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Detachment of Illinois





Pictured above Detachment Commander Eugene Gort along with Americanism Chairman Jim Borgman, presenting a $1500 check Auxiliary Department President Deb Lewis for their scholarship fund.
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A message from our Officers
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
In 1954, The American Legion allowed the separate incorporation of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. Since then, the Foundation has granted over 17 million dollars to nonprofit youth-oriented organizations, providing them a means to educate families and communicate about the needs of special children across the nation. Most of the donations come in five or ten dollars at time from people like you.
This year 24 grants for an amount of $766,761 for projects to completed by 2019. Donations have exceeded $526,053 with $327, 594 donated from the SAL. To date the SAL has donated over 8 million dollars to the foundation. Members of the American Legion Family are the primary contributors to the success and growth of the foundation.
Remember the American Legions 4 Pillars, this is what the Legion stands for;
           Veterans Affair and Rehabilitation
           National Security
           Children & Youth     
Mission - Foremost priority is to contribute to the physical , mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of the children and youth.
History - In 1952 Dr. Gerald Murphy came to the American Legion with valuable contribution if they could figure out some way it would be used to help children and the idea of a foundation was created. Later that year the NEC(National Executive Committee) appointed a special committee to determine the feasibility of establishing such a proposed foundation.
In 1955 the foundation give its first grant totaling $22,000 to three organizations and to date 17 million has been awarded to organizations to assist the children of this country from the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation.
About - The foundation though created by the American Legion is actually separate nonprofit corporation. It is composed of nine members appointed by the American Legion’s NEC upon nomination by the National Commander.
Grant seekers are nonprofit and tax exempt organizations which meet one the foundations basic purposes.
Purposes - Contribute to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or their programs designed to benefit youth; and
Contribute to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge already possessed by well-stablished organizations, to the end that such information can be more adequately used by society.
Chris Schoo
24th District Sr. Vice Commander
From our Americanism Chairman
I was first introduced to the SAL when I was asked to become a Charter Member. After I started learning the basics of the organization, the officer roles, how to hold meetings and things of that nature, the next thing I learned was the importance of the Consolidated Report Form. It was impressed upon me that this is a mandatory annual report form that all Squadrons must submit before the close of the membership year. To this day, I still impart that sentiment when making Squadron visits and at any District, Division, or Detachment meetings, and certainly in meetings of the Americanism Commission. 
I’m sure you know this, but as a reminder, this information is gathered on a Detachment basis, then forwarded to the national organization and complied in an overall report of the American Legion that is given to the Legion National Commander, who testifies before a joint session of the Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington annually to show what we as an organization have accomplished and at the same time, presents an opportunity to make a plea for additional funding of the V. A.
Did you also know that all reports submitted from all Detachments are judged by the Americanism Commission at the National Convention and awards and recognition are handed out for the most active Squadrons as evidenced by the CSR on a per-capita basis. So, that means that even a small Squadron of 10 or 15 members can easily compete with Squadrons composed of 3 or 4 hundred!
I can absolutely guarantee that there’s no such things as a Squadron that hasn’t had enough activity to bother with a report. If you have attended a meeting, that time is reportable. Every member of the SAL has performed reportable events and donations that may have been made by either Squadron or personally by its members individually, and that is all reportable. The report does cover quite a few items, and may very well be difficult to navigate for anyone not familiar with it, but don’t let that stop you, the report must be submitted. Your Squadron must be counted, and your activities, functions and membership endeavors must be made known in the National report. If you need assistance, speak up and it will be there; ask your District or Division Commander, or your Division Americanism representative for assistance and get that report submitted.
In service to God and country,
Jim Borgman,
Americanism Commission Chairman
15 Past Detachment Commanders together at the recent DEC in Franklin Park   


Phone: (309) 663-0361


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