57th Annual Detachment Convention
Due to the travel and meeting restrictions in place as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak in our nation, the 57th Annual Convention of the Detachment of Ohio of the Sons of The American Legion scheduled for Friday-Sunday, May 15-17, 2020 in Perrysburg is cancelled.
The Department of Ohio is now looking to schedule a joint Legion / Auxiliary / SAL Convention at a later date, likely Wednesday-Sunday, July 8-12 or July 15-19, in Cincinnati. The Detachment Convention sessions would be held Friday night through Sunday morning, as usual (subject to change!).
We will publish updated information once we have the details.
Department Adjutant Suzette Heller has requested that all rooms already reserved for the SAL at the Hilton Garden Inn Toledo/Perrysburg for the May dates be canceled by Hilton for us without further action on our part.
Delegate Registrations – Deadline: Fifteen (15) days prior to the opening of the rescheduled Detachment Convention at Department Headquarters
All registrations for Convention Delegates, Alternates and Advisors MUST be received at Department Headquarters at least fifteen (15) days prior to the opening of the rescheduled Detachment Convention. There will be no Convention registrations accepted after this date, nor will any be taken at the Convention except for Guests/Visitors. We are encouraging all Squadrons to continue registering their attendees even though we do not yet have the new dates and location confirmed. All registrations must be on the proper form and the registration fee is $5.00 per person, to be included with the registration form.
Registration of attendees will be held on Friday at the Convention, between 7:00 and 8:00 pm and Saturday morning between 8:00 and 9:00 am. Each attendee must register individually at the designated registration table. This will also be the time to make any changes (i.e., Alternate becomes a Delegate) or to register any last minute Guests.
DO NOT CONFUSE YOUR DELEGATE REGISTRATION
WITH YOUR HOTEL RESERVATION
Hotel Reservations – Deadline: TBD
Those desiring housing reservations MUST CONTACT THE HOTEL DIRECTLY AT THE NUMBER ABOVE and mention they are with The American Legion, Department of Ohio Convention [Group Code: TBD] in order to receive the agreed upon room rate. A credit card will be required to complete the reservation.
The hotel will handle reservation requests on a first-come, first-served basis. Please make sure you receive a confirmation number for your reservation.
All housing reservations MUST BE MADE WITH THE HOTEL by TBD since the room block must be released prior to the Convention.
Should you need to cancel your reservation, you will need to contact the hotel directly as well. Make sure to get a confirmation number for your cancellation.
Program – Subject to change!
There will be a meeting of the Detachment Executive Committee at 7:00 pm Friday evening to conclude any outstanding business for the administrative year, discuss any general convention and activities information for the weekend, and to assign delegates to serve on the various Detachment Convention Committees.
The opening session of the Convention will be called to order at 8:00 pm Friday evening and will include Greetings from officers, and the Introduction of Guests.
The main session of the Convention will be called to order on Saturday at 9:00 am and will include committee reports, award presentations, and voting on any proposed resolutions.
The Sunday session will begin at 9:00 am and will be devoted to the election of officers and any other outstanding business. Prior to the Sunday morning session, a Memorial Service will be held commencing at 8:00 am.
PLEASE NOTE: Our Dress Code will again be enforced this year. Legion-casual attire is acceptable for the Friday and Saturday session. At the Sunday session you are required to wear a coat, dress pants, shirt, and tie. All Detachment Officers are expected to wear a coat and tie at all sessions. Detachment Commission and Committee Chairmen are expected to wear a coat and tie when delivering their reports.
See the enclosed forms for additional information.
A WORD OF CAUTION: The hotel facilities are for registered hotel guests ONLY and neither the hotel nor the Ohio American Legion will accept responsibility for the personal safety / well-being of the registered guests attending the Convention.