P. O. Box 4242 - 403 West Main Street - Sevierville, Tennessee 37864 americanlegion104@gmail.com

RIDE WITH AMERICA’S VETERANS

Membership in American Legion Riders is Available to Members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion

“American Legion RIDERS of Post 104”

You are invited to come be our guest and learn more about Post 104’s American Legion Riders. Come to our next RIDERS 104 Meeting held at 1900 (7:00 PM) following the Open House Dinner on the last Thursday of the month at 403 W Main Street, Sevierville, Tennessee at 10:00am, or come to the Regular Post 104 Monthly Meeting on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm. We also have “OPEN HOUSE” every Thursday evening from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Come join other veterans for a meal and a social evening of fellowship.

NEWS OF ALR POST 104

On Tuesday, May 17th, the riders once again were asked to honor a fallen brother.  Ken Neufer passed away on Monday, May 16th, and his son Scott asked us to escort the body on the way home to Ohio.

We agreed and were honored to assist the family in TN.  We left Ashley funeral home at 1000 and escorted them to near the TN border.  New escorts picked up the family in Ohio and continued with them to Lodi.  He will be cremated in Ohio, with a memorial service and full military honors.  He has asked to have his ashes scattered in Alaska.

Thanks to John Hitt, Barney Woodie, Lindsey Hartshorn,  Jim Wharton, Mitch Combs, Max Russel, Lester Weigly, Carol Weigly, Guy McCarter and Tom Baxter for the motorcycle escort.  Carol Baxter rode with Tom.   Carolyn Wells, Shirley Piniak, and Jennifery Jacobs rode in the van with Jake Jacobs driving.  Bob and Faye Slattery drove their jeep.

We were blessed with no major traffic issues through the entire ride and everyone came home safely.

We will be adding Ken to our memorial ride in 2018.

UPCOMING ALR EVENTS AT POST 104

May was a busy month for the riders.  June is a little more tranquil, but we have our transition to our new officers in progress.

The newly elected officers were sworn in by Commander Les Piniak on June 6.  The list of offices at the bottom of the page has been updated to reflect the changes.

The annual convention for the Department of TN will be held in Mufreesboro June 23-25.  Tom Baxter has agreed to represent the Riders at that meeting.  For those interested in attending, the Riders forum will be meeting at 11:00 AM CDT at Embassy Suites hotel.  If you wish more information, please email Tom at americanlegion104@gmail,com.

The Mayor of Knox County and long time friend of veterans, Tim Burchett will be hosting a free breakfast for all veterans on Saturday, June 17th, starting at 0830.  This event will be held at the Powell Community Center, 1708 West Emory Road, Powell, TN.  

The weather is great right now, but as usual in TN in the summer, we will have afternoon thunderstorms.  Drink plenty of water and be safe.

Our next meeting will be held on June 29th.

 

CURRENT MEMBERS OF ALR POST 104

Charlie Hickman, Max Russell, John Hitt, Mitchell Combs, Jake Jacob, Jennifer Jacob, John Jeffries,  Guy McCarter, Jack Maness, Bob Slattery, Carl Cook, Charles Wells, Carolyn Wells, “TD” Burns, Fran Burns, Tom Thompson, Connie Thompson, Lindsey Hartshorn, Tom Baxter, Carol Baxter, Steve Ford, Marcus Moore, Michael Reed, Mike Ater, Dave Head, Charles Schrader, Barney Woody, Jim Wharton, Carol “Pinkie” Weigly, Lester Weigly, William “Bill” Luther.

SUPPORT MEMBERS

Dave Howard

Shirley Piniak

   Charles Tedford

RIDERS 104 OFFICERS–2016-2017

Director: …………………………………………Dave Head, Navy

Assistant Director :………………………….Lester Weigly, Armyy

Secretary:………………………………………..Carol “Pinky” Weigly

Treasurer:………………………………………..Carol Baxter

Historian:…………………………………………..Open

Senior Road Captain:………………………….Mike Reed

Honorary Road Captain:……………………..Larry “LJ” Johnson

Sgt-at-Arms:………………………………………..Jim Wharton, Navy

Chaplain:……………………………………………Barney Woody

RIDERS 104 COMMITTEES

Activities Committee: Open

Membership Committee: Dave Head

Fund Raising Committee: Open

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 “MORE ABOUT THE AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS” 

Today, over 1000 Legion Riders programs, organized by chapters, districts, or departments, support Americanism, and Children and Youth programs in virtually every state in the nation, and more are organizing each month. One of the fastest growing, and most highly visible of the many programs offered by the American Legion, is The American Legion Riders. This group is a diverse group, and so are the programs they support. What do the Legion Riders do? The activities are far too many to mention in this space, but here are a few examples:

    1. American Legion Riders chapters and districts, nationally, have become some of the most generous donors for the American Legacy Scholarship Fund, raising as much as $5,000 or more in a single event.

    2. Legion Riders participate in the annual POW/MIA Rally held each Memorial weekend in Washington D.C. known as “Rolling Thunder”.

    3. Legion Riders sponsor or participate in local and national charity events in support of the sponsoring American Legion Post.

    4. Legion Riders ride to raise money for such organizations as local VA Hospitals, Battered Women and Children’s Center, Varied Children and Youth programs, a School for Blind Children, Veterans Relief, Needy families and many, many others.

    5. Legion Riders founded a national movement called “The Patriot Guard Riders”, who honors and protects the sanctity of military funerals and memorial services.

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For more about the Patriot Guard Riders, Click: www.patriotguard.org

   6. Legion Riders have formed special motorcycle Honor Guards and ceremonial teams highlighting the special bonds formed in military service and the motorcycling community.

    7. Legion Riders have also begun to teach motorcycle and driver safety in the community and in schools in cooperation with ABATE and other national motorcycling organizations.

For a complete a listing of all Legion Rider Groups throughout all 50 States & 3 foreign countries, Click: http://www.americanlegionriders.net/chapters.shtml

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For more about the American Legion Riders, Click: http://www.legion.org/riders