GENERAL ORDERS

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VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 2
TO ACHIEVE IS TO BELIEVE

AUGUST 1, 2001

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1. STATE COMMANDERS MESSAGE:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members for their leadership this year. We are now well within this membership year. The Quartermaster's have started to receive their kits and collect dues. Please continue to aggressively pursue membership continuous, new and reinstated members. They remain our life line. Our School of Instruction in Lynchburg was a success. The instructions were complete according to the information received from the members present. Your District Commanders spoke of their concerns in their District requiring State support. Also, we have completed the A.V. School of Instruction in Blacksburg, Virginia on the campus of Virginia Tech, upon receipt of this message. Before your next General Orders we will have returned from the National Convention and Jim Goldsmith will be our Commander-in-Chief. We certainly look forward to an excellent year from him as well as ourselves. Continuous growth should always be our objective. Your "MEMBERSHIP TEAM" stands ready to assist when called. Please remember we have completed our Fourth of July and those patriotic activities on this date should be a part of your Community Activity Reports during this period. Pete Snelling recently returned from Kansas City with a wealth of knowledge and is dying to share it with you. Also, while you are waiting for his information surprise him with a few reports. Thanks. Again, I would like to thank all of you for your support and look forward to a successful year. Please continue to use your State Headquarters as needed. Our staff is professional and will provide you with up to date information. We are only a telephone call from National. Congratulations to Ray Chappell for becoming All American State Commander. Thanks to each and everyone of you for all you do and just being you. I can't express how much I appreciate all of you.

Sincerely,
James E. Tucker
State Commander


2. GENERAL ORDER CUT OFF DATES:

Membership Transmittals must be received at State Headquarters no later than August 30, 2001 to be counted for the month of August. 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 or via e-mail.

Klausing@aol.com

3. 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 The State Headquarters also has voice mail, where you can call and leave messages before or 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.


4. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

FIRST - 09-08-01, PHOEBUS, POST 3219, Breakfast Keith's Dockside 9:00 a.m., Meeting 11:00 a.m., State Representative James E. Tucker, Department Commander

SECOND - 08-04-01, VIRGINIA BEACH, POST 392, Lunch 11:00 a.m., Meeting 12:00 Noon, State Representative James E. Tucker, Department Commander

THIRD - 09-08-01, THIRD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, Meeting 2:00 p.m. , State Representative Larry Mattera Department Senior Vice Commander

FOURTH - 08-12-01, SOUTH HILL, POST 7166, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative James E. Tucker, Department Commander

FIFTH - 09-30-01, HILLSVILLE, POST 1115, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative James E. Tucker, Department Commander

SIXTH - 08-12-01, CHRISTIANSBURG, POST 5311, hosted by POST 1444, Meeting 2:00 p.m., State Representative Larry Mattera, Department Senior Vice Commander

SEVENTH - 09-09-01, LURAY, POST 621, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting 12:30 p.m., State Representative Pete Snelling, Junior Vice Commander

EIGHTH - 09-16-01, CULPEPER, POST 2524, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative James E. Tucker, Department Commander

NINTH - 09-16-01, BLUEFIELD, POST 9696, Registration starts at 10:30 a.m., State Representative Peter M. Snelling, Junior Vice Commander

TENTH - 09-16-01, Springfield, POST 7327, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative Tommy W. Hines, Surgeon

ELEVENTH - 09-09-01, STAUNTON, POST 2216, Meeting 11:30 a.m., State Representative Larry Mattera, Department Senior Vice Commander

TWELFTH - 09-09-01, CLINTWOOD, POST 8979, Lunch 12 :00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative James E. Tucker, Department Commander

THIRTEENTH - 09-16-01, LOUISA, Post 8947, Meeting 1:00 p.m, State Representative Larry Mattera, Department Senior Vice Commander


5. CHANGES IN THE ROSTER:

AUDIT CHAIRMAN - Kenneth Jansen, 3860 Columbia Pike 103, Arlington 22204, phone (703) 271-8121

AUDIT EXECUTIVE OFFICER - Joseph C. Lawson, P O Box 767, Hillsville 24343 phone (540) 728-9623

LEGISLATIVE - Member is Ernest B. Glynn, 4306 Ferry Landing Road, Alexandria 22309 phone (703) 780-2240

POST 632 - Adjutant, Ivan C. Shifflett, Jr., 67A Pleasant Hill Road, Harrisonburg 22801 phone (540) 801-0890

POST 644 - Commander, Adam A. McDuffie, 128 Spruce Street, Danville 24541, phone (804) 791-4902

POST 644 - Sr. Vice Commander, Vermane E. Saunders, 381 Husk Road, 3740 Walters Mill Road, Providence, NC 27315, phone (336) 694-4282

POST 644 - Jr. Vice Commander, Charlie Hodnett, 1210 Lamar Street, Danville, 24541 phone( 804) 793-6622

POST 644 - Adjutant, John Mitchell, 39 Gunos Place, Yanceyville, NC 27379, phone (336) 694-4993

POST 644 - Quartermaster, Ulysees D. Foster, 305 Airport Drive, Danville 24540 phone (804) 792-1183

POST 824 - Adjutant, Jim Shamblen, 10 Jacklynn Circle, Hampton 23666-5697, phone (757) 838-5654

POST 873 - Commander, Roger L. Midkiff, 1169 East Gretna Road, Gretna 24557 phone (804) 656-6474

POST 873 - Sr. Vice Commander, Clyde Price, Jr., 105 Gay Street, Gretna 24557 phone (804) 656-2536

POST 873 - Jr. Vice Commander, Albert Osborne, P O Box 1130, Gretna 24557-1130 phone (804) 656-2536

POST 873 - Adjutant, Kenneth L. Hershman, 2129 Crown Road, Gretna 24557, phone (804) 656-2896

POST 873 - Quartermaster, Melvin T. Roach, 589 Roach Memorial Drive, Gretna 24557 phone (804) 656-1521

POST 1115 - Jr. Vice Commander, Charles Stampler, 201 Porterfield Road, Woodlawn 24343, phone (540) 728-2762

POST 1184 - John H. Lowe, jlowe@psknot.com

POST 1827 - Quartermaster, Alonzo Glover, 1170 River Road, Charlottesville 22901

POST 2216 - Adjutant, Robert J. Klausing, P O Box 2067, Staunton 24402, phone (540) 886-8112, home 1-800-767-7512, pin 28

POST 2582- Sr. Vice Commander, Stanley P. Leicester, P O Box 2171, Suffolk 23432

POST 2582 - Jr. Vice Commander, Delaney C. Byrd, 1530 Shellito Lane, Suffolk 23437, phone (757) 986-2333

POST 2582 - Quartermaster, Dale B. Mann, 1444 Wilroy Road, Suffolk 23434, phone (757) 934-8235

POST 3103 - Quartermaster, Alvin Vega, 1 Plumosa Drive, Fredericksburg 22405 phone (540) 373-9987

POST 4165 - Commander, Edward O. Shelton, 311 Darrell Lane, Hurt 24563

POST 4522 - Leon J. Fields JoLefields@aol.com

POST 4920 - Jr. Vice Commander, Berkley Simmons, P O Box 636, Elliston 24087

POST 7578 - Commander, Nathaniel C. Massie, Jr., P O Box 267, Glasgow 24555 phone (540) 248- 2301

POST 7578 - Sr. Vice Commander, Hugh T. Lucas, 34 Whitehouse Lane, Natural Bridge Station 24579 phone (540) 291-2033

POST 7578 - Jr. Vice Commander, James C. Spanger, P O Box 56, Glasgow 24555 phone (540) 258-2827

POST 7578 - Adjutant/Quartermaster, Lawrence C. Collins, 802 Stover Hollow Road, Natural Bridge Station 24579 phone (540) 291-2481

POST 7819 - Quartermaster, Burnett McMillan, Jr., 291 Ingleside Road, Crewe 23930

POST 8208 - Commander, B. W. Kuper, 73 Fiddlers Green, Standardsville 22973

POST 8467 - Commander, G. Rex Faris, gfaris@sitestar.net

POST 8599 - Commander, Robert Owen, 1056 Juniper Clif Road, Brookneal 24528, phone (804) 376-3649

POST 8599 - Adjutant/Quartermaster, John Wilson, P O Box 159, Brookneal 24528-0159, phone (804) 376-3046

POST 8947 - Commander, Charles W. Hughes, Jr., 254 West Chapel Road, Bumpass 23024, phone (804) 556-3035

POST 8947 - Sr. Vice Commander, Dearold Sherman, 1253 Signboard Road, Bumpass 23024, phone (804) 289-8663

POST 8947 - Jr. Vice Commander, Jeffrey W. Peters, 82 Holly Grove Court, Bumpass 23024, phone (804) 556-6584

POST 8947 - Adjutant, James Horn, 18 Lassiter Road, Mineral 23117, phone (540) 894-5790

POST 8947 - Quartermaster, Richard C. Stutler, Box 448, Bumpass 23024, phone (540) 872-5537

POST 9224 - Quartermaster, Jacob J. Anderson, 384 Mastin Lane, Apt. 121, Richmond 23230, phone (804) 355-4640

POST 9480 - Commander, Jimmy Fix, 516 Estaline Valley Road, Craigsville 24430, phone (540) 997-1213

POST 9480 - Sr. Vice Commander, John Kirkpatrick, P O Box 756, Craigsville 24430, phone (540) 997-5794

POST 9480 - Jr. Vice Commander, Grag Arsenault, P O Box 542, Craigsville 24430, phone (540) 997- 0352

POST 9480 - Adjutant/Quartermaster, Grover Spraldin, 3007 Morris Mill Road, Staunton 24401, phone (540) 886-5177

POST 10310 - Quartermaster, Joseph L. Webb, P O Box 357, Ewing 24248

POST 10574 - Commander, James W. Musselman, III, P O Box 340, Colonial Beach 22443, phone (540) 663-6025

POST 10574 - Sr. Vice Commander, Lloyd A. Edwards, 211 Nelson Street, Colonial Beach 22443, phone (804) 224-9815

POST 10574 - Jr. Vice Commander, Timothy B. Burgess, 303 Holly Way, Placid Bay, Colonial Beach 22443, phone (804) 224-8027

POST 10574 - Quartermaster - (ACTING) Lloyd A. Edwards, 211 Nelson Street, Colonial Beach 22443, phone (804) 224-9815

MOC - Grand Commander, Maximilian R. Snock, 4065 West Colonial Parkway, Virginia Beach 23452, phone (757) 340-7191


6. SUSPENSION:

Posts who have not properly elected officers by August 1, 2001, will be suspended for a period of ninety (90) days by the Commander-in-Chief. This suspension will automatically terminate when a properly completed Report of Election of officers is received at National Headquarters. At the end of ninety (90) days, the Commander-in-Chief may cancel the charter of any Post not properly submitting a list of officers to National Headquarters.


7. 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. 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


8. 11th DISTRICT POST COMMANDERS AND QUARTERMASTERS:

The Post per capita tax is due to the District by 01 September 2001. The tax is 30 cents per member as of 30 June 2001. Please send your remittance to: Harry C. Huff, 703 Stonewall Circle, Staunton, VA 24401.


9. DONATIONS:

Please send any donations (WWII, phone cards, etc.) to VFW State Headquarters, P O Box 2067, Staunton, VA 24402.


10. SERVICE OFFICER FEES:

SERVICE OFFICER FEES ARE NOW DUE AT STATE HEADQUARTERS. The fee is for two years: 2001 - 2003. The fee is $9.75 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.


11. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

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


12. NATIONAL ORDERS NO. 11:

1. Posts that have not sent in a Post Election Report Form listing the Post Officers for 2001 - 2002 should do so immediately for matter of record and so mailings can be made to the proper officers within the Post.

2. Posts who have not properly reported elected officers by August 1, 2001, will be suspended for a period of ninety (90) days by the Commander-in-Chief. This suspension will automatically terminate when a properly completed Report of Election of officers is received at National Headquarters. At the end of ninety (90) days the Commander-in-Chief may cancel the charter of any Post not properly submitting a list of officers to National Headquarters.

3. Departments that have not forwarded an official roster to National Headquarters listing the officers of their Department should do so immediately so correspondence may be directed to the proper officers in each Department.

4. Posts are reminded they must register, in advance, one or more delegates to the VFW National Convention to be held August 18 - 24, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Section 222 of the Manuel of Procedure). The advance registration fee is ten dollars ($10.00) per delegate and should be mailed to VFW National Headquarters, Suite 316, 406 West 34th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111.

5. Post Commanders and Adjutants will see that credentials for duly-elected to the National Convention are properly filled and turned over to the proper representatives of the Post prior to their departure to the National Convention. Posts that have not sent in a Post Election Report Form listing officers for 2001 - 2002 will not receive credentials for the National Convention. Credentials were mailed to Post Commanders on or about July 7, 2001.

6. Certificates of charter evidencing consolidation have been issued to the following Posts:

Post Nos. 1817 and 10143 consolidated as Post No. 1817, Burlington, New Jersey
Posts Nos.1284 and 9420 consolidated as Post No. 1284, Chicago, Illinois
Posts Nos.1858 and 6052 consolidated as Post No. 1858, Baltimore, Maryland
Posts Nos. 9863 and 9412 consolidated as Post No. 9863, Rockville, Maryland
Posts No. 8385 and 2518 consolidated as Post No. 8385, St. Mary's, Georgia


13. SPECIAL ORDER NO. 289:

Special Order No. 245, dated May 7, 2001, terminating the membership of Bobby L. Dotson, Life Membership No. 1480179, Dickenson Memorial Post No. 8979, Clintwood, Virginia, in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, is hereby rescinded and membership reinstated.

By order of
John F. Gwizdak
Commander-in-Chief

14. SPECIAL ORDER NO. 300:

Upon the recommendation of the Commander, Department of Virginia, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 211 of the National By-Laws, the charter of Hunter Spicley Post No. 1490, Petersburg, Virginia mustered October 14, 1967, is hereby cancelled and the Post declared defunct. The Commander, Department of Virginia, will at once recover the charter, rituals, paraphernalia and all monies and other property of the Post in accordance with the provisions of the National By-Laws.

By order of
John F. Gwizdak
Commander-in-Chief


15. IMPORTANT 2001-2005 DATES:

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 24-30, 2002 National VFW Convention, Nashville, Tennessee.

September 12-15, 2002 Commander-in-Chief's Homecoming, Ontario, California.

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

August 14-20, 2004 National VFW Convention, Cincinnati, Ohio

August 20-26, 2005 National VFW Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah


16. NATIONAL CONVENTION MEETING:

August 18 -24 2001 Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Enclosed is a list of events.


National Convention Registration-Section 222 -Constitution and By-Laws require each Post to register, in advance, at least one delegate to the National Convention by the payment of a fee in the amount of $10.00. Posts failing to comply with the provision shall be considered delinquent and in arrears (Section 213). All advance registration fees should be mailed to the Quartermaster General, VFW Building, 406 West 34th Street, Suite 316, Kansas City, MO 64111.

Convention Schedule

17. SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION:

2002 July 13-14 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


18. FALL COUNCIL MEETINGS:

2001 September 21-23 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rate $65.00; phone 804-528-2500

2002 September 13-15 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


19.WINTER COUNCIL MEETINGS:

2002 January 18-20 Ramada Inn & Conference Center, 500 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185; phone 1-800-666-8888; Rates Single/Double $45.00


20. STATE CONVENTIONS:

2002 June 6-9 Sheraton, 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


21. VOICE OF DEMOCRACY:

2001-2002 VOICE OF DEMOCRACY THEME: "Reaching out to America's Future"

2001-2002 VOICE OF DEMOCRACY DEADLINES: Student Entry Deadline - November 1, 2001

District Deadline - December 15, 2001

POST COMMANDERS: If you have not appointed your Voice of Democracy Chairman, now is the time to do so. Schools will be opening next month. Your Post program should be in place and ready to commence when your area schools open. The Voice of Democracy essay competitions are intended to invite and encourage young people to think about their country in a patriotic way.


DISTRICT COMMANDERS: Please mail me the name , address and phone number of your District VOD chairman. For questions and information contact: Homer K. Bowen, Jr., VOD Chairman, P O Box 578, Marion, VA 24354-0578, phone (540) 783-3842.

Homer K. Bowen, Jr.
Voice of Democracy Chairman


22. TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD:

Nominations can be submitted by fellow teachers, supervisors or other interested individuals (not relatives). 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, 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 their school; and an all-expense-paid trip to attend VFW and Ladies Auxiliary National Community Service Conference in Washington, D.C. Teachers who win first-place in each category will be invited to a workshop at the conference, April 4-7, 2002. A program brochure (designed to be duplicated for distribution) will be mailed to all schools and this year's Post Commanders and Ladies Auxiliary VFW Presidents in August. Additional information on how to conduct the program will be included in the Citizenship Education Program Chairman's booklet, mailed in July 2001 -2002 Post Commanders and Ladies Auxiliary VFW Presidents.


23. YOUTH ESSAY:

2001-2002 YOUTH ESSAY THEME: "Is Freedom Really Free?"

2001-2002 YOUTH ESSAY DEADLINES: Student Entry Deadline - December 1, 2001

24. LEGISLATIVE:

VFW VOTER UPDATE - UPCOMING PRIMARIES/ELECTION OF MEMBERS TO THE VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES


On 21 August 2001, Republican primary elections will be held in nine districts to select candidates to run for the House of Delegates at the General Election on 6 November 2001. These districts are: 21st, 31st, 35th, 52nd, 67th, 86th, 88th, 91st and 99th. No Democratic primary elections will be held. As information, primary elections will also be held on 21 August for the Board of Supervisors of James County - Powhatan District. Changing of the Guard in the Virginia House of Delegates: A total of 10 Democratic and five Republican members of the House of Delegates will not seek re-election in November. Another delegate will change party affiliation. Some of these individuals are well known to VFW members who have lobbied on behalf of the Veteran community in the Commonwealth. These departing delegates are: William W. Bennett, Jr., (D), Halifax, Harry B. Blevins (R), Chesapeake, C. Richard Cranwell (D), Roanoke, Barnie K. Day (D), Patrick County, Alan A. Diamondstein (D), Newport News, V. Earl Dickinson (D), Louisa, George W. Greyson (D), James City, Paul C. Harris (R), Albemarle, Thomas M. Jackson Jr., (S), Carroll County, Jay T. Katzen (R), Fauquier, Roger J. McClure (R), Fairfax, A. Donald McEachin (D), Richmond, Thomas W. Moss, Jr., (D), Norfolk, Anne G. Rhodes (R), Richmond, Donald L. Williams (D), Norfolk. Democratic Delegate Watkins M. Abbitt Jr., Appomattox, stated that he will seek re-election to his House seat in November as an Independent. Department members are encouraged to express, as deemed appropriate, their thanks and best wishes via letter, e-mail, etc. to the departing Delegates cited above.

LEGISLATIVE ALERT - PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE MONTGOMERY GI BILL (MGIB)

The National Office of the VFW Action Corps has issued a Legislative Alert to govern support for improvements to the MGIB. The House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 1291 that increases monthly payments, per the MGIB from the current $650.00 per month to $1,100.00 over a three year period. On the Senate side, Arlen Specter (R-PA) has introduced S.1114, the companion bill to H.R. 1291. As of 25 July 2001, there were no co-sponsors for S.1114. Thus, we have our work cut out for us to convince our Senators to support this legislation. According to information received from the VFW Action Corps, President Bush has agreed to sign this legislation into law if presented to him. The funds necessary to pay this bill already have been set aside in the budget. Also, if the Senate support is obtained, it will probably mean an improved GI Bill beginning next year. Write Senators Allen and Warner a short letter, urging them to become a co-sponsor of S.1114. Let them know this bill will help achieve the following objectives:

The support of our Senator's is essential and it is up to us to ensure their support. Write those letters now!

Senator George Allen
204 Russell Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4024 Fax: (202) 224-5432
E-Mail: senator-allen@allen.senate.gov

Senator John W. Warner
225 Russell Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2023 Fax: (202) 224-6295
E-Mail: senator@warner.senate.gov

John P. McAnaw
Legislative Chairman


25. HOSPITAL REPORT:

I have received reports from 44 out of 197 Posts. This is a great start toward being 100% reported Statewide. Comrades, if you need a blank hospital report, call 1-800-888-3521. Give them your name, Post # and address. I will call State Headquarters once a week, get this information and send you a report form and a self addressed stamped envelope. That way it costs you nothing to get a hospital report to me. My goal is to be 100% reported for each half of the year, NO EXCEPTIONS, NO EXCUSES. We all have sick friends from our Post or Auxiliaries that we visit, so let's do the paperwork and make the Department of Virginia 100% reported. By the way, I received reports from every District except the 13th. Did they move to another Department without my knowledge? Seriously Comrades, please send a report to me. Save me a trip to your Post. If I do not receive a report from you, I will be coming to your Post for one. I promised Commander Tucker that I would give 110% effort this year. To me, this means 100% reported for both reporting periods, NO EXCEPTIONS, NO EXCUSES. In closing, remember that any Post member can file a hospital report. Good Luck on your ALL-STATE, ALL-AMERICAN year. You can achieve anything with a positive attitude.

T.W. Hines
Department Surgeon

26. DIVERSITY COMMITTEE:

I believe the seven most OVERUSED words in the VFW are, "We have always done it that way". If we are, as an Organization, to continue our growth by increasing our membership we must look for new ways to recruit. Although all of us should consider ourselves recruiter in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, this year, the Diversity Committee needs to work hand in hand with the Membership Committee and at the same time enhance the awareness of our membership as to the purpose and need for a Diversity Committee in the VFW. Although there are many challenges that we face as an Organization as it relates to diversity, this month I want to address two specific issues. First and foremost, the VFW is not an all MALE Organization. But we continue to refer to our meetings as "the men's meeting". Why? Because, "We have always done it that way". It should be referred to as a Post, District or Department meeting made of eligible comrades, both male and female. This is an area that requires us to educate our Sisters in the Ladies Auxiliary as they also refer to our meetings as " the men's meetings". Why? Because, "We have always done it that way". According to the VA, the total veteran population is projected to decline by nearly 40 percent by the year 2020 and yet the total female Veterans is projected to increase from 4 percent to 10 percent by the year 2020. This presents an incredible opportunity for growth in our great Organization as we look to eligible female Veterans. Secondly, an area of concern that has been expressed to the Diversity Committee is the aging Veteran population. According to the latest statistics, we are now losing World War II Veterans at the rate of 1,500 per day. Some Posts seem to believe that there are not enough eligible Veterans to replace the ones we are losing. Many believe we need another war to increase our membership. Why? Because, "We have always done it that way". Comrades, it is time to check Article I in your Manual of procedure. You may be surprised to learn that hardly a day has gone by sine WW II in which a Veteran has not become eligible for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. This of course includes Korea. In addition to the qualifying campaign medals issued for Korean duty, any Veteran who has served, or is now serving, 30 consecutive or 60 non consecutive days in Korea since 1949 is an eligible Veteran for the VFW. We must open our arms and embrace younger eligible Veterans. These are just two of the ways that we can start to increase awareness and add greater Diversity to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Department of Virginia. I am available upon request to travel throughout our Department to address your Districts regarding diversity in the VFW as it relates to your District and Posts. Please contact me if your need any assistance with any Diversity topic. I can be reached at 703-360-0990 or e-mail VFWJIM@aol.com. Working together as a team, we can accomplish much and eliminate the phrase, "We have always done it that way".

Jim Kerr
Department Diversity Chairperson


27. ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE REPORT:

The goal of the Department of Virginia Environmental Committee Program is to make Virginia a better place to visit, live, work, raise our children and RETIRE. To accomplish this, we suggest that the Post Commanders of our 197 Posts select a dedicated comrade to direct the program. Contact local officials and employees, local foresters, nurserymen and librarians to determine what programs are already in place or planned for your area. Next, take a tour of the Post area keeping in mind what funds your Post can commit to such a program. Take a few pictures of dilapidated buildings and structures, piles of accumulated trash, fallen trees and overgrown areas. A discussion with Post members and workers can then select a suitable program. August is a fine month to do this planning. Like mined organizations can be contacted and asked to participate and contribute whatever they wish. Keep in mind, such programs require leadership, money, manpower and material. Virginia has many sources of seedlings and shrubs. Foresters can help decide which are suited to your area soils and climate with a good chance of survival. Consider these types of programs: recycling papers, metals and plastics. Choose a private or public area, perhaps a schoolyard, a churchyard, a section of a stream or highway or a cemetery. There are many possibilities even in a small community. Ask the local fire department if a local burning can rid an area of a long standing eyesore as a training exercise. Planting a few trees and shrubs along a highway or stream can be an interesting experience for our children who can watch them blossom. It also teaches them the value of caring and respecting other people's property. Keep in mind that Presidents Washington and Jefferson managed to take time from their Presidential duties to urge their caretakers to plant trees and gardens not only for beauty, but for food as well. They acquired seeds and plants from abroad as well. George Mason also took time from his studies of the law and how to govern the new, young America to plant gardens and trees that beautify Gunston Manor. As Jefferson said on returning from the Washington scene to Monticello with three carriages of goods including many seeds and plants "I am an old Politician but I am still a young farmer." Keep in mind that both Washington, Jefferson and Mason were all "CASH POOR." So do not let a lack of money keep us from conducting the best program we can. Select a good leader, choose some good workers and invite others to join. Be sure to keep your VFW membership applications handy on the work day. Ask all of the volunteers to join the VFW if they are eligible. Send the completed applications to State Headquarters. Enter details of money and man hours on the Community Service report.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


28. STATE HEADQUARTERS HOLIDAY CLOSINGS:

September 3, 2001 Labor Day
October 12, 2001 Columbus Day
November 12, 2001 Veterans Day
November 22-23, 2001 Thanksgiving
December 25, 2001 Christmas Day

January 1, 2002 New Years' Day

29. COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS REPORT

Three months of this reporting have passed. As of July 25th, the following Posts have not submitted a COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS REPORT for the first (1st) reporting period (May 1 through October 31).

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

DISTRICT 1
824, 960, 2296, 4856, 7167 8629, 9358

DISTRICT 2
392, 993, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411, 4809, 8545

DISTRICT 3
394, 1426, 2239, 3125, 4639, 6364, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9224, 9501, 9808, 10387, 10654, 10657, 11124

DISTRICT 4
637, 2163, 2584, 5313, 5371, 7166, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8163, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9855, 9954, 10570, 10571

DISTRICT 5
644, 1115, 2820, 4637, 6130, 7443, 7568, 7800, 8243

DISTRICT 6
484, 1033, 1444, 1841, 2515, 4165, 4299, 4318, 4920, 5311, 5895, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877

DISTRICT 7
1150, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9660, 9760, 9872

DISTRICT 8
472, 1177, 3103, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865

DISTRICT 9
956, 2719, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7328, 7360, 7969, 9696, 9864

DISTRICT 10
609, 1503, 5412, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9274, 9478

DISTRICT 11
452, 1499, 2424, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773

DISTRICT 12
1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 8979, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673

DISTRICT 13
1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8697, 8717, 8947, 9887, 10295, 10546, 10574

SAFETY:

DISTRICT 1
824, 960, 2296, 4856, 6002, 7167, 8629, 9358

DISTRICT 2
392, 993, 1211, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411, 4809, 8545

DISTRICT 3
394, 1426, 2239, 3125, 4639, 6364, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9224, 9501, 9808, 10387, 10654, 10657, 11124

DISTRICT 4
637, 2163, 2584, 5313, 5371, 7166, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8163, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9855, 9954, 10570, 10571

DISTRICT 5
644, 1115, 2820, 4637, 6130, 7443, 7568, 7726, 7800, 8243

DISTRICT 6
484, 1033, 1444, 1841, 2515, 4165, 4299, 4318, 4920, 5311, 5895, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877

DISTRICT 7
1150, 1860, 2123, 2447, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9646, 9660, 9760, 9872

DISTRICT 8
472, 1177, 2524, 3103, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865

DISTRICT 9
956, 2719, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7328, 7360, 7969, 9696, 9864

DISTRICT 10
609, 1503, 5412, 7327, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9274, 9478

DISTRICT 11
452, 1499, 2424, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773

DISTRICT 12
1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 69758, 8652, 8979, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673

DISTRICT 13
1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8697, 8717, 8947, 9887, 10295, 10546, 10574


AMERICANISM

DISTRICT 1
824, 960, 2296, 4856, 7167, 8629, 9358

DISTRICT 2
392, 993, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411, 4809, 8545

DISTRICT 3
394, 1426, 2239, 3125, 4639, 6364, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9224, 9501, 9808, 10387, 10654, 10657, 11124

DISTRICT 4
637, 2163, 2584, 5313, 5371, 7166, 7897, 8048, 8163, 8228, 8446, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9855, 9954, 10570, 10571

DISTRICT 5
644, 2820, 4637, 6130, 7443, 7568, 7800, 8243

DISTRICT 6
484, 1033, 1444, 1841, 2515, 4165, 4299, 4318, 4920, 5311, 5895, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877

DISTRICT 7
1150, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9660, 9760, 9872

DISTRICT 8
472, 1177, 3103, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865

DISTRICT 9
956, 2719, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7328, 7360, 7969, 9696, 9864

DISTRICT 10
609, 1503, 5412, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9274, 9478

DISTRICT 11
452, 1499, 2424, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773

DISTRICT 12
1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 8979, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673

DISTRICT 13
1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8697, 8717, 8947, 9887, 10295, 10546, 10574

YOUTH ACTIVITIES

DISTRICT 1
824, 960, 2296, 4856, 6002, 7167, 8629, 9358

DISTRICT 2
392, 993, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411, 4809, 8545

DISTRICT 3
394, 1426, 2239, 3125, 4639, 6364, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9224, 9501, 9808, 10387, 10654, 10657, 11124

DISTRICT 4
637, 2163, 2584, 5313, 5371, 7166, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8163, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9855, 9954, 10570, 10571

DISTRICT 5
644, 1115, 2820, 4637, 6130, 7443, 7568, 7800, 8243

DISTRICT 6
484, 1033, 1444, 1841, 2515, 4165, 4299, 4318, 4920, 5311, 5895, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877

DISTRICT 7
1150, 2123, 2447, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9646, 9660, 9760, 9872

DISTRICT 8
472, 1177, 2524, 3103, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865

DISTRICT 9
956, 2719, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7328, 7360, 7969, 9343, 9696, 9864

DISTRICT 10
609, 1503, 5412, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9274, 9478

DISTRICT 11
452, 1499, 2424, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773

DISTRICT 12
1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 8979, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673

DISTRICT 13
1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8697, 8717, 8947, 9887, 10295, 10546, 10574

Posts are requested to use the new Community Service Program Report form and discard all old forms. Please send completed Community Service Program reports to: Peter M. Snelling, 1113 Culpepper Lane, Bedford, VA 24523.

Peter M. Snelling
Community Activities Chairman


30. HOMECOMING:

Enclosed please find an insert concerning the Commander and President's Homecoming.

Homecoming

31. VETERAN'S DAY PARADE:


Enclosed please find entry form for Veterans' Day Parade to be held in Staunton, VA.

Veteran's Day Parade

32. QUARTERMASTER BOND:


Quartermaster Bonds will expire 08-31-01. Enclosed is a chart for the bonding of Quartermaster. Please earmark your check "QM BOND".

Quartermaster's bond form
Official: By Order of:
Robert J. Klausing James E. Tucker
State Adjutant State Commander