A new edition of the AMVETS News will be coming out soon. The articles and pictures for this next edition will need to be in to me by August 14th. This will include all information from the National Convention.

The edition after must be in by October 3rd. This will include the Fall Conference.

Make sure you mark these dates on your calendar and prepare accordingly.



Today is the IVH Picnic & DEC Meeting in West Lafayette. I will be there and try to report as much as possible with a few pics. I am including an outline of the Executive Director Report for the DEC Meeting:

Executive Director Report

Revlidations – Due June 15th – only 1/3 – a lot not complete
1 day before National Deadline 5 posts unsubmitted
2 posts closing – Post #49 Owensburg and Post #57
Total of 30 posts Department of Indiana

Membership – Finding some problems from last year – If you have any membership
problems contact me and I will work them out with you as soon as

Insurance/IRS Form 990 – I will be on top of this – we have 2 posts at risk for
not getting in 990s – there are still at least 5 posts that
are not up to date with insurance – work with your insurance
company to have the Acord 25s automatically sent out on
renewal to National and Department

Fall Conference – Sept 22, 23, 24 tentatively at Wyndham Hotel near airport
Contracts not yet completed – will get it done this week
then reservations can be made – I will put the information out
online and along with emails and monthly

National Convention – Aug 8 – 12th Norfolk Virginia

Communication – Key to successful year – Our website was moved to last
year so I am putting out info as a blog on
feel free to leave comments for things you need help with and I will
go to work on them right away
Mailing Lists – Setting up for emails – there is a primary contact email for
every Post except for 2 or 3 (
if you would like to be on a mailing list give me your email
– don’t complain that you are not getting info if you don’t
have your email on file
Newsletter – Roger is putting out monthly newsletter via email loaded with

Lack of Communication

We need to put a bigger focus on Communication. I have been working on revalidations which were due to the Department last month and now with 1 day to go and after scrambling for the last week we still have 5 posts with no revalidation. I have been trying to contact these posts with phone numbers and emails that I have on file and it seems like no one is home or no one is returning my emails.

I’m not sure whether the posts forgot or just don’t care about getting revalidations in but we do this every year and it’s the same old story with last minute phone calls trying to get them in.

On the revalidation there is a specific block for primary/email contact which I will be using constantly however, with no revalidation I cannot find the proper contact info.

Let’s all get together and get the lines of communication flowing. If not, you might find your post in the dark and undergoing punitive action.

If you have anything to say on this matter or would like to offer suggestions on improving communication, feel free to add a comment below.


Well, here we go! I will be updating this site a minimum of once a week with specific information to the posts/districts. Keep checking back to find out how your post is progressing.

I am currently working on revalidations and membership. By checking the menu items for revalidations and membership you will find the information you are looking for.

Don’t forget the Fall Conference is coming up on September 22, 23 & 24. We will be staying at the Wyndham Hotel near the airport – I will be checking with them to make sure they are ready to make reservations. You will find the information here first.

Executive Director Website


I am working to improve communications in the Department of Indiana. To do that I will be publishing articles on important information that needs to be disseminated to all members. This is just the first step and hopefully a very important cog in the wheel of communication for the Department.