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Awards Presentations at the COS Virginia Leadership Conference

Published in Blog on June 11, 2024 by Nancy Elizabeth Koenig

The recent COS Virginia Leadership Conference in Charlottesville was attended by 46 state leaders representing all 12 regions of Virginia.

After the summit began with prayer, awards were presented.

Josephine Gilbert received the Patriot Pin.

Josephine Gilbert awarded Patriot Pin

Beverly Jones  won Volunteer of the Year. Working industriously to advance Convention of States, Beverly contacts new petition signers, organizes petition collecting events, block walks, and organizes meetings with legislators of both parties.

Beverly Jones Awarded Volunteer of the Year

The three past state directors were awarded silver dollars commemorating the Constitution's bicentennial, 1787-1987.

Past State Directors receive Commemorative Silver Dollars

Chris Walker the persuader: (2017-19) no one could resist becoming a volunteer when approached by him.

Dennis Denton the Stepper-Upper: (2019-20) when Chris wanted to focus on Legislative tasks.

John Dahmen the Encourager: (2022-24) the one who came to the rescue within a month of retiring from his full time job.

After Al Torres called for them to line up in order of service, it was noted that the next state director would need to be over 6’4” since each successive state director had gotten taller.

The shorter members of the team joked that the height requirement left them out of the running for state director.

The numerous workshops for district captain training were well received.

Training Workshops


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