Western Fraternal Life :: Dallas No. 401

Dallas No. 401

Dallas, TX

November 2018

Our Czech Heritage was a great success, with the Dallas SOKOL packed. Everyone had a really good time. Lynda Novak and her helpers provided wonderful food.

No. 401, KJT, and KJZT met November 1 to prepare our Christmas party invitations for the mail. Thanks to all who showed up and worked. We had the party on December 2.

We had a short meeting following the invitation preparations. 

September 2018

Members, along with KJT and KJZT, collected washcloths to donate to the Resource Center at the Dallas VA Medical center. The Resource Center is a place for homeless veterans to go and prepare to re-enter the workforce. Sarah Martin presented the President of the Resource Center, Ken Watterson, with a donation. He was grateful, as the washcloths were needed. 

The Culture Society met on September 10 to prepare for the 100-year celebration of Czechoslovakia establishment. The program will be October 28 at the Dallas SOKOL. We will have activities from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Food will be available for purchase. The MIKULA Band will perform from 3-6 p.m.

August 2018

We will be celebrating our annual Czechoslovakian Day on October 28 at the SOKOL Dallas. The celebration falls on the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia. We will have a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, Czech dancing, a live band, and many other activities. Admission is $5, 16 and under are free. 

Members will be collecting new washcloths for the VA resource center at our next meeting in September. We will also have our Christmas party planning meeting with KJT, KJZT at SOKOL Dallas.  

Lillian Honza and Sarah Martin presented shoes and socks to Daniel from Buckner International. They were grateful for the donation.

Our next project for the September meeting is washcloths for VA Resource Center.
For September, we will also be planning a meeting for our Christmas party with KJT and KJZT.

June 2018

Members met with the Fraternal Council on June 5 at Barbec’s Restaurant in Dallas. We enjoyed a good meal, productive meeting, and some Bingo. Thanks to Tim and Dorothy Prasifka for the Bingo and door prizes.

On June 7, we had our meeting at Barbec’s Restaurant.

We also started making plans for the joint Christmas party with the KJT and KJZT on the first Sunday in December.

April 2018

We hosted the 2018 TX State Meeting with 27 members present. Thanks to Don Nieland for making the trip from the Home Office to Dallas, TX. He shared a lot of good information with us. Thanks also to Ross Sestak, our District 7 Director. Ross presented No. 446 and 401 with lodge awards. He also shared information with us. We appreciate Ross attending as well.

In attendance was No. 289, No. 401, No. 430, and No 446. Thanks to all attendees.

Thank you Jeannie Dubcak for filling in as State Secretary.

We had a good meeting, plenty of food, and enjoyed happy hour.

December 2017

Our Western, KJT, and KJZT Christmas was an even bigger and better party than last year. The children enjoyed time with Santa and the adults enjoyed happy hour. We had a traditional Czech meal of pork roast and dumplings. 

The Czech Harvesters were exceptionally good musical entertainment for our dancing pleasure. We all worked together and had a great party.

On December 5, the Fraternal Council met at Barbec’s Restaurant for a meeting, meal, and games of Bingo. 

November 2017

Our Heritage Day at the Sokol Dallas was a fantastic success. We had over 400 people and everyone had a great time. 

On November 3, we met with KJT and KJZT to prepare invitations for our joint Christmas party on December 3 at Sokol Dallas. 

September 2017

Members met September 7 at SOKOL Dallas. We will send money to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. 

Members made plans along with KJT and KJZT for our Christmas party to be December 3 at SOKOL Dallas.

On November 2, we will meet at 5:30 p.m. to prepare invitations to mail. This will again be like last year, jointly with KJT and KJZT.

May 2017

Members met on May 4 at Circle Grill for dinner, a meeting, and social time.

For Join Hands Day, we collected children’s shoes and socks for Buckner Children’s home.

In June, we attended the Fraternal Council meeting at SPJST (Dallas). After the meeting, we played some Bingo.
On July 12, we attended the Culture Society meeting. We received sad news at that meeting, there will no longer be Heritage Days at the State Fair of Texas.

April 2017

Many members attended and assisted with the Czech Club Easter mass in April. 

On April 29, Sarah Martin and other Western members attended the 50th anniversary party for Julius and Jeannie Dubcak in Temple. On the same day, some members attended the State Meeting in Ennis. 
On May 4, we had a meeting and decided to collect children’s shoes and socks for the dinner meeting at Circle Grill on 1 June. We will deliver them to Buckner’s Children Home. 

February 2017

Many of our members attended the Fraternal Council at SPJST Dallas on February 7. We enjoyed a good potluck meal. We had a short meeting, then played several games of Bingo. Thanks to Tim and Dorothy Prasifka for great Bingo prizes again.

On February 14, members and several Air Force Sgt. Assn. associates, delivered valentines and candy at the VA Medical Center Dallas for the National Salute to Veterans week.

December 2016

Members and the Czech Club had a successful joint Christmas party at the SOKOL Dallas on December 4. At noon, Santa dropped in for the children while the adults enjoyed social time and happy hour. We had a catered meal from Dickey’s BBQ. There was great music from The Czech Harvesters. We also had a successful silent auction and a 50/50 drawing.

Thanks to all who helped make this a great Christmas party.

Sarah Martin was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award from the Air Force Sgt. Association (see Spotlight for photo).

October 2016
Sarah Martin, Correspondent

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Volunteers selling sodas & water at state fair. Three generations of members: Pamela Byrne, Sarah Barrick, and Sarah Martin.

Several members volunteered at Czech Heritage Day at The State Fair of Texas. Participation was great. We had music and food in the building and Czech dancing and music on the outside stage.

We are looking forward to the Christmas party. Plans are finalized, and members will receive invitations after the first of November.

September 2016
Sarah Martin, Correspondent

We met September 1, with the Czech Club at SOKOL Dallas. We did final planning for our Christmas party, to be held December 4 at the SOKOL. It will be a joint party with the Czech Club.

Eddie Salazar receives a donation for National Night Out.

On September 13, Sarah Martin and Karen Garcia presented Ferris Police Chief, Eddie Salazar, a donation for National Night Out.

Many members are planning to volunteer at Czech Heritage Day at the TX State Fair next month.
At our next meeting, November 3, we will prepare invitations for the Christmas party. Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the SOKOL.


August 2016
Sarah Martin, Correspondent

Some members participated in a planning meeting for Heritage Day at the TX State Fair on October 16.

Sarah Martin and son Brian Cundieff participated in Groove for St. Jude while on a Cruise and donated money.

At our September meeting we will be making our Christmas party plans.

July 2016
Sarah Martin, Correspondent

We are all saddened by the loss of five of our law enforcement officers, and the wounding of others in the recent ambush in Dallas. Sarah Martin and Karen Garcia joined in a prayer service at the Gazebo for the officers and their families, led by Ferris police Chief Salazar.

Next week we will have our first culture society meeting making plans for Heritage Day at the state fair of Texas.

June 2016
Sarah Martin, Correspondent

Members met on June 2 at the Circle Grill in Dallas. We all brought children’s shoes to donate to the children at Buckner’s Orphanage. We collected 12 pair of shoes and several pair of socks.

The meeting opened with the pledge to the flag and a moment of silence for our ill and departed members. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal and wonderful social time.

We had a going away party for member Sarah Barrick. She is moving to Houston and will be greatly missed.
Many of our members attended the Fraternal Council meeting on 7 June.

We had a great meal, a productive meeting, and several games of Bingo after the meeting.

Our next meeting will be September 1 at Dallas SOKOL.

May 2016
Sarah Martin, Correspondent

Charles and Retta Chandler, Greg Thomisee, Sarah Barrick, Sarah Martin, Jerry Hoard, and Dan and Heather Anderegg.

Members and one guest attended the TX State Meeting in Temple. We appreciated the information brought to us by Manager of Sales and Marketing Dan Anderegg from the Home Office. Thanks to Dan and his wife Heather for attending. Thank you also to our District Director, Ross Sestak, for his input to the meeting. It was good to hear what other lodges are doing, and get ideas for our lodge.

March 2016
Sarah Martin, Correspondent

Members met March 3 at the Dallas SOKOL Hall. The meeting opened with a moment of silence for our departed and ill members. We remembered Bessie Petr, long time member, and caterer for many of our events. Bessie will be greatly missed.

We elected officers, and chose delegates for the TX State Meeting that will be in Temple, TX on April 30. We will have between six and eight attending the meeting. We are looking forward to seeing friends that we only see at the State Meetings.

Sarah Martin, with members from The Air Force Sgts Association, handed out Valentines and sugar-free candy to the patients of the VA Dallas Medical Center. They were impressed with the Valentines that were hand made by 1-8th grade students of Zion Lutheran School, Dallas.

Our next meeting will be May 5.

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