Western Fraternal Life :: Cedar Rapids No. 262

Cedar Rapids No. 262

Cedar Rapids, IA

May 2019

Members met on May 7 at Metro Grill. We discussed Join Hands Day. We had ten members attend the Iowa State Meeting. Members brought personal care items for the veterans. After the meeting, we organized the items to be delivered. These were distributed to the following veteran organizations: Linn County Veterans, Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, and Iowa and Veterans Resource Center in Cedar Rapids. Thanks to all for making this project a success.

Our members collected food, pull tabs, and pill bottles for the Catherine McCauley Center. We also had volunteer hours as follows: 22 hours community service, 16 hours for Sokol of Cedar Rapids, 8 hours for NCSML, 6 hours for National Czech Cemetery, and 18 hours for Czech organizations.

April 2019

Our lodge collected items for the service project at the IA State Meeting to benefit veteran’s homes.

January 2019

Members met on the first Tuesday of the month at Pizza Ranch. We stood for a moment of silence for our deceased members.

An audit committee meeting was planned for February 10 at Mike Papich’s house.

We made a monetary donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Members will participate in legislative day by contributing 20 paper towels and 20 cleaning products. We’ll bring those items to the March 5 meeting. They will be delivered to the Home Office before March 25.

The State Meeting was discussed, which will be held April 7 at the Longbranch. Nine members will attend. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting is 10:30 a.m.

Six members were elected to attend the National Convention. We will be going by bus. Thank you to Lee Merta for arranging the bus.

We discussed Join Hands Day. Vern Rompot and his committee will be looking into flowers for St. Wenceslaus.

December 2018

Members had their Christmas party on December 4. There was a wonderful catered dinner with guest Director Don Krall and his wife Deb.

We gave two Thanksgiving baskets to the Olivet Mission so families would have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. Members also sent funds to five organizations: Iowa Veterans Home, Salvation Army, Cedar Valley Humane Society, Czech School, and Sokol of Cedar Rapids. We also collected food for the Linn County Veterans and personal care items for the Iowa Veteran’s Home.

Members volunteered in the community for a total of 53 hours.

Our next meeting will be at Pizza Ranch on February 5 at 11:30 a.m. with the election of officers. Our 2019 meeting agenda and programs will be discussed. Please join us.

August 2018

Members met for their annual wiener roast at Fairfax Park on August 7. We gathered six bags of school supplies to be given to a teacher at Hoover Elementary School in Cedar Rapids. The lodge gathered over 100 notebooks, glue, paste, whiteboards, pencils, crayons, scissors, post-it notes, tissues, and more. Marge Nejdl, Barb Pulkrab, Peg Zach, Marge Petrzelka, and Don Pulkrab volunteered to deliver the bags. We also collected personal care items for veterans.

Members planted flowers at St. Wenceslaus Church in Cedar Rapids for Join Hands Day in May.
We have been busy collecting stamps, personal care items for veterans, and food for the Linn Area veterans.
In July, we had two members record 37 hours of volunteering; thank you Don and Barb Pulkrab.
Tom Hruska grilled our hot dogs and members brought wonderful food to share for our picnic.

March 2018

Members met at Hus Memorial Church for a potluck meeting on March 14. We caught up since we had to cancel the February and early March meeting due to weather.

Discussion about the April 8 State Meeting and who would attend took place. We also discussed the point system and how it affects our upcoming projects and donations.

Members discussed where we would hold our meetings in the coming year.

On April 3, we met at Pizza Ranch on the SW side of Cedar Rapids. Members paid for their own meals and a room was reserved for the meeting. We put together Earth Day bookmarks for school kids, and discussed what we would do for Join Hands Day in May.

January 2018

No. 262 elected new officers at their meeting. Don Krall swore them in as follows: President Virginia Wilts, Vice President Mike Papich, Secretary Cathy Valenta, and Treasurer Tom Hruska.

We gave flowers to Marge Petrzelka for her 20 years of dedicated service to the lodge as our secretary.

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