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Agnes Rohrbach is GCU's 2019 Fraternalist of the Year

The Fraternalist of the Year award recognizes an individual within GCU who is the embodiment of fraternalism. Someone who lives a life of service through their local lodge, church, and community.

After consideration of the numerous candidates submitted to the committee, Agnes Rohrbach of Greater Hazleton Regional Lodge (GHRL) was chosen the 2019 GCU Fraternalist of the Year. She has been a devoted lodge officer and previously a district officer of the former District 6. She also volunteers time to her parish and community.

Agnes is a member of Queen of Heaven Parish in Hazleton. She was a past president of the Christian Women's Society and is also a member of the Altar-Rosary Society at St. John's B.C. Church.

Agnes joined the GCU in 1992 and became a bowler for the GCU 89er's. She was elected secretary of the league in 1995 and continues to bowl in the league and serves as secretary-treasurer. In 1998 she was elected secretary of former District 6. She presently is the secretary, athletice director and activities director of GHRL. She has also served as a delegate to various GCU National Conventions where she served on the balloting committee.

Each year Agnes organizes the GHRL Jr. Bowling tournament, the No Tap Bowling Tournament, the annual Holupki Open Golf Tournament and frequently organizes bus trips to shows in Lancaster and New Jersey plus running trips to casinos for Lodge members and guests.

When the GHRL lodge was formed from the former District 6, Agnes helped to coordinate a smooth transition into the regional lodge from the former independent lodges. The success of the GHRL is largely due to her efforts, a fact most lodge members can attest to.

Agnes also assists each year with the Helping Hands Day at Holy Annunciation Monastery, the Cold Hands - Warm Hearts clothing drive, the Big Brothers Big Sisters fund raiser bowling tournament, coordinates the Altar Rosary Society at St. John's B.C. Church and sells carnations on Mother's Day for a Human Rights organization. She annually organizes a hayride for children which includes not only lodge members but any of the public in general who may be interested in this activity. In the community she assists the Helping Hands Society of the Hazleton Area, Meals on Wheels, Catholic Social Services and Brandon's Forever Home, a place for children needing social and physical support. This year she organized a fund raiser for a family who lost their home to a fire and was instrumental in creating a GCU GoGive! campaign for a woman who was terribly injured in an automobile accident.

In his nomination GHRL President Deacon Larry Foran stated, “Agnes is always ready when called upon to assist in organizing any project for community service. She is indeed a "people person" who enjoys being instrumental in community service. Agnes works to get people involved with various activities and plans our lodge fraternal activities for each year. Whenever there is a need or something to be done to assist others, Agnes always offers her most capable help. She is a selfless person who will always donate her time and talents for others. In this respect, she can always be counted on.”

Agnes received a plaque from GCU Vice Chairman of the Board George Kofel. She chose to split her $500.00 award to three organizations: St. John’s Rosary Society, Hazleton Meals on Wheels and Queen of Heaven Parish. Congratulations Agnes on a lifetime of serving and caring for others.

Nomination forms for the 2020 GCU Fraternalist of the Year will be available for completion on the GCU website in January.

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