What an awesome time the Juniors will have at the 66th Annual Junior Conference at the Holiday Inn, Champaign, April 18 & 19, 2020. Honorary Department Junior President Alyssa Stroupe is hoping to see many familiar faces and make new friends. This year’s registration is free for Juniors! Senior members will pay a $10 registration fee.
Saturday, April 18th: 10:00-12:00 noon will be registration of Juniors & Seniors, contest entries, and flags. Contest judging starts at 12:00 noon. The Conference will start at 1:30 pm on Saturday afternoon. We will be having special visit by Service Dogs who help our Veterans. Yes, these service dogs can be petted. We are asking for the Juniors, if possible, to bring gift cards for the service dogs. They can be from any store that has pet supplies and for any amount. Please do not bring actual items. A lot of these dogs are on special diets. We will have the Juniors bring up the gift cards during the session with the dogs on Saturday. On Saturday evening we will have our very own 100th Year Birthday Party!! Come dressed out in your 50’s or 60’s attire. Be ready to have fun with cake, ice cream, games, music and even a Talent Show. This will not be a contest but just to have fun. Yes, Senior members are encourage to join in with their Juniors on showing their talent. The Party will begin immediately after the evening meal so make sure to send in your meal reservations!! The evening meal will start at 5:30 pm for all attending Jun-iors, Seniors, and guests. The cost per dinner reservation is $13.00 and the dinner reservation form must be sent in to secure your reservation. We will be having an assortment of Pizza, pasta, garden salad, garlic bread, ice tea and lemonade for dinner.
Start preparing now for those special times of learning, friendship, and fun. Juniors DO NOT need to be part of an organized group to be part of this Conference. They can participate in all contests, run for offices, and join the social activities. A Leader-ship Training Course will be held during the sessions.
Junior Advisors: Please note that all contest entries MUST be registered by noon Saturday, April 18th as judging starts at 12:00 noon! PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL RULES FOR ALL CONTESTS ARE FOLLOWED TO AVOID ELIMINATION!!!! Flag registration will be from 10:00-12:00 noon on Saturday. All flags and standards must be registered and marked clearly with Unit and District num-bers. Color bearers are to wear a white shirt and dark blue pants. No shorts. Color bearers are to be ready for the procession of flags at 1:15 pm.
ALL SENIOR MEMBERS: It would be impossible to have a successful Conference without volunteers. Please let me know if you can help at some of the different events throughout the weekend.
Housing reservations are to be made directly with the hotel at 217-531-9342. Please mention the American Legion Auxiliary Junior Conference when making your reservation to receive the special rate of King (1 Bed w/pull out sofa) $104.99 plus tax or Queen (2 beds w/pull out sofa) $109.99. The rate DOES NOT include a hot breakfast. Deadline date for hotel reservations: April 15, 2020 by noon.
If your Unit or you personally have not donated to the Department Junior Conference, please do so now. The monetary dona-tion will help make the 66th Annual Department Junior Conference a memorable experience for our Juniors…..and Seniors!!