Monthly Archives: October 2011


Eve of LVs Run Scared: How Do I Feel?

By John Dixon (LV, 09-11)

The LV Races for me are an opportunity to ensure that this Lasallian Volunteers remains available to those who wish to serve in the future. As is it said “we are the ministers, not the messiahs”; there are endeavors that we will finish that someone else started and there are some we will start that someone else will finish. Through the miles we run, as well as the money we raise we build strength in the core values this program has to offer future volunteers. How do I feel the night before the race? Well, I could give a long list of emotions, but I think I’ll stick to just expressing a few.

Part of me feels nervous because running such a long distance is rather new to me and I at times doubt that I can do it. However, reminding me of the cause behind this marathon helps put my nerves at rest. At the same time builds confidence in me to do it. Another part of me feels excited because it is an opportunity for many of the volunteers spread out across the country to reunite with each other. A chance to spend time together and discovered how we are all doing at our sites and communities. I also came to realize something in my training for this race- as I run I feel relaxed and reflective, almost as if I’m meditating as I run. Sometimes the work at my site leads me to feel rather overwhelmed and even frustrated; then after taking my four mile run my mind and body feel at ease. As I am running thirteen miles I believe my mind and body will feel even more at ease.

With such various emotions and thoughts racing through my mind the night before the race I may forget to get plenty of sleep before the big day; here’s hoping I don’t. The mind may always be active, but the body needs it’s rest. Mainly the way I feel about this marathon is happy, for several reasons. I am happy to be part of a cause that is dedicated to helping others for the better; to be able to venture to a new place and explore it’s features; and to be in great company as I make this venture. I’m proud to be a Lasallian Volunteer because it has enriched my faith in God and I’m therefore proud to take on any endeavor that helps enrich this program.


By |October 28th, 2011|Categories: news + events|Comments Off on Eve of LVs Run Scared: How Do I Feel?

LV Catherine Calogero Wins Video Contest

Lasallian Volunteer Catherine Calogero is the winner of the Catholic Volunteer Network “I Serve…” video contest. Catherine is in her second year of service at John XXIII Educational Center in Racine, WI. Watch the winning submission below! Congratulations Catherine!

By |October 26th, 2011|Categories: news + events|Comments Off on LV Catherine Calogero Wins Video Contest




Zachary Ufnar (Recruitment Coordinator), Dori Smith, Alyssa Hamel, Desiree Lopez, Mary Hizon, Ricky Vides, Laura Quijivix, Katie Rose Quandt, Amelia Lewis, Kelly Towns, Ana De Leon,
Bro. Ed Phelan


Hillary Stenzel, Melissa Spahr, Dylan Perry, Victoria Valusek, Colleen Friel, Catherine Calogero, Shanna Corey, Elizabeth Barr, Shannel Benisano, Ashley Roman, Kelly Lazarowski, Kathleen Glackin, Amanda Rodela, Elsa Tesfai, Erin Leone, Mari Anzicek (Director of Development), Alisa Macksey (Director), Jolleen Wagner (Associate Director), Matt Scapini


Kasey McNulty, Brianna Mustard, John Dellipriscoli, Lizzy Scherer, Alex Konneker, Kathleen Dorsey, Melissa Vlach, Kaitlin Depuydt, Samantha Almanza, Megan Conolly, Gosia Paidosh, Christine Kustra, Nalui Garcia, Michael Phipps, Katherine Kosearas, Necie Kennedy, John York


Bro. Michael Reis, Michael Clark, Roy Lepolszki, Mike Fedoruk, Denny Majewski, Alex Branch, Jennifer Tyndall, Tom Magrini, Mark Barry, Garrett Philbin, Andrew Ketchum, Kenny Latta, Mike Ramirez, Jim McAndrew, John Dixon

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By |October 23rd, 2011|Categories: yearbook|Comments Off on 2010-2011

An LVs Run Scared Countdown: Top 10 with Ten to Go!

Gosia at Orientation 2011

Top 10 with Ten to Go!
by Gosia Szymanski (LV, 10-11)

Running has been part of my life since ninth grade. By running I mean being part of a cross country or track team. However, it was not until in college when running became a natural part of me. During my runs, I began to think and resolve all of my problems. While training in high school and in college, I always said I would love to run a marathon, but that seemed like a big dream of a distant future. The dream came true sooner than I have expected. On December 4, 2010, I have finished my first marathon in Memphis with my, then fiancé and now husband, Kuba.  But, we did not stop there. Our Polish, stubborn, goal oriented and fun personalities decided to run a Duluth marathon on June 23, 2011. After completing both marathons it was almost natural for us to set another goal. Being part of the Lasallian family, we decided to run the race that would support them! When we found out that it will be in Minnesota, we signed up for the half marathon.

LV Gosia with Brother Alvaro and LV Kathleen

Training for the marathon alone or with your husband is very difficult. However, when running with a goal of helping children, the difficulties go away and it becomes a joyful experience. If there was no fundraising for the program, we would not have volunteers in schools teaching children how to reach their goals.

Gosia with students of La Salle College High School other LVs

Here is a short list of things that keep the legs going…

1.    Thinking of children and students that I have met
2.    Keeping my mind free from distractions.
3.    Spending alone time with God in prayer.
4.    Listening to nature as it speaks through seasons.
5.    A challenge of going up the hill.
6.    A joy of going down the hill.
7.    Constant catching up to your husband that has longer legs than you.
8.    Pushing your limits
9.    Proving yourself that anything is possible
10.    Sharing the experience and story of Lasallian Volunteers program.

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By |October 19th, 2011|Categories: news + events|Comments Off on An LVs Run Scared Countdown: Top 10 with Ten to Go!

De La Salle Middle School, St. Louis, MO

Megan McShane

Megan McShane

Bridget Kennedy

Bridget Kennedy

De La Salle Middle School was founded in 2001 by the Christian Brothers of the Midwest. With the goal of providing a quality education to underserved 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in North St. Louis’ African-American community, De La Salle offers an empowering education centered on comprehensive academic preparation, small class sizes, and dedicated teachers and staff, all within the frame work of an extended school day and a year-round academic calendar. De La Salle educates 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, but our school’s focus extends beyond the middle school years, as well as beyond our school building.  We help place students in one of St. Louis’ preparatory high schools and offer them academic and counseling support throughout their high school and college years. De La Salle is a holistic place where students are nurtured  academically, physically, morally, and spiritually. As a neighborhood school that instills values and fosters accountability, we believe that excellence in education increases individuals’ opportunities while also building stronger families and a better community.

By |October 16th, 2011|Categories: where lvs serve|Tags: |Comments Off on De La Salle Middle School, St. Louis, MO