Newsletter Archive

January 2015 Newsletter

Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends,

Wishing everyone a peaceful and joyous 2015!!

Thank you to the ever generous Sheraton Hotel and Towers for hosting the annual GBS Christmas Party held on Sunday December 7th. This was a wonderful time to share this holiday season with friends and family.

Thank you also to all who donated for the CFFU Local 2 Toy Drive. A great time was had by all especially by all the volunteers whom worked so hard for the children of Catholic Charities.

Please keep the families of CFD FF Hutchinson and CFD Lt. Sheahan in your thoughts and prayers as they both have suffered home fires last month.

The Gold Badge Society 24th Anniversary Party will be held on Sunday, February 15, at Noon at the Polo Cafe, 3322 S. Morgan. This is a Gospel Brunch with live organ music and singing. Cost is $18, including a combination plate, tax, and tip. Combination plate includes baked creme brûlée french toast medallions, seasonal vegetable frittata, crispy bacon and grilled pork sausage, Bridgeport potatoes, fresh cut fruit and berries. All beverages, ranging from $2 for coffee to $8 for Bloody Mary’s, will be additional and paid by separate checks. Free parking in lot next door to cafe. Please call Vicki Waliczek, at 630-886-2648 by Friday Feb. 6th to RSVP.

The next month or so is a very busy time in the Gold Badge Society. As we celebrate our 24th Anniversary, an anniversary luncheon is planned as well as many other areas to help progress and continue to move forward.

Board elections are up next month, positions include president, vice president, treasurer, corresponding secretary, recording secretary, program director, and historian. If interested in any of these positions, please contact us at this address or Eileen.

It is time to renew our committees as well. They consist of Scholarship, Monthly Mass Hosts, Memorial Park, CFD Family Day Picnic, and new this year – CFD VS CPD Charity Baseball Game. If interested in joining any of these committees, please let us know.

Not only does February mark our anniversary it is also the time that annual member dues of $10 are owed. Remember, if you are under 21 or over 65 you may waives dues but please inform us that you would like to be considered or remain a member. Dues and/or notification of waiver of dues in writing may be mailed to the address on the left or may contact us at

As we are in the process of updating the GBS’s membership, we are asking if you have any new information that you would like us to have i.e. an updated e-mail, address, phone number, or any other contact information that we would need to contact members, please let us know at this address or contact Eileen via cell number.

As much as we like to include any events, updates etc. through the newsletter, many come up through the month and we would like to keep the membership updated the best that we can. Any help on this matter, would be appreciated.

Save the Date

Saturday February 15th, Ignite the Spirit will host their Annual Fireman’s Ball at the Hilton Towers benefiting firefighters and families. For more information please go to

As we begin a new year, a friendly reminder, you do not need to be Catholic to attend the CFD monthly Mass and fellowship that follows. Also, you do not need to attend mass and fellowship in order to attend GBS meetings. The meeting starts about 10:00 a.m. (depending on the level of socializing), these meetings generally last for about an hour and there is always someone looking to go out to lunch afterwards. Attending meetings is the best way to keep informed and we are always open to fresh faces and new input.

With much excitement we are happy to announce, our new website is up and running. Thank you to Beth Kelly for all your hard work and time on creating this. Please visit us at

CFD 2015 Memorials

September 19th- International Association of Firefighters Annual Memorial, Colorado Springs, CO  Visit for further information.

September 27th- CFFU Local 2’s Rosehill Cemetery Annual Memorial, Chicago, IL.

October 11th- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Annual Memorial, Emmittsburg, MD Visit for further information.

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Eileen at (708)560.5792 or

CFD Monthly Mass 2014 Dates
8:30 a.m.
Holy Family Church
1120 W. Roosevelt Road

January 18 (1e-1)
February 15 (2e-1)
March 15 (3d-1) Patrick /St. Joseph’s Celebration
April 19 (2a-4)
May 17 (3e-4) Mother’s Day Celebration

Annual Memorial Day Mass
Monday, May 25, 2015 (2c-4)
9:30 a.m. ~ Parade of uniformed members
10:00 a.m. Memorial Mass
11:00 a.m. ~ Raising of Flag, 21 gun salute and taps

June 21 (2b-3) Father’s Day Celebration
July 19 (3a-3)
August 16 (1e-3)
September 20 (3b-2)
October 18 (1a-2)
November 15 (2a-2)
December 20 (1b-1)

The Gold Badge Society members meeting is held following the CFD Monthly Mass in the basement of Holy Family Church.