Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Teleconference 10-27-2016: Outlook for the Coming Year

Moderator: National Commander COL Carl A. Singer

  • Introductions
    • Agenda was sent out by email- if you did not receive it, check your junk mail or sign up for the mailing list by emailing
  • Communication
    • Many members do not have email
    • Each echelon should have at least two representatives who check email every 2-3 days to ensure effective sharing of information
      • Needs to be a reliable person who we know can be trusted to forward information onwards
    • We are at a point in science and technology that we cannot rely on USPS for effective short-term communication
    • Need to know which emails are bouncing back-
      • Cindy Chambers had sent lists to every Department Commander with the emails within their Departments. Information must be disseminated.
      • Look at Alpha roster, which has email information. Sent out quarterly.
    • Not only for National use, but Posts should keep email lists so they can quickly and easily communicate with their own members internally
    • Do Posts or Departments have websites that are active and kept up to date?
      • Snail mail newsletter is less frequent but still takes time and costs money in printing and postage
    • Problem is also that we have members who have email but will not divulge that information
      • They think it means they will get a lot of emails
      • We have to offer assurance that their emails will not be sold or exchanged
      • Always use BCC (blind carbon copy) when sending large emails out, to both protect privacy and avoid the “reply all”
      • Have to be responsible regarding email frequency- the more people get, the less likely they will read it, even though sending email doesn’t cost anything
    • Sharing calendars- how do you do it?
      • Bi-monthly newsletter with published calendar
      • Publish it online
      • Meetings and events should be accessible and easy to find, also helps coordinate between Posts and the community
    • Members need to let their Commanders and National know when they move or change addresses, otherwise we lose communication with that person- delegate finding information to your adjutant
  • Coordinating service to veterans
    • Many Posts, especially on the East Coast, overlap in working with the same VA homes or hospitals
    • Important for the Posts to communicate with each other ahead of time so there aren’t three BBQs on the same day
      • Have a coordinator in each Post as well as a specific POC at the venue
      • Document this information so when a new person comes into the position the data is available- there is a need to pass along information across the board
    • Build relationships with places in the community, especially on days when you distribute poppies
  • Program “How-to’s”
    • Posts should keep track of what they do and the steps they take to share with other Posts
      • This goes with programs done with synagogues, etc.
      • Learn from your shared experiences and spread the word!
      • Selling hats (Army, Navy logo, etc.)is popular- Gerald Levine suggested using Ramson Imports, http://www.RIohio.com, 614-846-4447
    • Posts should coordinate with nearby military installations, hard to organize nationally because of geographic issues
      • Hard to interest young cadets or active duty- try reaching out to the chaplains
        • Rabbi Elson has retired, joined Jewish Welfare Board, working on getting the chaplains to work with us
        • JWV has established a program to work with chaplains as liaisons to active duty personnel and help recruit new members
      • Remind active duty that their membership is free
      • Not a whole lot of Jews serving right now, need to do more than put up fliers
      • Not expected to attend meetings, but we can provide them with services
      • Food is a big draw- invite them to a meal or holiday party
    • Care packages are common- utilize your community to write cards and send them out
      • Sheila Berg- served during Desert Storm and received a lot of those letters
        • Post is working with Operation Gratitude- members are being asked to donate items so they can pack up a box to send to the organization, which then sends the items to bases in Afghanistan
        • Easy to include letters and cards in care packages as well
    • How can we work with organizations such as IAVA to help us restructure our website usage? What can we learn from them?
      • No monthly meetings, their model is digitally based and does include geographic meet-ups