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2010 State Conference

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Conference Message

Fellow Forumeers:

The American GI Forum Texas State Conference will be June 4-6, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6121 North IH-35 Austin, Texas.

The 62nd Annual American GI Forum State Conference is proudly dedicated to our veterans, especially those whose dedication helped form this great Organization.

Texas, the birthplace of the American GI Forum is proud to continue the great tradition with it’s 62nd Annual Conference. Austin, Texas the center of the Universe and the Capital of Texas proudly welcomes all the delegates from throughout the state. Our state office is located in the heart of the City and it is our wish that you will take some time and come visit our office downtown on 10th and Brazos, a block and a half from our state capitol.

The selected theme Honoring Our Legends, is a tribute to those early leaders and members that with hard work accomplished the gains we now enjoy in our state for our Hispanic veterans from the end of WWII to the present.

The following pages will give you all the information you will need--a complete two day agenda that offers seminars on Veterans Benefits important to all veterans and their families and will feature a host of prominent panels and speakers. Representatives of the Hispanic community, state agencies and business community will participate. As our State Conference Chair so well put it: We will celebrate the birth and accomplishments of a dream: The American GI Forum.

Take advantage of our Austin hospitality, enjoy our beautiful city. We welcome your participation, for a productive conference and an enjoyable stay in our beautiful city.

–Phillip Gutierres, Austin Commander

–Lupe Rodriguez, 2010 Conference Chair


Conference Details

“Honoring Our Legends”

The American GI Forum extends a cordial invitation to all members, their families, sponsors and friends, throughout Texas to our 62nd State Conference in Austin, Texas, the Capital of Texas. Our Theme, “Honoring our Legends” will feature photos of our early leaders. We will share photos, articles and many historical items of our early days.

We have invited many important guest to speak, inform us of the latest in benefits, conduct workshops, and to come and see the work our organization does. We will be honoring the great leaders that came before us that helped form this great organization and helped guide us through difficult and trying times.

For Sponsorship information please contact our office at (512) 225-5888 at the Conference Headquarters in Austin. For Conference Registration and Advertising Information, hotel accomodations, and schedules contact 2010 Conference Chair, Mrs. Lupe Rodriguez at (512) 517-9178 or State Executive Secretary-Treasuer, Gil Rodriguez at (512) 225-5888.

Six Decades of Serving Veterans and their Families


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Speaker Information

Col Constance C. McNabb

Colonel McNabb is the Chief, Joint Staff, Texas Military Forces. She was the Joint Surgeon for 2008 and prior to that the Commander of the 149th Medical Group, Lackland Air Force Base Texas. She was distinguished graduate of her AFSC awarding class at the School of Aerospace Medicine, Environmental Health Officer. She commanded the Texas Air Guard Medical deployments to the gulf coast after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita in 2005.

Colonel McNabb will be addressing the delegates at the Commanders’ Banquet on Friday, June 4, 2010.

Mary Helen Berlanga

Mary Helen Berlanga is the senior member of the State Board of Education. She was first elected to the board in 1982. When the Legislature temporarily made the board an appointed body, Berlanga served on the board as an appointee of Gov. Mark White from October 1984 until January 1989, when the board reverted to an elected body.

Berlanga is an attorney with the law firm of Bonilla and Chapa, P.C., Inc., in Corpus Christi. Berlanga’s practice centers on immigration, disability, and administrative law. Ms. Berlanga will be addressing the delegates at the Women & Youth Luncheon on Friday, June 4, 2010.

Colonel Orlando Salinas

Colonel Orlando Salinas assumed duties as Commander of the 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade on July 19th 2009. MEB consists of a Brigade Headquarters, two Field Artillery Battalions, a Military Police Battalion, a Brigade Support Battalion and a Signal Network Support Company. The units are stationed in 17 facilities in 16 cities throughout Texas comprising over 2300 Soldiers.

Colonel Orlando Salinas has been married 25 years to his wife Mary and they have two sons Orlando C. Salinas and Zachary T. Salinas. Colonel Salinas will be addressing the delegates at the Legends’ Luncheon on Friday, June 4, 2010.


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2010 State Conference Registration Form
2010 State Conference Sponsorship Form
2010 State Conference Advertising Form
2010 State Conference Exhibitor Form

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