"When you have a small lodge with members scattered across greater distances, you have to become creative," Ellie Haeska commented. She and her fellow Zare Svobody No. 38, Austin, MN members didn't shy from the challenge to raise money without a fundraiser event, and wrote a fundraising letter in the fall of 2015.
The letter asks for members to donate money that helps the lodge hold events throughout the year. Lodge members as far as Idaho have been getting involved. As they receive donations, the treasurer deposits them into the lodge account.
In 2015, the involvement was great and $350 was raised. The lodge plans to do it again, which will make this its sixth year. In between the letters, No. 38 keeps members involved by sending regular correspondence about the lodge's activities. It holds various collections for clothing, food, and drives for other items throughout the year, so there are plenty of opportunities for members who are unable to donate money to help out with lodge activities.
Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.