Illinois Employer Support ofthe Guard and ReserveEXECUTIVE COMMITTEEState Chair
North West Chair
North Central Chair
Central East Chair
South East Chair
South West Chair
Central West Chair
North West Chair
FULL-TIME STAFFExecutive Director
LTC Tim Franklin
Jean CollierChristina Dibble
Illinois ESGR1301 N. MacArthur Blvd.Springfield, IL 62702(217) 761-3642FAX: (217) 761-3045
Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
From the Executive Director’s desk ...
As you can see in thisnewsletter, the months of Maythrough August were busyones for us as a committee.To highlight just some of what the committee did over this period, we ...
Conducted two strategic planning meetings for volun-teers in northern and southernIllinois;
Took a select group of Illinois employers on our an-nual Bosslift to Joint BaseLewis-McChord, Washington,to visit military units in theSeattle-Tacoma area;
Provided support to NCESGR for the annualAmerican Correctional Con-ference at Navy Pier in Chi-cago;
Attended the IllinoisCouncil for the Society of Human Resources Manage-ment annual conference,which included a short ESGR presentation, a Statement of Support Signing with the in-coming director and an ESGR exhibit table;
And, conducted major Statement of Support signingevents with the Illinois Secre-tary of State, Health CareServices Corporation andHorace Mann Insurance. None of this would have been possible without your continued time, dedication,energy and talents, so my hat(or beret) goes off to you for your commitment and dedica-tion to our organization.As we discussed at our stra-tegic planning meetings in
O’Fallon and Oak Brook, the
new ESGR Strategic Plancovering fiscal years 2011-2015 will bring some changesand a broadening to what has been our traditional mission.These changes will impacthow our committee does busi-ness as we move forward.Among the significantchanges to the ESGR missionand goals in the FY11-15Strategic Plan are:
Create and sustain a pro-gram to identify and coordi-nate employment opportuni-ties for employers and servicemembers.
Identify and communi-cate to customers those legis-lative and regulatory initia-tives that facilitate and en-courage employer support for Guard and Reserve service.
Coordinate efforts tomake selected civilian andmilitary qualification andcertification standards com- patible.
Advocate for employer issues of military familiesincluding, serving as a re-source for Family MedicalLeave Act issues for service
members’ families and pro-
viding employers with infor-mation on sources of familyassistance available to service
Facilitate employmenttransitions relating to the con-tinuum of military serviceincluding collaborating withacademia to develop policiesto aid service members transi-tioning from school to mili-tary duty and serving as cen-tral coordinating agency for employers and military ser-vices to develop employer partnerships that are mutually beneficial for employment of military members.Expect more details tocome down from NCESGR asthey define how the FieldCommittees will be expectedto implement these changes toour mission and how we will be measured on them goingforward.I hope you enjoy this edi-tion of the Illinois ESGR newsletter and will share itwith others, so they can seethe great work you are doingaround the state on behalf of the men and women of the National Guard and Reserveand those who employ them.If you have items youwould like to see included inan upcoming edition, pleasesubmit them to me directly or through your Area Chair for consideration. Photos must bein JPEG file format and must be in focus. Those pictured inthe photo must be clearlyidentified from left to right. If you would like tips on whatmakes up a good photo or article, feel free to contact meor our Public Affairs Chair,Mike Holub.As always, thanks for eve-rything you do for ESGR.
“We All Serve!”
Lt. Col. Tim FranklinExecutive DirectorIllinois ESGR
“As we discussed at our
strategic planning meetings
in O’Fallon and Oak Brook,
the new ESGR Strategic Plancovering fiscal years 2011-2015 will bring somechanges and a broadeningto what has been our