BY MARY MILLER, PRESIDENT
I hope everyone had a safe journey home from Springfield.
It was a busy week at the AVVA Leadership Conference and
the VVA Convention. AVVA had its luncheon, awards presentation,
and a slate of informative seminars. If you had a chance
to get away for some sightseeing, one of the places to
go see was the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
Museum. The residents of Springfield were very friendly
I would like to thank all the many AVVA
members who worked as volunteers at our Silent Auction,
Product Sales, and Yahtzee game.
Our Silent Auction was
fabulous this year. We had photographs, crafts done by our
members, and many other things. My heart-felt appreciation
goes out to all who donated items.
which I call “Jim Blount’s AVVA
Army,” helped set up the VVA Convention floor on Tuesday
before the Opening Ceremonies as they have done at many VVA
conventions. A whole group shows up and runs around the floor
counting seats and taping the initials of the states to make
sure all the delegates have chairs. Some years, it runs long
into the night. This year was not as long. Thank you all
for being there.
AVVA has canceled the Chapel of the Four
May, N.J., ceremony on September 9. It is with a heavy heart
that this has been done. We have dealt with increasing and
insurmountable difficulties with the Chapel for several months.
The situation escalated, and the decision was made to cancel
the ceremony. AVVA and VVA officers would like to develop
criteria and parameters for a new award, which they would
jointly be responsible for, that will recognize and honor
people who have an exemplary history of helping humankind.
has joined AVVA as an incorporated state. Welcome to the
AVVA members of Tennessee. If there is anything we can do,
please let us know.
AVVA continues working with our affiliated
chapters on many different projects for veterans and families.
Everyone is especially busy sending packages overseas to
the military, and helping the wounded, military families,
and our communities. We may not be the most vocal group,
but we are very effective across the country. AVVA/VVA TOGETHER