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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

President's Page 



President Sue Cunniff Coughlin

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Sue Cunniff Coughlin is a 23-year PULF member of the Billy Caldwell Unit #806.  Her eligibility is through her late father, Robert Cunniff, who served in the Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict, and through her husban Al Coughlin who is a Vietnam Army veteran.

In her Unit, Sue is very active. She served as President for many years and then as Treasurer for many years.  She has served in all offices and has held many chairmanships.  At the District level, she held many chairmanships and served as Chaplain, Historian and Vice President. She served as President in 2006 and 2007.  At the Division level, she served as Junior Activities, Bowling and many other chairmanships.  Sue served as First Vice President and Second Vice President, and was President in 2015.  On the Department level, she has served as V A & R Chairman, AEF Chairman, Gold Star Chairman, Historian, Second Vice President/Membership Liaison, and First Vice President/Legislative Chairman.  Sue has also volunteered at Special Olympics and American Legion Auxiliary Illini Girls State.  Facilitating Bingo parties at Jesse Brown VAMC is a source of enjoyment; those veterans love Bingo!

Sue is an Information Technology Application Manager at Walgreens and prior to that worked at Ernst & Young as a Principal in the Management Consultant Group.  Sue lives just outside of Chicago with her husband Al, a Past First Division Commander.  They share their home with their two cats, Tom and Jerry.  Al and Sue love spending time with their cats.  They also enjoy their time with their Legion Family and their family and friends.  Sue uses most of her vacation ime to attend American Legion Family functions but finds time for her annual winter/spring vacations.  Those include an annual cruise to a warmer climate and a trip to the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships which is located in a different city every year.  She has participated in the tourneyment for 17 years.

Sue is looking forward to a year of service and fun as we celebrate our 100th year. 

President's Special Project

Our special project thie year will focus on our Veterans.  Our donations will support the VA facilities and VA homes.  We know that they all need more support.  We will look for opportunities to fulfill some wish list items and present them at our 100th anniversary celebration at our Department Convention.  Throughout the year, we may have some additional Veterans projects that we will also support.  Look for those in the ALA Today.