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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

December 2017:

Hello Ladies!!!!!

My goodness, time marches on. We are nearly half through this Auxiliary year. I have been circulating around the Department. You ladies are very im-pressive in all you are doing. A huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers who have helped with the Gift Shops and to our head shopper, Pam Corbin. We also have had a great response to the many gift items that have been donated for the children. That is a random act of kindness and we know some children will have a better Christmas.

So many things are going on. We’ve just finished with Veteran’s Day activi-ties and now spring on to Holiday activities, Winter Caravan, Patriotic Confer-ence and Junior Conference. I hope you have had time to look thru the Fall packet. The Essay contest rules were included along with contest information and scholarship applications so please get this to the schools. Please watch the deadlines, we don’t want anyone to be disqualified for our mistake.

On the topic of Winter Caravan, remember ladies, Scorekeeper Janet has a Department award pertaining to attendance at the Fall Forums and Winter Caravan. Mark your calendars and join us. Bring membership with you!! The schedule is in this edition. We look forward to seeing many of you (I know some of you are snowbirds) and get your name in the drawing for Best Unit Participation. Also, when we come to your community, you can bring physical donations for 1Pet1Vet. I’ll be collecting and dropping off to the facility. A needs list is in this edition OR will be on the website on the new “President’s Page”. See you in January.

I hope to see many of you at the Lincoln Pilgrimage, too. Our National President, Diane Duscheck will be our special guest. Come meet her and say hello. Spend the day with us honoring our 16th United States President, Abraham Lincoln. Patriotic Conference registration will be out soon. Sue Johnson and Angela Golightly are securing the speakers and as always, Junior Activities will have a fundraising event. Department will be having a basket raffle too. Plan to attend, especially if you have never been.

My wish for all of you is a very blessed holiday season, as you celebrate in your own religious perspec-tive. When we travelled for the Forum, it was suggested you adopt a soldier who may not be going home at Christmas to be part of your gathering. Let’s make someone’s day a little more special.


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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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