Western Fraternal Life :: Hawkeye No. 423

Hawkeye No. 423

Cedar Rapids, IA

November 2018

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.

October 2018

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 ldyjoy@aol.com.

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.

June 2018

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 ldyjoy@aol.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 ldyjoy@aol.com with questions.

June 2018

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 ldyjoy@aol.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 ldyjoy@aol.com.

December 2017

Members met every month at 6 p.m. in various places. If you are interested in joining us, contact Joyce Hartmann at 319-390-3749 or by email at ldyjoy@aol.com. 

We elected officers at our December meeting with the same slate of officers serving again: President Joyce Hartmann, Vice President Ann Torticill, Secretary Peggy Kirby, Treasurer Phil Torticill, and Correspondent Dell Votroubek.

Members brought toys for Toys for Tots to the December 6 meeting. It was fun seeing all the different toy choices.

Our next event was the Christmas celebration. Everyone brought a $10 gift for exchanging.

Several members will be going south for the winter and we wish them safe travels.

September 2017

Members had a picnic meeting in September. Phil Torticill bought the supplies and cooked the hotdogs. Members brought drinks and enjoyed visiting and discussing upcoming projects. We made plans for the Trunk-or-Treat at the Home Office.

Members are giving Thanksgiving baskets to ten families again this year. The lodge pays for four baskets and individual members pay for the other six. We shop for the items needed for a Thanksgiving dinner and deliver each basket to the families.

Members will be purchasing Toys for Tots and taking them to a distribution box.

We took our annual trip to Gays Mills, WI.

If anyone wants to join us for meetings, please contact Joyce Hartmann at ldyjoy@aol.com or by phone at 319-390-3749.   

June 2017

We invited our 50 and 75-year members to the June meeting to honor them for their many years with Western.
Our scholarship recipient, Michael Scheldrup, joined us. He graduated from Linn Mar High School and will be attending Colorado University in the fall. President Joyce Hartmann presented him with a certificate and the Home Office will send a check to the university.

We will not be holding a meeting in July and the August meeting will be on the 7th.

If you wish to join us, contact Joyce Hartmann at ldyjoy@aol.com or phone (319) 390-3749.

December 2016
Dell Votroubek, Correspondent

Members finished our scheduled projects for this year. We also had our election of officers and the same slate of officers will be serving next year.

Our Toys for Tots project was a great success.

We had our Christmas party and enjoyed the pleasure of President Craig Van Dyke, his wife Anita, Director Don Krall, and his wife Deb, as our guests. It was a fun end-of-the year activity.

We invite members who would like to join us for lodge activities on the first Wednesday of the month. Contact Joyce Hartmann at ldyjoy@aol.com for more information.

September - October 2016
Dell Votroubek, Correspondent

Members had a trip to Gays Mills, WI for apples but it was cut short due to flooding. We were able to visit one orchard and got apples and cider before we headed home.

We meet for a birthday dinner each month. This month we are meeting at Teddy’s Barn and Grill in Anamosa, IA. No birthdays, but we’ll celebrate anyway! 

Members will do the Trunk-or-Treat event again this year.

We are delivering Thanksgiving food baskets to ten families again this year. The lodge pays for four baskets and individual members provide the other six. We’ll meet November 21 to deliver the baskets, then meet for dinner afterwards.

The Christmas party will be held at The Marriott on December 11. We will be collecting Toys for Tots before Christmas.

Individual members contribute toys for boys and girls.

If you would like to be a part of the fun and fellowship, please feel free to contact Joyce Hartmann, 319-390-3749 or email ldyjoy@aol.com.

May 2016
Dell Votroubek, Correspondent

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Nichole Votroubek accepts the Western ZCBJ Scholarship.

We enjoyed getting together at the Long Branch and we are sorry no 50 or 75-year members were able to join us.

President Joyce Hartmann presented the lodge scholarship of $500 to Nicole Votroubek. Her parents, Doug and Tammie, were also able to join us for the presentation. Nicole is a student at Coe College and involved with her sorority doing many charitable functions. 

Austin Isaacs is another college student that we are very proud of. He goes to the U of IA and is also involved with charitable projects with his fraternity.

We recently donated to the “Sluggin’ for a Solution” event to raise funds for juvenile diabetes. The fraternity and the Iowa City Police Department are involved with this event.

We are always interested in members becoming involved in our activities and encourage your inquiry to Joyce Hartmann at ldyjoy@aol.com or call 319-390-3749.

April 2016
Dell Votroubek, Correspondent

Members met at the NewBo Alehouse for finalizing plans and delegates to attend the State Meeting.

We discussed plans for our Join Hands Day project. We are doing the Kids Against Hunger project on May 14. Larry Luther has been working to get this organized. He invited all local lodges to join with us and lodges 7, 13, 400, and 427 will be joining us in this effort. We will arrive early to get things set-up at the Annex. We expect to make 4,000 meals and will need about 40 people to help with this. 

We had a birthday dinner for three April celebrants at the Chrome Horse and enjoyed food and fellowship. Members meet each month on the second Friday to celebrate birthdays.

No. 423 ladies have an outing on the third Thursday each month. We have lunch at various places and explore the area as time permits. If you are interested in joining us and becoming a part of the activities, we would like to invite you to contact Joyce Hartmann at ldtjoy@aol.com.

March 2016
Dell Votroubek, Correspondent

Members discussed the State Meeting and talked about who will attend. We should have ten people going. Joyce Hartmann reminded us to bring non-perishable food items to the State Meeting.

We have a member, Nicole Votroubek, who is participating in the Coe College Dance-A-Thon to raise money for The Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. We voted to donate money. We also sent a monetary donation to the IA Fraternal Alliance via the Home Office for Lego sets for children in the hospital.

Members get together for dinner each month to celebrate birthdays. We will invite the 50 and 75-year members to our May event. We just get together and visit over dinner.

The ladies of 423 also get together each month. We visit new places or old favorites and sometimes do a little window shopping. Some of the men get together the same day for lunch. We’d be happy to include you in our activities if you are interested. We do good and always have fun. Joyce Hartmann is the person to contact with any questions at ldyjoy@aol.com.

January 2016
Dell Votroubek, Correspondent

We had our first meeting in 2016 at Scott’s Restaurant. Members and special guest, Director Don Krall, came to inform us of the proposed changes for lodge requirements coming in 2017. The objective is to streamline the lodge awards system and make reporting easier for the lodges. More will be presented and explained at the State Meeting.

Our election of officers was held, with the same slate being elected as the previous year. We have our elections at the first meeting in January for the following year. 

Larry Luther reported that he has our Kids Against Hunger program set for May 14, 2016. This will be held at the Western Fraternal Life Annex and is a JOIN HANDS DAY project with other lodges participating. There will be some middle school and high school students from Lovely Lane United Methodist Church joining us as well. Pastor Jenny Seylar says the students are eager to participate. This sounds like a lot of fun and is a very worthwhile project.

Joe Morgan, Vern Votroubek, and Marlene Horton volunteered to audit the books. 

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Joyce Hartman and Marleen Horton making fleece blankets with Mt. Mercy University students in January for Waypoint Center.

We set our January birthdays dinner for the second Friday of the month, and had a great time visiting and enjoying the cards given to the two birthday celebrants.

No. 423 ladies try to get together on the third Thursday of the month. We enjoy having time together and shop or visit at a special place. We have no agenda but always have a plan.

If you are interested in becoming an active member of the lodge, we would love to have you join us on the first Wednesday of the month. Joyce Hartmann, our president, can be reached at ldyjoy@aol.com. Any information you may want or need can be given to you to make this an enjoyable experience. We have fun and do a lot of good things for the community as well.

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