AMVETS National Convention

Annual Family Gathering
The National Convention is where AMVETS leaders and members will be given a chance to shape the future of our great organization. From electing new leaders to voting on resolutions that set the foundation of AMVETS, the National Convention sets the stage for the coming year.

Speakers

Sponsors

Schedule

  • 04 August
  • 05 August
  • 06 August
  • 07 August
  • 08 August
  • 09 August
  • 10 August
  • 11 August

Marion Polk

National Commander
AMVETS
National Commander Marion,

08 August

08 August

08 August

08 August

10 August

Marvell Ruppel

National President
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary

07 August

08 August

08 August

08 August

09 August

10 August

10 August

10 August

11 August

Harold Collins

National Commander
Sons of AMVETS

08 August

08 August

10 August

Robert Wilkie

Secretary
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The Honorable Robert Wilkie was nominated by President Trump to serve as the tenth Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 23, 2018, and sworn in on July 30, 2018. Mr. Wilkie previously served as the acting Secretary of VA from March 28 to May 29, 2018.

Before confirmation as VA Secretary, Mr. Wilkie served Secretary James Mattis as his Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness—the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense for Total Force Management as it relates to readiness, National Guard and Reserve component affairs, health affairs, training, and personnel requirements and management, including equal opportunity, morale, welfare, recreation, and the quality of life for military families.

The son of an Army artillery commander, Mr. Wilkie spent his youth at Fort Bragg. Today, he is an officer in the United States Air Force Reserve assigned to the Office of the Chief of Staff. Before joining the Air Force, he served in the United States Navy Reserve with the Joint Forces Intelligence Command, Naval Special Warfare Group Two, and the Office of Naval Intelligence.

Mr. Wilkie has more than 20 years of federal service at the national and international levels. During the George W. Bush Administration, Mr. Wilkie served both Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld as Assistant Secretary of Defense from 2005–2009, and he was the youngest senior leader in the Department. Mr. Wilkie was Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and a senior director of the National Security Council under Dr. Condoleezza Rice. He also has extensive experience in the United States Congress, including recent service as Senior Advisor to Senator Thom Tillis and service as Counsel and Advisor on International Security Affairs to the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, the Honorable Trent Lott. Mr. Wilkie shepherded the Senate confirmation process for James Mattis, Robert Gates, and Admiral Mike Mullen (CJCS), and he was responsible for the preparation of General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Croker for their multiple appearances before the Congress in defense of the Iraqi Surge.

Mr. Wilkie was Vice President for Strategic Programs for CH2M HILL, one of the world’s largest engineering and program management firms, where for five years he held program management and advisory assignments as diverse as the London 2012 Summer Olympics and the reform and reorganization of the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense Supply and Logistics System (DE&S).

Mr. Wilkie holds an Honors degree from Wake Forest University, a Juris Doctor from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. A graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff, Air Command and Staff College, the United States Army War College, and the Joint Forces Staff College, Mr. Wilkie has published articles in the Naval War College Review, Parameters, Armed Forces Journal International, Air and Space Power Journal, and Proceedings. He holds personal and unit decorations, as well as the Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest non-career civilian award of the Department.

08 August

Lawrence Connell

Chief of Staff
Veterans Health Administration

Mr. Lawrence B. Connell was appointed as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Chief of Staff on July 23, 2018. In this role, he serves as a senior advisor to the Under Secretary for Health and the Principal and Deputy Under Secretaries. He is the lead management official for coordinating organizational solutions and operational activities for the VHA, the United States’ largest integrated health care system.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Connell was a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also served as the Acting Medical Center Director of the Washington, DC VA Medical Center.

Mr. Connell is a retired Colonel from the U.S. Army where he served as the Deputy Chief of Operations, Joint Cyber Center, United States Pacific Command. Throughout his military career, he has held multiple leadership positions. He served more than 30 years as an Army medical service officer, including 15 years as a Medevac Pilot.

Additionally, Mr. Connell served as the Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Regional Medical Command, Honolulu, Hawaii; the Chief Executive Officer of Stuttgart U.S. Army Medical Health Clinic; the Commander of the 43rd Area Support Medical Battalion; and other medical-related staff positions.

Mr. Connell, a distinguished military graduate, holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Troy State University. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a graduate of the Disney Institute for Health Care Excellence. Mr. Connell is the recipient of the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster award and two Air Medals.

09 August

Jackie Smith

NFL
Hall of Famer
Why Jackie Smith is involved
“I am completely humbled and honored to have been asked to get involved. I take great pride in this opportunity to show my utmost respect, honor and reflect on those who serve, are serving and have served.” -Jackie Smith

JACKIE SMITH ST. LOUIS CARDINALS & DALLAS COWBOYS

"I just don’t like to get tackled. When that defensive man tackles me, it means he’s beaten me…It’s me against him. I won’t give in; I hate to get beat.”

Jackie Smith, a 6-4, 235-pound tight end, was a fixture for 15 years with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1963 to 1977. He finished his career with the Dallas Cowboys in 1978. At the time of his retirement, he ranked as the all-time receiver among tight ends with 480 receptions for 7,918 yards and 40 touchdowns.

An outstanding football and track competitor at Northwestern Louisiana, Smith was the Cardinals' 10th-round draft pick in 1963. Smith was a talented receiver, a punishing blocker, a fierce competitor and an excellent runner after he caught the ball. He even handled the Cardinals' punting chores his first three seasons.

Smith became the Cardinals' starting tight end during his 1963 rookie season and remained a fixture at that spot the rest of his tenure in St. Louis. He gave notice of things to come when he gained 212 yards on nine receptions against Pittsburgh that year.

The team's offensive co-captain, Smith had one string of 45 straight games from 1967 to 1970, with at least one reception. He played in 121 straight games starting with his first NFL contest and continuing until a knee injury sidelined him in his ninth season in 1971.

Injuries slowed him again in 1975 and 1976 but Smith still played in 198 games. Smith played in five straight Pro Bowls from 1967 through 1971, and was named All-NFL in 1967 and 1969. He had his single season best performance in 1967 when he recorded 56 receptions for 1,205 yards and nine touchdowns.

During his career, he caught more than 40 passes seven different years. His 16.5-yard average per reception is a reflection of both his excellent speed and determined running style.

08 August

Justin Brown

CEO
Nimitz Group
Justin Brown is the CEO of the Nimitz Group, a bipartisan consulting firm tackling the most difficult veteran and healthcare issues. He is also is the founder of HillVets.

Mr. Brown has nearly a decade of Veterans’ focused experience and advocacy, fighting on behalf of Veterans and their families to increase educational and employment opportunities, to expand access to benefits and healthcare, and to eliminate homelessness. He has worked for the VA and several veterans service organizations. He was a Staff Director for numerous Subcommittees for the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

Justin began his commitment to public service at the age of 17 when he enlisted in the United States Navy. There, he completed one deployment in support of Operation Southern Watch and two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following Justin’s service, he attended the University of Utah, graduating with dual bachelor’s degrees in three years. He became active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) where he served as the youngest All-American District Commander and Department Chief of Staff in its history.

10 August

Joe Chenelly

National Executive Director
AMVETS
Joseph R. Chenelly was appointed national executive director of the nation’s fourth largest veterans service organization in May 2016. In this capacity, he administers the policies of AMVETS, supervises its national headquarters operations and provides direction, as needed, to state and local components. Joe previously served as AMVETS’ national communications director.
Joe Chenelly is the first veteran of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq to lead one of the nation’s four largest veterans service organizations’ staffs.
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Joe enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in March 1998, serving with the 1st Marine Division, and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in April 2006. He is a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, having served in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Kuwait, East Timor and the Horn of Africa.
Joe became a veterans advocate, a journalist, and a political adviser after his time in uniform. He covered military and veterans matters on staff with Leatherneck magazine, the Military Times newspapers, USA TODAY and Gannet News, reporting on operations in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, Africa, as well as disaster relief in the United States.
Joe was named one of the 100 “most influential journalists covering armed violence” by Action on Armed Violence in 2013. He was the first U.S. Marine combat correspondent to step into enemy territory after September 11, 2001, as a military reporter in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also reported from the front-lines with American and allied forces in Kuwait and Iraq as that war began. He was on the ground for the start of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Joe served as AMVETS’ national communications director in 2005, and for the past eight years as assistant national director for communications for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Washington, D.C. leading grassroots efforts through social networking and new media.
He has also served as president of Social Communications, LLC, and as a public affairs officer director for the Department of Navy. Joe is an alumni of Syracuse University and Central Texas College. He resides in Fairport, N.Y., with his wife Dawn, a service-connected disabled Air Force veteran, and their five children.

08 August

08 August

10 August

Sherman Gillums Jr.

Chief Strategy Officer
AMVETS
Sherman Gillums Jr., a retired U.S. Marine, was named earlier this year chief strategy officer of American Veterans (AMVETS)

Gillums began his military career in the U.S. Marine Corps when he enlisted at the age of 17 and quickly ascended into leadership, retiring as a chief warrant officer. During his military career, Gillums earned two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Drill Instructor Ribbon, and Global War on Terror Service Medal. He was recognized as “Battalion
Drill Instructor of the Year” and meritoriously promoted to the rank of staff sergeant in 1999, followed by appointment to the rank of warrant officer a year later.

Four months after the September 11, 2001, attacks, as he prepared to deploy to Afghanistan with the 1st Marine Division, he was involved in a vehicle collision at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and became severely disabled at age 29. Gillums received an honorable discharge from military service and went on to pursue a new career in advocacy for veterans and their families.

He began his career in veteran advocacy as a national service officer in San Diego, where he developed Department of Veterans Affairs benefits claims and clinical appeals for veterans and families in the area. Gillums continued his work in the VA benefits claims arena as an appellate representative at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals in Washington, DC. He was promoted to associate executive director of
Paralyzed Veterans of America’s veterans benefits department in 2011 and subsequently served as the organization’s executive director for two years.

Gillums holds a master’s degree from the University of San Diego School of Business Administration and completed his executive education at Harvard Business School.

09 August

Lana McKenzie

Chief Medical Executive
AMVETS
In a move that signaled the organization’s effort to take the lead in veteran healthcare advocacy, American Veterans (AMVETS) announced earlier this year the hiring of Lana N. McKenzie as Chief Medical Executive. In her role, she focuses on shaping and improving upon VA policies related to mental health, traumatic brain injury, and polytrauma care for veterans.

Before joining AMVETS as Chief Medical Executive, she worked as the Associate Executive Director of Medical Services & Health Policy for Paralyzed Veterans of America, where she championed the construction of seven VA specialized care centers and led a team of clinicians and architects on hundreds of site visits, resulting in vast improvements in access to and quality of care for catastrophically disabled veterans, as well as policy revisions that helped standardize how these veterans received care.

Mrs. McKenzie also served as chairperson for seven consecutive years for the world’s largest continuing education conference for neuromedicine healthcare professionals, bringing together nearly 900 leading clinicians and researchers in specialized healthcare. She also successfully championed the addition of 1,000 nurses to specialized VA healthcare through the development of a new nurse staffing methodology that changed the way VA delivered care for the country’s most vulnerable veteran population.

“After leaving war-torn Vietnam with my family once Saigon fell, I was determined at a young age to do my part to heal those heroes in uniform who’d aided in our family’s journey to the land of opportunity. That journey has taken me from the bedside to the boardroom as an advocate for veterans who have no voice. I’m proud to be affiliated with an organization whose name says it all, American Veterans, that shares my values on our obligation to those veterans.”

Mrs. McKenzie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loma Linda University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. In January 2016, she earned a second Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from Walden University. AMVETS is the nation’s largest and oldest Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization that is open to and fights for all veterans who served honorably, including reservists & guardsmen. AMVETS has been a nonpartisan advocate for veterans and their families for more than 70 years.

09 August

Christine Kirkley

Chief Development Officer
AMVETS
An accomplished and knowledgeable Executive with over fifteen years of experience in non-profit development, business development, marketing and fundraising. Proven track record in managing staff, developing new business, meeting revenue and fundraising goals. Skilled in developing donor retention programs and growing new and existing corporate relationships.

Duayne Driscoll

Deputy National Service Director
AMVETS

Amy Webb

National Legislative Policy Adviser
AMVETS

09 August

10 August

10 August

Harry Neal

National Membership Director
AMVETS
Join today as a Member-At-Large: www.AMVETS.org

09 August

09 August

Karla Lathroum

National Programs Director
AMVETS

09 August

09 August

John Hoellwarth

National Communications Director
AMVETS

09 August

Fertie Brand

Executive Director
AMVETS Dept of Florirda
Fertie Brand is the 2018 AMVETS Convention Chairperson. Brand was born in Easley, SC, and is the seventh of 10 children. She is also the mother of two sons and five wonderful grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Brand moved to Florida in 1972 and began her career in Financial Management at the University of South Florida, retiring after 33 years of service as the Assistant Director of Research Compliance.

Fertie joined the United States Army Reserves in 1974, retiring after 21 years as a Master Sergeant.

She joined the AMVETS in 1990. Through her dedication and hard work she worked her way through the chairs and was elected and served as Department Commander from 2002 – 2004. She was the first Black female to ever hold this office in the State of Florida. Fertie was elected National Finance Officer and served from 2008 – 2010. She currently serves as the Department of Florida’s Executive Director.

08 August

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Bass Pro Shops

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sad Sacks Executive Scrimmage

09:00 AM 12:00 PM Boca V-VIII

Sad Sacks Executive Scrimmage
Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sad Sacks Scrimmage

01:30 PM 04:01 PM Boca V-VIII

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sad Sacks–Hosted Hospitality Suite

06:01 PM 11:03 PM Villa Tower IV

Ladies Auxiliary HQ Office

08:00 AM 04:30 PM

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sad Sacks /Sackettes Joint Memorial Service

09:00 AM 12:00 PM Boca V-VIII

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sad Sacks /Sackettes Joint Opening

10:01 AM 10:31 AM Boca V-VIII

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sackettes Registration/Fracas

10:31 AM 03:01 PM Boca V-VIII

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sad Sacks Executive Scrimmage

10:31 AM 12:01 PM Boca V-VIII

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sad Sacks Nominations/Elections

10:31 AM 12:01 PM Boca V-VIII

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Scrimmage (if necessary)

01:31 PM 03:01 PM Boca V-VIII

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Finance Committee

06:00 PM 08:00 PM Boca 1

Sad Sacks/Sackettes

Sad Sacks–Hosted Hospitality Suite

06:01 PM 11:01 PM Villa Tower IV

Pre–Con Meeting

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Bonaire 1

Convention Chairs & Staff Only, please
Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary National Officers Meeting

09:00 AM 11:00 AM Boca 1

Offices setup

10:00 AM 04:00 PM Antigua 1, Boca I, Boca V

AMVETS
Ladies Auxiliary
Sons of AMVETS

Bag Stuffing

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Caribbean Ballroom III

Help us stuff registration bags and enjoy free pizza after!
Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Honors and Awards

01:30 PM 04:00 PM Boca 2

Ladies Auxiliary

History and Scrapbooking

01:30 PM 04:00 PM Boca 3

Sad Sacks–Hosted Hospitality Suite

06:01 PM 11:01 PM Villa Tower IV

AMVETS

AMVETS HQ Office

08:00 AM 04:30 PM Antigua 1

AMVETS

National Service Foundation Meeting

08:00 AM 09:30 AM Bonaire 3 & 4

The AMVETS National Service Foundation holds final meeting of fisclay year 2018 to approve its 2019 budget.
AMVETS

Convention Registration

08:30 AM 12:00 PM Grand Sierra Foyer

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Registration

08:30 AM 12:00 PM Careibbean Reg West

Quartermaster

09:00 AM 05:00 PM Caribbean Ballroom I & II

Expo

09:00 AM 05:00 PM Grand Sierra Ballroom A-D

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Scholarship Judging

09:00 AM 09:45 AM Regents Boardroom

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Membership Service Committee

09:00 AM 09:45 AM Boca 1

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Americanism Committee

09:00 AM 09:45 AM Boca 2

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Pages/Uniform Committee

09:00 AM 09:45 AM Boca 3

AMVETS

AMVETS Charities Board Meeting

09:30 AM 10:30 AM Bonaire 3 & 4

AMVETS Career Fair (Open to Public)

10:00 AM 04:00 PM Caribbean Ballroom III-IV

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Hospital/VAVS Committee

10:00 AM 10:45 AM Boca 1

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Community Service Committee

10:00 AM 10:45 AM Boca 2

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Child Welfare Committee

10:00 AM 10:45 AM Boca 3

AMVETS

National Finance Committee Meeting

10:45 AM 12:00 PM Bonaire 3 & 4

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Constitution & By-Laws Committee

12:30 PM 01:30 PM Boca 3

AMVETS
Juniors
Ladies Auxiliary
Riders
Sons of AMVETS

Joint First Timers Orientation

01:00 PM 01:45 PM Bonaire 5

AMVETS
Juniors
Ladies Auxiliary
Riders
Sons of AMVETS

NFC – Convention Bids

01:00 PM 02:30 PM Bonaire 3 & 4

AMVETS

Convention Registration

01:30 PM 04:00 PM Grand Sierra Foyer

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Registration

01:30 PM 04:00 PM Careibbean Reg West

POW & MIA Committee

02:00 PM 02:45 PM Curacao 1

Traditions Committee

02:00 PM 02:45 PM Curacao 2

VAVS & Medical Committee

02:00 PM 02:45 PM Curacao 3

Community Services

02:00 PM 02:45 PM Curacao 4

Ladies Auxiliary

Training: “Paint the Palette”

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Careibbean 6 and 7

Uniform Committee

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Curacao 1

Diversity Committee

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Curacao 2

Suicide Prevention Committee

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Curacao 3

Civil Service Committee

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Curacao 4

AMVETS

Long Range Planning Committee

03:00 PM 04:30 PM Regents Boardroom

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Council of NEC

04:00 PM 06:00 PM Careibbean 6 and 7

Speakers

AMVETS
Juniors
Ladies Auxiliary
Riders
Sons of AMVETS

Veterans Townhall with HEAL Team

06:30 PM 08:30 PM Grand Sierra Ballroom E-I

AMVETS

NEC Registration

07:30 AM 08:30 AM Outside Bonaire 1

AMVETS

AMVETS HQ Office

08:00 AM 04:30 PM Antigua 1

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary 1st Business Session

08:00 AM 12:00 PM Caribbean 6&7

Speakers

AMVETS

NEC Meeting

08:30 AM 10:00 AM Bonaire 1 & 2

AMVETS National Executive Committee meets in its annual pre-convention meeting.

Speakers

AMVETS

Convention Registration

08:30 AM 11:30 AM Grand Sierra Foyer

AMVETS
Juniors
Ladies Auxiliary
Riders
Sons of AMVETS

Expo

09:00 AM 05:00 PM Grand Sierra Ballroom A-D

Quartermaster

09:00 AM 05:00 PM Caribbean Ballroom I & II

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Convention Registration

09:30 AM 11:30 AM Caribbean Registration West

Women Veterans Committee

10:30 AM 11:30 AM Curacao 1

Americanism Committee

10:30 AM 11:00 AM Curacao 2

Honor Guard Committee

10:30 AM 11:00 AM Curacao 3

Armed Services Committee

10:30 AM 11:00 AM Curacao 4

Personnel Committee

11:15 AM 11:45 AM Curacao 8

Resolution Committee

11:45 AM 12:00 PM Curacao 7

AMVETS
Juniors
Ladies Auxiliary
Riders
Sons of AMVETS

Joint Opening Ceremony

01:00 PM 03:00 PM Grand Sierra Ballroom E-I

  1. Processional
  2. Invocation by National Chaplain Gary Sallade
  3. National Anthem by Jackie Smith
  4. AMVETS Preamble
  5. Keynote Speaker VA Secretary Robert Wilkie
  6. Armed Forces Medley
  7. Welcoming Remarks by AMVETS Convention Chairperson Fertie Brand; AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Chairperson Charlene Kee; AMVETS Juniors President Courtney Cummings; AMVETTS Riders President George Cummings; National Sons of AMVETS Commander Harold Collins; National AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President Marvell Ruppel; and AMVETS National Commander Marion Polk
  8. Taiwanese Ceremony - Taiwanese Minister of Veterans Affairs Council
  9. Benediction by National Chaplain Gary Sallade

Speakers

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Convention Registration

02:30 PM 04:30 PM Caribbean Registration West

AMVETS
Juniors
Ladies Auxiliary
Riders
Sons of AMVETS

Joint Memorial Ceremony

03:00 PM 03:45 PM Grand Sierra Ballroom E-I

Led by our National Chaplins

Speakers

AMVETS

First AMVETS Business Session

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Grand Sierra Ballroom E-I

Speakers

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Board of Trustees

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Regents Boardroom

Florida Fun Night

05:00 PM 11:00 PM Caribbean Ballroom III-V

SOLD OUT
AMVETS

AMVETS HQ Office

08:00 AM 04:30 PM Antigua 1

1st Vice Cmdrs

1st Vice/Recruiting Training

08:00 AM 08:50 AM Curacao 1

Speakers

2nd Vice / Programs

2nd Vice/Programs Training

08:00 AM 08:50 AM Curacao 2

Speakers

3rd Vice /Legislative

3rd Vice/Legislative Training

08:00 AM 08:50 AM Curacao 3

Finance Officer

Finance Officer/Bookkeeping Training

08:00 AM 08:50 AM Curacao 4

Service Officers

Service Officer Seminar

08:00 AM 08:50 AM Curacao 5

Public Relations Officer

Public Relations Officer/Media Training

08:00 AM 08:50 AM Curacao 6

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Convention Registration

08:00 AM 11:30 AM Caribbean Registration West

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary 2nd Business Session

08:00 AM 12:00 PM Caribbean 5/6/7

Honors and Awards/ Department T-Shirt Day

Speakers

AMVETS

AMVETS Convention Registration

08:30 AM 11:30 AM Grand Sierra Foyer

Register in advance online to save time in line. http://bit.ly/2JuwvlA
AMVETS

Convention Registration

08:30 AM 11:30 AM Grand Sierra Foyer

AMVETS
Juniors
Ladies Auxiliary
Riders
Sons of AMVETS

Expo

09:00 AM 05:00 PM Grand Sierra Ballroom A-D

Quartermaster

09:00 AM 05:00 PM Caribbean Ballroom I & II

1st Vice Cmdrs

1st Vice/Database Training

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Curacao 1

2nd Vice / Programs

2nd Vice/Reporting Training

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Curacao 2

3rd Vice /Legislative

3rd Vice/Resolution Writing Training

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Curacao 3

Finance Officer

Fundraising 101

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Curacao 4

AMVETS Chief Development Officer Christine Kirkley presents.
Service Officers

Service Officer Workshop

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Curacao 5

Public Relations Officer

Public Relations Officer/Social Media

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Curacao 6

AMVETS

2nd AMVETS Business Session

10:30 AM 12:00 PM Grand Sierra Ballroom E-I

  • Lawrence B. Connell
    Chief of Staff, Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
  • HEAL Program Strategic Plan Presentation

Speakers

Juniors

Juniors Luncheon

12:00 PM 02:00 PM Boca 1&2

AMVETS

2nd AMVETS Business Session (cont)

01:00 PM 02:00 PM Grand Sierra Ballroom E-I

1:15 pm - First Nominations for National Officers
AMVETS

Convention Registration

01:00 PM 04:00 PM Grand Sierra Foyer

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Convention Registration

01:00 PM 03:00 PM Caribbean Registration West

AMVETS Radio Live Broadcast

02:00 PM 04:00 PM Magnolia Room

http://www.amvetsradio.com/
AMVETS Radio is broadcasted worldwide to our military members, our veterans and our communities. This radio show is the ONLY show that is ran by a National Veterans Organization. The information that is broadcast on AMVETS Radio show pertains to information that is vital to not only our veterans but also to our veterans families and our community. Topics relating to PTSD, Disaster Relief Efforts, Women Veterans Issues, Veterans who are Serving our Military or Community, and many more important issues that are facing our veterans and our community.
Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary 2nd Business Session

02:00 PM 05:00 PM Caribbean 5/6/7

Honors and Awards/ Department T-Shirt Day
1st Vice Cmdrs

Membership Roundtable

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Curacao 1

Speakers

2nd Vice / Programs

Programs Roundtable

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Curacao 2

Speakers

3rd Vice /Legislative

Legislative Roundtable

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Curacao 3

Speakers

Finance Officer

Fundraising Roundtable

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Curacao 4

Public Relations Officer

Communications Roundtable

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Curacao 5

Speakers

3rd Vice /Legislative

Bylaws Committee

03:45 PM 04:45 PM Curacao 3

2nd Vice / Programs

Poster Judging

03:45 PM 04:45 PM Curacao 7

AMVETS
Juniors
Ladies Auxiliary
Riders
Sons of AMVETS

“No Greater Love” film screening

07:00 PM 10:00 PM Grand Sierra Ballroom E-I

Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Junior

07:00 AM 08:30 AM Boca Area

Junior AMVETS, will have a $10 all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser!. Pancakes, sausage and coffee or orange juice. 0700 until 0830 or when the food runs out. Please support our future, support the Junior AMVETS program at all levels.
AMVETS

AMVETS HQ Office

08:00 AM 04:30 PM Antigua 1

AMVETS
Juniors
Ladies Auxiliary
Riders
Sons of AMVETS

Expo

08:00 AM 01:00 PM Grand Sierra Ballroom A-D

Quartermaster

08:00 AM 01:00 PM Caribbean Ballroom I & II

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Convention Registration

08:00 AM 11:30 AM Caribbean Registration West

Speakers

AMVETS

3rd AMVETS Business Session

08:30 AM 12:00 PM Grand Sierra Ballroom E-I

CBL & Resolution Review

Speakers

AMVETS

Convention Registration

08:30 AM 11:30 AM Grand Sierra Foyer

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Business Session 3

08:30 AM 01:30 PM Caribbean Ballroom 5/6/7

Speakers

Council of Past National Commanders/Awards

10:00 AM 11:00 AM Regents Boardroom

AMVETS

3rd AMVETS Business Session (Continued)

01:00 PM 02:00 PM Grand Sierra Ballroom E-I

Continued from the morning session only if necessary.

Speakers

AMVETS

AMVETS Convention Registration

01:00 PM 04:00 PM Grand Sierra Foyer

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Convention Registration

01:00 PM 03:00 PM Caribbean Registration West

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Meet the Candidates

01:30 PM 02:30 PM Caribbean

AMVETS Radio Live Broadcast

02:00 PM 04:00 PM Magnolia Room

http://www.amvetsradio.com/
AMVETS Radio is broadcasted worldwide to our military members, our veterans and our communities. This radio show is the ONLY show that is ran by a National Veterans Organization. The information that is broadcast on AMVETS Radio show pertains to information that is vital to not only our veterans but also to our veterans families and our community. Topics relating to PTSD, Disaster Relief Efforts, Women Veterans Issues, Veterans who are Serving our Military or Community, and many more important issues that are facing our veterans and our community.

District I Meeting

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Curacao 1

District II Meeting

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Curacao 2

District III Meeting

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Curacao 3

District IV Meeting

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Curacao 4

District V Meeting

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Curacao 5

District VI Meeting

02:30 PM 03:30 PM Curacao 6

Credentials Committee

03:30 PM 03:45 PM Bonaire 5

2nd Vice / Programs

Career Center Team Meeting

03:45 PM 04:15 PM Curacao 7

Convention Rules

03:45 PM 04:00 PM Bonaire 6

Banquet Registration

05:30 PM 07:00 PM Grand Sierra Foyer

General Reception

06:00 PM 07:00 PM Grand Sierra Foyer

AMVETS
Juniors
Ladies Auxiliary
Riders
Sons of AMVETS

Commander/President Banquet

07:00 PM 09:30 PM Grand Sierra Ballroom A-D

  1. Purchase your banquet tickets online now at http://bit.ly/2JxOiIB.
  2. Processional
  3. Invocation by National Chaplain Gary Sallade
  4. Presentation of Colors
  5. Welcoming Remarks by AMVETS National Commander Maron Polk; National AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President Marvell Ruppel; National Sons of AMVETS Commander Harold Collins
  6. POW/MIA Ceremony by 1st National Vice Commander Rege Riley & 2nd National Vice Commander Jan Brown
  7. Dinner
  8. Awards
  9. “God Bless America”
  10. Benediction by National Chaplain Gary Sallade

Speakers

Baggage Storage

07:00 AM 04:00 PM Antigua 2

AMVETS

AMVETS HQ Office

08:00 AM 10:00 AM Antigua 1

AMVETS

Convention Registration

08:00 AM 10:00 AM Grand Sierra Foyer

Registration closes at 10 a.m. sharp. If anyone is left in line at 10, they will be permitted to register.
Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Convention Registration (Final)

08:00 AM 08:30 AM Caribbean Registration West

AMVETS

4th AMVETS Business Session

08:30 AM 11:30 AM Grand Sierra Ballroom E-I

10 am election of officers
Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Final Business Session

09:00 AM 11:00 AM Caribbean Ballroom 5/6/7

National Officers elected at 10 a.m.

Speakers

Ladies Auxiliary

Auxiliary Post-Convention NEC

11:00 AM 12:00 PM Caribbean

AMVETS

NEC Registration

11:30 AM 12:30 PM Outside Bonaire 1

AMVETS

Post NEC Committee Meeting

12:30 PM 01:30 PM Bonaire 1 & 2

AMVETS
Juniors
Ladies Auxiliary
Riders
Sons of AMVETS

Joint Officers Installation Ceremony

02:00 PM 03:00 PM Grand Sierra Ballroom E-I

AMVETS

National Service Foundation Post Meeting

03:30 PM 04:30 PM Bonaire 1 & 2

Commander’s Hospitality Suite

03:30 PM 11:00 PM Villa Tower IV