American GI Forum is Celebrating its 75th Anniversary at this 2023 Conference in Historic Dodge City Kansas

American GI Forum is Celebrating its 75th Anniversary at this 2023 Conference in Historic Dodge City Kansas

On March 26, 1948, Young 34-year-old Dr. Hector P. Garcia along with 700 Veterans endeavored to form an organization that would stand up for the rights of Hispanic veterans, their families, and the rights of all Americans. We are forever in their debt! Three quarters of a century later we diligently continue to stand for the ideals of our noble founders and remain committed to helping our fellow Veterans and their families in need. We look forward to a fun, productive conference.

We invite all delegates from every state in our network to join us at this Historic Celebration.  Without the States this conference may not have been possible. Please never forget to thank our host State and Chapters. This conference could not have happened without them.

Please register as soon as possible, reserve your rooms, and fill out the Veterans information forms attached. Once again, we hope to find our time in Kansas productive. Let’s get excited and renew comraderies once again. In true brother and sister fashion let us celebrate our times together, remember our loved ones that have left us, respect each other’s views, and stand together as a family.  God Bless you all and God Bless the American GI Forum and our Great Nation, the United States of America

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Celebrates 75th Anniversary in its Birthplace, Corpus Christi, Texas, June 19-21, 2023

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Celebrates 75th Anniversary in its Birthplace, Corpus Christi, Texas, June 19-21, 2023

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – State Commander Mario Perales and the State Office will begin its annual conference with the Executive Board of Directors meeting to the opening session of the State Conference on Monday, June 19 at 1;30 pm. The Conference will be hosted by the State Office and the Beatrice T. Perez Robstown Women’s Chapter.

We are happy to have the Beatrice T. Perez Robstown Women’s Chapter headed by Chairwoman Leslie Cristan agreeing to help host and help celebrate this 75th Anniversary of the Forum and appropriately at the Birthplace of the American GI Forum.

Information on registration and Hotel reservations has been sent but is now posted on this site. (Registration Form) It will be an event worthy of attendance. Most local and state dignitaries that have been invited to this celebration have confirmed to be in attendance. We have met with State and local officials and sponsors. A coordinator to assist the Local Chapter and the State Office will be selected. The event is posted, has been emailed, and sent by USPS to all Chapter Commanders and Chairs in good standing.

Plans for business sessions, workshops, luncheons, and banquets are in progress. The Executive Board of Directors and the State Office will meet prior to the meeting and full State Office and Financial Reports will be presented to the Executive Board and later to the General Assembly. We will be discussing other business, resolutions, future meeting, we have copies of the National Constitution that will be distributed to all Commanders and Chairs present. There will not be copies for individual members. Resolutions, membership, Bingos, and programs of importance to veterans and families will be on the agenda.

Everyone present, must be in good standing and registered to be permitted to participate in discussions and voting. Voting strength of each chapter has been prepared and will be mailed to commanders and chairs. An agenda will be provided for all attendees. Committee chairs are being selected and breakouts of the Forum and Women will be scheduled if necessary. Some items such as resolutions discussed and passed will be referred to the National Conference in July.

All nominations for officers and Awards will be done through committee. Registration closes at noon Tuesday, June 20, 2023.

We need Chapters volunteer to host meetings and conferences in the future. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

 

2022 NVOP Veterans Day Golf Classic

2022 NVOP Veterans Day Golf Classic

 

American GI Forum of Texas Inc. Report: (SAN ANTONIO, Texas) – Sergio “Serg” Dickerson, COL (RET} USA, NVOP President/Chief Executive Officer: Veterans Day is November 11, 2022; you are invited to be part of a greatly impactful and meaningful event: the American GI Forum-National Veterans Outreach Program, Inc. Annual Veterans Day Golf Tournament. We are celebrating our 50th Anniversary and this event benefits one of the most deeply rooted and hardest working Veteran Service Organization in the State of Texas.

Our only fundraiser, this tournament will be held at Golf Club of Texas in San Antonio, Texas where Hill Country charm meets Country Club elegance! Golf Club of Texas is the perfect place to host our Annual Veterans Day Golf Tournament providing challenging fairways, atmosphere of relaxation and plenty of camaraderie.

I encourage you to visit our website (www.agif-nvop.org) or Facebook page (National Veterans Outreach Program} to get a better picture of the good we do every day! The American GI Forum-National Veterans Outreach Program, Inc. (NVOP}, founded in 1972, is a Veteran Service 501-C-3 (charitable} non-profit organization that provides transitional services to Veterans and their families with employment, job training, housing and wellness services including mental health.

Enclosed, please find a sponsorship guide providing ample opportunities for your corporate brand to be shared amongst attendees. Please, will you consider joining us? Call or email Robert Flores @ (210} 223-4088 or [email protected]

If you prefer to do it all online: enroll, register or donate at www.nvopveteransdayclassic.org our tax-deductible contribution will allow us to continue to provide assistance and relief to our Veterans and their families!

Hope to see you on the greens!

 

2022 American GI Forum of U.S. National Conference Held in Colorado Springs, CO

2022 American GI Forum of U.S. National Conference Held in Colorado Springs, CO

“Honoring a National Hero’s Legacy”, Justice for my People!

American GI Forum of the U.S. – (AUSTIN, Texas) The 2022 National Conference was held at the Embassy Suites in Colorado Springs, Monday thru Wednesday, July 24-27, 2022. The Conference attendance had enough States present to have a quorum declared. Honoring a National Hero’s Legacy”, Justice for my People! Uniting to meet the challenges of the future and honoring all who served was the theme carried out throughout the Conference.

Official Business Sessions began on the second day. Convention rules, credentials, and committee appointments made, read, rules and credentials were read and presented after a quorum was established.

The 3-day event began with Meetings i.e., NVOP and HEF s well as opening of Exhibits and Workshops. The Youth Education and Leadership Luncheon was Key noted by State Senator Nic Hinrichsen and Master of Ceremonies was Rudy Trevino, Anchor and Journalist at KIII-TV, Corpus Christi, Texas. After the Luncheon Workshops by AARP, Commanders and Chairwoman’s report followed by the constitutional committee presentation.

Tuesday was highlighted with a VA Roundtable Discussion featuring Sergio Dickerson, President/CEO AGIF-NVOP, Honorable Donald M. Remy, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Pete Jeffries, National Director for AARP’s Veterans and Families Initiative, Jose R. Ramos Vice President Wounded Warrior Project Government and Community Relations, and Michelle Aguirre, GM Assistant Manager, DEI External Partners Global Diversity and ERG. The Roundtable was moderated by Rudy Trevino who was part of all the events and did an outstanding job with all events.

The Roundtable was followed by the Women’s Leadership Luncheon, Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Hector P. Garcia and featuring  Mariachi Lobos. Keynote Speaker was Major Nicole Torres, Chief Training for Admissions Directorate, U.S, Air Force Academy, Colorado. Presentation by Chairwoman Patsy Vazquez Contes recognizing Gold Star and Blue Star Mothers with flag presentations. After the luncheon, business session reconvened and Breakouts, Workshops, and 2nd readings of Rules and Credentials were followed by VA Workshops.

The Commander’s Banquet was preceded with a reception with Mariachi Lobos. Presentation and retiring of colors by Doherty Navy JROTC, Greg Thomas Ret. Caption, The Dinner with Rudy Trevino as Master of Ceremonies led the program featuring Loginos Gonzalez, Jr., Board of County Commissioners, District 4 as Keynote Speaker and featuring a Video presentation by Colorado Governor Jared Polis who was unable to be present. Music and dance followed the dinner and program. Several Awards were presented by National Commander Luis Vazquez Contes.

Wednesday, general Assembly included Final Treasurer’s Report, Final readings of resolutions, constitution amendments, Approval of Constitution and Bids for the 2023 National Conference and Midyear Conference.

The Youth Leadership Luncheon Highlighting original essays by Youth participants. An laptop was awarded to the best three essays by National Chairwoman Patsy M. Vazquez Contes, Dr. Sonia Esquivel, and Youth Chair Marina Duran-Vega. Mr. Rudy Trevino, also awarded $100.00 each to all other participants.

The afternoon session included the Election of Officers preceded with the final credential report, Nomination and Election rules followed by Elections conducted by Nominations Chair and AGIF Texas CEO Gil Rodriguez. The following members were elected to lead the AGIF National for 2022-23

National Commander, Luis Vazquez Contes, Colorado
Vice Commander, Frank Archuleta, Texas
Secretary, Greg Nichols, California
treasurer, Ernesto Montoya, Colorado
Sargent-at-arms, Fernando Rodriguez, Wisconsin
Past National Commander, Larry Romo, Texas

National Chairwoman, Leona Flores, Michigan
Vice Chairwoman, Angela Lopez, Colorado
Secretary, Laura Flores, Colorado
Treasurer, Ruth Sanchez, Colorado
Past Chairwoman, Patsy Vazquez Contes, Colorado

The Youth Reported that Angel Lopez had been elected National Youth Chair. All officers were sworn-in by Past National Commander David Rodriguez.

Bids were opened for the 2023 Mid-year and National Conference resulting in the 2023 National Mid-year will be in Michigan and the 2023 National Conference will convene in Kansas. Both sites were betted and found qualified.

After Good and Welfare, Announcement and Ending Prayer the Conference was adjourned.

The Founder’s Farewell Reception with Dancing to the music of DJ Rambo and Karoke concluded the 3-day event.

Congratulations to Patsy Vazquez Contes for a very successful Conference. We also thank the past officers for their service and wish the new officers the best for a successful venture in their new or renewed roles.

Hays County Historical Commission Recognizes American GI Forum

Hays County Historical Commission Recognizes American GI Forum

The GI Forum Display in the Hay County Court House Rotunda

By Hays County Historical Commission American GI Forum of Texas Inc. Report: SAN MARCOS, Texas – In celebration of National Hispanic American Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, the Hays County Historical Commission-His- panic Heritage Committee has chosen to recognize the achievements and contributions of The American GI Forum. The American GI Forum was established in San Marcos in 1948. While the GI Forum did not directly involve itself in partisan politics, it was very involved in community affairs and registering Hispanics to register to vote. One of the obstacles facing the community was the existence of the poll tax which forced people to pay $1.75 for the right to register to vote. The GI Forum came up with a creative strategy that was highly effective. They sponsored dances at the Woodmen of the World Hall and Cuauhtémoc Hall. Admission was $1.75 and all proceed were used to pay the poll tax and register Hispanics to vote. The GI Forum succeeded in registering hundreds of new voters. Among the first Hispanic American individuals elected to public office in HAYS County were all members of the American GI Forum:

  • Ruben Ruiz – City Council (1961) Mayor Pro- Tern (1962) County Commissioner (1974)
  • Celestino Mendez- School Board 1963- 1969
  • Augustin Lucio Jr.-

School Board 1964-1991

  • Eleazar Salinas- School Board 1966-1969
  • Petro Rodriquez- School Board 1974, County Commissioner 1992-1996
  • Luciano Flores – City Council (1968) Mayor (1972)
  • Robert Cavazos – City Council 1976) Mayor (1979)
  • Jerry Flores – School Board- 1972
  • Nick Lara- School Board- 1972
  • Jesse Saucedo – Constable (1980)

The late Ruben Ruiz, First Hispanic elected to the San Marcos City Council in 1961 and First Hispanic elected to the Hays County Commissioners Court served as Texas State Chair- man for the American GI Forum from 1966-1968. Many more GI Forum members followed in serving. The American GI Forum Ladies Auxiliary also succeeded and won several seats on city council, school board and county offices. The GI Forum display in the Hay County Court house rotunda. Also visit the Hays County Museum, open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month 10:00 2:00 and during Commissioner’s Court on Tuesday. Submitted by Hays County Historical Commission