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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois


Mary Collado
Susan Heinz-Wojcik

Susan and I would like to thank all the Units, Districts, and Divisions that came out to see us and brought membership while we were on The American Legion Family Caravan. We also want to thank all the Posts for the hospitality shown to us.
While on caravan we collected 309 Auxiliary memberships. Units that brought in the most membership at each stop were given a credit for a $23.00 per capita. We had 21 Units receive this award. Goal Units were presented certificates and the red pin. If your Unit made the 100% and have not received your pin and cer-tificate, please join us at Patriotic. Let us know and we will present it during the conference.

Our first Lincoln Pilgrimage awards were presented to the first place winners Fourth Division, Debbie Myles President and Jill Layton Vice President. They were at 79.92%. The Ninth District, President Cathy Zito and Vice President Nancy Stevens, came in first with 94.56%. They were presented with a jacket and had a picture taken with our National President Nicole Clapp.
Everyone needs to keep working on membership. We are doing a great job this year for President Sue, but it would be totally awesome if we were a goal department. If we all work as a team we can make it happen for our 100th birthday. We are looking forward to receiving more membership and seeing our numbers grow.

A little reminder to all, please reach out personally to those members that have not renewed their member-ship during the Week of Caring and Sharing. The Week of Caring and Sharing will be April 1-7, 2020. This week is designated for Unit members and their leadership to work together and contact ALL unpaid and former Unit members. Gather a team to call or personally visit members and former members of your Unit. You may obtain a list of unpaid and expired members on ALAMIS or you may contact us for assistance. Please keep track of all updated information and let Department know of any changes. Start calling. If a member of your team has a personal connection with someone on the list, be sure to assign that person to that member. We want to make sure our members feel they are a part of our Legion Family. Make sure to thank all current and former members at the beginning and ending of each call. Let them know you value their membership, mention their years of membership if known. If you plan to visit members at their homes, travel together in pairs. Have a flyer with you to leave if they are not home or available.

If a member decides to renew or rejoin be sure to have your payment methods available to share with the member. Have fun! For your Unit to be placed into a drawing for a chance to win one of 100 award checks of $25.00, complete the “One Week of Caring & Sharing award certification form and submit it to Depart-ment. Rejoining one former member is required. The member must be processed by Department by April 24, 2020. Only one entry per Unit. The award form is included in this newsletter. For more information, go to the National website or contact us.

We also would like to see more District and Division Presidents and Vice Presidents join us on our Mem-bership conference calls. As we all know, Membership is EVERYONE’S job. Our next conference call will be March 2nd and 3rd at 8pm. We know everyone is busy but if you cannot make those days please let ei-ther Susan or myself know and we can arrange for a time that is convenient for everyone.

Mary A Collado, Membership Chairman Susan Heinz-Wojcik, Membership Co-Chairman

“Celebrating Your Pride in Membership to Grow for the Future” is our membership theme for the 2019-2020 administrative year.
We need to maintain and grow our membership to continue to exist for the next 100 years. In order to try to stop the slide in membership, we will be working closely with the Division and District Membership Chairmen and Presidents. Remember, membership is EVERYONE’S job. Teamwork is the key to our success. Together everyone achieves more!

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We have some new Department awards for membership this year. We will have a Lincoln Pilgrimage award. Watch for more details! There is also a beautiful 100% membership pin for every Unit that reaches 100%. We will do these for the next three years with a special prize available to any Unit that gets all three at the 2022 Convention! The red pin will be for the 2020 year. The white pin will be for the 2021 year. The blue pin will be for the 2022 year.

All of the Department membership awards from last year will also be available. There are also some new National Awards. Target dates are on the website. Be sure to check the website for more details on all of these exciting new awards! You can also contact Department or one of us.
We had a membership workshop before the Board meeting on August 2, 2019. It is very sad to report that we only had 12 Units bring membership to the meeting.

National President Nicole Clapp and National Membership Chairman Pam Ray are encouraging Units to in-clude the community in all of your American Legion Auxiliary celebrations throughout the year. National will continue to waive the per capita for female veterans for their first year of membership. There will be new member post cards and The American Legion Family door hangers.

What is our goal for the coming year? The Unit goal will be to meet and exceed your membership from 2019. If your Unit ended with 50 members as of July 31, 2019, you reach 100% with 50 members (to receive the pin) but you have a goal of 51 members for this year. Additionally, we would like to challenge our Districts to reach a stretch goal of plus two members per Unit. If you had five Units in your District with five hundred members in total, the District stretch goal would be 510, two members for each of the five Units. With teamwork, your dedication and hard work, we can make this happen for our 100th year. Spread the word in your communities and invite the public to your functions. Remember this is a year to celebrate. Have fun and be sure to celebrate our 100th birthday!
Mary Collado and Susan Heinz-Wojcik

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