Fall Conference

A member of the National Guard speaks to the assembled members at the 2019 Fall Conference.
Members of the Auxiliary and American Legion dress as people from the 1920s for a skit. The Fall Conference has a variety of information.

The Fall Conference is one of our most important gatherings of the year. It is our annual school of instruction, and we hope it is the kind of event you can talk about when you get home.

By being here, you have shown your dedication to our great organizations.

What: 2021 Fall Conference
Where: Shooting Star Casino
When: Oct. 21-23,2021
There will be some committee meetings on Thursday afternoon with the DEC meeting Thursday evening. General Training Sessions will begin Friday 22 Oct and finish Saturday 23 Oct 2021.
Who: Hosted by Detroit Lakes Post 15
Cost: $15 per person before Oct. 7; then $18 after Oct. 7 and $25 at the door
Memories: Last a lifetime

How to sign up: 
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American Legion Post 15
810 W. Lake Drive
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

FALL CONFERENCE PROGRAM

October 21-23, 2021

Shooting Star Casino

Mahnomen, Minnesota

P R O G R A M

Thursday, October 21, 2021

2:00 P.M.         Gambling Seminar – Robert Hart, Oak Park Heights, Legislative Committee Chairman, Shooting Star Casino, Bejou Room

3:00 P.M.         Start of Committee Meetings

7:00 P.M.         Department Executive Committee Meeting, Shooting Star Casino, Bejou Room

Friday Morning, October 22, 2021 – Shooting Star Casino, Bejou Room

8:00 A.M.   Call to Order – Tom Fernlund, St. Cloud, Department Commander

Advancement of Colors – Silver Star Post 428 Color Guard, Waite Park

POW/MIA Chair – Ken Gibson, Jr., St. Paul, Department Sergeant at Arms

Jim Kellogg, Taopi, National Security/Foreign Relations Committee

Invocation – Kelley Adelsman, Pine Island, Department Chaplain

Pledge of Allegiance – Carl Moon, Walker, Department Vice Commander

Preamble – In unison, led by the Department Commander

8:05 A.M.  Greetings:       

Tom Fernlund, St. Cloud, Department Commander

General Chairman of Conference, Detroit Lakes Post 15

Larry Krosko, Commander, Detroit Lakes Post 15

Terry Buraas, Grand Forks, ND, District Commander

Carl Moon, Walker, Department Vice Commander

Matt Brenk, Mayor, City of Detroit Lakes

Julie Hanson, Mayor, City of Mahnomen

Michael Fairbanks, Chairman, White Earth Nation

8:30 A.M.   Quilts of Valor

8:45 A.M. Volunteerism                          

Kelley Adelsman, Pine Island, Department Chaplain

9:30 A.M. National Security/Foreign Relations  

Jim Kellogg, Taopi, Chairman

Outstanding Enlisted Service Members  Presentation

10:15 A.M.  Reporting Nationally                            

 Vincent James “Jim” Troiola, Candidate for Natl Cmdr

introduced by Bill Barbknecht, Battle Lake, NECman

10:35 A.M. Bowling Tournament Update        

Bob Mace, Waite Park, Chairman

10:45 A.M. MyLegion    

Linda Dvorak, New Prague

11:30 A.M. Military Humana

11:45 A.M. Adjutants Updates                                  

Mike Maxa, St. Paul, Department Adjutant

11:55 A.M.  RECESS/LUNCH

Friday Afternoon, October 22, 2021 –– reconvene

1:00 P.M.  Commander’s Comments 
Tom Fernlund, St. Cloud, Department Commander

1:10 P.M. Suicide Prevention MN Coalition                          

Andrea Sandberg, MPLS VA Healthcare System

 1:45 P.M.  Mentorship                  

Jennifer Havlick, Two Harbors

 2:30 P.M.  VA&R Post Service Officer Reports                       

Sarah Schlicht, St. Paul, Dept VA&R Benefits Coordinator

 3:15 P.M. Adjutants Updates            

Mike Maxa, St. Paul, Department Adjutant

Announcements

 3:30 P.M. RECESS

 4:00 P.M. Hospital Association Annual Meeting

Shooting Star Casino, Bejou Room

 6:15 P.M.         

American Legion Auxiliary Grand March, Shooting Star Casino, Richwood/Ebro Pine Bend Room

-Legionnaires are encouraged to attend

 -Immediately following  Social/Entertainment, Shooting Star Casino, Richwood/Ebro Pine Bend Room Aux. Grand March – featuring the 9Th District Band, Cash Bar available.

 Saturday, October 23, 2021 – Shooting Star Casino, Bejou Room

 8:00 A.M. Reconvene General Session                    

Tom Fernlund, St. Cloud, Department Commander

 Salute to Colors         

Ken Gibson, Jr., St. Paul, Sergeant at Arms

 Invocation 

Kelley Adelsman, Pine Island, Department Chaplain

 Pledge of Allegiance         

Carl Moon, Walker, Dept. Vice Cmdr.

 8:15 A.M. Writing a Resolution         

Paul Edwards, Brainerd

 9:00 A.M. Greetings:  

Patti Coleman, Circle Pines, Department President, MN American Legion Auxiliary

Marsha Bible, St. Paul, Department Secretary

Kathy Daudistel, Kentucky, National President, escorted by Raleen Tolzmann, Cleveland, NEC

Tim Weaver, LaCrosse, WI, Detachment Commander, Sons of the American Legion

Ted Berg, Hanska, MN American Legion Riders Director

 

9:30 A.M. NEC Report 

Bill Barbknecht, Battle Lake, NECman

 

9:45 A.M. Membership 

Paul Hassing, Montgomery, Membership Director

 

 

10:15 A.M. Media & Communications

Teresa Ash, St. Paul, Chairman

 

11:00 A.M. Post Assets & Politics           

Greg Colby, Northfield, Dept Judge Advocate

 

11:30 A.M. Final Thoughts           

Mike Maxa, St. Paul, Department Adjutant

 

Commander’s Project Update             

Tom Fernlund, St. Cloud, Department Commander

Closing Remarks and Conference

 Wrap-Up

 

Benediction 

Kelley Adelsman, Pine Island, Dept Chaplain

POW/MIA Drape

Sgt at Arms Ken Gibson

 

Retirement of Colors             

Silver Star Post 428 Color Guard, Waite Park

 

Adjournment