Service Award and Lodge Person of the Year
National Lodge Person of the Year
KSKJ Life has chosen Jodi Wartenberg as its National Lodge Person of the Year. Jodi belongs to Joliet’s St. Joseph Lodge #2. She served most recently as her lodge’s Recording Secretary. She has a passion for bringing new ideas and projects to her lodge. Jodi initiated Lodge #2’s relationship with Sunny Hill Nursing Home of Will County. In 2015, she brought the idea of having a Matching Funds event for this county-owned and operated facility to begin a Music and Memory Program. The lodge’s relationship has continued with Sunny Hill as they helped plant their vegetable and flower gardens for a Join Hands Day project in 2016.
In 2016, Jodi presented the lodge with a second Matching Funds Event and recipient idea. She saw that Joliet’s local historic theater, The Rialto Square Theatre, was struggling with finances and attempting to find firm footing. So, she brought the idea of teaming up with an established annual music festival in Joliet, Hopstring Fest, to raise money for the Rialto. With Jodi’s leadership, Lodge #2 sold advanced tickets and beverages on the day of the event. Through this partnership, Jodi attracted younger adult members to volunteer. Two thousand dollars was raised, and the visibility of KSKJ Life was increased to a larger audience.
As part of her award, KSKJ Life will donate $250 to Jodi’s charity of choice. Jodi has chosen Camp Anokijig in Plymouth, WI. Jodi explained why she chose this charity: “I went to Camp Anokijig in Plymouth, WI, as a young child and continued through the years as a summer counselor. My son, Anton, shared the same experience many years later, and we both believe that we would not be the people we are today without our experience at Camp Anokijig. There, we fell in love with nature, cultivated lifetime friendships and developed a sense of self.”
National Service Award
This year’s KSKJ Life Service Award winner is Donna Lou Lyle from St. Veronica, Lodge #115 in Kansas City. In addition to being a lodge officer, Donna Lou Lyle is very active in her community through her work in the local Pilot International Club. The Pilot Club is internationally known for giving back to the local community by influencing positive change, coming together in friendship, and giving people an outlet for service. Over the years, even when holding down a full time job, she held numerous board and officer positions within Pilot at both the local and district levels. In addition to all the community service projects she led and served on, Donna also worked on numerous Pilot committees and participated in various workshops.
KSKJ Life will donate $250 on Donna’s behalf to her charity of choice. Donna has chosen the Kansas City Hope Lodge for her charity. Kansas City Hope Lodge is part of the American Cancer Society. It provides free housing to cancer patients traveling to Kansas City for treatment. The staff and volunteers provide a home-like nurturing environment, so patients can get support from others going through similar experiences.
Congratulations, Donna Lou, on all of your amazing accomplishments and thank you for all of your service to KSKJ Life and your community!
– Andrea Ostrowski, KSKJ Life National Director of Activities
2017 Spring Newsletter
Check out our 2017 Spring Newsletter here.
2016 Lodge Persons of the Year
Congratulations and thank you for all you do for KSKJ Life!
|Fr. Blase Chemazar
S. CHICAGO, IL
|Frank & Gloria Helwich
ST. CLOUD, MN
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.