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American Legion Riders Post 624 Host Spring Fling Poker Fun Run

Apr 10, 2019 08:35AM

 

The American Legion Rider Post 624 is hosting their first annual Poker Run to raise funds for Stay the Course, a program of 22Kill that serves veterans and first responders and their families. We wanted to know more about this group and their efforts to make a difference in their community, so we caught up with chapter director Kurt Legere. Here's what he had to tell us about their organization and the event:

Tell us a little about the American Legion Riders Post 624 and its mission.

The American Legion Riders (ALR) was formed to promote the aims, purposes, and programs of the American Legion as a family oriented motorcycling activity. ALR members uphold the declared principles of the American Legion and conform to and abide by the regulations and decisions of the Post. The emblem of the American Legion Riders demands, "that the wearer shall ever guard the sanctity of home and country and free institutions". The ALR is NOT a "biker club or gang"! Rather, the focus of membership is for the enjoyment of motorcycles and comradeship and furthering Legion programs in the community. The ALR strives to improve the public perception of the motorcycling community by promoting the honorable nature of military service and service to one's community, state, and nation.  


What are the requirements for becoming a member of the American Legion Riders?

Anyone that joins the ALR must already be a member of The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary, or The Sons of the American Legion. Once someone is a member of one of those three entities, you may request to join the ALR if you own a motorcycle.


Who are the elected officers of ALR Post 624?

Director - Kurt "Frenchy" Legere
Assistant Director - Scott "Ace" Bormann
Secretary - Jason "Chief" McGlasson
Treasurer - Juan "8-Point" De La Cruz
Road Captain - Dan "Romeo" Stewart
Sgt at Arms - Brian "Heathcoat" Heath
Sgt At Arms - Harry "Dirty" DiLonardo
Member at Large - Dave "Thor" Wells
Chaplain - Randy "Preacher Man" Bagwell
Safety Officer- Shawn "Snappy" Martin
Historian - Maribel "Tinker Bell" Windmann

Tell us a little bit about the upcoming Spring Fling Poker Run. Who can participate? Where do you sign up? The cost to participate?

 This is ALR Post 624 first annual Poker Run. A Poker Run in the motorcyclist's community is where riders will ride a certain route and have 5 stops along that route. At each stop, riders will draw a card and whoever has the best hand at the last stop is the winner. We also give the losing hand a small prize as well. Poker Runs are done in order to raise money for a certain cause. ALR Post 624 is raising money for Stay The Course (STC), A Program of 22Kill. STC serves veterans, first responders, and families who have sacrificed for our country. They provide guidance, wellness, and healing from invisible wounds through evidence-based therapies for individuals, couples, and families at little or no cost. 22Kill raises awareness and combats suicide by empowering veterans, first responders, and families through traditional and non-traditional therapies. 

All motorcyclists are welcome to attend as well as any citizen of our great community. The primary attendees will be other ALR Chapters from around DFW area as well as some Chapters from the Waco area. However, everyone is welcome. 

Registration and Sign-ups will be the day of the event starting at 11:00 a.m. at The American Legion Post 624, 2951 FM 917, Mansfield, TX 76063. The cost to register is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. We will be serving a late lunch at 4:00 p.m. once all riders arrive back to Post 624. 

For more information on the event, you may view or print the attached flyer.  

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