|Refreshment table at Masopust in Protivin.|
The 13th annual Masopust hosted by the Czech Heritage Partnership was held March 2 in Protivin, IA. The event featured entertainment from Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen, live and silent auctions, a scholarship award, a Czech meal, and people dressed in ethnic Czech and Slovak attire.
Members of No. 85 have been helping and participating in the Masopust for several years. This year, they made a commitment to help keep Czech heritage alive by applying for Community Matching Funds from Western. Money raised at the event was combined with donations from the lodge, and then Western matched their monetary donation. The total was donated to the Czech Heritage Partnership. Other than hosting this fun event, the partnership also helps people with research and questions.
During the event, members volunteered in a variety of roles. Ken and Lois Zajicek were co-chairs. Other members helped with the auction, kitchen, set-up, registration, kolache sales, door prizes, and clean-up.
|No. 446 members at the community-wide garage sale.|
No. 446, Dorchester, TX, participated in the 11th annual community-wide garage sale on June 22. This year, it was held at the Dorchester Baptist Church provided air conditioning and an indoor area for set-up where weather was not a concern.
The church kitchen was used by members to bake kolache for sale. The custom orders were a big success. Members gave out Western's kolache recipe bookmarks to customers. As a thank you to the church, the lodge made a monetary donation for its playground equipment fund.
The money raised at the sale was combined with donations from the lodge, and then Western matched their monetary donation through Community Matching Funds to Grayson Crisis Center in Sherman, TX.
Members advertised the sale beforehand. Eighteen members and five volunteers worked approximately 284 hours to bake items for sale and help out at the sale in order to make it a success.
|No. 391 members at brat fry fundraiser.|
On June 7, No. 391, Luxemburg, WI, sold brats and hamburgers at Festival Foods in Green Bay, WI. Members purchased food, set-up a stand, and cooked the meat over a gas grill. They worked all day. Total funds were combined with a donation from the lodge, and matched by funds from Western's Community Matching Funds program.
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