American Legion Riders Motorcycle Association
Massachusetts Chapter 224
· To participate in parades and other ceremonies which are in keeping with the aims and Purposes of the American
· To promote motorcycle safety programs and to provide a social atmosphere for American Legion members who share
the same interest.
use our Association to promote and support the programs of the American Legion
Membership: There are two requirements for membership.
A. A current member of the American Legion,
Auxiliary, or Sons of the American Legion
B. Must be the legally registered owner
of a motorcycle of at least 350cc, or be the spouse of a member.
1. Current members must show proof
of registration for said motorcycle.
2. All new membership applicants
shall be approved by majority vote at a regularly scheduled meeting.
A. The Chapter Supporter classification
does not constitute full membership in the ALR, but is intended as a means
to provide recognition to those who show strong support to the ALR Chapter.
B. Chapter Supporters will be issued a
membership card which clearly denotes their status as a Chapter Supporter.
C. The conferring of "Chapter Supporter"
status must not be made in connection with the promise of any material, financial, or political benefit to the Chapter, its
members or its officers; nor to any other member at any other organizational level within the ALR; nor must there be any similar
gains for the honoree through the conferring of "Chapter Supporter" status.
Special Class Membership
A. You or your spouse may continue your
membership as a special class member (with full membership privileges) if you fail to meet the membership requirements of
section I (B) pursuant to the following and subject to the approval of the general membership:
1. Death of a spouse who was the
owner of the motorcycle as defined in section I (B).
2. Disability, which prevents you
from physically being able to operate a motorcycle, and ownership of the motorcycle, was relinquished, due to this disability.
(This would also allow the spouse to continue membership under these conditions for special class membership.).
3. For (1)&(2) above, you must
have been a regular member for at least one full year.
4. You must continue with the requirements
of section I (A)
Officers of the Chapter
A. President *
B. Vice-President *
C. Secretary *
D. Treasurer *
E. Sergeant at Arms *
F. Road Captain
G. Historian/Photographer/Web Master
H. Color Guard Captain
J. Road Lieutenant
(* Denotes minimum requirements
for officers in the chapter.)
(* * Positions A through
E are elected positions subject to section V. Positions F through J are appointed
Duties of Chapter Officers
as Chief Administrative Officer of the Chapter and presides over
shall have general supervision over the affairs of the Chapter.
He/She shall perform such other duties as directed by the general membership.
assume the duties of the President in his/her absence.
Will assist the President in the performance of his/her duties when called on to do so by the President.
keep a full and accurate record of all proceedings at the meetings.
Keep membership records as may be required by the general membership.
To have charge of all finances of the Chapter.
To have charge of disbursing funds as directed by the general membership. To
give detailed financial reports at each regular meeting.
(Copies will be furnished to the sponsoring Post if requested.)
E. Sgt. At
Will assist the President to ensure that all the rules of the ALR are followed. Will introduce special guests and new members to the membership. Will maintain order during all ALR events and meetings. The
Sergeant at Arms has the right to bring swift and immediate Board action upon violation of ALR By-Laws
Will be the logistical person in charge of organized runs of the chapter. He/She will determine dates, times, routes, and meeting places for those taking part in a run activity. He/She may, at his/her discretion appoint road guards or take any other measures
he/she may feel necessary to help ensure the safety of the group during the run.
Will be responsible for taking still pictures as well as videos.
Will keep historical records of the Chapter.
H. Color Guard
Will be responsible for the Color Guard and Equipment.
Will assist in
the religious welfare of the Chapter.
Will act in full capacity as Road Captain in their absence.
Also, assist the Sergeant At Arms at all membership
(Note: All photographic and web site materials related to the ALR will be returned to the Post ALR upon release of
A. Election of Chapter officers will be
held every year, at such time as determined by a majority vote.
B. Only those members of the Chapter in
good standing (fulfilling Paragraph
I.) at the time of election shall be allowed to vote and/or run for elected office.
C. Elected officers will be required to
attend at least ½ the scheduled meetings.
D. If an elected officer is unable to perform
their duties, the temporary position will be filled by one of the other elected officers (via group vote), and held until
the next election.
E. Election Cycle
1. Nominations will be submitted
on a date determined a majority vote.
2. Election will be held on the second
meeting following nomination.
(Copies will be furnished to the sponsoring Post if requested.)
A. Meetings will be
held at a date, time, and place as voted on by a majority of members at a regular meeting.
Four members constitute a quorum.
A. Finances of the Chapter
will be from Chapter membership dues and/or such other sources as approved by the membership.
B. ALR finances will
be kept in a two (2)-signature checking account requiring two (2) signatures for checking endorsement. The treasurer and at least one other officers’ signature will be the endorsers of the checking account.
IX. Disbursement of funds
of funds will be only those authorized at a meeting of the Chapter. Each Chapter
will be a non-profit organization and may only disburse funds in a manner that is in keeping with local, state, and Federal
laws regarding non-profit organizations
X. Chapter Organization
A. Each chapter must
be sponsored by a local American Legion Post.
1. Eligible members
in the American Legion Riders are not required to transfer their Post, Auxiliary, or S.A.L. membership to the sponsoring post.
Chapters shall not participate in, or organize any programs, which would be in direct conflict with the sponsoring Post.
XI. Patch Requirement
A. New members will
be eligible to receive an organization patch as soon as possible.
B. No dual patches,
(such as patches for other clubs) will be worn by any members. Also, no items
such as pins, patches, etc, will be worn on or above the American Flag (No Exceptions).
C. Additional patches
will be limited to Rolling Thunder and Deceased Member memorial patches. As Voted on by the general membership.
D. All patches will
be sewn on (not glued).
A. Each Chapter will
be known by the state in which it’s Sponsoring Post resides. Chapters
may be further broken down into District and Post.
(i.e.: Massachusetts Chapter 56, District 2, Easthampton,
A. Any member or supporter
may be expelled or suspended from the ALR for bringing discredit to the American Legion or the American Legion Riders, for
not renewing annual dues, not meeting membership requirements per sections I, II, or III, misconduct in public while wearing
ALR patches, or repeated motorcycle safety violations. Creating a problem while
impaired/not impaired at any event or meeting will be grounds for “Expulsion” upon review of the Executive Board. Individuals “Expelled” may not participate in ANY ALR meeting/event.
XIV. Governing Rules
A. These standing rules
shall be no less stringent than those contained in these bylaws, nor can they be in conflict with the National Constitution
and bylaws of the American Legion, The Department of Massachusetts, or the sponsoring Post.