U.P. Legion conference set for Jan. 17-18

IRON MOUNTAIN — The 2020 Upper Peninsula Association of American Legion Posts (UPAALP) Mid-Winter Conference will be held on Friday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at Post 50 in Iron Mountain.

Attending the conference will be Michigan Department Commander Barry Wood, Department Auxiliary President Georgia Downs, and S.A.L. Detachment Commander Mike Holley. Also attending will be Department Adjutant Ron Runyan.

The Saturday banquet time has been scheduled earlier this year to allow for people to attend and be able to hear the speaker and department leaders before heading home for the evening. This is intended to encourage more people to stay for the banquet and support host Post 50.

The 2020 UPAALP Summer Convention, to be held on June 12 and 13, does not have a host yet. Posts are asked to consider stepping forward to host the summer event or other future conferences. Posts are paid as an incentive.

Members are asked to contact Carl Morrison or Ray Carlson if they have members they believe are worthy of being nominated for the U.P. Legionnaire of the Year. The award recipient should have a long history of service in their post.

There was no Legionnaire of the Year for 2019. The committee hopes to award a Legionnaire with the award at the summer convention.

The schedule for the winter conference is as follows:


1 p.m. — Registration at Post 80

3 to 6 p.m. — Dinner at Post 50 (Fish Fry)

7 p.m. — Joint opening session

8 p.m. — Committee meetings following joint session post hall; 40 and 8 Petite Promenade to be held 15 minutes after the end of the joint session

9 p.m. — Social hour


8 a.m. — Coffee and rolls. Registration continues, committee meetings.

9 to 10:30 a.m. — Sons of the American Legion Meeting, Post 50 (hall)

9 a.m. to noon — American Legion Auxiliary Meetings, Trinity United Methodist Church.

10:30 to noon — 11th and 12th District Meetings, Post 50 (in the hall)

Noon to 1:30 p.m. — Lunch at Post 50. Past Zone Commanders Lunch at Solbergs Greenleaf.

1:30 p.m. — U.P. Association Meeting, Post 50

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Social hour, Post 50

4:30 p.m. — Banquet, Post 50 (Mexican dinner)