Each year, VVA500 awards
three $500. scholarships and one $1,000. + Sarah Bonnifield Vietnam
Veteran Scholarship through the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.
The 2012 VVA500 Scholarship Committee, (Ted Adams, Easy Smith,
Robert Ryan) met on June 21, and reviewed all of the entries for the
Two of the scholarships were awarded at the State
Fair on July 19. at the VVA500 table in the 911 area at 6PM.
Another at the next General Meeting. While the Foundation awards
the Sarah Bonnifield scholarship funds, we like to present the winner
with a certificate. However, we are still awaiting her response to
Another requirement of the $500. scholarships is the
submitting of a substantial paragraph outlining the entrants educational
goals. This month we are publishing the #2 award winner of a $500.
scholarship, Teryn Caruso who is attending the Azusa Pacific University
majoring in the pre-dental program.
"This scholarship opportunity is timely since it
has been difficult for my parents to afford all of the college expenses
incurred by my older sister, my older brother, and lastly, me. I
will be responsible for paying $10,000. or 25% of my own college
expenses each year. To help with that, I am applying for
scholarships, working part time, and will also have to take out student
loans. But it will be worth it if it will help me realize my dream of
becoming an orthodontist.
To date, I have received an academic scholarship from
Azusa Pacific University for $8,000. My college expenses for the
pre-dental program, however, are expected to be $40,000. per year for
tuition, room, board, books, and other fees. I am applying for
this scholarship because I need the assistance to prevent the student
loans from becoming more than I can handle. Receiving this scholarship
would enable me to focus on my studies rather than having to work more
hours than I should while carrying 15 units per semester.
I believe I should be one of the recipients because I
have consistently been a leader throughout my high school career.
I believe that leadership occurs in so many more ways than just holding
an office in a club. Leadership to me is setting an example for
your peers and not focusing on their opinions about you. It is
establishing your own set of values and standards to live by and not
compromising them. It is giving your peers a lifestyle to strive
for, to follow. Many assume that being a leader means distributing
jobs to people below them because they have the power. In reality,
it is serving, doing what is best for others, and leading by example.
I have also excelled academically throughout high school and college.
I have been on the Dean's "A" Honor Roll every semester and earned the
esteemed classification of "Renaissance Student". If awarded this
scholarship, I would represent VVA500 with pride.
Thank you for considering me for this scholarship. "
UPDATES FROM THE BOARD
FOR VVA500 MEMBERS
Several items came up for Board Discussion and decisions due to
questions and incidents that came up at the September general
meeting. They are as follows:
1. Due to an unacceptable incident occurring at
the September General Meeting, the Board decided that the
Chapter appoint a Sergeant at Arms. A Sergeant at Arms is an
officer appointed to keep order within an organization, such as
legislative, judicial, or social body. Suggestions are
solicited from the membership as to a member (not a Board
Member) that would be appropriate for this position.
If you know of any member or if you yourself would like to
apply for this position, please call or e-mail the office.
2. The question came up as to why the Board made
the decision as to where the Get-A-Way would be this year.
For this issue, there was a consensus last year that those who
attended did like the campsite, so with no objections or
negative remarks regarding the campsite, the Board chose the
same campsite as last year. However, the Board did discuss
taking suggestions from the membership for the next year in case
there were other sites that might interest the membership.
If suggestions are presented for next year, the Board indicated
that they will put the sites to a vote when the time comes.
However, this particular issue requires a broader area
in regard to the Board and their decisions. Chapter 500
follows the National VVA Constitution as their guide for running
the chapter. Per the Constitution: "The Board of
Directors of the Chapter shall be responsible for the control
and management of the affairs, property, and interests of the
Chapter: for keeping the Corporation (VVA National) advised of
all activities of the Chapter; for complying with all reporting
requirements established by this Constitution, the rules,
resolutions, or directives of the Corporation or any local, state
or Federal law; and for guiding and administering the Chapter so
that the purposes, principles, and goals of the Corporation as
set forth in the Certificate of Incorporation and the rules,
resolutions, and directives of the Corporation are followed; and
for making suggestions and recommending programs. (The VVA
Constitution is available to view online at
www.vva.org. and a copy is
available for viewing in the Hall.)
So, as is said at every election time, "if anyone is
interested in having a say in how the Chapter is run, nominate
yourself for a seat on the Board".
Some time ago, the Board established a policy re:
issues to come before the Board. Anyone who would like to
address the Board on any issue, may do so. The procedure
is to call, mail or e-mail at least 10 days prior to the Board
meeting you wish to attend, with an explanation of the issue to
be addressed. Then the issue can be put on the Board
Agenda. At the meeting the issue will be addressed.
After presentation of the issue, the Board will decide on a
resolution or for time to make a decision. The member will
then be excused from the balance of the meeting.
3. Policy re: Alcohol - The VVA500 Board
has established the following alcohol policy as it relates to
activities sanctioned by VVA500 in it's own facility or off the
See the policy on Page 8