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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Past Presidents Parley

Deb Lewis
lewisdebbie@yahoo.com
217-898-6788

2020 Nurses Scholarship Winners

Traditional Nurses Scholarship Winners:
Dani Parker, Steeleville, Steeleville Unit 480, District 25
Isabella Qualls, Galesburg, Ralph M. Noble 285, District 15
Madisyn Walton, Rantoul, Penfield-Gifford Unit 1153, District 19
Olivia Ehlers, Metamora, Washburn Unit 661, District 17
Austin Torrence, LaHarpe, Stronghurst Unit 765, District 14
Olivia Rensing, Breese, Timmermann-Benhoff Unit 252, District 23
Kaylee Cornell, Alexis, James Harvey Scott Unit 189, District 14
Veronica Burton, Champaign, Homer Unit 290, District 19
Mia Essenpreis, Breese, Highland Unit 439, District 22
Morgan Wilson, Perryville, Limestone Unit 979, District 16
Amber Koch, Okawville, Poelker (New Baden) Unit 321, District 23
Kacie Trapp, Paris, Paris Unit 211, District 18
Kendall Kardys, Algonquin, Huntley Unit 673, District 11
Presley Allsopp, Whittington, Stanley McCollum Unit 280, District 25
Cortney Powell, Quincy, Clayton Unit 286, District 15
Gunner Runyon, Mattoon, Lawrence Riddle Unit 88, District 19
Jessica Kelly, Loves Park, Walter Graham Unit 332, District 12
Courtney Burks, Peotone, Peotone Unit 392, District 11
Maddison Burke, Deland, Deland Unit 102, District 19
Kelsey Morenz, Savoy, Urbana Unit 71, District 19
Mokaylee Knell, Villa Grove, Craig-Reed Unit 1181, District 19
Edna Mae Unfer Scholarship Winners:
Tracy Nuding, Richton Park, Park Forest Unit 1198, District 8
Alissa Ogborn, Washburn, Washburn Unit 661, District 17
James Layton, Toledo, Liberty Unit 289, District 19
Kayla Demlow, Ellsworth, Ellsworth Unit 1244, District 17
Sarah Mills, Bethany, Clarence Bixler Unit 409, District 19

Active service by all Past Presidents, at all levels, is encouraged. Auxiliary Past Presidents continue their support of the organization by accepting responsibility that the knowledge and wisdom of a past leader can make a difference. As past leaders, they support the Auxiliary as ambassadors for the organization. Past Presidents strive to strengthen each level of the organization and promote growth through positive actions.

The purpose of the Nurses Scholarship is to assist deserving students who are pursuing an education in the nursing field. Fundraising efforts are to provide scholarship benefits to individuals entering or attending nursing training. The fund also develops resources about financial aid information for nursing students.

***Please make checks payable to: Department Treasurer and mail to: American Legion Auxiliary,
Department of Illinois, P.O. Box 1426, Bloomington, IL 61702


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.


Resources from National

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Department Resources

Unit Member of the Year 
Salute to Servicewomen