The annual National Convention is the governing body of The American Legion. Each of The American Legion’s 55 Departments (one in each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines) is entitled to a minimum of five delegates to the National Convention, plus one delegate for each 1,000 members or major fraction thereof, as of 30 days before the convention. The National Commander, members of the National Executive Committee, all living Past National Commanders, and the five National Vice Commanders are also delegates to the National Convention.
Convention cities are selected on a basis of a variety of criteria, including, but not limited to, the availability and price of hotel rooms, meeting space, city services and the needs of the National Organization and the Departments. Bids are accepted from cities that wish to host the convention.
2017 National Convention Information
Reno, NV – August 16 – 24, 2017
LOCATION OF HOTEL – The Grand Sierra Resort & Casino is located at 2500 East Second St in Reno, NV; Phone: (800) 501-2651; www.grandsierraresort.com the hotel is approx. 1.5 miles from the airport. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service that runs every 15 minutes between of the hours of 5:00 am and 12:00 am. The shuttle leaves from the exit located at the far end of the baggage claim, there is no hanicap capability on the shuttle.
RESERVATIONS – The Department Headquarters will make all reservations, we will work with the Hotel to arrange confirmation of your reservation. If you are sharing a room with someone else and they are not on the housing list, please let this office know.
HOTEL ROOMS – The rooms in our block are located on the summit level. Room rates are $115.00 plus tax, single or double with two occupants. Extra Occupant is $25.00 per day for each additional person. Room tax is 13.0% and there is a $2.00 per room/per night tourism tax. This means that a single or double room, plus tax will be approximately $131.95 per night. The Hotel requires a credit card or debt card to hold your reservation. The hotel will place a $50.00 hold on your credit card each day to cover any room charges, if not use it will be refunded.
CANCELLATION OR CHANGES ON YOUR HOUSING – If you decide to change or cancel – YOU MUST CALL THE HOTEL DIRECT, please contact the Department Adjutant also – If you need to change arrival or departure date – CALL THE HOTEL, please inform Department too – Department cannot return your deposit nor change hotel reservation arrangements; you must contact the hotel.
DELEGATES, ALTERNATES AND GUEST PACKETS – All Delegates, Alternates, and/or Guests must pay their $25.00 registration fee to Department, upon arrival in Reno please check in with the Department Office to receive your packet and credentials.
PARKING – The hotel offers complimentary self-parking and valet parking,
LEGION CAUCUS – Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. in the Sierra Room located on the Mezzanine level (3rd floor) of the Hotel.
AUXILIARY CAUCUS – Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. in the McKinley Room located on the Mezzanine level (3rd floor) of the Hotel.
LEGION OFFICE – Will be located in the Cascade 2 Room located on the Mezzanine Level (3rd floor).
AMERICAN LEGION OFFICE HOURS –
- Thursday, August 17th: 2 – 4 pm
- Friday, August 18th: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
- Saturday, August 19th: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
- Sunday, August 20th: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
- Monday, August 21st: The office will officially close on Monday to pack up supplies.
PARADE – Will be held on Sunday, August 20th starting at 4:00 p.m. The starting point for this year is the corner of Court and Virginia St, we have been assigned to Division IV and we will assemble at 4:45 pm, we will begin boarding the buses at 3:30 pm.
This year’s Parade route is: Starts at Court and Virginia St. will precede down Virginia St. to the disbanding point at 6th. The reviewing stand will be on the corner of 4th on the right side.
UNIFORM FOR TEXAS PARADE – Please bring your western hat and your Texas Flag Convention Shirt. You may order the convention shirt from our office (512/472-4138). Men should bring a pair of blue slacks or jeans. Ladies should wear blue skirts, if they are not wearing jeans.
AFTER PARADE PARTY – The Department of Nevada will be hosting an After Parade Party near the end of the parade.
NATIONAL COMMANDER’S DINNER – Tuesday, August 22nd at 6:30 P.M. We currently have a few tickets available, check with Department Adjutant to purchase.
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY STATES DINNER – Wednesday, August 23rd at 7:00 P.M. Contact the Auxiliary to purchase tickets.
SEE YOU IN RENO!
The National Convention registration fee is $25.00 per person and must be paid to the Department, as all delegates, alternates and guests to the National Convention are registered by their Department Headquarters.
SCOOTER & WHEELCHAIR RENTALS
The following discounted rates have been prepared for The American Legion National Convention, August 18 – 24, 2017, when renting from Medtech Services. Prices below include pick-up and delivery to your respective hotel.
1 Day $45.00
2 Days $85.00
3 Days $115.00
4 Days $135.00
5 Days $155.00
6 Days $160.00
7 Days $165.00
1 Day $12.00
2 Days $18.00
3 Days $23.00
4 Days $28.00
5 Days $30.00
6 Days $35.00
7 Days $40.00
The attached form needs to be completed and can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org; faxed to 775.826.6040; or mailed to: Medtech Services, Inc. 555 Gentry Way Reno, NV 89502.
In addition, telephone reservations will be accepted by calling (800) 633-8324.
All correspondence should reference Medtech Representative, Shannon Lewis, and The American Legion National Convention. Arrangements should be made and paid for in advance and all rentals require a credit card number on file in case of damage. Medtech Services Inc.
Future Dates and Locations
The 100th Anniversary celebration will begin with the 100th National Convention being held in Minneapolis, MN in 2018 and will end with the 101th National Convention in Indianapolis, IN in 2019.
Minneapolis, MN – August 24 – 30, 2018
Indianapolis, IN – August 23 – 29, 2019
Louisville, KY – August 28 – September 3, 2020
Phoenix, AZ – August 27 – September 2, 2021
Milwaukee, WI – August 26 – September 1, 2022