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Below is the PROPOSED AGENDA for The American Legion, Department of Florida’s 100th Annual Department Convention. This agenda is NOT OFFICIAL and subject to change. Please join our mailing list for updates. Click here for a printable version. Last update 6/5/18, 1130.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
7:45am – 5:00pm
Headquarters Office / Legion Registration
Crystal H
Main office for Dept. of Florida. Emblem Sales, Programs Information, Membership Cards, History Book Display & Registration. (Registration is mandatory before voting takes place.) *Office will be closed from 10:30am-11:30am*
8:00am – 4:00pm
Service Officer School
Crystal G1
This is a two-day, informative VA&R class that covers all veteran benefits. Certification and business cards provided upon completion. Call Elizabeth Douglas at 407.295.2631 ext. 235 for more information. Attendance required both days. Pre-Registration required. *Limited seating* Download Form>>
9:00am – 10:00am
PVR – Advanced Advocate Training
Crystal E
Attendees can expect a closer look into the VetRelief Advocate roll, and not just an overview of the Legion’s newest program. Attending a previous class is preferred but not required. Be sure to sign up as space is limited.
9:30am – 11:00am
Food Handlers Class
Crystal AB
Class given by Food Safety Certifications, LLC. Certificate will be given at the end of class. This course is intended to provide certification to those in attendance on food safety training for your Post. The course will cover key areas including Basic Food Safety, Personal Hygiene, Cross-contamination & Allergens, Time & Temperature, as well as Cleaning & Sanitation. *Pre-registration required – Limited seating* Register Online Now>>
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Judge Advocate Training
Crystal D
This course will cover how to advise the different sections of the Legion and how to interpret the Constitution and By-Laws of the Post, District, or Area. Taught by National JA Kevin Bartlett, Larry Sheets, and Curtis McNeil.
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Dept. Finance Committee Meeting
Crystal G2
Open to all Legionnaires. This meeting will provide a review of the Department’s finances during the past year and address financial issues as needed.
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Food Handlers Class
Crystal AB
Class given by Food Safety Certifications, LLC. Certificate will be given at the end of class. This course is intended to provide certification to those in attendance on food safety training for your Post. The course will cover key areas including Basic Food Safety, Personal Hygiene, Cross-contamination & Allergens, Time & Temperature, as well as Cleaning & Sanitation. *Pre-registration required – Limited seating* Register Online Now>>
2:15pm – 3:30pm
Internal Affairs Commission
Crystal J2
This meeting will cover reports from Constitution & By-Laws, Credentials, Disaster Preparedness, POW-MIA, Resolutions, Time & Place, and Special Rules committees. Each Post can send one delegate to vote on the matters that will be decided. All voting members must have a ribbon, which can be picked up at registration.
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Celebrating the Centennial
Crystal D
Taught by Laura Edwards – Associate Editor of The American Legion Magazine. Post Historians are encouraged to attend this course. This course will help prepare of The American Legion’s 100th Anniversary. Order your Centennial Coin/Pin>>
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Chaplain’s Training
Crystal E
All Chaplains welcome. Meet other Chaplains; review the Chaplains Handbook, take part in an open forum for questions and concerns.
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Legion Riders Chairman Meeting
Crystal F
This assembly will cover Area and District reports, By Laws, Charters, EOY Report, Awards, and 2018-2019 Goals.
3:45pm – 6:00pm
Dept. Executive Committee Meeting
Crystal G2
This meeting will cover current Post matters, budget approval and general Department announcements. *Please note only Executive Committee Members can address the Committee. *
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Post Commander Class
Crystal AB
This course will cover details pertaining to the duties of Commander at Post level.
7:00pm – 8:30pm
2018 Convention Kick-Off Event
Canary Ballroom
American Legion Family Event come celebrate the 100th Convention! Learn More>>
Friday, July 6, 2018
7:45am – 5:00pm
Headquarters Office / Legion Registration
Crystal H
Main office for Dept. of Florida. Emblem Sales, Programs Information, Membership Cards, History Book Display & Registration. (Registration is mandatory before voting takes place.) *Office will be closed from 10:30am-11:30am*
8:00am – 1:00pm
Service Officer School (Day 2)
Crystal G1
This is the second day of the two-day informative VA&R class that covers all veteran benefits. Certification and business card provided upon completion. Attendance required both days. Pre-Registration required. Call Elizabeth Douglas at 407.295.2631 ext. 235 for more information. *Limited seating* Download Registration Form>>
8:00am – 12:30pm
Legion General Session
Grand Ballroom 8-14
1:45pm – 2:30pm
Caucuses
varies – see below
Mandatory for District and Area Commanders. Open to all Legionnaires. Meeting is held by the current Area Commander. This meeting will cover end of the year reports and the election of new Area Commanders. *Must be a member of the Area to vote. *

  • Central Area – Crystal A
  • Eastern AreaCrystal B
  • Northern AreaCrystal D
  • Southern AreaCrystal E
  • Southwestern AreaCrystal F
  • Western AreaAnaheim
2:45pm – 4:00pm
Sgt-at-Arms Trainig
Crystal D
This course will cover in detail the expected duties of a post Sgt-at-Arms.
2:45pm – 5:00pm
Financial Compliance Class
Crystal A
This class will go over Post tax-exempt status, 990 and 990N filings, alcohol licenses, insurance, bonding, the roll of trustees, and Constitution and By-Laws. Highly recommended for new Finance Officers, Post Commanders, and District Commanders
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Membership Award Pickup
San Antonio
Come collect your award and have your photo taken with Commander Shuga and Membership Chairman Fred Matthews
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) Overview
Crystal G2
Taught by Capt. Bryan Brummett of the Bureau of Law Enforcement Division of Alchoholic Beverages and Tobacco
3:30pm – 4:30pm
PVR-Advanced Advocate Training
Crystal E
3:30pm – 5:00pm
Freshman Adjutant Class
Anaheim
All Adjutants are urged to attend. Learn the duties and role the Adjutant plays at the Post.
4:00pm – 6:00pm
ALR General Session
Grand Ballroom 8-14
This assembly will cover District Reports, ALR Delegate Roll Call, Legacy Fund Check Presentation, Department SOPs, Charters, EOY Reports, Awards, First Florida In-State Legacy Run, 2018 National Legacy Run plans, 2018 – 2019 Goals
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cocktail Hour
Canary Ballroom Foyer
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Commander & Presidents’ Banquet
Canary Ballroom
Enjoy a fun filled evening with your Department Commander and Auxiliary President. Attendees will enjoy a delicious Spanish buffet menu and great entertainment.Tickets will not be sold on site and must be paid for before Convention. Limited quantities available. Buy Tickets Now>>
Saturday, July 7, 2018
7:45am – 3:00pm
Headquarters Office/Legion Registration
Crystal H
Main office for Dept. of Florida. Emblem Sales, Programs Information, Membership Cards, History Book Display & Registration. (Registration is mandatory for each Post and must be done before voting begins.)
*Registration will be open until 9:45am*
8:00am – 2:00pm
Legion General Session
Grand Ballroom 8-14
Electronic Voting
Anaheim/Atlanta
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Americanism Commission
Boston
Come learn about Baseball, Boys State, and Oratorical.
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Membership Recruitment and Q&A
Crystal G2
This question and answer session will be led by Department’s own Irene Graham and JoAnn Collins.
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Post Operations Class
Tampa
This course will cover details pertaining to general instruction on how to run a successful Post.
4:00pm – 6:00pm
20/4 Bivouac Echelon 30
Boston
Invite Only
4:00pm – 6:00pm
20/4 Bivouac Echelon 5
St. Louis
Invite Only
5:00pm – 5:30pm
FALPA EXEC BOARD ONLY
Washington
5:30pm – 6:30pm
FALPA General Meeting
Washington
Florida American Legion Press Association meeting. Officers and members expected to attend; open to all Legionnaires, Auxiliary and SAL members. Become a member and gain your membership card/press pass. This meeting will review tips/advice on creating and updating Post bulletins and newsletters.
6:30pm – 7:30pm
Installation of Officers
Grand Ballroom 8-14
General Meeting is open to the American Legion Family Members: AL/SAL/AUX/ALR. This assembly will cover District Reports, ALR Delegate Roll Call, Legacy Fund Check Presentation, Department SOPs, Charters, EOY Reports, Awards, First Florida In-State Legacy Run, 2018 National Legacy Run plans, 2018 – 2019 Goals
Sunday, July 8, 2018

**Legion Headquarters Office Closed**

8:00am – 9:00am
Religious Service
Grand Ballroom 1-7
9:30am – 11:00am
Department Executive Committee Meeting
Grand 8A
First official Department Executive Committee meeting after the installation of officers. All newly elected and existing Executive Committee Officers are required to attend. This meeting will cover important dates and upcoming Department of Florida events throughout the year.
– END OF CONVENTION-

Below is the PROPOSED AGENDA for the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Florida’s 97th Annual Department Convention. This agenda is subject to change.
last update 5/23/18.

Thursday, July 5, 2018
8:00am – 5:00pm
Convention Registration
Crystal Registration
8:00am – 5:00pm
Auxiliary Store
Grand Registration
9:00am – 12:00pm
Incoming District Presidents’ Instructions
RSt. Louis
Presenters: Assigned PDP Mentors
9:00am – 9:45am
Chaplain Class
San Francisco
Presenter: Lois Stachelrodt
9:15am – 10:00am
Certified ABC Instructors Meeting
San Antonio
Presenter: Robin Burke
9:30am – 10:30am
Incoming Unit Presidents’ Instructions
Washington
Presenter: Fran Carlton
9:30am – 10:30am
Membershp Processing
Boston
Presenter: Patty MacDonald
10:00am – 10:45am
Historian Class
Tampa
Presenter: Eleanor Amato
10:45am – 11:45am
Secretaries Class
Washington
Presenter: Peggy Hearlson
10:45am – 11:45am
Compliance, 990’s and Taxes
Boston
Presenter: Becky Gripton
11:00am – 12:00pm
Incoming Department Officers and Chairmen
St. Louis
(Combined Class with District Presidents) Presenters: Michele DeGennaro and Dee Bell
11:00am – 12:00pm
Treasurer Class
Tampa
Presenter: Karen Collinsworth
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Department Question & Answer
Boston
Presenter: Patty MacDonald and Becky Gripton
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Public Relations Class
San Antonio
Presenter: Sandy Stepp
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation (VA&R)
San Francisco
Presenter: Ann King-Smith
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Children & Youth
Tampa
Presenter: Wanda Brandt
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Intro to Auxiliary Basic Concept
St. Louis
Presenter: Robin Burke
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Pre-Convention Constitution & Bylaws
Grand 1-7
Resolutions open to all members. Presenters: Pat Devine, Shireley Fraser and Fran Carlton
2:30pm – 4:00pm
Pre-Convention Finance Meeting
Grand 1-7
Open to All Members
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Executive Committee Meeting
Grand 1-7
Open to all members
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Legion Family Kick-Off Reception
Canary Ballroom
7:30pm – 8:30pm
Exhibit Registration
Grand 1-7
7:30pm
Rehearsal for Flag Bearers
Grand 1-7
Opening ceremony

 

Friday, July 6, 2018
7:45am
All involved in Opening report to your location!
8:00am – 12:00pm
Exhibit Registration
Grand 1-7
8:00am – 5:00pm
Convention Registration
Crystal Registration
8:00am – 5:00pm
Auxiliary Store
Grand Registration
8:30am – 12:00pm
General Session
Grand 1-7
10:30am
Special Order of Business
Nomination of Department Officers. Nomination of National Convention Delegates.
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Lunch Recess
1:30pm – 5:00pm
General Session

Grand 1-7

1:30pm – 4:30pm
Exhibit Registration
Grand 1-7
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Cocktail Hour
Canary Ballroom
7:00pm – 10:00pm
Commander & President’s Dinner
Canary Ballroom
****Any exhibit NOT REGISTERED by 4:00pm, Friday, July 6th will not be eligible for an award.****
Saturday, July 7, 2018
7:30am – 8:30am
Convention Registration
Crystal Registration
8:00am – 4:00pm
Auxiliary Store
Grand Registration
8:30am – 12:00pm
General Session
Grand 1-7
10:30am – 12:00pm
Special Order of Business
Final Credentials Report – Patty MacDonald
Election of Department Officers 2018 – 2019
Election of Delegates to National Convention
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Lunch Recess
1:30pm – 5:00pm
General Session
Grand 1-7
5:00pm – 5:30pm
Closing Ceremonies
Department Staff will dispose of any exhibit not removed by the close of session.
Sunday, July 8, 2018
8:00am – 8:45am
Memorial Serivce
Grand 1-7
9:00am – 10:15am
Installation of Department Officers
Grand 1-7
10:30am – 12:00pm
Post Executive Meeting
Grand 1-7

Below is the PROPOSED AGENDA for the Sons of The American Legion, Department of Florida’s 46th Annual Department Convention. This agenda is subject to change.

Thursday, July 5, 2018
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Delegate Registration
Crystal J1/J2
(Outside Meeting Hall)
Friday, July 6, 2018
8:00am – 12:00pm
Delegate Registration
Crystal J1/J2
(Outside Meeting Hall)
12:30pm – 1:15pm
Pre-Convention Detachment Executive Committee Meeting
Crystal J1/J2
Detachment Officers, Distrcit Commander & Vice Commanders Required
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Delegate Registration
Crystal J1/J2
(Outside Meeting Hall)
1:30pm – 4:00pm
46th Annual Detachment Convention Opening Session
Crystal J1/J2
Detachment Officers Reports
Guest Speakers
Convention Commission and Committee Meetings
4:00pm – 5:00pm
SAL Past Commander’s Club Meeting
Crystal J1/J2
Saturday, July 7, 2018
7:30am – 12:00pm
Delegate Registration
Crystal J1/J2
(Outside Meeting Hall)
8:00am – 12:00pm
46th Annual Detachment Convention General Session
Crystal J1/J2
Memorial Service
General Business
Commission and Committee Reports
Keynote Speaker
Area Caucuses
12:00pm – 1:15pm
Recess for Lunch
1:15pm – 3:00pm
46th Annual Detachment Convention General Session
Crystal J1/J2
Election of Detachment Officers
Ratification of District Commanders and District Vice Commanders
Installation of Detachment Officers, District Commanders and District Vice Commanders
3:00pm – 3:30pm
Post-Convention Detachment Executive Committee
Crystal J1/J2
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Amabassador’s Course
Crystal J1
All Detachment Officers, District Commanders & Vice Commanders
3:30pm – 5:00pm
District Commander’s Training
Crystal J2
All Detachment Officers, District Commanders & Vice Commanders
Sunday, July 8, 2018
8:00am – 9:00am
Joint Religious Service
Grand Ballroom 1-7

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