2014 Illinois Cherry Blossom Princess!





ISS Celebrates Milestone Birthdays





Wreath Laying to Honor President Ronald W. Reagan




Illinois History Page

The Hon. Mark Q. Rhoads

Mark Rhoads, former Illinois State Senator and Past President of the ISS, has posted fascinating Illinois tidbits in his “Hall of Fame” blog. Follow his captivating trail of Illinois history, links, and other subject categories. Please Click Here to see our Illinois History Page.




To play Video of Dramatic Monologues from the “Land of Lincoln – Thy Wondrous Story,” the Annual Meeting entertainment, click here.


For more information, follow Mark’s History Page.

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Calendar Of Events

Coming ISS Events

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Proposed 2014 ISS Bi-Laws Link

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April 27:

Wreath Laying at Grant Memorial for President U.S. Grant's Birthday


May 14:

ISS Annual Meeting


Dear Members of the Illinois State Society (ISS):


We invite you to attend the 2014 Annual Meeting (and Reception) of the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC this May, at which we will be voting on new Proposed Bylaws for the Society.  The meeting is set for May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the University Club DC, 1135 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036.  The evening will include a short business meeting, our featured speaker, and a buffet reception.  The speaker and other program details will be announced shortly.  


The current ISS Bylaws require that any proposed Bylaws changes be sent to the Society’s membership 30 days in advance of the Annual Meeting at which the proposed new Bylaws will be presented for a vote.  The new Proposed ISS Bylaws are attached for your review.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


The Society’s Bylaws have not been updated in nearly 15 years, so the Board of the Society thought that they should be thoroughly reviewed to see if they reflect the current operations of the Society.  A committee of Board Members was formed to review the Bylaws and to make any appropriate changes.  The Committee met over the past six months, developed the new Proposed Bylaws, presented them to the ISS Board, made edits that were suggested by the Board, and then brought them back to the ISS Board for final approval before sending them to the ISS Membership and presenting them at the ISS Annual Meeting on May 14 for approval.  It has been a vigorous and thorough process.


Please take the time to read through the Bylaws.  There are only 14 pages, so it will not take much of your time.  Then, please attend the Society’s annual meeting on May 14 and be prepared to vote on the Bylaws.  Again, if you have any questions, please do not wait until that evening to ask them.  Contact me and I will be pleased to address any questions you may have.


Mark your calendars for May 14, and look for an upcoming announcement regarding the evening’s featured speaker.  I look forward to seeing you then.


Best regards,




Stuart B. Piper

ISS President


May 26:

Memorial Day at Logan Circle - Wreath Layings Honoring General John A. Logan, Founder of Memorial Day


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