Newsletter Archive

November 2015 Newsletters

November 2015
Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends,

Our sympathies to the family of GBS Member Mary Donnelly. Mary is the widow of FF William Donnelly, T29, who died in the line of duty on 6/10/1960.

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, Local 2 Annual Toy Drive and Parade! Thank you to everyone whom has donated toward the Local 2 Toy Drive! For over 10 years, 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. Will gather at Local 2 to help beginning at 8:00 a.m. The parade will step off at 10:00 a.m. for the Electrician Union Hall located at 600 West Washington. Paid parking available located behind the hall. This is where all bicycles, helmets, and other toys will be presented to Catholic Charities. This is a wonderful family event to kick off the Holiday Season. There is still time to donate for this worthy cause, as much as we would like to continue this next year, donations are low this year and would need to reconsider this in the future if we are still able to donate if unable to meet cost of helmets.

A tradition of an annual tree lighting started by the CPD at their headquarters, which is now shared with the CFD, has always included GBS Christmas ornaments. We now have the opportunity to personalize those ornaments. If you would like to include an ornament with your beloved firefighter/pm’s name included, mail it to our address by 12/4, bring to the November meeting, or plan to attend the event. The date of the tree lighting is TBA.

This upcoming year the Gold Badge Society will be celebrating our 25th Anniversary!! More details in upcoming months but without the support of so many, this organization would not be possible but could always move forward so your help is always needed in attending monthly meetings, volunteering, and helping other members when needed.

Save the Date!!

*Saturday December 5th, Local 2 Toy Drive

*Sunday December 6th, GBS Members Annual Christmas Party

****Due to the lack of a state budget, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office has suspended mailing annual notices to vehicle owners reminding them of their registration renewal obligations.

The secretary of state estimates that this will save $450,000 per month and will enable his office to continue mailing vehicle registration renewal stickers, titles and license plates for a few more months before the office’s postage account runs out.

Drivers who don’t sign up for email notification will need to renew their registration in person, as they will not have the necessary pin numbers for online renewal. (Illinois vehicle owners can sign up online at for email reminders of vehicle registration renewal deadlines.)

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.

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

CFD Monthly Mass 2015 Dates
8:30 a.m.
Holy Family Church
1120 W. Roosevelt Road

December 20 (1b-1)

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