Members had a planning meeting at the Home Office on January 7. Officers will bring project ideas and donations up for a vote at the February meeting. Donations ideas included: the National Convention Service project, Camp Courageous, Linn County Food Bank, the Salvation Army, Free Health Clinic, Cystic Fibrosis, and ZCBJ Park Scholarship fund.
Our meetings and activities are tentatively scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Western Annex, preceding a potluck, as follows: February 4 meeting will be at 6 p.m. preceded by our chili supper. We will be signing valentines for veterans and voting on donation and project ideas. Members are encouraged to present other project, collection, and donation ideas. Please bring baby items for Bridgehaven and non-perishable food for veterans at the April meeting.
On March 4, members should sign-up for the April 7 State Meeting. Transportation to the National Convention will be discussed.
On April 1, Join Hands Day and One Day in May projects will be discussed and assigned. Non-perishable food for the veterans will be collected and delivered. Items for Bridgehaven will be taken also. Members should bring gently used clothing and household items to the May meeting for the Olivet Mission.
On May 6, activities for June, July, and August will be discussed. Picnic food will be decided. The lodge scholarship winner will be announced and invited to our picnic.
On June 3, we will meet at the Fairfax Park pavilion for a picnic and meeting. Our 50 and 75-year members and our scholarship winner will be invited and honored. We will not meet in July. Our delegates will be attending the National Convention held in Green Bay, WI on July 17-19. Please collect school supplies and bring them to our August meeting.
On August 5, a summary will be given about the National Convention by our delegates. We will decide where to distribute the school supplies. Wool knit scarves will be made for children using loop-it yarn. For those who would like to see a video of the project go to www.redheart.com/loop-it and scroll down to watch the “how to” videos. Members are asked to bring items for the Ronald McDonald House. Other suggested items include individual packets of cereal, jelly, peanut butter, and non-refrigerated items that can be microwaved. They do not have a range or oven.
On September 3, spaghetti will be purchased from Zio Johno’s and brought to the Western Annex for a 6 p.m. dinner/meeting. Members can bring salads, sides, desserts, and BYOB to accompany the spaghetti dinner. Finished children’s scarves will be taken to a school or shelter. Collected canned goods will be distributed to the Ronald McDonald House.
On October 7, Trunk-or-Treat cars will be organized. After the meeting, members will put together Halloween candy bags for children at Tanager Place. Bring candy for our Trunk-or-Treat. We will also discuss Thanksgiving baskets and provide a list of needed items.
The November 4 meeting will be held at Pizza Ranch across from Westdale. Social time at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 with a meeting to follow. Thanksgiving baskets will be collected after the gathering. Bring your Toys for Tots to the December meeting. Members will sign-up for the gift wrap fundraiser for ARC of East IA.
The December 2 meeting and Christmas gathering is TBD. We will take the Toys for Tots items to a drop box area. Members will hold the election of officers at this meeting.
Members met at Parlor City in the NewBo area for a Christmas party and meeting on December 10.
Lee and Marrilyn delivered toys for the Toys for Tots campaign at the collection box in the VFW 788 Club. We also donated three handmade Christmas wreaths to the Czech museum for their holiday fundraiser.
Our lodge and those from No. 423 met at Lindale Mall on December 5 to wrap presents as a fundraiser for the ARC of East Central IA. The ARC assists people with intellectual disabilities.
We voted to send the following members as delegates to the National Convention in Green Bay, WI: Lee Merta, Jim Wolfe, Marge Sedlacek, Kae Morgan, Marjeanne Jungjohann, and Joe Konecny. Our alternates are: Deb Krall (1st alternate), Marrilyn Merta, Lee Sedlacek, Carl Jungjohann, Betty Konecny, and Judy Wolfe.\
Discussion continued about a bus to take to the Convention. It was suggested that Lee send a letter to all area lodges with the bus information. If a group commits to taking the bus, the non-refundable money must be paid by a certain date.
Director Krall mentioned donations to help pay for the fraternal activity of food packing on Friday at the Convention. They have set a goal of packing 45,000 meals. We will discuss it at the January meeting and bring it before the group in February for a vote.
Emmy Turkington took 15 magazines to St. Luke’s Hospital. Trudy Plotz reported that she submitted two referrals to the Home Office.
A planning meeting for 2019 will take place at 3 p.m. on January 7 at the Home Office. All members are encouraged to attend.
Our next regular meeting will be February 4, 2019. Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., chili dinner at 6, with the meeting to follow. This will be our annual chili supper. Marrilyn, Madeline, and Linda will make chili and everyone else is encouraged to bring a side, salad, or dessert.
We held our annual pizza night on November 5 at the Pizza Ranch. Members enjoyed a buffet followed by the meeting. We had a moment of silence for John Plotz. John was an active member of the lodge. A memorial was sent to his wife, Trudy.
Linda Grove delivered school supplies to Erskin Elementary. Lee and Marrilyn delivered treat bags to Tanager Place for Halloween. Emmy Turkington delivered six magazines to St. Luke’s Hospital, 45 box tops to Garfield School, and nine knitted hats to Garfield and Johnson schools in October.
We participated in the annual Trunk-or-Treat held at the Home Office parking lot. It was a big success with over 400 kids enjoying the evening. Members who participated were, Don and Deb Krall, Kae Morgan, Jim and Linda Grove, and Jim and Judy Wolfe. Other members donated candy.
We adopted a family for Thanksgiving. They lost their home due to a fire, so extra items were purchased by members. We donated a trunk full of food and a turkey and a ham for the family. Don and Deb Krall will deliver the donations.
Members will collect Toys for Tots. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Home Office on or before December 5. Lee Merta will pick up the toys and deliver them to VFW Post 788 Toys for Tots Marine collection box.
We will wrap gifts at Lindale Mall on December 5 for ARC of Eastern Iowa. Members of Lodge 423 will join us.
Deb Krall reserved a room at Parlor City in the NewBo area for the Christmas party/meeting on December 10. We elected officers for 2019 and six delegates and alternates for the July 2019 National Convention in Green Bay, WI.
President Donald Krall opened the meeting with a moment of silence for deceased members on October 1 at the Annex after a potluck. Members brought household items for the Olivet Mission and candy for the Trunk-or-Treat event.
Secretary Lee Merta read a thank-you note from the Ronald McDonald House. He also received notice that we had one new juvenile member, Nolan Smith.
Congratulations to Erin Karnik, she won Best in Show in the Western Photo Contest.
Several members attended the Trunk-or-Treat on October 25 at the Western parking lot.
Emmy Turkington and Linda Grove took magazines to St. Luke’s. Please bring your recent magazines to any meeting for area hospitals. Emmy also took our donated food to the Ronald McDonald House.
Deb Krall explained that she knows a family who had a fire in their home. Instead of doing a Thanksgiving basket, other non-perishable food could be purchased for them. Members agreed and will bring food for the basket to the November meeting at the Pizza Ranch. Don Krall will collect the items after the meeting, then deliver them to the families.
We discussed having a special Christmas party/meeting on December 10. This would be a change from our usual meeting date on December 3. Deb made a reservation for December 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Parlor City restaurant in NewBo, 1125 3rd Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.
After the meeting, members stuffed bags of candy for children at Tanager Place since they are not able to go trick-or-treating.
We began our September 5 gathering at the Annex with beer, wine tasting, and snacks.
Members donated non-perishable food items to the Ronald McDonald House at St. Luke’s Hospital. Emmy Turkington volunteered to deliver them. The meeting followed.
Members discussed upcoming events for our next three meetings: the Trunk-or-Treat, adopting a family for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the lodge Christmas party.
We were asked to bring candy to the October meeting for the trunk-or-treat on October 25.
Marilyn Merta will purchase candy for making trick-or-treat bags for the kids at Tanager Place. These will be made up after the October meeting adjourns.
We voted to pay $10 towards the cost of the meal for each person at our November pizza party.
Marilyn Merta won the 50-50 drawing. She donated the money back to the lodge.
On August 6, members met at the Annex for a potluck and a meeting. A moment of silence was held for past members. Secretary Merta sent new members, Darlene and Joel Broders, welcome letters and our calendar.
Director Don Krall gave a report on the upcoming 2019 Convention. Members will stay at the Hyatt downtown Green Bay, WI the third week of July 2019. We need to elect delegates between our November and March meetings and turn the names in before April 1.
Emmy Turkington delivered 39 magazines that members collected to St. Luke’s Hospital. She also indicated that she made several hats for school children in the winter. If you have leftover skeins of yarn, please bring them to the meeting for Emmy to make more hats.
Thank-you letters from Linn County Food Bank, Linn Community Free Health Clinic, and Big Brother Big Sisters were presented for our financial donations.
Carl Jungjohann won the 50-50 drawing to benefit the scholarship fund. He donated the money back.
At our September meeting, we discussed the upcoming Trunk-or-Treat event and Tanager Halloween treat bags. Members brought canned goods for the Ronald McDonald House. This was our wine and beer tasting event and members brought an appetizer to go with the beverages they served.
On October 1, members will gather at the Annex for a potluck/meeting. Thanksgiving baskets and possible Toys for Tots and Christmas gift wrapping will be discussed. The November 5 dinner and meeting will be held at the Pizza Ranch across from Westdale. The last meeting of the year will take place on December 3 at the Annex. We will summarize the year’s events and discuss possible activities and donations for the next year.
Members met on June 4 at the Fairfax Park pavilion for a picnic and a meeting. Special guests include past President Phil Torticill and his wife Ann, and our Scholarship winner Bryan Cline and his parents, Robert and Jenny.
Lodge President/Director Don Krall opened the meeting and recognized 50-year member Howard J. Wolfe. Other 50 and 75-year members could not attend. Don then called upon our scholarship winner, Bryan Cline. Brian explained that he was in his third year at Wichita State studying Aeronautical Engineering. He will be part of a student group designing a new component for NASA. He is also studying music and is an accomplished saxophone player.
We received acknowledgement for our donations from the State Meeting and our Easter candy donation to the HACAP group. Lee indicated he was disappointed that we received no recognition from Jane Boyd for the birdhouse project for Join Hands Day. It involved a lot of time and effort. Members did acknowledge Lee with a round of applause for all the work he did on the project.
Members Kae and Joe Morgan, Lee and Marrilyn Merta, Howard Wolfe, and Jim and Linda Grove were acknowledged for delivering lunch to the Marion school students for One Day in May event.
The Czech School Ice Cream Social was June 29. We did not make cakes or cookies for the Czech school fundraiser this year since they were donated through the Czech Village.
Our 50/50 drawing took place and Phil Torticill was the recipient.
We will not meet in July. Our next meeting will be August 6 at the Annex with a social at 5:30 p.m., a potluck at 6, and meeting afterwards.
Members met on May 7 for a potluck meal before our meeting. A moment of silence was held and a memorial donation was sent to the family of Wilma Burrell.
Lee and Marrilyn delivered used clothing and household items we collected for the Olivet Mission. Emmy Turkington delivered old glasses to the Lion's Club, ten magazines to St. Luke’s Hospital, and items that we collected to Bridgehaven.
Thank-you letters from HACAP were received for Easter baskets and personal care items donated by Iowa lodges at the State Meeting. Lee and Marrilyn Merta delivered the items. Linda and Jim Grove delivered personal care items gathered at the State Meeting to the Catherine McAuley Center, Bridgehaven, and House of Hope.
Invitations were sent to 75-year member David Klumpar and 50-year members Dean Kauffman, Eileen Thompson, and Howard J. Wolfe Jr. to be honored at the annual picnic in June. Invites were also sent to scholarship winners Matthew Gerhold and Bryan Cline.
We made a monetary donation to the frozen food box through Fareway Food stores for Camp Courageous.
Members reviewed the State Meeting we hosted and reminded members of the Join Hands Day event.
Lee Merta won the 50-50 drawing with half going for the scholarship fund.
We will not meet in July, but our August 6 meeting will be held at the Annex with a social starting at 5:30 p.m., potluck at 6 p.m., and meeting to follow.
We had a good turnout for our April 2 potluck/meeting. President Don Krall reported on collecting email addresses and updating phone records. The information will be passed to the members.
Deb Krall signed us up at KCRG TV to post when a meeting is canceled due to bad weather. Members can check the website at www.kcrg.com/weather/closings when the weather is bad.
We sent a condolence card for deceased members.
Members collected non-perishable items for Bridgehaven this month and Emmy Turkington offered to deliver them.
Lee Merta and Linda Grove reported on JHD, May 9 at 4 p.m. at Jane Boyd. We worked with a group of after-school kids at the nature center to make Blue Bird houses. Members assist the kids in building the houses. No. 423 helped with the bird houses and provided half the funds for the lumber.
We discussed the State Meeting. Kae Morgan baked the cake for dessert. Madeline and Marrilyn helped with registration and Marge and Betty were in charge of the kolache/coffee table. Other members greeted incoming delegates or distributed door prizes. Jim Wolfe gave a short memorial reading. The service project followed lunch. Delegates formed an assembly line and put personal care items into bags to be distributed to shelters in the area.
Director Don Krall reported on the IA Fraternal Alliance meeting at the State Capitol. Personal items were donated by Iowa lodges. Attending delegates put the items together.
Carolyn Ryan won the 50-50 drawing with the other half going to the scholarship fund.
Our picnic meeting will be on June 4 at Hawks Ridge Park in Fairfax. Lee gave a map to members. If you need directions, please contact Lee. We will honor our 50 and 75-year members and invite our scholarship winner.
There will not be a meeting in July, but we will meet August 6, September 4, October 1, and December 3 at the Western Annex with a social at 5:30 p.m., potluck at 6 p.m., and meeting to follow. We will meet November 5 at the Pizza Ranch in Cedar Rapids for dinner and a meeting. Please feel free to join us.
Members met March 5 for a potluck dinner/meeting. We discussed final preparations for State Meeting on April 8 at the Long Branch Hotel and Convention Center. A sign-up sheet was made available for those attending and volunteering. Lee also made a new wooden box to hold the name tags for the State Meeting.
Don and Deb Krall bought soap, 100 lip balms, hand sanitizer sticks, and sunscreen sticks for the State Meeting. They will be bagged with personal care items from other lodges and taken to various shelters.
The secretary will no longer receive a list of deceased members because of privacy laws. We use to send memorials to the families. Deceased members are still listed in the Fraternal Herald. Please inform an officer if you know of a member who has died.
For our Join Hands Day project, Lee Merta pre-cut wood for the 20 blue bird houses we’ll assemble with youth from Jane Boyd at the Nature Center. No. 7 and 423 have expressed an interest in joining us. We welcome their help.
Don Krall will be taking shampoo and conditioner to the IA Fraternal Alliance Meeting from our lodge.
Emmy Turkington delivered magazines to St. Luke’s Hospital and toured Bridgehaven. She received a list of items to bring to the April meeting to help support their pantry.
After the meeting, we assembled Easter bags with candy donated by us for the kids at HACAP. Lee and Marrilyn Merta will deliver them to HACAP.
Members met on February 6 with a potluck dinner prior to the meeting.
We received thank-you notes from Arc of Eastern IA and Garfield School.
Emmy, Lee, and Marge delivered magazines to St. Luke’s Hospital.
Linda Grove discussed a service project for MLK Day with Mt. Mercy students. We put together 100 personal care bags for homeless individuals. Linda also mentioned doing a similar project as part of the State Meeting on April 8. Personal care items would be bagged in an assembly line at the meeting and delivered to a shelter in Cedar Rapids. Each lodge attending the State Meeting would provide 25 items off the personal care list. Deb Krall will request free items from manufacturing sites in Cedar Rapids and get back to us. A final list will be decided at the March meeting and a notice will be sent out.
We have planned a Join Hands Day event with Jane Boyd and the Indian Creek Nature Center. Lee Merta will prepare wood for 20 bluebird houses. The nature center staff will give a lecture, then we will help the kids with the bird houses. The lodge will pay for the wood, nails, and screws. We hope for at least 20 volunteers so it is one on one with the kids. Please bring hammers and a No. 2 Phillips screw driver. We will meet on May 9 from 4 - 6 p.m. at the Jane Boyd Community Center (by Bender pool and Metro).
We decided to rent a newer pavilion in Fairfax for our June 4 picnic/meeting.
Members signed valentine cards for veterans at the Marshalltown, IA veteran’s home.
Members met at the Home Office on January 6 to discuss 2018 happenings. We also discussed 2018 monetary donations to: Big Brother Big Sister, Camp Courageous, Make-A-Wish, food bank, lodge scholarship, the free health clinic, and the Salvation Army.
Our meeting times start with a social at 5:30 p.m., followed by a potluck at 6 p.m., then a meeting and possible activity or speaker. Meetings are held at the Western Fraternal Life Annex (19th and A Avenue NE). Park in the Western lot, it is handicapped accessible. Meeting dates for the new year are as follows: February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6, and December 4.
At the February meeting we discussed donations. If you have projects, social activities, or places to donate to, please contact us.
We wrote Valentine cards for veterans during social hour at the February meeting as well.
At the March 5 meeting, we will put together Easter bags for children in shelters sponsored by HACAP. We will discuss plans for the State Meeting and members can sign up.
Members should bring items for Bridgehaven to the April 2 meeting, and we will finalize the State Meeting. Join Hands Day will be determined and we should have information about our One Day in May role.
We will host the State Meeting on April 8, 2018 at the Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. but members are asked to arrive at 9 a.m. to help set up. We are planning a service project and perhaps a speaker.
Please bring gently used, clean clothing or household items to be donated to the Olivet Mission at the May 5 meeting.
Our picnic/meeting will be held on June 4. Place and time TBD. We will celebrate scholarship winner and our 50 and 75-year members.
Although we will not meet in July, members can sign up in June to make/bring cakes or bars for the Czech School fundraiser during that month.
On August 6, we will meet at the Annex to discuss the rest of the year’s events/activities and determine additional donations at that time.
Beer, wine, and appetizers will start off our September 4 social/ meeting. Bring your favorite spirit for others to sample, as well as an appetizer to share. This is our annual Ronald McDonald House donation. Bring food items that family members can make while staying at the house. Single serving soups, cereal, or items easily put into a microwave to heat up. A list of items will be provided at the August 6 meeting.
A regular potluck will start our October meeting. Again, bring gently used and clean clothes, household items, linens, etc. for the Olivet Mission. Also bring bags of candy for the Trunk-or-Treat event. Halloween treat bags will be put together for Tanager Place children at the end of the meeting.
On November 5, we will be meeting at the Pizza Ranch on the NW side of town for dinner/meeting. Officer nominations will take place and are voted on in December. Please bring items for a Thanksgiving food basket. We will be discussing our Toys for Tots campaign, gift wrapping for the ARC, and our holiday get together.
The annual chili supper and end-of-year meeting will take place on December 3 at the Annex. Election of officers and collection for Toys for Tots will take place. Project, social, or meeting ideas for the coming year will also be discussed.
Mark your calendar with dates and times of our meetings and activities. We welcome any members, children, and guests to participate with us.
Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.