Veterans of America will conduct its election of all National
Officer and Board positions during the 12th National
Convention. The convention will be held August 9-14, 2005, in
POSITIONS OPEN FOR ELECTION
President, VVA National Vice President, VVA National
Secretary, VVA National Treasurer, VVA National Board Of
Directors (At-large) [All Ten Seats], VVA National Board Of
Directors (Regional) [All Nine Seats].
Officer and National Board positions are for terms of two
years, beginning at the close of the 2005 National Convention,
through the close of the 2007 Convention.
for all positions open for election must be individual members
of VVA in good standing. Candidates for any of the National
Officer positions must meet the requirements to hold office,
as set down in the VVA National Constitution, under Article I,
Section 5, Paragraph A, as revised August 1, 2003.
To Wit: “To
qualify for election... to any of these offices a candidate
must have been an individual member of the Corporation, in
good standing, for a continuous period of (1) not less than
twelve months immediately preceding the opening of the
National Convention at which such candidate seeks election;…
and such candidate must have held a position as an officer or
board member at the National level or as an officer at the
State Council or Chapter level, during any continuous period
of twelve months prior to the date of the opening of the
National Convention at which such candidate seeks election.”
for At-large and Regional Board of Directors must meet the
requirements to hold office as set down in the VVA National
Constitution, Article I, Section 4, Paragraph B (1 and 2) for
Regional Directors and Article I, Section 4, Paragraph B (1
and 3) for At- Large Directors as revised August 1, 2003.
“To qualify for election, a candidate must have been a member
of the Corporation in good standing, for a continuous
period of not less than the twelve months immediately
preceding the opening of the National Convention at which
candidate seeks election.… The candidate must have held an
elected position at the national, state, or chapter level, for
any continuous period of twelve months prior to the date of
the opening of the National Convention.”
for Regional Board positions must reside within the region
they wish to represent.
period this election announcement covers is from October 22,
2004, to March 31, 2005.
prospective candidate must submit a Letter of Intent to the
VVA Elections Committee, providing his or her name, address,
phone number (home and work), and the position he or she is a
prospective candidate may announce and run for only one
to the paragraph entitled “Eligibility,” prospective
candidates for National Officer and Board positions must
include in the Letter of Intent a signed statement that
includes the National, State Council, or Chapter positions
they have held and the dates they held these positions.
Elections Committee began accepting Letters of Intent October
22, 2004, at the following address: VVA ELECTIONS COMMITTEE,
14 W. Deer Park Rd., Apt. A, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.
plan to run for an elected position from the floor at the
Convention cannot distribute any campaign materials or
announce or campaign on any web site, including their own, or
accept any authorized contributions prior to being approved as
a candidate by the Elections Committee at the Convention. Any
violation of the above will result in disqualification.
intent must be postmarked on or before March 31, 2005.
of intent must be sent to the Elections Committee’s
Gaithersburg, Maryland, address.
of intent that does not meet the postmark requirement or is
sent to any other address will be considered invalid and will
not be accepted by the Elections Committee.
Elections Committee will begin mailing Candidate’s Packets to
those prospective candidates who have submitted their Letters
of Intent on January 31, 2005. To avoid possible loss or
destruction of these packets, they will be sent via Certified
Mail-Return Receipt Requested.
packets contain information, instructions, and rules regarding
the conduct of the election process that are of vital
importance to every candidate. Included in these packets will
be some forms. Candidates are required to complete the forms
and return them to the Elections Committee.
Candidate’s Packet will include a Cut-off Date Calendar that
lists events and dates that are very important to each
candidate’s campaign for office. Failure to meet any of the
deadlines will be grounds for disqualification.
may not use the VVA national logo or flag, nor that of any
State Council or Chapter in or on their campaign materials.
Campaign materials are considered to be (but are not limited
to) buttons, pins, brochures, and the like. A photograph
of a candidate wearing his or her VVA National, State Council,
or Chapter lapel pin is acceptable. Additionally, a photograph
of a candidate who is wearing a coat, jacket, shirt, or hat
that has a VVA National, State Council, or Chapter logo on it
also is acceptable.
may not solicit or accept campaign contributions in any form
from VVA, or any VVA State Council or Chapter. Campaign
contributions are considered to be (but are not limited to)
money, paper, envelopes, postage, free printing, free phone
calls, use of web sites, or e-mail.
may not solicit or accept any campaign endorsement from VVA,
any VVA State Council, Chapter, or VVA newsletters,
newspapers, web, or electronic mail sites.
may solicit and accept campaign contributions and endorsements
from any member of VVA, provided that the contributions or
endorsements are not in violation of rules and that any
written endorsements are on the individual’s personal
stationery. It is strictly prohibited for any person to use
VVA National, State Council, or Chapter letterhead stationery,
web, or electronic mail for the purposes of writing letters of
candidate’s own web site or electronic mail may be used to
campaign, but the restrictions mentioned above remain in
It is not
the wish, nor is it the intention, of the VVA Elections
Committee to embroil prospective candidates in unnecessary red
tape in order for them to have their names on the 2005 VVA
National Election Ballot. There are, however, certain steps
that must be followed by all candidates in order to keep the
election process within the guidelines of the VVA National
Constitution and to make the process fair and even.
instructions, and requirements set down in this announcement,
as well as those that will follow in the Candidate’s Packet,
are simple, and easy to read, understand, and follow.
Therefore, the failure of a candidate to play by the
rules or meet the requirements of the VVA National
Constitution and the Elections Committee will cause that
candidate to be disqualified and his or her name removed from
Elections Committee welcomes those members who are about to
step forward and take part in a most important part of VVA:
the election of Officers and Board Members who will guide VVA
for the next two years.
of the 2005 Elections Committee: John Kahler, Chair,
Washington, D.C. 202- 16-7721 (work), 832-216-6368 (cell);
Scott DeArmen, Prescott Valley, Arizona; Jill Mishkel,
Portsmouth, Virginia; Cheryl Nicol, Gig Harbor, Washington