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Board of Directors Openings

The RFTW Board of Directors is soliciting applications from riders interested in serving on the Board. There will be three (3) vacancies on July 1st, 2020 due to term limits.  The positions being vacated are Treasurer, Director of Merchandise, and Director of Operations & Training.  Because sitting members have the option of moving into vacant seats, these may not be the same positions being filled.

Anyone is eligible to apply, but it should be understood that the Board places a high priority on experience and past service to the Run in leadership and service positions when evaluating candidates.

If you would like to apply for a position on the Board of Directors, please submit a resume with an overview of your work history and a detailed recounting of your RFTW experience, including your FNG year, the number of times you’ve ridden with RFTW (both as a Participant and ATW), which route(s) you’ve ridden, and what leadership or service positions you’ve held.  We also ask that you submit a short cover letter explaining why you wish to join the Board.  Please send these to dave.klemme@rftw.us by March 31st, 2020.

We hope to hear from you. Remember… decisions are made by those who step up.

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RFTW is looking for a few good people to fill expiring terms. If interested, please submit your resume to one of the current board members.

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RFTW SandBox RC Newsletter – Next All-Riders Quarterly Briefing Edition

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Howdy from Texas!

The next SandBox Route All-Riders Quarterly Briefing is one week from tonight! It will be on Tuesday, 01 DEC 2020 at 8PM Central – an hour later this time to allow our west coast folks a better start time. This is the usual night for the monthly Route Leadership Planning Meeting, but for December we are inviting all interested riders, from any route to join in for an update on current status and get a peek behind the curtain for the year long planning that goes into making our Run look easy in May. The details for how to sign into the Zoom meeting are below – please go in early to load the app to your phone, pad or computer and you’ll be set to go just by clicking on the link. Keep in mind, you will very likely be on video so plan accordingly.

In the meantime…

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Following are the Zoom Details…

Billie “Bugs” Dunlap, SandBox Route RC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on Tuesday evening, 01 DEC 2020.  The meeting starts at 8PM Central but you can dial in as early as 7:45PM.

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 957 5424 5764
Passcode: 447390
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I’m looking forward to seeing you all next week!

That’s all for now. Y’all take care, stay well and stay strong!  Remember, all roads lead to all roads so no matter where you go, TOGETHER WE RIDE!

WALL 2 WALL!

Bugs out!

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Southern Route Coordinator News – November, 2020 Part 2

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone read the RFTW President’s Newsletter, it is very inspiring.  If you have not yet, just do not forget. 

I am not sure how everyone else feels, but as for me I am beyond ready to say good riddance to 2020 (and its friend the pandemic) and Welcome to Run For The Wall 2021. 

Any day now the FDA should approve and release at least the first of two 95+% effective vaccines.  I urge ALL of you to consult with your Primary Care Provider about getting it.  You owe it to yourself, your Family, your Friends and your RFTW Brothers and Sisters to consider being vaccinated.  The sooner the “numbers” come down the sooner we can ALL get back on track. 

The Run For The Wall Board of Directors, Route Coordinators and State Coordinators are steadfastly committed to our 2021 Mission.   I know that I have said this before, but it bears repeating.   I am asking everyone to “Be Patient”, situations change almost daily.  Please do all that you can do to help the cause.   Together we WILL get through this.

Diane and I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

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President’s Message, November 2020

 

President’s Message:

November is a very busy month for most Americans.  Veteran’s Day is special because nearly every town provides events and ceremonies for veterans across America. I hope you all participated in celebrating what veterans have done for their country evidenced by their military service and their respect for our Constitution as citizens. For those of us who served, there is no question that military service strengthened our collective respect for the Constitution, especially each time we took the oath of office, “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies both foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me; according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

We all took this oath – without exception – and when we see a patch on veteran vests reading, “My oath of office does not have an expiration date…” it largely amplifies the deep respect and love we share for our Constitution and military.

I have a friend who is a great example of all I mentioned above. His name is Hershel “Woody” Williams. Many of you may have met him a few years ago at an Angel Fire Reunion. Woody’s story is the example of what I think everyone who has served can follow once they hold the vaulted title of “citizen.” Woody is the only surviving Marine out of twenty-three Marines who were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions on Iwo Jima during World War two. He was a Flame Thrower Operator MOS 781.

 

After the war Woody started a 33-year
career with the VA while working with a
variety of veteran organizations. His latest
venture is the Hershel “Woody” Williams
Medal of Honor Foundation, a non-profit
that provides scholarships to Gold Star
children that facilitates the establishment of
Gold Star Family memorial monuments.
Please click here to watch one of America’s
greatest treasures.

I have heard from many riders who are keeping up with the individual route coordinator’s monthly messages. Your comments have all been positive and I urge any new participants to check these monthly briefings to discover new information about your selected route. The Board of Directors met this past week to discuss the planning process which appears to be going smoothly. The business closures we have discussed in the past months have mostly been replaced. At this meeting we discovered another Harley Davidson business in Ontario which has closed, however, we are hoping it can be replaced by another HD business that is nearby.

We are saddened to hear about these closures because not only do these dealerships help our riders while we are in Ontario and along our routes, but most of them have been very generous donors to Run For the Wall.

The hotel lists are nearly complete on all routes and we’ll be able to post them right after the first of January. Hotels in Ontario are almost complete and the use of the Gateway is still unknown. Hotels in Arlington are complete and our new DC coordinator, Gail Dippel, has been doing a great job not only with hotels but with coordination of our events with state and local police escorts. All routes are continuing to gain riders in addition to last year’s registrations.

We wish you all a happy Thanksgiving – a time we can be with our families enjoying the blessing of American citizenship.

Is it May yet?

Respectfully submitted,
Les “Easy” Williams
President, Run For The Wall, Inc

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Seeking applicants for Director of Risk Management/Registration 2021

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The Board of Directors is soliciting applicants for the position of Director of Risk Management/Registration.  The term will begin in July, 2021.   However, because of the training involved, we are taking applicants now.  Upon approval from the Board, training (under both Diann & John McKee) would begin immediately for the 2021 Run.

 

These are the main areas of responsibility:

  1. Securing/Renewing annual insurance policies for the Run.
  2. Oversee the pre-registration process and development of the Registration Database. This includes a thorough knowledge and programming experience with both MS Excel and MS Access programs; required knowledge GOES BEYOND SIMPLE DATA ENTRY. During the registration process, beginning immediately after The Run, constant attention to the growing website database is critical to the accuracy of the riders’ data.  At the end of pre-registration, preparation of the registration documents through the use of MS Access reports is required and will be printed for use by the registration teams.
  3. Secure from each Route Coordinator, the itinerary for final publication.
  4. Ensure accident reporting processes are conducted in accordance with RFTW’s insurance provider’s requirements.

 

This is a rewarding, yet critical position.  How smoothly the Run’s registration operates—not only during the waiting period (“Is it May, yet?”), but also—and especially– in Ontario.  As with the other Board of Director positions, the closer we get to May, the more intense and time-crunching the duties become.    Though not necessary, a second set of hands (i.e. a spouse) during the weeks before the Run has proven to be invaluable, as well.

 

If interested in this position, please contact Diann McKee at diann.mckee@rftw.us    She will be glad to answer questions or give more details.

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RFTW SandBox RC Newsletter – NOV 2020 – Veterans Day Edition

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Howdy from Texas!

Welcome to another Veterans Day where we honor those who have served the call of our nation in war or peace, although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices.  Originally called Armistice Day, it was set to recognize the conclusion of “the war to end all wars” as the Allies and Germany put into effect an armistice on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in November of 1918.  In June of 1954, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in recognition of the more recent conclusions of WWII and the Korean War to honor American veterans of all wars.

Two years ago today, I was at sea supporting Flight Test onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth II participating in the British Remembrance Day, which in 2018 happened to coincide with our Veterans Day.  The ceremony was held on the stern of the Flight Deck with the USS Lassen (DDG-82) in close trail and was a very moving ceremony of remembrance being the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.  It was also the day that my father-in-law, SFC Clayton Cochran passed away.  Veterans Day was always special in my family, now even more so as we also honor a great American soldier who served for over 33 years and who was my model and mentor as I entered service in 1981. 

My family has always been in service as far back as I can remember… My dad was a USAF Airman in SAC when I was born and my Uncle Richard was a Harley Rider and soldier of the 2nd Infantry Division serving in the DMZ of Korea in 1966.  My brother Eddie was an Infantry Mortarman in the 39th Infantry Brigade of the Arkansas Army National Guard and his son Dylan was a US Army Blackhawk helicopter Crew Chief.  When I enlisted, SFC Cochran was my Infantry Mortar Platoon Sergeant before he was my Father in Law. 

I know that many of our RFTW Family have a distinguished lineage of service – I’ve highlighted mine here so that when I say that I truly and humbly honor the lifelong service and sacrifice of my veteran family, you know that it comes form a place of understanding what that service means and what that sacrifice costs.  You are the foundation and strength of our nation and even though we have but one holiday in the year to officially honor our veterans, we all breath free air under the canopy of their sacrifice, your sacrifice.

Just a few quick housekeeping notes, the details of which may all be found in my previous newsletters…

1) SANDBOX STANDBY REGISTRATION LIST

Everyone who was on the list has been added to the SandBox Registration.  If you’d like to get on the list for the next round, write to me at sb-registration@rftw.us.

2) SANDBOX ROUTE 2020 COMMEMORATIVE PATCH

Patches are still available – write to me at sandbox-patch@rftw.us for more details on how to donate and get yours.

3) NEXT QUARTERLY VIRTUAL STATUS BRIEFING

The next SandBox Route Virtual Quarterly Route Briefing is scheduled for Tuesday, 01 DEC 2020 at 8:00 PM Central.  It will again be on ZOOM and the meeting details will follow soon.

I’ll leave you with some photos of the folks I spoke of above.  (L-R) Bill Dunlap Sr., Clayton Cochran, Eddie Dunlap, Dylan Dunlap, Richard Attwood.  Thank you for your service!

That’s all for now. Y’all take care, stay well and stay strong!  Remember, all roads lead to all roads so no matter where you go, TOGETHER WE RIDE!

WALL 2 WALL!

Bugs out!

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Southern Route Coordinator News – November, 2020 Part 1

Greetings from a cold & snowy Winter day in the Nevada High Desert,

As you can see from the picture below Winter is here.  It’s hard to believe that Tuesday it was sunny and 70 degrees and today we probably won’t see 30.  Seems amazing how things can change in just a few days.

Enough about that, it is Run For The Wall planning season.   We here on Southern Route are busy preparing for the 2021 Run.  We hope to keep changes to a minimum, but I know that the Southern Route Riders are an adaptable bunch.  As of right now, our basic route will not change, and our overnight stops will be the same as planned for 2020.   Our wonderful State Coordinators are working on hotels and organizing our vast support network, to make 2021 a success.  If you see or hear anything that may affect the Southern Route, please share it with the appropriate State Coordinator, Kris Wood or myself.   Their contact information can be found on the RFTW website, Southern Route Hub, SR Contacts  https://rftw.us/southern-route-contacts/ .

I have gotten some emails from riders wanting to volunteer their service to the 2021 Run.  I applaud the spirit.  There are very few openings, but most Team Leaders are adding riders to their Standby List. Feel free to contact them directly, we will not open the Online Volunteer Signup.  You can check the link above to see current openings and Team Lead contact information.  Note: You cannot volunteer to be an Ambassador.

Wednesday November 11th is Veterans Day.  Take the time to give that old Veteran buddy of yours a call just to see how they are doing.  Never Forget who gave us our Freedom.

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Southern Route Coordinator News – October, 2020 Part 2

Applications are now being accepted

We are planning to change the way we assign riders to our Memorial Outreaches.  In past years we have assigned platoon(s) to each memorial.  We may still send a platoon to some but would rather send volunteers on a signup basis.  Riders will be able to sign up as soon as the outreach schedule is published

With that in mind we are looking for an Outreach Coordinator for Memorials and an Assistant.  The ideal candidates would have to meet some basic requirements and possess a “certain set of skills”. 

The Requirements are:

  • Ride a 2 or 3-wheel motorcycle without a trailer, equipped with a working mounted CB radio  
  • Have ridden All The Way on Southern Route at least 2 times
  • Have Platoon Leadership or equivalent experience.  The Coordinator will be the lead of the outreach group

Skills needed:

  • Leadership, have knowledge of the outreach routes, work with the assigned Road Guards, be on time.
  • Organizational, you must keep track of the volunteers for each outreach and make sure they are aware of when and where they need to be.
  • Communication, know the significance of the memorial, brief the riders and be available to brief the entire Route at the morning Riders’ Meeting.

If you feel up to the challenge, please send me a bio ( bob.nelson@rftw.us ) showcasing your Skills, RFTW history and other pertinent information you would like to have considered.

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President’s Message, October 2020

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President’s Message:

Here it is October and the leaves are turning to fall colors here in Colorado while the mountains are showing evidence of high-altitude snow.

Our October Board of Directors meeting was held in mid-month with plenty of work for everyone. I want to thank the RCs/SCs for their work in finding new hotels, service providers and other folks instrumental in making RFTW successful. While there are a few holes left to plug in some routes you can be sure they will be filled soon. Our California coordinator, Carol Olmstead, is busy getting Ontario hotels contracted. There is some question at this time if the Gateway Hotel will have their construction complete in time for our arrival. Seems they have used the California lockdown to work on their remodeling project, but the last I heard from Carol the Gateway was not sure they will be completed in time for our arrival. We have a new Washington Coordinator, Gail Dipple, working to complete the contracts for our arrival in D.C.

As I mentioned in my last message there are still folks wondering if Covid-19 will prevent us from completing the 2021 RFTW. After talking to several folks who asked this question, I can only say that the Board of Directors and the RCs are working hard planning for next spring’s mission. Folks, we are tackling the damage done after postponing the 2020 Run For The Wall last spring while progressing into the final stages of planning for 2021. I am asking you all to join us in our vision and support for the XXXII Run For The Wall May 2021. Our registrations continue to grow and those who have signed up are eager to start the mission. If you have signed up for a specific route, please be sure to read your Route Coordinator’s monthly messages on the website rftw.us for any updates or changes.

As October slowly fades keep in mind that Veteran’s Day will soon be upon us – Wednesday, Nov. 11.

If you are lucky enough that your area has veteran’s events scheduled, take some time to attend – especially those in the schools. The kids are very excited and respectful to see you in their classrooms and auditoriums. Even if you have to “socially distance and wear a mask.” We Ride For Those Who Can’t.

Is it May yet?

Les “Easy” Williams
President Run For The Wall, Inc

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October 2020 Central Route Coordinator News

Greetings from Mt. San Jacinto State Park in Idyllwild!

I hope this finds you all well and healthy. Last week at the Board of Directors Meeting, the decision was made to go full speed ahead with the 2021 Run. All state coordinators have been notified, and are working to put together hotel lists, and arrange venues for meals and gas stops.

I noticed that the Volunteer Sign-Up is offline.  If you still hope to secure a position with one of the teams, reach out to me or my ARC, Bruce Bartolomeo, through the Central Route Contact list available online.

Just as a reminder, if you were registered for 2020, you are automatically registered for 2021. If you were registered last year and are not going to make the run in 2021, you need to cancel on our RFTW website. Changes or cancellations are made on RFTW 2021-Registration Revisions. The reason this is important is that we need to let the folks downstream know how many of us to expect in 2021.

I’d like to give a shout out to our Colorado and Alaska RFTW family. They are doing amazing fundraising in their respective states. Good work, guys!

Ride safely and stay well. God Bless the United States of America.

Tom (Boomps) Miller
Run for the Wall
Central Route Coordinator

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Southern Route Coordinator News – October, 2020 Part 1

Greetings All,

Well we made it to October, in a couple of months we can say a fond farewell to 2020.  I don’t know of anyone who will be sad to see it go.  Our State Coordinators are working hard to recoup from the adverse effects we suffered through this year Currently some of our folks are dealing with yet a second major hurricane in 6 weeks.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all that are in its path.

Kerrville TX Riders Reunion, sorry if you missed it. Great weather, Great Rides, Record attendance, Dinner, Raffle and Auction were “off the hook”.  A Million Thanks to Cowboy, Sam, and her Minions for putting this together.  I would be remiss if I didn’t Thank Gunny for doing such an awesome job as auctioneer. We are already looking forward to the 2021 Reunions.  F-Stop took over 1000 pictures and several more have posted pics on Facebook.  Please check them out.

Looking forward, Southern Route 2021 is taking shape.  We have plenty of questions but only few answers at this point.  I am asking everyone to be patient.  Results may take longer to develop than usual. Please follow the Route Coordinators Newsletters and check the www.rftw.us website for the latest information.

Together, WE WILL Get Through This. #RFTW Strong