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Membership Affairs Committee Report, September/October 2014

Membership On The Move

During the October 2013 Board of Directors meeting in Silver Spring a motion was passed that removed the time payment option from the VVA membership application. New printings of the application will not include that option. If you still have old applications in your possession, please throw them away. The new brochure is available for the asking. The online application contains the correct information, too. Contact the Membership Department for application brochures at

Last May AVVA National President Sharon Hobbs and I presented a joint seminar, “Working Together=Success,” at the George Duggins Region 3 Conference in Virginia Beach. Our effort to convey the working relationship between VVA and AVVA was well received. Many were enlightened about the many projects and programs at the local, state, and national levels that are successful because of our joint efforts. “If everyone is moving forward together,” Henry Ford once said, “then success takes care of itself.”

In July I had the honor of attending the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association Reunion in Louisville, Kentucky. Fellow Chattanooga Chapter 203 member Robert Bunch and I manned a membership booth there for four days. There were more than thirteen hundred registered attendees, along with guests. I introduced VVA to many veterans and handed out more than three hundred membership applications. VVA was very well received by all who stopped by our booth. My thanks to VVA Meeting Planner Wes Guidry for his help.

Don’t forget about membership growth. The Membership Affairs Committee has created the National Membership Growth Award to recognize growth at the chapter level. Winners will be based on the percentage of growth during the VVA fiscal year, March 1 to February 28. Winners will be announced at the 2015 National Convention in Springfield, Illinois.

Membership Affairs Committee Meeting
January 10, 2014

The meeting was called to order by Chair Charlie Hobbs @ 2:15 pm.

There were eight (8) members and three (3) Special Advisors present.

Motion: To accept the amended agenda. Adopted.

Motion: To accept the minutes of October meeting with amendments. Adopted.

The Honorary Life Membership criteria and form were revised by the Committee; the Chair will make corrections to the form and send to the Committee electronically for review and feedback.

A Membership Achievement Award will be given to the Chapter with the highes percentage increase in membership over a one-year period. To be eligible, the chapter must have a minimum of a 20% increase. Awards will be given in three categories.

  • 1-300 members
  • 301-500 members
  • 501 and above

Awards will be a flag streamer and a certificate. The Chair will explore the cost of the streamer and add estimated cost to the proposed 2015 fiscal budget. Annual award dates will be March 1st – February 28th.

Awards will be given to State Council Presidents during the April Board meeting to take back to the winners. Colors of the ribbons will be the same as the Vietnam ribbon colors. Awards will be presented in 2014.

Motion: To purchase 100 Video discs from Public Relations to be shared with chapters and states as recruiting tools. Adopted.

The Chair introduced the possibility of attending the Veterans Rally in Kokomo, Indiana in September 2014.

The budget for fiscal year 2015 was presented, suggestions were given; the Chair will make changes and send to the Committee electronically.

A roundtable discussion followed.

With no further business the meeting adjourned at 4:15 pm.

Cathy Keister, Acting Secretary






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