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Department of Indiana 70th Annual Convention!
The 70th Annual Convention is coming up in about 4 weeks on June 5 – 7, 2015. I’ll have a draft agenda out soon. The dress code will be closely adhered to.
Banquet reservations are available by email or calling 513-900-2152 (lv msg). I will send out a full menu shortly but the entrees are Roast Beef and Tilapia (fish) and will be served buffet style.
Our National representative will be National Provost Marshal Art Majors.
I have to send the convention booklet info to the printers post-haste so if anyone has anything they would like to see included let me know as soon as possible – the info will be sent to the printers Monday morning May 11th, 2015.
If you are planning to run for an office and would like to advertise in the convention book I will need a picture and advertising copy by Monday. I can use the copy from last year if you so desire. Remember that you will be required to have a copy of your DD214 on file or available at the convention before you can take office. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
The plan is to print all officer written reports in booklet form again this year. Those will be required to be to me no later than Monday June 1st, 2015.
The membership cutoff for calculating delegates for each post was May 6th, 2015. The Delegate Strength Report 2015 is now available here. The calculation formula can be found in the Department By-Laws.
The cutoff date for early registration for a savings of $5 is fast approaching. The registration form and check has to be in Greg Long’s hands by May 15th, 2015 – so send it in at least 3 or 4 days before that to get it to him in time. The form is available on the Department website under File Cabinet for download.
If you have any problems or don’t understand something about the convention be sure to get back with me for clarification. If you are having a problem chances are someone else has the same one.
It's revalidation time again and the Department of Indiana Revalidation Package for 2015 is now available. You can download a copy by clicking here or from the File Cabinet.
I just wanted to reiterate to not pay any attention to the National website and what they say about revalidation. The Department has a completely different revalidation process and timetable and anything less than the required Department package will not be accepted. The packages will be required to be in the Department Headquarters by July 10, 2015 but the earlier the better.
AMVETS Partners With Coach Keady's Legacy Program
If you were at the Winter and/or Spring Conferences you probably already know about Coach Keady and what he is doing for our veterans and their families. AMVETS Department of Indiana has partnered with the Coach's Legacy Program to reach out to our veterans in every community in the state. We are sponsoring quite a number of programs in a very beneficial link between the AMVETS and Coach Keady.
It's not enough to just announce this partnership but we are counting on the Districts and Posts in the Department for assistance in making this a success. After all this is what the AMVETS is all about - helping our veterans and their families. The first thing we would like done is for our posts to put out a news release to the media in your community. A copy of the release can be found in the AMVETS Promotion package here. (1.2mb). Others include sponsoring one or two kids for basketball camp or purchasing sweatshirts for the "Keep a Veteran Warm" campaign (sweatshirt order forms are also in the Promotion package).