Mary Spindler
P.O. Box 577
Robinson, IL  62454

First, let me thank you for visiting the Dept. of Illinois VFW Auxiliary website to learn more about the “Mentoring for Leadership” program.  This new program is long overdue, and I believe that it is going to be a real asset to this organization. I am so excited to have been appointed as the Department Chairman, and I encourage everyone to get onboard with the program and participate.  Remember that if you have any questions about the program, I am here to help you…just give me a call or drop me an e-mail.


Generally, when a new VFW Auxiliary program is incorporated by National, it takes a while for our members to fully embrace and understand it.  It’s going to take a whole team to make this program successful; and I am asking all our members (and especially District Presidents) to please read and share the information in your meetings. It is important to appoint both an Auxiliary Chairman and District Chairman for this new program. Participation in this program is a mandatory part of the x-sheet, and there are awards and citations for those who work to promote it.  See the suggestions included in the Program Book for ideas to help you get reported!



A mentor is simply a person who makes a positive influence on another person’s life.  In relationship to the VFW Auxiliary, it means teaching others about the traditions, bylaws, or other aspects of the organization, thereby making a positive guiding impact on them.  We can all be mentors!



The correct answer is ANYONE WHO IS WILLING TO PUT FORTH THE EFFORT.” A good leader will be kind and considerate of others, honest, willing to listen and teach, and be talking to anyone who will listen about the benefits and volunteer programs that are associated with the VFW Auxiliary.


Please report and take note of the awards and citations available to our members by participating in this new program.  I especially would like to have nominations sent to me for Award #4, listed in the Program Book for an Auxiliary member who is instrumental in fulfilling the role as a mentor/leader.  Nomination required and must be sent to the Department Chairman by March 31, 2020.  Form available below.


We have provided a place here for you to download all of the information that we distribute to you through our Program Book and Bi-Monthly Chairmen’s Bulletins.  You will need Adobe Reader, it is a Free program and can be downloaded here  Get Adobe


2019-2020 Department Mentoring for Leadership Program

2019-2020 Department Mentoring for Leadership Report

2019-2020 Department Mentoring Engaging-Existing-Members

2019-2020 Department Mentoring Matching Member Talents to Leadership Success

2019 2020 National Mentoring for Leadership

2019 2020 National Mentoring for Leadership Ambassador

National Award for Member Nominating member for Mentoring Award

National Award for Mentoring for Auxiliaries 




August 2019

September 2019

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March 2020