New Election Reports
Based on the many phone
calls the Membership Affairs Department received from members,
prospective members, state councils, and chapters, we identified
some common communications problems. To address those problems, we
revised the election reports to provide better telephone, mail,
and Internet contact information.
The chapter contact
information on the first page of the report has been expanded to
make it easier for potential members to contact their chapters.
Please note that the contact information now includes a section
for information authorized for public viewing on the VVA Chapter
Locator web page. This information is optional, but highly
encouraged. Thousands of potential members visit the Chapter
Locator web page every year, and inclusion of this contact
information provides direct access to all the chapters.
The new version of the
report eliminates the need to write down the address and phone
number of each officer, director, and committee chair, since that
information already is in the membership database. Copies of the
new chapter election report were mailed to each chapter. The
report also is available on the VVA web site. Please use this
version of the election report when your chapter holds it next
To date, we have completed
three rounds of the M.E.R.I.T. Program (Membership Excellence
Recruitment Initiative Team), awarding one life membership and two
Veterans Collectibles gift packages to the top VVA recruiters. The
winner of the third M.E.R.I.T. round is Bill
Robinson of Chapter 916 in Edgewater, Florida. Bill recruited 26
new VVA members. Honorable mention goes to Ted Taylor of VVA
Chapter 904 in Anchorage, Alaska, with 24 new VVA members. Bill
and Ted helped form these new chapters and have continued to bring
in new members beyond those counted for M.E.R.I.T. Congratulations
on jobs well done.
The fourth M.E.R.I.T.
period is from February 22 to April 25. To be eligible for
consideration, recruiters must be VVA members in good standing,
affiliated with a chapter or in at-large status, and must have
recruited at least eight new VVA members during the current
M.E.R.I.T. period. These new members must be in a paid
status, with their DD-214s on file at their chapters (or at the
national office for new at-large members).
The names of recruiters,
along with a listing of the new members they have recruited, must
be submitted to VVA via the state council membership chair. If
there is no state council, names may be submitted directly to VVA.
Entries must be postmarked or e-mailed by April 25. The fifth
M.E.R.I.T. period will be April 26 to June
We received more than three
thousand responses to the membership survey mailed in January.
This is a very strong response, much higher than the typical
response rate for these kinds of surveys. It will be several
months before all the answers are tabulated and the resulting data
analyzed. We hope to learn a great deal about the needs and
concerns of Vietnam veterans and will publish highlights of the
survey in a future issue. Thanks to all who responded.
Please remember that state
councils and chapters must submit their annual financial reports
for the fiscal year ending Feb. 28, 2003, not later than July 15.
The reports must be submitted to VVA's Finance Department. State
councils and chapters must have their annual financial reports on
file in order to seat their delegates at the National Convention.
The report forms were
included in the last national mailing to state councils and
chapters and also are available on the VVA web site. Please
contact the Finance Department if you have any questions.
As always, should you have
any membership questions, please call me at 800-882-1316,
extension 115, or e-mail me at