Fall Conference 2021 - Everything you need to know

Updated: Sep 29, 2021

The Department is aware of significant issues experienced at the Marriot Hotel during the Auxiliary’s Fall Conference. The Department Commander and staff met with Marriot management immediately upon hearing these complaints. The hotel has assured us that all rooms will be cleaned and prepared, then inspected by management before our members arrive. The single reported incident of bed bugs has not been confirmed; however, Marriott fully mitigated the room in question, as well as the five surrounding rooms as a precautionary measure.


Like many other businesses across the country, Marriott is struggling to hire and retain staff. Be prepared for slow service, or limited availability at the hotel restaurant.


With this disclosure, the Marriott has agreed to allow you an opportunity to cancel your reservation and receive a full refund including up to the day of your scheduled arrival, provided that you cancel directly through Wendy McGinness at the Marriott Hotel, mcginnessw@indymarriotteast.com, 317-322-3716 ext: 1106.


If you choose to stay at the Marriott, the following guidelines have been put into place:

Check-in starts at 4:00 p.m. There can be no early check-ins. This applies to everyone, no exceptions.


If you arrive early to the hotel, it is recommended that you visit your hospitality suite until the 4:00 p.m. check-in time. Hospitality suites may open as early as 10:00 a.m. on Friday.

There is no guarantee that you will receive your preferred room. This applies to everyone, no exceptions, even if prior arrangements have been made. Please do not demand any specific room.


If you are splitting the cost of your hotel room with someone, use only one payment method with the hotel, and handle the cost difference directly with the other guest(s).


Crude behavior to the hotel staff diminishes the Legion's mission and hurts our efforts. Direct any issues or problems you have during your stay to Assistant Adjutant Greg Peete at 317-937-4398.



Indiana Legion's Fall Conference is a great way to meet fellow veterans and get connected with your department.



Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 thru Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021


Last Day to Book: Monday, Sept. 13, 2021


Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:


  • Indianapolis Marriott East for $134.55 per night

  • Delta Hotels Indianapolis East for $111.15 per night



Details:

Fall Conference housing is LIMITED. Subject to availability, hotel reservations may be made online at www.indianalegion.org\fallcon. You may also make reservations by contacting the hotel at (317) 352-1231. When making phone reservations, be sure to mention that you wish to make a reservation in the “Indiana American Legion room block.” This will ensure that you receive the special housing rate. The housing reservation deadline is Monday, September 13, 2021. NOTE: It is possible that the Fall Conference housing “block” may be full before the housing deadline, so it is suggested that you make your reservations as early as possible.


FALL CONFERENCE HOUSING CHOICES:


Marriott East @ $134.55 per night ($115.00 base + 17% tax)

7202 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219


Delta Hotel @ $111.15 per night ($95.00 base + 17% tax)

7304 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219


DEPARTMENT CONVENTION OFFICE HOURS: The office hours for the on-site American Legion Department Headquarters, Membership and Program offices will be the following;


Friday - - - Open 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday - - - Open 7:00 a.m. - Noon // 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sunday - - - Closed


* * * * FINAL NOTE! * * * *


Housing reservations may be made by using this website or contacting the hotel at

(317) 352-1231. When making phone reservations, be sure to mention that you wish to make a reservation in the “Indiana American Legion room block.”


The hotel will issue housing confirmation notices by e-mail approximately 14 calendar days prior to the Conference. The hotel will NOT issue confirmation notices by mail. You should bring your confirmation receipt with you to check-in.



 

AGENDA

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National Commander Paul Dillard to speak at Fall Convention



Paul E. Dillard was elected national commander of the nearly two-million member American Legion on September 2, 2021 in Phoenix during the organization’s 102nd national convention. His theme as national commander is “No Veteran Left Behind.” He first joined the nation’s largest veterans organization in 1969.


A native Texan, Dillard graduated from Whitesboro High School in 1965 before joining the U.S. Navy and serving in Vietnam through four campaigns including the Tet offensive. He later received an honorable discharge as a radarman second class petty officer from the Navy Reserve before attending Grayson County Junior College and East Texas State University.


Dillard worked several years in the manufacturing business as an Engineer, Plant Manager and Director of Manufacturing in Tennessee. Upon returning to Texas, he accepted a sales representative position with Sherman Foundry and became its airplane pilot. A career change was made when he and his wife, Donna, began their family and he entered into the insurance business specializing in Employee Benefits and later forming Dillard & Gann Insurance. As a paid-up-for-life member of Post 265, Lake Kiowa, Texas, Dillard served as post commander, vice commander, adjutant and judge advocate. He coached American Legion Baseball for more than 10 years and served as his post’s Boys State chairman. He served the 4th District as commander and vice commander and served the department as sergeant-at-arms, Membership & Organization chairman, National Security chairman, Uniformed Organization chairman, Board of Trustees chairman, and he served on the Finance Committee and the Long-Range Planning Committee. He was elected as Department of Texas (state) commander in 2007.


On the national level, Paul has served as Alternate National Executive Committeeman, consultant to the Insurance Committee, Distinguished Guest Committee, Children and Youth Committee, Media and Communications Council. He has served as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, chairman of the Veterans Employment & Education Commission and chairman of the Legislative Commission. He was elected as national vice commander in 2013. He married Donna in 1983. They have two sons, William and his wife Allison, and Jonathon and his wife Karri and two grandsons Jarrett and Lukas. All are members of the American Legion Family. Donna has been an active and dedicated member of the American Legion Auxiliary for several years and has served in numerous positions of leadership at all levels of the organization, including department president in 2017 – 2018.


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