Michael Hert, DAV Wisconsin Commander
2019 Fall Conference -
It’s hard to believe the passage of time. As I write this article, we are transitioning between the scenic Autumn days of the Badger State and the snowy landscape of our famous Wisconsin Winters. Looking forward we are on the verge of the majesty and joy of the holiday season -- however I would like one final glance back into the rear-view mirror.
The 2019 Fall Conference held in Stevens Point was as a phenomenal success. The event itself was totally geared toward providing tools and training for leaders at the Chapter level. Case in point, in 2018 it was shared there was a need for Treasurer Training. In response to that demand, our Department Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer conducted a breakout session which provided insight regarding deadlines, proper forms and documents. Benefits Protection Team Leader training was conducted as well providing the latest update on legislative issues on the State and Federal level. It was stressed the importance of Chapter members contacting their legislators through the Commanders Action Network, attending Town Hall meetings, calling their offices or sending correspondence.
Department leaders shared information on membership, LVAP, Women Veterans issues, Awards, POW-MIA updates and VAVS. As an organization, we are constantly on the move, while maintaining a laser sharp focus on ensuring Veterans lead high quality lives of dignity and respect.
Our Auxiliary was actively engaged throughout the Conference. Elizabeth Honaker, State Auxiliary Commander, provided a moving and inspirational address to the conference delegates stressing the importance of partnering together and providing mutual support between the Chapters and the Units.
We were also graced with the presence of Stephen “Butch” Whitehead, DAV National Commander, who addressed the Conference and was available to speak with our members on an individual basis. Commander Whitehead did an outstanding job of connecting with the members, and it was an honor for us to have him at our event.
I would like to give a “shout out” to Schumann-Heink Chapter 30 of Stevens Point for their support and a Commanders Salute to Larry Hill, Department Adjutant, and Patty Davis, Auxiliary Adjutant. There is an incredible amount of behind the scenes detailed work that is completed to ensure the Conference is set for success.
I would like to close this article on a personal note. Immediately after Fall Conference, my Mother, Anna Hert, fell ill and soon afterwards passed on. In DAV, we talk about the Transportation Network, Veterans Benefits, Job Fairs, etc. The biggest strength however is the support and comradery of the organization. My spouse, Julie, and I experienced the love and support of my fellow Veterans. Whether it be a phone call, a sympathy card or attending the funeral services, you have touched our hearts and we can never thank you enough. God Bless you all!