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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Junior Conference

Our 67th Junior Conferences are fast approaching. We will be having (3) Junior Conferences again this year. They will be held in the 5th Division at Unit 176 in Fairfield on April 2, 2022, in the 2nd Division at Unit 18 in Lockport on April 23, 2022 and in the 4th Division at Unit 55 in Farmer City on April 30th. This may not be the traditional forum that everyone is used to, but it will be filled with learning and fun. Safety will be a top priority. The Juniors may attend any of the locations. If they can’t make it to the one in their area, encourage them to go to one of the other ones. Remember, they are our organization’s future, so keep a look out and start getting your juniors excited about this upcoming event. Let them know that once again, we will hold a talent show for any of the Juniors that would like to show off their talent. Also, if you know of any Sons of the American Legion Juniors who would be interested in coming, they are welcome to attend also. They just will not be able to run for office. I would still love to have a total of at least 100 juniors to attend these conferences. This is totally possible if each District would bring at least (5) Juniors to any one of the three conferences. Wouldn’t that be such great achievement? Start looking for the registration forms. They will be available in the ALA Today and online. Please be sure to fill these out and send them into Department by the deadlines that will be listed. This way we can be sure to have enough items at each stop.

Start looking around and talking to your Juniors about running for either Honorary Junior President or Hon-orary Junior Vice President for the 2022-2023 year. If they are interested, they will need to make a campaign video and submit it to Tina Abdelnour at tabdelnour1@yahoo.com or mail a thumb drive to 209 S. Barnett St, Le Roy, IL 61752 no later than March 20, 2022. When making the video, they will need some-one to nominate them. They are to say who is nominating the Junior, the Junior’s name who they are nomi-nating and for what position. The candidate should then take over and let everyone know how she is eligi-ble to be a member, why she would be a good in the position, what she would like to see the Juniors ac-complish for the upcoming year and whatever else she would like to say. BE AS CREATIVE as possible. Make it fun for the Juniors at the conferences to watch. Please try to keep it within three minutes.

Please keep working on those junior patches. We have had several Juniors working on patches this year. Don’t forget, Sons of the American Legion Juniors are also eligible to earn these patches. There has already been a SAL Junior who has earned a patch this year. The Patch program is a good way to teach our juniors about patriotism, service, and teamwork. These patches also help to train them for when they become Sen-ior members and hopefully help them to want to continue in our organization. Also, include the juniors in your fundraising activities. They so much love to help out especially with the adults. If you go visit Veter-ans, take a junior. That would really put a smile on a Veterans face.

The Junior Conferences are fast approaching. If you need to stay in a hotel, I have listed the ones where I will be staying.

April 2nd - Fairfield Conference: Best Western (approximately ½ hour from Fairfield)
201 Hagen Drive
Flora, IL 62839
(800) 780-7234

Phone # Correction for Louise Jones to make lunch reservations is (618) 842-2406

April 23rd – Lockport Conference: Holiday Inn Express
16223 W. 159th Street
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 306-1200

April 29th – Farmer City Conference: Days Inn by Wyndham
975 E. Clinton Avenue
Farmer City, IL 61842
(855) 516-1090

Don’t forget to get your reservations into Department and make your lunch reservations with the people listed on the lunch forms.