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DEPARTMENT OF GEORGIA

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2016 – 2017 Series – General Order No. 3

April-May 2017

TO ALL POSTS AND

DISTRICTS WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF GEORGIA

1 The following Convention appointments are hereby announced:

CONVENTION DIRECTOR

John F. Gwizdak,Director,Post 5080,Lake City

Michael J. O’Steen, Assistant Director,Post 5976, Douglas

BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE (AUDIT)

Jeff Carroll, Chairman,Post 2667,Newnan

Earl B. Lewis Sr, Co- Chairman, Post 4706, Decatur

Earl Lively, Post 2872, Athens

Gina Rhoden, Post 7402,Buchanan

Maury Jackson,Post  4830, Moultrie

BY-LAWS COMMITTEE

Pledge M. Cannon, Chairman,Post 9998,Warner Robins

James R. {Randy)  Coggins, Vice Chairman,Post 5080, Lake City

AI Lipphardt,Post 12002, Alpharetta Michael J. O’Steen, Post 5976, Douglas

John F. Gwizdak,Post 5080,Lake City

PARLIAMENTARIANS

John F. Gwizdak, Chairman,Post 5080,Lake City

Jeff Carroll,Post 2667,Newnan

RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE

George A. Langford,Chairman,Post 5448, Griffin

AI Lipphardt,Vice Chairman, Post 12002,Alpharetta

Joel L. Willis, Post 5290,Conyers

Pledge Cannon, Post 9998, Warner Robins

James W. Gray, Post 4706, Decatur

RULES AND  CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE

John Bogardus,Chairman, Post 5080, lake City

Patsy Schreiber,Vice Chairman,Post 8385,Kingsbay

John Skinner, Post 2667,Newnan

Maury Jackson, Post 4830 Moultrie

TIME AND  PLACE COMMITTEE

AI Lipphardt,Chairman,Post 12002, Alpharetta

Leonard D. Ott,Vice Chairman, Post 6330,Jonesboro

John F. Gwizdak,Post 5080, lake City

Michael J. O’Steen,Post 5976,Douglas

AWARDS COMMITTEE

William Sandberg,State Commander,Post 3679,Fort Oglethorpe

Richard Attaway,Sr Vice Commander,Post 4629,laGrange

Tony Dobbins,Jr Vice Commander,Post 5080,lake City

John F. Gwizdak,Quartermaster, Post 5080,lake City

Jeff Carroll,Judge Advocate, Post 2667, Newnan

Michael J. O’Steen,State Adjutant, Post 5976,Douglas

REDISTRICTING COMMITTEE

Dwayne Epps,Chairman,Post 5897,lavonia

William Sandberg, Post 3679, Fort Oglethorpe

Richard Hack,Post 4346,Toccoa

Dean E. Smith,Post 5290, Conyers

Dick Dickens, Post 6686, Eatonton

John Skinner, Post 2667,Newnan

Pledge Cannon,Post 9998, Warner Robins

Michael J. O’Steen,Post 5976 Douglas

James R. Rogers,Post 2785, Albany

2. Cancellation of Charter: N/A

3. Post Consolidation: N/A

4. Post Election Reports:

Attention is directed to Article II Section 217 of the National By-laws and Manual of Procedure covering the nomination/ election and installation of Post Officers. Post  Election Report form was mailed to Post Quartermasters  with instructions that they complete the form online through the Online Membership System (OMS) or they can complete the form and return directly to National Headquarters immediately following the elections of Post Officers (April meeting),but no later than June 1, 2017.

5. District Conventions:

Pursuant to Article IV Section 403 of the National By-laws and Manual of Procedure, each District shall hold an annual District Convention for the purpose of electing District officers,such convention to be held not less than ten (10) days and no more than seventy five (75) days prior to the convening of the Department Convention. This year’s Department Convention is June 15-18,  2017. 

6. Post Delegate to District/State Conventions:

Article II Section 222 of the National By-laws and Manual of Procedure provides that Posts shall elect delegates and alternates to District Conventions at a regular meeting of the Post held not less than thirty (30) days prior to the District Convention at which District officers are to be elected: one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate  for each thirty (30} members or fraction thereof  in good standing in the Post at the time of the election.

Delegates and alternates to the Department Convention shall be elected at a regular Post meeting held not less than thirty {30) days prior to the Department Convention, Posts are entitled  to one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate for each thirty (30) members or fraction thereof in good standing  in the Post at the time of the election. The Department of Georgia By-laws Article VII Section 6 states the voting delegate strength is based on the record of members in good standing according to the records in the Department Headquarters as of May 1, 2017.

7. National Convention:

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States will convene the 118th National Convention in New Orleans, LA,July 22-26, 2017. All hotel room reservations must be made through VFW Housing Bureau. Reservation forms are available on the National VFW Website:  www.vfw.org Deadline for hotel reservations is June 13, 2017. Room rates are $184.00 plus tax per night.

8. State Convention:

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States,Department of Georgia will convene the 75th State Convention in Macon, Georgia at the Marriott Macon City Center June 15-18,2017. Room rates are $89.00 plus tax per night. Deadline for hotel reservations is May 24th, 2017.  Cost of Convention advance registration is $15.00,  banquet $35.00. Deadline for advance registration/banquet tickets is May  26, 2017 which includes money received at State Headquarters. All members attending the State Convention must register and pay appropriate fee. Cost at the Convention site is registration $20.00, banquet $40.00. (ANY PERSON ENTERING THE HOSPITALITY ROOM DURING THE CONVENTION MUST BE REGISTERED AND WEARING CONVENTION BADGE)

9. National Delegate Fees:

Each Post will pay, in advance,a National Convention registration fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) which shall entitle the Post to a packet of Convention information and materials and one (1) identified registered delegate for the National Convention. Each additional delegate attending the National Convention will pay a ten dollar ($10.00) delegate fee. The delegate’s registration can ONLY be made by the Post Quartermaster via the On-Line Membership (OMS) System or mailing the form to National Headquarters.

10. Department Delegate Fees:

In accordance with Department  of Georgia By-Laws,a delegate registration fee shall be paid by each Post for every delegate to which each Post shall be entitled,based upon the State Quartermaster’s record as of April 30,2017.The delegate registration fee shall be forwarded by each and every Post regardless of the number of delegates present at the annual Department Convention. The delegate fee is $12.00 per delegate plus an additional $5.00 for the Post Commander. Posts failing to forward the full delegate registration fee shall be considered delinquent and in arrears.

11. Resolutions:

All resolutions for the Department  Convention consideration shall be typewritten,four (4) copies, and shall be in the hands of the Department Commander or Adjutant at least thirty (30) days prior to the convening of the Department Convention (no later than May 16,2017) so that a copy can be recorded by the Adjutant  and copies for study forwarded to the Committee Chairman at least fifteen  {15) days prior to the convening of the Department Convention.

12. By-Laws:

All By-Law amendments must be submitted to State Headquarters (no later than May 1,2017) so proper distribution can be made.

13. Community Service Reports:

All reports,Community Service, Youth,Safety,and Americanism are due to Department Headquarters by May 1,2017.

14. Buddy Poppy:

The Department  still needs your help on Buddy Poppy orders. We are behind last year in our purchase of Buddy Poppies. Order now for Memorial Day. Orders received after April30,2017 cannot be guaranteed for delivery on time for your Memorial Day event.

15. Joe L. Smith Memorial Plaque:

Presented to Mr./Ms. VFW of the year. Please give consideration to a worthy  comrade for this most prestigious award. Nominations must be submitted to State Headquarters no later than April 30, 2017.

16. All State Team:

Deadline date May 1, 2017 is fast approaching for Commanders and Quartermasters to reach their criteria. Please refer to the Commander’s Yearbook to see what requirements you must achieve,those you have achieved,and those remaining.

17. Arrearages:

Posts and Districts are reminded to take care of any outstanding bills and or obligations owed to National or the Department  by June 1, 2017. Check with State Headquarters if you are not sure if your Post or District owes the Department  money, (Buddy Poppies, Admission Fees,Delegate Fees,Bonds,etc.) THIS INCLUDES AUXILIARY FEES OWED TO THE DEPARTMENT

18. Disciplinary Action:

Post 4629 LaGrange;

Bobby J.Smith,removed from the rolls of Post 4629, with ten (10) year suspension ending December 6,2026 after which will remain as a Department  Member-at-large and during suspension shall not be allowed admittance to any VFW property.

19. Council of Administration Meeting:

The Council of Administration will meet on Thursday,June 15,2017 at 4:00P.M. to conclude 2016-2017 business.

 

 BY THE COMMAND OF

WILLIAM C. SANDBERG

DEPARTMENT COMMANDER

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OFFICIAL:

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MICHAEL J. O’STEEN

Department Adjutant

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DEPARTMENT OF GEORGIA

2016-2017 Series- General Order No.3- Addendum                        April-May 2017

TO ALL POSTS AND DISTRICTS WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF GEORGIA

On March 30, 2017,Commander William Sandberg appointed John H. Skinner, Life Member,Post 2667 as the Department Chief of Staff. Elections held on March 30,2017 resulted in former Chief of Staff,Jeff Carroll being elected as Department Judge Advocate.

BY ORDER OF: William C. Sandberg

DEPARTMENT COMMANDER

 

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