Western Fraternal Life :: Cedar Rapids No. 262

Cedar Rapids No. 262

Cedar Rapids, IA

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.

October 2017

On October 30, members took Halloween bags to the Waypoint children who are in the day care, preschool, and after school programs. We also decorated a car for the Trunk-or-Treat on October 26th at the Home Office.

Members met on October 3. We discussed next year's officers. Anyone who is a member can volunteer to take an officer position. Contact President Kathy Valenta with questions.

We filled 125 Halloween bags for Waypoint. The bags will be delivered by a number of members on October 24. We also discussed the Trunk-or-Treat held at the Home Office. Kathy Valenta decorated her vehicle and dressed in Halloween attire for the event.

Members brought items for Thanksgiving baskets to our November meeting and filled four baskets for Olivet Mission. We purchased gift cards for the meat.

We will have our "stone soup" night in November and any cans of soup we don't use will be added to the Thanksgiving baskets.

We are planning on honoring our 50 and 75-year members at the Christmas dinner meeting on December 5. Reservations are needed by November 28.

September 2017

Members met on September 5. Commandant Timon Oujiri spoke about the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, IA.

We discussed our Halloween Bags for Waypoint. We will be filling these bags in October.
In November, we will be voting for new officers to be inducted in December. Any member of No. 262 can volunteer for an office. Please notify President Kathy Valenta if you would like to hold an office. December we will have a catered meal and honor 50-year and 75-year members. (Special note, Timon Oujiri would be willing to speak to other lodges.)

June 2017

Members met on June 6 and held a moment of silence for the deceased.

Scholarship winner, Maggie Mahurin, spoke at the meeting about her plans for college next year. She will attend Kirkwood Community Culinary School and then Iowa State before opening her own restaurant. The lodge suggested that she prepare our Christmas potluck this year.

We will collect art supplies for Waypoint at our August meeting, which will be a wiener roast. Items needed are: crayons, markers, Purell hand sanitizer, construction paper, pens, pencils, and glue.

In September, we plan to have the new Commandant of the IA Veteran’s Home as a speaker. Member Timon M. Oujiri (Ret. Colonel) became the first appointee of the first IA female Governor Kim Reynolds in May.

Commandant Timon started the position on May 22, 2017. 

Members continue to bring food for the food bank, we had members donate to Bridgehaven, and some of our members collected stamps.

May 2017

We met May 2 and held a moment of silence for deceased members.

We discussed a list of items we will gather for Waypoint after-school project this fall. They need Purell hand soap, glue sticks, markers, disinfected wipes, folders, and scrapbook pages.

Members will also collect school supplies at our annual wiener roast picnic in August. We continue to bring canned goods each meeting for the food banks. One member took clothes and personal items to Bridgehaven.

March 2017

Members met on March 7 at 6 p.m. We had a chili/soup cook-off. Peg Zach won with her chicken noodle gizzard soup and Marge Nejdl was second with her broccoli cheese soup.

We discussed the State Meeting.

Members made bookmarks with the Girl Scouts at our April meeting. Bookmarks will be given to the Holy Family Schools.

We donated to Camp Tanager and the Czech School. Members brought canned goods that were donated to the Solon Food Bank.

On June 6 at 6 p.m. at the Hus Memorial Church, the recipient of our lodge scholarship will give us her appreciation, as well as telling us the courses she will be taking.

Other future meetings are August 1, 6 p.m., at Hawk Ridge Park in Fairfax and September 5, 6 p.m., at Hus Memorial Church.

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