Boxer Brigade Campaign
KSKJ Life will be holding its fourth Supporting Soldiers campaign this holiday season with the Boxer Brigade! KSKJ Life lodges will be collecting undergarments for male veterans at Midwest Veterans Closet in North Chicago. Suggested donations include: boxers, briefs, undershirts, socks and long underwear.
Collected donations can be sent to:
Midwest Veterans Closet
2323 Green Bay Rd.
North Chicago, IL 60064
If you’re not close to the Midwest but still want to help, then you’re in luck – this year we’ve added the option of helping both local veterans AND Midwest Veterans Closet while avoiding those shipping costs:
Step 1. Collect undergarments at a lodge event by 1/13/19 and donate locally or ship to Midwest Veterans Closet
Step 2. Snap a picture of your lodge donating the goods to a local charity that supports veterans or a photo of collected items (all participating lodges should submit a photo of collected items before donating and send to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Step 3. KSKJ Life will donate $50 to Midwest Veterans Closet on behalf of your lodge. It’s a win-win!
Monetary donations will also be graciously accepted and will be matched per dollar (maximum $100 per member) up to $5,000. Donated funds can be mailed to the Home Office marked “Supporting Soldiers,” and a one-time donation of the total collected funds will be delivered to the charity.
Click here to view the Supporting Soldiers flyer.
Click here to view the fillable postcard lodges can include with their donated items.
Click here for the Charitable Giving Award Request Form.
Young Adult Leadership Conference
On August 7 – 9, the 8th KSKJ Life Young Adult Leadership Conference (YALC) was held at the Loews Chicago-O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, IL. This conference demonstrated fraternalism at its finest, and our young adults enjoyed developing both personal and professional skills, interacting with other members, and learning about all KSKJ Life has to offer.
To read the full re-caps of the YALC, click here to be directed to the September issue of the Voice.
2018 NATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
75 golfers took to the green on Saturday, June 16th for the 2018 KSKJ Life National Golf Tournament at Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan, IL. Special thanks to all who attended, including those who sponsored a hole,
participated in the skins competition, purchased a raffle ticket or bid on auction items. A whopping $3,500 was collected for the KSKJ Life Educational Grant Program
In addition, Lodges #79 & #53 collected 212 pounds of food items for Midwest Veterans Closet, which then qualified the lodges for a KSKJ Life Charitable Giving Award. To see pictures from the event, please click here!
2018 ABC BOWLING TOURNAMENT
Thanks to all who participated in this year’s ABC bowling. Congratulations to our 2018 ABC Bowling Tournament Winners:
• Malina Alijoski – Lodge 79
• Maija Bucar – Lodge 171
• Ari DeGrande – Lodge 79
• Kinsley Knighton – Lodge 53
• Mason Kocman – Lodge 7
• Kaeden Mavec – Lodge 59
• Leighana Rakun – Lodge 144
• Grace Paskey – Lodge 226
• Sofia Riley-Schueneman – Lodge 53
• Mason Tokarz-Deram – Lodge 79
2018 NATIONAL BOWLING TOURNAMENT
Over 100 people made the trip to Indianapolis the weekend of April 21-22, 2018 to take part in the annual KSKJ Life National Bowling Tournament. A big thank you to Lodge #52 for hosting. To view pictures from the event, please click here.
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
2017 Lodge Persons of the Year
Congratulations and thank you for all you do for KSKJ Life!
LODGE #79 NO-TAP BOWLING AND MATCHING FUNDS
On Saturday, March 10, St. Mary Lodge #79 of Waukegan held its annual No-Tap bowling event and Matching Funds Prize Raffle. This year’s recipient was the Midwest Veteran’s Closet in neighboring North Chicago. A great time was had by all! Thank you for all of your generous donations!!
Click here to check out pictures from the event!
2018 WAUKEGAN LODGES BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
On Saturday, February 17th, St. Joseph #53 and St. Mary #79 of Waukegan kept the tradition of KSKJ basketball alive, when they hosted a one day round robin basketball tournament for members and guests.
The tournament, which was open to high school age men and up, provided the spectators with plenty of good competition and entertainment. For the third straight year, youth won out over experience, when the younger family team of Steve Drinka, Alex Pasiewicz, Anthony, Danny, Drew, Matt, and Zack Rygiel and friends, finished ahead of the teams of seasoned veterans.
Special thanks to the many Waukegan KSKJ members who pitched in and made this such a great day, especially the coordinators Mike Brown, Lance Johnson, and Jay Lerner. Also, to the dedicated members who staffed the concession stand and kept everyone hydrated, your efforts were very much appreciated. To the fans, we thank you for supporting our efforts.
There are probably many of you that remember playing in or attending some of the old KSKJ Basketball tournaments, that began in the 1930’s. Well, those days may be behind us, but the new tournament in Waukegan looks to be here for years to come. Next year, why don’t you come join us and help keep the tradition alive?
CLICK HERE to view pictures from the game.
STUDENT ATHLETE RECOGNITION & AWARD PROGRAM
Thank you to all registered for the Student Athlete Recognition and Award Program.
Click here to see the winners here.