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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

President's Page 

President Patti Williamson

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Patti is a 29 year PUFL member of the Rantoul Unit #287. Her eligibility is through her late grandfather, who served in the Army during WWII and her father who served in Vietnam in the Air Force.

Patti has been a very active member at the Unit, District and Division levels. She has held most offices and many chairmanships such as Junior Activities, VA&R and membership to name a few at many levels of the Auxiliary. She has also served as Central Division VA&R as well as National Security Vice Chairman at the National level.

Patti works full time as a technologist in the Diagnostic Imaging Department at Gibson Area Hospital. Patti lives in Rantoul, home of the old Chanute Air Force Base, with her husband of almost 41 years, Bruno, a Past Detachment Commander and Rantoul Squadron charter member of the Sons of the American Legion. They share their home with a spoiled rescue dog, Tessa.

Patti and Bruno enjoy traveling and visiting the National Parks throughout the United States. They also enjoy visiting with their Legion family, and their family and friends. Patti also enjoys several different crafts like quilting, jewelry making, scrap booking and cross stitch to name a few.

Even with her busy schedule, Patti has been Department of Illinois Illiana hospital representative in Danville for the last 9 years. She hopes to return to the position.

Patti is thrilled to be serving the Department of Illinois American Legion Auxiliary as President as we start our next 100 years of service to our veterans, active duty military, their families and our communities.

March / April President's Message

Hello Members and friends,
Hard to believe that this month will be Patriotic Conference, craft fair, Caregiver winners, painting party, my homecoming, Legion birthday and SPRING!

The caregiver nominations should have reached me by now. I will be choosing a caregiver from each division for a luncheon with the national President, myself, the Department officers, NEC Sue and Past National President Sharon. They will be receiving an invitation in the mail if they won.

Thursday, March 17th is the date for painting party at Patriotic Conference. Hopefully you are making plans to join the fun! You can do both pictures for $30.00. Unfortunately, all food and drinks have to come from the hotel in these rooms.
Friday, March 18th is Patriotic Conference starting at 8:00 a.m. If you are participating in the craft fair, please bring your entry or entries to the exhibit room prior to 8:45 am. We will have judging when we break for lunch and voting will end during lunch. We have two very interesting speakers in the morning and following lunch our National President Kathy Daudistel will be speaking and spotlighting her focus this year of caregivers. Lunch is a two entrée buffet with rosemary chicken and almond crusted cod.

Department board meeting will start at 6:45p.m. on Friday, March 18 with a board picture. There will be reports, please bring 4 copies! One for: Renee, Jill, Arlene and Patti. Membership bets will be settled so please get those memberships in! The meeting will conclude on Saturday morning.

HOMECOMING, at Rantoul Post #287, starting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 19. There will be a free lunch and a short informal program. Everybody in The American Legion Family is invited.

The VIDEOS are here! On the Illinois website (, above my head is a tab important information, click on that and you will find links when you click on, open up to the video. There are only 3 posted right now but more are coming or were posted between now and the time you read this.

Fast approaching are junior conventions. The first one is in Fairfield, 5th Division, at the Post starting at 9:00 a.m. I look forward to seeing our junior members learn stuff, sing and have fun! The next one will be at Lockport, 2nd Division on April 23 at the post starting at 9:00 a.m. The last junior conference will be on April 30th at Farmer City, 4th Division, at the Post, with the same start time of 9:00 a.m.

Don’t forget that we are planning an in-person Illini Girls State at Charleston this year. The fee remains at $250.00. Hopefully you are starting to get citizens for this event. If your unit cannot pay, don’t turn the citizen away. Instead, contact surrounding units to see if they can sponsor or call department office and we will match citizens and sponsors.

Thank you to everybody that came out and met the National membership caravan. Thanks also for all of the membership. However, the year is not over and there is still time to get those renewals in. Reach out with a phone call and see how your members are coping.

President's Special Project

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