Department of Alabama, VFW

General Order #4 : 2017-2018 Series

October 1, 2017

  1. MEMBERSHIP: We currently have 10,234 members reported for 78.76%.  We appreciate your support as we start the “Together We Can” membership year for 2017-2018.  We need 2,759 members to reach 100%.  Complete membership as of September 30, 2017 can be found online at
  2. DEPARTMENT GENERAL ORDERS: are directive and are to be read/discussed at the next Post/District meeting and filed for reference.
  3. ATTENTION COMMANDERS: Section 218 (a) requires the Post Commander to assure their representative attend all properly called District Conventions or meetings and County Council meetings.  In the absence of the Post Commander Section 218 (a) 2 requires that the Senior Vice Commander represent the Commander.  Section 218 (a) 3 requires that the Junior Vice Commander to be the representative in the absence of the Commander and the Senior Vice Commander.
  4. COMMANDERS: Your are requested to insure that all members realize and understand that any conduct unbecoming during State Conferences and Conventions where the State or District has contracted with any hotel or other business is subject to the National By-Laws and Manual of Procedure.  Any and all complaints should be submitted either in writing or delivered directly to the Convention Committee Chairman or State Adjutant.  The Convention Committee Chairman submits a report to the Hotel Management on all complaints received during the contracted period.  Members going directly to the hotel staff is not conducive to Good of the Order and will not be tolerated.
  5. COMMANDERS: are reminded that any member or guest barred from a Post for violation of By-Laws and/or conduct unbecoming will be allowed to attend all regular scheduled or special called Post membership meeting.  They may arrive fifteen (15) minutes before scheduled meeting and must leave immediately following close of meeting.  They may not purchase any type beverage and entering upon the property at any other time subjects them to arrest for trespassing on VFW property.
  6. COMMANDER’S POST AND DISTRICT: It is your responsibility to insure that any change in the officers of the Post and District is sent to State Headquarters immediately.  Include Phone and E-mail address and Department will notify National.
  7. ATTENTION POST COMMANDERS:  ASCAP/BMI LICENSE FEE: Public Law 97-366 exempts non-profit veterans organizations that meet the following requirements:  (1) The function wherein live music is performed must be limited to VFW and Auxiliary members and their bona-fide guest and not open to the general public, (2) All profit after paying reasonable cost of producing the performance, must be used for charitable purposes.  Post shall maintain records that will substantiate their claim to exemption as a non-profit organization and should immediately notify ASCAP or BMI representative if they receive invoices for license fee.
  8. FALL CONFERENCE: will be held at the Doubletree Hotel, 1101 6th Ave, NE, DecaturAL from October 5 – 8, 2017. For reservations call 256-445-3156.    Registration fee for Fall Conference is $50.00.  There will be no registration after Noon October 7, 2016. No t-shirts or cut off/ sleeveless shirts will be allowed in meeting rooms. Dress code will be strictly enforced. Post 4190 will be hosting a fish fry on Friday night which is included in the registration.
  9. The 2018 Podium Editions have arrived and can be purchased for $10.00 each at the Fall Conference.