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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

ALA Illini Girls State

Director: Kathy Cisna
kfcisna@gmail.com
217-246-5695
Dean: Linda Fagan
lfagan74@gmail.com
847-428-6046
847-878-9929

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The ALA IGS Committee is excited to announce that Celeste Cummings has been selected as a 2021 Samsung American Legion National Scholar for the Central Region. She will receive a $10,000.00 scholarship. Celeste was a 2021 ALA IGS delegate and was sponsored by Danforth Unit #367, 18th District and 4th Division. She attends Iroquois West High School. Celeste loves spending time with her dogs, she raises and exhibits dairy goats and is working towards a career as a veterinarian! CONGRATULATIONS Celeste!

I am sure you have all heard by now that the ALA IGS Committee will not be providing transportation to the 2022 session. Transportation creates a huge liability to the Units, Districts, Divisions, Department, National, and the ALA IGS program. Our insurance company has informed us that we must NOT provide transportation. Parents will now be responsible for their delegate’s transportation to and from EIU. Carpooling is a great way to split up the responsibilities. Also, Amtrack, Illini Shuttle, and Greyhound all provide transportation from the Chicago area to Mattoon. Taxi service is available from Mattoon to Charleston. We hope you all understand this difficult decision and will work with your delegates and their parents to ensure their safe transportation to and from EIU.


Director Kathy Cisna:

ALA IGS will be weaving patriotism and good citizenship into the hearts of our ALA IGS citizens.

I hope you all enjoyed hearing from our 2021 U.S. Senators. Also, in case you missed it, our 2021 Samsung Scholarship winner was selected as a 2021 Samsung American Legion National Scholar for the Central Region. She will receive a $10,000.00 scholarship. Celeste Cummings was sponsored by Danforth Unit #367, 18th District, and 4th Division. She attends Iroquois West High School. Celeste loves spending time with her dogs, she raises and exhibits dairy goats, and is working towards a career as a veterinarian!
ALA IGS is fast approaching… Staff arrives to EIU in 13 weeks!! Citizens will arrive on Sunday June 19th. Have you reached out to your schools? Have you reached out to your units in your districts to see if they are making contacts in the schools?

I have been in contact with EIU and am happy to report that as of March 1st they have no covid restrictions in place. This means no masks, no vaccine mandates, and no social distancing. Our program will operate as it has in the past!!!!!

The ALA IGS committee plans to continue to utilize the online registration once delegates are selected. All the communication from us will be by email. So let your delegates know to check their emails in mid April for the paperwork. There is some paperwork that they keep and read through and other material that they must email back by June 1st. We do our best to keep up to date with checking to see who has logged into the system and filled out paperwork. Please make sure the application has a legible email address and that the Unit information is filled out.

Orientations are MANDATORY as they have been in the past. The ALA IGS Committee believes that informed citizens have a better experience during the week. The script is being updated and we will get that to you when it is ready. If you need the script please contact me. The orientations must be given by a member of the committee, or it can also be given by someone that has attended in the last two years. There will also be a video orientation on the ALA IGS website. The orientation is going to be updated and it will be online by mid April. This is a good resource to give to your delegates as we know some are not able to attend a formal orientation. Delegates may attend another orientation that is more convenient for their schedules. District Presidents please let me know of your orientations or orientations that units might hold so we can keep the list on the website up to date.

We have a new video/slide presentation on the Illinois ALA website. This is a tool to help Units become more familiar with the ALA IGS program. Feel free to share it with your schools.

On the advice of our insurance company, ALA IGS will no longer provide transportation to and from EIU. I know some of you have concerns about this. Alternate methods of transportation are Amtrack and Greyhound Bus. Both options have routes out of Chicago and into Mattoon. The delegates would then be responsible for getting a cab from Mattoon to EIU. Also, carpooling is a good alternative. That way a parent would only have to make the trip once. Have you considered the amount you would spend on bus fees? Perhaps you could provide that to your delegates to help with gas.

We are in desperate need of Staff Advisors for the 2022 Session. These are young ladies who have previously been an ALS IGS delegate. If you have any previous delegates that would be interested please let me know. We also need a song leader and a pianist.

Thank you for your continued support of the ALA IGS program and let’s see our attendance numbers increase. Good luck in selecting your delegates and if you have no funds for a delegate please reach out to the committee and we will assist you finding funds. We do not want to turn any interested girl away!!

Dean: Linda Fagan
This year we are planning on holding an in person session. Please keep your fingers crossed that the new variant will not alter our plans. I am working on inviting new and returning speakers as well as reaching out to several prominent Illinois State Officials. We will again be doing an activity with the ROTC, the speech contest, career fair, hopefully the choir, county court, and a service project that coordinates with President Patty’s theme.

Our hope for the our program is to spark an interest and commitment in the governmental process and instill a sense of patriotism and good citizenship along with creating lifelong friendships, having fun, and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

I am looking forward to our delegates weaving patriotism and good citizenship into their hearts.

Thank you all for your continued support of this wonderful program.

Resources from National

Log into the National website to access these items
  • ALA Girls State Press Release Template
  • ALA Girls Nation Press Release Template
  • ALA Girls State Posters
  • ALA Youth Programs Brochure