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Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, July/August 2023 -   -  

Less Monkeying Around with MailChimp

AVVA has a new way of communicating directly to our membership through email. Although most of our State Representatives and Presidents do a wonderful job of keeping chapter officials updated, this new approach will reduce the time for news to arrive from National to our chapter members. Since we began using MailChimp, we have received a lot of positive feedback, making the cost and our efforts worthwhile.

Our objective with MailChimp is to keep our members aware of current events, news, and outcomes. An up-to-date awareness of AVVA’s Mission and Vision will enable us to grow and prosper. Our goal is to be a transparent organization and to never stop helping veterans and their families.

Our members are the backbone of our success; they are the reason AVVA will become VVA’s legacy organization. Keeping you informed is our way of saying that we appreciate your membership. It’s vital that we have our members’ current email addresses. If you change yours, please let us know. All corrections should be sent to Nina Schloffel, our National Secretary, at neenr@att.net.

AVVA is very busy preparing for the execution of our 12th National Convention. Planning the business session, shipping product sales, continuing our fundraising efforts, and preparing for our Awards luncheon are all part of producing a seamless meeting. It is a cooperative effort requiring the National Board’s full participation.

We look forward to greeting you with confidence. During the Convention, delegates will be voting on a revision of our bylaws and electing national officers. The proposed bylaws changes and a list of candidates with biographies are posted on the AVVA website. I ask delegates to do your homework and come prepared to discuss the proposed changes.

Every year before and during the annual meeting, AVVA sponsors a fundraising endeavor called Project Friendship. The recipient is a 501(c)(3) charity selected from the area hosting the annual event. This year’s Project Friendship is the National Birth Defects Registry in Orlando. Please bring a donation to the Convention and give to this worthy cause.

I want to thank the Board of Directors, the National Parliamentarian, and our national committees for their commitment this term. They have worked tirelessly to be productive and successful. It has been a pleasure serving with them.

I look forward to seeing all of you this year in Orlando.




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