August 2001/September 2001
Public Affairs Committee Report
The Guidebook Has Arrived
By Jim Doyle
At the National Convention in Greensboro, the Education
Subcommittee presented the newly printed VVA Education
Guidebook to the Conference of State Council Presidents. The
presidents were given one copy of the guidebook for each chapter
in their states.
The VVA Education Guidebook is the result of years of
commitment and is intended to provide a framework for local
educational outreach projects by VVA members. The guide makes no
attempt to tell members what to say; Each member has his or her
own personal military journey.
Nothing like this happens without the hard work and support of
a lot of people. Jack Thomas, Tom Hall, Mary Miller, Dennis
Koehler, Zack Earp, and Xande Anderer have devoted nearly a decade
to this project. The product is a tribute to their stamina and
persistence. Each of them has contributed to the final product,
and this guide will serve our members well.
The Public Affairs Committee had budgeted for this project, but
without the financial commitment made by the Florida and
Pennsylvania State Councils, the guidebook would have been less
comprehensive. We are grateful to them for their support.
Florida Recon Report editor Ray Truelove printed,
bound--and along with Tom Hall--transported 800 copies of the
guide to Greensboro. In Greensboro Ray joked, "If I had known
I was going to have to print and bind almost 67,000 pages, I might
have had second thoughts." Two hundred copies of the
guidebook are in the VVA office. They will be distributed to new
Mokie Pratt Porter and Michael Keating spent many hours
editing. We deeply appreciate their contribution.
Coincidentally, this is the time of the year that chapters
around the country begin their education outreach. Chapters have
had great success working with schools at all levels, and we hope
the guidebook is useful to them.