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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MEETING MINUTES

December 5, 2020

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

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

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

Old Business

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

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

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

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

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

Reminder to turn in mileage report to David Morrison.

New Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next meeting is scheduled for January 2, 2021.

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MEETING MINUTES

November 7th, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Old Business

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

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

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

New Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next meeting is scheduled for December 5th.

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MEETING MINUTES

October 3rd, 2020

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

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

New supporting members Kris & Lara Snyder were introduced.

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

Old Business

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

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

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

Kearney Veterans Day parade is canceled.

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

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

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

New Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MEETING MINUTES

August 1st, 2020

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

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

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

Old Business

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

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

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

New Business

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

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

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MINUTES

11 July 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Old Business

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

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

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

New Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MINUTES

6 June 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MINUTES

4 April 2020

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

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

Commander Greg Martin opened the meeting.

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

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

OLD BUSINESS:

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

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

New Business:

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

For the Good of the Legion:

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

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

Closing statement read and POW/MIA flag recovered.

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

Closing prayer was said by Jacob Gaspari.

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MINUTES

13 March 2020

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

Members present:

Greg & Sarah Martin

Brian & Kate Mothers

Mike Gentes

Jeff & Karen Schmidt

Mike Frank

Zac Snodgrass

A quorum was present.

OLD BUSINESS:

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

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

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

New Business:

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

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS CHAPTER 53 MINUTES

7 March 2020

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

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

OLD BUSINESS:

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

Commander Greg Martin

Vice Commander Mike Gentes

Secretary Kate Mothers

Treasurer Sarah Martin

Sergeant of Arms Brian Mothers

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

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

New Business:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clay Center ALR Chapter $150

Gibbon ALR $5

Dakota Davis $20

General public $20

Total donations received was $245.

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS POST 53 AMENDED MINUTES

1 February 2020

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

Pledge of allegiance was said. Preamble was recited.

Meeting was opened.

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

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – None

NEW BUSINESS:

Members were asked to introduce themselves, then guests.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS POST 53 MINUTES

4 January 2020

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

Members present:

Greg Martin

Mike Gentes

Brian Mothers

Sarah Martin

Kate Mothers

Karen Schmidt

Jeff Schmidt

Coral Selden

New Business

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

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

Officers elected:

Director-Greg Martin

Vice Director – Mike Gentes

Secretary- Coral Selden

Treasurer- Jeff Schmidt

Sergeant at Arms- left open

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

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

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

Next meeting will be February 1, 2020.

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

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