All events will take place at the Bartle Hall Kansas City Convention Center unless otherwise noted.
301 W. 13th Street
Kansas City, MO  64105

The 2018 VFW Auxiliary National Convention Mobile App will be for free download from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store in early July.

The app will allow attendees to receive important notifications and reminders during National Convention, have instant access to the daily agenda, add new activities to their personal schedule and connect with other attendees.


Friday, July 20

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Early Packet Pick-up at Westin Crown Center and Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotels (for pre-registered attendees only.)

Saturday, July 21

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open, Halls BCD
On-site Registration and Packet Pick-up, Halls BCD

8:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Conference Meetings

  • Western Conference, 2502 AB
  • Eastern Conference, 3501 GH
  • Southern Conference, 3501 ABCD

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Conference Meeting

  • Big Ten Conference, 2505 AB

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
2017-2018 National Council Meeting, Hall A

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
45-Plus Club Luncheon (Reservations Required), 2215 C

4:00 p.m.
Circle of Excellence Reception (Invitation Only), TBA

5:30 p.m.
Circle of Excellence Ceremony, Hall A

6:00 p.m.
Catholic Mass, 1501 A
Protestant Worship Service, 3501 EF

Sunday, July 22

7:00 a.m.
Catholic Mass, 1501 A

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open, Halls BCD
On-site Registration and Packet Pick-up, Halls BCD

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
VFW and VFW Auxiliary Joint Memorial Service, Hall E

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Past Councilors’ Club Luncheon, 2215 C

1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Auxiliary 2018-2019 Programs Seminar, Hall A
All times listed below are approximate.

1:00 to 1:30 p.m.:  Parade of Programs
1:30 to 1:40 p.m.:  Veterans & Family Support
1:40 to 1:50 p.m.:  Americanism
1:50 to 2:00 p.m.:  “Buddy”® Poppy/VFW National Home for Children
2:00 to 2:10 p.m.:  Chief of Staff/Extension
2:10 to 2:20 p.m.:  Historian/Media Relations
2:20 to 2:30 p.m.:  Hospital
2:30 to 2:40 p.m.:  VAVS
2:40 to 2:50 p.m.:  Legislative
2:50 to 3:00 p.m.:  Scholarships
3:00 to 3:10 p.m.:  Youth Activities
3:10 to 3:30 p.m.:  Membership & Recruitment
3:30 to 3:40 p.m.:  Spirit of America Award/SWAP
3:40 to 3:50 p.m.:  Family Freedom Festival/Resources
3:50 to 4:30 p.m.:  Building on the Auxiliary Foundation

7:00 p.m.
Welcome Concert featuring Trace Adkins and Six-String Soldiers, Municipal Auditorium

The welcome concert is a free, ticketed event sponsored by Texas VFW Foundation, Lockton Affinity, Cerner, Truman Library Institute and Park University.

  • VFW and VFW Auxiliary members can request two (2) reserved seats, or four (4) general admission seats by calling the VFW’s Member Service Center at 1-833-VFW-VETS.
  • Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the “Uniting to Combat Hunger”campaign.

For more information about the concert, visit

Monday, July 23

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open, Halls BCD
On-site Registration and Packet Pick-up, Halls BCD

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
VFW and VFW Auxiliary Joint Opening Session, Hall E

1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Auxiliary Opening Business Session, Hall A
(Ritualistic Opening, Allied Organizations and Guests, National Program Awards, Nominations of National Officers and Member Tribute)

Tuesday, July 24

8:00 a.m. – Noon
On-site Registration and Packet Pick-up, Halls BCD

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open, Halls BCD

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Auxiliary Business Session, Hall A

6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
VFW Patriotic Celebration, Hall E

Wednesday, July 25

7:00 a.m.
Presentation of Flags Practice, Hall A

8:00 a.m.
Presentation of Flags, Hall A

8:30 a.m.
Final Auxiliary Business Session and Installation, Hall A
(Elections and Installation of National Officers)

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Joint Reception for VFW Commander-in-Chief and National President (Ticketed Event), Kansas City Marriott Downtown

Post-Convention Event
Thursday, July 26

You are invited to stay an extra day in Kansas City following the conclusion of the 105th National Convention for a post-Convention event.

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

2018-2019 Council Meeting (No Ambassador Q&A), The National World War I Museum and Memorial
***Shuttle available from the Westin Crown Center to the World War I Museum and Memorial, Thursday, July 26 from 7:45 – 8:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.