GENERAL ORDERS


VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 6
SERVICE, HONOR, PRIDE

DECEMBER 1, 2002



1. STATE COMMANDER'S MESSAGE:

Comrades and Sisters, the first issue I would like to address concerns last month's elections and the pictures that came out of Congressman Rick Boucher's pressroom. Several of you have expressed your dislike of the material that went out. I am here to assure all of you that the information that was put out was not the words of your Department Commander or other officers of this organization.

The National VFW Political Action Committee wrote a letter and said they had chosen certain candidates to endorse for their re-election. The criterion to be chosen for endorsement was because of the work the candidate had done to help veterans in Virginia. The PAC asked for the concurrence of the department. After discussing this with the legislative chairperson, I was informed that the PAC had forgotten to endorse three influential candidates. We went back to them and they sent the revised endorsement list along. In answering, I said the Department of Virginia concurs with all the candidates that meet the requirements. This, in nonprofessional terms, meant all they had selected with the revision. I was also asked by PAC to go and deliver the endorsements. When delivering them I told them that I was there at the request of the VFW PAC and to pass on their endorsement. I then informed them that we were there to deliver not to state that we as a Department endorsed any candidate, but all candidates. The PAC is the only part of our organization that endorses.

A request for retraction of the article has been requested, and we are awaiting a response.

Secondly, I would like to discuss the last five (5) months of this VFW year. There have been many things happening around our department. Some good, and some not so good. Yet, as teams we have gone out, met with the members, and resolved many things.

There has been several changes in how we do business concerning membership. Senior Vice Commander Snelling will address those issues.

We have embarked on our second half for reporting. Various Posts have done a lot, some have done a few and yes, some have done nothing, when it came to reporting last half. The only thing a Post is doing when it does nothing is reducing the possibilities of having TWENTY-FIVE (25) STATE COMMANDERS AND QUARTERMASTERS! The sad part of this story is the work is being done, but not reported.

If you haven't done a report for the first half there is no turning back, But if you do a report the second half you will add to the National figures that's reported to our legislators, and various other people.

After replacement of an employee in the State Headquarters, things seem to be getting on track. After spending several days in Headquarters, I have found the staff to be responsive and helpful. Yet, if for any reason you are displeased with the performance or professionalism of anyone on staff, I request you write it down and send it to me. All requests in writing will be responded to immediately after receipt. Complaints CANNOT and WILL NOT be handled as hearsay in this administration.

As we prepare for the winter conference in Williamsburg, I would ask that if you are attending, please make your reservations at the Clarion (The old George Washington Hotel) soon as possible, so that we can meet the quota we have given the hotel. Our National Representative will be Immediate Past Commander-In-Chief James Goldsmith from Michigan. Please come out, support the Department, and share your ideas.

I'd like to ask that all Council of Administration members report to State Headquarters on Tuesday, 3rd of December at 8:30AM for a round table discussion on where we want the department to go for the last six and months. Please call Headquarters if you will need reservations for the second and they will be made for you in a block at the Holiday Inn Conference Center for Monday night. If you can't make it due to other commitments please notify Department of this. Moreover, please leave a number as to where you can be reached if needed. A lot has happened in the past five plus months, yet I thank every one of you for all you do for your community, our organization, but most of all our veterans. In addition, I look forward to future challenges.

Finally, yet importantly, to our Comrades and Sisters, as you celebrate the holiday season in your families tradition, please make a space at your table for a military person that will not be able to share the holiday with his family. Call your local base and request to host a military member. Lorna and I wish the best of the holidays. Each of you are special to the "United We Stand" team and us. I've been blessed with a team of outstanding people, and I can't thank them enough for the work they do.

LAWRENCE F. (LARRY) MATTERA
DEPARTMENT COMMANDER


2. MEMBERSHIP:

The Department is doing rather well in membership this year. As of November 22nd, the Department membership is at 81.76%. I would like to congratulate Post 2044, Earlysville for being the first post to reach the Department goal of 103%. This post has shown that goals can be accomplished. Don't let them be the only post to reach the membership goal.

Posts are reminded that the membership year is rapidly coming to a close. If members do not have their renewal in prior to December 31st, they will no longer be a member in good standing, their insurance terminates and they will no longer be allowed to use VFW Post property. The Department is standing by to help any District or Post conduct membership drives. All you must do is get in touch with the Membership Committee Chairman or Department Headquarters and ask for assistance.

TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP
National By-Laws provides for only one type of membership; that is active membership. There are no provisions in the National By-Laws, nor is there any authority or justification for issuance of Club Membership cards, Associate Member cards, Honorary Membership cards, Courtesy Membership cards or any other special type of cards. Any Post issuing such unauthorized cards, or conducting club operations open to the general public, endangers its standing with the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit organization. Officers signing outlaw cards admitting non- members to VFW premises are subject to disciplinary action. National and Department officers cannot defend practices that conflict with VFW By-Laws or procedure.

Peter M. Snelling
Membership Committee Chairman


3. COMMENTS FROM THE STATE ADJUTANT/QUARTERMASTER

FOR ALL COMMANDERS AND LADIES AUXILIARY PRESIDENTS
Now is the time to start planning for our Winter Council Meeting at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg, January 16 - 20 2003. Room rates are $46.00 per night for single or double occupancy. The block of rooms for the VFW will be held until 27 December 2002. So, get your reservation in early. All rooms not booked by VFW or LAVFW members by December 27 will be released for general sale. All reservations require a guarantee by cash or major credit card. Cancellation of guaranteed reservations must be done more than 72 hours prior to the scheduled arrival date to avoid penalties.

Cancellations made less than 72 hours before the scheduled arrival date will cost you one days charge. Please plan accordingly. If there are any questions please contact Ray Chappell at 336 789 5347 or Fred Wolking at 540 886 8112.

BANNERS
It has come to my attention that there may have been confusion over banners for 100% Posts in the 2001-2002 year. If you think your post earned a banner but did not receive one please contact Senior Vice Commander Pete Snelling or State Adjutant/Quartermaster Fred Wolking so we can fix the problem.

DESIGNATION OF BENEFICIARY
One of my fellow Post Quartermasters has pointed out that the printed roster in the dues kit no longer has a coded entry to identify which members do not have a designation of beneficiary form on file in Kansas City. He asked about the change because he used his contact with members while collecting dues as an opportunity to remind members about this. I have discussed this situation with Member Services in Kansas City. The change is one effect of changes they made this year. In the past there was a section in national headquarters that served as an intermediary between the membership and the insurance company. This section has been abolished and members are expected to deal directly with the insurance company as necessary. The insurance company took the position that they could not provide the information about which members has designation of beneficiary forms on file, and which ones did not, without violating the privacy of information regulations. So they are not providing national headquarters the information, and national headquarters is not coding the printouts in the dues kits.

This is not to infer that the designation of a beneficiary is not important, it is. The lack of a designation on file with the insurance company may delay the resolution of a claim, and will certainly complicate that resolution. I suggest each Post Quartermaster have every member, life or annual, complete a form every year. National headquarters has always provided more forms than I ever needed as a post quartermaster. Asking your members to file a form every year will ensure that one is filed and that the information is current.

WALMART JOINS VFW PROGRAM AGAIN THIS YEAR
National Headquarters has sent me the following message to be passed along to all posts and members.

For the second year, local Walmarts will be promoting the "Together We Stand" book by asking their customers to write a support message to our men and women in uniform. The book is then sent to the VFW National Headquarters and VFW Foundation so they can be forwarded to U. S. troops throughout the world.

Another part of this promotion is the "Hometown Veterans Star Program." A photograph of the veteran received from the veteran or his or her family will be put on a star and displayed on a photo display in the store. The original photograph will be copied free of charge by Walmart and put on a star along with the veteran's name and years of service.

New this year - VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members may talk with the management of their local Walmarts and be allowed to take the Star Program displays into the local schools to be used while promoting patriotism and service with the students.

DON'T TELL ME YOU WERE NOT WARNED
This comes from a letter I recently received from National Headquarters over the signatures of the Commander-in-Chief and the Adjutant General. "Section 105 of the National By-Laws provides that a member who has not paid his dues by January 1 ceases to be in good standing and forfeits all rights to membership. Furthermore, Section 215 of the National By-Laws provides that only members in good standing shall be eligible to hold any office in the Post." The letter included a list of eleven incumbent Post Commanders and eight incumbent Post Quartermasters who will cease to be members in good standing on 1 January. The letter further directed the Department Commander to strictly enforce the National By-Laws in these cases. I am not convinced the list was accurate but the letter serves as a warning that National Headquarters holds the State Commander accountable for enforcing this requirement.

Should it become necessary to remove the name of a Post Commander, the Senior Vice Commander will at once and without formality succeed to the office of Post Commander. Once this occurs payment of dues by the former Post Commander will not entitle him to assume the position of Post Commander. If it is the Post Quartermaster's name that is removed, the position shall be declared vacant immediately and the Post Commander may, in accordance with the provisions of Section 220, appoint a Post Quartermaster Pro Tempore. In the event the Post Quartermaster remits his dues after his name is removed and the position is declared vacant he must be re-elected to the position of Post Quartermaster . . . mere payment of dues does not automatically reinstate him to office.

In accordance with Section 220 of the National By-Laws, any elective Post Officer whose office is vacated by the Department Commander, by reason of failure to pay current dues shall not be eligible to serve in any Post Office in the same administrative year in which the office is vacated.

HELP THE LADIES AUXILIARY
The Ladies Auxiliary are raffling of a 2003 Ford Mustang V6 Coupe as their major fund raiser for the year. Tickets are only twenty dollars apiece. And the drawing will be held at the Winter Council Meeting. If you do not have your ticket yet, see a member of your Ladies Auxiliary. If you do not have a Ladies Auxiliary, or if they do not have any tickets, I have a few tickets available at state headquarters. Just send me your check or credit card number, along with your name, address, and telephone number. NOTE: All taxes, titling fees, licensing fees and insurance are the responsibility of the winner.

LIFE MEMBERSHIP WINNERS
The 2003 Membership Campaign specifies that there shall be three drawings, in September, November, and January, for a free Life Membership in the VFW. To be eligible for the September drawing your post membership must have been 25% by 20 September 2002. To be eligible for the November drawing your post membership must have been 50% by 1 November 2002. The drawings were held at state headquarters during the week of 18 November 2002. The winner of the first drawing was Charlotte County VFW, Post 8902. The winner of the second drawing was South Hill - LaCrosse VFW, Post 7166.

The final drawing will be held in January 2003 and all posts who have reached or exceeded 100% of their 2003 membership quota will be eligible for entry. See the 2003 Membership Campaign if you want more details.

Fred L. Wolking
State Adjutant/Quartermaster


SPECIAL ORDER NO. 90

In accordance with the provisions of Section 211 (a) of the National By-Laws, the charter of the following Post is hereby canceled and the post declared defunct.

NAME POST NO. LOCATION
Madison Heights 2515 Madison Heights

The Commander, Department of Virginia, will at once recover the charter, rituals, paraphernalia, and all monies and other property of the Post in accordance with the provisions of the National By-Laws.

By order of
Raymond C. Sisk
Commander-in-chief


4. GENERAL ORDER CUT OFF DATES:

PLEASE NOTE: ANY information to be published in the General Orders must be in by the 20th of each month. Changes of address or phone numbers within the Department must be in writing or via e-mail. Headquarters can accept handwritten, typed and faxed information, BUT we would prefer to receive your input as an email that we can import directly into our draft of the next edition.


5. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

FIRST - 2-9-2003, Post 7167, Warsaw. Will meet at Shoney's restaurant in Tappahannock for breakfast, 9:00 a.m. Meeting will start at 11:00 a.m. Representative, Peter Snelling, State Senior Vice Commander

SECOND - 3-22-2003, Post 4411, Franklin. Lunch begins at 12PM, Meeting to follow. Representative Peter Snelling, Senior Vice Commander

THIRD - 12-7-02, Third District Headquarters, Meeting 2PM, Meal to follow, Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Commander

FOURTH -2-02-03, Amelia, Post 8759, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Meal to follow. Representative TO BE ASSIGNED LATER

FIFTH - 2-9-03, Danville, Post 647, Lunch 12:00 NOON, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative, Tom Hines, Judge Advocate

SIXTH - TBA-VA MEDICAL BUILDING 10, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Lunch to follow, Representative, Dan Boyer, State Surgeon

SEVENTH - 12-08-02, WINCHESTER, Post 2123 11:30 a.m. lunch, 1:00 p.m. meeting, Representative Dan Boyer, State Surgeon

EIGHTH -2-23-03 , MANASSAS, Post 7589, Meeting at 1PM, meal to follow. Representative Michael Hoiness, Junior Vice Commander

NINTH - 01-12-03, Marion Post 4467, 1030 AM Registration, 1130 AM Joint Session, 1200 PM Meeting, Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Commander

TENTH - 12-08-02, WOODBRIDGE POST 7916, (Occoquan), Meeting 1:00 p.m., Meal to follow, Representative Peter Snelling, State Senior Vice Commander

ELEVENTH - 12-1-02, Bridgewater Post 8644, 1130 Lunch, 1PM Meeting, Representative Tom Hines, State Judge Advocate

TWELFTH - 01-05-03, POUND POST 9600, Pound Elementary, 11:00 a.m. Registration, 12:00 NOON Lunch, Meeting to follow, Representative Michael J. Hoiness, State Junior Vice Commander

THIRTEENTH - 12-08-02, GORDONSVILLE POST, 1:00P.M. Meeting, Meal to follow, Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Commander


6. ROSTER CHANGES:

State Adjutant Quartermaster - Fred Wolking, home address 304B Campbell Street, Staunton, 24401, telephone 540 886 0985; office numbers for state headquarters are the same as before; business email address is quartermaster@vfw-virginia.com

7th District Commander - Christopher Birch, phone 540-955-3311 (H); 540-955-4601 (W)

Post 2216 - JVC Michael T. Hall, 262 Maine Circle, Staunton 24401 phone 540-885-8228

Post 5715 - Commander - Robert Arwood phone 276-679-0152

Post 7136 Commander - Nathan Guess, Route 1 Box 208-C, Cedar Bluff, 24609, phone 276-988-2727
SVC - Calvin Patterson, Route 4 Box 310, North Tazewell, 24630, phone 276-988-6831
JVC - Lewey Sparks, Route 1 Box 254, North Tazewell 24650, phone 276-979-0033
Adjutant - Christopher H. White, 155 Ella Peery Addition, North Tazewell, 24651, phone 276-988-7940
Quartermaster - Dewey Lowe, P O Box 244, Cedar Bluff 24609, phone 276-988-2142
Post 7559 Commander - Samuel L. Rivers, 18145 Butts Road, Yale, 23882, phone 434-535-8870
SVC - J. T. Wyatt, 8379 Wyatt Lane, Stony Creek, 23882, phone 434-241-8921
JVC - R. A. Shands, 7903 Trouble Road, Stony Creek 23882
Adjutant - Herbert H. Wright, P O Box 187, Stony Creek, 23882-0187, phone 434-246-3301
Quartermaster - Stephen W. Pulley, 21309 Bain Road, Stony Creek, 23882

Post 8163 - Commander - James A. Carter, 55 Toone Farm Road, Clarksville, 23927

Post 9382 - Commander - Kevin Boffa, 2602 Woodcreek Court #104, Suffolk, 23434 phone 757-925-1788

Post 9855 Commander - James C. Williams, 393 Timberlake Drive, Lynchburg 24502
SVC - William E. Pennix, Jr., Route 2 Box 267, Gladstone, 24553, phone 434-933-8909
Quartermaster

7. E-MAIL CHANGES:

Past Department Commander - Gerald Jonas - gejonaas@vfw-online.com

Post 452 - Commander Ed Fitzgerald - 234@hotmail.com

Post 7589 - Commander John S. (Sam) Nealey - jnealey@erols.com


8. IMPORTANT 2003-2005 DATES:

January 16, 2003 VFW Day on the Hill, Richmond
March 9-12, 2003 Community Service Conference, Washington, DC.
March 10-13, 2003 Legislative Conference, Washington, DC.
July 11-13, 2003 State School of Instruction, Lynchburg
July 26, 2003 Satellite Training, various sites
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

9. PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY:

Lynchburg VFW Post 8184 will host a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Program Saturday, December 7, 2002 at Moose Lodge #715 - Route 221 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the program. We will be reserving a section for Pearl Harbor Survivors. Please feel free to bring any family members or guests. We sincerely hope you can attend and are looking forward to seeing you there.


10. SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION:

2003 July 11- 13 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, 24504 Rates are $69.00 a night; telephone 434-528-2500

11. WINTER COUNCIL MEETING:

2003 January 17-19, Clarion, 500 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg 23185, rates are $45.00 a night, telephone 1-800-666-8888

12. DONATIONS:

Please send your donations (WWII Memorial, telephone cards, etc.) to VFW State Headquarters, P O Box 2067, Staunton, VA 24402. National Headquarters told us they will credit individuals and posts if state headquarters provides a detailed list of the gifts and donors. I have a test case in progress.


13. VOICE OF DEMOCRACY:

2002-2003 THEME: "Freedom's Obligation"

Dates to remember: District Judging by December 15, 2002
Department Judging by January 15, 2003
National Judging February 1, 2003

14. 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 send all Patriotic Pen materials to: Earl E. Harris, Jr., Patriotic Pen Chairman, 2601 North Augusta Street, Staunton, VA 24401.


15. LEGISLATIVE:

VFW "LEGISLATIVE DAY ON THE HILL" IN RICHMOND IN JANUARY 2003

The VFW Department of Virginia will conduct its annual "Legislative Day on the Hill" in Richmond on Thursday, 16 January 2003. We will meet in the General Assembly Office Building at 8:20 a.m. in Room 5E. Members of the VFW auxiliary have been invited to join us. Following a short briefing and the distribution of Issues Booklets we will break down into teams and visit all 140 members of the General Assembly.

The 2003 of the Virginia General Assembly will address issues of importance to the Veteran Community. According to various sources, significant budget cuts to all Commonwealth departments/agencies are under consideration. Across the board cuts, ranging from 5 to 15 percent have been mentioned in the media. As an example, effective 1 July 2002, the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs [VDVA] suffered cuts in its budget that permitted the funding of only 49 of its 56 authorized positions. At the present there are insufficient Claim Agents in the Commonwealth to provide responsive and efficient service to Veterans who are filing claims for the first time or need additional help on claims already filed. Any additional budget cuts will only exacerbate an already unsatisfactory. Not only should all fifty-six VDVA positions be funded, there is ample justification for additional Claims Officers within the Commonwealth. On 16 January 2003, we need the support of VFW members throughout the Commonwealth to oppose proposed cutbacks in the VDVA and other agencies/programs deemed important to the Veteran Community. Join the Senior Leadership of the Department for our "Legislative Day On The Hill" in Richmond. Numbers do count!

1. VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (VDVA)
There are compelling reasons for saying staffing of the VDVA should be significantly increased, primarily to provide additional claims offices. The present number of claims offices are inadequate to meet the needs of our current veteran population.

2. COMMONWEALTH VETERANS CEMETERIES
There should be no further delay concerning the commencement of construction of the Suffolk (Hampton Roads) Cemetery. The General Assembly and the Governor approved the appropriation of $650,000 to purchase the necessary land in 1999. A short-term Treasury loan of $6,500,00 to the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs for the cemetery (with no interest), has been authorized. This loan for the construction of the cemetery will be repaid with Federal funds. There is a recognized need for a cemetery in the Suffolk area. Ground-breaking should be expedited.

3. CONSTRUCTION OF THE SECOND VETERANS CARE CENTER
According to Secretary Bowen of the Executive Branch, "$7,942,000 is now available, or will be availability by August 16, 2003 for the proposed State home project". Executive Branch oversight is requested to insure all required actions stay on track and on schedule for this facility.

John P. McAnaw
Legislative Chairman


16. YOUTH ACTIVITIES:

All District Commanders are reminded of the judging deadline for the Department Citizenship Education Teacher Award is 15 January 2003. I must have the department winners to the National Citizenship Education Department no later than 15 December 2002. District Chairmen are reminded that all entry packets should contain the original nomination form, essay, a completed post entry form, a resume (not more than two sided), up to five pages of documentation, and a good quality head and shoulders photo of the winner of each grade level. Please be sure I have the entries before 3 January 2003. Don't short change any of our teachers, they all deserve to be recognized. Send all material to Don Hall, 35 Eidson Creek Road-Staunton, Va. 24401-6304.

Don Hall
Youth Activities Chairman


17. REPORTS AND FORMS:

PLEASE NOTE THE INDIVIDUAL RECRUITING AWARD 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 STATE HEADQUARTERS KNOW AND WE WILL SEND THE FORMS TO YOU. PLEASE SEND FORMS TO THE CURRENT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, NOT STATE HEADQUARTERS. THE ONLY REPORT THAT SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO STATE HEADQUARTERS IS THE DECEASED COMRADE FORM.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A COMMITTEE CHAIR TO SUBMIT A REPORT. ANY POST MEMBER WHO KNOWS THE INFORMATION THAT NEEDS TO BE REPORTED CAN FILL OUT THE FORM FOR ANY OF THE REPORTING AREAS, AND SEND IT IN. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU MAKE AT LEAST ONE COPY OF EACH REPORT FOR POST RECORDS, AND THAT YOU GIVE THAT COPY TO THE POST ADJUTANT.

Forms


18. AMERICANISM:

Americanism Reporting Form: Your comments on the form or a separate sheet can be helpful to you and me. However, it is not necessary to send in photos and news clippings, etc. Keep those for Americanism book to be submitted to the Awards and Citations Committee for judging in May 2003. Do NOT report events before they occur. Some posts have already reported events such as Pearl Harbor Day. If you reported Veterans Day and/or Pearl Harbor Day before they occurred, you must report them again in the Second Half.

You can no longer receive credit for First Half events. If you still want to report First Half events, the time frame must be 1 May 02 - 31 Oct 02 and the numbers will be added to the year's total for the state, but you will no longer receive First Half credit. Earliest beginning date for current reports is 1 November 2002.

It seems to silly to remind posts to use my correct address (found on the form). Kudos to the U.S. Postal Service for finding me anyway in several cases! And be sure to include YOUR post number. Add your email address and I will acknowledge receipt of your report. In addition to mailing the form to the address at the bottom of the form, you may email your report to me at 103636.1543@compuserve.com or use the on-line report at http://www.vfw392.org/historian.htm.

FINAL FIRST HALF Report: 240 reports have been received from 145 posts.

DISTRICT 1 - 100% Reported
DISTRICT 2 - 100% Reported
DISTRICT 3 - 100% Reported
DISTRICT 4 - Posts not reported: 7559, 8599, 8902, 9618, 9855, 10570
DISTRICT 5 - Posts not reported: 644, 7443
DISTRICT 6 - Posts not reported: 1033, 1444, 1841, 2515, 4165, 7854, 8184
DISTRICT 7 - Posts not reported: 4698, 8613
DISTRICT 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9 - Posts not reported: 4667, 7969, 9864
DISTRICT 10 - Posts not reported: 8815
DISTRICT 11 - Posts not reported: 4989, 7814, 9339
DISTRICT 12 - Posts not reported: 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10611
DISTRICT 13 - Posts not reported: 1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 8169, 8697, 8717, 9887, 10295, 10574

DEPARTMENT TOTALS

Number of Projects: 1752 Number of Volunteers: 11,062
Number of hours worked: 42,978 Number of Miles driven: 147,041
Dollars donated: $80,250.06

INITIAL SECOND HALF Report: Ten reports have been received from ten posts. As of 20 November 2002 the following posts HAVE NOT reported:

DISTRICT 1 - 176, 824, 960, 2296, 3219, 4856, 5500, 6002, 7167, 8252, 8629, 9358, 9636 DISTRICT 2 - 993, 1211, 2582, 2894, 4809, 8545, 9382
DISTRICT 3 - 394, 1426, 2239, 2583, 3125, 4639, 6364, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9501, 10387, 10654, 10657, 11124
DISTRICT 4 - 622, 637, 2163, 2584, 4411, 5313, 5371, 7059, 7166, 7559, 7819, 7897, 8048, 8163, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9855, 9954, 10570, 10571
DISTRICT 5 - 644, 647, 873, 1115, 2820, 4637, 6130, 7443, 7568, 7726, 7800, 8243 8467, 10840
DISTRICT 6 - 484, 1033, 1264, 1444, 1841, 2157, 2515, 4165, 4299, 4318, 4491, 4522, 4920, 5311, 5895, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877
DISTRICT 7 - 621, 1150, 1860, 2123, 2447, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9660, 9760 9872
DISTRICT 8 - 472, 1177, 1811, 2524, 3103, 4468, 7589, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9 - 1184, 2719, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7328, 7360, 7969, 9343, 9640, 9696, 9864
DISTRICT 10 - 609, 1503, 5412, 7327, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9274, 9478
DISTRICT 11 - 452, 632, 1499, 2216, 2424, 3060, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 8644, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773, 10826
DISTRICT 12 - 1994, 3782, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 8979, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
DISTRICT 13 - 1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8697, 8717, 9887, 10295, 10546, 10574

J. Gary Wagner
Americanism Chairman

Johnny W. Baker
Americanism Committee


19. BOY SCOUTS:

We are in the final phase of selecting our Eagle Scout of the Year. Posts should have their applications in by 15 December. The winning eagle from each post should be in the District Scouting Team Representatives hands by 2 January. District Team members are to have district Eagle of the year in the hands of Stan and Ron by 15 January for Departmental Judging. We will judge on 18 or 25 January. National judging will be in February with the winner announced at the March conference. Please call or e-mail Stan Hunter with any questions at 703-670-9084, RangerStan@msn.com

Stan Hunter
Department Scouting Chairman


20. HOSPITAL REPORTS:

The following Post's HAVE NOT submitted Hospital Reports for the 2nd half:

DISTRICT 1: 176, 824, 960, 2296, 3219, 4856, 5500, 6002, 7167, 8629, 9358, 9636
DISTRICT 2: 993, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411, 8545, 9382
DISTRICT 3: 394, 1426, 2239, 2583, 3125, 4639, 6364, 8046, 8356, 9224, 9501, 10387, 10657, 11124
DISTRICT 4: 622, 637, 2163, 2584, 5313, 5371, 7559, 7819, 7897, 8048, 8163, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9855, 9954, 10580, 10571
DISTRICT 5: 644, 873, 1115, 2820, 4637, 6130, 7568, 7726, 7800, 8243, 8467
DISTRICT 6: 484, 776, 1444, 1841, 2157, 4165, 4299, 4318, 4491, 4522, 4920, 5311, 5895, 7854, 9805, 9877
DISTRICT 7: 621, 1150, 1860, 2123, 2447, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9660, 9760, 9872
DISTRICT 8: 472, 117, 1811, 2524, 3103, 4468, 7589, 7728, 8209, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9: 956, 1184, 2719, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7328, 7360, 7969, 9343, 9640, 9696, 9864
DISTRICT 10: 609, 1503, 3150, 7327, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9274, 9478
DISTRICT 11: 452, 632, 1499, 2216, 2424, 3060, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 8644, 9339, 9480, 10773, 10826
DISTRICT 12: 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 8979, 9600, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611
DISTRICT 13: 1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8717, 8947, 10295, 10546, 10574

Lynn Harris
Hospital Chairman


21. INSPECTIONS:

The following Post's and District's HAVE NOT been inspected as November 20, 2002.

DISTRICT 4: 5313, 7559, 8228, 8446, 8599, 9618
DISTRICT 6: 1033, 1264, 1444, 1841, 2157, 4165, 4318, 5311, 5895, 8184, 9877
DISTRICT 7: 621, 2123, 2447, 4698, 9292, 9600, 9872
DISTRICT 8: 472, 1177, 2524, 3103, 4468, 7728, 8208, 7835, 9865, DISTRICT 8
DISTRICT 9: 956
DISTRICT 10: DISTRICT 10
DISTRICT 11: 7814, DISTRICT 11
DISTRICT 12: DISTRICT 12
DISTRICT 13:1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8717, 8947, 10295, 10546, 10574, DISTRICT 13

State Inspector
Ed Cluney


22. ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE

Virginia, endowed by nature and developed by man, enjoys a unique position among all states as a place to live, to visit, to work, to raise children and to retire. Her tall pines are accredited to have attracted her early settlers at Jamestown. The goal of the Virginia VFW Environmental Program is to preserve that environment. Our environment includes the 44,000 square miles and her 7.65 million inhabitants. It includes the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and all her flora and fauna. While an awesome array of laws and statues have been enacted to protect us, enforcement has been not completely successful. Newspaper accounts daily recount oil spills and other infractions. There are many ways Virginia VFW can help the environment; among them are:

  1. Recycling of papers, metals, glass, plastics and chemicals.

  2. Removal of rubbish and trash from roadsides and remote areas.

  3. Removal of abandoned and obsolete buildings and structures (with owner's permission).

  4. Removal of fallen, dead or diseased trees.

  5. Planting of trees and shrubs to provide shelter, fuel and habitat.

  6. Set out feeding stations to attract Bluebirds and songbirds.

To get started on your program, each post should select a few hard working comrades and tour their area. Make a list of items that might enhance their area. Visit local public officials and nurserymen and find out what programs are needed or planned. Another visit with the local librarian will develop programs that are already in place or planned by other organizations [Keep America Beautiful, Audubon Society, Fish and Wildlife Groups, Izaak Walton Hunting Groups, etc.]. There may be many that are working to do the same job.

Next, keep in mind that such programs require motivation, manpower, money, materials and equipment. Some areas may be able to furnish collection boxes for items on work days of the roll-on, roll-off type. Some fire units may provide controlled burning on given days.

After you make your list, decide what you can afford within your local post budget. Contact the major firms and associations that do business in your area. Invite them to participate and contribute whatever they wish. Contact your local radio station, TV and news media and give them the details of what you plan to do and ask them to help with the publicity. Select a suitable date, notify all concerned and carry our as planned. Your first program need not be major undertaking, but remember how much better Virginia would be if every one of our 189 posts held one program this year. The good will remain long after your backache is gone. Finally on the workday keep your VFW applications handy. Ask every volunteer to join VFW if they are eligible. Good volunteers make good VFW members.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


23. VFW EMERGENCY GRANTS AVAILABLE:

This information comes from a recent bulletin from national headquarters. Please spread the word within your post, your auxiliary, and in the community. Service members who are not eligible for VFW membership may desperately need the type of aid discussed below. Please help spread the word.

Deployed service members or their families can apply for emergency financial grants from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. These are not loans and do not have to be repaid. Jerry Newberry, a VFW spokesman, said local or State VFW Post's theoretically can offer any amount, depending on the situation and the funds available. VFW National Headquarters then will kick in additional funds up to a maximum 0f $500.00. To qualify, a service member must be deployed on active duty or in a mobilized National Guard or reserve unit. To apply, troops or family members should contact a local VFW Post or their State VFW Department. There are 9,500 Post's worldwide; information on locating a Post can be found online at <http://www.vfw.org/insidethevfw/ins_VFW Post.htm> or by calling 816-756-3390. A service member or family member must give proof of an immediate emergency, which VFW defines as stemming from something beyond the control of the service member or family member, such as illness or death in the family, and not mismanagement of income or overspending. Request's will be verified through the member's Chain of Command and VFW Officials. There is no guarantee funds will be available, New berry emphasized. National funds for this program are limited to $50,000.

Bud Haney, Director
MAP Program
National Headquarters


24. VFW NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN FOR FISCAL YEAR 2002-2003

CATEGORY DATE REPAIR/PURCHASE AMOUNT EXPENSES FUND TOTAL
BEGINNING BALANCE 06/30/02 $2,875.65
REVENUE:
AUXILIARY 2157 07/22 50.00
TOTAL REVENUE 0 $ 50.00
EXPENSES:
HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES 07/17 COUCH 935.00
PURCHASED SERVICE 08/28 REPLACE FIRE ALARM PANEL 430.00 $1,365.00
FUND BALANCE $1,559.65


25. CONDOLENCES:


We express our deepest sympathy to the families of C. Gordon Bryant, past State Chaplain, and Paul Thorp, Commander Post 7897.

VFW Leadership Alert
VFW National Home for Children Life Membership Application
Groundhog Job Shadow Day
Ladies Auxiliary Winter Council Agenda
District 4 Officers and Post Commanders Meeting

Official: By Order of:
Fred L. Wolking Lawrence F. Mattera
State Adjutant State Commander