GENERAL ORDERS

DEPARTMENT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS
GENERAL ORDERS #1 JULY 2018
General Orders are to be read at each Post Meeting and placed on file
1) Having been elected State Commander and having been installed in office in accordance with the by-laws of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, I, William "Bill” Ryan do hereby assume command of the Department of New Hampshire, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
2) At the 98th Annual State Convention of the Department of New Hampshire, Veterans of Foreign Wars of 8th U.S. held in Shelbourne, NH on June 8-10, 2018 the following officers were elected or appointed and duly installed and will be accorded the recognition due them:
Commander: William "Bill” Ryan
Sr. Vice: Chris Peirce
Jr. Vice: Darwin Beeman
Quartermaster: Greg Lynch
Judge Advocate: Dana Hussey
Surgeon: Thomas St Pierre
Chaplain: Russell Norris
Past State Commander: Joe Clark
District #1 Commander: Dave Leonard
District # 4 Commander: Brian Duchesne
District #5 Commander: Clarence "Butch” Nelson
District #6 Commander: Richard Tripp
District #7 Commander: George Slocomb
3) All previous appointments are hereby canceled and I declare them null and void.
4) The following appointments are hereby announced:
Adjutant: Paul Lloyd
Chief of Staff: Dave Ouellette/Dana Hussey
Service Officer: John Barrett
Americanism: Mark McCabe
Buddy Poppy: Greg Lynch
Comm. Activities: Darwin Beeman
Loyalty Day: Mark McCabe
Membership: John Kroehler
Inspector Dave Ouellette
Deputy Inspectors: Done by District Commanders
Voice of Democracy/Patriots Pen: Jason Kelley
Teachers: Jason Kelley
Youth Activities: Lew Chipola
Newspaper Editor; Travis Bill
Grass Roots: Susan Cuddy
Empl./Pref. John Kroehler, Jr. and John Barrett
Homeless Veterans: Jorg Dreusicke
Hospital: Thomas St Pierre
Historian Fred Harvey
Legislative: Paul Chevalier
M.O.C. Liaison: Richard Tripp
NH Veterans Home: Jorg Dreusicke
O.T.I.: Dana Hussey
Publicity: Carl Morrison
Webmaster; Paul Lloyd
Safety: Gary Backus
Suicide Prevention: Russell Norris
Student Veteran Liaison: John MacIntear
Sergeant at Arms Travis Bill
Convention Committee Chairman: Dana Hussey
State Commander’s Testimonial: Paul Chevalier
VAVS Manchester: Jorg Dreusicke and John Skidmore
VAVS White River: Dale Pierson
Special Project: Ron Preble
Veterans and Military Support Chairman: Mark McCabe
Budget Chairman: PSC Joe Clark
Finance Chairman: Joe Clark
National Home: David Ouellette
POW /MIA: Mark McCabe
State Picnic Chairman: Clarence "Butch” Nelson
5) JOINT STATE OUTING 2018: The Annual Joint State Outing will be in Winchester at the VFW Post Home, August 11. $5.00 per person (Contact Butch for tickets his contact info is on the flyer)
12:00 PM Hamburg & Hot Dogs & Assorted Salads
16:00 Steak & Baked Potatoes & corn on the Cobb
Green Salad & W/Watermelon for Dessert
For full details and Hotel information see attached flyer.
6) OTI: The Department of New Hampshire VFW will hold Officer Training at each of the District Meetings this year. OTI Chairman Hussey will coordinate with the District Commanders.
7) COUNCIL OF ADMINISTRATION: The Council of Administration will be at the Winchester VFW Saturday August 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM, Finance Committee meetings at 9:00 AM, Veterans Service Committee at 0930. State Outing starts at noon. UNIFORM OF THE DAY WILL BE CASUAL
9) ON LINE REPORTING: For On Line Reporting, go to http://nh.vfwportal.net/public/, your sign on is your Post number and your password is abc123 all lower case, it will never change. Example: Sign On: 816 Password: abc123
Start reporting today!
10) REQUEST FOR DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVE: Request for a Department Representative for a special event, must be submitted in writing to the Department Adjutant, PO Box 955, Concord, NH 03302-0955 or e-mail: nhvfwstateheadquarters@gmail.com
11) Student Veterans announcement: School‘s out for summer. But that doesn’t mean that classes have stopped completely. I am in conversation with several chapters of the student veterans administration for the campuses in New Hampshire. We have high hopes and great aspirations for this upcoming school year. One of our biggest priorities is to ensure we have better recruitment for younger veterans that are currently in college. Student Veterans are using the post 9/11 G.I. Bill and other benefits that they have earned and the VFW has helped ensure that they continue to receive. I would like to ask for everyone’s thoughts and help in ensuring that we get the word out at all of our post(s) and that we let the younger generations know that this is not "a club”. We have things for younger Veterans and I have made a commitment to Department Commander Ryan to do all I can this year for New Hampshire’s student Veterans.
12) National Convention will be in Kansas City, MO., July 21-25. Department Leadership will be out of State for the Convention but will be available by email and cell phone.
13) Roster books will be available at the August Council Meeting
14) DEADLINE: The deadline for information going into the General Orders is the 20th of each month. Send all requests to State Adjutant - Paul Lloyd, PO Box 955 Concord NH 03302-0955. Adjutant contact info is: Phone: 603-715-5579, Fax: 603-715-2405, Cell: 603-496-1918 and E-mail: nhvfwstateheadquarters@gmail.com
Paul Lloyd William Ryan
Department Adjutant Department Commander
Final Roll Call DepartmentofNew Hampshire
Chaplain Russell Norris
"May our Comrades Rest in Eternal Peace”
Deceased List for June 30, 2018
Post
First_Name
Last_Name
483
Michael
Darrah
483
Louis
Prince
483
Robert
Ratoff
1088
James
Conklin
1617
Victor
Damboise
1631
James
Palmquist
1698
James
Skeats
1698
Francis
Bastis
1698
Joseph
Bouley
1698
Michael
Burns
2520
Royden
Thompson
2520
Robert
Leclerc
2520
Lawrence
Richards
5613
Edward
Taylor
8214
Karl
Andersen
Commanders Message
July 2018
Comrades,
I first want to thank you for your trust and support in electing me as Department Commander for the ensuring year. This is an Honor that I take seriously and will work daily for the future of the Department of NH. For those who missed the installation I did address briefly the dedication shown to the membership this year. Commander Clark needed to make some tuff calls and did so with the best interest of all involved. We were lucky to have him in place at this trying time. I salute you Commander Clark. These decisions will need to be made this year as well and I can say they will be done with the best of Department and membership in mind. We have in place the finest Line Officer’s any Department could ask for and they will be involved in these discussions as well.
Several times throughout the year we hold VFW functions, including regular meetings, CofA’s etc. We constantly question the Dress for these events. Unless otherwise put out by the Department Adjutant the Dress for the year will be Blues and Greys. Every time we go out our front door representing the VFW we need to look professional. The Public is watching us take proper care of our Comrades and Our Communities. Be Proud!
This year’s State Picnic will again be held at Winchester Post 3968 on August 11th. With the support of Council, we have been able to set ticket prices at $5.00 PP. Our hope is to aide our members on fixed income to come join us in a day of laughter and comradeship. Butch Nelson is Chairman again this year and will be having information coming your way thru the Department Adjutant. Like casual dress. You don’t want me in shorts!!!
As I stated at installation your Department will have a complete open line of communication available to every member. We are here for you and to assist you with anything to help in Mentoring, Membership etc. Please be reminded that "ALL OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION” is done thru the Department Adjutant. No exceptions! Please be sure to let the Adjutant know of any Post, District or Community functions your having and we will do our very best to have Department with you. It is your Department representing YOU! Feel free to cc myself or any other Department Officer who may want to be personally involved with you.
The Adjutant is working on a new improved web site for Department and he will keep you Posted. Until then keep Reporting on the web site available and remember this is how we keep our non-profit status.
Post Commanders, QM’s please watch your email daily. This is how we keep up to date on issues. Make sure the Department Adjutant has your correct email. Commander’s this year another award will be available, and I will ask All Commanders at the end of my year to summit a name and brief writeup on the "VFW Member of The Year”. Keep an eye on not just your Post members but the true 100% member of the year. Should be a proud day for some lucky Comrade. Until we meet again stay safe, strong, and loving! It won’t hurt you.
Bill
Sr. Vice Commander’s Message
Greetings Comrades,
First I would like to thank everyone for supporting me for the position of Department of NH Senior Vice Commander. I have learned a lot in the previous year as the Department’s Junior Vice and will bring that knowledge and experience as I step into my new role. I am here because I do care about our organization and the Veterans we support.
Over the past few years I have met a lot of Veterans and their families in this State and around our great country. We are all striving towards the same goals and facing the same challenges. Volunteer organizations like ours are actually the most successful when a small group at the Post level keep things alive and go out and do what we are supposed to do. Failure also starts at that level, when someone forgets what we are here for and thinks it is just a bar which does not answer to anyone. This grassroots level is where the battle is and where the focus should be no matter how large or small the Post is.
We need to build on our successes and help each through the tough times. You have a dedicated team in the State and all of us are here to help in those rough spots and celebrate the victories.
I am looking forward to working with our Commander Bill Ryan and the whole New Hampshire VFW Team in the coming year.
Chris Peirce
Jr Vice Commander’s Message
Comrades,
First and foremost I'd like to thank all of you for your support at the State Convention by electing me as your Junior Vice Commander. I believe that this year will be a challenging but yet a successful year for our Commander Bill Ryan and the Dept. of N.H. Veterans of Foreign Wars. We as a group need to grow and strengthen while at the same time supporting any and all veterans and their families within our beautiful state. I look forward to the upcoming and serving you my comrades.
Second as Community Service Chairman I would like to challenge ALL comrades to perform acts of community service and log it in. That's what we do as veterans is to not only help any and all veterans in need but to also give back to our community's. Last year’s participation that was logged in was that as a department we finished at 86%. This year we are already at 44% as department participation. I truly believe that since we're already at 44%, we can easily surpass last year’s numbers and help give our commander a great year to look back on.
Darwin Beeman
JVC Dept. of N.H.
Community Service Chairman
Greetings Comrades,
Thank you for electing me to the high office of State Surgeon. I, as well as the other newly elected officers, appreciate all the support shown us over the convention weekend and will serve to the best of our abilities starting with monthly input and reports in the General Orders. From conversations I’ve had with previous State Surgeons I was advised to pick a medical condition, disease, or symptom that I have a personal connection to and focus on that for the year. Coming from a large family with a deep military background there are too many conditions for me to just pick one. What to pick? PTSD, Agent Orange, Burn Pits, Diabetes, Cancer, even suicide are all topics we have been affected by. So I have chosen to select a different topic each month. This month I will start with info from the VA website concerning Gulf War Veterans’ Medically Unexplained Illnesses.
A prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans is a cluster of medically unexplained chronic symptoms that can include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems. VA refers to these illnesses as "chronic multisymptom illness" and "undiagnosed illnesses." We prefer not to use the term "Gulf War Syndrome” when referring to medically unexplained symptoms reported by Gulf War Veterans. Why? Because symptoms vary widely.
Gulf War Veterans who meet the criteria below do not need to prove a connection between their military service and illnesses in order to receive VA disability compensation.
VA presumes certain chronic, unexplained symptoms existing for 6 months or more are related to Gulf War service without regard to cause. These "presumptive" illnesses must have appeared during active duty in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations or by December 31, 2021, and be at least 10 percent disabling. These illnesses include: • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), a condition of long-term and severe fatigue that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other conditions. • Fibromyalgia, a condition characterized by widespread muscle pain. Other symptoms may include insomnia, morning stiffness, headache, and memory problems.
• Functional gastrointestinal disorders, a group of conditions marked by chronic or recurrent symptoms related to any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Functional condition refers to an abnormal function of an organ, without a structural alteration in the tissues. Examples include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), functional dyspepsia, and functional abdominal pain syndrome.
• Undiagnosed illnesses with symptoms that may include but are not limited to: abnormal weight loss, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, muscle and joint pain, headache, menstrual disorders, neurological and psychological problems, skin conditions, respiratory disorders, and sleep disturbances.
Make sure you talk with your physician if you think you may fall under this criteria. Be proactive about your health; ask questions until you get a satisfactory answer.
Tom St.Pierre, State Surgeon
July Safety News
Happy 4th of July Comrades. I am honored that State Commander Bill Ryan asked me to be your 2018-19 NH VFW Safety Chairman. Over the coming year I will try to provide you with interesting and useful thoughts on safety along with pictures and posters suitable for display on your Post bulletin boards and briefing at your monthly Post meetings. I will also provide you with hints on how to report your safety activities including using what I have placed in the monthly General Orders to enable reporting in each safety-related category. Each Post should be able to submit at least 12 safety reports based solely on what I send out each month and maybe gain a little more appreciation for safety along the way.
In addition to the usual safety themes throughout the year, I urge all Post Commanders to honor the work of our Law Enforcement, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians through the VFW Safety Program’s Public Servant awards. These dedicated professionals risk life and limb daily to protect and defend us simply by wearing their uniforms. Pay a visit to your Police and Fire Chiefs and ask them to identify worthy first responders for you to honor. The VFW also has a Life Saving award for anyone, civilian or first responder, who has participated in the saving of a life. If you have any questions on these programs, sign in to your My VFW page, then under the Member Resources header, select VFW Training and Support, then select Community Service & Youth Programs, and from the list, select the Public Servant and Safety pull down menu for award instructions and forms. Public Servant and Life Saving award nominations are due directly to State Headquarters (Adjutant Paul Lloyd), they do not go through District, no later than January 1st, where a State finalist will be forward to National for recognition by the Commander-in-Chief. Regardless of selection for a National award, Posts can still recognize their selections with appropriate certificates available through the VFW Store. Loyalty Day celebrations make an excellent venue for such recognition, so invite your local media outlets to cover and get some well-deserved publicity as well – oh, and report that too! If you still have questions, contact me directly at grbackus@comcast.net and I promise to respond within 24-48 hours.
On the following pages you will find three safety posters covering Fireworks Safety, Boating Safety and Beach Safety. Display these in your Posts and brief them at your July meetings. Then report the fact that you successfully provided safety information to XX members who were at your meeting under the SAFETY reporting category of RECREATION / BOATING / HUNTING SAFETY. I’ll be providing Hunting Safety information later in the year as that season approaches.
I know most of us take safety for granted. It’s easy to just reach a bit farther instead of climbing down and moving the ladder while we clean out gutters, or we try to lift that power washer or lawn de-thatcher out of the truck by ourselves, or fire up the chain saw without proper protective gear. Here’s a news flash Comrades, we’re not getting any younger. Our balance isn’t what it was when we were 20 and neither are our backs or reflexes. So, stop and think about what you’re doing and ask yourself "am I doing this in a safe manner?” Remember to use safety equipment like eye and hearing protection, gloves, foot protection and appropriate clothing for the activity.
That’s it for this month; stay safe Comrades.
Gary Backus,
2018-19 State Safety Chairman
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
Department of New Hampshire
MEMBERSHIP 2018-2019
My name is John Kroehler and I’m a HEADHUNTER. (I don’t need to join an AA or
OA group). I am an Executive Search Consultant, placing exceptional candidates (including veterans) with Client employers. That made it a no-brainer for me to become a Certified National Recruiter. I am passionate about the VFW and recruiting new members for our organization. I am honored that Department Commander Bill Ryan selected me to be his Membership Chairman for 2018-2019.
As Bill has said, we need to make conscious decisions about our continued survival as the greatest veteran’s organization. As of this writing, we stand to lose 281 members from the 2017-2018 membership of 6712. That should mean something for all of us. Unless this trend is reversed, our days are numbered as an important veterans’ organization. Has our passion for this great organization died? I hope not.
Many of our members have been in the VFW for 20 or more years and it looks like they have burned out (or are at least smoldering). Many of you have been in leadership positions for years on end and want to rest. If that is you, comrade, your job is not over. More than anyone else, you need to recruit your replacements as the new leaders in your Post. At the very least, you and the other older members need to be mentors for your newer members as well as supporting projects
As Past Department Chief of Staff Gary Backus recently said in the Manchester Union Leader, "If we will not stand and defend our …veterans, then who will?” We all need to do some heavy lifting to recruit, retain, and reinstate members for the VFW.
I challenge every active member to recruit at least one new member this year. Membership recruiting should be a yearlong project and needs to start now. It starts with each of us to ask qualified non-member veterans to join the VFW. You will have some rejections, but you won’t get signups, unless you ASK. Remember that the new members need us as much as we need them.
Each Post must have a membership recruiting plan of action. Develop it now for the New Year. I can provide help, if you need it. Your results will be measured against it. As hockey great Wayne Gretsky used to say, "Every shot that you don’t take is a missed goal.”
John Kroehler, Membership Chairman 2018-2019
From the Desk of the Quartermaster:
Comrades,
I have enclose the Quartermaster’s Report and the Department Contributions list as I usually do even though there is nothing much to show at this point.
I just wanted you to get use to seeing the new District break-down - but also to congratulate those 100% Posts (at least before National’s final tally)
I would also like to point out that there are nineteen (19) different categories for donations this year. Cancer Aid & Research has been added back in and, also added is National’s Emergency Relief Fund – which some had donated to last year to help those struck with natural disasters.
And the Commander’s Special Project this year is the New Hampshire Veteran’s Cemetery –
so those two are now one in the same.
I would urge all to be specific as to what you’re donating to – and not just send $50.00 and say: "for donations” . (that would be a little over $2.63 in each category! I don’t want to see that happen again this year! Give me round dollar amounts)
I have sent out Bond information to each Post Quartermaster of record and again have enclosed that application and instructions within these GO’s.
The email which I sent to all Quartermasters asked for an acknowledgement response back from each …. I have received only 28 !! Not a very good start !
I don’t expect Quartermasters to have ‘smart phones’ and get email instantly – like some of us do …. but I do expect you to have a computer and check your mail at least a few times a week ! We have to stay in touch and know what’s going on – and communicate !
Do those 15 Quartermasters that didn’t respond, even know anything about one of the most important duties they will have!?
With the help of your Post QM - because they can pull up your Post rosters – I would like to challenge each Post to call, email, or otherwise start contacting each and every Member you’ve lost in the past 2 years … start it now. Give 5 of your Officers 5 names and challenge them to bring you 5 dues !
We can change this downward slope if we all just care a little bit !
Thank you ….. Let’s all have a great year !
Yours in Comradeship, Service & Patriotism,
Greg
From the Desk of the Quartermaster:
Comrades,
I have enclose the Quartermaster’s Report and the Department Contributions list as I usually do even though there is nothing much to show at this point.
I just wanted you to get use to seeing the new District break-down - but also to congratulate those 100% Posts (at least before National’s final tally)
I would also like to point out that there are nineteen (19) different categories for donations this year. Cancer Aid & Research has been added back in and, also added is National’s Emergency Relief Fund – which some had donated to last year to help those struck with natural disasters.
And the Commander’s Special Project this year is the New Hampshire Veteran’s Cemetery –
So those two are now one in the same.
I would urge all to be specific as to what you’re donating to – and not just send $50.00 and say: "for donations”. (That would be a little over $2.63 in each category! I don’t want to see that happen again this year! Give me round dollar amounts)
I have sent out Bond information to each Post Quartermaster of record and again have enclosed that application and instructions within these GO’s.
The email which I sent to all Quartermasters asked for an acknowledgement response back from each …. I have received only 28!! Not a very good start!
I don’t expect Quartermasters to have ‘smart phones’ and get email instantly – like some of us do …. But I do expect you to have a computer and check your mail at least a few times a week! We have to stay in touch and know what’s going on – and communicate!
Do those 15 Quartermasters that didn’t respond, even know anything about one of the most important duties they will have!?
With the help of your Post QM - because they can pull up your Post rosters – I would like to challenge each Post to call, email, or otherwise start contacting each and every Member you’ve lost in the past 2 years … start it now. Give 5 of your Officers 5 names and challenge them to bring you 5 dues!
We can change this downward slope if we all just care a little bit!
Thank you ….. Let’s all have a great year!
Yours in Comradeship, Service & Patriotism,
Greg
Adjutant Message
Greetings Comrades,
Commanders at all levels were elected to represent their respective units at all meetings, ie, Council meetings, District meetings, District Conventions and the Department Convention. You are expected to show up and participate in the business of the VFW. Please Show Up! Also part of the Commander’s job is to train your replacement, so bring your SVC and JVC with you to the District Meeting. District Commander’s your SVC And JVC are expected to be at all COA’s.
Department Convention minutes will be emailed out as soon as they are transcribed. Final Report for attendance/representation, 27 Posts out of 44 and 4 out 7 Districts, we will be working on this.
Reports for Post Commanders for District Meetings, District Commanders attending Post Meetings and Department Officers attending District/Post Meetings need to be filled out and sent to Me.
District Commanders and District Adjutants must submit minutes to me within 15 days of the District Meetings.
Department Website at nhvfw.org has been abandoned by Policlicks and spam has taken over so do not go on it.
All District Cdr, SVC, JVC and all Department Officers and Chairman need to get to me their proof of eligibility asap! Some have already done so, if you are not sure send it.
Respectfully,
Paul