February 1st – Polar Bear Ride (meeting at Coaches at 0930)
February 3rd - Group Ride meeting at Big Lots parking lot (Broad / Clark) at 0900. KSU at 0915.
February 5th - The unclaimed Veteran's remains of A1C Milton David Richardson will be placed at 1000 hours at the National Cemetery in Madison.
February 12th - Unclaimed Army Veteran PFC Robert Kaltz Jr. is being buried at 1100 hours in Peagram. The cemetery's address is 7931 McCrory Lane in Davidson County. If you are available, please be his family for the ceremony.
February 15th – 1045 hours, Wards 8A an 8B at the Alvin C. York VA in Murfreesboro then at 1230 hours Monthly meeting at Coaches
February 20th - Unclaimed Veterans, William Boyd (U.S. Marine Corps) and Joell Goerndt (U.S. Air Force) are being buried in Knoxville at 1130 hours Eastern time at the East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery located at 2200 E. Governor John Sevier Highway in Knoxville.
February 22nd - Frank "Vum" Varnado's (FM #121), original TN 18, 18-1, and current 18-5 (original Commander), past National Chaplain and current State Chaplain, leading his final ride. KSU will be approximately 1200 hours from the VFW on 2021 Williamsport Pike in Columbia, TN. TN 18-1 Northern Group will meet at the Circle K gas station at the corner of Airport Road and Hwy 109 at 0845 hours with a KSU of 0900. TN 18-1 Southern Group will meet at Bumpus Harley Davidson in Murfreesboro at 1000 hours. We will depart as an entire Chapter at 1015 hours.
March 5th, Unclaimed Navy Veteran to be buried at 1100 hours in Peagram at the Middle Tennessee State Cemetery on McCrory Lane.
March 9th, The family members from CVMA® Chapter 20-1 have asked us to attend the funeral of Ralph Van Brunt Jr., USMC/US Army Retired. His viewing is at 1000 hours at Roberts County Funeral Home in Springfield Tn 37172 at 2201 Memorial Blvd. His funeral will be held at 1400 hours at the Palestine United Methodist Church located at 2715 Old Hwy 431 S in Springfield, TN 37172. The Patriot Guard will be present.
March 18th – Unclaimed Veteran's Burial in the Middle Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery at 1400 hours. The address is 7931 McCrory Lane, Nashville Tn.
The CDC has recommended not to participate in large gatherings of people. Your attendance is an individual decision. If you can't be there in person, please be there in "spirit".
March 21st – Cancelled VA and monthly meeting
April 10-11 – Cancelled TN State Meeting
April 11th – We have decided to postpone our "Roadblock" Fundraiser that was scheduled for 11 April. We intend to postpone the event. This was based on the amount of jobs lost, the lack of cash available, and the lack of traffic available to us. Hendersonville Road Block (biggest fund raising event, mandatory function, looking for 100% turn-out)
April 18th – Cancelled VA and monthly meeting
April 22nd – Escort for SSGT Ansel Beck (active duty Air Force, non-combat related death) from the Nashville Airport to the Hendersonville Funeral Home. If you so choose to participate, it'll be at your own health and legal risk. The Northern group will meet at the corner of S. Water Ave and Hwy 109 Bypass (Circle K gas station), at 1245 hours with a kickstands up at 1300 hours. They have requested us to be at the SouthWest Air Cargo (969 Air Service Road), at 1400 hours even though the plane lands at 1510 hours. When in doubt, I ask that you side in the way of caution.
April 25th - Postponed for when it is safer. Rattlesnake Saloon Ride and Adventure (25-26th Apr 2020). The "Northern" group will link up with the "Southern" group and we will ride together as a Chapter and eat breakfast at the Lovelace Cafe. From there we will ride to the Rattlesnake Saloon for food, beverage, and music. "Good Time Charlie" has gotten us a discount rate of $89 at the nearby Cold Water Inn in Tuscumbia, AL. Please make your reservations NLT April 1st and mention "CVMA® 18-1" to get the discounted rate. Their number is 1-256-383-6844.
May 2nd – Postponed until May 1, 2021. WayPoint Vets Ride
May 1st / May 2nd – Cancelled 18-3 (Sevierville) Annual Scavenger Hunt (Sanctioned)
May 9th – Chapter Elections 1300 hours at Randall "Clutch" Abernathy's house
May 16th – Postponed until July 25 18-2 Annual Poker Run (Sanctioned)
May 23rd – Cancelled VA lunch at 1100 hours
May 23rd – Coyotes Annual Crawfish Broil
May 23rd – Hendersonville VVA Chapter 240, Boy Scouts and auxiliary are placing flags on graves at Hendersonville Memory Gardens, 353 East Main Street in Hendersonville, starting at 9am.
May 25th – Ride postponed until August 22 “Bulls” Memorial Day Honor Ride (Sanctioned) On Memorial Day (Monday 25 May) Bulls WILL BE at the intersection of New Shackle Island and Long Hollow Pike (next to Beech School Complex) with an American flag between the hours of 0900hrs and 1000hrs as a reminder of the significance of the day. Remembering is one of the greatest Honors to those who have sacrificed so much for us and future generations. Freedom is fragile and it is thru the sacrifices of those who have gone before and have paid a very heavy price that we maintain it.!!!
June 20th – 1300 hours at USA Sports Grille in Lebanon, the address is: 151 Adams Ln, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122. We will not be fulfilling our Murfreesboro VA commitment until we get the "Green Light" from the VA.
July 4th - 1000 hours. Her address is: 969 Bowling Branch Rd, Cottontown, 37048. We have an unemployed Veteran that could use some assistance. Her name is Beth Farmer and she lives in Cottontown. She needs a large tree limb removed and a new mailbox installed. She has everything but the labor to accomplish the mailbox installation. I went to this lady's house and did a visual recon. She has a 60' limb that has fallen and she would like it removed. I have two chainsaws (one in each hand), of which I will cut this limb into manageable pieces. They will then be moved about 40' to a brush pile. She also purchased a new mailbox which we will assemble and then relocate the new box about 25' away. She has everything to accomplish the mission including the post hole digger, the mortar and a bucket for water, and even a portable auger for a drill. "Old Man" is bringing the level. This mission should take no more than one hour.
July 9th – 1700 hours at 610 Shelley Drive, Mount Juliet. Brandon "Superman" Cotton needs assistance moving his household goods from S. Mt. Juliet to N. Mt. Juliet. We will load his U-haul after 1400 hours on July 9th but we will unload it on July 10th (approx. 1400 hrs)! His email is firstname.lastname@example.org with a phone number of 615-568-1806. Please put these dates on your personal calendars to assist one of our own.
July 14th – 1245 hours we have a funeral escort for Air Force and Vietnam Veteran David Peterson on Tuesday, July 14th. We will meet at the Hendersonville Funeral Home located at 353 East Main St. in Hendersonville at 1245 hours. Approximate KSU is 1300 hours. We will NOT be leading but will be in the escort. We will be going to the Nashville National Cemetery in Madison.
July 18th – 1300 Hours. This Month's Meeting will be held at the USA Sports Grill in Mt. Juliet at 1300 hours instead of Coaches. Their address is 151 Adams Lane Suite 15, Mt. Juliet, 37122. Feel free to bring masks. Coaches will not be available until August.
July 25 – 18-2 Annual Poker Run (Sanctioned). Our Chapter will be attending 18-2's 5th Annual Poker Run this Saturday (the 25th). We always support them as they support our Fallen Brothers Memorial Ride. We will link up at the Shell Station near Exit 40 at I-24 and Old Hickory Blvd at 0900 hours. KSU will be about 0920 with us arriving at the registration point about 1020 hours. All of us will have the option of purchasing items or entering raffles followed by their annual ride. Their ride costs $10 per bike and $5 for a passenger and is not mandatory but will be your choice of whether or not you want to ride. The rest of us will depart together for either refreshments, food or both. Their start/end point is: 1030 Progress Drive, Suite E, Clarksville,TN 37040. The "Southern Group" will meet at Bumpus HD in time for KSU of 0800.
August 1st – "Roadblock" Fundraiser (was scheduled for 11 April). We will meet NLT 0830 hours behind the church located at 221 East Main St., Hendersonville or behind the Sun Trust Bank next to the church. It's the same location as the last couple of years. Due to COVID, we WILL be wearing masks. We have a large authorized time frame to operate but I have no intention of staying at our 6 locations longer than 4 hours....COVID and heat can take a lot out of people. Please try to come and support your Chapter since every fundraiser event we have scheduled, seems to be in jeopardy.
August 15th – 1300 Hours. This Month's Meeting will be held at the USA Sports Grill in Mt. Juliet at 1300 hours instead of Coaches. Their address is 151 Adams Lane Suite 15, Mt. Juliet, 37122. Feel free to bring masks.
August 22nd – Support 18-5 Memorial Ride in Columbia, TN
August 22nd – Cancelled “Bulls” Memorial Day Honor Ride
August 25th – We have been requested by one of our members to provide funeral escort. For those of you who can attend, please meet at the New Generation Funeral Home, 2930 Murfreesboro Pike, Antioch at 0930 hours with a KSU of 1000 hours. Our route will be to the Middle Tennessee State Veteran's Cemetery at 7931 McCrory Lane.
September 5th – Annual Fallen Brothers Ride (Chapters biggest event)
September 19th – Our Chapter has been asked to perform a Flag Folding for a company named 4Patriots. They are fans of ours and specialize in Survival Foods and would make a great donor. I would like to have 8 of us perform the folding. The Folding will take place at 1030 hours at Azalea Park, 2818 Azalea Pl, Nashville, TN 37204. We will conduct a Flag Folding rehearsal at the same location, same day, at 1000 hours with the actual ceremony being held at 1030 hours. The Uniform will be vests with white short sleeve button down shirts and white gloves if you have them. Also, be prepared to wear masks!
September 19th – at 1300 hours Monthly meeting at Coaches
September 26th – Nationals will NOT be a credited meeting. ONLY elected/selected representatives will be in attendance (see your BOD for more info). Venue moved from Jacksonville FL to Kansas City, MO.
September 27th – our Chapter will support the Gallatin Roughnecks MC ride and fundraiser for Gold Star Mother's cancer surgery this coming Sunday Sept 27, 2020. The ride will begin and end at the Gallatin Elk's Lodge 242 Airport Rd, Gallatin, TN 37066. KSU @ 1000. $20 per bike w/$5 per hangar-on. No info on when registration starts. I will lead the Southern group from Bumpus HD in Murfreesboro w/ KSU @ 0815.
October 3rd – Cancelled “BBG’s” Infidel BBQ
October 3rd – Region 2 Rally "R2 Rendezvous" in Bristol, VA (2-4 Oct 2020) Holiday Inn-Bristol Conference Center, 3005 Linden Drive, at Exit 7 off Interstate-81 where Northeast Tennessee meets Southwest Virginia.
October 17th – at 1230 hours Monthly meeting at Coaches
November 21st – at 1230 hours Monthly meeting at Coaches
December 19th – at 1230 hours Monthly meeting at Coaches
May 1, 2021 – WayPoint Vets Ride
CANCELLED: TN State Meeting 10-12 April 2020
After much thought and consideration and with the health and welfare in mind of the TN membership, I have decided to cancel the TN State Meeting scheduled for 10-12 April 2020. Let’s see how this pandemic pans out over the next few months.
IAW with TN Department of Health as of this writing there are 73 positive tests of COVID-19 in TN (more than tripled from this time last week).
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that no gatherings with 50 people or more take place for the next eight weeks. Currently the virus is “not under control” for any place in the world.
Help reduce the risk of spreading the flu, COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and other illnesses
The CDC reports that some people are at higher risk higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. These people include:
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
• Heart disease
• Lung disease
While risk to average Americans remains low, common sense measures can help protect some of our most vulnerable members of society.
Hospitals along with VAs are also increasing virus protection methods. Try to minimizes unnecessary visits and call ahead to your clinics.
TN State Rep