GENERAL ORDERS

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VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 4
FOLLOW ME

NOVEMBER 1, 2000

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1. STATE COMMANDER'S MESSAGE:

I would like to thank all members who have worked hard this year on Membership. As of September the State standing is around 900 ahead of last year. As of the first of November we are around 78%. That is good but we all have a lot of hard work to reach that 100% mark.

Remember November 11th is Veterans Day. Let's all take some time out to attend Veterans Day Programs in your respective areas.

November 7th is a very important day for all of us. Let's all get out and vote for the candidate of your choice, and hope they will keep promises to help the veterans of this country.

Thanks to the quick action of the State Headquarters and the Council Members in the State Department, $6,500.00 in telephone cards were sent to the crew members of the USS Cole and $6,500.00 was sent to the Norfolk Naval Station for the families of the crew members so they could call during these trying times. Also, $6,000.00 was donated to the families of the Sailors who were killed from the state of Virginia. This money was in our Disaster Relief Fund. The membership should stand proud to know that they had a part in helping these veterans and their families out.

I wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.

E. Ray Chappell
State Commander


2. PHONE CARDS:

IF YOU WANT PHONE CARDS, PLEASE LET US KNOW WHAT LOCATION SO WE CAN ORDER THEM FROM NATIONAL.


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.

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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 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 voice mail, where you can call and leave messages after business hours. 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 - 11-18-00, NORFOLK POST 3160, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Judge Advocate

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

FOURTH - 11-04-00, NOTTOWAY POST 5313, Meeting 2:00 p.m., State Representative James E. Tucker, State Senior Vice Commander

FIFTH - 11-05-00, STUART POST 7800, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Junior Vice Commander

SIXTH - 11-19-00, SALEM VAMC BUILDING #5, HOSTED BY ROANOKE POST 484 AND RADFORD POST 776, Meeting 2:00 p.m., State Representative Michael J. Hoiness, State Surgeon

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

EIGHTH - 11-12-00, REMINGTON POST 7728, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Lunch to follow, State Representative Paul T. Moore, Past State Commander

03-18-01, MANASSAS POST 7589

05-20-01, FREDERICKSBURG POST 3103

NINTH - 01-14-01, MARION POST 4667, Registration 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Meeting 11:30 a.m. - 12 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

03-25-01, LEXINGTON POST 1499, Meeting 11:30 a.m.

05-06-01, HARRISONBURG POST 632, Meeting 11:30 a.m.

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 392 - Commander is Kim A. DeShano, 1230 Old Clubhouse Road, Virginia Beach 23456

POST 392 - Senior Vice Commander is Lawrence W. Payne, 3709 Palace Place, Virginia Beach 23452

POST 392 - Junior Vice Commander is Bernard T. Hanrahan, 2504 Regan Avenue, Virginia Beach 23454

POST 392 - Adjutant is Marvel H. Loy, 2408 Bowland Parkway, Virginia Beach 23454

POST 632 - Adjutant is Donald N. Hodges, P O Box 37, Ruckersville 22968

POST 2163 - Meeting time is 10:00 a.m. on the Third Saturday

POST 7559 - Commander Samuel L. River's zip code is 23882

POST 7559 - Senior Vice Commander J. T. Wyatt's phone number is 804-241-8921

POST 7559 - Meets First Tuesday

POST 8613 - Commander is Norman D. Eppard, 1328 Samuels Road, Elkton 22827, phone 540-298-8077

POST 8613 - Senior Vice Commander is James L. Samuels, 1969 Loop Road, Elkton 22827, phone 540-652-8064

POST 8613 - Junior Vice Commander is Johnnie R. Cave, 809 Denver Avenue, Shenandoah 22849, phone 540-652-4549

POST 8613 - Quartermaster is Durwood Dovel, 16423 Deer Run Road, Broadway 22815, phone 540-896-8569

POST 10657 - Adjutant is Angelo Ricca, 8709 Greycliff Road, Richmond 23294

POST 10657 - Junior Vice Commander is Frederick F. Brooks, 14408 Cherry Hill Road, Montpelier 23192


9. STATE OPERATING PROCEDURE:

It was recommended at the Fall Council Meeting to appoint a committee to study and make appropriate changes to the State Operating Procedure (SOP) of Virginia. I have appointed a committee of three (3): Chairman Peter Snelling, Post 2157; Vice-Chairman George McCracken, Post 609 and Member James Hughes, Post 632. This committee will report their changes to the Council of Administration at the Winter Council Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia, for approval.

E. Ray Chappell
State Commander


10. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

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


11. 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


12. TRANSMITTAL DEADLINES FOR THE 2000-2001 YEAR:

November November 30 (Thursday)
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.


13. VFW POST 1115:

The Internet Service Provider for VFW Post 1115 - LSNet of Independence and Galax, Virginia - has graciously donated the registration of the Post's domain name, making it easier now for everyone to visit Grover King Post 1115 online. The new web address is www.vfw1115.com and you are invited to check it out. Your comments are welcome.

Donald Trausneck
Post 1115 SysAdmin


14. FROM VFW POST 8048:

Please join us on Saturday, 11 November 2000, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Post 8048 in Lawrenceville, Virginia. We will be honoring the fallen Veterans from Brunswick County, Virginia from all conflicts as well as all veterans.

The members of VFW Post 8048 along with other veterans of ALL wars and conflicts, their families, and especially families who have lost loved ones will be dedicating a memorial in front of the Post home. Please take this opportunity to recognize and honor all veterans and help make this a memorable event in Brunswick County, Virginia.

DaleLynn Sims, Service Officer
Post 8048

15. VFW POST 8469:

Blue and Gray VFW Post 8469 of Fairfax, Virginia now has NEW site on the world wide web. You are invited to check it out at www.vfw8469.com. VFW National and other related LINKS have been notified and changed incorporated. Any comments would be appreciated. You may e-mail Post 8469 at vfw8469@vfw8469.com. The previous Web Page www.webspawner.com/users/vfw8469 will remain active until January 2001.


16. 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

17. BUDDY POPPIES:

Now is the time to order Buddy Poppies for Veterans Day. Enclosed in September's General Orders was an order blank. When ordering, please give street address for shipment, NOT Post Office Box.

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18. IMPORTANT 2000-2003 DATES:

November 2000 Promote a "Get Out the Vote" Rally the first weekend in November.

November 16-19, 2000 Southern States Conference, Charleston, West Virginia.

Saturday, November 18, 2000 National Family Volunteer Day.

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.


19. 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.

Nations Parade New York City Nov 11

Changjin (Chosin) Reservoir Washington, D. C./Demilitarized Zone, Korea Nov 27

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


20. SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION:

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


21. FALL COUNCIL MEETINGS:

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


22. 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


23. 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


24. 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


25. GET OUT THE VOTE CAMPAIGN-VETERANS LEAD THE WAY:

The VFW Department of Virginia officially kicked off its "Get out the Vote" campaign at its annual convention held in Richmond from 22-25 June 2000 two months later the National Headquarters of the VFW followed suit with a similar announcement at the National Convention which took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in summary, the objectives of the cited campaign are to: improve voter awareness of the issues and increase voter turnout at the upcoming General Election on 7 November.

The reason for the commitment of the VFW leaders, to the attainment of these objectives, at the Post, District, Department and National level is obvious. An informed citizen that participates in the political process is absolutely essential to the survival of our republic. For many years the percentage of eligible citizens who do not vote in our general elections has continued to climb. If Americans desire to look for "role models" that truly represent an "informed and participating citizens" they need not go any further than the veteran community. Not only do the vast majority of veterans vote, they are also active in getting non veterans to vote. On behalf of the Department Commander I ask each and every VFW member in the Commonwealth to continue this commendable tradition of commitment. Make your count.

Only a limited amount of time remains prior to 7 November. Thus, recommended actions at the Post level include: contact all VFW members and urge them and eligible family members to vote; participate in last minute community "Get out the Vote" efforts and make plans to assist voters needing transportation to and from their respective polling places.

While the VFW Department of Virginia does not endorse anyone running for political office, it does strongly support efforts to educate voters on the issues and to get more voters to the polls. Congratulations are in order to all VFW members who have been involved in accomplishing these objectives.

John P. McAnaw
National Legislative Committee


26. 2000-2001 TEACHERS PROGRAM:

Nominations can be submitted by fellow teachers, supervisors or other interested individuals. Self-nominees are not eligible.

Based on the nominees submitted by November 1st, local VFW Posts will recognize one outstanding teacher in grades, K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Posts then 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.


27. VETERAN'S DAY PARADE 2000:

In order to honor the Korean War Veterans on the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War, and ALL veterans of ALL wars and conflicts, their families, and especially families who have lost loved ones; the members of VFW Post 2216, request and encourage the participation and support of all veterans' groups, businesses, civic organizations, schools, scout troops, etc. with sponsoring a Veteran's Day Parade in downtown Staunton on Saturday, 11 November 2000 beginning at 11:00 a.m.

It has been many years since Staunton has had a Veteran's Day Parade and it is long overdue. Please take this opportunity to recognize and honor all area veterans and help make this the largest and best Veteran's Day Parade in the area.

Donald Hall, Adjutant
Post 2216

28. VOICE OF DEMOCRACY:

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

2000-2001 VOICE OF DEMOCRACY DEADLINES: Student Entry Deadline - November 1, 2000;

District Deadline - December 15, 2000

Post Commanders your Post VOD program should be winding down at this time. Post judging should be completed by November 19th. The Post Chairman should be aware of your District judging deadline and work according to the District Chairman's instructions.

District Commanders: each District VOD Chairman should give due notice to all Post/Auxiliaries in their District of the exact date, time and location of judging. This information should be in writing - stating when, where and to whom tapes, essays and student entry forms should be delivered. District judging should be scheduled on a convenient date between November 20th and December 15th by the District Chairman.

Department judging is scheduled for Friday, January 5, 2001 at 9:00 a.m. at Radio Station WMEV, Marion, Virginia. Department judging information will be mailed to each District Chairman.

Homer K. Bowen, Jr.
VOD Chairman

29. HOSPITAL REPORT:

Of the 197 Posts, 137 Posts have submitted reports. The Department is 69.5% reported for the first half of the year.

The Department of Virginia Hospital Report for the period of 5-01-2000 through 10-24-2000: Hospital reports submitted - 262; Number of VFW members participating in activities - 4,431; Number of hours expended - 42,839.20; Number of Veterans who benefitted - 131,611; Value of services rendered - $442,963.71.

Districts' 1, 2, 3 and six are 100% reported in hospital activities, congratulations.

Michael Hoiness
Hospital Chairman

30. 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


31. KOSOVO CAMPAIGN MEDAL (KCM):

The KCM (with Bronze Star Device) and Campaign Streamers were approved by Executive Order 13154 of 3 May 2000 and further detailed in Joint Staff Message of 121501Z May 2000.

Eligibility Criteria and AOE: U. S. Service Member who participated in or serviced in direct support of Kosovo Operations:

ALLIED FORCE: 24 March 1999 to 10 June 1999
JOINT GUARDIAN: 11 June 1999 - TBD
ALLIED HARBOR: 4 April 1999 - 1 September 1999
SUSTAIN HOPE/SHINING HOPE: 4 April 1999 - 10 July 1999
NOBLE ANVIL: 24 March 1999 - 20 July 1999
TASK FORCE HAWK: 5 April 1999 - 24 June 1999
TASK FORCE FALCON (Coincides with JOINT GUARDIAN): 11 June 1999 - TBD
TASK FORCE SABER: 31 March 1999 - 8 July 1999
TASK FORCE HUNTER: 1 April 1999 - 1 November 1999

KOSOVO AIR CAMPAIGN (24 March 1999 - 10 June 1999) AOE: Total land area and air space of Serbia (including Kosovo), Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Italy and Slovenia; and the waters and air space of the Adriatic and Ionian Sea North of the 39th North Latitude.

KOSOVO DEFENSE CAMPAIGN (11 June 1999 to TBD) AOE: The total land area and air space of Serbia (including Kosovo), Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, and the waters and air space of the Adriatic Seas within 12 nautical miles of the Montenegro, Albania, and Croatia coastlines south of 42 degrees and 52 minutes North Latitude.

CRITERIA FOR AWARD: U. S. Service Member must be a Bona fide member of a Unit participating in or engaged in direct support of the operation for 30 consecutive days in the AOE or 60 nonconsecutive days provided this involved entering the operations AOE or meet one or more of the following criteria: Engaged in actual combat or duty regardless of time in AOE: While participating is wounded/or injured requiring medical evacuation from the AOE Regularly assigned crewmember flying sorties into, out of, within, or over the AOE in direct support.

SERVICE STARS: One BRONZE SERVICE STAR shall be worn on the suspension and service ribbon

of the KCM for qualified participation during the campaign periods shown above. An individual who participated in one campaign would wear the medal and/or service ribbon WITH ONE STAR. Meeting the qualifications of both campaigns would warrant the KCM and TWO BRONZE STARS.

Individuals who or 30 or 60 days began in Air Campaign and ended in the Defense Campaign would only qualify for ONE BRONZE STAR. The Secretary of Defense has granted an 'Exception to Policy' to the 30 consecutive day requirement to the following naval vessels: USS NORFOLK, USS MIAMI, USS BOSE, USS ALBUQUERQUE, USS NICHOLSON, USS PHILIPPINE SEA, and USS GONZALEZ. The KCM will not be available for issue to Service Members before January 2001.


32. LEGISLATIVE:

The November Presidential Election is at hand. It is often said "In a Democracy the Majority Rules." In the 1996 Presidential election only one third of the registered voters in Virginia bothered to vote. Maybe this year we can do better. Every veteran should decide for himself which candidates will do most for him and his family and vote accordingly. Meanwhile, veterans can help themselves by assembling all military and medical records. List all components of his estate. Social Security, pension and retirement plans, insurance, current and future income. List all mortgages, car and personal loans, credit card balances, etc. Next write out your final burial wishes. What cemetery. Make sure you are eligible and there is space for you and your spouse. Military or civilian service at a church, funeral home or grave side. Open or closed casket, viewing or not, cremation or not. Honor Guard and Pall Bearers desired, persons to be notified, obituary notice. Funeral costs range from $3,000.00 to $7,000.00 not including burial site. VFW in Kansas City has a good casket for about $1,300.00. Ask your undertaker. Next sit down with your family members and make or update your will. Changes in laws or by birth, marriage, divorce, death or family status can alter the way you now want your assets divided. By dying Intestate, i.e., without a Will your family will have to go through the long costly process of probate. Then the law - not you - decides who gets what. It can be over a year before your family receives their share.

I know of no better way of showing your loved ones how much you love them than by doing these things now while you are able. Save them the painful trouble of trying to guess your wishes in this time of sorrow. Please do it today while you can. TOMORROW COULD BE TOO LATE!!!

Ernest B. Glynn
Legislative Chairman

33. ENVIRONMENTAL:

The Department of Virginia VFW Environmental Program is designed to make Virginia a better place to visit, work, live, raise our children and to retire. We recognize that we are merely the custodians of Virginia's natural and man-made features, for the time being. Today, we know so little about the air we breathe, the food we eat or the water we drink. Numerous federal state and local laws, and ordinances have been enacted to protect us from the many pollutants and contaminants that are found everywhere. Today we have the technology to measure the quantity of these pollutants down to parts per trillion. Nevertheless, we find that enactment of penalties for violators of established laws are weak.

Nevertheless, there are ways that we can as a small organization participate in reducing residential and industrial pollutants such as: recycling of cardboard, metals, paper, plastics and wood; adopt a section of a stream or highway; set out a few feeding stations and nesting boxes for Bluebirds and songbirds and plant a few trees and shrubs.

Admittedly these programs take money, manpower, material and equipment. Each Post should select a dedicated worker, visit the local library and check on programs that are already in place or planed for your area. Talk with local nurserymen, foresters and rangers to see what types have the best survival rate in your area.

Ask like-minded groups to participate and contribute whatever they wish. Notify the local news media of the date and ask all to participate. Keep a record of money, material and man hours and report it on the Community Activities Report. Ask volunteers to join if they are eligible. Help them fill out the VFW membership application and send it to National Headquarters. The first year need only be a beginning but at least the VFW will be helping Virginia to be better.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman

34. 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

35. LIFE MEMBERSHIP WINNERS:

The winner of the Life Membership drawing for being 100% in Membership for 1999-2000 was Accomack Post 2296, Tasley, Virginia.

The winner of the Life Membership drawing for being 50% in Membership for 2000-2001 was Tangier Island, Tangier, Virginia.

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


36. WORD OF THANKS:

Virginia and I would like to thank everyone who has remembered her in Lynchburg General Hospital and since her return home. Virginia is getting a little stronger now. All the visits, cards, phone calls, food, fruit and flowers have made every day more helpful for her recovery. A special thanks for all the prayers too.


Virginia and John Fanshaw



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