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Catholic Order of Foresters is a fraternal benefit insurance society comprised of chartered state and local courts, whose members perform fraternal and charitable activities.

High Court

Every four years, Catholic Order of Foresters (COF) holds a national convention. This event, which most recently took place on August 15, 2020, is attended by elected delegates who are empowered with full legislative, judicial, and governing powers. They are responsible for electing the High Court Officers and Trustees (Board of Directors) to serve four-year terms, and reviewing and revising the Constitution and Bylaws, policies, benefits, and other related items. The members currently serving are listed below. The next National Convention will occur in 2024.

Executive Officers

High Chief Ranger/Chairman of the Board
David E. Huber, FLMI

Vice High Chief Ranger 
David L. Krebs

High Secretary-Treasurer
Rodney W. Oligmueller, CPCU, AIC, ALMI, FLMI

Associate Spiritual Advisor
Fr. Matt Pratscher
Pastor, St. John Paul II, Kankakee, Ill.

High Court Trustees (Board of Directors)

Eugene G. Even, Iowa
Rosalie M. Grams, Minnesota
Gene E. Hesse, Minnesota
Betty K. Fiegen, South Dakota
Susan M. Pereira, Michigan
John F. Taphorn, Ohio
Ronald J. Freund, Illinois
Julie M. Bries, Iowa
Mark J. Wessely, Wisconsin
Mark L. Connaughton, Kentucky
Beth A. McFarlane, Wisconsin


COF provides an established system of insurance and other benefit payments to members and their dependents. Although largely self-governing, COF’s state and local courts are subject to the Order's Constitution and Bylaws.

2019 High Court/Board of Directors
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