First Division Convention

The Fighting First Division's Mini Convention. The Convention is going be held on Saturday June 3rd. 2017at Franklin Park American Legion Post #974, 9757 Pacific Avenue. Franklin Park, Illinois 60131. Phone # 847 - 678 - 7474. Registration will start at 8: AM. Sharp!  The meeting will open at 9:00 AM Sharp! The meeting will be suspended for The Election of Officers.

Candidates are. For Commander - Anthony J. Siciliano .  For Sr. Vice Commander - Joseph P. Lampert.  We have three candidates for the office of Jr. Vice Commander - Jan Lepinski out of the 7th. District!  GiGi Callaway out of the 5th. District and Ricky Serrano from the 8th. District.  I personally would like to thank Jan Lepinski, GiGi Callaway and Ricky Serrano for throwing their Legion Cap's into the ring!  The Best to you and God Bless US.    Please note The Delegate Dues is now $10.per Delegate!! Alternates No Charge. Your Delegate Dues must be in no later than June 21, 2017.  Please make checks out to The 1st Division. On the memo line of your check please state Delegate Dues!! Mail to The American Legion 1st. Division ℅ of Harold Dillard Adjutant. P.O. Box 280 Riverside, Illinois. 60546.   Please don't hesitate, don't procrastinate. Mail Now!!!  Take Care God Bless America and God Bless You .   SR. Vice of The FIGHTING FIRST DIVISION.       Anthony J. Siciliano


By-Laws Change

Change to BY-LAWS - The 1st Division regular meeting held 7th September 16 at the Calumet Memorial Post 330 made motion to raise the delegate to $10.00 .Motion was seconded motion passed. Effective immediately.  If dues were paid before this date need not pay increase.

The bylaws: `Article IV Section 2 Line 10 fee of Seven Dollars ($7.00) per delegate per year.  Change to read fee of Ten Dollars ($10.00) per delegate per year.  Section 4 line 2 administrative expenses $7.00 per delegate per year.  Change to read administrative expenses $10.00 per delegate per year.


Past Commanders Luncheon

1st.Division Past Commander's Luncheon coming up April 2rd. 2017.   1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  Location for the luncheon will be at Banquets at the Mayor's Mansion, A European Chalet, Inc. Company, 5445 South Harlem Avenue Chicago, IL 60638.  $25.00 per person.  The menu will be Chicken Noodle Soup, Fresh Garden Salad, Fried Chicken, Roast Beef & Fresh Polish Sausage, Real Mashed Potatoes & House made Dumplings, Sauerkraut & California Blend and Kolaczki for Dessert. All of this plus coffee, iced tea and an OPEN BAR! ! Welcome to all our Legion Family!! Auxiliary, Legion Riders, S.A.L.COME JOIN US. 


Membership Membership

MEMBERSHIP MEMBERSHIP - My Brothers and Sisters of the Fighting First Division.    In the effort of growing our posts the 9th District in conjunction with the Department and National will hold a three-day revitalization at three different dates and locations.

March 1st will be at Tattler Post 973 located at 4325 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60618. Parking is restricted and also metered so car pooling is suggested.  

March 2nd will be at Palatine Post 690 located at 122 W. Palatine Road, Palatine, IL 60067.

March 3rd will be at Merle Guild Post 208 located at 121 N. Douglas, Arlington Hts, IL 60004.

We will start at 9 AM and go through 5 P.M. Each post will be having their meetings later those evening. I would ask you bring your cell phones as well as Chargers. The Department will supply us with the latest 2910 lists and forms. We will also be looking for members to go door to door to check on members who do not have phones listed.

Last year we brought in well over one hundred 2910 members to various posts. This is a numbers game and we need as many members to help to make this another successful year. We will be concentrating on Posts that are having trouble. Members can also make this the opportunity to grow your posts.

Please let me know what dates and times you can commit to.  If one of these are your posts, feel free to come for a couple hours before and stay for your meeting.


Service Officer Training

This years’ Service Officer Training will be held on March 11th at Franklin Park Post 974, 9757 Pacific Ave., Franklin Park, IL.  This years’ service officer training is moving to the north side of the Division and will be in Franklin Park. We have made some changes to make the day more interesting and here is the tentative agenda.

A pancake breakfast with scrambled eggs and sausage will be served from 8:00 to 9:00. The morning session starts at 9:00 and will include updates by the new Director of the Veterans Administration Regional Office, an overview of state veterans’ benefits through the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and my own Power Point Presentation on the duties of a Post Service Officer.


Veteran's Warning from Camp Lejeune

Did you serve at Camp Lejeune sometime between 1953 - 1987?  It was found that the water source at the base was contaminated with industrial solvents that are linked with certain health conditions.    Based on the Veterans Administration review of current medical science findings, VA Secretary McDonald intends to propose creation of a presumption of service connection for the folling conditoin:  Kidney Cancer, Liver Cancer, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma Scleroderma, Parkinson's Disease or Aplastic Anemia/Myelodysplastic Sydromes  [more info]


Agent Orange VA Benefits Expanded

American Legion's Dispatch - Agent Orande VA benefits expanded -  The Department of Veterans Affairs recently published a new regulation that expands eligibility for some VA benefits for Air Force veterans and Air Force reserve veterans who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange through regular and repeated contact with contaminated C-123 aircraft that had been used in Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand (ORH). 


Veterans Upward Bound

Roosevelt University partners with the Department of Education to develop “Veterans Upward Bound” program.   In order to find success in today’s society, many veterans are required to enhance their skills. As a result, further education is often the key to starting a second career. Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is a free-of-charge program (funded by the U.S. Department of Education) that helps veterans, who have not completed a bachelor’s degree, to prepare for enrollment at the college of their choice.


Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Card

Cook County Military & Veterans Discount Program is announced.  We are writing to inform you about an exciting new program being rolled out by the Cook County Recorder of Deeds and the Cook County Department of Veterans Affairs. After Veterans Day, November 11th 2014, we will begin issuing the Cook County Military and Veterans Discount Card. Our goal is create a network of businesses throughout Cook County that offer discounts and incentives to active duty military and veterans, and encourage businesses to offer these discounts year-round. 


Cook County Recorder urge all veterans to record their DD-214 military discharge records

As we celebrate Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day, I would like our veterans and their families to consider the security of one of the most important documents they possess, their DD-214 military discharge records.
One year ago this Flag Day, my office celebrated the opening of our Veterans Services Office. This was a very proud moment for me, because my family has a proud history of serving this nation. My father and husband have served - as well as my brother and sister - and my son presently serves this great nation as a Captain in the United States Army.






Contact Info

Mail to:
American Legion, First Division
Cook County Council
4531 S. Woodlawn  Ave.,
Chicago, IL  60653

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