2018-2019 National "Buddy"® Poppy/VFW National Home for Children Ambassador
“Buddy”® Poppy Display Contest
As a reminder here are the three categories for the “Buddy”® Poppy Display Contest:
- Public Promotion of “Buddy”® Poppy Campaign
- Memorial or Inspirational Displays
- Artistic or Decorative use of Poppies
FROM: Lynn W. Rolf, III, Director, VFW Programs
SUBJECT: “Buddy”® Poppy Display Contest Program Information
The annual National Convention “Buddy”® Poppy Display Contest will be held in the Orange County Convention Center during the 120th National Convention – West Building, further location information will be sent in the near future. Entries will be accepted for registration and may be set up beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, July 20 and up until noon, Monday, July 22, 2019.
I am attaching some updated information to assist with this year’s Buddy Poppy Contest. The National Contest Rules are attached which includes any use of non VFW trademarks or copyrighted material on the display is prohibited. It is suggested and recommended that Departments’ (State) contest rules be established in a like form. Also attached is the National entry form to show the information that will be required when entering/registering your Department’s approved display at National Convention.
Posts and Auxiliaries that want to ship their displays to the National Convention site are asked to please use the shipping label(s) which will be forwarded to you in the near future. To ensure timely and proper delivery, it is imperative that the label used reflects the exact address, Show Name, Company Name and Booth Number. All Buddy Poppy displays should be mailed within 30 days prior to the convention. Please note, for delivery after July 15; please use the appropriate label that states your display has to arrive on Friday, July 19 only. If you have a question, please contact Tammy Beauchamp at 816.756.3390 ext. 6287 prior to shipping. Do not ship directly to the Orange County Convention Center’s normal address.
The judging is scheduled for completion on Monday evening and the winning displays will be identified with appropriate ribbons on Tuesday morning. Winners will also be announced on the convention floor. Plaques will be mailed for the top three winners in each of the three categories to the winning Department Adjutants after convention.
PLEASE REMEMBER: The sponsoring unit is responsible for shipping to and from the convention (to include all costs) and the assembly/disassembly of their display. The displays must be removed before 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday otherwise the display will be removed and destroyed by the convention center’s personnel.
I would like to wish all the VFW Posts and Auxiliaries luck on your displays and hope to see you in Orlando.
NOTE: ALL DEPARTMENT ADJUTANTS MUST NOTIFY THE PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT, IN WRITING, BY JUNE 30 OF THE POSTS THAT WILL REPRESENT THEIR DEPARTMENT IN EACH CATEGORY.
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VFW National Home for Children
National President’s Special Project – Update
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Please keep up the great work on promoting our National President’s special project. I BELIEVE we can do it. If your Auxiliary would like some project ideas for the National Home, please contact Sue Alverson, Director of Marketing and Development at 866-483-9642.
I would like to thank all Auxiliaries who donated 10 cents per member to the Health and Happiness Fund. I would like to extend a special THANK YOU to all Auxiliaries who donated 25 cents per member to the Health and Happiness Fund. If you did not receive you certificate of appreciation, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to the Department of Montana:
The Department of Montana VFW Auxiliary sponsors a “Buddy”® Poppy coloring contest for children in grades K-3 at public, private, and home schools. As Montana’s President Jackie Poland’s state pin is a puppy, Montana’s “Buddy”® Poppy chairman designed a “Buddy”® Poppy Puppy for the students to color. The puppy pictures are judged at the sponsoring Auxiliary and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners are forwarded to the Department “Buddy”® Poppy Chairman to be judged. Each Auxiliary awards their local winners. The Department also awards the winners with a gift and a certificate for state winners.