On November 29, IPPA president, Thomas Titus, presented 180 half boneless hams to Lt. Col. Michael Legler of the IL Army & Reserve Air National Guard based out of Springfield as part of the Give-A-Ham Challenge. Legler arranged for 13 military family readiness specialists in Illinois to coordinate the delivery of the donated hams to military families across our state. Group locations for the military readiness group include 1 in Machesney Park, near Rockford; 4 in the Chicago area, and 1 in Marseilles. The other 8 stretch from Milan to Marion. After the hams were donated, Titus then challenged the director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Jerry Costello, to donate hams to a donee of his choice and continue the cycle of giving. Costello happily accepted our challenge by challenging Commissioner Tom Peterson of the State of Minnesota to Give-A-Ham.