GENERAL ORDERS

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VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 4
FOLLOW ME

DECEMBER 1, 2000

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1. STATE COMMANDER'S MESSAGE:

I know everyone is tired of hearing us talking Membership, but our Membership is running slightly behind last year. Post Commanders and Quartermasters need to pull cards, and start calling delinquent members and have them mail their dues either into National or to the Post Quartermaster, before their insurance expires on the 31st of December.

Those Posts who are competing for the honors for the five (5) largest Posts in the Department, remember the cutoff date is 27 December 2000, according to the Membership Campaign 2000-2001. Get your Membership into National Headquarters early so they can be counted for this judging.

I wish every member of this Department and its Ladies Auxiliary a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

E. Ray Chappell
State Commander


2. 1999-2000 BANNERS:


Please note those who were 100% for the 1999-2000 year that have not received a banner will get one as soon as they are completed. We have had problems with the person that was hired so we had to switch to another company.


3. REPORTS AND FORMS:

PLEASE NOTE THE INDIVIDUAL RECRUITING AWARD FORM, THE DECEASED COMRADE FORM, THE COMMUNITY ACTIVITY REPORT, HOMELESS VETERANS REPORT, HOSPITAL REPORT AND EVALUATION GUIDE CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE E-MAIL PLEASE LET US KNOW AND WE WILL SEND THE FORMS TO YOU.

ALSO, STARTING SEPTEMBER 2000 THE AUDIT REPORTS NEED TO BE SIGNED BY AT LEAST TWO TRUSTEES BEFORE SUBMITTING TO STATE HEADQUARTERS OR THEY WILL BE RETURNED.

Forms

4. GENERAL ORDER CUT OFF DATES:

PLEASE NOTE: ANY information to be published in the General Orders must be in by the 25th of each month. Changes of address or phone numbers within the Department must be in writing.


5. VFW POST 2524:

State Headquarters is asking all Posts to PLEASE look at their Community Activities Record Book from last year to see if you have VFW Post 2524's. It seems that Post 2524' s Record Book was not returned to them. If you have the Record Book please send it to State Headquarters.


6. IMPORTANT INFORMATION:


The Department of Virginia, VFW now has a Homepage. Your General Orders can be found on the Homepage at http: //www.vfw-virginia.com. It is now possible for individual Posts, with their own Website, to become linked to our Homepage. Posts already with Website's can incorporate a Department of Virginia, VFW link on their Website. Please contact Robert Klausing at State Headquarters:

1-800-888-3521. Also, the State Headquarters E-Mail address is KLAUSING@AOL.COM.

The Adjutant/Quartermaster has a pager and the number is 1-800-680-7682. The State Headquarters also has a mail box located right outside the front door, where you can drop things off before and after business hours.


7. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

FIRST - 12-03-00, WARSAW POST 7167, Meeting 11:00 a.m., Lunch to follow, State Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Judge Advocate

SECOND - 03-10-01, FRANKLIN POST 4411, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

THIRD - 12-09-00, THIRD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, Meeting 2:00 p.m., State Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Junior Vice Commander

FOURTH - 02-11-01, AMELIA POST 8759, Meeting 2:00 p.m.

FIFTH - 04-25-01, DANVILLE POST 647, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

SIXTH - 02-11-01, COVINGTON POST 1033, Meeting 2:00 p.m.

SEVENTH - 12-10-00, WINCHESTER POST 2123, State Representative E. Ray Chappell, State Commander

EIGHTH - 03-18-01, MANASSAS POST 7589, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

NINTH - 01-14-01, MARION POST 4667, Registration 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Meeting 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon, State Representative E. Ray Chappell, State Commander

TENTH - 12-10-00, FALLS CHURCH POST 9274, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Judge Advocate

ELEVENTH - 12-03-00, STAUNTON POST 2216, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting to follow, State Representative E. Ray Chappell, State Commander

TWELFTH - 12-10-00, DAMASCUS POST 9830, Registration 11:00 a.m., Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting to follow, State Representative Michael J. Hoiness, State Surgeon

THIRTEENTH - 12-03-00, GORDONSVILLE POST 7638, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Lunch to follow, State Representative James E. Tucker, State Senior Vice Commander


8. CHANGES IN ROSTER:


POST 1444 - Junior Vice Commander is William Heard, 3009 Ordway Apt E, Westwind Apartments, Roanoke 24017

POST 2123 - Commander is Charles Miller, 1061 Greenwood Road, Winchester 22601, phone 540-662-2906

POST 2123 - Senior Vice Commander is Leo G. Borden, 113 Lake Ridge Drive, Stephens City 22655, phone 540-868-2683

POST 2163 - Senior Vice Commander Samuel Robinson, Sr.'s address changed to 14906 Dogwood Ridge Court, Chester 23831-6922, phone 804-768-6949

POST 6975 - Commander is Tony Taylor, 364 Williams Lane, Bristol, TN 37620, phone 423-764-3031

POST 6975 - Quartermaster is Landon Mann, P O Box 352, Bristol 24203

POST 8613 - Quartermaster is Wayne Dovel not Durwood Dovel

LOYALTY DAY - Douglas S. Hayes, 459 Chadwyck Drive, Danville 24541, phone 804-792-9473

FOURTH DISTRICT - Junior Vice Commander is Charles A. Pulley, 454 Roundtop Avenue, Petersburg 23803-4445, phone 804-732-1465


9. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

The Quarterly Audit Report for September 30th is NOW PAST DUE at State Headquarters.


10. WORKING SESSION:

There will be a working session of all the Council Members this year. These Sessions are open to anyone who would like to attend.

These working sessions are set up so we may address the problems that occur in the State.

Posts who need help and are unable to attend, submit your request in writing to your District Commander with copies to the State Commander and State Headquarters.

Third Session State Headquarters December 2, 2000
Staunton, Virginia Saturday 10:00 a.m.
Fourth Session Winter Council Meeting January 19, 2001
Williamsburg, Virginia Friday 7:00 p.m.
Fifth Session State Headquarters March 10, 2001
Staunton, Virginia Saturday 10:00 a.m.

E. Ray Chappell
State Commander


11. TRANSMITTAL DEADLINES FOR THE 2000-2001 YEAR:

December December 29 (Friday)
January January 31 (Wednesday)
February February 28 (Wednesday)
March March 30 (Friday)
April April 30 (Monday)
May May 31 (Thursday)
June July 6 (Friday)

The official membership close date will be the last business day of each month. All D-27's, cards and money in the house on that date will be processed and will appear on the month-end report.

Should a holiday fall on the last day of the month, the cutoff will be on the day before.

Your continued support and cooperation in ensuring that all cards are received in a timely fashion will be greatly appreciated.


12. STATE MIP PROGRAM:

Posts that sign up MIP members will be able to count them toward making Posts 100% for All State Post, therefore, allowing Post Commanders and Quartermasters, to make All State Commanders and Quartermasters.

District Commanders whose Posts sign up MIP members can count them in making All State District Commander providing all Posts in his District are 100% in membership.

There is no money in the budget for personal recruiting awards, therefore, State will not be giving any personal awards.

Personal awards are being given by National (see 2000-2001 Membership Campaign).

All MIP members must be into State Headquarters no later than 17 May 2001 to be used in the State Judging. If you failed to meet this deadline, you lose out (there will be no exceptions).

Ray Chappell
State Commander


13. IMPORTANT 2000-2003 DATES:

December 1, 2000 First six months (May-Oct.) Department Community Service Work (hours and dollars) Report due to National.

February 24-March 1, 2001 VFW National Legislative Conference, Washington, DC, Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

March 14-18, 2001 Ladies Auxiliary Mid-Year Conference, Orlando, Florida.

April 2001 Participate in March of Dimes WalkAmerica.

April 5-8, 2001 National VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference Washington, DC, Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

April 22-28, 2001 National Volunteer Week.

May 1, 2001 VFW Loyalty Day.

Department selection due at National for the new VFW Volunteer of the Year.

June 1, 2001 Department 12 month Community Service Work Report (hours and dollars) and Department selection of their Outstanding Community Service Post(s) due to National.

August 18-24, 2001 National VFW Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

September 6-9, 2001 Commander-in-Chief's Homecoming, Boyne Highlands Resort, Petosky, Michigan

October 28, 2001 Statue of Liberty Birthday Celebration, Liberty Island, New York

November 15-18, 2001 Southern States Conference, Savannah, Georgia.

February 23-March 1, 2002 VFW National Legislative Conference, Washington, DC, Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill.

April 4-7, 2002 National VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference, Washington, DC, Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

August 23-30, 2002 National VFW Convention, Nashville, Tennessee.

August 23-29, 2003 National VFW Convention, San Antonio, Texas.


14. KOREAN WAR COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS FOR 2000:

Following are events planned for the first year of the three-year commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War. For more information or to find out how to get involved, visit the homepage at or write to: DOD, 50 Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee; 1213 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 702; Arlington, VA 22202-4303, or call (703) 604-0831.

Evacuation of Hungnam Navy Memorial, Washington, D. C./Pusan, South Korea Dec 12


15. SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION:

2001 July 12-15 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $62.00; phone 804-528-2500


16. FALL COUNCIL MEETINGS:

2001 September 19-22 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; phone 804-528-2500


17. WINTER COUNCIL MEETINGS:

2001 January 19-21 George Washington Inn Ramada, 500 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg

Virginia 23185 - Rates are $45.00; Phone: 1-800-666-8888


18. POLICEMAN, FIREFIGHTER & EMT:

The judging for the Policeman of the Year, Firefighter of the Year and EMT of the Year awards will be held Friday, January 19, 2001.

Luther E. Anderson
Awards & Citations Chairman

19. STATE CONVENTIONS:

2001 June 20-25 Sheraton, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230; Single/Double $81, Triple/Quadruple $94 plus tax; Phone: 1-804-285-1234; Fax 1-804-288-3961

2002 June 5-10 Sheraton, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230: Single/Double $81, Triple/Quadruple $96 plus tax; Phone: 1-804-285-1234; Fax: 1-804-288-3961

2003 Sheraton, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230; Phone: 1-804-285-1234; Fax: 1-804-288-3961


20. 2000-2001 TEACHERS PROGRAM:

Posts need to submit these winners' names to their District level judging who will forward their winners to the Department (or state level) by December 15. After judging, each Department then forwards the names of its winners to VFW National Headquarters for consideration in the national award contest.

VFW's National Citizenship Education Teacher Awards include: a National $1,000 cash award for each of the top K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 teachers for professional development expenses; $1,000 award to each winning teacher's school; plaques for both the winning teacher and school; and an all-expense-paid trip to attend

VFW and Ladies Auxiliary National Community Service Conference in Washington, DC. Teachers who win first-place in each category will be invited to conduct a workshop at the conference, April 5-8, 2001.

A program brochure (designed to be duplicated for distribution) was mailed to all schools and this year's Post Commanders and Auxiliary Presidents in May. Additional information on how to conduct the program will be included in the Citizenship Education Program Chairman's booklet, mailed in July to 2000-2001 Post Commanders and Auxiliary Presidents.


21. VOICE OF DEMOCRACY:


2000-2001 VOICE OF DEMOCRACY THEME: WHAT PRICE FREEDOM?

2000-2001 VOICE OF DEMOCRACY DEADLINES: District Deadline - December 15, 2000

Listed below are the materials due by: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2000.

The winner's materials that need to be forwarded to your Department Voice of Democracy Chairman are: 1. District winner's audio cassette tape (good-quality); 2. Completed official entry form; 3. Typed essay; 4. Photograph (clear, close-up of head and shoulders); 5. Completed biographical questionnaire and 6. Signed parent/guardian release form.

Also, please make sure that the District VOD Participation Summary and Report Form is filled out and forwarded to your Department VOD Chairman immediately following the completion of your District judging. (Remember to retain a copy for your records.) NOTE: THE DISTRICT SUMMARY & REPORT FORM CAN BE FOUND IN THE VOD PROGRAM GUIDEBOOK. Please follow the reporting guidelines. When properly completed, these forms will report the participation of each Post and Auxiliary in your District and will provide the necessary information for your Department Chairman to use in making his annual report to National.

Department judging is scheduled for Friday, January 5, 2001 at 9:00 a.m. at Radio Station WMEV, Marion, Virginia.

Homer K. Bowen, Jr., VOD Chairman, P O Box 578, Marion, VA 24354, phone 540-783-3842.

Homer K. Bowen, Jr.
VOD Chairman


22. HOMELESS VETERANS:

DISTRICT 2 AND OTHER POSTS CONTRIBUTED OVER $5,000.00 TO HOMELESS VETERANS.

At a District Meeting, the Men and Ladies of District 2 passed a motion to support the reduction of Homeless Veterans in Hampton Roads through donations of money, goods and services. Since the first of the year, District 2 and other supportive Posts/Auxiliaries in the Department have donated over $5,000.00 to Vetshouse, Inc., a very successful non profit, private, residential program that transitions Homeless Veterans, to proud, productive and tax paying citizens of the community.

Contributions have ranged from cash donations (VFW 609, 392, 4809, 3103, 9382 and 993); to "Make a Difference Day" gifts and dinners (VFW 392); to Holiday wreaths (VFW 5500); to canned food drives during Post Auxiliary (VFW 392) and District 2 Auxiliary Meetings; to donations of left over food from Post/Auxiliary functions (VFW 392 and 4809); and to donations much needed clothes and household goods (VFW 392, 4809 and 609). Additionally, VFW Post 4809 will host, and make a major contribution of time, talent and resources to host 400 plus for the Annual Vetshouse Fund Raiser evening of entertainment, food, and raffles on 13 January 2001. Who says a few can't make a big difference in the lives of a few less fortunate Veterans? Vetshouse, Inc., runs their very successful twelve month residential program on a lean $10 per day, per resident, an annual budget of $70,000.00 for their eighteen bed duplexes. How far would your donation go?

Homeless Veterans remain one of the most neglected and least understood segments of our Veteran population. Without support and compassion, few homeless Veterans can break out of their hopeless status. With a little support and compassion, many homeless Veterans can be returned to their community as proud, able, taxpaying citizens. Many Posts are undertaking a variety of actions and activities to provide homeless veterans the necessary hand up. Unfortunately, most of these efforts go unnoticed because Posts do not report them as part of their Community Service. Both the written General Orders and the Web Site includes a Homeless Veterans Report. By completing this form, your activities are forwarded to Department and National, and, as important, provides the basis to share ideas within the Department. If you are conducting a Homeless Veterans project or activity - REPORT IT. If you are not conducting a Homeless Veteran project or activity, consider starting one. Helping just one Homeless Veteran get back on his feet will fill your Post with pride. For help or assistance contact any of the Homeless Veterans Committee: Larry Payne - 757-631-9286; Fred Brooks - 804-883-7014; William Carbin - 703-780-2546 or Waynard Caldwell - 540-774-3878.

Larry Payne
Homeless Veterans Chairman


23. HOSPITAL REPORT:

For the first reporting period the Department of Virginia was 74.62% reported. Out of 197 Post, 147 Post reported. This is pretty good but I believe that we can do better.

Hospital reports submitted: 295; Number of VFW members participating in activities: 4,852; Number of hours expended: 44,889.95; Number of Veterans who benefitted: 132,804 and Value of services rendered: $454,915.49.

The second half started on the 1 November 2000 and goes until 30 April 2001. Please when you do any Hospital work report it then, do not wait you might forget what all you have done.

Michael Hoiness
Hospital Chairman


24. YOUTH ESSAY:

2000-2001 YOUTH ESSAY THEME: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PATRIOTIC?

2000-2001 YOUTH ESSAY DEADLINES: Student Entry Deadline - December 1, 2000;

District Deadline - February 1, 2001; Department Deadline - February 15, 2001;
National Deadline - February 20, 2001


25. LEGISLATIVE:

Best wishes to all for a safe and sane Holiday Season. While we watch the football games and the election recount, it is a good time to put our financial matters in order. Buy a fireproof storage box. Assemble all military and medical records in one folder marked "My File." List every single item of income: pension, retirement and insurance annuity. Walk through your home room by room with a video camera and list all clothing, souvenirs, pictures, guns, etc. Prepare a draft of your Will. Discuss this with your family members and your attorney and review it carefully. See what the impact of mortgage payments, living expenses, loan payoff, health and accident insurance policies, company plans, life insurance, church social groups and others will be. Visit cemeteries and ask if you are qualified for burial and burial of spouse. All of these must make money to stay in business so if need be, join up with facilities that you think will be around for a while. Talk to funeral directors regarding type of funeral desired; open or closed casket; music plan; color guard members and pall bearers.

Now, make a list of the estimated expenses and cover each item. Ask yourself where is this money going to come from. The cost of a funeral in Virginia averages approximately $4,000.00 to $7,000.00. What about a steel VFW casket purchased through your funeral director or through VFW in Kansas City.

Now ask yourself, should I die tomorrow, who would take care of all these things. Do it today and they will not have to.

200 years ago Benjamin Franklin said "In these troubled times nothing is certain but Death and Taxes."

2001 VFW Richmond day the Hill at Richmond will be Thursday, January 18, 2001. Meet at 9:00 a.m., fifth floor Conference Room, General Assembly Building.

Ernest B. Glynn
Legislative Chairman


26. ENVIRONMENTAL:

December is at hand. Those of us who enjoy the oceans, beaches, lakes, mountains, streams, parks and forests realize that we enjoy a place to live, work, raise our children and to retire. We need to remember that Battlefields and historic sites are visited by military all over the world. For employment after college, our children have the choice of major government and Cabinet agencies. Some may choose to go on to college and graduate work at such prestigious schools as William and Mary Medical College of Virginia or Virginia Law School. Late afternoon and evening classes are available in the Washington Complex while still gainfully employed. For the athletes, Virginia is equally attractive. We must remember that since the National Environmental Protection Act numerous other laws have been enacted to keep pollutants and contaminants away from the air we breathe and the food we eat. With the major centers at Norfolk, Richmond, Fairfax and Reston, the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act play an ever more complicated role in the quality of life for all Virginians. The seafood and agribusiness sectors offer interesting careers for the outdoors men. Papermaking, shipbuilding and furniture making in Danville, all offer employment to an expanding number of new hire college graduates.

So, to preserve and protect these natural and man-made facilities, we need to develop our VFW Environmental programs. Go to local libraries and to your Post areas and take before and after pictures. Set a date and ask everyone to contribute whatever they wish. Keep careful records and sent to the Community Activities Chairman. Fill out VFW membership applications for those volunteers who are eligible and send it to National Headquarters so we can get back in the All American column.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


27. RESOLUTIONS:

If not already started, now is the time for Post members to prepare their resolutions. The policy of the VFW is set by resolutions and it is imperative that we, the membership, take the time to express our views on issues that we feel are important. The great majority of resolutions originate at Post level. All resolutions of statewide, regional and national concern must be acted upon at the Department Convention. This means that cited resolutions must be approved by District and then submitted to the Department Adjutant/Quartermaster no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the Department Convention. This year the Convention will begin on June 20, 2001 at the Sheraton Hotel, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia.

The importance of Post member involvement in the actual preparation of resolutions cannot be emphasized enough. The VFW is our organization and we, the members of the 197 Posts spread throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, must get involved regarding the establishment of policy at Department and National Conventions.

In recent years the great majority of resolutions approved by Posts in the Department of Virginia were actually prepared at National VFW Headquarters. They were then sent to our Department where they were then distributed down to Post level for action. Too few resolutions were actually prepared by Post personnel in the Department. This situation must change!

The VFW 2000-2001 Leadership Manual contains an excellent section, Titled "Resolutions" on pages 128-129. It is worth reading. The preparation of a resolution is a relatively simple matter. There are two separate parts. First, there is a "WHEREAS" section which states the problem to be solved. Second, there is a "RESOLVED" section which recommends a solution to the problem.

Summing up, Post members are urged to prepare resolutions on topics deemed important.

John P. McAnaw
Resolutions Chairman


28. LIFE MEMBERSHIP DRAWINGS:

The second drawing will be held at the Winter Council Meeting and you must have 75% of the 2000-2001 quota.

The third drawing will be held at State Headquarters May 17, 2001 during the judging and you must have 100% of the 2000-2001 quota.



Official: By Order of:
Robert J. Klausing Early Ray Chappell
State Adjutant State Commander