NEWS! NEWS! NEWS!
I just wanted to let everyone know that the Fall Conference is scheduled for the weekend of September 18 - 20, 2015 at the Clarion Waterfront Hotel by vote of the membership at the Convention last week. Remember this will be training sessions and there will not be a banquet. Please let's get some support and training so that all posts have officers who know their jobs instead of habitually calling Department & National Officers to find out what they are supposed to be doing.
I am very disappointed with revalidations this year. The deadline for the posts getting their paperwork to the Department was July 10th and the deadline for the Department to get the paperwork to National was July 15th. Not only did a lot posts miss their deadline there are a lot who still do not have their revalidations in and quite a few who were missing paperwork on the revalidations that were sent in. This is the second year in a row that I have had problems with this. I have released the information about 8 weeks before the due date via email, website, Convention/conferences and for those who complain about not having a computer in the last 2 AMVETS News. Still it seems a lot of posts are surprised that there is a requirement for revalidation when it has been a part of our requirements for as long as I can remember and has not changed in the last 4 or 5 years I have been around. There was also a problem with programs and programs reporting this year. As a result the Department is going to be a little tougher this year. We will be handing out 'Letters of Reprimand' which could eventually lead to suspensions and revocation of charters if this persists. We can't babysit the posts and it's time that you all take responsibility and to function as an AMVETS Department of Indiana Post and not a local bar or club.