GENERAL ORDERS

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VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 5
TO ACHIEVE IS TO BELIEVE

November 1, 2001

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1. STATE COMMANDERS MESSAGE:

Since my last message, there have been a lot of changes in our country. I realize that there are some disappointed people throughout the Department due to the cancellation of our Homecoming. It was our way of saying to you that we stand behind our troops placed in harms way. I am very happy we made this decision, because...as now what is history... our troops went into battle the very next day. I do apologize to anyone who did not receive the change in a timely manner.

Veterans Day celebration is to start the weekend of November 4th in Washington D.C., at the Washington Redskins' football game, and will terminate on November 12th with a parade. The Color Guard will be participating.

Thanksgiving will be coming this month. I would like for each of you to consider the less than fortunate, when you sit down on this date to enjoy such a wonderful, complete meal and to include our veterans overseas, as well as those in combat.

Your Department is in good hands. I, personally, am pleased with the way business is being handled throughout the Department. My condolence goes out to the Joseph Lawson family and the membership of Post 1115 Hillsville, Virginia.

Remember dues paid prior to December 31, 2001 is a $3.00 savings!

James E. Tucker
State Commander


2. GENERAL ORDER CUT OFF DATES:

Membership Transmittals must be received at State Headquarters no later than November 29, 2001 to be counted for the month of November. 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.


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. 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.

THE STATE OFFICERS MEETING ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2001, AT 10:00 A.M. AT STATE HEADQUARTERS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.


4. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

FIRST - 12-02-01, WARSAW POST 7167, Meeting 11:00 a.m., State Representative Michael Hoiness, State Judge Advocate

SECOND - 11-17-01, VIRGINIA BEACH POST 392, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative Michael Hoiness, State Judge Advocate

THIRD - 12-08-01, THIRD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, Meeting 2:00 p.m., State Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Junior Vice Commander

FOURTH - 11-04-01, NOTTOWAY POST 5313, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Senior Vice Commander

FIFTH - 12-02-01, MARTINSVILLE POST 4637, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting to follow, State Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Senior Vice Commander

SIXTH - TBA, ROANOKE BUILDING 10, SPONSORED BY BEDFORD POST 2157, Meeting 2:00 p.m.

SEVENTH - 12-09-01, FRONT ROYAL POST 1860, Meeting 11:30 a.m., State Representative James E. Tucker, State Commander

EIGHTH - 11-11-01, REMINGTON POST 7728, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative Tom Hines, State Surgeon

NINTH - 01-20-02, MARION POST 4667, Registration 11:00 a.m., State Representative James E. Tucker, State Commander

TENTH - 12-09-01, WOODBRIDGE POST 7916, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Senior Vice Commander

ELEVENTH - 12-09-01, STUARTS DRAFT POST 9339, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting to follow, State Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Junior Vice Commander

TWELFTH - 01-13-02, ABINGDON POST 1994, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Senior Vice Commander

THIRTEENTH - 12-02-01, GORDONSVILLE POST 7638, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative James E. Tucker, State Commander


5. CHANGES IN THE ROSTER:

STATE ADJ/QM - Robert J. Klausing pager alpha 877-218-3726, numeric 540-851-6545

POST 2515 - Commander Paul R. Fink's phone number *51 434-384-2513

POST 7327 - Commander is G. C. "Jack" Payne, P O Box 123, Springfield 22150, phone 703-451-4038

POST 8184 - Junior Vice Commander is James M. Rucker, 11068 Brookneal Highway, Gladys 24554

POST 9339 - Commander Charles Weaver's phone number is 540-337-5259

POST 9808 - Adjutant is Leo R. Seal, 2386 Westwood Road, Mechanicsville 23111

Email

POST 2515 - Paul R. Fink - prfink@adelphia.net

POST 3219 - vfw3219@hroads.net

POST 7327 - vfwPOST7327@aol.com

POST 7327 - James Barham - Inkedquill@hotmail.com

POST 9478 - Commander Virgil "Dusty" Meador, III - A HREF="mailto:redleg1@hotmail.com">redleg1@hotmail.com

6. 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


7. 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. The following have NOT sent in the Service Officer's fee:

District Two - 1211; District Three - 394, 2239, 3125, 6364, 8046, 9224; District Four - 7559, 7819, 7897, 8048, 8599, 8617, 8902, 10571; District Six - 1444, 9805; District Seven - 1150, 2447, 4698, 9646; District Eight - 8208, 9865, District 8; District Nine - 7328, 9864; District Eleven - 4989, 7578; District Twelve - 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652 and District Thirteen - 1827, 2044, 7638, 8169, 8697, 8947, 9887, 10295, 10546, 10574


8. DONATIONS:

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


9. QUARTERMASTER BONDS:

QUARTERMASTER BOND FEES ARE NOW DUE AT STATE HEADQUARTERS. The Bond is for three years. PLEASE REFER TO AUGUST'S GENERAL ORDERS FOR THE FORM AND REQUIRED FEE. The following have NOT paid for a bond:

District Three - 394, 3125, 8046; District Four - 7559, 8599, 8617, 8902, 10571; District Five - 4637;

District Six - 1444, 9805, District 6; District Seven - 4698; District Eight - 9865, District 8; District Eleven - 7578; District Twelve - 5715, 10298 and District Thirteen - 7638, 8697, 9887, 10295, 10546


10. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

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


11. PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY:

Lynchburg VFW Post 8184 will host a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Program, Friday, December 7, 2001 at Moose Lodge #715, Route 221 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the program. We will be reserving a section for Pearl Harbor Survivors. Please feel free to bring any family members or guests. We sincerely hope you can attend and are looking forward to seeing you there.

James Tomlinson

12. IMPORTANT 2001-2005 DATES:

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.


13. 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


14. FALL COUNCIL MEETINGS:

Enclosed are the Minutes of the Fall Council of Administration Meeting held at the Holiday Inn Select, Lynchburg, Virginia, September 21-23, 2001.

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

Fall Council Minutes

15.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

Rooms will be blocked until December 28, 2001 then released for general sale on first-come, first-serve basis


16. STATE CONVENTIONS:

2002 June 6-9 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

Rooms will be blocked until May 15, 2002 then released for general sale on first-come, first-serve basis

2003 June 19-22 Sheraton, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230; Phone: 1-804-285-1234; Fax: 1-804-288-3961

Rooms will be blocked until May 28, 2003 then released for general sale on first-come, first-serve basis


17. INSPECTIONS:

District Commanders and District Inspectors, the Post inspections are coming in very slowly. We have 209 Posts with only 139 Posts inspected. This is only 66%.

Please have all your Post's inspected and reports sent to me by December 31, 2001.

If I can be of any help, please don't hesitate to call upon me, 757-461-5646. If I'm not in my office leave a message on my machine.

Henry E. Cluney
State Inspector


18. 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, your Post VOD program should be winding down at this time. Post judging should be completed by November 19th. The Post Chairman should be aware of your District judging deadline and work according to the District Chairman's instructions.

District Commanders each District VOD Chairman should give due notice to all Post/Auxiliaries in their District of the exact date, time and location of District judging. This information should be in writing-stating when, where and to whom tapes, copy of essays and student entry forms should be delivered. District judging should be scheduled on a convenient date between November 20th and December 15th by the District Chairman.

Department judging is scheduled for the first week of January 2002, at Radio Station WMEV, Marion, Virginia. Department judging information will be mailed to each District Chairman.

Homer K. Bowen, Jr.
Voice of Democracy Chairman


19. TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD:

Post judging for the Teacher of the Year Award must be completed between November 2nd and November 15th. The Post must then send the Post Winner to the District for judging. The District must then forward the winner to me for State Judging. I must have the District Winner in my possession by December 15 along with a completed original nomination form; a completed Post Entry Form; a one-page resume, up to five pages of documentation and a good quality head and shoulder photograph of each District winner. This applies to each grade group of winners.

Please send District Winners to me at 595 Bowman Road, Dayton, Virginia 22821.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 540-879-2066 in the evenings after 6:00 p.m.

Earle (Buddy) Weekley
Youth Activities Chairman


20. BUILDING AND MAINTENANCE:

The construction is underway at State Headquarters and is soon to be completed. Building and furnishings are immaculate and in excellent condition.

Earl E. Harris, Jr.
Building/Maintenance Chairman


21. STATE HEADQUARTERS HOLIDAY CLOSINGS:

November 12, 2001 Veterans Day

November 21(Half Day)-23, 2001 Thanksgiving

December 25, 2001 Christmas Day

January 1, 2002 New Years' Day

Enclosed is a calendar for the month of November 2001. This is to let you know exactly what State Headquarters has listed for the month.


22. YOUTH ESSAY:

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

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

All essays must be in the hands of the Post Chairman no later than December 1, 2001. No entries will be accepted from students after that date. Post judging should be completed by January 15, 2002. District essays should be judged by February 1, 2002. District Chairman must have a winner sent to State Chairman immediately for Department judging before February 15, 2002. Department Winner's Essay must be to National no later than February 20, 2002, so as you can see, time is very restricted. The National Judging will be held from February 20, 2002 to March 15, 2002. No late entries will be accepted. In order to receive a good response, please, send letters or call on other organizations in person. I would suggest any Civic Organization such as Elks, Eagles, Moose Ruritans, DARE, American Legion and any Community Organization. Also, contact any home-schooled child. They are also eligible. Next register any Teacher, Principal and especially English and History Teachers on our National Website - www.VFW.org. Next year these people will automatically receive information on the Youth Essay. When essays are in your hands, please, do the judging as quickly as possible, making it possible to get them to the next stage of judging. That way everyone involved will be able to complete their responsibilities.

NAME THE CONTEST - This is open to all VFW members and Ladies Auxiliaries. Your entry must be made over the VFW Website - www.VFW.org. This must be on the website from September 18, 2001 to December 31, 2001 at 12:00 Noon. We are in need of a name for our Youth Essay. A competition cover sheet with all of the information was enclosed in last General Orders'.


23. HOSPITAL REPORT:

Congratulations Commanders and comrades. The reports have been pouring in since my last report. Most Districts only need one or two reports to be 100%. The exceptions are the 8th, 12th and 13th Districts. The District Commanders of these Districts need help from the Post Commanders or Hospital Chairman to correct these problems.

If any member of a Post or its Auxiliary visits a sick veteran at home, nursing home, civilian hospital or VA Center, it counts as a hospital visit. Any Post member can fill out a report. If in doubt, look on the back of the report. A copy was sent out in the July General Orders. Also, each District Commander and Line Officers received 100 blank copies at the State Convention. If you go to your District Meetings, you should be able to obtain a copy. If all else fails, call State Headquarters or myself and you will be mailed a copy.

I will extend the first half deadline until November 10th in one final attempt to get all Posts reported. Only 41 Posts have not reported as of October 22, 2001. Commanders and comrades please make one final effort to get your Districts 100% reported. Surly you don't want your Post to keep your District from being 100%. Remember all Post, District and State Officer raised our hand and took an oath to support the programs of the Department and Post.


The following Post's HAVE NOT reported:

District One - 100%
District Two - 2582
District Three - 8529, 10387
District Four - 7559, 8446, 10570
District Five - 644, 2820, 6130
District Six - 4165, 7854, 9805
District Seven - 4698
District Eight - 472, 1177, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
District Nine - 7360, 9343
District Ten - 100%
District Eleven - 4989, 9794
District Twelve - 4301, 5715, 8652, 10298, 10611
District Thirteen - 1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8697, 8717, 9887, 10295, 10574

T. W. Hines
Department Surgeon


24. MEMBERSHIP:

Comrades, All Commanders should by now be in receipt of a letter from State Headquarters indicating that a membership roundup is now in the scheduling phase. National has indicated that we are down some 3,000 members from last year this time. The Commander called a meeting to discuss this. And frankly the Line Officers could not up with exact answers. Several possibilities flow around the table, yet not the exact answers we needed to hear.

One individual stated that he visited four (4) Posts and found membership laying around on Quartermaster's desks. Comrades, we need to get these dues renewals in as soon as we can record them, and not hold them up to a certain date. If they remain around in a safe or desk drawer, believe me they can come up lost. So please, when you receive them expedite processing.

I'd like to Congratulate the Comrades of the TENTH DISTRICT for leading the way in membership for the past two months. Keep up the great work.

As a reminder I would like to reiterate the request to bring to the Council Meeting in January the memberships desires as the way to go with membership next year. As I travel the state I am asking the questions and finding out that only a few have even remembered to bring it up at their meetings yet. For those Posts with one meeting a month, two more meetings before Council. I am in hopes that all District Commanders will put that at the top of their agenda for District Meetings.

Please remember that a silent vote is a yes vote!

In closing Lorna and I want to wish each of you and yours a Very Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Lawrence F. Mattera
Membership Chairman


25. LEGISLATIVE:

A. GET OUT THE VOTE - The General Election scheduled for Tuesday, 6 November 2001, is only a few days away. In this important election Virginia voters will choose the next Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and one hundred legislators who will make up the House of Delegates for the next two years.

In the remaining time before the election, we can still make ourselves count by:

1. Contacting all VFW members and urging them and eligible family members to vote;

2. Assisting voters by providing transportation to and from the polls and

3. Working at the polls.

While the VFW Department of Virginia does not endorse candidates for political office, it does strongly endorse efforts to educate voters on the issues and the positions of candidates on the issues, including those that effect the Veteran community.

B. VFW LEGISLATIVE DAY ON THE HILL - 17 JANUARY 2002 - The VFW Department of Virginia will hold its annual "Legislative Day on the Hill" in Richmond on Thursday, 17 January 2002. All members are encouraged to attend this important event and address issues of importance to the Veteran community with the Commonwealth's legislators. Without questions, legislators prefer meeting with Veterans from their respective District than anyone else. Complete detail on our "legislative Day on the Hill" will be in the December 2001 edition of the General Orders.

C. LEGISLATIVE INVOLVEMENT - Ways to improve VFW member participation and responsiveness regarding legislative matters, both at the Department and National level, were discussed at the Fall Council of Administration Meeting (21-23 September). As an example, timely communications to members of the Virginia Congressional delegation on Capitol Hill are needed to influence pending bills affecting national security and the Veteran community. The number of VFW members contacting the U. S. Representatives from their District and the two U. S. Senators must be enough to command the attention of VFW members throughout all 13 Districts of the Commonwealth is essential to legislative success. The General Orders have regularly included the membership application for the VFW Action Corps. A copy is included in this issue of the General Orders. Members are urged to fill out the form and send a copy of it to the undersigned, John P. McAnaw, 5326 Gainsborough Drive, Fairfax, VA 22032-2741, E-mail JPMOTOG29@AOL.COM, telephone 703-978-3371. If you desire to get involved in legislative matters but do not want to fill out the entire VFW Action Corps form, then just send me the following minimal information as soon as practicable: Name (First, MI, Last), Address, Post Name/Number, District #, Name of Congressman for your District, E-Mail Address, Telephone number. Also, to further enhance the flow of legislative information, VFW District Commanders are requested to send me the names, addresses, etc. of their District Legislative Chairmen. Your cooperation will be appreciated.

John P. McAnaw
Legislative Chairman


26. RESOLUTIONS:

FOR C22002 DEPARTMENT AND NATIONAL CONVENTIONS

Now is the time for Post members to begin working on resolutions that they believe are of importance to the Veteran community. The importance of Post member involvement cannot be emphasized enough. The VFW is our organization and we. The members of the 195 Posts scattered throughout the Commonwealth must get involved regarding the establishment of policy at the Department and National Conventions. In recent years, the great majority of the resolutions voted on at the annual Department Conventions were actually prepared at National VFW Headquarters. Too few resolutions were actually prepared by Post personnel in the Department. The VFW 2001-2002 Leadership Manual contains an excellent section, titles "Resolutions" on pages 146-147. It is worth reading. The preparation of a resolution is relatively simple. 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. Locally generated resolutions must be approved by both the concerned Post and District prior to submission to the Department Adjutant/Quartermaster no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the 2002 Department Convention on 6 June 2002.

John P. McAnaw
Legislative Chairman


27. COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS REPORT:

The first reporting period (May 1 through October 31, 2001) is over. Posts in the Department did a very good job in submitting reports but the Department did not reach 100% in Community Activities, Safety, Americanism or Youth Activities.

The second reporting period (November 1, 2001 through April 30, 2002) is now underway. I know that every Post does many projects. Many fail to submit the reports of their accomplishments. Posts are encouraged to take credit for all the work you do. Please submit your reports as soon as you complete programs. Let's make the Department 100% for the second period.

If I can be of any service to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact me. My phone number and address is in the roster.

Peter M. Snelling
Community Activities Chairman


28. POW/MIA:

The Department of Defense is actively seeking assistance in its efforts to identify remains returned to the United States as a result of its Korean Wars MIA recovery efforts. DNA testing may be the only truly effective means of positive identification of those remains. That DNA testing requires the comparison of blood samples from maternal bloodline family members with DNA test results obtained from recovered remains.

While there are more than 8,100 service members still missing from that conflict, DOD knows the locations of only 36 percent of their families. If you are a family member or know of a family member who is in the maternal bloodline of a Korean War service member who is an MIA, please contact one of the following casualty assistance offices: Army (800) 892-2490, Navy (800) 443-9298, Marine Corps (800) 847-1597 or Air Force (800) 531-5501. Additionally, please feel free to contact Comrade C. D. "Doc" Crouch at (703) 319-0845 for any additional information or assistance on any POW/MIA related matter.

C. D. Crouch
POW/MIA Chairman


29. VETERAN'S DAY PARADE:

Enclosed in last months General Orders is an insert for Veterans' Day Parade to be held in Staunton, VA.


30. ENVIRONMENTAL:

The purpose of the Department of Virginia, Veterans of Foreign Wars Environmental Program is to make Virginia a better place to visit, work, live, raise our children and retire. Some ways to achieve this goal are: recycling newspaper, cardboard and other papers, metals, glass, plastics, clean up of a cemetery, church yard, schoolyard, park or play area. Adopt a section of a stream or highway - reduce littering. Demolish an abandoned building, structure or sign (with owners' permission). Remove accumulations of appliances, vehicles, trash and/or debris. November is a great month to get out doors and enjoy Virginia's countryside and fall foliage. We must make sure that the generations that follow us will also have these features to enjoy. Plant a few trees and shrubs to attract songbirds and bluebirds. Trees planted at Mount Vernon by George Washington are a live today. Trees attract all forms of wildlife. More than that they provide jobs for one out of each six job holders in Virginia today. Trees provide shelter, windbreaks, screening, fuel, lumber, fruit, nuts, furniture and employment. Making the countryside is important because one out of every three dollars that comes to the Virginia Treasury comes from the tourist and travel industry. At one time the Bowman Distillery was Fairfax Country's largest taxpayer. In November as veterans we think of cemeteries. A visit to your local cemetery will show you need work in removing dead and diseased trees. Bare and eroded areas that need raking and replanting of grass. Headstones need scrubbing to remove soot and dirt, realignment and straightening. Next a visit with local librarians, public works' officials will discover programs that are underway or planned for your area. Organization like the Audubon Society, Keep America Beautiful, Nature Conservancy, National Park Service, Izaac Walton League, Forestry groups and garden clubs have helpful literature and suggestions. Organizations like the Weyerhaeuser, Georgia Pacific and Champion companies have established programs to offer vacant landowners planting, management and harvesting of timber at a profit to the land owner. They have several different plans for all size tracts. Having selected your choice of programs established a suitable date, notify the local news radio and TV media ask them for publicity support. Request local groups to participate in your program and contribute whatever they wish. Invite local politicians to participate on the work day. They like to be photographed doing something for the community. On the work day keep VFW membership applications handy. Invite volunteers to join if they are eligible. Help them fill out the form and send to State. Take pictures and keep records of the number of man-hours spent and money and material used. Include this on your Community Activities form and send to Peter M. Snelling, State Junior Vice Commander. Remember a job well started is half done. Your first program can be real simple.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


31. BOY SCOUTS:

In these times of uncertainty and upheaval, one of the best programs we can support is the Boy Scouts of America. Here is one opportunity to help these young men learn about their country, exhibit patriotism and rally around the flag. We can help by providing Scouting units with a place to conduct money raisers such as car washes to earn money for families of September 11 victims. They can help us with flag ceremonies and other activities to support local communities.

Our efforts to recognize the Eagle Scout of the Year can lead to long term associations with local scouting units. What better opportunity to teach patriotism and love of country than to these young men.

Now is the time to intensify our search for an Eagle Scout of the year. Posts should have Eagle Selections by 1 December to allow judging and presentation to District for January judging. Selections are due to myself and Ron Knowles no later than 1 February 2002. Applications are on http://www.vfw.org/.

Let us know how Scouting efforts are going.

Stan Hunter
RangerStan@msn.com


32. DEEPEST SYMPATHY:

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Joseph C. Lawson who passed away on October 21, 2001. Also, we would like to express our deepest sympathy to the families of Past Department President Marie Lackey and Past Department President Virginia Fanshaw both who passed away on October 4, 2001. Also, our deepest sympathy goes to the family of Melvin T. Roach, Quartermaster Post 873 who passed away on October 16, 2001.


33. TAP FOR "ALL-AMERICAN" POST COMMANDER:

Grover King VFW Post 1115 of Hillsville, the Fifth District and the entire Department of Virginia are saddened by the death of Joseph C. Lawson at the age of 71 on the morning of October 21st. He had been battling cancer for about a year. Comrade Lawson served as Commander of Post 1115 for four successive years ending this past June. During the last three years, he achieved "All-American" Post Commander distinction - the first person in the history of the VFW Department of Virginia to be names an "All-American" Post Commander three years in a row. He also served as Fifth District Commander and was the chairman of the State Audit Committee.

Donald Trausneck
Post 1115


34. TAP FOR PAST DEPARTMENT PRESIDENT:

Virginia T. Fanshaw, age 75, passed away October 4, 2001. She was a Charter member of Auxiliary Post 7819, Crewe, Virginia. Past Post, District and State President of the Ladies Auxiliary. Virginia also served on the Ladies Auxiliary Color Guard Team, State of Virginia many years ago. She was Captain of the Fourth District Color Guard about 15 years. She was co-owner of Crewe Transfer with her husband John L. Fanshaw, Jr. for 50 years. A member of Crewe Baptist Church for 68 years. Virginia had Parkinson and Congested Heart Failure. Services were held Sunday, October 7, 2001 at Crewe Baptist Church and due to Monday's holiday, a chapel service and interment was held Tuesday, October 9, 2001 in Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia at 11:00 a.m.

Crewe Post 7819 Honor Guard Team and her Auxiliary members played a great part in the services.

For all the visits, cards, phone calls and those attending the services, I thank all of you very much.

John L. Fanshaw, Jr.





Official: By Order of:
Robert J. Klausing James E. Tucker
State Adjutant State Commander
Teacher Awards