Our Christmas party was held on December 11. A memorial was sent to the family of Pat Korgel, who died unexpectedly in November. The family of Lucille Moffitt donated money to the lodge in her memory. A letter signed by all members was sent by Secretary Jacky.
The election of officer’s positions were adjusted with Frank Flom nominated as a trustee.
We had a meeting on January 8. President Busek has not received information from the Home Office as of yet, probably because our meeting is early in the month.
All election rules were discussed, as well as the banking signatures to be executed as soon as possible.
Our lodge meeting dates should be sent to the Home Office. We meet at the Senior Center on the second Tuesday of the month at noon.
We discussed the movement of our Pioneer Village to a nearby town despite local objection and medical mayhem for some members.
The National Convention in July was discussed and requests for attendance noted.
Members opened the November 15 meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a moment of silence in memory of Pat Korgel who unexpectedly passed.
We celebrated 75-year member Marjorie Jaha at the Hacienda in October.
Ellen White’s picture was sent around at the meeting and she is doing well in her 95 years.
Donations will go to the State Historical Society and the Senior Center where we meet.
Bruce Moffitt is making a donation to the lodge in memory of Lucille Moffitt.
We discussed a delegate to the Green Bay, WI, National Convention. We also discussed problems relating to information not being processed by Western regarding primary death information.
We filled out forms from the Home Office for the year.
Blaine Kotasek joined us at the meeting and intends to be more active in the lodge.
After the pledge, a moment of silence was observed for member and friend Lenhart Korgel, who departed this life on July 29, 2018.
We continued to discuss the point system as pertains to our group.
Members recently attended a high school reunion in Minot.
A celebration for two 75-year members and four 50-year members is planned for October.
Director Bonita Fillmore visited us on August 24 at the Pizza Ranch on 37th Ave. She requested we invite a good candidate for her position as director for District 6 since this is her final year.
After the pledge, we discussed the October 16 dinner at 6 p.m. for 50 and 75-year pin recipients. This will be held at the Hacienda in Burlington just a few miles northwest of Minot.
Jacky turned in another bottle of tabs and Joan gave a large packet of used stamps to the Senior Center.
The meeting with Director Bonita Fillmore in August directed our attention to her replacement at the end of the year. Linda Carter has agreed to replace our lodge secretary/treasurer, Jacky Smith.
The pros and cons of how beneficiaries of the insurance are notified was discussed, as it seems there are loopholes in the system.
Western is encouraging members to submit photos to the Spotlight of milestones in their lives.
Joan gave President Don Busek some genealogical information on his family, and Don, in turn, is helping Frank Flom with his family history. This concept relates back 50 years to when those working in genealogy did the actual startup on paper for another individual, it appears to be that brotherhood concept.
News from the Home Office was delivered by President Busek and discussed.
Our monthly magazine donations continue for the Manor Care facility.
President Busek’s book of ancestral photographs gave us a lesson on those who were instrumental in furthering the interests of securing peace of mind for our pioneer ancestors in helping one another – brotherhood.
We are considering the possibility of a service project to those who may need short-term help during summer vacation days.
Richard Novak and Jacky Smith went to Second Story after the April meeting and delivered paper products.
Our guest, Tony Smith (son of Secretary Jacky Smith), is visiting to give mom a helping hand. He provided the luncheon and we shared memories of times past.
President Busek presented past President Richard Novak with a pin for the many years of service as president.
We had a moment of silence for Lucille Moffitt.
Flowers for the cemeteries were dispersed by President Busek, Richard Novak, and Secretary Jacky Smith for Memorial Day.
Members brought paper products to the meeting for the Second Story group.
President Busek explained the Fraternalist of the Year instructions. He also shared his experience with DNA results from one of the programs offered. Some companies are including DNA medical advice.
Memorial Day wreaths and flowers will be brought to the various cemeteries and other facilities.
An appreciation day was celebrated for Secretary Jacky Smith, who handles all the reporting to and from the Home Office. We also celebrated Pat Korgel’s birthday, both with cakes.
Jacky displayed the document of our One Star Award.
A moment of prayer was held for Mary Hambek and a sympathy card was mailed to the family.
President Busek brought an early lodge book that was printed entirely in Bohemian; however, the year of print has not been determined. He also brought an old ceremonial escutcheon with ribbon which was exquisitely fabricated. We can only marvel at the superior level of early lodge craftsmanship.
For April’s meeting, we brought paper products to be delivered to Second Story, a meeting place for those with some mental impairments.
We were so fortunate to have a meeting day a tad above zero at the Senior Center in February. Yearly forms were discussed, paperwork signed, and tentative program plans were made.
Next month we will be honoring our official paper hero, Jacky Smith, for her many years of officiating lodge records.
The monthly magazine route will continue for those who are in nursing homes.
Member and former farmer, Lucille Moffitt, has moved to Fargo, N.D. to be near family. Remembering a trip to her farm, driving down a rural road, we were met by a huge farm machine with long metal arms extending from each side and ready to sweep us off the road. My first thought was, “where do I go to get out of the way! Close your eyes, pray, and let the equipment find its way!” Never try to outsmart the farmer on his turf! You’ll probably lose.
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