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Final Update on Events for the 70th AGIF National Conference
While San Antonio Celebrates 300 years, AGIF Celebrates 70!

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. AUSTIN, Texas – Thanks to all of you that have registered by mail or on-line. We get immediate alerts when you register on-line, but we still need the registration forms that will make it easier to prepare your badges. All the rooms that were blocked for us are sold. There may still be rooms, but they are going for the daily rate, so please check with the Hotel. We are prepared for a good turnout.

This year, San Antonio, Texas is celebrating its 300th anniversary. One of our oldest cities in the U.S. The city goes back to Colonial Spanish days. San Antonio has five 18th-century missions that spread European culture and converted the native people to Christianity— forever changing the face of the Southwest. Almost all the hotels are full, and the city has a lot of people visiting.

We too, plan to have a great celebration as we look back 70 years. We have included photos of old conferences and some of events that no longer take place but are missed. (Guess who's in the Photo on left?) Our brochure also features some historical information and photos since our founding 70 years ago by Dr. Hector P. Garcia and the early visionaries who help build and shape this organization. Our Theme this year says it all: “Seven Decades of Serving Veterans and their Families.” 

As part of the American GI Forum (AGIF) 70th Anniversary celebration we will be honoring Carlos Martinez for his 46 years of continuous service to Veterans through the American GI Forum NVOP. A luncheon and Reception plus the Commanders Banquet will all be paying tribute to his commitment to our Veterans. We also have some historical photos of the evolution of the NVOP to share. 

All the social events were planned especially for you. Please note there is a dress code for all luncheons and Banquets. Men must wear business attire, that is Coat and Tie (toe is optional if wearing a dress shirt. If you have a key role, please wear a tie. Women will dress in evening attire. Formal Gowns may be worn for the Commanders’ Banquet and Dance but is not a part of the dress code. For Youth, Boys must wear shirt with collar and not shorts. Girls may dress will skirts or pants, but no shorts. Please let’s keeps it professional. We will have many special guests, and this is a very special occasion for us all. Remember we are celebrating ourselves and must take pride. Please help us with these dress codes. They were set so that you may enjoy yourselves now and in years to come. You will see how formal and at times elegant our conferences were by our historical photos below. CLICK HERE

Thursday, June 26 as we Remember and honor Corpus Christi, the Birthplace of the American GI Forum. With the opening Breakfast and a welcome from invited San Antonio City Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales will kick off the Conference. The breakfast will be dedicated to the youth and education. Present and honored will be Dr. Hector B Garcia Elementary School in San Antonio, student representatives will be present to receive awards.

Several Lap tops and Tablets will be awarded to winners of an essay contest. AGIF National Youth Leadership may also be asked to participate. Also, on Thursday a Corporate and Legislative Recognition Luncheon will take place. Several legislators and Corporate Leaders will receive National AGIF Awards for their continued support of the AGIF and our programs.

Thursday the general session continues after breakfast. Meetings of the NVOP and HEF Boards are scheduled for that day as well as workshops by the Veterans Administration and other Agencies. A brief General session will be held and recessed. Exhibits will also be opened.

At noon, the Corporate and Legislative Awards Luncheon will take place. guest list is mostly confirmed., State Senator Juan ‘Chuy’ Hinojosa, and State Representative Abel Herrero as well as NAACP President Terry Mills. ATEP, AARP, General Motors, and CITGO will be honored. These Legislators plus others and Corporations have confirmed as have Educations institutions.

The General Session will continue and conduct business after lunch.

A welcome reception and hospitality room will follow that evening for all registered delegates attending. 

On Friday after the morning session, a recognition luncheon for Mr. Carlos Martinez, President and CEO of the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program will take place. Corporate and Legislative members, plus other VIP Speakers, a historical film, and others will honor and pay tribute to Mr. Martinez and the NVOP, a program he has successfully headed for over 45 years. Invited and confirmed are numerous. We can confirm that we will have a sellout crowd. 

After the afternoon business session, that will include VA workshops and special guests, the Commanders’ Banquet will follow.

Prior to the Banquet a Social Hour featuring a well-known Mariachi, Sol de Tejas, and a Folklorico group that will perform for your entertainment. The Banquet will feature Major General Juan G. Ayala, USMC as our Main Speaker. Keynote Speaker will be VA Deputy Director for Minority Dennis O. May and Special guest speakers Mr. Allen Bergeon, City of Austin Veterans Commission. Awards will be presented. The evening dance will feature the music of Street Talk, a popular and talented San Antonio Tex-Mex band that performs with music that will please and entertain everyone and will keep you on the dance floor.

Saturday, breakfast will be on your own, followed by the morning sessions. At noon the Women’s leadership Luncheon is scheduled. Ms. Wanda Garcia, the founder’s daughter will introduce Keynote speaker, Dr. Catherine Rudowsky.  A special scholarship will be introduced named the “Wanda Garcia Women’s Veteran Scholarship.” It will be awarded to two women Veterans and will be followed by a Blue Star Mothers Presentation by National Chairwoman Patsy Vazquez Contes. Other awards including a special award will be being presented by our National Chairwoman.

The afternoon session’s main event is the Election of new National officers and the selection of next year’s National Conference. Final reports will be presented, New Business as well as announcements will close out the 2018 70th Annual Conference Business Sessions.

A farewell Reception/Hospitality is scheduled for those staying late or spending Saturday in San Antonio and leaving Sunday.


The Way We Were! Many years ago, seems like Yesterday

 


AGIF to Pay Tribute to NVOP's Carlos Martinez
AGIF  Celebrates 70th Anniversary 
Conference in San Antonio, Texas while City Celebrates its 300th Anniversary

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Plans for the National Conference in San Antonio, Texas on July 25-28, 2018 have been underway for some time. With the theme of Celebrating, Seven Decades of Serving Veterans and their Families.” We will honor and pay tribute to Carlos Martinez, AGIF/NVOP President and CEO. 

This year, San Antonio, Texas is celebrating its 300th anniversary. One of our oldest cities in the U.S. The city goes back to Colonial Spanish days. San Antonio has five 18th-century missions that spread European culture and converted the native people to Christianity— forever changing the face of the Southwest. The Missons gave rise to the city's modern community and the rich variety of people who call it home. A military Center, San Antonio is home to Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) which is a United States military facility located in San AntonioTexas, USA. The facility is a Joint Base of the United States Army Fort Sam Houston, Base, Camp Bullis, the United States Air Force Randolph Air Force Base, Lackland Air Force and Martindale Army Airfield, which were merged on 1 October 2010.

With San Antonio's rich history, you’ll go back in time as you visit the streets of La Villita, one of the first Spanish settlements, and later home to German and French pioneers. We urge you to visit the King William neighborhood, a national historic district lined with impressive restored homes from the 19th century. Visit the Menger Hotel where Teddy Roosevelt recruited his “Rough Riders”. Shop at the famous Market Square, have dinner on a boat along the River Walk, visit the Alamo, take a casual walk or simply enjoy Mexican, Tejano or Country Music--all uniquely Texas. 

For our AGIF Anniversary we have planned plenty of entertainment that will including Mariachi music, folkloric dancers, Karaoke and a dance following the Commanders' Banquet with music by “Street Talk” a Tejano live band. We promise plenty of food, refreshments and good times with old friends and new acquaintances.

The opening Breakfast will be on Thursday, with a welcome from invited San Antonio Mayor. The breakfast will emphasize youth and education. Several Lap tops and Tablets will be awarded to a local elementary school and to selected AGIF National Youth Leadership. Also, on Thursday a Corporate and Legislative Tribute Luncheon will take place. Several legislators and Corporate Leaders will receive National AGIF Awards for their continued support of the AGIF and our programs.

A welcome reception and hospitality room will follow that evening for all registered delegates attending. 

Thursday the general session starts after breakfast. Meetings of the NVOP and HEF Boards are scheduled for that day as well as workshops by the Veterans Administration and other Agencies. Exhibits will also be opened.

On Friday after the morning session, a tribute Luncheon for Mr. Carlos Martinez, President and CEO of the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program will take place. Speakers, a film and Entertainment will honor and pay tribute to Mr. Martinez and the NVOP, a program he has successfully headed for over 45 years.

The afternoon sessions may include Breakouts scheduled and Committee meetings. A reception with entertainment will follow after the day’s sessions. The Commanders’ Banquet will follow with special guest speakers. The evening dance will feature the music of Street Talk, a popular and talented San Antonio Tex-Mex band that performs with music that will please and entertain everyone and will keep you on the dance floor.

Saturday, again breakfast on your own, followed by the morning sessions. At noon the Women’s leadership Luncheon is scheduled. Several speakers have been invited and awards to sponsors will be presented. The afternoon session will include election of officers and selection of Midyear and Conference Sites. A farewell reception/Hospitality is scheduled for those staying until Sunday.

Some invited guests have not yet confirmed but in a separate article we list the VIP's that will attend and we will make announcements with a firm schedule and itinerary as others confirm which will be able to distributed to your delegates. Please keep visiting this site for updates.

NOTICE–NATIONAL CONFERENCE UPDATE: Due to New Federal Hotel Tax, the Room Rates have been increased from $119 to $121.00 single/double. We apologize for any inconvenience,  but this was beyond our control. GOOD NEWS: Parking has been reduced to $19 per night.

Please review information below and make plan to join us at our National Conference as we celebrate "7 years of service to Veterans and their Families." 

Lupe Rodriguez, Conference Co-Chair 

Conference Information

Hotel Information:

Headquarters Hotel Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk – 
111 E. Pecan Street, San Antonio, TX  78205
(P) 210-362-6406 (F) 210 362-6444 I (E)
www.wyndhamsariverwalk.com
AGIF has reserved a block of rooms at special rates o $121.00 sgle/dbl until June 22, 2018.

The guest room block is ready for guests to start calling to reserve their guestrooms. 
Central Reservation Number is 1-866-764-8536, and ask for the American GI Forum 
or use the following web link:https://book.passkey.com/go/AGIF2017

Registration Information:

Pre-Registration Prior to July 14, 2018 Forum/Women $ 225.00. On-Site & After
July 14, 2018, 250.00; Youth Members $200.00; Non-Members $260.00. On-Site & After July 14, 2018, $260.00.

Complete Conference package with Registration Forms, may be download from our website, You may Register on line, E-mail or call the State office. Updates will be posted regularly as soon as our server is back to 100%. We will also be mailing informational packages to each state commander, chairs and board members. 

Checks Payable to:
AGIF/US –2018 National Conference and mail to:
1000 Brazos, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78701

Attn: Lupe Rodriguez
Hdqtrs: (512) 992-7066
E-mail: stateoffice@agiftx.com

On Line Registration is available now. Hotel On-line registration is also be available for those wanting to register early.

Online Registration Payment System Hotel Registration online


AGIF National Updates For 2018:
70th National Conference in San Antonio, Texas July 26-28

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. is pleased to invite you to join us in San Antonio, Texas for our 70th Annual National Conference. The American GI Forum meets every year to address important issues impacting our veteran’s community. With the theme of Celebrating, Seven Decades of Serving Veterans and their Families.” We will honor and pay tribute to Carlos Martinez, AGIF/NVOP President and CEO. 

Our conference brings delegates from throughout the nation and attracts many participants including top government, business, labor and community leaders for 4 days filled with renowned speakers, moderators, plus celebrities and exciting entertainment. At the Conference, you can expect to hear from members of Congress, Cabinet Officials, local elected officials, academic experts, and respected business and community leaders.

AGIF delegates will once again establish policy priorities and elect the organization’s national leadership for the following year. Seminars and workshops will feature expert panelists addressing the issues that affect our Veterans most and issues of concern to Hispanics ranging from immigration, education to health care, housing and civil rights, provide our emerging leaders with workshops on community service, leadership development, career opportunities and advocacy training. 

In 2018 San Antonio, Texas will be celebrating its 300th anniversary. One of our oldest cities in the U.S. We can look back in time to Colonial Spanish days at San Antonio’s five 18th-century missions that spread European culture and converted the native people to Christianity— forever changing the face of the Southwest. Wander the streets of La Villita, one of the first Spanish settlements, and later home to German and French pioneers. Or, head to the King William neighborhood, a national historic district lined with impressive restored homes. Sit at the bar in the Menger Hotel where Teddy Roosevelt recruited his “Rough Riders” years before. Shop at the famous Market Square, have dinner on a boat along the River Walk, visit the Alamo, take a casual walk or simply enjoy Mexican, Tejano or Country Music--all uniquely Texas. 

We are planning plenty of entertainment that will including mariachi band, folklorico dancers, karioki and a dance with a live band following the commanders' banquet. We promise plenty of food, refreshments and good times with old friends and perhaps new aquintances.

The 70th Annual Conference will feature our corporate partners, government agencies, colleges and universities, our Armed Forces, and non-profit organizations displaying their products and services while recruiting Latino employees at our job connection exhibits. Click here for complete information and updates.

Additionally, the AGIF will hosts a special Luncheon and Reception for Our Honored Guests, Carlos Martinez. The VA, DOL, SBA and our National Veterans Outreach Program (NVOP) will host workshops for job seekers looking for opportunities. We will also be visiting and touring the NVOP Facilities and Residential Center. 

Texas CEO Gil Rodriguez, Lupe Rodriguez Conference Chair and the committee have been working to make this a successful conference. Our Website, which has been our best means of communicating has had some glitches with photos and some art work. We have had problems with our new server, and are working the problem and as soon as it is completely funtional we'll ask you to please navigate through the informational pages and find out about all the activities planned especially for you. We also have some historical photos that you will not want to miss. Please bear wilth us for a few more days.

Please review information below and make plan to join us at our National Conference as we celebrate "7 years of service to Veterans and their Families." 

Lupe Rodriguez, Conference Chair 

Conference Information

Hotel Information:

Headquarters Hotel : Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk – 
111 E. Pecan Street, San Antonio, TX  78205
(P) 210-362-6406 (F) 210 362-6444 I (E)
www.wyndhamsariverwalk.com
AGIF has reserved a block of rooms at special rates o $121.00 sgle/dbl until June 22, 2018.

The guest room block is ready for guests to start calling to reserve their guestrooms. 
Central Reservation Number is 1-866-764-8536, and ask for the American GI Forum 
or use the following web link:https://book.passkey.com/go/AGIF2017

Registration Information:

Pre-Registration Prior to July 14, 2018 Forum/Women $ 225.00. On-Site & After
July 14, 2018, 250.00; Youth Members $200.00; Non-Members $260.00 On-Site & AfterJuly 14, 2018, $260.00.

Complete Package of events and Registration Forms, you may download from our website. you can  Register on line, E-mail or call the State office. Updates will be posted regularly as soon as our server is back to 100%. We will also be mailing informational packages to each state commander, chairs and board members. 

Checks Payable to:
AGIF/US –2018 National Conference and mail to:
1000 Brazos, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78701

Attn: Lupe Rodriguez
Hdqtrs: (512) 992-7066
E-mail: stateoffice@agiftx.com

On Line Registration will be available After Mid-year Conference. Hotel On-line registration is also be available for those wanting to register early.

 


What's New in 2018–To Continue meeting the Challanges 

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – We are in almost a month into the New year and have returned to work. As we look back upon this past year, there have been many challenges that we have overcome and still more that must be resolved. But with the resiliency of our organization, we are up to the task and understand now more than ever the importance of our work. 

First a reminder that Dues and State and National Charter renewals are due the 1st of the year. Many of you have already complied and we are doing our job of transmitting all information and monies to the National office. If Charter renewals are not in by the 31st of January, the National office will access each delinquent chapter $10.00 per month for late accessments. Chapter transmittals must be complete with all elected officers of the chapter.  This must be done as soon as possible.

Secondly, let us renew our commitment to our organization. we will be celebrating 70 Years on March 26. Our work is serving and advocating for veterans, that’s what it is and that’s what it’s always been. There are 21.8 million veterans in the United States. Because of our work, we relate to them, see them, and interact with these heroes every day. They are parents, siblings, spouses, friends, family members and coworkers; there are also some congressmen and congresswomen. There are currently 80 veterans serving in the 115th Congress, including Scott Taylor from Virginia, the only Navy Seal in the House of Representatives, and Martha McSally from Arizona, the first female fighter pilot after the ban was lifted in 1991. Our veterans are the protectors of our freedom, and we owe them our gratitude. The best way to show gratitude is to continue serving those that need services, to assist them and make sure they get the care they need when they need it. We are proud to have programs such as the NVOP, SER that help on a daily basis and we have chapters with members that volunteer to help when necessary. We wish you nenewed confidence that the work will continue at all levels of our Organization.

With this in mind let us set our agendas for the year and address issues that concern our communities, our state and the nation -- be reminded that we have no shortage of things to do. Besides our local fund raising events, volunteer work, we have our State Conference, National Midyear Conference and our 70th National Conference Celebration in Texas this year. We also need to help and get involved to assure that Mr. Carlos Martinez, President and CEO of the National Veterans Outreach Program (NVOP), a nominee for the Presidential Medal of Freedom receives that award.  He was named, supported and nominated by resolution at our state and National Conference for his long history of 46 continuous years of serving Veterans and their Families.

Also, we must find ways of helping the National Organization raise the necessary funding for the Veterans Day Ceremony in Washington D.C. next November. Listed below is the list of must attend important events to add to your Calendar of Events and how you may be of assistance.

State Conference: Become part of your state organization committee, help with the planning, fundraising, speakers, and site selections. Most importantly plant to attend. Your attendance will give credibility to your sponsors, speakers, and community. The AGIF State conference in Austin, Texas information is published on this website at http://agiftx.com/index.php?page=2018.State.Conference. Download tregistration forms http://agiftx.com/files/2018.State.Registration.Forms.pdf. We urge other state wanting their information published here to send their information to gil@agiftx.com and ask that they include our information on their sites.

National Midyear Conference: The information for this event on this website is temporarily suspended. We will try to give updates on the latest information on this event as it becomes available. Because of contract difficulties with the Hotel, the meeting had to be cancelled and the event postponed. The National office is looking for alternative sites, so we know that the place and the costs will change. Wherever the event is moved, please make plans to attend and help the organization. Please continue to look for updates on this site on this website or contact the National Office directly.

National Conference: This year we will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the American GI Forum, born March 26. 1948. The AGIF of Texas, Inc. is hosting this event in San Antonio, Texas. Most of the information is posted on this Texas Website, www.agiftx.org at http://agiftx.com/index.php?page=2018.National.Conference.  You can download registration forms here. Updates will be posted as they become available. A number of sponsors have already made commitments, speakers, moderators, entertainment and special event planning are being finalized and confirmed. Mailers have been and are being developed for website publishing and for mailing. Committee Chairs and agendas and itineraries are also being developed for distribution.

A lot of work is being done, and Texas promises one of the best conferences ever. You will view on this post historical photos of early conferences, and soon you will be able to register directly on-line. So come early and enjoy the old city of San Antonio, visit with friends and reap of the famous Texas Hospitality.

As the event evolves, a lot of update information will be posted and mailed to state commanders and the National Board. If you need information sent directly to you, please send your email address to the state office. Your Email like other personal information the State has will be kept confidential.

Your best opportunity means to help is to get large delegations from your local chapters and state to attend, bring guests and participate. Register, make hotel reservations as soon as you are able (rooms are limited). We will publish a list of additional nearby hotels that are available as the need arises. The National Conference promises you seminars, pane, discussions, full business agenda, special awards, and complete National reports. The Conference Committee promises plenty of great speakers, entertainment, and good Texas hospitality. 

We are grateful and especially thankful for those of you that continue our mission. Because of you, our members, friends, our programs’ staff and affiliates, the American GI Forum is able to continue improving its status in what we do. It is the commitment to this Organization that has allowed us to continue helping veterans and their families to realize the American dream.

Please share concerns and opportunities with us that will help make a positive impact on our mission. Let’s commit to help with these events and our purpose and goals, improve our standing in our communities, with Corporate America and with local, state and national government entities by showing them how the lives of so many are helped through our shared mission and hard work.

Our wish is for each and every one of you to enjoy,  prosper, and have a successful and healthy 2018!  


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