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Added 2/5/2018

Comrades,
We have many Posts in the Department that are utilizing other gaming vendors. Some are using vendors hundreds of miles outside of their geographical area. Let me remind you of the By-Laws of this organization and they are:
Section 214 (This By-Law is also in every Post By Law) as attached
 
The key areas of this By-Law are:
 
“A Post shall not solicit funds or donations or otherwise engage in fund-raising activities or projects outside the immediate geographical area or community of the Post”.
NOTE:  It has been very apparent  over the last few years that Posts are soliciting outside their area. The competitors set up in a bar or a game room  and then advertise “Donations go VFW Post XXXX, which like I said are hundreds of miles away.
 
“The form of any such written agreement must be submitted to the Department Commander for review and approval at least thirty (30) days prior to any Post entering into any such agreement”.
I know, as well as you, we have many Posts using sweepstakes or other games and I have never had a Post send to me the written contract asking for the Department Commanders approval. Some of these systems are located within the Posts of our District Commanders or State Officers.
I know we have said this before but one of the primary responsibilities of all Commanders, at all levels, is to enforce the By-Laws. Seems we are lacking in this area. No accusations here but if your Post fits the description as not following these rules, then it needs to cease and if you want to continue, I would suggest you get those contracts in for review.
 
Roy J. Grona
State Adjutant/Quartermaster
Department of Texas
Veterans of Foreign Wars
8503 N I35
Austin, TX  78753

 

Added 1/9/2018

Bingo Training in Austin, Texas on Tuesday January 30, 2018

Comrades and Sisters I am forwarding this from Department. Please let your Post and Auxiliary chairman know about this opportunity for Bingo training.

Jose Duran
District 20
Commander

On Monday, January 8, 2018 3:39 PM, G Greene <gerardp.greene@gmail.com> wrote:

Comrades please contact Posts in your District that have Bingo’s and let them know of this training they can participate in if they can.
Thanks.

Gerard P Greene
Veterans of Foreign Wars
State Deputy Chief of Staff
Department of Texas
VFW VAVS Deputy Representative
VA North Texas Health Care System (Dallas)
214-718-1682

Subject: Austin Bingo Training

Bingo Training Program will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at:

Lucky Lady Bingo
1107 N IH 35
Austin, Texas 78702-1901

Training will be presented by the Texas Lottery Commission Charitable Bingo Operations Division.

The training will cover the following five broad areas:
· General Information
· Licensing
· Bingo Operations
· Accounting Services
· Audit
· Question and Answers

Please register by sending an email to Bingo.services@lottery.state.tx.us Attn: Joel Lawrence and Alice Banks

Hope to see you there!

Please note this training is not a replacement for the required Bingo Chairperson training.

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Thanks,

Lennie Page
District 3 Commander
2017-2018
214-329-5202

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Comrades, I am forwarding this from Department. This year when we have Post elections, lets us all be diligent in giving the Post Quartermaster your correct email address for the election reports. In our District we have several officers that do not have an email listed. I know some individuals do not have emails and perhaps these individuals need to get one, or not be an officer in the future. You can not be an effective officer if you can’t communicate.In this day and age we must all adapt to modern society or get out of the way for the younger generation so that they can step up and be an officer.

Also now is the time for the current officers to be training next years officers so that in April when the elections occur, everyone will be ready for their office.

Jose Duran
District 20
Commander

On Friday, January 5, 2018 9:57 AM, Roy Grona <Roy@texasvfw.org> wrote:

Comrades,

For years now, we have been relying on electronic communications. National has done the same. Electronic Communications save time and money. Much of the information that we send to the Council and the District Commanders also needs to go to our Posts. I believe that our District Commanders, for the majority of Posts in their District, do a pretty good job of keeping the Posts informed. This year when Wayne came on, we cleared up the issues we were having with aol addresses bouncing and Wayne has been working on a data base that will allow us mass email to all the Posts. Here are the facts:

We have 311 Posts.

7 Posts have no email (neither a Post Email address, Commander or Quartermaster)
47 Post Quartermasters and 72 Post Commanders have no email .
106 Posts do not have a Post email address.

I bring this up as we enter the election cycle in March. Please, at your District meetings, bring up this topic and urge these Posts, Commanders and Quartermasters the importance of email addresses and their accuracy. It would be great if every Post had a Post email address that remains stable even with the election of a new Commander or Quartermaster.

We will start building the group email utilizing those Posts that have a Post email such as: vfwpost1000@yahoo.com

That is 205 Posts. We have not done a test yet but I am sure some of those 205 addresses will bounce. That leaves us 106 Posts. I will have Wayne compile a list of those Posts so we can work on it. I would appreciate your help in getting to that goal.

Just as reminder on the election reports. If the Post does not do the report electronically, they need to print legibly on a written report. Many times we cannot read the report.

Sometime in February, Posts will start receiving the National Convention Registration and delegate forms and fees. There is always confusion when they receive that packet and then in April, the Department delegate fees and new member fee. Many Posts call and say they already sent that in and are not aware of that they receive two (2) invoices, one from National and one from Department.

Roy J. Grona
State Adjutant/Quartermaster
Department of Texas
Veterans of Foreign Wars
8503 N I35
Austin, TX 78753
Phone: (512) 834-8535, Ext 102
Fax: (512) 834-9232
Cell: (512) 627-3108

Thank You
Members,
    The beginning of the year was smooth until hurricane Harvey hit and the recovery will be for years to come.  Another phase is working the inspections of Post regulations and compliance of our National Bylaws.  Thank you team leaders for your reports that help us  keep our Posts in good working order.  We must comply, or imagine how many Posts would be in violation of our bylaws and IRS nonprofit status.
    We have to spread the news; membership is down throughout the United States especially in Texas.  Please everyone who cares about the future of this organization, work the 3R’s-Recruit, Retain, and Reinstate members.  We Vietnam brothers are the majority and if we all recruit just one and all members do the same, the mission will be a success.
    Our National Commander Keith Harmon voices concern in our membership and stopping the trend we are on.  He stated; it’s going to take all of us, from Post members to Department Commanders to increase membership.  “It’s about the Veterans of Foreign Wars”, meaning “us”.  Help keep our organization thriving.  Members, recruit military, family, and friends and ask if they know a veterans who hasn’t been asked to join.
    Our organization is vibrant in our community.  We provide youth scholarships, support our public servants, promote citizenship and patriotism. our existence will be missed if we don’t address membership.  “United we are a Team” we must remain active for the cause.  “No One Does More For Veterans” since 1899.  Thank you for your support to make a difference in membership.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Service not Self”
                                                                                                                 Edward C. Torres
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Comrades forwarding this from Department for your information .
 
Jose Duran
District 20
Commander
For your information.
Roy J. Grona
State Adjutant/Quartermaster
Department of Texas
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Dear Industry Member,
“Selfless service” and “dedication” are two ideals the employees of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission strive toward, but for our nation’s veterans, these concepts are part of everyday life.
As part of its efforts to honor those who have served in the military, TABC is beginning a new initiative to track which TABC permittees are former service members. We’re asking any license or permit holder who previously served in the military to email veterans@tabc.texas.gov to let us know their status. We’ll also re-work our application paperwork so veterans can make their status known during the application process.
Once we’ve verified that a permit holder is a former military member, we’ll send a certificate naming their establishment as a “VETERAN-OWNED BUSINESS.” This certificate can be displayed at the veteran’s place of business to let customers know about their service to our country.
Additionally, TABC will continue to work with veterans such as yourself to ensure they have the tools they need to obtain the necessary licenses or permits needed to operate as a member of the alcoholic beverage industry in Texas. If we can be of any assistance in the future, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (512) 206-3333.
Thank you for helping us honor those who have served,
Bentley Nettles
Executive Director
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
512-206-3217 office
512-206-3203 fax
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Comrades forwarding this from Department.  New TABC Guide document.
 
Jose Duran
District 20
Commander


From

Gerard P Greene 

Veterans of Foreign Wars 
State Deputy Chief of Staff
Department of Texas
VFW VAVS Deputy Representative
VA North Texas Health Care System (Dallas)

214-718-1682

Begin forwarded message:

Roy J. Grona
State Adjutant/Quartermaster
Department of Texas
Veterans of Foreign Wars

From: Joe Iagnemmo [mailto:joe.iagnemmo@tabc.texas.gov
Sent: Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:40 AM
Subject: TABC Written Warning System

Dear Industry Members,

Attached is a notice regarding the new TABC Written Warning System, which outlines the agency’s approach as it relates to regulatory enforcement of nonpublic safety violations. In addition, please find attached the TABC press release from September 5 regarding the warning system. Should you have questions, please contact your regional TABC office or call the agency’s Austin headquarters at (512) 206-3400.

https://www.tabc.state.tx.us/home/press_releases/2017/20170905.asp

Sincerely,

Marketing Practices 
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
Marketing.Practices@TABC.texas.gov
TABC Written Warning System Notice
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Comrades, all of the District Commanders were asked to verify all VFW Posts in their Districts had a quorum present for each meeting. I know this seems hard to believe that a Post would have fewer that five members show up for a meeting, however, it is a fact there are Post in this state that have had to cancel a meeting because they did not have a quorum.  A Quorum is defined as five or more VFW members present for a meeting. This email is just a reminder that the Adjutant should record in every meeting’s minutes that a quorum is present.  This can be done by stating the number of Officers that were present and stating that there were X number of members also present.
Thank you
Jose Duran
District 20
Commander
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