GENERAL ORDERS


VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 2
SERVICE, HONOR, PRIDE

August 1, 2003

403 Lee-Jackson Highway PO Box 2067
Staunton, Virginia 24402
540 886 8112 FAX 540 886 1732
In Virginia 800 888 3521
webpage: www.vfw-virginia.com


1. STATE COMMANDERS MESSAGE:


Comrades, TEAM VIRGINIA 2003-2004 is well underway. You should be extremely proud of the activities your Posts have accomplished. Many members have been very active. Reports of your efforts are being received. Keep up the good work and remember to do the paperwork. I'm sure we can make the Department 100% in reporting. The Department does not have a full account of membership. National is slow giving us an idea of how we stand on members. I do know that many members are sending their dues to National. With time, the new process will smooth out and we will see how great it is. I thank all who are trying to support the new process. Keep recruiting and if you need help call the Membership Chairman Tom Hines. To those of you who attended the Department School of Instruction, I thank you for your interest and participation. Lots of different subjects were covered. I hope that most of your questions were answered. If you need assistance on any subject or something that was not covered, please feel free to contact your District Commander, Committee Chairman or Line Officers. Thanks to all the comrades who gave presentations. Without your assistance we would have a hard time reaching our goals. The Satellite Training was conducted on July 26th. I hope that all who attended received some additional information and the Department would like to receive your comments.


Respectively Yours,
Pete Snelling


2. ELECTED COUNCIL MEMBERS AND APPOINTMENTS FOR 2003-2004

COMMANDER Peter M. Snelling, Post 2157
SENIOR VICE COMMANDER Tom W. Hines, Post 7166
JUNIOR VICE COMMANDER Daniel D. Boyer, Jr, Post 7726
ADJUTANT/QUARTERMASTER Kim A. DeShano, Post 392
JUDGE ADVOCATE Charles D. (Doc) Crouch, Post 3150
SURGEON Jimmy Lee Wallace, Post 1503
CHAPLAIN Edward L. Powers, Post 392
CHIEF OF STAFF E. Ray Chappell, Post 1115
INSPECTOR Henry E. Cluney, Post 4809
PAST DEPARTMENT COMMANDER Lawrence F. Mattera, Post 5500

COMMANDERS
1st DISTRICT Harold J. Roesch, II, Post 3219
2nd DISTRICT John Edwards, Post 8545
3rd DISTRICT Victor A. Weaver, Post 9808
4th DISTRICT Ramon Stafford, Post 7059
5th DISTRICT Rex G. Faris, Post 8467
6th DISTRICT Berkley Simmons, Jr., Post 4920
7th DISTRICT Charles B. Harris, Post 6044
8th DISTRICT Johnny Baker, Post 3103
9th DISTRICT James D. Haulsee, Post 4667
10th DISTRICT W. J. Leonard, Post 7327
11th DISTRICT Eugene Chavis, Post 10826
12th DISTRICT Kenneth Suthard, Post 6975
13th DISTRICT Charles W. Hughes Jr., Post 8947

ADVISORY COMMITTEE Chairman Lawrence F. Mattera, Post 5500
Vice Chairman Gerald E. Jonas, Post 1811
Members All Past Department Commanders

ASSISTANT CHAPLAINS


3. MEMBERSHIP:

Comrades, its been a month since the State Convention. Have you signed up a new member yet? Post Commanders should have their year planned and implemented by now. A lack of effort on your part will ensure poor results for your Post. If we are to be successful this year we must start recruiting early and often. I have Shotgun Mailers planned for South Boston and Brookneal. If you would like one for your area, contact me and I will review it. As always, the Department Team is ready to assist you. We need only to be asked. There are lots of eligible veterans out there. Try to sign one up today.

Remember this equation:
POST ACTIVITY + PUBLICITY = MEMBERSHIP

Tom Hines
State Senior Vice Commander


4. GENERAL ORDER CUT OFF DATES:

The new cut off for General Orders is the 20thof the month. NO EXCEPTIONS.


5. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

FIRST - 8-9-03 - Post 3219 PHOEBUS, REPRESENTATIVE TOM HINES, SENIOR VICE COMMANDER

SECOND - 8-9-03 - Post 392 VIRGINIA BEACH, Lunch 12:00 Noon, Meeting 1:00 PM, REPRESENTATIVE PETE SNELLING COMMANDER

THIRD - 9-6-03 - THIRD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, Meeting 2:00 PM, meal to follow, REPRESENTATIVE PETE SNELLING COMMANDER

FOURTH - 8-10-03 - Post 637 HOPEWELL, Meeting at 1:00 PM, meal to follow, REPRESENTATIVE PETE SNELLING COMMANDER

FIFTH - 9-14-03 - Post 1115 HILLSVILLE, Lunch 12:00 Noon, meeting to follow REPRESENTATIVE KIM DESHANO, ADJUTANT/QUARTERMASTER

SIXTH - 8-17-03 - Post 5311 CHRISTIANSBURG, Meeting at 2:00 PM, REPRESENTATIVE PETE SNELLING COMMANDER

SEVENTH - 9-14-03 - POST & TIME TBA, REPRESENTATIVES TOM HINES, SENIOR VICE COMMANDER

EIGHTH -9-14-03 - Post 2524 CULPEPER, Meeting 1:00 PM, REPRESENTATIVE DAN BOYER JUNIOR VICE COMMANDER

NINTH - 9-14-03 - Post 6000 NARROWS, TIME TBA, REPRESENTATIVE E. RAY CHAPPELL, CHIEF-OF-STAFF

TENTH -9-7-03 -Post 7327 Springfield, Meeting 1:00 PM, REPRESENTATIVE PETE SNELLING COMMANDER

ELEVENTH - 9-14-03 - STAUNTON POST 2216, 11:30 A.M., REPRESENTATIVE DOC CROUCH JUDGE ADVOCATE

TWELFTH - 9-7-03 - CLINTWOOD POST 8979, 11:00 A.M., REPRESENTATIVE TOM HINES SENIOR VICE COMMANDER

THIRTEENTH - 9-7-03 - LOUISA POST 8947, 1:00 PM, Dinner to follow, REPRESENTATIVE DAN BOYER JUNIOR VICE COMMANDER


6. CHANGES IN THE ROSTER:

Post 1115 - SVC Robert H. Showalter, Sr., 854 Woodlawn Road, Woodlawn 24381-3420, Telephone 276-236-5598
JVC Donald A. Trausneck, 1667 Breezy Ridge Road. Woodlawn 24381-1555, Telephone 276-236-8362

Post 1264 - ADJ Harold H. Worrell, Sr., 1909 Carter Road, Roanoke 24015, Telephone 540-344-8717
QM Gary W. Harvey, 5105 Hildebrand Avenue Apt #1, Roanoke 24012, Telephone 540-989-4555

Post 2719 - CMDR Herbert Reininger, 224 Queens, Wytheville 24382

Post 2820 - SVC Mary C. Coponhaver, 4153 Fairystone Hwy, Bassett 24055, Telephone 276-627-0257

Post 4204 - CMDR Michael T. Ailstock, P O Box 834, Hot Springs 24445, Telephone 540-839-5111
SVC Leonard Shifflett, Route 2 Box 495, Hot Springs 24445
JVC Robert D. Metheny, Route 1 Box 140, Millboro 24460, Telephone 540-996-4241
ADJ/QM John B. Kershner, Jr., P O Box 902, Hot Springs 24445, Telephone 540-839-5191

Post 4468 - CMDR Blake S. Denny, 1391 Senseny Road, Winchester 22602, Telephone 540-662-3689
SVC Ivan L. Arbogast, 3816 West Colonial Hwy, Hamilton
JVC Robert Longerbeam, Box 205, Philomont 22132, Telephone 540-338-5861
ADJ George R. Pruneau, 20375 Furr Road, Round Hill 20141, Telephone 540-554-8408
QM Charles C. Fletcher, 2432-170 Berryville Pike, Winchester 22603, Telephone 540-722-9424

Post 4989 - CMDR Houston T. Smith, P O Box 281, Monterey 24465, Telephone 540-468-2195
SVC Delbert Rexrode, Jr., HC 2 Box 54, Doe Hill 24433
JVC Frank W. Smith, HC 3 Box 43, Monterey 24465, Telephone 540-468-2675
ADJ/QM William M. Niswander, P O Box 418, Monterey 24465, Telephone 540-468-2426

Post 7136 - CMDR Nathan C. Guess, Jr., Route 1 Box 210, Tazewell 24651, Telephone 276-988-2727
SVC Calvin Patterson, Route 4 Box 310, North Tazewell 24630, Telephone 276-988-6831
JVC Lewey Sparks, Route 1 Box 384, Tazewell 24651, Telephone 276-979-0033
ADJ John B. Jennelle, P O Box 824, Tazewell 24651, Telephone 276-988-2172
QM Dewey Lowe, P O Box 244, Cedar Bluff 24609, Telephone 276-988-2142

Post 8228 - CMDR F. W. Bugg, 119 Grace Street, Chase City 23924, Telephone 804-372-4542
SVC Lawrence Hayes, 661 Roark Street, Chase City 23924, Telephone 804-372-3035
JVC Robert Little, RFD 3 Box 62, Chase City 23924, Telephone 804-372-5033
ADJ/QM Lewis E. Crowder, 225 Hutcheson Avenue, Chase City 23924, Telephone 804-372-4617

Post 8717 - CMDR Louis S. Herrink, P O Box 15, King George 22485, Telephone 540-775-6582
SVC Alan E. Frey, 14103 Ridge Road, King George 22485, Telephone 540-775-5421
JVC Colonel C. Shook, 8510 James Madison Parkway, King George 22485
ADJ Elmore W. Tyler, 4506 Danube Drive, King George 22485, Telephone 540-663-2579
QM Charles Q. Middlebrook, 5391 Potomac Drive, King George 22485

Post 9855 - CMDR William E. Pennix, Jr., Route 2 Box 267, Gladstone 24533, Telephone 434-993-8909

Post 10574 - CMDR Curtis Bartmess, Jr., 430 Circle Lane, Colonial Beach 22443
SVC William M. Rutherford, Sr., 422 Barracks Beach Drive, Colonial Beach 22443
JVC Jeremiah J. Weber, 8739 River Road, Lancaster 22503
ADJ Michael Balabous, 146 Macedonia Lane, Colonial Beach 22443
QM Mike Peoples 306 Bancroft Avenue, Colonial Beach 22443

7. REPORTS AND FORMS:

Please mail ALL Reports to State Headquarters, P O Box 2067, Staunton, VA 24402-2067. This includes AMERICANISM, COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, DEATH REPORTS, HOMELESS VETERANS, HOSPITAL, INSPECTION, SAFETY AND YOUTH ACTIVITIES.


8. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:

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


9. 2003-2004 TEACHERS PROGRAM /PATRIOT'S PEN (YOUTH ESSAY):

National Citizenship Education Teacher's Award:

Nominations Due: 1 November 2003
Post Judging Due: 15 November 2003
District Judging Due: 1 December 2003
Department Judging Due: 1 January 2004
National Judging Due: 15 January 2004

National Winners will be recognized at the March 2004 Community Service Awards. One Teacher in Grades K - 5, 6 - 8, and 9 - 12 will be recognized.

Patriot's Pen (Youth Essay) 7th and 8th Grad Students

Student Entry Due: 1 November 2003
Post Judging Due: 15 November 2003
District Judging Due: 1 December 2003
Department Judging Due: 1 January 2004
National Judging Due: 15 January 2004

Please note the above changes in reporting. It is not too early to contact the schools. Please send me the names, addresses, and phone numbers of your Post and District Chairpersons for each Program.


Donald L. Hall
Chairman
Patriot's Pen and Teacher's Recognition Programs
35 Eidson Creek Road
Staunton, VA 24401
Phone: 540-887-8024
E-mail: dhallvfw@hotmail.com


10. IMPORTANT NATIONAL 2003-2005 DATES:

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

September 11-14 , 2003 Commander In Chiefs Homecoming, Mystic, Connecticut

Oct 30 - Nov 2, 2003 Southern Conference, Biloxi, Mississippi

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

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


11. FALL COUNCIL MEETINGS:

2003 September 19-21 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $69.00; phone 434-528-2500


12. WINTER COUNCIL MEETINGS:

2004 January 16 - 18 Winter Council Meeting, Williamsburg; Clarion Hotel, 500 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185. Rates are $52 per night, telephone 800-666-8888, FAX 757-220-4662.


13. STATE CONVENTIONS:

2004 June 17 - 20 State Convention Sheraton Richmond West


14. SUFFOLK VETERANS CEMETERY:

I attended a meeting on the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the new Cemetery. The following information is submitted:

DATE: SEP 8, 2003 (Monday)
TIME: 11 O'CLOCK (1100 HRS FOR YOU MILITARY)
PLACE: MILNERS ROAD, SUFFOLK, VA.(MAP WILL BE PROVIDED at a later date)

Invitational letters from the Horton Family will start going out next week. Formal invitations to heads of Military Installations and organizations (i.e. MOPH, VFW, MOPH, AL, AMVETS, MOAA, fleet Reserve, etc.) will be mailed during the 1st week of August. There will be volunteers needed to help setup the ceremonial site as well as serving refreshments/parking/ushering. If you or anyone from your organization wants to get on volunteering list PLEASE e-mail me back at this e-mail(Vavfwpdc@aol.com) as soon as possible. Include your name and organization. As time goes on and more details are revealed I will try and pass on to you.

If anyone receiving this notice has access to the bulletins/newspapers/General Orders of their organization, please see if you can put notice in that publication. Widest dissemination of this information is encouraged and requested.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Principii will be part of the Governor's entourage for the Ceremony. Please encourage as many of your members that can make the ceremony to do so. Mr. Horton worked to his death on this project, and I feel we owe it to him to support this mission. AFTER ALL I FEEL HE DID IT NOT ONLY FOR HIMSELF, BUT FOR THE VETERANS OF HAMPTON ROADS!

Yours In Comradeship,
Larry Mattera
Past Department Commander


15. AMERICANISM REPORT:

The "2003-2004 Membership Awards Program", included with the mailed July General Orders and also found on the Department of Virginia webpage, includes several items of interest for posts in the area of Americanism:

In the area immediately following the criteria for All-State, is "COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS REPORTS". It points out that Americanism reporting is one criterion for All-State and is worth a "Total of 5 Points: 2 Points for reporting during the first reporting period (May 1 through October 31) and 3 points for reporting during the second reporting period (November 1 through April 30)."

This document also points out that posts reported in 8 categories of Americanism during the reporting period of May 1, 2003 through April 30, 2004 will receive a State Citation during the annual convention in Richmond. Each line one the reporting form is a separate category. "Other" projects may be considered as separate categories if described on your form.

Further into the same document, it reports that "THE RICHARD A. (AL) GUAGER AMERICANISM AWARD is awarded annually and rules for this contest are sent to each post in the Spring. Deadline for submission to State Headquarters is by the day prior to awards judging. This award will be presented at the State Convention." The last several years this competition has been in a form of an Americanism Book, similar to your Community Activities Book. Save your news clippings, photos, etc for this book. Do NOT send with your Americanism Report.
Forty reports have been received from 29 posts. Status as of 20 July 2003:

DISTRICT 1 - Posts not reported: 176, 960, 2296, 3219, 4856, 6002, 7167 8252, 8629, 9358, 9636 (13 posts)
DISTRICT 2 - Posts not reported: 392, 993, 2894, 4411, 4809, 8545 (10 posts)
DISTRICT 3 - Posts not reported: 394, 1426, 2239, 2583, 3125, 4639, 6364, 8046,
8529, 9501, 9808, 10387, 10654, 10657, 11124 (18 posts)
DISTRICT 4 - Posts not reported: 622, 637, 2163, 2584, 5313, 5371, 7897, 8048, 8163, 8446, 8617, 8759, 9954, 8599, 8902, 9618, 9855, 10570, 10571 (24 posts)
DISTRICT 5 - Posts not reported: 644, 647, 873, 1115, 2820, 6130, 7726, 7800, 8243 8467 (14 posts)
DISTRICT 6 - Posts not reported: 484, 776, 1033, 1264, 1444, 1841, 4165, 4299, 4318, 4522, 4920, 5311, 5895, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877 (19 posts)
DISTRICT 7 - Posts not reported: 1150, 1860, 2123, 4698, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9660, 9760 (13 posts)
DISTRICT 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 2524, 3103, 4468, 7589, 7728, 8208,
9835, 9865 (11 posts)
DISTRICT 9 - Posts not reported: 956, 1184, 2719, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7328, 7360, 7969, 9343, 9864 (13 posts)
DISTRICT 10 - Posts not reported: 609, 1503, 5412, 7327, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9274 (11 posts)
DISTRICT 11 - Posts not reported: 452, 632, 3136, 2424, 3060, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 8644, 9339, 9480 10773 (21 posts)
DISTRICT 12 - Posts not reported: 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 8979, 9600,10310,10298, 10611 (14 posts)
DISTRICT 13 - Posts not reported: 1827, 2044, 2217, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8717, 8947, 10295, 10546, 10574 (14 posts)

J.Gary Wagner
Americanism Vice Chairman


16. COMMUNITY ACTIVITY REPORT:


Post's which have submitted Community Activity Reports as of 07-22-03

DISTRICT 1 - 824, 8252
DISTRICT 2 - 1211
DISTRICT 3 - 8356, 9224
DISTRICT 4 - 7059, 7819, 10570
DISTRICT 5 - 7568, 7726
DISTRICT 6 - 2157, 4491
DISTRICT 7 - 621, 6044
DISTRICT 8 - 1811, 2524
DISTRICT 9 - 1184, 7360, 9640, 9696
DISTRICT 10 - 609, 3150, 5412
DISTRICT 11 - 1499, 2216
DISTRICT 12 - 9830
DISTRICT 13 - N/A

Comrades and Sisters, we are four months into this VFW reporting year for Community Activities. Please complete your projects and get your reports in.

Lynn Harris
Community Activity Vice-Chairman


17. HOSPITAL COMMITTEE REPORT:

Hospital Reports are coming in extremely slow. I urge all Post Commanders to take a look at your Hospital Committee's and remind your Chairmen to DO THE PAPERWORK. Remember, the reporting period started May 1, 2003 and will end October 31, 2003.

The following Posts HAVE NOT submitted Hospital Reports as of July 16, 2003:
District One: 176, 2296, 3219, 4856, 6002, 7167, 8252, 8629, 9358
District Two: 993, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411, 4809, 8545
District Three: 394, 1426, 2583, 3125, 4639, 8046, 8529, 9501, 10387, 10654, 10657, 11124
District Four: 622, 627, 2163, 2584, 5313, 5371, 7166, 7897, 8048, 8163, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9855, 9954, 10570
District Five: 644, 647, 873, 1115, 6130, 7726, 7800, 8243, 8467
District Six: 484, 776, 1444, 1841, 4165, 4299, 4522, 4920, 5311, 5895, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877
District Seven: 1150, 2123, 4698, 7899, 9292, 9660, 9760, 9872
District Eight: 472, 1177, 2524, 4468, 7589, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
District Nine: 956, 1184, 2719, 4667, 6000, 7136, 7328, 7360, 7969, 9343, 9696, 9864
District Ten: 609, 3150, 5412, 7327, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9274, 9478
District Eleven: 452, 632, 1499, 2424, 3060, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 8644, 9339, 10773
District Twelve: 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 8979, 9600, 10298, 10310, 10611
District Thirteen: NO REPORTS RECEIVED FROM ANY POST

As we are 2 1/2 months into the reporting period, I find it hard to believe that the above Posts have not visited anyone who is sick or ailing either in the hospital, at home, or in a nursing home during this period. Please submit your reports in a timely manner so your Post and your District can get the credit they have earned and deserve.

Jimmy Lee Wallace
Hospital Committee Chairman


18. HOMELESS VETERANS:

Time to get started with the Firemen, EMT and Policeman of the Year Awards Program. Good luck to all and hope you have great entries. There have only been three Post's that have reported for the Homeless Veterans Program. Post 824 District 1, Post 7819 District 4 and Post 4522 District 6. I am sure the work is being done, so please send your reports in. If you are not sure how to fill them out, call me or write them out and I will do them for you. Thanks to all for your hard work.

Leon Fields
Homeless Veterans Chairman


19. VOICE OF DEMOCRACY:

2003-2004
Voice of Democracy Reporting Dates
9th through 12th Grade Students
"My Commitment to America's Future"

Student Entry Deadline: November 1, 2003
Complete Post Judging Deadline: November 15, 2003
Complete District Judging Deadline: December 1, 2003
Complete Department Judging Deadline: January 1, 2004
Department Winner to National Deadline: January 15, 2004
Department Report to National Deadline: January 31, 2004
Awards to be Given Community Service Conference

The District Winner must be to Earle (Buddy) P. Weekley, Jr., State Voice of Democracy Chairman, 595 Bowman Road, Dayton, VA 22821 by Saturday, December 13, 2003. No exceptions! Be sure you send all of the information that is needed. This means the Official Student Entry Form; Student Biographical Questionnaire Form; Parent/Guardian Release Form; and a good head and shoulders photo. No follow up phone calls will be done. If you do not have the information that is requested according to the guidelines, your District winner will not be eligible. Also, you must send, the District Chairman Report Forms listed on Page 17, 18 and 19 of the Voice of Democracy Chairmen's Workbook for 2003-2004.

State Judging will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at Post 8644 in Bridgewater, Virginia.

Voice of Democracy Department Awards:

The Post Voice of Democracy Chairman will receive one night's lodging and a Banquet Ticket to attend the Community Service Conference in Washington, D.C. (Duplicate award will not be given if the chairman receives a National Appointment.)

Each Post that participates in the Voice of Democracy Program will receive a Citation.

The Post that sponsors the Department's 1st Place Winner will be awarded the Clarence E. Kelley Memorial Voice of Democracy Trophy and will be presented at the State Convention.

Earle (Buddy) P. Weekely
Voice of Democracy Chairman


20. POW PROMOTION BACK PAY DEADLINE:

Promotion back pay for Navy and Marine Corps POWs held between 7 Dec 41 and 31 Dec 46 must be requested NO LATER THAN 30 Sep 03. Applications must be submitted by the veteran or surviving spouse. Contact numbers are: Navy (800) 762-8567 and Marine Corps (866) 472-7139.

Yours in Comradeship,
Doc Crouch
Judge Advocate


21. ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE:

If you wonder why we are concerned about our environment let me remind you that every breath of air we breath, every drop of water we drink and every gram of food we eat contains certain pollutants and contaminates harmful to man. Such substances as: arsenic, barium, cadmium, cooper, lead, selenium, strontium and zinc can upset the human body if absorbed in large enough doses. A vast array of ordinances, regulations and laws has been enacted to control this situation. However, enforcement has not been as rigorous as it should be. The Virginia VFW Environmental program is intended to help correct this to make Virginia a better place to visit, live, work, raise our children and retire. To pass on to the generations that follow us a Virginia as good or better as we found it. A good way to commence that is for each of our 189 Posts to designate a dedicated, hardworking comrade as the program director. Make a tour of the Posts and list conditions that need a little work. Among these maybe: reduction and recycling of papers, metals, glass, plastics, liquids and junk; adopt a segment of a highway or stream; clean up roadside trash and litter. Remove an obsolete or vacant building or structure. Obtain owners permission to remove trees damaged by wind, fire, lighting, disease or maturity. Replace them with seedlings for shelter, windbreak and improvement. Contact firms such as Weyerhauser, Westvaco, Georgia Pacific and inquire if they would like to use some land for a managed forest. They furnish an maintain the trees and harvest at the proper time owner receives land rent. Set our nesting boxes and feeding stations for Bluebirds and songbirds. Clean up a school year or cemetery. Once you have decided on a program, check and see what other organizations may have already in place or planned for you area, Audubon Society, Izaac Walton League, Garden Clubs, Keep America Beautiful, etc. Ask local fire officials to conduct a controlled burning as a training exercise. Ask local officials to profit collection boxes on specific days. Discuss with community leaders what you plan to do. Ask local Radio, TV and news media to help with publicity. Send them a photo and details. On the work day keep VFW Membership applications handy. Ask every volunteer to join the VFW, tell them why they should check for eligibility and send the completed form to State Headquarters. This will help the Commander keep VFW Membership up and make up for some of those we loose each year by death or out the back door. Good volunteers make good VFW members. Do not be afraid to ask every one. We lose some because we never asked. Think of that.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environment Chairman


Official: By Order of:
Kim A. DeShano Peter M. Snelling
State Adjutant State Commander

TO ALL DISTRICT COMMANDERS:

Our National Recruiter, Dan Pesinger will be in Virginia from September 1 - 18, 2003. We will hold a Recruiting School on Friday September 12, 2003 at State Headquarters in Staunton. It will be in the afternoon, however, a definite time will be announced at a later date. I would like to have two people representing each District. Dan will be recruiting throughout the State, so please call me for further details.

Tom W. Hines
Senior Vice Commander
434-447-3018
434-294-0202 Cell