Please find the attached National HQ Bulletin, General Order and VFW Calendar for November. I apologize for missing the October reports.
The next meeting will be on Thursday, November 20th at 8:00pm
Also note that we have instituted social events that take place two weeks after the meeting – the next will be Thursday, December 4th at 7:30pm
This month’s HQ comms featured some stern remarks from the VFW National Commander so I have copied that message in it’s entirety below.
Welcome new members Joseph Coley and Chris Martyn. While the number of members active at the post is growing, the total number is still experiencing a negative year-over-year trend so recruit your friends.
This month also includes a copy of memorandum from Mark Plaushin recommending a coordinated strategy for community engagement. I thank Mark for his initiative and ask that he discuss this proposal at the November meeting.
As you can see by the length of the bulletin, the VFW sponsors an incredible number of charitable programs and community engagement efforts. If you have any interest in seeing our Post take a more active role in any of them, or you know someone how may be eligible and worthy of an award, I encourage you to lead the way.
A message from VFW National Commander John W. Stroud:
I am extremely disturbed by the recurring reports from the field as well as the media's portrayal of the VFW as an organization that is comprised of old and out of touch veterans who would rather drink in a dimly lit canteen than open their doors to our younger veterans. The VFW's mission is far too important; our objectives and causes for which we work far too critical; and the current situation of the veteran population far too dire to let the negativity of a few divide us and dilute our efforts. We must empower the younger veterans to be forces of change within our organization while lending them the institutional knowledge to be effective leaders for future generations of veterans.
The fact remains that the stereotypical, dingy, dark and smoke filled VFW Post and canteen do exist, but they have no benefit to our organization, provide no aid to our mission nor to the veterans we strive to help and serve. These Posts are in the minority of our organization, but in order to shift the paradigm we must challenge every member to hold their Post accountable. It's time for our membership to be emboldened into action and to push their Posts to strive for the high ideals that the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States was founded upon.
Accordingly, I am charging my current Department VFW Commanders to be advocates of change and to challenge the officers of the subordinate units within their command to be more than officers - challenge them to be leaders cognizant of the current challenges today's veterans face. To do this, our VFW Posts must change their operational tactics to better reflect the modern crises younger veterans are facing on their new "battlefield" - the homefront.
For those members and Posts who would rather serve themselves than the countless veterans who are in need, remind them that this organization exists for the benefit of all veterans rather than those of an entitled few. I want to make it clear that I will willingly provide my complete support to any of my Department Commanders who move to shut down any Post, or remove from our leadership rolls, anyone that is not committed to the goals of the organization. They simply don't belong here. The need is too great for a dynamic and modern VFW that can continue to advocate and respond unhesitatingly to the needs of all veterans in the 21st century and beyond. To do less, would be an unconscionable betrayal of our responsibilities as Americans and as veterans.
John W. Stroud
VFW National Commander
Three Voice of Democracy entries are currently being reviewed by a panel – the best will be forwarded to the District competition.
Emergency Services Gold Medal and Citation Award, Nominations are due November 30, 2014 for each of the following
- Emergency Medical Technician Award
- Firefighter Award
- John Radko Award for Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer
Public Servant National Award, Nominations due January 1, 2015
Scout of the Year, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are eligible. Entries due to post by March 1, 2015
Recognition Medals for Civil Air Patrol, Naval Sea Cadets, Junior ROTC and ROTC Cadets and Midshipmen are available.
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