August 2000/September 2000
Constitution Committee Report
Report on the 2000 Leadership Conference
By Barry Hagge, Chair
At the Leadership Conference in Buffalo, the committee opened the 2001
constitution amendment process with a seminar on the VVA Constitution, how
the amendment process works, how the committee reviews proposed
amendments, and the time lines that will be used for submission of
proposed amendments. Proposed Amendment forms were made available to all
The following time line was discussed with conference attendees:
November 2000 and January 2001 Committee Meetings: The Constitution
Committee will conduct a review of the Constitution to consider
April 3, 2001: Proposed amendments must be postmarked by this date
to be accepted for consideration at the National Convention. All proposed
amendments must be mailed to the Constitution Committee at the VVA
national office. If you are submitting a proposed amendment within ten
days of the submission deadline, the committee strongly urges you to use
registered mail. Proposed amendments postmarked after April 3, 2001, will
not be acted on at the 2001 National Convention.
April 2001: The committee will meet three days before the Board of
Directors meeting to review all proposed amendments and complete its
report to the membership.
June 2, 2001: Final distribution of the committee’s report to all
chapters and state councils. The committee’s report should be reviewed
and discussed at regional meetings prior to the National Convention.
July 31-August 5, 2001: Vietnam Veterans of America’s Tenth
National Convention--Committee hearings and consideration of the proposed
amendments by the full body of convention delegates.
All proposed amendments must be submitted on the Proposed Change to the
It’s worth repeating: All proposed amendments must be postmarked no
later than April 3, 2001, and sent to the attention of the Constitution
Committee. A copy of the form is attached. Forms also are available
through all chapters and state councils.