GENERAL ORDERS

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VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 8
FOLLOW ME

FEBRUARY 1, 2001

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1. STATE COMMANDER'S MESSAGE:

First of all I would like to thank everyone who came out in all of that bad weather to attend our Winter Council Meeting. Now that it is behind us, it's time that we get out and finish working our membership. We are about 88% that 12% is always the hardest. If any Post or District Commander needs help collecting dues, don't hesitate to send a request to State Headquarters, and we will do our best to get a State Officer out to help you.

We still have several Post which have not been inspected this year (especially District 13). Come on Commander let's get this done before the Washington Conference. If you feel like you are going to need help, send a request to State Headquarters. The State Inspector is ready to come out and help you.

The year is half over, thanks to everyone for all the hard work that you are putting in.

E. Ray Chappell
State Commander


2. 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.

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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.


3. 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.


4. 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. 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.


5. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

FIRST - 02-11-01, DENBIGH POST 6002, Meeting 11:00 a.m., State Representative Michael Hoiness, State Surgeon

SECOND - 03-10-01, FRANKLIN POST 4411, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Junior Vice Commander

THIRD - 02-24-01, THIRD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, Meeting 2:00 p.m., State Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Junior Vice Commander

FOURTH - 02-11-01, AMELIA POST 8759, Meeting 2:00 p.m., State Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Junior Vice Commander

FIFTH - 02-25-01, DANVILLE POST 647, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative Douglas Hayes, Past Department Commander.

SIXTH - 02-11-01, COVINGTON POST 1033, Meeting 2:00 p.m., State Representative E. Ray Chappell, State Commander

SEVENTH - 03-11-01, EDINBURG POST 2447, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting 12:00 Noon, State Representative, Lawrence F. Mattera, State Junior Vice Commander

EIGHTH - 03-18-01, MANASSAS POST 7589, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Judge Advocate

05-20-01, FREDERICKSBURG POST 3103

NINTH - 05-06-01, NARROWS POST 6000, State Representative James Tucker, Senior Vice Commander

TENTH - 02-18-01, McLEAN POST 8241, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative James E. Tucker, State Senior Vice Commander

ELEVENTH - 03-25-01, LEXINGTON POST 1499, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting 12:30 p.m.

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

TWELFTH - 05-13-01, AT JW ADAMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SPONSORED POUND POST 9600, Registration 11:00 a.m., Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting to follow, State Representative James E. Tucker, State Senior Vice Commander

THIRTEENTH - 03-18-01, SPOTSYLVANIA POST 10546, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Junior Vice Commander


6. CHANGES IN ROSTER:

DIVERSITY COMMITTEE- James Kerr, 8311 Riverside Road, Alexandria 22308-1542, phone 703-527-1260

ELEVENTH DISTRICT - Quartermaster Harry C. Huff's phone number is 540-885-7970

POST 776 - Adjutant is Dana Jackson, 7506 Peppers Ferry Blvd, Radford 24141, phone 540-633-5666

POST 1499 - Quartermaster is W. L. "Bucky" Bryant, 195 Amole Hollow Road, Lexington 24450, phone 540-261-1963

POST 2296 - Commander is John T. Joynes, 24311 Joynes Lane, Onancock 23417, phone 757-787-4307

POST 2515 - Commander is James A. Hughes, P O Box 100, Monroe 24574, phone 804-929-3538

POST 2894 - Commander is Eric Pitt, 601 Queenswood Terrace, Chesapeake 23320, phone 757-482-9052

POST 4299 - Adjutant D. H. Scott's address changed to 720 Jefferson Avenue, Clifton Forge 24422

POST 4411 - Senior Vice Commander is Wesley R. Fawcett, 6177 West Blackwater Road, Zuni 23898-0353

POST 4411 - Junior Vice Commander is Lloyd E. Gaskins, Jr., 6139 West Blackwater Road, Zuni 23898-3003

POST 7157 - Quartermaster John Hensley's address changed to 56 Lea Drive, Fishersville 22939

POST 7157 - Meeting time changed Third Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Yancy Fire House, Fishersville

POST 7327 - Quartermaster is Robert J. Larivee, 7100 Captains Cove Court, Alexandria 22315-4219

POST 7559 - Quartermaster is Stephen W. Pulley, 21309 Bain Road, Stony Creek 23882, phone 804-246-2046

POST 7800 - Quartermaster is James F. Edwards, 343 Nettleridge Loop, Stuart 24171, phone 540-694-6852

POST 8469 - Email is vfw8469@yahoo.com vs VFW@yahoo.com

POST 8479 - Commander is Chester C. Powell, P O Box 216, Fishersville 22939, phone 540-337-4103

POST 8652 - Commander is Delmar H. Broyles, P O Box 1054, Coeburn 24230, phone 540-395-2316

POST 8717 - Commander is Charles O. Middlebrook, 5391 Potomac Drive, King George 22485, phone 540-663-4133


7. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

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


8. POLICEMAN, FIREMAN AND EMT WINNERS:

The judging for the Policeman, Fireman and Emergency Medical Technician of the Year was held at the Winter Council Meeting. Policeman of the Year - Seth Chamberland sponsored by Christiansburg Post 5311 , Fireman of the Year - Michael L. Runnels sponsored by Fairfax Post 8469 , Emergency Medical Technician of the Year - John Fusco sponsored by Virginia Beach Post 392.


9. VIRGINIA VETERAN:

It is once again time to start sending information or pictures to State Headquarters for the Virginia Veteran to be handed out at the State Convention in June. If you are a candidate for office, please send information and photograph now. THE DEADLINE IS MARCH 15, 2001. NO EXCEPTIONS.


10. WORKING SESSION:

Due to the Schedule of events in March, the 5th Working Session of all Council Members March 11, 2001 at State Headquarters will be canceled for this year.

E. Ray Chappell
State Commander


11. YOUTH ESSAY:

2000-2001 YOUTH ESSAY THEME: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PATRIOTIC?

2000-2001 YOUTH ESSAY DEADLINES: Department Deadline - February 15, 2001;

National Deadline - February 20, 2001


12. TRANSMITTAL DEADLINES FOR THE 2000-2001 YEAR:

February February 28 (Wednesday)
March March 30 (Friday)
April April 30 (Monday)
May May 31 (Thursday)
June July 6 (Friday)

The official membership close date will be the last business day of each month. All D-27's, cards and money in the house on that date will be processed and will appear on the month-end report.

Should a holiday fall on the last day of the month, the cutoff will be on the day before.

Your continued support and cooperation in ensuring that all cards are received in a timely fashion will be greatly appreciated.


13. LIFE MEMBERSHIP:

2001 LIFE MEMBERSHIP INSTALLMENT PLAN ENROLLMENT

January 1 through March 31, 2001

An annual reminder that the enrollment period for the Life Membership Installment Plan is only during the three months indicated. Note that 2001 annual dues must be paid and recorded at National Headquarters before a member can enroll in the Installment Plan. Watch for the December VFW magazine ad and the January-February Checkpoint for Installment Plan Agreement Forms, or write to the Life Membership Department at National Headquarters for a small supply.

Plan "D" Life Membership Fee Schedule

ATTAINED AGE FEE QUARTERLY
(at December 31) Installment Plan Only
Through age 30 $245.00 $61.25
Age 31-40 $235.00 $58.75
Age 41-50 $215.00 $53.75
Age 51-60 $195.00 $48.75
Age 61-70 $165.00 $41.25
Age 71-80 $125.00 $31.25
Age 81 and over $85.00 $21.25

The absolute deadline for the Installment Plan enrollment is March 31, 2001.


14. BUDDY POPPIES:

Enclosed in last month's General Orders was an order form for Buddy Poppies. If you plan to sell poppies for Memorial Day, it is time to order them. The price is $90.00 per thousand. Be sure to include a street address for shipment, NOT POST OFFICE BOX, and also the date you plan to sell them.

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15. CRITERIA FOR ALL STATE JUDGING:

Enclosed is the criteria for the All State Judging.

All State Judging Criteria

16. TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD:

The three category winners are: Kindergarten through Fifth - Sylvia I. Coleman sponsored by Post 8163 Clarksville; Sixth through Eighth - Scarlett Kiser sponsored by Post 2216 Staunton and Ninth through Twelfth - Paul B. Kirby sponsored by Post 824 Grafton. Each winner will receive a citation and $500.00 to help defray expenses of attending the State Convention.


17. VOICE OF DEMOCRACY:

Voice of Democracy entries were received from 12 Districts. The District chairman reported a total of 85 Posts and 61 Auxiliaries, with 2,081 student entries. There were 108 Post winners judges at the District level. From these, twelve numbered tapes were judged at the State level by five unbiased judges at WMVE radio station in Marion, Virginia on January 5, 2001. Present at this judging, but outside the judging room were State Commander Ray Chappell, Past State Commander Marshall Guy, and Department VOD Chairman Homer Bowen.

Post awards totaled $45,325.00, with additional Post expenses associated with the VOD program of $10,021.00. District award to participating students was $5,700.00, with additional expenses of $5,000.00.

A special thanks to all Posts, Districts and anyone who worked on the 2000-2001 Voice of Democracy essay program in the Department of Virginia.

The State Voice of Democracy judging was held Friday, January 5, 2001. First Place - Jeffrey S. Freeman, sponsored by Marion Post 4667, Ninth District; Second Place - Virginia M. Soenksen, sponsored by Harrisonburg Post 632, Eleventh District and Third Place - Rebecca M. Palmer, sponsored by Norfolk Post 3160, Second District.

Homer K. Bowen, Jr.
Voice of Democracy Chairman


18. CONTEST GUIDELINES FOR COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES RECORD BOOK:

Instructions on the contest guidelines and how to prepare a record book are enclosed in this month's General Orders. Also, enclosed is the form for the front inside cover for entry.

Community Book Guidelines
Entry Form

19. 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 through out the Department have stepped up their efforts to provide Homeless Veterans a hand up, not a hand out, to transition our fellow veterans to proud, productive, taxpaying citizens of our great Commonwealth. Space doesn't 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 one. Great job Department of Virginia-our Homeless Veterans know someone cares.

The men and ladies of District Two passed a motion to commit themselves to aiding Homeless Veterans in Hampton Roads. Since then, EVERY Post and Auxiliary in District Two has made a substantial contribution to assisting Homeless Veterans, Inc., a private nonprofit residential program that successfully transitions Homeless Veterans back to proud, productive, and tax paying citizens. To date, District Two has contributed over $9,000.00 in money, goods, and services. Scores of Veterans are back on their feet thanks to this tremendous effort.

Next month's General Orders will provide a listing of various National, State and local resources that are available to you if you want to expand your assistance to Homeless Veterans. What better way to spend your charitable contributions?

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 has a Homeless Veteran Chairman and conducted just one project to help one Homeless Veteran?

For help or assistance contact any of the Department's Homeless Veterans Committee,
Larry Payne - 757-631-9286;
Fred Brooks - 804-883-7014;
William Carbin - 703-780-2546 or
Waynard Caldwell - 540-774-3878.

Lawrence Payne
Homeless Veterans Chairman

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20. 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

21. IMPORTANT 2000-2003 DATES:

February 24-March 1, 2001 VFW National Legislative Conference, Washington, DC, Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

March 14-18, 2001 Ladies Auxiliary Mid-Year Conference, Orlando, Florida.

April 2001 Participate in March of Dimes WalkAmerica.

April 5-8, 2001 National VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference Washington, DC, Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

April 22-28, 2001 National Volunteer Week.

May 1, 2001 VFW Loyalty Day.

Department selection due at National for the new VFW Volunteer of the Year.

June 1, 2001 Department 12 month Community Service Work Report (hours and dollars) and Department selection of their Outstanding Community Service Post(s) due to National.

August 18-24, 2001 National VFW Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

September 6-9, 2001 Commander-in-Chief's Homecoming, Boyne Highlands Resort, Petosky, Michigan

October 28, 2001 Statue of Liberty Birthday Celebration, Liberty Island, New York

November 15-18, 2001 Southern States Conference, Savannah, Georgia.

February 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.


22. COMMUNITY SERVICE CONFERENCE:

All VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members are invited to attend the banquet.

Seating for the banquet is limited. Tickets will be sold on a first come/first served basis. Once the main ballroom is filled to capacity, based on continued interest, National may do a video feed into an alternate ballroom.

If NATIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS choose to attend the banquet, they MUST purchase tickets through the Department Adjutant. Tickets are $50.00 per person and must be into State Headquarters by February 8, 2001. Please give us the name of each person purchasing a ticket. The tickets will be distributed at Conference Registration on April 6, 2001 at the Hotel.


23. SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION:


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


24. FALL COUNCIL MEETINGS:

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


25. 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 5-10 Sheraton, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230; Single/Double $81, Triple/Quadruple $96 plus tax; Phone: 1-804-285-1234; Fax: 1-804-288-3961

2003 Sheraton, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230; Phone: 1-804-285-1234; Fax: 1-804-288-3961


26. LEGISLATIVE:

Recent events such as the elections and retirements have given us many different individuals to work with, for instance:
Secretary U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi was replaced by Togo West/ Hershel Goeb.
U.S. Senate George Allen was replaced by Charles Robb.
Director of the VA Department of Veterans Affairs Theodore Mortensen was replaced by Donald W. Duncan.

State Adjutant/ Legion Dale Chapman was replaced by Connie E. O'Neill.

These changes mean we must review the chronology of events of concern to us:

20 December 2000- Governor Gilmore III submitted his budget bill to the members of the Virginia General Assembly, This document includes:

$900,000 for construction of an Alzheimers unit at our State Care Center in Roanoke Virginia.

$6,500,000 for purchase of land for a second State Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk County. When a title to the land is acquired, Virginia can apply to federal government for 100% of Capital Construction Costs, available now.

$9,207,000 Virginians share construction of 240 new bed homes at Maguire Medical Center, Richmond. Federal government has 65% of estimated construction costs, available to Virginia now.

$334,000 was contributed by Virginia to construct National WWII Memorial in Washington.

18 January 2001 A statewide group of twelve , despite storm warnings journey to Richmond. Led by State Commander Early Ray Chappell, Larry Mattera, and Robert Klausing. Due to the death of Senator Stanley Walker, the Senate was not in session to attend his funeral. We did deliver our VFW 2001 brochure to the office of each House member and each Senator. We were cordially received everywhere we went. Also we were admitted to the house gallery where speaker Vance Wilkens recognized us from the podium. We stood and received a generous round of applause from the house members.

20 January 2001 Many of us attended the Winter Council Meeting in Williamsburg. Attendance was good. I am told about 220 comrades and guests attended the Banquet on Saturday night. Most committee and Commanders reports were illuminating.

Now we need to think about what we should do for ourselves and families. We need to prepare and update our wills, assemble all medical and military records and keep them in one place, Discuss the details with family members and an attorney knowledgeable of Virginia law. Most lawyers will do this for a fee of about $175.00 which is well worth it. Make sure you include all money that may be coming to you like Social Security, pension, or retirement. Then list everything that you own or have part ownership of. Next list all your bills and credit card balances etc. Then list everything that someone owes you. Having done that decide on your final burial wishes. Where you wish to be buried, and is there enough space there for you and your family members. What funeral director do you want. Who should be notified. What Honor Guard, and Pallbearers. Do you want open or closed casket, embalming, cremation or no church or gravesite ceremony only keep in mind a funeral runs from $4,000 to $7,000. Where will the money come from. If you cannot afford this amount discuss it with the undertaker so you will not leave your family in debt on your demise. One way to demonstrate to your loved ones is to take care of these annoying details now while you are able. That way they will not be forced to guess what you might have liked during a time of stress and sorrow.

The Legislative committee will continue to monitor the progress of our goals. There are only about 27 days left for the General Assembly to handle the estimated 3,000 issues. I see no way that they will be able to spend any large amount of time on any one issue. We do have to remember that there are about 2,000 registered lobbyist in Richmond on a full time basis. We need to make sure that these items in the Governors Budget stay there so the funds will be available on July 1, 2001.

I would like to thank all members of the Legislative Committee for their fine support in preparing and delivering the VFW 2001 Brochure, in particular J.B..Young and John Mc Anaw.

Ernest B. Glynn
Legislative Chairman

27. ENVIRONMENTAL:

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Environmental Program is designed to make Virginia a better place to visit, live, work, raise our children, and or to retire. It can augment not interfere with such programs as our Safety, Community Service or Youth Programs. A good way to start is for each Commander to make a tour of his post area with a dedicated comrade. This field trip will reveal several potential Environmental projects. Next a trip to the local library, and the local Public Works Office will discover what programs are already in place or planned for your area. Keeping always in mind that such programs require money, manpower, motivation, material, equipment, and tools. Such organizations as the National Wildlife Federation, the Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited Chesapeake Bay Foundation and also firms like Westvaco, Union Camp, Weyerhauser and Georgia Pacific all may have programs from recycling newspapers, cardboard, metals, glass, plastics, old engine oil, vehicles, and wood or wood items, even concrete can be hydrolyzed.

The next step is to select a suitable date and notify the news media. Major firms in the area such as banks, law firms, and insurance companies may contribute money or manpower. Ask each to contribute whatever they wish. Some may like to participate by adopting a section of a stream or highway and keep it free of litter. Last year the Virginia Department of Transportation spent over $3,000,000 in picking up litter alone. This money could better be spent in making more roads.

Trees and shrubs painted along the highways provide habitat for Wildlife nesting and feeding areas for bluebirds and songbirds. Trees properly chosen for the particular soil and location with the advise of your local public works officers or nurserymen will provide shade, shelter, and fuel. One out of each six person working today in Virginia owes that job to products of the forest. But today as we travel the highways of our state how many young trees do we see being planted/?. So it is vitally important in Virginia to replace trees that are now mature diseased or damaged by fire or lightning, so that when high winds or heavy snows cause further blowdowns we will have young trees to take their place. Fruit trees and nut trees can be planted along the margins of our open fields so that we can also enjoy edible crops of fruit and nuts. In smaller areas dogwoods, azaleas, Japanese qunce, forsythia and lilacs provide early spring bloomers.

So the big thing is to set the date, notify the news media, take pictures of the work in progress and ask the local politicians to come out on work day. Abandoned buildings, structures, and signs can be removed with the owners approval. Perhaps the local fire department can provide a community controlled burn day. Old tires can be shredded and or used for shore protection.

Remember on the workday to keep your VFW membership applications handy. Ask every volunteer to join the VFW if they are eligible. Community volunteers make good VFW members. Send the application and details of money spent and manhours involved. Even a small project today will be remembered long after your muscles get back to normal. So lets see if each post can have a small project this year. If they do we will be on the way to making Virginia a better place to visit, live, work, raise children, and to retire.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


28. 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


29. LIFE MEMBERSHIP DRAWINGS:

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

The third drawing will be held at State Headquarters May 17, 2001 during the judging and you must have 100% of the 2000-2001 quota.


30. VFW PRIORITY GOALS 2000-2001

Listed below are the National Legislative and Security Goals of the VFW for 2000-2001. Please disseminate this information to the membership.

LEGISLATIVE GOALS

Health Care and VA Benefits

*Ensure funding is continually authorized and appropriated for VA operations and enhancement.
*Increase VBA funding to expand and improve the claims process.
*Provide obstetrics, after-birth care, etc.. For women vets.
*Allow VA to collect and retain Medicare dollars when treating non service connected, disabled, Medicare eligible veterans.
*Expand and maintain Veterans Cemetery Administration.

Military Quality of Life
*Establish GI Bill for 21st Century that provides full tuition and living expenses stipends at any institution to which a veteran is accepted.
*Increase pay of active-duty personnel equal to civil service jobs.
*Allow military retirees to receive both full military pension and VA compensation.
*Provide continuum of lifetime quality health care for all active-duty personnel, retirees and dependents, including all eligible Reserve and Guard personnel.
*Fund improvement and construction of military housing.

Employment Goals
*Oppose attempts to reduce veterans preference.
*Support an effective Veterans Employment and Training Service.
*Support veterans representation on state and local workforce development boards.
*Urge national standardization of licensing and certification requirements by federal and state agencies.
*Enhance community-based efforts to eliminate veterans homelessness.

SECURITY GOALS

Defense Armed Forces
*Increase defense budget and provide necessary resources.
*Improve military readiness.
*Increase budget for recapitalization of U.S. Coast Guard.
*Increase Navy shipbuilding.
*Support gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops from Bosnia and Kosovo.
*Accelerate development and deployment of national missile defense.
*Improve theater missile defense.
*Oppose U.S. military forces under foreign commanders.
*Tighten high-technology exports.
*Support nations war on drugs.
*Strengthen security at Department of Energy laboratories.

POWs / MIAs
*Achieve fullest possible accounting of MIAs from all wars.
*Support public awareness of POWs/MIAs.
*Oppose downsizing Defense POWs/MIAs office.
*Increase Central Identification Laboratory capability.

Terrorism

*Support strong and decisive action against countries that sponsor and protect terrorist groups.

*Protect U.S. servicemen and women against terrorist threats.

*Hold both U.S. authorities and foreign governments accountable for security lapses that endanger lives of U.S. military personnel.

Allies
*Back vital alliances.
*Continue U.S. involvement in NATO.
*Honor commitments to allies.
*Promote peace and democracy by supporting friendly countries.

John P. Mc Anaw
National Legislative Committeeman


31. WINTER COUNCIL MEETING:


Enclosed is the minutes of the Winter Council Meeting held January 19-21, 2001. Please note the banquet tickets are going up to $35.00 per ticket.

Winter Council Minutes

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