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Midway Route Coordinator News March 2021 (Hotels)

Greetings from the Mexican Caribbean!

Although the 2021 Run has been postponed till 2022, the work for RFTW does not stop.  I would like to thank our ARC and Hotel Coordinator, Jerry Wilkins, for the outstanding job he has done and is doing.  Jerry has contacted all the hotels from Flagstaff to Ashland and put together the information below concerning the status of the hotel block cancellations.  Please note that there are several locations that you must call to cancel your rooms.  You are responsible for making sure your reservations are cancelled.

I hope the list below saves you some phone calls and trouble.  Please remember when contacting these hotels to be courteous and thank them for their support for RFTW.  We are ALL Ambassadors for our mission.   Much time and energy has been put in to develop our relationships with these hotels, and we would like to continue to have their support for next year.   See below:

  • Flagstaff, AZ-
    • La Quinta- Contract and block cancelled, no need to contact hotel
    • Comfort Inn- Each person must call to cancel reservation
  • Albuquerque, NM- Each person must call to cancel reservation.
  • Amarillo, TX- Contract and block cancelled, no need to contact hotel
  • Shawnee, OK- Each person must call to cancel reservation
  • Forrest City, AR- Hotel contacted me, there  are 10 reservations remaining, we knew there would be some who did not receive the change info
  • Memphis, TN- Contract and block canceled, no need to contact hotel
  • Cookeville, TN
    • Country Inn- Each person must call and cancel reservation
    • Candlewood-  Each person must call and cancel reservation
  • Asheville, NC-  Each person must call and cancel reservation
  • Springfield, NC-  Each person must call and cancel reservation
  • Ashland, VA- Contract and block canceled, no need to contact hotel.

 

On another note, Ron “Sky” King is working on another Tennessee reunion for us.  He did a great job last year and I look forward to seeing what he puts together this year.  I will pass on more information as it develops.

I am missing my RFTW family.  Hope to see you again soon.

Sincerely,

Ken “Six String” Dugas
Midway Route Coordinator

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Midway – Route Coordinator- Newsletter – Feb 2020 #2

Dear Run for the Wall family,

As I am sure you have all heard by now, but if not,  it is with a heavy heart that I must let you know that the Run for the Wall has once again been cancelled for 2021.  The anticipation and excitement for the Run this May seemed to be at an all time high after the disappointing cancelation last year.  Everyone was looking forward to our mission in May and being together again.  FNGs were so excited to experience the special event that is Run for the Wall.  My heart is truly broke right now.  However, the Covid restrictions that our government has placed on us makes our event illegal in most, if not all states.  Our routes are just too large to comply.  As an organization, RFTW cannot be responsible for leading our routes into illegal situations.  The liability of doing so, could destroy RFTW’s future.  We would also put our hosts at risks of civil penalties.  See the President’s message at the link below:
https://rftw.us/presidents-message-february-2021-part-2/

The hours put in on planning our Midway route over the last two years is enormous.  It is sad that it has not been able to produce the route and mission we want to participate in and support so much.

Our hosts and communities that support our Midway route were looking forward to having us back this year.  I hate canceling on them.  They all put in so much work and money into hosting us and it would not be fair to have to cancel on them at the last minute.  I want to express my gratitude to all of them and ask for their understanding and continued support for what will hopefully be our Run in 2022.  I know it is disappointing for them as well.  They all have become like a second home to us on our route and I truly appreciate all that they do for us.

What can I say about our Midway leadership team?  You are so amazing.  Thank you for another year of fantastic leadership!  State Coordinators and Assistant Coordinators, I cannot express my appreciation and gratitude enough for all the hard work you have done all year to plan for what would have been an amazing 2021 route.  I will be counting on you heavily over the next couple of weeks to help us dismantle our route and notify all our stops and supporters.  I know that you will represent RFTW professionally and express our disappointment of the need to cancel, and our gratitude for what they do to support us. We hope to have their continued support for 2022 and beyond.  I want all our route participants, especially the FNGs to know just how difficult and important a job it is to be a State Coordinator.  We could not have our mission without them.  I hope everyone will tell them thank you for all the work they do when you see them. 

I wish I could list and thank each and everyone of you in this newsletter, but that just would not be possible.  I hope you all know who much I appreciate each and every one of you.  However, I want to give a special note of appreciation to my ARC, Jerry Wilkins and our Road Guard Captain, Rick “Taildragger” Schultz.    You two guys helped me to coordinate this route across the entire country.  You both are very special to me and I appreciate everything you have done.  You were always there for me and our mission.   I am blessed to be able to call you friends.

To all of you who raised money for us, and those who donated, I thank you for your time, talents and treasure given to support our mission.  Your money will remain in the Midway route account and be allocated for the purpose it was donated for and used to support our 2022 route and riders.  I intend to give donations to Milan Elementary and the Falcon’s Children’s Home as we normally do to help support them.  I will also announce the day and time that I will hold the drawing for the “Hotel Raffle”.  That $1000 prize will be given as planned.  You sent money for the raffle and so it will take place and I will be excited to announce the winner.  I am planning on a Facebook “live” type of drawing so whoever wants can witness the drawing for the prize. This time, you may have your hotel money early for next year!

The work of dismantling the route will begin ASAP.  Then it will be time, once again, to plan our Midway route for 2022.  The first part of planning is putting our Leadership and support teams together.  I invite you all to return to your positions and hope that you will do so.  It has been a very long two years and I would like us all to stick together to finally see our route return in 2022.  We do have a fantastic team!

We will move forward with a positive attitude planning to put this route together again to make Midway 2022 the best it can be.  I cannot say enough of how proud I am of our team.  The wait will just make the mission even sweeter when we get to have it again.

I will continue to keep all of you informed throughout the coming year as we look forward to seeing everyone at reunions and other events throughout the year.

Our mission lives on all year.  Many of you will ride your own individual rides this year as some did last year.  Maybe paths will cross again sooner rather than later.

I wish you all the best.  And,  Have I told you lately?………..I love my RFTW family!

Sincerely,

Ken “Six String” Dugas
Midway Route Coordinator

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Midway- Route Coordinator- Newsletter – Feb. 2021 #2

Greetings RFTW family!

I am sorry to announce that our fundraising event for Saturday at Cajun Harley Davidson has been cancelled. Our sponsor, “Hawgwash” and our promotions team leader, Lane Flynn, were traveling from New Mexico for this event. The winter storm has made traveling too dangerous for them to come and I don’t think many bikes would want to be on the road Saturday. Even in South Louisiana it is 20 degrees right now! I wish my northern friends would come and get take their weather back home!

Most people just gave donations to us for our fundraising. I want to thank everyone who donated to our worthy cause. A few people made pledges of money per bike treated at the fundraiser. I want to be honest with all of you and let you know that no bikes will be treated Saturday and so we will not be collecting your pledge. If you would like to change your pledge to a donation, we will gladly accept your donations. To donate, you can send via paypal to rftw.pamdier@gmail.com or contact Lane Flynn at leflynn@aol.com.

I want to thank everyone for who worked so hard to put this fundraiser together, and Cajun HD for offering to host our event. We always do a good job at adapting and overcoming our obstacles, however, we cannot control the weather.

Update on our Hotel raffle:

We currently have 9 people entered for the $1000 drawing. We are $100 away from covering our cost. After that, 100% of the money raised goes directly to our Midway route. The free extra ticket per 5 bought promotion ends at the end of February. Purchase your raffle tickets now to take advantage of the free tickets.
A reminder of how this works:
Except for Ontario and Arlington, this fundraiser will pay for your hotels across the country!  The estimate for the hotel cost came out to be approximately $1,000.00, so the prize for this raffle will be $1,000.00!  Tam Tam Rickerson won our hotel raffle for 2020. Even though the route was cancelled, she won the $1,000 prize! Wouldn’t it be nice to have your hotel costs covered?  The cost per ticket is $10.00 or you can purchase 10 tickets for $50.00!  If you purchase $100.00 worth, you will get 25 tickets.  All money made from this raffle will be used for our Midway route and will help cover some fuel cost for our riders!  If you purchase 10 tickets or more before the end of February, you will receive 1 extra tickets (per 5 purchased) for free.  I ask that you support this if you are able.  The raffle tickets will be given to you in Ontario and the drawing will be in Hopewell, VA. 
If you would like to purchase Hotel Raffle tickets, please make check out to RFTW and send to:
Ken Dugas
9849 Loblolly Pines Lane
Denham Springs, La. 70726
You may also electronically send the money through Zelle.  Use my phone 225-405-2735.  Please send me an email at ken.dugas@rftw.us to let me know if you are sending money to me.

With much appreciation to everyone, Thank you!

I will be leaving Friday for Dallas to attend the Board of Directors meeting. I will write another newsletter with any updates that I have to share with you.

Stay Warm!

Ken “Six String” Dugas, Midway Route Coordinator

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Midway Route Coordinator-Newsletter- Feb 2021

IMPORTANT CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

Greetings Midway RFTW family!

The COVID pandemic has created some challenges for us.
I have a very important update to share with you.  Due to Covid, and possibly  the change in the pastor at the church, Forrest City will not be hosting our route.  Therefore, you need to cancel your reservations in Forrest City because we will not be staying there.
Our Day 5 stop will be moved from Forrest City to Memphis TN.  This will make for a long day, however, we were successful in our attempt to adapt and overcome!  Day one will still be our longest mileage day.
The host hotel will be the Crowne Plaza where we stayed for our reunion.  Please use the link below to book your rooms. 
Here is the  link to Crowne Plaza, they are ready to take reservations: block room name/info “Run For The Wall-  Memphis”
Run For The Wall – Memphis
If link does not work for you, call the hotel direct at 901-525-1800.
While booking through the link, you may see that the reservation is a no refund booking and that parking is $22.00/day.  Please do not concern yourself with this.  We have a signed contract in hand at a rate of $99.00 room and $3.00 parking.  The reservations can also be canceled 24 hours prior to the reservation.  The hotel has assured us that they will make this right for these reservations.
I am so proud of our Midway team.  We will adapt and overcome to make RFTW 2021 a great success.  We may have to navigate some curves but, with this team, we will overcome!

A couple of fundraiser updates:
We are getting close to our Feb 20th, Hawgwash Acrylic ” White Glass” bike protectant /sealant fundraiser at Cajun Harley Davidson in Louisiana. This is a pledged base fundraiser so you do not have to attend or live in the area to participate. We have a few people who have volunteered to collect pledges for us. Let me know if you would like to volunteer to do the same. Currently, we have raised more than $6K for our route. This is a great start but we do have a goal of $10k for this event. A little from many people adds up. If you would like to make a pledge or donation, please contact our Promotions Team leader, Lane Flynn at Leflynn@aol.com or myself at ken.dugas@rftw.us and we will be happy to take your pledges and/or donations. See my December #3 newsletter for more information.

The Hotel raffle is off to a slow start. We currently only have 3 people entered to win $1,000 to help cover their cost of hotels. Last year we had 36 people enter. Tam Tam won the $1,000 for 2020 and we raised enough money to cover more than a fuel stop for our route. I don’t know of any opportunity to win $1000 with 1 in 36 odds of winning . To date for 2021, you would have a 1 in 3 chance of winning $1000! We must have at least enough entries to cover the $1,000 prize. Let me refresh your memory of how this works:
Except for Ontario and Arlington, this fundraiser will pay for your hotels across the country!  The estimate for the hotel cost came out to be approximately $1,000.00, so the prize for this raffle will be $1,000.00!  Tam Tam Rickerson won our hotel raffle for 2020. Even though the route was cancelled, she won the $1,000 prize! Wouldn’t it be nice to have your hotel costs covered?  The cost per ticket is $10.00 or you can purchase 10 tickets for $50.00!  If you purchase $100.00 worth, you will get 25 tickets.  All money made from this raffle will be used for our Midway route and will help cover some fuel cost for our riders!  If you purchase 10 tickets or more before the end of February, you will receive 1 extra tickets (per 5 purchased) for free.  I ask that you support this if you are able.  The raffle tickets will be given to you in Ontario and the drawing will be in Hopewell, VA. 
If you would like to purchase Hotel Raffle tickets, please make check out to RFTW and send to:
Ken Dugas
9849 Loblolly Pines Lane
Denham Springs, La. 70726
You may also electronically send the money through Zelle.  Use my phone 225-405-2735.  Please send me an email at ken.dugas@rftw.us to let me know if you are sending money to me.

A big thank you to everyone who helps support or fundraisers for our route!

I will be attending the Board of Directors meeting in Dallas on Feb 19th & 20th. I will do my best to keep you all informed should there be anything I need to make you aware of.

I thank you all for your continued support.

I am tired of the planning and ready to ride.  Is it May yet?!!!!!!!

Honor, Hope and Healing

Ken “Six String” Dugas
RFTW Midway Route Coordinator

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Midway Route Coordinator – Newsletter – Jan 2021

Happy New Year Midway family!

I hope you had a nice New Year’s waving 2020 behind us. I wish you all a happy and blessed 2021!

I can’t help but have a sense of hope and excitement as we look forward to 2021 and see how many people have made their hotel reservations for our Run for the Wall mission. I have heard nothing but positive feedback about everyone’s hotel reservation experiences. I thank you all for your patience and professional representation of RFTW in dealing with the hotel’s staff. We are off to a great start to 2021 and we are working hard to finalize our route plans. This is the time of the year where our State Coordinators and their Assistants really start to finalize all the details for our route. I want to once again, express my appreciation to them and everyone for the work they do to make our mission a success.

Speaking of work, I want to remind everyone that we are having a zoom meeting to kick off our plans for the Feb. 20th fundraiser I have been telling you about. We are looking for people to help us obtain and collect pledges for this. We are having a Zoom video conference meeting tomorrow night (Monday 1/4/21) at 7:00pm central time. I invite anyone who would like to find out more about this or is willing to help to please join us for the meeting. The link for the meeting is listed below:
Run for the Wall is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: RFTW Midway fundraiser Zoom Meeting
Time: Jan 4, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/91930652782
Meeting ID: 919 3065 2782
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It is time to get busy and make Midway 2021 happen!

Thank you and Happy New Year,

Ken “Six String” Dugas
Route Coordinator, Midway 2020-2021

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Midway Route Coordinator- Newsletter- Dec 2020 #4

Hello Midway family!!!!

I hope you all had a blessed and merry Christmas and are looking forward to our 2021 Run for the Wall mission. Planning for our 2021 Midway route has been going on all year long and I am ready for us to get on the bikes and ride. It has been way too long!

I am sending this newsletter out to let everyone know that the Board of Directors will be publishing the hotel lists on our RFTW.US website for all routes on January 1st, 2021. Please be advised that all of the hotels have been instructed to not take any reservations on the Run for the Wall block of rooms until January 1st. I ask that when calling the hotels, you remember that you are representing RFTW. Please be patient and kind to the hotel workers. This should go without saying. However, every year, we seem to have a few issues come up concerning this. Remember that it has taken years of work for our hotel and state coordinators to develop good relationships with these people. One bad apple can destroy all of that work with one bad experience. I greatly appreciate everyone being good ambassadors for Run for the Wall. Remember, it should always be “mission before self”. Should you have any issues with a hotel, please contact me and I will have our Hotel Coordinator do his best to resolve any issues you may have. I want to personally and publicly thank our ARC, Jerry Wilkins, who is also our Hotel Coordinator, for all of the hard work he has done to get the hotels lined up for us. Fantastic job Jerry!

Speaking of hotels, I am excited to announce that we will hold the hotel raffle fundraiser again for 2021. It starts now and is something I think everyone will like and I hope will participate and support.  Many people want to donate to RFTW.  This is a way that you can do that and get something in return.  Except for Ontario and Arlington, this fundraiser will pay for your hotels across the country!  The estimate for the hotel cost came out to be approximately $1,000.00, so the prize for this raffle will be $1,000.00!  Tam Tam Rickerson won our 1st hotel raffle for 2020. Even though the route was cancelled, she won the $1,000 prize! Wouldn’t it be nice to have your hotel costs covered?  The cost per ticket is $10.00 or you can purchase 10 tickets for $50.00!  If you purchase $100.00 worth, you will get 25 tickets.  All money made from this raffle will be used for our Midway route and will help cover some fuel cost for our riders!  If you purchase 10 tickets or more before the end of February, you will receive 2 extra tickets (per 10) for free.  I ask that you support this if you are able.  The raffle tickets will be given to you in Ontario and the drawing will be in Hopewell, VA. 

If you would like to purchase Hotel Raffle tickets, please make check out to RFTW and send to:
Ken Dugas
9849 Loblolly Pines Lane
Denham Springs, La. 70726

You may also electronically send the money through Zelle.  Use my phone 225-405-2735.  Please send me an email at ken.dugas@rftw.us to let me know if you are sending money to me.

Our State Coordinators and our Promotion team continue to work on donations and fundraising.   I really appreciate everyone’s efforts!  I want to have all the fuel for our route donated or prepaid for our riders.  It makes our fuel stops very efficient and is nice for our riders, especially in these difficult times. We cannot do this without good participation and support for our fundraisers. I thank you all in advance.

I am so excited that plans for our route are progressing well. We still have several stops to get finalized, but that is understandable with our State Coordinators having to deal with the Covid restrictions some people are dealing with. I hope to have our route finalized before too long. I will do my best to keep everyone updated. Thanks to all of our State Coordinators and their assistants for all the work they do all year long for us.

Santa brought “High Maintenance” a new back rest for her Freewheeler. I just installed it and she loves it. Remember that it is not too early to start thinking about preparing your bikes for our journey.

Have I told you lately?…………. I love my Midway family!

Is it May yet?

Honor, Hope & Healing

Ken “Six String” Dugas
Route Coordinator, Midway 2020-2021

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Midway Route Coordinator Newsletter – Dec 2020 #3


Dear Midway Family,

I apologize, but I am needing to send another newsletter to address a change of plans for our fundraiser zoom meeting that was scheduled for Monday Dec. 21st. It was brought to my attention that the 21st is the night that the planets will be aligned to create the Christmas star. This will be a once in a lifetime event for us to see. Many people also have Holiday plans that conflict with the meeting schedule. After discussing with our fundraiser team, it has been decided that it would be better to reschedule the meeting after the 1st of the year. Therefore, we have rescheduled the meeting for Monday, January 4th at 7:00pm central time. We need help for this fundraiser! If you are interested in learning more about the fundraiser and/or will help us with this, please send me your email address and I will send you the zoom meeting invitation. My email is ken.dugas@rftw.us. Even if you sent a reply already, I ask that you please send another email so I have an updated list for the Jan 4th meeting.

To recap the fundraiser event: We will be treating up to 100 bikes with an acrylic coating for free! We will make money by collecting pledges based on how many bikes we apply the coating to. We need volunteers to help us get pledges and collect them. Anyone with RFTW can help with this because no matter where you live, you can collect the pledges for us. People will be able to pledge as little as $.10 (ten cents) per bike or $10.00. A pledge sheet will be provided that will have places for people to pledge in increments of $.10, $.25, $.50, $1.00 or more per bike. It is easy to see that the more people we have obtaining pledges, the more money we will be able to raise for our route and our mission. Our goal is to have a minimum of 25 people getting 25 pledges. A minimum of $0.10 pledged per bike, would raise $6,250.00 for Midway. You can do the math and see how much more we could raise with more people participating and pledging more than $0.10 per bike. This could be a BIG fundraiser for us and would only require a little effort and small donations being given by many people.

As you can imagine, this Covid pandemic situation has created unique challenges for me and our State Coordinators. Having a good fundraiser would help tremendously by allowing us to possibly help the people who have supported and hosted us over the years that may not have the funds to do so in 2021. It will also help us with fuel donations, charitable donations and other route costs. Midway has always been a route that feels like family. We work together to find solutions and overcome our challenges. We make a great team and I know, working together, we will make our 2021 RFTW run a success!

Thank you for your consideration and support.

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Sincerely,

Ken “Six String” Dugas
Route Coordinator, Midway 2020-2021

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Midway Route Coordinator Newsletter – Dec 2020 – #2

Greetings RFTW Midway family!

Our 2021 planning is coming along well. We have completed the hotel and camping lists and the BOD will have the lists posted on January 1st.

All the pieces are coming together for what we hope to be our big fundraiser for 2021. We need help for this. No matter where you live, you can help! Our biggest need is getting volunteers to obtain and collect pledges for our 100 bike “White Glass” acrylic coat application fundraiser. A Zoom video conference meeting will be held Monday December 21st at 7:00 pm central time. We will give an overview of our plans and answer questions. If you are interested in finding out more information or are willing to help, please send me an email (ken.dugas@rftw.us) with your name, phone number and email address and I will email the meeting invite to you. a little help from a lot of people will go a long way in making this successful. We are hoping to raise money that can be used for our route’s needs, donations and fuel as we travel through all the states on our route.

If I do not see you on the meeting, I want to take the opportunity now to wish you and your families a blessed and very Merry Christmas season.

Is it May yet?

Honor, Hope & Healing

Sincerely,

Ken “Six String” Dugas
Midway Route Coordinator 2020-2021

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Midway Route Coordinator Newsletter – Dec. 2020

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Greetings RFTW from a cold south Louisiana!

As always, I hope you are all doing well and are healthy. I know some of our RFTW family are going through rough times. With their permission, I have some bad news to share with all of you concerning a couple of our Midway family members. Papa Mike Cash has had a BIG setback in his recovery from his accident. He was making progress and even beginning to ride his bike again. Well, his hand has rejected the repairs and he is having to start from scratch again. Several more complicated surgeries will be needed to repair his hand, if it is even possible. Tamara “Tam Tam” and Steve “Hot tub” Rickerson will not be joining us on 2021 due to Steve’s poor health. I want to thank all of them for their years of support and service to our RFTW mission. They will be missed. This is a very difficult time for our friends. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. I know you all join me in wishing them a full recovery and the strength to get through this difficult time.

I would like to thank Lane “Hopper” Flynn for accepting the Promotions Team Leader position to fill Tam Tam’s vacancy. No one can replace Tam Tam but I know Lane will do a great job for us and I hope you all join me in congratulating her and welcoming her to our Midway leadership team.

Missing Man Honor Mat

In my last newsletter, I wrote that I would be sharing some information concerning our Missing Man formation. Here it is. I am excited to announce that Midway will be adding a “Missing Man Honor Mat” to our missing man formation. This is an example of how all the routes working together can make our mission better. Central route brought this concept to the Sandbox recon route. When I saw this, I knew I had to bring this to Midway. I want to thank Mona “Louise” and my wife, Denise “High Maintenance” for designing and putting this together. Also, thanks to Stich-N-Bitch for doing the embordering for us. Once again, I am so grateful and appreciative of the team we have on Midway. We get so much done working as a team! I will present this “Honor Mat” to Sue “Odds” Chapin, our missing man coordinator, to place in the missing man position at every stop we make. Our missing man riders will be able to put pictures and/or bios of the person they are riding for in the clear pouch on the mat. Everyone who walks by the missing man formation will be able to see and read about the person being ridden for and make the missing man formation more identifiable. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!

I would like to encourage all of our riders to read all of the RC’s newsletters. There is good information about what is going on with RFTW even if you are not on those particular routes. The other routes have excellent Route Coordinators and we can all learn more from each other. We are better when we work together.

Details are being finalized for our “Hawgwash” fundraiser. More information to kickoff this fundraiser coming soon. I hope that you will all consider participating and helping us with this effort to raise money for our route.

The Dugas Family

I want to once again, thank everyone on our teams helping to put our 2021 route together. I am looking forward to RFTW 2021 and seeing all of you soon.

Wishing all my RFTW family a Blessed and Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

Have I told you lately?……………I love my RFTW family!

Sincerely,
Ken “Six String” Dugas
Midway Route Coordinator 2020-2021

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Midway Route Coordinator -Newsletter – Nov 2020

Greetings RFTW family!

I would like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I know 2020 has been a year filled with problems, challenges and difficulties.   However, I still have so much to be thankful for and my Run for the Wall family is one of those things.   I miss seeing you all and am looking forward to getting back together with everyone again in May.  It has been way too long!   Our Midway team members are working hard on our 2021 route plans.  I thank all of them for their hard work and dedication to our RFTW Midway route.

I apologize for being late getting this newsletter out.  I was waiting on some information to share. Unfortunately, I still have not been able to confirm everything.  It is concerning a fundraiser sponsored by Hawgwash.  We will move forward with this, but all the details are not confirmed as of this time.   The Covid shutdowns are really hurting a lot of people.  I was just notified that we have lost more financial support.  This time from a VFW post.  They support our mission but just do not have the extra funds to provide for us for 2021.  I also know that a few of our long-time riders may not have the financial resources to make the Run.   This fundraiser will allow people from all over the country to support our route by pledging as little as ten cents ($0.10)  per bike  (Max 100 bikes) treated by Hawgwash’s acrylic coating. I am trying to get a list of people who would be willing to get pledges for us. If you are interested in helping with this, please let me know.  Hawgwash will supply the materials and treat the bikes for free!  This “pledging” fundraiser would only ask people to donate as little as $10.00 but the number of pledges could raise significant money for our route. This fundraiser would allow more people to donate a little, rather than a few having to donate larger amounts.   I am focusing on this fundraiser to allow us to put our route in a position to help our supports who want to host us but do not have the funds.  We may be able to help them help us by contributing to the cost of hosting us.  The more we can raise, the more people we can help.  I also want to be able to have the route pay as many fuel stops as possible to help the riders who are on tight budgets.  More details on this fundraiser will be coming soon. I would appreciate any support we can get for this.

I am also focusing on bringing more attention and something new to our missing man formation.  I am excited to share more information about this in my next month’s newsletter.  We will never forget what this mission is about!  This addition to our missing man formation will make sure of that.

Remember, it is never too early to start preparing for your Run across our great country.  Throttle control is key to riding in a pack of 100s of bikes.  Steady speed with slow, smooth adjustments is an essential skill for this route.  Also, do not forget to practice using your gears to slow your bike down instead of your brakes!  Maintaining consistent distances in the pack and avoiding the “yo-yo” nightmares are key to the safety of our route.  Our goal is to always complete our mission with zero incidents.  Everyone needs to do their part to make this happen.  Practice, practice, practice!  The better your skills, the safer our route can be.  I am very proud of our safety record on Midway.  Let’s make sure we keep it that way.

Another thing that I am Thankful for:  Thank you to all our men and women who are serving or have served, and to their families for their support and sacrifices.  Also…… we will never forget those who have paid the ultimate price for our country.  THANK YOU!

Have I told you all lately?…………… I love my RFTW family!

Honor, Hope & Healing

Sincerely,
Ken “Six String” Dugas
Midway Route Coordinator, 2020-2021