2017 Lodge Persons of the Year
Congratulations and thank you for all you do for KSKJ Life!
Service Award and Lodge Person of the Year
National Lodge Person of the Year
Dakota “Kody” Zamora has been chosen as the 2017 National Lodge Person of the Year. Kody belongs to Chicago’s St. Stephen Lodge #1. He is a lifetime member, who serves on his lodge’s Membership Committee, and participates in all lodge activities. At the young age of 22, not only does Kody participate in these events, he helps plan them. He has attended three Young Adult Leadership Conferences, learning all he can about KSKJ Life. He has since gone out to promote the organization. He encourages other young adults to attend the conference as well. Kody does an excellent job of bringing the more seasoned members together with the younger members. He is constantly trying to think of new and creative ways to encourage younger members to participate in KSKJ Life events. Kody recently completed an internship at the YMCA, organizing and implementing a wellness fair for senior citizens. He also participated in “clean and green” efforts in his community. As part of his award, KSKJ Life is donating $250 to Kody’s charity of choice. Kody has chosen the American Diabetes Association. We look forward to hearing all about Kody’s future endeavors, which we are sure will be just as successful! Congratulations, Kody, and thank you for all you do for KSKJ Life!
National Service Award
The 2017 KSKJ Life National Service Award recipient is Michael Macchioni from Blessed Virgin Lodge #50 in Pittsburgh, PA. Michael set up a 501(c)3 non-profit organization named Gemma’s Angels in memory of his mother, Gemma. Since 2006, his organization, Gemma’s Angels, has distributed tens of thousands of pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables to a list of 33 (and growing) homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and food pantries in Dauphin and Lebanon Counties in Pennsylvania. Michael’s friend and KSKJ Life agent, David Edwards, told about a time in 1995 when Michael (as Director of Parks and Recreation for their town) conducted an event for a local Easter program which ended in a large surplus of food. A friend mentioned to him that a new homeless shelter in nearby Harrisburg, PA was struggling and could very much use the food. Michael dropped off the food and was deeply moved by the work of the staff and volunteers at the Catholic Charities shelter. He discovered they had no plans for a Christmas and the “rest is history,” as David explains. For the past 22 years, Michael has led family, friends and other volunteers to conduct a Christmas party not only at that particular shelter, but three others as well. KSKJ Life is donating $250 to Gemma’s Angels on behalf of Michael. To learn more about Gemma’s Angels, visit www.gemmasangels.org Congratulations, Michael, on all of your amazing accomplishments and thank you for all of your service to your community!
– Andrea Ostrowski, KSKJ Life National Director of Activities
Snacks for Soldiers – Campaign Re-Cap
A heartfelt thank you to all the lodges that participated in our 3rd year of the Supporting Soldiers Campaign. “Snacks for Soldiers” was this year’s theme and the collected items included a variety of salty snacks and card games. A total of 17 lodges participated in this year’s drive, either by collecting snacks, collecting monetary donations, or a combination of both.
Total number of snacks collected
Amount of member donations
Charitable Giving Award from Home Office
Amount donated to Support the Troops
Young Adult Leadership Conference
On July 18 – 21, our 7th KSKJ Life Young Adult Leadership Conference (YALC) was held at Wisconsin Dells’ Wilderness Resort. This conference was fraternalism at its best, and we learned a lot about ourselves, each other and just how much KSKJ Life has to offer. We hope that you will join us in 2018 for a one-of-a-kind, wonderful experience!
Fun in the photo booth!
Service Project Day at Camp Wawbeek.