ARE YOUR DUES PAID?

If you have not paid your dues, then you are no longer a member in good standing.  You can’t vote or be a part of the exciting work your Auxiliary is doing.  Cancer grants are no longer available to you.  Our Veterans are depending on you and your membership counts!

Our Veterans depend on all of us being there to support them.  Your dues makes a difference to them.  Please pay your dues and sign up any friend who qualifies for the Auxiliary.

Having problems with dues cards? Read the following from National Headquarters.

VFW Auxiliary Headquarters just sent out the following concerning dues cards.

Membership Cards: 

We do understand and hear all of your concerns and frustrations. Many things could not be foreseen, and those we could foresee were further frustrated by early system issues with MALTA.

We would like to take this opportunity to address some of your concerns and questions:

1. “It’s taking too long to get cards.” 

We agree! Part of this is because we got behind early on in the membership year. We are also mailing them as bulk mail, which is not as fast as first class mail. It can legally be held for a certain number of days, and this delays the member receiving it.

We are working with the printer to make sure we are being as efficient as possible with this process. We will also be looking to see if we have the best solution possible. 

2. “We pay for members and want cards to come to the Treasurer.”

We understand this has been a past practice. Currently, there is ONLY an option to have a Life Membership sent to a different address than the member. We strongly urge you to use good business sense when paying dues.

3. “We can’t tell when or if a member is getting a card.”

We at Headquarters have a way of looking into a member’s card history. Please feel free to contact Headquarters. We can look up members, confirm dues received and the correct address. Then we can see if their name and address was sent to the printer.

4. “It’s almost 2018 and some paid members do not have cards.”

A member should not be refused entrance if they have not yet received their card. A digital version is always available through MALTA. We are happy to email a version of the card to a member or a Treasurer. Auxiliary Officers can also view and print cards, if absolutely necessary. A receipt for payment should also be considered proof of membership.

5. “Members are threatening to never pay dues again if it will always take this long to get their cards.”

We understand. However, we urge Auxiliary Officers and members to remember that we each belong to the VFW Auxiliary due to our families’ sacrifice to serve our country. Everything we do is in honor and memory of our veterans.

Your comments and issues are important to us. We apologize for any inconvenience in the last six months. We ask that you continue to support your Auxiliary through this transition to a new systems. Our New Year’s Resolution and goal is to reduce these frustrations for us all. We hope the 2018 New Year brings you and your VFW family much happiness in serving our Uncommon Heroes. 

Thank you

VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters

 

Auxiliary 3944 Overland-St. Ann Memorial makes a donation to help with the National Home

In September 2017 District 6 National Home Trustee, Sissy Borel , visited Overland-St. Ann Memorial Post # 3944 .

The Auxiliary presented Sissy with a check in the amount of  $10,000 donation to the Safety & Security Fund.  This fund will be used to purchase an Emergency Notification System for the 80 acre campus.

A month later at the National Home’s Annual Meeting the Auxiliary# 3944  presented another donation in the amount of    $7,500 via Skype for the Technology Fund.  What a wonderful thing to do to help our National Home.

Below on left is members of Auxiliary 3944 and right is President of 3944, Debbie Bodimer- Wilson and District 6 National Home Trustee, Sissy Borel.

Is your Auxiliary 100% yet!

Auxiliaries remember the deadline to be 100% is December 22, 2017 in order to receive a special gift and citation during the mid-winter conference.  Your Auxiliary will also be placed in a drawing for $100 and the Auxiliary Treasurer will receive $30.

Last year 72 auxiliaries met the goal of 100% membership.  To date we have 20.  Let’s get those reminders out and phone calls made.  Remind the members that if their dues are not paid by December 31, 2017 they are no longer a member in good standing.  Dues must be paid by June 30 to remain a continuous member.

Prior year’s dues may not be paid after July 1.

Any member who has not maintained continuous membership shall submit an application and be accepted in the same manner as a new member.  No admission fee shall be required.

I know all Auxiliaries will be 100% by December 22 because I believe in magic.

Celia