Originally Posted by DOOFUS
I was a member for a few years. The magazine was useless. I contacted the local chapters regarding "Legion Riders". Was told they would get back to me. Never heard a thing. I look at it this way -- I'm just not giving my dollars to organizations that are clearly too big and focus on mostly "press coverage" issues instead of growing local strength.
Sorry you got less than a warm welcome--a little surprising since Chapter 177 (Fairfax,) hosts a big annual gathering for Rolling Thunder in D.C. My local chapter in Dover, DE is great. We have around 60 members, around 30 actively participate in various rides, probably 10 members and wives sorta "carry the flag (organize things, road captains, send out emails, etc.)"--I'm one of the "30 group".
I would hope that, while you've perceived a "brushoff" from ALR, it's more of a reflection of their philosophy to never "lean on" or "pressure" riders to either join or participate. (This is one of the things I like best about ALR, even though it is admittedly at odds with consistently "reaching out".)
Please give them another shot--simply inquire about next meeting/ride, then show up to see what they're about. I'm confident your first impression, while understandable, doesn't accurately represent the ALR.