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Cincinnati to host annual Convention

The American Legion Department of Ohio will conduct its 96th Annual Department Convention in Cincinnati, July 11, 12, and 13th.

The three-day session of nearly 100,000 members of the Ohio American Legion will be conducted at the Millennium Hotel, 150 West Fifth Street.

General Session begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12th in the Grand Ballroom.

Highlights of the Convention will include addresses by Officers and other dignitaries, the election and installation of the new 2014-2015 Officers, and consideration of constitutional amendments and resolutions that involve Legion business and policies of state and national interest.

In addition, various Department awards for the year will be given out to those deserving Posts/individuals who have excelled throughout the year.

Delegates of the Legion and Auxiliary will begin arriving in Cincinnati on Thursday, July 10th for pre-convention meetings, and will occupy approximately 500 hotel rooms in area hotels. Approximately 1,400 Legion members, their spouses, and friends are expected to attend the three-day meeting.

Hospitality packets outlining what Cincinnati has to offer to visitors will be distributed at registration. Registration will take place in the Coat Check area of the Millennium beginning on Friday at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.., with a registration fee of $5.00.

The Department of Ohio American Legion Convention Headquarters will open beginning Thursday morning at 8 a.m. in rooms 459/461, 4th floor, at the Millennium.

The Reds play the Pirates Friday night. Tickets are available through the Cincinnati Reds at a discounted rate. Cincinnati has a lot to offer. During your convention stay, try to visit the many new events in the area. A shuttle service is available from the Casino.

Department photo calendar contest entries due July 13

'Legion Activities' continues to be the theme for the Department of Ohio's 2nd Annual Photo Calendar Contest.

The Legionnaires of the Ohio American Legion do a lot of things that might be worthy of a photo in our 2015 calendar. Activities include such things as the fish fry, Post or District meetings, military funerals, tournaments, providing assistance in the community and a host of other activities.

Entries are due by the end of the Department Convention in Cincinnati on July 13, 2014. The top 12 or 13 winners will have their photo printed in the calendar. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three photos.

There are no restrictions on the type of photo submitted, but the photo should be high quality. Photos can be a group, single person, scenery or a view of everyday life. Each entrant may submit up to three photos. They should be scanned or reprinted; no originals, please. Electronically submitted photos must be submitted in either JPG or TIFF format and be at least 300 dpi at 8"x10" and 600 dpi at 4"x6".

1. All photos become the property of Ohio American Legion and will not be returned.

2. Photos may be entered by mailing them to the Department HQ at PO Box 8007 Delaware, OH 43015 or emailing to espenshade@ohiolegion.com. Please mark the envelope or subject line "Photo Contest."

3. Entries will be judged not only on the unique quality and interest in the photo, but also by its technical merit.

4. All entries must be postmarked by July 11, 2014 or submitted in person or e-mail by July 13th.

5. All photos must be taken in Ohio, copyright-free and be available to be printed in the calendar without legal encumbrance.

6. All entries must contain as much relevant data as possible, such as who, what, where and when. If there's a story that goes with the photo, please send it along. Do not write on the backside of an actual photo. Use a separate sheet of paper.

7. Photographs may be of any Legion-associated activity.

8. Limit three photographs per person.

9. Those participating must include their name, Legion, SAL or Auxiliary membership ID number, Post number, personal address, and phone or e-mail address.

10. The person who took the photo should be identified by name and relationship to the submitter.

The finished calendar will be mailed to our premier contributors and available by request by the end of the year.