My “cheat sheet” for running VFW regular post meetings by the book. Content pulled from the latest podium edition with additional key phrases from Robert’s Rules, VFW training videos, and from attending National Conventions. Download and print the PDF. — Charlie Pickett OPENING POST CEREMONIES (no color guard)Italic=instructions; underline=action; [ bracket ]= additions The hour … Continue reading UPDATED: VFW Post Meeting Cheat Sheet (20200220)
By Charles M. Pickett Membership is the lifeblood of any organization. To continue to be strong and effective, veteran service organizations (VSOs) such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion consistently need to retain current comrades, reinstate expired members, and recruit new members. However, while all three facets of membership campaigning … Continue reading Intrinsic Motivation for Membership Campaigning
Are you a new VFW District commander? Did you realize the Order of Business is different from a Post? It was news to me too (MOP 112). Below is a meeting step-by-step for commanders based on the 2019 VFW Podium Edition with the Manual of Procedure and Ritual. It has been slightly modified because our … Continue reading VFW Order of Business-Districts (2019)
Ideas for Getting Completions for Connecticut’s All-State Post Commanders Contest by Charles M. PickettPublic Relations The Department of Connecticut Veterans of Foreign Wars All-State Post Commanders Contest recognizes achievement in community activities, membership, and competency in post administration. While reaching 100% in membership during the fiscal year is straightforward, understanding how to receive a “complete” … Continue reading VFW All-State Connecticut Program Reports
Created by the Veterans Coalition in Middletown, the One Sheet Read provides a lot of information for Connecticut National Guard members and military veterans. Thanks Service Officer Gabe!
by Charles M. PickettPublic Relations As the veteran population in the United States continues to decline, veteran service organizations really have to rethink their role and stature in America. I have been thinking about the concept of “responsible downsizing” in relation to the VFW and the American Legion. There are about to be a WHOLE lot less … Continue reading Responsible Downsizing and Vietnam Veteran Life Expectancy