American Legion brings district convention to town
AL members from Willacy, Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Zapata counties will meet here for three days to discuss the organization goals and plans.
George Solis, 16th District Commander with Post 390, said they expect about 150 delegates at the meeting March 25, 26 and 27.
“We are going to discuss a number of things at the convention,” he said. “One item is the first property the American Legion has had in Donna since 1920.”
Other topics include the scholarship and sport programs which includes a baseball program established in 1914.
Zacarias “Zack” Gonzales, financial officer and chairman for the convention, said the meeting is open to all AL delegates.
However, he said a dance and dinner will be held Saturday, March 26 which the public is welcome to attend.
In addition to the delegates, there will be other groups holding separate conventions, he said.
They are the American Legions’ 3rd Division and State offices, the American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and Legion Riders.
Solis said this is the second time the AL has chosen Raymondville for its regional convention in the last four years.
“We had the first convention in the last 40 years in 2007,” he said. “I guess they must have liked what they saw five years ago to come back again.”
Gonzales said the convention will benefit the local business community because of the influx of people that will be here in late March.
“We estimate that some 150 delegates will be attending the convention,” he said, “plus their relatives and friends who will be coming along.”
Gonzales said the convention will be at La Quinta Inn & Suites here.
He also said that tickets for the dinner and dance are now available.
For more information about the convention and the tickets call Gonzales at 956-746-9824 or the AL Post 390 at 956-680-1903 or stop by 311 West Hidalgo Avenue in Raymondville.