Oct 24, 2017 - Jan 15, 2018

SUPPORTING SOLDIERS

This year’s Supporting Soldiers Campaign will be “Snacks for Soldiers.”  In conjunction with lodge events and Christmas Parties, we encourage lodges to participate in this mission to provide snacks for care packages that will be sent to deployed soldiers. And for every participating lodge, the Home Office will donate $50 to Support the Troops on behalf of the lodge.

Monetary donations will also be graciously accepted and will be matched per dollar (maximum $100 per member) up to $5,000 to Support the Troops. Any 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. Collected donations can be shipped directly to:

Support the Troops WI
6087 Hwy 60 Hartford, WI 53027
www.supportthetroopswi.com

If participating, Snacks for Soldiers/Charitable Giving Award Forms must be submitted by January 15, 2018 to the Home Office.

*Please include a picture of the donations you collect to be eligible for the Charitable Giving Award. Emailed photos are preferred. Please send JPEG or PDF photos to fraternal@kskjlife.com

Apr 10, 2017

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

Apr 1, 2017

2017 Spring Newsletter

Check out our 2017 Spring Newsletter here.

Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2016

2016 Lodge Persons of the Year

Congratulations and thank you for all you do for KSKJ Life!

Fr. Blase Chemazar
LODGE #1
CHICAGO, IL
Jodi Wartenberg
LODGE #2
JOLIET, IL
Lucille Zabukovic
LODGE #7
PUEBLO, CO
Dolores Ambrozich
LODGE #29
JOLIET, IL
George Bozzetti
LODGE #44
S. CHICAGO, IL
Frank & Gloria Helwich
LODGE #50
PITTSBURGH, PA
Paul Barbarich
LODGE #52
INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Frank Erjavic
LODGE #59
EVELETH, MN
Debbie Slater
LODGE #79
WAUKEGAN, IL
Judy Hann
LODGE #108
JOLIET, IL
Robert Trunkel
LODGE #136
WILLARD, WS
Margaret Koncar
LODGE #143
JOLIET, IL
Elizabeth Jones
LODGE #150
CLEVELAND, OH
Joyce Iannarelli
LODGE #153
STRABENE, PA
Milena Zerdin
LODGE #170
LEMONT, IL
Frank Ibriks
LODGE #171
DULUTH, MN
Katherine Trampusch
LODGE #196
GILBERT, MN
Marge Pryately
LODGE #197
ST. CLOUD, MN
Anne Zorc
LODGE #257
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Jul 18 - 21, 2016

Young Adult Leadership Conference

Wisconsin Dells, WI

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!

Song Challenge Group 2

Wilderness Cabin Dinner Challenge Photo Booth Starasinich girls Lodge 29

Fun in the photo booth!

Camp Wawbeek group photo LIGHTER

Service Project Day at Camp Wawbeek.

 

Message from the Director

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All national youth and adult activities (excluding athletic/sports events) are under the supervision of the KSKJ Life Youth & Young Adult Activities Director or designated national officer.

Current activities include the Young Adult Leadership Conference, recognition of Lodge Persons of the Year, Photo Contest, and support for other national, regional and lodge initiatives that promote fraternal activity. Please see the links below and your lodge officers for more information.

Andrea Ostrowski
National Youth and Young Adult Activities Director