Western Fraternal Life :: Heritage No. 13

Heritage No. 13

Cedar Rapids, IA

November 2018

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.

October 2018

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.

September 2018

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.

August 2018

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.

June 2018

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.

May 2018

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.

April 2018

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.

March 2018

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.

February 2018

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.

January 2018

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.

December 2017

Members met on December 4 at the Western Annex for a chili supper/meeting. An election of officers was held with the same officers for 2018.

We sent Christmas cards to members in a nursing home.

Thank-you letters were received from donations to Camp Courageous, Olivet Mission, Linn County Food Bank, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Linda Grove made and donated a Christmas wreath for the Czech Museum fundraiser. Emmy Turkington took ten crochet winter hats to Garfield School and 21 magazines to St. Luke’s Hospital. Some of the yarn was donated by members.

Linda Grove reported on possible service projects for the upcoming State Meeting. Members were signed up for the gift wrapping fundraising for Arc of East Central IA on December 11 at the Lindale Mall.

Don Krall and Lee Merta will audit our books.

Gifts were purchased for Toys for Tots by members. Lee and Marrilyn Merta delivered the gifts to a collection box.

We will not meet in January. Our first meeting of the New Year will be February 5 at the Annex with a social hour/potluck at 5:30 p.m. Meeting to follow.

November 2017

Members met at the Pizza Ranch for a buffet dinner and a meeting. Linda Grove shared possible volunteer activities for November and December. The first was to make cards, earrings, or bookmarks through Gems of Hope for Cancer patients. The second was to wrap Christmas presents for ARC of East Central Iowa at the Lindale Mall as a fundraiser. The ARC supports individuals with intellectual disabilities. Sign-up sheets were passed around for members to participate.

Don Krall indicated that the Board of Directors met at the Home Office on November 10.

Emmy made and brought hats to Garfield School. She encouraged anyone who has extra yarn to bring it to the meetings and she’ll make more.

Linda Grove thanked those who purchased candy and participated at the Trunk-or-Treat. She mentioned several parents were grateful for Western providing the event. Jim Wolfe said we had almost 300 participants.

Don indicated our tables at Pizza Ranch were cleared by a youth group from a Lutheran Church as part of their fundraiser. We decided to provide the youth group with an additional donation.

Members brought items for Toys for Tots to the December 4 meeting. It was also our chili supper and Deb Krall and Marrilyn Merta made chili.

October 2017

We met on October 2 at the Western Annex and had a moment of silence for deceased members.

Members stayed after the meeting to put together 72 Halloween treat bags for children at Tanager Place. Any candy left will be used at the Trunk-or-Treat.

Marge and Lee will take items that members brought to the Ronald McDonald House. They have five pounds of can tabs to turn into the Ronald McDonald House as well. Madeline took 20 magazines to the Free Medical Clinic and Emmy reported taking magazines to St. Luke’s Hospital.

We received a thank-you note from Big Brothers Big Sisters for our donation. This is the fourth in five years that we have committed to the project.

Linda Grove invited us to help at the Trunk-or-Treat on October 26 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Western Home Office parking lot. Dressing up is optional, but bring a lawn chair. Several members have donated candy. Linda will decorate her trunk in a spider motif for the event.

A date has not been set for the Christmas wrapping, but hopefully members can sign-up in November.

September 2017

Fifteen members were present for wine tasting and snacks. Various items where collected for the Ronald McDonald House at St. Luke’s Hospital. Lee and Marge Sedlacek delivered the items. Emmy Turkington delivered 13 magazines to St. Luke’s hospital as well. Madeline Trpkosh delivered magazines to the Free Medical Clinic.

At the October meeting, we will make Halloween bags for the HACAP children.

August 2017

Members met August 7 at the annex after a potluck dinner.

Our condolences go to the families of four members who recently passed away: Margaret Caywood, Willard Vokt, Doris Donohoe, and Bill Utt. Lee Merta invited new member Melissa A. Kremenak to our meetings.

Marge Sedlacek thanked everyone who donated baked items to the Czech School Ice-Cream Social in July.
Marge provided a sign-up sheet for our next project to help the Ronald McDonald House with needed items. Members should bring items to our September and October meetings. If you missed this meeting and were unable to sign up, please contact an officer for the full list of items or go to: http://rmhc-eiwi.org/get-involved/wishlists/.

Lee brought up a new idea for next year to get youth involved by building bird houses. He would provide the lumber and cut it to size. The kids would nail it together. If your child would like to be involved, email lgrove1950@hotmail.com. After some discussion, the matter was tabled to generate ideas on how to get more youth to participate.

On September 5, we planned a beer and wine tasting prior to the meeting. Members were asked to bring sides and snacks, as well as beverages to sample.

Immediately following our October 2 meeting, we plan to put Halloween bags together for Tanager Place children. Marge will pick up the bags and the candy prior. We will also be meeting November 6 and December 4 at the annex beginning at 5:30 p.m., dinner and a meeting to follow.

Please consider attending one of our gatherings/meetings. We are open to new service projects, speakers, and social events, and we encourage your participation and ideas.

June 2017

Our meeting and 75-year member celebration was held on June 5 at the Jones Park pavilion. We honored 75-year member Loren Jansa. Loren is glad his father took out a policy when he was born, and he follows our activities in the magazine.

We made a donation for the JHD service project Kids Against Hunger. Joe and Kae Morgan, Emmy Turkington, Don and Deb Krall, John Krall, Marjeanne and Carl Jungjohann, and youth Amayah and Dynasty Snodey packed food for Kids Against Hunger on JHD.

Members also paid the additional amount to bring our scholarship up to $500 for the year. Our scholarship winner could not attend the picnic but will try to make another meeting.

Emmy Turkington delivered magazines to St. Luke’s Hospital, eye glasses to Lions Club, Campbell’s Soup labels for education to Wright School, and flower vases to St. Luke’s flower shop.

We received a thank-you note from SOLE HOPE.

A sign-up sheet was passed around for members to make cakes for the Czech School fundraiser in July. Members who did not attend the picnic but would like to contribute should contact Marge Sedlacek.

Our next meeting will be August 7 at the Annex. We encourage all members to attend.

May 2017

Twenty members held a meeting after a potluck on May 1. Three couples plan to deliver lunches to the Marion High School One Day in May. Meals will be delivered to youth volunteering at various locations in the community.

Director Don Krall reported on the recent board meeting and that he reserved April 8, 2018 at the Long Branch for the next IA State Meeting.

We received a thank-you letter for the items donated. Members decided to bake cakes for the Czech School Ice Cream Social fundraiser. Marge Sedlacek will provide the details at our picnic in June.

After the meeting, we cut out cloth pattern pieces to make 42 pairs of shoes for children in Africa for Sole Hope. They are sent to a factory in Uganda where they are sewn together and added to rubber soles. The shoes are then distributed to children to help prevent a foot parasite.

April 2017

Members met on April 3 for a potluck and meeting at the Annex. There was a moment of silence for deceased members. A card was signed for member Emmy Turkington for the loss of her daughter.

We sent a donation for the Kids Against Hunger campaign.

Lee Merta was recognized as the 2016 Iowa Fraternalist of the Year at the IA State Meeting. Don Krall reviewed the State Meeting and we talked about dates for hosting the 2018 meeting at the Long Branch again.

It was noted under Earth Care that Trudy Plotz delivered 40 box tops to St. Ludmilla’s school.

A brief June meeting will be held preceding our picnic at Jones Park on June 5 with social time beginning at 5:30 p.m. Members should bring a beverage, dish to share, and their own place setting. We will recognize our 50 and 75-year members and hope to have our scholarship winner attend as well.

After our meeting, we filled 65 decorated sacks of candy for the HACAP shelter. Lee and Marrilyn will deliver them to the shelter.

February 2017

Members met on February 6 for a potluck/meeting. We signed Valentine cards to be given at the VA Hospital in Iowa City.

Secretary Lee Merta talked about the project Sole Hope that several of us did in January with students from Mt. Mercy University. The program provides shoes for children in Uganda who suffer from a foot parasite as a result of going barefoot. We will do this again at the March meeting. Linda will supply the materials and pattern pieces. Members should bring scissors and a permanent magic marker.

Linda will also be checking into Gems of Hope. Earring pieces or book marks are made and attached to an inspirational card and given to cancer patients.

Members can sign-up for the State Meeting on April 2 at the Long Branch Hotel at our next meeting.
At our April 3 meeting, we will be putting together Easter bags of candy for children in a shelter.

We will join other lodges for Join Hands Day in May. Members will put together food bags for Kids Against Hunger.

Our June meeting will be a picnic celebration of our 50 and 75-year members, and announcement of our scholarship winner. The scholarship is offered each year for lodge members who will be attending college and/or trade school. Applications are available on Western’s website: www.wflains.org.

Emmy Turkington brought several hats she crocheted to show the group. Please bring any extra yarn to the meetings for Emmy, the hats are given to children who do not have one.

President Krall and Deb, Lee and Marrilyn Merta, Darcy Hilton, Kelsey Logan, and Linda Grove will be participating in the IA Fraternal Alliance meeting and Legislative Day in March in Des Moines. All IA Fraternalists of the Year for 2016-2017 will be recognized. Don announced that Lee Merta from our lodge was chosen. He presented Lee with a certificate at our meeting.

Members were reminded to bring baby clothes and formula to the next meeting for Bridgehaven.
Marrilyn Merta won the 50/50 drawing and the other half went to the scholarship fund.

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