BY MARY MILLER, PRESIDENT
The plans for our Springfield Leadership Convention are
moving along. While our adjunct organization, VVA, is holding
its National Convention, we will be offering seminars for
our members that will educate them on many issues. The tentative
AVVA schedule for Springfield is:
July 17: AVVA registration.
The AVVA registration cost is $40. The VVA Convention book
is available for $10.
July 18: VVA Opening Ceremonies, followed by the AVVA Luncheon
(cost, $25). Afterward, there will be a meeting of the AVVA
July 19: AVVA Seminars, on topics to include the Responsibilities
of Holding Office in AVVA; PTSD; Health Issues; and the Effects
of Agent Orange.
Many AVVA members would like to sit in on
as much of the VVA Convention as possible. Therefore, on
Friday, July 20, we have not scheduled any AVVA activities.
will have a silent auction and a product sales table. Come
see what we have to offer, and start your Christmas shopping
early. Talking about shopping, check out the Club Shop Mall
on our website. Take advantage of the discounts. Every time
you shop on-line with Club Shop Mall, AVVA receives a small
AVVA and VVA are having Life Membership drives from March
1 to May 15.
Everyone who signs up for a Life Membership
will be eligible. In Springfield, one person from each organization
will be refunded his or her life membership dues. Read The
VVA Veteran for more about this offer.
The AVVA Board of Directors
and committees have been working on several projects for
the betterment of AVVA. One committee is in the process of
doing Policy and Procedures for Chapter Incorporations. There
is still a lot of work to be done, but you need to be aware
that we are working on it. Another group is working on a
501(c)3 foundation through which AVVA can raise funds to
increase revenues so we can expand and achieve our long-term
The “Updates” committee is making sure
news is sent to all those who express a desire to receive
it. If you have anything to contribute, or if you want to
receive “Updates,” please
contact Elaine Simmons at firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to thank
all the VVA officers for the help they give AVVA. The VVA
and AVVA officers met in Silver Spring during the January
Board of Directors meeting. The results have been great as
both sets of officers work toward a deeper understanding
of the ties that bind our two organizations.