Scholarship February 24

Beth Crow 662-552-9481 EMAIL monthly report form

downloadable scholarship forms

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope everyone survived the deep freeze of January without mishap. I’m looking forward to Spring. Just a few reminders for the coming months.

First, the applications for the Continuing Education Scholarship are due to National by Feb. 15. The application is available in Malta under the scholarships tab. There are questions to be answered on a separate sheet plus a no more than 300 word essay that describes your commitment that have to accompany the application. Members and their family members who are 21 and over may apply. The member must be 1 year in good standing.

Second, the deadline for the Young American Patriotic Art Contest and the 3-D Young American Patriotic Art Contest is fast approaching. All entries must be submitted to the auxiliaries by March 31. Please check in with your local schools and youth organizations to remind them of the contests.

Lastly, please submit your reports every month. There are Auxiliaries out there that have not submitted a report yet. Please do not wait until the last minute to get those reports submitted. You can submit them electronically at vfwauxms.org, by email, by text, or even snail mail. If you haven’t submitted a report by our next School of Instruction in March, I will be contacting you. There are many things that can be counted as promoting our scholarship programs, i.e. talking about them at meetings, sharing information with people outside the auxiliary, helping the VFW with Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy, even sharing posts on social media. Those are just a few. I know that most of you have done at least one thing that promotes our Scholarship Program this year, so please submit a report.

Thank you to those Auxiliaries that have already submitted reports. I know that the rest of you are going to send me a report soon. Have a great Valentines Day and I will see you in March.

Veterans & Family Support Feb 24

Becki Todd 901-262-8183 EMAIL monthly report form

“Soaring Above and Beyond for Our Veterans”

Greetings my Super Supporters!

Now that we have made it through January’s snow and ice (for some of us) that precluded us from meeting for our Mid-Winter convention, we need to continue looking forward.  There is always work to be done and support to be given!  I encourage you to continue looking for and thinking of new ways to support our veterans and their families, in addition to the ever present direct aid.  This includes but not limited to meals, transportation, cards, phone calls/text messages or donations (monetary).  Go sit with a veteran or give a family member a break from taking care of their veteran. It is very important to remember those caregivers! Take them a treat as well or just to visit. One of our auxiliaries was able to visit a World War II veteran who has been homebound fighting cancer and said he felt “forgotten”. What a blessing for all of those involved!

Let’s also not forget to promote and support our programs within Veterans and Family Support.  These include National Veterans Support (NVS), Military Assistance (MAP), Unmet Needs, Disaster Relief and Veterans & Military Suicide Preventation/Mental Health Awareness.  These are all worthy programs to help our veterans or military in different ways.  

Some dates to remember as your auxiliaries make plans of support for this month:

 the week of February 12 is National Salute to Veteran Patients and also Valentine’s Day.

Plan an outing to visit your local VA hospital or nursing homes and thank those veterans plus I think they like treats! Show lots of love, they deserve all that and more for their sacrifices they made for all of us.

As always, I remind you to get your reports in to me, time is flying by and I want to be able to recognize you for your hard work for our veterans. I will take the information however it is easiest for you to share it, by mail, email, text or simply call me and I will take the information that way. I would love to talk to you! I am deeply grateful for each of you and the love and support you show our veterans. Keep up the great work!

“Banding Together for Our Veterans”

I am always available to help with any questions concerning your reports.

                   REPORT the SUPPORT!

Membership Feb 24

Michelle Brinson (601) 734-8160 EMAIL monthly report form

Hello everyone. What a way to start the new year with so much cold, ice, and snow for much of the state! I hope everyone has recovered that we’re affected by the weather and look forward to seeing all of you in March in Gulfport for the Council of Administration/School of Instruction.
Let’s look at what Membership means to our organization but, most importantly, to our Veterans.
Membership is the lifeblood of our organization and, without members, we would not have the voice that we have and would not be able to accomplish the great things that we do in support of and for our Veterans. Without each of you and without new members, who will take care of our Veterans? It’s scary to think about, or should be. Why? Because each of you matter not
only to your Auxiliary, District, Department, and Organization, but because each of you matter to our Veterans.
Again, as a reminder, if you have officers who have not yet paid their dues for the year, in accordance with Sec. 109 of our National Bylaws, “…No officer may be relieved of their office except for the following reasons: Non-payment of dues prior to December 31.
Once relieved from office, the member may not be re-elected or appointed to any position until the member’s dues are paid…” Auxiliary presidents/Secretaries, please log in to MALTA, click on Duties, click on Reports, and click on Unpaid Members Report for your Auxiliary. If your Auxiliary has an officer who did not renew their dues by December 31, 2023,
please notify your District President along with our Department Secretary Gloria Grady, Department Treasurer Benita Lyman, Chief of Staff Laurie Williamson, and Madam President Barbara Franklin. Don’t forget, you will need to call for nominations and hold an election at your next meeting if you have not already done so to fill the vacant position(s).
This year, we need to retain 778 continuous annual members (annual members who renew or convert to a life member) compared to 840 continuous annual members last year. First, I want to say a huge “Thank You” to all of the auxiliaries who have been working retention so hard. Since December, you have renewed 76 members! As of January 30, 2024, we have
had 570 annual members renew their dues and 58 annual members convert to a life member.
So, what does this mean? This means we still have 133 annual members who have not yet renewed their dues or converted to a life member. The question we need to answer is why.
Why are we losing so many members who do not choose to renew their dues, and what can we do to change this trend and keep members active and involved? With that in mind, please be sure to continue to work hard to make contact with those annual members who have not yet renewed their dues or converted to a life member. Remember, you can generate dues reminder
notices in MALTA to mail to your annual members and/or you can reach out to them by phone, letter, text, message, email, or face-to-face. Please encourage their participation and let them know how important they are to your auxiliary, our organization, and to all Veterans and their families. Also, please be sure to remind them of the eligibility requirements for the Cancer
Grant, which are as follows: “Applicant must be a member of the VFW Auxiliary for one (1) full year and current dues must be paid…” While we all hate to lose members for any reason, we surely do not want any of our members to lose their eligibility for the cancer grant because they
are not current in paying their dues.
So far this year, we have gained 62 new annual members, 10 rejoin annual members, 22 new life members. and 2 rejoin life member for a total of 96 new members, which is up 9 new members from December. Sadly, however, we have also already lost 1 annual member and 45 life members who have passed away. As of January 28, 2024, our “Current Total” Membership (excluding our 46 deceased members) was 2,783 or 96.43% and our “Paid
Total” Membership (including our 46 deceased members) was 2,829 up 151 members from December or 98.02%.
So, Lights, Camera, Action:
Remember, this year, we are incorporating movies into our Membership Program, and we want to make it fun for all and help our Southern Conference Director win the prestigious award for Best Picture of the 2023-2024 Program Year. So, let’s all “Band Together” to help make this happen by inviting new members, investing in all members, and including current members.
Keep all members informed, encourage their participation, and get them involved in
activities/events. Have a Plan that includes:

  • Contacting current members
  • Outreach to former members;
  • Recruiting events for new members;
  • Picking a mentor for a new member;
  • Planning at least four recruiting events in your community each year.
    Membership Program Awards:
    ● Awards for Members:
  1. Lights, Camera, Action! pin to each VFW and VFW Auxiliary member who recruits five (5) new members to the VFW Auxiliary from July 1, 2023, through May 31,
  2. The Department Treasurer must enter membership in MALTA with credit given to the recruiter by June 10, 2024. Lights, Camera, Action! pin will be mailed directly to the member from National Headquarters.
  3. National Membership Achievement (NMA) Award to each VFW and VFW Auxiliary member who recruits 20 new members to the VFW Auxiliary from July 1, 2023, through May 31, 2024. The Department Treasurer must enter membership in MALTA with credit given to the recruiter by June 10, 2024. NMA Award to be presented at the
    2024 National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. If a member is not in attendance, the award will be mailed directly to the member from National Headquarters after the National Convention.
  4. Lights, Camera, Action! VFW Auxiliary Recruiter Drawing. Each VFW Auxiliary National Membership Achievement Award recipient will be entered into a drawing to receive a $500 Visa Gift Card (VFW Recruiters are not eligible). Recruiter Award Forms are no longer needed for VFW Auxiliary members. Reports are compiled by VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters from information entered in MALTA. VFW members who
    recruit new VFW Auxiliary members will need to fill out the required VFW members-only form that is available on MALTA Member Resources. Completed form must be received at VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters and Department Treasurer must enter membership in MALTA by June 10, 2024.
    ● Awards for Auxiliaries:
  5. $25 to each Auxiliary that reaches 98% Plus in Paid Total Membership by March 31, 2024*.
  6. $25 to each Auxiliary that reaches 100% Plus in Paid Total Membership by June 30, 2024*.
  7. Lights, Camera, Action! VFW Auxiliary Drawing. Each VFW Auxiliary that
    reaches 101% Plus in Paid Total Membership by June 30, 2024* will be entered into a one time drawing to receive $500.
    I am very happy to report that 23 auxiliaries have already met or exceeded some or all of the aforementioned goals. That’s up 4 auxiliaries from December!
    ● Awards for Departments:
  8. Silver Department Award #2: $250 to each Department that reaches 98% Plus in Paid Total Membership or 2,829 total members (including deaths) by March 31, 2024*. As of January 29, 2024, we have met our goal!
  9. Gold Department Award #3: $300 to each Department that reaches 100% Plus in Paid Total Membership or 2,886 total members (including deaths) by June 30, 2024*. As of January 28, 2024, we only need 57 annual members to renew or convert to life and/or new or rejoin annual/life members. Remember, we have 133 annual members
    who have not renewed; so, we could easily reach and exceed this goal.
  10. Platinum Department Award #4: $400 to each Department that reaches 101% Plus in Paid Total Membership or 2,915 total members (including deaths) by June 30, 2024*. Departments that receive the Platinum Department Award #4 for $400 will still receive the Gold Department Award #3 for $300 for a combined total of $700. As of January 28, 2024, we only need 86 members in order to reach this goal. Remember,
    we have 133 annual members who have not renewed; so, we could easily reach and exceed this goal.
    ● Conference vs. Conference:
  11. $50 to each Department within the Conference with the highest total percentage by January 31, 2024*.
  12. $50 to each Department within the Conference with the highest total percentage by June 30, 2024*
    *Based on the June 30, 2023, year-end membership numbers.
    Report Your Membership Activities Monthly. Please remember to complete the monthly reporting form online at http://www.vfwauxms.org/report-forms/ or by downloading and
    completing the form and sending it to me via regular mail at Michele Brinson, or by email at no later than the
    5th day of each month if possible. If you have problems completing the reporting form online or sending it via regular mail or email, you may call me or text me with your information at 901-734-8160.
    I have had the honor to work with you and have seen what all of you have done for the past 2 years and what you have done so far this year, and I believe that we can reach and exceed our goal! We are fast approaching March 31, 2024, and what an amazing gift it would be to
    renew your membership or convert to a life member in honor of your Veteran(s). Auxiliaries, please continue to reach out to your lapsed/unpaid members and encourage them to renew or
    convert in honor of their Veteran(s) today but no later than March 31, 2024, and please continue to recruit new members into our organization. Let’s continue to honor our Veterans, our Service men and women, their families, our communities, and our organization by keeping our membership current, being involved/active, and by asking others to join. Remember, our membership and service matter–You matter and, by “Banding Together,” we can do so much for those who have sacrificed and done so much for our Country and for all of us. God bless our Veterans, Service Members, their families, our organization, our department, and all of you.
    Hope to see all of you in March in Gulfport.
    Roll On Mississippi And Keep Soaring Above and Beyond for Veterans,

Outreach Jan 24

Deborah Turner, Auxiliary (601) 506-9430 Email report form

What is the VFW Auxiliary Outreach Program?

  • Auxiliary Outreach involves Auxiliaries volunteering to help nonprofit organizations, local groups and to
    address needs in your community.
  • Focus is on volunteering, not monetary or in-kind donations.
  • Partnership where one or more Auxiliary members help another organization or group to make their project
    successful.

The first step in making your Auxiliary Outreach Program successful is reaching into your
community.
Here are a few other basic steps:

  • Find local groups and organizations in need of assistance.
  • Ask what your Auxiliary can do to help them.
  • Vote at an Auxiliary meeting to approve the activity.
  • Form a partnership.
  • Report the details.

Suggestions for VFW Auxiliary Outreach

  • Assist with local fundraising walks as a volunteer, not an entrant.
  • Help your local library by working at book fairs.
  • Assist with local youth activities and at senior centers.
  • Help your town or city during elections but remain nonpartisan.

Benefits of the Auxiliary Outreach Program

  • Helping others
  • Learning new skills
  • Meeting new people
  • Developing a sense of purpose
  • Personal growth

Always Remember to

  • Wear your VFW Auxiliary attire (name badge, shirt, hat, jacket, etc.)
  • Report the number of hours volunteered.

Historian Jan 24

Aletta Butler (228) 334-2783 EMAIL monthly report form

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WOO HOO!!!!  Y’all rock at loving Veterans, Active duty and your communities!

About the challenge put to your Auxiliary (see below)….y’all still have time to publish what your Auxiliary and Post did during November & December. Make sure to bring it to me at Mid Winter.

Yes we want to know what y’all have been up to all year – however, the amazing things that were done during a time of the year that most are being selfish with “I have so much to do for me” your Auxiliary and Post stepped up and took care of your local Veterans, children in your community, families that just needed a hand up, 

  • donated to food banks
  • worked tirelessly for Toys for Tots
  • packed care packages for our deployed service members
  • held fundraisers so you could make care packages for our Veterans in the VA homes
  • teamed up with your Post to give gift cards so many in your community could have Christmas dinner
  • opened your Post and served a holiday meal, laid thousands of wreaths the whole state of Mississippi on our departed Veterans graves
  • baked and cooked cookies
  • pies and cakes for our Veterans
  • adopted Veterans from the VA nursing home to make their Christmas wish list come true
  • worked with community partners to help the homeless
  • visited with patients in nursing homes
  • stuffed backpacks for VA delivery
  • held Christmas breakfast for the community complete with Santa pictures
  • held Christmas party for customer appreciation
  • donated to local Church pantry
  • held a taco bar for Veterans from VA
  • grocery shopping for the month for a Marine and 4 children
  • donated blankets to the local human society
  • gave blankets to Veterans at the nursing home
  • adopted Veterans in the nursing homes
  • donated personal care buckets to the homeless through the Sherriff department
  • represented the VFW & Auxiliary in Christmas parades
  • personally delivered Christmas stockings
  • donated books about Veterans to local schools
  • and to start the month of December off y’all took a moment to go to the VA and nursing homes to decorate Christmas tress.

All I can really say is how humbled I am to call you Sister and Brother! Your selfless during the holidays (and all year round) is part of who we are in being a member of the greatest Veterans organization on the face of the earth!

You are SPECTACULAR!!  May God Bless you each and everyday of the New Year that is ahead – 

*******************

(Challenge for November & December- publish a public article of something your Auxiliary and Post has done over Thanksgiving,  Christmas, New Years. This can be a FB LIVE on your Post/Auxiliary/personal public Facebook, advertising on the radio station, be highlighted on the community section during the local news program, article in the newspaper, Tik Tok – instagram – you tube public station. – as always if you are interested in any of this and not sure where or how to start give me a call) Bring or send this to me at Mid-Winter each entry will receive a special gift. -don’t forget to report it  😉

                  We are making HISTORY for our future!

Hospital Jan 24

Carol Fetters, Auxiliary 228-596-5014 Email Monthly Report Form

Welcome to the New Year!

There are many exciting things for our veterans this year.

This year’s National theme “Banding Together for our Veterans”, and the Department of Mississippi’s theme, “Soaring Above and Beyond for Veterans” is the lifeblood of the Hospital Program. The volunteer efforts of our members and working together will make a huge difference in the lives of our hospitalized veterans.

CELEBRATING NON-TRADITIONAL HOLIDAYS

As we continue through the months, our National Hospital Ambassador would still like for all volunteers to think outside the box in organizing “fun” for our veterans. Our veterans love celebrating traditional holidays, but so do all the organizations who support our veterans. Maybe they would also enjoy celebrating some non-traditional holidays. Some of these January holidays are:

Jan. 10 – National Bitter Sweet Chocolate Day

Jan. 12 – National Hot Tea Day

Jan. 16 – National Fig Newton Day

Jan. 17 – National Popeye Day

Jan. 23 – National Pie Day

Jan. 26 – National Peanut Brittle Day

Jan. 31 – National Hot Chocolate Day

If your VA hospital or Nursing Home allows your auxiliary to visit the veterans on any of these days, think about doing and preparing some of these non-traditional holidays!

These non-traditional holidays are an excellent chance to show your veterans something different to celebrate. Make sure you take care of their caretakers also.

UPCOMING EVENTS

VALENTINES FOR VETERANS

Share the love we have for our veterans and service members this Valentine’s Day by sending a valentine, hosting a party, recognition event or dinner in their honor.

NATIONAL SALUTE TO VETERAN PATIENTS

The week of February 14 is your opportunity to thank a special group of men and women who are cared for throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers, outpatient clinics and nursing homes. The purpose of the National Salute to Veteran Patients program is to pay tribute and express appreciation to veterans, increase community awareness of the role of the VA medical center and encourage citizens to visit hospitalized veterans and become more involved as volunteers. Our hospital volunteers contribute to VA personnel and patients. It is because of volunteers like you who bring a touch of happiness to those veterans’ faces.

You might also be thinking about The Awards that can be obtained by filling out the applications in the VFW Malta Member Resources.

1 Citation to the VFW Auxiliary member in each of the 10 Program Divisions who recruits the most Hospital (VA and non-VA facilities) volunteers from July 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024. Entry form (required) available on MALTA Member Resources. Citations to be mailed directly to winners after National Convention.

2. “Hospital Volunteer Recruiter of the Year” plaque awarded to one Auxiliary member in the nation who recruits the most Hospital volunteers (VA and non-VA facilities) from July 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024. Entry form (required) available in MALTA Member Resources. Plaque to be mailed directly to winner after National Convention.

3. Citation to the Outstanding Hospital Volunteer of the Year in each of the 10

Program Divisions. Entry form (required) available at MALTA Member Resources

(vfwauxiliary.org/resources). Citations to be mailed directly to winners after National Convention.

Remember to bring items for the Hospital Table at Mid-Winter Conference!

AGAIN, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

TAKE CARE OF OUR VETERANS!

Veterans & Family Jan 24

Becki Todd 901-262-8183 EMAIL monthly report form

“Soaring Above and Beyond for Our Veterans”

Hello to all Super Supporters!

During the last days of this year we should reflect on the many blessings that we have shared as well as received.  I share my gratitude for all of our auxiliary members who have enriched the lives of our veterans, their families and our active duty members.  Be loud and be proud of all you have accomplished, from that one small thing to many big things or events.  It all matters to a veteran or their family and that is our goal with this program. I love hearing about all the big things that are reported on, especially at Christmas but do not forget to let me know if you only made a phone call to a veteran because it is more than JUST a call to that veteran. 

As we continue to work together, doing all the wonderful things that you do for our veterans, I urge you to report on any and all of what you are doing in support of our veterans. The report is short and you can call, text a message or picture, email or snail mail a report form to me.  

I am deeply grateful for each of you.  I wish you and your families much love, joy and peace in the coming year and that you always share that with our veterans. 

“Banding Together for Our Veterans”

I am always available to you for any questions or to help with reports.

REPORT the SUPPORT!

Scholarship Jan 24

Beth Crow, Auxiliary 662-552-9481 EMAIL monthly report form

downloadable scholarship forms

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season and is ready to get back to work. The next few months are going to be very busy.

Please make sure you are submitting your scholarship reports monthly. You can submit them online at vfwauxms.com, send them by email or text, or even send them by snail mail. Please just get them in so that they can be counted.

Please remind your members at your January meeting that the applications for the Continuing Education Scholarship are due Feb 15. The application and short essay must be at National Headquarters by that date.

This is the time to really ramp up your promotion of the Young American Patriotic Art Contest and the 3-D Patriotic Art Contest. If you sent information to schools and youth organizations, please take time to call or email to remind them of the deadline, March 31. There are press releases in MALTA that can be placed in your local papers that give details about the contests. Make use of all the tools available to you through MALTA. March 31 will be here before you know it.

I hope that you are planning some sort of recognition for your Post and Auxiliary Scholarship winners. I know many of you have your winners present their projects at a VFW event, but also consider presenting their award during the Awards Day ceremony at their school so that their peers can appreciate their accomplishment too. It’s a very good way to promote our scholarships and develop relationships with school personnel that would be willing to help with the programs next year.

With the new year, let’s reaffirm our commitment as VFW Auxiliary Members and really work to promote these scholarships. Our youth is our future and without them we cannot continue as an organization.

Youth Jan 24

Betty Doucet 228-990-6969 EMAIL monthly report form

Coloring Sheets   1st   2nd    3rd    4th    5th    6th    ALL

Ho Ho Ho and I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a healthy one. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! and may this year be a very healthy one to all.

Well, what can one say this year that we all haven’t heard a hundred times? How are our kids and what are we doing to instill patriotism and love of country?

Well, were there any parties that we hosted for them and promoted Americanism, brotherhood, what does America mean to me, why I’m proud to be an American and thankful to be from America? I don’t think so but I hope I’ve given you ‘food’ for thought. During January and February would be a great time to do this because of one of the greatest leaders of our times was born on January 15th, Martin Luther King Jr. and Presidents Day is February 19th. I know that some of you will visit the schools in your community and host events that will commemorate these wonder leaders of our country.

There are a few items at the VFW store to help you make a splash with the children and there are numerous ways to celebrate the day, and you can also distribute the Department coloring contest pages while you’re there. For those who don’t have them, they can be found on the ‘Youth’ section of the reports forms. We’ll announce a deadline at the Mid-Winter conference in January.

Please remember, I accept reports on any type of paper and any way you send them, Department forms, web page, emails, snail mail and carrier pigeon to name a few. You can also message me at 228-990-6969.

For those of you that are working with our future leaders, hats off to you and keep up the good work, I know it will pay off in time.

Until next time, be safe and carry membership applications at all times, you never know when you might meet someone to recruit.

Betty Doucet Ashmus

Membership Jan 24

Michelle Brinson (601) 734-8160 EMAIL monthly report form

Hello everyone. Hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and have an amazing New Year. It is so hard to believe that 2024 is almost here. Let’s look at what Membership means to our organization but, most importantly, to our Veterans. Membership is the lifeblood of our organization and, without members, we would not have the voice that we have and would not be
able to accomplish the great things that we do in support of and for our Veterans. Without each of you and without new members, who will take care of our Veterans? It’s scary to think about, or should be. Why? Because each of you matter not only to your Auxiliary, District, Department, and Organization, but because each of you matter to our Veterans.


As a reminder, if you have officers who have not yet paid their dues for the year, in accordance with Sec. 109 of our National Bylaws, “…No officer may be relieved of their office except for the following reasons: Non-payment of dues prior to December 31. Once relieved from office, the member may not be re-elected or appointed to any position until the member’s dues are paid…” Auxiliary Presidents/Secretaries, please log in to MALTA, click on
Duties, click on Reports, and click on Unpaid Members Report for your Auxiliary. If your Auxiliary has an officer who has not yet renewed their dues and who does not renew their dues by December 31, 2023, please notify your District President along with our Department Secretary Gloria Grady, Department Treasurer Benita Lyman, Chief of Staff Laurie Williamson,
and Madam President Barbara Franklin.

This year, we need to retain 778 continuous annual members (annual members who renew or convert to a life member) compared to 840 continuous annual members last year. As of December 27, 2023, we have had 497 annual members renew their dues and 55 annual members convert to a life member. So, what does this mean? This means we still have 225
annual members who have not yet renewed their dues or converted to a life member. The question we need to answer is why. Why are we losing so many members who do not choose to renew their dues, and what can we do to change this trend and keep members active and involved? With that in mind, now is the time to please be sure to continue to make contact those annual members who have not yet renewed their dues or converted to a life member.
Remember, you can generate dues reminder notices in MALTA to mail to your annual members and/or you can reach out to them by phone, letter, text, message, email, or face-to-face. Please encourage their participation and let them know how important they are to your auxiliary, our organization, and to all Veterans and their families. Also, please be sure to remind them of the
eligibility requirements for the Cancer Grant, which are as follows: “Applicant must be a member of the VFW Auxiliary for one (1) full year and current dues must be paid…” While we all hate to lose members for any reason, we do not want any of our members to lose their eligibility because they are not current in paying their dues.

So far this year, we have gained 59 new annual members, 7 rejoin annual members, 20 new life members. and 1 rejoin life member for a total of 87 new members. Sadly, however, we have also already lost 1 annual member and 43 life members who have passed away. As of December 27, 2023, our “Current Total” Membership (excluding our 44 deceased members) was 2,634 or 91.27% and our “Paid Total” Membership (including our 44 deceased members) was 2,678 or 92.79%.


So, Lights, Camera, Action:
Remember, this year, we are incorporating movies into our Membership Program, and we want to make it fun for all and help our Southern Conference Director win the prestigious award for Best Picture of the 2023-2024 Program Year. So, let’s all “Band Together” to help make this
happen by inviting new members, investing in all members, and including current members.
Keep all members informed, encourage their participation, and get them involved in activities/events. Have a Plan that includes: • Contacting current members; • Outreach to former members; • Recruiting events for new members; • Picking a mentor for a new member;
•Planning at least four recruiting events in your community each year.

Membership Program Awards:
● Awards for Members:

  1. Lights, Camera, Action! pin to each VFW and VFW Auxiliary member who recruits
    five (5) new members to the VFW Auxiliary from July 1, 2023, through May 31,
  2. The Department Treasurer must enter membership in MALTA with credit given to
    the recruiter by June 10, 2024. Lights, Camera, Action! pin will be mailed directly to the
    member from National Headquarters.
  3. National Membership Achievement (NMA) Award to each VFW and VFW Auxiliary
    member who recruits 20 new members to the VFW Auxiliary from July 1, 2023,
    through May 31, 2024. The Department Treasurer must enter membership in MALTA
    with credit given to the recruiter by June 10, 2024. NMA Award to be presented at the
    2024 National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. If a member is not in attendance, the
    award will be mailed directly to the member from National Headquarters after the
    National Convention.
  4. Lights, Camera, Action! VFW Auxiliary Recruiter Drawing. Each VFW Auxiliary
    National Membership Achievement Award recipient will be entered into a drawing
    to receive a $500 Visa Gift Card (VFW Recruiters are not eligible). Recruiter Award
    Forms are no longer needed for VFW Auxiliary members. Reports are compiled by VFW
    Auxiliary National Headquarters from information entered in MALTA. VFW members who
    recruit new VFW Auxiliary members will need to fill out the required VFW members-only
    form that is available on MALTA Member Resources. Completed form must be received
    at VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters and Department Treasurer must enter
    membership in MALTA by June 10, 2024.
    ● Awards for Auxiliaries:
  5. $25 to each Auxiliary that reaches 98% Plus in Paid Total Membership by March 31,
    2024*.
  6. $25 to each Auxiliary that reaches 100% Plus in Paid Total Membership by June 30,
    2024*.
  7. Lights, Camera, Action! VFW Auxiliary Drawing. Each VFW Auxiliary that
    reaches 101% Plus in Paid Total Membership by June 30, 2024* will be entered into
    a one time drawing to receive $500.
    I am very happy to report that 19 auxiliaries have already met or exceeded some or all
    of the aforementioned goals. That’s up from 12 auxiliaries last month!
    ● Awards for Departments:
  8. Silver Department Award #2: $250 to each Department that reaches 98% Plus in
    Paid Total Membership or 2,829 total members (including deaths) by March 31,
    2024*. As on December 27, 2023, we only need 151 annual members to renew or
    convert to life and/or new or rejoin annual/life members. Remember, we have 225
    annual members who have not renewed; so, we could easily reach this goal.
  9. Gold Department Award #3: $300 to each Department that reaches 100% Plus in
    Paid Total Membership or 2,886 total members (including deaths) by June 30, 2024*.
    As of December 27, 2023, we only need 208 annual members to renew or convert to
    life and/or new or rejoin annual/life members. Remember, we have 225 annual
    members who have not renewed; so, we could easily reach this goal.
  10. Platinum Department Award #4: $400 to each Department that reaches 101% Plus
    in Paid Total Membership or 2,915 total members (including deaths) by June 30,
    2024*. Departments that receive the Platinum Department Award #4 for $400 will still
    receive the Gold Department Award #3 for $300 for a combined total of $700. As of
    December 27, 2023, we only need 237 members in order to reach this goal, and we
    have 225 annual members who have not renewed leaving only 12 more new and/or
    rejoin annual/life members to obtain; so, we could easily reach this goal.
    ● Conference vs. Conference:
  11. $50 to each Department within the Conference with the highest total percentage by
    January 31, 2024*.
  12. $50 to each Department within the Conference with the highest total percentage by
    June 30, 2024*
    *Based on the June 30, 2023, year-end membership numbers.

Report Your Membership Activities Monthly. Please remember to complete the monthly reporting form online at http://www.vfwauxms.org/report-forms/ or by downloading and completing the form and sending no later than the
5th day of each month if possible. If you have problems completing the reporting form online or sending it via regular mail or email, you may call me or text me with your information at 901-734-8160.
I have had the honor to work with you and have seen what all of you have done for the past 2 years and what you have done so far this year, and I believe that we can reach our goals! The New Year is fast approaching and what an amazing gift it would be to renew your membership or convert to a life member in honor of your Veteran(s). Auxiliaries, please continue to reach out to your lapsed/unpaid members and encourage them to renew or
convert in honor of their Veteran(s) today but no later than January 31, 2024. Let’s continue to honor our Veterans, our Service men and women, their families, our communities, and our organization by keeping our membership current, being involved/active, and by asking others to join. Remember, our membership and service matter–You matter and, by “Banding
Together,” we can do so much for those who have sacrificed and done so much for our Country and for all of us. God bless our Veterans, Service Members, their families, our organization, our department, and all of you. Hope to see all of you in Tupelo.


Soaring Above and Beyond for Veterans,
Michele M. Brinson