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Convention Details

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The 2011 Annual AGSM Convention:

June 24 - 26, 2011

Radisson Hotel at Opryland
2401 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214


Located only nine miles from the Nashville International Airport, minutes from downtown Nashville and adjacent to Gaylord Opryland Resort and Grand Ole Opry, the newly renovated hotel offers a great location with grand hospitality. Guest rooms include coffeemakers, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards. Shuttle service is available to and from the airport and to Gaylord Opryland Resort. Many favorite tourist sites are within easy driving distance and information will be available when you arrive.

Deadline for hotel reservation Wednesday May 23, 2011
Room rate is $119 per night plus tax
Make your reservations early to guarantee one of the blocked rooms. Call the Radisson directly at 615-889-0800 or
800-333-3333 and use our rate code of R-AGSM.

Group Event

Friday night at Wildhorse Saloon, Downtown Nashville, offers live entertainment, dancing, dining at this three story entertainment mecca. Learn the latest dance steps on the 2,500 sq. ft. dance floor. Be sure to bring your jeans and cowgirl boots (or your favorite dancing outfit) for a great experience. If this event is not your idea of fun, we will have information on many other activities available.

Dad and Guest Tour

Saturday, Dads and guests will tour Ft. Campbell, KY, home of the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles. The tour will include the Don Pratt Museum which was established in 1956 as a division museum. Exhibits include a completely restored CG-4A cargo glider which carried glider-borne Soldiers into combat during WWII, captured enemy weapons and equipment from Vietnam, and personal items belonging to Adolph Hitler and other high ranking Nazi officials. The museum also includes both guided and unguided tours, daily historical films, and a gift shop. An outdoor park across the street from the museum displays various military aircraft and equipment used by the division. The centerpiece of the park is the "Brass Hat"; - a fully restored C-47 aircraft used during WWII.

Group Event

Saturday Night at world renowned Grand Ole Opry. The longest running live radio show in the United States, it is the hottest ticket in town! It is a Tennessee treasure and our #1 attraction. Often called the "home of American music", the Opry is a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience with a mix of country legends and contemporary chart-toppers. The Opry's member list includes legends like Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Little Jimmy Dickens, as well as new stars like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. By the time the night is over, "ya'll come back now" will be your favorite phrase. A block of 200 seats is reserved for AGSM and tickets not purchased by May 25, will be released back to the Opry. Order early to guarantee your spot for this memorable event.

The 74th Annual National Convention Condensed Schedule

  • Friday June 24

    • 8 AM to 11AM Registration for Delegates and Mother's Cupboard open for business

    • 1 PM to 5 PM Orientation, Workshops

    • 7:00 PM Wildhorse Saloon

  • Saturday June 25

    • 7:30 AM - 8:45 AM Last call for Registration

    • 9:00 AM Official Opening of the Convention; Gold Star Manor program
      BUSINESS MEETING BEGINS -Report of Nominations Committee

    • 10:00 AM Dads and Guest leave for Ft. Campbell Tour

    • Noon Luncheon VAVS Program

    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Business Meeting Resumes; Nominations from the Floor, Resolutions

    • 7:00 PM Grand Ole Opry Night

  • Sunday June 26

    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast meeting- Fund raising ideas

    • 9:00 AM Rehearsal for Memorial Service

    • 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM Memorial Service followed by reception

    • 1:00 PM -2:30 PM Reconvene Business Meeting; Report of Election, Committee Reports and, new business

    • 3:00 PM -4:00 PM Installation of Officers and Closing of Convention

    • 6:30 PM Cocktail Hour with Banquet beginning at 7:00 PM

Convention Call Details

ONE page Delegate Registration form, ONE check, and ONE Mailing. Print as many forms as you need.

Everyone must register. Please fill out the Delegate Registration form. Mail to the National Treasurer, Barb Benard at AGSM Headquarters, 2128 Leroy Place NW, Washington, DC 20008 by May 23, 2011.


Delegates - Each Chapter shall be entitled to one delegate for each five members or major fraction thereof whose current National per capita has been received by the National Treasurer at least thirty days prior to the convention, and to one alternate for each delegate. Delegates and alternates shall be elected at a regular or special business meeting of the Chapter for which a notice has been given to all members at least ten days prior to said meeting. In addition each incumbent Chapter President, Department President, Past National President and National Officers by virtue of their offices shall be a delegate without alternate.

Alternates - Alternates may participate in discussions on the floor and may also serve on Committees but may not vote unless their delegate is not present.


All Resolutions shall be sent in by May 28 to National Service Officer at National Headquarters in DC.


Department Chaplains should make sure that the names of all deceased members and associate members have been sent by May 28 to Janice Chance, 9019 Amber Oaks Way, Owings Mills, MD 21117. This service recognizes the deaths of our Membership during the past year.


Serves two purposes; a tribute to our fallen sons and daughters and a fund raiser to help pay for our convention.


Business meetings - white daytime attire is recommended but not required.

Memorial Service - suitable white attire, business suits, long dresses have been the tradition but not required.

Banquet - cocktail attire or country/western (it is Nashville after all). White is not required.

Pages - suitable business attire, white is desirable.

All nominations for National Office shall be sent by May 28 to:
Chairperson of Nominations, Terry Davis,
275 S. Franklin St, Holbrook, MA 02343.
Nominations shall be for a specific office. Qualification summaries are limited to specific work with the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

Pages - Vivian Scharver, National Sergeant-at-Arms.

Colors - Departments wishing to have their Colors posted must either bring or ship their colors to Headquarters by June 10.

LUNCHEON: All convention attendees and their guests are invited to attend. Cost is $35. Short Ribs, TN salad, cheddar grits, root vegetable hash and Jack Daniel's pecan pie.

BANQUET: No cost to American Gold Star Mothers members (Guests $40/person) Salad, Georgia Chicken,(oven roasted with pecans, peaches and boursin cheese), Vegetables, Rice, and Cheesecake.

DADS and GUEST TOUR: Saturday morning - Ft. Campbell Tour; 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles.

GROUP EVENTS: Friday Night - Wildhorse Saloon; no coverage charge; free dance lessons; only charge is bar and food. Saturday Night - Grand Ole Opry - tickets must be paid with registration; $38.00 each.

Any member wishing to present a subject on the Convention floor which is not a part of the planned agenda must present her request in writing to the National Executive Board of the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., for their consideration 15 days before opening of the Convention. Any member wishing to appear before the Executive Board must request permission in writing 15 days before the opening of the Convention.
Send requests to National President, Molly Morel, P O Box 349, Martin TN 38237.


OUR JOURNAL will be printed in COLOR, COLOR, COLOR, COLOR - that's right a four color separation.
Funds received from memorials and ads placed in the Journal will be used to help defray expenses of the Convention. Departments, Chapters and Members are encouraged to place memorials. Other service organization and public officials should be invited to support us.

Full Page 5 X 8 inches $50
Half Page 4 X 5 inches $30
Quarter Page 2.75 X 4 inches $20
"In Memory of" Page of Ribbons $15

Suggestions for those who have photos in the ads. Two picture comparisons were a huge success in the last three journals. Childhood and service pictures made a nice tribute to our loved ones. Please consider this again for this year's journal.

Please type or print plainly all information about your dedication. Journal fees for other than Gold Star families are:

Full page $100
Half Page $50
Quarter Page $25

Deadline for mailing Ads is May 28, 2011. Please do not wait until the last minute. The more time Ruth has to dedicate to the layout the better the final page will look. Checks should be made to payable to American Gold Star Mothers and mailed to: Ruth Stonesifer 302 Frogtown Rd., Kintnersville, PA Or emailed to Ruth; (much faster and less typos).

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