Western Fraternal Life :: Four Hundred No. 400

Four Hundred No. 400

Swisher, IA

May 2019

Members held their monthly meeting at the Pizza Ranch in Cedar Rapids on May 13. We welcomed new member Karen Becicka.

Food and supplies for the Czech school were donated. Members served cake, ice cream, and beverages at the Colonial Manor birthday party.

April 2019

Members met April 7 at the Long Branch Supper Club prior to the State Meeting.

A card was sent to a member who was ill. Members brought pasta and pasta sauce to donate to Waypoint.

We served cake and ice cream at the March birthday party at Colonial Manor Nursing Home.

At the State Meeting, we donated personal items to be given to the vets and money for the Nebraska members for flood relief.

A monetary donation was made to Western for the Kids Against Hunger project that will be held at the National Convention in Wisconsin.

March 2019

Members met March 11 at the Pizza Ranch. A card was sent to a member who had surgery.

Members brought canned soup for the J Street Apartment Food Pantry and non-perishable food for the Easter baskets to be donated through the Shueyville Methodist Church.

The audit was completed in February.

Members volunteered to serve at the March birthday party at Colonial Manor Nursing Home.

January 2019

Members met January 14 at the Pizza Ranch. A card was sent to a member who had surgery.

Cake mixes and frosting were donated to the J Street Apartment Food Pantry. A monetary donation was made to the MS Society. Members volunteered to serve at the January birthday party at Colonial Manor Nursing Home.
We were pleased to hear we had earned enough points to obtain the 5-Star award and would like to thank our members for the hours they donated to make this possible.

We will be honoring one 50-year member and one 75-year member. A celebration will be held later this year.
The next meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. on February 11 at the Pizza Ranch. Members are asked to bring canned soup with meat to donate to the food pantry.

December 2018

Members met December 10 at the Pizza Ranch. A card was sent to a member who had surgery.

Thank-you notes were received from the Disabled American Vets and the Salvation Army for the monetary donations we sent. Non-perishable food items for Christmas baskets were collected and donated through the Shueyville Methodist Church. Two fresh wreaths were donated to the NCSML for the raffle to support the Czech Museum.

Following the meeting, members enjoyed a Christmas party with a gift exchange.

The next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. on January 14 at the Pizza Ranch. Members are asked to bring cake mix with frosting to the January meeting for the food pantry.

November 2018

Members visited a pre-school in Swisher to read to the students for America Reads on October 26. We provided cookies for the children and wore Western t-shirts.

Members read to preschoolers on October 26 for America Reads.

On November 12, we met at the Pizza Ranch in Cedar Rapids. Donations were made to the Salvation Army and Disabled American Veterans. Members brought non-perishable food items for Thanksgiving baskets, elected delegates and alternates for the National Convention, nominated and elected 2019 officers, and donated two wreaths for the NCSML Christmas Wreath raffle.

Officers for 2019: VP Wayne Slezak, Secretary Linda Evers, President Mary Ann Siems, and Treasurer Judy Slezak.

Members had a Christmas gift exchange at the December 10 meeting.

October 2018

Members met October 8 at the Cedar Rapids Pizza Ranch. We brought macaroni and cheese to be delivered to a local church.

Nominations and election of officers will be held at our November meeting. Next month, members were asked to bring non-perishable food items for Thanksgiving food baskets.

September 2018

Members met at the Pizza Ranch in Cedar Rapids for their monthly meeting on September 10. We also invited inactive members to our meeting.

Donations were made to the American Heart Association.

Members brought health care kits to be donated to a local church. Card fronts, pictures, and calendars were donated to Tanager Place. Soup labels and box tops were given to College Community Schools. Pill bottles were recycled.

We will be volunteering at a Veteran’s Golf Outing, Colonial Manor Bingo party, and help make zelincky for a local church soup supper.

August 2018

Members met at the Pizza Ranch in Cedar Rapids for their monthly meeting on August 13. We honored 75-year members by presenting them with a No. 400 coffee cup and Czech Museum member pass.

Members brought school supply donations for Prairie Schools. A donation was made to St. Luke’s Child Protection Program as well.

Get-well cards were sent to two members who were ill.

A member helped bake kolache with her granddaughters who are members.

July 2018

Members met at the Pizza Ranch in Cedar Rapids for their monthly meeting. Member Programs Manager, Kelsey Logan, from the Home Office explained changes in the point system and answered our questions.

We served cake, ice cream, and punch at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Amana while wearing Western shirts.
A get-well card was sent to a member who was ill.

We honored our 50 and 75-year members on August 13 at the Pizza Ranch in Cedar Rapids.

June 2018

Members met at the Pizza Ranch in Cedar Rapids for their monthly meeting.

Our sympathies go out to Arlene Erusha and Richard Williams.

We donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Invitations will be sent to our 50 and 75-year members honoring them at our August meeting.

Members brought baby products and diapers to be donated to a local church. We served cake and ice cream at Colonial Manor Nursing Home for June birthdays. Pill bottles were delivered for recycling.

Thank-you notes were received from our graduates for the monetary donation, Helen Nassif Cancer Center, MS, and Girls on the Run.

May 2018

Members met at the Pizza Ranch in Cedar Rapids for a monthly meeting on May 14.

Donations were made to the American Cancer Society and Czech Museum membership. We brought tuna to be donated for a food bank at a local church. School supplies were also donated to the Czech School program.
Members volunteered to serve cake and ice cream at Colonial Manor Nursing Home’s birthday party in May.

April 2018

Members met at the Longbranch Convention Center for their monthly meeting prior to the Iowa State Meeting. Our lodge donated toothbrushes for the Iowa State Meeting community project and helped assemble the items. We also donated door prizes for the meeting.

A get-well card was sent to a member who had been hospitalized. Graduates received a monetary gift from our lodge.

We were very proud to receive the Shining Star Award.

Members brought pasta and pasta sauce to be donated for a food bank at a local church. We will also be donating two cases of food for Camp Courageous through the Fareway Food Store promotion.

We volunteered to serve cake and ice cream at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home birthday party in April.

March 2018

Members met March 12 at the Pizza Ranch. We welcomed a new member to the lodge, Gary Cain.

We sent good wishes in a get-well card to a member who was hospitalized. Non-perishable food items for Easter baskets were donated to be distributed by the Shueyville Methodist Church.

Members volunteered to serve at the March birthday party for Colonial Manor Nursing Home.

Toothbrushes will be collected and donated for the service project at the State Meeting.

In April, members are asked to bring pasta and pasta sauce for a donation to Way Point.

February 2018

Members met February 12 at the Pizza Ranch. We sent good wishes in a get-well card to a member who was hospitalized.

Cans of soup were donated to the J Street Apartment Food Pantry. Members volunteered to serve at the February birthday party for Colonial Manor Nursing Home. Non-perishable items for Easter baskets will be brought to the next meeting for the Shueyville United Methodist Church.

January 2018

Members met January 8 at the Pizza Ranch. Cards were sent to members who were in the hospital.

Cake mixes and frosting were donated to the J Street Apartment Food Pantry. A monetary donation was made to the MS Society.

Members volunteered to serve at the January birthday party at Colonial Manor Nursing Home.

We earned enough points to obtain the Shining Star Award and would like to thank our members for the hours they donated to make this possible.

This year we will be celebrating with five 50-year members and three 75-year members.

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