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Committees of the Council

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Committee Descriptions

Board of Directors: An all-volunteer, working board responsible for the governance, leadership, and stewardship of the organization.  The President acts as the CEO of the organization and the major committee chairs are its COO’s.  All other committees shown above are in support for administration and programs.

Executive Committee: The subcommittee of the Board which manages the organization's day-to-day operations and acts for the full board in its absence on matters it is authorized.  It consists of the of the elected officers (board members),  the major programs chairs, the Public Relations chair, and one at-large Board Member. Other board members are invited to participate as the situation dictates.

Nominating Committee: A committee that is directly under the control of the Board of Directors and not its President. It is responsible for finding and recommending potential candidates for the Board to sustain its governance, leadership, stewardship role.  In addition, it acts as a board development committee and is responsible for orienting new board members and training the board to improve its performance.

Finance Committee: A committee under the control of one of the Vice Presidents which is responsible for overseeing the organization’s finances and assets.  Working with the Treasurer, it prepares the annual budget supporting the organization’s objectives. It develops the long-range financial plan; is responsible for the oversight of its investment portfolio; is responsible for grant writing management and administration; and is responsible for the Quartermaster Sales.  It provides guidance for local fundraising activities and is directly responsible when the activity is not done at by another committee. It ensures proper accountability of all in-kind donations. The committee is also accountable for the various financial reports prepared for the Board and ensures the Treasurer and Bookkeeper are properly accounting for receipt and dispersal of all funds. This also includes obtaining the auditor and supervising the audit process.  As an additional duty, it is responsible for property and facility management as required.

Membership Committee: The committee responsible for recruiting those members into the organization needed to accomplish the organization’s mission and then works to retain them. It helps to maintain membership point of contact lists, mailing lists, and other important member information. Serves as a point of contact for membership questions.

Personnel Committee: The committee accountable for writing and negotiating all “labor contracts” for services when volunteerism is insufficient or not advisable – and for reviewing contracts prepared by other committees and overseeing their negotiation. These include administrative assistance, auditor, and grant writing contracts.  No contract involving labor is valid without their approval and recommendation to the Board.

Public Relations Committee: The committee responsible for the general marketing the organization and for coordinating and answering media-related questions. Works with the Website and Newsletter and other committees to obtain its objectives.

Website Committee: The committee responsible for the creation and management of electronic communications and marketing products, which includes the website and blog site, at a minimum.  Works closely with Public Relations Committee to achieve its objectives.

Newsletter Committee: The committee responsible for the writing and producing the membership communications periodical for LVMAC.  Works closely with Public Relations Committee to obtain its objectives and with the Website committee to electronically post its product.

Community Educational Outreach Committee: The major program committee primarily responsible for those activities involving educational outreach programs on military, veterans and their families within the community.  It develops or utilizes existing educational programs promoting veterans and military educational exchanges in local schools and colleges to promote greater understanding and create informed citizens appreciative of the sacrifices sometimes made by those who serve or have served in the military. It also sponsors public awareness seminars/forums/conferences on veteran and military-related issues affecting veterans, military members and their families.  To accomplish its objectives, it works and coordinates its activities with the other major program committees.

Military Support Committee: The major program committee responsible for developing or facilitating needed programs which advocate and assist local “serving military” and their families, whether in the Reserve Components or on Active Duty.  Its aim is to replicate in the Lehigh Valley, as much as possible, those military community’s support services found on a major military “force” base. This committee works with private and public organizations helping or wanting to help and the military units in the Lehigh Valley. It seeks to use or obtain existing programs and services. As an additional duty, it is responsible for the organization’s “Armed Forces Week” activities. Coordinates with the other major program committees because overlap may exist, particularly with the Veterans Affairs Committee where inactivated Reserve Component meet the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs classification as a veteran.

Veterans Affairs Committee: The major program committee responsible for developing or facilitating needed programs which assist Lehigh Valley military veterans and their families.  It views veterans affairs as consisting of three major modalities:  1) transition and reintegration of the average, discharged veteran back into civilian society as productive citizen; 2) rehabilitation and recovery of the severely physically and/or emotionally injured to obtain productive lives of as much independence as practicable; and 3) assistance in the maintenance of the quality of life of veterans and their families where needed.

The committee has the additional responsibility of managing governmental affairs issues for the organization.  Governmental affairs consists of examining and making recommendations for improvements to local, state, and federal veterans affairs service and benefit programs and the educating of legislators as needed.

When feasible,  this committee works with private and public organizations helping or wanting to help veterans, for one intention is to use existing programs and services fully and effectively, first -- rather than “reinventing the wheel.”  Works and coordinates with the other major program committees because overlap often exists.