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Officer Training Held

First Division held Officer Training - On September 12th Commander Callaway's first order of business for this Legion year was to hold an Officer training class.  Department Commander, Roy Weber, Wayne Fischer, Department Sr. Vice Commander , Marty Conatser, Department Adjutant and Department Membership Director Chad Woodburn were some of this years instructions.  Officer from most of the Dictricts attended this training session.   Photo were taken by Josefina Frances  [see photos] 

 

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Commanders' Notes

From the desk of Commander Callaways... First, I would like to thank all of you that attended or participated in the Department’s Award Ceremony and Membership Drive. There was good display of camaraderie which was evident at the luncheon and a good time was had by all. A personal “Thank you” goes out to the Commander Siciliano, FO Darmetko in their assistance in the preparation and event as well as all of you that stepped up to ensure that it was a very memorable day. Last month concluded with the Division Officers attending the Department’s Division Officers Seminar. The best was evident in the mantra of “Retain, Recruit, Recognize, Team Building and Communicate” (RRRTC). It was best summarized in an email by Department’s SVC Wayne Fischer below are some of the highlights: *American Legion Programs Drive - Set Post Committees on Legion Programs *Better Team Building - Mentorship & Team Building is critical to our success *Buddy Checks-Assign members to call Legionnaires - Reconnect with All Members *Better Communication to All Members *Every Legionnaire is a Recruiter - Find your Replacement plus 1 more *Hands on approach - Follow-up *Involve Adjutants - Chaplain where needed - Membership *Reach out to Boy Scout Round Tables to share our Programs - to Home School *Respect for fellow Veterans and Legionnaires - Work together as a Team *Revitilizations++++ It is September and by now all certified posts have received this year’s membership cards from department headquarters. (Note: if you have not received your membership cards, please call Department at (309) 663-0361. One reason maybe that the post did not certified. Call today without delay to ascertain what the issue may be and get it resolved.) Our first order of business is to get District / Division Officers to the September 12th District Officer Training. This is considered critically important! Official call letters have been sent. We do need a count please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the FO (Finance Officer) Darmetko (708-860- 1897). (more details are found in JVC’s article) Let us show them how it done and make it happen this year! Semper Fortis For God, Family, Country. Warm Regards Gigi

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Important Notice

  From Department Headquarters - (view resolution) As the United States and the world tries to control the COVID-19 Pandemic, the National American Legion has canceled the 2020 National Convention. With no clear end in sight to the extraordinary restrictions on business and personal travel, hard decisions have to be made now. The National American Legion after much discussion and weighing of the options determined that it was most prudent for the safety of our members to cancel all Legion meetings until September 30, 2020. 

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A Reminder!

Most of the Posts, if not all are closed.   The Department Commander asked the Division and District officers to  please call your post commanders to remind them,  if they haven’t checked their post mail in some time, please, go to the post or post office and check the mail. There may be a legionnaire that has sent in their dues. Then ask them to process it on their end and send it to department headquarters so we can process them and get them their benefits back active.  Thanks for all you do, stay on those phones, buddy checking all members!!

Respectfully, Chad T. Woodburn,  Membership Director, Department of Illinois, (309) 663-0361-Office, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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.

 

 

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