March 2014 Newsletter

March 2014
Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends,

Thank you to all whom helped celebrate GBS 23rd Anniversary! A great time was had by all. Thank you to Vicki Waliczek for planning this wonderful event.

CFD Gold Badge Society Scholarship applications for the Class of 2014 graduating (qualified) 8th grade and High School senior children of active, retired, disabled, or deceased firefighters/paramedics of the Chicago Fire Department are now available. If your child or the child of someone you know qualifies, please request an application by e-mail at cfdgoldbadge@aol.com , or by contacting CFFU Local 2

*All applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2014.  Please note envelope,
ATTN:  Scholarship Committee
and mail to:
CFD Gold Badge Society
PMB 356, 3400 West 111th Street,
Chicago, IL 60655.

Other Scholarship Opportunities Available……

The National Fallen Firefighter Foundation~ visit www.firehero.org
Benefits are available to spouses, life partners, children, and step-children of fallen fire heroes.

Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2~ visit www.iaff-local2.org
Benefits available to dependents of CFD firefighters and paramedics.

International Assoc. of Fire Fighters~ visit www.iaff.org
Benefits available to dependents of fire service departments belonging to the IAFF.

Illinois Firefighters Memorial Foundation~ visit www.state.il.us/osfm/
Benefits available to dependents of active, disabled, line of duty fire service members.

2014  Memorials

May 6th- State of Illinois Medal of Honor/Memorial Ceremony Springfield, Illinois

September 20th- International Association of Firefighters Annual Memorial, Colorado Springs, CO  Visit www.iaff.org for further information.

September 28th- CFFU Local 2’s Rosehill Cemetery Annual Memorial, Chicago, IL.

October 12th- National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Annual Memorial, Emmittsburg, MD Visit www.firehero.org for further information.

Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Eileen at (708)560.5792 or cfdgoldbadge@aol.com

Calling all bakers..

This month the CFD Monthly Mass will be celebrating St. Patrick and St. Joseph on Sunday March 16th at Holy Family Church at 8:30 a.m. Any soda bread, and other goodies would be appreciated.

Not only did February mark our anniversary, it was also the time that annual member dues of $10 were 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 cfdgoldbadge@aol.com.

Save the Date:

Join the CFD Pipes and Drums for their fundraiser at Cork & Kerry on 106th & Western on Saturday, March 8th (3E)(EMS 1) from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.  The cost is $25 per person.

Friday, April 11th (1/A)(EMS 3) Battle of the Badges

The 9th Annual National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Survivors Conference will be held May 4-7th, in St. Louis Missouri. More information at firehero.org or please call Eileen for further details 708.560.5792.

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.

The CFD Picnic Committee is looking for volunteers for this wonderful event. If interested, please contact us at this address or Colleen Breakey 7732332534.

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

March 16 (2c-1) St. Patrick /St. Joseph’s Celebration

April 20 (1d-4)

May 18 (2d-4) Mother’s Day Celebration

Monday, May 26, 2014 (1a-4)

June 15 (3c-4) Father’s Day Celebration

July 20 (2e-3) 9:30 a.m. ~ Parade of uniformed members

August 17 (3d-3)

Annual Memorial Day Mass 10:00 a.m. Memorial Mass

September 21 (2a-2) 11:00 a.m. ~ Raising of Flag, 21 gun salute and taps

October 19 (3e-2)

November 16 (1d-2)

December 21 (3a-1)

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