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American Legion Post 735 is once again sponsoring a Motorcycle Run on May 23, 2015 to raise money and awareness to the Homeless Veterans in our local area. Funds raised from this event will be utilized to purchase specific needed items at Altamont House in Buffalo which houses 34 individuals in transition.
The Start and Finish will be at the American Legion Post 735, 35 Legion Parkway, West Seneca, NY 14224. Kickstands up at noon, with stops at the East Aurora Legion, Concord Legion, Gowanda Legion, Eden Legion and back to West Seneca Legion.
Registration begins at 10:00AM and the cost for registration is $15.00 for drivers, $10.00 for passengers, and $10.00 for non-riders. The cost includes coffee and donuts in the morning and all you can eat hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian Sausage and one beverage. Entertainment will be provided by the rock band “Alibi Pass”. A Chinese Auction and 50/50 Drawings will also be held.
For additional information, contact Ron Kelly at 716-983-5342. Please leave a message and he will get back to you as soon as possible.
Please come out and support our Veterans!
The idea of the American Legion Riders got its start in Garden City, Mich., in 1993, when Chuck "Tramp" Dare and Bill "Polka" Kaledas, commander of American Legion Post 396, shared an idea to start a motorcycle enthusiasts association within the organization. The two longtime riders wanted an environment where Legion family members could come together to share a common love for motorcycles.
Dare and Kaledas wrote a letter to Michigan Department Adjutant Hubert Hess, sharing their idea. Hess replied that he liked the concept and wanted to pursue it. Later, he gave Kaledas and Dare instructions for managing the program at the post level. He also explained how they could be approved to use the American Legion emblem, and how to gain Membership's support and recognition. At a regular meeting, Post 396 members passed a resolution for a new program to be known as the "American Legion Riders."
Joined by 19 other founding members from their post, Dare and Kaledas were flooded with requests for information about their organization. They agreed to establish a central source for the Riders to ensure that chapters formed not as motorcycle clubs or gangs, but as Legionnaires and Auxiliary and SAL members joining to ride as Legion family.
Legion Riders today
Currently, 106,000 American Legion Riders meet in over a thousand chapters in every domestic department and in at least three foreign countries. Riders in Iowa have formed an honor guard called The Five Star Freedom Riders, and Riders in Mulvane, Kan., founded the Patriot Guard to protect the sanctity of military funerals from protesters. Riders in all states have escorted military units returning home from combat tours overseas, conducted massive cross-country fundraising events for wounded warriors from all services, and have raised millions of dollars for countless local, state and national charities.
True to the Legion's grassroots tradition, each chapter manages its programs at the post level, where the best ideas are born. The Riders are part of many projects and events, including:
American Legion Riders National Program
FROM RESOLUTION 35 AS VOTED ON BY THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE AMERICAN LEGION ON OCTOBER 17-18, 2007 AND AMENDED BY RESOLUTION 32 BY THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE AMERICAN LEGION ON MAY 4-5, 2011
All American Legion Rider groups must be a program supported by a Post or Department of The American Legion and shall uphold the declared principles of The American Legion as well as conform to and abide by the regulations and decisions of the Department, Post or other duly constituted Department governing body.
The following guidelines are recommended for The ALR program of The American Legion:
American Legion Rider groups shall abide by The American Legion Constitution and By-laws as well as the established Post and Department directives.
The American Legion National Headquarters and the respective Departments shall maintain general oversight of ALR Program as regards to proper use of the name and emblem of The American Legion, ALR and The American Legion Legacy Run, and compliance with the National Constitution and By-Laws of The American Legion.
Bold fields indicate what was amended by Resolution 32, May 4-5, 2011
If you have a suggestion or an idea that will help our Post serve its members better, we want to hear from you.
Contact American Legion Post 735 with your comments.