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101st DEPARTMENT CONVENTION – IRVING, TEXAS


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OFFICIAL PROGRAM FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2019

FIRST CONVENTION SESSION – 1:30 P.M.

FORMAL OPENING OF THE STATE CONVENTION – Lloyd Buckmaster, State Commander ADVANCE THE COLORS – 2018 Color Guard Champions, Harrisburg Post 472 INVOCATION – Gerry Hince, State Chaplain PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – State Commander Buckmaster POSTING OF THE POW/MIA FLAG – 2018 Color Guard Champions, Harrisburg Post 472 PREAMBLE OF THE AMERICAN LEGION CONSTITUTION – State Commander Buckmaster GREETINGS FROM THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS Greg Abbott, Governor, State of Texas GREETINGS FROM THE NATIONAL COMMANDER Bret Riestad, National Commander, The American Legion INTRODUCTIONS – State Commander Buckmaster SPEAKER Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp, Director of Veteran Services, Texas Health and Human Services Commission GREETINGS Shay Kuehner, Department President, American Legion Auxiliary Jon Kingston, Detachment Commander, Sons of The American Legion SPEAKER Josh Odom, LMSW, Dept of VA, Veteran Suicide Prevention Social Worker PRESENTATION OF EMPLOYER AWARDS PRESENTATION OF EAGLE SCOUT OF THE YEAR AWARD Trevor Burke, 2019 National Eagle Scout of the Year Runner Up SPEAKER Greg “Doc” Gibbs, National Commander, Sons of The American Legion CALL FOR THE 101ST STATE CONVENTION – William West, State Adjutant FIRST REPORT OF CREDENTIALS AND RULES COMMITTEE – John Hafner, Chairman ANNUAL REPORTS FROM STATE OFFICERS State Treasurer – David Paris State Chaplain – Gerry Hince State Historian – Al Alford NECMAN – C. W. “Butch” Sparks Hubmaster – John Hafner ANNUAL REPORTS FROM COMMISSION AND C


SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2019

SECOND CONVENTION SESSION – 9:00 A.M.

CALL TO ORDER – Lloyd Buckmaster, State Commander ADVANCE THE COLORS – State Commander Buckmaster INVOCATION – Gerry Hince, State Chaplain REMARKS FROM STATE COMMANDER SECOND REPORT OF CREDENTIALS AND RULES COMMITTEE – John Hafner, Chairman FINAL REPORT OF CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS COMMITTEE – Steve Watkins, Chairman CALL FOR THE 101ST NATIONAL CONVENTION – State Adjutant West FIRST REPORT OF NATIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATES COMMITTEE – Bret Watson, Chairman SPEAKER Eliu Rojas, Texas ChalleNGe Academy (TCA) PRESENTATION OF AWARDS Present the “Joe L. Matthews” Oldest Delegate Award – Present the Youngest Delegate Award – REPORT FROM CONVENTION COMMITTEES Legislative – David Eagan, Chairman Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation – Joe Page, Chairman REPORT OF STATE COLOR GUARD CONTEST – Jimmie Mitchell, Chairman ANNUAL REPORT OF NATIONAL CONVENTION CORPORATION – John Morris, President REPORT FROM CONVENTION COMMITTEES National Security – Roger Folmar, Chairman Americanism – Tom Tvrdik, Chairman  Presentation of Community Service Awards Public Relations/Publications – Susan Marty, Chairman Membership, Organization and Post Activities Committee – Walter Herman, Chairman  Presentation of Membership Awards PRESENTATION OF TEXALPA AWARDS – Rachael Watson, President REPORT OF STATE HISTORY AND YEARBOOK CONTEST – Al Alford, State Historian CANDIDATES ADDRESS CONVENTION – State Commander Buckmaster ANNOUNCEMENTS – State Adjutant West BENEDICTION – State Chaplain Hince RETIRE THE COLORS – State Commander Buckmaster RECESS THE CONVENTION – State Commander Buckmaster


SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019

FINAL CONVENTION SESSION –

9:00 A.M. CALL TO ORDER – Lloyd Buckmaster, State Commander ADVANCE THE COLORS – State Commander Buckmaster INVOCATION – State Chaplain Hince PRESENTATION OF CHAPLAIN OF THE YEAR AWARD – State Chaplain Hince FINAL REPORT OF NATIONAL CONVENTION DELEGATES COMMITTEE – Bret Watson, Chairman REMARKS BY OUTGOING STATE COMMANDER – Lloyd Buckmaster, State Commander CONFIRMATION OF NEWLY ELECTED DISTRICT/DIVISION OFFICERS PRESENTATIONS TO OUTGOING STATE COMMANDER Past State Commander’s Gavel – State Adjutant West Past State Commander’s Colors – PNVC John Morris Past State Commander’s Pin – PNC John Brieden III Past State Commander’s Service Cap – FINAL REPORT OF CREDENTIALS AND RULES COMMITTEE – John Hafner, Chairman NOMINATIONS / ELECTION OF 2019 – 2020 STATE OFFICERS  State Sergeant at Arms –  State Historian –  State Judge Advocate –  State Treasurer –  State Vice Commander –  State Commander – OATH OF OFFICE TO NEWLY ELECTED STATE OFFICERS ANNOUNCEMENTS – State Adjutant West BENEDICTION – State Chaplain Hince RETIREMENT OF POW/MIA FLAG – 2018 Color Guard Champions – Harrisburg Post 472 RETIREMENT OF COLORS – 2018 Color Guard Champions – Harrisburg Post 472 ADJOURNMENT OF CONVENTION – State Commander Buckmaster

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