GENERAL ORDERS


VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 2
SERVICE, HONOR, PRIDE

August 1, 2002




1. STATE COMMANDER'S MESSAGE:

Comrades, I'd like to start out by thanking all that took time to come to and participate in the School of Instructions held in Lynchburg as well as the Video Conference held at varius locations last month. A lot of good information was passed out and a lot of comradery was shared. As most of you know, I along with the Department Historian, Kim DeShano were invited by Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief Ed Banes to participate in the Adoption Ceremonies of the USS Cole by our National Headquarters held in Norfolk on Thursday, 18 July 2002. Because of security, a lot was not published within the Department and invitations were cut down by the military. Comrade DeShano has put pictures of this event on the Historian's page. If you get a moment please go to the page and view them.

Although membership is important to all of us, but for the most part you will find that I will let the Membership Chairman address that. For I feel that too much harping on a subject makes that subject a mute item. But I will say this; the membership kits have arrived, so let's get to work and DO NOT hesitate to call on me or your Department staff for any assistance. Also, I would like to thank those District and Post Commanders that have hit the trail running.

Another item of interest to me is that the members of this organization hear too many times that not everyone is reading the General Orders. For those of you that do take the time to read them, I would ask that you take a copy and put them on your bulletin board in your club or meeting room. Believe it or not someone will read them. We try to put information that will be of use to this Department.

I'd like to take this time and congratulate Immediate Past Department Commander James Tucker, VFW Post 392, Past Post Commander Kim DeShano, VFW Post 1503, Past Commander Jim Martin, VFW Post 4809, Past Post Commander Michael Hoiness and 2nd District Commander Donald Bunch for achieving "All American" status. I look forward to watching you all cross the stage at the National Convention in Nashville at the end of this month. Commander Bunch took over the 2nd District immediately after the passing of Wes Flora. Commander Bunch has requested to go to the convention and receive the Hat and Certificate and pass them on to Wes Flora's widow at a private ceremony. National Headquarters has approved the request.

To those District Commanders that do not have dates for their next meeting, please get them in as soon as you complete the planning of the meetings, as I would like to complete my assignments. Also, Comrade Snelling is still waiting for the District Commanders input for round-up dates. If these dates have not been submitted by the Fall Council in Lynchburg, I have asked the Senior Vice Commander to get with the Chief of Staff and set them up. These round-ups are designed to strengthen your Districts. I'd rather come to your Districts with our teams by invitation. We are here to help, NOT DO YOUR JOB!

One last thank you to each of you for what you do for the Veterans, your Community and our Organization.

Lawrence F. (Larry) Mattera
Department Commander


2. GENERAL ORDER CUT OFF DATES:

Membership Transmittals must be received at State Headquarters no later than August 29, 2002 to be counted for the month of August. 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. For all of those who have not received Commander Manuals, Program Books, or Quartermaster kits, please notify State Headquarters immediately.

Robert J. Klausing
State Adjutant/Quartermaster


4. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

FIRST - 09-29-02, EXMORE POST 4856, Meeting 11:00 a.m., Representative Michael J. Hoiness, State Junior Vice Commander

SECOND - 08-17-02, VIRGINIA BEACH POST 392, Meeting 12:00 Noon, Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Commander

THIRD - 09-07-02, THIRD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Senior Vice Commander

FOURTH - 08-11-02, SOUTH HILL, POST 7166, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Lunch to follow, Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Commander

FIFTH - 08-17-02, HALIFAX POST 8243, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Senior Vice Commander

SIXTH - 08-18-02, VA MEDICAL BUILDING 10 (HOSTED BY POST 4299 CLIFTON FORGE), Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Commander

SEVENTH - 09-08-02, LURAY POST 621, Meeting 11:30 a.m., Representative Tom W. Hines, State Judge Advocate

EIGHTH - 09-22-02, CULPEPER, POST 2524, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Daniel D. Boyer, Jr., State Surgeon

NINTH - 09-22-02, BLUEFIELD MEMORIAL POST 9696, Registration 10:30 a.m., Joint Session 11:30 a.m., Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting to follow, Representative Peter Snelling, State Senior Vice Commander

TENTH - 09-08-02, SPRINGFIELD POST 7327, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Lunch to follow, Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Commander

ELEVENTH - 09-08-02, STAUNTON POST 2216, Meeting 11:30 a.m., Representative Daniel D. Boyer, Jr., State Surgeon

TWELFTH - 09-01-02, CLINTWOOD POST 8979, Lunch 11:00 a.m., Meeting 12:00 Noon, Representative Peter M. Snelling, State Senior Vice Commander

THIRTEENTH - 09-08-02, MINERAL POST 8947, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Lunch to follow, Representative Michael Hoiness, State Junior Vice Commander


5. ROSTER CHANGES:

State Commander Larry Mattera cell phone 757-871-8330

State Junior Vice Commander Michael Hoiness cell 757-635-4077

6th District Adjutant William Crutchfield, 131 Gilmer Avenue NW, Roanoke 24016, phone 540-343-0311

Assistant Americanism Chairman Johnny Baker Post 3150

Post 1115 Commander Robert Gray King, 68 Prillaman Drive, Collinsville 24078, phone 276-647-7698

Post 8163 Commander Stewart Buchannon, 364 Country Manor Lane, Skipwith 23968, phone 434-372-3466

Post 8356 Junior Vice Commander B. Gary Cheatham, 8300 Virginia Avenue, Eltham 23181

Post 8356 Quartermaster Wayne Carter, 1320 East Euclid Boulevard, West Point 23181, phone 804-843-3234

Post 10387 Senior Vice Commander Melvin R. Short, 570 Petty Street, Petersburg 23805, phone 804-861-6296

Post 10387 Quartermaster Walter William, 5344 Jovern Drive, Prince George 23875


6. E-MAIL CHANGES:

Voice Of Democracy Chairman Buddy Weekley weekslock@adelphia.net

Post 3150 Commander Richard R. Hoffman webmaster@limathreefive.org


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 AND ALSO IN THIS GENERAL ORDERS. 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 NOT STATE HEADQUARTERS.!

PLEASE NOTE: THE AUDIT REPORTS NEED TO BE SIGNED BY AT LEAST TWO TRUSTEES BEFORE SUBMITTING TO STATE HEADQUARTERS OR THEY WILL BE RETURNED.

Forms Revised May 2002

8. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

Attention is directed to Section 218, Manual of Procedure Duty of Trustees, Form P-113. Trustees Report of Audit, must be prepared in detail at the close of each quarter, one of which ended June 30th which is NOW PAST DUE at State Headquarters.


9. IMPORTANT 2002-2005 DATES:

August 23-30, 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.
March 9-12, 2003 Community Service Conference, Washington, DC.
March 10-13, 2002 Legislative conference, Washington, DC.
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. BUDDY POPPIES:

Buddy Poppies are now $102.00 per thousand. We also have a limited supply of 9-11 Commemorative Poppies still available. The price is $115.00 per thousand. Please note that 9-11 poppies are to be given away, and no solicitation given.. Therefore they CAN NOT Be used for your poppies Drive.


11. SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION:

2003 July 10-12 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $69.00; phone 804-528-2500


12. YOUTH ESSAY:

Please send all Youth Essay material to: Earl E. Harris, Jr., Patriotic Pen Chairman 35 Edison Creek Road, Staunton, VA 24401.


13. NATIONAL CONVENTION MEETING:

August 24-30, 2002 Nashville, Tennessee

Enclosed is a list of events.

Housing Forms should be mailed to Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214. You may also make your reservation by calling the hotel at 615-883-2211.

National Convention Registration-Section 222 -Constitution and By-Laws require each Post to register, in advance, at least one delegate to the National Convention by the payment of a fee in the amount of $10.00. The on-site registration is $12.00. Posts failing to comply with the provision shall be considered delinquent and in arrears (Section 213). All advance registration fees should be mailed to the VFW National Headquarters, 406 West 34th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111, ATTN: Convention Registration.

The Distinguished Guest Banquet will be held Monday evening, 7:00 p.m., August 26, 2002. Enclosed is a form if you would like to attend.

National Convention Information

14. SOUTHERN CONFERENCE PARTY:

DATE Wednesday evening, August 28, 2002
LOCATION Scoreboard Bar and Grill located across the street from Opryland's main entranced less than 2 blocks, an easy walk, some transportation also provided for those needing it
TYPE SETTING Outdoors, large parking lot, large tent (1,000 people), tables and chairs. Each state will have their own area with tables, chairs, state flag, etc.
MENU Bar-B-Que & brisket, baked beans, coleslaw, cornbread, planning to feed 2,000 plus
DRINKS Mixed drinks, beer, soda and iced tea
ENTERTAINMENT "Branded Country Band" is a show-type band doing many impersonations of country entertainers - good listening or dance, very entertaining

15. FALL COUNCIL MEETINGS:

2002 September 12-14 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $65.00; phone 804-528-2500

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


16. DONATIONS:

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


17. VOICE OF DEMOCRACY:

2002-2003 THEME: "Freedom's Obligation"
2002-2003 DEADLINES: Student Entry - November 1, 2002
District Deadline - December 15, 2002
Department Deadline - January 15, 2003
National Deadline - February 1, 2003

18. PATRIOT'S PEN:

2002-2003 THEME: "My Pledge to America"
2002-2003 DEADLINES: Student Entry - December 1, 2002
District Deadline - January 15, 2003
Department Deadline - February 1, 2003
National Deadline - February 10, 2003

PLEASE GET THE INFORMATION TO SCHOOLS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.


19. SUPPORT FOR THE TROOPS - MILITARY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (MAP):

With our uniformed troops engaged in a variety of locations overseas (e.g., Afghanistan, Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Kosova, Philippines), now is the optimum time for VFW Posts to come to their assistance. Our national website (http://www.vfw.org) contains information on "Adopt-A-Unit" programs as well as Operation UPLINK prepaid telephone cards. Operation UPLINK are also available from Department Headquarters. Many communities have local papers that include notes of interest on area service members. Even if your efforts can't be of the magnitude to support an entire unit, sending a "care" package to local troops stationed overseas is a great way to build goodwill and membership. Items such as paperback books, playing cards, a roll of genuine US toilet paper, and non-perishable foodstuffs are always winners. In the groundswell of patriotism that followed September 11, everyone wanted to help. The VFW is in a unique position to coordinate these efforts, including donations and participation of local businesses, schools, etc.

M.C. "Connie" Agresti
MAP Coordinator

20. ENVIRONMENTAL:

Virginia today is a bustling community of 7.9 million people, with 750,000 veterans scattered throughout the state.

The Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars Environmental Program is intended to make Virginia a better place to visit-live-work-raise our children and retire. There are many ways we can do this. A good first step is for each of our Post Commanders to select a hard-working comrade to take a tour of their Post area. Make notes of clean up or fix up programs that would enhance the area. Play yards, School yards, Church yards and Cemeteries, streams and highways. A visit with a local Librarian will develop programs which may be underway or planned for their area. The Audubon Society, Izaak Walton League and garden clubs may have programs for your area. Local nurserymen, park rangers and foresters may have plans but not the manpower or money to carry them out. They may share them with you and save you some time. Clean up plans require MONEY, Motivations, manpower and materials. Major firms are often willing to contribute something, ask them to participate and let them contribute if they wish. Once the list of possible programs is put together, you can decide one that is within your budget. Keep in mind that one fourth of the money coming to the State Treasurer comes from the Tourist and Travel Industry. One out of every six persons that has a job in Virginia owes that job to the products of the forest. Paper making, lumber, furniture making just to name a few. Seedling trees are a bigger source of income each year in Virginia.

Some jurisdictions are willing to cooperate by providing park out collection points for heavy appliances, old furniture, vehicles, tires, batteries and chemicals on special days. Others may be willing to furnish fire fighting equipment to make a controlled burning of trash and rubbish and fallen branches. Each of these programs will improve the appearance of your Post area. Your program may also be the inspiration for adjoining property owners to demolish vacant or obsolete buildings or signs. After you have decided on the type and date of your program take some pictures and send them to the local radio, TV and News Media. Ask them to help out with the publicity. They are usually happy to learn of programs that are going to make their area better.

Keep a record of the money, man-hours and material spent, include it on your Community Activity Report. On the work day keep VFW membership applications handy. Ask every volunteer to join the VFW if eligible. Good volunteers make good members. All this helps all those members we lose out the back door or by death.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


21. LEGISLATIVE:

PREPARATIONS FOR VFW "LEGISLATIVE DAY ON THE HILL" IN RICHMOND, VA IN JANUARY 2003

The Department Legislative Committee has commenced its preparations for our "Legislative Day on the Hill" in January 2003. The exact date for this important event cannot be set until more information is received. Concerning the activities of the General Assembly. We shooting for a date just prior to the Mid-Winter Council of Administration Meeting set in Williamsburg, VA, 17-19 January 2003. The purpose of this article is to bring the membership up to date regarding the topics that are under consideration for inclusion in our future discussions with the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor, and all 140 members of the General Assembly. The approved topics, along with background information and the VFW position for each one, will be included in the Issues Booklet will be distributed of those cited above. During our "Day on the Hill," the second reason for this article is to solicit input from Department members regarding other topics/issues that should be brought to the attention of our elected leaders in Richmond. To date, the following subjects have been identified as matters of concern to the VFW membership.


VA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS:

  1. Restore the budget to pre July 2002 level, thus allowing the filling of all 56 authorized positions, including the Deputy Directors. Increase of staffing and budget to at least levels of the recently imposed cuts to the Department of Veterans Affairs. (Note: A lot of interest in this topic.)
  2. Adequate staffing and budget for the first State Veterans Cemetery in Amelia County and for the second State Veterans Cemetery in Hampton Roads, actually located in the City of Suffolk. Groundbreaking for the second State Veterans Cemetery will be sometime in November 2002 after Veterans' Day.
  3. Enforcement of Veterans preference for forms. Military personnel seeking employment with the Commonwealth of Virginia or companies/agencies doing business with the Commonwealth.
  4. Homeland Security determination of actions by the Commonwealth to protect residents and facilities against terrorist actions. Full investigation of Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to determine how terrorists involved in the murder of 3000 individuals on 11 September 2002, had Virginia drivers' licenses. Commonwealth's actions to insure only properly documented persons are given drivers' licenses and to identify and take proper action on all illegal aliens in Virginia. (Note: A lot of interest on this topic)
  5. Exemption of $20,000.00 or all retired military pay from State income tax. (A lot interest on this topic)
  6. The July 2002 General Orders contains a listing of all members of the Department's Legislative Committee. For your convenience these individuals are:

If you have any suggested input on matters of concern to the Veteran Community here in Virginia, please contact me or another member of the Legislative Committee.

John P. McAnaw
Legislative Chairman


22. VFW CHARTER BILL - HR 3838:

Recently the House passed by voice vote VFW Charter, HR 3838. It now moves to the Senate for consideration. As VFW leaders, it is vital that you contact your Senators and urge them to support passage of HR 3838. Remind your lawmakers that this pro-veteran legislation is important to all 2.7 million members of the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary. This bill, to amend the VFW's charter, will allow those who receive hostile fire or imminent danger pay be eligible for VFW membership. It also classifies the VFW as a charitable organization. Our goal is to have this legislation passed by our National Convention in Nashville. Time is running short in the legislation session for the 107th Congress. Please contact your Senatorial offices and urge swift action. Thanks for your assistance.

Bob Wallace
Executive Director, National Headquarters


23. UPCOMING 2002 ELECTION

This year Virginia voters will select all 11 members of the U. S. House of Representatives and one member of the U. S. Senate. All VFW members should check early on to determine what Congressional District they are in since the boundaries have changed since the General Elections of 2000. Too often members do not receive their voter registration cards, containing current information, in a timely manner-if at all.

There are several ways to get your pertinent voter information now. The first is to contact your County/City Registrar. For those with e-mail capability, go to the following website: www.sbe.state.va.us click on "ELECTION". The "WHERE DO I VOTE" block will appear. Follow the instructions and your current voter information will be provided.

Three key things that we can do in our GET OUT THE VOTE Campaign in 2002 are as follows: Host a Town Hall Meeting; Organize a voter registration campaign and Educate the candidates on the issues.

The General Orders for June 2002 contains an article on how to conduct a Town Hall Meeting. Any VFW sponsored event should be coordinated with the Ladies Auxiliary. Information on the event should also be disseminated to other Veterans Organizations in the area.

The number of Legislators in the U. S. Congress and at the state level with military experience continues to decline. It is our job to educated candidate regarding issues of importance to the Veteran Community. We want patriotic veteran legislators to represent us at the Federal, State and Local level. Also, we want legislators of good character who we can count on to honor their commitments to the veteran community. It is up to us to get our members and families to the polls in November to ensure that those elected shares the concerns of veterans. Does your part and make you count?!

Legislators are well aware of the importance of the veteran's community to their future employment. Why? We vote.


24. COMMUNITY SERVICE REPORTS:

As of 21 July, this is a list of Post's that HAVE submitted reports for this reporting period: May 1, 2002 through October 2002. If your Post is not on this list, please submit your reports prior to the expiration date. The sooner, the better.

DISTRICT 1: 824, 3219, 9636
DISTRICT 2: 1211, 2894, 3160
DISTRICT 3: 2239, 9224, 9808, 10657
DISTRICT 4: 622, 2163, 2584, 7059, 7819, 9855
DISTRICT 5: 647, 873, 1115, 2820, 4637, 7726, 7800, 10840
DISTRICT 6: 1264, 4491, 4522
DISTRICT 7: 621, 1150, 2123, 2447
DISTRICT 8: 2524, 3103
DISTRICT 9: 956, 6000, 7328, 9640, 9696
DISTRICT 10: 3150, 7327, 8815, 9274
DISTRICT 11: 452, 2216, 8279, 8644, 9339
DISTRICT 12: 10310
DISTRICT 13: 8947

If you have any questions, please give me at 804-276-5457.

Ken Vitale
Community Service Chairman

25. YOUTH ACTIVITIES:

As of July 31, 2002 the following Post's HAVE submitted a Youth Activity Report:

DISTRICT 1: 3219
DISTRICT 2:1211
DISTRICT 3: 2583, 6364, 9224, 9808, 10657
DISTRICT 4: 2584, 7059, 9954
DISTRICT 5: 873, 4637, 7726, 1115, 10840
DISTRICT 6: 4299, 4491, 4522, 5895
DISTRICT 7: 1150, 1860
DISTRICT 8: 2524, 3103
DISTRICT 9: 956, 7328, 9640, 9696
DISTRICT 10: 3150
DISTRICT 11: 2216, 3060, 8279, 8644, 10826
DISTRICT 12: 10310
DISTRICT 13: NONE

Reminder to all Post Commanders: first half reports are due 1 November 2002. Do not forget to report all your youth activities such as Little League, Scouting, 4H etc. You do the work. You deserve the credit.
Summary to date: Total number of completed projects: 118
Total number of VFW volunteers involved: 450
Total number of hours donated: 2015
Total miles drive: 6548
Total amount of monies used: $11,809.83.

Thanks for your help, keep the reports coming.

Don Hall
Youth Activities Chairman


26. AMERICANISM:

Two out of three Webster's definitions apply to Americanism, in VFW programs: "1. A custom, characterization, or belief of or originating in the United States. 2. Devotion or loyalty to the United States, of to its traditions, customs, etc."

Each Post is different in it's composition and traditions, but consider adding some upcoming anniversaries to your Post calendar:

  4 August - US Coast Guard 212th Birthday 7 August - Purple Heart Day
14 August - Japan surrenders, ending World War II 2 September - VJ Day
  2 September - Labor Day 11 September - Attack on America
17 September - VFW Ladies Auxiliary 88th Birthday
18 September - US Air Force 55th Birthday (Combine with Army Air Corps/Army Air Force to recognize all Air Forces Veterans)
20 September - POW/MIA Day 21 September - Citizenship Day
29 September - Gold Star Mother's Day 29 September - VFW 103rd Anniversary

Schools will begin again. Does one of your schools need new flags? Is your Post registered as a Korean War Commemorative Partner? Some of the requirements have changed. Call 866-KOREA-50 for information.

Fifty reports have been received from 42 Posts. As of 24 July 2002 the following Post's HAVE NOT reported:

DISTRICT 1: 176, 960, 2296, 3219, 4856, 6002, 7167, 8252, 8629, 9358, 9636
DISTRICT 2: 392, 993, 2582, 2894, 4411, 4809, 8545, 9382
DISTRICT 3: 394, 1426, 2239, 3125, 4639, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9501, 10387, 10654, 11124
DISTRICT 4: 622, 637, 2163, 5313, 5371, 7166, 7559, 7819, 7897, 8048, 8163, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9855, 10570, 10571
DISTRICT 5: 644, 6130, 7443, 7568, 7800, 8243, 8467
DISTRICT 6: 484, 776, 1033, 1264, 1444, 1841, 2157, 2515, 4165, 4318, 4920, 5311, 5895, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877
DISTRICT 7: 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9660, 9760, 9872
DISTRICT 8: 472, 1177, 1811, 4468, 7728, 7589, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9: 1184, 2719, 4667, 7136, 7360, 7969, 9343, 9864
DISTRICT 10: 609, 1503, 5412, 7327, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9274, 9478
DISTRICT 11: 632, 1499, 2424, 3060, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8479, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773
DISTRICT 12: 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 8979, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10611, 10673
DISTRICT 13: 1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8717, 10295, 10546, 10574

J. Gary Wagner
Americanism Chairman


27. HOSPITAL REPORTS:

The following Post's HAVE NOT Submitted Hospital Reports for the 1st half:

DISTRICT 1: 176, 960, 2296, 4856, 7167, 8252, 8629, 9358, 9636
DISTRICT 2: 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411, 4809, 8545
DISTRICT 3: 394, 1426, 2583, 3125, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9501, 10387, 11124
DISTRICT 4: 637, 2163, 5313, 5371, 7559, 8048, 8163, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9855, 9954, 10570
DISTRICT 5: 644, 6130, 7568, 7726, 7800, 8243
DISTRICT 6: 484, 1444, 1841, 2157, 2515, 4165, 4318, 4920, 5311, 5895, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877
DISTRICT 7: 4698, 6044, 7899, 9660, 9760, 9872
DISTRICT 8: 472, 1177, 1811, 2524, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9: 1184, 2719, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7328, 7360, 7969, 93436, 9864
DISTRICT 10: 609, 1503, 5412, 7327, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9274, 9478
DISTRICT 11: 632, 1499, 2424, 3060, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8479, 9480, 9794, 10773
DISTRICT 12: 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 8979, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10611, 10673
DISTRICT 13: 1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8717, 10295, 10546, 10574

Lynn Harris
Hospital Chairman

28. BOY SCOUTS:

There was a significant interest from attendees at the School of Instruction about supporting the Scouting program. We are available to assist all Post's in the Department in any way we can to support Scouting efforts. In finalizing our Eagle Scout of the Year program we are still seeking to have each district nominate a Scouter to be the representative on the VFW State Scouting team in your District. If you do not yet have one, please send your nomination to Stan Hunter (RangerStan@msn.com) or Ron Knowles (rkno339376@aol.com) Eagle Scout of th year applications are due to VFW Posts NLT 15 Dec. Posts should have their selections in the hands of their District Scouter by 2 Jan 2003. District selections are due to Stan Hunter and Ron Knowles by 15 Jan 2003.

Please do not hesitate to call with any questions.

Stan Hunter
Boy Scout Chairman 703-670-9084


29. THANK YOU:

A sincere thank you comes from Kenneth Suthard, 12th District Commander for sending all the cards and letters during his wife's Agnes' illness.

Official: By Order of:
Robert J. Klausing Lawrence F. Mattera
State Adjutant State Commander