UPDATED: VFW Post Meeting Cheat Sheet (20200220)


VFW New Haven Guidon | VFW All-American post

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)

Intrinsic Motivation for Membership Campaigning


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

VFW All-State Connecticut Program Reports


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

One Sheet Read


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!

Responsible Downsizing and Vietnam Veteran Life Expectancy


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