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
OPENING POST CEREMONIES The hour of opening having arrived, the Officer of the Day displays the Flag of the United States and Bible on the altar, leaving the Bible closed, after which the Commander takes station and gives one rap for attention. Commander: (One gavel rap) “The officers will take their respective stations. All persons … Continue reading UPDATED: VFW Post Regular Meeting: Step-By-Step (20180423)
UPDATE: 20190201 This by-law proposal M-13 was not accepted after the staff recommended rejection at the 2017 national convention; however, it went to a standing vote. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOwtBVJGtQQ). Subsequently, the VFWStore.org offered Charter Member pins instead of the proposed tabs. by Charles M. PickettPublic Relations A couple of the members went to purchase their VFW Uniform … Continue reading UPDATE THE VFW UNIFORM CAP: Proposed Amendment to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Manual of Procedure and Ritual
by Charles M. PickettPublic Relations A couple (ok, two) of people have asked why we don’t have a static Buddy Poppy display they can put on their counter? The Connecticut VFW department was good enough to donate Buddy Poppy Wreath Boards and I have a number of Buddy Poppy cans. However, I think I could … Continue reading Buddy Poppy Static Display Ideas
by Charles M. PickettPublic Relations The VFW New Haven is a tax-exempt organization who’s gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less. As an IRS 501(c)(19), we are required to file Form 990-N (or similar). If we don’t file a required return or notice for three consecutive years, our exempt status will be automatically revoked. It … Continue reading IRS Form 990-N (e-Postcard) = easy!
by Charles M. PickettPublic Relations VFW Nominations for the next year “open in March and remain open until the Post is ready to vote.” By-Laws (July 2016) Sec. 216-Elected and Appointed Officers; Chairmen and Committees. The officers of each Post will consist of a Commander, Senior Vice Commander, Junior Vice Commander, Quartermaster, Adjutant, Chaplain, Judge … Continue reading March Officer Nominations