VFW Membership News

Add 8 June 2018

To all,
Please note that on Friday, June 29th, the Member Service Center (previous Dues Processing Department) will process all membership mail that it has received (physically in house)  for that day or called/FAXED in by 2:00pm Central Standard Time (CST).
The Online Membership System (OMS) will remain open for membership submission until June 30th at 6:30pm CST.  Please be sure to advise all of your Posts to submit their final membership information by then.  Shortly after 6:30pm, all membership processing will shut down so we can begin the year-end processing.
As in the past, IT will require a short period of time to reconcile our final year-end processing and will keep you posted as to when the systems will be returned online in early July.
Also take note that when the system returns online in July that a new dues system is in place with every membership ending at the end of the month one year after payment.  Like your car registration.  This is retroactive to any current annual member in good standing.
Barney
Bernard (Barney) Hill
Director of Operations

 

Add 30 April 2018

Comrades,
Attached is a PDF of the VFW 2018 Priority Goals for your use. This is an excellent recruiting aid or when speaking about the VFW. This is substantial evidence of what we do for veterans. As a reminder, the survey done by the George W. Bush Institute listed the following as the most significant transition challenges:
1.       Navigating VA programs, benefits, and services (60%)
2.       Finding a job (55%)
3.       Adjusting to civilian culture (41%)
4.       Addressing financial challenges (40%)
5.       Applying military learned skills to civilian life (39%)
6.       Depression (31%)
7.       Employment preparation (34%)
8.       Understanding GI Bill benefits (32%)
Roy J. Grona
State Adjutant/Quartermaster
Department of Texas
Veterans of Foreign Wars
8503 N I35
Austin, TX  78753

Add 5 February 2018

PLANNING CALENDAR
SCHEDULE OF VFW MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Rev. February 2018

February Calendar

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES
General Orders No. 7 2017-18 Series

GO#07-Feb18

National Headquarters Bulletin Volume 42, No 7 Feb 2018

Nhb-07-Feb18

 

Added 17 January 2018

Annual Membership

Congressional Charter By-Laws Article 1, Section 105 states an annual VFW member is in good standing through their anniversary date which is the date he or she first became a member of the VFW. The annual membership card reflects the valid through date.

Effective January 1, 2014 new annual members begin to have their anniversary date when their application was processed by National Headquarters.

During periods of a Department membership incentive drive an annual member may take advantage of the discounted membership due and pay his or her annual dues early during the period of the incentive drive. The paid annual dues will renew the annual members for an additional year (365 days) from the date of the anniversary date that is reflected in their annual membership card.

Never will a VFW member annual membership anniversary date change if the member elects to pay his or her annual dues early or prior to their anniversary date.

New membership cards will be printed by National Headquarters which will reflect an additional year (365 days) from their valid through date.

All members will continue to receive 10 issues of the VFW magazine for the additional anniversary year.
Please further disseminate this information to your Post Commanders and Recruiting Committees.

On a positive note…the Texas statewide membership number right now is on track to be at almost 90%! With the help of the $21.50 membership incentive program hopefully we are on pace for a 100%+1 administration year!

No one does more for Veterans than the Veterans of Foreign Wars!

Respectfully submitted,

Lee Rivas, MSA
Chairman, Membership Program
Cell: 210-850-8221

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Added 1/9/2018

Comrades,

I am forwarding this from National and Department. The National VFW Membership Department has contracted with a third party to call individuals who have a lapsed membership. The company is MDS and when they call it is an official call from the National membership Department. Commanders please mention this in your meetings, so that your members will not think this is a scam.

Also just because National is doing this, doesn’t mean that the Post should not also reach out. Thank you to everyone who has renewed their dues.

Jose Duran
District 20
Commander

On Monday, January 8, 2018 1:49 PM, Roy Grona <Roy@texasvfw.org> wrote:

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

From: Rick McKenna [mailto:RMcKenna@vfw.org]
Sent: Monday, January 08, 2018 1:07 PM
To: _All State Depts; New York Adjutant
Subject: Lapsed Membership 3rd Party Calling Campaign Continues

Greetings Department Leadership,

Please pass the word onto your District & Post leadership that the Lapsed Membership calling campaign is continuing through this month as well.

Please remind your Districts and Posts the name of the telemarketer is “MDS”

Thank you for your assistance,

Rick McKenna
Deputy Director, Membership
Veterans of Foreign Wars
406 W. 34th Street, Suite 320 | Kansas City, MO 64111
Email: RMcKenna@vfw.org
Office: (816) 968-1138
Cell: (816) 519-0579
Fax: (816) 968-2728
Comrades forwarding this from National and Department.
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Add 1/5/2018

The new Department stat sheets reflect that District 20 as a whole is at 86% on membership and I commend everyone for your hard work to date. Now is the hard part, getting those individuals who have not paid their dues back into the ranks.

I call on all VFW members to work with your Post Officers to make every Post 100% in membership. Please make an effort to contact all members who have not paid their dues. Now is also the time to encourage those who are annual members to convert to a life membership.

Thank you for all you do for the VFW.

Jose Duran
District 20
Commander

On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 2:30 PM, Roy Grona <Roy@texasvfw.org> wrote:

FYI

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

From: Matthew Nute [mailto:MNute@vfw.org]
Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 2:06 PM
Subject: VFW MEMBERSHIP FOCUS – January 3, 2017

Good afternoon! As we’re entering 2018 and the second half of our membership year, it’s a good time for us to take a look at where our membership numbers stand.

As of right now, we are 132,737 members behind last year’s end-of-year totals, halfway through the membership year. This is an important issue to focus on, but it also offers a strong opportunity to get your Posts and Districts to focus on a campaign to recover our lapsed and expiring members.

The first and most important tool in your campaign is the Online Membership System. Remember that the Post Commander and Quartermaster always have up-to-date access through www.vfw.org to see when members’ dues are about to expire. The Quartermaster can see when these members are about to expire or whose dues have expired and put together a roster to call or email these members.

This doesn’t have to fall on the Post officers alone, either. One proven method is to engage your active members as part of your retention and re-engagement efforts. Take volunteers and split them into teams to contact a section of your unpaid and expiring members, perhaps even offer incentives for teams that can collect the most dues for the Post.

Since July 1st, the VFW as a whole has seen 183,753 new, reinstated, and renewed members. That’s just in the first half of the year. So when we look at that daunting number of 132,737 to make 100%, our actual results show that it IS possible to achieve that kind of membership growth in a six-month period.

I want to encourage all our Posts, Districts, and Departments to continue the good work we’ve been doing – not only in our recruiting and retention goals, but the mission we serve as an organization; helping our fellow veterans.

When we talk to lapsed members, one of the most common reasons they give for allowing their membership dues to expire is that they don’t feel that the VFW does anything for them. It’s up to each individual Post to make sure that each and every one of their members feels as if they are a part of the team and a valued member of the Post, but in addition it often helps to share what the VFW does on the larger scale.

8.8 million volunteer hours contributed by VFW members on an annual basis, helping our local communities and veterans.

116,791 veterans that our service officers have assisted with submitting new VA claims.

Over $4 million in grants provided to struggling military families through our Unmet Needs program.

All of these achievements and more can be found on the VFW Fact Sheet, available online at www.vfw.org. This and other membership materials can be ordered from the membership department using the attached order form.

Whether through material support, training, or tools such as the Online Membership System, the VFW Membership Department is here to help you meet your goals. Together we can make 2018 the year that we reach that 100% (and beyond!) goal and prove truly that NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS.

Matt Nute
VFW Membership Department
Ph: 1-888-JOIN-VFW (888-564-6839)

VFW Fact Sheet_12.21.17

VFW Membership Order Form 2017