April 2002/May 2002
BY NANCY SWITZER, PRESIDENT
March 21, AVVA held a full Board of Directors meeting. A lot of
work went into this meeting. I thank the Board for being attentive
to issues and working hard to bring our organization to a high
level. The highlights of the meeting follow:
Board voted to change state structure requirements on the
petitions. In states with 50 to 100 regular members, a simple
majority is required. In states with 101 or more regular members,
only 50 signatures are required. A state must have no less than
50 regular members to form a State Association.
Board gave Valerie Mann approval to seek funding for a project
with the National Flag Foundation and Time magazine. Vice
President Mary Miller and I have been meeting with the Foundation
in Pittsburgh to work on teaching our children respect for the
flag and patriotism. Time magazine's Time for Kids
put in a proposal to AVVA. Their distribution is 750,000,
including over 30,000 teachers nationwide. If we can receive the
funding, this program will be kicked off on September 11-
Patriot's Day - in Washington, D.C. AVVA will have a booth at the
National Children's Museum.
Paper Safe will be reprinted. Valerie Mann also will seek
corporate sponsorships. Every VVA and AVVA member will receive a
Margaret Wojciechowicz presented the 2002 Legislative Agenda for
AVVA. It passed unanimously. Soon the state Reps and chapters
will be receiving these through the VVA chapter mailing and our
premier issue of our newsletter is out, and it's outstanding.
Suzanne Webber Blohm has done a marvelous job. Anyone can
contribute to this newsletter. It is on our web site, so please
take the time to look it over.
Board passed the Fiscal Year 2003 budget. Nancy Montgomery and the
Finance Committee team did an outstanding job. We are continuing
our Homeless Grant Program. We will be sending this grant
proposal out to all chapters. We have also allocated one dollar
per member and two dollars per life member to be given back to the
states. There will be a policy and procedure made up by the
finance team for distribution to the states. The AVVA Board also
authorized the payment of each State Rep's registration fee of $85
to the Biennial Meeting/Leadership Conference.
membership has increased since last year. We have 6,970 members as
of March 21. We are doing great. Marcia Hicks proposed and the
Board passed a Membership Discount of two years for the price of
one for every new member who joins between April 1 and August 31,
and a $25 discount on life membership in August. If you have any
questions regarding AVVA membership, please contact: Marcia
Hicks, AVVA Membership Chair,
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Marcia, thank you for the outstanding
work you do in membership.
Board approved funding for the second Biennial Meeting. The
meeting will be held on the Thursday of the Leadership Conference,
with elections in the afternoon. The AVVA breakfast will be on
Friday morning with the installation of the new Board. We will be
hosting a dance on Thursday night.
will be having a spiritual night during the conference to remember
and honor those who have passed. We will be allowing all at the
conference and biennial meeting to participate. I have asked Patsy
Varnell to spearhead this event. This year, the AVVA/VVA Project
Friendship will be helping Sons and Daughters and the Esperanza En
Escalante, a homeless residence program in Tucson. Dee Hagge and I
will be holding a “Coping Skills for Loving Your Vietnam Veteran”
seminar - a six-week program for spouses and significant others.
The election committee is gearing up for the elections in August,
so please get the information to Kathi Tauer.
Yeomans presented to the Board a comparison report from the
Long-range Planning Committee. This paper compared the Board's
goals with the goals that were set at the AVVA convention last
year. The AVVA Board is on target. This report can be seen on the
AVVA web site. I would also like to congratulate Mary on being
nominated by Charles Figley for the Golden Key International Honor
Society Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award. This August, Mary
will be participating in a program of the Florida State University
to study Social Work in Europe.
Those are just a few things that were touched upon at our meeting.
Our Board as a team is accomplishing great things, and I thank
them all for their hard work.
always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.