Postponement & Response Ltrs | 2020 Conference Information
COVID-19 Affects AGIF Conferences
American GI Forum 2020 National Conference Postponed – Texas State Conference Cancelled!
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. AUSTIN, Texas – Mr. Larry Romo, National Commander, and the American GI Forum (AGIF) National Board of Directors, on a request from host of the 2020 AGIF National Conference Texas Commander Ceasar Ruiz and the AGIF National Conference Chair Gil Rodriguez have agreed to postpone the 2020 National Conference scheduled for July 30 to August 1, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas until the summer of 2021. It was a decision based mostly on the COVID-19 Crisis that has shaken the entire Nation and the difficulty of getting definite commitments from speakers, sponsors and delegates. The 2020 National Mid-Year in Michigan had been postponed earlier by the National Board.
“The American GI Forum National Board of Directors voted today to postpone the 2020 AGIF National Conference as requested by the host, the AGIF of Texas," National Commander Larry Romo stated. "To assure the safety of our members, families and friends against this pandemic we will schedule the 2021 AGIF National Conference to be held in San Antonio sometime in the summer. Please stay safe and may God Bless the AGIF, you and the United States of America!”
The Commander also indicated that the decision was made by the National Board of Directors. He also indicated that he wanted the request from Texas and his response be posted.
In Texas, Mr. Roy Reyes & Mrs. Dee Leal, State Conference Co-Chairs have informed us through Roy that the San Antonio and Houston Chapters, Hosts of the State Conference for 2020 have decided that due to the coronavirus crisis the timing at this time is not practical nor realistic to hold the Conferences, scheduled for March 30 to May 3. In the best interest of all concerned it was best to cancel. They have advised the Hotel that they are opting out of their contract and expect the hotel to honor their request.
Roy has asked the the state consider the San Antonio Miguel Hernandez Chapter for next year’s Conference. A scheduled State Board of Directors meeting for October will give final determination to their request.
We continue to be in uncharted territory at this time but the State office continues with essential businesses and will keep everyone posted on all updates throough our website. The Texas National Conference Committee will continue to work to make sure that the members continue receiving the latest information updates on a timely basis.
All materials, such as Brochures, Budget and schedules in place will be saved and updated. Some information had been mailed to members, guest and speakers. We will inform all concerned on the postponement and hope our sponsors and guest will respond possitively to our notices. Materials and information for next year will be sent when firm dates and schedues are set. There are no plans to change the venue, the theme and the scheduled events at this time.
The Hotel has cooperated and understood our concerns and have agreed to postponement of the event due to the crisis. They are willing to accommodate us in 2021 during the same time period.
“We want to thank National Commander Romo and all members of the National Board for taking this urgent matter and making a swift decision. This will make it easier for the Conference committee to reschedule events without the pressure of having to honor unnecessary obligations and avoid liabilities,” State Commander Ruiz stated. “Gil Rodriguez and his committee will continue to meet whatever commitments necessary to assure success in 2021.”
Please continue to monitor our website for updates on this crisis and on Forum matters. If you have any questions contact the National Commander, Texas State Commander or the Conference Chair. All conference registrations and sponsor funds will be returned.
Below is a copy of the request for postponement Letter from Texas and the response letter from National Commander Larry Romo.
Request for Postponement and Response
Observing 72 Years of Service to Veterans–
American GI Forum 2020 National Conference Preparations Continue
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc.: AUSTIN, Texas –The National Conference Committee headed by Texas CEO Gil Rodriguez continues work on the upcoming 2020 American GI Forum of the United States National Conference scheduled for July 30 thru August 1, 2020 at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel, 111 E. Pecan, San Antonio, Texas 70205.
The Hotel will be our official headquarters. A block of rooms has been set aside for AGIF Delegates and guests. National Commander Larry Romo, State Commander Ceasar Ruiz and Conference Chair have outlined responsibilities and work assignments for the Conference. We are working closely with National Commander Romo and information is given to him as confirmed. Invitations and sponsorship requests have been or are being processed.
Registration has been set at $230.00, an increase of $5.00 over the 2018 Conference also held in San Antonio. Rooms are set at $123.00 single or double and Hotel Covered self-parking has been reduced to $15.00 per night. Valet parking is available to all our guest. Download Registration forms HERE.
The Conference Committee is headed by Texas CEO Gil Rodriguez and include Conference Coordinator/Treasurer Lupe Rodriguez, State Commander Ceasar Ruiz, Account Executives Patsy Vazquez Contez, and Angelica Tellechea; Speakers Committee: Gil Rodriguez, and Luis Vazquez Contes; Entertainment: Austin Commander Armando Longoria, past State Commander Paul Herrera and Women’s Chapter members Gloria Elizondo. Austin and San Antonio Chapter members will also be assisting before and during the conference as conference hosts. Complete information on speakers, plenary sessions, invited guests and will be posted as they become available and confirmed. Email notices will also be sent to those on our data base and to those who send us their contact information. Mailing is expensive, so please when you do receive packages, please pass on the information to your members and peers. You can reserve your rooms on-line and we are presently working on having you register on-line without added cost to you. Some details are listed below, other details will be posted as soon as available.
We are eagerly anticipating your presence at this 72nd Annual American GI Forum (AGIF) National Conference. This AGIF annual event will be addressing important issues that impact us and our veteran’s community. This year we honor our history with the theme “Honoring Chris Aldrete, AGIF Pioneer Leaders” paying tribute to Cristobal Aldrete, AGIF Pioneer who helped structure, create and lead the end to desegregation of schools in South Texas during the early days of AGIF.
Seminars and workshops will feature expert panelists addressing issues that affect our Veterans and issues of concern to Hispanics ranging from immigration, education to health care, housing and jobs. They will provide our emerging leaders with workshops on community service, leadership development, career opportunities and advocacy training. The NVOP will host a historical workshop displaying their years of service to the Veteran Community. You may also plan on visiting and touring the NVOP Facilities and Residential Center. AGIF delegates will establish policy priorities and elect National leaders.
This 72nd Annual Conference will have corporations, government agencies, colleges and universities, armed forces, and non-profit organizations display their products and services in our exhibits area.
The AGIFTX will host a Special Technology Breakfast with awards to youth, a Luncheon honoring Sponsoring Corporations, a Tribute Luncheon to Cristobal Aldrete, a WWII Veteran and early AGIF Leader, a Hosted Hospitality Room, the Commanders’ Banquet and a Women’s Leadership Luncheon. Entertainment include Dancers and Mariachi at a reception that precedes the Commanders’ Banquet, a Dance after the Commanders’ Banquet and a Farewell Reception & hospitality with food and refreshments Saturday evening.
Our plans are to make you feel welcome, enjoy San Antonio and enjoy friendship and comradery while joining us as we celebrate 72 years of service to Veterans and their Families.
Gil Rodriguez, Conference Chair
You may fill-in and download Registrations Forms here
2020 Conference Information
Celebrating 72 Years–
American GI Forum 2020 National Conference is Now Work-in-Progress!
American GI Forum of Texas, Inc.: AUSTIN, Texas –The National Conference Committee headed by Texas CEO Gil Rodriguez began working on the upcoming 2020 American GI Forum of the United States National Conference is now scheduled for July 30 thru August 1, 2020 at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel, 111 E. Pecan, San Antonio, Texas 70205. A contract with the Hotel has been signed and a block of rooms has been set aside for AGIF Delegates and guests. The Texas AGIF also has a signed contract between National Commander Larry Romo and State Commander Ceasar Ruiz outlining responsibilities and work assignments for the Conference.
Registration has been set at $230.00, an increase of $5.00 over the 2018 Conference also held in San Antonio. Rooms are set at $123.00 single or double and Hotel Covered self-parking has been reduced to $15.00 per night. Valet parking is available to all our guest.
The Conference Committee is headed by Texas CEO Gil Rodriguez and include Conference Coordinator/Treasurer Lupe Rodriguez, State Commander Ceasar Ruiz, Account Executives Patsy Vazquez Contez, and Angelica Tellechea; Speakers Committee: Gil Rodriguez, and Luis Vazquez Contes; Entertainment: Austin Commander Armando Longoria, and Women’s Chapter members Gloria Elizondo. Austin and San Antonio Chapter members will also be assisting during the conference as conference hosts.
The Committee Chair and Texas State commander will report progress and updates to the National Commander as needed and as they become appropriate. Both parties have been in communications and the Conference Chairman and National Commander have met to review progress. Communications are on-going. A tentative itinerary will be posted on this web site with registration forms and other informational materials needed. Workshops, seminars and plenary sessions will also be posted with panels and speakers. This information may also be mailed, but note that the Texas data base contains mostly Texas members. Please, if you have a list of email addresses that may want information please forward them to our state office at email@example.com. Our Texas constitution prohibits us from distributing any personal information, including addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, etc. Our emails do not reveal addresses.
The Conference Headquarters/office during the conference will be in the Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel. A block of rooms has been set aside for delegates and special attendees. You may make reservations of available rooms for American GI Forum Conference at 1-800-337-0550 or direct at (210) 354-2800. Rooms single and double are set at $123.00 while available until July 8, 2020. A code will be made available for delegates. Once cutoff date has passed, any rooms that have been cancelled on an individual basis may be available back to the group only at the discretion of the hotel.
Available rooms include:
- Valet & Self-Parking
- Complimentary Wi-fi
- Complimentary Pool/Exercise room for use by the AGIF delegates and guests
- Conference and Ball Rooms may be reached directly by escalator and/or elevator
- Riverwalk, Alamo and other sites are within walking distance
Early Registration fee for Forum and Women Delegates is set at $230.00. After July 10, 2020, or on site, the fee will be $250.00. Registration forms will be found are on this site and may be filled out on-line. An itinerary of activities and budget have been prepared. The Agenda is the responsibility of the Commander and the National Board. You may contact Gil Rodriguez at (512) 992-7066 or Lupe Rodriguez at (512) 517-9178 for more information and updates. Information for on-line Hotel reservations will be available as soon as the Hotel passes that information on to us.
Our committees are working to secure sponsors for all events. Please remember to Support and Thank our Sponsors!