Well here we are already in February of 2024—-It will be MAY before we know it. I would like to wish the Midway Family a Happy Valentine’s Day!!!! We are now 220 strong with 75 FNGs.
After looking at the present cost of fuel, the prepaid number is One Hundred Fifty Dollars ($150.00). One hundred fifty dollars for 2958 miles is cheap!!! You can prepay anytime between now and 5 May via Zelle to Midway.Route@rftw.us. Or you can mail a check to Lily per the instructions below. Be sure to put your correct name, registered under, phone number, and prepaid fuel in the memo block so we can include you on the spread sheet. You can also bring cash to registration. If you do not prepay your cost is Twenty Dollars ($20,00) per day. To be very clear there are no exceptions to this policy. The fuel team will be collecting the money at the pump from the non-prepaid participants. I am prepaying my fuel and I expect everyone to participate honorably. I like to use a phrase that defines this very well: Discipline is doing what is right when no one is looking!! < SO PLEASE DO RIGHT >
Outreach has taken on a new task this year to try to collect and honor those who have fallen in the past year. I asked Zoe our Outreach Coordinator to provide me with an announcement I could include here: The Midway Route has experienced the sadness of losing some wonderful family members in 2023. We would like to honor the memory of these individuals during our Run this year. They have all touched RFTW in one way or another. If there is someone that has passed away in 2023 that has participated on the Midway Route could you please forward their name and the date of passing to email@example.com. Thank you and may we remember them always!!! Zoe
Hope everyone has made their hotel reservations and found a roommate if you were looking for one. The itinerary will be out the last part of this month. It will not be published in a hard copy book this year. I encourage all to either create a file on your electronic device or print and laminate a copy prior to your departure for the Run. Each of you need to review the daily stops and be aware of the efforts made by the communities along the way to host our group for lunches and dinners. Additionally, the three outreaches for Cookeville are included. Need to look at the different ones to determine the one you would like to participate in. I will talk more about these outreaches later.
We have two promotions running right now managed by Gina Cutrer. Both are posted on the RFTW site and Facebook. The super bowl is February the 11 and we are selling squares on a football board for $25.00 each or five for $100.00. The payout is $100.00 Walmart Gift Card per Quarter with no overtime. We are also doing another $1000.00 cash drawing to be drawn at the all-hands meeting on Monday before our departure on Tuesday. The tickets for the cash drawing are one for $10.00, Seven for $50.00, twenty for $100.00, thirty for $150.00. For both promotions you can pay by Zelle to Midway.Route@rftw.us with a note in the memo line for the promotion your money is designated for. For the super Bowl board Zelle no Later than 10 February. For the prepaid fuel or the cash drawing you can mail a check to Lily Lieux. 6426 Bridgeport Drive, Greenwell Springs, la. 70739 no later than 20 April, 2024. Please, make a note in the memo line of the check for what you are donating to. Any checks received after this date will be returned unprocessed.
When you review the itinerary, Look at the schools, churches, VFWs, American Legions, and Communities that open their doors to us with food and community involvement. They all support their local veterans though Programs, Memorials, and Museums. Additionally, they provide honor guards and other support to their communities which cost money. They start working the day after our departure raising money and support for our annual return. I bring all of this to your attention again, so each of you understand the importance of your participation in the various fund raising events and how your leadership is trying to be good stewards of your generosity. Without you the Riders and your contributions there would be no RFTW.
I want to thank each of you for stepping up to help make Midway 2024 our 10th Anniversary a great success!
Is It May Yet!!!!
Don “10-A-SEE” King
Midway Route Coordinator