VFW State Convention 2020... Still Happening!
Updated: Mar 19
Convention DRAFT Schedule (3/3/20)
Watch for OTI & ATS Registration Forms Coming Soon!
COVID-19 Update: 3/19/20 Convention is NOT canceled... It is our hope that we will be able to maintain our Convention Plans. However, contingency plans are underway should they be necessary and announcements will be made if any changes are needed.
We encourage everyone to continue registering for the Convention and Officers Training to be sure we have enough materials, meals and appropriate space for the event, Should we need to cancel or change any of the events, we will notify everyone and adjust all reservations as appropriate for the circumstances.
The Plymouth area will be the site of the Department of Minnesota, VFW State Convention for 2020. As we return to the Crown Plaza, this promises to be an interesting and educational State Convention.
The Annual Convention allows all VFW members in the State of Minnesota to have a voice in the decision-making processes of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. By-Law changes on the State and National levels are acted upon during the Committee meetings and General Sessions of the Convention. All members are urged to attend this very important gathering of Post, District, and Department members and officers. Please come and see YOUR VFW at work! The State Convention has always been a GREAT place to meet up with your friends and share in the camaraderie of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Many good times and memories have been formed at functions like the VFW State Convention.
In addition to the VFW Officer Training School (OTI), plans are underway to continue the Auxiliary Training School (ATS) as well. These training sessions take place on the Thursday prior to Convention and the Convention will run Thursday evening through Sunday. The tentative schedules can be accessed through the link on this page.
Pre-Convention events will get underway with Officers Training School, Auxiliary Training School during the day Thursday and the Council of Administration meetings on Thursday evening prior to the convention. There will be early registration available Wednesday night for OTI attendees- please arrive early to avoid the rush before morning classes.
Convention sessions begin on Friday as State Commander Chad Solheid and State President Francesca Bill open the 2020 Joint Awards Session. For most Posts and Auxiliaries, this is the highlight of the State Convention.
This session is where our VFW Posts and Auxiliaries are recognized for their hard work over the past year. In 2020, we will be honoring our Public Safety Award Winners during this session. Awards will be presented in the areas of Community Service, Citizenship Education, Publications, Youth/Senior Activities, Buddy Poppies, Blood Donor/Hospital, Membership and much more. As in the past years, the finale of the Joint Session is the naming of the ALL-STATE POST COMMANDERS and QUARTERMASTERS.
This portion of the Awards Session usually keeps everyone glued to their seats until ALL the Commanders and Quartermasters are named.
On Friday afternoon, all Committees will have their Resolutions, meet and act upon those Resolutions. Meeting rooms will be posted at the Convention site. All Committee chairmen should have excellent meetings, but of special interest, should be the Legislative and the Veterans Benefits Committee.
Friday afternoon usually includes a seminar on Charitable Gambling. It is recommended that each Post have one representative at this meeting to get caught up on the latest changes to the Gambling laws.
The General Business Session of the 2020 VFW State Convention will open Saturday morning. At this session, the REAL business of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is reported, discussed, debated and voted on. All Committee Chairmen report on the Resolutions brought before their committees, recommendations are made and action taken by the Convention delegates. At these sessions, one can truly see the VFW in Action! At the end of Saturday’s business, there will be the Nomination of Officers and District Caucuses.
The Department Convention Dinner Event will be held on Saturday evening. This is an event that should be of interest to everyone - Experience a NEW format including a Buffet Dinner, entertainment, prizes and more social time!
The VFW State Convention will conclude with the election of the new State Commander and State President on Sunday morning. The Joint Installation of the State Commander, State President and their corps of Officers will follow the close of their respective Conventions on Sunday at 12 noon with a reception to follow.