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2021 Reunion Banquet

  • August 21, 2021
  • 5:00 PM
  • Grand Ely Lodge, 400 N Pioneer Rd, Ely, MN 55731

Registration is closed

Register using this page if you are attending only the banquet (it does not include the reunion, such as picnic or activities at Base). Click here to register for both the reunion and banquet.

Registration closed on August 1st. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins to the event – we hope you'll join us in 2023. Those registered with questions can contact us.


Join us for the association's banquet on Saturday, August 21st at Grand Ely Lodge. The event will feature a dinner, keynote speaker, and auction. Registration for the banquet does not include other activities at the reunion, including participation in activities at the base and picnic in town.

This year the cost will be $49 for adults and $35 for youth under 18. Registration closes August 1st.

There will be no walk-in registration for the banquet. We are currently allocating 15 spots for those not attending the reunion, more space may be added later as permits.

In order to register for this event you must enter the email address associated to your membership. Become a member here. If you need assistance registering, please contact us.

Registering family

Bringing family members? After filling out the primary registration form click the "Add guest" button at the bottom of the page to add additional registrants. (All family members must be registered to attend.)

Frequently asked questions

Will walk-in registration be available?No. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins to the event – we hope you'll join us in 2023. (Our supplies and catering are already ordered. Our venues are also at capacity.)

Who can attend the banquet?
The banquet is open to all members in good standing. Membership is open to almost anyone. You can learn how to become a member here.

When should we arrive?
Plan to arrive at 5pm. We ask that you do not come before this time. Should the planned arrival time change, we'll send an email.

Can I bring my children?
Yes. Children must be registered in advance as your guests.

What will we be eating?
During registration you will have the option of selecting Prime Rib, Walleye, Wild Mushroom Ravioli (vegetarian), or specify a dietary restriction. If you have a dietary restriction, please note it so we can work with our caterer. 

How do I donate an item for the auction at the banquet?
We ask that you bring the item with you to the reunion and provide it during check in. Please complete the auction item form in advance with a description and photo of the item.

If you are unable to bring the item with you or are not attending the reunion, please complete the auction item form for the auction coordinator's shipping address (please do not send to our PO Box).

When is the next reunion?
After 2021, the next reunion will not be until 2023.

Can I visit the Base or attend the picnic without registering for the reunion?
Registration for the banquet dinner on this page does not include activities at the Base or picnic. We ask that you register for the reunion if you plan to visit or participate in reunion activities. Those registered for the reunion make the use of the facilities and activities possible through their support. During the reunion, the Base and other reunion activities are for those who are attending the reunion. 

Can I attend keynote and ceremonies after dinner without registering? No. You must be registered in advance to attend the event.

What precautions are being taken for COVID-19?
Reunion venues are required to follow county and state health department guidelines. Things may be different than in the past, as we have to accommodate for COVID-19 health matters. 

Registration policies

  • Registration Policy: The primary participant must be a member of the SAA in good standing (learn how to become a member). If you are not a member now, you must join before registering. For planning purposes, all participants must be registered for the reunion in advance. Members should register participating family members and significant others as guests. This year there will be no walk-in registration for the reunion or banquet.
  • Registration of guests is for family members.
  • Payment Policy: Payment must be received at time of registration. Registrations not paid within 15 minutes are automatically cancelled. 
  • Refund Policy: Registrations cancelled before July 25th, 2021 will receive an 85% refund. Cancellation requests received on or after July 26th, 2021 are not refundable.
  • This year there will be no walk-in registration for the reunion or banquet.
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