ANNUAL CONVENTION 2011
Mark Your Calendar
The 2011 Annual AGSM Convention:
June 24 - 26, 2011
Radisson Hotel at Opryland
2401 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
Located only nine miles from the Nashville International
Airport, minutes from downtown Nashville and adjacent to Gaylord
Opryland Resort and Grand Ole Opry, the newly renovated hotel offers a
great location with grand hospitality. Guest rooms include coffeemakers,
hairdryers, irons and ironing boards. Shuttle service is available to
and from the airport and to Gaylord Opryland Resort. Many favorite
tourist sites are within easy driving distance and information will be
available when you arrive.
Deadline for hotel reservation Wednesday May 23, 2011
Room rate is $119 per night plus tax
Make your reservations early to guarantee one of the blocked rooms. Call
the Radisson directly at 615-889-0800 or
800-333-3333 and use our rate code of R-AGSM.
Friday night at Wildhorse Saloon, Downtown Nashville, offers
live entertainment, dancing, dining at this three story entertainment
mecca. Learn the latest dance steps on the 2,500 sq. ft. dance floor. Be
sure to bring your jeans and cowgirl boots (or your favorite dancing
outfit) for a great experience. If this event is not your idea of fun,
we will have information on many other activities available.
Dad and Guest Tour
Saturday, Dads and guests will tour
KY, home of the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles. The tour will include
Don Pratt Museum which was established in 1956 as a division museum.
Exhibits include a completely restored CG-4A cargo glider which carried
glider-borne Soldiers into combat during WWII, captured enemy weapons
and equipment from Vietnam, and personal items belonging to Adolph
Hitler and other high ranking Nazi officials. The museum also includes
both guided and unguided tours, daily historical films, and a gift shop.
An outdoor park across the street from the museum displays various
military aircraft and equipment used by the division. The centerpiece of
the park is the "Brass Hat"; - a fully restored C-47 aircraft used during
Saturday Night at world renowned
Grand Ole Opry. The longest
running live radio show in the United States, it is the hottest ticket
in town! It is a Tennessee treasure and our #1 attraction. Often called
the "home of American music", the Opry is a one-of-a-kind entertainment
experience with a mix of country legends and contemporary chart-toppers.
The Opry's member list includes legends like Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks
and Little Jimmy Dickens, as well as new stars like Taylor Swift and
Carrie Underwood. By the time the night is over, "ya'll come back now"
will be your favorite phrase. A block of 200 seats is reserved for AGSM
and tickets not purchased by May 25, will be released back to the Opry.
Order early to guarantee your spot for this memorable event.
The 74th Annual National Convention Condensed Schedule
Friday June 24
8 AM to 11AM Registration for Delegates and Mother's Cupboard open for business
1 PM to 5 PM Orientation, Workshops
7:00 PM Wildhorse Saloon
Saturday June 25
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM Last call for Registration
9:00 AM Official Opening of the Convention; Gold Star Manor program
BUSINESS MEETING BEGINS -Report of Nominations Committee
10:00 AM Dads and Guest leave for Ft. Campbell Tour
Noon Luncheon VAVS Program
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Business Meeting Resumes; Nominations from the Floor, Resolutions
7:00 PM Grand Ole Opry Night
Sunday June 26
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast meeting- Fund raising ideas
9:00 AM Rehearsal for Memorial Service
10:00 AM- 11:00 AM Memorial Service followed by reception
1:00 PM -2:30 PM Reconvene Business Meeting; Report of Election, Committee Reports and, new business
3:00 PM -4:00 PM Installation of Officers and Closing of Convention
6:30 PM Cocktail Hour with Banquet beginning at 7:00 PM
Convention Call Details
ONE page Delegate Registration form,
ONE check, and ONE Mailing. Print as many forms as you need.
REGISTRATION / CREDENTIALS:
Everyone must register. Please fill out the
Delegate Registration form.
Mail to the National Treasurer, Barb Benard at AGSM Headquarters, 2128
Leroy Place NW, Washington, DC 20008 by May 23, 2011.
Delegates - Each Chapter shall be entitled to one delegate for each five
members or major fraction thereof whose current National per capita has
been received by the National Treasurer at least thirty days prior to
the convention, and to one alternate for each delegate. Delegates
and alternates shall be elected at a regular or special business meeting
of the Chapter for which a notice has been given to all members at least
ten days prior to said meeting. In addition each incumbent Chapter
President, Department President, Past National President and National
Officers by virtue of their offices shall be a delegate without
Alternates - Alternates may participate in discussions on the floor and
may also serve on Committees but may not vote unless their delegate is
All Resolutions shall be sent in by May 28 to National Service Officer
at National Headquarters in DC.
Department Chaplains should make sure that the names of all deceased
members and associate members have been sent by May 28 to Janice Chance,
9019 Amber Oaks Way, Owings Mills, MD 21117. This service
recognizes the deaths of our Membership during the past year.
Serves two purposes; a tribute to our fallen sons and daughters and a
fund raiser to help pay for our convention.
Business meetings - white daytime attire is recommended but not
Memorial Service - suitable white attire, business suits, long dresses
have been the tradition but not required.
Banquet - cocktail attire or country/western (it is Nashville after
all). White is not required.
Pages - suitable business attire, white is desirable.
All nominations for National Office shall be sent by May 28 to:
Chairperson of Nominations,
275 S. Franklin St, Holbrook, MA 02343.
be for a specific office. Qualification summaries are limited to
specific work with the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.
Pages - Vivian Scharver, National Sergeant-at-Arms.
Colors - Departments wishing to have their Colors posted must either
bring or ship their colors to Headquarters by June 10.
PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
LUNCHEON: All convention attendees and their guests are invited to
attend. Cost is $35.
Short Ribs, TN salad, cheddar grits, root vegetable hash and Jack
Daniel's pecan pie.
BANQUET: No cost to American Gold Star Mothers members (Guests
$40/person) Salad, Georgia Chicken,(oven roasted with pecans, peaches and boursin cheese), Vegetables, Rice, and Cheesecake.
DADS and GUEST TOUR: Saturday morning - Ft. Campbell Tour; 101st Airborne
GROUP EVENTS: Friday Night - Wildhorse Saloon; no coverage charge; free
dance lessons; only charge is bar and food. Saturday Night - Grand Ole
Opry - tickets must be paid with registration; $38.00 each.
REQUEST FOR UNPLANNED BUSINESS:
Any member wishing to present a subject on the Convention floor
which is not a part of the planned agenda must present her request in
writing to the National Executive Board of the American Gold Star
Mothers, Inc., for their consideration 15 days before opening of the
Convention. Any member wishing to appear before the Executive Board must
request permission in writing 15 days before the opening of the
Send requests to National President, Molly Morel, P O Box 349, Martin TN
JOURNAL PUBLICATION INFORMATION:
OUR JOURNAL will be printed in COLOR,
COLOR - that's right a
four color separation.
Funds received from memorials and ads placed in the Journal will be used
to help defray expenses of the Convention. Departments, Chapters and
Members are encouraged to place memorials. Other service organization
and public officials should be invited to support us.
Full Page 5 X 8 inches $50
Half Page 4 X 5 inches $30
Quarter Page 2.75 X 4 inches $20
"In Memory of" Page of Ribbons $15
Suggestions for those who have photos in the ads. Two picture
comparisons were a huge success in the last three journals. Childhood
and service pictures made a nice tribute to our loved ones.
Please consider this again for this year's journal.
Please type or print plainly all information about your dedication.
Journal fees for other than Gold Star families are:
Full page $100
Half Page $50
Quarter Page $25
Deadline for mailing Ads is May 28, 2011. Please do not wait until the last minute. The more time Ruth has to dedicate to the layout the better the final page will look. Checks should be made to payable to American Gold Star Mothers and
mailed to: Ruth Stonesifer 302 Frogtown Rd., Kintnersville, PA
Or emailed to Ruth; firstname.lastname@example.org (much faster and less typos).
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