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An organization chartered by the U.S. Congress
ELECTION COMMITTEE REPORT
And So It Starts
BY JOHN KAHLER, CHAIR
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. All prospective candidates were
required to submit a Letter of Intent to the VVA Election
Committee by March 15.
POSITIONS OPEN FOR ELECTION
VVA National 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
All National 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.
Eligible candidates submitted their Letters of Intent to the
Election Committee by March 15.
The Election Committee will mail Candidates' Packets to those
candidates who submitted Letters of Intent. To avoid possible loss
or destruction of these packets, they will be sent via Certified
Mail-Return Receipt Requested.
These packets contain information, instructions, and rules
regarding the conduct of the election process that are of vital
importance to every candidate. Included in these packets will be
some forms. Candidates are required to complete them and return
them to the Election Committee.
Note: The Candidates' Packet will include a Cut-off Date Calendar
listing specific events and dates that are very important to each
candidate's campaign. Failure to meet any of the deadlines will be
grounds for disqualification.
CONDUCT OF CAMPAIGNS
(1) 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 include (but are not limited to) buttons, pins,
brochures, and the like. A photograph of a candidate wearing his
or 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 acceptable.
(2) Candidates may not solicit or accept campaign contributions in
any form from VVA, or from any VVA State Council or Chapter.
Campaign contributions include (but are not limited to) money,
paper, envelopes, postage, free printing, free phone calls, use of
web sites, or e-mail.
(3) Candidates may not solicit or accept any campaign endorsement
from VVA, any VVA State Council, Chapter, their newsletters,
newspapers, web sites, or electronic mail sites.
(4) 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 above and any written endorsements are on the individual's
personal stationery. It is strictly prohibited for any person to
use VVA National, State Council, or Chapter letterhead stationery,
web, or electronic mail sites for the purposes of writing letters
of endorsement for a candidate.
(5) A candidate's own web site or electronic mail may be used to
campaign, but the restrictions listed in Rules 1-4 above remain in
It is neither the wish nor the intention of the VVA Election
Committee to inundate candidates with unnecessary red tape in
order for them to have their names 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 candidates.
The rules, instructions, and requirements set down in this
announcement, as well as those that will follow in the Candidates'
Packets, are 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
Committees will be cause for that candidate to be disqualified and
his or her name removed from the ballot.
The VVA Election Committee welcomes those members who are about to
step forward and take part in a most important part of VVA, the
election of the Officers and Board Members who will guide VVA for
the next two years.
MEMBERS OF THE 2003 ELECTION COMMITTEE
John Kahler, Chair, 713-794-3662 (w), 832-216-6368 (cell); Scott
DeArmen; Jill Mishkel; and Cheryl Nicol.
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