GENERAL ORDERS


VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 1
UNITED FOR SERVICE TO AMERICA

July 1, 2003



  1. At the 81st Annual State Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Virginia, held in Richmond, Virginia, June 19-22, 2003, I, Peter M. Snelling, being duly elected and installed as State Commander in Accordance with Article V, Section 517 of the National By-Laws, do hereby assume Commander.


  2. All previous appointments are hereby declared vacant as of June 22, 2003, except those set forth in the By-Laws.

  3. Commander Peter M. Snelling, Post 2157
    Senior Vice Commander Tom W. Hines, Post 7166
    Junior Vice Commander Daniel D. Boyer, Post 7726
    Adjutant/Quartermaster Kim A. DeShano, Post 392
    Judge Advocate Charles D. Crouch, Post 3150
    Surgeon Jimmy Lee Wallace
    Chaplain Edward L. Powers
    Chief-of-Staff E. Ray Chappell, Post 1115
    Assistant Chief-of-Staff Wesley H. Dixon, Post 9696
    Harold H. Worrell, Sr.
    John Edwards, Post 8545
    William R. Shifflett, Post 9292
    Inspector Henry E. Cluney, Post 4809
    Past Department Commander Lawrence F. Mattera, Post 5500
    Historian Herbert W. Goodrich, Post 7166
    Service Officer Fred Fralin, Post 4522
    Assist. Service Officer All Agents of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Commonwealth of Virginia
    Civil Service & Employment James F. Werner, Post 632
    Environmental Ernest B. Glynn, Post 7327
    Legislative John P. McAnaw, Post 8469
    Resolutions John P. McAnaw, Post 8469
    Parliamentarian Charles B. Wilkerson, Post 9808
    Graves Registrar Edward L. Powers, Post 392
    Sergeant-at-Arms Melvin Webb, Post 1115
    Guard Melvin Webb, Post 1115
    Captain Honor Guard George E. McCracken, Post 609
    Commander District 1 Harold J. Roesch, II, Post 3219
    Commander District 2 John Edwards, Post 8545
    Commander District 3 Victor A. Weaver, Post 9808
    Commander District 4 Ramon J. Stafford, Post 2163
    Commander District 5 Rex Faris, Post 8467
    Commander District 6 Berkley Simmons, Jr., Post 4920
    Commander District 7 Charles E. Harris, Post 6044
    Commander District 8 Johnny Baker, Post 3103
    Commander District 9 James D. Haulsee, Post 4667
    Commander District 10 W. J. Leonard, Post 7327
    Commander District 11 Eugene Chavis, Post 10826
    Commander District 12 Kenneth Suthard, Post 6975
    Commander District 13 Charles W. Hughes, Jr., Post 8947


  4. COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN:
  5. Advisory Lawrence F. Mattera, Post 5500
    Audit Thomas Gimble, Post 1503
    Awards & Citations Leon J. Fields, Post 4522
    Buddy Poppies Kim A. De Shano, Post 392
    Budget & Finance Paul T. Moore, Post 4491
    By-Laws Charles D. Crouch, Post 3150
    Community Activities Daniel D. Boyer, Jr., Post 7726
    Council of Admin/Conv Meetings E. Ray Chappell, Post 1115
    Credentials John S. Nealey, Post 7589
    Dept Headquarters/Property Harry C. Huff, Post 2216
    Disaster Relief Waynard E. Caldwell, Post 4522
    Eagle Scout/Scouting Curtis S. Hunter, Post 1503
    Fund Raisers Kim A. De Shano, Post 392
    Homecoming Joseph O. Longstreet, Post 3219
    Homeless Veterans Leon J. Fields, Post 4522
    Hospital Jimmy Lee Wallace, Post 1503
    Hospitality/Refreshments Joseph O. Longstreet, Post 3219
    Loyalty Day Roger Webb, Post 8356
    Membership/Life Membership Tom W. Hines, Post 7166
    Military Assistance Program John King, Post 5500
    National Convention Patriotic Rally George E. McCracken, Post 609
    Officer-of-the-Day Ninevah A. Carter, Post 6002
    Patriot's Pen Donald L. Hall, Post 2216
    Political Action Committee James W. Rickard, Post 6002
    POW/MIA Coordinator Charles D. Crouch, Post 3150
    Public Relations Officer Michael T. Hall, Post 2216
    Teachers Recognition Donald L. Hall, Post 2216
    Time & Place Clarence Clements, Post 2239
    VA Cottage & Natl. Home Wirt C. Alvis, Jr., Post 9808
    Voice of Democracy Earle P. Weekley, Jr., Post 8644
    Welfare Service Fred Fralin, Post 4522


  6. COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
  7. Advisory Gerald E. Jonas, Post 1811
    All Past Department Commanders
    Americanism J. Gary Wagner, Post 3150
    Deputy Chief-of-Staff Paul G. DeMaris, Post 622
    Audit M. Conrad Agresti, III, Post 3150
    C. Lee Willoughby, Post 1503
    Gary D. Dressel, Post 1503
    Awards & Citations Charles D. Crouch, Post 3150
    Roger Webb, Post 8356
    John S. Nealey, Post 7589
    William Vigar, Post 632
    Andrea Czeck, Post 7916
    Conrad Yetter, Post 993
    Budget & Finance Bobby R. Walls, Post 176
    Christopher Birch, Post 9760
    John Edwards, Post 8545
    Otis N. Berry, Post 637
    By-Laws James Lee Terry, Post 8467
    J. Gary Wagner, Post 3150
    Council of Admin/Conv Meetings E. Ray Chappell, Post 1115
    Paul T. Moore, Post 4491
    Tom W. Hines, Post 7166
    Daniel D. Boyer, Jr., Post 7726
    John King, Post 5500
    Melvin Weeb, Post 1115
    Credentials Earl E. Harris, Jr., Post 2216
    Roger Webb, Post 8356
    Dept Headquarters/Property Michael T. Hall, Post 2216
    Eugene Chavis, Post 10826
    Eagle Scout/Scouting Ronald Knowles, Post 7589
    Homecoming Dallas W. Proax, Jr., Post 1444
    Homeless Veterans Joanne Fields, Post 4522
    Honor Guard Ronald L. Mills, Post 647
    Howard A. Ahola, Post 993
    Dean Breeding, Post 993
    Douglas S. Hayes, Post 647
    Phillip L. Hewitt, Post 9808
    Melvin Webb, Post 1115
    Herbert DeGroft, Post 8545
    Oscar K. Creasy, Post 3103
    Fred L. Wolking, Post 2163
    Hospitality/Refreshments Daniel D. Boyer, Jr., Post 7726
    Earl E. Harris, Jr., Post 2216
    Harold J. Roesch, II, Post 3219
    Legislative Ernest B. Glynn, Post 7327
    Waynard E. Caldwell, Post 4522
    Earl E. Harris, Jr., Post 2216
    Clarence Clements, Post 2239
    John King, Post 5500
    Charles A. Pulley, Post 622
    Kenneth A. Ward, Post 7327
    Edward Essertier, Post 8469
    J. B. Young, Post 7327
    Membership/Life Membership Joseph K. Baldwin, Post 7059
    All Past Department Commanders
    All District Commanders
    Daniel D. Boyer, Jr.
    Tom W. Hines, Post 7166
    Lawrence F. Mattera, Post 5500
    Jimmy Lee Wallace, Post 1503
    Parliamentarian Eugene Wiseman, Post 632
    Patriot's Pen Eugene Chavis, Post 10826
    Frances Hall, Post 2216
    POW/MIA Eugene Chavis, Post 10826
    Ramon Stafford, Post 7059
    Public Relations Donald Trausneck, Post 1115
    William Crutchfield, Post 1444
    Joe Martin, Post 1827
    Johnny Baker, Post 3103
    Resolutions Edward Essertier, Post 8469
    J. B. Young, Post 7327
    Teachers Recognition Eugene Chavis, Post 10826
    Sandra Baker, Post 9760
    Time & Place E. Ray Chappell, Post 1115
    William Vigar, Post 632
    Voice of Democracy Christopher Birch, Post 9760
    Jeanne Gibadlo, Post 3150


  8. VAMC HOSPITAL REPRESENTATIVES:
  9. Hampton DeputyHampton Deputy
    Virginia Veterans Care Center Frank H. Powell, Post 4522
    Deputy James F. Werner, Post 632
    Hampton Representative Wayne P. Pierce, Post 4809
    Hampton Deputy Charles G. Bohlinger, III, Post 824
    Donald Bunch, Post 9382
    James R. Maley, Sr., Post 176
    Martinsburg Assoc. Repr.
    McGuire Representative Clarence E. Clements, Post 2239
    McGuire Deputy Lloyd R. Davis, Jr., Post 10654
    McGuire Deputy James D. Rose, Post 9808
    Mountain Home Assoc. Repr. Emory H. Sykes, Post 6975
    Mountain Home Deputy Kenneth Suthard, Post 6975
    Salem Representative Percy N. Bolton, Post 1841
    Salem Deputy Waynard E. Caldwell, Post 4522
    Salem Deputy Guy S. Clifton Post 484
    Washington DC Assoc. Repr. William F. Carbin, Post 609


  10. LADIES AUXILIARY:
  11. President Ines S. Kerch
    Secretary Kathleen Birch
    Treasurer Mary Richards


  12. STATE COMMANDERS MESSAGE:
  13. Comrades, as I assume the elected position of Commander, Department of Virginia, I want to thank each of you for the confidence you have placed in me. I pledge to the members of our great organization that I will give 110% to the position. I will lead our department with a firm but fair hand. You can be assured that the will of our members will dictate how this department functions.

    The Department corrected many problems during the last year, but, we have a long way to go. We still have lots of work to accomplish. No individual can complete all that is required. We, the Council Of Administration, need the help of each member. We ask that each of you assist your Post, your District and the Department.

    The Departments number one priority is membership. Without members our organization will cease to exist. I ask that each of you sign up at least one new or reinstated member during this year. If each comrade helps, the Department can again return to 100% plus in membership. Each Post provides many services to their community. You should take the time to do the paperwork. Report all the great work you accomplish. I know that many of you do not care who gets the credit, but, it is time for each of you to "toot" your own horn. You do the work. TAKE THE CREDIT. The number two priority is Service to the Veterans. I ask each person to take time to help our fellow comrades. Visit them in the Hospitals, Nursing Homes and everywhere they may be. Help them in their search for fair treatment. They need our help and support. Don't forget our active duty, Reserve and National Guard. As they are continuing to protect our freedoms, we as an organization, need to provide assistance to their families and to the troops during deployments.

    Our incoming Commander-In-Chief Ed Banas has a saying that you will hear many times during the year. It is TEAM VFW 2003-04. I have expanded his saying to include TEAM VIRGINIA 2003-04. With your help and the help of our Ladies Auxiliary, I know that the Virginia Team will be the shining star in the East.
    We have lots of work to do, but, please remember to have fun and enjoy life.

    With respect for all,
    Peter (Pete) M. Snelling
    Commander
    Department of Virginia


  14. REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL STATE:
  15. Please Note requirements for the 2003 - 2004 All State Program. Each Post should note the changes. The requirements WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

    All State Judging Points will be given for participation in the programs as outlined below:

    40 Points - For 100% in Membership
    10 Points - For submitting a Community Service Record Book for judging
    5 Points - For participating in the Buddy Poppy Program.
    5 Points - For having the Post Commander or an authorized member attend each District Meeting/Convention. (1 & 1/4 point for each meeting)
    5 Points - For having all four (4) Quarterly Audit Reports on file at Department Headquarters. (1 & 1/4 point for each Audit Report), Reports must be submitted each quarter.
    5 Points - For being credited in the Voice of Democracy Program.
    5 Points - For being credited in the Patriot's Pen Program.
    * 5 Points - For being credited with at least two Hospital Reports
    * 5 Points - For being credited with at least two Americanism Reports
    * 5 Points - For being credited with at least two Community Activities Reports
    * 5 Points - For being credited with at least two Safety Reports
    * 5 Points - For being credited with at least two Youth Activities Reports
    ADDITIONAL POINTS for MEMBERSHIP - When the Post has completed all the above programs, one fifth (1/5) of one (1) point will be assigned for each additional member above 100% (MIPs will count).

  16. GENERAL ORDER CUT OFF DATES:
  17. The new cut off for General Orders is the 25th of the month. NO EXCEPTIONS.


  18. 10. DISTRICT MEETINGS:
  19. FIRST - TBA

    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 - 9-28-03 - Post 1115 HILLSVILLE, Lunch 12:00 Noon, meeting to follow REPRESENTATIVE PETE SNELLING COMMANDER

    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, PDC

    TENTH -9-7-03 -Post 9274 FALLS CHURCH, 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 TO BE ASSIGNED

    POST MEETING CHANGE:

    Please note the July 2003 Regular Post Meeting of VFW Post 1211, Back Bay has been changed to July 10, 2003 6:30 PM at the Knott's Island Ruritan Club. THIS IS NOT A PERMANENT CHANGE. IT APPLIES TO THE JULY 2003 MEETING ONLY. THANK YOU.

    Dennis Dorshimer, Commander
    VFW Post 1211


  20. REPORTS AND FORMS:
  21. 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.


  22. QUARTERLY AUDIT REPORTS:
  23. 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 DUE at State Headquarters.


  24. MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN:
  25. Enclosed in this General Orders is the 2003-2004 Membership Campaign. Also, enclosed is the Individual Recruiting Awards Form for new/reinstated members. All individual recruiting awards must be certified to State Headquarters by the Post Quartermasters no later than May 20, 2004. The names of the individuals recruited, Post Number and the name of the recruiter must be received before any award is given.


  26. 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


  27. SATELLITE TRAINING:
  28. Satellite Training will be conducted on July 26th. The training will start at 11 A.M.. All members are encouraged to attend one of the listed locations. This event is very informative and provides you the opportunity to ask questions of our National Headquarters Staff. There will be a member of the

    Department in attendance at each location. Please notify the Post that you plan to participate at their location. This will help them make arrangements to accommodate all who wish to attend.

    DISTRICT #    LOCATION    ASSIGNMENT
    DISTRICT   1    Attend 3rd District Headquarters or Post 392 Virginia Beach   
    DISTRICT   2     Post 392  Larry Mattera (PDC)
    DISTRICT   3    3rd District Headquarters James Tucker (PDC)
    DISTRICT   4    Post 637 Hopewell Tom Hines (Sr. Vice Cmdr)
    DISTRICT   5    Post 1115 Hillsville Ray Chappell (C-of-S)
    DISTRICT   6    Post 5311 Christiansburg Dan Boyer (Jr Vice Cmdr)
    DISTRICT   7   Attend Post 2216 Staunton   
    DISTRICT   8   Attend Post 7327 Springfield or Post 2216 Staunton   
    DISTRICT   9    Attend Post 5311 Christiansburg or Post 1115 Hillsville   
    DISTRICT 10    Post 7327 Springfield  Jimmy Lee Wallace
    DISTRICT 11    Post 2216 Staunton Doc Crouch
    DISTRICT 12    Attend Post 1115 Hillsville   
    DISTRICT 13    Attend Post 7327 Springfield or Post 2216 Staunton   

  29. 2003-2004 TEACHERS PROGRAM /PATRIOT'S PEN (YOUTH ESSAY):
  30. 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

  31. SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION:
  32. 2003 July 11-13 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $69.00; phone 434-528-2500


  33. FALL COUNCIL MEETINGS:
  34. 2003 September 19-21 Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504; Rates are $69.00; phone 434-528-2500


  35. WINTER COUNCIL MEETINGS:
  36. 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.

  37. STATE CONVENTIONS:

    2004 June 17 - 20 State Convention Sheraton Richmond West

  38. AMERICANISM REPORT:
  39. Congratulations to the 88 posts which completed projects in eight Americanism categories for the year 2002-2003 and which qualified for Americanism certificates. The certificates were to be passed on to your new District Commanders. Each line on the reporting form is regarded as a separate category. Separate Americanism events reported under "Other" and described in the comments field were also considered as different categories.

    Kudos to Posts 621, 824, 1211, 1499, 2447, 2582, 3150, 3160, 5500, 7819, 8228, 9224, 9640, and 10840 for sending in Americanism Reports for the new reporting year starting 1 May 2003. Regular completion reports in the General Orders will resume next month.

    When you complete your reports, please only include events for the time frame you designate. For example, I will not credit you for Veterans Day before it occurs nor when you specify the time frame of 1 May - 31 May. Veterans Day (as you know) is in November. In similar fashion, do not specify 1 May to 31 October and mail your report on July 1st. Make it 1 May - 1 July. Report only what has already occurred.

    See elsewhere in the General Orders for changes to the reporting procedures. In the meantime you may continue to send them to my address on the Americanism Form or to my email at 103636.1543@compuserve.com Include your email address and I will acknowledge receipt of your report.

    With Loyalty Day, Memorial Day, and Flag Day, etc., already behind us, remember to start saving materials (photos, news clippings, etc.) to be used in Americanism books to be submitted for judging next May.

    Check the VFW national webpage (www.vfw.org) for a new poster to replace the "Support Our Troops" poster we have been distributing. The new one has not been placed there as of press time, but will be oriented towards local business support of the returning troops.

    J.Gary Wagner
    Americanism Chairman


  40. HOSPITAL COMMITTEE REPORT:
  41. The first-half reporting began on May 1, 2003. Only 18 Posts have submitted a Hospital Report to-date. All Posts in the Department of Virginia are expected to be 100% reported by the cut-off of October 31,
    2003. A reminder that this year all Hospital Reports are to be sent to
    the State Headquarters addressed to:

    Jimmy Lee Wallace
    Department Hospital Committee Chairman
    Veterans of Foreign Wars Virginia Headquarters
    PO Box 2067
    Staunton, Virginia 24402

    All Posts attending the School of Instruction July 11-13, 2003, in Lynchburg, Virginia, are encouraged to bring any Hospital Reports with them. Please remember that we are "Team-Virginia, Team-VFW", and with
    your help, our bedridden and hospitalized veterans will benefit from our visits. Once a visit is completed, DO THE PAPERWORK, and give your Post and your District the credit they have earned and deserve.

    Jimmy Lee Wallace
    Hospital Committee Chairman


  42. ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE:
  43. It has been a real pleasure to serve as your Environmental Committee Chairman this year. 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. Sent them 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

  44. THANK-YOU:
  45. Words can not express the Love and Friendship that I feel for Department of Virginia VFW members and the Ladies Auxiliary for all their acts of kindness that you have showed me during Mike's illness and his death. Thank you for the cards, flowers and monetary donations that were sent or given at the fund raisers that was held in Mike's honor to help pay for his trip home to Norfolk. With your help Mike was able to spend his last days with his family and friends. All of you will always have a special place in my heart and my family. I will continue to work for the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Ladies Auxiliaries programs to honor Mike and what he truly believed in. May God Bless each and everyone of you.

    Love,
    Jean Hoiness and Family


  46. DISTINGUISHED BANQUETS TICKETS:

    NATIONAL CONVENTION
    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
    AUGUST 23 - 29, 2003

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    $____________

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    Make Checks Payable to: Department of Virginia, VFW
    P O Box 2067
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    DEADLINE TO STATE HEADQUARTERS IS JULY 25, 2003


    Official: By Order of:
    Kim A. DeShano Peter M. Snelling
    State Adjutant State Commander
    Minutes of June 19, 2003 Council of Administration Meeting
    Minutes of June 22, 2003 Council of Administration Meeting
    2003-2004 Membership Awards Programs
    Authorized Provider Partnership Program (AP3)