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Online Store Closes 5/1 – 6/15

In my recent newsletter I neglected to mention that the online store will be closed beginning 5/1 and reopening again 6/15. During this time, you’ll be able to shop directly from the merchandise trailers in Ontario, CA and all the way to Marseilles, IL via Washington, DC. There will be a merchandise trailer on each route. Here is the current schedule for Ontario and DC:

Date

Location Hours

5/11

Holiday Inn (CA) 10:00 – 17:00

5/12

Holiday Inn (CA)
Elks (CA)
10:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00

5/13

Holiday Inn, Elks (CA) 09:00 – 17:00

5/14

Holiday Inn, Elks (CA) 09:00 – 17:00

5/24

Holiday Inn (DC) 09:00 – 16:00

5/25

Holiday Inn (DC) 09:00 – 14:00

Please travel safely to Ontario or wherever you will be picking up the Run. Look me up in Ontario or, on either the Central Route (I’m the photographer) or Sandbox.

Is it May yet?

Alan Steiner
Director of Merchandise
Run For The Wall
https://rftw.us

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Merchandise Happenings

Well folks, as of this writing we’re 29 days from the start of the 34th annual Run For the Wall! This will be my final newsletter in preparation for the Run and I wanted to share several things with you.

First off, there is a 50% off closeout sale happening now thru the end of April on the Support Our Troops Red Shirt and USA Map patch. Quantities on both are limited so take advantage of these savings while supplies last.

Some other exciting news I’m happy to share with you is that we have purchased a brand-new trailer for the Central Route and we’re in the process of rolling out new artwork on all our trailers. This new artwork (refer to the image) has been designed with a focus on our mission. There are high contrast colors and backgrounds to enhance the messaging and make Run For the Wall and why we ride stand out. Some new additions include incorporating the Middle East Conflicts Memorial, our mission statement and adding a QR code that will take you directly to our website. This year you’ll see the new artwork on the Midway Route and Central Route trailers so look for them when you’re in Ontario or anywhere on the Run!

As we get closer to KSU the Store is in the midst of an inventory transition to CA to ensure the merchandise ready to be loaded into the trailers. As a result, you may find some products on the website showing no availability. While I’m doing what I can to ensure there is enough stock on hand, there may be an isolated case or two where the Store is out. Please be sure to check out the trailers as it’s likely you’ll find what you’re looking for there.

Regarding orders, I wanted to provide some insight into how your orders are processed. All shirts and head gear (hats, doo rags, bandanas, etc.) are drop shipped directly from our supplier. Everything else comes from our internal warehouse. So, for those of you that order items that include both shirts/head gear and say patches, stickers, pins, etc., they will come in two shipments. Shipments from the supplier happen twice a week, typically on Mondays and Thursdays. I try to send out everything else within 24 hours following your order. There may be times where this is a delay due to me being away and I will do my best to communicate to you if there are changes in processing orders. I have received emails on why only part of an order was received so I hope this helps clarify the process. Please feel free to reach out to me anytime about issues, questions, or comments. I am always reachable by email at merchandise@rftw.us or by phone. My phone number is listed under the Board of Directors on the website.

Finally, a few important things to note when buying merchandise from the trailers.

  1. There is a no smoking policy within 50’ of the trailers. This is to protect the sales team as well as the merchandise in the trailers.
  2. There is a no refund or exchange policy once you leave the trailer. I know that shirts sometimes are hard to tell what size fits so if you’re unsure, try it on at the trailer. You’ll have to put it over what you’re currently wearing but that will at least give you an idea of whether you feel it will fit or not vs. just buying it and walking away to later find out the size is wrong. Of note, women’s shirts tend to be fitted so you may consider sizing up one size for a looser fit. The Lilac 3XL shirt is the one exception because this comes from a different manufacturer so by design it’s a looser fit.
  3. We accept cash or credit card. No personal or travelers’ checks will be accepted.
  4. There is no sales tax on the merchandise we sell.
  5. There will be the ability to make cash or credit card donations. Keep in mind that donations go into the general Run For The Wall fund. There is not currently a way to specify a specific cause or Route for directing the money.

I hope this newsletter finds you well and wish everyone safe travels on their way to Ontario or wherever you may be picking up the Run. Stop by and say hi. I will be around the trailers Friday thru Sunday. Monday, I pick up my photographer role and will be shooting pics as the Central Route photographer.

Best regards,

Alan “Xbox” Steiner
Director of Merchandise
Board of Directors
https://rftw.us

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March Store Specials

Certain merchandise will be on special starting this Wednesday, 3/20 (start of Iraqi Freedom) thru 3/29 (Vietnam Veterans Day). Buy one of the shirts listed below and get 50% off another. These will qualify for free shipping with no order minimum!

  1. RFTW Black POW*MIA Men’s Shirt
  2. RFTW Gray Performance Men’s Shirt
  3. RFTW Logo Royal Blue Ladies V-Neck
  4. RFTW RED Support Our Troops Men’s Shirt w/Eagle

Also, save 50% off any of the bundles and certain collectables as shown in the list below:

  1. FNG Hat Bundle
  2. New Registration Bundle
  3. Run For The Wall(R) Belt Buckle
  4. 2024 RFTW Wristband
  5. RFTW POW*MIA Stainless Steel Dog Tag
  6. Car & Bike Flags (excludes USA and POW*MIA)

May is just around the corner so take advantage of these savings while you can!

Alan “Xbox” Steiner
Director of Merchandise, RFTW
ATW Central 2012, 2022-2024
Sandbox 2024
https://rftw.us

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Merchandise Sales Help Needed For Midway Route

Fellow RFTWers,

Crunch time is here! We’re less than three months out now from KSU for the 2024 Run For the Wall and I am still seeking sales help for the Midway Route. As a reminder, over 66% of our merchandise revenue for RFTW comes in on the 10+3 days we’re on the road across all four routes. As stated in the President’s Message earlier this month, our existence and ability to run the operations is highly dependent on our sales of merchandise. So, if you already plan to drive a 4-wheel vehicle or know of anyone that is looking to volunteer in another capacity, and planning to go all the way, please have them reach out to me. I would hate to see the Midway Route not have the full support of the Run For the Wall trailer on the route and ability to support customers with our merchandise. I’m looking for at least two volunteers. Here are the roles:

Sales Team Lead

  1. You will serve as the merchandise team lead selling RFTW merchandise.
  2. You are customer focused and will represent the face of the RFTW merchandise team.
  3. You will need to be able to operate the point-of-sale system and manage cash and credit card transactions. Training will be provided.
  4. You will need to be able to reconcile all transactions for each day and provide the Treasurer, or appointed person, with the cash received each day. Reporting format will be determined by the Treasurer.
  5. It is recommended to have at least one other person as part of the team (can be the driver). Other volunteers are welcome.
  6. You will be required to be in Ontario, CA the Friday before the Run for training and to help set up and sell merchandise at either the Elks, host hotel or both.
  7. You will need to provide your own transportation unless other arrangements are made with the merchandise truck driver to ride along.

Sales Team Contributor

  1. You will support the Sales Team lead helping sell RFTW merchandise.
  2. You are customer focused and will represent the face of the RFTW merchandise team.
  3. You will need to be able to operate the point-of-sale system and manage cash and credit card transactions. Training will be provided.
  4. You will be required to be in Ontario, CA the Friday before the Run for training and to help set up and sell merchandise at either the Elks, host hotel or both.
  5. You will need to provide your own transportation unless other arrangements are made with the merchandise truck driver or Sales Team Lead to ride along.

Please reach out to me if you are interested or have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Alan “Xbox” Steiner
Director of Merchandise, RFTW
ATW Central 2012, 2022-2024
Sandbox 2024
https://rftw.us

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New Doo Rag Now Available in the Store!

Hey everyone. There is now a Run For The Wall Doo Rag available for purchase in the store. It comes in navy blue and is made of moisture wicking material, machine washable and one size fits all. Check it out!

Navy Blue Doo Rag (NEW) – Run For The Wall® (rftw.us)

Alan “Xbox” Steiner
Director of Merchandise
ATW Central 2012, 2022-2024
Sandbox 2024
https://rftw.us

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Presidents Day – Weekend Store Special

Beginning Saturday, February 17th through Presidents Day, all orders will receive free shipping with no minimum purchase. If you haven’t already started your 2024 patch collection, shirt or any of the other items in the store, now is a great opportunity to stock up!

Alan “Xbox” Steiner
Director of Merchandise, RFTW
ATW Central 2012, 2022-2024
Sandbox 2024
https://rftw.us

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Merchandise Team openings for sales support

Fellow RFTWers. As May is fast approaching, I am still looking for sales help in supporting the Merchandise trailers. We have drivers for all Routes, but at this point I really need volunteers on the Midway route where currently there is nobody to lead or support Merchandise Sales. I won’t be able to support Midway with a Merchandise Trailer without the help. I can also use additional volunteers for Central.

For your information, over 66% of our merchandise revenue for RFTW comes in on the 10+3 days we’re on the road across all four routes. As John stated in his President’s Message, our existence and ability to run the operations is highly dependent on our sales of merchandise. If you already plan to drive a 4-wheel vehicle or know of anyone that is looking to volunteer in another capacity, and planning to go all the way, please have them reach out to me. Here are the roles:

Sales Team Lead

  1. You will serve as the merchandise team lead selling RFTW merchandise.
  2. You are customer focused and will represent the face of the RFTW merchandise team.
  3. You will need to be able to operate the point-of-sale system and manage cash and credit card transactions. Training will be provided.
  4. You will need to be able to reconcile all transactions for each day and provide the Treasurer, or appointed person, with the cash received each day. Reporting format will be determined by the Treasurer.
  5. It is recommended to have at least one other person as part of the team (can be the driver). Other volunteers are welcome.
  6. You will be required to be in Ontario, CA the Friday before the Run for training and to help set up and sell merchandise at either the Elks, host hotel or both.
  7. You will need to provide your own transportation unless other arrangements are made with the merchandise truck driver to ride along.

Sales Team Contributor

  1. You will support the Sales Team lead helping sell RFTW merchandise.
  2. You are customer focused and will represent the face of the RFTW merchandise team.
  3. You will need to be able to operate the point-of-sale system and manage cash and credit card transactions. Training will be provided.
  4. You will be required to be in Ontario, CA the Friday before the Run for training and to help set up and sell merchandise at either the Elks, host hotel or both.
  5. You will need to provide your own transportation unless other arrangements are made with the merchandise truck driver or Sales Team Lead to ride along.

Please reach out to me if you are interested or have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Alan “Xbox” Steiner
Director of Merchandise, RFTW
ATW Central 2012, 2022-2024
Sandbox 2024
https://rftw.us

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RFTW is looking for sales leads and members for the Merchandise Team

Happy New Year everyone! I’m still looking for volunteer sales help on the merchandise team for the Central and Midway Routes.  You will be responsible for your own lodging and must be registered for the 2024 Run For the Wall. Registration allows you to participate in all the events as well as enjoy the same meals as the riders once the ride leaves Ontario.

Sales Team Lead

  1. You will serve as the merchandise team lead selling RFTW merchandise.
  2. You are customer focused and will represent the face of the RFTW merchandise team.
  3. You will need to be able to operate the point-of-sale system and manage cash and credit card transactions. Training will be provided.
  4. You will need to be able to reconcile all transactions for each day and provide the Treasurer, or appointed person, with the cash received each day. Reporting format will be determined by the Treasurer.
  5. It is recommended to have at least one other person as part of the team (can be the driver). Other volunteers are welcome.
  6. You will be required to be in Ontario, CA the Friday before the Run for training and to help set up and sell merchandise at either the Elks, host hotel or both.
  7. You will need to provide your own transportation unless other arrangements are made with the merchandise truck driver to ride along.

Sales Team Contributor

  1. You will support the Sales Team lead helping sell RFTW merchandise.
  2. You are customer focused and will represent the face of the RFTW merchandise team.
  3. You will need to be able to operate the point-of-sale system and manage cash and credit card transactions. Training will be provided.
  4. You will be required to be in Ontario, CA the Friday before the Run for training and to help set up and sell merchandise at either the Elks, host hotel or both.
  5. You will need to provide your own transportation unless other arrangements are made with the merchandise truck driver or Sales Team Lead to ride along.

Please reach out to me if you are interested or have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Alan “Xbox” Steiner
Director of Merchandise, RFTW
2023-2024 CR Photographer
2022 CR Plt 2 Tailgunner
2012 CR FNG

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After Christmas Sale

Starting the day after Christmas on 12/26 thru New Year’s day, 1/1, you can save on shirts and 2024 items. Purchase any regularly priced shirt and get a second one for 20% off! This offer does not apply to shirts that are currently marked down for clearance. In addition, buy your 2024 patches now so you don’t have to worry about sewing them on in Ontario. All 2024 items are 15% off! Here is the list:

  1. 2024 Patches – FNG 2024, All The Way 2024, Participant 2024, Wall to Wall 2024
  2. 2024 Blue poker chip
  3. 2024 Wristband
  4. 2024 Pin(s) – single, 25-pin and 100-pin bundles.

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season and I wish all of you a very happy New Year 2024!

Ride safe everyone. Is it May yet?

Alan “Xbox” Steiner
Director of Merchandise, RFTW
2023-2024 CR Photographer
2022 CR Plt 2 Tailgunner
2012 CR FNG
https://rftw.us

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RFTW is looking for a driver, sales lead and members for the Merchandise Team

If you are looking for a way to contribute, especially if you were thinking about doing the Run in a truck, there are three positions that need to be filled.

Central Route Driver

  1. You will need a truck capable of towing a max of GVWR of 9990lbs with a minimum 2″ hitch ball, 7-pin light plug and brake controller (mounted in truck). Expect the actual trailer load to not exceed 7200lbs. It is recommended that the vehicle towing setup support stabilizer bars which are provided but is not a requirement.
  2. Your truck must in good condition and meet all DOT requirements.
  3. You must have a valid driver’s license, registration, and vehicle and towing insurance good throughout the Run from the time you hook up in Ontario until the trailer is returned.
  4. You will pick up the trailer in Ontario, CA and be responsible for taking it all the way to Washington, D.C. and then returning it to Phoenix, AZ.
  5. You will coordinate with the Central Route Coordinator regarding all of the stops and where to park for each day during the Run.
  6. All fuel is paid for from Ontairo, CA until the return to Phoenix, AZ. The most direct route from Washington, D.C to Phoenix, AZ must be taken.
  7. Having familiarity with generators is a plus.

Sales Team Lead

  1. You will serve as the merchandise team lead selling RFTW merchandise.
  2. You are customer focused and will represent the face of the RFTW merchandise team.
  3. You will need to be able to operate the point-of-sale system and manage cash and credit card transactions. Training will be provided.
  4. You will need to be able to reconcile all transactions for each day and provide the Treasurer, or appointed person, with the cash received each day. Reporting format will be determined by the Treasurer.
  5. It is recommended to have at least one other person as part of the team (can be the driver). Other volunteers are welcome.
  6. You will be required to be in Ontario, CA the Friday before the Run for training and to help set up and sell merchandise at either the Elks, host hotel or both.
  7. You will need to provide your own transportation unless other arrangements are made with the merchandise truck driver to ride along.
  8. Help is needed for Central and Midway Routes.

Sales Team Contributor

  1. You will support the Sales Team lead helping sell RFTW merchandise.
  2. You are customer focused and will represent the face of the RFTW merchandise team.
  3. You will need to be able to operate the point-of-sale system and manage cash and credit card transactions. Training will be provided.
  4. You will be required to be in Ontario, CA the Friday before the Run for training and to help set up and sell merchandise at either the Elks, host hotel or both.
  5. You will need to provide your own transportation unless other arrangements are made with the merchandise truck driver or Sales Team Lead to ride along.
  6. Help is needed for Central and Midway Routes.

Please reach out to me if you are interested or have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Alan “Xbox” Steiner
Director of Merchandise, RFTW
2023-2024 CR Photographer
2022 CR Plt 2 Tailgunner
2012 CR FNG