The Vietnam Veterans of America will
conduct its election of all National Officer and Board positions
during the 11th National VVA Convention. This convention will be
held from July 29 to August 3, 2003, in St. Louis, Missouri.
POSITIONS OPEN FOR ELECTION
President, VVA National Vice-president, VVA National Secretary,
VVA National Treasurer, VVA National Board Of Directors
(At-large) [All Ten Seats], VVA National Board Of Directors
(Regional) [All Nine Seats].
TERM OF OFFICE
Officer and National Board positions are for terms of two years,
beginning at the close of the 2003 VVA National Convention,
through the close of the 2005 convention.
for all positions open for election must be individual members
of VVA in good standing.
for any of the National Officer positions must meet the
requirements to hold office, as set down in the VVA National
Constitution, under Article I, Section 5, Paragraph A.
To wit: "To
qualify for election... to any of these offices a candidate must
have been an individual member of the Corporation, in good
standing, for a continuous period of not less than twelve months
immediately proceeding the opening of the National Convention at
which such candidate seeks election; ... and such candidate
must have held a position as an officer or board member at the
national level or as an officer at the state council or chapter
level, during any continuous period of twelve months prior to
the date of the opening of the National Convention at which such
candidate seeks election...."
for At-large and Regional Board of Directors must meet the
requirements to hold office as set down in the VVA National
Constitution, under Article I, Section 4, Paragraph B (1) for
Regional Directors and Article I, Section 4, Paragraph B (2) for
"To qualify for election, a candidate must have been a member of
the Corporation, in good standing, for a continuous period of
not less than the twelve (12) months immediately preceding the
opening of the National Convention at which candidate seeks
election.... The candidate must have held an elected position at
the national, state, or chapter level, for any continuous period
of twelve months prior to the date of the opening of the
for Regional Board positions must reside within the region they
wish to represent.
period this election announcement covers is from November 1,
2002, through March 15, 2003.
LETTER OF INTENT
prospective candidate must submit a Letter Of Intent to the VVA
Election Committee, providing name, address, phone number (home
and work), and which position they are a candidate for.
prospective candidate may announce and run for only one
to the paragraph entitled "Eligibility," (above in this
announcement), prospective candidates for National Officer and
Board positions must include in their Letter Of Intent, a signed
statement which includes the National, State Council, or Chapter
positions they have held, and the dates they held these
Committee is accepting Letters of Intent at the following
5500 Olympic Dr. A-105
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
of intent must be post marked on or before March 15, 2003.
of intent must be sent to the Election Committee's Gig Harbor,
of intent that does not meet the postmark requirement, or is
sent to any other address, will be considered invalid and will
not be accepted by the Election committee.
Committee will begin mailing Candidate's Packets to those
prospective candidates who have submitted their Letter Of
Intent, on Friday, January 31, 2003. To avoid possible loss or
destruction of these packets, they will be sent via Certified
Mail-Return receipt Requested.
packets contain information, instructions, and rules regarding
the conduct of the election process that are of vital importance
to each and every candidate. Included in these packets will be
some forms. You are required to complete them as instructed and
return them to the Election Committee.
Candidate's Packet will include a Cut-off Date Calendar which
lists specific events and dates which are very important to each
candidate's campaign for office. Failure to meet any of the
deadlines established will be grounds for disqualification.
CONDUCT OF CAMPAIGNS
Candidates may not use the VVA National logo or flag, nor that
of any State Council or Chapter in or on their campaign
materials. Campaign materials are considered to be (but are not
limited to) buttons, pins, brochures, and the like. A photograph
of a candidate wearing his/her VVA National, State Council, or
Chapter lapel pin is acceptable. Additionally, a photograph of a
candidate who is wearing a coat, jacket, shirt, or hat that has
a VVA National, State Council, or Chapter logo on it is also
Candidates may not solicit or accept campaign contributions in
any form from VVA, or any VVA State Council or Chapter. Campaign
contributions are considered to be (but are not limited to)
money, paper, envelopes, postage, free printing, free phone
calls, use of web sites or e-mail.
Candidates may not solicit or accept any campaign endorsement
from VVA, any VVA State Council, Chapter, their newsletters,
newspapers, web or electronic mail sites.
Candidates may solicit and accept campaign contributions and
endorsements from any member of VVA, provided that any
contributions or endorsements are not in violation of Rules 2
and 3 and any written endorsements are on the individual's own
personal stationary. It is strictly prohibited for any person to
use VVA National, State Council, Chapter letterhead stationary,
web or electronic mail sites for the purposes of writing a
letter of endorsement of a candidate.
Candidate's own web site or electronic mail may be used to
campaign, but the restrictions mentioned in Rules 1-4 above
remain in effect.
It is not
the wish, nor is it the intention of the VVA Election Committee
to embroil the prospective candidates in unnecessary red tape in
order for them to have their name on the 2003 VVA National
Election Ballot. There are, however, certain procedural steps
that must be followed by all candidates in order to keep the
election process within the guidelines of the VVA National
Constitution and to make the process fair and even for all
instructions, and requirements set down in this announcement, as
well as those that will follow in the Candidate's Packet, are
simple, easy to read, understand, and follow. Therefore, the
failure of a candidate to play by the rules or meet the
requirements of the VVA National Constitution and the Election
Committee will be cause for that candidate to be disqualified
and their name removed from the ballot.
We, on the
VVA Election Committee, would like to welcome those members who
are about to step forward and take part in a most important part
of VVA, election of Officers and Board Members who will guide
VVA for the next two years.
MEMBERS OF THE 2003 ELECTION