Western Fraternal Life :: Hopkins No. 11

Hopkins No. 11

Hopkins, MN

December 2018

We ended 2018 by donating a variety of items to ResourceWest, volunteering for Winter Warm Wear in October, and buying toys for the Toy Chest toy drive in December.

At our November meeting, we re-elected all officers to their current positions as follows: President Pamela Kotval, Vice President Sandy Fritzen, Secretary Anne Leland, and Treasurer Deb Brown. Greg Konerza tracks and submits our activities for the award program.

We completed the annual financial audit for the Home Office and played Bingo for small gifts brought by members.

There was no December meeting. We met on January 12 for our annual roast pork dinner at Pamela Kotval’s house.

Members have a number of activities planned for early 2019 as follows: February 18 lodge meeting at Perkins, Maple Grove; March 12 volunteer at Empty Bowls in Hopkins, followed by meeting; April 15 lodge meeting at Perkins, Maple Grove; April 28 host MN District 3 Meeting, location/time to be determined; May 4 volunteer at Feed My Starving Children. There will be no Raspberry Festival tent this year due to date conflict with National Convention.

To stay in the loop about our meetings and activities, send an email to Pamela Kotval at pakotval@msn.com or call her at 952-944-0745.

July 2018

We hope that those who attended the annual State Meeting in June had an enjoyable day in Hopkins! We gave each attendee a booklet with a brief history of Hopkins, a history of various lodges that were the ancestors of present-day Hopkins No. 11, and a souvenir recipe for Raspberry Bublan. Raspberry Bublan was the traditional Czech bubble fruit cake that was popular among the Czech raspberry farmers in our area. The recipe was passed down from a Hopkins-area Czech family who belonged to the lodge.

On July 14, we had a tent at the annual Hopkins Raspberry Festival’s Family Day event on Main Street. We registered people for four tickets to a Minnesota Lynx women’s professional basketball game. We also handed out Western’s reusable shopping bags, pens, pencils, etc., to those who registered.

April 2018

Our meeting location changes depending on our activity. Please contact President Pamela Kotval (952-944-0745 or pakotval@msn.com) for the next date and location.

On February 22, we met at Perkins Restaurant in Maple Grove for a dinner/meeting. We finalized information for the State Meeting registration, donated to Reach for Resources annual Bowl-a-Thon on April 21, and completed the financial audit. Pam and Sandy prepped and mailed the State Meeting packets to lodge presidents and secretaries.

On March 13, we met at the Big 10 Restaurant after volunteering for the Empty Bowls fundraiser benefitting the ICA Food Shelf and ResourceWest. Our donation was noted as a “Souper Supporter” in the public list of sponsors. We continued to discuss organizing and hosting the State Meeting.

On April 16, we met at Perkins for a dinner meeting. Members discussed responsibilities for the upcoming District 3 Meeting. We decided to have a booth on Family Day July 14, at the Hopkins Raspberry Festival. We confirmed meeting on May 19 at Culver’s in Chanhassen following our volunteer shift at Feed My Starving Children. Greg and Kim offered to host us for a summer picnic at their home in rural Becker. 
On April 21, Pamela Kotval, Anne Leland, and three friends served lunch to families at the Ronald McDonald House-Children’s Minneapolis location. We had a tour of the facilities and saw how our donations benefit the children and families who use the facility.

Hopkins looks forward to hosting the Minnesota lodges at the State Meeting on June 23 at the George R. Wolf VFW Post in downtown Hopkins. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The meeting starts promptly at 1 p.m. and will continue until all business is exhausted. A buffet dinner will be held at approximately 5:30 p.m. Depart at your leisure.

January 2018

Members gathered on January 13 at President Pamela Kotval’s home for our annual Czech dinner. Several members contributed food for the meal, and there was enough for leftovers. Following dinner, we had a meeting, then played a dice game for gifts that members brought. 

President Pam read the annual letter received from Craig Van Dyke. We noted the four 75-year members and four 50-year members who appeared in the January Fraternal Herald, including Rose Adams and Debra Brown who are active with our lodge. 

We also achieved a Three Star Award level in 2017 with 54 points. Good work everyone!

Pam signed a contract to reserve a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Minnetonka for out-of-town members attending the State Meeting. The hotel offers free parking, breakfast, Wi-Fi, and indoor pool. We discussed other items related to the State Meeting, some of which will be discussed with other lodges at the District Meeting.

Members voted to donate money as a Challenge Sponsor for the annual Hopkins Empty Bowls Fundraiser for Hunger in March. We will also volunteer to work a shift when the information is released.

Members set meeting dates for the next several months: February 19, 6 p.m., at Davanni’s on Hwy. 55/Winnetka Ave., Golden Valley; March 13, 7 p.m., at the Big 10 Grill in downtown Hopkins, following the Empty Bowls event; and April 16, 6 p.m., at Davanni’s. We may skip the May meeting due to a Join Hands Day activity and District Meeting.

Please send your email address to Pamela Kotval at pakotval@msn.com to keep informed about our meetings and other fraternal activities.

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