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January/February 2005

New In 2005


Another new year has begun, and with that, a new Project Friendship. In Reno during our conference we will be collecting for the Fisher Houses. The houses are located around the country near military hospitals and offer housing for families of service people while their loved ones are being cared for. The Fisher House Foundation is in need of funds and airline miles. American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Independence Air, Northwest Airlines, Southwest, and U.S. Airways allow one to donate air miles for families to reach their loved ones.

While in Reno, AVVA will also be collecting for transitional housing for women and families in recovery. Many items are needed, and financial contributions are welcome. Please make checks out to AVVA Project Friendship, with the name of the project in the memo line. Checks will be collected by Sonja Holybee, AVVA Treasurer. Direct your questions regarding Project Friendship to Sonya at

Elections will be held for State Presidents and State Representatives between January and June. Affiliated Chapter Representatives also will be elected in April. Affiliated Chapter Representatives may be elected every one or two years to correspond with the affiliated VVA chapter. Contact your Region Director
or Kathy Andras if you have any questions regarding elections at

I would like to remind everyone that homeless grants are available. Grant forms are on our web site. Nancy Montgomery is chair of the homeless grants program. Contact Nancy at

2005 AVVA Annual Fellowship Award

It is again time to consider nominations for the Fellowship Award to be presented at the AVVA Leadership Conference in Reno in August. Past recipients were recognized for their work for veterans and their country. We in AVVA want the Fellowship Award to remain a prestigious honor. Honorees who have received the Fellowship Award in the past three years are:

Marge and Loren Herrick
John Kahler and Lynda Greene
Nancy and Charlie Montgomery
Kate Pantorello
Janis Roznowski

The award goes to individuals who go one step beyond. The requirements for nominations are:

1. Applicant must be a current member in good standing of AVVA with no pending disciplinary actions.
2. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 10.
3. Applications must include a report of no less than one page, but no more than two pages, describing the individual’s attributes and accomplishments.
4. Application must include documents or articles that reinforce your submission.
5. The Awards Committee is responsible for the selections. All submissions will remain the sole property of the Awards Committee until the AVVA Leadership Conference is closed, at which time submissions will be stored at the national office in Silver Spring, Maryland.
6. Submissions should be sent to:

Judy Bolio, Awards Committee Chair
326-16th Ave.
Silvis, IL 61282-1809


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