Are you the descendant of a Korean War vet?

If so, you have increased your chances of receiving the 2012 Samsung Scholarship!

Recently, the four members of the Auxiliary Education Committee traveled to Indianapolis to meet with the American Legion Committee on Education. This is one of the few committees where the Auxiliary has equal representation with relation to voting and participation.

The first order of business was to select nine Samsung Scholarship winners. Each will receive a $20,000 scholarship. The remaining 89 applicants each received $1,100. Forty-nine Departments submitted applications, one from Boys State and one from Girls State. Continue reading

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2011 Auxiliary Monthly Meetings and Agenda

Members,

I would like some input on starting to have meetings again.  We have lots to talk about. What our goals are, and how we hope to accomplish them.  Thoughts?

Here seems to be where we are: 

  • Dodge Ball Tournament – Date TBD – Place TBD
  • Friday Night Family Movies – Fridays beg. in Jan. – Place – F.P. American Legion Hall
  • Recruiting new members* – Ongoing
  • Get members to pay their dues – Ongoing
  • Hines VA – Jr. members project w/ help of Senior members
  • Adopt-A-GI – ongoing and successful – continues

Add to this list if I have forgotten anything.

To accomplish all of this new members are a must.  * We should draft a letter inviting Post members’ wives, moms, daughters, etc., to join us.  The addresses will be supplied by the Post.  Volunteers??

I know its hard to plan any meetings in December, but how about the week after Christmas.  Please respond to this, so I know what you think.  Even those of you not living nearby, because we want to hear your thoughts.

We need to get the word out.

Thank you,

Joyce Stacy Proce
1st Vice President & Historian

Earn Scholarships Through Volunteer Opportunities

American Legion Auxiliary Junior members and youth who work with a Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) student volunteer program have the chance to win a substantial scholarship to be used for college through the James H. Parke Memorial Youth Scholarship!

The scholarship money can be used for any college tuition, books, school supplies, room and board or any other educational need. Juniors who are in a grade level of sophomores or above and have not reached their 19th birthday are eligible for the James H. Parke Memorial Youth Scholarship.

Junior members who complete 100 hours of regularly scheduled service at a VA medical center with a VAVS student volunteer program prior to September 1st can be nominated.

Juniors can and should get involved now to become eligible for the scholarship.

For more information on how to serve, contact Joyce Proce, Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation Chairwoman or visit www.volunteer.va.gov/StudentProgram.asp.

Sign Up for Post 623 Community Updates

Please visit our Post 623 Community site and signup to receive eNews updates!  While you’re there, read about Post 623 Adjutant Lt Paul Knudtson’s recent participation in the 2011 Chicago Marathon!

Paul Revere Auxiliary to Sponsor Girls State Delegate

Do you know a girl who has successfully completed her junior year of high school and who has at least one more semester remaining?  Does she illustrate leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty and service in her school and community?  Here’s your chance to nominate her to participate in the 2012 American Legion Auxiliary Girls State program.

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Women’s Outreach Team says Sacrifice is worth results realized in Afghanistan

When Staff Sergeant Mary Ann Receveur wakes up each morning in the Khowst Province of Afghanistan, the facilities she has available to prepare herself for the day ahead might be enough to make many women cringe. Two hundred yards from the roughly 8-by-12 plywood room Receveur currently calls home sits the nearest bathroom – a conex trailer that has been retrofitted to include several toilets and a couple of sinks. Receveur, a mother of three and registered nurse in Indianapolis while back in the civilian places her in high demand anytime she is interacting with the local Afghan people. Continue reading

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Past Commander/Past President Recognition Dinner

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The American Legion Department of Illinois First Division 5th District Council invites you to the 2011 Past Commander/Past President Recognition Dinner