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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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