John Denning: Benevolences of Fraternalism

Courtesy of Kaplan University

Fraternalism and Children

Perhaps in no single field of endeavor does Fraternalism play a greater part than in its work with children. The problems of properly training children are critical; child delinquency is widespread. Every institution that can help to solve such problems in these perilous days is greatly needed.

Through the local units of the Junior Departments of the societies, children are influenced by the principles of Fraternalism during their formative years. The local lodges sponsor activities for children; they are taught how to play, along with the fundamentals of right living. Fraternalism teaches sound morals. In lodge meetings children are taught by precept and by the examples of earnest and upright men and women.

The lodges also develop qualities of leadership in children. They are given positions of responsibility in the lodge and take part in its functions. They learn to speak in public and to work with their peers on worthy and worthwhile projects. Thus they receive good citizenship training and are fitted to take an active part in community work. Through their work in lodges, children learn to understand and to appreciate the value of benevolences. They see these services in action and know their effect upon the home.

Juvenile insurance teaches children the lessons of thrift and savings. As their lives are insured in the society, children can realize the meaning of the basic purposes of life insurance. They learn how life insurance creates estates, because they are building their own life insurance estates. In the lodges they see actual examples of how life insurance protects the home. And because they are given this understanding of life insurance early and because they see the practical example of its beneficiaries, they look with favor on it and become insurance minded. They are taught the sanctity of the home and the place that life insurance has in preserving it.

As the future of the nation rests upon the children of today, so the home life of the future will depend on the character that is developed now in the minds and hearts of our children. The

American Home Must Live

Times change, but worthwhile ideals do not. Home life changes; new comforts and luxuries of living are added and the old and cumbersome methods of the past are no more. But the need for proper home life does not disappear because of a raised standard of living. The home still occupies the most important place in our existence, and the love of home does not change. Our lives still center around our homes and our loved ones.

In recent times, in many ways, home life in America has been threatened and therein lies the responsibility of Fraternalism. By serving its nation, Fraternalism serves humanity.

VP Trish: Southington Apple Festival!

Friday, October 5, I headed east to one of my favorite places, Connecticut. This time, I was going back to volunteer at the Apple Festival in Southington. I have participated for a few years but was unable to help last year due to volunteering at my brothers’ motorcycle races.

This was the 44th Annual event which takes place in the heart of Southington surrounding the Town Green and attracts 100,000 visitors. It is an impressive event with local entertainment, a variety of contests, craft fair, rides, and on-stage music. There are quite a few wonderful food booths and that would include the Nest 307 booth. Nest 307 sells homemade pierogi (the Nest Members made 16,000 pierogi (potato-cheese and sauerkraut) and kielbasa grinders. This year, they added the Polish dinner plate which proved to be a big hit!

It’s funny how things become routine. We arrive bright and early Saturday morning, stop by the apple fritter stand (have to get there very early or stand in a ridiculously long line) work several hours, take a break, go eat a pulled pork sandwich, walk around, visit the American Legion (where we always run into several Falcon Members), head back stopping to get an apple dumpling with the works (tons more calories), then work a bit more. This year, we didn’t work anywhere near as long as we have in that past. President Jim Sokolowski and his wife Chris recruit as many folks as possible and this year, there were quite a few. To ease the parking issue, volunteers may park at the club and there are Members who shuttle folks to the booth. There again, thinking of everything, they bring change or whatever else is needed. There have been improvements each year. The first time I volunteered, I stayed at the club and cooked. The pierogi would then take a short ride to the festival. Now there is a huge cooler with the pierogi and all food items are prepared on site.

There are volunteers from most Nests in District V. District Officers-Phil Zambrello, Frania Tracz, Joe Choromanski, and John Kowarik donated time again this year. I worked the second weekend and spent time with other Nest Members.

From years of working the event, most of us do the same job each year. Mine is working the register. There are quite a few rules and one is that if you handle food, you can’t handle cash and vice versa. I get to be the cash girl. Each year, I wear a Steeler shirt which truly makes sense because there are quite a few Steeler fans in New England. It adds to the fun to joke with visitors either wearing another team shirt or a Steeler shirt. One year, a young man came to buy what we were selling, (he didn’t care what it was) because he was a huge Steeler fan.

Also as added bonus for working, Druhna Chris Sokolowski’s Mom made brownies for all the workers in the tent-they were fabulous. I took four to take some home to my son but he only got two of them!

Congratulations to Nest 307 for another great job! This event is good for the community but also good for the Polish Falcons. Thank you to all who work so hard for this event, not only the actual festival but the countless hours leading up to the preparation. Jim and Chris need to sleep for a week straight when it is over!