70th Convention Directives

by Brigitte Jones

Official Notice

 

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 3b of Article IX (National Convention) of the BVA National Bylaws, all members of the Blinded Veterans Association in good standing are hereby notified that the BVA 70th National Convention will be held at Louisville Downtown Marriott Hotel, 280 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, Kentucky, from Monday, August 17, through Friday, August 21, 2015.

Periodic updates regarding the convention will be posted regularly to the Convention page  on the BVA website.

BVA National Headquarters will host the 70th National Convention.

In compliance with Section 2c of Article IX , the proxy form must be completed and returned to BVA National Headquarters (Attn: Administrative Director). To be considered valid, the envelope containing the form must be postmarked no later than 21 days before the opening date of the Convention. The due date is therefore July 28, 2015

Good Standing Requirements



Article XIV of the BVA National Bylaws outlines the criteria by which regional groups are deemed in good standing for national conventions. Groups must accordingly accomplish the following:

1. Meet at least once during the BVA Fiscal Year July 1-June 30 and submit a copy of the minutes to national headquarters within 60 days of such meetings (Section 13a).

2. Submit an annual financial statement to the Administrative Director on forms provided for that purpose no later than September 30 (three months following the end of Fiscal Year 2015).


Regional group officers should review the status of their groups to ensure that the above requirements have been met. Doing so will ensure that all BVA delegations are appropriately seated at the Convention.

Delegates, Alternates, Credentials Forms

 

Article XIV of the BVA National Bylaws specifies that all regional groups intending to send a delegate to Louisville must also hold a meeting to elect and instruct the individual.

Groups needed to inform all of their members in good standing, in writing, of the date, time, location, and purpose of the meeting no later than July 8, 2015. Notice of the meeting must be distributed to the regional group members no less than 10 days prior to the regional group meeting.

A copy of the notice must be forwarded to BVA National Headquarters at the same time the notice is distributed to the members. Failure to do so will render the group’s delegation unable to receive seating at the Convention.

A set of official BVA credentials forms was mailed in triplicate on salmon-colored paper to all regional group officers on April 10. The credentials must also be completed in triplicate, which includes a signature and dating of the signature by both the regional group president and regional group secretary. One copy should be provided to the elected delegate. A second copy must be mailed to BVA National Headquarters and postmarked no later than July 28, 2015. A third copy should be placed in the regional group files.

Regional groups must also elect alternate delegates to the National Convention at the same meeting. In addition, each regional group to be represented should elect a representative to the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee. The representative’s name should be placed in the appropriate blank at the bottom of the second page of the credentials form.

BVA Bulletin Pre-Convention 2015 Issue


A six-block walk from the Louisville Downtown Marriott, site of the BVA 70th National Convention August 17-21, the 85-acre Waterfront Park is often called the front door to Kentucky and a playground for people of all ages. Additional convention attractions and BVA’s preparations for the week’s activities and events are described in this issue of the Bulletin.

A six-block walk from the Louisville Downtown Marriott, site of the BVA 70th National Convention August 17-21, the 85-acre Waterfront Park is often called the front door to Kentucky and a playground for people of all ages. Additional convention attractions and BVA’s preparations for the week’s activities and events are described in this issue of the Bulletin.

In This Issue...

 

Legislative Update  - by Glenn Minney

President’s Page  - by Mark Cornell

Louisville Gathering Fast Approaching  - by Christina Hitchcock

70th Convention Directives  - by Brigitte Jones

National Convention Schedule of Events

Blinded Veterans Revitalize at Georgia Ranger Training Camp

My World War II Parents  - By Elly McGuire

Around BVA

Auxiliary's View  - by Pam Hogan

From the Field Service Staff  - by Wade Davis

Of Note  

In Remembrance 

Final Thought