DULUTH, GA / JUNE 25-27, 2021
Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta
1775 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, GA 30096 / 770-923-1775
Sent at the request of the Department Adjutant, Mr. Debro.
This is the AGENDA for the 2021 Department Convention. Presently, it is a work-in-progress. You may label it a DRAFT as the Adjutant will continue to update it.
If you are an outgoing commander, please share this email attachment with your designated replacement.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Department staff.
Exec Admin Assistant
Director of Membership Services
Department of Georgia Staff
678.289.8883 EXT 3
2021 National Convention Safety and Physical Distancing Directives
(As of 5/12/2021- Subject to Change)
Ahead of convention, regardless of our state or community’s guidance and rules, The American Legion will follow the official guidance, precautions, and rules from our convention host city.
We all must play a pivotal role to ensure we can meet in Phoenix and to create a safe national convention experience for all who can attend. We can certainly be flexible, have patience, and put safety of our members first this year in order to meet.
The following are guidelines for you to please adhere to during convention in Phoenix to protect yourself, fellow American Legion Family members and others. Adherence to these guidelines will help allow The American Legion to host the national convention in Phoenix.
Face covering. Wear protective masks or face coverings at all times – unless actively eating or drinking – and wear them the right way with it covering your nose and mouth. Additionally, do not touch or adjust masks in public; make sure it is always clean, in good shape and worn the right side out; and do not borrow a mask or loan a used mask to someone else.
Masks must be worn on the convention stage and only remove when at the lectern speaking.
Masks will be required while riding the bus for transportation from hotels to the Phoenix Convention Center.
Food & Beverage. If not actively drinking or eating masks must be worn. Bring your hydroflasks, water bottles. Refillable water stations will be available at the center.
Social distance. Maintain at least six feet of social distance from others.
Greetings. Hold off on the hugs, kisses and handshakes. Instead, do fist bumps, elbow bumps, waves, salutes and tips of the hat.
Hands. Follow the CDC guidelines and wash hands for 20 seconds with hot water and soap.
Symptoms. Don’t ignore symptoms associated with COVID-19. If you have experienced any COVID-19 symptoms within 14 days of the convention – or tested positive within 14 days of departure – we need you to stay home.
Temp checks. Temperatures will be taken each day for all attendees who enter the Phoenix Convention Center, and common preliminary COVID-19 questions will be asked. If an attendee’s temperature registers at 100.4 or higher, the attendee will sit in a control area for 10 minutes. A second temperature screening will be administered after the wait time is over. If the temp remains at 100.4 or higher, the attendee cannot obtain entry into the convention center unless they receive a negative COVID-19 rapid test.
Liability waiver. All attendees of the American Legion National Convention must sign a liability waiver to attend – the City of Phoenix accepts no liability and declines to indemnify anyone electing to attend the event. The waiver is in the process of being developed. Convention dignitaries also will be required to sign this waiver before attending.
Pre-register. Convention walk-ins will not be permitted this year. Those interested in attending must register in advance with their respective American Legion department.
Exhibit Hall numbers. There will be a max number of people to be in the Exhibit Hall at one time. This number will be determined closer to August.
Meeting rooms. Information on meeting rooms will not be released until Aug. 1 in case changes must be made for COVID-19 distancing requirements.
Handouts. To reduce touch points, all “handouts” should be digital via QR codes, etc.
Private event. The national convention is considered a private event and not opened to public.
NOTICE: Convention event cancellations
The convention parade has been canceled due to physical distancing measures. The Band Contest also has been canceled.