Another new year has begun, and
with that, a new Project Friendship. In Reno during our
conference we will be collecting for the Fisher Houses. The
houses are located around the country near military
hospitals and offer housing for families of service people
while their loved ones are being cared for. The Fisher House
Foundation is in need of funds and airline miles. American
Airlines, Delta Airlines, Independence Air, Northwest
Airlines, Southwest, and U.S. Airways allow one to donate
air miles for families to reach their loved ones.
Reno, AVVA will also be collecting for transitional housing
for women and families in recovery. Many items are needed,
and financial contributions are welcome. Please make checks
Project Friendship, with the name of the project in the
memo line. Checks will be collected by Sonja Holybee, AVVA
Treasurer. Direct your questions regarding Project
Friendship to Sonya at
will be held for State Presidents and State Representatives
between January and June. Affiliated Chapter Representatives
also will be elected in April. Affiliated Chapter
Representatives may be elected every one or two years to
correspond with the affiliated VVA chapter. Contact your
or Kathy Andras if you have any questions regarding
like to remind everyone that homeless grants are available.
Grant forms are on our web site. Nancy Montgomery is chair
of the homeless grants program. Contact Nancy at
2005 AVVA Annual Fellowship Award
BY JUDY BOLIO
It is again time
to consider nominations for the Fellowship Award to be
presented at the AVVA Leadership Conference in Reno in
August. Past recipients were recognized for their work for
veterans and their country. We in AVVA want the Fellowship
Award to remain a prestigious honor. Honorees who have
received the Fellowship Award in the past three years are:
Marge and Loren Herrick
John Kahler and Lynda Greene
Nancy and Charlie Montgomery
The award goes to individuals who go one step beyond. The
requirements for nominations are:
1. Applicant must be a
current member in good standing of AVVA with no pending
2. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 10.
3. Applications must include a report of no less than one
page, but no more than two pages, describing the
individual’s attributes and accomplishments.
4. Application must include documents or articles that
reinforce your submission.
5. The Awards Committee is responsible for the selections.
All submissions will remain the sole property of the
Awards Committee until the AVVA Leadership Conference is
closed, at which time submissions will be stored at the
national office in Silver Spring, Maryland.
6. Submissions should be sent to:
Awards Committee Chair
Silvis, IL 61282-1809