2002 Elections: What You Need To Know
By Kathleen Tauer, Election Chair
Jeani Wells and Margaret Wojociechowicz, Committee Members
While VVA is conducting its
Leadership Conference in Tucson, the Associates of Vietnam
Veterans of America will be sharing the sunlight as we hold our
Second National Biennial Meeting. The main event will be the
election of new national officers and regional directors. We ask
that this information is shared with AVVA members as quickly as
possible. The elections will be held August 14-18.
Thirteen positions are open. We
encourage all AVVA members to take an active interest as our
organization continues to grow and thrive. Candidate minimum
qualifications are described in the Policy and Procedure (P&P) Manual
and appear on the websites www.avva.org and
www.vva.org . Click on
the AVVA link.
Applicants must have experience
at the chapter, state rep, or regional director level. The jobs
require energy; the ability to communicate well with others; the
ability to analyze information and make informed decisions; and to
follow the vision, mission, and goals set by our bylaws and P &
P's. Funding is available through the budgetary guidelines set by
the National Finance Committee.
Candidate applications must be
postmarked no later than July 15. The application is on page F012
in the P & P Manual. Copies of applications may be received from
Kathleen Tauer, the National Election Committee chair. Her contact
Kathleen M. Tauer
AVVA Election Chair
P.O. Box 44
Stockholm, ME 04783
In addition, a brief one-page
biography is required that includes activities, goals, and
attributes. Applications must be sent to the above address. After
it is received, the application will be sent to all Election
Committee members. The application also will be sent to the
National Membership Chair for verification of current membership.
The biographies will be posted on our website. We encourage early
submissions so that we can advertise candidates in The VVA
Veteran. If you have a photo you would like included in your
campaign advertising, please submit it with your application.
This is also the time to verify the
eligibility of the person who will vote from your state. Only one
vote is allowed per state and proper paperwork must be submitted.
This paperwork is on page F020 in the P & P Manual. All paperwork
must be submitted to the Election Chair.
This is an exciting time for all
of us. A solid framework has been laid by the current Board of
Directors and Regional Directors. They have been supported by the
hard work and diligence of those who have participated as
committee members. The Scholarship Program and Project Friendship
have blossomed and benefited many needy causes. We are making our
presence known across the nation and on Capitol Hill. We have
created a strong bond with many other organizations, such as the
Gold and Blue Star Mothers and the Montegnard families in North
This is not a time to sit back; it's a
time to continue attacking new horizons while maintaining and
growing in other areas. It is a time to continue our bonding
process with VVA as we complement each other. We made a promise.
We promised we would not let anyone forget where our veterans went
in order to secure peace for us all. We look forward to these next
elections with a positive spirit.
BYLAWS NOTICE: Any proposed changes to AVVA Bylaws
must be postmarked no later than midnight April 15, 2002. They
should be sent to the AVVA National Office, Attention: Bylaws
Committee, 8605 Cameron Street, Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD,
20910. Forms for bylaw proposals are in the Policy and
Procedure Manual and on the AVVA website at