Legion Riders Letter to SAL Members

SAL members,

My name is Ron Rollins. I am a new SAL member and Legion member.

In February of this year Post #85 supported the formation of a Legion Riders group in North Branch. I am writing to invite any individual who is already a member of the legion family, and owns a motorcycle over 350cc or larger, to come join us this summer for fun in the sun.

I attended my first Legion convention in Rochester last year and that’s where I heard of the American Legion Riders (ALR) and all they do. That’s when I got the bug to get back into motorcycling. I brought the idea to a few members and then the Commander and all thought it would be fun for those who ride. Then the ball got rolling. We will be having our first ride on April 17th, at 2pm and meeting at the Legion Hall.

The ALR is a growing part of the legion and we want to be a tool for younger members to want to be apart and help with
veterans needs. We can do a lot with more heads with new ideas. I encourage anyone with a MC endorsement and a want to ride to come check us out. We are planning several events and fundraisers this coming year and a whole lot of miles to tear up.

I would also like to encourage any of you who have never been to the Detachment Convention to attend. It is an opportunity to learn more of why you’re a member of the SAL. Learn why our fathers and grandfathers joined the military and how we can support our current military in fulfilling the current mission. This year’s Detachment Convention (Camp out) will be held at Legionville, just outside of Brainerd June 24-26, 2011. Like I said I attended my first convention last year and I heard about the Legion Riders and found a better way for me to serve. You may find something that peaks your interest and builds a stronger commitment. Give it a try.

Legionville itself is unique. It is a camp that was built for the training of 5 & 6th graders as school crossing guards. It is a
week-long camp where they also learn first aid, canoeing, and swimming. For some this is the first week they have ever been away from home.

The Minnesota State Patrol partnered with the American Legion to sponsor this program that has been in existence since 1936, and in its current location since 1948. If you have never been to Legionville, it would be an experience
that you and your family will never forget.

Enjoy the warm weather!

Ron Rollins
American Legion Riders #85