It's been a long but fruitful year
in Region 8. In the past year VVA has established itself in two
new states, Idaho and Alaska. The Idaho State Council has six
chapters throughout the state; Alaska now has a State Council
Charter. Alaska has three chapters: Wasilla Chapter 891,
Anchorage Chapter 904, and Palmer Chapter 903. It looks as if
Fairbanks and Anchor Point are closing in fast.
Elections were held in Region 8.
The State Presidents are Don McDole in Idaho; Judi Greig in
Oregon; Mike Hampson in Montana; and Jim Pace in Washington.
Since this was Idaho's first convention, Washington invited
Idaho to participate at its convention. It went very well. Idaho
elected officers, wrote bylaws, and set goals for the following
established itself, a funny thing happened. As it turns out, the
majority of Southeastern Idaho veterans use the Salt Lake City,
VAMC. A member from the Rexburg, Idaho, Chapter started putting
up posters and began recruiting members from Utah (Region 9).
The interest in Utah has been so great that Alan Cook, Region 9
Director, and I plan to hold a Region 8/9 conference in Salt
Lake City in February with the hopes of forming chapters in
Region 8 has
come along way in 2002, but we're still missing something: a
Wyoming State Council. My goal in 2003 is to help Wyoming
establish a State Council. With the help of the surrounding
states and the veterans within, I believe it can be done before
the next convention.
in this region made great strides in becoming more viable and
recognizable. The accomplishments were made not by one, but by
many. I want to thank everyone who made the effort to make VVA
the one organization to join. It has been a great honor and
pleasure serving all of you, and I will continue to serve you to
the best of my ability. Let's have a great 2003.