In November 2004, three couples: John & Sandra Tyszkiewicz, Steve & Patty Seiben and Kenneth & Nicole Cassidy received approval from Post 109 to start a Riders group. Steve Seiben was the first ALR President.
One of the first items on the agenda was a food drive, then the annual Turkey Run and Hog Run. The proceeds went to the Salvation Army.
In April of 2005, the newly formed ALR group from Post 109 joined forces with Post 36 to bring the traveling Vietnam wall to Tucson. Together they raised $10.000.00 in order to have the wall brought to the VA Hospital. By this time the group had grown to 15 members. The monthly ALR Rib Dinner also started in 2005. At that time it was BBQ chicken and pork ribs. This small group also adopted a family from Christmas Angels.
To this day the ALR at Post 109 has an annual Turkey Run, providing Thanksgiving meals to local families, and participates in the Christmas Angels programs in area schools. In addition, Riders have added numerous charitable and fund-raising events as the need arises.
For the Fiscal year 2013 – 2014, ALR Post 109 has 167 members, logged 103,500 miles and contributed $3,921.00 to Veterans issues, charitable causes, community events and American Legion National. Many of the Riders also ride with the Patriot Guard. Thad Baker, alone, averages 3000 per month on PGR missions.
ALR Post 109 has grown to be one of the largest ALR groups in Arizona but has never forgotten its history or the reason members are called American Legion Riders.
NEXT RIDERS MEETING - OCTOBER 9, 2016 @ 12:30 PM
New ALR 109 Officers for 2016-2017 (07-01-16)
President: Jon "Sandman" Upchurch
Vice President: Bobby "Bobby Love" LaVoie
Road Captain: Jim "Mr. Mustache" Sill
Sargent At Arms: Matt "Gator" Griffis
Finance: James "Slushy" Sitler
15921 S. Houghton Rd., Vail AZ 85641, Ph# 520-762-5652
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ABOUT OUR PATCH
When you wear our PATCH, you wear it with RESPECT, PRIDE and HONOR
All ALR members shall strive to maintain the image of The American Legion, at all times upholding The American Legion name and emblem, which symbolizes the integrity and principles of this great organization. All shall avoid the perception of being a "motorcycle club" or biker club". The only recognized American Legion Rider logo is that which is copyrighted and sold through The American Legion National Emblem sales. No use of rockers with the ALR patch because touching the patch violates trademark laws of the ALR patch.
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