The Annual Fellowship Awards
BY MARY MILLER, AVVA
I want to thank each of you for
the faith and trust you have placed in me to lead AVVA for the
next two years. It is an honor and a pleasure to serve you.
It seems like only yesterday that
we gathered in Orlando with Nancy Switzer giving us guidance
about how to achieve our goal of forming Associates of Vietnam
Veterans of America. Now we have all returned home from a busy
week in Nashville, celebrating our fifth anniversary as an
organization, electing new officers and board members, and
recharging ourselves with the energy and determination to
continue our mission.
The new officers and board members are:
President, Mary A. Miller; Vice President, Fran Files Davis;
Secretary, Patsy S. Varnell;
Treasurer, Sonja Holybee; Region 1, Susan Chechoski; Region 2,
Linda Haberkorn; Region 3, Nancy Nix; Region 4, Mary Yeomans;
Region 5, Judith Bolio; Region 6, Diane Kuhns; Region 7, Kathy
Andras; Region 8, Sandra Pitcox; Region 9, Anne Pancrazio; and
Special Adviser, Allen Manuel. The past board worked extremely
hard, and I know that the new board will continue that legacy.
Bylaws were discussed and adopted, and our good friend and
legal counsel Mike Gaffney will be filing our papers with the
IRS in the next few weeks.
Our biennial meeting was crammed with important information,
and I want to say a special
thank-you to our Founding President Nancy Switzer for her
tremendous work preparing for this meeting. Our luncheon had
over 200 attendees who gave ovations to Kate Pantroilla and
Janis Roznowski, American Airline flight attendants who
received the AVVA Fellowship Award. Kate and Janis fly
soldiers into Iraq and Afghanistan and home.
Nancy presented charters to states that have incorporated:
Illinois, Nevada, Maryland, Florida, California, Pennsylvania,
and Michigan. Congratulations. Texas finished its
incorporation papers. We cannot forget the Power Point
presentation that Jim Doyle gave for AVVA's fifth anniversary.
Many AVVA members took
advantage of the Leadership Seminars offered by VVA. Knowledge
and training was presented on subjects to enable continuing
leadership at home in local VVA chapters and affiliated
We will continue working