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2016 Department of New York State Convention Elects Dennis Sullivan as 2016-2017 State Commander

img1img2State Commander Dennis Sullivan outlined his goals for his new administration and the New York VFW.  His podium banner makes his future endeavors clear and outlines his heartfelt desires for a strong and vibrant Veterans of Foreign Wars in New York State.  Some of his goals are to get everyone involved, committed, participating, cooperating and excited for the future of the New York VFW.  Determined, yet fun-loving, his concern for every member and veteran is obvious when he talks to his VFW family.  There is a smile from Dennis, combined with always wanting to know how any single member feels and he’s eager to hear their concerns.

Commander Sullivan’s top line officers, Senior Vice Commander Michael Burke and Junior Vice Commander Eugene Ratigliano, have vowed to support and work tirelessly for the Commander and of course the VFW implementing their goals, desires and individual programs right along with the Commanders.

img3All the nominated command team and line officers were uncontested with the State Adjutant casting one unanimous vote for each candidate.  Each officer spoke to the members with enthusiasm and determination and implored them to get involved, committed and passionate for the VFW and the veterans they serve.

img4With the usual pomp and circumstance the newly elected officers took their oaths of office with pride and allegiance to the great VFW organization, their fellow members and veterans.

img5As the colors passed all stood at attention and saluted the flag of our country which was a site that not only humbles the greatest of us but invigorates the best of us in the VFW.  Memories of wars and battles will never fade; some will be haunted by those past and present encounters with evil for the rest of their days.  But those memories spawn hope that those veterans who survived the horrors of war will be drawn to the cause that honors those that paid the ultimate price in a foreign land for their country in the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The new essay contest themes for 2016-2017 are as follows:

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“MY RESPONSIBILITY TO AMERICA”
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“THE AMERICA I BELIEVE IN”
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Hawley presents incoming Orleans County Vets service agency director with American and NYS flags

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DOC in the Running for National Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief

At the Department Spring Conference held in Ellenville, New York on March 27, 2015, the Council of Administration unanimously without exception endorsed William “Doc” Schmitz as our candidate for the high office of National Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief.

Many if not all of you know of “Doc’s” contributions and achievements in the VFW, as well as his dedication to our organization and its mission. I have enclosed a copy of his bio for you to share with your Comrades.

The following Past State Commanders of the Department of New York support William “Doc” Schmitz as New York’s Candidate for Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief.

We collectively ask that you support William “Doc” Schmitz as New York’s Candidate for Jr. Vice Commander-in-Chief.

Melvin Garrett, 1981-82
Anthony Ferrarese, 1989-90
Mario Raimondi 1991-92
James Longendyke, 1992-92
Art Koch III, 1995-96
Robert Seagraves, 2000-01
Bernard Thompson, 2001-02
Karl Rohde, 2002-03
Harold Burke Jr., 2003-04
James Vinsonhaler, 2004-05
James McNally, 2005-06
Donald Doell, 2006-07
Robert Barnhart, 2007-08
Allan Davenport, 2009-10
Jack Veazy, 2010-11
Harold Leavor, 2011-12
James Durkin, 2012-13
Michael Pascal, 2013-14

To: District Scouting Chairs, Adjutants and Quartermasters.

This is just remainder that the VFW Scout of the Year (Scout entry to Post) deadline is approaching ( 1 March.) The deadline for VFW Post winners to be sent to Department is April 1st.  The first place Department winner should be mailed to VFW National no later than May 1.

Through the VFW’s Scout of the Year Scholarship, scout who display standout citizenship patriotism and love of country have the opportunity to be rewarded with college scholarships.

Visit this website: http://www.vfw.org/Scout/ for more information, including an entry form.

Will not except entry forms maker April 2, 2016.

Burdette Sanderson Jr.
Department Scout Chairman

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