Department of Florida

Event Agenda

2019 Fall Conference Agenda
November 1-3, 2019

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8:00am - 5:00pmLegion Headquarter OfficeCoral Ballroom A
*Closed for lunch 10:30am - 11:30am*
8:00am - 5:00pmEmblem SalesCoral Ballroom BC
8:00am - 4:00pmService Officer School - Day 1Palani
This is a two-day informative VA&R class that covers all veteran benefits. Certificate and certification card provided upon completion. Required to attend both days. Pre-Registration is required, click here to pre-register now . Instructor: Florida Department of Veterans Affairs
8:00am - 10:00aPost Operations, Commander & Adjutant TrainingNomeus
This course will provide general instruction on how to run a successful Post. Topics will include an explanation of the American Legion Organization, officer responsibilities, Post programs & business, social functions, Post audits, public relations, challenges and preparation, and helpful Post resources. Instructors: Jim Ramos & Bob Sussan
9:00am - 10:00amProtection from Internal FraudVeiltail
Learn about management’s responsibilities for preventing fraud and effective internal controls to aid in this effort. Instructor: Regions Bank
10:00am - 11:30amHistorian ClassTarpon B
Learn how to put History Narratives and Yearbooks together and best practices to maintain your Post's history. Instructor: Edward Lewis
10:30am - 11:30amIRS 990 Rules / Filing Taxes ClassUnicorn
This course will cover all the required tax filing reports and requirements: Sales Tax, Income, Payroll, etc. Post Finance Officers are strongly encouraged to attend this class. Instructors: Michael Speck
12:30pm - 2:30pmBoys State Dist. Chairman TrainingTarpon B
District Chairman Invite Only: All District Boys State Chairmen will learn about the planning for the 2020 Boys State session. Instructors: George Wehrli & Forrest Boone
1:00pm - 2:00pmFinancial Tips to Help the PostNomeus
This course will cover key money concepts, including saving and budgeting strategies and tips. Instructor: Regions Bank
1:00am - 2:00pmScouting TrainingTarpon A
Learn about the Legion's oldest program and how your Post can get involved! Training will cover basic program history, new rules, and the program chairman's Scouting role. Instructor: Chuck Weber
1:00pm - 2:30pmAmericanism ClassUnicorn
10 programs fall under The American Legion's Americanism Pillar, do you know them all? This course will give brief discriptions of all the Americanism Programs, flag training and how your Post can support this pillar. Instructors: Kurt Gies & Anthony Torregrossa
1:00pm - 2:00pmDepartment Finance MeetingCrystal DE
Finance Committee required to attend. Open to all Legionnaires. The meeting will provide a review of the Department’s finances for the year to date and address financial issues as needed.
1:00pm - 2:30pmLegion Riders District Chairman MeetingVeiltail
All District Chairmen will learn about their role as a District Chairman and the year's upcoming events. Instructor: Jim Wineland
2:30pm - 3:30pmOratorical TrainingTarpon A
Area, District and Post Chairmen are encouraged to attend. Training will go over the rules of how to conduct a contest at each level, address important contest dates/ deadlines, and address any questions. Instructor: Cheri Korn
3:00pm - 4:30pmPost Membership TrainingNomeus
This course will review the main question: "Where do we go from here?" Course instructor will review the new electronic way to process membership, tactics, and discuss how to properly execute the membership plan and achieving 100% Membership. Instructors: Ray Perez, Jim Ramos & Bruce Comer
3:00pm - 4:30pmPost Sgt-At-Arms, Color Guard & Honor Guard ClassTarpon B
This class will cover in detail the expected duties of a Post Sgt. at Arms and how your Color Guard & Honor Guard can be more involved with Legion and community events. Instructors: Jeff Durden & Joan Suelter
3:00pm - 4:30pmJudge Advocate TrainingUnicorn
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 & Area. Instructors: Dick Mondro, John Dollinger & Bob Sussan
3:00pm - 4:00pmLegislative Commission & CouncilVeiltail
Get ready for Legislative session! Learn how to get to know your Legislators. Instructors: Art Schwabe, Bill Helmich, Preston Foss
4:30pm - 5:30pmSuicide Prevention InitiavePalani
5:00pm - 7:00pm20/4 Echelon 30 MeetingTarpon A
*Invite Only
5:00pm - 7:00pm20/4 Echelon 5 MeetingTarpon B
*Invite Only
8:00am - 3:00pmLegion Headquarter OfficeCoral Ballroom A
*Closed for lunch 10:30am - 11:30am*
8:00am - 3:00pmLegion Emblem SalesCoral Ballroom BC
8:00am - 1:00pmService Officer School - Day 2Palani
This is a two-day informative VA&R class that covers all veteran benefits. Certificate and certification card provided upon completion. Required to attend both days. Pre-Registration required, click here to pre-registerInstructor: Florida Department of Veterans Affairs
8:00am - 2:30pmGeneral SessionCrystal DE
Strongly recommended for all Legionaries to attend. This meeting will cover Dept. Officer Reports and Awards, Candidates Call/Speeches, Commission Reports and Awards, Committee Reports & Membership Awards.
2:15pm - 4:00pmProject: VetRelief - Advocate TrainingPalani
Attendees can expect a closer look into the VetRelief Advocate roll, and not just an overview of the program. Pre-Registration required, click here to register. Instructors: Jennifer Cooper, Michael Beaven, Cristina Hakim-Rosario
2:30pm - 3:30pmCash Handling and Fraud ProtectionUnicorn
This class is for cash handlers to provide best practices and procedures to manage risk while handling and processing cash and how to protect your Post from fraud. Instructor: Regions Bank
3:00pm - 4:00pmChaplain's TrainingVeiltail
As a spiritual leader, the chaplain is an integral part of all American Legion ceremonies. Learn about your role as Chaplain for Legion events, prayer writing, promoting Four Chaplains Sunday, providing spiritual leadership and submitting annual reports to outline your Post's achievements from the year. Instructor: Barry Roberts
3:00pm - 5:00pmDistrict Commanders & Vices Round TableTarpon A
District Commanders and District Vice Commanders only
4:00pm - 6:00pmLegion Riders General SessionCrystal DE
Strongly recommended for all ALR members to attend. This meeting will cover Legion Riders Reports, upcoming events, SOP changes, and reporting for the year.
4:15pm - 5:15pmMilitary Trauma AwarenessVeiltail
Suicide prevention is a top priority of The American Legion. This class will provide you tools to recognize the signs and resources to offer assistance. Instructor: Barry Roberts
4:30pm - 5:00pmFALPA Exec Board MeetingNomeus
5:15pm - 6:30pmFALPA General MeetingNomeus
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. This course will also cover a brief post public relations overview.
6:00pm - 7:00pmCocktail HourCanaveral Foyer
7:00pmPresident & Commanders' BanquetCanaveral Ballroom
Contact Auxiliary for tickets! (407) 293-7411
8:30am - 9:15amReligious ServiceCrystal C
9:30am - 10:30amDepartment Executive Committee MeetingCrystal DE

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11:30am – 1:00pm
Fall Conference General Session
Crystal AB
  • General Business
  • Detachment Commission and Committee Reports
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Tarpon A
All Chaplains welcome. Meet other Chaplains; review the Chaplains Hand guide, take part in an open forum for questions and concerns.
Presentation of Checks
Children & Youth Report
Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation Report
Community Service
Guest Speaker from K-9 for Warriors
Southern Division National Vice President
Membership Song & Dance
Closing & Remarks