NUMBER 7 "A NEW CENTURY OF SERVICE" JANUARY 1, 2000 _______________________________________________________________________________________

Well, here we are already into the Year 2000 and I want to extent my very best wishes to each of you for a healthy and prosperous year. I sincerely hope that all of you and yours had a Happy year. Now it is imperative that we all really get to work on our membership. We put a big dent in our deficit during the last month, but we still have a ways to go. Let's do our very best to put the Department back on the plus side once again.

As we all know, if our membership is strong, the rest of the programs will get done. Let each of us at the Department, District and Post level remember that all of those comrades that did not pay their dues by December 31 are not considered a member in good standing, but are still considered a continuous member upon renewal until December 31 of this year.

We, the leaders at all levels need not only to concentrate on new and reinstated members, but to set up a program within our level to make personal contact with those members who have not paid for this year and to insure that as few as possible and hopefully none slip from our membership rolls.

Our Membership Chairman along with the Chief-of-Staff, with my approval, have scheduled several round-ups during the next couple of months. District Commanders, we have no intention during these round-ups to take over any of your responsibilities. These visits will give all members of our different Posts throughout the State a chance to meet with our Department Officers, who will be more than glad to assist them in completing their required reports. We hope that every Post will strive to turn in some membership transmittals; however, please do not hold membership reports just for the round-up.

Paul T. Moore

State Commander


Membership Transmittals must be received at State Headquarters no later than January 27, 2000 to be counted for the month of January. 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.


FIRST - 02-12-00, PHOEBUS POST 3219, Meeting 11:00 a.m., State Representative Early R. Chappell,State SVC

SECOND - 03-11-00, FRANKLIN POST 4411, Lunch at Noon., Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative James E. Tucker, State JVC

THIRD -02-05-00, THIRD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Surgeon

FOURTH - 02-06-00, AMELIA COUNTY POST 8759, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Paul T. Moore, State Commander; Spring meeting: 05-07-00, SOUTH HILL POST 7166

FIFTH - 02-13-00, HILLSVILLE POST 1115, Lunch at 12:00 p.m., Meeting to follow, Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State JA

SIXTH - 02-20-00, CHRISTIANSBURG POST 5311, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative James E. Tucker, State JVC

SEVENTH - 03-12-00, COMER-JONES POST 621, Lunch at 11:30 a.m., Meeting 1:00 p.m.

EIGHTH - 03-19-00, MANASSAS POST 7589, Meeting 1:00 p.m., meal after, Representative Paul T. Moore, State Commander
     - 05-21-00, REMINGTON POST 7728, Meeting 1:00 p.m., meal after

NINTH - 01-09-00, MARION POST 4667, Meeting 11:00 a.m. Representative James E. Tucker, State JVC

TENTH - 02-20-00, McLEAN POST 8241, Meeting 1:00 p.m. Representative Lawrence F. Mattera State JA

ELEVENTH - 03-05-00, SHENANDOAH VALLEY POST 1499 LEXINGTON , Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting 1:30 Representative Paul T. Moore, State Commander

TWELFTH - NOTE NEW DATE: 01-09-00, DAMASCUS POST 9830, Registration 11:00 a.m., Lunch 12:00 p.m., meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Paul T. Moore, State Commander

THIRTEENTH - 03-12-00, SPOTSYLVANIA POST 10546, meeting 1:00 p.m.


STATE COMMANDER'S Car Phone: 540-290-1157

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE: Remove Jack K. Owens as member

MARTINSBURG DEPUTY VAMC: Remove James T. Luttrell, Jr.

VFW POST 632 - New Fax number: 540-434-9972


VFW POST 3103 - New Quartermaster: Andrew A. Gaeta, 904 Stonewall Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22407

VFW POST 4639 - New Adjutant: Charles E. Hodges, 137 Allyson Dr., Williamsburg, VA 23188, Phone: 757-258-3037

VFW POST 6000 - Commander Cecil Estep's new address: 914 Wolf St., Narrows, VA 24124

VFW POST 7726 - New mailing address: P O Box 608, Independence, VA 24348

VFW POST 9835 - New SVC : John R. Coleman, 98B Leeds Court, Warrenton, VA 20186-3645; New JVC: John F. Turner, 11124 Ceder Lane, Bealeton, VA 22712-9770; New Quartermaster: Thomas M. Hughes, 98C Leeds Court, Warrenton, VA 20186-3645

VIRGINIA VETERANS CARE CENTER: Remove Waynard E. Caldwell, Add Frank H. Powell, 3516 Greencliff Rd., Roanoke, VA 32018, Phone: 540-774-3944, Post: 4522


SERVICE OFFICER FEES ARE NOW DUE AT STATE HEADQUARTERS. This fee is for two years: 1999-2001. The fee is $8.00 and we will send the Service Officer Guide Book to the Service Officer unless there is not one listed, then we will send it to the Post Commander. The following is a list, by District, of Posts which have NOT yet paid for Service Officer's Guide Books.

District 1 - District SO, Posts 8629
District 2 - District SO
District 3 - Posts 394, 1426, 8046, 9224, 9501, 10387, 10657 and 11124
District 4 - Posts 2584, 7166, 7559, 7819, 8446, and 8599
District 5 - District SO
District 6 - Posts 776 and 4165
District 7 - Posts 1150, 2447 and 7899
District 8 - Posts 1177, 4468 and 8208
District 9 - District SO, Posts 4667, 7328 and 7969
District 10 - Posts 609, 7327 and 8469
District 11 - Posts 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 10773
District 12 - District SO, Posts 5715, 8652, 9600, 9830,10310 and 10673
District 13 - Posts 2044, 2613, 8717 and 10295


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently published the Tax Guide Veterans' Organizations (Publication 3386). It provides veterans' organizations that are recognized as tax-exempt under section 501 (c) of the Internal Revenue Code, or that are considering applying for recognition of tax- exemption, a single informational source in plain language explaining the federal tax requirements applicable to them. The primary purpose of the publication is to assist in helping veterans' organization understand and meet their tax responsibilities.

We would like to have the widest dissemination possible of the publication and would appreciate your assistance in informing your subordinate organizations/chapters of the publication's availability. If you publish a newsletter, we would appreciate your mentioning the publication and how copies may be obtained by the individual organization. If you wish to request copies of Publication 3386, please call 1-800-829-5500 (toll free) or visit the IRS website at

If you have general questions, please contact me at State Headquarters: 1-800-888-3521.

Robert J. Klausing
State Adjutant/Quartermaster


The Quarterly Audit Report for December 31st, is NOW DUE at State Headquarters.



The Department of Virginia, VFW now has a Homepage. Your General Orders can be found on the Homepage at http: // It is now possible for individual Posts, with their own Websites, to become linked to our Homepage. Posts already with Websites can incorporate a Department of Virginia, VFW link on their Website. Please contact Robert Klausing at State Headquarters: 1-800- 888-3521.


THE MESSAGE REGARDING THE NEW LIFE MEMBERSHIP CARD POLICY has been slightly revised and shown below with the revision. The initial message was somewhat ambiguous in that the policy regarding replacement LM cards will actually be effective September 1, 1999 rather than waiting until January 1, 2000. Here is the revised memo:

  • The following policy will apply regarding the issuance of VFW Life Membership identification cards by National Headquarters:

    Gary Housknecht, National Director

    VFW Life Membership & Dues Processing

    10. LIFE MEMBERSHIP INSTALLMENT PLAN ENROLLMENT: January 1 through March 31, 2000.

    Annual reminder that the enrollment period for the Installment Plan is only during the three months indicated. Note: 2000 annual dues must be paid and recorded at National before a member can enroll in the Life Membership Installment Plan. Watch for the December VFW magazine ad and the January-February

    Checkpoint for Installment Plan Agreement Forms, or write to the Life Membership Department at National for a small supply to be mailed. Here are the fees, including the quarterly payment amount for the Installment Plan.


    (At December 31, 2000) Installment Plan Only

    Through age 30 $245.00 $61.25

    Age 31-40 235.00 58.75

    Age 41-50 215.00 53.75

    Age 51-60 195.00 48.75

    Age 61-70 165.00 41.25

    Age 71-80 125.00 31.25

    Age 81 and over 85.00 21.25

    The deadline for Installment Plan enrollment is March 31, 2000.


    Enclosed in this month's General Orders is a form to use when reporting your post's efforts on behalf of our homeless Comrades.

    Homeless report


    Judging for the Fire Fighter, Law Enforcement Officer and Paramedic of the Year Awards will take place on January 20th at the Winter Convention.

    Randolph Moon, Chairman


    Now is the time to order Buddy Poppies for Memorial Day. When ordering, please give street address for shipment, NOT Post Office Box.


    The Fourth District Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States will sponsor a Loyalty Day Parade and Program to be held in Petersburg, Virginia at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday May 6, 2000. Please join us for this Americanism activity. The deadline for entering a unit in the Parade is March 20, 2000. An entry form is enclosed in this month's General Orders.

    Paul G. DeMaris
    Chief-of-Staff, District 4


    The new Voice of Democracy theme is "America's Role for the Next Century." Ninth grade students are now eligible to compete in VOD (in addition to 10th, 11th and 12th grade students). Two new VOD deadline dates (at Department level): Department VOD winner to National - February 1, 2000 and Final Department VOD report to National - February 15, 2000. Washington, DC/VOD Finals Trip for state winners (during Community Service Conference) - April 6-10, 2000.


    Enclosed in the January General Orders are the rules for the completion for the Americanism Award.


    Enclosed please find the Deceased Comrades Report Form to be filled out by each Post and turned into State Headquarters.

    Deceased Comrades report


    The VFW Member Benefits Department offers a variety of valuable voluntary benefits. For specific information regarding any of the programs listed below, please contact the Member Benefit Department at (816) 968-1164, e-mail to or write, VFW Member Benefits, P O Box 119030, Kansas City, MO 64171-9030. Information is also available on the VFW website at

    Purchase Power        Car Rentals

    Viatical Settlements   Senior Life Benefits

    Credit Card              VFW Credit Union

    Various Insurance Programs

    19. YOUTH ESSAY:

    The contest is for Students in the 7th and 8th grades. The Theme: "How Should We Honor America's

    Veterans?" Write a minimum of 300 words-400 words maximum (typewritten).


    Please ensure that entries are complete to include all signatures and photo. Mail entrants to:

    Larry F. Mattera
    828 Berkshire Terrace
    Hampton, VA 23666

    Any entry received after the above date will be removed from competition. Please, let's make sure no child is hurt because we didn't follow instructions!

    Any questions concerning this please call me at (757) 838-4588.

    After National has received the final Department Report Form, they will provide certificates for each VFW Post and Auxiliary that participates in the 1999-2000 Youth Essay Program. The certificates will be sent directly to the Department Youth Activities Chairman and Auxiliary Department Voice of Democracy Chairmen. The certificates are sent with a blank space on the certificate allowing for the name and number of the qualifying Post or Auxiliary. The certificates are also suitable for presentation to District Chairmen (both men and women).

    Lawrence F. Mattera

    Youth Essay Chairman


    Congratulations to the five (5) largest posts in the Department as of December 31, 1999:

    Plaques will be awarded during the State Convention in June.


    Enclosed is the form for reporting Community Activities. Send completed form to State Headquarters.

    22. HOSPITAL:

    Many Posts have not reported their efforts regarding care and assistance to our fellow veterans and their families. Reports should have information on ALL veterans and their family members, NOT just members of your Post. Be proud of your efforts and report Post accomplishments.

    As of 27 DECEMBER 1999, the Department of Virginia is 81.21% reported for Hospital related activities.

    All Posts are reminded that at least one (1) Hospital Report must be submitted to receive ten (10) points

    toward All State competition.

    Enclosed is the NEW form for reporting activities conducted in the Hospital Program. Prior to filling out this form, Chairmen should read the reverse side of the form for instructions and an example. All Posts are requested to use the NEW form.

    Hospital report

    Peter (Pete) Snelling
    Department Hospital Committee Chairman


    2000 July 13-16 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504 - Rates are $60.00, phone 804-528-2500

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

    24. NATIONAL CONVENTION MEETING: August 19-25, 2000 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin


    2000 September 14-18 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504 - Rates Are $65.00; phone 804-528-2500


    2000 January 20-23 George Washington Inn Ramada, 500 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185 - Rates are $43.00 Phone:1-800-666-8888

    Agendas are enclosed for 2000.

    2001 January 20-25 George Washington Inn Ramada, 500 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185 - Rates are $45.00 Phone:1-800-666-8888


    2000 June 21-26 Hyatt Richmond, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230 Rooms are $75 plus tax

    2001 June 20-25 Hyatt Richmond, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230 Single/Double $81, Triple/Quadruple $94 plus tax

    2002 June 5-10 Hyatt Richmond, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230 Single/Double $81, Triple/Quadruple $96 plus tax


    Now that the Holidays have come and gone, the US Congress and the Virginia General Assembly will soon be back in session (12 Jan. - 11 Mar). It is essential to remember that each entitlement we seek for our comrades cost money; money from local, state or federal agencies. To secure the maximum funds possible we must maintain our rapport with the senior members of their respective bodies. We must also make all the junior members of both bodies fully aware of what are the true needs of the 50,000 veterans of Virginia, their dependents and survivors. Also, that these needs will be with us for many years to come.

    One step in this effort will be our Richmond Day on the Hill. That will be Thursday, January 20. We will meet at 8:45 a.m. in the 5th floor East Conference Room. We will have a booklet outlining our needs and suggesting what legislative action is necessary to achieve them; one for each of the 100 members of the House delegates; one for each member of the Senate. I would like each District Commander to contact VFW members from his District and get as many as he can to be with us on that day. Ask them to PLEASE wear their VFW hats to make the most impression. Elected officials like to see as many residents as they can, who vote in their home districts, when they are faced with a request for funding. If we have a good group and we are able to get started on time, I would hope that we can complete this mission in approximately two hours. So I am looking forward to seeking a good sized delegation from each district in Richmond on the 20th. I would also like each District Commander to let me know who will be coming to Richmond as soon as he can.

    Ernest B. Glynn,
    Legislative Chairman


    The holidays have given us the opportunity to look around outdoors and to see all the natural and man-made features we enjoy in Virginia. For those Posts who have not confirmed an environmental project, I urge you to do so now. Take a tour with the Post Commander and a good outdoorsman and determine what kind of project could improve your area. Every park, playground, church yard, school yard or other public place can use some attention. Abandoned buildings and structures, piles of debris, trash and fallen trees all con- tribute to the unsightly appearance of an area. A visit to your local library and public works office can help you learn what environmental programs are underway or planned for your area. Environmental programs could include: energy conservation, recycling of papers of all kinds, plastics, cardboard and glass. Many communities already have drop off points where tires, batteries, yard wastes, appliances, even furniture can be left. A project can require: Money, Manpower, Material and Equipment. If the VFW provides the leadership, notifies the area news and TV Media, then the word will get around. The key is to enlist the aid of every possible group. Let each contribute whatever they can. From a small beginning it can grow into an important Community Action program without interfering with the many long established Fire, Safety, Health or Youth programs. Yet each of these can also participate in whatever way they wish. The essential thing is that all who will benefit are asked. This is not an issue where "don't ask, don't tell'm" works.

    Remember to ask every volunteer to join the VFW, if they are eligible. That way they can get Commander Paul Moore back in the All American Category where he belongs. Also, the overall appearance of each of our 200 Post areas will have a long lasting effect, long after a few sore backs and calloused hands are forgotten.

    Ernest B. Glynn,
    Environmental Chairman


    During 1999-2000, the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Headquarters has established a unique program to identify and recruit eligible members from among active duty troops, Reserve and Guardsmen. VFW leaders have, with the unanimous support of the VFW National Council of Administration, begun the Military Initiative Program (MIP). This is an outreach to provide 40,000 no cost, introductory memberships to the nation's soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen.

    According to VFW Commander-in-Chief John W. Smart, "As the overall number of veterans continues to decline, the Veterans of Foreign Wars must seek every avenue in its quest for new members. Despite the fact that the number of active duty military personnel are low, the large number of deployments over the past ten years has produced a growing crop of eligibles within the active duty, Reserve and National Guard ranks."

    The initial purpose of the MIP is to make military personnel aware of the VFW, their status as veterans and their eligibility to join the organization.

    VFW Senior Vice Commander John Gwizdak expressed similar sentiments by saying, "The future ranks of this organization will come from those who wear America's uniforms today. I heartily endorse this initiative and intend to continue it through my year as Commander-in-Chief."

    According to VFW Director of Membership Jim Rowoldt, " The VFW National Organization does not expect local Posts or Departments to participate in the recruitment of these individuals. However, their participation benefits the entire organization and will be appreciated. Credit (for the purpose of contests only) for all members acquired through the military initiative will go to the Department where the applicant identifies his or her home of record. Home of record is determined by what the applicant places on the application but is anticipated to be the applicant's stateside address occupied by his or her immediate family."

    In addition to the Military Initiative Program, the VFW recently began fact-finding efforts in preparation for another effort aimed at those in uniform. The Military Assistance Program (MAP) under newly-appointed Director Dan Shea, is gathering information to determine what kind of assistance the VFW can provide to improve the quality of life for those in uniform and their families.

    Steve Van Buskirk,
    Director VFW Communications & Public Affairs


    The National Outstanding Community Service Post program has been redesigned so that more Posts can be recognized at the VFW National Convention for their excellent accomplishments.

    The following amounts based on the number of Posts as of June 30, 1999, should be used in forwarding your Department's entries.

    The Department is responsible for selecting (based on Department criteria) one to three (1 -3) Post(s) to receive the "National Outstanding Community Service Post" Award. Once your entries have been chosen. Complete the enclosed form ( or copies of the one enclosed in this month's General Orders) and return to the National Citizenship Education and Community Service Department by June 1, 2000.

    The selected Post(s) (and Auxiliary, if applicable) will receive the following recognition:

    + Invitation to the Post Commander and Ladies Auxiliary representative to attend a breakfast reception prior to the National Convention Joint Opening Ceremony.

    + National Plaque recognizing the Post and its Ladies Auxiliary will be presented at breakfast reception. Group photograph with Commander-in-Chief and National President will be sent to each Post.

    + Reserved seating at Joint Opening Ceremony.

    + Post and its Ladies Auxiliary will be listed and recognized in the National Convention Booklet.

    + Post Commander will receive $400 stipend* to assist with Convention expenses.

    * In the event the Post Commander is unavailable, only the Post Senior Vice or Junior Vice Commander can receive the stipend money. If these officers are unavailable, a designated representative may accept the award, but not receive the stipend. Plaques not accepted at National Convention will be forwarded to the Department for proper presentation.

    James E. Tucker
    Community Services Chairman

    National Outstanding Community Service Post Information


    Each Department Chairman (Youth, Safety, Community Activities and Americanism) now has the opportunity to honor Posts or individual Post Chairmen within their Department by requesting a "National Citation of Recognition" from the National Organization.

    The application form is included in this month's General Orders. Please list only the VFW Posts or individual Post Chairman that the Department has determined qualified for this special recognition on the official application form.

    Please review the official POST RECOGNITION CITATION, "National Citation of Recognition", ------CHAIRMAN REQUEST FORM----- included in this General Orders for complete details. This is your opportunity to honor the Posts who supported and promoted the programs you oversee.


    If you have any questions on this recognition opportunity please call National Headquarters at (816) 756-3390

    ask for Mike Gormalley or Gordon Thorson.

    James E. Tucker
    Community Services Chairman

    Chairman Request Form


    Instructions on the contest guidelines and how to prepare a record book are enclosed in this month's General Orders.

    Contest Guidelines


    Comrades we are now into our third quarter on this membership year and we all know that it is going to take a lot of new and reinstated members to make our goal this year.

    Each of you can qualify for any of the following individual recruiting awards with some extra effort. The Post Commander and Quartermaster only need to certify that you have met any of the requirements to be eligible for the award. Awards are checked against department records for verification.

    Even if some of us can't qualify for any of the above, let's all try to get at least one new or reinstated

    member for the year. Always remember that every new member does help.

    Early R. (Ray) Chappell,
    Membership Chairman


    There will be 3 drawings for Life Membership in the VFW.

    Recipients of these Life Memberships are to be determined by the winning Post.

    The Third Drawing will be held January 22, 2000 at the Winter Council Meeting. A Post must have 100% of its 2000 Membership Quota to participate.


    As of December 28, 1999, out of 197 Posts, I have received 82 reports. This makes the State 41.62% reported.

    1 14 8 57.1 960, 1490, 2296, 4856, 7167, 9358
    2 9 6 66.7 392, 993, 2582
    3 18 9 50.0 394, 1436, 2239, 8356, 8529, 9224, 9501, 10387, 10657
    4 24 15 62.5 2584, 7559, 8048, 8163, 8446, 8599, 9618,9855, 10571
    5 14 4 28.6 644, 647, 873, 2820, 4637, 7443, 7568, 7800, 8243, 8467
    6 20 5 25.0 484, 1033, 1264, 1444, 1841, 4165, 4318, 4491, 4920, 5311, 5895, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877
    7 14 6 42.9 1150, 1860, 2123, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292,9660
    8 11 3 27.3 472, 1177, 1811, 3103, 4468, 7728, 82008
    9 13 5 38.5 956, 4667, 7136, 7328, 7360, 9343, 9696, 9864
    10 12 6 50.0 609, 7327, 8181, 8469, 8815, 9274
    11 22 10 45.5 1499, 3060, 3136, 4204, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9480, 9794
    12 13 2 15.4 1994, 4301, 5715, 8652, 8979, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
    13 14 3 41.4 1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8717, 8947, 10295, 10546, 10574


    PDC Wiseman is ill and is in the hospital. Cards and letters can be sent to: 1750 West Market Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

    Official:                                            By Order of:
    Robert J. Klausing                            Paul T. Moore
    State Adjutant/Quartermaster           State Commander