VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA
VVA will conduct its election of all National Officer and Board positions during the 18th National Convention to be held August 8-12 in New Orleans.
Prospective candidates who have not yet filed with the Elections Committee can still run from the floor. Those candidates need to go to the Elections Committee’s room at the Convention and complete a Declaration of Candidacy and Eligibility, and they must produce a DD-214 and sign an SF-180. (Only current and former National Officers and National Board members may disregard the DD-214 and SF-180 requirement.) They will receive petitions that need to be signed by delegates. The minimum number of signees will be determined by the committee.
Once the required number of signatures is obtained, the petitions must be returned no later than noon on Thursday, August 10. The committee will verify that the signatures are those of registered delegates. If candidates have gathered the required number of signatures, they will be certified.
Those who plan to run for an elected position from the floor cannot announce their intent to run for office either publicly or privately, cannot campaign in any way or distribute any campaign material, including on the Internet, and cannot accept any authorized contributions prior to being approved as a candidate by the Elections Committee at the Convention. Any violation of these rules will result in disqualification.
Candidates for all positions must be VVA members in good standing. Candidates for any of the National Officer positions must meet the requirements in the VVA National Constitution under Article I, Section 5, Paragraph A, as revised, July 25, 2015.
Candidates for At-Large and Regional Board of Directors must meet similar requirements, as set down in the VVA National Constitution, Article I , Section 4, Paragraph (1 and 2) for Regional Directors, and Article I, Section 4, Paragraph B (1 and 3) for At-Large Directors, as revised July 25, 2015. Candidates for Regional Board positions must reside within the region they wish to represent.
CONDUCT OF CAMPAIGNS
Candidates may use the flag of the United States, the VVA logo, and the VVA flag on their campaign materials. No VVA, state council, or chapter letterhead may be used. However, a photograph of a candidate wearing a VVA national, state council, or chapter logo or lapel pin is acceptable.
Candidates may not solicit or accept campaign contributions in any form from VVA or from any VVA state council or chapter. Candidates may not solicit or accept any campaign endorsement from VVA, any VVA state council or chapter, or VVA newsletters, newspapers, websites, or electronic mail sites.
Candidates may solicit and accept campaign contributions and endorsements from any member of VVA, provided that the contributions or endorsements are not in violation of rules and that any written endorsements are on the individual’s personal stationery. It is strictly prohibited for any person to use VVA national, state council, or chapter letterhead stationery, web, or electronic mail sites for the purposes of writing letters of endorsement. Refer to the VVA Constitution, Article IV, Section 3, Restricted Activities, Paragraph F.
A candidate’s own website or electronic mail may be used to campaign, but these sites may not be used until you are registered and have been approved as a candidate. Then the candidate’s websites must be registered with Terry Nolan at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is not the wish, nor is it the intention, of the VVA Elections Committee to embroil prospective candidates in unnecessary red tape in order for them to have their names on the 2017 VVA National Election Ballot. There are, however, certain steps that must be followed by all candidates in order to keep the election process within the guidelines of the VVA National Constitution and to make the process fair and even.
The deadline for the submission of proposed Constitutional Amendments was March 20. On Friday, April 7, the Constitution Committee met in Silver Spring, Maryland, to discuss the proposed amendments.
After a full review and discussion, the committee is preparing its report to the membership. The report will contain copies of all proposed amendments, along with the committee’s recommendations regarding each one. Our report will be made available via email and on the VVA website no later than June 1.
At the Convention in New Orleans the Constitution Committee will conduct an open hearing on the proposed amendments before they are presented to the delegates for action. We encourage all interested individuals to attend the meeting and to make their opinions known. Following the hearing, each proposed amendment reported out of the committee will be read at a general session of the Convention and then will be open for debate by the delegates. Once debate is closed, the delegates will vote on the proposed amendments.
Constitutional amendments require an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the delegates present and voting to pass. If an amendment is referred back to the committee, we will review and revise it according to the wishes of the delegates. The proposed amendment will then be brought before a general session of the Convention a second time, and the same process of debate, amendment, and vote will take place. After the proposed amendments and resolutions reported out of each committee are debated and voted on, proposed amendments not reported out may be brought before the delegates by following Convention rules.
The Constitution Committee thanks you for taking an active part in making Vietnam Veterans of America a dynamic service organization that is responsive to the needs of its members and dedicated to its founding principles.
I know that you have heard this in the past from Jim Blount when Convention time rolled around. Well, it is that time once again with our National Convention in New Orleans August 8-12.
President John Rowan appointed me to fill Jim Blount’s position because he resigned after twenty years as chair of the Credentials Committee. Thank you, Jim, for the time that you have worked for VVA and the committee. I have some big shoes to fill. I am looking forward to the challenge and to a smooth transition. Here is where you, the members, come into play by making sure that you pre-register for the Convention.
Pre-registering makes it easier to get through the process when you arrive in New Orleans. Registration takes a lot longer if you do it at the Convention, as it involves verifying that you are a delegate and can be seated on the Convention floor. That is why I encourage everyone to pre-register ASAP.
Jim Blount expounded on this every time he addressed the membership. I will continue to make the same request to make it easier for the national office personnel and myself to make the Convention run smoothly.
Here it goes:
PRE-REGISTER, PRE-REGISTER, PRE-REGISTER.