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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Patriotic Conference

March 23rd - 24th, 2018
Marriott, Normal, IL

                                         91st Annual Patriotic Conference
                        Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
                                           201 Broadway Ave., Normal, 61761


There are many exciting things planned for the day – the boost we all need to get us through the remainder of the year!

Mark your calendars for Friday, March 23, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Invite The American Legion Family and your friends to attend with you. ALL members of The American Legion Family and guests are welcome!

Every effort is being made by our Department Chairmen to secure interesting speakers. Throughout the day, you can enjoy taking part in activities and vari-ous fundraisers.

Hotel: Room rate for the Conference is $114.00 plus tax. DEADLINE DATE FOR HOTEL RESERVATIONS IS March 1, 2018. Call The Marriott Hotel at 1-888-236-2427 to make your room reservation. Be sure to mention “Auxiliary Patriotic Conference” to receive the discounted rate.

Patriotic Conference Service Project
We will be putting together Buddy Baskets for our Patriotic Conference service project this year. Buddy Baskets are anything filled with household items a veteran can use upon transitioning into their own home or apartment. They make nice house warming gifts, as very often they are coming from transitional housing or the streets and have nothing. The VA gives them a $25 voucher to supply themselves with everything, so these are much needed and appreciated.

So that we can better cover areas of need, Divisions are asked to bring in the items below:

1st kitchen items (glasses, dishes, silverware, gadgets like a can opener)

2nd bath and kitchen linens and rugs. Shower curtains and rings, toilet paper

3rd laundry baskets, laundry soap, dryer sheets, hangers

4th cleaning supplies of any kind

5th mops, buckets, brooms, etc.

A few other suggestions:
Sponges Toilet plungers Light bulbs
Bedside lamps Kleenex Tall kitchen trash cans/ bags
Monetary donations will be accepted. Make checks out to “Department Treasurer” with a notation for Patriotic Conference Buddy Basket Fund.

Reps and Deps will take these baskets back with them to be given to veterans in their area.