11447 IL Route 125
Beardstown IL 62618
Phone: 217-473-4797
Email: janetskays2010@live.com

As an organization we have many goals and we also have obligations to our veterans, our communities, and our country. This includes offering positive learning experiences as we work with our nation’s youth, while guiding them toward becoming responsible, patriotic adults who respect their country, their peers, and themselves.

There are many groups that your auxiliary can reach out to and sponsor- including school clubs and sports teams, church groups, scouts, 4H clubs, and any other youth group that would benefit from a mentoring program.  Your support can be offered in many ways. Donations and continued financial support are acceptable and appreciated by many groups. Educational programs such as Veterans Day Programs, flag respect and etiquette, and other patriotic activities for children are also an important part of the essential learning experience. Patriotic craft projects can provide a fun way to learn about patriotism. Patriotism through Literacy is another fantastic way to help students learn about important historical events and figures. Volunteering to read historical books to a classroom or after school group and donating historical literary works will make a lasting impact on the youth in your community. Talking to a youth group or an individual about the time in history (when the veterans’ they know have served) is a great way to educate our youth; encourage them to interview a veteran about their time in the military by telephone, video chat, or in person.


Promoting and sponsoring our two very special Youth Activities Contests are also important.  This contest is open to students between the ages of 6 and 16, who are citizens of the U.S. or a U.S. National. The contest gives the entrant the opportunity to sing The National Anthem in that student’s best style. The words may not be changed, but the rhythm and tempo, the style, arrangement and genre are the choice of the vocalist. Submissions must be given to local Auxiliaries by March 31st, 2022 and received by the Department Chairman by April 15th.

There will be one winner chosen from The Department of Illinois and their entry will be forwarded to National Headquarters by May 5th of 2022. (Students must enter in the state where they attend school.) For more information, please check out the brochure and entry form included in the program.

Illustrating America

is for all students in grades 1-8, who are citizens of the U.S. or a U.S. National. (You must enter in the state where you attend school.) The entrants will create a patriotic, two-dimensional art piece on canvas or paper, using watercolor, pencil, pastels, charcoal, tempura, crayon, acrylic, pen, ink, oil, marker, or other media. The work will be judged on patriotic theme and technique. Projects must be submitted to the local Auxiliary by March 31st, 2022, to the Department Chairman by April 15th, and the winning entries will go to National Headquarters by May 5th, 2022. For more information, please check the brochure and entry form included in the program.

Richard Bell, National Inspector General for the VFW in 2020-2021, made a statement in his speech at the February Voice of Democracy/Patriots Pen ceremony which is worth repeating. He said “Patriotism can not be taught in a textbook. It is learned by example.” We must act as role models for our youth. Guide them to become socially responsible citizens. The support you offer can make a lifetime of difference for so many people.

Awards and citations:

Auxiliary Awards

  1. A citation to every auxiliary that has an entry in both the Red, White, and Blue Contest and The Illustrating America contests.
  2. A citation and award to the Auxiliary Chairman with the best promotion of the All reports are due to the Department Chairman by March 31, 2022.

District Awards

  1. A citation to all Districts that are 100% reported by December 31,
  2. A citation and award to the District Chairman with the best promotion of the program at a district meeting. Report is due to the Department Chairman by March 31,

National Awards

  1. A citation to every Auxiliary that promotes Illustrating America. An entry form must be submitted to the Department Youth Activities Chairman by March 31, 2022.  (entry form is available at vfwauxiliary.org/resources)
  2. A citation and $25 to one auxiliary in each of the four Conferences with the most outstanding promotion of Illustrating America.



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

2021-2022 Department Youth Activities Program

2020-2021 Department Youth Activities Report   NEED  (click here for online reporting)

2021-2022 National Youth Activities Program







August 2021

October 2021

December  2021

January 2022