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Southern Route Coordinator Special July 2021

RFTW XXXII 2021 RC Newsletter

July, 2021

 

Greetings from the Battle Born State,

It has been about a month since I asked all of our RFTW Prayer Warriors to direct the Awesome Power of Prayer to comfort and heal Will Schaeffler after a terrible motorcycle accident.  Will is the son of our Arizona State Coordinator Lori Ann “Leggs” and Bill “Jumper” Schaeffler.  At that time, his survival was in doubt due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  By the Grace of God and the expertise of stellar Medical Staff, he is on the mend.  He is still dealing with the effects from the TBI.  The Road to Recovery will be a long one.  Bills and other payments still need to be paid and his home will need some modifications to assist his rehab once he is allowed to go home.  It is too early to say when that might be.

There is a fundraiser for William tonight, July 8th, starting @ 9PM – ?? at “Cowpony” located at 6510 E Tanque Verde Rd in Tucson AZ.   If you cannot attend and would like to help Will’s Family, Lori said you can send donations directly to her.  There are 2 ways: Zelle to lschaeffler@comcast.net or Apple Pay to 520-490-7612.  Any amount will make a difference.  Thank You.

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Southern Route Coordinator News – June 2021

RFTW XXXII 2021 RC Newsletter

June, 2021

 

Greetings Everyone,

While it was Great riding across this Wonderful Country of Ours, it Good to be back home in Nevada.  Confetti and I just returned yesterday after 20 days, 6,896 miles, over 20 states on the road.  Along the way we visited with many of our Southern Route supporters and pledged to return in 2022 with ALL of You SR Riders.  We were also to present $1,000 Educational Grant checks to the 3 high school senior winners of our Southern Route essay contest.   I will post pictures in my next newsletter.  You will be pleased to know that your contributions will further the education of a future doctor and 2 engineers.

It was heartwarming to see how many of you made it to the Vietnam Memorial “Sister Wall” in Perryville, MO and the Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall in Marseilles, IL.  My hat is off to those of you who went from LA to DC.

Most of you are home now safely, I hope.  All I heard of is some tire issues and broken parts.  Oh, and some sunburn and something I’d never heard of before “rainburn”.  I’m not sure how you get it or treat it.  Hopefully all will recover.

Now it’s time to embrace the  Reunion Season.  I have talked a lot about The Kerrville, TX Reunion, but first comes the “Sunbright Veterans Memorial Tour of Honor” in Tennessee. The Midway Route folks have been working day and night to put this together for ALL RFTW Riders.  I hear tell that there is a massive fireworks show planned for July 4th.  The link below has a ton of details.  Check it out and SIGN UP right away.

 

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Positive

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2021 Sunbright Veterans Memorial Tour of Honor — Hosted by Midway Route

2021 Sunbright Veterans Memorial Tour of Honor — Hosted by Midway Route

Come join the fun in Tennessee over 4th July weekend. We will be riding half way across the State of Tennessee. Planned activities include 2 wreath laying ceremonies, Song Writers Night Out, Moonshine Harley Davidson Dealer party, visit VA hospital and ride into Cookeville for dinner and 2nd largest firework show in Tennessee, ride to Sunbright Veterans Memorial and Brushy Mountain Prison and Distrillery… open evenings in Memphis and Nashville, and – and – and.

Friday, 2 July
1500 – 1700 Lobby Registration (Registration $35.00 ea)
1730 – 1800 Rider Meeting Hotel Parking Lot
1800 – until Dinner On Your Own Downtown Or Beale Street Music and Blues!

Saturday, 3 July
0700 – 0800 Lobby Registration (Registration $35.00 ea)
0700 – 0850 Hot Breakfast @ Hotel
0900 – 0915 St Mary’s Catholic Church West Parking Lot (Rider Meeting)
0915 – 0925 Blessing of the Bikes
0930 – 1100 I-40 to Exit 108 Parkers Crossroad, TN State Veterans Cemetery
1100 – 1130 Lay Wreath (693 Wildersville Road, Wildersville, TN)
1140 – 1250 Parkers Crossroads City Park (Subway $7.00 ea.) (1:10 Lunch Stop)
1300 – 1330 Fuel Stop Marathon (Gas and GO)
1330 – 1540 Ride to Host Hotel, Drury Plaza, Franklin, TN
1715 – 1800 Lobby Reception / Registration
1830 – 1855 Stage & Ride to Kimbro’s ($10.00 ea. cover / pay as you go bar & food)
1900 – until Song Writers @ Kimbro’s Pickin Parlor, Franklin, TN or On Your Own
Sunday, 4 July 2020
0800 – 0830 Lobby Registration (Registration $35.00 ea)
0700 – 0900 Hot Breakfast @ Drury Plaza Hotel
1030 – 1045 Rider Meeting Hotel Parking Lot
1050 – 1100 Hotel Parking Stage for ride to Moonshine Harley Davidson
1100 – 1110 Ride to Moonshine Harley Davidson (Free Lunch) Or Lunch On Your Own
1100 – 1300 Moonshine HD (2:00 Lunch)
1300 – 1310 Stage for ride to Cookeville, TN
1310 – 1530 VA Hospital Visit Murfreesboro, TN (1:00 Visit)
1530 – 1700 Arrive Leslie Town Center, Cookeville
1700 – 1900 Reception and Dinner Cookeville (Auction for Sunbright Veterans Memorial)
1940 – until Stage Hotel Parking Lot then Move to Fireworks & Return (LEO Escort)

Monday, 5 July 2020
0800 – 0815 Lobby Registration (Registration $35.00 ea)
0700 – 0830 Hot Breakfast @ Hotel
0845 – 0900 Hotel Parking Stage (Rider Meeting)
0900 – 1030 Arrive Sunbright Veterans Memorial
1030 – 1115 Memorial Service Wreath Laying (01:00)
1115 – 1155 Arrive Brushy Mountain Prison/Distillery/Gift Shop
1155 – 1450 Brushy Mountain Lunch/Self Guided Tour ($25.00 ea.)
1500 – 1530 Arrive Petro’s Marathon (00:30 Gas and Go)
1530 – 1705 Arrive Host Hotel (End of Mission) Dinner On Your Own
Note: All times Central Daylight Time (Sunbright and Brushy Mountain are on Eastern Daylight Time
HOTEL LIST

Memphis, TN (2 July 2021)
Crown Plaza Memphis Downtown
300 N. Second Street., Memphis, TN 38103
Reservation Number: 1-901-525-1800 or 1-800-2CROWNE
Group Rate: $119.00 (Plus $3.00 Parking Per Room)
Group Name: Run-For-The-Wall Veterans Reunion 2021

Franklin, TN (3 July 2021)
Drury Plaza Hotel
1874 West McEwen Ave., Franklin, TN 37067
Reservation Number: 1-800-325-0720
Group Number: 2437401 (Rate $127.00)
Group Name: Veteran’s Reunion, Run-For-The-Wall

Cookeville, TN (4 & 5 July 2021)
Country Inn & Suites
1151 S. Jefferson Ave., Cookeville, TN 38506
Reservation Number: 1-931-525-6668
Group Rate $85.00
Group Name: Reunion Run-For-The-Wall

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Southern Route Coordinator News – May 2021

RFTW XXXII 2021 RC Newsletter

May, 2021

 

Greetings from the Battle Born State of NV,

Well, It’s MAY!  These last 2 years we have battled with this pandemic and tried to Stay Positive with the hope that soon we would see it in our rear-view mirrors.  As in most battles, no one gets out without a scratch and many wounds are not visible.  LOVE of our God, Country and Family along with the HOPE that better days are ahead is what keeps us going.

The Run For The Wall Family Bond is Strong.  None of our Family should ever feel alone.  With Family often comes tragedy.  On May 12th Fred Marshall, the husband to Melissa “Angel” Marshall and Father to Jake passed away after a prolonged illness. Fred spent 76 days in the hospital in intensive care and hospice with very intense individual care and racked up quite a bill.  If you would like to send donations towards those bills, you can send direct to Melissa, please at Melissa Marshall, 1730 Crowndale Dr, Sumter, SC 29150    Flowers are welcome although Melissa would prefer living plants as a living memory of Fred, send to her address. 

Melissa and her Mom Wendy “Nurse One” are the Dynamic Duo of our Medical Team.  Her Dad is Doug “Sgt Maj” Lyvere one of our elite Road Guards.

There is also a FB page – “Facebook Fundraiser”, Help for Melissa and Jake

There will also be “FredFest”, a memorial celebration to be held on Saturday June 5.  For any details, Please email Doug@lyvere.com

Though the “Run” was postponed, the Mission still goes on.  We are a benevolent organization and are continually promoting and fundraising for Veteran Causes.  Currently we are working on raising $25k which will be matched ($25k) by RFTW, which will be matched by another foundation for a total of $100k to Homes For Our Troops to build an adapted home for a severely wounded Veteran and his Family.  We are currently at about 31% of our goal.  For more details, see the latest RFTW  President’s Message 

RFTW Inc. does not have a large corporate office, or any corporate office or payroll, in fact.  But there are still expenses and bills that need to be paid.  Buying more Merch from the  Merchandise Shop  will help too.  

Confetti and I plan to be in Perryville, MO, Friday the 28th to pay our respects at the “Wall” there.  We hope to see many of you there also.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Positive

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Southern Route Coordinator News – April 2021

RFTW XXXII 2021 RC Newsletter

April, 2021

 

Greetings Riders,

Well after 4 newsletters in March, I feel like a slacker.  Normally at this time we would be talking about last minute preparations and final updates.  I know that many of you are planning to ride West to East in the coming months.  I just saw on the news today that the AMVETS Rolling To Remember event is in jeopardy due to being unable to secure their permit for the Pentagon parking lot.  Rep Brian Mast, a disabled veteran himself, is spearheading the appeal to Pentagon officials for approval. Right now, Washington D.C. is not exactly “visitor friendly”.

I urge you to keep apprised of the everchanging pandemic restrictions so as to avoid issues that might interfere with your plans.  Here are a couple of links to current restrictions which may help you plan. One is from the CDC and the other from AARP.   Things in this regard are constantly changing.  Also, many local jurisdictions have their own “rules”.  Keep Aware and Semper Gumby.

CDC

https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html

AARP

https://www.aarp.org/politics-society/government-elections/info-2020/coronavirus-state-restrictions.html

Don’t forget the new merchandise in the online store.

Watch for more news on upcoming Reunions, Kerrville TX  is September  23-26 for more information

TX Riders Reunion FB Page

I hope to see some of you on the road.   

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Positive

 

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Homes for our Troops Fundraiser

HFOT Logo

As outlined in the President’s Message, with the postponement of RUN XXXII, here is your opportunity to keep the Mission of the RUN going.  Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is an organization with many of the same goals and missions as we have.  Their mission: TO BUILD AND DONATE SPECIALLY ADAPTED CUSTOM HOMES NATIONWIDE FOR SEVERELY INJURED POST-9/11 VETERANS, TO ENABLE THEM TO REBUILD THEIR LIVES.

Did you read that … they are building homes designed and built specifically with adaptations in mind of the severely injured Veterans.  They are “Promoting healing among all Veterans and their families.”  Isn’t that what we do while on the RUN?

According to our research, the cost to build one of these homes is based on what each severely injured Veteran needs.  Our goal is to raise $100,000.   How can we achieve this goal?  The Board will match your donation … when you donate, we match … when we hit our goal, it will be doubled by another foundation!!   BINGO – We just helped to build a home for a severely injured post-9/11 Veteran!

You can donate to this cause using several different methods:

  1. Donate through this Facebook Campaign.
  2. Mail a check to Ken Ward, Treasurer (address: 675 DEIS Drive, Unit N, Suite 266, Fairfield, OH, 45014   On memo line:  HFOT)
  3. Click the donate button on our website (rftw.us)

Please check out HFOT’s website (www.hfotusa.org)  for more information.  There is also an interactive map to see Veterans approved by the program and in various phases of the build process, as well as, homes that have already been completed.

Let’s help build a home!!!

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Southern Route Coordinator News – March 2021 Part 4

RFTW XXXII 2021 RC Newsletter

March 2021 Part 4

Greetings from the warming up Battle Born State,

The first few days of Spring we were still seeing highs in the low 40’s.  Now they are saying we could see 70 by Sunday, Wohoo!  I just have a couple of reminders/announcements for you.

If you made hotel reservations for RFTW 2021, it is your responsibility to cancel or reschedule them, as necessary.   Some reservations were automatically canceled when the room blocks were also cancelled.  But it is in your best interest to verify.  You surely don’t want to be charged for a room that you didn’t use.

A word about registration for RFTW 2022, the registration data base for RFTW 2020-2021 will not be used for RFTW 2022.  So, you will need to register when Registration opens for RFTW 2022.  Please check out the recent President’s Newsletter for more information

Save The Date: May 15, 2021

The COMBAT HERO BIKE BUILD UNVEILING will be at Roadhouse Bar & Grill:

6900 E Cave Creek Rd: Cave Creek, AZ @ 2:00 PM More details are in the flyer linked below.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WtNcKKtjVIW2kgE-3dzMkJEjOQ40u7qt/view?usp=sharing

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Positive

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Southern Route Coordinator News – March 2021 Part 3

RFTW XXXII 2021
RC Newsletter

March 2021
Part 3

Greetings Everyone,

Well tomorrow is officially the first day of Spring.   I think the weatherman did not get the memo.

Although Run For The Wall XXXII has been postponed for another year, we are still busy planning for the 2022 Mission.  Our Leadership Team, along with our State Coordinators and Supporters are committed to seeing that 2022 will be a rousing success.   I know that many of you will be on the road this year, travelling about this wonderful Country.  If you should come across any of our Supporters, please be sure to Thank them and let them know We will be back.

I would like to thank Mike “Bonehead” Kyzer for sharing this list of Memorials along the Southern Route.  Some of them we are familiar with, others remain waiting to be explored.  You can view the list or download it at the link below.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1591mNiog42wmPSMhBZRsU1k6A6oO5R_HUOpyMYBQSF0/edit?usp=sharing

Also, I would like to mention that the General Patton memorial Museum in Chiriaco Summit, CA on I-10 has expanded and added new exhibits in recent years.  So, if you haven’t been there in a while, drop by if you are in the area.  For more information: http://generalpattonmuseum.com/

 

New RFTW Merchandise will be added to the online store next week:  https://rftw.us/run-for-the-wall-merchandise-shop/

Until next time; Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Positive

 

 

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Southern Route Coordinator News – March 2021 Part 2

Greetings from the Battle Born State,

The middle of the US is starting to open up which is good news.  The Reunion organizers are busy putting plans together.  Diane and I are already making plans for our trip to Kerrville, TX for the All Riders, Past Present and Future Reunion.  More details can be found on the RFTW Facebook page.

When the 2020 Run was cancelled, I gave you the R.F.T.W Challenge.  The whole Country was pretty much locked down them, making long interstate trips difficult to say the least.  Many of you took up the challenge, ran with it, and a few of you went over the top.  I never thought we might need another challenge like that. 

Sometimes it seems like we can’t catch a break.  Well maybe we did.  In the words of Jedi Master Yoda “there is another”.   Another what, you ask?   Another Vietnam Memorial Wall, in Perryville, MO.  It is a full-scale replica, even down to the misspelled names.  I urge you to check it out at: https://mnvmfund.org/  located at 1172 veterans Memorial Pkwy, Perryville, MO

Yes, there are many such tributes all around the Country, some are traveling.  I had the honor of assembling one such Wall when it came to our capital here in Carson City.  We started at 0400, we were putting in the last bolts at 0800 just as the first school children arrived.   It had no less meaning to us as the original in Washington, D.C.

Missouri (MO) is the Show Me State, let’s Show Them how Run For The Wall riders support our Mission.  So, I have a challenge for you in 2021.  If you are not able to ride to DC, ride to Perryville or any destination with a tribute Wall, send me a picture of you at the Wall.  Oh, by the way, it is only about 320 miles from the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles, IL (Hint)

Please, if you travel in a group or alone, check the Pandemic Restrictions where you will be traveling through to make sure not in violation.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Positive

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Southern Route Coordinator News – March 2021

Greetings Again from the Battle Born State,

I think we are all trying to deal with the 2nd postponement of the 20th Anniversary RFTW Southern Route to 2022.  One thing we all should do is cancel any hotel reservations we made in anticipation for RFTW 2021.  Some of the room blocks were cancelled, which would have automatically cancelled your reservation.  You should verify that just to be sure you are not charged for a room where you did not stay.

I think also that it is safe to say that the fire that burns within us says “Restrictions be damned, let’s ride”.  If I thought there was any way we could all ride together, I would be right there with you.  We have dealt with Rain, Cold, Blistering Heat, Tornados and even Hail.  How? We adapt and overcome.  But none of that compares with Restrictions on the size of Group Gatherings, that could stop us right in our tracks at any time.  Of course, you are free to ride when and where you like, but I caution you against any large-scale endeavor which could result in unnecessary problems for everyone.  Run For The Wall Southern Route 2021 was cancelled, that is the reality. But we are not giving up on the Mission or are we giving in to the restrictions.  Adapt and Overcome, Be Smart