Avis Morrison.

Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony performed by SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel.

ALR Preamble recited by all in attendance.

Meeting called to order by Commander Greg Martin.

Roll call completed by Secretary Pam Sinsel. Fourteen members present meeting a quorum.

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

Finance report read by Treasurer Sarah Martin. Motion to approve, Richard Catron. Second,

Avis Morrison. Approved as read.

Old Business:

Rifle Raffle: Net proceeds for the raffle were $3,974.84. Shout out and thank you to all members who helped sell all 500 tickets!

Flag Stand: Scott and Dora Wolfe have donated all materials and labor for the flag stand. It is complete and in place. Waiting for the flag pole to put ALR flag in place.

Mailbox For Eagle Scout Project: Scott Wolfe checked and all USPS boxes go to government surplus sale after removal. Mike Frank will check if UPS box may be available.

Operation Christmas Card: Over 300 packages have been sent.

New Business:

ALR Flag Pole: The other poles are a non-standard size. Sarah Martin motioned to approve up to $75 for materials to make a pole. Scott Wolfe, Second. Motion approved.

Thank you letter from The Legacy Scholarship was received. This year all $500 of our donation will go to the scholarship fund. No commemorative plaque will be mailed by our request.

Thank you letter from the Veterans Home in Kearney was received.

Honor Guard has requested funds to help cover the cost of the new concrete pad that was poured. The pad was put in so the van will not need to back up into the grass and mud on the northeast side of lot. Richard Catron motioned to approve $600 for this project. Second, Todd Sinsel. Motion approved.

Commander Greg Martin is forming a committee for tornado relief for Mayfield, KY. He spoke with Tracy Guge wife of the Mayfield American Legion Post 26 Commander and even though the post was destroyed post members are working to help members of the community. More details to come as the committee forms. Dora Wolfe motioned to donate $1,000 to the relief effort. Richard Catron, Second. Motion approved.

ALR Polar Bear Ride scheduled for Saturday, December 18th has been postponed until a future date to be announced.

Upcoming Events:

Santa Claus and Mrs Claus will be at the UVC Sunday December 19th,  2:30 – 4:30 pm.

Closing prayer by Avis Morrison.

SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel retired the POW/MIA chair covering.

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

Meeting adjourned.

American Legion Riders Chapter 53 Meeting Minutes

November 17, 2021

All in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Opening prayer by Chaplain Jacob Gaspari.

Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony performed by SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel.

ALR Preamble recited by all in attendance.

Meeting called to order by Commander Greg Martin.

Roll call completed by Secretary Pam Sinsel. Twenty three members present meeting a quorum.

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

October 19, 2021 Special Session minutes read by Pam Sinsel. One correction. The donation to Wreaths Across America will sponsor 15 wreaths, not the 10 reported. Accepted with correction.

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

Avis Morrison; Approved as read.

Guest Presentation:

We welcomed Adeline Woods to discuss her commitment to do a flag box for the United Veterans Club as her Eagle Scout project. Adeline is 14 years old, attends Grand Island Senior High and is a Life Scout with Troup 114.

ALR member Scott Wolfe will check on availability of a mailbox for this project.

Old Business:

Jack Wilson eviction: November 22nd. Meet at courthouse at 1:00 pm.

Windshield stickers: Mike Frank has stickers.

Roasters – Greg Martin: Will not purchase at this time. Several members have offered use of

theirs if there is a need.

Austin Friedrichsen Dues – Sarah Martin: Twenty members have paid $1 each towards Austin’s dues. Several more members offered to give after the meeting. 

Rifle Raffle: Approximately 70 tickets remain.

Committee Updates:

Veteran’s Cemetery KIA Commemoration - Sarah Martin: No contact from Don Shuda. The cemetery was not approved in 2021. Will revisit at a later date.

New Business:

ALR Flag – Sarah Martin: We have our ALR flag to put up in the bar area. We have approval to update the existing stand so flags will be evenly spaced. Scott Wolfe will work on project. Motion to approve reimbursement to Scott for materials used: Richard Catron; Second: Jacob Gaspari; Motion approved.

Requesting more help from Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts – Jon Monk: Jon would like to see more volunteering from the local scout groups. Possible events they could help at include flags being put up and taken down, flag retirement ceremony at the club, etc.

 Upcoming Events:

Wreaths Across America December 18, 2021:  Meet at the Veteran’s Cemetery at 10:15 am to help unload the trucks. Ceremony begins at 11:00n am. Greg Martin is checking if help is needed at Westlawn Memorial Park.

Closing prayer by Chaplain Jacob Gaspari.

Zach Snodgrass retired the POW/MIA chair covering.

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

Meeting adjourned.

American Legion Riders Chapter 53

Special Session

October 19, 2021

Session called to order by Commander Greg Martin.

Roll call completed by Secretary Pam Sinsel.

Sixteen members present.

Chapter Donations:

 Sarah Martin made motion to donate $500 to the Legacy Scholarship Fund. Second made by

Todd Sinsel. Motion approved.

Mike Frank made motion to donate $300 to the Veterans Home (Kearney) and $300 to the Veterans Hospital (Grand Island). Second made by Scott Wolfe. Motion approved.

Richard Catron made motion to donate $150 to Wreaths Across America to sponsor 10 wreaths.  Second made by David Morrison. Motion approved.

Rifle Raffle:

Greg Martin spoke about options for raffle.

Tim Sinsel made motion to buy a 6.5 Creedmore. Second made by Richard Catron. Motion approved.

Scott Wolfe made motion to set dates of ticket sales to the month of November with the drawing

to be held on December 1st. Second made by Richard Catron. Motion approved.

Sarah Martin made motion to close meeting. Second made by Mike Frank. Meeting adjourned.

American Legion Riders Chapter 53 Meeting Minutes

October 2, 2021

All in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Opening prayer by Mike Frank.

Resolution 288 for the POW/MIA empty chair ceremony performed by SGT at Arms Todd Sinsel.

ALR Preamble recited by all in attendance.

Meeting called to order by Commander Greg Martin.

Roll call completed by Secretary Pam Sinsel. Fifteen members present meeting a quorum.

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

Finance report read by Treasurer Sarah Martin. Bank balance $5,744.62. Motion to approve:

Pam Sinsel; Second: Todd Sinsel; Approved as read.

Sick/Deployment Call: Scott Wolfe’s son, Justin, had back surgery October 1st and has been diagnosed with MS.

New Members: Scott Wolfe, Dora Wolfe, Ken Barber, Kim Anderson

Old Business:

Veterans Cemetery: Mike Ponte has delivered our donation to Don Shuda.

Certificates of appreciation for the Freedom and Independence ride: Everything has been printed and Greg is delivering instead of mailing.

Hamburger Nights: Thank you to all that came during the month of September to learn. Sign-up sheet has been posted. Every Tuesday in October from 4:30-7:00.

Headsets/Communication: Tabled until next meeting.

Jack Wilson eviction: October 6th.  Meet at courthouse at 1 pm for 2pm court time.

Meeting date change: After discussion, Don Vance motioned that we change the meeting date to the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7pm; Second: Avis Morrison. Motion carried. Next meeting will be November 17th.

Windshield stickers: Mike Frank will get ordered.

Sarah Martin’s grandfather’s funeral, Tecumseh: Sarah and her family greatly appreciate everyone that came and helped celebrate her grandfather’s life.

Rifle Raffle: Greg will be going tomorrow (Sunday 10/3) to look at what is available and pricing.

Committee Updates:

New Business:

Support/Fundraising Opportunity – Ken Barber: A group is beginning to form and plan for a monument for the conflicts since Vietnam to be placed at the Veterans Cemetery.  Ken has met with Gary Quant and a few others. See Ken for more information.

Nebraskans KIA - Sarah Martin: Sarah has been moved by the recent 13 service members KIA in Afghanistan. She would like to get a committee together to discuss a way to commemorate Nebraskans killed in action at the Veteran’s Cemetery. Committee: Sarah Martin & Dora Wolfe.

Roasters – Greg Martin: We need to have several roasters available for our use at events.  Will price and bring information to next meeting.

Austin Friedrichsen – Sarah Martin: Austin is being deployed to Texas for one year beginning in October. Sarah has asked that 25 members pay $1 each towards Austin’s membership dues for 2022. 

Membership Dues – Greg Martin: Reminder that 2022 dues are now due.

Upcoming Events:

Fundraiser – John Larson: Tony Sabin, Sr Benefit. Saturday October 9th, St Libory.  Flier will be posted to ALR Facebook page.

Closing prayer by Avis Morrison.

SGT at Arms retired the POW/MIA chair covering.

Motion to close the meeting: Mike Frank. Second: Sarah Martin: Motion approved.

Meeting adjourned.

American Legion Riders Chapter 53 Meeting Minutes

September 4, 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.

Nine members present meeting a quorum.

August meeting minutes read by Pam Sinsel. Correction: Donation made by Mike Frank for red wood sign was $50, not $40 as reported in the August meeting minutes. Minutes accepted with this correction.

Finance report read by Treasurer Sarah Martin. Bank Balance $6,667.55. Motion to approve: Mike Frank; Second: Avis Morrison; Accepted as read.

Sick/Deployment Call: None

Old Business:

Gun Raffle: Mike Frank reported for Jon Monk. Gift certificate was recommended by Sportsman’s Warehouse. Discussed possibility of doing a gun as 1st place and a gift certificate as 2nd place and making $1,000 of raffle proceeds go towards our $1,000 commitment to the Veterans Cemetery project. Sarah Martin motioned that we look at spending up to $800 for a gun and a $200 gift certificate. Total of $1,100 with tax. Second: Zach Snodgrass; Motion approved.

Veterans Cemetery – Group discussion: They have no debt. Cemetery committee is discussing beautification projects of cemetery such as a bell tower or fountain. Zach Snodgrass motioned to change the use of our gift to go towards one of these future projects. Second: Mike Frank; Motion approved.

Thumb drive – Greg Martin: Drive has been received. Greg will work on mailing letters and certificates of appreciation for the Freedom and Independence ride.Hamburger Night: Veterans Club has asked us to do October instead of December. Five people needed minimum per week. One to two people needed for prep 4:30/5:00. Remainder needed 5:00/5:30. Serve from 6-7 every Tuesday.

Headsets/Communication: Will discuss further. Will want to keep cost down.

Committee Updates:

Operation Christmas Card – Sarah Martin: Flier is posted on Facebook. Share on personal Facebook page if you wish. Flier states donations accepted from August 15th through September.

New Business:

Move monthly meetings to the 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 6:30 pm.

We will vote on change at October meeting 10/2/21.

Sloppy joes will be served before October meeting on 10/2/21.

Veterans group at the park: Mike Frank discussed. Mike, Don, Jon & Greg attended. Mike did table with ALR information. Met up with Wood River VFW.

Jack Wilson eviction: Details to be posted as they become available.

Sarah’s grandfather, a WWII Veteran, passed. Burial Saturday, September 18th in Tecumseh. Group will do escort and flag line for family.  Leave GI at 7 am for funeral at 10 am. 

Windshield stickers: Mike Frank is going to order a supply. If interested see Mike

Upcoming Events:

State Fair Parade: Meet at 8:30 and Veterans Club. Ride to Fonner Park at 9:00 am. Enter at gate 7.

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

Avis Morrison said closing prayer.

SGT at Arms retired the POW/MIA chair covering.

Meeting adjourned.

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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