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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Past Presidents Parley

Marsha Haag

Ask a Female Veteran to be your Valentine!

I am sure you are all busy planning for Christmas! However, Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it and what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to thank our female veterans. The time to organize sending Valentine gifts/cards to the female veterans in our VA facilities is now. It is also important to remember the female veterans in our own Legion posts and communities, as well as, active duty women currently serving. Remembering these women dedicated to our country’s safety by presenting them with a
small gift and/or card on Valentine’s Day is the least we can do to thank them for their sacrifice.

For the female veterans in our VA facilities, it is necessary to contact our representatives at each facility to get the number of ladies there, and some idea for gifts. The gifts will need to be to the representatives by February 5th.

Here is a list of the VA facilities and the American Legion Auxiliary Districts responsible for each:
Captain James A Lovell Districts 2-9
Hines VA Medical Center Districts 2-13
Jesse Brown VA Districts 2-9
Illiana VA Health Care System Districts 17, 18, 19, & 21
Marion VA Medical Center Districts 22-25
IL Veterans Home Anna Districts 22-25
IL Veterans Home LaSalle Districts 12, 13, & 16
IL Veterans Home Manteno Districts 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, &19
IL Veterans Home Quincy Districts 14, 15, 16, 20, & 21
Jefferson Barracks VAMC Districts 22-25
John Cochran VAMC Districts 22-25

We might know women who are veterans, but do not think about thanking them for what they have done for our country and us. Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show our appreciation.

A great gift idea is the gift of membership in our Great organization. Remember that National & Department have waived the dues for new female veteran members. If your Unit has too, you could give a Great gift at no cost to you! Maybe you could take those funds and buy a beautiful card or a small gift to go with the membership. While checking with the VA facilities regarding how many female veterans are there, and ideas for gifts, please remember to find out if the gifts can be wrapped or not. If they can be
wrapped, a list of items in the package should be included.

Let’s make this a great year for Valentine’s Day and our female veterans.

Maintain, Mentor and Mend!!

The Past President Parley shares the experience and knowledge of past Auxiliary leaders to train and encourage the newer Auxiliary leadership. This committee also recognizes and honors outstanding unit members through the Unit Member of the Year and also the female veterans through the Salute to Servicewoman Award. Award rules and deadlines are outlined in the Fall packet.

This mailing also included the PPP Nurses Scholarship application information so please read carefully. We don’t want to disqualify anyone due to our (Unit) mistakes and oversights of the rules. Dates, deadlines and donation information is all included.

Department and National Award information is also included in the Fall mailing. Again, please read and follow directions and deadlines.

The Past Presidents are encouraged to mentor our Unit members. They are also encouraged to continue to support our ALA. We can be available to direct members who come upon conflict and assist with a plan.

PPP encourages our Units to remember the female veterans for Valentines’ Day and also to pay your Parley dues. Contact you VA Rep to find out how many female veterans are at their facilities and to their needs.

Also, if your Post and/or Unit has female veterans, you may wish to recognize them with a small gift.

As in the past, we will be having the Past President Parley/Gold Star banquet at the Department Convention. More information will be coming as Gold Star chairman Jill and I get organized.

Please keep me updated on any and all activities. It will help me to compile my mid-year report (by mid-December) and year-end report to the National Chairman.

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