Newsletter Archive

October 2015 Newsletter

October 2015
Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends,

On Sunday, October 4thThe National Fallen Firefighter Foundation will be hosting their annual Memorial Ceremony in Emmittsburg, MD. FF/PM Fidel G. Serrano Jr. will be honored and many members from the CFD and GBS will be there to offer support. Please keep the Serrano Family in your thoughts.

Also on Saturday October 3rd, our friends at the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago will be hosting a fundraiser to support this much appreciated fire museum. Please see attached flier and please try to visit the fire museum which has a monthly open house. Please check out their website for more information and like them on facebook.

Sunday October 25th at O’Rourke’s Office located at 11064 S. Western Avenue, The Axemen IL Chapter 1 are having an October Fest and everyone is welcome, it’s a $10 donation to get in, that will include food & a DJ, will have silent auctions & a split the pot, 100% of the proceeds go The Gold Badge Society. This event will be from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sheraton Hotel and Towers will again share their generosity and host our annual Christmas/Holiday Party on Sunday December 6th. This GBS members event will begin at Noon with lunch served from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with socializing until 4:00 p.m. in the Fountain View Room which is on the lobby level. Please RSVP by Friday November 20th to Eileen at this address or via cell 708.560.5792. Please include special requests. i.e. highchair, children’s/vegetarian meal, etc. The Sheraton is located at 301 East North Water Street, Chicago.

Saturday December 5th, CFFU Local 2 Annual Toy Drive (1b-2) will hold their annual toy drive in which in the past, we have been always fortunate to raise enough money with donations given directly from our GBS members to purchase bike helmets without using GBS funds. Though economy is tough for all, the tough economy only means there are all the more needy children. Our goal is to be able to donate 100 helmets to this truly wonderful family event. If you would like to donate, please send to our address with bike helmets in memo. Also, community service hours will be available if needed the day of event. More information will be available in November’s newsletter.

Save the Date!!

*Saturday October 3rd, our friends at the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago will hold a fundraiser at 115 Bourbon Street.

*Sunday October 25th, Axemen IL Chapter 1 will be hosting an event for GBS at O’Rourke’s Office 12~5 p.m.

*Saturday December 5th, Local 2 Toy Drive

*Sunday December 6th, GBS Members Annual Christmas Party

As we are always 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.

A new opportunity for GBS donations is Give Central, in which the site up and running! Here is the link; also direct link off our website 

Amazon is one of the most widely used websites in the world. Customers can now elect to donate 0.5% of their purchase to the charity of their choice. This is all made possible by shopping on If you already shop on Amazon, or if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, we invite you to shop at and choose Chicago Fire Department Gold Badge Society as your charity of choice.

CFD 2015 Memorials

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

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.