BY MARY MILLER, PRESIDENT
AVVA has been working on the Biennial Meeting that will be
held in Greenville, S.C., in July. If you have bylaw changes,
I hope you have submitted them. They will be discussed
at the Meeting. Bylaws may only be changed at a Biennial
Meeting with all the State Representatives and State Presidents
voting on the changes. So make sure you have registered
as a State Representative or State President, because you
must be registered to vote.
Greenville is a beautiful city.
I hope you are able to take advantage of it while you are
there. It has a Vietnam Veterans Memorial that the local
VVA chapter had a lot to do with. I was told there is a
waterfall in the city as well as a bridge and a park. It
has a general store with lots of items. I will remind you
that when walking to one of the many stores or restaurants,
be aware that the street may be a lot steeper coming uphill
than going down. If you want to find out more, go to www.greatergreenville.com
Our Project Friendship consists
of two programs this year. The Wounded Warrior Project helps
returning troops who have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The local project is Safeharbor, which helps women and children.
Our Luncheon keynote speaker will be Retired Navy Captain
Tom Hovland, Safeharbor’s interim director. See our
website for things that can be donated. Money is always gratefully
accepted. Last year we were able to help with over $3,000
to Mini O’Bierne,
plus many items that they needed.
Unfortunately, we still
have not been able to resolve the difficulties with the Chapel
of Four Chaplains. This program is worthy of our respect,
and we wish them well.
Mickey Emery, Rhode Island’s
VVA State Council vice president, has donated a set of cue
sticks worth between $1,200 and $1,500. Raffle tickets will
be available after April and are five dollars each. Nancy
Nix, AVVA Region 3 director, will have pictures for anyone
interested. Nancy has several other activities planned, so
come and join the fun.
Unfortunately, prices keep going up on all things. That
includes our registration and luncheon fees: $45 for registration
and $30 for the luncheon. If you want to attend any of VVA’s
seminars, you must register for them separately.
If you know
people who are deserving of recognition for community service
work, nominate them for the Fellowship Award.
AVVA/VVA: Together always.