REGION 7 REPORT
BY ALLEN MANUEL
This year's Leadership Conference
is one of the best I've attended. Everybody had a
chance to attend every seminar. All presenters did excellent
jobs informing and answering questions. The half-day off
helped members clear their minds and gave them time to tour.
My hat goes off to the committee that put the Leadership
Region 7 was represented with 45 members from all four states.
Region 7 has lost several members recently. We lost our former
Regional Director Jim Riggs, who served from 1997-99. We will
always remember him for the service he gave to Region 7. We
also lost Daniel E. Bannan, the Arkansas State Council
chaplain, and Gerald Patton, Jr., Chapter 467 secretary. Our
prayers go to all.
An election was held in our region in June. Our officers are:
Gary Trice, Ark.; Richard
Delong, La.; Nate Washington, Okla.; and Buster Newberry,
Texas. We wish them the
best. Awards were given out for the Region 7 Chapter of Year;
Chapter 467, Ark.;
Chapter 215, La.; Chapter 751, Okla.; and Chapter 923, Texas.
The Region 7 Veteran of
the Year is Dean Reynolds of Chapter 137 in Dallas. He was
given a plaque and an
American flag for his outstanding work.
Texas AVVA has submitted the paperwork to be the first to be
incorporated in Region 7
We wish them the best. Kathy Andras from Louisiana was elected
Region 7 AVVA
Now that the Leadership Conference is over, we must prepare
for the 2005 National
Convention where we will elect national officers. We must work
on getting more new members, while retaining the ones we have
in Region 7.