We are proud to say that Western Fraternal Life members participated in Join Hands Day in 2016 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.
Czech Republic Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka took on a week-long trip to the United States and made a stop in Minneapolis, MN on April 2. During his visit, he met with more than 200 people at the CSPS Sokol Hall in St. Paul.
On April 2, Lipany No. 56 of Lynch, NE, held a Spring Tea. For the last 17 years, they have held themed tea parties. This year's theme was school memories. Tables were decorated with school supplies, old books, and autograph books.
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.
Relieving hunger took a creative twist in Hopkins, MN when the ICA Food Shelf and ResourceWest utilized the Empty Bowls Fundraiser to help keep its shelves full of provisions for the local community. A total of $74,627 was raised in 2016 through Empty Bowls.
Lodges just want to have a little fun sometimes. Getting out of town and going to the casino is one thing that many people enjoy doing. Michigan No. 225 (Bannister, MI) and Lincoln No. 426 (Lincoln, NE) both hosted bus trips to the casinos in March.