September-October 2017 BVA Bulletin Table of Contents


On August 18, BVA celebrated the achievements of three of the organization’s stalwarts by recognizing them with its highest annual awards. Left, Dale Stamper presents Kennan Horn of the Sooner Regional Group with the Melvin J. Maas Award for Professional Achievement. Middle, Leonard Pope of the New Jersey Regional Group receives Irving Diener Award for contributions to his regional group and BVA in general. Right, Dennis O’Connell of the New York Regional Group is the recipient of the David Schnair Award for dedicated voluntary service. Additional highlights of the BVA 72nd National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, are included in this issue of the BVA Bulletin.


Dale Stamper presents Kennan Horn of the Sooner Regional Group with the Melvin J. Maas Award for Professional Achievement.

Dale Stamper presents Kennan Horn of the Sooner Regional Group with the Melvin J. Maas Award for Professional Achievement.



Leonard Pope of the New Jersey Regional Group receives Irving Diener Award for contributions to his regional group and BVA in general.

Leonard Pope of the New Jersey Regional Group receives Irving Diener Award for contributions to his regional group and BVA in general.



Dennis O’Connell of the New York Regional Group is the recipient of the David Schnair Award for dedicated voluntary service.

Dennis O’Connell of the New York Regional Group is the recipient of the David Schnair Award for dedicated voluntary service.


In This Issue


Legislative Update - by Melanie Brunson

President’s Page - by Joe Parker

Innovation, Instruction Highlight 72nd Convention - by Chelsey Dumond

Technological Advances on Full Display in Jacksonville - by Humberto Rodriguez

Around BVA

Auxiliary’s View - by Edna Dixon

New and Improved JAWS - by Humberto Rodriguez

Hurricane Harvey and the District 6 Director Report - by Thomas Zampieri

From the Field Staff - by Ed Eckroth

Of Note

In Remembrance

Final Thought

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