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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

President's Page 

President Janet Bacon

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Janet Bacon is a 17-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Her eligibility is through her late father, Frederick A. Schroeffel III, who served in the Korean Conflict and later retired from the United States Marine Corps. Her son, Brent A. Bacon also served in the United States Marine Corps. Janet’s husband Jim is a Past 2nd Division Commander and Past 12th District Commander of the Sons of The American Legion and their daughter, Sarah, is also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Janet’s two granddaughters, Emelya and Avery are Junior members of her Unit.

Janet served as 12th District President for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 and has served as Unit President from2010-2018, and 2019-2021. She has also served in numerous Unit and District Chairmanships. On the Division level she has served as 12th District registrar and AEF Chairman. On the Department level she has served on the Education Committee and has been the Education Chairman, 2017-2018 Department Membership Chairman, 2018-2019 Department of Illinois Historian, 2019-2021 2Nd Vice President and is currently serving as the 1st Vice President for the Department of Illinois Janet has been on staff for several years at ALA Illini Girls State.

Janet retired after teaching for 35 years. While teaching full time and raising her family, she received her master’s degree in Teaching and Leadership from Saint Xavier University. Janet has attended five National Conventions. She has attended the National Leadership Course held in Deland and the Central Division Mission Training Courses that have taken place in Springfield Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana. She also has attended several Leadership Courses that were held at State Convention.

Bayard Brown Unit #337, the 12th District and the 2nd Division proudly endorse Janet Bacon for the office of President for the American Legion Auxiliary. Department of Illinois.

Janet is extremely proud to be a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and thanks you for your encouragement and continued support.

November President's Message

What a difference a year makes. This November everyone seems to be busy, making plans for the holidays as they quickly approach. While making those plans let us not forget about veterans and their families. I am thinking about our Legion Family in Florida. Some have lost everything. Thank you to all of you that donated in some way to our Hurricane Ian Relief efforts. The Legion Family in Illinois really knows how to jump in with donations, whether it was with items that had been asked for or with monetary donations. Thank you again for all your efforts.

It has been so rewarding to see many of you posting pictures as you work our programs. Do not forget to write a report about what you are doing and send it to that chairman so she can use it in her report, or she might even forward it to National . All you have to do is write it down.

I would like to thank all of you that attended a Fall Forum this year. Please remember to take the information that was shared back to the units. Remember that our units are our foundation for this organization. Without a good strong foundation, we will crumble and have nothing for our Juniors to build upon. Speaking of Juniors, will yours be attending any of the National Junior Conferences while you attend Mission Training? I plan on attending the one being held in Nashville along with my granddaughters. Let’s hope for good driving weather.

All unit President’s should have received the fall packet. There was a lot of information to look at and share with your units. We have talked about getting into the schools early with our ALA_IGS information. Let’s really push the program and get the girls interested. More about the program to follow at a later date. Please ask questions if you do not understand something in the packets.

We will be celebrating our 103rd Birthday on November 10th. That is also the Target Date of 50% for membership. How close will your unit be ? I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the 247th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps also on November10th. Let us not forget Education Week, November 14-18. This week is not only for the teachers in our school but also any and all personnel that that touches the lives of our students. Cards will be available on the website.

The one date that all of us should be celebrating is Veterans Day. Take time out and thank your veteran for their service. There are parades, ceremonies in towns and in schools. I will be participating in two Veterans Day ceremonies. One is at the school I used to teach at. I have not been able to do this for several years, and when they asked if I would like to do it this year my response was yes. So, no matter where you will be on November 11th, thank a veteran for their service and remember the person that made you eligible to join this great organization.

It was an honor to representing the Department of Illinois at National President Vicki Koutz’s Homecoming in Evansville, Indiana. I along with ten other Legion Family members had a wonderful time. We saw several interesting sights while traveling on chartered busses. The food was great, and it was great to reconnect with friends. Learned some new facts about Abraham Lincoln, visited a Monastery, toured “A League of Their Own” baseball stadium, shopped in President Vicki’s hometown, and visited Santa Claus, Indiana. Everything Christmas related could be found there.

I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Be sure to keep our veterans and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

President's Special Project

“My Special Project this year is going to focus on Education Scholarships. This program is very dear to my heart and is needed to help dedicated students reach their goals in life of being great teachers!"