Newsletter Archive

March Newsletter 2017

Dear Gold Badge Members and Friends, 

Sense of Urgency!
Tickets for Fr. Tom’s Gala go on sale Monday March 6th at 9:00 AM.

All sales will be through www.ignitethespirit.org. The event will be, Thursday, June 15th, held at Hilton Chicago, 720 S Michigan, 6 – 11:00 PM.

Cost is $125.00 with discounted parking of $15.00. Open seating with the ballroom holding 2000 and the satellite room holding 800. It is anticipated that the tickets could go as quickly as one week. Please remember to print your ticket when ordering; you will need it for access.

Let me know if you are attending we can share contact info and GBS members can sit together.


CFD Gold Badge Society Scholarship applications for the Class of 2017 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 go to www.cfdgoldbadgesociety.org for application, or request an application by e-mail at

cfdgoldbadge@aol.com.

*All applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2017. Please note envelope,

ATTN: Scholarship Committee and mail to
CFD Gold Badge Society,
3400 West 111th Street PMB 356
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


Not only does February mark our 26th 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 cfdgoldbadge@aol.com. Dues can now be made through our website www.cfdgoldbadgesociety.org in the give central section, https://www.givecentral.org/location/406


It is time to renew our committees as well. They consist of Scholarship, Monthly Mass Hosts, Memorial Park, and CFD VS CPD Charity Baseball Game. Please know that help would be appreciated for all but especially needed for Monthly Mass Committee. If interested, sign up will be at February monthly meeting or contact us at this address.


 Save the Date!!

~Friday March 24th CFD vs CPD Battle of the Badges Charity Boxing Night De La Salle Institute 3455 S. Wabash Ave 7:00 p.m.


Not only does February mark our 26th 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 cfdgoldbadge@aol.com. Dues can now be made through our the Give central section, www.givecentral.org/location/406 

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.


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 smile.amazon.com. 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 smile.amazon.com and choose CFD Gold Badge Society as your charity of choice.

A new opportunity for GBS donations is Give Central, in which the site up and running! Here is the link; GiveCentral.org


CFD Monthly Mass 2015 Dates

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

March 19 (3d-4) Patrick /St. Joseph’s Celebration
April 16 (1c-4)
May 21(3e-3) Mother’s Day Celebration


Monday, May 29, 2017 (2c-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 18 (1d-3) Father’s Day Celebration
July 16 (2d-3)
August 20 (1e-2)
September 17 (3b-1)
October 15 (1a-1)
November 19 (2a-1)
December 17 (3e-1)

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