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Message from State Captain Bobby Stroka
Posted: 10/01/2017 
TO ALL TEXAS PGR MEMBERS

Over the last several years I have had the Honor to serve the Patriot Guard Riders in several positions, with the focus always on honoring our Hero's and their families.

A plan has been in place for awhile now, and it's time to turn the reins of Texas State Captain over to Steve Conger. Please give a Texas size welcome to Steve and his new team as he assumes the leadership role effective Oct 1st.

I would like to thank all the members of the Patriot Guard for the tremendous job you do each and every day Honoring our Heroes.

I was moved with the support of our members during the devastating storms we had. Not only did you continue to stand for our fallen, but you also gave from your hearts, gathering donations and delivering them to the areas hardest hit. What a class act by the greatest organization. Thank You!!

So not to get too long winded, just one last thing to say: Thank you for being members!!!

Bobby "kawabob" Stroka
State Captain Texas Patriot Guard Riders
PGR State Leadership Change
Posted: 10/01/2017 
All

I want to thank Bobby for his leadership and guidance as I take over the rains of the Texas PGR. Bobby has decided it is time to step back into an RC role.

As you know, I have been serving as the Texas PGR Assistant State Captain. Before this, I had the privilege of serving as a RC, Assistant DSC, and DSC for the East Texas Region. I look forward to the chance to continue to grow and provide guidance to the Texas PGR.

II am happy to announce that Tim Kenslow has stepped up to accepted the position of Assistant State Captain. Tim was serving as a DSC for the South East Region. Please join me in congratulating Tim in his new position and provide him with the support you have given me. I have included contact information and a short bio for Tim.

Tim Kenslow
cell: 713-303-5437br> e-mail: timothykenslow@gmail.com


Bio –
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 28, 1948 and moved to Houston, Texas in 1957. Served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1971. Stationed in Germany where I was assigned to a Missile Unit. Returned to Houston and worked in Retail for 48 years before retiring.

Joined PGR in November, 2010, where I am honored to say I have had the privilege of moving up into numerous leadership positions including Ride Captain and Deputy State Captain for the South East Region.

Both my wife (Pam) and I come from long lines of Military families that served with Honor. She has been a PGR member since 2012.

Thanks

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Steve Conger
Texas State Captain
Patriot Guard Riders
Tyler, TX. USA
281-380-3422
PGR State Leadership Changes
Posted: 02/25/2016 
Greetings fellow Patriot Guard Riders

We have a couple of announcements to make regarding positions at the state level.

Mike Eubank’s will be stepping down as ASC [Assistant State Captain]. He has decided to attend to personal circumstances and since family always comes first, we all stand behind him in his decision. Mike will still be a RC in the East Texas region and will continue to support the PGR in any capacity he can when the opportunity is right. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve Conger is out of our East Texas region and has accepted the position of ASC. Please welcome him in his new position within the PGR.

Short Bio from Steve:
I was born in Brownsville and raised in Texas. Joined the US Army during the Vietnam era and was stationed at Fort Sill with the responsibility of training soldiers in field artillery. After my tour of duty, I attended the University of Texas at Arlington earning a degree in Finance.

I started my work career in the oil field. Married and raised 4 children. Retired from Exxon Mobil after 35 years of traveling and working all over the world including Australia, Bolivia, Thailand, Qatar, and Africa setting up shore bases and installing gas turbines.

We moved back to Tyler, into my family home, after retirement and I joined the East Texas Patriot Guard. As everyone does, I started as a rider enjoying riding to missions and honoring our veterans. My movement in the Patriot Guard was from a rider to a Ride Captain, Asst. DSC, and then DSC. I have learned the importance of our members and as a veteran, I understand the importance of honoring our vets and first responders.

Steve will assume his new position March 1 2016.

In addition, we also have a new DSC, Jim Short, and ADSC, Bill Parrish, in the East Texas Region. Please welcome them to their new positions within the PGR.

We are also going to be restarting the monthly newsletter to better keep the members up to date on changes within the state.

WWest Texas will be hosting the GTOG this year in Media at the High Point Ranch. This is a great opportunity to get out meet other PGR members and relax.

Bobby Stroka
Texas State Captainbr> Patriot Guard Riders
Open Carry and The Texas Patriot Guard Riders
Posted: 12/10/2015
Greetings fellow Texas Patriot Guard Riders:

With the soon to be Open Carry Law, we have had several questions about how this will affect the Patriot Guard.

As we understand the law, you must be a licensed Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holder in order to legally carry a handgun in the open.

The Texas Patriot Guard is not in the position to question your rights as a licensed CHL holder. A CHL license holder knows where they are allowed to carry a weapon and where they are not allowed to carry based on the laws.

That being said, we all need to remember that the Patriot Guard are invited guests of the family of a fallen Hero at their most sacred time and we are there to pay Honor and Respect. That respect and common sense needs to prevail. Our missions/ flag lines are not the place to be displaying an open weapon.

The Texas Patriot Guard Riders policy will be that no open carry will be permitted on any mission.

The Ride Captain in charge of the mission does have the authority to ask anyone who is open carrying to remove the firearm and place it out of view, and/or ask the individual to leave the mission if they refuse. This policy is not in any way, shape, or form to infringe on the rights of a CHL holder, but to simply set a higher standard to which the Patriot Guard is known for and presents to our Hero’s families at each and every mission.

Thank you all for supporting the Patriot Guard Riders and Honoring our Hero’s

AAny questions can be directed to me at bstroka@sbcglobal.net

Bobby Stroka
Texas State Captainbr> Patriot Guard Riders
Urgent Communication From The Texas State Captain
Posted: 06/04/2015

                                         Code of Conduct for PGR Members

As a PGR Member:

I will adhere to the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) mission and vision statements, and incorporate the principles contained therein into all my actions as a PGR member.

I will treat other PGR members with the same dignity and respect I would expect for myself.

I will remember that my PGR membership role is a position of responsibility to those we serve.

I will do everything in my power to demonstrate to Gold and Blue Star families, and families of veterans and home-front first-responders that the PGR honors them for the service and sacrifice of their loved ones. This is extended to activities honoring living individuals and units of these organizations. I will remember that our mission to honor these families and their wishes is my main priority as a PGR member.

I recognize that my interactions with law-enforcement, government officials and the military reflect on the entire Patriot Guard Riders organization and can have far-reaching implications for those relationships in other areas. I will act accordingly, respecting the protocols and regulations of those agencies.

In any interaction with the media and general public, I will avoid actions or communications which would negatively impact the reputation of good will toward the PGR. This includes actions which could present the appearance of political activism on behalf of PGR. The PGR is a non-political organization. I agree to maintain a strict non-political stance when representing the PGR in any capacity.

Harassment Policy:
Patriot Guard Riders affirms support of and adherence to the policies of the Government of United States, to provide equal opportunity in all programs, and activities for all members, regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, parental status, and genetic information.

The PGR strongly believes in an inclusive, volunteer environment that utilizes and values the unique qualities of our diverse membership. Capitalizing on the full potential of our diverse human capital and respecting the uniqueness and differences in cultures and values is fundamental to our success.


The PGR is committed to preventing and correcting harassment in ALL forms of
communications with our Members, soldiers and their families we serve, and any entity with whom our organization must work.

Harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct that interferes with any official PGR position, work, or performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Examples of behaviors that may be forms of harassment include, but are not limited to, unwelcome physical contact, stalking, obscene gestures or sounds, slurs, and posting of written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility toward an individual or group. Key factors of harassment under federal law are the severity and frequency of the misconduct. An isolated incident may not rise to the level of illegal harassment.

Harassment by anyone in the PGR is prohibited. All members are encouraged to report incidents of alleged harassment immediately. Swift, thorough and impartial investigation of harassment allegations will be conducted and appropriate action will be taken.

The PGR Board of Directors wishes to strongly emphasize that it is the responsibility of each and every member of the PGR to always promote and engage in practices free of discrimination and harassment, and to ensure that the doors of justice, equality, opportunity, and inclusion are open to all.


This Code of Conduct is applicable to activities or communications occurring on the PGR web site, forums and in mission staging areas, during PGR missions, events, or gatherings under the PGR name as well as member to member communication and/or contact when it is apparent that said contact was initiated because of PGR activities.

Enforcement: Failure to comply with the above Code of Conduct and/or the Harassment Policy may be grounds for removal as a member.

 

IIf anyone has any questions they can contact me directly via email (bstroka@sbsglobal.net) or phone 281-728-4172

Bobby "kawabob" Stroka
State Captain br>Texas Patriot Guard Riders

 
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