DEPARTMENT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
VETERANS OF FOREIGN
General Orders 4 October 2009
General Orders are to be read at each Post Meeting and placed on file
1) COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION MEETING: The next Council of Administration Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at the Marriott Court Yard, Nashua, N.H. beginning at 10:00 AM. All members are welcome to attend. Finance and Veterans Service Committee meetings at 9:00 AM.
2) STATE COMMANDER / PRESIDENT’S TESTIMONIAL: We will be honoring our State Commander and President on October 17, 2009 with a gala event at the Marriott Court Yard in Nashua, NH. If you would like to show your appreciation for our Commander and Presidents leadership, you may send your donations for Sue Clement to Donna Fischer, 4 Warton Road, Nashua, NH 03062 and for Ron Miller send to Dave Ouellette, 17 Pinewood Drive, Pelham, NH 03076.
3) TESTIMONIAL BANQUET: Commander-in-Chief Tommy Tradewell has assigned past Commander-in-Chief Ed Banas as the National Representative for the joint Commander/President Testimonial, October 17, 2009. To order banquet tickets please send a check for $35.00 per person to Russ Gora, Quartermaster, Post 5791, 15 Bockes Rd., Hudson, NH 03051
4) MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY: Sunday October 19, 2009 is “Make a Difference Day”, Posts and Ladies Auxiliaries should promote a family volunteer type activity, an activity that addresses the needs of their communities.
5.) LIFE MEMBERSHIP: The Board of Trustees of the Life Membership Fund are pleased to announce Life Member dues payments for all Life Member plans effective with the 2009 dues year for Posts were issued on or about September 15, 2009, for all Life Members recorded by Aug. 31, 2009.
6.) LIFE MEMBERSHIP FORMS: Forms used for life membership are in the Post Quartermaster Direct Dues Manual. These forms are the Life Membership Transmittal (Form LMT) and the National Life Membership Installment Payment Plan (Form LMI-101). Use the Member Change Request (Form MCR) to report a life member transfer, request a replacement life member card, or to report the death of a life member.
7.) QUARTERMASTER’S BONDS: Post Commanders shall see that the office of the Post Quartermaster is bonded in accordance with Section 703, National Constitution and By-Laws and Manual of Procedure. He or she shall also see that the Trustees Report of Audits are properly prepared and submitted each quarter as required by the National Constitution and By-Laws.
8.) REQUEST FOR STATE OFFICERS: Invitations to State Officers must be forwarded through channels to State Adjutant Dana Hussey. For the record, verbal invitations extended to State Officers must also be backed up by a written request. Unless formally requested through channels, invitations will not be considered. As a matter of courtesy, please give the State Headquarters a minimum of two weeks to make the requested assignments.
9.) ATTENTION DEPUTY INSPECTORS: The job of the Deputy Inspector is very important. To perform it properly, you must know the VFW rules and regulations, be familiar with the VFW programs, understand the accounting and reporting procedures; and have the time and dedication to do the job right. PLAN YOUR INSPECTIONS, and notify the Post Commander, Adjutant, and Quartermaster in advance of your inspection. Prepare a schedule and give each Post ample warning as to when you will be present so that the specified Post books and records will be available.
“Please make it your ‘Goal’ to be 100% inspected by December 2009.”
10.) VOICE OF DEMOCRACY THEME: The 2009-2010 theme for the Voice of Democracy program has been selected by Commander-in-Chief Tommy Tradewell. The theme is: "Does America still have Heroes?…." Note: Remember, the deadline for receipt by Posts from contestants is November 1, 2009.
11.) PATRIOTS PEN THEME: The 2009-2010 theme for the Patriots Pen Program has been selected by Commander-in-Chief Tommy Tradewell. The theme is: “When Is The Right Time To Honor Our Military Heroes?” Note: Remember, the deadline for receipt by Posts from contestants is November 1, 2009.
12.) VETERANS DAY: Posts are urged to start planning suitable programs now for the observance of Veterans Day, November 11, 2009 (See Section 223, Manual of Procedure). Order your Buddy Poppies for Veterans Day now, $110.00 per thousand. It is the DAV’s turn this year to do the program at the Veterans Cemetery on Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
13.) PROGRAM REPORTING: All Program reports need to be reported directly to the State Adjutant. Dana Hussey, PO Box 6025, Rochester, NH 03868-6025.
14.) ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES: The presence, dispensation and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages in the meeting rooms during Post, District and Department meetings is completely unacceptable and any such practice known to exist shall be terminated.
15.) POST RESERVE: Attention is directed to Section 218, Manuel of Procedure, which mandates Post Quartermasters to maintain a dues reserve fund to which shall be credited not less than one-half of the Post’s part of the current year’s (2009) dues paid by each member prior to July 1, 2008, except dues remitted by the Post. No Post Quartermaster shall disburse nor shall an obligation be incurred against this fund until after July 1, 2009, at which time it shall be transferred to the Post’s general fund and be available for expenditure.
16.) EASTERN CONFERENCE: The Eastern States Conference will be November 13-15, 2009 at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland. Room rate is $90.00 plus 10.5% tax for a single or double. To make a reservation call 443-856-4557 or toll free at 800-638-2100 and say you are with the VFW. Banquets are $45.00 per person, send your check to State Quartermaster Bill Champagne, PO Box 1440, Concord, NH 03302. Menu choice is Ham or Chicken, each comes with a 3oz. Maryland crab cake. When placing your order please specify Ham or Chicken.
17.) DISTRICT MEETING ASSIGNMENTS:
04: District #3 Union 1:00 pm State Sr. Vice Commander, Dave Ouellette
18: District #5 Fitzwilliam 10:00 am State Jr. Vice Commander, Paul Lloyd
25: District #1 Lancaster 10:00 am State Jr. Vice Commander, Paul Lloyd
25: District #7 Raymond 10:00 am
18.) TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Judging should start by November 2nd and winners should be forwarded to the District Chairperson by November 15th, 2009. District winners must be forwarded to Department Chairman, Bruce Carbone by December 15th, 2009. Department winners will be forwarded to National Headquarters by January 15th, 2010. Nominees will be from the following grade levels: K- 5,
6-8, and 9-12. Let’s recognize our teachers for promoting Citizenship Programs throughout their respective grade levels. Send entrys to: Bruce Carbone, Chairman, NHVFW Americanism, 27B So Winchester St.
Swanzey, NH 03446.
19.) VETERANS HOME REQUEST: Comrades; The New Hampshire Veterans Home is looking for donations of individually wrapped candies. (ie. three musketeers, snickers, milky way. etc.) This candy would be for the residents to give to the children who trick or treat at the home every year. According to the volunteer staff, there are usually about a hundred kids or more. If you want to help in this project, bring the bags of candy to the CofA on the 17th of October or give them to a council member or person who you know is going to attend. I will then take them to the volunteer meeting on the 26th of October and give them to the home. I know this is short notice, but it is a worthy cause to help out our fellow veterans at the home. Any questions please feel free to call me at 335-1658 or 534-3073. Thank you, John J Calo, PDC
20.) DEADLINE: The deadline for information going into the General Orders is the 20th of each month. Send all requests to State Adjutant – Dana Hussey, PO Box 6025, Rochester, NH 03868-6025. Adjutant contact info is: Phone: 603-335-5923, Fax: 603-335-5936 and Cell: 603-557-6452.
Dana E. Hussey Roland E. Miller
State Adjutant State Commander
Bring “EM” All Home