GENERAL ORDERS

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VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 4
TO ACHIEVE IS TO BELIEVE

OCTOBER 1, 2001

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1. STATE COMMANDERS MESSAGE:


Since my last message, we have accomplished a lot. However, the reporting continues to run very slowly. During the month of September, a significant event has occurred in the United States. Some cowards bombed the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This act has probably brought our Nation closer than it has been since World War II. No time in my life did I ever think that I would witness anyone attack this country. The Department of Virginia stands behind our President and our troops being deployed and will do the right thing. During the Fall Council, it was reported that National has set up a Disaster Relief Fund , and I have asked our National Council Representative from West Virginia to ask National during his visit to Kansas City this week, if they will be giving matching funds. Should any of you have the desire to donate to a worthy cause and find it in your hearts to participate, please support this effort. The end of October is the deadline for the reporting of Community Service and Hospitals in order to qualify for the first half. It is incumbent of us to fill out the paperwork, once we have completed the work. As I travel around the state, I find it unbelievable when I hear people talk about all that has been accomplished in their Post . . . there is no supporting documentation such as the Community Service Report sent into the chairman. Let me say, with all that has gone on since May 1, 2001, there is not a Post in this entire Department that should not qualify in Americanism. Our membership is really lagging behind where you were last year, even though we were on direct dues. Please, I ask all of you to get out and solicit membership prior to December 31, 2001. Remember, January 1, 2002, the dues will be going up because of the resolution passed at the National Convention in Milwaukee in August, $8.50 will be going to National.

Sincerely,
James E. Tucker
State Commander


2. GENERAL ORDER CUT OFF DATES:

Membership Transmittals must be received at State Headquarters no later than October 30, 2001 to be counted for the month of October. 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.


4. COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION:

Building and Grounds at State Headquarters: The storage space building was to have been started on September 1, 2001, however, we were unable to locate the original plans of the building. We went to the Augusta County Courthouse and they had no record of the building either. As of now, the contractor is scheduled to begin construction on October 1, 2001. Hopefully, everything will move smoothly from this point on.

Earl E. Harris, Jr.
Chairman Building and Grounds

THERE WILL BE A MANDATORY STATE OFFICERS MEETING ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2001, AT 10:00 A.M. AT STATE HEADQUARTERS. MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.


5. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

FIRST - 12-02-01, WARSAW, POST 7167, Meeting 11:00 a.m.

SECOND - 11-17-01, VIRGINIA BEACH, POST 392, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

THIRD -

FOURTH - 11-04-01, NOTTOWAY, POST 5313, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

FIFTH -

SIXTH - 10-28-01, FINCASTLE, POST 1841, Meeting 2:00 p.m.

SEVENTH - 12-09-01, FRONT ROYAL, POST 1860, Meeting 11:30 a.m.

EIGHTH - 11-18-01, REMINGTON, POST 7728, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

NINTH -

TENTH -

ELEVENTH -

TWELFTH - 01-13-02, ABINGDON, POST 1994, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

THIRTEENTH - 12-02-01, GORDONSVILLE, POST 7638, 1:00 p.m.


6. CHANGES IN THE ROSTER:

State Commander James E. Tucker Toll Free Pager: (866) 738-7994

Senior Vice Commander Lawrence F. Mattera Toll Free Pager: (866) 277-6259

Junior Vice Commander Peter M. Snelling Toll Free Pager: (877) 289-4464

State Judge Advocate Michael J. Hoiness Toll Free Pager: (866) 691-6194

State Surgeon Tommy W. Hines Toll Free Pager: (866) 705-6982

McGUIRE DEPUTY - William B. Miles, 204 Conduit Road, Colonial Heights 23834, phone (804) 526-6628

PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIRMAN - Kenneth H. Jansen, 3860 Columbia Pike #103, Arlington 22204, phone (703) 271-8121

PUBLIC RELATIONS CO-CHAIRMAN - Roger E. Allen, 123 Harris Creek, Hampton 23666, phone (757) 851-8869

POST 452 - Adjutant Russell L. Boyd, Route 1 Box 27AA, Waynesboro 22980, phone (540) 942-3636

POST 8184 - Commander Albert T. White, 168 Ann Street, Madison Heights 24572-2727

POST 8947 - Quartermaster Richard Stotler, 448 Borden Road, Bumpass 23024

E-Mail Address - Marshall Guy Advisory Chairman - marshallguy@smyth.net

Fred Corbett, Quartermaster Post 452 - fcorbett@intelos.net

George W. Coalson Commander, Post 1994 - gcoalson@naxs.com

WEBSITE Post 2239 - www.webspawner.com/users/vfwaab/index.html

Ralph Varhalla Quartermaster, Post 5500 - ralphvarhalla@prodigy.net

Oliver L. Wright Adjutant, Post 9954 - olwright@meckcom.net


7. REPORTS AND FORMS:

PLEASE NOTE THE INDIVIDUAL RECRUITING AWARD FORM, THE DECEASED COMRADE FORM, THE COMMUNITY ACTIVITY REPORT, HOMELESS VETERANS REPORT, HOSPITAL REPORT AND EVALUATION GUIDE CAN BE FOUND ON THE WEBSITE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE E-MAIL PLEASE LET US KNOW AND WE WILL SEND THE FORMS TO YOU. PLEASE SEND FORMS TO THE CURRENT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, CHAPLAIN OR STATE HEADQUARTERS.

ALSO, STARTING SEPTEMBER 2000 THE AUDIT REPORTS NEED TO BE SIGNED BY AT LEAST TWO TRUSTEES BEFORE SUBMITTING TO STATE HEADQUARTERS OR THEY WILL BE RETURNED.

Forms


8. DONATIONS:


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


9. 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 fee:

District One - 960
District Two - 1211, 2582, 2894, District 2
District Three - 394, 2239, 3125, 6364, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9224, 10387
District Four - 7559, 7819, 7897, 8048, 8599, 8617, 8902, 10571, District 4
District Five - 6130
District Six - 1444, 1841, 4165, 9805
District Seven - 1150, 2447, 4698, 9646
District Eight - 1177, 8208, 9865, District 8
District Nine - 956, 7328, 7360, 9864
District Ten - 100%
District Eleven - 3136, 4989, 7578, 9794
District Twelve - 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9830, 10673, District 12
District Thirteen - 1827, 2044, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8697, 8947, 9887, 10295, 10546, 10574, District 13

10. 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 One - 100%
District Two - District 2
District Three - 394, 3125, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9224, 10387
District Four - 7559, 8599, 8617, 8902, 10571
District Five - 4637, 6130
District Six - 1444, 1841, 9805, District 6
District Seven - 1150, 4698, 9760
District Eight - 1177, 8208, 9865, District 8
District Nine - 956, 7360
District Ten -100%
District Eleven - 7578, 9794
District Twelve - 5715, 6975, 9830, 10298, 10673
District Thirteen - 7638, 8436, 8697, 8947, 9887, 10295, 10546, 10574, District 13


11. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

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


12. IMPORTANT 2001-2005 DATES:

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

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

February 24-28, 2002 VFW National Legislative Conference, Washington, DC, Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill.

April 4-7, 2002 National VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference, Washington, DC, Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

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

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

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

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

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


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:

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


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


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

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


17. 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:

Schools are open, NOW is the time to move forward with your Voice of Democracy Program. If you have not yet appointed your Post VOD Chairman, do so now. Encourage his or her contact with area high schools. The Voice of Democracy Program is open to all students in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades. The "Chairman's Workbook" was designed to consolidate contest information. If the workbook does not answer your questions, please feel free to contact me, Homer K. Bowen, Jr., VOD Chairman, PO Box 578, Marion 24354, phone (276) 783-3842. Department judging will be held at Radio Station WMEV, Marion, the first week of January 2002.

Homer K. Bowen, Jr.
Voice of Democracy Chairman


18. MEMBERSHIP/LIFE MEMBERSHIP:

Comrades, as I put these words to paper, I am searching for the magical formula to erase our membership deficit of 12,518 to date. Having just returned from the Fall Council meeting, each District Commander received a good look at the figures in all areas of responsibility. We received some outstanding reports of things they hope to do better for their District's, which will in turn better the Department and the VFW as a whole. Tools were given along with advise on how to accomplish their missions. Also, help was offered.

ATTENTION ALL COMMANDERS AND QUARTERMASTERS: Are you happy with dues they way it is now, or do you desire to go back to Direct Dues next year? Your council members have been asked to take this request back to you, and bring your answer to me at the Winter Council meeting. When I and our Adjutant/Quartermaster go to our school in February I will be asked this question by National. The answer I give will not be the desires of Larry Mattera, it will be the desires and instructions by the members of the Department of Virginia. Therefore, it is imperative that at your next District meeting this issue be brought up, discussed thoroughly and voted on. It is imperative that you express your desires in the meeting and not in general conversation or complaint. Remember, this is your Department not National's, and your wishes are the Department's desires. Also, please assure everyone is aware of the $3.00 increase to National starting in January 2002.

ATTENTION DISTRICT COMMANDERS & DEPUTY CHIEF-OF-STAFFS: Prior to the Fall Council each District Commander received the rosters of all members of the VFW who were signed up under the Military Initiative Program (MIP) last year. Their dues were paid for with your funds from National, I've instructed the District Commanders, along with their Deputy Chief-Of-Staffs to utilize these rosters to sign these members up in the Department of Virginia. The leads are there, it just takes the team work to accomplish this.

ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS: I would be remise if I didn't send out the same request that has been done for years past. And that is to ask each and every one to sign up one new member. Plans are on the burner now for a recruiting tool that may help not only the Department of Virginia, but the state of Virginia as well. The plan being formed now is to recruit eligible members to form a Disaster Relief Team. The team will be made up of members of all professions that can be utilized should the need come in our communities to rebuild. The eligible are out there, but we need to give them a reason to join. If an individual knows he is needed, he is more likely to join. If he thinks its just to fill a spot in your clubroom, chances are he isn't interested. And finally, once we recruit a new member get him involved immediately by assigning him to work with a well established committee. A special Thanks to the line officers, Lynn Harris, John Lowe, District Commander, Fifth District and members of the Hillsville Post 1115 that helped with the membership drive held at the annual Flea Market/Gun Show over Labor Day weekend. The results were gratifying and rewarding. In closing, I wish to express my thoughts and payers to anyone in this Department that knew someone that perished that fatal day September 11th.

Larry Mattera
Membership/Life Membership

19. DIVERSITY COMMITTEE:

As I write this, I have just returned from the Fall Council meeting in Lynchburg, Virginia, where the focus has been on the tragedy and the victims in New York and here in the Department of Virginia at the Pentagon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each and every one of them and their families. However, the work in the Department of Virginia and the National VFW must and will, continue for all Veterans and their families as well as the work in our communities. The National Diversity Committee meeting scheduled in Washington, DC, in September was canceled because of the events in our Nation, but please know that I plan on attending when it is rescheduled and reporting back to our membership. There are many issues that will be addressed at that meeting. I have attended meetings in the 1st District and the 11th District and have been asked to address meetings in other Districts as I continue to keep my promise to reach all 13 Districts. One of the main issues continues to be GENDER related in the Veterans of Foreign Wars. I keep hearing the term, MEN'S meeting and I for one, as a VFW member do NOT attend a MEN'S meeting. It is a Post meeting or a comrades meeting. The VFW has accepted women for many years. In fact, the first three pages of the new supply catalog is a selection specifically for our Lady Comrades. At the District meetings, I have addressed both the join meeting and the Post meeting. I have found that after bringing this verbiage to the attention of everyone in attendance, our Comrade and Sisters were more aware and would even correct themselves. It is truly a widespread issue in our Organization, but as the percentage of Female Veterans grows, so will their representation in our great Organization. If I can be of assistance in your District with any of the issues involving Diversity, which include but are not limited to age, gender, religion or race, please feel free to call on me. Myself, as well as the Department of Virginia Officers stand ready to assist in anyway possible. God Bless America and God Bless the Veterans who put it all on the line for America.

Jim Kerr
Department Diversity Chairman


20. TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD:

Nominations can be submitted by fellow teachers, supervisors or other interested individuals (not relatives). Self nominees are not eligible. Based on the nominees submitted by November 1st, local VFW Posts will recognize one outstanding teacher in grades, K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Posts then submit these winners' names to the District level for judging who will forward their winners to the Department (or state level) by December 15. After judging, each Department then forwards the names of its winners to VFW National Headquarters for consideration in the national award contest. VFW's National Citizenship Education Teacher Awards include: a national $1,000 cash award for each of the, K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 teachers for professional development expenses; $1,000 award to each winning teacher's school; plaques for both the winning teacher and their school; and an all-expense-paid trip to attend VFW and Ladies Auxiliary National Community Service Conference in Washington, D.C. Teacher's who win first-place in each category will be invited to a workshop at the conference, April 4-7, 2002. A program brochure (designed to be duplicated for distribution) will be mailed to all schools and this year's Post Commanders and Ladies Auxiliary VFW Presidents in August. Additional information on how to conduct the program will be included in the Citizenship Education Program Chairman's booklet, mailed in July 2001 -2002 to Post Commanders and Ladies Auxiliary VFW Presidents.


21. YOUTH ESSAY:

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

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

All Youth Essay rules and information should be in schools no later than October 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 will all of the information is enclosed in these General Orders.

22. LEGISLATIVE:

VFW LEGISLATIVE DAY ON THE HILL - 17 JANUARY 2002 - Mark your calendars. 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. Additional information will be provided in subsequent General Orders as soon as it becomes available. PARTICIPATION IN THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS - Ways to improve VFW member participation and responsiveness regarding legislative matters, both at the Department and National level, were discussed by the undersigned at the recently completed 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 its to the undersigned. John P. McAnaw, 5326 Gainsborough Drive, Fairfax 22032-2741, E-Mail: JPMTOG29@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 requested to send me the names, addresses, etc. of their District Legislative Chairmen. Your cooperation will be appreciated. A SUCCESSFUL GET OUT THE VOTE CAMPAIGN - The General Election scheduled for Tuesday, 6 November 2001, is rapidly approaching. Virginia voters will select one hundred legislators who will constitute the House of Delegates for the next two years. There is still time for Post members to conduct a successful "GET OUT THE VOTE" campaign by:

In summary, the VFW Department of Virginia does not endorse candidates for political office. However, it does strongly endorse efforts to educate voters on the issues and the positions of candidates on the issues, including those that affect the Veteran community. Lastly, the VFW Department of Virginia strongly supports effort to get more people to the polls.

John P. McAnaw
Legislative Chairman


23. 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

24. STATE HEADQUARTERS HOLIDAY CLOSINGS:

October 8, 2001 Columbus Day
November 12, 2001 Veterans Day
November 22-23, 2001 Thanksgiving
December 25, 2001 Christmas
January 1, 2002 New Years' Day

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


25. HOSPITAL REPORT:

Comrades, we have come a long way, but we still have a little work left to do. The first reporting period ends October 31, 2001. As you can see, this leaves us little time to turn in a report before the end of October. As of September 23rd I have 196 reports from 121 Posts. I would like to receive a report from all 75 Posts that have not reported before October 31, 2001.


The following Post's HAVE NOT reported:

District One - 100% Congratulations Commander Smith
District Two - 993, 2582, 2894, 4411, 8545
District Three - 394, 3125, 8356, 8529, 9224, 10387
District Four - 2584, 7559, 8048, 8446, 8617, 10570, 10571
District Five - 644, 1115, 2820, 6130, 7443, 7568
District Six - 2515, 4165, 4299, 7854, 8184, 9805
District Seven - 1150, 1860, 4698, 7899, 9660, 9760
District Eight - 472, 1177, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
District Nine - 956, 2719, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7360, 9343
District Ten - 100% Congratulations Commander Wallace
District Eleven - 2424, 4805, 4989, 7578, 9794
District Twelve - 4301, 5715, 8652, 9830, 10298, 10611, 10673
District Thirteen - 1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8697, 8717, 8947, 9887, 10295, 10574

T.W. Hines
Department Surgeon


26. COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS REPORT:

As of September 23, the following Post's have NOT submitted a COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS REPORT for the first (1st) reporting period (May 1 through October 31). Five months of this reporting have passed. You are reminded that the ALL STATE Post competition requires your Post be credited in Community Activities, Safety, Americanism and Youth Activities. These reports count 2 points each for the first reporting period and 3 points for the second reporting period. To be credited for the first half, a report must be in my hands by the close of business on November 9, 2001. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE ALLOWED.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: (Department has 130 of 196 Posts for a total of 66.33%)
DISTRICT 1
100 % Reported Congratulations
DISTRICT 2
993, 2582, 2894, 8545
DISTRICT 3
394, 3125, 8529, 9224, 10387
DISTRICT 4
2163, 2584, 7559, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8902, 9618, 9855, 10570, 10571
DISTRICT 5
644, 2820, 6130, 7443, 7568
DISTRICT 6
4165, 7854, 8184, 9805
DISTRICT 7
1150, 4698, 8613
DISTRICT 8
472, 1177, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9
2719, 6000, 7360, 7969
DISTRICT 10
9478
DISTRICT 11
4989, 7578, 9794
DISTRICT 12
3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10611, 10673
DISTRICT 13
2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8697, 8717, 9887, 10295, 10574

SAFETY: (Department has 118 of 196 Posts for 60.20%)
DISTRICT 1
100 % Reported Congratulations
DISTRICT 2
993, 2582, 2894, 8545
DISTRICT 3
394, 2239, 3125, 8529, 9224, 9501, 10387
DISTRICT 4
2163, 2584, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9855, 10570, 10571
DISTRICT 5
644, 1115, 2820, 6130, 7443, 7568
DISTRICT 6
1841, 4165, 7854, 8184, 9805
DISTRICT 7
1150, 4698, 8613, 9660
DISTRICT 8
472, 1177, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9
2719, 6000, 7136, 7360, 7969
DISTRICT 10
9478
DISTRICT 11
4989, 7578, 9794
DISTRICT 12
3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
DISTRICT 13
2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8697, 8717, 8947, 9887, 10295, 10574

AMERICANISM: (Department has 134 of 196 Posts for 68.37%)
DISTRICT 1
100 % Reported Congratulations
DISTRICT 2
993, 2582, 2894, 8545
DISTRICT 3
394, 3125, 8529, 9224, 10387
DISTRICT 4
2163, 2584, 8048, 8446, 8902, 10570, 10571
DISTRICT 5
644, 2820, 6130, 7443, 7568
DISTRICT 6
4165, 7854, 8184, 9805
DISTRICT 7
1150, 4698, 8613
DISTRICT 8
472, 1177, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9
2719, 6000, 7360, 7969
DISTRICT 10
9478
DISTRICT 11
4989, 7578, 9794
DISTRICT 12
3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
DISTRICT 13
2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8697, 8717, 9887, 10295, 10574

YOUTH ACTIVITIES: (Department has 119 of 196 Posts for 60.71 %)
DISTRICT 1
100 % Reported Congratulations
DISTRICT 2
993, 2582, 2894, 8545
DISTRICT 3
394, 3125, 8529, 9224, 9501, 10387
DISTRICT 4
2163, 2584, 7559, 8048, 8163, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8902, 9618, 9855, 10570, 10571
DISTRICT 5
644, 2820, 6130, 7443, 7568
DISTRICT 6
2515, 4165, 7854, 8184, 9805
DISTRICT 7
1150, 2123,, 4698, 8613
DISTRICT 8
472, 1177, 2524, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9
2719, 6000, 7136, 7360, 7969, 9343
DISTRICT 10
9478
DISTRICT 11
4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 8279, 9794
DISTRICT 12
3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
DISTRICT 13
2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8697, 8717, 9887, 10295, 10574

Remember, the job is never over until the paperwork is done. Please send completed Community Service Program reports to: Peter M. Snelling, 1113 Culpepper Lane, Bedford, VA 24523.

AMERICANISM MATERIALS:

A limited supply of Americanism Materials are available at State Headquarters. These items are for schools that are currently not receiving materials. Posts having financial difficulties purchasing Americanism materials for schools in their area should contact Department Headquarters. The materials will be distributed on a fist come, first served basis.

Peter M. Snelling
Community Activities Chairman

27. HOMECOMING:

Enclosed in last month's General Orders is an insert concerning the Commander and President's Homecoming.


28. VETERAN'S DAY PARADE:

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

Application for Veterans Day Parade


29. ENVIRONMENTAL:

The world in which we live in today has many components. Among them: nature, man, shelters, societies and networks. Some are living, some are non-living. Each component may create pollutants and contaminates for the aqua or eco systems of our environment. While modern instruments and law measure the amounts of these pollutants and contaminates, they frequently are not rigidly enforced. Consequently, disease as amoebic and bacterial dysentery, typhoid, tularemia, hepatitis and shistomiasis continue to flourish. Substances such as arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, silver, selium and zinc. Alone or combined with other substances are found in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. Many times they exceed the limits of human tolerance. Again, many gases such as carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, nuclides and particulates are the by products of our housing, workplace and industries. Conservation and protection of our environment is a mammoth undertaking. The VFW Environmental Program is designed to help do that. We can begin by having the Commander of each of our 196 Posts and a few hardworking members tour their Post and make a list of things that may be done within the Post's budget. Next, talk with the local librarian and local officials that could develop programs in place and planned at the community level. Such programs will require motivation, manpower, money, materials, equipment and tools. After making a choice of which program you would like to implement, contact and invite other like organizations to participate. Ask them to contribute whatever they wish. Collection and recycling of papers, metals, glass, plastics, appliances are good possibilities. At this time of the year the clean up of cemeteries, schoolyards, parks, play grounds and church yards offer a good opportunity to spruce up your community. Often, local waste haulers will loan equipment or trucks, fire department will conduct controlled burnings or offer park out collection stations on specific days. Disposal of trees damaged by fire, lightening, disease or maturity stimulates neighboring property owners to clean up their property. Next, comes the planting of a few trees or shrubs. They provide shade and habitat for wildlife in addition to lumber and furniture. Many tree growing companies will plant seedling trees and maintain open forest rest areas then harvest the mature trees when ready. All of this is at a profit to landowners for the use of their land. Local foresters and nurserymen can recommend which species have the best survival rate in your area. Another possibility is to adopt a section of highway or stream. This means maintenance and removing litter from our road sides. Over $3 million is paid out to VDOT annually, this money can be better spent on highway improvements. Be sure to ask the local radio station, TV and news media to help with any publicity. On the work day ask all of the volunteers to join the VFW, if eligible. Send the completed application to State Headquarters. Keep a record of man hours and materials expended. Enter these on a Community Activities Report.

Keep before and after pictures. If each of our Posts does even one small project this year, think about the difference we can make. Making Virginia a better place to visit, work, live , raise our children and finally to retire.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


30. FINAL SAFETY REPORT FOR 2000 - 2001:

Certificates have been issued to all VFW Posts in the Department of Virginia that have conducted a minimum required number of safety activities during the year 2000 - 2001. Twenty-one Posts completed at least one program in each of the seven national safety categories and received the State Safety Awareness Award with Distinction. They are as follows: District 1, Posts 5500 and 7167; District 2, Posts 3160 and 8545; District 4, Post 9640; District 5, Posts 1115 and 7726; District 6, Posts 484, 1444, 1841, 2515, 4165, 4299, 4318, 4522, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805 and 9877; and District 10, Post 1503. Thirty-nine other Posts completed at least one program in at least four of the seven categories and received the State Safety Awareness Award. They are as follows : District 1, Posts 176, 3219 and 9636; District 2, Posts 4411, 4809, and 9358, District 3, Posts 394, 1490, 2239, 4639, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9224, 9501, 9808, 10387, 10654, 10657 and 11124; District 4, Posts 2584 and 8163; District 6, Posts 776, 1033, 1264, 2157, 4491 and 5895; District 8, Post 3103; District 9, Posts 9640, 9696 and 9864; District 10, Posts 7916 and 8241; District 11, Posts 632, 2216 and 10826; District 12, Post 1994; and District 13, Post 8436. Posts that held safety programs did not meet the minimum for certificates were Posts 824, 6002, 8252, 8629, 392, 993, 2582, 2894, 9382, 1426, 2583, 3125, 6364, 622, 637, 5313, 7059, 7559, 8048, 8228, 9618, 9954, 873, 4637, 7568, 8467, 10840, 4920, 621, 6044, 8613, 9292, 9760, 9872, 1811, 2524, 956, 1184, 4667, 6000, 7969, 9343, 609, 3150, 5412, 452, 1499, 3060, 4204, 4805, 9480, 3782, 6975, 8979, 10298, 10310 and 10295. With at least 117 Posts having reported safety programs, this represents a participation of 59.7 percent statewide. As previously reported, the top three Posts - earning special trophies for community safety programs - were Battlefield VFW Post 9808 of Mechanicsville, first place; Grover King VFW Post 1115 of Hillsville, second place; and Ocean View VFW Post 3160 of Norfolk, third place. This report is based on all activity reports I have received. Any Safety Chairman whose Post is not listed or incorrectly listed here should contact me in care VFW Post 1115, 205 Veteran Street, Hillsville VA 24343 and I will publish additional information.

Donald Trausneck
Department Safety Chairman
For 2000 - 2001

31. VFW CARNIVAL:

Enclosed is a letter from Percy Bolten, VAVS Representative concerning the Salem VFW carnival.

Carnival letter

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