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UP Legion Mid-Winter Conference starts Jan. 17

IRON MOUNTAIN — The 2020 Upper Peninsula Association of American Legion Posts Mid-Winter Conference is planned Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18, at the Uren-Cooper-Johnson American Legion Post 50 in Iron Mountain.

The mid-winter conference schedule includes:

Jan. 17

— 1 p.m., registration, Post 50, $10 per person;

— 3 to 6 p.m., fish fry dinner at Post 50, $12;

— 7 p.m., joint opening session, Post 50;

— 8 p.m., committee meetings after joint session, Post hall; 40 et 8 Petite Promenade, 15 minutes after end of joint session, Post 50;

— 9 p.m., social.

Jan. 18

— 8 a.m., coffee and rolls, registration continues, committee meetings;

— 9 to 10:30 a.m., service officers school, Post 50; Sons of the American Legion meeting, Post 50 hall;

— 9 a.m. to noon, American Legion Auxiliary meetings, Trinity United Methodist Church, Iron Mountain;

— 10:30 a.m. to noon, 11th and 12th District meetings, Post 50 hall;

— noon to 1:30 p.m., lunch at Post 50, $7; Past zone commanders lunch at Solberg’s Greenleaf Sports Bar and Grill in Iron Mountain;

— 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., Mexican dinner banquet, Post 50, $10.

Attending the conference will be Michigan Department Commander Barry Wood, Department Auxiliary President Georgia Downs, Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander Mike Holly and 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 leaving for the evening. There will not be a several-hour gap in between the afternoon meeting and the banquet. This is intended to encourage more people to stay for the banquet and support Post 50.

The 2020 UPAALP summer convention, set for June 12-13, has yet to have a host. Those posts interested are encouraged to step forward.

Nominations are also being sought for the Legionnaire of the Year for 2019. Names of those Legion members that is deserving of recognition for their longtime American Legion service can be sent to Commander Carl Morrison of Marquette at nutsy622@aol.com or Adjutant Ray Carlson of Negaunee at rcarlson9851@charter.net.

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