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Disabled American Veterans
Department of Florida
By Al Linden
October 31, 2015
As of October 31, 2015 our membership was 60,102.
The goal for life membership for this year 1,452 are needed.
Commander Buddy Rickman Message
Congratulations to Commander Ray Parker, Dennis Vello, and Joey Boyles of Chapter 86 who received Congressional Recognition for their quick action in saving the life of a non-member that was about to commit suicide.
Following their training, they knew exactly what to do in that situation.
Their actions reflect great credit upon themselves, their chapter, Department of Florida and the National Organizations of The DAV.
Great Job Guys.
Our membership is down.
We must all do what we can to get new members.
Senior Vice Commander Jack Johnson has some great ideas to help you achieve your goals.
You can call him or e-mail him.
He will be glad to help.
Also be reminded that Chapter Annual Financial Reports are due by September 30 each year.
Chapter Officers Reports are due within 10 days after installation each year or when changes are made.
ALL chapters make $50,000 and less and do not file any other IRS form must file a N990 by November 15 each year.
Last year 4 chapters failed to due so and their tax exempt was removed and it cost them over $400 to get it reinstated.
All financial disbursements of the chapter must be made by check.
All checks must include the signature of at least two officers.
There should be no debit or credit utilized by the chapter.
Source: National Chapter Officers Guide
“Build a Wheelchair” Event
On Wednesday, Oct 21, our Department had 40 wheelchairs donated to them by the Volkswagen Group of America.
This group sponsors “Build a Wheelchair” event throughout the US and donates them to veterans.
This area event took place at the Gaylord Resort in Kissimmee, FL. with 200 individuals at attendance.
At this event, Al Linden, our Department Executive Director, had the honor of letting the crowd know what the DAV represents and how we take care of veterans and their families.
In behave of the DAV Department of Florida, we would like to thank the following people: Paul Petrus, Matt May and there members from Best Corporate Events; Volkswagen Group of America;
DAV Chapter 30 Commander Richard Brownell, his wife Donna Brownell and Pat Brennan; DAV Chapter 148. Dick Hudson, Director of Service, also assisted in the event..
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As of October 30, 2015
TOTAL ASSETS $1,231,634
TOTAL LIABILITIES $80,512
TOTAL LIABILITIES and FUND BALANCES $1,231,634
Bay Pines VAVS $2090
Gainesville VAVS 1600
Tampa VAVS $1370
Lake City VAVS $3809
WPB VAVS $0
Orlando VAVS $2900
Eglin CBOC $0
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BOOKS: VERY FEW CHAPTERS ARE TAKING ADVANTANGE OF THE LEE GREENWOOD GIFT BOOK "GOD BLESS THE USA".
WHAT AN EASY WAY FOR YOUR CHAPTER TO MAKE MONEY.
YOU MUST HAVE BOOKS ON HAND AT YOUR CHAPTER, AND USE THEM EVERY TIME YOU HAVE A FUNCTION AT YOUR CHAPTER OR COMMUNITY.
THE BOOKS WILL SELL IF YOU PRESENT. BOOKS COST YOUR CHAPTER $1.50 AND CAN EASILY BE SOLD FOR $5.00.
100 BOOKS SOLD WILL NET YOUR CHAPTER $350.00. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GET APPROVAL FROM THE DEPARTMENT OR PAY 10%.
PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL ME AT , or 352-250-4743. I ALSO HAVE ABOUT 600 OF HIS BIOGRAPHY, SAME DEAL.
November is a great recruiting month. Work the crowd at The Golden Corral.
Try this approach.
1. Are you a member of the DAV? If the answer is yes, transfer him into your chapter, assuming he has moved into your area.
2. If his answer is no, ASK HIM IF HE HAS A SERVICE CONNECTED DISABILITY. If he says yes, DO YOU KNOW YOU'RE ELIGIBLE TO JOIN THE DAV.
Many times the veteran will ask how he can join.
Take your application and start filling it out.
Ask his age, and tell the veteran that all our members are life members.
Based on your age, you can pay a 1 time dues of $180.00 and you can do it with the convenience of a credit card.
Continue to fill out the application.
Do not tell him about part time membership unless he tells you he can't pay it all at once.
VETERANS DAY is another good recruiting day. Good Luck, Jack Johnson
National Order of Trench Rats Rendezvous
The National Order of Trench Rats Sector of Florida had their semi-annual rendezvous at Cocoa Beach, FL.
On Oct 22 – Oct 24. There were a total of 36 members who attended the rendezvous.
This was the lowest attendance for the Sector of Florida.
We need more Rats to come and have fun with us.
Just like the DAV, membership is very important to help continue what we do for veterans and their families.
On Saturday, Oct 24, there was the first ever Casino Night at our rendezvous.
There was a great turn out for this event.
Brother Rats, please remember to bring your fez for our DAV State Mid-Winter to support the Department.