I would like to invite each of you to this year’s state convention. It will be held at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center (& Casino) in Green Bay. Dates are June 7-9, 2012, and on Sunday, June 10, 2012 will be the Service Officer’s School headed by NSO Supervisor, Derrick Williams. There is information about the school in your recent chapter mailing, and it will be posted on the events page on our department website davwi.org. There have been a few other changes to this year’s convention -- Friday night is hospitality night – we will feature live entertainment and a whole lot of fun, and the Auxiliary’s silent auction on a number of items. Attached to the hotel is the casino which is open twenty-four hours a day. If that doesn’t do it for you, the sites of Green Bay, and the home of the Green Bay Packers, a short drive over to the Lambeau Field gift shop, and a number of restaurants at and near Lambeau Field. I hope that all of you come out to this year’s convention to make new friends and renew old ones. I would like to thank our staff at HQ for their help getting the convention material out in a timely manner. This year our National guest is Barry A. Jesinoski. Barry is the Executive Director of our Washington Service & Legislative Headquarters. I am excited to have him at our convention this year, please stop and greet him with a Wisconsin warm and fuzzy hello. Barry is from Minnesota, so I can only guess that he is a Viking fan…we wouldn’t hold that against him.
Please note that our DAV/DAVA Day at the Ballpark is Sunday, July 22, 2012 in Appleton, WI. There is a flyer that is included in this issue…please refer to it for additional information, and if you have additional questions, please let me know, or call HQ. I am hoping to have a huge turnout for this event, veterans admission is FREE and a charge of seven dollars per family member, please send your reservations information to: Ken Kuehnl 1457 Groves Lane Union Grove, WI 53182 by July 2, 2012. Also include how many are attending and include how many are veteran(s). Children 2 and under are free. Last year we had one hundred twenty -- let’s add to that number. Game starts at 1:05pm; first pitches will be our own Department and Auxiliary Commanders. See you at the game.
The countdown begins with this copy of the DAV News; this paper is the fourth to the last paper. I still have mixed feelings about this change in the way information comes to the membership. We have a Facebook page that has over two hundred members and growing every day. Our website was overhauled over a year ago, and included many different links than we ever had before. Plus blogs, that relate to the need of instant information, about veterans issues, votes by Legislators, and Legislation that is timely and must be acted upon, sometimes that day. I hope that you will follow the Department on our website and Facebook, for all forthcoming issues.
Lastly, Mary Anderson is facing some serious medical challenges at this time, and we ask that you please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Words of encouragement and get-well cards can be sent to 2676 Lost Dauphin Road, DePere, WI 54115. Shelby will be filling in a bit more till Mary gets back. Get well soon Mary.
Adjutant Department of WI
Adjutant Department of WI