Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Welcome to “MAKING LIFE BEARABLE for OUR VETERANS“ year. As many of you may know, I had an accident on Sunday, June 21st when I fell off a ladder and broke my left leg/ankle very badly both bones (tibia and fibula) were broken. After 2 surgeries I am currently recouperating at the Loft Rehab and Nursing of Canton, Il. My length of stay here is unknown at this time. I still need at least one more surgery to place a plate and pins.

Even though I am physically unable to attend anything at this time, I do have my phone and computer with me to answer e-mails, receive phone calls and attend meetings via Zoom. Please send me your meeting information so I can get my schedule planned out as soon as possible.

Patti McLoed, Diana Rudeen, Linda Lorenz, our line officiers and chairmen have stepped up to assist me in helping you with any issues that may arise. Please do not hesitate to contact me or them when necessary.

As restrictions start to lessen up due to THE COVID19 situations, I want to encourage you to continue to use Zoom in your meetings. This option allows all members who are unable to physically attend to still be involved and kept up to date on the events and programs that is occurring in your Auxiliaries and Districts.

Thank you for all you are doing. Thank you for your devotion and support to our Veterans, their
families, our programs and this great Organization.

Please be kind to everyone, we all have the same goal in common and that is to take care of our Veterans. There are many ways to reach a common goal, learn to listen, adapt, accept and work together as a team. Nothing can be accomplished by bullying, threatening, stalking etc. Our Veterans worked together on the battlefield to fight for our freedoms, we need to learn to work together to support our Veterans.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Focused!!!

Linda Armstrong, President

Important Notice

All Auxiliaries have until this Tuesday, June 30th to get your delegates registered in MALTA. If this is not done, the votes you turned in on your ballot will NOT count in the election for our National Guard. Don’t throw away your opportunity to have a say in who will be elected to .represent this organization. PLEASE REGISTER YOUR AUXILIARIES DELEGATES TODAY!!!</p

If you are unable to enter the National Delegates, please email or fax your list to me and I will enter them for you.

2020-2021 Department Shirts are available to purchase

Price: $30.00 each

Embroidery Available for additional $6.00

Sizes Available: S-4X

Send your check made out to Department of IL VFW Auxiliary to:

Annette Wooldridge
315 W Henry Street
Pontiac, IL 61764

Phone: 815-674-2168  please call if you have any questions.

Include your size and info for embroidery on a sheet of paper and include with your check. Delivery will be worked out at a later date.

Click Here for a printable order form that can be completed and returned to Annette with your check.

Website has been updated…

Thank you for your patience! I plan to make changes all year long. Programs and Forms have been updated. I have created a way to upload images on Historian/Media Relations Online Form. I am still gathering information and images to complete and update other areas of the site… so stay tuned

Dan Hansen
VFW Auxiliary Dept. of Illinois

Get Well Thank You

Royal Woolfolk would like to thank all for their prayers and support during his heart surgery in February 2020. Your flowers,visitation, phone calls, so many cards and blessing thoughts for a successful and full recovery uplifted my spirit. It was a God spent to me to know that you cared. Forever, I will be grateful.


Mercie Woolfolk
National District Council Member-Area 5
Department of Illinois VFW Auxiliary

2020 – 2021 VFW Auxiliary Department of Illinois

Department Auxiliary Council of Administration took place locally from select Post locations, following Covid-19 best practices, and Zoom call on June 13th with election and installation of Officers. Minutes will be posted by July 1st.



For Veterans Home Facilities

During my visits to our Veteran’s home facilities l would ask “What is your greatest need”? The
administrators biggest and most consistent response was “reliable transportation”!

I discovered that all our facilities have antiquated buses/vans that are frequently breaking
down when transporting or Veterans to and from their required appointments. Leaving them
stranded (sometimes for hours and in inclement weather) missing their appointments and
waiting to be rescued and returned to their homes. The Veterans become anxious and afraid to
board them for fear the bus will not make it back safely.

This year I am asking you to assist me by donating funds or even hold a special fund raiser to
raise the necessary funds to purchase the special equipped Hoyle vans that our facilities need
to transport our veterans safely.

I pray that you are willing to assist me by going outside of our membership with letters of
introduction to community leaders and Automobile Dealerships in hopes that they will support
our efforts to meet this necessary need for our Veteran Facilities.

Please be generous in your support of this Special Project that will allow us in “MAKING LIFE
MORE BEARABLE FOR OUR VETERANS” by eliminating the fear of leaving their homes safely to
receive necessary scheduled appointments.

Donations toward the Department President’s Special Project “Wheels for Veterans Fund”:
checks should be made payable to the “Department of II VF WAuxiliary” Department
Treasurer, Linda Lorenz, 140 W. Ann Street, Somonauk, ll 60552. Please earmark your check:
Department President’s Special Project. Your donation will be acknowledged on the monthly
donations list.

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