2020-2021 No. 1
- Having succeeded to Department Commander in
accordance with the Bylaws of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United
States, I hereby assume command.
- All previous appointments having expired are declared
null and void.
- The following appointments are hereby announced:
Adjutant: Dennis Parizek, Post 1481, Ogden, UT
Quartermaster Pro Tem: Dennis
Parizek, Post 1481, Ogden, UT
Chief of Staff: Timothy Von Bon, Post 8307, Layton, UT
Inspector: Russell Pogue, Post 10900, Moab, UT
Service Officer (subject to confirmation
by the Department Council of Administration):
Wendy Griffin, Post
6154, Morgan, UT
- For purposes of clarification, we do not operate as
a men’s organization or a ladies organization, but as the Veterans of
Foreign Wars of the United States – Department of Utah and its VFW
- Every Post chartered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars
of the United States will be expected to participate in the following
programs during the 2020-2021 year: Voice of Democracy, Patriots Pen, "Buddy”® Poppy, and Veterans
and Military Support Programs. Additionally, it is necessary that all Post and District Commanders comply with all
provisions of the National and Department
Bylaws and the National Manual of Procedure and Ritual.
- Attention of Commanders at all levels is directed to
Section 703 of the National Bylaws which requires that each accountable
officer be bonded with an indemnity company in the sum at least equal to the amount of the
liquid assets for which he may be accountable.
- Attention of Post Commanders is directed to Section
218(a)(11)(b), Manual of Procedure, Trustees, which states that Post
Trustees shall prepare and submit quarterly, through their Post Commander, a Post Trustees’ Report
of Audit (VFW Store product #4214) to the Department
Quartermaster for referral to the Department Inspector. The first report for
the quarter ending 6/30/2020
is due July 31, 2020.
- Attention of Department and Post Commanders is
directed to the requirement of timely filing of Internal Revenue Form 990 and 990/T,
where applicable. Forms may be secured from www.irs.gov or the local branch office of the
Internal Revenue Service.
- Posts are urged to start planning suitable programs
now for the observance of Veterans Day (see Section 223 of the Manual of
- A thorough program of District and Post inspection
is necessary to ensure compliance with National and Department Bylaws and
directives. The Department Inspector will inspect the Districts. The District Commander will inspect
their Posts. If a District
Commander needs assistance with inspecting Posts, the Department Inspector
should be contacted for assistance.
Department and District Inspectors shall make every effort to inspect
every District and Post under their cognizance on an annual basis and
correct such discrepancies as may be disclosed.
- The distribution of VFW "Buddy”® Poppies will be
conducted according to the provisions set forth in Sections 711 of the
National Bylaws and the Manual of Procedure. District and Post Commanders should arrange now for
the distribution of "Buddy”® Poppies in their respective areas. All profits accruing from the
distribution of "Buddy”® Poppies shall be used in accordance with Section 704 of the National Bylaws and the
Manual of Procedure.
- Attached is a listing of the appointments I have
made to date for the Program Chairpersons for 2020-2021.
- Also attached is a listing of the 2020-2021 Council
of Administration members eligible to vote as of this date.
- Those members who wish to seek election to a vacant
position must notify the Department Adjutant Dennis Parizek in writing of their desire to be considered.
It is recommended that the candidate(s) attach a resume. Nominations will close on Friday, June 26,
following offices are vacant and I am accepting nominations for them:
Jr. Vice Commander
National Council of Administration
accordance with Commander-in-Chief Executive Order #2, dated April 24, 2020, election
of the officers for these positions will be the members of the Department Council
of Administration. The election will be held using a mail ballot. The ballot and candidate(s) resumes will be mailed on Saturday,
June 27, 2020. Instructions for completing
and returning the ballot will be included.
- A ballot is enclosed asking for your confirmation of
Wendy Griffin as the Department Service Officer.
Council of Administration Members as of 6/12/2020
Notification may be by email or regular mail.
composition of the Department Council of Administration is defined in the
Department Bylaws, Article V, Section 1(a).