Our National Convention is over, and now that the delegates have
elected new officers, it is time for the healing process to
start and for us to move on. Region 7 had 69 delegates, a great
turnout for us. I would like to thank all of our members who
stepped to the plate to run for office.
The election process moved very fast;
we didnít have to stand in line very long to vote. The Election
Committee did a wonderful job with the voting process. I hope it
can continue at future conventions. We all need to work with our
new officers and the new Board of Directors to make things
better for VVA and the membership in the next two years.
President John Rowan has a big job ahead of him, but if we all
work together, we can make VVA a very strong VSO.
I would like to thank Region 7 for
electing me to my fourth term. I will continue visiting all
State Council meetings as I have done in the past and finding
ways to improve our region. In the next two years I will give an
award to the Region 7 Pointman of the Year in each state. It is
time we recognize our members for their work.
Chapter 751 of Lawton, Oklahoma, has
done a great job this year, holding a Welcome Home for all the
soldiers returning from Iraq. In May, the Arkansas National
Guard had a big Welcome Home for their troops in Little Rock and
asked Chapter 751 to attend. The chapter was recognized for all
its hard work. This was a great honor for the chapter. Region 7
is proud of you.
Chapter 278 did an excellent job
holding the Region 7 Conference in Texarkana, Texas, in July. We
heard from seven candidates running for National Office. Awards
were given at the banquet. The Region 7 Veteran of the Year
award went to Robbie Robbins of Chapter 751. The following
received the Chapter of the Year awards: Arkansas Chapter 830;
Louisiana Chapter 141; Oklahoma Chapter 751; and Texas Chapter
Region 7 gave President Tom Corey an
award at the National Convention for his excellent work at VVA.