Richard Tobin Benevolence Awards
Established nearly two decades ago, these awards honor our agents’ success and causes or organizations significant to them and their community.
Each year, Catholic Order of Foresters’ top 20 agents earn Richard Tobin Benevolence Awards. These awards, established in 2006, are made possible through Catholic Order of Foresters’ Welfare and Relief Fund. The late High Chief Ranger Richard Tobin created this fund to allocate money for fraternal good. Each agent who earns a Richard Tobin Benevolence Award chooses a Catholic organization to receive the $500 donation – schools, religious groups, pro-life causes and more from around the country have been named as recipients. To date, $143,500 has been donated to local and/or Catholic organizations as a result of these awards.
AWARDED IN 2023
Agent Antonio Alvarado, right, donated his Richard Tobin Award funds to The Church of Holy Apostles in McHenry, Ill.
General Agent Brian Marketon of Minnesota presents a check with half of the funds associated with his Richard Tobin Award to the Rev. Matthew Wiering, pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
Brian presents a check with the other half of the funds associated with his Tobin Award to Mary Ziebell, principal of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic School in Delano.
Agent Dan Zentner, right, presents a Richard Tobin Award check to Clay Moseman of the St. Anthony’s Cemetery maintenance team in Cedar Rapids, Nebraska. The donation will help St. Anthony’s Catholic Church maintain the property year-round.
Associate General Agent Kelly Mauer, left, presents a check with the proceeds from his Richard Tobin Award to Nancy Naprsteck of St. Paul’s Altar Society, a behind-the-scenes parish support group that cares for and provides liturgical necessities for St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Plainview, Nebraska.
General Agent Peter Nelson presents a Richard Tobin Award check to the Rev. Dustin Collins of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Johnson City, Tennessee.
General Agent Rich Oligmueller, not pictured, donated the funds associated with his Richard Tobin Award to St. Mary Catholic Church’s cemetery fund in Remsen, Iowa. Rich contributed to the fund with the intention of providing “perpetual care to those who have passed on before us.”
Agent Rick Niklas, right, presents a Richard Tobin Award check to the Rev. Jonathan Meyer on the construction site of Ars Coffee Shop at All Saints Parish in Guilford, Indiana.
Agent Roger Bockweg presents a Richard Tobin Award check to Mother Seraphina of the Franciscan Daughters of Mary. The funds from the award will go to the Rose Garden Home Mission, an all-in-one pregnancy center, no-questions-asked food pantry, and free primary care clinic run by the Franciscan Daughters in Covington, Kentucky.
General Agent Roger Klein Sr., center, presents a Richard Tobin Award check to the Rev. Kyle Laylan, left, and the Rev. Arturo Vigueras, right, of Holy Family Catholic Church in Arcadia, Wisconsin.
Agent Ryan Maschmeyer, left, hands over a Richard Tobin Award check to Deb Geers, principal of St. Timothy Catholic School in Union, Kentucky; and the Rev. Rick Bolte of St. Timothy Parish. “St. Timothy plays a huge role in my family’s life by providing our daughters with a high-quality education, teachers who care about their well-being, and an environment for them to thrive academically, spiritually, and socially,” said Ryan.
Associate General Agent Tyson Owens of Nebraska, left, presents a Richard Tobin Award check to Executive Director of Columbus Catholic Schools and Scotus Central Catholic High School President Jeff Ohnoutka.
Please note, not every winner is listed above. Agents Rob McKay, Mike Rice, Roger Bockweg, Mark Hehman, Anna Kulpa, Holly Schweitzer, and Geoff Wolterstorff also won Richard Tobin Awards!