Welcome to Spring !

Greetings to all of my Brothers and Sisters in the Patriot Guard Riders of Washington !  After being recently reappointed to the position of State Captain, and then getting some leadership positions filled, along with doing my favorite thing, and that is going on Missions, I have found the time to pass along some thoughts to all of my friends and colleagues.  As I am sure most of you are already aware, I have decided to divide the duties of Assistant State Captain between two individuals, because it is my belief that Washington is split geographically and climatically to the degree that one person has too much difficulty covering all the area adequately.  You may ask yourself, “then how can one State Captain do the job?”, but it is quite simple.  Through span of control, I have two people to direct and oversee, and they each have two to four people to direct and oversee, who each have three to seven people to direct and oversee.  This makes each level of supervision manageable without taking away the direct authority from the top all the way down.  I know that this is far more than some of you wanted to read, but many questions have come up in the past, and I felt that you, above all, deserved to know how our organization is kept together, and keeps running.

On a brighter note, I will also be using this forum to pass along to you any letters, messages, and phone calls of gratitude and thanks that we receive from families for whom we have stood the flag line.  You are the ones who continually make this happen, and I can’t express how proud I am of each and every one of you for always being willing to take your time away from families and personal time to come together for these families who have lost their Hero.  And with that, please enjoy the following that I sent out to Dragon and his team, who led this mission:

” Dear Patriot Guard Riders,

My Family thanks you so much for standing for Papa Roy today.  My Grandma was so blessed.  She had no idea you were all coming for him, and when I told her what was happening, she broke down and cried.  Papa would have been so, so honored.  I can’t wait to be a part of this.  Again, my whole heart thanks you !
                                                                                               Gene’ Morales for
                                                                                            The Morales Family”

This mission also resulted in Ms. Morales joining the PGR (she is a US Army Vet) so she could “pay it forward” by standing for others.

On a different note, I would like to remind you to visit the Special Events page frequently, as we have some new events and projects in the works, and will update it as frequently as needed to keep you all abreast of what’s going on in our world besides missions.

Our Corporation’s Board of Directors will be conducting their quarterly business meeting in April, in Ellensburg, with a more firm date coming out soon.  This Board handles the business side of the Washington PGR, and if you are interested in seeing how they make things happen, feel free to attend.

In closing, I would like to extend a very heartfelt Thank You to everyone who has made a point of expressing their congratulations on the recent leadership changes, and to let you know that I am humbled and honored to once again be at the helm of such a great organization.  I will do my very best to continue on in the path that Dave “Dirt” Cox set us on, and I keep him very close for advice, counsel, and friendship, as I do the rest of you.  I would also like to thank “Dirt” for taking on this position during a difficult period, and for doing such a great job.  I will attempt to update this post each month, and more often if we receive “Thank you” s in between. Until next time, Ride (or drive) Safe, and I’ll see you on the flag line !

Honor and Respect,

Jim “BikerVet” Dickson,  State Captain

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