PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT
BY JIM DOYLE, CHAIR
The Public Affairs Committee was
responsible for two workshops at VVA's National Leadership
Conference 2004 in Nashville. The Newsletter Workshop was a
tremendous success under the able leadership of Jim Boyd of
Texas, the newly appointed editor-in-chief of the VVA Press
Boyd fills very large shoes left by VVA Press Club founding
editor-in-chief Ray Truelove, who had to step down for health
reasons. His shoes will never be fully filled, but Jim
stretched them in some places and found them a little
oversized in others. All in all, a wonderful fit.
As editors, the two have been honored with five VVA Newsletter
of the Year awards. Truelove's Florida Recon Report and
Boyd's Texas VVA News have demonstrated outstanding
vision and skill.
Combined, Ray Truelove and Jim Boyd have more time doing ink
and photography than either is willing to admit. We are
fortunate that they have chosen to share their knowledge and
leadership with us.
As editor-in-chief, Boyd supervised the breakdown into teams,
assignments, reporters, fact checkers, editors, proofreaders,
photographers, and a whole newsroom that functioned each day
of the conference from 6:45 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. The final
product came off the press early Friday evening. It was very
well done. Thanks to Jim Boyd for doing such an outstanding
job in motivating and leading the team.
The Get Out The Vote! seminar held Wednesday morning was well
attended and included a spirited but civil exchange of ideas.
We were fortunate to have Medal of Honor recipient Paul
"Buddy" Bucha open the seminar with a talk about the qualities
and requirements of leadership, especially during wartime.
Bucha noted that when you have no one to lead, you have no one
willing to follow.
Former VVA president George Dugginswho looked tanned and
rested and wore his best tropical shirtdiscussed local
efforts aimed at registering voters, and how simple it is.
Both Buchawho was Keynote Speaker at the 11th National
Convention in St. Louisand Duggins exchanged questions,
answers, and ideas with those in attendance.
Thank you all who came to Nashville. I'd like to especially
thank the Tennessee volunteers for their wonderful