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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Striving For Gold For Our Veterans

2017 - 2018 Department President Marsha Haag
Working Together We will Build a Strong Team

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President's Message

January 2018:

Greetings and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!

I hope you have had a chance to relax since Christmas. It is such a busy time with VA Gift Wraps, holiday gatherings, family parties, work parties, football. Oops, did I say that? I have thoroughly enjoyed all the events I’ve attended and thank you for the invitations.

This was my first time to attend the Wreaths Across America. Dave and I went to the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at Elwood to volunteer. What an experience. If you have never been to one of these, try and put it on your bucket list for another year. Check their website for locations near you.

Our membership is growing and let’s keep up the good work. The second renewal has been sent from National. If you have members you know who haven’t renewed yet, please ask them to get it turned in. We are still wanting to attain the million members for our centennial year. Let’s do what we can to make this happen. Remember, for this to work, we should keep the goals of the Centennial Strategic plan in mind. Start with the kindness. Encourage leadership and mentoring of your members.

At Patriotic Conference we will be doing a service project again. Elizabeth and Anna Wright have volunteered to handle this. We will be collecting items for buddy baskets and have the merchandise available to take for the facilities. Each Division will be responsible for certain items. There will be more infor-mation forthcoming. We will get it posted on the website, too.

I am planning a brief session following the conference for the members who would like assistance on completing reports. We need to get our activities re-ported so when we do the impact reports for National, all is there.

Angie has made some revisions to the website. It was recommended by Na-tional and “Change” is good. There is a lot of information for our benefit so please take the opportunity to utilize. Share with others who may not have internet.

It is exciting. We have recently chartered one new Unit—Neoga. I have signed their charter and I hope by the time this gets to you, it will be delivered.They are excited and ready to roll. Applications have been taken by more potential Units and we can hope they will be on board soon.

Mid year reports have been sent to our National chairmen.  Thank you for sharing what your Units are doing. This helps our Department chairmen a great deal. We need to let them know what Illinois is doing so let’s share our accomplishments. We also can learn from our mistakes to make the activity work better next time.

I look forward to seeing you when we come to your neighborhood for the Winter Caravan

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Garment Bag $ 16
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Folding Tote Bag $ 8
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Fleece Blanket $ 20

President Marsha still has her membership merchandise for sale.  The Garment Bags are $ 16.00, Fleece Blanket is $ 20.00, and folding tote bag is $ 8.00. Shipping for the Garment bag and Fleece blanket are $ 6, and $2 for the folding tote.

Contact President Marsha at for orders and assistance.


President's Special Project - 1 Pet, 1 Vet

Every day, 22 veterans will commit suicide. 1pet1vet Inc. NFP fights to limit the negative effects of war on our veterans.

Service dogs are walking prescriptions for those suffering from PTSD and other psychological medical conditions. 1Pet1Vet Inc. NFP provides trained service dogs to be companions for our veterans. These exceptional canines are paired with a veteran then expertly trained to serve our country's heroes.

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