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Here’s more upcoming events. These are also found on the Department website and on the website “Events Calendar” page. Make sure you check the website frequently for changes and additions.
Saturday January 23, 2016
District IV Meeting at AMVETS Post #11 Connersville
The District IV meeting will take place in Connersville at 1:00pm.
Sunday February 7, 2016
Post #13 Buffet Breakfast - Sons of AMVETS @ 8:00am - Noon
At Post #13 West Harrison. You must be 18 to attend.
Saturday February 27, 2016
District IV Meeting at AMVETS Post #99 Indianapolis
The District IV meeting will take place in Indianapolis at 1:00pm.
Thursday March 3 – 6, 2016
Annual ‘Walk on the Hill’ in Washington D.C.
Thursday March 3 – 5, 2016
Spring NEC/Silver Helmet
The 2016 Spring NEC will be held March 3 – 6, 2016, with the Silver Helmet Banquet held Friday, March 4, 2016. The hotel information is as follows:
Hotel: Hilton Alexandria Mark Center
Address: 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria VA 22311
Pricing: $117.00 per night, plus tax/Parking - $8.00 per night
For reservations visit www.hiltonalexandriamc.com or call (800) 445-8997 or (703) 845-1010.
Please check the AMVETS website – www.amvets.org – for updates. If you plan on flying, you want to use Ronald Reagan Airport – DCA.
On behalf of AMVETS National Commander Jim Pidgeon, it is my pleasure to announce this year’s honorees to be recognized at our 2016 Silver Helmet Awards Banquet:
Silver Helmet Award
Americanism — Gary Maddock — past AMVETS Department of North Dakota and District V Commander
Civil Servant — John Scocos — Secretary, Wisconsin Dept of Veterans Affairs
Congressional Service — Jeff Miller — Congressman representing Florida's First Congressional District and Chairman of the House VA Committee
Defense — Montel Williams — former Navy Chief Petty Officer and talk show host
Rehabilitation — Heather French Henry — former Miss America and previous Humanitarian Awardee, now Commissioner of the Kentucky Dept of Veterans Affairs
AMVET of Year — Beryl Love — AMVETS National Programs Director
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Humanitarian Award — Lynda Carter — singer and actress
Sons of AMVETS National Aid & Support Award — Edward Veator — State Coordinator, Sons of AMVETS, Mass.
Get your tickets early before we are sold out! Go to http://www.amvets.org/events-information/silver-helmet/
Check the AMVETS website for details of key events during NEC week (including reserving a seat on the bus):
Tuesday, 1 March
7:30p.m., Storm the Hill Briefing, Alexandria Mark Center Hilton
Wednesday, 2 March
7:15 a.m., Storm the Hill - Buses depart Alexandria Mark Center Hilton
Thursday, 3 March
7:15 a.m., Buses Depart Alexandria Mark Center Hilton for Capitol Hill (Cannon House Office Bldg) – Congressional Reception & Commander’s Testimony
8:00 a.m. – 9:45 am, Congressional Reception, 334 Cannon HOB
10:00 a.m., 2015-2016 Commander’s Testimony, 345 Cannon Caucus Room; Cannon HOB
Saturday March 5, 2016
District I Meeting at AMVETS Post #6 Gary
The District I meeting will take place in Gary at 1:00pm.
Saturday March 12, 2016
District II Meeting at AMVETS Post #2919 South Whitley
The District II meeting will take place in South Whitley at 1:00pm.
If there are any corrections, additions or deletions to this memo please contact me asap and I will make the appropriate corrections.
Insurance/IRS Form 990
It is becoming more and more apparent that many of our post officers do not have any idea what the requirements are for their Insurance Policy or IRS Form 990/NP-20 submissions. I have recently written an article that will be showing up in the next AMVETS News and I am reprinting it here because it is very important to get this straight. It is not my job to call each of your insurance companies for the required paperwork but that is just what I have had to do to prevent some of you from going through an official suspension. I will not continue as it is the individual posts that are required to accomplish these tasks. If there are any problems understanding the requirements I would be happy to help out. I recently had to call 6 insurance companies who were suspended by National for not getting them or the Department the forms needed. I also know of 3 or 4 posts that have not submitted their IRS Form 990 and have had to pay severe penalties.
The article is in the menu item entitled 'Insurance/IRS990' so please read through it and let me know if you have any questions.
As most everyone knows by now today is the start of our new 2016 membership year. The membership report on the Department website now should reflect the new numbers for the upcoming year. If you find any errors please let me know right away so they can be corrected.
We really need to work on membership this year. The Department would like to see 100% across the board. It is not very difficult with a little proactive effort on your part. Go after those members who are not renewing and find out why. Also you can go after those members on the MAL list who live nearby and try getting them to transfer to your post. District Officers need to be lending a lot of support to your posts. That's what your here for.
It can be done!