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Riders one more way to connect

PLANO — The Leon Burson American Legion Post 395 has one more way to get veterans and their families involved - the American Legion Riders (ALR).

Legion Commander Bob Whitmer said the new chapter has met only a couple of times and already has 16 motorcyclists registered. Whitmer also serves as director of the ALR.

“It’s growing. There’s more interest all the time, and not just among the men. We have five or six women’s auxiliary members that ride,” Whitmer said.

“It’s just one more way to encourage membership,” he added.

Whitmer said a lot of those who have signed up also are members of Open Roads ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education).

“We have shared purposes of community education, motorcycle safety education and comaraderie of riders,” chapter chaplain Jerry Salois said.

“More veterans are riders, and we’re trying to give them another way to connect,” Whitmer said.

Along with the purposes Salois mentioned, the organization provides escorts for servicemen and women returning home, and fundraisers to benefit not just veterans, but the entire community.

“Because we’re a volunteer organization, 100 percent of funds we raise go to charity,” Whitmer said.

Membership is limited to men and women who are members of the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion. It’s also recommended that riders have motorcycles of at least 350cc.

Chapter dues are $10. Along with Whitmer and Salois, the organization is led by Dennis Whitmer, assistant director; Jeff Newkirk, finance officer; Patti Smith, secretary; Jane Kubisak; and Alan Holt, ride director.By DEBBIE BEHRENDS

dbehrends@shawmedia.com

PLANO — The Leon Burson American Legion Post 395 has one more way to get veterans and their families involved - the American Legion Riders (ALR).

Legion Commander Bob Whitmer said the new chapter has met only a couple of times and already has 16 motorcyclists registered. Whitmer also serves as director of the ALR.

“It’s growing. There’s more interest all the time, and not just among the men. We have five or six women’s auxiliary members that ride,” Whitmer said.

“It’s just one more way to encourage membership,” he added.

Whitmer said a lot of those who have signed up also are members of Open Roads ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education).

“We have shared purposes of community education, motorcycle safety education and comaraderie of riders,” chapter chaplain Jerry Salois said.

“More veterans are riders, and we’re trying to give them another way to connect,” Whitmer said.

Along with the purposes Salois mentioned, the organization provides escorts for servicemen and women returning home, and fundraisers to benefit not just veterans, but the entire community.

“Because we’re a volunteer organization, 100 percent of funds we raise go to charity,” Whitmer said.

Membership is limited to men and women who are members of the American Legion, Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion. It’s also recommended that riders have motorcycles of at least 350cc.

Chapter dues are $10. Along with Whitmer and Salois, the organization is led by Dennis Whitmer, assistant director; Jeff Newkirk, finance officer; Patti Smith, secretary; Jane Kubisak; and Alan Holt, ride director.

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