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Thursday, Nov 14, 2013

2014 Election Guidelines


Election Guide Lines

  1. The Election announcement to go out in the Feb/Mar Paragraph issue.
  1. The nominating committee referred to in the by-laws shall be appointed no later than the March Membership Meeting.
  1. Any member seeking election to an office shall either submit his/her name to this committee or have his/her name placed in nomination from the floor following the committees’ nominations.  Nominations shall be made and closed no later than the April membership meeting.
  1. No candidate shall be declared elected due to the fact that a nomination to a position shall be unopposed. All positions shall be open for write in candidates as part of the balloting process. (Bylaws, Article IV, Section, 2)
  1. The primary responsibility of this committee shall be to insure that a qualified candidate is nominated for each office open for election.  They will consider all names submitted to them and may nominate more than one candidate for any office.  They may refuse to place a name in nomination.  They shall not recommend one candidate over another, as many nominating committees do.
  1. After nominations have been closed, the President shall dismiss the nominating committee and appoint an Election Committee.  A member may serve on both committees.  However, members of the Election Committee must be neutral in all elections.  They are of course entitled to their own preferences, but may not campaign for any candidate or conduct themselves in a biased manner.  Any election committee member who is unable to maintain this attitude must resign.  The president shall be responsible, as much as possible, for insuring this neutrality among election committee members and shall also have the authority to dismiss any member who he/she feels is not following this policy.
  1. The election committee shall supervise and conduct the election.  They shall be responsible for the security and proper handling of all ballots.  They will use the following procedures for conducting election and shall supplement these procedures with their own good judgment when circumstances arise which are not covered by the by-laws or these guidelines.
  1. The election committee shall be responsible for having ballots printed showing each office for which there will be an election.  Candidate’s name shall be shown with the corresponding office and shall be listed in alphabetical order.
  1. The election committee shall also have resumes printed in alphabetical order.  The resume of each candidate shall be printed in the “first person” and shall not exceed 100 words.
  1. These ballots and resumes, along with proper instructions and a special return addressed envelope shall be mailed 1st class to each chapter member eligible, to the address in the PVA database, to vote two to three weeks before the May membership meeting.
  1.   Only ballots returned in these special envelopes, and also bearing the signature or mark of the voting member on the outside of the envelope will be counted.  The committee will insure by checking these names and envelopes that no illegal or duplicate votes are counted.  The necessity of using this envelope along with the voter identifying them self must be adequately explained in a prominent place in the instructions.
  1. The committee shall also have ballots printed for those members who for some reason choose not to use ballots sent in the mail.  These ballots shall have an identifiable difference from those mailed.  Members who choose to vote by this method shall also be required to sign an envelope containing a ballot for it to be counted.
  1. The committee shall use their judgment about how often and when to canvass the hospital wards to offer patients an opportunity to vote.  When canvassing wards, two or more election committee members must be present.
  1. The ballots may be certified as the committee desires but may not be counted until the final day of the election.
  1. Any ballots received which were post-marked later than the close of business of the day of the May Membership meeting shall not be counted.  The preliminary results will be announced at this meeting.

The term “special envelope” is defined as an envelope that the Election Committee feels that they can identify as the same envelope that they sent.  An example of this would be an envelope with the members return address include “Election Ballot”.  The reason for this is to prevent anyone who might obtain ballots from voting in the name of other members.  The method of how best to make these envelopes special shall be the decision of the election committee.

The purpose of these recommendations is to insure that the will of the members prevails.  In no way shall any of these rules be taken out of context or construed in a manner to obstruct the will of the membership.

The results of the elections will be announced at the June Membership Meeting.

In the event of an election tie, the current Board of Directors will determine the winner.

2014-2015 Mid-South Educational Scholarship Program



The purpose of the PVA Mid-South Educational Scholarship Program is to provide assistance to PVA Mid-South members and members of their immediate family to meet their educational goals toward gainful employment and independence.

The amount of the scholarship will depend on the amount budgeted in that particular fiscal year, number of applicants and whether the applicant is a part-time or full-time student in an accredited college or university.


The scholarship program is open to all PVA Mid-South members, their spouses and unmarried children under age twenty-four (24) and who are dependent (as defined by the IRS) on the member for principal support.

Submission Process

Individuals who wish to apply for the program may submit their request, in writing, to:  1030 Jefferson Ave, Room 2D100, Memphis, TN 38104, Phone (901) 527-3018 Fax (901)0528-1972 or via email at mspva@aol.com.    Accompanying documents will include your educational history and/or an official transcript, official completion certificate, GED or diploma for EACH school listed in your application.

A personal statement must be attached to the application and may not exceed two pages.  The statement should contain intended courses of study and long- and short-term goals.

A letter of recommendation from a faculty member, other school official or a non-family personal reference should accompany the application.

Previous awardees may be eligible for future scholarships with proof of satisfactory completion from the college or university attended.  Grades must be a “C” or higher to be considered for future scholarships.

Application packages will be reviewed by the Board of Directors for approval.

2014-2015 Scholarship Program



The 2014-2015 Paralyzed Veterans of America Scholarship Program is now open.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant must be either a Paralyzed Veterans member, the spouse of a Paralyzed Veterans member, or an unmarried child (under 24 years of age) who is dependent (as defined by the IRS) on the member for principal support.
  • Applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Applicant must be accepted and enrolled as a full-time or part-time student in an accredited US college or university.
  • Previous award recipients may apply.

The scholarship application can be downloaded

The scholarship application can be downloaded here.

All components of the application must be received no later than June 17, 2014. Late applications will not be accepted, no exceptions. In addition, any incomplete applications will not be considered.

Christi Hillman, PVA Membership and Volunteer Program


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