News on the awards luncheon

As we move into national convention mode, arrangements are being finalized for NALPA’s Executive Meeting on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Reno Sparks Convention Center, Room D7, First Floor, which will be immediately followed by the annual Business Meeting at 11 a.m. in the same room.

Luncheon. The awards luncheon will be held at the Atlantis Casino Resort, 3800 S. Virginia St., in one of the Grand Rooms, Second Floor, on Monday, Aug. 21. Look for our sign at the resort for location details. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:10 a.m. Following lunch, a report will be delivered, along with taking of office and the awards portion of the program. 

For the very first time, winners of each category in the media contest will receive a free lunch, which will be held in conjunction with the awards presentation. We send our thanks to this year’s gracious sponsor of the media contest, the Reno Nevada American Legion Convention Committee, for extending this additional benefit to our contestants who reach the pinnacle of media communications.

For the rest of us, reservations for the luncheon on Aug. 21 must be made by Aug. 14 as orders have to be submitted five business days before the weekend, according to the convention staff. Thus, we cannot do mitigation of luncheon tickets at convention. 

The price for the luncheon has again been reduced and is $35 per person. With the expected increase of winner attendance, we suggest you make your reservation immediately. I really suspect we will be sold out this year. 

The luncheon will be a nice buffet with three sliced BBQ beef tips, rotisserie chicken and smoked sausages, a salad and a variety of desserts. So make your reservation now.

For more details about the luncheon, visit

Meeting days. Due to the number of officers with call-ins for meetings, it has become unreasonable to continue meetings on Saturdays. The earlier survey I conducted with the executive committee resulted in a general consensus that moving the meeting to Friday afternoon was also not a good idea as lots of people are still traveling.

Membership. Fellow members, your membership card is a printed product – when you paid your dues last year. Otherwise, if you are a new member or a late renewal (you missed last year or more), your membership card is made with a label. For the first time the 2018 cards will feature your American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary or Sons of The American Legion membership number on the card.  While we do not tout continuous membership years, this is the reason why you probably want to pay your dues every year.