August 2000/September 2000
By Allen Green, Director of Membership
Our thanks go to all membership chairs who attended the three
membership seminars at the VVA Leadership Conference in Buffalo. Everyone
benefited from the excellent interaction and discussions. The
demonstration of the new database and its capabilities allowed us to show
off the improvements and potential we now possess with ACCESS 2000
software. Being able to discuss new and different ways of approaching
membership issues provided each seminar attendee with a better
understanding of the VVA and AVVA membership process.
Kudos to Charlie Montgomery, VVA national Membership Chair, and the
AVVA national Membership Chair, Nancy Montgomery, for their superhuman
efforts in preparing the seminar handouts. Each attendee received a
comprehensive packet of information and sample forms.
These identify all the pertinent membership forms and provide
instructions on their use. We have extra copies for chapters and state
council membership chairs who did not attend. If your chapter or state
council would like a packet, please e-mail your request to VVA National email@example.com
or call 1-800-882-1316, extension 133.
The VVA and AVVA membership-renewal season begins next month. However,
since we now use the anniversary date for renewals, VVA and AVVA have
changed some of the procedures.
Although a majority of members still have expiration dates of February
28, 2001, there are many with dates between March and September 2001.
Members with expiration dates of March 1, 2001, or later will not receive
a renewal reminder until the second mailing (January 2001). This will
minimize confusion over renewing "early,'' plus reduce the renewal
surge that always occurs in November and December. Check your member
rosters to identify those who fall under these new rules.
Many chapters have received notices that they are tardy in filing their
VVA annual financial reports for March 1, 1999, through February 29, 2000.
These chapters are now suspended. Often reports are late because of
difficulties in gathering necessary documents or receipts. If this is the
case, please let the VVA national office know right away, so we can
annotate your records.
Suspended chapters do not receive dues rebates and will not be able to
participate in the VVA 2001 National Convention.