VA home Port Charlotte. The gifts were all donated from churches, VA groups, schools, etc. Santa Claus came on his bike. It was a big hit. Photos provided by Karen Bird.
R/T chapter 10 helped send this Veteran to Disney with his family. Juniper Village, R/T 10, American Legion Riders, and Sons of the American Legion 336 all helped raising the funds. Photos provided by Nick Poznick.
2nd Annual Juniper Village Ride. Photos provided by Bobby Wallauer.
4th Annual Thunder Run. Photos provided by Karen Bird.
2001 Dance, Car and MC. Photos provided by Eddy Scocco.
Bobby Wallauer, Marti Wallauer, and Joanne Poznick receive their full patches accompanied by President, Nick Poznick.
Juniper Village 102nd Birthday
Pictures courtesy of Robert Wallauer
Pictures courtesy of Robert Wallauer.
November 6, 2010
2nd Annual 50's - 60's Dance and Cruise In, Sandy Parrot, Ft Myers, FL
Pictures courtesy of Rich Longo.
Cape Coral Juniper Village Assisted Living Facility
Juniper Village invited our chapter to visit them and create a "bike morning" for their residents. When we arrived we circled the building several times to announce we had arrived. Three bikes were driven into the dining room, three bikes were driven into the courtyard and the rest in the parking area. Residents got to sit on bikes for pictures, visit with our members and reminisce. Karen became the "tattoo queen" as she went from one resident to the other putting on temporary tattoos. Bobby found a Yankees fan like himself. Larry found a teacher who he connected with, Eddy kept people safe as they used his bike for many of the pictures. Rich was the master of the camera. Ron, Jack, Buddy, Dee & Jean circulated and visited with residents, staff and visiting families. Many of the residents remembered us from our Veterans presentation earlier in the year, with some of the veterans there. I think we have been adopted. Pictures courtesy of Rich Longo.
October 7, 2010
Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournament, Harley Davidson, Naples, FL
Even with only 27 people showing up to try their luck... looks like everyone had a good time. Pictures courtesy of Rich Longo.
September 16 - 18, 2010
The Ride Home, Andersonville, GA
The Chapters of Rolling Thunder® host a special weekend to honor all former Prisoners of War (POW's) and to remember those still Missing in Action (MIA's). Many of our members attended and worked this event. Check out our pictures courtesy of Eddy Scocco, Pam Cain, and Sheri Roark. More photos courtesy of Anne Nicholson located at
June 13, 2010
Cape Coral Juniper Village Assisted Living Facility
On June 13, 2010 Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 10 honored 12 veterans at Juniper Village in Cape Coral. The ceremony included a presentation to each veteran of a Certificate of Appreciation, a letter from the Chapter president, a chamo bear and Chapter 10 pin. The veterans represented three wars. One of the veterans was with the Dutch Royal Navy, a US alley, who was a POW for three years. Also honored was the wife of a former POW who is now deceased. Pictures courtesy of Jean Best.
May 30, 2010
The Ride to the Wall XXIII 2010
The annual Ride to the Wall was held in Washington, DC during the Memorial Day weekend. It is a call for the government's recognition and protection of Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Missing in Action (MIAs). Pictures courtesy of Sheri Roark.
May 22, 2010
Sgt in the Marines, Walter Grinnell
Rolling Thunders volunteers honored veteran Sgt in the Marines, Walter Grinnell. The honored vet received a certificate, pin & military bear. We are proud to be a part of this service to our vets. Pictures courtesy of Eddy Scocco.
May 7, 2010
Sgt James H. Alley
USAF MIA / KIA Vietnam War Hero
TSgt Alley was born September 18, 1949 in Plantation, FL, graduated Stranahan High School, Ft. Lauderdale in 1967 and was a motion picture cameraman before he was drafted in 1969 at which time he enlisted in the Air Force; his tour in Vietnam started in 1971. Sgt Alley was assigned to Detachment 3, 600th Photo Squadron, Da Nang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam and flew numerous high risk missions documenting the activities of HH3 search and rescue aircrews. With less than 2 weeks remaining in the Air Force, Sgt Alley was instructed to return to the 601st Photo Flight at Ubon RTAF, Thailand. As he was preparing to board an aircraft to take him out of the combat zone on 06 APR 72, a call was made for volunteers to fly a high risk
search and rescue mission in 1st Corps. With no regard for his personal safety, Sgt Alley picked up his equipment and boarded the departing helicopter with 5 other crew members of the "Jolly Green 67". During the mission, which was attempting to pick up an EB66 crew member (better known as the call-sign "BAT21", which a book and movie were made of the same name) was downed in enemy territory, the helicopter received several heavy hits from the ground, burst into flames and crashed at 1740 hrs, with no survivors.
Despite a group internment of the "Jolly Green 67" at Arlington National Cemetery on 19 NOV 97, Sgt Alley was still considered to be Missing in Action, whereas he, along with 2 other members of the crew, could not be positively identified at that time. About a month ago, Sgt Alley's brother, Tim, received a phone call from the USAF, stating that the Vietnam
Government had recovered US Military Service personnel and with DNA testing, Sgt Alley was positively identified. Sgt Alley was escorted Home from Honolulu by his brother Tim to his Final Resting Place in Arcadia. Pictures courtesy of Eddy Scocco.
April 18, 2010
2nd Annual Thunder Run
The event was rained out but brave volunteers still worked a table at Hooters and Harleys on Saturday. There was also a table set up on Sunday at Harley to meet anyone who may have decided to show up (none did). Pictures courtesy of Eddy Scocco.
March 23, 2010
Good times, Great People - Pictures courtesy of Eddy Scocco.
March 21, 2010
Presenters from Hope Hospice and Rolling Thunder came together to honor 7 very deserving veterans. Ron Best, President of Rolling Thunder FL Chapter 10 stated “when you joined the service you signed a blank check payable up to your lives. We are glad that check wasn’t cashed because we are here today to honor you”. One by one each veteran was honored and given either a Rolling Thunder or Hope Hospice letter, certificate, pin & military bear.President Best called all veterans forward and told the honorees “there is no greater tribute one veteran can give another veteran than a salute. We stand here before you to salute you”. He called for the salute and ended the presentation. Pictures courtesy of Eddy Scocco.
February 20, 2010
Clare Bridge Center
The presentation was our first honoring such a large number of veterans at one time. There were 7 members of our Chapter and 4 Hope Hospice Volunteers to make this presentation. Jean organized the event and gathered all the volunteers. One man had his original dog tags on and one man had his medals. Annie gathered information on the POW sand Hugh read it to the group. Sheri presented to a fellow female Army veteran. Julie & Eddy once again did their usual wonderful job in presenting. Hugh presented Navy veteran to Navy veteran. Annie read the poem she is now famous for. Ron presented to the POW and called for the salute. We also had our Junior Member, Brock, there to ensure there were smiles on all faces. Pictures courtesy of Drew Roark.
February 13, 2010
POW and Honorary Member Bill Jeffers
Ron, Eddy, Hugh & Jean all went from Chapter 10. Jack Cook from Chapter 2 plus Patty & George Christo helped us honor Mr. Jeffers. After the pledge and prayer they called Mr. Jeffers to the front of the room. Ron introduced the group, Eddy gave him a dog tag, Jean gave him a soldier angel, Hugh read the poem that Annie had written and gave him a framed copy. Ron then gave him the Rolling Thunder vest with all the patches sewn on. Ron called attention and the veterans in the group saluted. Mr. Jeffers was so touched it brought him to tears. The meeting gave him a standing ovation. Pictures courtesy of Jack Cook.
April 18, 2009
Special operations Warrior Foundation Fundraiser - Great host, great food, great entertainment -- perfect day!
Check out these photos from the 6th Annual Easter Bunny Toy Run that benefits The Child Life Program within The Children's Hospital at Health Park.
The First Annual Chapter 10 Thunder Run is now history. Check out the photos (courtesy of our ace photographer, Eddie).
March 21, 2009
9th Annual Country BBQ Picnic, VFW Retirement Home, Fort McCoy, Florida
March 12, 2009 - The Moving Tribute
We had the honor of escorting The Moving Tribute wall to the Bonita Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4254 to allow Veterans and citizens of Southwest Florida to honor those 'Who Gave All' during the on-going War and Global Terrorism. VFW Post 4254 sponsored this event.
February 26 - March 7 - American Veteran’s Traveling Wall and Tribute ceremony
The roar of motorcycle engines at Daytona International Speedway was silenced Saturday morning by the sounds of a 21-gun salute, Taps and the National Anthem during the American Veteran’s Traveling Wall and Tribute ceremony. "GREAT JOB!" to the host Chapter # 8, and special thanks to Jon Hansen for making it happen in such a short period of time. Rough count, 250 bikes from Jacksonville to the Daytona Speedway without a hitch. Eight+ different law enforcement agencies and close to 60+ officers moved the group down US1 in the middle of the day and never stopped until the Speedway - that's close to 90 miles. And at least 5 different chapters were represented.