Apr 10, 2017

Service Award and Lodge Person of the Year

 

Jennifer Menart - 2016 Service Award Winner

National Service Award
Our very first KSKJ Life Service Award goes to Jennifer Menart from Sts. Cyril & Methodius Lodge #59 in Eveleth, MN. In addition to being her lodge’s President, Jennifer is very active in her community. Jennifer has volunteered for several events that have benefited the Eveleth Fire Department. She helps out with the YMCA soccer program and is an assistant Den leader for her son’s Cub Scouts troop. She is also a member of the Range Runners, a group that participates in 5K runs and marathons to benefit several different charities. Congratulations, Jennifer, on all of your amazing accomplishments, and thank you for all of your service to KSKJ Life and your community!

Sylvia Churnovic - National Lodge Person of the Year

National Lodge Person of the Year
Congratulations to Sylvia Churnovic who was chosen as KSKJ Life’s National Lodge Person of the Year. Sylvia belongs to St. Joseph Lodge #2 in Joliet, IL, and serves as her lodge’s Fraternal Activities Coordinator. She was instrumental in putting together many of their lodge events this past year, and she always provided opportunities for members of all ages when planning these events.

Sylvia is constantly encouraging participation in any activity that has to do with KSKJ Life. Her biggest accomplishment this past year was putting together a Matching Funds event which raised more than $5,000 for the Will County Sunny Hill Nursing Home’s Music and Memory Program. Sylvia and her kitchen team prepared and served more than 300 delicious meals.

Donations on Behalf of KSKJ Life
KSKJ Life donated $250 to each of these honorees’ charity of choice. Sylvia chose Advocate Children’s Hospital in Illinois as her charity, and Jennifer chose the HOPE Springs Fund (Hibbing Oncology Patient Emergency fund) located in Hibbing, MN. Jennifer ran a 5K race that benefited this charity. Both ladies were also presented with a certificate and a KSKJ Life zip-up fleece jacket.

– Andrea Ostrowski, KSKJ Life National Director of Activities

Apr 1, 2017

2017 Spring Newsletter

Check out our 2017 Spring Newsletter here.

Dec 1, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017

SUPPORTING SOLDIERS

Socks for Soldiers

This year’s Supporting Soldiers Campaign will be “Socks for Soldiers.”  In conjunction with lodge events and Christmas Parties, we encourage lodges to participate in this mission to collect brand new packs of crew socks for our men and women soldiers.  In addition, any monetary donations will be matched per dollar (maximum $100 per member) up to $10,000 to this year’s charitable organization, Operation Care Packages.  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 Operation Care Packages. Collected socks can be shipped directly to the organization to:

Operation Care Packages
120 Jessie Street, Box 175
Manhattan, IL  60442

If participating, Socks for Soldiers/Charitable Giving Award Forms are due by no later than January 11, 2017 to the Home Office.

  • Click here to download and fill out the form.
  • Click here for the Supporting Soldiers promotional flyer.
  • Click here for the Supporting Soldiers postcard used for mailing packages. (Note: Postcards can be printed on 4×6 or 8×10 size paper/cardstock.)

 

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.

 

May 1 - Jun 30, 2016

Join Hands Day

Thanks to all who participated in the various KSKJ Life Join Hands projects that happened across the country during the months of May and June. Here’s a short video recapping our annual event. Enjoy!

 

 

Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2015

2015 Lodge Persons of the Year

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

Patrick J. Sierzega
LODGE #1
CHICAGO, IL
Sylvia Churnovic
LODGE #2
JOLIET, IL
Fr. Richard Gielow
LODGE #7
PUEBLO, CO
Bob Zelinski
LODGE #29
JOLIET, IL
Betty Krcmaric
LODGE #44
S. CHICAGO, IL
Joseph Luzar
LODGE #52
INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Jennifer Menart
LODGE #59
EVELETH, MN
Judy Derra
LODGE #79
WAUKEGAN, IL

Charles & Catherine Kramer
LODGE #108
JOLIET, IL

Patricia Horton
LODGE #115
KANSAS CITY, KS
Edward Perko
LODGE #136
WILLARD, WS
Lynn Schmitt
LODGE #143
JOLIET, IL
Frank J. Valencic
LODGE #153
STRABANE, PA
Joe Jagunich
LODGE #171
DULUTH, MN
Leo Skrbec
LODGE #196
GILBERT, MN
Michael Retka
LODGE #197
ST. CLOUD, MN
Helen Troha
LODGE #219
EUCLID, OH

Not Pictured: Karl Zorjan, Lodge #170, Lemont, IL

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