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Legion Riders Resources


  • Sample event registration/release form
  • Sample ALR Resolution
  • Sample ALR News Release
  • Emergency Medical Record Form
  • Riding for America's Future Flyer
  • Resolution No. 32
  • Resolution No. 35
  • Department Guidance for ALR Programs

    You can find the National American Legion Rider Advisory Committee contact information and map on the CONTACTS page.


    Disclaimer of Liability: With respect to information contained in these links neither The American Legion nor any of its employees makes any warranty, express or implied, nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process implemented at the post or department level. All items of information contained in these resource links are suggestions. You should consult your department for program operations and/or your own counsel for "best practices" when dealing with any business operations or The American Legion programs in your community even those which are covered by resolutions approved by the National Executive Committee or National Convention.


    For more specific questions about the formation and conduct of the Legion Riders in your state, or the proper wear of the Riders' emblem, or about your chapter's constitution and bylaws, contact your department headquarters for guidance.

    For questions of a more general nature contact #, assistant director, Internal Affairs Division.

    Q. Does The American Legion officially recognize The American Legion Riders program?
    A. Yes. The National Executive Committee officially adopted The American Legion Riders (ALR) as a national program with Resolution 35 (October 2007) and Resolution 32 (May 2011).

    Q. How do I start a chapter at my post?
    A. The process is easy. No charter paperwork is necessary, but a chapter must be supported by a post or department. There is no national or "at large" chapter. The following steps are suggested:

    • Get the approval of the sponsoring post. A copy of the minutes of any regular post meeting approving the formation of a chapter is your authority to start organizing a new chapter.
    • Contact your department headquarters or department ALR liaison to see if another ALR chapter is nearby. If so, inform that chapter of your intention to start your own and get information on how that chapter is set up. The members of that chapter will very likely be willing to assist.
    • Set up a meeting with your new ALR members to discuss how your program should be governed, and develop a chapter constitution and bylaws for the review and approval of your post's leadership.
    • At later meetings, elect chapter officers per your approved constitution and report your chapter to department headquarters.
    • Some departments, but not all, will present an American Legion Riders charter to newly organized chapters within the department. There is no national charter.

    Q. Are there many restrictions on how we can set up a chapter constitution?
    A. As a subordinate organization of The American Legion, all riders chapters must take certain steps to protect their right to wear the trademark patch and to use the words "Legion Riders" as a description of their activity. Federal trademark law requires subordinate organizations and entities to follow certain rules, which include:

    • All ALR officers must be confirmed or named by the hosting American Legion post. In actual practice the Riders elect their own officers, who are then "installed" (confirmed) by the post at an appropriate ceremony. Another way to accomplish this is for the chapter to report the election of officers during a normal post meeting. The election is valid after the report is duly accepted by the post.
    • The Riders must render an activity report and a financial report at the regular post meetings.
    • A post or department officer (typically the finance officer or treasurer) must be designated as signatory on all chapter bank accounts.
    • The chapter constitution and bylaws (or other organizational documents) must be approved by the host post. Any subsequent changes made to such documents must also be approved by the host post.

    Note that these trademark rules apply to all subordinate programs and activities of The American Legion, not just The American Legion Riders.

    Q. Can we have members who do not own motorcycles or are not spouses of owners?
    A. Program guidance from Resolutions 35 and 32 grants the local chapters the authority to allow an existing ALR member to remain a full member of the chapter if he or she has involuntarily given up motorcycle ownership due to age, injury, or other medical condition outside the control of the rider. This is a decision left to the local chapter members, who may optionally require all members to be owners at all times.

    Q. Can girlfriends, friends, cousins, mothers, fathers, etc., join as regular members even if they are ineligible under the bylaws?
    A. No. Membership eligibility requirements are clearly stated in the program guidance defined by Resolutions 35 and 32: "All members of The American Legion Riders shall be current members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of The American Legion". Membership criteria is established not to exclude family and friends, but to comply with the constitutional requirements of the supporting post or department, which must adhere strictly to American Legion constitutional requirements as well as local, state and federal laws regarding veteran, civic and fraternal organizations.

    Q. Where do we get American Legion Riders patches?
    A. Patches are available through National Emblem Sales. You can order by phone at (888)-453-4466, or shop online at http://emblem.legion.org.

    Q. How about American Legion Riders-themed clothing, jackets, vests and gear?
    A. National Emblem Sales has a line of high quality shirts, jackets, motorcycle gear, flags, caps, pins and many other items designed for Legion Riders by Legion Riders. They can be viewed and purchased at http://emblem.legion.org, by mail (catalog), or by phone at (888) 453-4466.

    Q. Is ALR recognized as a nonprofit organization?
    A. Each chapter is supported as a subordinate entity by a post or department and generally enjoys the same nonprofit status as every other post or department program. However, some activities might not be considered nonprofit, so you should always refer to your post or department for guidance.

    Q. Can our local chapter change the suggested constitution and bylaws?
    A. Yes. The constitution and bylaws template is a starting point. Chapters are extended the same courtesy given to every Legion post since 1919: an autonomy and trust that members will make the right decisions based on local conditions. Chapters must adhere to the minimum program guidance defined by Resolutions 35/32 and to the existing constitutions of the post and department in order to protect their right to wear and display The American Legion Rider trademark emblem. Remember though that any change to your existing constitutions and bylaws must be approved by your post or department.

    Q. When and where was ALR started?
    A. ALR started at Post 396 in Garden City, Mich., in the fall of 1993. Chuck "Tramp" Dare and post commander Bill "Polka Bill" Kaledas had an idea to start an association of motorcycle enthusiasts within the Legion. The two Legionnaires – both longtime riders – wanted to create an environment where members of the Legion family could come together to share a common love for motorcycles. The Department of Michigan agreed with the concept and provided the two riders and 19 other founding members instructions on how to manage the program at the post level. The members of Post 396 soon adopted a resolution for a new program called the "American Legion Riders."
    The American Legion recognized Garden City Post 396 as the "founding chapter" with a commemorative plaque in 2007.

    Q. How many members do I need to start a chapter?
    A. The minimum number is determined by the supporting post or department. Many chapters have initially formed with only two or three members. Most chapters grow quickly and bring new members into the Legion Family.

    Q. Motorcycle clubs have rules about what can be worn on a vest with the emblem; what are our rules?
    A. Program guidance states that "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." Remember that ALR is not a motorcycle club, so there is no obligation to wear identifying clothing or patches. However, patches and vests are popular with members as a way to show pride and community. Contact your department headquarters or neighboring chapters for guidance regarding the wear of the main ALR patch and other decorations on the vest and apparel. Many state or local ALR programs have developed standard wear and appearance policies, including restrictions on profane or inappropriate language.

    Q. Is there national representation for The American Legion Riders programs?
    A. Riders may wish to submit resolutions for national ALR program changes—if so, the chapter would submit the resolutions to the post and department organizations for approval—the department would then forward the approved resolution to the National Executive Committee or National Convention. Each year prominent Riders from around the country represent the interests of American Legion Riders to the Internal Affairs Commission and to the National Commander and staff. The National Commander American Legion Riders Advisory Committee makes recommendations for program guidance whenever a resolution pertaining to The American Legion Riders is presented. The ALR Committee is appointed annually by the National Commander.

    Q. Should our program become a program of our department?
    A. That is entirely a decision for the members of your department. Many departments have chosen not to form a statewide program, preferring to wait, perhaps, until more chapters form. In any case, Riders should consult with department leadership before taking any steps toward a state ALR program, since any state ALR program is invalid without the consent and approval of the department.

    Q. Does our chapter or post need special insurance since we ride motorcycles?
    A. Resolution 35 requires the sponsoring post or department to review and ensure that liability insurance coverage is available to cover the post itself, not necessarily the chapter or any of the ALR members (who would wisely carry individual motor vehicle liability insurance in any case). Many chapters require members to carry insurance regardless of state laws that may not require it. Remember that insurance laws vary greatly from state to state, so your chapter and post together must decide what is best beyond that. Many existing post insurance policies may already cover the ALR as another program of the post. Check with your post or department about coverage. Chapters frequently purchase special-event coverage very inexpensively to cover events or even multi-day runs in the same way other motorcycle organizations and clubs do. Your best source of information is the agent or agency that provides insurance coverage for your post. Shop around for the best rates.

    Q. Do members of our ALR chapter have to be members of our post?
    A. Many posts allow their ALR chapter to accept eligible Legion Family members from other posts, units and squadrons. You should check with your sponsoring post or department. Sometimes, the post or department constitution itself may prohibit outside members from being a member of, or to hold office within, a program supported by that post.

    Q. Are there membership dues for The American Legion Riders?
    A. Chapter dues may be charged at the discretion of each chapter after approval of the chapter constitution and bylaws from the supporting post or department. Some departments also charge department dues. There are no national dues.

    Q. How should we fly the U.S. flag on our motorcycles?

    A. The American Legion has long taken the advice of The American Legion Riders on flag placement on motorcycles, as well as the age-old military custom of flying the national colors from the bumpers or fenders of staff cars and vehicles of government officials, general officers and military motorcycles. While the stationary U.S. flag is normally flown or displayed at the observer’s left, on vehicles the observer is assumed to be on the curb side (right side) of the motorcycle or car - in other words, as in a parade. The flag should be displayed on the right front or rear of the motorcycle to be more easily seen by someone standing on the curb, and not blocked by other flags. If a single U.S. flag is flown, is should be centered on the rear of the motorcycle or offset to the right rear. The flag should also be centered, and raised higher than the others, when multiple flags are flown. Otherwise, place the U.S. flag on the far right (curb side) of the group.



    How to Participate

    Eligibility requirements

    • Members must hold membership in and be in good standing with The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of The American Legion.
    • Members must be legally registered motorcycle owners or be the legally registered owner's spouse within the state of registration.
    • All operators must be properly licensed and insured per state laws.
    • All members must obey motor-vehicle laws in the state in which they are operating a motorcycle or riding as a passenger.

    ALR Post 259, is committed to protecting your privacy. ALR Post 259 does not sell, trade or rent your personal information to other companies or nonaffiliated companies except to provide products or services you've requested, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances:

    • We respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims.
    • We believe it is necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, or as otherwise required by law.
    • We transfer information about you if ALR Post 259 is acquired by or merged with another company. In this event, ALR Post 259 will notify you before information about you are transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

    Certain communications from ALR Post 259, such as service announcements, and administrative messages will be sent to you.

    Collection and Use of Your Personal Information

    We collect and use information about you which will help us administer our business or provide products, services or other opportunities to you. Among other things, we use the information we learn about you to help us personalize and improve the experience you have on our website, to respond to your requests and to communicate with you. The types of information we collect, retain and use include the following:

    Information You Provide to Us: When you complete a form on our site to receive news or information from ALR Post 259, we collect profile information from you. We require that you provide your first and last name, email address, and other information as requested in the applicable pages.

    By providing this information you agree to our collection and usage of such information as described in this Privacy Policy. We use your information to respond to your inquiries, process an order, contact you regarding account status or customer service, ask you for feedback on our service, let you know about products or services which may be of interest to you, or allow you to access specific account information. When you register or submit a form, you consent to allow us to contact you for those purposes.

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    We do not knowingly solicit or receive information from people under the age of 18.

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    If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post the changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it. We may email periodic reminders of our notices and terms and conditions and post any changes to the Privacy Policy on our Site.

    The American Legion Riders Work to Support the Greater Good

    In 1993, two members of the American Legion Post 396 in Garden City, Michigan, had the idea to start an internal association for motorcycle enthusiasts to share their passion for riding. Their efforts eventually coalesced into a Legion-wide organization, with over 110,000 riders across 2,000 chapters. Today, members of the organization participate in a variety of events and efforts, hosting fundraising rides, escorting military units as they return home, all in addition to fundraising for assorted charities in their own states, counties, and hometown communities.

    These efforts involve things like:

      • Escorting military members to and from the airport as they depart and return from overseas tours
      • Protecting funerals from disruption and riding in honor of the fallen
      • Raising funds for various causes and charities, many of which benefitting service members and their families, as well as community needs
      • Taking part in community events and parades


    Being a Rider is Being Part of a Community

    Just as the military serves our country abroad, the Riders work to serve on the home front, promoting important causes and rehabilitating the public perception of motorcyclists at large through service and citizenship. There is also a lot to be said about the camaraderie that the Riders themselves have amongst themselves, allowing members to be part of something bigger than themselves.


    Join the Legion Riders

     The Riders are a community that is relatively easy to join. In order to be eligible, all that is required is that someone:

      • You must be a current member in good standing of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of the American Legion
      • You must be either the legally registered owner of a motorcycle, or you are the spouse of an ALR 259 member in good standing.
      • You must be properly licensed and insured per state laws.
      • You must obey motor-vehicle laws in the state in which you are operating a motorcycle or riding as a passenger.

    The American Legion Riders participate in parades and other ceremonies that are in keeping with the Aims and Purposes of the American Legion. To promote motorcycle safety programs and social atmosphere for American Legion members who share the same interest. To use our Association to promote and support programs of the American Legion. 


    You do not have to be a veteran to join the riders!

    AL Why Belong

    The American Legion Family consists of The American Legion, Sons of the American Legion (SAL), American legion Auxiliary and American Legion Riders Members of the Riders must be members of the Legion, Auxiliary or Sons. 

    The American Legion is active every day. Its members work together to support their local communities, focusing on services classified under the organization’s four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation; National Security; Americanism; and Children & Youth.

    Read more about Why You Should Belong to the American Legion

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    Download the application to join the American Legion and then complete the Legion Riders Application. Complete form and send a copy of it and a checks payable to:
    American Legion Riders Post 259, 279 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, NY 13820. 

    Once your information is approved you will be notified. 

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    (607) 432-0494
    279 Chestnut St, Oneonta, NY 13820

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