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MN VFW Midwinter Conference
January 18-20, 2019

Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South 7th Street

About Midwinter

The 2019 Midwinter Conference follows tradition and will be hosted by the Minneapolis Marriott City Center.  2019 marks the 116th year of the Grand Midwinter Banquet. It also marks the 119th year that the Veterans of Foreign Wars will offer its Services to our Veterans and our Communities.

On both Friday, the Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend a Gambling Control Information Seminar, Legislative Session and Council meetings 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. 

Saturday will start off with VFW Membership Training Opportunity while the Auxiliary hosts Council business.  In the afternoon, there will be additional seminars for VFW members to attend. 

This Year we plan to focus on some important topics including Mental Health, Post Finances and more.  In addition, our display area is continuing to expand with more organizations and businesses that can serve as partners in our VFW program efforts or provide services of value to our membership.  Our Veterans Homes will be set up to discuss their services and address any needs you may have.

Throughout Saturday, attendees will be able to visit and expanded display area including resources and organizations that either service veterans or provide partnerships with our organization.  The weekend will wrap up with V.F.W. Council meetings on Sunday morning.

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.  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.

Commander’s Project Donations

Parade of Checks will take place at the Midwinter Banquet

Sponsorship Opportunities:

Support Scholarship Winners & Teachers of the Year

Sponsorship Form

Grand Banquet:

Voice of Democracy & Patriot’s Pen

Event Forms

The Voice of Democracy Program, celebrating its 72nd 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 "Why My Vote Matters".

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, the VFW National Representative, the Auxiliary National Representative 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 and Auxiliary members are encouraged to order early as seating will be on a first come, first served basis.

Start off the evening sharing the Buddy Poppy contest displays that will be available for viewing during the reception.  Use this opportunity to share the meaning and purpose of the VFW Buddy Poppy with new members and special guests. 

Program Book Advertising Rates

Tentative Schedule   

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Hotel Housing


Banquet Tickets

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.

Area Information

Buddy Poppy Contest

 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

The Annual State Buddy Poppy Display Contest will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2019 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.

Again this year, the Buddy Poppy Contest Entries and the special Minnesota VFW Historical Display will remain open for viewing through the Grand Banquet Saturday evening.  This will allow the opportunity to share these wonderful displays with our evening guests and help spread the ‘Story of the VFW Buddy Poppy’ and our great Organization.

See you at Midwinter Conference 2018.


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