"Serving Our Veterans: The REAL Super Heroes"
2023-2024 Membership Theme: "Here I Come To Save The Day"
Department Headquarters: The Laire
Department President: Underdog
Membership Chairman: Mighty Mouse
Division Presidents: Defenders
Division Vice Presidents: Support
District Presidents: Warriors
District Vice Presidents: Armor Barers
Watch the ALA Today and Department website for recommendations on how to increase engagement and the membership experience.
2023-2024 Department of Illinois Membership Awards
KATHY’S KITTENS THE CATS MEOW PLAQUE – to the Unit with the highest percentage of membership by July 1st.
SUE CC’S TWO TIMERS PLAQUE – to the Unit with the highest numerical gain in membership by July 1st. (10-150 members)
JO’S STARLIGHTERS PLAQUE – to the Unit with the highest numerical gain in membership by July 1st. (151 and over members)
DOUBLE D BOOT KICKERS PLAQUE – to the District for the highest percent of membership by opening of Department Convention. Vice President gets citation in a blue folder.
SHARON’S HALOS PLAQUE – to the Division for the highest percent of membership by July 1st. Vice President get citation in a blue folder.
PAT’S KNIGHTS PLAQUE – to the Unit for the highest numerical gain in Junior membership by July 1st.
Target Date Awards to the first-place districts in each division and first-place division at the target dates.
Goal Units by our birthday 11-10-2023 gets $25.00
Any goal unit by Department Convention gets 2 teal pins and a certificate.
Patriotic Conference awards – for any District President/Vice President and Division President/Vice President that are goal by opening of Patriotic Conference, they will receive 1 free night at hotel or monetary equivalent if not staying in hotel because of location (live in area). MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN
At Family Caravan (January) the Unit that brings the most membership at each stop will receive an award. To be determined.
Lincoln Pilgrimage awards – to the Division and the 2 Districts with the highest percentage in membership on January 26, 2024. To include the President and Vice President. Winners will receive a Jacket and a breakfast ticket if they are present for the program on February 11th and the breakfast on February 12th.
The first Division to reach 102%, the President and the Vice President will receive $150.00 each.
The first District to reach 102%, the President and the Vice President will receive $75.00 each.
September 15, 2023: Division President & Vice President highest percentage in membership and District President and Vice President highest percentage in membership
November 29, 2023: Division President & Vice President highest percentage in membership and District President and Vice President highest percentage in membership
March 22, 2024: Division President & Vice President highest percentage in membership and District President and Vice President highest percentage in membership. If they are 100%, they may keep their necklaces.
July 11, 2024: Division President & Vice President highest percentage in membership and District President and Vice President highest percentage in membership
Personal Award: to the District that helps organize and participates in the most Unit Revitalizations.
Membership is the backbone of our organization! We need to keep our current members as well as sign up NEW MEMBERS! We need to step up our game and try hard to maintain and recruit. Please take back ALL information to your unit, Districts, and Divisions to help your members become a stronger membership. We hit the road running at the Department Board Meeting at Rock Island on August 11th & 12th. Four units brought in Membership to kick start our Membership year. We celebrated President Angie’s Birthday and attending her Homecoming at her American Legion Post #1233 in Colona, IL.
On Sunday President Angie, her sister Pat and I attended the Illinois State Fair to help at the American Legion Family Membership Table. We have some changes on our awards so check them closely. We will also have the traveling necklaces again this year. The National Membership Theme for 2023-2024 The IDITAROD. The National Membership Committee encourages and supports the nationwide ALA effort to attract and retain adiverse, active membership and establish new units to ensure the Auxiliary’s future. There are several things members can do to promote membership for former and expired members, attracting new members, and understanding and respecting members rights. More information to follow.
Remember to treat all members with respect and kindness. Your actions to a new member may be the deciding factor to their decision if they come back or drop their membership. The Department officers and the Membership Chairman are only a phone call away to help organize a new unit or to Revitalize a unit with problems. Please utilize these people to help you and if you know of any others that need help let them know.