GENERAL ORDERS

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VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 10
FOLLOW ME

April 1, 2001

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1. STATE COMMANDER'S MESSAGE:

Our first Washington conference is over and behind us. I would like to thank all who attended and visited our Congressmen on the Hill and voicing our concerns for all veterans. Let's hope it did some good.

The Community Service conference is coming up on the 1st part of April for us and the Ladies Auxiliary. If you can see your way clear, please try to attend and support our VOD winners and our Teacher of the Year who took 1st place in National sponsored by Post 824.

The District's elections is upon us again for all District's. Please fill out your election reports and mail them into National and the Department of Virginia.

Congratulations to all Post's that have achieved 100% in membership. Remember, state judging is coming up in May. Those of you who want to become an All State Commander/Quartermaster need to get out and get that 100% in membership. If we don't have that in front of us, you may lose out on this award. Deadline is May 17, 2001.

Thanks to the 6th District Commander and the State Judge Advocate for all the hard work they put out by putting together the 6th District round-up...Best one yet.

This has been a sad month for us. We lost a good comrade and a hard worker for the VFW. Our prayers go out to Ann and her family.

E. Ray Chappell
State Commander


2. URGENT IMMEDIATE ACTION - GOV. GILMORE INDICATES 2ND HEALTH CENTER FUNDING IN JEOPARDY

This is a time that our Veterans need for a second Virginia State Veteran's home, cemetery and an Alzheimer's unit is greatest. Each of you who makes the effort to contact your Delegate and Senator has my sincere appreciation .

All Veterans who laid their lives on the line to preserve our freedom deserve adequate health care and a well-maintained grave site. You all have my gratitude for supporting our Commonwealth Veterans' needs by sending a letter concerning these issues to your Delegate and Senator.

Your Delegate and Senator's name and address can be found by calling Legislative information at the State Capital (804) 698-1500 and Voter Registration information (804) 786-6551 or (800) 552-9745 toll free, outside of Richmond.

E. Ray Chappell
State Commander


3. REPORTS AND FORMS:


PLEASE NOTE THE INDIVIDUAL RECRUITING AWARD FORM, THE DECEASED COMRADE FORM (PLEASE NOTE NEW FORM ENCLOSED), 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. PLEASE SEND FORMS TO THE CURRENT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, CHAPLAIN OR STATE HEADQUARTERS.


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. 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. Klausing@aol.com.Also, State Headquarters has voice mail so you can leave a message before or after 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.


6. DISTRICT MEETINGS:


FIRST - 05-05-01, PHOEBUS POST 3219, 11:00 A.M. State Representative: State Junior Vice Commander Larry Mattera

SECOND - 05-20-01, NORFOLK POST 4809, Lunch 12:00 noon, meeting 1:00 P.M. State Representative: Senior Vice Commander James Tucker

THIRD - 05-12-01, THIRD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, 1:00 P.M.. Memorial Services, meeting 2:00 P.M. State Representative: Senior Vice Commander James Tucker

FOURTH - 05-06-01, CLARKSVILLE POST 8136, 1:00 P.M.. State Representative: State Judge Advocate Pete Snelling

FIFTH - 04-29-01, INDEPENDENCE POST 7726, Lunch 12:00 noon, meeting 1:00 P.M. State Representative: State Judge Advocate Pete Snelling

SIXTH - 05-20-01, VINTON POST 4522, Meeting 2:00 P.M. hosted by ROANOKE POST 1264, State Representative: State Adjutant Robert J. Klausing

SEVENTH - 05-20-01, BROADWAY POST 9660, Lunch 11:30 A.M. meeting to follow State Representative: State Surgeon Mike Hoiness

EIGHTH - 05-20-01, FREDERICKSBURG POST 3103, State Representative: State Commander Ray Chappell

NINTH - 05-06-01, NARROWS POST 6000, State Representative: Past State Commander Paul Moore

TENTH - 05-20-01, DALE CITY POST 1503, Meeting 1:00 P.M. State Representative: State

Junior Vice Commander Larry Mattera

ELEVENTH - 05-06-01, HARRISONBURG POST 632, Lunch 11:30 A.M., meeting 12:00 noon, State Representative: State Junior Vice Commander Larry Mattera

TWELFTH - 05-13-01, POUND POST 9600, REG 11:00 A.M., Lunch 12:00 noon, meeting to follow, State Representative: State Senior Vice Commander James Tucker

THIRTEENTH-05-06-01, COLONIAL BEACH POST 10574, 11:00 A.M. State Representative: State Inspector Ed Cluney


7. CHANGES IN ROSTER:

NATIONAL HOME CHAIRMAN - Wirt C. Alvis, Jr., 5317 Santa Maria Drive, Mechanicsville 23116, phone 804-746-5463

FIFTH DISTRICT - Junior Vice Commander is Johnnie Burris, Route 2 Box 1056, Independence 24348

POST 8243- Commander is Clarence Bailey, 1167 Ponderosa Road, South Boston, 24592-6411, phone 804-572-2764

POST 8243- Quartermaster is Ricky Hogg, PO Box 1395, Halifax 24558, phone 804-349-6718

ALL ELECTED OFFICERS, PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESSES TO STATE HEADQUARTERS.


8. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

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


9. NEWS RELEASE:

The Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that, effective immediately, all itinerary travel has been temporarily suspended until further notice.

Veterans and their dependants can contact Mr. John Layman, claims agent for the Virginia Department of Veterans' Affairs, at his Staunton Office, 211 W. Frederick Street, P.O. Box 296, Staunton, Virginia 24402. The telephone number is 540-332-7840.


10. DEDICATION OF THE NATIONAL D-DAY MEMORIAL, BEDFORD, VIRGINIA:

The dedication ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 A.M., June 6, 2001, and will last approximately two hours. The event will be open to the public at no charge and on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be aware that due to the high volume of visitors expected to arrive for the ceremony, there is not a guarantee of on-site access for everyone.

Parking for the June 6 event will be entirely off-site, with shuttles running continually from each of five satellite parking areas. Sites will be located on route 460 east of the city, route 460 west of the city and route 122 south of the city. Each lot will open at 6:15 A.M. and buses will begin loading soon after. There will be one off-site handicapped parking area equipped with handicapped buses (site will be on route 122 south of the city), and one off-site parking area reserved for motorcoaches.

Please arrive as early as possible in order to avoid both road blockage close to the time of the ceremony, and to ensure as much as possible that you will be able to access the site.

All visitors must be in a remote parking area by 9:00 A.M. in order to be admitted to the site. No visitors will be allowed onto the site between 9:30 A.M. and 12:30 P.M.

A videotape of the dedication ceremony will be available for sale through the Foundation in limited quantities. The on-site gift tent will take reservations and payments for the videotapes June 6 - 10. The cost is yet to be determined.

There will be on-site hospitality area selling food and drinks, as well as an area to purchase gifts and memorabilia.

Umbrellas, coolers and lawn chairs will not be permitted. Individuals and groups may not display flags or banners other than on their buses or vehicles.

After the ceremony, the site will be open until 4:00 P.M. Beginning June 7, the memorial will be open regularly 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Tuesday through Sunday.


11. ALL DISTRICT COMMANDERS:

During the Winter Council Meeting you were issued Commander-Chief Goldsmith's pins. Please return the funds as soon as possible to the Department Senior Vice. Thank you in advance for your participation.

James E. (Jim) Tucker
Sr. Vice Commander


12. SAFETY:

All VFW Posts in Virginia Districts 1, 2, 3 and 6 are to be commended for being 100 percent in conducting and reporting safety activities for both the first and second half of the current year, according to reports on file with the Department Junior Vice Commander as of January 9th.

Special commendation goes to the following Posts - that according to reports I have received from Larry Mattera - have reported on all seven national safety categories at least once this year: District 2 - Post 8545, District 4 - Post 9640, District 5 - Post 1115, 7726, District 6 - Posts 484, 1444, 1841, 2515, 4165, 4299, 4318, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877; and District 10 - Post 1503.

It is not too late to submit a safety report on a specific event, using the "Single Event Detailed Report" available with your General Orders or off the Department of Virginia web site. However, you should note a change. The judging will consider the entire year, not just for the first or second half. Three plaques, all of equal "first place" value, will be awarded at the State Convention and at least one of these will be awarded to a "small" Post (100 members or less) on the condition that we have a small Post that qualifies.

Donald Trausneck
State Safety Chairman


13. TRANSMITTAL OF DEADLINES FOR YEAR 2000 - 2001:

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.


14. CRITERIA FOR ALL STATE JUDGING:

Enclosed in last month's General Orders was the criteria for the All State Judging.


15. POST ELECTIONS:

All Posts are reminded of section 217, Manual of Procedure: Posts holding only one meeting per month are to nominate officers in March and nominations are to be held open until the April Meeting, at which time, nominations and elections will be held. Posts holding two meetings per month, will nominate at the first meeting, and nominate and elect at the second meeting in April.

Post officers shall be installed into their respective offices at a regular or special meeting held not less than twenty (20) day nor more than sixty (60) days prior to the convening of the State Convention, but will not assume office until the Department Commander is installed. The installation may be conducted by a member in good standing, who holds or has held a rank at least as high as that of Post Commander. The Post Commander elect will select the installing officer.


16. POST REPORT OF ELECTION REPORTS:

An individualized form will be mailed to each Post Quartermaster of record to use in reporting the names and addresses of the 2000-2001 Post Officers. Detailed instructions accompany the mailing. The Post Quartermaster is requested to complete the form immediately after the election (do not wait for the installation) and mail it back to the Adjutant General in the self-addresses, postage paid envelope. The Post Quartermaster is requested to mail the Department and the District copy to the Department Adjutant.

Commanders at all levels are requested to give maximum attention to the completion and return of these election reports to the Adjutant General and the Department Adjutant. Please stress the importance of accuracy in the preparation of these reports and the urgency of forwarding the election reports to the Adjutant General and Department Adjutant as soon as the elections have been held.


17. MEMBERSHIP:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you that are 100% in membership to date. Let me also say to you, this is still Ray Chappell's year and we can still pull this year out for him. It will take lots of work between now and the end of June. However, this is the Department of Virginia, I have faith in all of you. I challenge each and everyone of you to go out and get a new member. While doing that, get a reinstated member and let them know just how much we care.

James E. (Jim) Tucker
Senior Vice Commander


18. BUDDY POPPIES:

Commanders on all levels should begin organizing their 2000 Memorial Day Buddy Poppy Sale. A Buddy Poppy Order Form was enclosed in February's General Orders. Note Buddy Poppies are $90.00 per thousand. Please order early.

The sale of Buddy Poppies will be conducted according to the provisions set forth in Section 711 of the National Constitution and By-Laws and Manuel of procedure. Department, District and Post Commanders should arrange now for the sale of Buddy Poppies in their respective areas. All profits accruing from the sale of Buddy Poppies shall be used for the relief of disabled and needy veterans and their dependants.


19. CONTEST GUIDELINES FOR COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES RECORD BOOK:

Instructions on the contest guidelines and how to prepare a record book was enclosed in last month's General Orders along with the form for the front inside cover for entry. The deadline is May 17, 2001.


20. DEPARTMENT CONVENTION:

Delegates and alternates to the Department Convention shall be elected at a regular meeting of the Post held not less than thirty (30) days prior to the Department Convention. Posts are entitles to one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate for each thirty (30) members or fraction thereof in good standing in the Post at the time of the election or as the Department By-Laws provide. A Delegate and Alternate form is enclosed with these General Orders.

Delegates and Alternatives form

21. ATTENTION ALL POSTS:

Attention is directed to Section 213 of the National Constitution and By-Laws concerning arrearage of Posts for membership reports. National, Department, or District Dues, National Convention registration, poppy money, supply money or other financial obligations, or failure to the office of Quartermaster bonded, or failure to submit quarterly Post Trustees of Report of Audit. Posts that are delinquent in any of the aforementioned shall be deprived of all representation in District, Department and National Convention.


22. STATE CONVENTION:

The 79th Annual Convention for the Department of Virginia will be held June 21-24, 2001, at the Sheraton, Richmond, Virginia.

PLEASE NOTE: Absolutely no cooking allowed in rooms this includes the Hospitality Rooms. If you need tablecloths, bring your own. None of the Hospitality Rooms will be allowed open during the meetings. No Signs or Posters on the walls or elevators, if you need a sign, contact the Hotel's Sales Department.


23. DISTRICT CONVENTION:

Delegates and alternates to District Conventions shall be elected at a regular Post meeting held not less than thirty (30) days prior to the District Convention at which District Officers are to be elected; one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate for each fifteen (15) members or fraction thereof in good standing in the Post at the time of the election or as the Department By-Laws provide.

Pursuant to Section 405 of the National By-Laws and Manuel of Procedure, each District shall hold an annual District Convention for the purpose of electing District Officers, such Convention to be held not less than ten (10) days nor more than (60) days prior to convening of the Department Convention. District Officers shall not assume the duties of their office until the Department Commander is installed. District Officers shall not be installed or assume the duties of their office until proof of eligibility has been submitted and properly reviewed in accordance with Section 414 of the National By-Laws.


24. 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


25. COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES RECORD BOOK:

The deadline for the Community Activities Record Book to State Headquarters is May 17, 2001.

26. CONTEST GUIDELINES FOR COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES RECORD BOOK:

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


27. GEORGE C. DALBY PERPETUAL TROPHY:

The rules of contest and nomination blank for the George C. Dalby Perpetual Trophy are enclosed in this month's General Orders. Please complete the form and return it to State Headquarters no later than May 17, 2001.

GEORGE C. DALBY PERPETUAL TROPHY

28. GEORGE E. McCRACKEN HONOR GUARD/COLOR GUARD PLAQUE:

An entry form of the George E. McCracken Honor Guard/Color Guard Plaque is enclosed in this month's General Orders. Entry form must be submitted to State Headquarters by May 17, 2001. There will also be a second and third place award.

GEORGE E. McCRACKEN HONOR GUARD/COLOR GUARD PLAQUE

29. ANNUAL JUDGING BY DEPARTMENT AWARDS AND CITATIONS COMMITTEE

The Awards and Citation Committee will meet on Friday, 18 May, and Saturday, 19 May 2001. To determine the winners of various competitive categories for VFW Year 2000-2001 these include:

A. All State Posts/Commanders/Quartermasters
B. All State District Commanders
C. Chief of Staff or Membership Chairman Award
D. Samuel B. DeVaughan Membership Award
E. George C. Dalby Award for Outstanding VFW Program Participation
F. Richard A. Guager Award for Americanism
G. George E. McCracken Award for Best Honor Guard/Color Guard
H. Clair B. Poff Public Relations Award for Best Post Newsletter
I. Best Community Service Record Book


IMPORTANT!! DEADLINE for receipt of input regarding the competitive categories described above, at VFW Department of Virginia Headquarters, Staunton, VA is CL0SE OF BUSINESS (7:00 PM) THURSDAY, 17 MAY 2001.

Details concerning the Department's Awards and citations program were published in the membership campaign in the General Orders for July 2000. This information is also available through the Department's website: http://www.vfw-virginia.com.


John P. McAnaw
Acting Chairman
Awards and Citations Committee


30. STATE CONVENTION GOLF TOURNAMENT:

An application form is enclosed in the General Orders for the State Convention VFW Golf Tournament. Return with registration fee of $50.00 to Bill Vigar by May 11, 2001.

When: Thursday 21 June 2001 Shotgun Start

Where: The Hollows - located at Montpelier. Take Route 33 North (Staple Mills Road) 5 miles and turn right on Route 670 to stop sign and turn left on Route 657 until you see course on left.

Why Have A Tournament? Opportunity for Veterans to have fun and a program that benefits children at the Richmond Children's Hospital.

How Can You Help? If you don't play, talk others into playing - It's open to the public. We need hole sponsors only $100.00 for community recognition. We need sponsors to donate doors prizes such as: sleeves of golf balls, golf towels, tees, golf clubs, golf bags etc. We will accept any donation.

PRIZES

1st Place Team $400.00
2nd Place Team $300.00
3rd Place Team $200.00
4th Place Team $100.00

PLEASE HELP THE VFW MAKE THIS THE BEST TOURNAMENT EVER * IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO PLAY AROUND

For further information, please contact Bill Vigar at (540) 434-9972

An application form is enclosed in the General Orders for the State Convention VFW Golf Tournament.

Return with registration fee of $50.00 to Bill Vigar by May 11, 2001.

Golf Flyer

31. IMPORTANT 2001- 2003 DATES:

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 24-28, 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.


32. SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION:

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

2002 July 11-13 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $65.00; phone 804-528-2500

2003 July 10-12 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $69.00; phone 804-528-2500


33. FALL COUNCIL MEETINGS:

2001 September 21-23 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; phone 804-528-2500

2002 September 12-14 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $65.00; phone 804-528-2500

2003 September 11-13 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $69.00; phone 804-528-2500


34. WINTER COUNCIL MEETINGS:

2002 January 17-20 Ramada Inn & Conference Center, 500 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185; phone 1-800-666-8888; Rates Single/Double $45.00


35. STATE CONVENTIONS:

2001 June 21-24 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 5-10Sheraton, 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


36. HOSPITAL REPORT:

Of 198 Posts, 119 posts have submitted reports. The Department is 60.1% reported for the second half of the year. That means that I have only received 7 reports from the Posts that had not yet reported before in the second half of the year. At this rate, the State will not be 100% reported for this year in Hospital work. I know that if everything that is being done with Hospital work was reported the State would be 100%.

There is only one month left to get your reports in. If I do not receive a report from you, it will hurt your chances for making All-State.

Michael J. Hoiness
Hospital Chairman


37. LEGISLATIVE:

At this writing, it would be the height of folly for me to predict what the General Assembly might do for Virginia veterans before the Veto session on April 15th.

Let us now focus on what we can do for ourselves as Virginia veterans. "It is never too late to do what is right"-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Let each and every one ask ourselves. Have I assembled all my military and medical records, marriage license, mortgage papers, title to car, insurance and pension documents, retirement plans, stocks, bonds and bank accounts. Have I prepared or updated my will should I become unable to act for myself? Have I spelled out who I might wish to give certain items I have for personal reasons. These items are my property now and I can give them to whomever I wish. I understand that changes in laws, family status by birth, marriage, divorce or death can alter the way I want my assets to be distributed upon my death. If I fail to do this, a probate judge will appoint an administrator to handle the case. This will impact the value of your estate, create delays and require heavy court and lawyer fees. Discuss these matters with family members and a Virginia attorney.

Have I written out my final burial wishes e.g.- what cemetery, are there plots available for myself and spouse, church or grave side service, pall bearers, civilian or military service, Honor Guard people, open or closed casket, discuss these costs with your funeral director, eliminate any costs you feel are unnecessary.

If your friends are not impressed with your life's work, the funeral will not make any difference. Remember, the bill must be paid before the funeral usually between $5,000-$7,000. Think about this one. Show your loved ones you love them, do these things today....Tomorrow may be too late.

Ernest B. Glynn
Legislative Chairman


38. ENVIRONMENTAL:

Virginia- Mother of Presidents is richly endowed by nature with: lakes, rivers, streams and ponds. Also, mountains, coastal plains, caves, forests as well as many man made attractions and battlefields. Collectively, this makes Virginia a unique place to visit, live, work, raise our children and yes, to retire. Amazing as it sounds, 50,000 people passed through Mount Vernon Mansion on George Washington's birthday this year. Small wonder that one out of each four dollars that comes into the Treasury of Virginia comes out of the tourist industry. The wonder to me is rather that we take so much for granted. We do little to replace the trees lost each year to maturity, disease, fire, windstorm and development. A formidable array of statutes, laws and ordinances has been created to preserve and protect our quality of life, yet compliance with these laws is thwarted by claims of studies that their sponsors did not violate the laws. The studies were biased or not properly conducted. Recent court cases have demonstrated that this philosophy is rubbish. The VFW Environmental Program is designed to preserve and protect Virginia.

VFW Posts have the opportunity to: Conduct a recycling program-Reduce, Recycle and Reuse, adopt a segment of a stream or highway-VA DOT has put up available signs. To start, each of our 198 Post Commanders and hard working comrades will tour the Post area and list programs that might be suitable within the limits of manpower and funds. Contact local elected officials and businessmen-Nurserymen and Park Rangers. Then visit the local library to find out what programs are already in place, planned for your community. You will have a pretty good handle of what needs to be done. Remember, that environmental programs usually do not generate a profit. Talk with other community oriented groups such as; National and Federal Wildlife, Soil Conservation Service, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Garden Clubs, Izaak Walton League, Audubon Society, Trout Unlimited, Game and Inland Fisheries, Department of Environmental Quality, all may have suggestions worth while in your neighborhood. Local fire and police may conduct a controlled burning under proper conditions. This may rid your neighborhood of collected impromptu piles of tires, sand, furniture or just dead trees. Abandoned buildings and structures are good opportunities with the owner's permission. Point out that this could even save them on taxes. Planting a few trees or shrubs is another opportunity. Nurserymen and Park Rangers can tell you the species with the best survival rate for your area. Setting out a few feeding stations would attract bluebirds and songbirds. They require food, water, cover and places to raise their young.

Now that Spring is at hand, Dogwood, Jonquil, Crocus, Japanese Quince, Violets, Forsythias, Lilacs and so many others will be blooming. After you decide on your plan, notify the news media, give them the date and ask other local units to contribute whatever they wish - manpower, money, equipment or materials. Ask local politicians to come out on the work day. Also on the work day, keep VFW applications handy. Ask all volunteers to join the VFW if eligible. Send the completed form to State Headquarters so Commander Chappell will be back as All American at the National Convention.

Invite our good sisters in the Auxiliary to join in. The ladies can be very helpful in many ways and they also have gardens.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


39. 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


40. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

March of Dimes-Enclosed is a flyer concerning the March of Dimes Walk America 2001.

Celebrate The Legacy Of D-Day


41. HOMELESS VETERANS COMMITTEE

Homeless Veterans remain one of the most neglected and least understood segments of our Veteran population. In the past, facts and ways to help Homeless Veterans have been provided in the General Orders (Did you know that two-thirds of all Homeless Veterans are eligible for membership in the VFW?).


Many, many Posts throughout the Department have stepped up their efforts to provide Homeless Veterans a hand up, not a hand out, to transition our fellow Veterans back to proud, productive, taxpaying citizens of our great Commonwealth. Space does not allow the recognition for all that the Department has done, from helping one Homeless Veteran to get a hair cut, eye glasses, complete a VA/Commonwealth request for assistance; to supporting shelters and other agencies; to volunteering with food drives, soup kitchens and the list goes on. Great job Department of Virginia-our Homeless Veterans know someone cares.

RESOURCES TO ASSIST YOUR HOMELESS VETERAN PROGRAM

VFW National Homeless Committee VFW Memorial Building
Lester E. Kapelka 200 Maryland Ave. NE
309 Inlet Rd Washington, DC 2002-5799
Eufaula, AL 36027 202-543-2239
334-687-2276

Ask for the very comprehensive "VFW Department Homeless Veterans Chairman Report" for a comprehensive overview or available programs and point of contact.


- US Dept Housing and Urban Development
John Garrity
Office of Community Planning and Development
Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs
451 Seventh St. SW, Room 7262
Washington, DC 20410
202-708-4300

- Nearest VA medical center or Regional Office
800-827-1000

- US Department of Labor
Homeless Veterans Reintegration Projects
Veterans Employment and Training Service
Francis Perkins Building, Room 51316
200 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20210
202-219-9105

- Homeless Providers Grant & Per Diem Program
Dept of VA
Mental Health Strategic Healthcare Group (116E)
810 Vermont Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20420
202-273-8966

Anthony "Tony" Eiland VVA, Inc.
Special Assistant Attention: Stand Down
Veterans Employment Service 1224 M. St. NW
200 Maryland Ave. NE Washington, DC 20005-5183
Washington, DC 2002-5799 202-628-2700
202-543-2239, EXT 302
aeiland@vfwdc.org
 
Robert J. Richards Vetshouse, Inc.
Deputy Director of Housing PO Box 13278
VA Dept of Housing and Community Development Chesapeake, VA 23378
Community Development 757-545-7555
205 North Second Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
804-371-7101

Both the written General Orders and the Web site include a Homeless Veterans Report. By completing this form, your activities are forwarded to Department and National, and, as important, provide the basis to share ideas with in the Department. If you conduct a Homeless Veteran project or activity-REPORT IT. If you are not currently conducting such an activity, consider starting one. Imagine the good this Department could do to reduce the number of Homeless Veterans if every District and every Post had a Homeless Veteran Chairman and conducted just one project to help one Homeless Veteran?

For help or assistance contact any of the Departments Homeless Veterans Committees

(Larry Payne 757-631-9286; Fred Brooks 804-883-7014; William Carbin 703-780-2546; or Waynard Caldwell 540-774-3878.)

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