The Supporting Soldier Campaign was created in 2015 as an effort to show our organization’s support and gratitude towards the active military, veterans and their families. Each holiday season, we collect items and raise funds for a charitable organization whose mission is to assist our brave military.
This year, we are partnering with Operation Care Package to provide socks to military troops who are deployed in remote areas where they don’t have access to basic supplies, such as socks. Through January 12, 2020, we are asking members to collect UNWORN pairs of men’s and women’s white or black crew socks and donate them at an upcoming local lodge event. For every local lodge who participates, we will donate $50 to Operation Care Package on behalf of each lodge.
Not close to a participating lodge but want to be a part of this national initiative? Here are ways you can help:
1. Donate as an individual and ship directly to the KSKJ Life Home Office
2. Organize a collection drive and ship directly to KSKJ Life Home Office
3. Send a monetary donation* to KSKJ Life Home Office – Attn: Supporting Soldiers
*Monetary donations will be matched per dollar (maximum $100 per member) up to $5,000.
A one-time donation of the total collected funds will be delivered to the charity.
WE WANT TO SEE YOUR SOCKS!!
Post a photo of your donations on your social media pages using the hashtags #ShowUsYourSocks and/or #KSKJLife and you’ll automatically be entered for chance to win a pair of commemorative KSKJ socks! Every cash donation received will also be entered to win. Random winners will be chosen and notified throughout the campaign.
Collected socks can be sent to the KSKJ Life Home Office: 2439 Glenwood Ave., Joliet, IL 60435
To learn more about Operation Care Package, visit www.operationcarepackages.org
If you’re a member of KSKJ Life looking to participate, please click HERE to view and download flyer
If you’re part of a lodge looking to participate, please click HERE to view and download flyer
Thank you to all those who participated in this year’s Stepping Up Program! Stepping Up was designed to encourage physical activity for all of our members. This year’s program was modified to include other avenues to improve your daily habits as well as enhance your life and the community in which you live.Throughout the 8-week program, Challenges of the Week provided a different focus – or challenge – each week. Examples included exercising, reading, planting, volunteering and more.
It has been a great pleasure seeing everyone’s progress and stories! A big congratulations to this year’s winners Rosemary M. of Eveleth, MN and Jodi W. of Joliet, IL! Rosemary and Jodi will each receive a fabulous wellness package. In addition, KSKJ Life will make a donation of $50 to a charity of their choice.
Waukegan Lodges Golf Tournament
Ninety six golfers gathered on a warm sunny breezy afternoon for the Waukegan KSKJ Life Lodges Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan, IL.
In an effort to support the community, golfers donated “meals-in-a-can” for the Midwest Veterans Closet in North Chicago. In total, 326 meals were collected, along with $120.00 in cash donations and a $100.00 Charitable Giving award from KSKJ Life, which were presented to Midwest Veterans Closet. In addition, a total of $1,100.00 was raised from hole sponsorships for the KSKj Life Educational Grant Program. Thank you to all those who participated, sponsored, donated or contributed!
Click here to view photos from the golf outing.
May is Join Hands Month! Each Spring, KSKJ Life members across the nation “join hands” to make a difference in their communities through helpful projects that connect youths and adults.The idea was launched by what was then called America’s Fraternal Benefit Societies in 2000, in partnership with Points of Light Foundation. It is meant to have a focus not just on volunteering, but also on developing youth and adult relationships.
Congratulations to the winners selected in the photo contest drawing! Each winner will receive $125 for the charity of their choice.
KSKJ Life hosted a “KSKJ Day” on May 25th to thank those who served and continue to serve our country by sponsoring a food truck that supplied free groceries to veterans in Northern Chicago, IL.
Midwest Veterans Closet (MVC) was the chosen charity from our National Supporting Soldiers Campaign in December 2018; because of the generous donations from our wonderful members, MVC was able to use those funds for the food truck which directly impacts local veterans.
View event photos here.
KSKJ Life 2019 National Bowling Tournament
27 teams took to the lanes on April 6 & 7 in Joliet, IL, for the 2019 KSKJ Life National Bowling Tournament, hosted by Lodge #29 in memory of long-time member Louis Derlinga. This year’s tournament had a charitable flair to it, raising awareness and funds for “Cornerstone Services”, who provide comprehensive services to people with disabilities in the Joliet area. Special thanks to all those who traveled from afar, purchased raffle tickets, and attended the evening socials. Over $1,000 was collected from raffles to benefit Cornerstone Services.
To see pictures from the event, please click here!
Service Award and Lodge Person of the Year
National Lodge Person of the Year
Jeanette Jensen was chosen for KSKJ Life’s 2018 National Lodge Person of the Year. Jeanette belongs to St. Joseph Lodge #7 in Pueblo, CO. As an active lodge member, Jeanette served on the Membership Committee for many years before she was elected as the Fraternal Activities Coordinator in 2019. This past year, Jeanette chaired the Mt. Carmel festival parking lot fundraiser, the Christmas Cookie Exchange event and Lodge 7’s first Holiday Craft Show. She assisted her mother, sisters, and aunts cooking and serving members at our Palm Sunday breakfast. She is also one of the top sellers for tickets to Lodge events. Jeanette is active on her community and routinely volunteers at St. Mary’s Historic Catholic Church, serving on several of their committees. She helps cook and prepare dinners at the church and also participates with other fraternal groups in Pueblo. KSKJ Life will donate $250 to the charity of Jeanette’s choice, the Southern Colorado Little Britches Rodeo Association/Southern Colorado Horseman’s Association. Congratulations, Jeanette, and thank you for all you do for KSKJ Life and for your community!
National Service Award
Heidi Coldagelli was chosen for KSKJ Life’s 2018 National Service Award. Heidi belongs to Sts. Cyril and Methodius Lodge #59 in Eveleth, MN. Heidi is a busy mother of 2 who has a full-time job, yet always finds time to volunteer in the community – not only through KSKJ Life but also through her community, church, and school. Heidi has been very involved in coordinating the community’s local March of Dimes Walk for Babies for the past several years. She was co-chair since 2004 for the event, which raised over $50,000 each year. Heidi also volunteers at her children’s school, Marquette Catholic School in Virginia, MN. She has worked various fundraisers for the school and was formerly involved with their Home and School Association. In addition to her work at the school, Heidi has just volunteered to be on the finance committee at Resurrection Church in Eveleth, MN. As part of her award, KSKJ Life is donating $250 to Marquette Catholic School. Congratulations, Heidi, on all of your amazing accomplishments and thank you for all of your service to your community!
2018 Lodge Persons of the Year
Congratulations and thank you for all you do for KSKJ Life!