By the end of April, AVVA members affiliated with VVA
chapters that hold annual elections should have completed
that process. Remember that the process is not completed
until the post-election report has been submitted to your
State Representative/President. This is essential in
permitting the flow of communication of affiliated-member
activities by the Affiliated Chapter Representative to the
State Representative/President, and then on to your Regional
Director and National.
The Michigan State
Association has been holding an AVVA membership drive. The
membership drive has been running from January 1 to March
31. The member who brings in the most AVVA members will be
awarded $100. Good luck with your membership drive.
Bob Thomson, AVVA’s
Executive Director, and Sonja Holybee, AVVA’s Web
Coordinator, have devoted many long hours to improving
AVVA’s website. It will be up and running by the time this
issue comes out. Fabulous work, Bob and Sonja.
Don’t forget that our
Project Friendship for the Tucson Biennial Meeting will be
the National United Spinal Association. At the local level,
it will be the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network. Those who
attend the Biennial Meeting will be able to share their
fund-raising ideas and learn new ones during the seminar on
BY KATHY ANDRAS
It is again time
to consider nominations for the Fellowship Award to be
presented at the AVVA Convention in Tucson. Past recipients
were recognized for their work for veterans and their
country. We in AVVA want the Fellowship Award to remain a
requirements for nominations are:
1. Applicant must be a current member in good standing of
AVVA with no pending disciplinary actions.
must be postmarked no later than May 12.
3. Include a report, no less than one page but no more than
two pages, describing the individual’s attributes and
4. Include documents or articles to reinforce the
5. Submissions should be sent to: Judy Bolio, Awards
Committee Chair, 26-16th Avenue, Silvis, Il 61282-1809; or
Committee is responsible for the awards selections. The
award will be presented during the AVVA Luncheon on
Thursday, July 13. All submissions will remain the sole
property of the Awards Committee.
BY KATHY ANDRAS
By now everyone
should have received their elections packets. If you have
not, please contact me, and one will be mailed to you.
Elections for National and Regional Directors will be held
during the VVA Leadership Conference in Tucson, July 11-16.
It is the duty of
the State Representative or State President to communicate
with all Chapter representatives about the candidates who
will be running for Regional Director in their areas as well
as the declared candidates for AVVA National Officers.
To all candidates:
The deadline for form 012 is June 11. A letter of intent
should be submitted at this time. Submit your letter of
intent as early as possible so that the State
representatives will have time to review the information
with their membership. There are no provisions in AVVA’s
Policy & Procedures for any unannounced candidates to run
off the floor for any elected office at any level.
deadline for form 021 is June 11. You will receive a
verification letter from the Election Committee once your
membership has been verified. There will be no delegate
registration at the National AVVA Convention by the Election
If your AVVA Chapter
is having an election for Chapter representative it must be
held between January and April. Within 45 days of the
election, you must notify the State representative or State
President with the name of the person who has been elected
as your Chapter representative.
This will be a very
busy and active year for AVVA. Remember the deadline for the
Candidate and Delegate forms is June 11. There will be no
exceptions to this rule. Mark your calendars for the
Convention in Tucson. Your participation in our organization
BY JUDY VARGO
In 1998, AVVA
established the Better Chance Scholarship Fund as a way to
improve the lives of veterans and their families through
education. The program targets students who want to go to
college but cannot afford the escalating costs. Typically,
one $1,000 and two $500 scholarships are awarded.
A candidate must be
an AVVA or VVA member; the spouse, child, or grandchild of a
KIA or MIA Vietnam veteran. Interested? Visit the AVVA
website, www.avva.org for
AVVA Project Friendship
AVVA/VVA has designated the United Spinal Association its
charity for 2006. You may visit the group’s web site,
to see what amazing work this organization does for
veterans, for children, and for all people with spinal
In addition, we have selected the Tucson
Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN), a non-profit group that
works with people with AIDS, as our local charity to work
with. Many veterans have contracted AIDS; some,
unfortunately, have passed the virus to family members.
TIHAN’s wish list includes: personal-care products, paper
products, socks, greeting cards, gift cards, candles, and
Please be generous.