Newsletter Archive

January 2016

January 2016
Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends, 

Wishing everyone a peaceful and joyous 2016!! 

Our deepest sympathies to the family of FF/PM Dan Capuano, who sacrificed his life in the Line of Duty on December 14th, 2015. Please keep Julie, Amanda, Andrew, Nicholas, Dan’s parents Jackie and Mike, and the rest of his family/friends in your prayers.

Thank you to the ever generous Sheraton Hotel and Towers for hosting the annual GBS Christmas Party held on Sunday December 6th. This was a wonderful time to share this holiday season with friends and family.

Below is a picture from 2015 Christmas Party!! Thank you to all involved and whom attended. Special thank you to Joe Ahern, President 100 Club of Chicago, for the lovely flowers for each GBS member. Please note: group picture was taken late and many members are not in picture who attended but there in spirit. Also, below is our 2014 Christmas photo. Many missed but forever in our hearts.

Christmas Party 2015

Christmas Party 2015


2016 Memorials

May 10th- State of Illinois Medal of Honor/Memorial Ceremony Springfield, Illinois

September 17th- International Association of Firefighters Annual Memorial, Colorado Springs, CO  Visit for further information.

September 25th- CFFU Local 2’s Rosehill Cemetery Annual Memorial, Chicago, IL.

October 9th – 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

Thank you to those who gave financial and other support to us this past year assisting us in our mission.

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.

Applications for the 2016-2017 Scholarships will be accepted January 1 – April 1, 2016. All the details are available here: The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation offers financial assistance for post-secondary education and training to spouses, life partners, children and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Children and stepchildren must be under age 30 and have been under age 22 at the time of the firefighter’s death.

Not only does February mark our 25th 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

 Save the Date!!

*February marks our 25th Anniversary TBA

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.

CFD Monthly Mass 2015 Dates

8:30 a.m.
Holy Family Church
1120 W. Roosevelt Road

January 17 (2b-1)
February 21 (1c-4)
March 20 (2c-4) Patrick /St. Joseph’s Celebration
April 17 (3b-4)
May 15 (1a-4) Mother’s Day Celebration

Annual Memorial Day Mass
Monday, May 30, 2016 (1a-3)
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 19 (3c-3) Father’s Day Celebration
July 17 (1b-3)
August 21 (3d-2)
September 18 (1c-2)
October 16 (2c-2)
November 20 (1d-1)
December 18 (2d-1)

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

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