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NATIONAL LAVFW PRESIDENT 2015-2016
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FRANCISCA GUILFORD

THEME: OUR VETERANS NOW AND FOREVER

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LAVFW WV PRESIDENT WANDA HARLESS-HURLEY 2015-2016
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DEPT. OF WV LAVFW OFFICERS 2015-2016

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VICKI STALNAKER DEPT. SR VICE PRESIDENT

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PAM KING-DEPT. JR VICE PRESIDENT

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VICKI HOOVER SANFORD-DEPT. CHAPLAIN

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JO CROUSER-DEPT. CONDUCTRESS

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2014-2015

LADIES AUXILIARY VFW

DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA

ROSTER

 

DEPARTMENT OFFICERS -- COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION MEMBERS:

 

President                Pamela J. Corley, 3651 Barbour Co. Hwy  Belington        26250  823-1828

Sr Vice President   Wanda Harless-Hurley, PO Box 316   Van                 25206  245-8433

Jr Vice President    Vicki Stalnaker, PO Box 3211            Parkersburg     26103  531-4911

Secretary                Joyce Dyer, 1946 Conrad Rd., Brandywine, WV 26802

Treasurer                Diana Stout, 740 Lower Donnally Rd    Charleston     25304 343-0313

Chaplain                 Pam King, 923-28th Street                Huntington     25705  972-8575

Conductress           Vicki Sanford, 367 Little Creek Rd  Rainelle          25962  438-8208

Guard                      Josephine Crouser, PO Box 96      Ghent             25843  890-1767

Chief-of-Staff          Yvonne Crawford, 3506-3rd Ave      Huntington     25702  522-0580


Past President       LyAnn Zelinsky, 2131 Huntersville Dr.  Marlinton         24954  799-4556

Past President        Patsy Young-Greiner, 708 - 45th St Vienna            26105  295-8844

Past President        Grace Matz, 942 Suds Run Rd       Mt. Clare        26408  622-0675

Past President       Barbara Robison, 501 Maple Ave   Grafton           26354   265-1441

 

Past Nat’l. President Diana Stout, 740 Lower Donnally Rd   Charleston      25304  343-0313

National Home Trustee  Yvonne Crawford, 2506-3rd Ave      Huntington     25702  522-0580

National Membership Recruiter Tish VonWald, PO Box 448             Charles Town 25414     620-3089                            

DEPARTMENT OFFICERS-NON COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION MEMBERS:

 

Nat’l President’s

Official Visit Chrm    Yvonne Crawford, 3506-3rd Ave      Huntington   25702     522-0580           

Patriotic Instructor  Sharon Y. Cain, 552 Lower Whiteoak Rd  Ashford        25009     836-5124

Historian                  Kim Swick, 1613 Stone Coal Rd     Belington     26250     621-2259

Color Bearer #1      Wilma Hickman, 213 Buena Vista Ave  Clarksburg 26301     622-2458

Color Bearer #2      Cathy Henrie, 122 Moran Ave         Dunbar         25064     744-4205

Color Bearer #3      Brenda Adkins, 100 Beech St         Hurricane     25526     562-3299

Color Bearer #4      Dorothy Hill, 309 Serpell Ave.          Belington     26250     823-2267

Flag Bearer             MaryKatheryne Marion, 406 W. Vine St.   St. Albans    25177     437-3617

Banner Bearer        Kelly Strickland, 47 High St.             St. Albans    25177     543-7683

Musician                 None

Soloist                     None

Asst. Conductress     Mary Bess, 44 Orchard Drive          Elkview        25071     965-3192

Asst. Guard            RoseMary Knight, 387 Blueville Dr Grafton        26354     265-1052

 

DEPARTMENT PROGRAM CHAIRMEN:

 

Americanism      Sharon Y. Cain, 552 Lower Whiteoak Rd       Ashford        25009     836-5124

Americanism/Co Ch   Janet Williams, 2562 Foster Rd          Foster          25081     369-2775

Cancer Aid & Research  Jeannine Gunnoe, 90 Kyleighs Way  Danese        25831     719-5050

Hospital               Jo Crouser, PO Box 96                        Ghent           25843     787-1787

Legislative          Sherry Durst, 1775 Dutch Ridge Rd   Clendenin    25045     968-3101

Membership        Vicki Stalnaker, PO Box 3211             Parkersburg 26103     531-4911


Scholarships      Janet Williams, 3562 Foster Rd          Foster          25081     369-2775

Scholarships/Co Ch   Sharon Y. Cain, 552 Lower Whiteoak Rd   Ashford        25009     836-5124

Veterans & Family Support  Debra Childers, 517 Hagan Street    Huntington   25702     840-1157


Youth Activities  Shawna Sines, PO Box 577                Rowlesburg 26425     698-6521

Ways & Means 14-15    Retta Daugherty, 224B, Baltimore Ave.  Cumberland, MD    21502     517-4132          

Ways & Means 15-16    Debra Childers, 517 Hagan Street     Huntington   25702     840-1157

Youth Camp       Wanda Harless-Hurley, PO Box 316  Van              25206     245-8433

 

Program Chair    Melody Everitt, PO Box 402                Belington     26250     823-3420

 

Auxiliary Points

Chairman            Cathy Henrie, 122 Moran Avenue      Dunbar         25064     744-4205

 

District Presidents

Points Chairman    Joyce Newhouse, PO Box 512       Elkview        25071     591-8007

 

Advisory Committee                                                           

   Chairman         Tish Von Wald, PO Box 448               Charles Town 25414     620-3089

   Member            Patsy Young-Greiner, 708-45th St       Vienna         26105     295-8844

   Member            To Be Named

 

Audit Committee

   Chairman         Vicki Stalnaker, PO Box 3211                 Parkersburg     26103  531-4911

   Member            Pamela King, 923-28th Street              Huntington   25705     972-8575

   Member            Vicki Sanford, 367 Little Creek Rd      Rainelle       25962     438-8208

                            

 

Budget Committee

   Chairman         Wanda Harless-Hurley, PO Box 316  Van              25206     245-8433

   Member            Vicki Stalnaker, PO Box 3211                 Parkersburg   26103     531-4911

   Member            Pamela King, 923-28th Street              Huntington   25705     972-8575

   Member            Patsy S. Young-Greiner, 708-45th St  Vienna         26105     295-8844

 

HOSPITAL REPRESENTATIVES

 

Veterans Home     Helen Legg, 680 Water St                Barboursville  25504     736-6022

Beckley VAVS       Mary Bess, 44 Orchard Drive          Elkview        25071     965-3192

Clarksburg VAVS  Grace Matz, 924 Suds Run Rd.      Mt. Clare      26408     622-0675

Huntington VAVS  Martha Estep, 4717 Riverside Drive    Huntington   25705     523-5828

Martinsburg VAVS Ann Kaye Keyes, 764 Trent Arden Court  Martinsburg 25401     267-0301

 

DISTRICT OFFICERS -- PRESIDENTS ARE MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION:

 

District #1

President      Barbara Ross, PO Box 729, 711-2nd Ave  New Cumberland   26047     564-5433

Secretary      Gloria Jerrel, 505 Helen Street      Weirton                   26062     343-6542

Treasurer      Margaret Gray, PO Box 226          New Cumberland   26047     564-5669

 

District #3

President      Melody L. Everitt, PO Box 402      Belington                26250     823-3420

Secretary      Cora “Polly” Forman, 705 Maple Ave Grafton                    26354     265-1180

Treasurer      Renee Taylor, 499 Blueville Drive    Grafton                    26354     265-3149

 

District #4

President      Cindy Howe, PO Box 591              Wardensville          26851     874-4466

Secretary      Donna Bodkins, 1281 Frosty Hollow Rd Fisher                      26818     668-4185

Treasurer      Erma Tyree, Rte. 6 Box 6854        Keyser                    26726     788-0897

 

District #5

President      Patsy Young-Greiner, 708 - 45th St  Vienna                    26105     295-8844

Secretary      Cathy Henrie, 122 Moran Ave       Dunbar                    25064     744-4205

Treasurer     

 

 

 

 

District #6

President      Judith Huntermark, 121 Fredrick St   Clarksburg              26301     566-7589

Secretary      Wilma Hickman, 213 Buena Vista Ave  Clarksburg              26301     622-2458

Treasurer      Pamela K. Prince, PO Box 33       Hephzibah              26369     Not Available    

District #8   

President      Debra Childers, 517 Hagan St      Huntington              25702     412-9546

Secretary      Yvonne Crawford, 3605-3rd Ave   Huntington              25705     522-0580

Treasurer      Mary Chipps, 3510 Wellington Dr Hurricane                25506     None

 

District #9

President      Patty Meeks

Secretary      Joyce Newhouse, PO Box 512     Elkview                    25071     935-4316

Treasurer      Kelly Strickland, 47 High St.          St. Albans               25177     543-7683

 

District #10

President      Information Not Available

Secretary     

Treasurer     

                           

District #12

President      Josephine Crouser, PO Box 96    Ghent                      25843     890-1787

Secretary      Betty Burroughs, PO Box 36         Flat Top                  25841     787-3355

Treasurer      Lore Cunningham, PO Box 348    Shady Spring         25918     612-619-1558

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VFW LADIES AUXILIARY - DEPT. OF WEST VIRGINIA
2014-2015 EMAIL ADDRESS ROSTER:
 
DEPARTMENT OFFICERS - COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION MEMBERS:
President - Pamela Corley
Senior Vice President - Wanda Harless-Hurley
Treasurer - PNP Diana Stout
Secretary - Joyce Dyer

Junior Vice President - Vicki Stone Stalnaker
Chaplain - Pam King
Conductress - Vicki Hoover Sanford

Guard - Jo Crouser
Chief-of-Staff/Extension - Yvonne Crawford bycrawford1937@gmail.com

Past President - Tish VonWald
Past President-LyAnn Zelinsky
Past President - Patsy Young-Greiner
Past President - Grace Matz
Past Nat'l. President - Diana Stout
6th District National Council Member-Mary Bess
 
DEPARTMENT OFFICERS - NON COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION MEMBERS:
Natl. Presidents Official Visit. Chairman-Yvonne Crawford
Americanism/Patriotic Instructor - Sharon Cain
Historian - Kim Swick
Color Bearer #1 - Wilma Hickman
Color Bearer #2 - Cathy Henrie
Color Bearer #3 - Brenda Adkins
Color Bearer #4 - Dorothy Hill
Flag Bearer - Mary K. Marion
Banner Bearer - Kelly Strickland
Musician - 
Soloist -
Asst. Conductress - Mary Bess 
Asst. Guard - RoseMary Knight
 
DEPARTMENT PROGRAM CHAIRMEN:
Cancer Aid & Research Chairman - Jeannine Gunnoe
Hospital & VAVS - Jo Crouser
Legislative - Sherry Durst
Membership - Vicki Stalnaker
Scholarships - Chairman Janet Williams & (CO) Sharon Cain
Veterans & Family Support-Debra Childers
Youth Activities - Shawna Sines
Youth Camp - Wanda Harless-Hurley 
Program Chair - Melody Everitt
Auxiliary Presidents Points Chairman - Cathy Henrie
District Presidents Points Chairman - Joyce Newhouse
WAYS & MEANS Chairman 2013-2014 - Calla Frederick   cfrederick443@comcast.net
WAYS & MEANS Chairman 2014-2015 - Retta Daugherty
WAYS & MEANS Chairman 2015-2016 - Debra Childers
 
WEBMASTER/PHOTOGRAPHER & FACE BOOK ADMIN-Peggy Foster Barker
 
HOSPITAL REPRESENTATIVES:
WV Veterans Home Liaison - Helen Legg
Beckley VAVS - Mary Bess
Clarksburg VAVS - Grace Matz
Huntington VAVS - Martha Estep
Martinsburg VAVS - Ann Kaye Keyes
 
DISTRICT PRESIDENTS:
District 1 - Barbara Ross
 District 3 - Melody K. Everitt 
District 4 - Cindy Howe
District 5 - Patsy Young-Greiner
District 6 - Judith Huntermark
District 8 - Debra Childers
                 District 9 - Patty Meeks                      
District 10 - Vicki Sanford 
       District 12 - Josephine Crouser
 
Advisory Committee:
Chairman - Tish VonWald
Member - Patsy Young-Greiner
Member -

 
Audit Committee:
Chairman - Pam King
Member - Vicki Sanford
Member - Josephine Crowser 
 
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Chairman -
Member -
Member -
Member -
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SOUTHERN CONFERENCE OFFICERS:
Southern Conference President-
Southern Conference Guard-
Southern Conference Asst. Guard-
Southern Conference By-Laws Committee:
Southern Conference Resolution Committee: 
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National VFW Home for Children 4th District Trustee
Yvonne Crawford
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National Membership Recruiter - Tish VonWald
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National District Council Member #6 LAVFW Virginia & West Virginia Representative-Mary Bess

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS 2014-2015

WV LAVFW DIGITAL DIVAS AKA COMMUNICATIONS AWARD WINNERS FOR JULY 2014....
JESSICA PETTIT SISLER, SHERRY DURST, DIANA STOUT, VICKI HOOVER SANFORD, DONNA MOATS, WANDA HARLESS-HURLEY, CATHY HENRIE, JEANNINE GUNNOE, VICKI STALNAKER, PAM KING, JOYCE NEWHOUSE, KELLY STRICKLAND, GLORIA JERREL, BARBARA MILAM-JIVIDEN, KAREN SUE HARTLEY + LAVFW 9738 & LAVFW 5501 RIPLEY! WAY TO GO-KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
PEGGY FOSTER BARKER, WEBMASTER, FACEBOOK ADMIN. & PHOTOGRAPHER. IN APPRECIATION OF YOU!!!
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CONGRATULATIONS DIGITAL DIVAS AKA COMMUNICATIONS AWARD WINNERS FOR: *AUGUST...
JESSICA PETTIT SISLER, GLORIA CIERVO-JERREL, JEANNINE GUNNOE, VFWLA POST 5501, PAM KING, SHARON CAIN, WVVFW YOUTH CAMP, SHERRY DURST, KELLY STRICKLAND, KIM LIGH...T, WANDA HARLESS-HURLEY, KIM RICHISON SWICK.
*SEPTEMBER: PATSY YOUNG-GREINER, WANDA HARLESS-HURLEY, PAM KING, KIM RICHISON SWICK, VICKI HOOVER SANFORD, LAVFW 5501 RIPLEY, JESSICA PETTIT SISLER, GLORIA CIERVO-JERREL, PEGGY FOSTER BARKER.
KEEP UP THE GR8 WORK!!!
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CONGRATULATIONS DIGITAL DIVAS & FRIENDS AKA COMMUNICATIONS AWARD WINNERS FOR: OCTOBER....Jeannine Gunnoe, Pamela Corley, LAVFW WV 5501, Pam King, VFW POST 8127, VFW POST GUYANDOTTE, LAVFW 9738, VFW POST 3466, VFW POST 629, VFW POST 9151, VFW POST 573 & VFW POST 2716. WAY TO GO-KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

DIGITAL DIVAS AND FRIENDS AKA COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS FOR NOVEMBER 2014....
VFW WV GUYANDOTTE POST, CARL J. KAELIN-KY, DONNA MOATS, SHARON CAIN, NATALIE JONES COPELAND-MS, BENJEAN RAPP, GLORIA CIERVO-JERREL, VICKI HOOVER SANFORD, DONNA DOUCETTE EVICK, JESSICA PETTIT-SISLER, VFW POST 573 CLARKSBURG, BRENDA HOPKINS HINKLE, NICHOLAS COUNTY VETERANS, WANDA HARLESS-HURLEY & KAREN SUE HARTLEY. WAY TO GO! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

CONGRATULATIONS WV DIGITA DIVAS FOR DECEMBER....
RALPH STUMP MEMORIAL POST, DANIEL BOONE POST, SHAWNA SINES & JR GIRLS 3008, MARIANNE COURTNEY, WANDA HARLESS-HURLEY, SHARON CAIN, KAREN SUE HARTLEY, PEGGY FOSTER BARKER. LET ME KNOW IF I MISSED ANYONE. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

CONGRATULATIONS JANUARY DIGITAL DIVAS-KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
SHAWNA SINES, WANDA HARLESS-HURLEY, MARIANNE COURTNEY, DONNA MOATS, LINDA SMITH, JO CROUSER, JESSICA PETTIT-SISLER & VFW # 3466 GREATER KANAWHA RALPH STUMP POST.
PEGGY FOSTER BARKER-WEBMASTER, FB ADMIN. & LAVFW WV PHOTOGRAPHER.

CONGRATULATIONS FEBRUARY DIGITAL DIVAS & FRIENDS! KEEP UP THE GR8 WORK: VICKI STONE STALNAKER, JESSICA PETTIT SISLER, CASEY JONES POST 4500, THOMAS BEARFIELD, VICKI HOOVER SANFORD. PEGGY FOSTER BARKER, WEBMASTER & FACE BOOK ADMIN.

CONGRATULATIONS! DIGITAL DIVAS & FRIENDS - MARCH AWARDS....KEEP UP THE GR8 WORK!!!
VFW POST 1064, VFW POST 2239, VFW POST 573, MARIANNE COURTNEY, SHARON CAIN, MIKE FRANCIS, POTOMAC HIGHLANDS, POST 6454 PETERSBURG LAVFW, VFW POST 3466, LAVFW 9151, DANIEL BOONE VFW POST 5578, KAISER VFW POST 3518. IN APPRECIATION OF YOU!!! PEGGY FOSTER BARKER, WEBMASTER, FACEBOOK ADMIN. & DEPT. PHOTOGRAPHER.

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NATL. VFW CIC JOHN STROUD VISITS POST 5501
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DISTRICT MEETINGS 2014-15

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DISTRICT 3 MEETING FALL 2014 - POST 2523
(Photo by Jessica Pettit Sisler)

DEPT. CHAPLAIN PAM KING WITH STATE COMMANDER DOUG
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KNOTTS & DISTRICT 3 COMMANDER TRENTON PAULEY.

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ALAVFW WV DISTRICT 8 MEETING OCT. 2014
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DISTRICT 9 MEETING....

DISTRICT 9 MEETING HOSTED BY POST 8516 + PROGRAM INFO & MORE (click here to view PhotoShow)-CREATED BY: Peggy Foster Barker 8516 Webmaster & Face Book Admin.

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LAVFW DISTRICT 9 OFFICERS FOR 2014-2015

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LAVFW OFFICERS-WEIRTON 2014-2015
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VFW Post 2716 Auxiliary . . .
Front: Sherry Hornick, Sr. VP; Gloria Jerrel, President; Anna Vacarro, Jr. VP
Back: Sandy Pawlock, Chaplain; June Ertle, Guard; Shelly Crow, Secretary/Conductress; Dawn Young, Treasurer

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DIGITAL DIVA'S PLUS TWO-STATE CONVENTION COMMUNICATION AWARDS PHOTOSHOW 2012-2013(click here)

COMMUNICATIONS AWARD WINNER...
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WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT 2012-2013 (Photo by Joyce Dyer)

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VFW SCHOLARSHIPS....

VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARSOF THE UNITED STATES OF VETERANS WARS....PPRPPORRPAPPTAARRTTIIR PRO PATRIPPRPPORRDEDDOOEE PRO DEO

Voice of Democracy

2015 - 16 Theme

"My Vision For America"

Student Entry Deadline: November 1, 2015

Patriotic Audio Essay Competition

Grand Prize: $30,000 Scholarship

WHAT IS THE VOICE OF DEMOCRACY PROGRAM?

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, almost 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is: My Vision for America.

WHY SHOULD I ENTER?

Prizes and scholarships can be awarded at the Post, District, state and national level. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., Feb 27 - March 2, 2016, to tour the city, be honored by the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary and receive their portion of $152,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.

THE RULES

Who can enter?

The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grades 9-12 by the Nov. 1 deadline, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or in an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent school. Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be lawful U.S. permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence (the application for which has not been denied) and intends to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law. Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or over, previous Voice of Democracy first place state winners, GED or Adult Education Students are ineligible.

What do I need to enter?

Record your original 3-5 minute (+ or – 5 seconds max.) essay on an audio CD or a flash drive. One student per CD or flash drive. Preferred format for CD’s is the audio CD format. When burning your CD, make sure that "Create Audio CD" option (or similar) is selected so the program can properly convert your sound file and burn it to CD. After it has finished, be sure to play back your audio CD on a system other than your computer, such as a standard radio or car CD player, to verify that the conversion/burning process was successful. Label the recording, neatly typed essay and attach this completed entry form. Provide these items to your school/group competition or local VFW Post for judging. All recordings must be in your own voice and in English. Hearing/speech impaired students should contact the Voice of Democracy National Office at (816) 968-1117 for special instructions. No music, singing, poetry or sound effects are allowed. The body of the essay must not identify you in any way, although the recording & typed essay should be labeled with your name, to show ownership. You may enter only one Voice of Democracy competition per year. At any time during the contest, additional participant personal information could be requested by the VFW, including but not limited to a head and shoulders photograph, SSN, or biographical information.

Where do I submit my entry?

All entries begin at the local VFW Post level. The only exception is where schools/classes/youth groups have large numbers of students and wish to conduct their own competition, submitting one winner for each 15 students to the local VFW Post competition. Individual students may submit their entry directly to the Post. This VFW Post should be within your local area and within your U.S. state of residence. If a qualified student is attending school overseas, please email kharmer@vfw.org for additional instructions.

2015-16 OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY COMPETITION

MUST BE COMPLETED BY ALL CONTESTANTS

_______________________________________________________________Name: First, M.I., Last

_______________________________________________________________Address

_______________________________________________________________City, State, Zip

( )_____________ _______________________________________

Phone E-mail

____________________________ _________________

Date of Birth (mm/dd/yy) Grade in School

_______________________________________________________________School Name, City, State

_______________________________________________________________Teacher's name and E-mail (if applicable)

__________________________________________ ___________________

First Name You’d Like on a Name Badge Jacket Size

TO BE COMPLETED BY STUDENT’S PARENT/GUARDIAN (required even if student is 18 or over)

_______________________________________________________________Parent/Guardian Signature Date

( ) _____________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian’s Daytime Phone

_______________________________________________________________Parent/Guardian’s E-mail

I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RULES

(ON OPPOSITE SIDE)

I certify that I am the sole author of the enclosed audio/essay entry and that I have only entered the competition once. I understand that if it is found that I have entered any other Post’s competition or used this essay for another VFW competition, I face elimination from the competition and will return any and all prizes or incentives awarded.

_______________________________________________________________Signature of Student Participant Date

Voice of Democracy

One winner for every 15 entries from each Post advances to District and one District winner advances to the state (Department) competition. State winners are invited to Washington, D.C where their audio essays compete in the finals competition.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR MY ENTRY?

All entries competing at the Post level must be in the hands of

that VFW Post by midnight, Nov. 1, 2015. It is the responsibility

of the student to meet this deadline by submitting their entry to

the proper location by ensuring it is a participating Post.

If you need help finding a participating VFW Post in your area, call (816) 968-1117, e-mail to kharmer@vfw.org or visit our website at www.vfw.org, selecting the "Find A Post" option.

WHAT ARE THE JUDGING CRITERIA?

Originality is worth 30 points:

Treatment of the theme should show imagination

and human interest.

Content is worth 35 points:

Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully

develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly

from one idea to another.

Delivery is worth 35 points:

Speak in a clear and credible manner.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has again approved this contest for its National Advisory List of Contests and Activities.

2015 - 16 Theme

"My Vision For America"

Student Entry Deadline: November 1, 2015

OFFICIAL RULES FOR STUDENTS ADVANCING TO NATIONAL LEVEL

If selected as a first-place state winner, I have the consent of my

parent/guardian and school to attend the Voice of Democracy National

Finals in Washington, D.C. Feb 27-March 2, 2016 as a guest of the VFW National Organization.

I understand that state winners who do not attend as stated above will

forfeit all rights to compete in the National Finals and will be replaced by

their state’s second place winner.

In the event my tape is selected for entry into the National Voice of Democracy Competition, I do hereby for myself, for my heirs, executors,

administrators and assignees; waive, release and discharge all rights and

claims which I have or which may hereafter accrue against the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) and/or the several Departments

(state organizations) of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and their respective

officers, agents, successors and assigns from any damages which may be sustained by me in connection with my participation in or association with the VFW Voice of Democracy Competition and/or arising out of my travel to and during the Competition. In the event of sickness, accident or injury in connection with the Competition, I consent to and accept the services of a duly licensed medical, surgical or dental specialist selected on my behalf and for such treatments, as they may deem necessary. I understand that VFW will not be liable for such treatment. I further understand that the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States retains non-exclusive rights to use my tape, essay and likeness in the promotion and execution of the organization’s programs and activities.

TO BE COMPLETED BY THE VFW POST

I certify that this student is an authorized entry in our VFW Post Level Voice of Democracy Competition.

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Post Commander’s/Chairman’s Signature Post #

_______________________________________________________________________

Ladies Auxiliary President’s/Chairman’s Signature (if applicable)

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Post Address

_______________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip

No. of students participating ___________________________________________

No. of winners advanced to District ____________________________________

Amt. of Post/Aux. scholarship awards $ _________________________________

Amt. of Post/Aux. additional expenses (banquet, pins, etc.) $ ____________

TO BE COMPLETED BY THE VFW DISTRICT

I certify that the student named in the previous section is the duly selected

winner of the Voice of Democracy Contest District Competition and is our sole entry into the Department finals.

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District Chairman’s Signature Dist. #

_______________________________________________________________________

Address

_______________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip

( ) _______________________ ____________________________________

Phone E-mail

TO BE COMPLETED BY THE VFW DEPARTMENT CHAIRMAN

I certify that the student named in the previous section is the duly selected first-place winner of the Voice of Democracy Department Competition, is our sole entry into the National Judging and will attend the National Finals in Washington, D.C.

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Department Chairman’s Signature

( ) _______________________ ____________________________________

Daytime Phone E-mail

The winner m has been m will be (check one) notified that they are the first-place Department winner on ________. Note: National Headquarters will contact your winner after this date to make travel arrangements for them to be in Washington, D.C.

Veterans of Foreign Wars & Ladies Auxiliary

National Headquarters

Kansas City, Missouri

816.968.1117

E-Mail: kharmer@vfw.org

www.vfw.org

Revised 1/2015

LOCAL VFW POST INFORMATION :

CONTACT:_________________________________________________

PHONE:_______________________BEST TIME TO CALL :__________

ALTERNATE CONTACT: ______________________________________

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Patriot’s Pen

2015 - 16 Theme

"What Freedom Means to Me"

Student Entry Deadline: November 1, 2015

Patriotic Essay Writing Contest

Grand Prize: $5,000 Award

WHAT IS PATRIOTS PEN?

Conducted nationwide, this VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. We invite you to join the more than 120,000 students who participated last year in this contest. The national winners will receive at least $500. The first-place national award is currently $5,000 plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the winner and a parent or guardian.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has again approved this contest for its National Advisory List of Contests and Activities.

BIG NATIONAL PRIZES

National Awards Total: $50,000

Prizes include the various amounts listed below:

1st: $5,000 7th: $1,750

2nd:$4,000 8-9th: $1,500

3rd: $3,500 10-11th: $1,250

4th: $2,750 12-13th: $1,000

5th: $2,500 14-15th: $750

6th: $2,000 16-54th: $500

The Internal Revenue Service requires that any recipient that receives more than a $599 award should receive a Form 1099 identifying the proceeds as taxable.

HOW DOES THE CONTEST WORK?

All entries begin at the Post level. The only exception is where schools/classes/ youth groups have large numbers of students and wish to conduct their own competition, submitting one winner for each 15 students to the local VFW Post competition. Individual students may submit their entry directly to the Post. This participating Post should be within your local area and within your U.S. state of residence.

The contest consists of four levels. The first level (entry) is sponsored by local VFW Posts. Post winners advance, one for every 15 entries, to the VFW District (regional) level where the one first-place winner is advanced to the VFW Department (state) level. The one first-place winner at the Department level is then advanced into the VFW national competition. The winner from each Department (state) then competes for the national prizes.

WHO CAN ENTER?

Patriot’s Pen is open to 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students enrolled by the Nov. 1 deadline in public, private or parochial schools in the U.S., its territories or its possessions. Home-schooled students also are eligible. Although U. S. citizenship is not required, students must be lawful U. S. permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence (the application which has not been denied) and intends to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law. Dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel in overseas schools can participate too. (Foreign exchange students and former winners that placed in the national finals are excluded from the contest.)

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

• Ask a teacher or youth group/club adult leader to supervise the Patriot’s Pen writing competition.

2015-16 OFFICIAL STUDENT PATRIOT’S PEN COMPETITION ENTRY FORM MUST BE COMPLETED BY ALL CONTESTANTS PLEASE PRINT OR TYPE _________________________________________________________________ Name: First, M.I., Last _________________________________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip ( )______________ _________________________________________ Phone E-mail _____________________________ ______________ ________________ Date of Birth (mm/dd/yy) Grade in School Essay Word Count _________________________________________________________________ School Name, City, State _________________________________________________________________ Teacher's name and E-mail (if applicable) _________________________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian's name phone/email I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE CONTEST RULES _________________________________________________________________ Signature of Student Participant Date TO BE COMPLETED BY THE VFW POST I certify that this student is an authorized entry in our VFW Post Level Patriot’s Pen Competition. _________________________________________________________________ Post Commander’s/Chairman’s Signature Post # _________________________________________________________________ Ladies Auxiliary President’s/Chairman’s Signature _________________________________________________________________ Post Address City, State, Zip No. of students participating ____ No. of winners advanced to District ____ Amt. of Post/Aux. awards $ _________________________________________ Amt. of Post/Aux. additional expenses (banquet, pins, etc.) $____________ TO BE COMPLETED BY THE VFW DISTRICT I certify that the student named in the previous section is the duly selected winner of the Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest District Competition and is our sole entry into the Department finals. _________________________________________________________________ District Chairman’s Signature Dist. # _________________________________________________________________ Address City, State, Zip ( )____________________ _________________________________ Phone E-mail TO BE COMPLETED BY THE VFW DEPARTMENT CHAIRMAN I certify that the student named in the previous section is the duly selected first-place winner of the Patriot’s Pen Essay Department Competition, and is our sole entry into the National Judging. _________________________________________________________________ Department Chairman’s Signature ( )__________________ ___________________________________ Daytime Phone E-mail The winner m has been m will be (check one) notified that they are the first place Department winner on ________. Note: National Headquarters will contact your winner after this date to notify them of their national placement.

will face elimination from the competition and will be required to return any and all prize money awarded or received. The essay must be a contestant’s original work and a product of the contestant’s own thinking. The approach to the Patriot’s Pen theme should be positive and clearly focused. Poetry is not acceptable. Quotations may be used sparingly if plainly identified wherever used. A contestant’s teacher, counselor or parent may check the essay for punctuation, grammar and/or spelling, but the content must remain the contestant’s. Contestants will be judged on the basis of their essay alone and are not required to present the essay orally. All essays become the property of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The VFW retains non-exclusive rights to use your essay and likeness in the promotion and execution of the organization’s programs and activities.

DEADLINE INFORMATION

To qualify, all entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight November 1, 2015.

Note --

All entries must be submitted to a VFW Post competition. If you have difficulty identifying a sponsoring Post in your area, call the Patriot’s Pen national office at: (816) 968-1117 or e-mail: kharmer@vfw.org. You may also visit our website at www.vfw.org, selecting the "Find A Post" option.

Patriot’s Pen

2015-16 Theme

"What Freedom Means to Me"

Student Entry Deadline: November 1, 2015

• Contact a local VFW Post within your local area within your state and indicate your interest in participating.

• Establish a contact person who is a member of that

VFW Post or its Ladies Auxiliary.

• Make sure that your essay is submitted to the VFW

Post before the contest deadline of Nov. 1, 2015.

HOW AM I JUDGED?

You will be judged on how well you understand,

develop and present the theme. A positive approach

is recommended to express your viewpoint.

Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points:

You must show a thorough knowledge of the theme

in your work. Demonstrate you have researched the

issue extensively.

Theme development is worth 35 points:

Answer all relevant facts about the theme such as the

who, what, where, when and why. Relate the theme to

your own experiences.

Clarity of ideas is worth 35 points:

Write your essay in an easy-to-understand format.

Leave your reader with a clear understanding of your

explanation of the theme.

WHAT IS THE THEME?

VFW’s Commander-in-Chief annually chooses

the year’s theme. The 2015-16 theme is

What Freedom Means to Me.

WHAT ARE THE RULES?

• Essay length: 300-400 typewritten words.

• You must write your own essay.

• All essays should be typed in English with no color or graphics and cannot be less than 300 words or greater than 400 words in length. (Essays under or over these word amounts will be eliminated.) Every word is counted regardless of length. The essay title (theme) or added footnotes do not contribute to the word count. At any time during the contest additional participant personal information could be requested by the VFW, (i.e. SSN, photo, etc.)

In no way may contestants identify themselves within their essay. Do not put your name on your essay. The entry form is your essay’s cover sheet. Secure the Official Student Entry Form with a staple or other fastener on top of your essay. Contestants are allowed to enter only once (one Post competition). Contestants found in violation of this rule

LOCAL VFW POST INFORMATION

CONTACT:_________________________________________ ___________

PHONE:____________________ BEST TIME TO CALL:_______________

ALTERNATE CONTACT:__________________________________________

PHONE____________________ BEST TIME TO CALL:_______________

Patriot’s Pen Competition

Veterans of Foreign Wars

National Headquarters

& Ladies Auxiliary

Kansas City, Missouri

(816) 968-1117

E-Mail: kharmer@vfw.org

www.vfw.org

Revised 1/2015

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