SFA National Convention 2019


You are encouraged to take advantage of the early registration reduced rate of $125.00 (until May 31, 2019).  This will save the attendees some money and just as importantly give Chapter 68 a clearer picture of expected attendance.  Due to a late start, we greatly appreciate the assistance of getting the information out as soon as possible.
You can find the hotel reservation codes on the attached welcome letter.  The convention rate block is good until June 30, 2019 so make sure to reserve your rooms early.
Some highlights:
    – All hotel room blocks include breakfast (continental, full-serve or $10.00 credit toward restaurant) and parking for $107.00
    – Banquet will be held at the newly remodeled Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center overlooking the Elk River
    – Several Chapters have contacted us about sponsoring a Gold Star Family member to attend all/part of the convention.  There will be a Gold Star Family luncheon on Friday.
    – USMC Warrant Officer Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams, CMoH Recipient of the Battle of Iwo Jima, will discuss some of his efforts in remembering our Gold Star Families across this great Nation.
    – We are currently working with two venues to show the movie ’12 Strong’.  It is a copyright issue that we hope can be worked out.
    – Welcome Night at the WV State Capitol Complex will be a great experience for everyone, plus free food and drink!
    – Gold Star Motorcycle Ride will be held on Saturday and terminate at the picnic
    – SOF Aircraft and Mobility Display will be during the picnic on Saturday
        o Special Forces Association Parachute Team
        o USASOC Black Daggers Parachute Demonstration Team
        o Band – TBD
    – The main (large) hospitality suite will be operated by Chapter 68 and have SF vendors (Chapter Sales and SF Museum) co-located in the suite
        o Two additional satellite hospitality suites located in the Marriott
        o One satellite hospitality suite located in the Embassy Suites
        o One satellite hospitality suite located in the Holiday Inn Express (Looking for a Chapter to Host)
I have attached the advertisement that will appear in the Winter edition of ‘The Drop’.  It includes hotel information (with reservation codes), registration form, on-line registration website and a draft schedule of events (expect slight changes).
Please respond to this email or call (304) 962-8017 if you have any questions or concerns.  Thanks.
Kevin l. Harry
Chapter 68
(423) 895-3769

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The registration for the 2019 SFA International Convention Golf Tournament is now open and available on the website www.sfanationalconvention.com  We will be playing at the Berry Hills Country Club, 1 Berry Hills Road, Charleston, WV 25314 at 0730 on Wednesday August 14, 2019.  This will be a four person scramble format and you can sign up  to a three person team, the fourth will be assigned (Gold Star Family member, Sponsor or Veteran).  Registration cost is $55.00 which includes green fees, cart and lunch.  Any questions please call (304) 962-8017.  Thanks.


Kevin Harry

From: Kevin Harry sfachapter68@gmail.com
Subject: 2019 SFA Convention Update
Date: April 3, 2019 at 7:05:24 PM EDT
To: SFA Chapter 68 divemedic@yahoo.com

SFA Chapter Presidents,

I wanted to provide a quick update:

There are only 58 days until Registration Fees increase to $150.00. Please encourage your members to register early. This will save them some money and, more importantly, allow Chapter 68 to plan more effectively. We have to approximate numbers early so that we can order coins, glassware, bottles of wine and other items given away during the convention. Many of these items must be ordered 60 days out to ensure there arrival.

Rooms in the Marriott and Embassy Suites are filling up. If you still need to make reservations, do so in the next 60 days. If you are coming with a larger group, consider staying as a group in the Holiday Inn Express were there is the largest block of rooms remaining. It is a nice hotel right across from the Convention Center (Banquet), will have its own Hospitality Suite and there will be shuttle vans available to take you to the other hotels, if needed. It is about a block from the Marriott and two blocks from the Embassy Suites.

Look for updates on what restaurants that are participating in ‘The Taste of Charleston’ and the menus for each.

If you have any questions, please call (304) 962-8017. Thanks.

Kevin Harry


2019 Gold Star Motorcycle Ride

The registration for the 2019 Ride for the Fallen Warriors is now open.  I have attached registration forms for mail in or you can register online at https://www.sfanationalconvention.com/goldstarride . The Special Guest Road Captain is U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III and the Special Guest Road Warrior is CMoH Recipient Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams.  The ride will terminate at the SOF Aircraft and Equipment Display and SFA Picnic.  Hope to see some SFA Brothers on the ride.


Pre-Registration Form


Release Form


There have been a couple questions on hotels supporting this year’s SFA Convention. Please have everyone go to following website for a complete list of hotels, addresses, phone numbers and links for reservation. https://www.sfanationalconvention.com/lodging-options

They can also email SFAChapter68@gmail.com or call (304) 962-8017 for assistance. Thanks.