On September 4th 2016 the 39th Grand Lodge Convention of the International Association of Machinists was called to order in Chicago Illinois. Eleven delegates from Local lodge 811 Houston Texas were in attendance to represent their lodge. Over the next five days various speakers spoke on the past and future struggles of the Labor Movement such as Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel and President of AFL CIO Richard Trumka. Proposed changes to the IAM constitution were presented by committees and delegates had the opportunity to cast votes on these changes, which only take place once every four years at the Grand Lodge Convention. Local Lodge 811 former Web Communicator accepted on the behalf of Lodge the FIRST PLACE AWARD IN GENERAL EXCELLENCE for the local lodge website. Reports will be given by delegates of their experience at next lodge meeting October 5th 3:30 pm.