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107th Congress, 1st Session - - - - - - - - - - - House Document 107-88 P R O C E E D I N G S of the 101ST ANNUAL CONVENTION PROCEEDINGS OF THE VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES [SUMMARY OF MINUTES] Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 20-25, 2000 June 14, 2001._Referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs and ordered to be printed __________ U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE 73-123 WASHINGTON : 2001 U.S. CODE, TITLE 44, SECTION 1332 NATIONAL ENCAMPMENTS OF VETERANS' ORGANIZATIONS; PROCEEDINGS PRINTED ANNUALLY FOR CONGRESS The proceedings of the national encampments of the United Spanish War Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, the American Legion, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Veterans of World War I of the United States, Incorporated, the Disabled American Veterans, and the AMVETS (American Veterans of World War II), respectively, shall be printed annually, with accompanying illustrations, as separate House documents of the session of the Congress to which they may be submitted. [Approved October 2, 1968.] LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI December, 2000 Honorable Dennis Hastert, The Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Mr. Speaker: In conformance with the provisions of Public Law No. 620, 90th Congress, approved October 22, 1968, I am transmitting to you herewith the proceedings of the 101st National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 20-25, 2000, which is submitted for printing as a House document. Sincerely, John J. Senk, Jr. Adjutant General TABLE OF CONTENTS ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2000 PAGE Call to Order 1 Advance of Colors 1 Invocation 1 In Memoriam 2 Introduction of Memorial Speaker 2 Memorial Address 3 Presentation of the Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion 6 Benediction 6 Retiring of Colors 7 JOINT OPENING SESSION MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2000 All American Commanders and Outstanding Community Service Posts 8 Introduction of Helen Putnam Blackwell 8 Advancement of Colors 8 Invocation 9 Video Presentation 9 Introduction of Commander-in-Chief 9 Remarks by Commander-in-Chief Smart 10 Introduction of Mr. Mike Soika, Mayor's Chief of Staff 12 Introduction of the Honorable Tommy Thompson, Governor of Wisconsin 13 Greetings - The Honorable Tommy Thompson 13 Presentation of American Flag Sets 16 Presentation of VFW Gold Medal of Merit and Citation to Ladies Auxiliary President Lorraine Frier 17 Response - Ladies Auxiliary President Lorraine Frier 18 Introduction of Secretary of Defense William Cohen 19 Response - Secretary of Defense Cohen 19 Introduction of Miss America 2000 - Heather French 26 Response - Miss America - Heather French 27 Introduction of National Voice of Democracy Winner - Mitchell Warner 31 Voice of Democracy Winner - Mitchell Warner 31 Introduction of Lieutenant General Kao Chung-Yuan, Veterans Affairs Commission, Republic of China 33 Remarks - Lieutenant General Kao Chung-Yuan 33 Presentation of Awards to 2000 All American Commanders 35 Introduction of C. Marty Ellingwood, Supreme Commander, Military Order of the Cootie 38 Remarks - MOC Supreme Commander Marty Ellingwood 38 Introduction of the Honorable George W. Bush 41 Remarks by the Honorable George W. Bush 41 Benediction 46 RECESS 47 DISTINGUISHED GUESTS BANQUET AUGUST 21, 2000 Invocation 48 Pledge of Allegiance 48 Introduction of Commander-in-Chief Smart 50 Remarks by Commander-in-Chief Smart 51 Introduction of Ladies Auxiliary President Lorraine Frier 54 Remarks by National President of the Ladies Auxiliary 54 Introduction of Miss America 2000 - Heather French 55 Remarks by Miss America 2000 - Heather French 55 Presentation of the Eisenhower Award, Gold Medal and Citation 56 Remarks by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright 57 Benediction 63 RECESS 63 FIRST BUSINESS SESSION TUESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 22, 2000 Call to Order 63 Salute to the Colors and Pledge of Allegiance 64 Invocation 64 Membership Drawing 64 Presentation of Membership Citation to the Department of Arizona 64 Presentation of Certificate of Appreciation to the 100th National Convention Committee 65 Report of Credentials Committee 66 Report of Committee on Convention Rules 66 Report of Committee on Finance and Internal Organization 69 Report of Committee on National Security and Foreign Affairs 72 Report of Committee on General Resolutions 82 Report of Committee on National Security and Foreign Affairs (Cont'd.) 86 Presentation of VFW Political Action Committee Award 86 Introduction of the Honorable Hershel Gober, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs 88 Remarks by the Honorable Hershel W. Gober 89 VFW Hall of Fame Award, Gold Medal and Citation Presented to Mr. Richard Crenna 94 Response - Mr. Richard Crenna. 95 Presentation of Check for $2.5 million to American Battle Monument Commission 95 Remarks by the Honorable Robert Dole 96 Presentation by Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company 97 Introduction of the Honorable Chuck Hagel, Senator from Nebraska 98 Remarks by the Honorable Chuck Hagel 99 Introduction of Vice-President Al Gore 103 Remarks by Vice-President Al Gore 103 Closing Ceremonies 107 RECESS 107 SECOND BUSINESS SESSION WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2000 Call to Order 107 Salute to the Colors and Pledge of Allegiance 107 Invocation 107 Report of Credentials Committee 108 Report of Committee on National Security and Foreign Affairs (Cont'd.) 108 Report of Committee on POW/MIA 114 Report of Committee on National By-Laws, Manual of Procedure and Ritual 115 Introduction of General John H. Tilelli, Jr. (Ret.) for Presentation of Commander-in-Chief Special Award 118 Remarks by General John Tilelli, Jr. 119 Introduction of Linda Hope 124 Remarks by Linda Hope 124 Presentation of VFW Armed Forces Award, Gold Medal and Citation to Alfred Rascon 125 Remarks by Alfred Rascon 126 Presentation of the VFW James E. Van Zandt Citizenship Award, Gold Medal and Citation to Hunter Scott 128 Remarks by Hunter Scott 129 Introduction of the Honorable Ronnie Shows, Congressman from Mississippi 132 Remarks by the Honorable Ronnie Shows 132 Presentation of VFW Distinguished Service Medal and Citation to Past Commander-in-Chief Thomas A. Pouliot 135 Remarks by Past Commander-in-Chief Pouliot 135 Introduction of Brigadier General Wilma L. Vaught, USAF, (Ret.), President of Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc. 136 Remarks - Brigadier General Wilma Vaught 136 Report of Committee on National By-Laws, Manual of Procedure and Ritual (Cont'd.) 139 Presentation by William McCarthy, VFW Post 864 Brookline, Massachusetts 161 Presentation of Recognition Plaque to Past Commander-in-Chief Clyde Lewis by VFW Employees' Retirement Plan Board 162 Presentation of the Buddy Poppy Display Contest Winners 163 Presentation of Parade Awards 164 Report of Committee on Veterans Service Resolutions 165 Closing Ceremonies 172 RECESS 172 THIRD BUSINESS SESSION THURSDAY MORNING, AUGUST 24, 2000 Call to Order 172 Salute to the Colors and Pledge ofAllegiance 172 Report of Credentials Committee 173 Report of General Resolutions Committee (Cont'd.) 173 Presentation of VFW Distinguished Service Medal and Citation to Richard Trombla 174 Response - Richard Trombla 174 Presentation of VFW Distinguished Service Medal and Citation to Mr. David Petree 175 Remarks - David L. Petree 176 Presentation of the James C. Gates Distinguished Service Award to Ms. Danny Wright 176 Remarks - Ms. Danny Wright 177 Presentation of the Large Employer of the Year Award 178 Remarks - Ms. Shari Millea 178 Presentation of the Small Employer of the Year Award 179 Remarks - Mr. Asa Burt 180 Presentation of the National Employment Service Office Award 180 Remarks - Mr. Jone Pate 181 Presentation of the VFW Outstanding VA Health-Care Provider of the Year Award 181 Remarks - Ms. Mary Chaffee 182 Presentation of the VFW Outstanding CommunityHealth-Care Provider of the Year Award 183 Remarks - Ms. Lorraine Teague 184 Presentation of the VFW Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award 184 Remarks - Mr. Ronald G. Olk 185 Nominations for National Home Trustees 185 Introduction of Past Commanders-in-Chief 186 Recognition of National Sergeants-at-Arms 186 Winners of the National Buddy Poppy Contest 187 Introduction of Ladies Auxiliary President Frier. 190 Response - Ms. Lorraine Frier 191 Presentation by the Department of Europe 193 RECESS 193 Visit of National Home Representatives 193 Remarks - Mr. Michael Kessler 194 Remarks by the 2000 Buddy Poppy Children 196 Nomination of Commander-in-Chief 199 Nomination of Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief 202 Nomination of Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief 203 Nomination of Quartermaster General 205 Nomination of Judge Advocate General 206 Nomination of Surgeon General 207 Nomination of National Chaplain 208 Closing Ceremonies 209 RECESS 209 FOURTH BUSINESS SESSION FRIDAY MORNING, AUGUST 25, 2000 Call to Order 210 Salute to the Colors, Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance 210 Final Report of Credentials Committee 210 Election of Officers 211 Announcement of Council Members-Elect. 214 Announcement of Appointments by Commander-in-Chief-Elect 215 Remarks by Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief 215 Installation of Officers 217 Presentation of Past Commander-in-Chief Lapel Pin and Gold Life Membership Card 223 Remarks by Past Commander-in-Chief Smart 223 Acceptance Address by Commander-in-Chief Gwizdak 225 Closing Ceremonies 231 Adjournment 231 COMMANDERS-IN-CHIEF, VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES (Including societies that amalgamated to form Veterans of Foreign Wars) The Veterans of Foreign Service and the Army of the Philippines amalgamated at Denver, CO, August 1913, forming the Veterans of Foreign Wars as it is today. However, the birth of the order dates from September 29, 1899, when the first national officers were elected and the eligibility clause adopted. The original chapter was granted October 11, 1899. * indicates deceased American Veterans of Foreign Service 1899-1900 James C. Putnam* Elected at Columbus, Ohio. 1900-1901 Maj. Will S. White* Elected at Columbus, Ohio. 1901-1902 Maj. Will S. White* Elected at Columbus, Ohio. 1902-1903 James Romanis* Elected at Washington Courthouse, Ohio. 1903-1904 James Romanis* Elected at Cincinnati,Ohio. 1904-1905 James Romanis* Elected at Cincinnati,Ohio. 1905-1906 George Metzger* Elected at Altoona, Pennsylvania. 1906-1907 Charles H. Devereaux* Elected at Cincinnati, Ohio. 1907-1908 David T. Nevin* Elected at James Exposition Grounds, Virginia. 1908-1909 J. Alfred Judge* Elected at Lebanon, Pennsylvania. 1909-1910 J. Alfred Judge* Elected at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 1910-1911 Robert J. Woodside* Elected at Jersey City, New Jersey. 1911-1912 Robert J. Woodside* Elected at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1912-1913 Robert J. Woodside* Elected at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. American Veterans of Foreign Service (Eastern Branch) 1903-1904 Capt. Robert S. Hansburg * Elected at Altoona, Pennsylvania. 1904-1905 H.O. Kelly * Elected at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (The above two organizations amalgamated September 1905, at Altoona, Pennsylvania.) Army of the Philippines 1900-1901 Gen. Francis V. Greene * Elected at Denver, Colorado. 1901-1902 Gen. Irving Hale * Elected at Salt Lake City, Utah.
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