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FCSLA In the Community

Fraternalist of the Year - 2008

Lydia Berry
Lydia M. Berry

The First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association is proud to announce the selection of Lydia M. Berry of Brookfield, IL as our Association's 2008 Fraternalist of Year. Her profile has been sent to the National Fraternal Congress of America (NFCA) to be considered for national recognition. The 2008 NFCA Fraternalist of the Year will be announced and then honored at the 122nd Annual Meeting to be held in Washington, DC from September 4-6, 2008.

Lydia is a widow and a retired homemaker. She has four children and five grandchildren. Her current position for the FCSLA is Treasurer and Financial Secretary of Branch 485, St. Bernadine, in Chicago, IL. She has served her branch of 725 members for many years, faithfully.

Many of you may have met Lydia last year when she represented her branch as a delegate to our 39th National Convention held in St. Louis, MO. She took her role as a delegate very seriously.

Lydia was instrumental in organizing the first Join Hands Day Project for her branch, and it has become an ongoing project since its inception. Her branch members assemble at Heinz Veteran's Hospital in the Amvets Recreation Center, with planned recreational activities for the patients and residents.

She is an active member of her parish community, St. Louise deMarillac, where she belongs to the Garden Angels Prayer Group and the Honor Guard for funerals, and she is in her sixth year as a choir member for all funerals. She also co-chairs a committee that raises funds for the Comboni Mission Center of LaGrange, IL.

For many years, Lydia has been involved with a program called Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS). The program is sponsored by her church and neighboring churches. It provides shelter for the homeless, and delivers home cooked meals to those in need. She visits the sick and elderly and does various errands for them, such as taking them to doctor appointments, picking up prescriptions and assisting with their grocery shopping. Once a month, she plans the meal for the shelter. She does all the shopping for the ingredients needed to prepare the meals and then helps with the cooking, baking and serving.

We congratulate Lydia M. Berry for receiving this well deserved recognition. She is an excellent example of a true fraternalist in every sense of the word. She has made a difference in her community, and the world is a better place because of Lydia and the many like her.

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