2019 Department Convention

July 18-21, 2019

Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport & Conference Center
6111 Fleur Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50321
Rate: $96.00/night (Ask for Legion Rate)

Overflow Hotel:

Hampton Inn Des Moines Airport
5001 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, Iowa  50321
(Ask for Legion Rate)

2019 Department Convention

The Department Convention will be held July 18-21, 2019 at the Airport Holiday Inn Des Moines (6111 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321). The purpose of the convention is for the election of Department Officers, ratification of the Department Constitution & By-Laws, and for establishing the policies and positions of The American Legion. Reports will be given by the Department Commissions & Committees on American Legion programs and several awards will be presented. Reports will be given by the Department Commissions & Committees on American Legion programs and several awards will be presented.

Additional information and a complete convention schedule will appear in the June issue of the Iowa Legionnaire or this page. For reservations, call (515) 287-2400. Be sure to ask for The American Legion convention rate.

Convention Schedule

Thursday, July 18, 2019

5:00 p.m.   Resolutions Assignment – Room 175

Friday, July 19, 2019

8:00 a.m.   Credentials Committee – Room 292

9:00 a.m.   Rules Committee – Room 292

9:00 a.m.   Commission & Committee Chairmen Meeting – Iowa C

10:00 a.m. Registration & Display Tables – Ballroom Foyer

10:00 a.m. Department Commission Meetings:

Convention Commission – Iowa B

Americanism Commission – Iowa E

Baseball Committee

Boy Scout Committee

Children & Youth Committee

Community Service Committee

JSSP Committee

Oratorical Contest Committee

VA & R Commission – Iowa C

Health Administration Committee

Veterans Benefits Committee

Legislative Commission – Room 396

National Affairs Commission – Room 398

Internal Affairs Commission – Iowa D

Leadership Committee

Membership Committee

S.A.L. Committee

Strategic Planning Committee

American Legion Riders Committee

100th Anniversary Committee

12:00 p.m. Female Veterans Forum – WView North

1:00 p.m.   Convention Committee Meetings:

Americanism – Iowa E

Internal Affairs – Iowa D

National Affairs – Room 398

VA & R – Iowa C

Finance, Constitution & By-Laws – Room 396

2:00 p.m.   Iowa American Legion Press Association – Room 292

2:30 p.m.   Liaison Committee – Iowa B

4:00 p.m.  General Session – Ballrooms Central & South


Report of Rules Committee

Report of Credentials Committee

Report of the NEC

Report of Department Officers

6:00 p.m.   Recess

6:00 p.m.   Color Guard Contest Registration & Meeting – Iowa B

7:00 p.m.   Joint Session of American Legion, Auxiliary & SAL – Ballrooms North, Central, & South

Adjourn Joint Session

9:00 p.m.  Hospitality & Karaoke – Courtyard

Saturday, July 20, 2019

6:30 a.m.   Complimentary Centennial Breakfast – Courtyard

7:00 a.m.   Foundation Breakfast – Iowa C, D, & E

7:00 a.m.   LifeServe Blood Drive – Des Moines Rm.

8:00 a.m.   Registration & Display Tables – Ballroom Foyer

8:30 a.m.   General Session – Ballrooms Central & South

Commission & Committee Reports

11:30 a.m.   Recess

10:00 a.m.  American Legion Riders – WView Central & South

11:30 a.m.   Past District Commanders’ Luncheon – Iowa C, D, & E

12:30 p.m.  General Session – Ballrooms Central & South

Commission & Committee Reports Continued

2:50 p.m.    Recess

2:00 p.m.    District Caucuses

3:00 p.m.    Centennial Celebration – Iowa A

4:00 p.m.    Convention Committee Meetings

Convention Place – Room 396

5:00 pm      Color Guard Practice – Ballrooms North, Central, & South

6:00 p.m.    Color Guard Contest – Ballrooms North, Central, & South

6:30 p.m.    Iowa Military Veterans Band Practice – Iowa A

7:00 p.m.    Iowa Military Veterans Band Concert & Social Event – Iowa A

Sunday, July 21, 2019

7:00 a.m.    DEC Spouse Breakfast – Iowa B

8:00 a.m.    Memorial Service – Ballrooms North, Central & South

9:00 a.m.    General Session – Ballrooms Central & South

Recess for The American Legion of Iowa Boys State

Special Order of Business – Election of Member to Boys State Board of Directors

Reconvene General Session

Adjourn – 100th Annual Department Convention

Post-Convention DEC Meeting – Iowa B & C


Register for The Women Veterans Forum

Blood Donations

The American Legion of Iowa and LifeServe Blood Center are partnering up to address the growing demand for blood donations. LifeServe Blood Center provides blood and blood products to more than 120 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. On Saturday, July 20th of Department Convention , you will have the opportunity to literally give the gift of life. Go to www.ialegion.org/blood for details and to reserve your time with one of the 50 available appointments. Anyone who has already given whole blood through May 25, 2019 will be eligible to donate again at Convention. Anyone attending Department Convention can donate, and as a thank you, will receive a limited donation button only available through the American Legion of Iowa.