Letter from our Department President
We remain behind in our membership percentages for the department. In order for a member to remain in good standing membership dues must be paid by December 31. If dues are not paid and processed by the end of the year, that member is not considered to be in good standing. Cancer grant eligibility is one of the benefits that will be forfeited if a member is not in good standing. Work with your auxiliary treasurer and membership chairman to reach out to those members not paid to see if they plan to continue as a member of the organization. We need for those who want to remain a part of our organization to be contacted to make them aware of the end of year deadline to prevent a lapse in membership. The purpose of our organization is to serve our veterans and their families and that is done through our members.
I would like to clarify the situation with the change in our February meeting. The VFW mid-winter (POW-WOW) will be held at the Sheraton Music City February 7 – 8 which is one weekend earlier than usual. This created a conflict with the Ladies Auxiliary National Mid-Winter conference which our department line officers attend. You may attend the VFW conference although there will be no meetings or activities for the Ladies Auxiliary. The Chinese auction to benefit Cancer Aid & Research will be held at the State Convention in June.
The Ladies Auxiliary mid-winter meeting (POW-WOW) is on Saturday, February 1 at Comdata in Brentwood, Tennessee. The Council of Administration meeting will begin at 9:00 am CST followed by program updates with the meeting to end at 3:00 CST. There is no registration fee for the meeting or lunch although we are requesting a reservation to plan for seating and food. Contact Kathy Medlin at email@example.com or 615-812-7088 for your reservation. There are rooms at the Hilton Suites in Brentwood for $102 per night if you plan to stay overnight. This is only available until January 1, 2014 by requesting the Ladies Auxiliary rate.
In an effort to enhance communication, the auxiliaries in our department have been divided into groups that will be rotated to the line officers to contact. This will provide an opportunity for your auxiliary officers to discuss any way we can provide assistance to your auxiliary. This will continue through the remainder of my term as President to allow each line officer time to talk with each auxiliary.
President's letter (continued)
The 2014 Bylaws book can be ordered through the national website store. Each auxiliary is to have at least one book available to access the most current information. I would like to remind each trustee to reference page 20 of the new 2014 book. At each audit the trustees are to be provided: secretary book, treasurer book, checkbook, bank statement, cancelled checks, cash receipts, and certificates along with any savings book. Audits are a crucial function of our trustees and the auxiliary officers should be prepared with the items needed.
I wish each of you a joyous and safe holiday season.