Legion, Auxiliary members in area for district convention
American Legion and Legion Auxiliary members from 55 posts in northeast Kansas will be in Leavenworth this weekend for the 1st District Kansas American Legion convention.
Byron H. Mehl Leavenworth American Legion Post 23 is host post for the convention. Lansing Memorial American Legion Post 411 and Leavenworth Post 94 are assisting with convention arrangements.
The purpose of the convention is to conduct the business of the district and to elect officers to serve during 2006-07.
It is anticipated that up to 150 Legion and Auxiliary members will attend the convention.
A.C. Byrd of the Lansing Post 411 is the 1st District commander this year. Mike Simmons from the Frankfort Post 181 is the leading candidate for commander next year.
The convention kicks off on Friday evening, March 31, with a dinner at the Village Inn for past district commanders. The dinner will be followed by a welcoming social at 8 p.m. at the Leavenworth American Legion Post 94 for all Legion members.
The official portion of the convention will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1, with a joint session of the Legion and Auxiliary members. There will be welcomes by the mayors of Leavenworth and Lansing and the Garrison Commander of Fort Leavenworth.
After the joint session, Legion members will hold their business meeting in the Legion Post Home and Auxiliary will go to the Lincoln Room of the MidAmerican Bank & Trust for their meeting.
A banquet is planned for Saturday evening with a social hour from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dinner follows the social at 6:30 p.m. Retired Army Brig. Gen. John Schmader will be the guest speaker.
The Sunday morning schedule begins with a joint memorial service at 9 a.m. to honor Legion and Auxiliary members who died during the past year. Each deceased member of each of the 55 posts will have his or her name read during the service.
After the memorial service, the Legion and Auxiliary members will break out into their separate meetings and conduct elections of officers. Also, delegates will be elected to represent Kansas at the National American Legion Convention later this year in Salt Lake City.