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43rd annual American Legion MidWinter Conference is this weekend
By Staff reports

January 22. 2014 10:28AM
The 43rd annual American Legion MidWinter Conference will be held at the Crossroads Hotel & Event Center in Huron this Friday through Sunday.

Legionnaires, American Legion Auxiliary members and Sons of the American Legion from across the State of South Dakota will be in attendance.

The Legion business session will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, with meetings of the Department Administrative Committee, Department Executive Committee and the 5-Year Membership Council throughout the day. The evening will feature a joint banquet with National American Legion Vice Commander Wayne Satrum from the Department of North Dakota as the main speaker.

Saturday will commence at 8 a.m. with a joint session with the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion. At 10:15, the American Legion will conduct breakout sessions on the American Legion Riders, public relations/media, post operations and membership and MyLegion.Org. The evening will feature a Membership Go-Getter Banquet.

A memorial service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sunday followed by the American Legion State Oratorical finals. Contestant winners from the American Legion 8 Districts will vie for the championship trophy, which will entitle them to compete for the National American Legion Oratorical Championship in Indianapolis, Ind., in April. The state winner will win a $1,000 scholarship and compete at the national level for an $18,000 scholarship.

Leadership in attendance will be State American Legion Commander Rick MacDonald of Hermosa, State American Legion Auxiliary President Janet Hurlbert of Raymond, and Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander Greg Lemieux of Pierre.

Also present will be National Vice Commander Satrum, National Assistant Membership Director Bill Sloan, National Vice Commander for the Sons of the American Legion Brad Schroenghamer, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Larry Zimmerman, President of the South Dakota Community Foundation Stephanie Judson and Superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol Craig Price.

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