Cedar No. 7, Cedar Rapids, IA

Cedar No. 7

Cedar Rapids, IA

November 2018

Members met on November 13 at Parlor City to enjoy a lodge meeting and appreciation dinner. We decided on several activities to end the year.

On November 17, we rang the bell for the Salvation Army, helped with transporting bunk beds, gave letters to veterans, and donated items to Manor Care.

A thank-you note for the Trunk-or-Treat was read, and information about points and the National Convention were discussed.

September 2018

Members met on September 11 at the Western Annex. We discussed many upcoming projects. The purse/personal care items donation is in full swing. We collected 45 purses with personal care items to donate to charitible organizations.

In September, we participated in the Down Syndrome Walk as volunteers.

In November, we will have a member appreciation dinner at a location to be determined. Members will also have a project for veterans to donate for Veteran’s Day. The Big Brothers Big Sister fall celebration is also in October and we serve food and help with clean up. Finally, our Trunk-or-Treat event will take place October 25 in the Western parking lot.

In November, we will be donating Thanksgiving meal items to a needy family. December’s activities will be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army and donating items for a Christmas meal.

Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at the Western Fraternal Life Annex building.

June 2018

Members met for a meeting on June 19 at the Western Fraternal Life Annex. We gave funds for the Western golf outing to sponsor a hole. Members also voted to donate funds to a local member and Boy Scout with a project for schools.

Members will be collecting purses that we can stuff with essentials to give to shelters.
Members met at Noelridge Park for a lodge picnic. Unfortunately, our scholarship winner and 50-year member were unable to attend.

We were able to present a check to a local Boy Scout and member, Christopher Tauber. He is using the funds to make lock-down kits for classrooms.

Members discussed the purse project donation, the Trunk-or-Treat, and volunteering at two walk/run events this fall. Additionally, we agreed to continue giving donations to families for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

On September 30, we will be volunteering with the Down Syndrome Walk. If you would like to join us, please email dnieland@wflains.org.

April 2018

On April 17, we held a bring-a-friend event at the Western Annex. Three new Western agents were in attendance and were welcomed by us. They expressed their enthusiasm about new projects and agreed to help out at a few.

We discussed the Cystic Fibrosis Walk on May 5. Kelsey distributed the sign-up genius (online volunteer sign up) and we agreed to contribute to the Community Matching Funds for the event.

Don mentioned the One Day in May volunteer event with Marion schools and put the Down Syndrome Walk on the calendar for September 30.

Jason is in contact with the Let Me Run organization to see if they still need help at their 5k event.

Our picnic will be held on July 10, with location at a park to be determined. We will invite our 50 and 75-year members and scholarship winner.

Becky brought up a purse project and will get more information back to us. Members hope to be able to do the project with other Cedar Rapids lodges.

We gave prizes for guests and those who brought guests. Thanks to everyone who came out!

February 2018

A meeting and service project were held February 13 at the Annex in Cedar Rapids. We began the meeting with pizza. Director Don Krall and wife Deb attended the meeting.

Don Krall honored member Darcy Hilton with the Iowa Fraternalist of the Year certificate. She will attend the Iowa Fraternal Alliance Legislative Day this month. We thank Darcy for her service to the lodge and community; it is well-deserved.

President Jason Logan shared information he gathered at the Volunteer Fair last month, including opportunities for sponsorships and one-day volunteer activities.

After the meeting, members made cards to give to residents at Manor Care, a rehabilitation center in Cedar Rapids. The cards were put into crosswords and color books that were donated for Valentine’s Day.

Upcoming events include, the Special Olympics event on April 7 (contact Jack Minder at jminder@wflains.org for more information), the Iowa State Meeting on April 8, and the Cystic Fibrosis Walk on May 5 (contact Kelsey Logan at klogan@wflains.org for more information).

January 2018

Members met at the Annex for their first meeting of 2018 on January 9. We discussed the Points System and have earned 113 points for 2017, a Shining Star Award.

Thank-you notes were received from a variety of organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Cedar Valley Humane Society, and for the Trunk-or-Treat.

On February 13, we hosted an activity and bought pizza for members.

Upcoming events for the year include the State Meeting on April 8 at the Longbranch in Marion, the Special Olympics in April, and the Cystic Fibrosis Walk on May 5.

September 2017

In September, a fundraising letter was sent to members to raise money for the Cedar Valley Humane Society. Monetary donations were also collected for materials to make blankets for the shelter. We met in September to discuss the fundraiser and how many points we have earned.

On October 17, we held a lodge appreciation dinner for members at a local restaurant.

Our annual Trunk-or-Treat was a success for the fifth year, with nearly 300 kids! Local lodges participated as well. Thanks to everyone who donated candy, decorated a trunk, or stopped by.

Members rang the bell for the Salvation Army on November 18 and December 2. More than 25 members take part in the event each year. We also helped serve food and cleaned up after the Big Brothers/Big Sisters appreciation dinner in November. Our final projects will be a Thanksgiving basket and choosing a family to donate Christmas presents to.

August 2017

Members had a summer picnic on August 8 at Tucker’s Park in Hiawatha. Hamburgers and hotdogs were provided and members brought side dishes to share. We honored our scholarship winner, Samuel Rohret, and member Macy White, who attended a leadership conference in Washington D.C. sponsored by the lodge. We were pleased to hear about their future plans; they are very deserving members!

After the picnic, a short meeting was held to discuss easy fundraising ideas for the Cedar Valley Humane Society. It was decided we will match up to $250 from monetary donations. Letters will be sent to members for a “non-fundraiser fundraiser.” We will also be collecting items from their wish list to donate to the shelter.
Members attended a Kernel’s game on August 20.

The upcoming Trunk-or-Treat is set for October 26 at the Western Fraternal Life Home Office, more information to come. If you would like to learn more about our events, have a charity you would like us to support, or would like to volunteer, please email klogan@wflains.org.

June 2017

Members met on June 20 to discuss honoring 50 and 75-year members and the scholarship recipient at our picnic on August 8.

Our lodge sponsored a hole at the WFLA Education and Charitable Foundation Golf outing in June.

On August 20, members will attend a Kernel’s game as a social outing.

We discussed points and determined we are doing well and should be able to hit our goal.

If you would like to be on our email list to learn more about upcoming events, meetings, and more, email klogan@wflains.org.

May 2017

A meeting was held on May 9. Members discussed how many points have been earned and how many more we needed for maximum funding. We approved funding for the Kids Against Hunger event. We also discussed volunteering for One Day in May with Marion schools and the lodge picnic. We hope to honor our 50/75 year members and scholarship winner at the picnic in August.

Members who helped at the CF Walk on May 6.

Discussion was held about our volunteer efforts at the financial literacy fair and the CF Walk. Kelsey Logan thanked those who volunteered at the Great Strides Walk. They really helped pull it all together!

March 2017

Members met on March 14. We welcomed a guest from Gems of Hope to discuss the service project for the IA State Meeting. We also finalized plans for hosting the State Meeting, as well as plans for the Special Olympics event.

On April 1, ten members helped at the Special Olympics event at Coe College.

On April 2, we hosted the IA State Meeting at the Long Branch Hotel in Marion. After the State Meeting, nearly 70 members created 411 cards for Gems of Hope after as a service project.

Members volunteered at the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk on May 6 in Cedar Rapids. Members set-up, did registration, and guided walkers. We also made a donation to the walk as well.

January 2017

On January 17, we conducted a financial audit, discussed the Iowa State Meeting, and new points system.

The Mended Hearts project/meeting was February 21. Bowling for Big Brothers/Big Sisters (BBBS) was February 25.

Members should receive a letter from the lodge president about upcoming events. Mark your calendars for the Special Olympics on April 1 and Iowa State Meeting on April 2.

We have one 50-year member.

Donations were made to BBBS and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.