We had our regular monthly meeting at the Kava House in Swisher on May 1.
Members collected canned goods for a local food pantry.
Our birthday celebrants had chosen Applebee’s Restaurant for their birthday dinner. We went there on May 10.
Ten of the lodge ladies met for lunch at Edison’s on April 18. The ladies meet on the third Thursday of each month and anyone is welcome to join us.
Lodge meetings take place the first Wednesday of each month, and if anyone would like to join us, call Peg Kirby at 319-393-7522.
We held our meeting at the Home Office Annex and went to Mikey’s Restaurant afterwards. Several of our youth members were invited to the meeting, and some came.
Members are saving box tops and Hy-Vee receipts. Jo O’Brien donated blankets to Tanager Place. We brought canned goods for Marlene and Peg to take to the Linn County Food Bank.
Members are looking at several projects this year, including Gems of Hope and valentines to be sent to the Hiawatha Care Center residents.
One of our youth members will be volunteering at Miracles in Motion this spring.
We celebrated Kay Luther’s and Vern Votroubek’s birthdays at Mikey’s on January 11. The ladies went to Biaggi’s on January 17.
We signed a get-well card for a member recovering from surgery.
Members completed an audit of the books for this year.
Several members delivered Thanksgiving baskets to the needy, then went for dinner afterwards.
We sent Christmas cards to veterans and residents of the Hiawatha Care Center. Members had our Christmas party at the Marriott and were honored to have Director Don Krall and wife Deb attend, as well as some inactive members.
We participated in Toys for Tots at Tommy’s Restaurant. We collected socks and blankets for Tanager Place. Larry Luther donated deer hides to the Elks Lodge again this year. Several members participated in a gift-wrapping event at Lindale Mall for the Arc of East Central Iowa.
We elected officers for next year as follows: President Larry Luther, Vice President Joyce Hartmann, and Peg Kirby as Secretary/Treasurer/Correspondent.
The WFLA ladies had lunch on November 15 at the Firehouse Grill in Cedar Rapids. November birthdays were celebrated at Edith Lucille’s Bait Shop.
We had 15 members present at our November meeting. Laurel Sills was a special guest and we also honored our 75-year member, Ernest Rigel. We had invited a 50-year member but he was unable to attend.
On October 22, ten members sorted food at HACAP and went to eat afterwards as a social event. Marlene and Peg have assisted at the Linn County Food Bank on two different occasions.
We had nine adult members and three youth at the Trunk-or-Treat at the Home Office on October 25. Our lodge had two decorated trunks for the event.
The Western ladies met on November 15 at the Firehouse Grill for lunch.
We celebrated birthdays on November 9 at Edith Lucille’s Bait Shop.
Our Christmas party was on December 2 at the Marriott. We gave Christmas cards to all residents of the Hiawatha Care Center and sent Christmas cards to veterans.
Members brought warm socks to our December 5 meeting to donate to various shelters. We also participated in Toys for Tots at our December meeting and gift wrapped at Lindale Mall with No. 13 on December 5.
Our lodge always has fun and we love to be active in the community.
Members met at the Kava House. Don and Deb Krall were our guests showed us a video of his visit with John and Nancy Hill in Omaha, NE. They were presented with a Western Family Benefit of $1,000. They will use this to help with medical bills for John. He seems to be progressing very well.
We discussed volunteer opportunities and were scheduled to help at HACAP food bank on October 22. Ten people volunteered with whatever they needed us to do.
The Western ladies met for lunch at the Olive Garden this month. We invite inactive members to join us. We eat, visit, shop, or explore once a month on the third Thursday. If you would like to join us, contact Joyce Hartmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members joined other lodges for the Trunk-or-Treat event at the Home Office on October 25. This is always a fun project.
We are putting together and delivering 12 baskets this year for Thanksgiving. The lodge will pay for four and members will donate the other eight. A turkey and all the trimmings for a Thanksgiving dinner will be delivered to the homes of needy families on Monday before Thanksgiving.
Our December meeting is when we bring Toys for Tots presents. Members buy toys and place them in the collection box at Tommy’s Restaurant. Our Christmas celebration will be at the Marriott Hotel. Ladies can bring a gift for a lady and the men can bring gifts for the men. It’s a good time visiting and exchanging gifts.
If you would like to become an active members in the lodge, we encourage you to contact Joyce Hartmann at 319-390-3749. We have fun and try to do some good deeds too. Meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month and we meet other times for birthday dinners each month.
We said goodbye to long-time friend and member, Dale Sills in June. Dale was a Western agent for many years. He and his wife lived in Texas after retirement. They will be missed.
Members celebrated birthdays and anniversaries and were happy to note the number of years we had all been married.
Some members were involved in a fundraiser for a young man who has been diagnosed with cancer. It was a very successful evening.
Ladies day out was in late June. Members will discuss some things we might do when we get together each month, such as the Gems of Hope. We always have a good group get together.
Our lodge meetings are the first Wednesday of the month and if you wish to join us, call or email Joyce Hartmann at 319-390-3749 or email@example.com.
We met at Sutliff Bridge with fourteen members and three guests present. Our scholarship recipient, Nicole Votroubek, thanked us and spoke about her future plans. President Joyce Hartmann presented her with a certificate. She has an internship for the summer and in August she will move to Des Moines to start law school at Drake University. She was very grateful for the lodge and the National Scholarship.
We sold tickets for a poker run this month. We also helped organize a Pennies for Shoes Project. Members participated in a spaghetti supper and benefit auction. We collected toiletries for the Women’s Homeless Shelter and sorted clothes at the Olivet Mission. Members also donated medical equipment to low income individuals through the Medical Lending Closet.
We are enjoying summer and encourage anyone to join us at meetings. Contact Joyce Hartmann at 319-390-3749 or at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
We met at Sutliff for our June meeting. There is a historic bridge located on the Cedar River that was washed away and rebuilt for pedestrian use only. There are tables on the bridge to eat outside if you like. Our scholarship recipient, Nicole Votroubek, joined us. We also celebrated a 65th anniversary with Vern and Dell Votroubek.
If you would like to join us for a meeting, call or email Joyce Hartmann at 319-390-3749 or email@example.com.
February - March 2018
Several members attended the Volunteer Fair at NewBo. We visited with the groups that we thought would fit our interests and abilities. We picked up some literature to share with those who didn’t attend, and will decide what will work for our group.
Seven members will be attending the State Meeting on April 8.
For Join Hands Day, we will be joining No. 13 in their birdhouse project at the Jane Boyd Community Center. We will be working with children from age 5 to 11 to build birdhouses for the Indian Creek Nature Center.
Members contributed 20 bottles of regular size shampoo and conditioner for the IA Fraternal Alliance. This is a project for a non-profit organization, Creative Visions.
The ladies enjoy a Ladies Day each month on the third Thursday. If you would like to join us, call Joyce Hartmann at 319-390-3749.
Our lodge meets on the first Wednesday each month and we invite those who would like to join us to contact Joyce Hartmann by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.