Western Fraternal Life :: Cedar Rapids No. 262

Cedar Rapids No. 262

Cedar Rapids, IA

December 2019

Members met on December 3 for a potluck dinner.

The audit committee (Barb and Don Pulkrab, Mike Papich, and Virginia Wilts) was elected and planned to meet the last Saturday in January. The new officers are President Virginia Wilts, Vice President Mike Papich, Secretary Cathy Valenta, and Treasurer Tom Hruska.

Cathy Valenta created two beautiful Christmas center pieces for the Christmas Market at the NCSML. Marge Petrzelka collected stamps to send to the veterans.

Members sent donations to the Czech Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Sokol of Cedar Rapids, and the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.

September 2019

Members met on September 3 for a potluck. We had the Cedar Rapids Police Canine Unit come and speak. Officer Hall talked about the canine unit and how they assist police officers when searching a building. The dog can do the search quickly and efficiently. The three new canine officers are in need of vests that cost $3,700 each. We donated to this cause. Cooper enjoyed our members giving him so much attention. Officer Hall and Officer Cooper would be happy to come and talk to other lodges.

Thank-you notes were read from the Catherine McCauley Center for the silverware donations and Holy Family School for the school supplies. Our October 1 meeting was held at Pizza Ranch.

We donated two Thanksgiving baskets to Olivet Mission.

Members brought toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, and table napkins for the Catherine McCauley Center.
We participated in the Trunk-or-Treat at the Home Office on October 29.

Members had a catered dinner and meeting on November 5 to honor 50 and 75-year members.

August 2019

Members met at Fairfax Park on August 3. A moment of silence was held for deceased members. We reviewed the Secretary Newsletter for best practices and are doing all the items listed.

Joan from the St. Paul lodge was visiting and brought items for our school supply collection. Members brought school supplies that we donated to one of our members, Ann Petrzelka. She’s been teaching for 38 years at the Holy Family School in Cedar Rapids. We collected so much that she will be able to help other teachers. One of her goals was to supply an immigrant family with all their school supplies. We were successful. Ann gave us information on how we can help during the year. We wore our Western shirts of many colors.

Barb Pulkrab provided us information about the National Convention. We had two speakers that gave us information about the direction of fraternals with all the regulations that must be implemented and enforced.

At our September meeting, the Cedar Rapids Police Department Canine Unit shared about three new members of their team. We met two officers. Members collected funds to contribute to new canine vests. It costs $3,500 for a new canine officer vest.

Members discussed the trunk-or-treat activity at the Home Office on October 29, Thanksgiving baskets, and honoring our 50 and 75-year members for 2018 and 2019. We have 21 that are 50 or 75-year members.

July 2019

Members met at 11:30 on July 2 at the Pizza Ranch. We recited the pledge and had a moment of silence for our deceased members.

A thank-you note was read from the Catherine McAuley Center for our donation of 35 boxes of cereal that members collected.

The proposed by-laws were read that will be presented at the National Convention. We discussed the suggested contributions that were going to be voted on at the Convention. A suggestion was made to include the Cedar Rapids Czech School for Children which has been in existence for 150 years.

Members brought medicine bottles to be donated. Silverware and other household items will be donated to the Catherine McAuley Center.

Members donated 521 hours to the following organizations: Sokol, Boy Scouts, museums, funerals, and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library.

Our August meeting will be a wiener roast and potluck at 5:30 p.m. at Fairfax Park. We will invite our 50 and 75-year members. Please bring school supplies to the meeting.

Our September meeting will be a potluck at Hus Memorial Church as 5:30 p.m. We will collect pet food for the Humane Society and the new Cedar Rapids police dogs.

June 2019

Members met on the first Tuesday of the month, June 4. We have been meeting for lunch at different restaurants in the Cedar Rapids area. A moment of silence was held for deceased members.

Agent Michael J. Brown spoke to us about funeral trusts. He explained what it is and how Western has a product that can fund it. Michael also provided information about other products available from Western. He stressed the importance of making sure our beneficiaries are current on our life insurance policies. He offered to sit down with any member to review policies and investments. Michael also reminded us of all the member benefits and handed out brochures. The Memorial Guide available from the Home Office is a good tool for organizing information for families to use.

Pill bottles and stamps for the veterans were collected. We also contributed 52 boxes of breakfast cereal to the Catherine McAuley Center. They provided a list of items that they provide to the refugees when coming to Cedar Rapids. This list can be new or gently used items to set up a house, such as kitchen items, linens, and furnishings all needed for families.

In July, we planned to have the Czech School teachers as guests.

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.