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New Director Announcement

Run for the Wall

The Board of Directors is looking to fill the position of Director of Social Media.

This is a critical, sensitive position with a 3-year commitment that requires certain skills to further the public persona of RFTW with an eye towards attracting new riders. We live and work in a hugely electronic environment, so knowledge and familiarity with computers, social media platforms, video editing and production, etc., is paramount.

The successful candidate will have a background in the use of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and similar tools like Zoom. Knowledge and experience in actively participating on a variety of social media platforms is essential. The successful candidate will need to be closely attuned to the Bylaws and SOPs of RFTW and be willing and able to actively work on multiple social media programs and platforms. Occasional training sessions with route volunteers to ensure an understanding of our social media objectives may be required. Public speaking ability is critically important.

The bylaws describe the duties of Director of Social Media as follows: The Director of Social Media is responsible for content continuity across all social media platforms. This includes producing and creating video and written posts, monitoring various social media accounts for inappropriate content (to include RFTW online forums if applicable), and presenting a positive public image intended to attract riders more attuned with using various social media venues. Provides annual and before Run training for route social media coordinators, photographers, videographers, and sit-rep writers to ensure they understand and comply with a positive, mission-focused public presentation representing Run For The Wall in all they do. Works closely with the website creator/maintainer to ensure our public presentation is consistent across all venues. May be assigned other duties as determined by the Board or BoD President.

Appointment to the BoD places demands on your free time. We meet a minimum of once a month, often twice. There are occasional emergency online meetings with as little as 5 days’ notice. Occasional travel is required with certain travel expenses reimbursed. In July each year the BoD convenes Face to Face meetings where attendance is paramount. Our winter Face to Face meeting may be in person or via video teleconferencing. We also meet Face to Face each year in Ontario prior to the Run.

The successful candidate will submit a resume outlining their skills relevant to those listed here, along with a brief description of their Run experience, social media experience, and the names of three references we may contact. Veterans are also required to submit an SSAN-redacted copy of their DD-214 that shows Character of Service (type of discharge). Once selected, the successful candidate will also have to submit to a Character & Fitness Examination (CFE), essentially a background check at the Board’s expense. Additionally, the BoD reserves the right to interview candidates for positions on the Board of Directors during the selection process.

Those wishing to apply should submit their package to Secretary@rftw.us no later than 30 March 2024. Questions can be directed to President@rftw.us.

If you want to serve Run for the Wall, this is an excellent opportunity to impact the future of our organization. We look forward to hearing from you!

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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 Director Announcement

Run for the Wall

The Board of Directors is looking to fill the position of Secretary.

The Secretary position is a critical, sensitive position with a 3-year commitment that requires certain skills to further the maintenance of administrative tasks and documents, and the Mission of Run for the Wall. We live and work in a hugely electronic environment, so knowledge and familiarity with computers, file/folder structures, etc., is paramount.

The successful candidate will have a background in the use of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and similar tools like Zoom. Knowledge and experience in setting up and maintaining structured electronics records accounts is especially important. The ability to work in an online, collaborative environment is essential, as is having access to reliable internet services.

The bylaws describe the duties of Secretary as follows:  The Secretary shall: (a) record the minutes of the meetings of the members and of the BoD in one (1) or more books provided for that purpose; (b) see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these By-Laws or as required by law; (c) be a custodian of the corporate records and of the seal of the corporation; (d) keep a register of the post office address of each member which shall be furnished to the Secretary by such member; and (e) perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be designated to him/her by the President or by the BoD.

Appointment to the BoD places demands on your free time. We meet a minimum of once a month, often twice. There are occasional emergency online meetings with as little as 5 days’ notice. Occasional travel is required with certain travel expenses reimbursed. In July each year the BoD convenes Face to Face meetings where attendance is paramount. We also meet Face to Face each year in Ontario prior to the Run. You will be required to take and produce detailed minutes of each meeting, publishing minutes for review very soon after the meeting. There are online documents such as a roster of motions by month and topic that must be maintained. Additionally, the person filling this position is not only a Director, but also a corporate officer with certain duties and obligations specific to the corporation.

The successful candidate will submit a resume outlining their particular skills relevant to those listed here, along with a brief description of their Run experience, and the names of three references we may contact. Veterans are also required to submit an SSAN-redacted copy of their DD-214 that shows Character of Service (type of discharge). Once selected, the successful candidate will also have to submit to a Character & Fitness Examination (CFE), essentially a background check at the Board’s expense.

Those wishing to apply should submit their package to Secretary@rftw.us no later than 4 March 2024. Questions can be directed to President@rftw.us.

If you want to serve Run for the Wall, this is an excellent opportunity to impact the future of our organization. We look forward to hearing from you!

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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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Information Update – Link For Services For Capt. Ronald Wayne Forrester

All,

As you may have read in other RFTW communication, the remains of the father of long-time RFTW rider Karoni Forrester were positivity identified recently and returned to the family.

You can read more about USMC Capt. Ronald Wayne Forrester in the DPAA announcement at this link.

Today at 2 PM CST they are holding a service for him in the Austin area. For those unable to attend. This is the link to view that service online.

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RFTW BoD – Open Position Announcement

Run for the Wall

The Board of Directors is looking to fill the position of Secretary.

Run For The Wall® Secretary is a critical, sensitive position with a 3-year commitment that requires certain skills to further the maintenance of administrative tasks and documents, and the Mission of Run for the Wall. We live and work in a hugely electronic environment, so knowledge and familiarity with computers, file/folder structures, etc., is paramount.

The successful candidate will have a background in the use of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and similar tools. Knowledge and experience in setting up and maintaining structured electronics records accounts is especially important. The ability to work in an online, collaborative environment is essential, as is having access to reliable internet services.

The bylaws describe the duties of Secretary as follows:  The Secretary shall: (a) record the minutes of the meetings of the members and of the BoD in one (1) or more books provided for that purpose; (b) see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these By-Laws or as required by law; (c) be a custodian of the corporate records and of the seal of the corporation; (d) keep a register of the post office address of each member which shall be furnished to the Secretary by such member; and (e) perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as from time to time may be designated to him/her by the President or by the BoD.

Appointment to the BoD places demands on your free time. We meet a minimum of once a month, often twice. There are occasional emergency online meetings with as little as 5 days’ notice. Occasional travel is required with certain travel expenses reimbursed for July meeting; in July each year the BoD convenes Face to Face meetings where attendance is paramount. We also meet Face to Face each year in Ontario prior to the Run. You will be required to take and produce detailed minutes of each meeting. There are online documents such as a roster of motions by month and topic that must be maintained. Additionally, the person filling this position is not only a Director, but also a corporate officer with certain duties and obligations specific to the corporation.

The successful candidate will submit a resume outlining their particular skills relevant to those listed here, along with a brief description of their Run experience, and the names of three references we may contact. Veterans are required to also submit an SSAN-redacted copy of their DD-214 that shows Character of Service (type of discharge). Once selected, the successful candidate will also have to submit to a Character & Fitness Examination (CFE), essentially a background check at the Board’s expense.

Those wishing to apply should submit their package to Secretary@rftw.us no later than 15 February 2024. Questions can be directed to President@rftw.us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Day Rider Registration

Greetings from beautiful Colorado Springs, CO

Welcome to my first newsletter as a member of the Board of Directors. I came on board as the Director of Risk Management in October 2023 and was quickly plunged into the world of Registration. The more routine and mundane aspects of the position are dealing with insurance and risk management, i.e. the day to day. I look forward to being a part of the Registration team, the first to greet our riders as they join the Run. I’m honored to be a part of that team and look forward to learning more from the experienced folks who make it happen year after year. Considerable work was done prior to my arrival to improve, simplify and streamline our registration and check-in system with some great results.  If you haven’t seen it for yourself, you need to get registered ASAP.

Last year, because of the outstanding bit of feedback and constructive suggestion that was provided, the Day Rider program was implemented.  Knowing that the “Last Minute Joe” fee in affect after May 1st might turn people away, we took that great feedback and turned it into a plan. The Day Rider program remains unchanged from last year and the requirements are explained here.

Day Rider Registration

A Day Rider will be defined as anyone who rides with or participates in RFTW activities, at or between up to three consecutive overnight stop locations on Central, Midway, or Southern Route or two consecutive locations on SandBox Route.  The ground rules are as follows:

  • May be applied to any Motorcycle, 4 Wheel or Auto-cycle Participant.
  • Maximum duration: Check-in on the evening of first location, participate through morning of the last location, but does not depart with the pack.
  • The 3 (or less) overnight stop locations must be consecutive and on the same Route.
  • The overnight stop location decides your Day Rider start and stop location, it does not matter if you spent the night there or not.
  • Overnight stop locations include Ontario, Washington DC, and Marseilles
  • Day Riders will be issued a special wrist band and ribbon to signify their participation.
  • Day Riders will have full access for participation on all Route events during their registered period.
  • The Day Rider Registration Fee will be equal to that of the Early Bird fee of the respective Route, i.e. $45 for Central/Midway/Southern & $15 for SandBox

Day Rider Registration Extension

If a Day Rider completes their registration period and decides to extend further down the road (yes, it has happened) the Route Check-in Teams will be prepared with a special in-person registration process that will allow the rider to apply their already paid Day Rider fee toward full registration.  After paying the difference in price to current full registration, they will be issued the regular wrist band and ribbon covering the rest of their journey.  This option may be exercised only during the Run.

How the Process Will Work

On 01 FEB 2024, when the fee structure shifts to “Regular Registration” pricing, there will also be a new selection on the registration pages for a Day Rider check box that will allow for the reduced fee as noted above.  To be eligible for Day Rider status, the registration MUST indicate a Ride-to location as either one of the next two overnight stop locations after the Sign-in location on the selected Route.  For example, on Central Route a Day Rider may Sign-in at Williams and Ride-to Angel Fire.  With that selection, they may check-in at Williams (evening or the next morning) and ride with the pack to Angel Fire and even join in morning activities the next day – two full days of the Run.  If they would like to continue with the pack from Angel Fire, the Registration Extension option will allow them stay on the Run.  The Day Rider Registration Option will be available starting 01 FEB and will be in effect throughout the full execution of the Routes in May.

Don’t wait till May!

If you plan to register as a Day Rider or are coordinating a group of Day Riders, please get everyone registered as soon as possible.  It won’t make a difference in your cost, even if you register today, but it will help our State Coordinators with getting the best attendance info possible to our supporters along the Route.  Our awesome State Coordinators need your support! ALSO – if you register before 01 FEB even for just 2 days on the road, you’ll have the option to extend past those 2 days on the Run at no additional charge, all part of the Early Bird deal!

Of special interest

I receive, and personally review and answer every contact form directed to registration. I will work diligently to ensure the particulars of each registration are correct and help riders make changes when needed. Many of these forms have asked why the confirmation email was not received by the rider. Junk/spam filters in various email servers have caught many of these emails. I even had a board member reach out to me asking about his confirmation email. My own went to junk as well, even though past confirmations have arrived in my inbox. For all the things technology is good for, there are also challenges. I’m happy to re-send confirmation emails when needed, and I encourage every registrant to check junk/spam folders in the 24 hours after registering if you have not seen the email come to your inbox.

The way forward

Like every organization, Run For The Wall has made adjustments for the changing environment in which we all live today.  Even so, your Board and Route Leadership keep the Mission at heart and keep those people who benefit from their efforts as their focus for all decisions and actions.  Your feedback and constructive suggestions are taken very seriously and will turn into course corrections whenever they reveal a path that better serves both Mission and People.  Every one of the Board and Route Leaders are also participants just like you, and they want to see our Run and its Mission continue long into the future.  Mutual respect and confidence that we will each perform our role in getting there is the fuel that will keep us all moving forward.

I’m excited to see all of you in May!

Sincerely,

Lance ‘Batman’ Wheeler
Run For The Wall
Director of Risk Management
e:  lance.wheeler@rftw.us
Together We Ride!

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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
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2022 CR Plt 2 Tailgunner
2012 CR FNG