TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

CHAPTER I - BVA ORIGINS AND HISTORY

  1. OVERVIEW
  2. HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS AND EARLY EVENTS
  3. AVON 'OLD FARMS' CONVALESCENT HOSPITAL
  4. MEMBERSHIP
  5. THE BVA BULLETIN
  6. EARLY ACCEPTANCE BY THE VA
  7. FORMATION OF REGIONAL GROUPS
  8. EARLY FINANCES
  9. BVA CHARTERED BY CONGRESS
  10. FIRST BLIND REHABILITATION CENTER OPENS
  11. THE FIELD SERVICE PROGRAM
  12. BVA AUXILIARY

CHAPTER II - ORGANIZING A BVA REGIONAL GROUP

  1. ORGANIZING/CONVENING A MEETING
  2. APPLYING FOR A REGIONAL GROUP CHARTER
  3. PREPARING & SUBMITTING RG BYLAWS
  4. INCORPORATING A REGIONAL GROUP
  5. ACQUIRING TAX EXEMPT STATUS

CHAPTER III - ELECTION OF OFFICERS

  1. NOTIFYING REGIONAL GROUP MEMBERS OF THE MEETING TO ELECT OFFICERS
  2. NOTIFYING BVA NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS OF ELECTION RESULTS
  3. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE OFFICERS

CHAPTER IV - ELECTION OF DELEGATE TO NATIONAL CONVENTION

  1. NOTIFYING REGIONAL GROUP MEMBERS OF MEETING
  2. INSTRUCTING REGIONAL GROUP DELEGATE
  3. SUBMITTING REGIONAL GROUP CREDENTIALS
  4. RESPONSIBILITIES OF DELEGATE

CHAPTER V - CONDUCTING REGIONAL GROUP MEETINGS

  1. ANNUAL MEETING PLAN
  2. SELECTING THE MEETING SITE
  3. NOTIFYING MEMBERS OF MEETINGS
  4. ASSURING A QUORUM FOR MEETING
  5. KEEPING MINUTES OF THE MEETING
  6. SUBMITTING MINUTES TO BVA NATIONAL OFFICE & DISTRICT DIRECTOR
  7. SUGGESTED FORMAT FOR REGIONAL GROUP MEETING

CHAPTER VI - REGIONAL GROUP FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. OPENING A BANK ACCOUNT
  2. ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT TO BVA NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
  3. APPROPRIATE USE OF REGIONAL GROUP FUNDS

CHAPTER VII - BVA MEMBERSHIP

  1. MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES
  2. DUES STRUCTURE
  3. APPORTIONMENT OF DUES
  4. LIFE MEMBERSHIP APPORTIONMENT
  5. NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
  6. REGIONAL GROUP MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
  7. HOW TO ORDER LABELS AND PRINTOUTS

CHAPTER VIII - REGIONAL GROUP ACTIVITIES

  1. REGIONAL GROUP NEWSLETTER
  2. PUBLIC RELATIONS
  3. FUND-RAISING
  4. REGIONAL GROUP SUPPORT OF BVA LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM
  5. OTHER SUGGESTED REGIONAL GROUP PROGRAMS & ORGANIZATIONAL ACTIVITIES

CHAPTER IX - REGIONAL GROUP VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

  1. CHANGE IN VOLUNTEER TERMINOLOGY
  2. ESTABLISHING VOLUNTEER OFFICES
  3. SELECTING, TRAINING AND ASSIGNING VOLUNTEERS
  4. VOLUNTEER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  5. VOLUNTEER AWARDS

CHAPTER X - REGIONAL GROUP AUXILIARY

  1. MEMBERSHIP
  2. MEETINGS
  3. OFFICERS & ELECTIONS
  4. DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS
  5. DUES
  6. FINANCES

CHAPTER XI - HOSTING A BVA NATIONAL CONVENTION

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. THE CALL FOR A NATIONAL CONVENTION
  3. BIDDING FOR A NATIONAL CONVENTION (WITH ATTACHMENTS A THROUGH D)
  4. INITIAL STEPS IN PREPARING FOR A NATIONAL CONVENTION
  5. FUND-RAISING PROJECTS
  6. HOTEL NEGOTIATIONS
  7. REGIONAL GROUP RESPONSIBILITIES ADDITIONAL JOINT REGIONAL GROUP & NATIONAL OFFICE RESPONSIBILITIES
  8. POST CONVENTION RESPONSIBILITIES
  9. NATIONAL OFFICE RESPONSIBILITIES

CHAPTER XII - AWARDS

  1. GENERAL
  2. BVA THREE-TIERED SYSTEM
  3. KATHERN F. GRUBER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
  4. THOMAS H. MILLER SCHOLAARSHIP PROGRAM

CHAPTER XIII - POLICIES ADOPTED BY BVA NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS PERTAINING TO REGIONAL GROUPS

  1. GENERAL
  2. PAST POLICIES (FROM 1965 TO PRESENT)

APPENDICES /Links

  1. SAMPLE BVA REGIONAL GROUP BYLAWS: Please contact the Administrative Director
  2. SAMPLE BVA REGIONAL GROUP CHARTER: Please contact the Administrative Director
  3. BVA NATIONAL OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS  (DISTRICT DIRECTOR AREAS)
  4. BVA NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS STAFF ; TITLES AND AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
  5. FIELD SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES ; MISSION STATEMENT,TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
  6. LIST OF REGIONAL GROUP OFFICERS, ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS
  7. BVA NATIONAL BYLAWS
  8. BVA CONGRESSIONAL CHARTER
  9. LIST OF KEY CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES AND CHAIRPERSONS, ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS
  10. LIST OF STATE BENEFITS FOR BLINDED VETERANS
  11. CHECKLIST OF REQUIRED ANNUAL ACTIONS
  12. SAMPLE CREDENTIAL FORM
  13. SAMPLE FINANCIAL REPORT
  14. SAMPLE PROXY
  15. IRVING DIENER AWARD CRITERIA
  16. MELVIN J. MAAS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD CRITERIA
  17. CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION