GENERAL ORDERS

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VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 2
TO ACHIEVE IS TO BELIEVE

SEMPTEMBER 1, 2001

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1. STATE COMMANDERS MESSAGE:


Since my last message to you we have completed the National Convention. Let me tell you this was one of the very best conventions that I have attended. "The Patriotic Rally" was sensational. You would have been proud of your state and how well it represented you. Your Color Guard was outstanding, my hats off to Comrade McCracken and his detail. The election went off with a few challenges, however we did get the personnel of choice in to office. The By-Laws will be forthcoming and I will say to you all some changes will have to be made in how we do business. I would also like to say thank You to Joseph Longstreet and the hospitality crew for the fine job they did in serving our personnel. The other Departments visiting us really did enjoy themselves. Also, again during the Southern Conference portion on the river, Comrade McCracken did it again. Thanks to him and his crew for the fine outstanding well received reception. Now that all have returned safely it is time to get back to the business of collecting membership. Your sincere efforts are greatly appreciated. Again let me take this opportunity to congratulate our Past State Commander Ray Chappell on receiving his All American. I wish all of you could have been there to witness him crossing the stage. He was also accompanied by the Commanders from Post 392 and 4809 they were all very proud individuals. Look forward to seeing most of you at the Fall Council in Lynchburg. I do believe we are going to have an exciting year.


Sincerely,
James E. Tucker
State Commander


2. GENERAL ORDER CUT OFF DATES:

Membership Transmittals must be received at State Headquarters no later than September 26, 2001 to be counted for the month of September. 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:

THERE WILL BE A COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION MEETING ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2001, AT 10:00 A.M. AT STATE HEADQUARTERS.


5. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

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

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

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

FOURTH - TBA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


6. CHANGES IN THE ROSTER:

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY CHAIRMAN - Homer K. Bowen, area code will change to 276 beginning September 1, 2001

POST 394 - Commander, Bruce L. Ivey, 15203 West Patrick Henry Road, Montpelier 23192,

phone (804) 883-7560

POST 394 - Sr. Vice Commander, Douglas L. Rogers, 7575 Strath Road, Richmond 23231,

phone (804) 795-7138

POST 394 - Jr. Vice Commander, James D. McMonigle, 13360 Rollingwood Lane, Montpelier 23192, phone (804) 883-5757

POST 394 - Adjutant, Curtis M. Pryor, 17127 Pryor Lane, Montpelier 23192, phone (804) 883-5999

POST 394 - Quartermaster, John C. Thompson, 15474 Robert Terrell Road, Montpelier 23192, phone (804) 883-5973

POST 824 - Sr. Vice Commander, Donald L. Ankenman, 414 Wolf Trap Road, Lot 29, Grafton 23692

POST 1115 - Jr. Vice Commander, Charles Stamper, 201 Porterfield Road, Woodlawn 24381, phone (540) 728-2762

POST 1177 - Commander, Garland D. Keys, 39134 Rickard Road, Lovettsville 20180-3206, phone (540) 882-3410

POST 1177 - Sr. Vice Commander, Harry H. Potterfield, 420 Mosby Drive SW, Leesburg 20175-2606, phone (703) 777-7178

POST 1177 - Jr. Vice Commander, Eugene Barber, 233 South Street SE, Leesburg 20175-3706, phone (703) 777-1590

POST 1177 - Adjutant, Charles D. Acker, 369 Nansemond Street SE, Leesburg 20175-4079, phone (703) 777-6544

POST 1177 - Quartermaster, Edwin R. White, P O Box 1521, Leesburg 20177-1521, phone (703) 777-8112

POST 1444 - Quartermaster, Thomas Jones, 922 Kellogg Avenue NW, Roanoke 24012, phone (540) 362-2331

POST 7059 - Quartermaster, Joseph K. Baldwin, 1099 Fairlea Road, Rice 23966

POST 7897 - Commander, Paul Thorp, P O Box 293, Blackstone 23824-0293

POST 8467 - Commander G. Rex Faris

POST 8697 - Commander, Winfred Mallory, 16 Lake View Drive, Charlottesville 22901

POST 9224 - Quartermaster, Jacob Anderson, 3840 Mastin Lane, Apt 121, Richmond 23230-4036

POST 9339 - Commander, Charles Weaver, 262 Cooper Drive, Stuarts Draft 24477

POST 9794 - Commander, Ernest B. Powell, 904 Rockfish School Lane, Afton 22920, phone (804) 361-1402

POST 9794 - Adjutant, Kenneth E. Gray, 281 Newton Road, Greenwood 22943

POST 9865 - Commander, Thomas C. Carpenter, Route 1 Box 261, Orange 22960, phone (540) 672-2253

POST 9865 - Sr. Vice Commander, Fred R. Frye, P O Box 248, Madison 22727

POST 9865 - Jr. Vice Commander, David A. Wood, Route 1 Box 152, Orange 22960, phone (540) 672-3053

POST 9865 - Quartermaster, Lewis E. Morton, Jr., P O Box 901, Orange 22960, phone (540) 672-3053

POST 9887 - Commander, Haywood Johnson, Route 3 Box 645, Orange 22960, phone (540) 672-3598

POST 9887 - Sr. Vice Commander, Vincent Jones, Route 2 Box 106, Orange 23093, phone (540) 967-1972

POST 9887 - Jr. Vice Commander, Benjamin Williams, 150 Bowler Lane, Orange 22960

POST 9887 - Quartermaster, Harry L. Jones, III, P O Box 823, Orange 22960, phone (540) 672-1198

POST 10570 - Quartermaster, Angelo Meluso, 4356 Pierce Road, Powhata 23139, phone (804) 598-2581

POST 10673 - Commander, Hobart M. Adams, Route 1 Box 231, Duffield 24244, phone (540) 431-2063

POST 10673 - Sr. Vice Commander, George W. Neeley, 2710 4th Avenue East, Big Stone Gap 24219, phone (540) 523-0181

POST 10673 - Jr. Vice Commander, Burley D. Sloan, 1103 Highway 58, Duffield 24244,

phone (540) 940-2312

POST 10673 - Adjutant, Kenneth C. Wells, Route 3 Box 1002, Big Stone Gap 24219, phone (540) 523-2788

E-Mail Address - Larry Mattera, Senior Vice Commander - VAVFWSRVICECDR@AOL.COM

Mary Richards, Ladies Auxiliary President - undbird@home.com

Frank J. Latham, 3rd District Commander - frabre.latham@verizon.net

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

James H. Hainsworth, Commander Post 9954 - wilworth@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. 11th DISTRICT POST COMMANDERS AND QUARTERMASTERS:

The Post per capita tax is due to the District by 01 September 2001. The tax is 20 cents per member as of 30 June 2001. Please send your remittance to: Harry C. Huff, 703 Stonewall Circle, Staunton, VA 24401.


9. DONATIONS:


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


10. SERVICE OFFICER FEES:

SERVICE OFFICER FEES ARE NOW DUE AT STATE HEADQUARTERS. The fee is for two years: 2001 - 2003. The fee is $9.75 and we will send the Service Officer Guide Book to the Service Officer unless there is not one listed, then we will send it to the Post Commander.


11. QUARTERMASTER BONDS:

QUARTERMASTER BOND FEES ARE NOW DUE AT STATE HEADQUARTERS. PLEASE REFER TO LAST MONTH'S GENERAL ORDERS FOR THE FORM AND REQUIRED FEE.


12. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

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


13. IMPORTANT 2001-2005 DATES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


14. 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


15. FALL COUNCIL MEETINGS:

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

2002 September 13-15 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $65.00; phone 804-528-2500

2003 September 11-13 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $69.00; phone 804-528-2500


16. 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


17. 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


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: NOW is the time to move forward with your Voice of Democracy Program. If you have not appointed your Post VOD Chairman, do so now. Encourage your Chairman to contact area high schools. The VOD Program is open to all students in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades. The "Chairmen's Workbook" was designed to consolidate contest information. If the workbook does not answer your questions, please feel free to contact me.

DISTRICT COMMANDERS: It would be most helpful if you mail me the name, address and phone number of your District VOD chairman. For questions and information contact: Homer K. Bowen, Jr., VOD Chairman, P O Box 578, Marion, VA 24354-0578, phone (276) 783-3842. Note: Area code will change from (540) to (276) beginning September 1, 2001, and mandatory on March 16, 2002.

Homer K. Bowen, Jr.
Voice of Democracy Chairman


19. MEMBERSHIP/LIFE MEMBERSHIP:

Comrades, it is with extreme gratitude that I serve as your Department Senior Vice Commander. Having just returned from the National Convention in Milwaukee, I am here to tell you that Membership and growth in our Department will by number one priority. While in Milwaukee, Commander Tucker held a meeting with your Line Officers and the Chief-of-Staff concerning membership. There are several Posts within the Department that need a lot of work. I am asking for the help of all District Commanders and their Chief-of-Staff to be available when called upon to assist your Department Membership Team. Commander Tucker has been challenged by Commander-In-Chief James Goldsmith to have the Department 95% by 30 March. This year during round-ups, we will have a National Recruiter come in and we will be going out and knocking on doors. At this time, I ask the District Commanders and their Line Officers to please take a look around your Districts, and bring with you to the Council of Administration this month in Lynchburg, areas of your concern within your Districts, so that we can address the problems early and set out to rectify them. Sadly enough, we are losing more amongst our ranks than we are bringing in. Last year we brought in active duty, reservists, and National Guard members under our Military Initiative Program (MIP'S), and they have become members-at-large in National. I have in my possession the roster of last year's MIP'S. In the very near future if not already, District Commanders will be receiving the names and addresses of MIP'S in their District and will be tasked with getting their teams together and go out and seek these individuals and recruit them into your ranks, and utilize them for the betterment of your Posts, District and our Department. All too often we ask someone why he or she never joined the VFW, and they say, "I HAVE NEVER BEEN ASKED". As stated before, your Department Officers stand ready and waiting for your call. It is my belief that we as a team can make our Department an "All American Department" once again. In closing, always remember "To Achieve Is To Believe".

Larry Mattera
Membership/Life Membership


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. Teachers who win first-place in each category will be invited to a workshop at the conference, April 4-7, 2002. A program brochure (designed to be duplicated for distribution) will be mailed to all schools and this year's Post Commanders and Ladies Auxiliary VFW Presidents in August. Additional information on how to conduct the program will be included in the Citizenship Education Program Chairman's booklet, mailed in July 2001 -2002 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


22. LEGISLATIVE:

102nd VFW NATIONAL CONVENTION, 18 - 24 AUGUST 2001

For the second straight year the VFW National Convention was held in Milwaukee, WI. Participation by members of the Virginia delegation, led by Department Commander James E. Tucker, in various Convention events was excellent. Numerous decisions were made that are of interest to members of our Department. Space constraints limit me to covering only a handful of the significant actions taken by the Convention attendees.

The following individuals were elected to the top four leadership positions of the National VFW:

Commander-in-Chief: James N. Goldsmith (MI)
Senior Vice C-in-C: Raymond C. Sisk (CA)
Junior Vice C-in-C: Edward S. Banas (CT)
Quartermaster General: Joe L. Ridgely

B. PROPOSED NATIONAL BY-LAWS CHANGES

There were three proposed By-Laws changes that were of special interest. The alpha/numeric combination such as B-1, B-8, etc. is the designation of the proposed By-Laws change. One of the By-Law changes adopted (such as pairing of the Men's Auxiliary) at the 102nd National Convention will not go into effect unless approved by the General Membership at the 2002 Department Convention in Richmond, VA. Proposed that the National Organization dues shall be $8.50 per annum payable by every member in good standing, except Life Members will go into effect 1 January 2002.


John P. McAnaw
Legislative Chairman


23. LEGISLATIVE MEMBER:

Our 2001 National Convention in Milwaukee was a real success. Among the highlights were the presentation by President George W. Bush on Monday, the convention banquet attended by about 2800 people and the Patriotic Rally with it's music and a bit of noise. Also, the Health Fair held by the Milwaukee VA Center attracted many examinations by conventioneers. I leave the details to others. Now I wish to dwell on what we as veterans can and ought to do for ourselves and our loved ones. Each veteran needs to sit down and update his or her will. Most lawyers will help bring it up to the standards of Virginia Law. It should be typewritten, notarized and put in a safe place. Make a preliminary list of everything you own and all outstanding debts, omit nothing. State any items you wish to go to a particular person, this will save on family squabbles alone. Think carefully about any changes in you family status, birth, death, divorce or economic differences. Do this now and do not leave it for your loved ones to guess what you might have wanted after you're gone. Next, sit down quietly and talk over with family members where you wish to be buried and where they want to be buried. Contact the cemetery and see if there is actual space for you and your survivor. Go to the funeral home and ask for a list of services they provide and what the cost is for each item. Do not take a package deal. Delete any item you feel is unnecessary or too expensive, do not be surprised about the range of $4,000.00 to $7,000.00 or more. Write down the persons you feel should be notified and whether you want a military funeral or not. There are many ramifications of this talk with the family to decide. Talk with your Post Chaplain to see what he has to say. Here again, you may not feel like discussing this with your family, but it is your duty to do this and to do it now. Once you have completed this drill you will realize how much grief and sorrow you have saved your loved ones. If you do not believe me just ask someone you know who has drawn up a will in the past few months, or better yet someone who has been in charge of a funeral lately.

Ernest B. Glynn
Legislative Member

24. RESOLUTIONS:

At the National Convention, Committee Chairmen handling the various categories of resolutions provided recommendations on slightly less than 200 resolutions. Spirited debate occurred regarding a number of them. Let it suffice to state that improvement is in order regarding the manner certain categories of resolutions are presented to Convention attendees. I will redirect my comments to only one resolution because of its reverence to membership. The resolution was received at the last minute with no title or number, or with any information on who submitted it. An appropriate title for this resolution would be: "HOSTILE FIRE OR IMMINENT DANGER PAY"- Summing up, this resolution states that certain members of our Armed Forces are currently receiving, or have received in the past, hostile fire or imminent danger pay while serving in overseas areas. DOD Financial Management Regulation, Volume 7A, Chapter 10, dated February 2000, lists the areas where hostile fire or imminent danger pay is authorized. The resolution requests that the VFW petition Congress to amend the charter of the VFW to permit members of our Armed Forces who have received hostile or imminent danger pay to be eligible for membership in the VFW. This resolution was ADOPTED by Convention Attendees.

GET OUT THE VOTE CAMPAIGN:

This year the General Election will be held on Tuesday, 6 November 2001. Virginia voters will determine who will occupy each of the one hundred seats comprising of the House of Delegates for the next two years. Now is the time for the posts to launch their "GET OUT THE VOTE" campaign. The objectives of cited campaign should be threefold:

1. Improve voter awareness of the issues.
2. Gain an understanding of the candidate's position on various issues.
3. Increase voter turnout on 6 November 2001.

An informed citizen that participates in the political process is absolutely essential to our vision of our great Republic. The reason that politicians pay attention to Veterans during an election year is that they know the vast majority of Veterans vote. Not only do the Veterans get out and vote they are also active in getting their kin and non Veterans to the polls. Recommended actions at the Post level between now and the General Election on 6 November 2001, include:

While the VFW Department of Virginia does not endorse anyone running for political office, it does strongly support efforts to educate voters on the issues, to understand the positions of the candidates on the issues, and, lastly to get more voters to the polls.

John P. McAnaw
Legislative Chairman

25. STATE HEADQUARTERS HOLIDAY CLOSINGS:

September 3, 2001 Labor Day
October 12, 2001 Columbus Day
November 12, 2001 Veterans Day
November 22-23, 2001 Thanksgiving
December 25, 2001 Christmas Day
January 1, 2002 New Years' Day


26. HOSPITAL REPORT:

Comrades, the reports have slowed to a trickle. We now have 76 Post's reported in the state. Remember, you DO NOT get credit for Hospital by submitting a Community Service Report. It has to be put on the hospital form. Four months into the year and the Department is less than 50% reported. I think it's time that you District and Post Commanders ask the hard question - Did I appoint the right person as Hospital Chairman? If in doubt, you just added another job to your list of things to do. Next month's General Orders will carry a lis of Post's that HAVE NOT reported for the first half , May 1st - October 31st. This will give you 30 days to do the right thing and report for the first half. It's the only way to be considered for All State, All American. Remember, nothing happens without effort.


T.W. Hines
State Surgeon


27. COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS REPORT:

As of August 27th, the following Posts have NOT submitted a COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS REPORT for the (1st) reporting period (May 1 through October 31).


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: (Department has 83 of 196 Posts for a total of 42.34%)

DISTRICT 1

824, 960, 2296, 4856, 8629, 9358

DISTRICT 2

993, 2582, 2894, 8545

DISTRICT 3

394, 1426, 2239, 3125, 4639, 6364, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9224, 9501, 10387, 10657, 11124

DISTRICT 4

2163, 2584, 5371, 7559, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8902, 9618, 9855, 10570, 10571

DISTRICT 5

644, 2820, 4637, 6130, 7443, 7568

DISTRICT 6

1033, 1841, 4165, 4920, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877

DISTRICT 7

1150, 4698, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9660, 9872

DISTRICT 8

472, 1177, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865

DISTRICT 9

2719, 4667, 6000, 7328, 7360, 7969

DISTRICT 10

609, 8815, 9274, 9478

DISTRICT 11

452, 1499, 4204, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773

DISTRICT 12

3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10673

DISTRICT 13

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

SAFETY: (Department has 72 of 196 Posts for 36.73%)

DISTRICT 1

824, 960, 2296, 4856, 6002, 8629, 9358

DISTRICT 2

993, 2582, 2894, 8545

DISTRICT 3

394, 1426, 2239, 3125, 4639, 6364, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9224, 9501, 10387, 10657, 11124

DISTRICT 4

2163, 2584, 5371, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9855, 10570, 10571

DISTRICT 5

644, 1115, 2820, 4637, 6130, 7443, 7568, 7726

DISTRICT 6

1033, 1841, 2515, 4165, 4920, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877

DISTRICT 7

1150, 4698, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9660, 9872

DISTRICT 8

472, 1177, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865

DISTRICT 9

2719, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7328, 7360, 7969

DISTRICT 10

609, 5412, 7327, 8815, 9274, 9478

DISTRICT 11

452, 1499, 2424, 4204, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773

DISTRICT 12

3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673

DISTRICT 13

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

AMERICANISM: (Department has 88 of 196 Posts for 44.98%)

DISTRICT 1

824, 960, 2296, 4856, 8629, 9358

DISTRICT 2

993, 2582, 2894, 8545

DISTRICT 3

394, 1426, 2239, 3125, 4639, 6364, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9224, 9501, 10387, 10657, 11124

DISTRICT 4

2163, 2584, 5371, 8048, 8446, 8617, 8902, 10570, 10571

DISTRICT 5

644, 2820, 4637, 6130, 7443, 7568

DISTRICT 6

1033, 1841, 4165, 4920, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877

DISTRICT 7

1150, 4698, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9660, 9872

DISTRICT 8

472, 1177, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865

DISTRICT 9

2719, 4667, 6000, 7328, 7360, 7969

DISTRICT 10

609, 8815, 9274, 9478

DISTRICT 11

452, 1499, 4204, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773

DISTRICT 12

3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673

DISTRICT 13

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

YOUTH ACTIVITIES: (Department has 72 of 196 Posts for 36.72%)

DISTRICT 1

824, 960, 2296, 4856, 6002, 8629, 9358

DISTRICT 2

993, 2582, 2894, 8545

DISTRICT 3

394, 1426, 2239, 3125, 4639, 6364, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9224, 9501, 10387, 10657, 11124

DISTRICT 4

2163, 2584, 5371, 7559, 8048, 8163, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8902, 9618, 9855, 10570, 10571

DISTRICT 5

644, 2820, 4637, 6130, 7443, 7568

DISTRICT 6

1033, 1841, 2515, 4165, 4920, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877

DISTRICT 7

1150, 2123, 2447, 4698, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9660, 9872

DISTRICT 8

472, 1177, 2524, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865

DISTRICT 9

2719, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7328, 7360, 7969, 9343, 9696

DISTRICT 10

609, 8815, 9274, 9478

DISTRICT 11

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

DISTRICT 12

3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673

DISTRICT 13

1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8697, 8717, 9887, 10295, 10546, 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


28. HOMECOMING:

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


29. VETERAN'S DAY PARADE:

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

Application for Veterans Day Parade


30. ENVIRONMENTAL:

The goal of the Department of Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars Environmental Program is to make Virginia a better place to live, visit, work, raise our children and to retire. Types of programs that will help do this include: programs to recycle and conserve: papers, metals, plastics, glass and junk. Clear a section of a stream, highway, playground or cemetery. Plant a few trees, shrubs and gardens. Set out feeding stations and nesting boxes to attract songbirds and bluebirds. Such programs require money, manpower, material and motivation. Let each Post select a good hardworking comrade and tour the Post area to decide on a program which is needed most. Next, visit the local library. Ask the librarian what programs are in place or planned for your area. Ask the same question of those who run your local government highways and public parks. Local foresters and nurserymen can help you decide what species have the best survival rate in your area. Remember that George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson all found time away from their public duties to plant trees that are still with us today. You can do the same and make your community better. Having decided on a suitable project contact similar organizations and business firms to contribute whatever they can. Local fire departments can arrange a controlled burning where much old furniture and junk can be burned and the area cleaned up. Remember that a small simple project completed is better than a grandiose project that never got started. Notify local news radio and TV units and ask for help with publicity. Take before and after pictures of your project. On the work day keep VFW membership applications handy. Ask every volunteer to join the VFW if they are eligible. Send that to State Headquarters. Keep a record of man hours, money and material spent. Enter that on a Community Service Report and mail it to Pete Snelling, Jr. Vice Commander. Think of what we can accomplish this year if every one of our VFW Posts and Auxiliaries conducts just one small project.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman

31. WW II VETS:

This message is for WW II Veterans who did not complete requirements for a high school diploma. Any eligible WW II veteran may apply for the Commonwealth of Virginia World War II Veteran Honorary High School Diploma. Here's what you do. Provide a written statement to the Board of Education and include the following:

This information may be submitted by the veteran, by his or her family or by the veterans' organization on behalf of the veteran. Diplomas will be distributed during Veterans" Appreciation Week, September 3 - 7. For information, call Dr. Cave at (804) 225-2092.

James E. Tucker
Commander


32. COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION MEETING:

Enclosed please find the minutes from the council of Administration meeting held at the VFW convention on June 24th and June 26th and the special meeting on July 13, 2001.

Council of Adminstration meeting June 21 & 24, 2001 Council of Adminstration meeting July 13, 2001

33. LIFE MEMBERSHIP REPORT:

There will be no Membership report in this General Orders because we have not received Life Membership figures from National.


34. DRAWING:

Enclosed is a flyer concerning a drawing for a free Chevy Impala.


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