GENERAL ORDERS

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VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 10
TO ACHIEVE IS TO BELIEVE

April 1, 2002

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1. STATE COMMANDERS MESSAGE:

My message this month is a simple one: MEMBERSHIP. We still have a ways to go. By the time you receive this message we will be in Washington, D.C., again for the Community Service Conference. Let me say to all of you how thankful I am as your Commander. The Department placed third in the nation in Scouting and fourth in Youth Essay, this is quite an accomplishment. I cannot put into words just how proud I am of all of you. I realize the young people have done the work, but it also shows that you care. I would like to thank all the Posts and Auxiliaries that participated in the programs. We still have some time to make up some of the programs and membership that was missed in the past. Community Activity continues now through April 30, 2002. Membership will be through June 30, 2002, so don't stop now. Let me remind you, for All State, the programs required are a minimum... to include your Community Activity Book and Commanders Guide to qualify for All State. It then becomes very competitive after any additional members improve your chances for selection. I would like again to say thanks to Pete, Bob, Dan from National; Larry, in his absence, for our recruitment throughout the Department, and us being 97% going into Washington. Let me not forget our Chief-of-Staff and members of Post 9808 for their efforts at Fort Lee and the local mall. Again, thanks to all of you. "REMEMBER ONE PERCENT MAKE THINGS HAPPEN, NINE PERCENT SAY DID THAT REALLY HAPPEN AND NINETY PERCENT SAY WHAT HAPPENED."

Yours in Comradeship,
James E. (Jim) Tucker
State Commander


2. GENERAL ORDER CUT OFF DATES:

Membership Transmittals must be received at State Headquarters no later than April 29, 2002 to be counted for the month of April. 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. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

FIRST - 05-19-02, DENBEIGH POST 6002, Meeting 11:00 a.m.

SECOND - 05-19-02, NORFOLK POST 4809, Lunch 12:00 noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

THIRD - 05-04-02, DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, Memorial Service 1:00 p.m., Meeting 2:00 p.m.

FOURTH - - 05-05-02, CLARKSVILLE POST 8163, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

FIFTH - 05-19-02, HILLSVILLE POST 1115 (HOSTED BY GALAX POST 7568), Lunch 12:00 noon, Meeting to follow

SIXTH - 05-19-02, ALTAVISTA POST 4165, Meeting 2:00 p.m.

SEVENTH - 05-19-02, BERRYVILLE POST 9760, Meeting 11:30 a.m.

EIGHTH - 05-19-02, FREDERICKSBURG POST 3103, Meeting time TBA

NINTH - 05-05-02, BLUEFIELD POST 9696, Meeting 11:00 a.m. Representative Peter Snelling, State Junior Vice Commander

TENTH - 05-19-02, DALE CITY POST 1503, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

ELEVENTH - 05-15-02, HARRISONBURG POST 632, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting 12:30 p.m.

TWELFTH - 05-05-02, EWING POST 10310, Meeting 11:30 a.m. Representative Tommy Hines, State Surgeon

THIRTEENTH -


5. CHANGES IN THE ROSTER:

State Judge Advocate Michael J. Hoiness - Fax (757) 547-7405

Post 824 - Post Meeting Place Disabled American Veterans, Tabb Square, 1700-E George Washington Highway, Tabb

Post 2296 - Quartermaster Dixie J. Grinnalds, P O Box 305, Melfa 23410-0305

Post 9865 - Quartermaster Todd F. Johnson, P O Box 803, Orange 22960 telephone (540) 854-7121<

E-Mail Changes:

State Commander James E. Tucker - jtucker2richmondk12.vaus

Tenth District Quartermaster Claude "Lee" Willoughby - LeeWill54@aol.com

Post 7327 - vfwpost7327@earthlink.netvfwpost7327@earthlink.net


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. DONATIONS:

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


8. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

The Quarterly Audit Report for March 31st is NOW DUE at State Headquarters.


9. IMPORTANT 2002-2005 DATES:

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

May 12-19, 2002 Commander-in-Chief's Caribbean Cruise Vacation Award.

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

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

Oct 31-Nov 3, 2002 Southern Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas.

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.


10. POST ELECTIONS:

All Posts are reminded of Section 217, Manual of Procedure: Posts holding only one meeting per month are to nominate officers in March and nominations are to be held open until the April Meeting, at which time, nominations and elections will be held. Posts holding two meetings per month, will nominate at the first meeting, and nominate and elect at the second meeting in April.

Post officers will be installed into their respective offices at a regular or special meeting held not less than twenty (20) days nor more than sixty (60) days prior to the convening of the State Convention, but will not assume office until the Department Commander is installed. The installation may be conducted by a member in good standing, who holds or has held a rank at least as high as that of Post Commander. The Post Commander elect will select the installing officer.


11. POST REPORT OF ELECTION REPORTS:

An individualized form was mailed to each Post Quartermaster of record to use in reporting the names and addresses of the 2002-2003 Post Officers. Detailed instructions accompanied the mailing. The Post Quartermaster is requested to complete the form immediately after the election (do not wait for the installation) and mail it back to the Adjutant General in the self-addressed, postage-paid envelope. The Post Quartermaster is requested to mail the Department and the District copy to the Department Adjutant.

Commanders at all levels are requested to give maximum attention to the completion and return of these election reports to the Adjutant General and the Department Adjutant. Please stress the importance of the accuracy in the preparation of these reports and the urgency of forwarding the election reports to the Adjutant General and Department Adjutant as soon as the elections have been held.


12. 3rd DISTRICT LOYALTY DAY PARADE:

The Third District VFW - State of Virginia are preparing for their Annual Patriotic Parade and Program, which will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2002 at Midlothian High School Stadium, Richmond at 11:00 a.m. A light lunch will be served to parade participants immediately following the parade. The event will be concluded with a program and awards. We need local marching bands, drill teams, floats (large and small), classic cars, scouts, clowns, dance groups, fire departments, rescue squads and other groups that may show their patriotic pride in this festive celebration. We anticipate this Loyalty Day Parade will be the best observance ever held. All is asked to come join us in this great celebration. For more information, or to receive a parade application, call 804-733-3416, 804-328-0629, 804-264-8352, or Fax: 804-559-0156, 804-740-0417 or 804-328-0695.

Frances Gwathmey
Publicity Chairman

James E. Tucker
Loyalty Day Parade Chairman


13. 4th DISTRICT LOYALTY DAY MEETING:

The Fourth District Loyalty Day Parade for 2002 will be held in Keysville on Saturday 27 April 2002.

The parade will line up at 9:00 a.m. and step off at 10:00 a.m. All Posts in the Department are welcome to watch, or enter units as participants. The parade will be hosted by Post 8902, Charlotte County. An application for those wishing to participate is attached. For more details or applications, contact Commander Monroe Tuggle at (434) 736-8858, e-mail dyver-monroe@juno.com or District Adjutant Fred Wolking at (804) 276-5668, e-mail post2163@aol.com.

Fred Wolking
Adjutant District 4

Loyalty Day Parade

14. RESOLUTIONS:

If not already started, now is the time for Post members to prepare their resolutions. The policy of the VFW is set by resolutions and it is imperative that we, the membership, take the time to express our views on issues that we feel are important. The great majority of resolutions originate at Post level. All resolutions of statewide, regional and national concern must be acted upon at the Department Convention. This means that cited resolutions must be approved by District and then submitted to the Department Adjutant/Quartermaster no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the Department Convention. This year the Convention will begin on June 6, 2002, at the Sheraton Hotel, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia.

The importance of Post member involvement in the actual preparation of resolutions cannot be emphasized enough. The VFW is our organization and we, the members of the 195 Posts spread throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, must get involved regarding the establishment of policy at Department and National Conventions.

In recent years the great majority of resolutions approved by Posts in the Department of Virginia were actually prepared at National VFW Headquarters. They were then sent to our Department where they were then distributed down to Post level for action. Too few resolutions were actually prepared by Post personnel in the Department. This situation must change!

The VFW 2001-2002 Leadership Manual contains an excellent section, Titled "Resolutions" on pages 146-147. It is worth reading. The preparation of a resolution is a relatively simple matter. There are two separate parts. First, there is a "WHEREAS" section which states the problem to be solved. Second, there is a "RESOLVED" section which recommends a solution to the problem.

Summing up, Post members are urged to prepare resolutions on topics deemed important.

John P. McAnaw
Resolutions Chairman


15. LEGISLATION:

A. As of 25 March 2002, the date of this article, House Bill 1284 which contains among other expenditures, $7.942 million for the Commonwealth's second Veterans Care Center had not been signed into law. This figure represents 35% of the capital construction costs for the Center will be built on land adjacent to McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center in Richmond. The remaining 65% of the cost will be paid by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Governor Warner is expected to sign cited Bill in the near future.

B. VA COMPENSATION FOR MORE VETERANS EXPOSED TO RADIATION
The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the addition of five new cancers to the list of diseases presumed to be connected to the exposure of veterans to radiation during their military service. Veterans diagnosed with cancer of the bone, brain, colon, lung or ovary will have an easier time establishing entitlement to compensation for their illnesses beginning March 26, 2002. This is a long awaited decision that provides critically needed benefits for veterans and their dependents who have had to suffer the consequences of diseases associated with radiation exposure. It is the result of many years of hard work by the Veterans of Foreign Wars to ensure veterans who are suffering from diseases associated with exposure to radiation receive the benefits they justly deserve. These veterans accepted the risks of duty and have borne the burden of their illnesses in service to our nation. They should not have to bear an additional and unequal burden to prove they deserve the benefits they've so rightfully earned. The new rules will not cure their cancers, but they will ease the burden of proof required to receive appropriate compensation for their disabilities. The new rules apply to those veterans who participated in "radiation-risk activities" while on active duty, during active duty for training or inactive duty training as a member of a reserve component. The definition of radiation-risk activities has also been expanded to include service at Amchitka Island, Alaska prior to January 1, 1974, if a veteran was exposed while performing duties related to certain underground nuclear tests. The new definition also includes service of gaseous diffusion plants located in Paducah, Kentucky; Portsmouth, Ohio; and, an area known as K25 at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The previous definition was limited to service members who took part in the occupation of Hiroshima or Nagaski or onsite at atmospheric nuclear weapons tests, or American POWs interred in Japan during World War II. People in these groups are frequently called "atomic veterans". In 1988, Congress established a presumption of service connection for 13 cancers in veterans exposed to "ionizing radiation," with later changes bringing the number to 16. Under current statutes, the following diseases are presumed to be service connected if the veteran participated in a radiation-risk activity: leukemia (other than lymphatic leukemia), cancer of the thyroid, breast, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, pancreas, gall bladder, bile ducts, salivary gland, or urinary tract, multiple myeloma, lymphomas (except Hodgkin's disease), primary cancer of the liver (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated) or bronchiolo-alveolar carcinoma. VA's changes ensure equity between veterans and federal civilians who may be entitled to compensation for these cancers caused by radiation.

C. VA PHARMACY POLICY FOR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION
For veterans to receive their required medications through the VA Pharmacy, such as prescription medications must be prescribed by a VA or VA-contracted physician. If the prescription is not on the VA formulary of approved medications, then each such prescription must be justified by the prescribing physician and approved by the clinical staff authorized to approve "off-formulary" prescriptions. The VA is required by law (Public Law 101-508, 102-568, and 103-66) to charge certain categories of veterans a co-payment for their medication as described below. Veterans with non-service connected disabilities and those veterans rated less than 50% service connected, who require medications for their non-service connected disabilities will be charged a $7.00 co-payment. A VA physician or health care provider will make the determination if a prescription medication is for the treatment of a service connected or non-service connected disability. If medication prescribed is for treatment of a service connected condition or for any treatment provided while an inpatient, no co-payment is required. Also, there is an exemption to the to the co-payment for veterans with low income. Veterans who wish to be considered for an exemption must agree to provide income information to VA. This information is collected and entered into the VA's hospital computer at the time of enrollment for VA health care services. Certain veterans with short-term financial need may be eligible for a waiver of the medication co-payment. Those veterans who are assigned to Category 5 for VA health care services would normally be exempt from the co-payment for prescription medications for non-service connected disabilities, while those Category 7 would most likely not be exempt from the co-payment for prescription medications for non-service connected disabilities. Veterans given prescription medications for treatment of their service-connected disabilities are exempt from a co-payment. Veterans who are required to make co-payment for medications are encouraged to pay for them at the time of pick up; however, this is not a requirement. If a veterans is unable to make payment at that time, an account will be established in the veteran's name. Monthly statements will be mailed to the veteran indicating the current charges, including any interest and administrative charges. It is VA policy that no veteran will be refused medication is he is unable to make co-payment at the time of pick-up.

John P. McAnaw
Legislative Chairman


16. BUDDY POPPIES:

Commanders on all levels should begin organizing their 2002 Memorial Day Buddy Poppy Sale. A Buddy Poppy Form was enclosed in January's General Orders. The price is $90.00 per thousand. Please order early. Be sure to include a street address for shipment, NOT POST OFFICE BOX, and also the date you plan to sell them.

The sale of Buddy Poppies will be conducted according to the provisions set forth in Section 711 of the National Constitution and By-Laws and Manuel of Procedure. Department, District and Post Commanders should arrange now for the sale of Buddy Poppies in their respective areas. All profits accruing from the sale of Buddy Poppies shall be used for the relief of disabled and needy veterans and their dependents.


17. DEPARTMENT CONVENTION:

Delegates and alternated to the Department Convention shall be elected at a regular meeting of the Post held not less than thirty (30) days prior to the Department Convention. Posts are entitled to one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate for each thirty (30) members or fraction thereof in good standing in the Post at the time of the election or as the Department By-Laws provide.

A DELEGATE AND ALTERNATE FORM IS ENCLOSED WITH THESE GENERAL ORDERS.

Delegates' Form

18. DISTRICT CONVENTION:

Delegates and alternates to the District Conventions shall be elected at a regular Post meeting held not less than thirty (30) days prior to the District Convention at which District Officers are to be elected; one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate for each fifteen (15) members or fraction thereof in good standing in the Post at the time of the election or as the Department By-Laws provide.

Pursuant to Section 405 of the National By-Laws and Manuel of Procedure, each District shall hold an annual District Convention for the purpose of electing District Officers, such Convention to be held not less than ten (10) days nor more than (60) days prior to convening of the Department Convention. District Officers shall not assume the duties of their office until the Department Commander is installed. District Officers shall not be installed or assume the duties of their office until proof of eligibility has been submitted and properly reviewed in accordance with Section 414 of the National By-Laws.


19. CRITERIA FOR ALL STATE JUDGING:

Enclosed is the criteria for the All State Judging.

Criteria for the All State Judging

20. CONTEST GUIDELINES FOR COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES RECORD BOOK:

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

Commmunity Book Guidelines
Communities Activities Entry Form

21. GEORGE C. DALBY PERPETUAL TROPHY:


The rules of contest and nomination blank form the George C. Dalby Perpetual Trophy are enclosed in this month's General Orders. Please complete the form and return it to State Headquarters no later than May 2, 2002.

George C. Dalby Entry Form

22. GEORGE E. McCRACKEN HONOR GUARD/COLOR GUARD PLAQUE:


An entry form of the George E. McCracken Honor Guard/Color Guard Plaque is enclosed in this month's General Orders. Entry form must be submitted to State Headquarters by May 2, 2002. There will also be a second and third place award.

George E. McCracken Entry form

23. 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


24. 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


25. STATE CONVENTIONS:

2002 June 6-9 Sheraton, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230: Single/Double $81, Triple/Quadruple $96 plus tax; Phone: 1-804-285-2000; 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: 1-804-285-2000; Fax: 1-804-288-3961

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


26. STATE CONVENTION:

The 80th Annual Convention for the Department of Virginia will be held June 6-9, 2002 at the Sheraton, Richmond, Virginia.

PLEASE NOTE: Absolutely no cooking allowed in rooms this includes the Hospitality Rooms. If you need tablecloths, bring your own. Non of the Hospitality Rooms will be allowed open during the meetings. No Signs or Posters will be allowed on the walls or elevators, if you need a sign, contact the Hotel's Sales Department.


27. HOSPITAL REPORT:

Comrades, the year is coming to an end. Some of you still haven't taken five minutes to fill out a hospital report and send it in. Sad, isn't it??

These Posts HAVE NOT reported:
District 1 - 100% Thank You
District 2 - 2582
District 3 - 394, 8046, 10387, 11124
District 4 - 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 9954, 10570
District 5 - 873, 7443
District 6 - 2515, 4920, 8184
District 7 - 2123, 7899
District 8 - 472, 1177, 7728, 8208, 9865
District 9 - 2719, 7969, 9864
District 10 - 100% Thank You
District 11 - 3136, 4204, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8479, 10773
District 12 - 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
District 13 - 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8717, 10295, 10546, 10574

Only 53 Post's are keeping the Department from being 100% reported Sad isn't it!!!!!!!

Tommy W. Hines
State Surgeon


28. PUBLICATIONS CONTEST:

1ST Place - Post 8469
2nd Place - Post 1211
3rd Place - Post 392 and 1115 Tied
Congratulations to ALL!!

Otis Berry
Awards and Citation Chairman


29. COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS REPORT:

This is the LAST month to complete reports for the second (2nd) reporting period. Reports MUST BE RECEIVED, AT MY HOME, by the close of business on APRIL 30, 2002. NO EXCEPTIONS to receipt of reports will be allowed. Post's are reminded that All State judging will be early this year. Post's MUST report for each period for credit in the All State Program.

Status of second period reporting period as of 3/23/02 is -

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: (141 of 193 Posts for 73.06%)
District 1 - 100% REPORTED (Congratulations)
District 2 - Posts not reported: 993
District 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 6364, 8529, 9501,10387
District 4 - Posts not reported: 7559, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8599, 8902, 9618,10570, 10571
District 5 - Posts not reported: 873, 4637, 7443
District 6 - Posts not reported: 4920, 8184, 9805
District 7 - Posts not reported: 7899, 8613, 9292
District 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 1811, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
District 9 - Posts not reported: 9864
District 10 - 100% REPORTED (Congratulations)
District 11 - Posts not reported: 4204, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8479, 10773
District 12 - Posts not reported: 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
District 13 - Posts not reported: 2613, 8169, 8717, 10295, 10574

SAFETY: (129 of 193 Posts for 66.84%)
District 1 - 100% REPORTED (Congratulations)
District 2 - Posts not reported: 993
District 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 6364, 8529, 9501,10387
District 4 - Posts not reported: 637, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8759, 8902, 9618, 10570, 10571
District 5 - Posts not reported: 644, 873, 1115, 2820, 4637, 7443
District 6 - Posts not reported: 4920, 8184, 9805
District 7 - Posts not reported: 1860, 7899, 8613, 9292
District 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 1811, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
District 9 - Posts not reported: 9864
District 10 - 100 % REPORTED (Congratulations)
District 11 - Posts not reported: 4204, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8479, 10773
District 12 - Posts not reported : 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
District 13 - Posts not reported: 1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 8169, 8717, 10295, 10574

AMERICANISM: (140 of 193 Posts for 72.54%)
District 1 - 100% REPORTED (Congratulations)

District 2 - Posts not reported: 993
District 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 6364, 8529, 9501, 10387
District 4 - Posts not reported: 7559, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8902, 9618, 10570, 10571
District 5 - Posts not reported: 873, 4637, 7443
District 6 - Posts not reported: 4920, 8184, 9805
District 7 - Posts not reported: 1860, 7899, 8613, 9292
District 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 1811, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
District 9 - Posts not reported: 9864
District 10 - 100% REPORTED (Congratulations)
District 11 - Posts not reported: 4204, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8479, 10773
District 12 - Posts not reported: 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
District 13 - Posts not reported: 2613, 8169, 8717, 10295, 10574

YOUTH ACTIVITIES: (130 of 193 Posts for 67.36%)
District 1 -100% REPORTED (Congratulations)
District 2 - Posts not reported: 993, 2582
District 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 3125, 6364, 8529, 9501, 10387
District 4 - Posts not reported: 7559, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8599, 8902, 9618, 10570, 10571
District 5 - Posts not reported: 873, 2820, 4637, 7443
District 6 - Posts not reported: 2515, 4165, 4920, 8184, 9805
District 7 - Posts not reported: 1150, 1860, 2447, 7899, 8613, 9292
District 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 1811, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
District 9 - Posts not reported: 9864
District 10 - 100% REPORTED (Congratulations)
District 11 - Posts not reported: 4204, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8479, 10773
District 12 - Posts not reported: 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
District 13 - Posts not reported: 2044, 2217, 2613, 8169, 8717, 10295, 10574

If I can be of any service to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Peter M. Snelling
1113 Culpepper Lane
Bedford, VA 24523
540-586-2602
Community Activities Chairman


30. ENVIRONMENTAL:

Virginia is heavily endowed by nature with beaches, oceans, caves, forests, lakes, mountains, rivers and streams. Man has enhanced all of these with more parks, forests, battlefields and memorials. It is called the "Mother of Presidents" because of the seven US Presidents which were born here. Also, many people living in Virginia do not know that Virginia originally included West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin as well as a part of Minnesota. Today with it's 6.6 million and 42,277 square miles, Virginia has a variety of residences, industry and manufacturing from its original native state. The duty of those of us who live here today is to preserve and protect these resources for future generations. Also, to make Virginia a better place to visit, live, work, raise our children and retire. The VFW Environmental Program is created to do just that. We can do this but it must be a cooperative effort all across present day Virginia. Each of our 193 Post Commanders will select a group of hardworking, dedicated Comrades and tour their Post area. A list of needed improvements can be made. The local librarian and elected officials can advise what programs are ongoing or planned by other organizations for your area. Make contact with local business and real estate groups that can help with donations of money, material or manpower. Invite them to participate and let them contribute whatever they please. Name a program director and set a date to get everyone involved. On the work day keep VFW membership applications handy. Be sure to ask each volunteer to join if they are eligible. Tell them why they should. Send the completed applications to State Headquarters. This will help Commander Tucker get Virginia back in the All American Column where we belong.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


31. VOICE OF DEMOCRACY:

2002-2003 THEME: "Freedom's Obligation"

DEADLINES: Student Entry - November 1, 2002
District Deadline - December 15, 2002
Department Deadline - January 15, 2003
National Deadline - February 1, 2003

32. YOUTH ESSAY:

4TH PLACE WINNER - Sadie E. Shea, a 7th grade student, sponsored by VFW Post 2157 and Ladies Auxiliary, Bedford, Virginia will receive the $5,000 Rehoboth Beach Post 744 and Auxiliary (Department of Delaware) US Savings Bond. (Savings Bond, Glass Etched Plaque and Wood Plaque for sponsoring Post will be sent to Department Headquarters for presentation during Department Convention or other appropriate event.)

The contest for the "Name the Contest, Contest" has been judged. The winner for naming the Youth Essay Contest is: John Batikis, Wisconsin, VFW Post 1391. John is a very active member and at present is the National Team VFW Scouter for the Department of Wisconsin. The former Youth Essay Contest is now named: Patriot's Pen.

2002-2003 THEME: "My Pledge to America"

DEADLINES: Student Entry - December 1, 2002
District Deadline - January 15, 2003
Department Deadline - February 1, 2003
National Deadline - February 10, 2003

Other Scouting Support Opportunities

  • * Each District should have one representative on our Department Team of Scouters. He should contact each Post in their District to discuss Scouting opportunities and plan to be in charge of selecting District Eagle Scout of the Year. Stan Hunter and Ron Knowles will be contacting all Department Team Scouters and assist in planning opportunities for Scouting Support and Recognition to Posts for their efforts.<>
  • * National VFW headquarters is developing appropriate plaques/certificates that a Post may use to recognize any Scout or Scouter in their area.
  • * Venture crews offer a unique opportunity for sponsorship by Post's because the 14 -18 year old group can provide considerable support back to VFW Post's and they only require minimal meeting room space.
  • * Posts not sponsoring units can support scouting through special activities, providing funds for scout camps and council activities, and providing manpower to support one time activities. Contact your District scouting representative, Stan Hunter or Ron Knowles for assistance in this area.

    35. NATIONAL BY-LAWS, ARTICLE 11 - POSTS, SECTION 213 - ARREARAGE

    Any Post in arrears for National, Department, Council or District dues, poppy money, supply money, or other financial obligations or failing to have the Office of Quartermaster properly bonded in accordance with Section 703 or failing to submit properly completed Quarterly Post Trustees Report of Audit or Post Election Reports shall be deprived of all representation in County Council Meetings, District, Department and National Conventions. Such representation shall be restored promptly upon proper adjustment of such deficiencies. What does this mean?? Your Post has unpaid bills and/or overdue reports. To vote at the State Convention:

    Kenneth Vitale
    Credentials Chairman


    36. THANK YOU:

    Sincere thanks from State Inspector Henry E. Cluney for all of the beautiful cards and flowers, but most of all, your prayers.

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