Winter Conference 2017

Winter Conference
December 1st, 2nd and 3rd
Clarion Hotel (Lexington)

The Winter Conference is coming this weekend and attached is a copy of the Conference Agenda. Notice there have been many last-minute changes therefore please review it carefully.

Special Olympics Bowling: Somehow the bowling times for the Districts was being changed a number of times. I wanted to make sure it was set as it should be so please take note. It seems the last 2 years remained unchanged with Districts 1 and 2 in the morning (9:00am) and Districts 3 and 4 in the afternoon (1:30 pm). To be fair it has to reverse order so Districts 3 and 4 will help out in the morning at 9:00 am and Districts 1 and 2 will take the afternoon shift at 1:30pm.

Banquet: The banquet will be standard for a Winter Conference and the cost will be the same at $25 per plate. The Commander does want to change the dress code from Business Casual to Business Attire, however he still wishes to maintain the Christmas spirit and encourages everyone to wear Christmas-themed clothing.
The catering has been changed because the Clarion chef was not available for the banquet. With the help of Lisa Wilken, we were able to lay on a new caterer Malone’s Catering who will be cooking the meal and turning it over to the hotel staff for serving. After speaking with the caterer, we must have firm reservations by Wednesday Nov 29th at noon so we can pass them on by close of business on Wednesday. Please note that you must get your reservation in by then and there will probably not be tickets available at the conference unless there are reserved members who can’t make the banquet. To make your reservation please call or email Sheila Eversole (386) 898-6239 or
There will be a door prize of a $25 gift certificate given out during the banquet.
As always there will also be the traditional $10 gift exchange at the banquet. You do not have to participate but those who wish to should bring a gift the same as your gender – all men bring a male gift and women bring a gift for a female member.

Sunday Meetings: The meetings on Sunday will have the dress code strictly enforced so please plan ahead.
The dress code will be:
“No shorts will be worn. Dress pants or jeans (no holes) will be permitted. All shirts will have collars. T-shirts or muscle shirts will not be permitted. No open toe shoes, flip flops, or sandals will be worn.”
The Service Foundation and DEC meetings will be held in order after the general meeting.

If you find errors or omissions on the agenda, please let me know as soon as possible. I will be printing up copies and staging them at the hotel check-in desk sometime Friday afternoon so make sure you pick up a copy and review it for any changes that may have occurred in the interim.

Moving Wall

The Moving Wall is sponsored by American Legion Post #24 Columbus, IN. You must see this if you haven’t already. It will be worth your while.

Thursday, July 27 wall arrives around 0900 at I-65 and S R 46 west coming into town. A special escorted motorcycle parade will proceed through town then out to Fairgrounds to construct The Moving Wall.

July 27 Opening ceremony at 1800 at Bartholomew County Fairgrounds site. Special music and special remarks by Mayor of Columbus.

Friday, July 28 has beginning ceremony at noon then another ceremony at 1800 at The Moving Wall site area. Special music and remarks by dignitaries of IN Army National Guard.

Saturday, July 29 with noon ceremony and then again at 1800 at The Moving Wall site. Special music and remarks by select retired members of IN Army National Guard.

Sunday, July 30 with noon ceremony and then again at 1800 at The Moving Wall site. Special music and remarks by present & retired member of IN Guard and Reserves.


The Moving Wall site is open 24 hours once erected and in place until teardown on Monday July 31, 2017. For further details or information please contact American legion Commander Al McKown at 812-447-1000.