GENERAL ORDERS


VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 8
SERVICE, HONOR, PRIDE

FEBRUARY 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 email to:stateheadquarters@vfw-virginia.com


1. STATE COMMANDERS MESSAGE:

Comrades, the first month of this year sure has proven to be an emotional one, with the loss of an Icon within our Department, as well as several leaders. We shall always remember them and what they have left as their legacy. It has also been a learning and sharing information. Several meetings with the governor's commission on veteran's issues. A big success with Day On The Hill with the Ladies Auxiliary, and finally the Winter Conference. The turn-outs for these activities were way beyond our expectations, and for this I send a big Thank You.

Also, at this time I would like to express my heart felt thanks to all that sent cards, made calls to Lorna and visits to me in the hospital all the times I was there. Hopefully I have seen the last of the hospitals and am back to the road of VFW business.

While at the conference in Williamsburg, a lot of reports were given. Some were good others were not so good. All present promised to help get the reports in, timely.

As in each article I try to hit on a subject where that I find to be important to the betterment of the organization. This month, as in the past I have tried to join the VFW side of the house with the Auxiliary side. I've received several complaints, as well as compliments. And I can assure you that I enjoy the compliments more then complaints. TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH EITHER SIDE OF THE FORCE, PLEASE WORK IT OUT. MOST OF THE TIME ITS PETTY STUFF. And a simple apology is all it takes. For us all to have a successful year we need to work together, and I know we can do it. We joined to strengthen, and now is the time to prove it.

In our guide books, it is recommended that at each District Meeting we hold a school of instruction. As I and others have attended meetings we find this not happening. If assistance is needed, please call your state rep in plenty of time so they can prepare presentations, it would be their pleasure.

In closing, I'd like to thank the Past Department Commanders that continue to support the Department in all its endeavors, and especially for their guidance and advise to me. And as always, the team is prepared to come to you to help.


2. ADJUTANT/QUARTERMASTERS COMMENTS:

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

DONATIONS - Please send your donations (WWII Memorial, National Home, Operation Uplink telephone cards, etc.) to VFW State Headquarters, P O Box 2067, Staunton, VA 24402. National Headquarters will credit individuals and posts from the detailed list of the gifts and donors state provides.

REPORTS AND FORMS - The forms for Individual Recruiting Award, Community Activity Report, Homeless Veterans Report, Hospital Report and Evaluation Guide can be found on the state web-site. If You do not have e-mail please call or write State Headquarters and we will send the forms to you. Please send forms to the current Committee Chairman, not State Headquarters. The only report that should be mailed to State Headquarters is the Report of a Deceased Comrade.

You do not have to be a committee chair to submit a report. Any Post member who knows the information that needs to be reported can fill out the form for any of the reporting areas, and send it in. It is strongly recommended that you make at least one copy of each report for post records, and that you give that copy to the Post Adjutant.

GENERAL ORDERS - In an effort to control the cost of producing and mailing the general orders each month the mailing list is being reviewed and reduced to the State Line Officers, District and Post Commanders and Adjutants, Past State Commanders, and Department President. For others who want to receive a copy of the General Orders each month we are once again offering subscriptions. The cost for the remainder of this publishing year (thru the General Orders for June) will be nine dollars. The cost for 2003-04 will be set later. If you receive a hard copy of the General Orders and have the ability to print satisfactory copies from the internet please call or email us at email to:stateheadquarters@vfw-virginia.com so we can remove your name from the label file.

NOMINEES NEEDED - National headquarters needs nominees for OUTSTANDING POST SERVICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR. The National Organization will select one Post Service Officer annually as the "Outstanding Post Service Officer." Each Department may nominate one person, who is a duly appointed Post Service Officer, for this award. The Post Service Officer who is ultimately chosen to receive the award will be furnished round trip travel and hotel accommodations to attend a portion of the VFW National Convention where the award will be presented by the Commander-in-Chief. The selectee will also receive five hundred dollars to cover out-of-pocket expenses associated with the trip.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The Department nomination must be received by the Director, National Veterans Service by 31 May 2003. Nominations for Department Service Officer of the Year must be received at state headquarters by close of business on Thursday, 15 May 2003.


3. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

FIRST 2-9-03, Post 7167, Warsaw. Meet at Shoney's restaurant in Tappahannock for breakfast at 9:00 a.m. Meeting will start at 11:00 a.m. Representative, Peter Snelling, State Senior Vice Commander.

SECOND 3-22-03, Post 4411, Franklin. Lunch begins at 12:00 NOON, Meeting to follow. Representative, Peter Snelling, State Senior Vice Commander.

THIRD - 3-8-03, THIRD DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS, Meeting 2:00 p.m. with meal to follow. Representative, Lawrence F. Mattera, State Commander.

FOURTH - 2-2-03, Amelia, Post 8759, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Meal to follow. Representative, Dan Boyer, State Surgeon.

FIFTH - 2-9-03, Danville, Post 647, Lunch 12:00 NOON, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative, Lawrence F. Mattera State Commander

SIXTH - 2-9-03, Veterans Administrative Medical Center (VAMC) hosted by Salem POST 4318, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative, Tom Hines, State Judge Advocate.

SEVENTH - 3-9-03, FRONT ROYAL POST 1860, Meeting 11:30 a.m. meal to follow, Representative, Michael J. Hoiness, State Junior Vice Commander.

EIGHTH - 2-23-03 , MANASSAS, Post 7589, Meeting at 1:00 PM, meal to follow. Representative Michael Hoiness, State Junior Vice Commander.

NINTH -5-11-03, PULASKI, POST 1184, Joint Meeting 12:00 NOON, Meeting 1:00 PM Representative, Lawrence F. Mattera State Commander

TENTH - 2-23-03, MC LEAN POST 8241, Meeting 1:00 p.m., meal to follow, Representative Tom Hines, State Judge Advocate.

ELEVENTH - 3-2-03, STUART'S DRAFT, POST 9339, 11:30 Lunch, 1:00 PM Meeting, Representative Lawrence F. Mattera State Commander

TWELFTH - 5-4-03, ABINGDON, POST 1994, 11:00 Meeting, meal to follow, Representative Lawrence F. Mattera, State Commander

THIRTEENTH - 3-2-03, SPOTSYLVANIA POST 10546, Meeting 1:00 p.m., meal to follow, Representative Tom Hines, State Judge Advocate


4. ROSTER CHANGES:

Awards & Citations Committee:

Budget/Finance Committee:

POST 637

E-Mail Changes:


5. IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2003-2005:

March 9-12, 2003 Community Service Conference, Washington, DC.

March 10-13, 2003 Legislative Conference, Washington, DC.

June 19-22, 2003 State Convention, Richmond; the Sheraton West,

July 11-13, 2003 State School of Instruction, Lynchburg; Holiday Inn Select,

July 26, 2003 Satellite Training, various sites

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

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

September 19-21,2003 Fall Council Meeting, Lynchburg; Holiday Inn Select,

November 7-9, 2003 Southern Conference, Biloxi, Mississippi

January 16-18, 2004 Winter Council Meeting, Williamsburg; Clarion Hotel,

June 17-20, 2004 State Convention

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

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


6. VOICE OF DEMOCRACY WINNERS:

1stPlace Lee Hagey Post 3150 Springfield 10th District
2ndPlace Nathan Kinder Post 2216 Staunton 11th District
3rdPlace Brian Rice Post 4467 Marion 9th District

Earle (Buddy) Weekely
VOD Chairman


7. PATRIOT'S PEN:

2002-2003 THEME: My Pledge to America

2002-2003 DEADLINES:
Department Deadline - February 1, 2003
National Deadline - February 10, 2003

Please send all Patriot's Pen materials to: Earl E. Harris, Jr., Patriot's Pen Chairman, 2601 North Augusta Street, Staunton VA 24401.


8. LEGISLATIVE:

VFW DAY ON THE HILL:

Led by State Commander Larry Mattera and State Ladies Auxiliary President Pat Baldwin, VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members conducted a very successful legislative Day on the Hill@ in Richmond on 16 January 2003. This is the first year the Ladies Auxiliary members have joined us for this very important event. The turnout was the largest in recent years - 52 Attendees. A total of 17 Posts out of the 189 in the Department of Virginia were represented. Post 7166 (South Hill) deserves special mention. This Post had 15 participants, easily the largest group from a single Post. The other 16 Posts with representatives present were: 392, 622, 2157, 3150, 4639, 4809, 5500, 7059, 7166, 7327, 7819, 7916, 8241, 8469, 9274, 9696 and 9760. After a briefing in the General Assembly Office Building, participating VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members were divided into teams that visited the offices of all 140 Senators and Delegates. They met with many of the Legislators despite the hectic schedule of the General Assembly. Whenever a Senator or Delegate was not available, they met with the concerned Legislative Assistant. All were briefed on VFW issues and concerns. A copy of the VFW Issues Booklet was left in every office. In all instances, participants in our Day on the Hill were courteously received.

I would like to thank the following members of the Legislative and Resolutions Committee for their superb assistance in making our VFW Day on the Hill a success:

J. B. Young Post 7327 Ed Essertier Post 8469
Ernest Glynn Post 7327 John King Post 5500
James Gerlach Post 5500 Charles Pulley Post 622
James Kerr Post 7327 Earl Harris, Jr. Post 2216
Waynard Caldwell Post 4522

We had a great time in Richmond. Hopefully, next year more VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members will join us. Believe me, numbers do count!

RESOLUTIONS

Now is the time to prepare and submit your proposed resolutions and department by-laws changes for consideration at the state and national conventions in 2003. Your resolutions and proposed by-laws changes, appropriately approved at the post and district levels must reach the Department Adjutant at least thirty days before the beginning of the Department Convention.

The 2002-2003 Leadership Manual contains a very readable section on resolutions, including the proper format for stating the problem you want to solve, and the actions you propose to solve it.

John P. McAnaw
Legislative Chairman


9. AMERICANISM:

Some Posts seem to be cheating themselves in the statistics area of Americanism Reports. When completing your report, count the volunteers for EACH event and then total these numbers. For example, two persons attending five events equals ten volunteers. Also determine the distance each volunteer will travel to and from the event location. You might estimate an average distance each member lives from the post home or event location and use that number times two for the round trip. In cities and towns, you may find your members live within an average of three to five miles, but in rural areas, the number may be closer to ten or fifteen miles. Then multiply the distance by the number of volunteers. Remember to include the number of miles times 14 cents per mile in the amount of monies used, plus the cost of flags, pamphlets, cakes, etc., donated or used for the event. Reusable items can be counted the first time and then ignored in subsequent reports. Add your email address to the form and I will acknowledge receipt of your report. In addition to mailing the report to the address at the bottom of the form, you may either email your report to me at 103636.1543@compuserve.com or use the on-line report at http://www.vfw392.org/historian.htm. One hundred thirty-six Second Half reports have been received from 109 posts.

As of 23 January 2003 the following posts HAVE NOT submitted reports for the second half:

DISTRICT 1 - 4856, 6002, 7167, 8629, 9358,9636
DISTRICT 2 - 8545 (90% reported)
DISTRICT 4 - 622, 2584, 4411, 5371, 7819,7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8759, 9618, 9855, 9954, 10570, 10571
DISTRICT 5 - 644, 873, 2820, 7443, 8243 (65% reported)
DISTRICT 6 - 484, 1264, 2157, 4165, 4491,4920, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805
DISTRICT 7 -1150, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613,9292
DISTRICT 8 - 472, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9 - 1184, 2719, 4667, 7136, 7969, 9343, 9864
DISTRICT 10 - 5412, 7916, 8241, 8469 (55% reported)
DISTRICT 11- 632, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8479, 9480, 10773
DISTRICT 12 - 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611
DISTRICT 13 - 2613, 8717, 10295 (65 % reported)

J. Gary Wagner
Americanism Chairman


10. COMMUNITY ACTIVITY:

The following Post's HAVE NOT submitted Community Activity Reports as of 25 January 2003:

DISTRICT 1: 4856, 6002, 7167, 8629, 9358, 9636
DISTRICT 2: 993, 8545
DISTRICT 3: 8529
DISTRICT 4: 622, 2584, 5371, 7559, 7819, 7897, 8228, 8446, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9855, 9954, 10570, 10571
DISTRICT 5: 644, 873, 2820, 7443, 8243
DISTRICT 6: 484, 1264, 2157,4165, 4299, 4920, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805
DISTRICT 7: 1150, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292
DISTRICT 8: 472, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9865
DISTRICT 9: 1184, 4667, 7136, 9343,9864
DISTRICT 10: 5412, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9274
DISTRICT 11: 632, 1499, 3136, 4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8479, 9480, 10773
DISTRICT 12: 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 8979, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611
DISTRICT 13: 8717, 10295

Many Post's have submitted 1st half reports and now we need your 2nd half reports. Please submit a report, time is running out.

Kenneth Vitale
Community Activities Chairman


11. HOSPITAL:

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

DISTRICT 1: 4856, 7167, 8629, 9358, 9636
DISTRICT 4: 622, 2584, 7819, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8617, 8759, 8902, 9618, 9855, 9954
DISTRICT 5: 644, 873, 2820, 7800, 8243
DISTRICT 7: 1150, 4698, 6044, 7899, 9292, 9872
DISTRICT 8: 472, 4468, 7728, 8209, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9: 1184, 2719, 4667, 7136, 7969, 9343, 9864
DISTRICT 10: 609, 7327, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9274, 9478
DISTRICT 11: 632, 1499, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 9480, 10773
DISTRICT 12: 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611
DISTRICT 13: 2613, 8717, 10295

If any member of a Post or it's Auxiliary visits a sick veteran at home, nursing home, civilian hospital of VA Center, it counts as a hospital visit. Any post member can fill out a report.

Lynn Harris
Hospital Chairman


12. SAFETY:

As of 15 January 2003 the following Post's HAVE NOT submitted Safety Reports for the 2nd half:

DISTRICT 1- 2296, 4856, 6002, 7167, 8629, 9358, 9636
DISTRICT 2 - 993, 4809, 8545
DISTRICT 4 - 622, 2584, 5371, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8617, 8759, 9618, 9855, 9954, 10571
DISTRICT 5 - 644, 873, 2820, 7726, 8243
DISTRICT 6 - 484, 1841, 2157, 4165, 4920, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877
DISTRICT 7 - 1150, 2123, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9660, 9872
DISTRICT 8 - 472, 1177, 1811, 4468, 7589, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9 - 1184, 6000, 7136, 7969, 9343, 9864
DISTRICT 10 - 5412, 7916, 8469, 8815
DISTRICT 11 - 632, 1499, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9480, 10773
DISTRICT 12 - 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9830,10310, 10611
DISTRICT 13 - 2044, 2613, 8169, 8717, 10295, 10546, 10574

Vic Weaver
Safety Chairman


13. YOUTH ACTIVITIES:

YOUTH ACTIVITIES WEEKLY REPORT - WEEK ENDING: 24 January 2003

TOTAL PROJECTS REPORTED: 360 TOTAL NO. VOLUNTEERS: 1690
TOTAL HOURS DONATED: 47225 TOTAL MILES DRIVEN: 13814
TOTAL MONIES DONATED: $41871.35 TOTAL POSTS REPORTED 96

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

DISTRICT 1:4856, 6002, 7167, 8629, 9358, 9636
DISTRICT 2: 993, 8545
DISTRICT 4: 622, 637, 2584, 5313, 5371, 7559, 7819, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8617, 8759, 9618, 9855, 10570, 10571
DISTRICT 5: 644, 873, 2820, 7443, 8243
DISTRICT 6: 484, 1264, 2157, 4165, 4920, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805, 9877
DISTRICT 7: 1150, 2123, 4698, 6044, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9646
DISTRICT 8: 472, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9: 1184, 7136, 7969, 9343, 9864
DISTRICT 10: 5412, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9478
DISTRICT 11: 632, 1499, 3136, 4204, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9339, 9480, 10773
DISTRICT 12: 1994, 3782, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9830, 10310, 10611
DISTRICT 13: 2044, 2613, 8169, 8436, 8717, 10295

Don L. Hall
Youth Activities Chairman

14. INSPECTIONS:

The following Post's and District's HAVE NOT been inspected as 22 January 2003.

DISTRICT 6: 1264
DISTRICT 7: 621, 9872
DISTRICT 8: 472, 1177, 4468, 8208, 9865, DISTRICT 8
DISTRICT 11: 7814
DISTRICT 13: 8717, 10295

State Inspector
Ed Cluney


15. ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE:

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

  1. Recycling of papers, metals, glass, plastics and chemicals.
  2. Removal of rubbish and trash from roadsides and remote areas.
  3. Removal of abandoned and obsolete buildings and structures (with owner's permission).
  4. Removal of fallen, dead or diseased trees.
  5. Planting of trees and shrubs to provide shelter, fuel and habitat.
  6. Set out feeding stations to attract Bluebirds and songbirds.

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

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

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

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


16. BOY SCOUTS:

Scouting Team members who successfully found entrants: Terry Bohlinger, Lowell Flickinger, Doug Horn, Eagle Scout STEVEN R. YARBROUGH has been selected as Virginia's Eagle Scout of the Year. Steven was sponsored by Post 9478 of Sterling, Virginia, and is the District 10 Eagle Scout of the Year. Steven will receive a $500 award from the Department and his application is being forwarded to VFW Headquarters for participation in the National VFW Eagle Scout of the Year judging. Congratulations Steven, Post 9478 and District 10.

The focus on the Eagle Scout of the Year effort has been a success for 2002. We selected our winner from five entries submitted by Districts 1, 4, 7, 8 and 10. A plaque suitable for presentation to each District Eagle Scout winner was provided to the District Commanders who should arrange for an engraved plate to be attached.

Thanks for the support of District Commanders and Virginia Mark Lucitt, Stu Sanford, Mike Ford and of course my fellow team leader Ron Knowles for making the program happen. Thanks to all of our team for working on the Scouting effort. Our team of 15 members within the state has been working hard to publicize the program. Our focus in 2003 is again to increase the number of Eagle applicants and accomplish additional Scouting support efforts that will enhance community support and recognize the VFW and Scouting program as partners.

Stan Hunter
Boy Scout Chairman


17. CONDOLENCES:

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family and many friends of Past Department Commander James L. Booth.


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