GENERAL ORDERS



VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS

DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

NUMBER 5
UNITED FOR SERVICE TO AMERICA

November 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:

I would like to thank everyone who attended the Homecoming party on October 11. The gifts are fantastic and humbly received. I would like to thank the individuals responsible for the gifts and those who were involved in planning and executing the event. But most of all, I really appreciate the comradery expressed by all in attendance.

The first half of the reporting year is over. I hope that everyone who accomplished efforts during this period have remembered to complete the reports and send them to Department Headquarters. The information is required so that the National Report can be completed by the Committee Chairman.

Membership is a little slow. The second notification about renewal was mailed from National during October. The notice should help increase our membership count. Remember that the Department goal is still 103%.


The Department continues to have problems at various Posts. The Council Of Administration will continue to investigate these problems, give recommendations to Post Leaders and take corrective actions to assist the members to maintain control of their organization.


Commander-In-Chief Ed Banas is scheduled to visit the Department of Virginia. A tour, with stops at various Posts is planned from November 12th through November 16th. A copy of the schedule has been distributed to Posts and Districts involved. All VFW members and Ladies Auxiliary members are invited to come to the Post nearest your home to meet and visit with our Chief. If you have any influence with the media, we ask that you encourage their attendance.


I ask that every member of our great organization remember that we are "United for Service to America" and that Team Virginia is a powerful entity which can accomplish any goal that we set.


Respectively,
Pete Snelling
State Commander


2. MEMBERSHIP:

Well Comrades, it's been four months since we started on our objective of reaching 103% Membership for this year. How do you think your District or Post is doing? Seems like most of us need to do a little work.

Only one District has asked for help on a roundup. This will take place in November. I am ready to help anyone as long as it doesn't conflict with commitments that have been made. I have two Shotgun Mailers in hand, one for South Boston and one for Brookneal. Front Royal has also ordered one. Although I will be busy with these, don't hesitate to call for assistance. If I cannot respond I will ask for help from other State Officers.

Please remember to sign up MIPs. They help you this year and don't count against your Quota next year. Don't forget our new and reinstated Quota for this year is 2,599. Good Luck on recruiting.


T. W. Hines
Membership Chairman


3. TRANSMITTAL DEADLINES FOR THE 2003-2004 YEAR:

MONTH DATE/DAY
November November 26 (Wednesday)
December December 30 (Tuesday)
January January 30 (Friday)
February February 27 (Friday)
March March 31 (Wednesday)
April April 30 (Friday)
May May 28 (Friday)
June June 30 (Wednesday)

The official membership close date will be the last business day of each month. All D-27's, cards and money in house on that date will be processed and will appear on the month-end report. Should a holiday fall on the last day of the month, the cutoff will be on the day before. Your continued cooperation in ensuring that all cards are received in a timely fashion will be greatly appreciated.


4. OPERATION UPLINK:

Operation Uplink
Is a unique program that keeps military personnel and hospitalized veterans in touch with their families and loved ones by providing them with a free phone card. Using contributions from supporters like us, Operation Uplink purchases phone cards and distributes them to servicemen and women who are separated from those they care about.
As new threats surface from around the world, military deployments have increased dramatically.
Operation Uplink is at the forefront of responding to the needs of deploying service members. Over 2,000,000 phone cards since 1996 - almost 900,000 in the last 100 days alone. Operation Uplink has always been supported and sustained solely by donations - the majority of which come from VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members.


With the holiday season right around the corner the demand on phone cards will be high. Operation Uplink needs donations to continue to supply our troops and hospitalized veterans with phone cards this holiday season. Let us show that Virginia supports Operation Uplink make a contribution today. Use form attached and send donations to State Headquarters.


Kim A. DeShano
State Adjutant/Quartermaster


5. GENERAL ORDER CUT OFF DATES:

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


6. DISTRICT MEETINGS:

FIRST - 11-23-03 - POST 7167 WARSAW, Lunch 11:00 a.m., Meeting to follow, Representative State Commander Pete Snelling

SECOND - 11-16-03 - POST 392, VIRGINIA BEACH, Breakfast Buffet 9:00a.m. - Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Judge Advocate Doc Crouch

THIRD - 12-13-03 Representative Junior Vice Commander Dan Boyer

FOURTH - 11-9-03 - POST 622 PETERSBURG, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Senior Vice Commander Tom Hines

FIFTH - 11-16-03, POST 8467 MEADOWS OF DAN, Lunch Noon, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Junior Vice Commander Dan Boyer

SIXTH - 11-9-03, SPONSORED BY POST 5895 BUCHANAN AT VA MEDICAL CENTER BLDG 76, Meeting 2:00 p.m., Representative Surgeon Jimmy Lee Wallace

SEVENTH - 12-14-03, POST 9760 BERRYVILLE, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting to follow, Representative Senior Vice Commander Tom Hines

EIGHTH - 11-16-03, POST 7728 REMINGTON, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Commander Pete Snelling

NINTH - TBA, POST 4667 MARION

TENTH - 11-30-03 Representative Junior Vice Commander Dan Boyer

ELEVENTH - 12-14-03, POST 1499 LEXINGTON, Lunch 11:30 a.m., Meeting to follow Representative Commander Pete Snelling

TWELFTH - 1-04-04, POST 1994 ABINGDON, Meeting 11:00 a.m., Representative Commander Pete Snelling

THIRTEENTH - 12-07-03, POST 7638 GORDONSVILLE, Meeting 1:00 p.m., Representative Commander Pete Snelling


7. CHANGES IN THE ROSTER:

PATRIOTIC PEN - Chairman Donald L. Hall's address changed to 702 Moore Street, Staunton 24401

TWELFTH DISTRICT - Commander is Ray Wells, 6228 Josephine Road, Norton 24273, phone 276-679-2096

POST 472 - Adjutant/Quartermaster James R. Jenkins' address is 4992 S. Fort Valley Road, Etlan 22719

POST 824 - Meeting Third Tuesday

POST 637 - Junior Vice Commander is Gary H. Compton, 11313 Tarbay Road, Hopewell 23860, phone 804-541-7338

POST 2719 - Adjutant's name is John D. Hall

POST 7328 - Junior Vice Commander is Ralph A. Frye, 1969 Saltville Highway, Saltville 24370

POST 7814 - Commander is Oliver J. Tate, 31 Arlington Street, Staunton 24401, phone 540-886-9329

POST 7814 - Senior Vice Commander is Walter M. Lewis, 1701 Springhill Road, Staunton 24401, phone 540-885-1787

POST 7814 - Junior Vice Commander is Kenneth H. Vaughn, Route 6 Box 553, Staunton 24401, phone 540-885-1610

POST 7814 - Adjutant is Samual A. Wilson, 607 Hilltop Drive, Staunton 24401, phone 540-886-4185

POST 7814 - Quartermaster is James A. Anderson, 230 Davis Street, Staunton, phone 540-885-7423

POST 8629 - Commander is J. Lang Gilbert, 6175 Clark Street, Chincoteague 23336, phone 757-336-2229

POST 8629 - Senior Vice Commander is James S. Baker, 33357 Mill Dam Road, Wallops 23337, phone 757-824-3759

POST 8629 - Junior Vice Commander is Charles W. Lewis, 3196 Main Street, Chincoteague 23336, phone 757-336-6039

POST 8629 - Adjutant/Quartermaster is Michael T. Doyle, 3353 Ridge Road, Chincoteague 23336, phone757-336-6168

POST 8815 - Meets Fourth Thursday


E-MAIL:

POST 637 Senior Vice Commander Lee Church, Sr. - kykidnva@aol.com

POST 637 Quartermaster Jimmie McIlwain - jimmcilwain@firstaga.com


8. REPORTS AND FORMS:

All 1st Half Reports are due in State Headquarters NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 7, 2003.


9. 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 September 30th which is PAST DUE at State Headquarters.


10. IMPORTANT 2003-2005 DATES:

January 16-18, 2004 State Winter Council Meeting; Clarion Hotel, 500 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185. Rates are $52 per night, telephone 757-220-1410, FAX 757-220-4662

> June 17-20, 2004 State Convention Sheraton Richmond West

July 31, 2004 Satellite Training

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

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


11. PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY:

Lynchburg VFW Post 8184 will host a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Program, Saturday, December 6, 2003 at Moose Lodge #715, - Route 221 - 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the program. We will be reserving a section for Pearl Harbor Survivors. Please feel free to bring any family members or guests. We sincerely hope you can attend and are looking forward to seeing you there.


12. SPECIAL ORDER NO. 180 DATED FEBRUARY 4, 2003:

His eligibility to membership having been questioned under the provisions of Section 108 of the National By-Laws and the veteran having failed to submit proof of campaign medal service which would qualify for membership, it is hereby ordered that the name of Leonard S. Michalowski, Life Membership No. 0788375, be removed from the rolls of Martin-Leppert-Sipes Post No. 9274, Falls Church, Virginia, and his membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States terminated by reason of ineligibility.

By Order Of
Raymond C. Sisk
Commander-in-Chief


13. 2004 COST OF LIVING ALLOWANCE:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released September's inflation data, which finalizes the 2004 cost of living adjustment (COLA) for military retired pay and other federal annuities. The 2004 COLA will be 2.1 percent for military and federal retired pay, VA disability compensation, SBP survivor annuities, Social Security, and other federal programs. The COLA for these programs will be effective December 1st, and will be reflected in checks issues on January 2, 2004.

14. "USS Cole Memorial Wreath-Laying October 12, 2003"

  1. The report on the laying of the wreath for the victims of the USS Cole is submitted.

  2. The annual wreath laying memorial for the victims of the attack on the USS Cole who are laid to rest at Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, Virginia was conducted by the members William T. Allen Memorial Post/Auxiliary No. 5500 on Sunday, October 12, 2003 at 1300 hours. William T. Allen Memorial Post/Auxiliary #5500 accepted the responsibility of placing at the gravesite/marker of LTJG Andrew Triplett and OS2 Timothy Saunders. The members present at this annual historical event are as follows: VFW Post - John W. King-Post Commander, Joseph McClinton - Sr. Vice Commander, William Tucker- Post Service Officer, Dock Whitaker-Past Sr. Vice Commander; VFW Auxiliary - Linda K. King-Auxiliary President and Janet Whitaker-Auxiliary Chaplain.

  3. The Wreath-Laying Memorial commenced in the following manner. At approximately 1320, the members assembled around the gravesite (Grave #6944, Section F, Block 1) of LTJG Andrew Triplett. Comrade Commander King & Madam President Linda King presented words of thanks for serving a grateful nation. Comrade William Tucker read scripture (Psalm 123), then a hand salute commanded by Comrade Commander King. At approximately, 1345, the members assembled at the headstone marker (Grave #MA2-21) of OS2 Timothy Saunders. OS2 Saunders was buried-at-Sea. Again Comrade King and Madam President King delivered words and Sister Janet Whitaker read the scripture (Psalm 123). The Vice Commander Joseph McClinton delivered the prayer for both fallen comrades - the prayer is as follows:

    Most Holy and Glorious Lord God, the Giver of all good gifts and graces: Thou has promised that where two or there are gathered in Thy name, Thou wilt be in the midst of them, and bless them. In Thy name we assemble, most humbly beseeching Thee to bless us in all our undertakings, that we may know and serve Thee aright, and that all our actions may tend to Thy glory, and to our advancement in knowledge and virtue. And we beseech Thee, O Lord God, to bless our present assembling and to illuminate our minds, that we may walk in the light of Thy countenance; and, when the trials of our probationary state are over, may we be admitted as you both have, into the Temple not made with hands,
    eternal in the heavens. Amen!

    The prayer was followed by hand salutes and the ceremony ended.

  4. In addition to the memorial event, attempts were made to contact the family members but were unsuccessful. The numbers provided in the information provided are no longer in use. The pictures of the memorial and the receipts for the wreaths will be sent separate of this report.

In Comradeship,
John W. King
Post Commander
WTAM Post #5500


15. HOSPITAL REPORTS:

As of November 1, 2003, we begin 2nd half reporting. The cut-off will be April 30, 2004. I strongly encourage all Posts to not wait until the last minute to get their respective reports in. The more reports you submit, the better it looks for your Post, your District and the Department. The information gleaned from those reports

gives the Department Commander the ammunition he needs when meeting with our respective State and National legislators in pursuing the goals of the VFW.


The following Posts have not submitted a Hospital Report as of October 13, 2003.

DISTRICT 1: 2296, 4856, 7167, 8629, 9358.
DISTRICT 2: 100% submitted. CONGRATULATIONS.
DISTRICT 3: 100% submitted. CONGRATULATIONS.
DISTRICT 4: 2584, 7897, 8228, 8446, 8599, 8759, 9618.
DISTRICT 5: 647, 873, 1115, 6130, 8243.
DISTRICT 6 484, 1444, 4920, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805.
DISTRICT 7: 1150
DISTRICT 8: 472, 1177, 7728, 8208, 9835, 9865.
DISTRICT 9: 7360, 7969, 9343, 9696, 9864.
DISTRICT 10: 8469, 8815, 9274
DISTRICT 11: 452, 3136, 4204, 4805, 4989, 7157, 7814, 8479, 10773.
DISTRICT 12: 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 10298.
DISTRICT 13: 1827, 2044, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8717, 10295, 10574.

Jimmy Lee Wallace
Hospital Committee Chairman

16. AMERICANISM REPORT:

Two hundred four reports have been received from 132 Posts. Status as of 16 October 2003:
DISTRICT 1 - Posts not reported: 2296, 4856, 7167, 8629, 9358, 9636 (13 posts in district)(55% Reported)
DISTRICT 2 - Posts not reported: 100% Reported
DISTRICT 3 - Posts not reported: 394 (18 posts) (95% Reported)
DISTRICT 4 - Posts not reported: 637, 2584, 7897, 8599, 9618 (23 posts) (80% Reported)
DISTRICT 5 - Posts not reported: 873, 6130, 8243 (12 posts) (75% Reported)
DISTRICT 6 - Posts not reported: 484, 1444, 1841, 4165, 4920, 5311, 7854, 8184, 9805 (19 posts) (50% Reported)
DISTRICT 7 - Posts not reported: 1150 (13 posts) (90% Reported)
DISTRICT 8 - Posts not reported: 472, 1177, 8208, 9835, 9865 (11 posts)(55% Reported)
DISTRICT 9 - Posts not reported: 2719, 7969, 9343, 9864 (13 posts) (70% Reported)
DISTRICT 10 - Posts not reported: 7327, 8469, 9274 (11 posts) (70% Reported)
DISTRICT 11 - Posts not reported: 4204, 4989, 7157, 8479, 10773 (21 posts) (75% Reported)
DISTRICT 12 - Posts not reported: 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 10310, 10298, 10611 (12 posts)
DISTRICT 13 - Posts not reported: 1827, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8717, 10295, 10574 ( 14 posts)


J. Gary Wagner
Vice Chairman for Americanism


17. SAFETY REPORT:

The following Posts have submitted Safety Reports for the 1st half as of October 10, 2003:

District 1 - 176, 824, 960, 3219, 5500, 6002, 8252, 9636
District 2 - 993, 1211, 2582, 2894, 3160, 4411, 4809, 8545, 9382
District 3 - 1426, 2583, 3125, 4639, 6364, 8046, 8356, 8529, 9224, 9501, 9808, 10387, 10654, 10657, 11124
District 4 - 622, 2163, 5313, 5371, 7059, 7166, 7819, 8048, 8163, 8228, 8902, 9855, 10570, 10571
District 5 - 647, 4637, 7568, 7726, 7800, 8467
District 6 - 776, 2157, 4299, 4318, 4491, 4522, 5895, 9760, 9877
District 7 - 621, 1860, 2447, 4698, 6044, 8613, 9760, 9872
District 8 - 1811, 2524, 3103, 4468, 7589, 7728
District 9 - 956, 1184, 4667, 7136, 7328, 7360, 9640
District 10 - 1503, 3150, 5412, 7327, 7916, 8241, 8815
District 11 - 452, 632, 1499, 2216, 2424, 3060, 3136, 4805, 7578, 7701, 7814, 8279, 8644, 9339, 9480, 10826

District 12 - 1994, 9600, 9830
District 13 - 2217, 8947, 10546

Please use the new Safety Report forms and mail all reports to Department Headquarters. Team VFW, Team Virginia!


Rex Faris
Safety Vice-Chairman


18. COMMUNITY ACTIVITY REPORT:

Post's which have not submitted Community Activity Reports for 2003-2004 as of October 16, 2003.

DISTRICT 1 - 960, 2296, 4856, 7167, 8629, 9358, 9636
DISTRICT 2 - 100% Reported
DISTRICT 3 - 394
DISTRICT 4 - 637, 2584, 7987, 8228, 8599, 9618
DISTRICT 5 - 873, 2820, 6130, 8243, 10840
DISTRICT 6 - 484, 1033, 1444, 1841, 4165, 4920, 7854, 8184, 9805
DISTRICT 7 - 1150, 2123
DISTRICT 8 - 472, 1177, 8208, 9865
DISTRICT 9 - 2719, 7969, 9343, 9864
DISTRICT 10 - 7327, 8469, 8815
DISTRICT 11 - 3136, 4204, 4989, 7157, 8279, 8479, 10773
DISTRICT 12 - 1994, 3782, 4301, 5715, 8652, 9600, 10298, 10611
DISTRICT 13 - 1827, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8717, 10295, 10574

Lynn Harris
Community Activity Vice-Chairman


19. YOUTH ACTIVITY REPORT:

We are getting close to the end of the first half for reporting. There are still posts that I know that have completed a youth activity, but has not reported it; you receive no credit if you don't report. I continue to receive reports on the wrong form and some with no post number or district number, please take that extra minute to check your forms prior to mailing them, I cannot give you credit if I do not know who submitted them. I have credited posts even if they are on the wrong form, but they need to be done correctly, these forms can be found on line on the states web page. I receive phone calls telling me that a post has submitted their reports, there is about a two-week delay before the state updates the site, your report goes to state, then they send it to me, and I turn around and send back a report to the state. Please remain patient, if you see that your post has not receive credit, and it has been some time since you reported, feel free to call me and I can verify your information with the state QM. Congratulations to District 2, they have 100% in reporting their youth activities.

The following posts have NOT reported youth activities.

District 1: 2296, 7167, 8629, 9358
District 2: 100%
District 3: 394, 2239
District 4: 637, 2584, 7897, 8048, 8599, 8617, 8902, 9618
District 5: 873, 2820, 6130, 8243, 10840
District 6: 484, 1264, 1444, 1841, 4165, 4920, 7854, 8184, 9805
District 7: 1150, 2123, 9292
District 8: 472, 1177, 8208, 9865
District 9: 2719, 6000, 7969, 9343, 9864
District 10: 609, 8469, 8815, 9274
District 11: 452, 4204, 4989, 7157, 7701, 7814, 8479, 10773
District 12: 3782, 4301, 5715, 6975, 8652, 10298, 10310, 10611
District 13: 1827, 2044, 2613, 7638, 8169, 8436, 8717, 10295, 10574


Yours in Comradeship
Jim Martin
Youth Activities Chairman


20. 2003-2004 PATRIOT'S PEN (YOUTH ESSAY)/TEACHERS PROGRAM:

Patriot's Pen Deadlines

Theme: "MY DREAM FOR AMERICA"

Student Entry Due: 1 November 2003
Post Judging Due: 15 November 2003
District Judging Due: 1 December 2003
Department Judging: 12 December
Department Winner to National By: 15 January 2004
Department Report Due to National By: 31 January 2004

Teacher's Award Deadlines:

Nominations Due to Posts: 1 November 2003
Post Judging Completed By: 15 November 2003
District Judging Completed By: 15 December 2003
Department Judging Due: 3 January 2004 ALL NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED AT STATE HEADQUARTERS BEFORE 5:00 P.M., 2 JANUARY 2004 NO EXCEPTIONS!!
Department Judging Completed By: 10 January 2004
Due at National: 15 January 2004

All Posts should have contacted their schools, Scout Troops, etc. and begun their follow up. All schools received their materials from National in June. All District Commanders are reminded to send me the names, addresses and phone numbers of their District Chairmen for both programs. I need this information as soon as possible.

Donald L. Hall, Department Chairman
702 Moore Street
Staunton, VA 24401
E-mail:dhallvfw@hotmail.com or dlhall@ntelos.net

21. 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.

Voice of Democracy Department Awards:

1st Place Winner Will receive $1,000.00 and expected to attend the State Convention Joint Session to be held in Richmond to read their entry and receive this award.
2nd Place Winner Will receive $600.00
3rd Place Winner Will receive $400.00

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. Weekley
Voice of Democracy Chairman


22. ENVIRONMENTAL:


The Goal of the Virginia VFW Program is to make Virginia a better place to live, visit, work, raise our children and retire. Considering that Virginia is a large state with 43,000 square miles and a population of 7.08 million and about 170,000 veterans we can readily see that this is a monumental task. Virginia has oceans, beaches, parks and historic sites and battlefields going back more than 500 years, we have much work to do. Presently in the aftermath of Tornado Isabel we find many otherwise beautiful areas in need of immediate attention. For instance the city of Richmond reports that they must replace 10,000 trees at a cost of $175 each. These will be needed to replace those lost by maturity disease fire, lighting and development. Virginia has a growing population as opposed to other states where movement is back to the city. Major military and naval bases like the Pentagon, Fort Belvoir, Quantico, For Eustis, Norfolk Naval Base and Newport News Shipyard all attract new residents continually. In time of war, Virginia is the jumping off place for many military operations. Agricultural operations continue to supply much of the food need for these large operations. Paper making and furniture making are constantly in need of craftsmen. Historic sites attract an increasing number of out of state visitors every year. Our oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams need constant protection against contamination and pollutants of all kinds. Our roadside must be protected from erosion. We must be on the alert to dispose of every type of waste in a sound manner. We must oppose bringing waste from other regions for disposal. We need to examine every one of our Post areas to see what type of improvement is most needed. Remember, that motivation, manpower, material and equipment are needed for environmental programs. We need to choose one within the constraints of our VFW budget. After that discussions with local rangers, nursery staff, public works officials can offer suggestions. Programs planned by others for your area need to be considered. Keep America Beautiful, Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife Federation all have programs that may assist in participating. Let each help however, they wish. Ask local banks, real estate groups and park people to help if they will, all benefit from environmental improvements. So it comes down to choosing a simple program, setting the date and sending details to local news, radio and TV stations. Ask the ladies to help out with the paperwork. Invite office holders to join in, keep them informed. Define the scope of your program try to reduce it to writing and flyers. On the work day keep VFW applications handing. Invite every volunteer to join VFW if eligible. Help fill out applications and send to National. Good volunteers make good VFW members. Pete needs them to replace those lost by death or out the back door. This will keep Virginia up with the leaders where we belong. Lets get busy and make Virginia a better place for all of us.

Respectfully submitted
Ernest B. Glynn
Environmental Chairman


23. WWII REGISTRY TO HONOR VETERANS:

"The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) is launching a web-based WWII registry to collect names of those who served in the War or contributed to the War effort." "According to Mike Conley, spokesman for the ABMC, prior efforts to gather names for the registry barely scratched the surface. We want to encourage more enrollments so we are making the registry available now, prior to the dedication. The registry is accessible on the National World War II Memorial website (www.wwiimemorial.com/). Toll free number: 1-800-639-4WW2. Anyone can submit and registration is free." "Construction on the site, opposite the Reflecting Pool from the Lincoln Memorial, began in September 2001. The WWII memorial dedication ceremony is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, May 29, 2004, on the National Mall." (From VFW Washington Weekly, July 14, 2003)



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




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ITINERARY FOR COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF ED BANAS' OFFICIAL VISIT
TO THE STATE OF VIRGINIA

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2003

Arrive Meals Depart
Washington (Hotel) Breakfast 9:00 a.m.
Post 1503 Dale City 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Post 1860 Front Royal 1:00 p.m. Lunch 2:30 p.m.
State Headquarters 4:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Post 4522 Vinton 6:00 p.m. Dinner 7:30 p.m.

Stay overnight in Salem Holiday Inn

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2003

Depart Hotel 8:00 a.m.
Post 5311 Christiansburg 8:30 a.m. Breakfast 10:00 a.m.
Post 4667 Marion 11:30 a.m. Lunch 1:00 p.m.
Post 7726 Independence 2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Post 4637 Martinsville 5:00 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Stay in Martinsville Holiday Inn Express

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2003

Depart Hotel Breakfast 8:00 a.m.
National D-Day Memorial (Bedford) 10:00 a.m. Wreath Presentation 10:30 a.m.
Post 7166 South Hill 12:30 p.m. Lunch 2:00 p.m.
Rest Stop
Post 392 Virginia Beach 5:00 p.m. Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Stay overnight in Norfolk Best Western Center Inn

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2003

Depart Hotel 8:00 a.m.
Post 9382 Suffolk 8:30 a.m. Breakfast 10:00 a.m.
Post 3219 Phoebus 11:00 a.m. Lunch 12:30 p.m.
Post 4639 Williamsburg 1:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.
Post 9808 Mechanicsville 3:30 p.m. Dinner 5:00 p.m.

Stay overnight Richmond Holiday Inn-Airport

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2003

Depart Hotel for Airport Richmond 9:00 a.m.

Arrive Times + - 30 minutes





TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA

I am delighted to be able to announce the date of a lecture by Navajo Code Talker Sam Billison. I am grateful to all of you from the VFW who so graciously and generously contributed funds to make this program possible. I encourage all of you to attend Dr. Billison's presentation at noon on November 21. Below is a copy of the schedule for all of the events during the Native Americans Veterans Month at McGuire, which are held in the Multipurpose room. I hope to see many of you throughout the month. Thank you, again, for your support.

Sincerely,
Martha Schulman, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist
Assistant Minority Veterans Coordinator

CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES
Thursday, November 6
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Dream Catcher Workshop

Wednesday, November 12 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Native American Flute and Story Telling Program
Presenter: Carl Running Deer-Tsalagi/Seneca, Native American Flutist and Storyteller, Artisan, Master flute maker

Wednesday, November 19 Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Film: In Search of History, Navajo Code Talkers, A History Channel Documentary
Note: this film will also be shown every weekday afternoon MATV Channel 5 at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, November 21 Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Experiences of a Navajo Code Talker
Presenter: SAM BILLISON, Navajo Code Talker who served with the 5th Marine Division during WWII

Monday, November 24 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
KeyFob and Stone Painting Workshop

Friday, November 28 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Children's Day - A variety of craft projects are available for participants to make with their children and grand children





November 2003

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

          1

Southern Conference

2

Southern Conference

3

State Adj/QM will be out of the office

4 5 6 7 8 9

Fourth and Sixth District Meetings

10 11

Veterans Day State Headquarters Closed

12

Commander-in-Chief Visit

13

Commander-in-Chief Visit

14

Commander-in-Chief Visit

15

Commander-in-Chief Visit

16

Second, Fifth and Eighth District Meetings

17 18 19

Ninth District Roundup

20

Ninth District Roundup

21 22 23

First District Meeting

24 25 26

27

Thanksgiving State Headquarters Closed

28

State Headquarters Closed

29 30

Tenth District Meeting