Western Fraternal Life :: Iowa No. 85

Iowa No. 85

November 2019

Members met on November 17 at the Heritage Events Center for brunch.

We invited 50-year member Jodi Lundak to our October meeting, but received no response.

A Christmas party was held. Members gathered to pack Santa bags for kids of all ages in the Cresco area. They consisted of peanuts, apples, and candy. We brought canned or non-perishable items and donated them to the Houston Community Food Shelter in Houston, MN. Gene Lundak and his wife volunteer there regularly.

We worked on the calendar for 2020.

Officers for 2020 were installed with the following result: President Ron Pecinovsky, Vice President Gregg Ellingson, Secretary Cindy Kostohryz, Treasurer Lois Zajicek, and Trustee Scott Kostohryz.
We had a moment of silence for Johnie Vobr.

Donations were made to the Humane Society of NE Iowa.

All children under 12 received a gift from our lodge. Bingo was played and ended with blackout.

October 2019

Members met at 10 a.m. September 22 at Crestwood High School. The school choir hosted an omelet breakfast. Three members and an Honorary Member participated in their fundraiser. Afterwards, we helped package meals for the Outreach Program. Members voted to make a monetary donation as well. We volunteered for about an hour and filled over 44,000 meals.

Members met October 20 at Mabe’s in Decorah at 11 a.m. We sent an invitation to 50-year member Jodi Lundak.
Our election of officers took place at the October meeting.

March 2019

On March 2, Protivin celebrated the 13th annual Masopust at the Community Center. The doors were opened at noon, with a traditional Czech supper at 6 p.m. There was no shortage of entertainment with music, auctions, a skit, food, beverages, and fellowship.

Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen played throughout the afternoon as the silent auction was conducted and door prizes were announced. A popular, funny Czech skit was performed called Pryc od Zen (Away from Women). Special guests were author Peter Vodenka who wrote about his defection from Communist Czechoslovakia and Cecilia Rokusek, President and CEO of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Guests also enjoyed a traditional Czech meal of breaded pork, jaternice, dumplings, sauerkraut, etc. and Czech pastries. A variety of kolache and other pastries were for sale. This year, the featured adult beverage was Pilsner Urquell and plenty of Czech Var was available.

So many volunteers from our lodge make this event possible and run smoothly. We are grateful for all who help and those who come to share in on the fun.

February 2019

Members met February 3 at Pizza Ranch in Decorah, IA. We planned activities the lodge will help with, the Czech Heritage Partnership annual fundraiser and Masopust on March 2 at the Protivin Community Center. Quite a few members help with these events.

We helped plan our event with the Royal Family Kids Gala, which is their big fundraiser for the year.
Our sympathies go to the family of Judith Spangler.

We made donations to Royal Family Kids, Czech Heritage Partnership (Masopust), Kira Ellingson After School Acts, and St. Patrick School tuition assistance.

We sent out our calendar and welcome letter to new members throughout the year. Michelle Ellingson works for Ossian Hospice Home and delivered the cards.

November 2018

Members met November 4 at the Heritage Event Center. Everyone brought a can or non-perishable item to the Christmas party for the Houston County Food Pantry. Members, including Gene Lundak and his family, volunteer at the food pantry monthly and took the items for us.

We made 25 goodie bags for a local school.


Members played Bingo and ended with Blackout.

Donations were made to Howard Co. EMS, Humane Society of NE IA, and the Howard Co. Historical Preservation Committee.

We collected hats, mittens, and scarves from our members. Cindy Kostohryz took them to her Headstart classroom.

Gene Lundak made balloon art and handed them out to the children in attendance. We gave a gift to the children 12 and under as well.

October 2018

Members met on July 22 at Fort Atkinson, IA. We invited our 50 and 75-year members to the October meeting. We had two 50-year members participate.

Members attended the dedication of the Freedom Rock of Howard Co. in Cresco, IA on June 23. Our lodge has a stone with our name on it at the park.

Sympathies go out to the family of Norman Ihde and Anna Remmen.

We collected school items, such as paper, colors, markers, rulers, and glue to give to Cresco Head Start. Their lead teacher is member Carrie Kostohryz.

Members met October 14. Gene Lundak and three other members entertained at the Art and Park by clowning around on August 3 in Cresco.

We purchased fire prevention coloring books and presented them to the Ossian Fire Department to use for Fire Prevention Week.

Pop tabs, Box Tops, and milk caps were collected for the year and given to Ossian Elementary School and the Ronald McDonald House.

The election of officers was held with the following result: President Ron Pecinovsky, Vice President Gregg Ellingson, Secretary Cindy Kostohryz, Treasurer Lois Zajicek, and Trustee Larry Kostohryz. All sworn in by Trustee Gene Lundak.

January 2018

Members met on January 21. We applied for Matching Funds for the Czech Heritage Partnership’s Masopust. We were approved and received funds. We plan to also apply for Matching Funds for the Royal Family Kids Gala.
Members held a meeting on February 10. We participated in a Masopust event by registering people, selling kolache and coffee, overseeing the blackjack table, holding an auction, decorating, and dressing up as clowns.

Reminder that the State Meeting is April 8 in Cedar Rapids.

A donation was made to Royal Family Kids for the Royal Gala, Holy Trinity Catholic School, and Tied Hugs for Babies.

Protivin Czech Days is having a parade this year and Tommy Pecinovsky will check into this.

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