Cedar No. 7, Cedar Rapids, IA

Cedar No. 7

Cedar Rapids, IA

March 2020

A meeting was held on March 10 in the Western Annex. The meeting started with a presentation from Craig Van Dyke and Don Krall about the consolidation. A good discussion was had.

Members discussed donations to the Ronald McDonald House charities, the Iowa State Meeting, the Cystic Fibrosis foundation, and Pet Expo. We agreed to give monetary and in-kind donations to the organizations. Don agreed to buy the items for the RMH. Kelsey asked for volunteers for the CF walk in May. We also discussed giving funds to the rolling rec van, but tabled it until the next meeting.

Secretary Hilton asked for members to let her know who is attending the State Meeting. Finally, we discussed making May baskets for the care center next door.

January 2020

In December, members and Home Office staff wrapped books for children at a local elementary school.

Members will get together for Big Brothers Big Sisters bowling on February 29. This is a fundraiser we participate in every year. The lodge paid a percentage for the bowlers to participate and donated to the cause.

Secretary Don Nieland mentioned the audit had been approved. We will hold an election of officers at the February 11 meeting. Members also discussed doing an activity at the February meeting. We are looking into making or donating blankets to Sleep in Heavenly Peace. This meeting will be potluck, so bring a treat to share.
Kelsey Logan brought up serving food at Willis Dady Homeless Shelter and will share more information at the next meeting.

March 29 is the Iowa State Meeting at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. Registration starts at 10 a.m. with meeting starting at 10:30 a.m. Lodge No. 85, Protivin will be hosting. Call Cindy Kostohryz with questions at 641-330-5610.

Coming up, the Special Olympics is in March and members will volunteer their time to help. Also, the CF walk will be May 2 and we’ll need volunteers to help with this event.

Our lodge earned 93 points in 2019. Thanks to all the volunteers who give of their time and talents to help our community.

December 2019

Members volunteered at the Big Brothers Big Sisters appreciation dinner October 17. They helped set-up, serve food, and take down at the end of the night. We also stuffed treat bags for the Trunk-or-Treat held at the Home Office parking lot on October 29. The left over candy was donated to Mission of Hope who had a Trunk-or-Treat the same week.

In November, members had an appreciation dinner for those in the lodge who have volunteered their services throughout the year. We met at Casa Las Glorias and the lodge paid for everyone’s meal as a thank-you for all the support given.

On December 14, members rang the bell for the Salvation Army in hour-long shifts. We also bought Christmas presents for two families to be delivered before the holiday.

September 2019

Members met on September 24 at the Annex to discuss upcoming events. There was no lodge picnic this year due to busy schedules.

We have been participating in activities, such as the Special Olympics, One Day in May, Bowl for Kids Sake, and the National Convention. Members brainstormed about more activities to help us earn points for the remainder of the year.

Several delegates and Home Office employees attended the National Convention in July. There was a lot of positive feedback about the Convention.

Members met on November 12 for a Member Appreciation dinner at 6 p.m.

We’ll be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army on December 14.

May 2019

Members met at the Annex on May 13 for our monthly meeting. One Day in May was held on the 13th as well. A few members delivered lunch to the students volunteering for One Day in May. We’ve participated for a few years, so it goes smoothly.

The CF Walk was held May 4 at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids, IA. Members made a monetary donation towards the walk and volunteered. We joined with lodge No. 13 to set-up, register walkers, navigate parking, put up signs, grill food, and clean up after the walk. It was a great success.

Members will also make a monetary donation towards the golf outing in June that benefits our Education and Charitable Foundation scholarships.

We’ve decided to keep meeting on the second Monday of the month at 5:15 p.m. for a while. Meetings are always at the Western Annex.

Members are doing a new project of donating clean pill bottles to the Matthew 25 organization. If you’d like to participate, there will be a box at the Home Office in Cedar Rapids. The pill bottles must be clean and label-free. We’ll be collecting them through the month of August.

Our summer picnic will be at 6 p.m. on August 14 at Faye Clark Park (1200 N 18th Ave, Hiawatha, IA). The lodge will provide hotdogs, hamburgers, and condiments. Please bring a dish to share, your own beverage, and place settings.

March 2019

Members met March 12 at the Western Annex to discuss upcoming events.

We voted on delegates for the National Convention.

Our secretary sent out an email to members asking for new meeting times so that we can have more people join our meetings. Our next two meetings are switched to Monday nights on April 15 and May 13 at 5:15 p.m. We hope the new day and time will bring more members.

Don’t forget the CF Walk on May 4 at Noelridge Park.

February 2019

Members met on January 29, after postponing twice due to weather. The lodge reviewed our accounts and announced the audit to be held in February.

We attended the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake event on February 16.

Members discussed the National Convention, and we are eligible for five delegates, plus one delegate under 40.
We will send members to the Iowa Fraternal Alliance meeting in Des Moines on April 4. Members will also provide items to a charity in Des Moines that the IFA is sponsoring.

We will create a survey through SurveyMonkey to ask members about meeting time preferences, activities, fundraisers, etc.

Members met February 19 at the Western Annex for a potluck, meeting, and service project. The lodge provided Sloppy Joes, made by member Shannon Daugherty, and others brought side dishes to share.

We had an election of officers with the following results: President Jason Logan, Vice President Kelsey Clapp, Secretary Don Nieland, Treasurer Melissa Clapp, and Correspondent Darcy Hilton.

Members discussed delegates for the National Convention in July. So far we have Larissa Curl (as our under 40 delegate), Jeremy Curl, Kevin Clapp, and Dave Ver Woert. We still have room for two more delegates, please contact any officer if you’d like to volunteer. The lodge pays the registration fee for all delegates.

Members will participate in the Iowa Fraternal Alliance on April 4, the Special Olympics on April 6, and the State Meeting on April 7.

May 4 is the Cystic Fibrosis Walk at Noelridge Park in Cedar Rapids, IA. We need volunteers to help set-up, register people, walk, and clean-up. Please see any officer if you’re interested in helping. Our lodge made a monetary donation towards the C.F. Walk.

Members will also donate towards the service project, Kids Against Hunger, at the National Convention.
After the meeting, members made St. Patrick’s Day tags to go into word search books for the residence of Manor Care.

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.

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