GENERAL ORDERS

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VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS
DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA
NUMBER 3 FOLLOW ME
SEPTEMBER 1, 2000

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1. MEMBERSHIP REPORT:

There will be no Membership Report in this month's General Orders. We still have not received a total count for each Post.


2. STATE COMMANDER'S MESSAGE:

Thanks to all of the delegates who attended the 101st National Convention. Virginia was well represented this year. I hope all of you enjoyed the Convention this year.

Now that the National Convention is behind us, it is time that we get started working on our District Meetings, Council Meeting, and also time to start working on our membership and all programs. Don't forget your first half of the year reports are due 31 October 2000. Get your reports in early. Don't lose valuable points for the first half.

Thanks to Joe Longstreet and his crew for the great job that was done at the Southern Conference reception at Milwaukee County Memorial Center, also thanks to all Delegates who pitched in and helped on this. It made the Department of Virginia proud.

A special thanks goes out to George McCracken and the State Color Guard for organizing and setting up the Patriotic Rally Order of Parade. At least we were not in the rear of the Parade this year. They sure looked great.

The Commander and President' Homecoming will be Friday night, 15 September 2000 at the Fall Council Meeting in Lynchburg, Virginia. Come and spend an enjoyable night with Ray and Pat. DRESS CASUAL

Ray Chappell
State Commander


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. FUND RAISERS:

We have received the State Convention Pins and Operation Uplink Pins. These are on sale at State Headquarters for $2.00 each.


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 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 - 09-24-00, EXMORE POST 4856, Lunch 11:00 a.m., Meeting 12:00 Noon, Representative Luther E. Anderson, Past Department Commander

SECOND - 11-18-00, NORFOLK POST 3160, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

THIRD - 09-09-00, MECHANICSVILLE POST 9808, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Judge Advocate

FOURTH - 11-04-00, NOTTOWAY POST 5313, Meeting 2:00 p.m.

FIFTH - 11-05-00, STUART POST 7800, Meeting 12:00 Noon

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

SEVENTH - 09-10-00, BERRYVILLE POST 9760, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative James E. Tucker, Senior Vice Commander

EIGHTH - 09-10-00, CULPEPER POST 2524, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Lunch to follow, Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Junior Vice Commander

11-12-00, REMINGTON POST 7728

03-18-01, MANASSAS POST 7589

05-20-01, FREDERICKSBURG POST 3103

NINTH - 09-10-00, BLUEFIELD POST 9696, Registration 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Joint Session 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon, Separate Meeting 12:00 Noon-1:00 p.m., Cookout will follow Barbecue Style, Representative Michael Hoiness, State Surgeon

TENTH - 09-10-00, SPRINGFIELD POST 7327, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Bobby R. Walls, State Chief-of-Staff

ELEVENTH - 09-10-00, BRIDGEWATER POST 8644, Meeting 11:30 a.m., Representative Henry E. Cluney, State Inspector

TWELFTH - 09-10-00, ABINGDON POST 1994, Registration 111:00 a.m., Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting to follow, Representative Paul T. Moore, Past State Commander

THIRTEENTH - 09-24-00, LOUISA POST 8947, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Ray Chappell, State Commander


8. CHANGES IN ROSTER:

SENIOR VICE COMMANDER - James E. Tucker's fax number is 804-328-0695

JUNIOR VICE COMMANDER - Lawrence F. Mattera's VFW Business E-Mail address is vavfwjrvicecdr@aol.com, fax number is 757-262-1131, voice phone 757-838-4588

POST 176 - Senior Vice Commander is Spencer V. Inge, 915 Yorktown Road, Poquoson 23662-1319, phone 757-868-9254

POST 609 - Commander is Louis Kobus, 7929 Wellington Road, Alexandria 22308, phone 703-765-8717

POST 609 - Senior Vice Commander is John Ayers,, 1702 DeWitt Avenue, Alexandria 22301, phone 703-683-4778

POST 609 - Junior Vice Commander is J. Howard Lanham, 2518 King Street, Alexandria 22301, phone 703-549-0424

POST 609 - Adjutant is Kenneth Foran, 501 Seminary Road, Alexandria 22311, phone 703-931-8824

POST 609 - Quartermaster is Patricia A. Jordan, 3218 N Tacoma Street, Arlington 22213, phone 703-532-6576

POST 609 - Meets Third Saturday at 12:00 Noon at 1450 Wilkes Street, Alexandria

POST 632 - Quartermaster is Mike Gray, 263 South Main Street, Timberville 22853

POST 1184 - Adjutant/Quartermaster is John H. Lowe, P O Box 2005, Pulaski 24301

POST 4301 - Commander is Samuel J. Lackey, 9 Seventh Street, Norton 24273, phone 540-679-3125

POST 4301 - Senior Vice Commander is John D. Williams, 332 Locust Avenue, Norton 24273, phone 540-679-4167

POST 4301 - Junior Vice Commander is David P. Well, 5433 Guest River Road, Norton 24273, phone 540-679-0229

POST 5311 - Meets the Third Tuesday

POST 7136 - Commander is Wayne H. Crouse, Route 4 Box 368, North Tazewell 24630, phone 540-988-4882

POST 7136 - Senior Vice Commander is Calvin C. Patterson, Route 4 Box 310, North Tazewell 24630, phone 540-988-6831

POST 8181 - Commander is Michael E. Reheuser, 5839 Cub Stream Drive, Centreville 20120, phone 703-830-6456

POST 8181 - Senior Vice Commander is Richard Lemmon, 14806 Cranoke Street, Centreville 20120, phone 703-830-1980

POST 8181 - Junior Vice Commander is Paul J. Cunningham, 5417 Gladewright Drive, Centreville 20120, phone 703-830-3372

POST 8181 - Quartermaster is Donald R. Gibson, 5611 Euphrates Court, Centreville 20120, phone 703-830-1654

POST 8184 - Junior Vice Commander Claude F. Warren, Jr.'s address changed to 1728 Arkansas Street, Lynchburg 24501-4508, phone 804-528-1920

POST 8252 - Commander is Jack P. Dresch, 6817 Indian Creek Road, Gloucester 23061, phone 804-695-9924

POST 8252 - Senior Vice Commander is John W. Gunther, 3860 Owl Trap Road, Gloucester 23061, phone 804-693-3418

POST 8252 - Junior Vice Commander is Herman Marquette, 2340 Oyster Cove Landing, Hartfield 23071, phone 804-725-9115

POST 9292 - Adjutant Phillip M. Wilberger's address changed to P O Box 19, Port Republic 24471

POST 10611 - Quartermaster James R. Dorton's address changed to Route 7 Box 578, Gate City 24251

SECOND DISTRICT - Junior Vice Commander is Donald Bunch, 4513 Greendell Road, Chesapeake 23321, phone 757-484-7312

FOURTH DISTRICT - Quartermaster Frank I. Smith's area code is 804

BUDGET & FINANCE - Member is Luther E. Anderson, 5001 Madeira Road, Virginia Beach 23455, phone 757-464-3623

RESOLUTIONS MEMBER - Edward Essertier middle initial is P not O

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY - Chairman Homer K. Bowen, Jr.'s phone number is 540-783-3842

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY - Vice-Chairman is Douglas S. Hayes, 459 Chadwyck Drive, Danville 24541, phone 804-792-9473

GRAND MOC - William F. Carleton, 13440 Pinwheel Court, Dale City 22193, phone 703-878-1019


9. 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.

Second Session Canceled by Department September 15, 2000
Commander Friday 1:00 p.m.
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 11, 2001
Staunton, Virginia Saturday 10:00 a.m.

E. Ray Chappell
State Commander


10. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

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


11. FOURTH DISTRICT:

The Fourth District Picnic will be held October 14, 2000 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. The State Membership Team will visit at Noon for lunch.

Tom Hines
Fourth District Senior Vice Commander


12. STATE MIP PROGRAM:

Posts that sign up MIP members will be able to count them toward making Posts 100% for All State Posts, 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. VFW POST 1115:

Grover King VFW Post 1115 now has its own site on the world wide web. You are invited to check it out at www.ls.net/~vfw1115. Any comments would be appreciated. You may e-mail Post 1115 SYSADMIN at donald_usnavy@ls.net.


14. VIETNAM MEMORIAL:

There will be a traveling Vietnam War Memorial at Mechanicsville Post 9808. Please see enclosed flyer for more information.


15. ACTION CORPS:


Enclosed is a membership application for the VFW Action Corps.

Application

16. SERVICE OFFICER FEES:

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 12 - 5715, District.


17. HOMECOMING:

The Commander and President's Homecoming will be held at the Fall Council Meeting. An insert is enclosed.


18. BUDDY POPPIES:

Now is the time to order Buddy Poppies for Veterans Day. Please find an order blank enclosed. When ordering, please give street address for shipment, NOT Post Office Box.

Application

19. IMPORTANT 2000-2003 DATES:

October 28, 2000 Statue of Liberty Birthday Celebration, Liberty Island, New York.

Saturday, October 28, 2000 "Make A Difference Day," national day of community service sponsored by USA Weekend and Points of Light Foundation.

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.

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.


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:

The 2000-2001 Fall Council of Administration Meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Select, Lynchburg, Virginia, September 14-17, 2000. The room rate is $65.00. An agenda is enclosed in this month's General Orders.

PLEASE NOTE: Once you buy a Banquet Ticket that is where you will sit. There will be NO switching tables. To reserve a Table, it must be paid for in advance with names.

Fall Council Agenda

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


22. 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

http://korea50.army.mil 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.

Breakout of Pusan Perimeter Taegu, South Korea Sept 13

Inchon Landing Norfolk, VA/Inchon, South Korea Sept 15-17

Defense of/Breakout of Pusan Perimeter Washington, D. C./Pusan, South Korea Sept 15-17

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


23. 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


24. 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.

Randolph E. Moon
Awards & Citations Chairman


25. STATE CONVENTIONS:

2001 June 20-25 Hyatt Richmond, 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 5-10Hyatt Richmond, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA23230; 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


26. KOREAN WAR COMMEMORATION ARMY/NAVY GAME:

To commemorate the Fiftieth (50) Anniversary of the Korean War, the Veterans of Foreign Wars will select fifty (50) Korean War Veterans who were wounded during the Korean War and serve as host to them at the 2000 Army/Navy Football Game in Baltimore on Saturday, December 3, 2000.

To enter this drawing, you must have served in Korea during the Korean War (1950-1953) and received the Korean Service Medal and Purple Heart for wound. Received entries will be accepted from August 1, 2000 - September 30, 2000. Entries can be submitted by mail or on the VFW Web Site (www.vfw.org). Entries must include name, address, phone number, military unit and dates served.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars will select fifty (50) winning entries on October 2, 2000. Winning entries will be notified by phone and will have 30 days to provide proof of the issuance of the Korean Service Medal and Purple Heart for service in Korea.

Winners will receive round-trip airfare to Baltimore, Maryland, two (2) nights hotel accommodations, a game ticket, transportation and $100 travel allowance. Trips are not transferable. Travel, game tickets and ground transportation will not be provided for a spouse or companion.

W. Benny Bachand
Assistant Adjutant General


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. 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.


29. COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

Reports are steadily coming in. Those of you that have reported, Thank you. For those of you that haven't I ask "why not." Every Post should have at least one Community Activity Report in now, as we have passed Loyalty Day (Parades), Memorial Day (Poppy Sales) (Parades), Flag Day (Flying of Flags) and Independence Day, and I know all of you have done at least one thing that could be reported. Please keep my mailman employed this year. If you do, I know the Department WILL BE 100% reported before we know it. Also, keep in mind you must be reported in all areas the 1st Half of reporting as well as the 2nd half to achieve a successful year. It's been proven in the past that we as a team can make it happen. Please keep in mind that when filling out the report form, the reporting period didn't start until 1 May 00. I have received reports that said that everything was done for the year, and I cannot account this report. If you look at the Commander's Calendar in his leadership manual, you will see the dates certain events take place. Please use his manual as a guideline for reporting. As soon as a project is finished, a report should go in while it is fresh on everyone's mind. Also, when reporting please make sure mileage is calculated in the total cost of the project. One last note, please feel free to send your reports e-mail. Let's go to the Fall Council with a high percentage of reporting done. Would be great to report Districts 100%. If I can be of assistance to anyone please feel free to contact me at 757-838-4588 or e-mail me at VAVFWJRVICECDR@AOL.COM.

Lawrence F. Mattera
Community Activity Chairman


30. HOMELESS VETERANS:

Homeless Veterans remain one of the most neglected and least understood segments of our Veteran population. Without support and compassion, few 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 competing 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


31. AMERICANISM REPORT:

Reports of Americanism projects have been very slow coming in this month. If your Post has completed a project during June, July or August of this year, please file a report with our State Headquarters in Staunton.

Americanism projects are one of the most important programs that the VFW participates in. If the VFW and other veterans organizations did not promote Americanism, the citizens of our nation, young and old, would soon forget what our great nation stands for and what it has done for all people around the earth.

As you well know, this is an election year in which a President and a U. S. Senator from Virginia will be elected. A very good Post project for this fall would be a "GET OUT THE VOTE" Program. Materials for this project can be ordered from our Kansas City VFW Emblem & Supply Merchandise Catalog.

Marshall E. Guy
Americanism Chairman


32. 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 now is the time to move forward with the Voice of Democracy Program. If you have not appointed your Post VOD Chairman, do so now. Encourage his or her contact with area high schools. The Voice of Democracy is open to all Students in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades. The "Chairmen's Workbook" was designed to consolidate contest information. If the workbook does not answer your questions, please feel free to contact me.

District Commanders it would be most helpful if you mail me the name, address and phone number of your District VOD Chairman.

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

Homer K. Bowen, Jr.
VOD Chairman


33. 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


34. HOSPITAL REPORT:

I have received hospital reports from 67 Posts so far. That makes the State 34% reported. That is good but I believe that we can do better. I know that a lot of the Posts are doing the work and just not reporting it.

I would like to congratulate District Three on being the first District to be 100% reported for the first half of the year. The rest of the Districts need to get busy and send me the reports so that you do not lose five points. It will be hard to make the points up.

Michael Hoiness
Hospital Chairman


35. LEGISLATIVE:

The Republican, Democratic and VFW National Conventions are over. Now we focus our attention on the fall elections. Every mail brings appeals for money, volunteer help and votes. We must consider each carefully. Give money only if we can afford it to a candidate we feel will work for veterans. Do volunteer work if you feel the candidate will be aggressive if elected. Vote according to our individual conscience.

Our National Convention in Milwaukee was great. Commander-in-Chief John Smart from the Yankee state of New Hampshire conducted the proceedings with dignity, fairness and dispatch. About 700 resolutions were handled. Floor debate was largely limited to changes in procedures and issues involving the Council of Administration. As far as I can tell the resolutions submitted by Virginia were either approved or combined with others to accomplish the same thing. I feel the Convention generated a mandate for the National Headquarters to do more to help POW/MIA victims and their families, expedite prompt quality medical care, obtain better housing, education and employment opportunities for the veterans and more money for the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Now it is up to the Virginia veterans to do more for ourselves. We need to assemble all our medical and military records in one large file. We need to write out our final burial wishes, specify which cemetery (make sure you are eligible for that one), Color Guard, Pall Bearers, type of service (open or closed casket), church or grave side service, cremation, persons to be notified, obituary notice, etc. Cost and source of payment - $4,000.00 - $7,000.00. Show your loved ones how much you care about them by doing these things now while you are of sound mind and body. Then they will not be obliged to guess your wishes in their time of sadness and sorrow. Call the Clerk of your local District Court - ask him what the current procedure is for recording your Discharge, Will and filing numbering and storing of your Will.

Time Marches On - Death Comes to All - Tomorrow May be too Late!!!!

Ernest B. Glynn
Legislative Chairman


36. ENVIRONMENTAL:

Summer is just about over. Yet this is a good time to consider how we can make Virginia a better place to visit, work, raise our children and yes, to retire. Milwaukee is a lesson in good Environmental Management. Even narrow streets are swept each night, trash receptacles are conveniently located at major street corners. The result - no cigarette butts, blowing paper, bottles or cans in the gutters or in the catch basins. Lawn areas even in the small yards are neatly trimmed and free from leaves and debris. I found this most remarkable. The night crews seem to have a great deal of pride in their work. Empty buildings were carefully boarded up and painted. No broken glass windows that we find so common in Virginia. In a city that has the oldest beer factory in the country I found this very amazing.

Back home now is a good time for each Post Commander to tour his Post area and see what kind of Environmental Program he could have with his Post funds. A visit with the local librarian, city officials, nurserymen and Park Rangers will reveal environmental programs that are underway or planned for your area. Next select a good hardworking comrade to the program director, select a suitable date and ask other like-minded groups to join in. Remembering that such programs cost: money, manpower, material and use of heavy equipment, ask others to join in. Make a list of the things that your program will need and ask all to contribute whatever they can. Simple programs include: recycling of newspapers, cardboard, office papers, glass, plastic, ferrous and non ferrous metals, old appliances, furniture and vehicle parts, tires and batteries. Some city officials will arrange special pickups if asked. Others may ask for a small charge for such service at curbside. Still others may provide a Roll On -- Roll Off Container.

Again, it is a good idea to look around and note how many fallen trees we may find. These mature or diseased trees should be replaced with trees suited to the purpose, shade, shelter, fuel or lumber. These along with a few shrubs will attract wildlife habitat. Nesting boxes and feeding stations will attract bluebirds and songbirds.

If each Post will start with a small simple program that we can be glad to pass on to the generations who will come after us Virginia will be a better place to: visit, work, live, raise our children and yes retire.

Be sure to keep a record of the details of your program and send to Lawrence F. Mattera, Junior Vice Commander. Remember also to keep VFW membership applications handy on the work day. Ask all volunteers to join if they are eligible. Tell them why they should. Volunteers workers frequently become good VFW members.

Finally, inform the news and TV stations what you are doing. Send them photos of the VFW in action for the community.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman



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