CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE REPORT
BY JIM BLOUNT, CHAIR
The Credentials Committee insures the proper credentialing
of delegates to the VVA National Convention and helps seat
the delegates, in accordance with the VVA Constitution. The
committee consists of a chair and the nine VVA Regional Directors.
The VVA member strength as of February 28 determines the
chapter and state council delegate count for the Convention.
No transfers of VVA members shall be authorized 90 days prior
to the start of the Convention until after the end of Convention.
delegates who are attending their first VVA Convention must
attach a copy of their DD Form 214 to their Convention registration
form. Delegates who attended VVA Conventions in 1999, 2001,
2003, or 2005 or are life members or are state council presidents
do not need to attach a copy of their DD214. All delegates
are encouraged to have a copy of their DD Form 214 with them
at the Convention to assist in answering potential credentialing
All challenges at the Convention
will be brought to the attention of the Credentials Committee
chair. The chair will confer with the applicable regional
director, state council president, and VVA membership staff
for clarification of a delegate’s
credentials. If a challenge cannot be resolved at that level,
a meeting of the Credentials Committee will convene and arbitrate.
VVA national has not received a copy of a state council or
a chapter’s annual financial report, that state
council or chapter’s delegates will not be credentialed.
They will not be allowed on the Convention floor until the
annual financial report has been received. Annual financial
reports may be turned in at Convention. It is recommended
to bring a copy of the annual financial report to the Convention.
The Credentials chair will make an oral report each morning
to the assembled delegates notifying them of the total number
of delegates seated that day.
The Credentials Committee is responsible for the setup of
delegate chairs on the Convention floor. The host region
is assigned the center front section, with the host state
seated in the front row or rows. The Credentials chair then
draws numbers for each region.
All efforts are made to keep region seating intact. Adjustments
may have to be made in the order drawn depending on the size
of the region and the space available. Resolution of this
issue is the responsibility of the Credentials chair.
The Credentials Committee is responsible for establishing
and certifying absences of delegates during the business
meeting. When the delegates are in session, the Committee
maintains an easily identifiable presence on the Convention
floor. In the event a delegate is unable to attend, or is
excused during the Convention, his or her chapter or state
council may register an alternate to be credentialed and
seated as a delegate, with full powers, to act in the stead
of the delegate who has been excused.