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Former Board of Directors Member Larry Vilda Remembered

#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Former Board of Director Larry Vilda, 77, of Lincoln, NE, died April 10, 2017, at his home. Funeral and memorial services were held April… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/05/former-board-directors-member-larry-vilda-remembered/

Memorial Day Observations

This article discusses the ways that No. 95, No. 101, No. 8, No. 203, and No. 426 are recognizing Memorial Day.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Many of Western Fraternal Life's members get involved in Memorial Day activities. They go above and beyond to recognize deceased servicemen… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/05/memorial-day-observations/

Creative Comforts

Members of Michigan No. 225 (Bannister, MI) like to put their creativity to good use in order to comfort others. Their highlighted projects were an opportunity for the YELL! youth to learn new skills, as well as a chance to give comfort to foster children…
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Members of Michigan No. 225 (Bannister, MI) like to put their creativity to good use in order to comfort others. Their highlighted projects… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/02/creative-comforts/

Scarfing it Up

No. 45 (Omaha, NE) made scarves for people in need. Directions included.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Young members work together on their scarves. The wind is brisk on an Omaha, NE winter’s day, but local families are… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2017/02/scarfing-it/

2016 Fraternalist of the Year Dorothy Bonczynski

Dorothy Bonczynski, of Farwell, NE, is the winner of the 2016 Fraternalist of the Year.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Dorothy Bonczynski and her daughter Susan Pirnie. Dorothy Bonczynski, of Farwell, NE, is the winner of the 2016… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/11/fraternalist-year-dorothy-bonczynski/

Paving the Way to Success

Western and its lodges provide scholarships to further education.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} A college diploma comes at a steep price these days. According to the College Board, “the average cost of tuition and fees for the… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/09/paving-way-success/

Little Libraries

Zare Svobody No. 38 members built and maintain little libraries in their communities of Grand Meadow and Wabasha, MN.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} YELL! members with the little library placed outside of Grand Meadow Vet Clinic. YELL! members with the little library… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/09/little-libraries/

Back to School Supply Drives

Back to School supply drives were organized by Western Fraternal Life lodges to help students.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} As parents, grandparents, and guardians looked over their children's back-to-school supply lists, they may have been shocked at how long… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/09/back-school-supply-drives/

Summer Reading

The Dvoracek Memorial Library in Wilber and the Struckman-Baatz Library in Western, NE were abuzz with bright, young faces this summer, in part because of the efforts of Saline Center No. 389's YELL! group engaging and volunteering.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Twenty goodie bags were delivered to the library in Western on June 10. Volunteers helped younger readers with… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/09/summer-reading/

Packing 4,000 Meals for Kids Against Hunger

Five Iowa lodges coordinated their Join Hands Day efforts in the fight against hunger. On May 15, Cedar No. 7 (Cedar Rapids), Heritage No. 13 (Cedar Rapids), Four Hundred No. 400 (Swisher), Hawkeye No. 423 (Cedar Rapids), Oxford No. 427 (Oxford), and a ch…
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Above photos: Members cooperate to package meals. Five Iowa lodges coordinated their Join Hands Day… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/07/packing-4000-meals-kids-against-hunger/

Join Hands Day

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…
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} We are proud to say that Western Fraternal Life members participated in Join Hands Day with several hundred youth throughout the country… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/07/join-hands-day/

Tea Time

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.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} 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… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/06/tea-time/

Empty Bowls

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 Bow…
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Sonja Larson and Greg and Kim Konerza help people select a pottery bowl. Soup server Pam Kotval with donation table… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/05/empty-bowls/

Casino Bus Trips

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.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Rich and Sandy Hosek keep track of the bus riders for No. 426. Lodges just want to have a little fun sometimes. Getting… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/05/casino-bus-trips/

Fishy First Aid

Many of the youth members of No. 34, Hutchinson, MN, are fishing fans. They were excited to do first aid kits and thought it would be a great idea for kids and adults in the community.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Members gather to assemble first aid kits. Korbin Guetter, Austin Willett, and Nash Guetter have fun while assembling… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/05/fishy-first-aid/

For the Birds

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.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Luke Shirek uses a saw with Noel Shirek's guidance. Gabriel Shirek holds a completed bird house.… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/05/birds/

Family Fun Night

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 Part…
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Adults and teens enjoyed a pitch tournament. YELL! members enjoyed the Family Fun Night. A good time for… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/04/family-fun-night/

Octoberfest

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 …
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;}   Members and guests dance to music. Members and guests watch the Huskers game.  Delicious brats were… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/03/octoberfest/

Warming Bodies and Hearts

Comfort and joy can be found in a warm and beautifully-made blanket. Several Western Fraternal Life lodges across the United States have been inspired to make blankets for others.
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} Samantha, Carol Jebavy, Joan Bender, and Cathy Groelle with blankets for Project Linus.  Carol Jebavy, Brenda… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/03/warming-bodies-and-hearts/

A Simple Fundraising Idea

"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 fundraise…
#sidebar-archives h3{display:none;} "When you have a small lodge with members scattered across greater distances, you have to become creative," Ellie Haeska commented. She and… http://www.wflains.org/about-western/recent-news/2016/03/simple-fundraising-idea/

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