American Legion to host state convention

CNJ Staff

Roughly 500 members of American Legion posts statewide will be in Clovis today through Sunday for the state’s annual convention.

The event will kick off this morning with a golf tournament for American Legion members at the Clovis Municipal Golf Course.

American Legion members across the state voted to have Clovis American Legion Post 25 host the event, partly due to the hospitality they received at the 1999 state convention in Clovis, said American Legion Post 25 Commander Daniel Tapia.

“Every American Legion will come to Clovis for the state convention,” Tapia said. “We’ve had four other very successful conventions. They like the hospitality that we give them from our post. They love the way we treat people from out of the area.”

Raymond Anaya, convention chairman and member of Post 25, said the four-day event will include three nights of dancing, a billiards tournament, a banquet on Saturday night and a series of meetings about benefits for military personnel who served during a war.

The meetings will also include briefings on new rules and laws associated with American Legion, Anaya said.

“This is a business thing but we also like to have entertainment,” Anaya said. “People who live in Albuquerque are tired of being in Albuquerque — they want to go out of town.”

Anaya said Post 25 has the biggest building outside of Albuquerque and is rated No. 5 in membership.

On Sunday morning, a state commander will be elected, along with four assistants.

Anaya said many people have helped him with the planning process, which has been draining.

“Buddy, I tell you, I’m looking forward to Sunday at noon when it’s over,” Anaya said, with a laugh.