Fraternalist of the Year


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.

Dr. Michele A. Oleksak

Fraternalist of the Year



Charlene Herzig
Branch 867


Carmella Shirley
Branch 1425


Marcia Orton
Branch 1425

Dr. Michele A. Oleksak, member of Branch 1425, Ford City, PA, has been named LCBA’s 2019 Fraternalist of the Year!

Society Leadership

The service hours Michele has contributed to our Branch have certainly boosted our total hours. She is very well versed in a variety of areas beyond the medical field and has proven herself to be a valuable resource and mediator among various organizations in the area.

Michele is directly responsible for several of the co-service projects we have done this year. One example is bringing together the fire department, the Knights of Columbus, and our Branch to prepare and deliver meals to the shut-ins from 3 Catholic Churches in our area – a huge success! 65 homes were given meals and the days of preparation prior to New Year’s Day were carefully scheduled and carried out with Michele’s help and direction. She has even provided resource information in a medical capacity to guest speakers from the Veterans Affairs Family Services Department! We are very fortunate to have her expertise and knowledge.

Service to Others

Michele’s husband, also a doctor, is a fireman with Ford City Hose Company #1 Auxiliary and founder of its Cook Club. Her Polish heritage is evident in her cooking. She is an amazing cook and her talents are put to good use as she prepares food year round for fundraisers for the fire company. She is constantly involved in selling tickets and 50/50’s at all events, street fair basket raffles, and food sales; having done so since 2007. From 2008-present she has participated in Fire Prevention Education and Safety Education to 200 preschoolers each October. She has also been an integral part of fire prevention and safety education to residents of Ford City. As a leader in the Hose Company #1 Auxiliary she often initiates and supports all activities of the firemen.

Since 2010 Michele has been the Medical Director of “Life Choices” which provides pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and STD testing. She oversees the bottle campaign at church to save the lives of the unborn and continues to give STD lectures to local high schools and community members' organizations.

Active in the Ford City Branch as well, Michele has been a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee since 2010 – assisting with maintenance of “Rails to Treats” in Ford City. She has also been involved for many years with Ford City “Light-Up Night”, assisting with firetruck rides. As you can see, her volunteerism is very well-rounded and her initiatives are praiseworthy!

Innovative Leadership

In addition to her professional and service life in the community, Michele is actively involved in her parish as well. She has been a church lector and a 2nd grade CCD teacher- preparing students for their First Holy Communion. She has recently served as a liaison between many groups (including ours) and our Knights of Columbus branch – insuring fundraising and activities successes for this group and our parish. As you might imagine, these things involve various ages, from primary school age children to senior citizens. Her medical family practice has prepared her for this as is evidenced by the testimonies of many of her patients, young and old alike, that she is gifted in her communication skillset as well as her medical advice.

Michele is a well-respected member of our community, and we are very lucky to have her as a member of Branch 1425!

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