Words from the Commander
I appreciate the trust that you have shown by choosing me to be your Department Commander. I will work hard to perform the duties of the office to the best of my ability. All my decisions as your Commander will be base on the following:
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all?
Will it build goodwill and better friendship to all?
Will it be beneficial to all members?
I am very passionate about all the VFW programs and will make it a commitment to support all equally. I pledge my full dedication in achieving the goals of our great Department. As we begin the year, I am looking forward to working with all of you.
I would like to pass my condolences to the family of Past Department Commander Frank Sass (1988-1989). A great comrade that was very passionate about the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and did so many great things at the Post, District and Department level. May he rest in Peace.
I want to thank Post 12074, Chang-Mai, Thailand for putting on an Outstanding Convention a great job well done.
My theme for this year is “Leading, Mentoring and Caring”. I am proud of the service that our members give to their communities, our organization, and to the world at large. The VFW is well respected internationally for the work we do for veterans; active duty servicemen; youth; and communities around the world. We need to work continuously to keep it that way. MEMBERSHIP will always be the key. I encourage every member to begin recruiting early. Please be remained that I put a challenge to all Posts to try to recruit 5 new members from the end of our Department convention to the National convention beginning on 23 July 2016.
The first half of the term is a busy time. New officers assume their duties but have little time to settle in. Our core programs including Voice of Democracy; Patriot’s Pen; and Teacher awards must be addressed right away. Remember that anyone can nominate a teacher for the award. Our Law Enforcement; Firefighter; and Emergency Services falls under the VOD/PP chairman, therefore please submit your nominations to him before the C of A deadline. Again, anyone can make the nomination.
Every Post and District in our Department should be working toward achieving All-State and All-American status. I encourage all post and districts to have all basic requirements that can be done by the C of A which would leave three requirements left for the remaining of the year (i.e. CSR, AUDITS AND MEMBERSHIP). Please note the major change to the All-State/All American program is the minimum donation of $50 for all programs.
I have high hopes and expectations for the future of our Department. I am counting on all of you to spring into action this term by promoting, marketing our programs and our organization. I’m looking forward to another Great Team year. I look forward to visiting each of our Districts this year. As well as having the Senior Vice and Junior Vice make visits. District Commanders; please send the dates of your District meetings so the Top Three chairs can plan to visit you and your District.
May God Bless our Active Duty members, Veteran’s, widow’s and family members and may God always Bless our United States of America.
Yours in Comradeship and Service,
Robert Mo Moses,