GENERAL ORDERS


VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 9
SERVICE, HONOR, PRIDE

MARCH 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 and Sisters, many things are about to happen as we embark on the final months of the 2002-2003 year. As we enter into March, we are entering what I call a very important part of the year for it to be called successful.

As many of you know membership is behind from where we were this time last year. Yet, unbelievably we are a lot closer than I had anticipated. Yes, WE DID NOT and WILL NOT pay dues for anyone that is not in need. As stated on my trips around the state, that a membership card is only important to me, if there is a live body attached to the number. For so long we have made our 100% +, but it is my opinion that it has been without actually checking to see if there is a live person with the number. We need bodies to carry out the works of this organization. Our problem as I see it is, we don't have the bodies. Many individuals have just stopped working as they say they are tired, and without doubt, in my mind this is a true statement. We need more people to pickup the torch and run with it to make this department the best it can be.

The clock is ticking for our membership year to end. Even more so is the clock for awards. Look closely at your checklists to see what still needs to be done to make your Post eligible for the "All State Team".

The Senior Vice Commander Peter Snelling will elaborate more on the membership campaign in his article. Therefore, I'll jump down off my soapbox, with these final words on membership, MEMBERSHIP IS EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY!

After speaking with the Adjutant/Quartermaster, I am pleased at the amount of individuals that have responded to the request for tickets to the banquet in DC during the Community Activity/Legislative Conference. The numbers are larger then I have seen before, and I thank all for the support.

For those Posts that only have one meeting a month, nomination of Officers for the ensuing year should be made at your meeting in March, with elections at your April meeting. Please sit back and look at who wants to do the job, and not just hold a position or title. The success of this organization and our Department relies on the membership around the state. And the leadership at all levels.

As voted on at the winter conference, DIRECT DUES is back in this department. The wheels have been put in motion at the request of the Council of Administration to the Senior Vice Commander. See Comrade Snelling's notes below.

In closing, I wish to say once again, the team is in place, and can not help, if not asked!

Lawrence (Larry) Mattera
State Commander

2. MEMBERSHIP:

As of 2/25/03, membership in the Department is 92.80%. This figures includes MIP members. Posts are reminded that the Department needs to be at 96% prior to the end of March. This is the quota set on our Department by the Commander-in-Chief. We need YOUR HELP desperately. This goal is obtainable.

There are several Posts which need a large quantity of members to reach their goal for the year and many Posts that need a very small amount. We ask that all members concentrate on membership. Look at the list of delinquent members. Call them, go visit them, GET THEIR RENEWAL. Ask everyone you see who might be a veteran to join our organization. Remember to check to see if they qualify to be a member of the VFW.

The reduction of quotas (death of life members) and the deaths of many annual comrades has put the Department approximately 1200 members behind our membership level at this time last year. We have a lot to make up for. With your help we can have our Department at 100% plus well before the end of May.

Please keep up all the good work that your Post has accomplished. I remind each Post Commander that the Department is always available to assist you in your recruiting efforts.

Peter (Pete) Snelling
Membership Chairman


3. ADJUTANT/QUARTERMASTER'S COMMENTS:

Items to be published in the General Orders must be in State Headquarters by the 20th of the month before publication. 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. Changes of address or phone numbers within the Department must be submitted in writing or by e-mail.

Audit reports must be signed by at least two trustees before they are submitted to State Headquarters or they will be returned for correction.

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.

Operation Uplink - The days of being able to call Kansas City and receive several hundred calling cards just for asking are no more. Dispensing more than 770,000 cards between September 2002 and February 2003 has depleted the physical supply of cards, and created a significant pending expense. The increased need for cards to support military units being positioned for war in the Middle East and the declining economy make the shortage of cards and funds difficulty to correct.

I will continue to do my best to get cards to support the good works of our posts and auxiliaries but I need your help. When you call to ask for domestic [for use within the United States] cards I need the time and place you intend to dispense them. If it involves a reserve or guard unit I need to know the unit. If you ask for international cards [for use outside the United States] I need to know the general area from which the calls will be places [Caribbean, Africa, southwest Asia, central Russia, etc.]. Even with all this information I may not be able to get as many cards as you want. A few large donations certainly would not hurt.

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 six 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 us or email us at <stateheadquarters@vfw-virginia.com> so we can remove your name from the label file.

NOMINEES NEEDED - We need nominees for OUTSTANDING POST SERVICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR. National Headquarters 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 Wednesday, 30 April 2003.


4. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

FIRST - 5-17-03 Post 3219, PHOEBUS, Meeting at 11:00 AM meal to follow. Representative, Lawrence F. Mattera, State 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 - 5-18-03, Post 8163, Clarksville, meeting 1:00 p.m., meal to follow, Representative, Fred Wolking, State Adjutant/Quartermaster

FIFTH - 5- 03-03, Post 7726, INDEPENDENCE, meal 12:00 NOON, Meeting 1:00 PM, Representative, Dan Boyer, State Surgeon

SIXTH - 5-18-03; Salem Veterans Care Center, Bldg 76-2; Post 4522 will host; meeting 2:00 p.m., meal to follow, Representative, Paul T. Moore, PDC/6th National Council Member

SEVENTH - 3-2-03, FRONT ROYAL POST 1860, Meeting 11:30 a.m. meal to follow, Representative, Michael J. Hoiness, State Junior Vice Commander.

EIGHTH - 5-18-03, FREDERICKSBURG POST 3103, MEETING 1:00 PM, Representative, Peter Snelling, State Senior 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 - 5-18-03, DALE CITY Post 1503, Meeting 1:00 PM, 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 - 3-9-03, SPOTSYLVANIA POST 10546, Meeting 1:00 p.m., meal to follow.


5. ROSTER CHANGES:

Color Guard - Herb DeGroft, 15395 Mill Swamp Road, Smithfield 23430, phone 757-357-6210

Post 5313 - Commander Nathaniel Miller, 100 Viewbank Street, Blackstone 23824, phone 434-292-1793
SVC William G. Johnson, Jr., 4145 East Courthouse Road, Blackstone 23824, phone 434-292-1111
Post 8241 - Commander John S. Krogmann, 9317 Georgetown Pike, Fairfax 22066, phone 703-821-2519
SVC Robert A. Simmons, 6815 Dillon Avenue, McLean 22101, phone 703-821-2519
JVC Daniel F. Carney, 1583 Inlet Court, Reston 20190, phone 703-689-4640
Post 9855 - Commander James C. Williams, 393 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg 24502
SVC William E. Pennix, Jr., Route 2 Box 267, Gladstone 24533
JVC Robert C. Walker, Route 1 Box 66-E, Pamplin 23958
Adjutant George D. Fleshman, Route 5 Box 731-F, Appomattox 24522
QM Robert G. Fleshman Route 1 Box 725, Appomattox 24522

E-Mail Changes: Post 621 - post621@vfw-online.com


6. IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2003-2005:

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

Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW [Calvert and Connecticut], Washington DC, 20008, 202-234- 0700, FAX 202-265-7922

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

Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street NW [Calvert and Connecticut], Washington DC, 20008, 202-234- 0700, FAX 202-265-7922

June 19-22, 2003 State Convention, Richmond; the Sheraton West, 6624 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23230. Rates are $79.00 per night. Telephone 800-325-3535, FAX 804 285 8418.

July 11-13, 2003 State School of Instruction, Lynchburg; Holiday Inn Select, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, 24504. Rates are $69.00 a night; telephone 434-528-2500

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, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, Virginia, 24504. Rates are $69 per night, telephone 434-528-2500

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

January 16-18, 2004 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.

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


7. VOICE OF DEMOCRACY WINNERS:


The following list is re-published to correct typographical errors that crept into last month's information, and got past the proof-reader.

1st Place Lee Hagy Post 3150 Springfield 10th District
2nd Place Nathan Kinder Post 2216 Staunton 11th District
3rd Place Brian Rice Post 4667 Marion 9th District

Earle (Buddy) Weekely
VOD Chairman


8. PATRIOT'S PEN:

Judging of the Patriot's Pen Contest was held on February 2, 2003 at VFW Post 2216. The judging was performed by professional citizens of our community.

The results were as follows:
First Place: Blair T. Robertson, 137 Huntington Place, Waynesboro
Blair was sponsored by VFW Post 2424, District 11, Waynesboro.
Second Place: Anne C. Franklin, 1657 East Orgainsville Road, Skipwith
Anne was sponsored by VFW Post 7059, District 4, Farmville.
Third Place: Kaitlyn Wark, 9560 Winnepeg, Mechanicsville
Kaitlyn was sponsored by VFW Post 9808, District 3, Mechanicsville.

This was a very successful year with twelve of thirteen District's participating. I thank each of you for the work you put into this program and extend my thanks and pride to the contestants who wrote such great essays.

Earl E. Harris, Jr.
Patriot's Pen Chairman


9. LEGISLATIVE:

The 46 day session of the Virginia General Assembly ended on Saturday, 22 February 2003. During this period over 2800 bills and resolutions were reviewed and acted upon. More than half were passed by the House of Delegates and the Senate and will go to Governor Mark Warner for his signature, modification or veto. On 2 April 2003 the General Assembly will reconvene for one day to review what the Governor has done to the bills and resolutions that were passed. The members of the Senate and the House of Delegates will then decide to either approve the amendments offered by the Governor or to override his veto. Only at the end of this one day session will we know what the full impact of legislation will be upon the Veteran community. However, what we do know at this point in time is a matter of concern. The Governor's budget reflects serious under staffing and under funding of the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs. Recent cuts have exacerbated the situation. A significant increase in the number of claims agents is critically needed. Also, legislation introduced to strengthen homeland security has been watered down by several Senate committees. Even an initiative requesting the General Assembly to memorialize the U.S. Congress to increase the Federal burial allowance for Veterans from $300 to $750 was sidetracked by the Senate Rules
Committee. More information will be available for inclusion on the General Orders for April 2003.

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


10. AMERICANISM:

Please use correct form. When you use wrong form, it goes to wrong address and takes additional time -- if ever -- to reach the proper person. Mail the form to the address at the bottom of the form. 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 email your report to me at 103636.1543@compuserve.com or use the on-line report at http://www.vfw392.org/historian.html. One hundred seventy-three Second Half reports have been received from 126 posts.

As of 20 February 2003 the following posts HAVE NOT submitted reports for the second half:

DISTRICT 1 - 4856, 6002, 8629, 9358, 9636
DISTRICT 2 - 8545
DISTRICT 3 - Congratulations 100% reported
DISTRICT 4 - 4411, 5371, 7897, 8048, 8228, 9618, 9954, 10570, 10571
DISTRICT 5 - 644, 873, 2820, 7443, 8243
DISTRICT 6 - 484, 2157, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805
DISTRICT 7 - 1150, 4698, 7899, 8613, 9292
DISTRICT 8 - 472, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9 - Posts not reported: 2719, 4667, 7136, 7969, 9343
DISTRICT 10 - 5412, 7916, 8241, 8469
DISTRICT 11 - 632, 3136, 4204, 4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8479, 9480, 9794, 10773
DISTRICT 12 -1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611, 10673
DISTRICT 13 - 2613, 8697, 8717, 9887, 10295

J.Gary Wagner
Americanism Chairman

11. COMMUNITY ACTIVITY:

The following Post's HAVE NOT submitted Community Activity Reports as of 24 February

DISTRICT 1: 4856, 8629, 9358, 9636
DISTRICT 2: 993, 8545
DISTRICT 3: 8529
DISTRICT 4: 2584, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8902, 9618, 9954, 10570, 10571
DISTRICT 5: 644, 873, 2820, 8243
DISTRICT 6: 484, 2157, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805
DISTRICT 7: 1150, 4698, 7899, 8613, 9292
DISTRICT 8: 472, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9865
DISTRICT 9: 4667, 7136, 9343
DISTRICT 10: 5412, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9274
DISTRICT 11: 632, 1499, 3136, 4204, 4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8479, 9480, 10773
DISTRICT 12: 1994, 4301, 5715, 8652, 9830, 10310, 10611
DISTRICT 13: 8717, 10295

Kenneth Vitale
Community Activities Chairman


12. HOSPITAL:

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

DISTRICT 1: 4856, 8629, 9358, 9636
DISTRICT 4: 7897, 8048, 8446, 9618, 9954
DISTRICT 5: 644, 873, 8243
DISTRICT 6: 484, 2157, 4165, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805
DISTRICT 7: 1150, 4698, 7899, 9292
DISTRICT 8: 472, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9: 4667, 7136, 7969, 9343
DISTRICT 10: 609, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815, 9274
DISTRICT 11: 632, 1499, 3136, 4204, 4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 9480
DISTRICT 12: 1994, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9830, 10298, 10310, 10611
DISTRICT 13: 2613, 8717, 10295

Lynn Harris
Hospital Chairman


13. SAFETY:

As of February 24, 2003 the following Post's HAVE NOT submitted Safety Reports for the 2nd half:

DISTRICT 1- 2296, 4856, 7167, 8629, 9358, 9636
DISTRICT 2 - 993, 8545
DISTRICT 4 - 5371, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8759, 9618, 9954, 10571
DISTRICT 5 - 644, 873, 2820, 8243
DISTRICT 6 - 484, 2157, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805
DISTRICT 7 - 1150, 2123, 4698, 7899, 8613, 9292
DISTRICT 8 - 472, 1177, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9 - 6000, 7136, 7969, 9343
DISTRICT 10 - 5412, 7916, 8469, 8815
DISTRICT 11 - 632, 1499, 3136, 4204, 4989, 7157, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9480, 10773
DISTRICT 12 - 1994, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9830,10310, 10611
DISTRICT 13 - 2044, 2613, 8169, 8717, 10295

Vic Weaver
Safety Chairman


14. YOUTH ACTIVITIES:

YOUTH ACTIVITIES REPORT WEEK ENDING 21 February 2003

TOTAL PROJECTS REPORTED: 462 TOTAL NO. VOLUNTEERS: 1973
TOTAL HOURS DONATED: 48,380.7 TOTAL MILES DRIVEN: 22,678.76
TOTAL MONIES DONATED: $63170.71 TOTAL POSTS REPORTED: 112

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 3: 100% REPORTED
DISTRICT 4: 5313, 5371, 7559, 7897, 8048, 8228, 8446, 8599, 9618, 10570, 10571
DISTRICT 5: 644, 873, 2820, 7443, 8243
DISTRICT 6: 484, 2157, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805
DISTRICT 7: 1150, 2123, 4698, 7899, 8613, 9292, 9646
DISTRICT 8: 472, 4468, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865
DISTRICT 9: 1184, 7136, 7969, 9343
DISTRICT 10: 5412, 7916, 8241, 8469, 8815
DISTRICT 11: 632, 1499, 3136, 4204, 4989, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8479, 9480, 10773
DISTRICT 12: 1994, 5715, 6975, 8652, 9830, 10310, 10611, 10673
DISTRICT 13: 2044, 2613, 8169, 8936, 8697, 8717, 9887, 10295

Don L. Hall
Youth Activities Chairman


15. INSPECTIONS:

The following Post's and District's HAVE NOT been inspected:

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

Ed Cluney
State Inspector


16. 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.

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. Enter details of man hours, money, and materials expended on the Community Service report. Send details and photos to local TV news and radio stations. They are always happy to publicize community improvements.

Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


17. BOY SCOUTS:

The Department Eagle Scout of the Year, Steven Yarbrough, received 4th place in the National VFW judging against 35 other department Eagle Scouts. We are proud that this young man did so well in the competition. He will receive a certificate from the National VFW recognizing this accomplishment. We look forward to a successful Scouting program in 2003 and the opportunity to recognize even more Eagles in the Department. Again thanks to all those who helped make the 2002 program a great success.

Stan Hunter
Boy Scout Chairman

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