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2021 56th CSALC Convention

56th CSALC Convention

Dear Branch Presidents and Secretary-Treasurers,

The 56th State Convention of the California State Association of Letter Carriers will convene at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel, 1355 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. The convention will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021, and Saturday, November 20, 2021. On Thursday, November 18, 2021, CSALC will be working with the office of NALC Region 1 NBA Bryant Almario to conduct joint training sessions.

Room rate in our block is $161 (plus tax) per night, single or double for standard rooms. Room tax rate is 12.75%. Deadline for room reservations is Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 5 pm.

Hotel Reservations

In order to facilitate booking rooms at the CSALC convention, the following changes will be made as of July 5, 2021.

All reservation requests should be e-mailed to Joseph D’Amato at the following email address: jdamato@wyndham.com.  When booking 5 or more rooms, please use a rooming list template (available at this link) or an Excel template document. When e-mailing Joseph for reservations, be sure that your branch name and number is included in the email.

A credit card authorization link will then be e-mailed to you along with an invoice showing your estimated total charges for the rooms plus tax.  The hotel will authorize your credit card for the balance in advance of arrival (this will show as ‘pending’) but it will not be charged until 72-hours in advance of arrival. This way, if there are cancellations, you will have until this time to make changes to avoid being charged.

As a reminder, the cutoff date for reservations is October 16, 2021. Reservations received after this date are subject to availability and at prevailing published rates.

Delegate Registration

Complete and accurate delegate registration forms must be received by September 1, 2021. Badges and credentials will be created from the information that you return to me. Branch delegate strength totals have been mailed to all branches. All registration information must be submitted electronically. The delegate registration Excel file is linked below. Use the tabs in the lower left corner of the form to find instructions.

2021 CSALC Delegate Registration Form

Delegate, Alternate and Guest Cards - These cards will be initiated from the registration form. Please provide separate Guest and Alternate lists indicating the status of the person listed. From the list you submit the official convention identification cards, and a copy will be returned to you for the signatures of your President and Secretary-Treasurer. The signed official identification cards are to be put in alphabetical order and returned to Mark Lesch, CSALC Secretary,14579 Golden Trails, Victorville, CA 92392-6147, no later than October 1, 2021.

Alternates and Guests - An alternate can only be admitted to the convention with written proof of election from his/her branch, or written evidence from the delegate for whom he/she is elected alternate, stating that the elected delegate is unable to attend the convention, in accordance with the NALC Constitution. Guest badges will be issued when your branch registers its delegation.

On Site Registration - Delegate registration will begin on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, from 11:00 am to 7 pm, and continue Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. After 2:00 pm on Thursday delegates and guests may register with the Convention Committee at their booth.

When you register your delegates, please bring your copy of the credential cards in alphabetical order by last name. Registration will be done by the authorized person that was indicated on the submitted list (usually the President or Secretary-Treasurer) for the entire delegation. If the authorized person is not available, a letter must be presented signed by the President or Secretary-Treasurer identifying the person who will pick up the credentials. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at (760) 486-4274 or email csalcweb@gmail.com.

Resolution and Bylaw Amendments - Copies of the resolution and bylaw amendment forms have been mailed to all branches, and are also available below. Amendments must be produced in triplicate and sent by USPS Mail to Mark Lesch, CSALC Secretary, 14579 Golden Trails, Victorville, CA 92392-6147. To appear in the booklet, submissions must be sent to me by September 1, 2021.

CSALC Resolution Amendment Form

CSALC By Law Amendment Form

Convention Schedule

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - CSALC Audit Meeting, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - CSALC Board Meeting, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.
Thursday, November 18, 2021 - Joint Training CSALC - NALC Region 1, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Friday, November 19, 2021 - Convention Session 1 - 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.
Saturday, November 20, 2021 - Convention Session 2 - 8:30 am - Completion of business.
Saturday, November 20, 2021 - CSALC Board Meeting - one half hour after completion of convention session.

Convention Book Advertising - As in the past, the convention program will be supported by advertisements placed by businesses and branches. Please have your branch consider purchasing an ad thanking Host Branch 70 for all their hard work, or wishing a successful convention to the delegates, etc.

The discounted rate for branches / state associations will be:
Quarter Page: $150
Half Page: $250
Full Page: $450
Cover and Final Page: $550

Please contact me at (760) 486-4274 or by email at csalcweb@gmail.com as soon as possible if your branch will help with the advertising and formatting help for ads. Ad artwork and checks must be received by September 1, 2021. Make checks payable to CSALC and mail to Mark Lesch, CSALC Secretary at the address listed above.

Convention Fund Raising - If your Branch wishes to sell items at a table at the convention, they must contact the CSALC Secretary no later than September 1, 2021. The CSALC will assign tables on a first come, first served basis prior to the convention. Funds raised from items sold must go to MDA, Food Drive or the CSALC Carl J. Saxsenmeier Scholarship Fund.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me either by phone, (760) 486-4274, or via email, csalcweb@gmail.com.

In solidarity,
Mark Lesch,
CSALC Secretary