Words from the Commander
I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude for entrusting and electing me as your 2015-2016 Commander. If you attended the Convention you heard me say that this is a dream come true and during my term it is not about ME it is about US. We are a TEAM and there is no letter “I” in TEAM. This term I will try to listen to each and every Comrade who is willing to voice opinions or concerns. I cannot guarantee that changes will be made however between myself and my Staff we are here to try to serve each and every Comrade in the Department of the Pacific.
CONGRATS to Bear Hudson on achieving the prestigious honor All American Commander as well to all DPA Comrades. Remember it was your hard work and dedication that enabled the DPA to have another Banner Year. I will be asking the same support that you gave Bear during my term. My theme this term is true to its wording “LOVE YOUR FREEDOM THANK A VET”!
Comrades the following new and revised programs are posted on the DPA website: All American VFW National Membership Program, All State Program, and the DPA Membership Program which contains a NEW AWARD for recruiters.
I would like to encourage each and every Comrade to create an account with the VFW have not already done so. Go to www.vfw.org. VFW has highly improved their site with on line training videos and you can also view this year’s National Convention which will be stream lined.
I have set a very strong Membership Goal for the Department to reach 100% membership by the midterm C of A in December. This is a very high goal but with all your leadership and dedication we can accomplish this reachable goal.
Let us also not forget about our outstanding tool of Communication we have with the DPA website as well as the TYPOON-ATP. I have created a game to win gift certs and Joe our editor will explain the game in this month’s edition this hopefully will boost more Comrades to read and educate themselves on all the Department current affairs.
Comrades in closing let me once again reach out and thank each and every Comrade in the Pacific for all you have done and continue to do for the VFW. We will have another banner year in 2015-2016. Very Honored to be your Commander.
“Love your Freedom-
Thank a Vet!”