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May-Aug 10 Esgr Newsletter

May-Aug 10 Esgr Newsletter

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Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
May-August 2010Inside this issue: 
From the Executive Director 
2
HCSC signs SOS
3
Illinois SHRM signs SOS
7
 Awards & Recognition
8
Bosslift showsemployers Guard,Reserve key roles
A group of about 35 employ-ers from across Illinois had thechance to learn more about theroles and missions Guardsmenand Reservists perform in our 
nation’s defense during the Illi-
nois Employer Support of theGuard and Reserve 2010 Bos-sift June 21-23. Illinois ESGR took employers to visit militaryunits in the Seattle-Tacoma areaof Washington.The group left from Rockfordthe morning of June 21 aboarda KC-135 Stratotanker from the
Illinois Air National Guard’s
126th Air Refueling Wing.Upon arrival at McChord Field,the group hit the ground run-ning with an afternoon tour  provided by the 1st Joint Mobi-lization Brigade at Combat Op-erating Location Eagle on JointBase Lewis-McChord. The tour at COL Eagle featured a MRElunch followed by a static dis- play of mine resistant ambush protected vehicles. A tour of the
“IED Petting Zoo” showed
guests how our military trainstroops in recognizing andavoiding improvised explosivedevices.Day one ended with a recep-tion and dinner with militarydignitaries from Joint BaseLewis-McChord, the CoastGuard Reserve and the Wash-ington ESGR Committee.
RESCUE DEMONSTRATION: 
Illinois employers observe a helicopter water rescue demonstration during avisit to U.S. Coast Guard Station Seattle. The demonstration was part of the Illinois Employer Supportof the Guard and Reserve 2010 Bosslift to Seattle-Tacoma June 21-23.
SECRETARY OF STATE SIGNS SOS:
Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, signs a Statement of Supportfor the Guard and Reserve as (from left) Maj. Gen. William Enyart, Adjutant General of the IllinoisNational Guard; Jay Sheedy, Illinois ESGR Central West Area Chair; and David Kennedy, Illinois ESGRvolunteer look on. Illinois ESGR also presented White with the Above and Beyond Award for supportbeyond that required by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
 
Illinois Employer Support ofthe Guard and ReserveEXECUTIVE COMMITTEEState Chair
Michael Ayers
Employer Outreach
Terri Bergagna
Military Outreach
Terry McCollom
Ombudsman Director
Ron Bacci
Governmental Affairs
Bennett Krause
Education Outreach
Jim Osberg 
Awards
Gloria Guy
Public Affairs
Michael Holub
North West Chair
William Glynn
North Central Chair
Terry McCollom
Central East Chair
Tom Murgatroyd
South East Chair
Dayton Loyd
South West Chair
Clyde Jones
Central West Chair
John Sheedy
North West Chair
Rick Pollack
 FULL-TIME STAFFExecutive Director
LTC Tim Franklin
Program Assistants
Jean CollierChristina Dibble
MAILING ADDRESS
Illinois ESGR1301 N. MacArthur Blvd.Springfield, IL 62702(217) 761-3642FAX: (217) 761-3045
Page 2
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
members’ families.
 
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
traditional mission.”
 
 
Page 3Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
HCSC signs SOS, receives Above & Beyond Award
SHOW OF SUPPORT: 
James Rebholz, National Chair of ESGR, addresses the employees of Health CareServices Corporation as Patricia Hemingway-Hall signs a Statement of Support for the National Guardand Reserve on behalf of HCSC operations in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The SOS sign-ing was part of Navy Day activities Aug. 11 at HCSC headquarters in Chicago.
PHOTO ABOVE: 
Members of the Health Care Services Corporation Voices of Diver-sity choir sing a medley of patriotic songs during Navy Day observances at HCSCcorporate headquarters Aug. 11.
PHOTO RIGHT: 
Rear Adm. Ken Carodine presents, Health Care Services CorporationChief Executive Officer, Patricia Hemingway-Hall with the ESGR Above and Be-yond Award.
Health Care Services Corpo-ration, the largest customer-owned health insurer in theU.S., showed support for itsmilitary employees during Navy Day in Chicago Aug. 11.Patricia Hemingway-Hall,HCSC Chief Executive Officer,signed a Statement of Supportfor the Guard and Reserve on
 behalf of the health insurer’s
locations in four states.
“I would like to thank HCSC
for signing this Statement of 
Support.” ESGR National
Chair, James Rebholz, toldHCSC employees gathered on
courtyard at the company’sChicago headquarters. “It
shows that HCSC recognizes
the importance of our country’s National Guard and Reserve.”
 In addition to signing a SOS, Navy Reservist, Rear Adm.Ken Carodine, a HCSC em- ployee and deputy commander of Navy Warfare DevelopmentCommand, presented HCSCwith the ESGR Above and Be-
yond Award for the company’s
outstanding support to him andits other Guard and Reserveemployees.

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