Young Adult Leadership Conference 2020
We are excited to announce that the 2020 Young Adult Leadership Conference will be held on June 25-27, 2020 at the Aloft Hotel in Chicago! We are looking for young adult leaders ages 18-25 to come learn about KSKJ Life, enhance their leadership skills, partake in an amazing charity opportunity, and build friendships that will last a lifetime!
Bowling Tournament Hosted By Lodge #65
Waukegan Lodges Golf Tournament
Save the Date for the Waukegan KSKJ Life Lodges Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan, IL. More information to come.
With heartfelt appreciation, we want to thank all our wonderful members, lodge officers, agents and employees who participated in this year’s Supporting Soldiers Campaign: Socks for Soldiers. The Supporting Soldiers Campaign was created in 2015 as an effort to show our support and gratitude towards the active and retired military and their families. In December of each year we choose a charitable organization whose mission is to assist our brave American soldiers. This past holiday season the military-based charity selected was Operation Care Package.
Based in Manhattan, IL, Operation Care Package is a volunteer 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to the mission that no Hero serving our Nation should be forgotten. Their goal is to support our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen through care packages and letters of encouragement. Learn more about the organization and the impact they make by visiting their website and Facebook page. You can even refer soldiers overseas that you know for the program.
For this year’s campaign, we asked for help collecting socks for soldiers. 1,077 pairs of socks were donated and monetary donations received were an incredible $2,665, which the Home Office matched. For each lodge that participated, the Home Office also donated $50 to Operation Care Package as part of the Charitable Giving program. A total of $6,480 was presented to this very deserving charity.
Thank you to all who organized collection drives on behalf of the campaign. Donations were received from high school students, military officers, churches and other fraternal organizations. We heard some incredibly touching stories and innovative ideas from members who have a personal connection to the cause. One example from a KSKJ Life member: “My wife and I always keep some new socks in the car. We put a dollar in each pair and give them to homeless people we see in Chicago, some of whom are veterans.” – Joseph Z.
Another military-based charity will be selected for our Supporting Soldiers Campaign next Christmas season. Suggestions are welcome if you have a military-based charity in mind. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your recommendation.
|Pairs of Socks Collected:||1,077|
|Member Donations for OCP:||$2,665|
|Home Office Contribution:||$3,815|
|Total Amount for OCP:||$6,480|
|Total Amount Raised for Veterans Since 2015:||$18,067|
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. Now is a great time to start planning for 2020 projects!
Congratulations to the 2019 winners selected in the photo contest drawing:
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!