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Corporate Governance

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/Chairperson of the Board
David E. Huber, FLMI

Vice High Chief Ranger 
Rodney W. Oligmueller, CPCU, AIC, ALMI, FLMI

High Secretary
Betty K. Fiegen, South Dakota 

Spiritual Director
Bishop Ronald A. Hicks
Diocese of Joliet, Illinois

High Court Trustees/Board of Directors

Eugene G. Even, Iowa
Susan M. Pereira, Michigan
Ronald J. Freund, Illinois
Julie M. Bries, Iowa
Mark L. Connaughton, Kentucky
Beth A. McFarlane, Wisconsin
John D. Krebs, Ohio
Daniel J. Buksa, Indiana
Erin M. Donnay, Minnesota
Michael J. Schuster, Ohio
Kelly F. Pinchart, Wisconsin
Sharon D. Mack, South Dakota

Bylaws

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.

The High Court, in 2021, appears in the atrium at the COF Home Office for a group photo.

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