The Department has scheduled free summer Officer Training events to help Post Officers understand and fulfill their duties. These sessions are of great importance to both new and experienced Post officers. The format will be a combination of brief presentations, breakouts and question-and-answer periods. Even if you have attended one of these sessions before, you will benefit from the updates, rules changes and new discussion opportunities. Each Post is encouraged to send several officers to create teamwork. State HQs will mail details to Post Commanders. Dress is casual with VFW Cap. All sessions begin at 9 a.m. (coffee/donuts at 8 a.m.; lunch at noon) except as otherwise noted.

SOUTHCENTRAL PA OTI – August 12th, Radisson Hotel, Camp Hill
NORTHCENTRAL PA OTI – August 13th, VFW Post 1754, Huntingdon – 6 p.m.
NORTHEASTERN PA OTI – August 18th, VFW Post 5544, Jessup
SOUTHEASTERN PA OTI – August 19th, VFW Post 2819, Philadelphia

Incoming State Commander Thomas Hanzes encourages all Posts to participate in one of these sessions. Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done using the form that will be mailed to all Posts. For more information, call State HQ at (717) 234-7927.


August 10: District 21 Golf Event, Briarwood Club, York
September 3: Labor Day (Department HQ Closed)
September 4-7: Sharing and Caring, Pittsburgh, PA
September 8: Auxiliary Celebrating Freedom, Gettysburg
September 11: Patriot’s Day
September 20-23: Commander-in-Chief’s Homecoming
September 21: POW-MIA Day
October 8: Columbus Day (Department HQ (Closed)
October 19-20: PA Commander’s Testimonial, West Middlesex
Testimonial Weekend Memo     Event Registration Form     Ad Book Form     Hotel Info – Open reservations start on August 15th.

November 6: Election Day
November 11: Veterans Day
November 12: State HQ Closed (Veterans Day Observed)
November 16-18: Eastern States Conf., Framington, MA
November 22-23: Thanksgiving Holiday (State HQ Closed)
December 24-25: Christmas Holiday (State HQ Closed)


January 1: New Year’s Holiday (Department HQ Closed)
January 21: Martin Luther King Jr (Department HQ Closed)
January 25-27: Mid-Winter Conf., Double Tree Cranberry/Mars
February 14-17: Auxiliary Mid-Year Conf., Tucson, AZ
February 18: President’s Day (Department HQ Closed)
March 2-6: Voice of Democracy, Washington, D.C.
March 3-7: Legislative Conference, Washington, D.C.
April 9-11: National Auxiliary President’s Visit, Pittsburgh
April 19-22: Good Friday & Easter Holiday (State HQ Closed)
April 26 -27: Auxiliary Pres. Testimonial, New Kensington
May 1: Loyalty Day, Department Ceremony, Harrisburg
May 27: Memorial Day (Department HQ Closed)
June 13-16: State Convention, Ambassador Conference Center (Erie)
July 20-24: National Convention, Orlando, Florida