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2018 March for Life
By: Kelly Shedlock

Our Presence at the 45th Annual Right to Life March on Friday, January 19, 2018, in Washington, DC, is extremely important. First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association supports the position of the Pro Life Movement.

The FCSLA is once again offering free transportation from the FCSLA Home Office in Beachwood, Ohio, for this very important trip. For the past few years we have filled two buses for this march. Again this year we will reserve two buses for the March. Our organizations are proud to encourage our members—along with many young students from area Catholic High Schools—to participate. It is a very rewarding experience to actively participate and help relay this very important message of supporting the Right to Life mission.

2017 March for LifeWill you join us? Please call Kelly at the FCSLA home Office. Her phone number is 800-464-4642 ext. 1051 or email her at Kelly@fcsla.org for details or questions and to reserve your seat on the bus before December 15th. The buses fill up quickly and seating is limited so don't wait until the last minute to reserve your seat. See below for a tentative itinerary for the trip.

If you would like to attend and are unable to join those leaving from the FCSLA Home Office, please look online for information and transportation. Call your local church or diocese; they may be able to help.

Art Contest Winners
By: Kelly Shedlock

Once again, thank you to all who submitted a drawing to our 3rd Annual Art Contest—you made this a very successful contest. I really enjoyed each and every drawing that came in. I hope those who entered this year will enter again next year. And if you didn't get a chance this year, please enter next year!

Our winners are announced below (click thumbnails to see larger images). You can view the rest of the entries in our 2017 Art Contest Participant Gallery.

Ages 6 & Under

1st Place
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Playing at Sunset
Name of Artist: Lainie Gudas, Des Plaines, IL
Age: 5
Branch: J-083
Quote from the Artist: "Sea turtles swimming, a whale and a dolphin jumping."

2nd Place
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Mermaid Celebrates
Name of Artist: Lilly Campbell, Omaha, NE
Age: 6
Branch: J-055
Quote from the Artist: "It is a mermaid in the ocean. She is having her birthday party. She invited a fish and the fish gave her a rainbow.”

3rd Place (tie)
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: SpongeBob Squarepants  
Name of Artist: Elenora Allevato, Livonia, MI
Age: 5
Branch: J-232
Quote from the Artist: "SpongeBob and all his friends having a great time under the sea.”

3rd Place (tie)
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Under the Sea Ocean Picture
Name of Artist: Sienna Hollenbaugh, Rosewell, GA
Age: 5
Branch: J-126
Quote from the Artist: "A sunken ship, a scuba diver, an octopus squirting ink, seaweed, a big blow fish and the ocean water.”

Honorable Mention
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Nemo & Ariel
Name of Artist: Kathleen Yakich, Brunswick, OH
Age: 4
Branch: J-453
Quote from the Artist: "Nemo’s bent fin is swimming with Ariel.”

Honorable Mention
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Mermaid and Animals Under The Sea
Name of Artist: Bridget Yakich, Brunswick, OH
Age:  6
Branch: J-453
Quote from the Artist: "I drew a mermaid, seahorse, crab & shark.”

Honorable Mention
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Fat Fat Jellyfish
Name of Artist: Andrew Dunn Bajnok, Marshall, VA
Age: 4
Branch: J-013
Quote from the Artist: "Very large rainbow jellyfish swimming with fish.”

Honorable Mention
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Shark Bait
Name of Artist: Lincoln Lyons, St. Louis, MO
Age: 4
Branch: J-011
Quote from the Artist: "There’s only one piece of fish out and the big shark is chasing it into the midnight zone.”

Ages 7 to 8

1st Place
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Sunset Sea
Name of Artist: Kalina Gudas, Des Plaines, IL
Age: 7
Branch: J-083
Quote from the Artist: Colorful with different shades of blues, there are seahorses, a whale, fish, a turtle and a dolphin swimming around at sunset

2nd Place
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Under Water Sea Creatures
Name of Artist: Adam Figura, Wexford, PA
Age: 7
Branch: J-512
Quote from the Artist: "The sea creatures that my dad and I see when we fish at the beach."

3rd Place
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Dolphin World
Name of Artist: Ava Knapp, Cranberry Twp., PA
Age: 8
Branch: J-115
Quote from the Artist: "My picture is what I imagine dolphins do in the ocean. They swim, make friends, eat other fish. I love dolphins! They are my favorite sea creature."

Honorable Mention
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: The Rainbow Sea
Name of Artist: Olivia Carpenter, Brunswick, OH
Age: 7
Branch: J-453
Quote from the Artist: "Rainbow themed sea creatures under the sea!"

Honorable Mention
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: A Crab
Name of Artist: Ben Triffanoff, Bell Vernon, PA
Age: 7
Branch: J-157
Quote from the Artist: "An orange crab in the water."

Honorable Mention
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: The Beautiful Part of the Sea
Name of Artist: Alexandra "Sasha" Kirk, McLean, VA
Age: 8
Branch: J-512
Quote from the Artist: "Peaceful, the animals are fun, playful and fast."

Ages 9 to 10

1st Place (tie)
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Swimming with the Dolphins
Name of Artist: Emma Rice, Omaha, NE
Age: 9
Branch: W-018
Quote from the Artist: "Dolphins jumping out of the water. Turtle, octopus, jelly fish under water."

1st Place (tie)
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Jaws
Name of Artist: Eli Triffanoff, Belle Vernon, PA
Age: 9
Branch: J-038
Quote from the Artist: "This is a shark with fish swimming into his wide open mouth."

1st Place (tie)
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Deep Sea Discovery
Name of Artist: Bethany Jost, West Chicago, IL
Age: 9
Branch: J-470
Quote from the Artist: "Bethany is the scuba diving girl in the picture and this is what she thinks she would discover."

2nd Place (tie)
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Ink Attack
Name of Artist: Clare Yakich, Brunswick, OH
Age: 10
Branch: J-453
Quote from the Artist: "An octopus is defending itself from a shark attack."

2nd Place (tie)
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Bikini Bottom
Name of Artist: John Kirk, McLean, VA
Age: 10
Branch: J-512
Quote from the Artist: None Given

2nd Place (tie)
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Fun Day Under the Sea
Name of Artist: Joseph Zanoni, Narberth, PA
Age: 10
Branch: J-334
Quote from the Artist: "All of the fish are having fun under the sea."

3rd Place
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Traffic in the Ocean
Name of Artist: Chloe Adam, Midland, MI
Age: 9
Branch: W-093
Quote from the Artist: "Sunken pirate boat, mermaid & fish."

Honorable Mention
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Creatures of the Sea
Name of Artist: Jacob Bryk, Dallas, PA
Age: 9
Branch: J-526
Quote from the Artist: "A few common sea creatures like fish, sharks, squid, dolphins & octopuses."

Honorable Mention
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Grub Fish
Name of Artist: Nathan Brinkley, North Richland Hills, TX
Age: 10
Branch: J-J00
Quote from the Artist: "He is looking for a friend because he is lost."

Honorable Mention
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Shipwrecked
Name of Artist: Tony Startare, Belle Vernon, PA
Age: 9
Branch: J-157
Quote from the Artist: "This is what you will see under the sea."

Ages 11 to 12

Art Contest Winners1st Place
Title of Drawing: The FCSLA Fish
Name of Artist: Tamara Bajek, Naperville, IL
Age: 12
Branch: J-339
Quote from the Artist: "Mr. Angler has joined FCSLA and starts to read about its history."

2nd Place
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Mermaid in the Sea
Name of Artist: Sean Jost, West Chicago, IL   
Age: 11
Branch: J-470
Quote from the Artist: "Drawing of a mermaid in the sea and then colored using flair markers and colored pencils."

3rd Place
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Under the Sea
Name of Artist: Anna Marie Rice, Omaha, NE
Age: 11
Branch: W-018
Quote from the Artist: "Blowfish, whales, eels, stingrays, and Clown fish on the bottom."

Honorable Mention (tie)
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Deep Sea Explorers
Name of Artist: Lily Lehtinen, Cary, NC
Age: 11
Branch: J-029
Quote from the Artist: "I drew this as a silvertip shark approaching Atlantis. It was fun to imagine what Atlantis looks like."

Honorable Mention (tie)
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Sunken Ship (Titanic)
Name of Artist: Kylie Vilcek, St. Louis, MO
Age: 11
Branch: J-011
Quote from the Artist: "In my drawing I drew the Titanic sunken and there are schools of fish all around the ship."

Honorable Mention (tie)
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Animals in the Sea
Name of Artist: Noah Triffanoff, Bell Vernon, PA
Age: 11
Branch: J-038
Quote from the Artist: "In my picture there are various sea animals such as a man o’war, two jellyfish, a sea snake, a crab and different kinds of fish. There is also seaweed, sand, rocks and water."

Ages 13 to 15

Art Contest Winners1st Place
Title of Drawing: Hidden Wonders
Name of Artist: Ryan Nicole Brady, Shaker Hts, OH
Age: 14
Branch: J-453
Quote from the Artist: "Under the sea, there exists a world of mystery and possibility, untouched by the human hand, waiting patiently to be discovered."

2nd Place
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Old Turtle
Name of Artist: Luke Rice, Omaha, NE
Age: 14
Branch: W-018
Quote from the Artist: "Turtle swimming."

3rd Place (tie)
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Reaching Toward the Light
Name of Artist: Virginia Kouba, Auburn, NE
Age: 14
Branch: W-024
Quote from the Artist: "Deep in the ocean, a Kraken yearns for an adventure. He travels upward searching for a friend or lunch. You see him just as he is reaching toward the light."

3rd Place (tie)
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Fish Sticks
Name of Artist: Steven Kukucka, Lorain, OH
Age: 13
Branch: J-380
Quote from the Artist: "From lazy starfish to monstrous Angler fish, the ocean is an exciting place. As mindless jellyfish float among happy whales and menacing sharks, in the ocean, anything can happen."

Honorable Mention
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: Creatures Under the Sea
Name of Artist: Elizabeth Groetsch, Sewickly, PA
Age: 14
Branch: J-512
Quote from the Artist: "This drawing shows the beauty of the majestic sea creatures that thrive in the ocean."

Honorable Mention
Art Contest WinnersTitle of Drawing: An Octopus’s Garden
Name of Artist: Ann Koppitch, Shaker, OH
Age: 13
Branch: J-355
Quote from the Artist: "This is an underwater ocean adventure for Bobby the octopus. His friends are Charlie & Charlotte the fish, Freddy the eel, Joanna the jellyfish and Bryce the shark."

2016 Photo Contest Winners
By: Kelly Shedlock

Our 2nd Annual Photo Contest was a huge success! The photos just kept coming in and they were all amazing!!!! I wish I could put all of them in the magazine and on Facebook. The winning photos are on the website and Facebook page.

Thank you to all who submitted photos. I enjoyed each and every one of them, as did our judges, the office staff. They had no idea who sent them in, just the title of the photo and where it was taken. I told them it was going to be very difficult. I even had one "judge" say to me, "I'm mad at you...too many great photos, I don't know which ones to vote for. Thank you to all our judges—you had a really tough task, but you did an awesome job with the judging.

I personally love photography. I love taking photos and always take too many on my trips. God has blessed us with many amazing, breathtaking places, animals and things to see in this world. We need to "stop and smell the roses." We get so busy with work, family, sporting events, etc. that I think we forget to stop and really enjoy the little (but huge things) God has given us to enjoy. I hope this contest had given you some time to really look at this word and all the beauty.

We had some members with multiple entries, and they won in 2 categories, but per the rules they can only win once. I am also including those photos that won, but could not receive a 2nd prize.

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did in the home office. Start looking for photo opportunities for our 3rd Annual Photo Contest in 2017. I can't wait!

See the full list of winners and their photos.

Matching Funds Program

The FCSLA Matching Funds program is a way for branches to get involved in the community to raise money for charitable and benevolent causes. The projects should be a branch sponsored activity and should invite all area members to participate in the activity. Below are the guidelines and forms you'll need for the program.

View completed Matching Funds projects.

FCSLA is Expanding!

View past articles about FCSLA's growth and new branch openings.

Fraternalist of the Year Award

MaMarilee Kessler is president of East Vandergrift, PA branches J 126 and S 262, and is also a Pittsburgh District Vice President. Marilee works to provide creative branch activities, such as the Polar Express Event at the Carnegie Science Center for Junior branch 126 members. Learn more about Marilyn.

Each year, branches are asked to review their membership for deserving candidates, and consider a nominee. We are gratified to receive so many nominees who are very wonderful and worthy Fraternalists.

Meet our previous Fraternalist of the Year winners:

Youth Fraternalist of the Year

Youth Fraternalist of the YearWe are proud to announce that Meghan McKeogh of Branch J-483 has been named the FCSLA 2017 Youth Fraternalist of the Year.

Meghan is a good candidate for his award because she spends so much of her free time doing things for other people. She showed great leadership starting her own charity and puts countless hours toward it. She does all these activities while also playing sports, keeping a 3.9 grade point average and participating in other activities. Learn more about Meghan.

Meet our previous Youth Fraternalist of the Year winners:

This year we are once again asking for your assistance in recognizing a young individual for his/her volunteer activities. In all our branches there are individuals who stand out in a crowd because of their achievements. This is your opportunity to nominate an outstanding young member from your Senior or Junior Branch.

State Fraternal Alliances

Many States offer scholarships and awards, or have recognition programs. If you go to the website of each state, you will view what each state has to offer. If you have a problem viewing their website or if you would like information for a particular state, phone our Fraternal and Youth Director, Kelly Shedlock, at the Home Office: 1-800-464-4642 Ext. 1051.

State Fraternal Alliances Archive

Fraternal Activities Archives

Learn about some of our previous Fraternal Activities.

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