Department: Illinois

Welcome to the Department of Illinois!

ROA and the Department of Illinois Serves Reserve and National Guard Members – All Enlisted and Officers!!

We look forward to seeing you at a Department or Chapter meeting. To learn more about who we are and what we do, please contact a Department or Chapter leader near you.

Department President President, Quincy Chapter (035)
Lt. Ray A. Dieter, USPHS (Ret.) Lt. Col David R. Spurrier, USA (Ret.)
brdrad@att.net spurday@gmail.com

President, Cook County Chapter (006) President, Springfield Chapter (039)
Lt. Col. Jon B. Casillas, USAR Lt. Col. Hugh W. Shown, USA (Ret.)
pavlovasdad@cs.com hsshown@yahoo.com

President, Chicago CG/Navy Chapter (031) President, Fort Sheridan Chapter (048)
CWO4 Edwina C. Mroz, USCG (Ret.) CW4 Arthur F. Dutkovic, USA (Ret.)
eddy4735@aol.com artdukovic@yahoo.com

President, President, Central Illinois Chapter (033)
Lt. Col. Richard P. Franzen, USA (Ret.)
rfranzen@mtco.com

Department Executive Vice President
Paul J. Hettich
Department Legislative Chairman
Louis L. Myers Jr.
Department Membership Chairman
Michael P. Peck
Department National Councilman
Michael P. Peck
Department President
Ray A. Dieter
Department ROTC Chairman
Michael P. Peck
Department Secretary
Connie P. Zehnder
Department Treasurer
Alfred E. Zehnder
Department Vice President Army
Thomas Meade
Department Vice President Naval Services
Casimir C. Mroz


Group Feed
Arthur F. Dutkovic wrote on the Department: Illinois wall: Colonel Michael Peck ROA national councilman from Illinois presents Mrs. Doris Nicholson with the US flag for her husbands Service as she was unable to attend the graveside ceremony due to the pandemic. Ceremony took place in nursing home parking lot in round Lake Illinois
Posted Thursday, September 10, 2020
Arthur F. Dutkovic uploaded a new photo to the Department: Illinois group's photo gallery.

Posted Thursday, September 10, 2020
Arthur F. Dutkovic wrote on the Department: Illinois wall: Highlights of Illinois Department of ROA Special Meeting -- Saturday, August 8, 2020 --Virtual Teleconference Department Meeting -- Our President LT Ray Dieter called the meeting to order at 10:00 AM. -- The Roll Call was conducted by COL Zehnder. We had six Department officers, representatives from all six Chapters and 3 guests participate. A total of 19 ROA members were on the call which gave us a quorum. -- The Department Secretary, Mrs Connie Zehnder gave a short overview of the ROA National Convention which will take place in St. Louis at the Sheridan Westport Lakeside Chalet from 17-20 September 2020. This year, because of the pandemic, the convention will be held in person and virtual. All attendees must register on the ROA Website. -- COL Mike Peck, our National Councilman, conducted an election of Delegates to represent the Department and vote on ROA issues. Delegates from all military branches were elected with COL Peck was chosen to be the Head of the Delegation. Reports were made on the ROA discussion renaming of military installations, the department finances, distribution of membership rebates to the Chapters, and Covid 19 issues facing the country and the military. -- CWO4 Art Dutkovic recommended the Department submit a resolution to be voted on, at the National Convention, to have National ROA commit 5 to 10% of its budget for membership recruitment and advertisement. After a lengthy discussion and approval by all Chapters, the proposal was approved, signed by President Dieter, and forwarded to National. -- Our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 10: 00 AM. It will be virtual and consist of audio and video together featuring "Zoom" possibly at this point. -- The meeting was adjourned by President LT Ray Dieter at 11:38 AM.
Posted Thursday, August 27, 2020
Michael P. Peck wrote on the Department: Illinois wall: Colonel Paul Best,76 former Chief of Staff of the 85th division was killed in a bicycle accident on August 16th in Florida
Posted Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Michael P. Peck wrote on the Department: Illinois wall: ROA urges all veterans to participate in 2020 census, as Illinois has an undercount on veterans.
Posted Saturday, August 22, 2020
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