The Official Voice of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. ®
An organization chartered by the U.S. Congress
BY MARY MILLER, AVVA
The Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America
congratulates all newly elected Vietnam Veterans of
America officers and members of the Board of Directors.
We look forward to working together in the coming two
years. We accomplished many things in Reno. Our
luncheon was a big success. David Chung, our Keynote
speaker, presented a different outlook on minority
veterans and the problems returning veterans are facing
Leadership seminars were well attended, and we shared
ideas and thoughts. We had 143 registered for the
Leadership Conference. We will be critiquing each
seminar and plan to implement ideas to improve the next
Leadership Conference. One was to have a two-day
Scholarship awards were presented at the luncheon, and
the winners are listed below in Judy Vargo’s column.
Fellowship awards went to the Florida VVA State Council
and Florida AVVA State Association for all the work they
accomplished last year during the multiple hurricanes.
Joyce Koprowski received the Fellowship Award for
spearheading these efforts. Dwayne Sogis from
California, who works daily for veterans and their
families, also received a Fellowship Award.
We need to look ahead to next year’s Biennial Meeting.
Keep in mind the Bylaws Committee’s deadline for
submission of changes to the bylaws. Debby Cleghorn has
put all the criteria for running for national office in
her article, also on this page.
Our 50-50 tickets were drawn and announced on Saturday
morning. The last six numbers are 430928. Please contact
Sonja Holybee at
email@example.com We had the winning number posted
in the lobby of the Convention center all day, but no
one came forward. If not claimed by October 30, the
proceeds will be added to the AVVA Scholarship Fund.
Our Silent Auction made $1,200 for our scholarship.
Project Friendship, with help from AVVA and VVA,
presented a check to Step 2 House for $2,600, along with
material items. Fisher House will receive a check for
$3,000 in October at the Board Meeting. We presented a
DVD player to the Veterans Guest House, a place for
veterans and their families to stay while receiving
treatment from the Reno VAMC. Several items also were
provided to David Mitchell, Washington State Rep, for
the Veterans Home in his state. All the donations have
been put to good use, and AVVA members can be proud of
the hard work they put into the Conference in Reno.
BY JUDITH G. BOLIO, AWARDS COMMITTEE
At the 2005 AVVA Leadership
Conference in Reno, Nevada, the Associates of Vietnam
of America presented four Fellowship Awards. The
awards went to:
The VVA Florida State Council, in recognition
of its rapid response to the needs of Florida’s
veterans, families, and communities during the 2004
The AVVA Florida State Association, in
recognition of its rapid response to the needs of
Florida’s veterans, families, and communities during
the 2004 hurricane season and its volunteerism in the
All Babies and Children (ABC) Program.
Joyce Koprowski, for coordinating the relief
efforts of the AVVA Florida Association, for
organizing the quilt-making project, and for going to
communities no one else would with supplies and
relief. Joyce also was recognized for spearheading the
ABC Program, in which children who were affected by
the 2004 hurricanes received Christmas gifts.
Dwayne Sogis, VVA Chapter 563’s Chaplain and an
AVVA member from Petaluma, California, who goes out
every day to work for his state, community, and
chapter. He has Certificates of Appreciation from the
DAV, Volunteer Program of Sonoma County, Special
Olympics, Senior Services-Nutrition Dining Site
Petaluma People Services Center, and the Salvation
Army Disaster Services Santa Rosa Corps. Sogis was
presented the Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor
BY JUDY VARGO, SCHOLARSHIP
This year the AVVA Better Chance
Scholarship made awards to five students, the
largest number that AVVA has awarded to date. The
committee looks carefully at the applications and
makes certain that each includes all of the required
documents. The awards this year went to:
Michael Cobb, Divide,
Colorado, will be attending Colorado State
University, where he will pursue a career as a
Pennsylvania, will be attending the University of
Kentucky, where she will major in special education.
Pennsylvania, will continue her studies toward a
degree in nursing at West Chester University.
Mazzacone, Hyde Park, New
York, is attending the College of St. Rosa, where
she is working toward a degree in broadcast
Pennsylvania, is attending Duquesne University,
where she is majoring in athletic training.
We wish all of these students good luck in the
pursuit of their dreams and goals.
CLEGHORN, BYLAWS COMMITTEE CHAIR
AVVA bylaws may only be changed at the Biennial
Meeting. The next meeting will be held July 11-16,
2006, in Tucson. All changes must be submitted 120
days prior to the Meeting, March 4, 2006.
Now is the time to look at the bylaws and see if you
feel any changes need to be made. All suggested
changes should be sent to the AVVA, 8605 Cameron
St., Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Attention:
Debby Cleghorn, Chair, AVVA Bylaws Committee.
Associates of Vietnam
Veterans of America, Inc.
Proposed Changes to the Bylaws Form
Must be submitted
no later than 120 prior to Meeting (March 4,
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Committee once approved by the Meeting
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