A CABINETMAKING/WOOD WORKING INSTRUCTOR IN MONTELLO WISCONSIN NAMED HARRY MEINERT WAS ACTIVE IN GETTING HIS CLASSROOM TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMMUNITY. TWO STUDENT INSPIRED CLASSROOM PROJECTS GAVE HARRY THE IDEA TO START AN ORGANIZATION.

1952 – IIEC ILLINOIS INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION CLUBS FOUNDED.

1954 – THE RED BLAZER WAS ADOPTED AS THE IIEC UNIFORM.

1964 – AT A VOCATIONAL ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN KANSAS CITY, MO HARRY MEINERT CONVINCED RALPH C. NEAL OF OHIO AND JESSE
CARROLL OF TEXAS TO ACCEPT THE “RED BLAZER” AS THE RECOGNIZED UNIFORM IN EXCHANGE FOR DROPPING THE WORD “EDUCATION” FROM THE POTENTIAL NAME LIST FOR A NEWLY FOUNDED NATIONAL ORGANIZATION.

1964 – HARRY MEINERT AND PHILIP BAIRD TRAVELED WITH THEIR PEERS FROM SEVERAL STATE ASSOCIATIONS TO WASHINGTON D.C. TO MEET WITH THE AFL-CIO TO GET THE APPROVAL FOR A NATIONAL STUDENT ORGANIZATION.

1964 – IN ANTICIPATION OF THE FOUNDING OF THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION, ILLINOIS HOLDS ITS 1ST STATE CONFERENCE.

1965 – THE FIRST NATIONAL CONFERENCE WAS HELD AT THE HOTEL ANDREW JACKSON IN NASHVILLE TN. THE BUILDING STOOD AT SIXTH AND DEADERICK JUST EAST OF MEMORIAL PLAZA.

1965 – IIEC WAS DISBANDED EXPANDING ITS ROLL FROM INDUSTRIAL EDUCATION CLASSROOMS TO ALL VOCATIONS. THE NEWLY FOUNDED VOCATIONAL INDUSTRIAL CLUBS OF AMERICA WOULD BE THE NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATION. LEON ELLIOT SERVED AS THE FIRST STATE DIRECTOR.

1965 – TWO MEMBERS OF THE ILLINOIS DELEGATION PEGGY GLASSFORD REGIONAL VP AND SHIRLEY FRANKIEWICZ SECRETARY WERE ELECTED AS THE MEMBERS OF THE 1ST NATIONAL OFFICER TEAM.

1969 – TIM RENSHAW OF ILLINOIS WAS ELECTED AS NATIONAL OFFICER AND SERVED AS REGIONAL VP.

1971 – HARRY MEINERT, A FOUNDING MEMBER FROM ILLINOIS IS MADE AN HONORARY LIFE MEMBER.

1972 – BRUDUS FULKS OF ILLINOIS WAS ELECTED AS NATIONAL OFFICER AND SERVED AS REGIONAL VP.

1973 – RAEANN DALKE OF ILLINOIS WAS ELECTED AS NATIONAL OFFICER AND SERVED AS REGIONAL VP.

1975 – MARY PALUSIAK OF ILLINOIS WAS ELECTED AS NATIONAL OFFICER AND SERVED AS REGIONAL VP.

1977 – RONDLE CASTLE OF ILLINOIS IS AWARDED THE INTERNATIONAL. VICA DEGREE.

1981 – CHERYL STONECIPHER AND JODIE PROWANT OF ILLINOIS WAS ELECTED AS NATIONAL OFFICERS AND SERVING AS REGIONAL VP AND PS SECRETARY. JODIE PROWANT IS THE 1ST PS OFFICER FROM ILLINOIS.

1983 – JANET PRICE OF ILLINOIS WAS ELECTED AS NATIONAL OFFICER AND SERVED AS PS SECRETARY.

1985 – MARK BOYD OF ILLINOIS WAS ELECTED AS NATIONAL OFFICER AND SERVED AS PS VP.

1987 – DON BAUC IS APPOINTED AS THE SECOND STATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SKILLSUSA ILLINOIS.

1989 – SKILLSUSA ILLINOIS CELEBRATES ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY.

1990 – PHILIP BAIRD A FOUNDING MEMBER FROM ILLINOIS IS MADE AN HONORARY LIFE MEMBER.

1991 – STATE DIRECTOR DON BAUC PLACES A MOTION BEFORE THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE CREATION OF THE TWO LEADERSHIP AWARDS. THE HARRY MEINERT AWARD FOR THE OUTSTANDING SECONDARY STATE OFFICER AND THE PHILIP G. BAIRD AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING POST-SECONDARY OFFICER. EACH AWARD HAD BEEN APPROVED AND DISTRIBUTED FOR THE FIRST TIME THAT YEAR.

1992 – CHRISTOPHER SESSA OF ILLINOIS WAS ELECTED AS NATIONAL OFFICER AND SERVED AS PS PARLIAMENTARIAN.

1995 – EDDIE MCDUFFIE OF ILLINOIS WAS ELECTED AS NATIONAL OFFICER AND SERVED AS REGIONAL VP.

1998 – SCOTT LOGAN OF ILLINOIS WAS ELECTED AS NATIONAL OFFICER AND SERVED AS PS PRESIDENT.

1998 – VICA OFFICIALLY CHANGED TO SKILLSUSA–VICA ON JULY 4, 1999 AT THE NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND SKILLS CONFERENCE.

2004 – ON SEPT. 1, THE ORGANIZATION’S NAME OFFICIALLY CHANGED TO SKILLSUSA.

2005 – SEAN APSEY OF ILLINOIS WAS ELECTED AS NATIONAL OFFICER AND SERVED AS PS PARLIAMENTARIAN.

2007 – DON BAUC IS MADE AN HONORARY LIFE MEMBER FOR YEARS OF SERVICE AS A STATE DIRECTOR OF ILLINOIS.

2010 – LOREE HAYDEN OF ILLINOIS WAS ELECTED AS NATIONAL OFFICER AND SERVED AS PS VP

2010 – ILLINOIS HAS 3 RECIPIENTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SKILLSUSA DEGREE. KIM HAWTHORNE, KARYN HAWTHORNE, AND NICHOLAS HULVA. KARYN, KIM, AND NICHOLAS WERE PRESENTED THEIR DEGREES AT THE NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND SKILLS CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDS CEREMONIES’.

2015 – ERIC C. HILL IS APPOINTED AS THE THIRD STATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SKILLSUSA ILLINOIS