Top Membership/Program Participation Awards are Presented

The Department of Pennsylvania VFW congratulates and salutes the many VFW Posts, Districts and individuals that were honored during the State Convention for their strong work in membership recruiting and service program success.

The dedication shown and effort expended by these Posts, Districts and individuals helped drive the Department of Pennsylvania VFW’s membership growth to 100.60% of the previous year for the first time in 17 years.

State Commander’s Award for Highest Numerical Membership Increase by a Post by April 30:148 members – Post 8951: Commander Richard Olvitt, Quartermaster Lloyd Greenwood

Robert Musser Memorial Plaque for the Greatest Post Percentage Increase by April 30: 126.16% – Post 1620: Commander Henk Hymans, Quartermaster Ricky Snyder

Van Zandt Award for the Most New and Reinstated Post Members as a Percentage of Membership:23 members (20.54%) – Post 914: Commander Jake Bradich, Quartermaster Gary Ruston

Chosnyk Award given to District having Greatest Percentage Increase as of April 30: District 1

Joe Salvo Award for the Individual Member Signing Up the Most New and Reinstated Members (over 25) by April 30: 45 members – James Brown, Post 5958

All State Post Captains: Post Commander Clark Eberhart – Reynolds Post 7599, Transfer; Post Quartermaster Roger Irby – Reynolds Post 7599, Transfer

All State Posts/District/Location:1597 – 8 – CROYDON3258 – 8 – CHALFONT6495 – 8 – LEVITTOWN11322 – 8 – QUAKERTOWN1564 – 9 – PHOENIXVILLE1690 – 9 – LANCASTER3376 – 9 – EPHRATA5207 – 10 – DALEVILLE7069 – 10 – CLARKS SUMMIT32 – 16 – LANSDALE7155 – 16 – TRAPPE148 – 18 – HARRISBURG477 – 18 – CARLISLE1620 – 18 – MIDDLETOWN2385 – 18 – GRATZ6704 – 18 – MECHANICSBURG7343 – 18 – MT HOLLY SPRINGS464 – 19 – OIL CITY2076 – 19 – PUNXSUTAWNEY1446 – 21 – RED LION2493 – 21 – MOUNT WOLF5265 – 21 – SPRING GROVE8951 – 21 – WEST YORK8724 – 22 – DUNCANSVILLE879 – 25 – CRANBERRY TWP.6231 – 25 – SLIPPERY ROCK7505 – 25 – MARS566 – 27 – VANDERGRIFT5286 – 28 – FARRELL5958 – 28 – TITUSVILLE7599 – 28 – TRANSFER914 – 29 – WEST MIFFLIN

All State Districts: District/Commander/Quartermaster
1 –Zbigniew S. Laska/Joseph Sokol8 – Thomas Goodman/Leonard Spaar10 – Chester J. Potoski/William Long16 – Jonathan. S Bitner/Emmett Mayo18 – David Gyger/Wrayburn Reinsmith19 – Jason W. Reed/Robert Lott20 – Richard K. Ellis/David Jolly (Deceased)21 – Richard C. Olvitt/Lloyd Greenwood23 – Thomas McFadden/Allen Q. Jones25 – James D. Hodge/Edward Hodge

2018-19 State Commander Thomas Hanzes thanked these membership award recipients during the State Convention. “We were able to accomplish great success this year because of the dedication of these VFW leaders, Posts and Districts,” said Commander Hanzes. “It took a team effort to surpass 100% in membership and to keep our VFW programs running strong as we served veterans, military personnel and communities.”

“I also thank those Posts and Districts that may not have qualified for top awards, but which brought in new members and implemented our service programs. Every single new and reinstated member counts as we rebuild our membership. Every single service program that we run shows veterans and the public that the VFW is relevant and effective in being the most active combat veterans organization in the world.”

The Department also salutes the PA VFW Districts whose performance in membership and programs earned these units “Outstanding District” status, just missing “All State” status. The deadline for qualifying for this level of recognition is June 30.

All Post and District leaders are encouraged to closely review the 2019-20 Membership Contest Booklet when it arrives in the mail soon. Setting goals early in the program year will create a foundation for recruiting and VFW program success.

Please be sure to review all contest rules—including for the early-bird contests that have the earliest deadlines in 2019—and track your progress using the All State Worksheet. Some Posts/Districts fell just short of receiving All State honors this year due to missing just one or two elements of the required participation areas.

Post and District leaders should also review the National Membership Program to make plans to earn “All American” status.

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