Join Hands Day

Join Hands Day

Jul 06, 2016

We are proud to say that Western Fraternal Life members participated in Join Hands Day with several hundred youth throughout the country volunteering to help their communities. The following pages give a brief synopsis of activities and the groups members partnered with.

ne-9-2.jpgPlzen No. 9, Morse Bluff, NE
On May 7, members and the North Bend Boy Scouts cleaned Killian’s Cemetery. They did a marvelous job and we roasted hot dogs afterwards.

mn-11-2-jhd.jpgHopkins No. 11, Hopkins, MN
Members and youth gathered on April 30 to participate in the Feed my Starving Children project, a Christian non-profit organization committed to feeding God's children.
ne-14-1-jhd.jpgDennice No. 14, Ord, NE
On May 3, members teamed up with the Ord St. Mary’s School kindergarten class. They made May Day baskets that were delivered to the Grandview Independence Living residents.

ks-19-1-jhd.jpgNovy Tabor No. 19, Munden, KS
On May 6, members joined with the Novy Munden 4-H Club. Flowers were purchased by the lodge and the City of Munden. Thirteen youth and members planted flowers in many planters. The lodge treated youth and their mothers to hot dogs, chips, cookies, and juice.

wi-20-2-jhd.jpgZapadni Jednota No. 20, Whitelaw, WI
Members joined with the Maribel Mighty Kids 4-H Club and picked up garbage along the Devils Run Hiking Trail.

ne-28-1-jhd.jpgZapadni Svornost No. 28, Clarkson, NE
Members joined with Clarkson New Zion Presbyterian Sunday school kids and teachers to make greeting cards for the Norfolk Veteran’s Home residents.

wi-32-3-jhd.jpgSamo No. 32, Hillsboro, WI
Members teamed with the local church and Hillsboro High School students to assist with the Easter Community Dinner for our Join Hands Day.

mn-38-3.jpgZare Svobody No. 38, Austin, MN
Members began their Join Hands Day on April 28 and 29 and partnered with Boy Scouts, Florence Wizard 4-H Club, and Ceres Sorority Group. The first two days were project days where adults and youth made items to be sold at the annual garage sale. Our goal was to raise money to be donated to an organization for organ transplant. We made wagon wheel woven rugs, steppers, decorative bottles, neck comforts, and recycled cards. Steppers and decorative bottles will also be used to beautify around the YELL! group mini-library. The garage sale ran from May 5-7. All leftovers from the garage sale were either recycled or donated to groups, such as The Salvation Army or Epilepsy Foundation. Both youth and adults were pleased with their efforts to better the environment and give back to the community.

mn-44-1-jhd.jpgZare Zapadu No. 44, Hayward, MN
Members joined with the Glenville-Emmons High School softball team to put flags on the graves of veterans at four different cemeteries.

ne-56-9.jpgLipany No. 56, Lynch, NE
On May 6, members, Lynch Community Club, and the Jolly 17 4-H Club gathered at the hall to paint the interior walls. A potluck supper was served afterward.

ok-67-1.jpgJan Zizka No. 67, Yukon, OK
Our youth asked all OK lodges to bring blankets, linens, etc. to the State Meeting for their Join Hands Day project. Our youth were able to take blankets/linens to numerous organizations, including the Salvation Army, the Oklahoma City Rescue Mission, Pets and People Humane Society, and Gran Grans Place.

NE-68-2.jpgCecho-Moravan No. 68, Brainard, NE
Join Hands Day was accomplished May 7 at the home of Carly and Cally Schmid. Seven girls from Bellwood Public School, three lodge members, one No. 9 member, and a guest made rice Krispy treats. Each girl received a plate of treats and the rest were donated to Butler County Senior Services.

wi-73-2.jpgPerun No. 73, Menominee, MI
Three children and two adult members raked and cleared brush and debris from the yard of an elderly couple in the Wausaukee area.

ne-74-1-jhd.jpgTabor No. 74, Dorchester, NE
Young members and guests made May Baskets for residents of Tabitha Nursing Home. They were helped by adult members. The baskets were delivered on April 29.

ne-76-1-jhd.jpgMilligan No. 76, Milligan, NE
Members Arnold and Lucille Capek, Arlene Kassik, and Scott Oliva partnered with 19 young people and adults of the Junior Auxiliary of the American Legion on May 7 to pick up roadside trash.

ia-85-6-jhd.jpgIowa No. 85, Protivin, IA
Members met with Pack 3088 out of Ossian, IA and went to the Ossian Hospice Home to help with their Saturday morning entertainment with residents. Six members of each group helped with Bingo, puzzles, and playing cards. The residents enjoyed the young children. The Ossian Home furnished refreshments after the entertainment. We visited with them. Our lodge also gave a donation to the home as well.

nd-106-1-(2).jpgKosobud No. 106, Lankin, ND
Northern Lights 4-H Club met with members on May 14 to pick up trash along Highway 1 south. Afterward, we met back at JoAnn’s and had lunch with pop and chips provided by the lodge.

mn-107-1-jhd.jpgCanby No. 107, Canby, MN
Members joined with the Catholic Youth Group to clean the Bohemian Cemetery. We enjoyed refreshments following clean up.

Verna Laska No. 108, Denmark, WI
Join Hands Day was held at the Maribel Caves on June 11. The Boy Scouts, YELL! group, and lodge members cleaned up the debris on the trails.

Owatonna No. 127, Owatonna, MN
Eight adults and YELL! group members worked a spaghetti dinner or ran a 5K/half marathon for the From-the-Heart fundraiser benefiting local cancer patients. This project helps people pay for the bills they incur due to their illness.

wi-141-2.jpgBratri Novych Hradu No. 141, Cadott, WI
Members joined Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Stanley, WI on May 18. They helped a local elderly couple with yard work. The group put a brick barrier around the house to keep weeds away. They removed sod, leveled and dug a path for the bricks, laid down plastic, and covered it with wood chips. The lodge also donated money towards the event and provided pizza for the workers afterwards.

wi-142-1.jpgVerni Bratri No. 142, Two Rivers, WI
Seven members and two high school students cleaned Vets, Lake Shore, and Zanders parks.

Rip No. 144, Mosinee, WI
Members worked with Mosinee Head Start to plant flowers in pots that they decorated. Students were given Western pencils and books from the Goodwill or Dollar Store. Ice cream cups and cookies were served as a treat.

mn-168-1-jhd.jpgZahrada Minnesoty No. 168, Mahnomen, MN
The Native American Youth Council prepared bags on April 30 for May Day. The lodge appreciated their work. After the meeting, members presented patients at the nursing home, hospital, and assisted living with the bags.

mn-192-3-jhd.jpgLedec No. 192, Alexandria, MN
Our YELL! group purchased supplies and the 4-H Club decorated bags filled with cake mixes, frosting, napkins, plates, balloons, and candles. They were delivered to the local food shelf.

ks-203-2.jpgKansasky Vysehrad No. 203, Glasco, KS
On April 29 through May 1, members and volunteers joined at the hall with lodge and local youth to help with the Veteran's Turkey Hunt. Duties were serving as guides for the hunt, setting up the chairs and tables, clearing tables, picking up trash, and other duties.

mn-219-4-jhd.jpgBoleslav Jablonsky No. 219, Strathcona, MN
YELL! members, along with Faith Lutheran Sunday School kids, collected items for missionaries who serve in Kondopoga, Russia. They attended a presentation where they learned of items needed to send to a Language Camp. Youth and adult members then purchased items and presented them to teachers who will travel to Russia.

mi-225-4-jhd.jpgMichigan No. 225, Bannister, MI
For our Join Hands Day Project, members again chose to support Great Lakes Caring Hospice, an organization that services hospice patients in central and lower Michigan. Twenty seniors from Ashley High School, forty seniors from Ovid Elsie High School, and ten members of the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Sorority had cut out material a few days before the sewing began. Then on our Join Hands Day, 28 volunteers attended the event to complete the items, including 198 clothing protectors, 118 neck pillows, 122 catheter bag covers, 155 hand pillows, and 25 crocheted ladies shawls. Gift tags were made by the youth and pinned on each item to express our concern for the recipient.

Volunteers represented Bannister No. 225, St. Cyril’s Knights of Columbus and Altar Society, DKG Education Sorority, Ovid Elsie and Ashley High School students, Busy Green Clovers 4-H Club, Ovid Quilting Ministry, Ashley and Bannister Methodist Church, YELL! youth group, Elsie Women’s Literary Club, and other friends.
This project was made possible by a grant from Ovid-Elsie Community Fund of the Capital Regional Community Foundation, and donations from St. Cyril Altar Society and Knights of Columbus and No. 225.

wi-236-1.jpgNadeje Slovanu No. 236, Phillips, WI
Members literally joined hands with Phillips Elementary School 4th graders on May 9. Members taught the 50 students how to Polka. Bob Weber, of Park Falls, played accordion music while students and teachers did the Waltz, the Flying Dutchman, and the Chicken Dance. Each student received two Western pencils as they left the gym.

ia-262-3.jpgCedar Rapids No. 262, Cedar Rapids, IA
Members volunteered with Venture Crew to clean up trash at the Indian Creek Nature Center on May 10. Three bags of trash were collected by 16 Venture Crew members and 8 lodge members.

Zest No. 296, Omaha, NE
Members, along with Girl Scouts, lodge children and grandchildren, nurses from Catholic Health Initiative, and Bunco Club made blankets for the LINUS Project for Join Hands Day. Debbie Dugan was in charge of this project. The blankets were delivered on May 7.

Pilgrim No. 330, Brookfield, IL
Members attended Join Hands Day with CSA members and cleaned the Bohemian Cemetery.

Northern Star No. 332, Weyerhaeuser, WI
Join Hands Day was held May 7 with our members and youth from Troop #56. Kids baked treats and sold them at a bake sale.

Karlin Junior No. 342, Spencer, NE
Join Hands Day was completed on May 7 when members and Riverview 4-H’ers picked up trash on a two mile stretch of HWY 281. The bags of trash were taken to the Spencer Department of Roads. After the task was completed, all were treated to refreshments at KC’s Roadrunner.

wi-365-1.jpgKewaunee No. 365, Kewaunee, WI
On April 21, members and youth gave plants and flowers to Holy Trinity School for Mother’s Day.

ne-389-1-jhd.jpgSaline Center No. 389, Western, NE
Saline Center YELL! and lodge members decorated and filled 50 May Day baskets and delivered them to the Wilber Care Center.

Pilsen No. 391, Luxemburg, WI
Our road trash pick-up was completed for Join Hands Day on May 7. The Pilsen 4-H Club joined in on the project. There were 10 youth and 12 adult members who participated.

ia-400-1-jhd.jpgFour Hundred No. 400, Swisher, IA
Members volunteered at Girls on the Run 5K event on May 7 at College Community Schools for Join Hands Day. There were over 560 girls registered for the event and members helped remove time chips from runner’s shoes.

Dallas No. 401, Dallas, TX
For Join Hands Day, our members bought children's shoes. We took them to our next meeting at the Circle Grill, then members delivered them to Buckners Orphan's Home in Dallas.

ne-426-1.jpgLincoln No. 426, Lincoln, NE
On May 7, YELL! youth, God’s Friends of St. Patrick’s School, grandchildren of Mahoney Manor residents, and lodge members partnered at Mahoney Manor and St. Patrick’s Church for Join Hands Day. The group planted flowers around the Ten Commandments statue and helped with other gardening at St. Patrick’s Church. At Mahoney Manor, the group transplanted grass, weeded flower beds, made new planters, and prepared the ground for gardening.

co-431-1.jpgColorado No. 431, Denver, CO
Members of No. 431 and CSA #432 collected items for the Ronald McDonald House for Join Hands Day. Gabe Orton was a youth who helped unload items, such as Kleenex, paper plates, coffee, and laundry soap.

Loup Valley No. 437, Ord, NE
Join Hands Day was held May 5 at the Ord Fire Hall. We partnered with Girl Scouts to make May Day bags for Mid-Nebraska clients. Pizza and pop were served to the scouts afterwards.

tx-446-1-jhd.jpgNorth Texas No. 446, Dorchester, TX
Members and YELL! members cleaned up the beach area at West Burns Run, Lake Taxoma on May 15. Last summer, there was heavy flooding in the area and the beach was closed until recently. We met in the afternoon to pick up driftwood and trash along the beach.

Category: Fraternal

Cindy Motsinger

Communications Coordinator

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