Western Fraternal Life :: Peter Janowski named 2015 Western Fraternal Life Fraternalist of the Year

Peter Janowski named 2015 Western Fraternal Life Fraternalist of the Year

Sep 01, 2015

It’s been said, “If you want something done, ask a busy person.” That certainly applies to Peter Janowski, No. 391 Luxemburg, WI. Peter was named the Fraternalist of the Year at the Western Fraternal Life National Convention banquet on July 24 in Cedar Rapids, IA. He received a special crystal clock for his outstanding volunteer efforts with the lodge, the Association, and the community.

“The driving factor that keeps me going is my faith, and my family is part of that,” acknowledged Peter. He has five kids and ten grandchildren. Peter and his wife Janice take care of their grandchildren at least once a week.

A 13-year member of Western Fraternal Life, Peter was very active with the lodge for many years before becoming a member. Since then, he has held several leadership positions with Western. He currently holds the lodge secretary position. He was also president and vice president of WI District II.

“I consider the acronym MVP to mean most valuable participant, not person,” said Peter. “Everyone is most valuable if they are participating, no matter what activity or meeting. I love to stay busy.”

For the lodge’s brat fry this year, Peter applied for and received Western’s Matching Funds, with proceeds going to Montpelier Town Emergency Medical Responders. Also, when it came to his attention that the two local church sites lacked first-aid kits and defibrillators, he contacted the service director of the Town of Montpelier Emergency Medical Responders. The group allowed purchase of the first-aid kits at a reduced cost and the staff volunteered to maintain the defibrillators. The lodge plans to continue helping with the annual fundraiser to help the responders.

On JOIN HANDS DAY, the first Saturday in May, Peter and his wife Janice help the lodge partner with the Pilsen Skylighters 4-H Club to do roadside clean-up. He participates with the lodge in selling 9,000 kolache at the Heritage Farm near Kewaunee, with proceeds benefitting the farm. He also works at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, sorting items for sale, and recruits other lodge members to do the same.

On the state level, Peter has been president and vice president of Western’s WI State Meeting. He has also been on the WI Fraternal Alliance board. Through a project of the WI Fraternal Alliance, he helps set up each state’s flag at the Stoney Hill School in Fredonia, WI in recognition and remembrance of the first Flag Day. He has also been an anchor on the WI Scholarship Advisory Committee.

“Part of my community service was as Town Clerk for 30 years, where I was involved in every facet of the community. My community service simply continued on after retiring from that,” he added. Peter continues to serve as the Chief Election Clerk at all town elections. As a military veteran, he served six years in the Army Reserves.

His wider community service has included helping with the American Red Cross blood drive in Pilsen, WI. He also helped a stroke patient with homebound needs and assisted him in getting his home ready for sale. Peter volunteers as an usher at St. Therese Parish in Pilsen and also at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts in Green Bay as a special-needs assistant.

With other fraternal societies, Peter volunteers at brat fry events, helps with a Pancake/Porkie breakfast, volunteers at fish fries benefiting local charities, and sells Tootsie Rolls for children with special needs.

In addition, Peter is a loyal Green Bay Packers fan and concession stand manager for all their home games. He has helped raise thousands of dollars to benefit parochial schools and area churches, seminarians, and women preparing for the sisterhood.

Peter Janowski is certainly a man of action who cares about his lodge, his local and statewide community, and the Association!



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