The 2017 National Convention will be held in Reno, NV from August 18- August 24; the actual business session of the convention for all non committee members is August 22. The convention hotel for Montana is the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino. All delegates must stay at the convention hotel. The room rates are $129 a night for doubles (2 beds – 1 or 2 persons, King (1 bed – 1 or 2 persons), this includes all taxes. Parking is complimentary, self and valet. Convention registration for our Department will be on Thursday evening, Friday morning, and late Friday evening.

At the center of all Reno has to offer, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino provides the most accommodations of any casino hotels in Reno. With more than 1,900 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, access to an 80,000-square-foot casino, a large selection of restaurants, cafés, bars, and lounges, and more than 200,000 square feet of meeting space, our Reno hotel and resort provides an inclusive, never-have-to-leave experience for discerning casino players and vacationers.

The spacious and professionally decorated rooms and suites offer vistas of the Sierra Nevada, downtown Reno, and The Beach pool. The casino hotel and resort amenities also include an RV park, live entertainment with top acts from around the globe, dancing till dawn in LEX Nightclub, and an array of events, including regular casino tournaments.

Novice and experienced gamers will relish our expansive casino one of the largest casino hotel in Reno. Guests can enjoy table games, slots, video poker, a live poker room, and tournaments offering prizes including cash or free play. GSR also offers live betting in our race and sports book and a players club where you can earn points faster than ever before.

GSR also offers guests the luxury of a full-service spa and salon, fitness center with weightlifting machines and cardio equipment, and regularly scheduled group fitness classes.

At Grand Sierra Resort they cater to families too, with a host of activities to provide hours—if not days!—of family fun. Guests can play miniature golf, ride go-karts, and skydive at Grand Adventure Land, or enjoy FunQuest video arcade and laser tag, a 50-lane family bowling center, and Grand Sierra Cinema movie theater ($4.00). They also offer Sierra Bay Aqua Golf, Reno’s only over-water driving range, plus the added benefit of an indoor simulated golf course that allows guests to play top golf courses like Pinehurst II, Pebble Beach, and Harbour Town without ever leaving the resort.

If there is enough interest the Department will offer a bus to Reno. The bus would depart Helena on Thursday evening at 7:00 PM Aug 17 and arrive in Reno approximately 8:00 PM and return, leaving Reno on Thursday August 24 at approximately 3:00 PM and arriving back in Montana on Friday evening. The bus could stop in Butte and Dillon to take on passengers if required. The bus would be Helena Post 2 Baseball bus, which is a coach. Cost would be: $165.00 each for 30 passengers, $135.00 each for 35 passengers and $125.00 each for 40 passengers. The bus holds 47 passengers; however we would only make 42 seats available. For anyone desiring to ride the bus, they would have to pay a $100.00 deposit by 15 February 2017. If they also want to the National Commander’s banquet they would have to purchase their ticket by 1 Feb. Once we determine the number of interested passengers we can assess the remainder of the cost. If there isn’t enough interest then the deposit will be returned in full.

The National Commanders Banquet will be $47.00 and is non refundable. The entertainment is unknown at this time. National Commander Banquet tickets should be reserved and paid for no later than 1 February, and are only refundable if I can sell them to someone else. Please do not wait.

The convention center is 3 miles from the hotel, a shuttle service will be operated starting on Friday August 28.

All convention registrations and deposits will be due no later than 1 July 2016.

The convention locations for the upcoming years are

2018 – Minneapolis, MN

2019 – Indianapolis, IN

2020 - Louisville, KY

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