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Kaelin Wins Award, Donates Proceeds to Sisters of Divine Providence

General Agent Tom Kaelin Continues to Impact His Community


Tom Kaelin, a General Agent with Catholic Order of Foresters, earned a Richard Tobin Benevolence Award. Kaelin, of Fort Wright, chose to donate the money associated with the award to Sisters of Divine Providence in Melbourne, Kentucky. Kaelin’s aunt, Sr. Jane Francis, has devoted her life to the Sisters and inspired Kaelin along the way. She has been a faithful servant and blessing to so many people,” Kaelin said. “She has touched so many lives through prayer, hard work, gentle words, and a kind heart. Over the years I have become acquainted with many of the sisters, and they are so welcoming. To visit them is such a joy.” The Sisters will use the donation to live out their mission of being living witnesses to the Providence of God.

Catholic Order of Foresters’ top 20 agents earned Richard Tobin Benevolence Awards, worth $500 each, in 2018. COF donates the money to the church, school or community organization of each agent’s choice. These awards are made possible through COF’s Welfare and Relief Fund. The late High Chief Ranger Richard Tobin established this fund to allocate money for fraternal good. 

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