GENERAL ORDERS

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VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 7
TO ACHIEVE IS TO BELIEVE

JANUARY 1, 2002

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1. STATE COMMANDERS MESSAGE:

Little Babe on Christmas born, You bring us peace and joy this morn. With love, we celebrate Your birth, Heaven's Child sent down to earth. The prophets knew that Your story's old. So long it was foretold. Mary, Your mother sweet and mild knew that you were the Holy Child. Chosen by God your mother-to-be, among all women most blessed was she. The shepherds and Magi came whispering Your holy name. They humbly knelt on the rough-hewn floor to worship Thee and adore. Sweet little Babe on bed of hay, You fill the world with hope today. "For unto a child is born," God's Son sent down on Christmas morn. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a sign is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Now that the Holy Season is over let us back to doing the things we do best that community service and membership. Remember those of you that failed to renew your dues prior to December 31, 2001 have now incurred an additional $3.00 which will be going to National. I look forward to seeing you at the Winter Council meeting in Williamsburg January 18 - 20th, 2002.

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 January 30, 2001 to be counted for the month of January. PLEASE NOTE: ANY information to be published in the General Orders must be in by the 25th of each month. Changes of address or phone numbers within the Department must be in writing or via e-mail.


3. IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

The Department of Virginia, VFW now has a Homepage. Your General Orders can be found on the Homepage at http://www.vfw-virginia.com. It is now possible for individual Posts, with their own Website, to become linked to our Homepage. Posts already with Website's can incorporate a Department of Virginia, VFW link on their Website. Please contact Robert Klausing at State Headquarters: 1-800-888-3521. Also, the State Headquarters E-Mail address is klausing@aol.com . The Adjutant/Quartermaster has a pager and the number is 1-800-680-7682. The State Headquarters also has voice mail, where you can call and leave messages before or after business hours. The State Headquarters also has a mail box located right outside the front door, where you can drop things off before and after business hours.


4. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

FIRST - 02-24-02, NEWPORT NEWS POST 176, Meeting 11:00 a.m.

SECOND - 03-09-02, FRANKLIN POST 4411, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

THIRD - 03-02-02, DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, Meeting 2:00 p.m.

FOURTH - - 02-03-02, AMELIA POST 8159, Meeting 2:00 p.m.

FIFTH -

SIXTH - 02-03-02, VA HOSPITAL BUILDING HOSTED BY BEDFORD POST 2157,

Meeting 2:00 p.m.

SEVENTH - 03-10-02, WINCHESTER POST 2123, Meeting 11:30 a.m.

EIGHTH - 03-10-02, MANASSAS POST 7589, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

NINTH - 01-27-02, MARION POST 4667, Registration 11:00 a.m., State Representative James E. Tucker, State Commander

TENTH - 02-17-02, McLEAN POST 8241, Meeting 1:00 p.m.

ELEVENTH - 03-10-02, BRIDGEWATER POST 8644, Meeting 11:30 a.m.

TWELFTH - 01-13-02, ABINGDON POST 1994, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., State Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Senior Vice Commander

THIRTEENTH - 03-10-02, SPOTSYLVANIA POST 10546, Meeting 1:00 p.m.



5. CHANGES IN THE ROSTER:


POST 392 - Junior Vice Commander, Marvel (Bob) H. Loy, 3324 Kinsington Street, Virginia Beach 23452 Phone (757) 340-4266

POST 2239 - Adjutant, A. A. (Tony) Borges, 14205 Trailtop Terrace, Colonial Heights 23834-6056, Phone (804) 530-4353

POST 2296 - Acting Quartermaster, John Joynes through January 31, 2002

POST 7327 - Senior Vice Commander, Allen L. Raub, 5828 Clapham Road, Alexandria 22315

POST 7327 - Junior Vice Commander, Christian E. Braun, 42137 Holtby Square, South Riding 20152

POST 7327 - Adjutant, Don W. Millican, 5901-B Prince George Drive, Springfield 22152

POST 7638 - Fax 540-832-0727

POST 8046 - Adjutant/Quartermaster, Louis L. Horsman, P O Box 37, Wake 23176

POST 8243 - Commander, Fred M. Perkins Jr., 2079 Chatham Road, Halifax 24558-2293, phone (434)476-1000

POST 8617 - Meeting time 7:00 p.m.

POST 8644 - Senior Vice Commander, Gifford Wenger, P O Box 203, Dayton 22821

POST 8644 - Quartermaster, Earle P. Weekley, Jr., 595 Bowman Road, Dayton 22821-9563, phone (540)879-2066

POST 10826 - Meeting time 7:00 p.m.

E-Mail Changes:

Senior Vice Commander, Lawrence F. Mattera - VAVFWSRVICECDR@MSN.COM

Larry Payne - gailarrypayne@juno.com

POST 392 - Junior Vice Commander, Marvel (Bob) H. Loy - bobloy2@erols.com

POST 7638 - vfw7638@ns.gemlink.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. MEMBERSHIP:

CONGRATULATIONS to the five (5) largest Posts in the Department as of December 27, 2001; First- Dale City Post 1503 with 1,595 members; Second-Norfolk Post 4809 with 1407 members; Third-Hillsville Post 1115 with 1318 members; Fourth-Virginia Beach Post 392 with 1246 members and Fifth-Marion Post 4667 with 942 members. Plaques will be awarded during the State Convention in June.


8. SERVICE OFFICER FEES:

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

District Six - 9805; District Seven - 2447, 4698; District Eight - 9865, District Nine - 9864; District Eleven - 4989, 7578; District Twelve - 4301, 8652 and District Thirteen - 2044, 8169, 8947, 887,10574.


9. 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 Seven - 4698; District Eight - 9865 and District Thirteen - 9887, 10546.


10. DONATIONS:

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


11. 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

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.


12. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

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


13. SIXTH DISTRICT YOUTH ESSAY JUDGING:

Youth Essays at Post 5311 at 1:00 p.m. on January 22, 2002. All District entries should be sent to VFW Post 5311, 490 High Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073.


14. 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, DC, Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

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

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

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

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

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


15. BUDDY POPPIES:

Now is the time to order Buddy Poppies for Memorial Day. When ordering, please give street address for shipment, NOT POST OFFICE BOX. Enclosed is the Buddy Poppy order form.

Forms


16. 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


17. 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


18. WINTER COUNCIL MEETINGS:

2002 January 18-20 Ramada Inn & Conference Center, 500 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185; phone 1-800-666-8888; Rates Single/Double $45.00

Rooms will be blocked until December 28, 2001 then released for general sale on first-come, first-serve basis


19. TRUSTEES:

The new Trustees for Russell Mitchell Post 609 located in Alexandria, Virginia are Chairman - Dallas Proax, Jr., Member - Joseph Baldwin and Member - Randolph Moon.


20. WINTER COUNCIL MEETING:

Due to the shortages of room reservations, State Headquarters will be paying for the Conference Rooms. This is a loss to the Department of about $8,000.00. Please start making room reservations early.


State Adjutant/Quartermaster
Robert J. Klausing


21. STATE CONVENTIONS:

2002 June 6-9 Sheraton, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230; Single/Double $81, Triple/Quadruple $96 plus tax; Phone: 1-804-285-1234; Fax: 1-804-288-3961

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


22. STATE HEADQUARTERS HOLIDAY CLOSINGS:

January 21, 2002 Martin Luther King's Birthday

Enclosed is a calendar for the month of January 2002. This is to let you know exactly what State Headquarters has listed for the month.


23. 4th DISTRICT LOYALTY DAY MEETING:

Crewe VFW Post 7819 will host the meeting on January 5, 2002 at 10:00 a.m. All Post and Auxiliary members within the 4th District need to have representative present to conduct business for the parade and program to follow. The parade will be held in Keysville on Saturday, January 27, 2002, starting at 10:00 a.m. It is important that all Post and Auxiliary members attend. Lunch will be served at 12:00 NOON by Crewe Post 7819.

John L. Fanshaw, Jr.
Past Department Commander


24. HOSPITAL REPORT:

These Posts have reported for the 2nd half:

District 1 - 176, 824, 2296, 5500, 7167, 8252, 8629

District 2 - 392, 993, 1211, 4809, 8545, 9382

District 3 - 1426, 2239, 4639, 6364, 8356, 8529, 9501, 9808, 10654, 10657

District 4 - 7059, 7166, 7559, 7819, 8599, 9618

District 5 - 644, 2820, 6130, 7726, 7800, 8243, 8467, 10840

District 6 - 776, 1033, 1264, 2157, 4299

District 7 - 621, 1860, 2447, 8613, 9292

District 8 - 3103, 4468, 7589

District 9 - 7328, 9640, 9696

District 10 - 609, 1503, 3150, 5412, 7327, 7916, 8469

District 11 - 452, 2216, 7157, 8644, 10826

District 12 - NONE

District 13 - 1827, 8436, 8947

Tommy W. Hines
State Surgeon


25. MEMBERSHIP:

Comrades, as we enter the year 2002, Lorna and I wish for each of you to have a safe and prosperous New Year. Having said that, I need not remind all of the Quartermaster's of the increase to National that became effective January 1st. The Commander, Junior Vice Commander and the Adjutant/Quartermaster met at State Headquarters on the 27th of December to determine the largest Post's in the Department. The results are as follows :

1st - Dale City Post 1503
2nd - Tidewater Post 4809
3rd - Hillsville Post 1115
4th - Virginia Beach Post 392
5th - Marion Post 4667

Congratulations go out to those Post's and special thanks to those who keep them strong. District Commander Frank Smith and the comrades of the First District are to be commended for the work they have done on membership. The District soared to first place with a 96.99%. Keep up the great work, but remember 10th District is not far behind with 93.51%, and we all know how a few members can change a percentage. In speaking with the Department Commander and the Adjutant/Quartermaster I found out that we did not meet our quota at the George Washington Inn for our Winter Conference. Comrades, when we don't meet our quota for rooms at a hotel we forfeit a lot of things that include free amenities, such as free conference rooms, reception rooms and hospitality rooms. Therefore, adding expense to the Department. Hopefully, in the future this problem will be alleviated, so as not to have the Department incur more expenses than we already have. All District Commanders were given the opportunity to poll their District's for the inevitable question of direct dues or as it is through the Department. A lot of positive feedback has been given thus far, yet I will still poll the Council of Administration for the final decision to be taken by myself and the Adjutant/Quartermaster to the conference in Reno, February. District Commanders, the monies for all the incoming commanders pins you received at Fall Council will be collected at the Winter Conference. Please make sure your checks for $50.00 payable to me not the Department! I will in turn make out a personal check to the Homecoming Committee for the full amount. A national recruiter will be in the Tidewater area sometime during the month of February. Hopefully, we will have the date nailed down to be published at the Winter Conference. During this visit all members wishing to help are welcomed to contact the District Commanders of the 1st and 2nd District. This will be a group effort and not just a Tidewater effort. So let's all roll up our sleeves and come out to show National that the Department of Virginia cares about not only its organization but its Department. Everything we do is for the veterans and not only self glorification. In closing, I'd like to ask all District Commanders and Assistant Chiefs-of-Staff to take a good look at your Districts and see if there is anything your Department Officers can help you with, on this the back side of 2001 - 2002. As always we remain on the sidelines waiting to move to the forefront and help you.

Yours in Comradeship,
Lawrence F. (Larry) Mattera
Membership/Life Membership


26. LEGISLATIVE:

VFW LEGISLATIVE DAY ON THE HILL - 17 January 2002

The VFW Department of Virginia will hold it's annual "Legislative day on the Hill" in Richmond on

Thursday, 17 January 2002. Members are encouraged to attend and discuss topics of importance to the Veteran community with the Commonwealth Legislators. We need VFW representatives from throughout the Commonwealth as Legislators listen best when to talking to Veterans from the respective Districts. VFW participants will meet at 8:30 a.m., 17 January 2002, in conference Room 5E of the General Assembly Office Building. This structure is located at 9th and Broad Street, just a short walk from the State Capitol. Heightened security measures will be in effect so plan accordingly. After an initial briefing and the passing out of informational material in Conference Room 5E, we will break down into small groups and visit the offices of the Senators and Delegates. Our most important legislative objective is to ensure that adequate funding for a second State Veterans Care Center, adjacent to McGuire VAMC in Richmond is included in the budget. On 17 January in the General Assembly Office Building, the point of contact for matters related to our "Day on the Hill" will be VFW Legislative Team member J. B. Young, at (804) 698-1042. Numbers do count so please participate on our "Day on the Hill".

John P. McAnaw
Legislative Chairman


27. PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE - ADVANCE DIRECTIVES

Attendees at the 2001 VFW National Convention, held in Milwaukee, WI, were pleasantly surprised by the extensive health exhibits and services available. The credit list for these outstanding exhibits and services include the National Headquarters of the VFW, the VFW Department of Wisconsin, The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and particularly, the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. The Zablocki VAMC staff prepared numerous publications of value to the Veteran community. One document reinforces what Ernest Glynn has emphasized, over the years, in our General Orders. It is called "WHAT ARE ADVANCE DIRECTIVES". Key points in this document are as follows:

ADVANCE DIRECTIVES are written instructions that tell your doctor what kind of care you would like to have if you are unable to make your own medical decisions. There are two common types of Advance Directives: the living will and the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.

A LIVING WILL is a document that states your wishes about treatment if there is no hope for a cure and you can't speak for yourself. The Living Will lets you describe the treatment you want in specific situations, but it does not name someone to make decisions for you.

A DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTH CARE is like a Living Will, but it becomes active any time you are unconscious or unable to speak for yourself. In this document you name a trusted family member or friend (18 years or older), to make decisions about your medical treatment when you can't speak for yourself. This person is called a Health Care Agent. You agent's duty is to see that your wishes are followed. If your wishes are not known, this person should try to decide what you want. Your agent does not have any control over your money and can't pay your bills.

You may use Advance Directives to request or refuse care such as:

* CPR - restarts your heartbeat or breathing

*Intravenous (IV) therapy - provides food, water and/or medicine through a tube in your vein

*Tube feeding - food or water through a tube in the nose or throat

*Respirator - a machine used to keep you breathing

*Dialysis - a machine that cleans your blood when your kidneys stop working

Some other things you might include in your Advance Directives are your feelings about going to a nursing home or living on a respirator. An Advance Directive can also state what types of things you would want to have done. You can request comfort measures like oxygen (this is not the same as being on a respirator), pain medicine or good physical care. VA forms are available if you wish to prepare wither a Living Will or a Durable Power of Attorney for health care. If you already have an Advance Directive, give a copy to one of your health care providers. It will be included in your permanent file. When you have filled out a Living Will and/or a Durable Power of Attorney for health care, you must date and sign the documents in front of two (2) witnesses. In order for these forms to be valid, the two (2) witnesses must also sign the document. An Advance Directive can be changed or withdrawn at any time by telling your doctor or other health care providers.

John P. McAnaw
Legislative Chairman


28. DIVERSITY COMMITTEE:

First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of my Comrades and Sisters the happiest of holiday seasons. We are now into the New Year and during this special time of year, we all recognize the Diversity among us all, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars. As Americans, we have many differences, including the way that many of us celebrate at this very special time of year. As Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, we have one common interest. We need to always keep our issues in mind as we work for the common good of us all. In the military, we always showed respect for our comrades and their religious beliefs and it is equally important that we do the same now. As you have heard me say before, I believe that Diversity and recruiting go hand in hand in our organization and never is Diversity in our organization in America more apparent as we celebrate the holidays. Our members have many religious beliefs and not all are Christian beliefs. We must always respect the beliefs of our comrades as we did when we were comrades in battle. I hope to see many of you in Richmond to let our views be known to our Representatives at the State Capitol. This is your opportunity to meet face to face with your Representatives to let your views and the views of our great organization be known. I also hope to see many of you in Williamsburg for our winter meeting. My wife Muriel Sue and I wish you all the best of holidays and as I have stated before, I am available anytime that you need any help and I look forward to visiting all the Districts within the Department of Virginia. Thanks for all you do on behalf of Veterans everywhere as well as what you do to make our organization a truly diverse group of Comrades.

Jim Kerr
Diversity Committee


29. COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS REPORT:

Reporting Status as of 12/27/01

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:

District 1 - Posts not reported: 960, 3219, 4856, 6002, 9358, 9636

District 2 - Posts not reported: 993, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411, 9382

District 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 2239, 2583, 3125, 6364, 8529, 9224, 9501,10387, 10654, 10657, 11124

District 4 - Posts not reported: 622, 637, 2163, 2584, 5371, 7166, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8163, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9954, 10570, 10571

District 5 - Posts not reported: 644, 647, 873, 1115, 4637, 7443, 7568

District 6 - Posts not reported: 484, 1033, 1264, 1444, 1841, 2515, 4165, 4318, 4491, 4522, 4920, 5311, 5895, 7854, 8184, 9805

District 7 - Posts not reported: 1150, 1860, 2123, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9646, 9660, 9760, 9872

District 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 1811, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865

District 9 - Posts not reported: 956, 1184, 2719, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7360, 7969, 9343, 9864

District 10 - Posts not reported: 8815, 9478

District 11 - Posts not reported: 452, 1499, 2424, 3060, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773

District 12 - Posts not reported: 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 8979, 9600, 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: 960, 3219, 4856, 6002, 9358, 9636

District 2 - Posts not reported: 993, 1211, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411, 9382

District 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 2239, 2583, 3125, 6364, 8529, 9224, 9501,10387, 10654, 10657, 11124

District 4 - Posts not reported: 622, 637, 2163, 2584, 5371, 7059, 7166, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8163, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9954, 10570, 10571

District 5 - Posts not reported: 644, 647, 873, 1115, 2820, 4637, 7443, 7568, 8243

District 6 - Posts not reported: 484, 1033, 1444, 1841, 2515, 4165, 4318, 4491, 4522, 4920, 5311, 5895, 7854, 8184, 9805

District 7 - Posts not reported: 1150, 1860, 2123, 2447, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9646, 9660, 9760, 9872

District 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 1811, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865

District 9 - Posts not reported: 956, 1184, 2719, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7360, 7969, 9343, 9864

District 10 - Posts not reported: 8815, 9478

District 11 - Posts not reported: 452, 1499, 2424, 3060, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773

District 12 - Posts not reported : 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 8979, 9600, 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: 960, 3219, 4856, 6002, 9358, 9636

District 2 - Posts not reported: 993, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411, 9382

District 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 2239, 2583, 3125, 6364, 8529, 9224, 9501, 10387, 10654, 10657, 11124

District 4 - Posts not reported: 622, 637, 2163, 2584, 5371, 7166, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8163, 8228, 8446, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9954, 10570, 10571

District 5 - Posts not reported: 644, 647, 873, 1115, 4637, 7443, 7568

District 6 - Posts not reported: 484, 1033, 1444, 1841, 2515, 4165, 4318, 4491, 4522, 4920, 5311, 5895, 7854, 8184, 9805

District 7 - Posts not reported : 1150, 1860, 2123, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9646, 9660, 9760, 9872

District 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 1811, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865

District 9 - Posts not reported : 956, 1184, 2719, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7360, 7969, 9343, 9864

District 10 - Posts not reported: 8815, 9478

District 11 - Posts not reported: 452, 1499, 2424, 3060, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773

District 12 - Posts not reported: 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 8979, 9600, 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: 960, 3219, 4856, 5500, 6002, 9358, 9636

District 2 - Posts not reported: 993, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411, 9382

District 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 2239, 2583, 3125, 6364, 8529, 9224, 9501, 10387, 10654, 10657, 11124

District 4 - Posts not reported: 622, 637, 2163, 2584, 5371, 7166, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8163, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9954, 10570, 10571

District 5 - Posts not reported : 644, 647, 873, 1115, 2820, 4637, 7443, 7568, 8243

District 6 - Posts not reported: 484, 1033, 1444, 1841, 2515, 4165, 4318, 4491, 4522, 4920, 5311, 5895, 7854, 8184, 9805

District 7 - Posts not reported: 1150, 1860, 2123, 2447, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9646, 9660, 9760, 9872

District 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 1811, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865

District 9 - Posts not reported: 956, 1184, 2719, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7328, 7360, 7969, 9343, 9864

District 10 - Posts not reported: 8815, 9478

District 11 - Posts not reported: 452, 1499, 2424, 3060, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9480, 9794, 10773

District 12 - Posts not reported: 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 8979, 9600, 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


30. LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE REPORT:

The combined efforts of the VFW and others have begun to bring results. At Roanoke, we now have an Alzheimer's unit at VA Medical Center. Waiting time for Appeals at the Center is now about one year. At McGuire VA Medical Center Richmond, design for a new 240 bed State Home has been approved. Funding for the state's share in included in the Governor's Budget of 19 December . Applications have been submitted for the 65% federal share, which I am told will be forthcoming to USDVA in Washington, DC. At Suffolk, the site has been acquired, design completed and application submitted to the State Cemetery Memorial Affairs Office. This makes Virginia eligible for the new grant of 100% capital construction cost. This facility 7,500 burial sites and will accept any qualified veteran or their dependant. We will continue to work on things we need to work on and we also need to ask the Virginia Assembly to do for us on 17 January. Now I want to ask each and every veteran in Virginia to make up his/her will. A properly prepared will can answer that question. However, a will made a few years ago, may not guarantee your desires for today. Changes resulting from birth, marriage, separation, divorce, death and even changes in the laws or family relationships may alter the way you want your assets distributed upon your demise today. Currently, most Virginia lawyers will cooperate with you and your family to give the necessary copies for about $350.00. That could be the best investment you will ever make. Certainly it will reduce the time and expense if you die without a Will and the court must appoint an executor who will have to advertise for all persons having a claim before any money can be paid out. Start by sitting down with your family and collect all of your military and medical records, marriage/divorce papers, your life insurance policies and your social security account. List all of you property, bank accounts, pension plans, vehicles and furniture. Also, list all of your debts such as loans, mortgages and credit card debt. If there is a specific item you would like to give to someone say so in writing to avoid arguments later on. While you are alive, this is your sole right to do this. Next, discuss with family members the type of funeral service you would like. Ask if the cemetery you want has space for you today and space for your dependents later on. Do you want a military or civilian funeral? Military bases can now furnish funeral details upon request. What Honor Guard you want as well as Pall Bearers. Who should be notified and the type of obituary, you prefer. Do you want a church, funeral home or grave side service? Open or closed casket, visitation and music preference. Discuss these details with your Funeral Director if you would like to eliminate some unnecessary items. A simple funeral in Virginia today, costs about $5,000.00. That does not include transportation of remains from the place of death to a cemetery or cemetery plot or omening and closing of the grave. If your family wishes, some of these costs can be eliminated by cremation to avoid an expensive casket. While these details may sound morbid, do not let it stop you from discussing these arrangements today with your family. Upon your death, in a time of grief and stress it will be hard for them to guess on the features you may have wanted. So take the initiative today and fill out all of these details with your family, attorney and Funeral Director today. Tomorrow could be too late to show your loved ones your really loved them. I know of no better way to show your family how much you loved them than to save them from trying to guess your desires in a time of stress and sorrow.

Ernest B. Glynn
Legislative Committee


31. ENVIRONMENTAL:

The goal of the Department of Virginia, Veterans of Foreign Wars Environmental Program is to make Virginia a better place to visit, work, live, raise our children and retire. Some ways to achieve this goal are: recycling newspaper, cardboard and other papers, metals, glass, plastics, clean up of a cemetery, church yard, schoolyard, park or play area. Adopt a section of a stream or highway - reduce littering. Demolish an abandoned building, structure or sign (with owners' permission). Remove accumulations of appliances, vehicles, trash and/or debris. We must make sure that the generations that follow us will also have these features to enjoy. Plant a few trees and shrubs to attract songbirds and bluebirds. Trees attract all forms of wildlife. More than that they provide jobs for one out of each six job holders in Virginia today. Trees provide shelter, windbreaks, screening, fuel, lumber, fruit, nuts, furniture and employment. Making the countryside is important because one out of every four dollars that comes to the Virginia Treasury comes from the tourist and travel industry. A visit to your local cemetery will show you need work in removing dead and diseased trees. Bare and eroded areas that need raking and replanting of grass. Headstones need scrubbing to remove soot and dirt, realignment and straightening. Next a visit with local librarians, public works' officials will discover programs that are underway or planned for your area. Having selected your choice of programs established a suitable date, notify the local news radio and TV media ask them for publicity support. On the work day keep VFW membership applications handy. Invite volunteers to join if they are eligible. Help them fill out the form and send to State. Take pictures and keep records of the number of man-hours spent and money and material used. Good volunteers often become good VFW members.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


32. POST NAMED IN HONOR OF WWI VETERANS:

I have a 3 volume set of books in which most WWI veteran casualties are pictures. If you would like a picture to hang in your Post Home (black and white) contact me and I will research the books. Your cost will be the cost of reproduction (8"X10") and mailing. Contact: Randolph E. Moon, P O Box 154, Greenwood 22943, phone 540-456-6428, e-mail: moon8436qm@aol.com. Thank you.

33. BUILDINGS AND MAINTENANCE:

Construction is completed at State Headquarters. It is in tip top shape and clean. There is nothing further to be done at this time.

Earl P. Harris, Jr.
Building and Maintenance Chairman


34. TEACHER OF THE YEAR CONTEST:

The judging for teacher of the year will be held at VFW Post 8644, Bridgewater on January 5th at 10:00 a.m.

Earle P Weekley, Jr.
Youth Activities Chairman


35. YOUTH ESSAY JUDGING:

The judging of the Sixth District Youth Essays will be on January 22, 2002 held Post 5311 at 1:00 p.m. All district entries should be sent to VFW Post 5311, 490 High Street, Christiansburg, 24073.

Charlie Elgin
Sixth District Commander


36. CONDOLENCES:

Our deepest sympathy to family and friends of Lewis E. Morton, Jr. Quartermaster of Post 9865.



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