Western Fraternal Life :: 2016

Fireman's Fun Day

Dec 30, 2016

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Jennings, KS came out in support of its fire department and Historic Building Preservation Fund for the 25th annual Fireman's Fun Day. It is a community event that combines a variety of activities and fun that all raise money for the organizations. Jennings No. 153 has been involved in helping for the last four years, and has utilized the Matching Funds to help increase the funds raised.

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North Texas No. 446 had a garage/bake sale for their local crisis center.

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Boleslav Jablonsky No. 219 used a bake sale to help cancer patients.

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Category: Member Benefits

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The Western Fraternal Life's Family Benefit program continues to assist members in need. So far, Western has provided $30,000 to members since starting the benefit in 2011. The Family Benefit provides up to five, $1,000 awards annually for costs associated with senior care, child care, respite care, elementary and secondary education, or extracurricular activities. The following are recipients of the 2016 Family Benefit grants.

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Trunk-or-Treat

Dec 07, 2016

Category: Members in Action

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Heroes villains, princesses, monsters, and creatures of all kinds came out in force for the annual Trunk-or-Treat event. Festivities were held in Western Fraternal Life's parking lot on October 25 in Cedar Rapids, IA. The most successful yet, the event hosted over 250 children that visited decorated vehicle trunks and were rewarded with candy. Members of Cedar No. 7, Heritage No. 13, Cedar Rapids No. 262, Hawkeye No. 423, and Home Office staff hosted the trunks and assisted guests to make the evening a success.

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Czech Fest in Hayward

Nov 30, 2016

Category: Members in Action

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On September 10 and 11, Zare Zapadu No. 44 held the 4th Annual Czech Fest for the community near Hayward, MN.

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Category: Members in Action

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Members of Cesti Vlastenci No. 153, Jennings, KS, were able to take advantage of the Highway 36 Garage Sale, Members in Action for building preservation.

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Category: Czech Connection

On September 17, 2016 the community gathered at the Moravan Lodge Hall for a polka dance with music from the J.D. Parr Czechland Polka Band organized by members of Moravan No. 128 (Rossville, KS).

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Category: Fraternal

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Dorothy Bonczynski, of Farwell, NE, is the winner of the 2016 Fraternalist of the Year.

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Category: Czech Connection

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The Czech heritage of vizovické pečivo, or dough ornaments, with instructions of how to make your own.

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