District 14 Commander Monthly Comments
April 1, 2022
I hope this finds everyone well and getting ready for Spring. Time does fly it’s hard to believe this is April.
I attended the State Commanders Homecoming, in Porter Tx. For those who couldn’t make it, you missed an opportunity to see the State Commander do his rendition of Jail House Rock, however, great time was had by all.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the April 22 Luau at Post 9192. Preferred dress for the luau is grass skirts and coconuts. Also, don’t forget the District meeting on April 23 at Post 3892, with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m. Staff dress is Blue and Gray. We will be having a Memorial Service, and elections for District officers. State Junior Vice Larry Sanders will be our special guest.
As in my last comments, my thanks to all Posts for working on their mandatory requirements. We still need work on second quarter audits, membership, IRS990, MAP and VPRs. Most of the Posts are at 90% or above in membership. I know all Posts can also reach 100% in the next couple of months. Our number one priority to veterans and families is to insure their well-being. If you know of a veteran in distress, please act. The second priority is recruitment and retentions. The goal for each Post is 100% + 1, to convert three or more annual members to LIFE membership, and at least one to LEGACY. A larger membership radiates a louder voice in Washington.
Commanders and staff, to achieve Post goals you must be proactive, must contact unpaid members and potentially new members to explain the many benefits of the VFW. Motivate all your members to do this on a regular basis. Plan your membership drives ahead of time. District is there to help in whatever Posts need. One drive is never enough. The membership chairman, with the aid of members, can set up more than one recruiting station. There is still time to achieve the goal of 100% + 1.
Again, State Commander Macey would like to remind all Posts about the Membership Grant Program, for posts to sign up New and Reinstated members. For members signed up since January 1st, your Post will receive the amounts noted below:
• New Annual Member $20.00
• Reinstated Annual Member $10.00
• New/Reinstated Member, Life Installment $20.00
• New/Reinstated Member, Life (full) $30.00
Commanders check your stat sheet. I am sure there are requirements you have completed that have not been logged. If you have not completed the requirements, it is time to get started.
VPRs are due at Texas VFW
• April 1 Deadline to submit Scout of the Year
• April 10 Deadline to receive Community Service Record book
• April 23 Deadline to receive VPR for Kosovo Campaign
• April 30 Deadline to receive 3rd Post Audit
• April 30 Deadline to receive VPR for Somalia
Gold Legacy / Life Member
“Responding to Your Need”
"No One Does More for Veterans"