Zare Zapadu No. 44 is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Last year, Western Fraternal Life began its Members in Action program, which was created to help members make an impact in their communities. Western gives up to $250 for supplies and promotional materials that support fundraisers or community activities. A member can apply for up to two events a year, as long as the event is either a new project or, if a reoccurring project, has a new element. A complete list of examples is available at www.wflains.org/member-benefits/members-action-program.
So far in 2016, two lodges have completed projects, with six in the works, under this program. Zare Zapadu No. 44, of Hayward, MN has used the program to assist its pancake breakfast and bake sale. Another Minnesota lodge, Ledec No. 192, of Alexandria, used the program to provide purses full of supplies for survivors of abuse.
Zare Zapadu No. 44
|A pancake breakfast is enjoyed by roughly 280 people.|
Hayward, MN holds a yearly pancake breakfast and bake sale to raise money for the upkeep of the Bohemian Brick Hall where lodge meetings are held. Lodge Zare Zapadu No. 44 is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, and is locally known as Yellow Brick Hall.
The members of No. 44 bring in various baked goods to sell, such as kolache, cookies, bars, and other goodies. The eggs, pancakes, sausage links, and drinks are purchased for the breakfast.
This year, roughly 280 people attended. The event served as an opportunity for the community to get to know the lodge members and gain new members. Member Marie Krikava said, "A lot of people come to our pancake breakfast because of the fellowship."
No. 44 used the funds from Members in Action to buy the breakfast items and to promote the event in the local paper.
Ledec No. 192
Members of No. 192 collect completed bags to donate to Someplace Safe.
Members of No. 192 and employees of Glenwood State bank fill bags
Nationally, one in four women, and one in seven men, have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner.* When people escape these situations they have several needs, and one of those is to have basic supplies. Members of No. 192 all agreed to make an effort to help survivors of abuse.
The group collected 20 gently-used purses. Afterward, the Members in Action funds were used to purchase supplies, such as tissues, wipes, shampoo, conditioner, brushes, feminine hygenie items, note pads, pens, bandages, lotion, and lip balm. A dentist donated toothbrushes and toothpaste to the collection. The members then gathered at Glenwood State Bank and volunteered with its employees to fill the bags. The director of Someplace Safe then took the purses to people in Pope and Douglas counties. The director said that the purses would be used within eight months.
"We had a nice and meaningful time with this activity," said Bernice Trousil. "We made cards from the lodge and included them with the bags."
About Members in Action
"We are glad to see how these funds can help support a community project to help people in need, or to assist with the upkeep of historical lodge halls," Member Programs Manager Kelsey Logan stated. "It can make a significant difference for lodges that want to help but may not have a lot of funds to invest themselves."
* National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (2010) Fact Sheet, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury and Prevention Control, Division of Violence Prevention
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