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Minutes July 13, 2017

SOB Convention Center, Springfield, IL

Ron Umdenstock, Chairman

The meeting was opened by chairman Ron Umdenstock at 12:00 (noon).

Roll call of Division Chairman, 1st Div. Joe Hedrick, 2nd Div. Jeff Cox, 3rd Div. John Gleckler, 4th Div. Ron Umdenstock and 5th Div. Francis Jancek all present. Introduced Guest: Mike Todaro of Minerva Promotion and Don Baumgart Post 1941, LaGrange.

Ron reported on program, Don Baumgart had heard about a problem of the quality of gifts. After some discussion, it was decided the problem was with the sweaters that was used two years ago. It was in the sizing and have not been used since. Don said nothing is wrong with the gifts now.

Discussed the size of the blankets and it was decided to leave as is.

Discussed the gift bags items, no coffee mugs or glass items. Maybe get some FIDIC? Due to donations being down it was voted not to extend gifts to the extended living facilities or Rehab not nursing homes. Home Bound veterans need to be Home Bound with health care.

Next Meeting Convention Thursday July 13, 2017 at GTTY Booth noon.

Discussed gift bags to hospitals to give to those without sizes ordered. Check with Director for sizes before delivered.

Christmas cards will have a donation slip on card. To help support the program and if veteran’s family would like to thank The American Legion for the gift. (we have had several family members ask about this.) It was discussed to check o donation containers with GTTY Logos to set out at restaurants and Post Homes.

Several Post would rather have certificates instead of the plaques, (will ask each top 10 Post what they want) Division Chairmen will give awards at their Convention meetings and the TOP 10 will be reported on Department Convention floor. All Div. Chairmen need to mention the Top Ten at their meeting.

SAL Convention: Division Chairman will report and award certificate/Plaque if in their area. Mike Todaro was introduced and answered questions about gift orders, etc. New Guide lines was discussed, they will be in the Department Newsletter and included in the August GTTY Packet sent to Posts. All orders will be delivered between Dec. 13 and Dec. 25 by Legion Family members. There will be no orders or deliveries for any of the out of state facilities, MO, Kentucky, IN, Iowa, WI.

Meeting Adjourned at 2:00PM (Motion by Joe Hedrick and second by Dutch Jancek).

Submitted by Ron Umdenstock, Chairman


Enclosed is a sample of the Tee-Shirts and lapel pins that are available on line at

The Tee-Shirts cost $15.00 and lapel pins $5.00 each. Patches will be available soon.

It is our hope that your group will have a fund raiser to help support the Gifts To The Yanks Who Gave program.

For those that do not know about the Gifts To The Yanks, it started back in 1944, it is an American Legion program. Money is raised every year to provide Christmas gifts for our veterans in the VA Hospitals, IL VA Nursing Homes, Local Nursing Homes and Homebound.

It takes close to $170,000.00 each year to give good quality sweat suits, blankets, gift bags, sweaters, etc. to over 8000 disabled veterans.

With donations being down the past couple of years we are reaching out to you for your support. You could have a ride, order shirts and sell them or charges a fee to ride and give them a shirt, patch, lapel pin. I am sure you all have done similar fund raisers for other programs and can think of a great way to raise funds to support our disabled veterans.

100% of ALL donations go to the program, no administration fees are taken.

Thanks for caring and supporting our disabled veterans, please help us bring smiles to the faces of our veterans that may only be receiving this gift for Christmas.

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