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Patriot Guard Riders - Wisconsin
Fall 2021 Newsletter

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As they say in fancy Meeting agendas - OLD Business

One more time
Attendance at Missions. Here's a simple request:

  • EVERYONE Attend 2 missions this year for a few hours each.
  • Bring someone.
That's 1,400 members + 1 friend = 2800 people
At 2 missions each / 100 missions a year = 56 people per mission.

And Still
We desperately need about a dozen Ride Captains throughout the state, some to the east would be nice but many from Central Wisconsin to the Mississippi and from Ashland to Superior to Platteville to Janesville. We have lost 2 RCs this year and it's hard to find the right people to fill the role (and usually takes months to convince them). That's an important concept; they showed the humbleness of servants and never said, "I'm good- make me a Ride Captain". If you find you truly want to serve those in their time of need, or know someone who does, please contact me. We have some great RCs right now but a few can't do all the work.

The Word
We need to get the word out about who we are and what we can do. We have a LOT more potential and the good news is, missions are down. The bad news is, that's how most of you learned about us. If you know of a good media outlet (newspaper, radio or TV talk show, etc) that would like to do a little PR send me a note with the subject - Media for the PGR to SCREMOVE@patriotguard-wiREMOVE.org. I also have PGR fliers you can post. Most bulletin boards get cleared every month so don't stick them all in one place AND remember, it's not just bike dealers. I need someone to set up meetings or interviews in the following areas:

  • Janesville
  • La Crosse
  • Ashland
  • Mosinee / Wisconsin Rapids
  • Madison
  • Milwaukee
As I was voted in high school to have "the perfect face for radio" I'd love to have the real workers AKA Ride Captains, do the interviews.

And now - New Business
Back to the olden days:
I'd like to get more done but can't ask our overworked Ride Captains to do it. I'd like someone as: Liaison to the Veterans Housing and Recovery Programs. Union Grove and King (now Green Bay) have moved and we can't get a response. Also need someone in Chippewa Falls.

Senior Ride Captains
For years we had Senior Ride Captains to oversee an area and look for potential RCs and make sure they are trained to the highest standard. We lost all 3 in the past 2 years and need someone local to make each part of the state stronger. It does NOT require more missions, just a watchful eye and some coordination of efforts. Open to nominations.

Missing In America Project
I'd like a coordinator to get folks out to the funeral homes and crematoriums to search for possible unclaimed veterans. Let's get them buried properly in a National veterans Cemetery.

Missing PGR members
Do you know some folks that you haven't seen in a while? Local rumor (OK it's a simple fact) is that after the last "upgrade" to our National system, we don't have the response / turnout we used to have. National's position is that if they don't sign up for notices they won't get any. The problem is that the process is difficult. It is (or will be shortly) all on our Facebook page so folks can follows the procedure there. Here's the Catch-22, they won't see this so you have to tell them (or print a few copies of this and hand them out).

Summary
We need people, ACTIVE people all over the state or we can't fulfill our mission. I know 2 groups that are going to fold for the same reason.

Let's not be one of them

John Curran
State Captain
Patriot Guard Riders - Wisconsin
Email: SCREMOVE@patriotguard-wiREMOVE.org
Website: www.patriotguard-wi.org


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