2019 Annual Business Meeting Excerpt CONVENTIONS

CONVENTIONS– 1. 2020 Convention will be held in Tucson, AZ Dennis Ottley congratulated the 2019 Convention Team for a great convention. Tucson is in the High Sonorra Desert, surrounded by lots of wildlife, such as deer, elk, bears, desert bighorn sheep, mountain lions, etc. We are at a 2800 ft elevation. There is low humidity. There are a Lot of food options, craft breweries, Spanish and Tribal cultures, Sonora Desert Museum. There is a mixture of Spanish, American, and Native American cultures. 2. Host hotel is The El Conquistador with room rates of $96/night 3. There will be a raptor display at the Welcome Aboard Party 4. There will be a Casino night with prizes but no cash 5. Convention website will be up on 8/21/2019 6. Raffles will be a 50/50 and 6 night room raffle.  2021 Convention will be held in Orlando at Rosen Shingle Creek from 8/30- 9/4/2021 with room rates of $105/night  2022 Convention 1. This will be a 4 day convention instead of 6 2. Buffalo is a veteran oriented community, with a Naval Park including the USS Little Rock, USS Sullivans and USS Croaker and the Grenadier Memorial 3. Fantastic Waterfront activities with double decker boat tours and Tiki boats 4. Nearby attractions are Niagra Falls, Many microbreweries, some wineries 5. Convention in Late August TBD. Ozzie made motion to hold 2022 convention in Buffalo, Second made by Bob Bissonnette. Motion was approved by a majority hand vote. Ozzie talked about increasing attendance at the conventions. He will be talking to Boat Reunion Coordinators about having reunions at the host hotel. Hotel contracts are now written to include Boat Reunions so they will get the same rates as the Convention Rate. Boat reunions food and beverage expense will be applied to Convention budget. Some submariners state that they are not USSVI members. Ozzie stated that is not a requirement to attend. Ozzie needs a volunteer to host the 2023 convention somewhere in the central part of the US.


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