The Vietnam Veterans of America will conduct its
election of all National Officer and Board positions during the 12th National
Convention. This convention will be held from August 9-14, 2005, in Reno,
POSITIONS OPEN FOR ELECTION
VVA National 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].
TERM OF OFFICE
All National 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.
Candidates 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
Candidates 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 Wit: “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 (12) 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
Candidates for Regional Board positions must reside within the region they wish
Candidates submitted Letters of Intent to the VVA
Election Committee by March 31. Any Letter of Intent that did not meet the
postmark requirement or was sent to any other address will be considered invalid
and will not be accepted by the Nominating Committee.
Those who 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 Election
Committee at the Convention. Any violation of the above will result in
The Election Committee will mail Candidate’s
Packets to candidates who have submitted Letters of Intent. To avoid possible
loss or destruction of these packets, they will be sent via “Certified
Mail-Return Receipt Requested.”
These 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 Election Committee. NOTE: The
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.
CONDUCT OF CAMPAIGNS
Candidates 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
Candidates 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
Candidates may not solicit or accept any campaign
endorsement from VVA, any VVA State Council, Chapter, or VVA newsletters,
newspapers, web, or electronic mail sites.
Candidates 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 sites for the purposes of writing
letters of endorsement.
A candidate’s own web site or electronic mail may
be used to campaign, but the restrictions mentioned above remain in effect.
It is not the wish, nor is it the intention, of
the VVA Election 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.
The rules, instructions, and requirements set
down in this announcement, as well as those that will follow in the Candidate’s
Packet, are 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 Election Committee will cause that candidate to be
disqualified and his or her name removed from the ballot.
The VVA Election 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
MEMBERS OF THE ELECTION COMMITTEE
John Kahler, Chair, Washington, D.C.,
202-416-7721 (work); 832-216-6368 (cell).
Scott DeArmen, Prescott Valley, Arizona.
Jill Mishkel, Portsmouth, Virginia.
Cheryl Nicol, Gig Harbor, Washington.