BY MARY MILLER,
Elections were held in Tucson. Four of our past board members
chose not to remain on the board. “Experienced (not old)
soldiers never die, they just fade away.” Fran Davis, Susan
Chechoski, Bill Williams, and Ann Pancrazio will be around to help,
and we wish them well.
The newly elected officers are: Mary Miller,
President; Elaine Simmons, Vice President; Patsy Varnell, Secretary;
and Sonja Holybee, Treasurer: The new Regional Directors are: Region
1, Frances Cartier; Region 2, Linda Haberkorn; Region 3, Nancy
Nix; Region 4, Mary Yeomans; Region 5, Judy Bolio; Region 6, Diane
Kuhn; Region 7, Kathy Andras; Region 8, David Mitchell; and Region
9, Erma Hibbler.
If you have any questions or need help, please
ask your Regional Director or any of the officers. That is why
we are here.
Our AVVA Project Friendship, a joint effort with VVA
chapters and state councils, raised $1,400 and collected $400 worth
of donated supplies for Project TIHAN in Tucson. A check was presented
to TIHAN at the Friday board meeting. The United Spinal Association
will receive a check for $2,000 at the October Board Meeting. We
thank everyone who gave so generously. If you wish to join the
AVVA Talk List, contact Sonja Holybee at email@example.com. Discussions,
information, and ideas are exchanged. Please join us. We are working
on a new list of committee chairs and AVVA special advisers to
the VVA committees. It should be completed for distribution at
the October Board of Directors meeting.
Our application for the
Group Exemption Letter, which will allow state AVVA associations
to be tax-exempt without having to submit their own separate paperwork,
is being reviewed by the IRS. We are waiting for a final determination
from the IRS and will let you know as soon as we hear. The Group
Exemption letter will allow our nine Incorporated State Associations
to be exempt from taxes. As additional states are incorporated,
they will also be included in the group and be exempt from taxes.
Board has voted by e-mail to approve creating a policy and procedures
manual for chapters. It is not mandatory to have chapters, nor
are we ready to start.
A Board vote in April made dues $20 for all members, including
those who are incarcerated. This decision was reached after a lengthy
discussion and is recorded in the April Board minutes, along with
a letter sent in June by our Past Interim Executive Director, Bob
Thomson, to all VVA chapters and VVA state councils.
I am working
with my Congressman to look into having the In Memory Plaque, which
is now on the ground, put on a pedestal with lights and a marker
so everyone knows it is there. I am afraid this is going to be
a long and difficult task. If petitions are needed, I’ll
ask for your help.