Western Fraternal Life :: 2016

Association or Family?

May 06, 2016

Category: Members

Western Fraternal Life Association- that is what each of us are members of. Association is defined in the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of Western Fraternal Life Association as the corporation formed, organized, and incorporated under the fraternal beneficiary association of laws of the State of Iowa, and carried on for the sole benefit of its members and their beneficiaries and not-for-profit and having a lodge system, with ritualistic form of work and representative from of government. Now, I do not know about the rest of you, but I like to think of Western Fraternal Life Association as a family. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines family as all the descendants of a common ancestor. Even though we may not come from a Czech or Slovak descent, Western Fraternal Life Association accepts us all and we are a family. I say that because I have attended meetings at my local Lodge No. 44, Záře Zapádu, District 4 Meetings, MN State Meetings, and last year my first Western Fraternal Life National Convention. Western reaches out to community by way of the Members In Action program. My lodge has been fortunate to use this program, and we not only use it to help our lodge family, but our extended community family too.

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For the Birds

May 04, 2016

Category: Fraternal

The members of Kosobud No. 106, of Lankin, ND, decided to help their feathered friends and make it easier to watch them in their communities.

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Category: History

How many of you are 50 years old?

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Jaternice Dinner

Apr 27, 2016

Category: Czech Connection

The spicy, meaty smell of Czech sausage, known as Jaternice, filled the air of Tulelake Home Ec. Building at the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds for the 56th Annual Jaternice Dinner over President’s Day weekend.

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Masopust Dance

Apr 20, 2016

Category: Czech Connection

The members of Jan Zizka No. 67 in Yukon, OK have carried on elements of this tradition for over ten years in their community with a dance.

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Family Fun Night

Apr 13, 2016

Category: Fraternal

A good time for grandparents, parents, and children may seem like a hard event to plan, but the YELL! members of Saline Center No. 389, Western, NE handled the task with finesse as they came up with activities for the Family Fun Night and Recruitment Party held January 30.

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Bohemian Boudoir

Apr 06, 2016

Category: Czech Connection

A new exhibition, entitled Bohemian Boudoir: Czech Vanity Glass, at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library will feature items donated by Western member Rosemary "Rosie" Bodien. Visitors will be able to see these items from April 23 to July 17 in the Smith Gallery at the museum. The collection is named for her parents and is called the Ladd and Lydia Straka Loss Memorial Collection.

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Category: agents

Dan Zeiger is an example of an agent who wholeheartedly believes in fraternalism,

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Octoberfest

Mar 23, 2016

Category: Fraternal

Football, music, food, and good company were the ingredients of a fun day in Lynch, NE. In October, members of Lipany No. 56 hosted their second annual Octoberfest event. They invited all District 5 members, friends, and family via mailed invitations and word-of-mouth. Approximately 30 people turned out for the occasion.

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Category: Fraternal

"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.

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