Membership Affairs Committee
BY CHARLIE HOBBS, CHAIR
During the month of June, despite non-renewals and reported deaths, VVA passed the 75,000-member mark, an all-time high. Although the MAC team was fully involved in reaching our goal, we know that the work was done at the chapter level. So, on behalf of the Membership Affairs Committee, I thank all of you who recruited and retained your members.
Those chapters that grew the most during the 2014 fiscal year were recognized for their efforts during the National Convention in Springfield: Nevada Chapter 1076 (Category 25-50), Tennessee Chapter 1078 (Category 51-100), California Chapter 785 (Category 101-200), Alabama Chapter 1067 (Category 201-300), Illinois Chapter 299 (Category 301-400), Florida Chapter 1036 (Category 401-500), New York Chapter 77 (Category 501-600), and Pennsylvania Chapter 862 (Category 601-700).
Maryland Chapter 172 walked away with the top honors. It has the distinction of not only being the largest chapter in VVA but maintaining that position for six years. I congratulate you all. We are continuing this program again this year, so it’s not too early to begin working on membership growth and retention.
On August 1 VVA kicked off a Once in a Lifetime Membership offer. You can purchase a life membership in Vietnam Veterans of America for just $100 until December 31. There is no proof of age required, no small print, and no contingencies. It’s that simple. There will be no rebates for those who joined or renewed before August 1; only a $100 payment will be accepted. The offer ends at midnight December 31, 2015. A DD-214 is still required. This offer was approved at the April Board meeting. The State Council Presidents were present when it passed, it was reflected in the meeting minutes, and announced in The Veteran.
I want to thank everyone for the vote of confidence in re-electing me to the National Board. I look forward to working with the Officers, Directors, National Office, Membership Affairs Committee, and VVA members over the next two years.
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