Fraternalist of the Year

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Our Fraternalist of the Year Award is based on recognizing an LCBA member who, through example and accomplishment, provided outstanding volunteer service to his or her branch and local community.

Charlene Herzig

Fraternalist of the Year

PAST WINNERS

2017

Carmella Shirley
Branch 1425

2016

Marcia Orton
Branch 1425

Charlene Herzig, member of Branch 867, Dover, OH, has been named LCBA’s 2018 Fraternalist of the Year!

Serving as chair/president of Branch 867 for the past 6 years, Charlene is the motivating factor for the increase in membership, community involvement, monetary donations for organizations, and awareness to the community needs. She arranges for speakers, both community and political, to address the monthly LCBA meetings. Past speakers have included Tuscarawas County Sheriff Campbell, Tuscarawas County Commissioner Joe Sciaretti, representatives from Share a Christmas, Dover/New Philadelphia Food Pantry, Birthright, Carol Lindau (Coordinator with Moshi, Tanzania), Harbor House (domestic violence shelter), and the Tuscarawas Central Catholic Schools.

Serving as chair/president of Branch 867 for the past 6 years, Charlene is the motivating factor for the increase in membership, community involvement, monetary donations for organizations, and awareness to the community needs. She arranges for speakers, both community and political, to address the monthly LCBA meetings. Past speakers have included Tuscarawas County Sheriff Campbell, Tuscarawas County Commissioner Joe Sciaretti, representatives from Share a Christmas, Dover/New Philadelphia Food Pantry, Birthright, Carol Lindau (Coordinator with Moshi, Tanzania), Harbor House (domestic violence shelter), and the Tuscarawas Central Catholic Schools.


Service to Others

Charlene is an active member of St. Joseph Parish in Dover, Ohio. She is organizer of the prayer line for which people request prayers for themselves and loved ones in need. She is treasurer of the Secular Franciscans, a charitable organization of the parish, which donates money yearly to Mission Honduras, Amazon Relief, Adopt a Seminarian, and Franciscan missions worldwide. She serves on the church soup kitchen team.

Charlene is the inspiration for the St. Joe's Crafty Ladies. The group meets twice monthly and creates items to sell at the summer festival, school dinners, the Seniors monthly luncheon, as well as filling requests from individuals. Branch 867 sponsors a booth at the summer festival which has raised over $2,000 selling products created and donated by LCBA members. She also organizes volunteers for the festival to cut and prepare 2,200 sausages that are sold at the festival.

Hundreds of hats, gloves, scarves, mittens, and socks are collected/created in November for Share a Christmas and also given to Father Bob Marva who distributes them to inner city Cleveland schools. Glasses and hearing aids are collected and given to the Lions' Club. A donation was given to an orphanage and a medical center that has been built to train nurses in Moshi, Tanzania, Africa. Charlene collects and repairs rosaries which are given to the seminarians in Moshi who are so grateful to receive them. They, in turn, give them to their family members and friends. In cooperation with the Tuscarawas Sheriff's Department, unwanted drugs, medical supplies, etc., were collected by the sheriff's department on site at St. Joseph's. All of this is accomplished under the auspices of Charlene.

In addition to the organizations of St. Joseph's parish, Charlene helps new members in the YMCA's "Hinges and Twinges" aquatics exercise class learn the program. Charlene visits the sick and/or phones them. She has arranged each year for LCBA members to work in the Catholic school during the summer to cover hundreds of textbooks in preparation for the beginning of school. In September, LCBA sponsors an ice cream sundae social for students who have met reading goals during the summer.


Innovative Leadership

Charlene is a "go-getter". She sees a need and researches ways to fulfill those needs. Along the way, she motivates people of all ages to participate. She has a smile as well a challenge for everyone. She involves her children and grandchildren in charitable activities teaching them how to help people in need.

In May, 2017 and 2018, Charlene guided LCBA members to sponsor a "Mother/Other" dinner banquet. Sons, daughters, grandchildren, and friends were invited to honor the Blessed Mother at the May Crowning and our earthly mothers, too.

Making people aware of the needs in our community is a personal endeavor for Charlene. Money earned from local donations and LCBA's matching funds help community, national, and international groups in continuing their service to their clients. Charlene is the motivating factor in the growth and success of Branch 867.

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