CONFERENCE OF STATE COUNCIL PRESIDENTS REPORT
BY CHARLIE MONTGOMERY, CHAIR
There was no snow in the Rocky Mountains until the last day,
but there were powerful winds in the valley. But they could
not stop the Conference of State Council Presidents from
having its Annual Winter Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
It was a very productive learning experience for all who
We had 30 of the 47 State Council Presidents present
for this meeting. We started our meetings each day an hour
earlier than normal because our agenda was so full and
to make room for activities planned for Saturday afternoon.
the meeting, we went over information on current and upcoming
VVA business that will affect state councils in 2008. That
included the upcoming VVA Leadership Conference, which will
help the State Presidents better themselves to help their
chapters. VVA National President John Rowan addressed concerns
on a variety of issues, including the 25th Anniversary Parade,
The Wall book, the Service Rep Programs, and VVAF. He also
answered questions about VVA National operations. Having
our National President there to address the CSCP was a big
We had seven presentations in addition to regular
CSCP business. All were informative. The presentations were
planned and presented by state presidents and by John Rowan.
We also had heavy discussions during our round-table session,
sharing information and answers to questions to help each
State Council be more productive.
I would like to thank all
the State Presidents who presented programs and John Rowan.
With these presentations, the CSCP was able to learn more
and learn how to work with National and with local chapters.
Many thanks to John Rowan for taking time to be there to
help us understand where VVA is heading. I would also like
to give Jim Pace, president of the Washington State Council,
a special “Thank You” for his
help in putting together the Saturday afternoon activities.