VILLAGES HONOR FLIGHT IS A LOCAL
HONOR FLIGHT CHAPTER HUB
Its inaugural mission flew on 26-May-2012
Villages Honor Flight, Inc. (VHF) was formed in July 2011, to support Honor Flight efforts in the areas of Lake County, Sumter County, and South Marion County. This area has a large number of WWII Vets and prior to the VHF, those Vets had to rely on other Florida Honor Flight chapters — the probability that they would get to see the WWII Memorial was low.
More information about Villages Honor Flight:
If you are a WWII, Korean War or Vietnam War Vet living in Lake County, Sumter County, Marion County, Citrus County, or Hernando County (or anywhere in north central Florida) who has not visited your memorial in Washington, D.C. please complete an online application or call 352-432-1382 for more information.
Villages Honor Flight (VHF) operates as an official hub of the Honor Flight Network (HFN). VHF operates within the broad framework of polices defined by the HFN.
The name Villages Honor Flight suggests a formal link with The Villages community. The Villages provides very valuable support to VHF in the form of recreation center facilities for preflight meetings, volunteer meetings and other events, but there is no formal or official connection.
When VHF formed, it asked the local American Legion Post 347 to be its fiscal agent. This is common with newly formed hubs and eliminates the need to immediately seek 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. When VHF obtained its 501(c)(3) certification in Nov, 2013, the official (fiscal agent) link with the local American Legion Post was terminated. AL Post 347 continues to provide valuable support in many ways including the venue for Send-Offs and Homecomings. But there is no longer any official partnership.
Because the Villages Honor Flight is a 501(c)(3) organization, there is a Board required by law. The board sets high level direction and policy. It presently consists of:
- Vice Chairman
- Two Other Members
The Board presently meets 4 times per year, normally during the second or third week of each quarter.
There is a Management Team that manages the day-to-day activities of the organization operating within the policies defined by the Board. Membership in the Management Team is fluid; it consists of all “staff” that are in responsible positions within VHF. The Management Team meets once monthly. View our Organization Chart HERE. Current members of the Management Team and Board along with their responsibilities are listed on the Contacts page.
Villages Honor Flight Speakers Bureau is staffed by volunteers who will visit your organization in an effort to get Veterans enrolled in Honor Flight. For more information click here.
You can read VHF Vocabulary to get familiar with our terminology.
There is a volunteer base consisting of all the individuals who help make VHF successful. The volunteer base meets under the auspices of the Villages Honor Flight Club, a social club within The Villages Recreation Department. Anyone can be a member of the volunteer base; membership in The VHF Club is not limited to residents of The Villages. Please Join us by filling out this form.
If you are interested in helping Villages Honor Flight in any capacity whether it be Volunteering, donating money or fundraising, please contact us for more information.
The VHF Club (VHFC) is an all volunteer group that supports the mission and activities of Villages Honor Flight, Inc., a local chapter of the National Honor Flight Network. Volunteers plan and staff fundraising events, preflight meetings for each flight mission, send-off as well as the homecoming for each flight mission and flight reunions. We couldn’t do this without you!
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-HELP-FLA OR ONLINE AT www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com, REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
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