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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Past President's Parley

Chairman Luella Buske

                   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.


Past Gold Medal Winners Passing the Ring to our Future Leaders. Feel free contact us at any time!

The purpose of the Past Presidents Parley committee is to share the experience and knowledge of past Auxiliary leaders with our future Auxiliary leaders. The Past President Parley also recognizes and honors outstanding unit members through Unit Member of the Year, and, female veterans through the Salute to Servicewomen awards.

Past Presidents are encouraged to promote mentoring opportunities of unit members. They are also encouraged to continue their support of the organization.

Units are encouraged to remember female veterans for Valentine’s day and to pay past presidents parley dues. Please contact the Representative at your VA Faciliaty to find the number of female Veterans and their needs.  Also, remember the Lady Veterans in your own Legion Post with a small gift or card.

The department will again be hosting a Past Presidents Parley/Gold Star banquet at department convention on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Watch the ALA Today for more info.

Don’t forget to look for the nurses scholarship applications in the education mailing.

Awards for the past presidents parley are:

Marion’s Balloonitics Plaque to the unit with
the best overall participation in the past president parley program.

Pam’s TV Landers plaque to the district with the highest contribution to the nurses scholarship fund by April 16th.

Wanda’s lovely world plaque to the unit member of the year.

A plaque to one servicewoman from each branch of service currently serving in the U.S. armed forces.

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