This is the year all states hold
AVVA State Elections. Elections will be held from January
through June. Each State Representative candidate must submit
a letter of intent. Candidates also should send biographies.
They will be reviewed by the members of each chapter prior to
making their recommendations to the voting delegates. Anyone
who needs help on chapter or state elections should contact
Kathy Andras, Election Chair,
AVVA FELLOWSHIP AWARD
the first AVVA Fellowship Award was presented to Marge and
Loren Herrick. They were recognized for their efforts on
behalf of veterans and their country. They made the supreme
sacrifice for their country and continue to give wherever
needed. The Fellowship Award is a prestigious honor.
Nominations for the award should be for an individual who goes
one step beyond, who gives unstintingly.
follows are the nomination requirements:
Applicant must be a current member in good standing of AVVA
with no pending disciplinary actions.
Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2003.
a one-to-two-page report describing the individual's
attributes and accomplishments.
any documents or articles to reinforce the submission.
Awards Committee will meet during the AVVA St. Louis
submissions will remain the sole property of the Awards
Committee until the Leadership Meeting. After that, they will
be stored at the National Office in Silver Spring.
Submissions should be sent to: Mary Miller, Awards Committee
Chair, 316 Erma Street, Johnstown, PA 15904
AVVA BOARD MEETING
Board met January 23 in Silver Spring.
Director Elaine Simmons told us about the NBC Today Show
Toys for Children program that donated more than 3,000 toys in
West Virginia. We are exploring the possibility of expanding
the program to different areas of the country. A seminar is
planned for the Leadership Conference.
represent AVVA in Vietnam on the March trip with the Sons and
Daughters In Touch. In my absence, Mary Miller, AVVA vice
president, will be the point of contact for the organization.
Gaffney, AVVA's attorney, updated the Board on the progress of
the state incorporation. Members of the CT Corporation gave a
presentation, and the Board voted to hire CT as our
registering agent. Petition forms for states incorporating
should continue to be sent to Marcia Hicks, AVVA Membership
Sutton spoke to the Board about possible grants available to
AVVA to help with the PaperSafe and other projects. A
legislative agenda was set for the upcoming year, and more
information will be mailed to the states in a packet that is
financial report was presented. It was decided to reformat the
report to include our needs. The Board voted to have a full
meeting in April to discuss the new changes and approve the
Yeomans, AVVA Long Range Planning Chair, updated the Board on
the goals and accomplishments of the last two years. She
distributed a form that each board member and committee chair
will return to her with our projected goals.
for the Leadership Conference in St. Louis were discussed, as
was a possible site for AVVA/VVA Project Friendship. Letters
were received from programs that were assisted by the Homeless