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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Children and Youth

Rebecca "Sue" Johnson
sxyszy21@charter.net
815-222-3983

As like each Department President in the past 100 years they have celebrated their year with a theme that was dear to them while sending messages on what they wanted their year to be in the American Legion Auxiliary.  We should parallell the same way, along with the changed we are making we should be teaching a lesson of the American Legion Auxiliary.  We want to teach a piece of the history as we throw unique celebrations with the children.  Children love play and fun and we can leave a special message about us embedded in their minds.  

Most everyone stays with what's comfortable to them, but this year I want you to reach into that magic hat and pull a . . . . out of it.  So keep some of the staples or put a twist on them.  Also try to throw 3 or more types of celebrations that are different than the past.

Also, we are trying some additional Special Olympic activities.  We need your assistance at the Summer State games June 12th - 14th, 2020.  Please help with donation of food items and monetary.  If you don't fell comfortable about being on the line we have other jobs behind the scences for you.  We are also trying to reach out to other state games in fall, winter, and spring.  We also have tournaments and games in your area.  I have a link that will let you check out what's happening around you.  It is a big part of our program, so let's get out and show our support.  They give their appreciation for providing food, shade and support we give them.  

BEULAH M. UNFER PLAQUE – to the Unit Chairman who submits the best overall participation in the Children and Youth program.

Personal Awards:
$10 and Certificate of Appreciation
to the District with the most participation in two or more Special Olympics events fall, winter, spring, summer and in District.

$10 and Certificate of Appreciation to the District with the most monetary or items donated to the Special Olympics program.

$5 and Certificate of Appreciation
to come up with a celebration for children that involves your District theme from your past president.

ALL THESE LISTED BELOW WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE JUNIOR CONFERENCE

$10 and Certificate of Appreciation to the Jr(s) groups who collects the most patches during the 2019-2020 from 8-1-2019 to junior conference.

$10 and Certificate of Appreciation to the junior unit who hosts a celebration that includes children who’s parents are deployed, belonging to a Veteran and from their community.

$5 and Certificate of Appreciation to the junior who collects the most change from 8-1-2019 to junior conference. The change will be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation.

$5 and Certificate of Appreciation to the junior who collects the most pop tabs from 8-1-2019 to junior conference. Tabs will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House

Resources from National

Log into the National website to access these items
  • Youth Hero / Good Deed Award
  • Military Child's Table Setting Ceremony
  • Youth Hero Award News Release Template

Department Resources