Membership in Rolling Thunder®, Inc. is open to anyone with an interest in
the causes for which we stand “Educating the public regarding the Prisoner
of War-Missing In Action (POW-MIA) issue and Helping veterans of all wars
regardless of race, color, creed or sex. All persons must be 18 years of age
A “Junior Membership” program is available.
Every member must abide by the constitution and by-laws of Rolling Thunder®,
A new member must attend 3 meetings or sanctioned events, or a combination
thereof, during the120 – day membership trial period to become a full
member. Anyone who joins and does not meet his/her obligation will not be a
member in good standing and may be considered for termination from this
All members (excluding junior members) will receive a Rolling Thunder®, Inc.
membership State Boot patch (from the chapter) when they become a full
member at the end of a 120 – day trial period. During the 120 – day trial
period, a member must attend three meetings and or events and must
demonstrate loyalty and be courteous and respectful and display no conduct
which will project adversities to the organization.
If a member meets his/her obligations before the 120 day period, they are
entitled to receive their Boot patch, provided they meet all other (loyalty
and conduct) requirements. (Approval from National is required.)
After a member completes his/her first year (from the day they receive their
boot patch) as a member in good standing they then will be eligible to be
issued the Eagle & Rocker back patch. (Effective 10/01/01)
To be a member in good standing one must attend no less than 3 meetings and
3 events per year. If attending meetings or events because of work conflicts
special conditions will apply. “Special conditions” one must donate time to
help in other ways, such as: organize a run, parade, fund-raiser,
demonstration, and/or speak at schools etc. Special conditions will be
coordinated with the chapter officers.
Members in the Military may be excused from meetings and events only when
they are on official or active duty, i.e., TAD, TDY, deployed or under PCS
orders. At all other times, Military members must attend meetings and
If deployed, they will remain a member of the Chapter they joined until they
return or transfer to another chapter.
Military Veteran Members:
Any Rolling Thunder® member who is a United States Military Veteran is
required to provide to their chapter a copy of his/her DD-214 (notice of
separation). The DD-214 will be kept on file with the Chapter for the
duration of their membership. In case of a transfer between Chapters, it
will be sent to the new Chapter. The Chapter will supply a copy of the
DD-214 to the family only. Any United States military veteran who does not
turn over a copy of his/her DD-214 to their Chapter will not be permitted to
display any pins or patches on their Rolling Thunder vest or jacket
indicating that he/she is a veteran. The pins/patches are to include, but
are not limited to, military awards, decorations, unit patches and armed
forces insignia. Non-veteran members may not display aforementioned medals,
ribbons, military awards, pins, and or patches, as described, unless
designated as “In Memory Of/In Honor Of” or display any U.S. Military
medals, ribbons, military awards, pins and/or patches that they did not
In other words: if you are planning to display any military patches,
insignias medals etc. you must provide a copy of your DD214.
Rolling Thunder®, Inc. relies on volunteers to donate their time. If you
cannot volunteer your time and attend meetings, please do not sign up for
membership in our organization. We can only accept you as a member if you
can donate your time to the issue.
We thank you for considering membership in Rolling Thunder®, Inc.
Applications are available at the membership meetings and can also be
obtained in advance by any of the following methods.
Call Gary Robinson at 281-734-6859
Membership Applications are only accepted at
General Membership Meetings which are held
the first Saturday of the month at 8:30 AM at the US Vets Center located at
4640 Main Street Houston, TX. 77002 (59 and Main area)
Complete all requested information. Copy of
DD214 is required former/Retired Military.
Applications are to be “notarized” however; a Notary Public
will be available at the membership meetings at no charge.
Membership dues are $30.00 per year, check or cash due in
February of each year or when joining Rolling Thunder® Inc.