OACOMA — The 49th annual American Legion MidWinter Conference will be held at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, Oacoma Feb. 21-23, 2020. Legionnaires, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Riders from across the State of South Dakota will be in attendance.

The Legion business session will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, with meetings of the Department Finance Commission, Department Executive Committee, Department Membership Council, South Dakota Boys State Board of Directors, and the South Dakota American Legion Foundation board meeting. The Blood Mobile will be in front of the Convention Center from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for those who would like to donate. The evening will feature a joint banquet with National American Legion National Commander Bill Oxford from the Department of North Carolina as the featured speaker.

Saturday will commence at 8 a.m. with a joint session of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion. At 10:30 a.m., the American Legion will conduct breakout sessions on MyLegion, Constitution and By-Laws, Social Media and Public Relations, and Legion Programs. The evening will feature a Membership Council meeting followed by a Membership Go-Getter Banquet.

A non-denominational service will be held on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. followed by the American Legion State Oratorical finals. Contestant winners from 5 of the American Legion Districts will vie for the Championship trophy, which will entitle them to compete for the National American Legion Oratorical Championship in Indianapolis, Indiana in April. The State winner will win a $1,000 scholarship and compete at the National level for a $20,000 scholarship.

Leadership in attendance will be State American Legion Commander Fred Nelson of Spearfish, American Legion Auxiliary State President Theresa Huntimer of Dell Rapids, and Sons of the American Legion Detachment Commander Terry Hanson of Arlington. Also, present will be National Commander Bill Oxford from the Department of North Carolina and Nebraska State Commander Gary Wooten.

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