GENERAL ORDERS

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VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 12
FOLLOW ME

June 1, 2001

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1. STATE COMMANDER'S MESSAGE:

This will be the last message from me. I would like to thank everyone for the help and support given to me during my year as State Commander. Thank you all for all you have done for the Department of Virginia. As of this writing the State of Virginia is 100% in membership counting MIP's, but we have a few to go to get 100% in paid members. I urge all Post Commanders and Quartermasters to get out and get those few members we need to meet that quota. Congratulations to District Commanders of Districts 1, 2, 5, 6, 8 and 10 for getting their Districts 100% in membership. I pledge my support behind the State Commander and State Officers for the year 2001-2002. The uniform for the head table at the banquet will be white dinner jackets.

E. Ray Chappell State Commander


2. REPORTS AND FORMS:

PLEASE NOTE THE INDIVIDUAL RECRUITING AWARD FORM, THE DECEASED COMRADE FORM (PLEASE NOTE NEW 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

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 -

SECOND - 08-04-01, VIRGINIA BEACH POST 392, Lunch 11:00 A.M., meeting 12:00 P.M.

THIRD - 09-08-01, THIRD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, Meeting 2:00 P.M.

FOURTH - 08-12-01, POST 7166, South Hill, Meeting 1:00 P.M.

FIFTH -

SIXTH - 08-15-01, 2:00 P.M.

SEVENTH -

EIGHTH -

NINTH -

TENTH -

ELEVENTH - 09-09-01, STAUNTON POST 2216, Meeting 11:30 A.M. TWELFTH - 09-09-01, CLINTWOOD POST 8979, Lunch 12 :00 P.M., Meeting 1:00 P.M.

THIRTEENTH- 09-16-01, Louisa Post 8947, 1:00 P.M.


6. CHANGES IN ROSTER:

E-Mail: Pete Snelling: PMSnellingVFW@AOL.COM

Russell Boyd :BRUSSTY@VAIX.NET

John C. May: JMAY159466@AOL.COM

Second District Commander Wesley W. Flora, 2800 Colonial Drive, Suffolk, 23435-1514, (757) 484-5675

Post 8479 William Gibson, QM New Address: 69 Featherstone Drive, Lyndhurst, 22952

Post 8902 Meeting Place: Keysville Volunteer Fire Department Building, 3rd Thursday of each month @ 7:00 P.M.


7. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

Attention is directed to Section 218, Manual of Procedure Duty of Trustess, Form P-113. Trustees Report of Audit, must be prepared in detail at the close of each quarter, on of which ended March 31st, which is NOW PAST DUE at State Headquarters.


8. 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 have the office of Quartermaster bonded, or failure to submit quarterly Post Trustees Report of Audit. Posts that are delinquent in any of the aforementioned shall be deprived of all representation in District, Department and National Convention.


9. 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.


10. ELECTION REMINDER:

All Posts are reminded to send in Election Reports to National and State Headquarters as soon as elections are held. All Posts are encouraged to refer to Section 217 of the Constitution and By-Laws Manuel of Procedure entitled Nomination, Election, Installation and Term of Office.


11. TRANSMITTAL OF DEADLINES FOR YEAR 2000 - 2001:

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.


12. POST ELECTIONS:

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. The installing officer does not need a warrant to install officers.


13. 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 2001-2002 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.


14. BUDDY POPPIES REMINDER:

If your Post owes for Poppies and/or Supplies, the amount due should be paid by the State Convention or your Post will be in arrears and will not be eligible to vote.


15. CREDENTIALS:

All Posts are reminded to forward the names of all delegates and alternates to State Headquarters. All delegates, alternates and State Officers must register upon arriving at the State Convention.


16. NOTICE TO ALL POSTS:

Your Election Report must be turned into State Headquarters in order for the information about your Post to be printed in the 2001-2002 Roster.

Listed below are Posts that have not sent in the 2001-2002 Election Report to State Headquarters. Please do so by the State Convention, or your Post will be in arrears and NOT be eligible to vote.

District One- 5500, 8252, 9358 District Eight - 1177, 9865

District Two- 993, 2582 District Nine - 2719, District

District Three - 394, 1490, District District Ten - 5412

District Four - 7559, 8446, 8599, 9618, 10570, 10571 District Eleven - 452, 4805, 4989,7578, 9480, 9794

District Five - 644, 873, 7443, 10840 District Twelve - 4301, 10673, District

District Seven - District District Thirteen - 7368, 8697, 9887, 10546, 10574


17. SPECIAL ORDER NO. 243

His eligibility to membership having been questioned under the provisions of Section 108 of the National By-Laws and the veteran having failed to submit proof of campaign medal service which would qualify for membership, it is hereby ordered that the name of Thelmar Branham, Life Membership No. 1390178, be removed from the rolls of Dickenson Memorial Post No. 8979, Clintwood, Virginia, and his membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States terminated by reason of ineligibility.

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

18. SPECIAL ORDER NO. 245

His eligibility to membership having been questioned under the provisions of Section 108 of the National By-Laws and the veteran having failed to submit proof of campaign medal service which would qualify for membership, it is hereby ordered that the name of Bobby L. Dotson, Life Membership No. 1480179, be removed from the rolls of Dickenson Memorial Post No. 8979, Clintwood, Virginia, and his membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States terminated by reason of ineligibility.

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

19. SPECIAL ORDER NO. 247

His eligibility to membership having been questioned under the provisions of Section 108 of the National By-Laws and the veteran having failed to submit proof of campaign medal service which would qualify for membership, it is hereby ordered that the name of Harlice C. Perrigan, Life Membership No. 1029729, be removed from the rolls of Dickenson Memorial Post No. 8979, Clintwood, Virginia, and his membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States terminated by reason of ineligibility.

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

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 was enclosed with last months General Orders.


21. 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.


22. 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 Manual 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.


23. W. I. WOODDELL MEMORIAL POST QUARTERMASTER AWARD:

The W. I. Wooddell Memorial Post Quartermaster Award is awarded annually to the Post Quartermaster who has shown outstanding dedication to his Post and the Department. The recipient is to be selected by a committee headed by the State Quartermaster, and the award will consist of a custom-lettered citation from National Headquarters, plus a check in the amount of $300.00 from the Department.


24. DISTRICT AND STATE OFFICERS:

State Officers and District Commanders need to get their expense vouchers turned in as soon as possible. If you find you may need an increase, please correspond Paul T. Moore before June 20, 2001, otherwise no additional monies will be expended.


25. COMMANDER'S LUNCHEON:

Enclosed is a form for the Commander's Club Luncheon to be held at the Sheraton Richmond on June 22, 2001.

Commander's Club Luncheon

26. STATE CONVENTION - OFFICERS REPORTS:

State Officers, District Commanders and Committee Chairmen, please turn in a written report of your activities for 2000-2001 prior to June 25, 2001, to Robert J. Klausing, State Adjutant/Quartermaster, if you wish for them to be published in the "Minutes of the 79th Annual Convention".


27. 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 June 11, 2001.

When: Thursday 21 June 2001 Registration 7:30 A.M. Shot gun start 8:00 A.M.

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 June 11, 2001.


28. IMPORTANT 2001- 2003 DATES:

June 9-15, 2001 Golden Age Games, Duncanville, Texas.

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.

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


29. 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

Enclosed is the form to be filled out if you plan on attending the School of Instruction which will be held on July 12-15, 2001. The deadline to State Headquarters is June 15, 2001.

School of Instruction Form

30. 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


31. 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


32. 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


33. REVISION OF DEPARTMENT BY-LAWS:

In accordance to Section 505 of the National By-Laws, it is recommended that the following changes be adopted, incorporated into the VFW, Department of Virginia By-Laws; and forwarded to the Commander-in-Chief for approval. 1. Under Article III, Posts-Delete the words/number Section 1. 2. Under Article V, Department -Section 2, Committees , Subsection A-Change paragraph to read-To facilitate the work of the organization and to assist the Department Commander AND THE Council of Administration in the advancement of the causes of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the following committees are hereby appointed: Americanism, Auditing, Awards and Citations, Budget and Finance, By-Laws, Civil Service and Employment, Community Activities, Credentials, Department Headquarters and Property, Environmental, Hospital, Legislative and Resolutions, Loyalty Day, Membership, Public Relations, Safety, State Convention, Time and Place, Virginia Cottage, Voice of Democracy, Welfare Service, Youth Essay, and Youth Activities. Section 2. Committees, Subsection B-Change paragraph to read-The Department Commander shall appoint and/or disband such other committees as deemed necessary. The committees shall serve during the current administration. 3. Under Article V, Department-Add-Section 3, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). The routine operations of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Virginia shall be specified in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

Respectfully Submitted,
Peter M. Snelling
By-Laws Committee Chairman


34. LEGISLATIVE:

At this writing I am happy to report money is now available for: $900,000-New Alzheimer's Unit State Veterans Care Center, Roanoke, $334,00-Virginia contribution for new National World War II Memorial-Washington a $150 million project, $6.5 million of second state veterans cemetery-Suffolk County. Also that the new Fredericksburg Out Patient Center is now going full time. With these facilities we can easily see the need for for us to make sure we as veterans are fully enrolled. Take a copy of your discharge to the nearest USDVA facility and obtain the red and white card. These cards tell the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs that 856,000 veterans now live in Virginia. Funds for all veterans money from the USDVA are determined by this total count. For Virginia this is most veterans its ever had. The new Census figures show that 7.1 million people now live in Virginia. Contrast these figures with other figures where the population is falling and the number of veterans of decreasing. Further it is reported that one out of each three homeless people in Virginia is a veteran. Next, we need to do certain things for ourselves, to wit: collect all Military and Medical records and keep them in one place. Make or update our wills and discuss this document with family members and a Virginia attorney. Most attorneys will help for around $300.00. A will would help relieve the stress and strain on family members upon your death. It will expedite the settlement of your affairs and reduce costs and delays for them in time of stress and sorrow. To help them further, write out your final burial wishes. Go to the cemetery of your choice and make sure there is space available for you and your loved ones. Include the type of casket and funeral you desire, open or closed casket; church or grave side service; cremation or not; pall bearers, honor guard, who should be notified. Discuss any items you would like with you funeral director. Cross off any items that you don't want or aren't needed. Keep in mind costs will range from $4,000 - $7,000 and what funds are to be used. VFW has a program available to your local undertaker, a good casket will run from $1,350 - $2,000. You can save your loved ones by reducing these details in writing NOW. While you are thinking about such things you may want to think about preparing a Medical Power of Attorney in case the day comes when you are no longer able to think and act for yourself.

Ernest B. Glynn
Legislative Chairman


35. ENVIRONMENTAL:

The goal of the Environmental Program is to make Virginia a better place to visit, live, work, raise our children and to retire. Even as a state heavily endowed by nature there is much we can do to achieve these goals for instance: conduct a program to recycle: newspapers-cardboard-metals-bottles-other glass and plastics. A program to remove accumulated piles of rubbish, tires, metals or old vehicles and appliances. Clean up a section of a stream or highway. Some sections can be adopted. Clean up an old cemetery either public or private, clean up a school yard, park area or a church yard. Remove a vacant building, structure or other eye sore. Some of these will require permission so ask your local officials to obtain the required permission. Another popular program is to set out feeding stations for wildlife and birds. Nesting boxes will attract bluebirds and songbirds. Construction of new homes and malls has robbed many of Virginia's habitat areas. Such programs require manpower, motivation, money and material. Go to your local library and determine what programs are in place or planned for your Post area. The next step is to appoint a dedicated hardworking member as Project Director. Determine what project might be accomplished with Post funds. Some additional money can be obtained from businesses and companies in your community if asked. Let each contribute whatever they wish. Then talk to local officials and nurserymen to and obtain their suggestions. Talk with your local news media and radio stations and ask them to help with publishing your project as soon as you have a date. Ask the Ladies Auxiliary group to help out with the phone calls and contacts. In many areas fire departments can arrange for a controlled burning under their supervision. This can be a training exercise for them. A few hours of burning can get rid of much combustible material. Be careful to warn all that hazardous and explosive materials can not be handled. Regular trash collectors will frequently pick up bulky items on selected days. The essential thing is to decide on project type, date and go forward. Take pictures and send photos to your newspapers. Include details on your Community Activity report. On the work day ask volunteers to join VFW if eligible. Get an application signed and send it to State Headquarters. Make Ray an All State Commander.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman

36. NATIONAL CONVENTION MEETING:

August 18 -24 2001 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Enclosed is a list of events.


37. BOY SCOUT:

Our Department Eagle Scout of the Year, Michael Willemann, was selected for Second Place in the National VFW competition. The Department Commander will recognize him on 21 June at the Department Convention. Our Department Scouting Team representatives have an opportunity to help spread the word about the VFW support of Scouting: The National Commander of the VFW made a very positive statement about his position on Scouting in the April VFW magazine. The Department Scouting Team should assist Districts and posts in collecting copies of the April magazine after members have read it and redistribute to high visibility locations such as Doctor and Dental Offices, American Legion, Lions Clubs, and Kiwanis Clubs to help spread the publicity. Local Scout Executives would be most happy to receive a copy of the magazine.

Stan Hunter
Boy Scout Chairman

38. DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

As most of you know, the Department of Virginia now has a Diversity Committee that was ordered by the Commander-In-Chief along with all of the other Departments. The Districts should now have Chairpersons and we are looking forward to wrapping up our first year. The Mission Statement of the National Committee, chaired by Jerry Riley from the Department of Oklahoma , is "Determining how we may be more inclusive as an Organization and how we may better address concerns and issues affecting Women, African Americans, Hispanics and all groups of minority veterans". The goal set forth by National Headquarters is to recruit ALL qualified Veterans into our great Organization regardless of race, creed, color, cultural background, gender, religious preference, profession, educational background and/or disabilities. It is the task of the Diversity Committee to find better ways in which to accomplish this. Each District Chairperson was provided with a Diversity Survey Form to be completes by each Post. This survey was developed by the Department of Virginia Committee and has received approval from the National Committee for use by other Departments. If your Post has not received the Survey, please request one from your District Chairperson or from me and I will see that you are provided with one to complete. The response so far has been very good. If you have any questions please notify the Direct Diversity Chairperson or notify me. I thank all Posts for their cooperation with completing these forms. In Virginia, we don't just value Diversity in the VFW, we strive for it!

Jim Kerr
Diversity Chairman


39. AWARDS AND CITATIONS COMMITTEE:

1. The judges determined that the top ten (10) winners of the Post Community Service Record Book competition are:

Plaque A. 1st Place - Post 9808
B. 2nd Place - Post 3150
C. 3rd Place - Post 4809
Citation D. 4th Place - Post 1115
E. 5th Place - Post 7059
F. 6th Place - Post 4667
G. 7th Place - Post 2216
H. 8th Place - Post 4491
I. 9th Place - Post 1503
J. 10th Place Post 7726

Posts who entered a Community Records Book that did not place in the top ten were:

Post 1033, Post 9640, Post 392, Post 824, Post 637, Post 7916, Post 4639, Post 3219, Post 7589, Post 8469, Post 7166, Post 2524, Post 1264, Post 6975, Post 8644, Post 10654, Post 4411, Post 10826, Post 609, Post 5311, Post 9501, Post 632, Post 3103, Post 5500, Post 176, Post 4522, Post 9382, Post 622, Post 776, Post 4299, Post 1184, Post 2157, Post 8241.


2. The category winners for the Post Community Services Records Book are:

A. 25-100 Members - Post 824
B. 101-200 Members- Post 4491
C. 201- 500 Members - Post 3150
D. Over 500 Members - Post 9808


3. The winner of the Richard A (AL)l Gauger Americanism Award for the best Americanism Records Book is Post 3150.

4. The recipients for the George E. McCracken Honor Guard/ Color Guard Plaque for the most

Outstanding Post Honor Guard Color/Guard Plaque for the most outstanding Post Honor Guard/Color Guard are;

1st Place - Post 9808
2nd Place - Post 1115
3rd Place - Post 1264


5. The Clair B. Poff Public Relations Award for the most outstanding newsletter is 1503, Second and Third Place Winners are Post 3150 and Post 1115, repectively.


6. The winner of the Post Loyalty Day Award is Post 1115.

7. Safety Award

1st Place - Post 9808
2nd Place - Post 1115
3rd Place - Post 3160

8. The Post winner of the George C. Dalby Perpetual Trophy is Post 1115.


40. HOSPITAL REPORT

The Department's Hospital reporting has been pretty good. In the first half of the year we had 147 Posts out of 197 Post's reported their hospital related activities. In the second half of the year, 135 Posts out of 198 Posts reported their hospital related activities. This makes the Department 71.4% reported for the year. Thank you for your cooperation in sending in the reports. This is the only way we get credit in hospital work that we do. Keep up the good work next year and support the new Hospital Chairman the way you have supported me. Thank you once again.

Michael J. Hoiness
Hospital Chairman


41. DEEPEST SYMPATHY:

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Carl Hammer, Quartermaster of Monterey, Post 4989.



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