Newsletter Archive

June 2015 Newsletter

June 2015
Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends,

Get well wishes to one of GBS founding members, Joanne Vander Ploeg, whom has recently suffered a health issue recently. She is doing well. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Safe travels to all whom will be attending the NFFF Survivor’s Conference in Annapolis, Maryland on Sunday, June 28th. May you find some comfort and laughter during this time with other survivors.

Thank you to Colleen Breakey for creating the recent survey that was sent out and to all that responded. It is helpful to the board in determining the future of GBS. There is still time if still would like to participate.

CFD Gold Badge is proud to announce 2015 Scholarship Recipients~

*Helen Lydon Miller Memorial High School Scholarship
Vincent Gomez       Matthew Funk       Margaret Doherty       Claire Kammier

*FF/PM Christopher D. Wheatley High School Scholarship
Gene Cronin        Megan Kilroe       Isabella Bustamante     Rebecca Scholfield

*FF. Francis Joseph Foley High School Scholarship
Conor Larkin                  Matthew Kinnerk

*FF Patrick Cramer College Scholarship
Michael Martin

*James J. McLaughlin College Scholarship
Brian Sweeney               Matthew Curley

*FF/PM Christopher D. Wheatley College Scholarship
Allison Coonley            Daniel Ellingsen         Ryan Sindelar    Santo Munizzi

*FF Walter Patmon Jr. College Scholarship
Damaris Eison

Thank you to all supporters, participates, and winners!!

Engine 121’s quarters at 1724 W. 95th St. would like to invite all to their celebration of 100 years of service on Sunday June 7th 11 am to 3 pm with an open house with cake and coffee.

Save the Date

*June 28th to July 1st
NFFF Fire Service Survivors Conference
Annapolis, Maryland
For more information, please visit 

*Ignite the Spirit Run 4 the Kids July Thursday July 16th (3e-4)

*CFD Bravest vs CPD Finest Annual Baseball Charity Baseball Game
held at US Cellular Field on Wednesday July 29th (1b-1) @ 7:00 p.m.

*CFD Picnic 13th Annual Family Day
Tentatively scheduled for Sunday August 9th (3c-4)

Calling All Golfers!!

~ Herbert T. Johnson Foundation 3rd Annual Golf Outing Monday June 29th (1d-3)

~ Father Mulcrone’s Annual Golf Outing July 8th ((1b-4)

~ CFFU Burn Foundation Golf Outing TBA

~ Ignite the Spirit Annual Golf Outing in Lake Geneva, WI. Thursday August 6th (3b-1)

There are different charity golf outings this year in Illinois to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. They are working on having at least one in every state of the Union, and they have been quite successful. For further information on how to participate by either golfing or donating, please visit There may be one in your area. The NFFF has done so much to support CFD duty deaths families in recent years and they deserve our support.

*Saturday August 8th
Bliss Creek Golf Club
Sugar Grove, IL.

*Friday September 11th
Glendale Lakes Golf Course
Glendale Heights, IL.

**If interested in playing any of these tournaments, please contact Eileen.**

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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

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.

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. These next few meetings will be important so hoping you can attend.