(Lawrenceville, Illinois) Fifth Division President and Lawrence Unit #28 President of the American Legion Auxiliary Beverly Sheley Unit #28 Treasurer/Secretery Judy Schoffstall, and Historian Cheryl Bean attended the Patriotic Conference in Bloomington.
The American Legion Auxiliary is the largest Patriotic Organization in the world and pays tribute to all Veterans.
Richetta and Linda Iovino spoke of their father and how he survived being a Prisoner of War during WWII. Several of his medals and memoribilia were on display.
The Illinois Department National Security Chariman introduced Mathew Krebb, whom served in the army for four years and was a guard for four years at Arlington Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Krebb informed everyone of how focused you must be to guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He stated, six hundred pins for this honor have been given out and he was number five hundred ten to receive this pin of honor. The Shooting Stars of Southern Illinois, six girls from Flora and one from Louisville, entertained everyone with dance and baton twirling.
The Illinois Department American Legion Auxiliary board meeting was attended by Fifth Division President Beverly Sheley, a voting body of the board, and Cheryl Bean and Judy Schoffstall, Sheley’s guests. Several dignitaries attended the board meeting, including Ill. Dept. Commander of the American Legion, Bernie Stegmueller; SAL Detachment Commander, Ed Cavanaugh; National Vice Commander, Hank Robards; Illinois Dept. President of the American Legion Auxiliary Judy Zimmerman; and special guest American Legion Auxiliary National Central Division Vice President Donna Ray. Reports werre given by the Department Chairman and business was discussed.
Upon the conclusion of the Patriotic Conference, Lawrence Unit #28 members traveled from Bloomington to Belleville for a Fifth Division Poppy/Spring Meeting. Poppy Chairman Judy Schoffstall received the poppies that will be distributed over Memorial Day weekend in Lawrence County. Fifth Division President Beverly Sheley held the Fifth Division meeting ofthe American Legion Auxiliary. Guests included Ill. Dept. President Judy Zimmerman, Vice President Ann Flanagan, Fifth Division Commander Steve Welty, Past Department commander Bill Flanagan and a gift to the Yanks Chairman Dutch Jancek.