District 4 January News
20th Anniversary of the Community Awards & Recognition Banquet
District 4 recently marked GCU’s quasquicentennial along with the District’s 20th Anniversary of the Community Awards and Recognition Banquet. This day of celebration gave members, guests, and community organizations an opportunity to look back at GCU’s history, but also a golden ticket to chart the path forward. Banquet Chairperson & Fraternal Director Connie Strittmatter remarked how proud members are of the rapid progress in the GCU and thankful for the revolutionary vision of our founders. The significance of this milestone was reflected in the large attendance.
President George Juba addressed the membership and guests with an historic presentation, as well as, excitement concerning the possibilities on the horizon. The district is grateful for Mr. Juba’s leadership as he continually strives to advance the GCU.
District 4 has 7 lodges that encompass: Cambria, Clearfield, Indiana, Jefferson, and Westmoreland counties. Because our membership resides, works, and volunteers in this region, the district’s objective has been to assist these communities to be solid and vibrant.
District 4 has been a front runner in the Community Initiative Program and has provided financial support to organizations for many years. The 12 organizations chosen to receive financial assistance encompass a broad spectrum of how the lives of people in need are changed. This year’s list included: 5 public libraries, 3 hunger relief groups, a community educational advancement group, local law enforcement, a center for violence and crime, and a free medical clinic
District 4 had four individuals who were National Scholarship recipients: Sarah Wood, John Durica, Daniel Terek, and Aaron Gulibon. For the 20th Anniversary, District 4 reached out to all previous scholarship awardees. They responded from across the nation and internationally with congratulatory messages. Many were not able to attend due to work schedules or geographic location. Those in attendance included Patrick Strittmatter, Michaela O’Toole, Michael Dautlick, Nicholas O’Toole, Amy Drotar and John Swinconis. District 4 boasts that our past recipients are trained individuals who developed the capacity and analytical skills that drive local economies, support civil society, teach children, lead effective governments, make important decisions and contribute positively to our communities, the country and the world.
Thanks to those who attended. District 4 hopes that this celebration will continue to echo in your lives.
Connie Strittmatter | Fraternal Director