GENERAL ORDERS

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VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 9
TO ACHIEVE IS TO BELIEVE

MARCH 1, 2002

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1. STATE COMMANDERS MESSAGE:

By the time you receive this message, we will have departed Washington and met with our congress-persons. We will have talked with them about Veteran Health Care, Veteran benefits, Cemetery's, Medicare dollars when treating non-service connected veterans, Education, Military quality of Life, Employment, Homelessness, and Home Front Security are areas that are very important to us veterans. We all know the War on Terrorism is a hot topic. Since September 11th, our Country has spent lots of money on Defense in many areas. Also, we here in Virginia have benefitted by it because it appears that we will be receiving our Veterans Care Center in Richmond and the Veterans Preference Bill stands a chance of passing. I would like to take this time to thank all of you that haven taken the time to keep "Larry" in your prayers. I know we all love him and hope the best for his family. Remember this is March and we still have a ways to go for 100 percent in membership. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Pete, Mike, Dan from National, Bob and Larry in his absence for the membership drive conducted in the Tidewater area this past month. As of last membership count prior to going into Washington, your Department is 94.18 percent.

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 March 28, 2002 to be counted for the month of March. 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 -

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

FIFTH - TBA, Representative James E. Tucker, State Commander

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

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 - 05-19-02, DALE CITY POST 1503

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:

Post 637, Meeting 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 8:00 p.m. in the Post Home located at 1400 Lynchburg Street in Hopewell

E-Mail Changes:

Post 1444, Bill Crutchfield - Crutchbmc@aol.com

VFW 2216 Website - Home.Ntelos.Net/~vfw2216

VFW 1503 Website - http://www.vfwpost1503.org/


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. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

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


10. 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.


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. IMPORTANT 2002-2005 DATES:

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.

October 31- November 3, 2002 Southern Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas


13. SPECIAL ORDER NO. 228:

Upon the recommendation of the Commander, Department of Virginia, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 211 of the National By-Laws, the charter of Andrew-Maple Post No. 9887, Orange, Virginia mustered December 17, 1967, is hereby cancelled and the Post declared defunct. 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
James N. Goldsmith
Commander-in-Chief


14. POST ELECTIONS:

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

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


15. 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.


16. 3rd DISTRICT LOYALTY DAY PARADE:

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

Frances Gwathmey
Publicity Chairman

James E. Tucker
Loyalty Day Parade Chairman


17. 4th DISTRICT LOYALTY DAY MEETING:

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

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

Loyalty Day Parade

Fred Wolking
Adjutant District 4


18. RESOLUTIONS:

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

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

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

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

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

John P. McAnaw
Resolutions Chairman


19. LEGISLATION:

TOPICS OF INTEREST TO VETERANS : TYPE II DIABETES AND HEARING AIDS

While attending the National VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. from 25 - 28 February 2002, I obtained the following information published in February 2002 by the VFW's Washington Office. I have received a number of inquiries on both topics discussed below:

On November 9, 2000, the Department of Veterans Affairs announces that Vietnam veterans suffering from adult-onset Type II diabetes will be added to those now entitled to disability payments based on their service in Vietnam, and presumed exposure to Agent Orange. This is a long awaited decision that provides needed benefits for veterans and their dependents who have to suffer the consequences of this devastating disease. It is the result of many years of hard work by the Veterans of Foreign Wars to ensure that veterans who are suffering from diseases associated with exposure to herbicides receive the benefits they justly deserve. VA's decision follows an October 11, 2000, report released by the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM) as a result of a study conducted for the VA at the direction of Congress. The report indicated that new evidence supports the possibility of an association between chemicals used in herbicides during the Vietnam War and adult-onset (Type II) diabetes. The report is the latest in a series examining the impact of Agent Orange on veterans' health. Using the latest scientific studies, the committee that wrote the report reevaluated whether exposure to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange and other herbicides used in Vietnam, some of which contained dioxin, was linked in any way with the development of adult-onset diabetes. The reevaluation found new "limited or suggestive" evidence of an association. Previous IOM reports had said that there was "inadequate or insufficient" evidence to determine whether a link existed. This study further confirms the long-held VFW position concerning the health risks of service in Vietnam, and gives us new information that will help to further resolve the lingering concerns of Vietnam Veterans and their dependents. While VA has been providing health care to Vietnam veterans for some time, this decision means effective July 9, 2001 Adult Onset Type 2 Diabetes has been added to the list of presumptive diseases for compensation purposes. Veterans who have previously filed claims for diabetes due to Agent Orange exposure and were denied will have to reapply. Vietnam veterans who suffer from Adult Onset Type 2 Diabetes are encouraged to contact the nearest VFW Department Service Officer to file a claim. Their names and addresses are available online at www.vfw.org or call our toll free Helpline at 1-800-VFW-1899.

Public Law 104-262 (The Veterans' Health Care Eligibility Reform Act of 1996) requires that VA may not furnish hearing aids other than in accordance with guidelines, which the Secretary shall prescribe. VHA Directive 96-069, dated November 7, 1996, established those guidelines as follows:

Medical facilities will provide hearing aids to veterans receiving VA care with compensable (10% or higher) service-connected disabilities, former prisoners of war, veterans in receipt of 1151 benefits, veterans in receipt of increased pension based on the need of regular aid and attendance, or by reason of being permanently housebound. Medical facilities will provide hearing aids or similar devices to all other veterans receiving VA care if the following conditions are met:

Medical facilities will provide needed hearing aids or similar devices to veterans who are rated zero (0) percent for a hearing condition when there is organic conductive, mixed or sensory hearing impairment and loss of pure tone hearing sensitivity in the low, mid, or high frequency range, or a combination of frequency ranges which contribute to a loss of communication ability. Medical facilities will continue to provide telecaption decoders and other high tech assistive devices used in overcoming the handicap of deafness to veterans receiving VA care who are profoundly deaf and entitled to compensation on account of hearing impairment pursuant to 38 USC Section 1717. This should not be confused with all assistive devices which are commonly used in auditory rehabilitation which take the place of, or are used in conjunction with, a hearing aid, which may be provided other eligible veterans under 38 USC Section 1710 as part of routine medical treatment.

John P. McAnaw
Legislative Chairman


20. BUDDY POPPIES:

Enclosed in January'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.

Forms


21. CRITERIA FOR ALL STATE JUDGING:

Enclosed is the criteria for the All State Judging.

Criteria for the All State Judging

22. 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

23. SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION:

2002 July 13-14 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $65.00; phone 804-528-2500

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


24. FALL COUNCIL MEETINGS:

2002 September 13-15 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $65.00; phone 804-528-2500

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


25. STATE CONVENTIONS:

2002 June 6-9 Sheraton, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230; Single/Double $81, Triple/Quadruple $96 plus tax; Phone: 1-804-285-2000; Fax: 1-804-288-3961
Rooms will be blocked until May 15, 2002 then released for general sale on first-come, first-serve basis

2003 June 19-22 Sheraton, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230; Phone: 1-804-285-2000; Fax: 1-804-288-3961
Rooms will be blocked until May 28, 2003 then released for general sale on first-come, first-serve basis


26. STATE CONVENTION:

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

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


27. HOSPITAL REPORT:

These Posts HAVE NOT reported for the 2nd half:
District 1 - 100% including District report for 1st and 2nd half
District 2 - 2582, 4411
District 3 - 394, 8046, 10387, 11124
District 4 - 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 9954, 10570
District 5 - 873, 7443
District 6 - 484, 2515, 4318, 4920, 5311, 8184
District 7 - 2123, 4698, 7899, 98725
District 8 - 472, 1177, 7728, 8208, 9865
District 9 - 2719, 7136, 7969, 9343, 9864
District 10 - 100% including District report for 1st and 2nd half
District 11 -1499, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9794, 10773
District 12 - 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
District 13 - 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8697, 8717, 9887, 10295, 10546, 10574

Tommy W. Hines
State Surgeon


28. DIVERSITY COMMITTEE:

As I write this, we as an organization are preparing for the start of the Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. While I have asked the National Chairperson if there was going to be a specific Committee meeting for the Diversity Committee, to date my question has not been answered. If there is a Committee Meeting for the National Diversity Committee, I assure you I will attend and report back to the membership in our Department of Virginia in the Next General orders. In the meantime, we must continue to work on the diversity issues within our own organization. How do we do that? We must create an environment in which all members have the opportunity to develop their potential and contribute fully to the goals of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. We must use our talents and capabilities of all our members. We must respect the dignity of all our members but above all, we must capitalize on the best each member has to offer by empowering him or her with the opportunities, tools and support needed to develop and grow. In our great organization, we must never forget what Diversity is all about. Diversity is the mix of differences, the most obvious being racial, ethnic, gender, cultural and the less obvious being disabilities, regional differences, religion, education levels and class. Even more subtle differences are found within the VFW, including diversity of thinking styles and values that occur within the same groups of people. Valuing differences, different people's perspectives, ways of communicating and ways of solving problems are all part of diversity. When the full range of diversity dimensions is not represented at all levels of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the effectiveness of our great organization, will undoubtedly be diminished. Again, please feel free to call me at any time with any questions or problems that you may have.

Jim Kerr
Diversity Committee


29. COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS REPORT:

Posts have only two months to complete reports for the second (2nd) reporting period. Posts are reminded that all state judging will be early this year due to the State Convention being early. Posts MUST report for each period for credit in the All State Program.

Status of second period reporting as of 2/22/02 is -

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:
District 1 - 100% REPORTED
District 2 - Posts not reported: 993, 2582, 4411
District 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 2583, 6364, 8529, 9501,10387
District 4 - Posts not reported: 7559, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8902, 9618, 9954, 10570, 10571
District 5 - Posts not reported: 873, 4637, 7443
District 6 - Posts not reported: 4318, 4920, 7854, 8184, 9805
District 7 - Posts not reported: 1860, 4698, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9872
District 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 1811, 7728, 8208, 9835
District 9 - Posts not reported: 9343, 9864
District 10 - 100% REPORTED
District 11 - Posts not reported: 1499, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9794, 10773
District 12 - Posts not reported: 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
District 13 - Posts not reported: 2613, 8169, 8717, 10295, 10546, 10574

SAFETY:
District 1 - 100% REPORTED
District 2 - Posts not reported: 993, 1211, 2582, 4411
District 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 2583, 6364, 8529, 9501,10387, 10657
District 4 - Posts not reported: 637, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9954, 10570, 10571
District 5 - Posts not reported: 644, 873, 1115, 2820, 4637, 7443
District 6 - Posts not reported: 4318, 4920, 7854, 8184, 9805
District 7 - Posts not reported: 1860, 4698, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9660, 9872
District 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 1811, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835
District 9 - Posts not reported: 9343, 9864
District 10 - Posts not reported: 8815
District 11 - Posts not reported: 1499, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 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, 8169, 8717, 10295, 10546, 10574

AMERICANISM:
District 1 - 100% REPORTED
District 2 - Posts not reported: 993, 2582, 4411
District 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 2583, 6364, 8529, 9501, 10387
District 4 - Posts not reported: 7559, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8902, 9618, 9954, 10570, 10571
District 5 - Posts not reported: 873, 4637, 7443
District 6 - Posts not reported:, 4318, 4920, 7854, 8184, 9805
District 7 - Posts not reported: 1860, 4698, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9872
District 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 1811, 7728, 8208, 9835
District 9 - Posts not reported: 9343, 9864
District 10 - 100% REPORTED
District 11 - Posts not reported: 1499, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9794, 10773
District 12 - Posts not reported: 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
District 13 - Posts not reported: 2613, 8169, 8717, 10295, 10546, 10574

YOUTH ACTIVITIES:
District 1 -100% REPORTED
District 2 - Posts not reported: 993, 2582, 4411
District 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 2583, 3125, 6364, 8529, 9501, 10387
District 4 - Posts not reported: 7559, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8902, 9618, 9954, 10570, 10571
District 5 - Posts not reported: 873, 2820, 4637, 7443
District 6 - Posts not reported: 2515, 4165, 4318, 4920, 7854, 8184, 9805
District 7 - Posts not reported: 1150, 1860, 2447, 4698, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9872
District 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 1811, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835
District 9 - Posts not reported: 9343, 9864
District 10 - 100% REPORTED
District 11 - 1499, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9794, 10773
District 12 - Posts not reported: 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652,10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
District 13 - Posts not reported: 2044, 2217, 2613, 8169, 8717, 10295, 10546, 10574

Please send ALL Community Service Program Reports to ME. If I can be of any service to assist you, please do not hesitate to contact me. My phone number and address is in the roster.

Peter M. Snelling
Community Activities Chairman


30. ENVIRONMENTAL:

The whole world around us is changing my Comrades. Terrorists on one hand and the loss of jobs in major firms on the other. The need for self preservation is paramount. Paramount, because we must preserve and protect our environment here in Virginia. Virginia is heavily endowed by nature with oceans, beaches, lakes, rivers and streams, by man with parks, playgrounds, battlefields, monuments, cemeteries and historic sites. Further cultivated by man are the world's largest Military Installation, the Pentagon, the world's largest Naval operating Base in Norfolk, the world's largest shipyard in Newport News, The world's largest paper mill in Westvaco, the world's largest Deep Water Port in Norfolk, and add to that the home of Washington in Mount Vernon, the home of Jefferson in Monticello, and the home of Lee in Arlington. 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. 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. 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. Virginia a better place to : Visit - work - go to school - raise our children and retire. Think about it.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


31. YOUTH ESSAY:

On February 15, 2002 the judging of the Youth Essay entries were held in Staunton with the following results:

FIRST PLACE: VFW POST
Sixth District
Sadia Shea Post 2157
Bedford, VA
SECOND PLACE:
Fourth District
Allegra L. Jacoby Post 10571
Fort Lee, VA
THIRD PLACE:
Third District
William R. Sanford Post 9808
Mechanicsville, VA

My sincere congratulations to our winners and also to all entries. Our younger generation is one to be proud of and they are very knowledgeable of how the world works. Each one of them expressed what it means to be FREE and not to take this privilege for granted. Thanks to each Post and Auxiliary for the time and work they put into this Program.

Earl E. Harris, Jr.
Youth Essay Chairman


32. 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. Also, State Inspector Henry E. Cluney is hospitalized and cards can be sent to 5728 Bartee Street, Norfolk, VA 23502.


33. CONDOLENCES:

Our deepest sympathy to family and friends of James Hawthorne, Past Department Commander who passed away on February 25, 2002.


34. THANKS:

Thanks from Bobby Walls for all of the cards and telephone calls.


35. POST CONSOLIDATION:

General Orders No. 6, 2001-02 series, announced the consolidation of Winchester Post No. 2123, Winchester and Carbaugh-Wohlford Post No. 9646, Stephens City the consolidated post will be known as Winchester Post No. 2123, Winchester. Approved January 7, 2002. The senior muster date is April 16, 1931.

Thomas L. Kissell, Director
Member Services


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

The Veterans of Foreign Wars and H&R Block Partner