COVID-19 Updates

The VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters office is closed until Friday, April 24 per the “Stay at Home” order issued by Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Quinton Lucas as our community continues working to slow the spread of COVID-19. We plan to reopen on Monday, April 27 at 7:30 a.m. CST.

National Headquarters staff is working remotely during this time. If you need assistance, please email info@vfwauxiliary.org and a staff member will respond within one (1) business day.

VFW Auxiliary members, state and local leaders are encouraged to read the information below regarding meetings, elections and contest deadlines.

Meetings and Elections

What happens when that “regular business meeting” for the election of officers, etc. cannot be held due to COVID-19?

  1. Begin planning ahead now. Call your officers and ask for their input.
  2. Remember to be flexible in your planning.
  3. Get the word out about the planned changes to all members of your Auxiliary whether they attend or not.
    a. With proper notice given to the members, meeting dates and time may be changed.
    b. If your Auxiliary approves, you may conduct a meeting via video or teleconference provided a quorum (5 members) are present/on the video or teleconference. They do not need to be together in one location.
    c. A regular business meeting may be postponed (with an alternative meeting date and time set), or it may be completely cancelled.
  4. We are hopeful that by the end of April through the first week in May, COVID-19 is much diminished, and we will be able to resume our normal Auxiliary business practices. Thus, our Department Conventions would proceed as in the past.
  5. Should COVID-19 still be disruptive to our Auxiliary business practices, National Headquarters will issue directives as to how our Department Convention business will be conducted.
  6. National Headquarters cannot make these decisions for you as the virus’ effects differ from state to state. Therefore, it is up the leadership on various levels to plan how the “regular business meetings” for nomination, election and installation will be held, whether as usual, postponed, held in accordance to Section 210, the 6th major bullet, or cancelled.

Patriotic Art and Illustrating America Contest Deadlines

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline for Department winners of the Young American Creative Patriotic Art and Illustrating America contests to be received at National Headquarters has been changed to June 5, 2020.

We empower each Department to determine if the deadlines for the 2019-2020 Young American Creative Patriotic Art and Illustrating America contests shall be changed in their Department and if so, to what date they will be changed.

If a Department chooses to change any of the deadlines, it is up to Department leadership to inform each Auxiliary and District within the Department of the revised deadlines.

  • Student art entry deadline for submission to local Auxiliaries.
  • Local VFW Auxiliary and District judging complete.
  • Department judging complete.

Participating students are to contact their local Auxiliary and/or Department (state) VFW Auxiliary office for local and Department (state) deadlines.

If a student is unable to submit their entry due to COVID-19:

  • If the student is not currently in grade 12 (Patriotic Art) or grade 8 (Illustrating America), the student may enter their artwork in the 2020-2021 contest. The contest rule stating the artwork must be completed during the 2020-2021 school year will be waived.
  • If the student is currently in grade 12 (Patriotic Art) or grade 8 (Illustrating America) they will be unable to participate in these contests.

June 5, 2020 will be the deadline for VFW Auxiliary Department winners to be received at VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters.

Please continue to follow the recommended procedures for dealing with COVID-19, take care of your family and be vigilant for others whose health may already compromised.
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