GENERAL ORDERS

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VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 8
TO ACHIEVE IS TO BELIEVE

FEBRUARY 1, 2002

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1. STATE COMMANDERS MESSAGE:

I would like to thank all of you for a wonderful weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia, during the Winter Council. (I think I can speak for Mary Richards, after traveling with her this past weekend to Marion, Virginia.) You just don't know how great you made me feel. All of you are so kind in your efforts to come out and be a part of a great organization and to support our programs. Let me also say our membership is "on a roll" and we still have a ways to go. Please, those of you that are yet to meet your quotas, consider going out and meeting your neighbors and signing someone up. As you well know that old familiar tune NO ONE ASKED ME," it is so true. All I'm asking is that you REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE and make a difference. Your state officers will be traveling to Washington, D.C. 24th through the 28th of February, and the 4th through the 7th of April, for the Legislative and Community Service Conferences. It was voted on and approved at the Winter Council meeting to move the All State judging back two weeks because the State Convention is two weeks earlier this year. Please plan appropriately, and pay close attention to your deadlines so that you can compete for this competition.


REMEMBER: MEMBERSHIP! MEMBERSHIP! MEMBERSHIP! THIS IS OUR WATCHWORD, MEMBERSHIP!

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 February 27, 2002 to be counted for the month of February. 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 isklausing@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 - 02-24-02, NEWPORT NEWS POST 176, Meeting 11:00 a.m. Representative Tommy Hines, State Surgeon

SECOND - 03-09-02, FRANKLIN POST 4411, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m. Representative James Tucker, State Commander

THIRD - 03-02-02, DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, Meeting 2:00 p.m. Representative James E. Tucker, State Commander

FOURTH - - 02-03-02, AMELIA POST 8759, Meeting 2:00 p.m. Representative Peter Snelling, State Junior Vice Commander

FIFTH - 02-10-02, MEADOWS OF DAN POST 8467, Meeting 12:00 Noon, Meal 1:00 p.m. Representative Larry Mattera State Senior Vice Commander

SIXTH - 02-03-02, VA HOSPITAL BUILDING 10 HOSTED BY BEDFORD POST 2157, Meeting 2:00 p.m. Representative James E. Tucker, State Commander

SEVENTH - 03-10-02, WINCHESTER POST 2123, Meeting 11:30 a.m. Representative Michael Hoiness, State Judge Advocate

EIGHTH - 03-10-02, MANASSAS POST 7589, Meeting 1:00 p.m. Representative Tommy Hines, State Surgeon

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

TENTH - 02-17-02, McLEAN POST 8241, Meeting 1:00 p.m. Representative James E. Tucker, State Commander

ELEVENTH - 03-10-02, BRIDGEWATER POST 8644, Meeting 11:30 a.m. Representative James E. Tucker, State Commander

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

THIRTEENTH - 03-10-02, SPOTSYLVANIA POST 10546, Meeting 1:00 p.m. Representative Peter Snelling, State Junior Vice Commander


5. CHANGES IN THE ROSTER:

State Surgeon - Tommy Hines, new area code 434

Post 632 - Quartermaster William Vigar, 2120 Ramblewood Road, Harrisonburg 22801, (540) 433-5791

Post 1211- Commander Dennis Dorshimer, 4478 Nanneys Creek Road, Virginia Beach 23457, (757) 721-6529

Sr. Vice Commander Richard Shewry, 317 Woodleigh Road, Knotts Island, NC 27950, (252) 429-9639

Post 1499 - Quartermaster Carlyle D. Camden, 58 Monacan Court, Lexington 24450

Post 7638 Commander Roy Beaudet, 240 Berry Street, Orange 22960, (540) 672-3347

Post 7854 - Quartermaster Marshal Babb, 622 Silverleaf Road SE, Floyd 24091, (540) 745-3262

Post 9501 - Jr. Vice Commander Fred Down, 975 Upshaw Road, Aylett 23009

E-Mail Changes:

State Historian - Kim DeShano- thedeshanos1@cox.net

Ladies Auxiliary President - Mary Richards - undbird@cox.net

District 10 Senior Vice Commander - DAVEJ101544@aol.com

Post 8436 - Quartermaster Randolph E. Moon - Moon8436qm@aol.com


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. QUARTERMASTER BONDS:

QUARTERMASTER BOND FEES ARE NOW DUE AT STATE HEADQUARTERS. The Bond is for three years. PLEASE REFER TO AUGUST'S GENERAL ORDERS FOR THE FORM AND REQUIRED FEE. The following have NOT paid for a bond:

District Eight - 9865 and District Thirteen - 9887.


8. DONATIONS:

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


9. POLICEMAN, FIREMAN AND EMT WINNER:

Law Enforcement - Michael J. Lee, Post 8241

Fire Fighter - G.C. Jackson, Post 8241

EMT - John Streeter, Post 8241


10. LIFE MEMBERSHIP:

2002 LIFE MEMBERSHIP INSTALLMENT PLAN ENROLLMENT

January 1 through March 31, 2002


An annual reminder that the enrollment period for the Life Membership Installment Plan is only during the three months indicated. Note that 2002 annual dues must be paid and recorded at National Headquarters before a member can enroll in the Installment Plan.


Plan "D" Life Membership Fee Schedule

Plan "D" Life Membership Fee Schedule

ATTAINED AGE FEE QUARTERLY
(at December 31) Installment Plan Only
Through age 30 $245.00 $61.25
Age 31 - 40 $235.00 $58.75
Age 41 - 50 $215.00 $53.75
Age 51 - 60 $195.00 $48.75
Age 61 - 70 $165.00 $41.25
Age 71 - 80 $125.00 $31.25
Age 81 and over $ 85.00 $21.25

The absolute deadline for the Installment Plan enrollment is March 31, 2002.


11. VIRGINIA VETERAN:

It is once again time to start sending information or pictures to State Headquarters for the Virginia Veteran to be handed out at the State Convention in June. If you are a candidate for office, please send information and photograph now. THE DEADLINE IS MARCH 15, 2002. NO EXCEPTIONS.


12. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

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


13. IMPORTANT 2002-2005 DATES:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


14. BUDDY POPPIES:

Enclosed in last month's General Orders was an order form for Buddy Poppies. If you plan to sell poppies for Memorial Day, it is time to order them. The price is $90.00 per thousand. Be sure to include a street address for shipment, NOT POST OFFICE BOX, and also the date you plan to sell them.


15. CRITERIA FOR ALL STATE JUDGING:

Enclosed is the criteria for the All State Judging.

Criteria for the All State Judging


16. TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS:

High School - Diana W. Watson Post 392, 2894, 4809 and Auxiliary

Middle School - Mary Catherine Peterson Post 392, 2894, 4809 and Auxiliary

Elementary - Ann Ralston Post 1860


17. STATE HEADQUARTERS HOLIDAY CLOSINGS:

Monday, February 18, 2002 Presidents' Day

18. VOICE OF DEMOCRACY REPORT 2001 - 2002:

Department judging was held on Friday, January 4, 2002 at 9:00 a.m. at WMEV radio station in Marion, VA. Voice of Democracy entries were received from each of the thirteen districts. The District Chairman reported a total of ninety-six (96) Posts and seventy-four (74) Auxiliaries with 2,061 entries. There were 106 Post winners judged at the District level. From these, thirteen (13) numbered tapes were judged at the State level by five (5) unbiased judges and an official scorer. Present at the judging, but outside the judging room were Ray Chappell, Past State Commander and Department Voice of Democracy Chairman Homer Bowen. Post awards totaled $45,210.00 with additional Post expenses associated with the VOD program of $9,136.00. District awards to participating students were $6,350.00, with additional expenses of $4,450.00. The National Summary Report was completed and mailed on January 8th to Kansas City, as well as a copy sent to State Headquarters on January 9th.


STATE WINNERS:

1st Place Elizabeth S. Buckner 7th District
Post 9760 Berryville
2nd Place Joshua L. Sundquist 11th District
Post 632 Harrisonburg &
Post 3136 Mount Solon
3rd Place Charles H. Doebler 4th District
Post 2163 Chesterfield

Homer K. Bowen, Jr.
Department VOD Chairman


19. CONTEST GUIDELINES FOR COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES RECORD BOOK:

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

Commmunity Book Guidelines
Communities Activities Entry Form


20. 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


21. 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


22. STATE CONVENTIONS:

2002 June 6-9 Sheraton, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA23230; Single/Double $81, Triple/Quadruple $96 plus tax; Phone: 1-804-285-1234; 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: 1-804-285-1234; Fax: 1-804-288-3961

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


23. 4th DISTRICT LOYALTY DAY MEETING:

The next meeting of the Fourth District Loyalty Day Parade Committee will be on Saturday 9 February at Post 7819 in Crewe. All Fourth District Post Commanders are expected to attend or to send representatives. Posts with Auxiliaries are encouraged to bring their Auxiliary President or someone representing her to the meeting. The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. Those planning to attend should RSVP to John Fanshaw at (434) 645-1200 or (434) 645-7819, or to District Commander James Hardin at (434) 645-8595 so they will know how much lunch to prepare.

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.

Loyalty Day Parade

Fred Wolking
Adjutant District 4


24. HOSPITAL REPORT:

These Posts have reported for the 2nd half:

District 1 - 100%
District 2 - 392, 993, 1211, 4809, 8545, 9382
District 3 - 1426, 2239, 2583, 4639, 6364, 8356, 8529, 9224, 9501, 9808, 10654, 10657
District 4 - 622, 637, 2584, 7059, 7166, 7559, 7819, 8163, 8599, 8759, 8902, 9618, 10571
District 5 - 644, 2820, 6130, 7726, 7800, 8243, 8467, 10840
District 6 - 776, 1033, 1264, 1444, 1841, 2157, 4299, 4491, 4522, 9877
District 7 - 621, 1860, 2447, 8613, 9292, 9760
District 8 - 1811, 2524, 3103, 4468, 7589
District 9 - 956, 1184, 6000, 7328, 9640, 9696
District 10 - 609, 1503, 3150, 5412, 7327, 7916, 8469, 8815, 9274, 9478
District 11 - 452, 632, 2216, 2424, 3060, 7157, 8644, 10826
District 12 - 1994, 6975, 8979, 9600
District 13 - 1827, 8436, 8947

104 out 195 reported

Tommy W. Hines
State Surgeon


25. ANNUAL PUBLICATIONS CONTEST:

The VFW Publications Department announced today that it is accepting submissions for VFW's 2002 National Publications Contest. All publications will be categorized by the membership size of the Department, District or Post they represent. For the publications contest,

Departments will be defined as:

large (40,000 or more members)
medium (39,999-14,000)
small 13,999 or less

Districts will be defined as:


large (9,000 or more)
medium (8,999-3,000)
small (249 or less)

Posts will be defined as:

large (750 or more)
medium (749-250)
small (249 or less)

First, second and third places will be awarded. All national entries must place first in Department-level contests. One copy of each winning Post and District publication-as well three different issues of the Department newspaper-must be mailed by Department Adjutants only, to the Publications Department at the National Headquarters address by March 29, 2002. All issues published between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2001 are eligible. Judging at the national level will be based on news content; layout and graphics; and general excellence. Once again, professional journalists with no ties to the VFW will judge the contest.


26. LEGISLATIVE DAY ON THE HILL - RICHMOND, VA:

The VFW Department of Virginia conducted its annual Legislative Day on the Hill at the State Capitol in Richmond on 17 January 2002. This event was very successful. The turnout by the senior elected leadership of the Department, led by Commander James E. Tucker, and by members of the Legislative/Resolutions Committees was excellent. Courtesy of J.B. Young, Resolutions Committee member and senior staffer for Delegate David B. Albo (District 47) VFW members were given access to a conference room in the General Assembly Building (GAB) during their stay which lasted from 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.. This room served as our operations center. The offices of the 140 legislators were visited and booklets were given every legislator or staffer. Despite the hectic committee schedule for the 100 members of the House of Delegates and the 49 members of The Senate, VFW members were still able to meet with many legislators. Whenever the legislators were not available, VFW "Day on the Hill" participants met with concerned staff members in all instances they were cordially received. Following a post-visitation meeting, VFW participants walked over to the State Capitol Building at 11:30 a.m. Half of the group went to the gallery of the House of Delegates Chamber. The other half entered the gallery of the Senate. Legislative sessions for both bodies began at noon. Soon after, VFW attendees were recognized by members of both the House of Delegates and the Senate. The applause was loud, prolonged and most appreciated. Far and away, the most important issue facing the Veteran community in the Commonwealth is funding for the second Veterans Care Center, adjacent to the Mc Guire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond. The forces of our legislative effort on 17 January 2002 was on this issue. Other Veterans organizations also consider the funding of the second Veterans Care Center as their top legislative priority. The Governor and all legislators were requested to support the funding of this facility. Based on available information, Virginia's share for funding the second Veterans Care Center the fund will be approximately $10 million or about one-third of the total cost. The passage of the funding for the second Veterans Care Center will result in action by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide the remaining two-thirds of the cost or approximately $20 million. This is the fourth year that we have requested funding for the second Veterans Care Center. All Department members are requested to contact the Governor and their Delegate and Senator and obtain their support regarding the funding of this facility. VFW attendees for our Legislative Day were as follow:

Commander James E. Tucker Post 10654
Sr. Vice Commander Lawrence F. Mattera 5500
Jr. Vice Commander Peter M. Snelling 2157
Judge Advocate Michael J. Hoiness 4809
Leg. Chairman John P. Mc Anaw 8469
Leg. Committee Waynard C. Caldwell 4522
Leg. Committee Ernest B. Glynn 7327
Leg. Committee Charles A. Pulley 622
Res. Committee Edward P. Essertier 8469
Res. Committee J.B. Young 7327
Div. Committee James S. Kerr 3150
Ray Basley 4639
John King 5500
W.J. Leonard 7327
Ralph Varhalla 5500
Lorena Rapole 637 Aux.

Next year, make plans to join these dedicated VFW members. Numbers do count when lobbying for the Veteran community in Richmond, VA. I want to thank J.B. Young for his assistance before and during our visit to the GAB.

THE VFW AGENDA FOR ACTION PRIORITY GOALS FOR 2001 - 2002

The disastrous terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 forced the cancellation of the Fall National VFW Legislative Conference. Consequently, there was a delay in formulating and getting out to the membership, the VFW's official positions on national Veterans issues. The following information was taken from the recently distributed brochure titled as above:

VA services

*Ensure funding is continually authorizes and appropriated for the VA health care system.
*Increase Veterans Benefits Administration funding to expand/improve the claims process
*Expand and maintain the Veterans Cemetery Administration.
*Allow VA to collect and retain Medicare dollars when treating non-service-connected Medicare eligible veterans.
*Provide obstetrics, after birth care, etc., for women vets at VA.
*Guarantee VA diabetes research and treatment.

Education

*Establish a GI Bill for the 21st century that provides full tuition and living-expense stipends at any institution to which a veteran is accepted.

Military Quality of Life

*Increase pay of active-duty personnel equal to civil service counterparts.
*Allow military retirees to receive full military pension and VA disability compensation.
*Secure full funding for the Defense Health Program.
*Continue increased funding for improving military housing and work facilities.

Employment

*Support an effective Veterans Employment and Training Service.
*Oppose attempts to reduce or circumvent veterans' preference.
*Back veterans' representation on state and local workforce development boards.

Homelessness

*Enhance community-based efforts to eliminate veterans' homelessness.

Home Front Security

*Tighten control on high-technology exports.
*Support the war on drugs.
*Strengthen security at Department of Energy laboratories.

War On Terrorism

*Exact retribution on the terrorists responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America.
*Increase resources in the war to eradicate terrorism.
*Support strong and decisive action against countries that sponsor and protect terrorist groups.
*Protect U.S. service personnel and all U.S. citizens against future terrorist attacks.
*Hold both U.S. authorities and foreign governments accountable for lapses in security that endager the lives of U.S. military personnel.

Defense/Armed Forces

*Increase defense budget and provide necessary resources.
*Improve military readiness.
*Maintain a strong Coast Guard and increase its budget.
*Increase Navy ship building
*Gradually withdraw U.S. troops from Bosnia and Kosovo.
*Accelerate development and deployment of an anti-ballistic missel system.
*Oppose placing U.S. military forces under foreign command.
*Exempt U.S. military personnel from International Criminal Court jurisdiction.
*Continue U.S. involvement in NATO.
*Honor commitments to allies.
*Promote peace and democracy by supporting friendly countries.

POW's/MIAs

*Achieve fullest possible accounting MIAs from all wars.
*Support POW/MIA Recognition Day, former POW Recognition Days and flying the POW/MIA flag.
*Oppose downsizing the Defense POW/MIA Office.
*Oppose setting time limits on POW/MIA accounting.
*Enhance Central Identification Laboratory (Hawaii) capability.

Take the time to read the Priority Goals enumerated above. If you have any suggestions to add to or improve this list prepare a resolution(s) for discussion/vote at the 2002 Department Convention.

PRESIDENT BUSH SIGNS VETERANS HEALTH CARE BILL INTO LAW

Cited Bill (H.R. 3447) was signed into law on 23 January 2002. It amends various Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) programs by:

On behalf of the Department of Virginia, I extend my thanks to those members who participated in the effort that resulted in the changes enumerated above.

John P. McAnaw
Legislative Chairman


27. DIVERSITY COMMITTEE:

Since the last General Orders we have returned from our Legislative Day in Richmond as well as a very successful Winter Council meeting in Williamsburg. Our top priority in Richmond is the building of a second Veterans home in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I couldn't help but think as I talked to the Delegates that we are trying to help all Veterans and not just certain Veterans. We were represented by black, white, male and female. We were truly what this organization is all about; Veterans helping other Veterans who are unable to help themselves. You may have heard me speak before about the Diversity Committee working hand in hand with Membership. We must always look for qualified men and women for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Up until now, I have spoken mainly on the gender issue and although we still have a long way to go, we are making strides. It is still very important for all of us to understand that the VFW is not a MEN'S organization and has not been for many years. The only group of Veterans that is growing in numbers is the female Veteran population. Female Veterans now comprise about 4% of all Veterans and this figure is expected to grow to 10% within the next few years. Every other group is in decline according to the Veterans Administration. Another issue that is of concern is race discrimination. This is in the minority, I am happy to report. However, as Diversity Chairman, we have had some complaints from time to time and all complaints are and will continue to be investigated. We try to handle that investigation in the District whenever possible. We are not, nor should be, a Quota Organization. However, we must continue to recruit all qualified members. The membership application does not ask about race, so we should not ask that application when an application is read at a Post meeting. Our goal is to encourage all Posts to focus on eligibility of the members and not their ethnic or cultural background. Most Posts do exactly that but it must be 100% of the Posts. Bullets and bombs don't know or care about race, creed, culture or gender. Neither should we. Again, I would like to offer my help by attending your District Meetings to explain the role of the Diversity Committee to your Posts and Auxiliaries. I did speak with a couple of District Commanders in Williamsburg and I will be hitting the road again in February. If I have not been to your District and you would like me to attend one of your District Meetings, please call and I will do everything I can to be there.


Jim Kerr
Diversity Committee


28. COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS REPORT:

Three months of the second (2nd) reporting period are over. Reporting is still very slow. Posts are reminded that they MUST report for each period for credit in the All State Program. But more important, posts should take credit for all your outstanding efforts. Let's have the Department at 100% reported prior to the Department Commanders visit to Washington in February.

Reporting Status of second period as of 01/24/02

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

District 1 - Posts not reported: 4856
District 2 - Posts not reported: 993, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411
District 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 2583, 3125, 6364, 8529, 9501,10387, 10657
District 4 - Posts not reported: 2163, 5371, 7166, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8902, 9618, 9954, 10570, 10571
District 5 - Posts not reported: 644, 647, 873, 1115, 4637, 7443, 7568
District 6 - Posts not reported: 484, 1033, 4165, 4318, 4920, 7854, 8184, 9805
District 7 - Posts not reported: 1150, 1860, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9646, 9660, 9872
District 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 1811, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
District 9 - Posts not reported: 956, 4667, 7136, 7969, 9343, 9864
District 10 - 100% REPORTED - CONGRATULATIONS
District 11 - Posts not reported: 452, 1499, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773
District 12 - Posts not reported: 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
District 13 - Posts not reported: 2044, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8717, 9887, 10295, 10546, 10574

SAFETY:

District 1 - Posts not reported: 4856
District 2 - Posts not reported: 993, 1211, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411
District 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 2583, 3125, 6364, 8529, 9501,10387, 10657
District 4 - Posts not reported: 637, 2163, 5371, 7166, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9954, 10570, 10571
District 5 - Posts not reported: 644, 647, 873, 1115, 2820, 4637, 7443, 7568
District 6 - Posts not reported: 484, 1033, 4165, 4318, 4920, 7854, 8184, 9805
District 7 - Posts not reported: 1150, 1860, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9646, 9660, 9872
District 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 1811, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
District 9 - Posts not reported: 956, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7969, 9343, 9864
District 10 - Posts not reported: 8815, 9478
District 11 - Posts not reported: 452, 1499, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773
District 12 - Posts not reported : 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
District 13 - Posts not reported: 1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8717, 9887, 10295, 10546, 10574

AMERICANISM:

District 1 - Posts not reported: 4856
District 2 - Posts not reported: 993, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411
District 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 2583, 3125, 6364, 8529, 9501, 10387, 10657
District 4 - Posts not reported: 2163 5371, 7166, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8617, 8902, 9618, 9954, 10570, 10571
District 5 - Posts not reported: 644, 647, 873, 1115, 4637, 7443, 7568
District 6 - Posts not reported: 484, 1033, 4165, 4318, 4920, 7854, 8184, 9805
District 7 - Posts not reported: 1150, 1860, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9646, 9660, 9872
District 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 1811, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
District 9 - Posts not reported: 956, 4667, 7136, 7969, 9343, 9864
District 10 - 100% REPORTED-CONGRATULATIONS
District 11 - Posts not reported: 452, 1499, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773
District 12 - Posts not reported: 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
District 13 - Posts not reported: 2044, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8717, 8947, 9887, 10295, 10546, 10574

YOUTH ACTIVITIES:

District 1 - Posts not reported: 4856, 5500
District 2 - Posts not reported: 993, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411
District 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 2583, 3125, 6364, 8529, 9501, 10387, 10657
District 4 - Posts not reported: 2163, 5371, 7166, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8163, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8902, 9618, 9954, 10570, 10571
District 5 - Posts not reported: 644, 647, 873, 1115, 2820, 4637, 7443, 7568
District 6 - Posts not reported: 484, 1033, 2515, 4165, 4318, 4920, 7854, 8184, 9805
District 7 - Posts not reported: 1150, 1860, 2447, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9646, 9660, 9872
District 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 1811, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
District 9 - Posts not reported: 956, 4667, 7136, 7969, 9343, 9864
District 10 - Posts not reported: 100 % REPORTED-CONGRATULATIONS
District 11 - 452, 1499, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773
District 12 - Posts not reported: 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
District 13 - Posts not reported: 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8717, 9887, 10295, 10546, 10574

Peter M. Snelling
Community Activities Chairman


29. ENVIRONMENTAL:

Virginia is heavily endowed by nature with oceans, beaches, lakes, rivers and streams, by man with parks, playgrounds, battlefields, monuments, cemeteries and historic sites. Favored again with a moderate climate and fertile lands it has resulted in a place unique to visit, work, live, raise our children and to retire. The VFW Virginia Environmental program is designed to preserve and protect this land for the generations that will come after us. We have many ways we can approach this great task. Among them each of our 195 Posts scattered throughout the 54,000 square miles of Virginia are: adopt a stream or highway-clean up the roads and beautify that area. Remove accumulations of debris and trash in remote areas. Demolish obsolete or abandoned buildings or structures, with owner approval. Establish or augment programs to recycle paper, cardboard, wood, metals glass, plastics, appliances, furniture, chemicals, vehicles etc. Mature trees will offer shade, fuel and lumber for homes and furniture. Plant a few trees or shrubs in the area for shade, shelter, windbreaks, nesting areas and feeding stations for birds or other wildlife. A good way to find out what programs are in place or planned by others for your area is to talk with public works officials, park rangers, foresters and librarians. They have good knowledge as to what other organizations may be doing. Keep America beautiful. Determine what species of trees will have the best rate of survival for you. After this investigation, each Post Commander should designate a good hardworking dedicated comrade to be the Program Director. Keep in mind these programs require: motivation, manpower, money, material and equipment. Select a small program for the first year. Think of how much better we can make Virginia with just 195 small programs. Select a suitable date and ask the major firms and businesses to participate. Let them contribute in any way they wish. Ask the local media to provide with publicity. Send them photos telling them what you plan on doing. On the work day keep your VFW membership applications handy. Ask all volunteers to join the VFW if they are eligible. Tell them why they should. Ask the Ladies Auxiliaries to help keep records and make phone calls. They have an unbeatable network. Keep an accounting of money, man-hours and material expended. Send that information in on your Community Activities Report and forward your membership applications to State Headquarters. This effort can go a long way in helping Commander Jim Tucker getting back on the All American Column where he belongs.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


30. SPECIAL ORDER NO. 166

Upon the recommendation of the Commander, Department of Virginia, that portion of Special Order 105, dated November 29, 2001 announcing cancellation of Stoney Creek Post No. 7559, Stoney Creek, mustered August 28, 1987, is hereby rescinded and the Post restored to good working order.

By order of
James N. Goldsmith
Commander-in-Chief

31. GET WELL WISHES:

Senior Vice Commander Lawrence F. Mattera is in the hospital. All cards can be sent to 828 Berkshire Terrace, Hampton, VA 23666.


32. CONDOLENCES:

Our deepest sympathy to family and friends of Ellis (Pete) Eckley, Past 2nd District Commander, Past Post Commander 4809, Military Order of the Cootie 4th Supreme.

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