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Ceasar Ruiz Elected State Commander 
Texas Celebrates 70th Anniversary at Annual Conference in Austin

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The 70th Anniversary was celebrated at the 2018 American GI Forum State Conference, in Austin Texas, March 23-25, 2018 and it was successful and an enjoyable and productive experience.

Notably absent was State Cmndr John Martinez, although doing extremely well he still in recovery but at the time had other personal problems and was unable to attend. Mr. Mario Peralez, 1st Vice-commander from Fort Stockton took charge and did an excellent job running the meetings. The State office and members of the Austin Chapter put efforts with a very short time-frame to put this conference together in an effort to make this conference and board meeting a success.

Ceasar Ruiz, Austin Chapter was elected as the New State Commander. He and the board will assume office in June becase of a resolution passed to keep our fiscal year finances and budget in order.

This was a first experience hosting both the mid-year and the state conference simultaneously. The State and the Executive Board met on Sunday following the State Conference and everyone that attended was welcomed and enjoyed a continental breakfast. The time frame for both events was short and as planned the Board and members, delegates took advantage of the opportunity to iron out problems of the organization. While it was scheduled as a working conference there was time to enjoy the festivities while celebrating “Seven Decades of Serving Veterans and their families.”

The conference was a success because of everyone working and suggesting ideas to make the organization better. But besides work, a festive celebration with Folkloric Dancers, live Tex-Mex musicians and a dance with DJ Roy Reyes and the music the Texas Express provided some festive moods on several occasions during the conference. Although the conference ended on Sunday, some stayed and visited Austin, a beautiful friendly city with many things to do and see.

Members, approved the working conference concept and worked productively, presented new ideas, and opinions which inspired goals for the future and contributed to a successful Conference. The Conference concentrated on the Organizational problems, such as increasing membership, conference attendance, develop strategic plans, legislative agendas and to improve use of Finances and improve Programs. Key members took lead positions as committee chairs improve six key areas and met with interested members exchanging ideas on what must be done to keep our organization progressing. Several very good ideas surfaced from all committees, plans was to raise resources, review dues, revisit the split of profits from conferences between the state and the local hosting chapters and to review new programs, expand our Bingo operations and review lifetime membership nationally and statewide.

With the ideas presented, the State office was tasked into development of a white paper, long and a short terms business strategic plans and to set up budgets to implement these ideas. The plans is to be presented at our next meeting or at a special called meeting to be called later in the year. These ideas will be included in plans that will become our model and mission for the next few years.

National Commander Angel Zuniga, present reported on the state of the National Organization and on our upcoming event in Washington DC to be hosts at the Veterans day Celebration. Our National Chairwoman spoke at the Women’s leadership Luncheon with ideas on fundraising and suggested that a more active role needs to be taken to attract and keep sponsors and do more with our existing resources.

From the State Office we want to thank our State Officers for their leadership and their resolve, specially our State Commander who suffered a health set-back but continues his dedication to the organization and did an excellent job during the time he served. We are happy he is on his way to full recovery and thank him for his services.  From his home in Houston he was present by teleconference at our executive session and later spoke to the membership during the Executive Board meeting on Sunday. He offered these closing comments “Thanks to the Austin chapters. Austin Commander Longoria has promised that they will continue to do what they can to keep the GI Forum visible at the State Capital in Austin.

 “Our State office is always here to assist you in any endeavor that you may face. Please contact them. We have faced many obstacles; successfully endured another year and can look forward to having a better year every year. We congratulate our incoming Commander Ceasar Ruiz, wishing him and the Executive Board success.” Martinez continued. “A Big Thanks to Gil and Lupe and the board for running an efficient and effective state for all of us during my absence. I really appreciate them,” he concluded.

Thanks to all the State Officers, chapters, members that have contributed so many hours and time and to our Sponsors whose support to ensured that you enjoyed your stay in Austin. Now let’ all make plans to participate and enjoy the 2018 National Conference in San Antonio in July. Look for the latest information and updates on this site! 

Gil Rodriguez, AGIF Chief Executive Officer
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc.

AGIF 70th Annual State Conference
2018 Texas State and State Mid-year Conferences Scheduled in Austin, March 23-25, 2018

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: AUSTIN, Texas – In view that AGIF Texas will be hosting the 70th Annual National Conference next year, the State Conference voted last June in Houston to combine the February Board Meeting with the State Conference and move that event to March. Texas will then celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the birth of the AGIF on March 26, 1948. The State Conference will start on Friday March 23 at noon and continue through Saturday as the Official 2018 State Conference. The State Board of Directors will meet on Sunday, March 25. The actual Anniversary date is Monday, March 26.

Headquarters will be at Wyndham Garden Hotel – 3401 S. IH-35N Frontage Rd. (at Woodward Exit), Austin, Texas. (see details below)

The meeting will be called to order on Friday at 1:00 pm. after lunch on your own. A reception is planned for Friday Evening for those arriving on that day. The meeting will continue Saturday Morning with the General Assembly. A Women’s Luncheon will be held at noon celebrating the 70th Anniversary of our Organization. That evening the Commanders Banquet will be celebrating the anniversary as well as honoring all present and past commanders. A Dance and entertainment will follow.

The Board of Directors Scheduled for February will meet on Sunday March 25 after the Conference. A continental Breakfast will be served to those attending. All delegates are welcome to attend.

Registration is set at $80.00 for both conferences. The fee will not change but you must register before Friday at 5:00 pm. The hotel rates start at $119.00 for single double and with the deadline being March 1st. After that room rates will be at market price on first-come-first-served and upon available rooms. Please make room reservations early. Parking is free.

The American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Board of Directors Meeting in October has been, by resolution, suspended. This resolution was made and accepted at the State Conference in Houston in June 2016. The Texas State Board of Directors scheduled calls to meet twice a year. One will be scheduled in February of each year (will be called the State Midyear Conference) and the other on the Sunday following the State Conference in June.

Conference Information:
Headquarters Hotel Wyndham Garden Inn – 

  • 3401 S. IH-35N Frontage Rd. (at Woodward Exit)
  • AGIF has reserved a block of rooms at special rates until March 1, 2018.
  • Reservations direct: (512) 448-2444. Reservations at: www.wyndham
  • Rates:  Rooms may be reserved for $ 119.00 plus tax; Flat Rate Single, Double.
  • Please identify yourselves as members of the AGIF.

Conference Registration Forms are available from your local commander or may be download from our website, you may also register on line, E-mail or call the State office.

Conference Registration will remain at $80.00 for all members and there will be no special rates for early registration. On-line registration will be available for a small service charge as soo as it is set up.

Make all checks payable to: American GI Forum of Texas, Inc.–2018 State Conference and mail to:

1000 Brazos, Suite 200
Austin, Texas 78701
Attn: Lupe Rodriguez
Phone: (512) 992-7066 
E-mail: stateoffice@agiftx.com                 

The National Conference is scheduled for July 26-28, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel. Please read updates below and we will continue to publish updates and information on this event as planning continues.

 Conference Information & Forms

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2018 National Conference Registration and other Forms