(Washington, D.C.) – Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its Biennial National Leadership & Education Conference in Wichita, Kansas, August 5-9, 2014. Hundreds of Vietnam veteran leaders will come together at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita to take part in seminars, meetings, and other activities, including the Saturday Awards Banquet. The Opening Ceremonies will be held Wednesday morning, August 6. Army veteran and Basketball Hall-of-Famer Pat Williams, the co-founder and senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic, will deliver the Keynote Speech.
VVA's supporting organization, the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA), is co-sponsoring the conference. "We're very pleased that AVVA and VVA are working together on this always stimulating event," said VVA President John Rowan. "All members of both organizations are now able to take part in all of the Leadership Conference activities, something that greatly benefit all of us."
The biennial Leadership & Education Conference brings together VVA and AVVA leaders from across the country. They will take part in four-and-a-half days of activities, including a wide selection of seminars. The subjects range from the elements of leadership--parliamentary procedures, the duties of the officers and board of directors, the management of chapters and state councils, and media outreach--to updates on veterans healthcare, successful membership recruitment and retention tools, and effective grassroots advocacy.
Among the special guests at the Conference will be four winners of the VVA Excellence in the Arts Awards, which will be presented at the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, August 9: Vietnam veterans Tucker Smallwood, the award-winning character actor; Kimo Williams, the musician and composer; and Jim Northrup, the poet, novelist, storyteller, and columnist; along with Terrie Frankel, the musician and writer who entertained the troops on a USO tour of Vietnam in 1968.