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MN VFW Midwinter Conference
January 22-23, 2016

Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South 7th Street

The 2016 Midwinter Conference will be hosted by the Minneapolis Marriott City Center.  2016 marks the 113th year of the Grand Midwinter Banquet. It also marks the 116th year that the Veterans of Foreign Wars will offer its Services to our Veterans and our Communities.

Annually we ask old and new members to attend the Midwinter Conference. This venue has always offered an opportunity to renew old friendships and make new ones.  If you have been away from VFW functions for a while, maybe this would be the time to come back.  If you have never attended a State VFW function this would be a good time to start.  Post and Auxiliaries again this year are encouraged to bring and/or sponsor younger members to this Midwinter Conference.  This event would offer a great opportunity to WELCOME HOME many of our Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Again this year, the Men’s Auxiliary will meet to discuss items of interest to their organization.

The Annual State Buddy Poppy Display Contest will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 in the in the Marriott 4th Floor Atrium. All participants of the District Poppy Display Contest will be eligible to compete in the Department Contest.  Guests should take time to view these works of art created primarily (and sometimes completely) from V.F.W. Buddy Poppies.

The main purpose of the Buddy Poppy Displays are to promote the distribution of Poppies before Memorial Day.  Many displays are used in store windows of local communities to inform the public of the upcoming VFW Buddy Poppy Day.  Along with Promotional Displays, a number of centerpieces and corsages can also be viewed.  These creations are used at dinners, nursing homes and other VFW and Auxiliary functions.

On both Friday and Saturday, the Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend Committee meetings and Workshops covering many VFW Programs and Activities.  If you have questions regarding any of our programs, now would be a good time to have them answered.  During breaks, guests may also visit the Veterans Home tables and other displays that will be available.

The Voice of Democracy Program, celebrating its 69th Anniversary as a VFW Program, has become one of the VFW's more popular Youth Activity Programs.  As in past years, the nine District Voice of Democracy students will be honored at the Midwinter Conference Banquet.  During the Banquet, the top winners will be announced and the First Place student will give his/her speech.  To meet and listen to these young leaders of tomorrow is an experience one does not want to miss, as they address the theme "My Vision for America".

This year's Midwinter Banquet will be the Formal Event of the year.  Not only will you hear the First Place Voice of Democracy speech, you will also hear from our State Patriot’s Pen winter, National Representatives and our State leaders. If you have never attended a Midwinter Banquet before or have missed some in the past, you should attend this one.  Banquet tickets can be ordered through Department Headquarters. All VFW, Ladies Auxiliary and Men’s Auxiliary members are encouraged to order early as seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

The links below will give you the information as indicated.
See you at Midwinter Conference 2016.

Event Forms

Area Information

Tentative Schedule    (requires Adobe PDF - download at no charge  )


Hotel Housing Form

Remember Midwinter Housing Goes Directly to the Hotel


Recruiters Class  Watch the schedule for opportunities


Banquet Tickets Enjoy a slightly new banquet format for 2016

·       All reservations will be assigned based on First-Come-First-Serve… This also applies to Any Post and District Officers and Chairmen

·       Banquet Guest Speaker- Hear the State Voice of Democracy winning essay & Patriot’s Pen winning essay and Other Special Guests

·       Reminder: Reserved tickets will not be mailed out.  They will be available for pick-up during Registration hours at the Conference.

Program Book Advertising Rates

Maps and Directions
Marriott City Center Area Map and Parking Directions

Area Maps:

·       Downtown Skyways

·       Nicolet Mall (a Top Ten Shopping Street in America according to US News & World Report Travel)

Transportation Options  Bus, Train, Walk and more...

Shopping in Downtown Minneapolis

Dining in and near the Marriott City Center
Other Dining Possibilities

Check out more possibilities at the Minneapolis Convention & Visitors Bureau Website


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