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2017 National Convention

 Export to Your Calendar 7/21/2017 to 7/23/2017
When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Where: Hyatt Regency
Crystal City, Virginia 
United States
Contact: Diane Markham
(202) 646-7728

Online registration is closed.
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Join us for another exciting national convention. We will present ROA’s highest awards, hear from high-level speakers, receive an update on the state of the association, elect a new executive committee and much more! Don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to see old friends, make new friends, find a mentor, or be a mentor.

Registration Information
Advance registration is now closed. We invite you to register on site. Registration will open at noon on Friday, 21 July 2017 in the Regency Ballroom foyer at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

Attendees can register online through Monday, July 17, 2017.

   ROA/ROAL Registration – $275 early (thru 2 June) / $350 advance (thru 17 July)

   Memorial Breakfast – $40

   Guest Ticket: Welcome Reception – $20

   ROA & STARs Foundation Banquet – $150

Be sure to register early to take advantage of the early bird discount! Early bird registration will be accepted through Friday, June 2, 2017. Advance registrations will be accepted through July 17, 2017. After that date, registrations will be accepted on site. Cancellations made on or before July 17, 2017 will receive a full refund, minus a $25 administrative fee. No refunds will be made after July 17, 2017.



Here is a broad overview of the event. Click here for a full agenda. Visit often as we will provide updates as they become available.

Friday, 21 July

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm               Registration Open

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm                 Department National Council Members Meeting

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm                 Department Presidents’ Meeting

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm                 Welcome Reception

Saturday, 22 July

7:30 am – 9:00 am                 Memorial Breakfast

9:00 am – 12:30                    General Assembly

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm                 ROAL Meeting

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm                 Service Section Meetings

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm               ROA & STARs Foundation Dinner

Sunday, 23 July

9:30 am – 12:30 pm               General Assembly

9:30 am – 12:30 pm               ROAL Meeting


Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport

2799 Jefferson Davis Highway

Arlington, Virginia, USA, 22202

(703) 418-1234

ReservationsThe easiest way to make your reservation is through ROA’s Hyatt Reservation Portal. Click here. You may also call (888) 421-1442. When calling, be sure to reference group code “ROA2” to get the convention rate.

Rate/Deadline – ROA’s room block offers a rate of $117 (single) plus 13.25% applicable tax. Reservations must be made by June 26, 2017 to enjoy the group rate.

Download the App! – Search the app store for the Hyatt Regency Crystal City app. Here you will find all the hotel information you need from shuttle service to restaurant menus. As we near the meeting, you will also be able to see the ROA Convention schedule.



Recommended dress for all meetings and welcome reception is business casual. Members in uniform are expected to adhere to the grooming, physical and uniform standards of their respective services. The ROA & STARs Foundation Dinner is formal/black tie.


Resolution Process/Deadlines

Resolutions recommended by departments, service sections, and standing committees will be considered by the convention body. To be properly filed, a resolution must be received in the prescribed format at National Headquarters no later than Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Resolutions recommended by the National Resolutions Committee for presentation to the national convention will be provided to delegates. For more information, contact Susan Lukas, ROA Director, Legislative and Military Policy at slukas@roa.org or 800-809-9448, ext. 713.



Every member is encouraged to apply to their department leadership to become a delegate. Delegates cast votes on behalf of their department on issues such as resolutions, proposed changes to the constitution and bylaws, and the election of national officers. To find out who your department leader is, visit your department’s group webpage or contact Tracey Ware at tware@roa.org or 202-646-7733.

Departments should submit their completed delegate reporting form to national headquarters no later than July 17, 2015. Delegate and Voting Strengths are available here. Forms and questions should be sent to Diane Markham at dmarkham@roa.org or (202) 646-7728.



Convention delegates will elect new national leadership during the convention. The following national positions will be filled for each service section: vice president, junior vice president and 2 executive committeemen.

Be sure to check the "Candidate's Corner" regularly to read about the endorsed members running for office.

To be considered for an elected office, you must be endorsed by your Department. A letter signed by your department president or secretary should be sent to Diane Markham (dmarkham@roa.org or 1 Constitution Ave NE, Washington DC 20002).


Getting Around

Hyatt Regency Crystal City offers complimentary shuttle service:

  • To Reagan National Airport – Departs the hotel every 20 minutes on the hour from 4:40 am – 12:00 am.
  • From Reagan National Airport – Shuttle picks up at A Terminal (2nd Curb by the marked Hotel Shuttle stop location) and B & C Terminal Arrivals, Door 5 and Door 9 (1st Curb by the marked Hotel Shuttle stop location).
  • From the Crystal City Metro Station (Blue and Yellow Lines) – Shuttle picks up and drops off at the 20th & 23rd; Crystal Drive & 23rd; & Eads St.
  • To Crystal City Metro Station – Departs the hotel front drive every 30 minutes on the hour from 6:00 am - midnight Monday thru Friday, and 7:00am - midnight Saturday and Sunday.

Metrorail – The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the Crystal City Metro Station. For a map, schedules and fares go to www.wmata.com.


Transportation to/from Washington, DC
Reagan National Airport

Reagan National Airport (airport code: DCA) is DC’s closest airport. In fact, often you’ll get a beautiful bird’s-eye view of the city’s iconic monuments and memorials upon landing or take-off. Reagan National Airport has 44 gates and receives flights from 78 domestic and international nonstop destinations. Reagan National Airport has its own stop on the Metro (yellow and blue line).

Courtesy Hyatt Airport Shuttle picks up at A Terminal (2nd Curb by the marked Hotel Shuttle stop location) and B & C Terminal Arrivals, Door 5 and Door 9 (1st Curb by the marked Hotel Shuttle stop location).


Washington Dulles International Airport

Located 26 miles from Washington, DC, in the Dulls Corridor (a business hub that’s home to several technology companies), Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD) is the region’s largest airport with 127 gates and 132 domestic and international nonstop destinations. The airport is connected to the region’s highway network via a 16-mile Airport Access Highway, making travel to and from Washington, DC convenient and quick.

Awards Limousine – Contact (703) 682-8102 for available sedan/limo service to the hotel. One way to/from IAD is approximately $65.
Super Shuttle – Contact 1-800-BlueVan for information and prices. One way to/from IAD is approximately $29.


Baltimore-Washington International Airport

Located in neighboring city Baltimore, Maryland, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI) is another option for those traveling to Washington, DC. With 68 gates, the international airport is a major hub for Mid-Atlantic travel. The airport can be accessed via Amtrak.

Awards Limousine – Contact (703) 682-8102 for available sedan/limo service to the hotel. One way to/from BWI is approximately $100.

Super Shuttle – Contact 1-800-BlueVan for information and prices. One way to/from BWI is approximately $48.
MARC – Train service from BWI to Union Station is approximately $6.00. Taxi from Union Station to the hotel is approximately $17-$20.


What to Do

Never before has Washington, DC provided so much to do in so many places. Culture, heritage, nationally-acclaimed theater, FREE musical concerts, festivals, world-renowned shopping and – oh, yes – all the inspiring monuments and museums you expect, offer ideal touring choices. The list of performances is constantly changing in Washington, DC, thanks to an active cultural community and special exhibits spanning the arts, history and science. Not only are Washington, DC's sightseeing options vast in number, nearly all of them offer free admission. For a guide on things to do, visit the Official Tourism Site of Washington, DC at www.washington.org and click on visitor information.


Where to Eat

Staying in …

If you are planning to dine inside the hotel, try one of these great eateries:


Cinnabar - Overlooking the lush and sunlit atrium, Cinnabar is a casual Crystal City restaurant for a relaxing meal. Get a jump start on your day with a breakfast buffet, offering everything from continental breakfast to made-to-order omelets. Enjoy freshly prepared pastas, soups and sandwiches in between meetings, or enjoy a relaxing dinner.


Perks - Whether you need a quick breakfast before a meeting or a latte on your way to sightseeing at the National Mall, Perks is located in the lobby and offers a wide array of fresh baked goods, healthy sandwiches and delicious fresh fruits, along with flavored coffees, teas and juices.


Lobbibar - A great place to unwind and meet friends, the Lobbibar boasts signature cocktails, gourmet pizzas and more.


Going out to explore…

The following information is provided by Trip Advisor:

There are two main areas to eat in the Crystal City part of Arlington, VA.

Crystal City Proper - This includes the Underground (most not open post 6pm and weekends) and Crystal Drive. (now known as Crystal City Shops or Crystal Square Arcade.) Crystal Drive has undergone a nice transformation recently and has a bunch of great restaurants that are open on weekends and nights. Some include McCormick and Schmicks and Legal Seafood (yes, Seafood), Oyemel (Tapas), Bailey (Sports - good for kids), Ruth Chris (steak and overlooks National Airport), Charlie Chaings (Chinese - good for kids).  King Street Blues (originally in Old Town Alexandria) has a location here too.  They have great, tender ribs or chicken and other entrees.  Don't miss the wonderful bread pudding. 


23rd Street - On 23rd Street in Crystal City there are a BUNCH of restaurants. This street is affectionately known as "Restaurant Row." LOTS of ethnic restaurants. Some faves include Bonsai Sushi (excellent sushi and GREAT people, Crystal City Sports Pub (Sports Illustrated top 20 best sports bar, great wings, good for kids as they have a kid’s menu and crayons and coloring books. Also food to good but not too expensive), Cafe Italia (best of the three Italian restaurants) Tutto Italino (less upscale than Cafe and better for kids with more pizza and subs on the menu), and Freddie's Beach Bar (straight friendly and fun Karaoke). There are many others to meet anyone’s taste.

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