Western Fraternal Life :: Jan Kollar No. 101

Jan Kollar No. 101

Du Bois, NE

July 2018

A meeting was held on July 19 at the Little Brown Jug. We discussed the damage to the building, and how/who will be working on the repairs. Rob said that he and Gray could work on fixing the doors and boarded windows and will replace them with new wood and tin. The fallen trees have been removed. Roy knows someone who would remove the dying tree next to the hall.

Our first dance of the year was August 11. It was a back-to-school dance with Jim doing karaoke. We gave away school supplies and held a drawing for a girls and boys backpack as well.

We discussed having a potluck for our vets and an open Polka jam session.

April 2018

Members met on April 8 at the hall, following Rosie Good Day. Music was provided by the Gregg Blecha Trio. There was a presentation of 75-year and past president’s pins, as well as a recognition of our oldest member.

A letter from the Home Office was given to Mary Barker thanking her for the hard work in helping the hall achieve the Shining Star Award. With only three more events scheduled for the season, we discussed next season. It was decided that we would only have karaoke on special events next year and work on booking bands as well.

Members met on May 5 at the hall. We discussed the District Meeting held on April 29. The hall received a donation in memory of Sylvia D.

Members discussed having a back-to-school dance the first week of August. We would give away school supplies and have a drawing for a couple of backpacks.

With dance season winding down, it was decided not to have a meeting in June and to resume meetings in July.

January 2018

Members met on January 6 to elect new officers as follows: President Rob Tichy, Vice President Roy Mullen, Secretary/Correspondent Steve Messing, and Treasurer Phalisady Bowhay. We thank our past officers for their service to the lodge.

Agent and No. 84 President, Howard Blecha, was in attendance to present Rob Tichy and Phalisady Bowhay with their pins. We welcome you to our lodge.

Mr. Blecha also talked about the scholarship and grants available through the Home Office.

We discussed using more social media to inform people about events and changes happening at the hall. Phalisady is heading up this project.

Rose Good Day was held April 8 with a potluck dinner. The lodge provided meat and table service. The Greg Blecha Trio was our entertainment.

We have many events going on at the hall and help for these events is always appreciated; remember, without you there can be no hall.

Members met on February 3 at the ZCBJ Hall. An audit was performed February 13.

We decided to have our Easter egg hunt on March 3.

The Tim Strathman Band was planned for on April 14. We are in need of more people to help out at our upcoming events.

January 2018

Members met on January 6 at the Blazing Bull. We held an election of officers for 2018 with results as follows: President Robert Tichy, Vice President Roy Mullen, Treasurer Phalisady Bowhay, and Secretary/Correspondent Steven Messing. We also welcomed Howard Blecha, president of No. 84 in Table Rock, NE. He presented our new members and new officers, Phalisady and Robert, with their pins. Howard also discussed the Western scholarships and the benefits the Home Office offers. We talked about advertising hall events and it was decided to use social media this year to see how it works.

Upcoming events include March 17 Bryton Stoll Band and Jimmy’s Karaoke the first Saturday of every month thru May.

Other business included what the roll of caretaker would entail. The caretaker would make sure the heater is working and pipes aren’t frozen, and the parking lot was clear before a dance or event. We will pay Gary Droge to mow, and others would de-frost the coolers.

Ila Mae Helms, Bob Blecha, and Mary Barker will do our audit this year.

December 2017

This is a message to our members: Our lodge is in danger of closing due to lack of volunteers. If you are a member, please contact Secretary Mary Barker at 402-859-4562. We have openings in officer positions and need more bodies to help.

Members met December 2. A donation was made to Santa in Du Bois, Glove Tree, and a name off an Angel Giving Tree.

Over 35 people attended our karaoke.

There will be fewer dances due to finances. More activities will be on Sundays. President Ullman and Treasurer Curtis are resigning.

September 2017

Upcoming events planned are the Halloween Hayrack Ride, Silver Dollar Band, and Jim Strathman Band.
Four members donated blood. Three members helped at the historical museum.
There was a wedding dance for members Russ Smith and Nanette Hatfield.
Over 30 people are helping with annual hayrack ride. The Masquerade dance was held November 4. We will honor our veterans on December 2 with a dance.

August 2017

A meeting was held August 5. Donations of tabs, labels, pill bottles, and clothing were made. There are no members graduating this year.

A meeting was held on September 2 to honor members Donna Svanda, Bob Stepanek, and Daniela for museum dedication.

April 2017

Members met April 1 and voted to put Western with our ZCBJ newspaper ads and posters.

Members will be involved in activities for Memorial Day.

The following events were discussed: Kenny & Rosie Good Day, the District 2 Meeting, and the Easter egg hunt.
Howard Blecha spoke at the District 2 Meeting.

Members Evelyn Pettinger, Ila Helms, and Elli Stephens were recognized on April 9.

Seven members will be helping with the Jiggle Butt Run Fundraiser for the hospital.

January 2017

The Thanksgiving dinner and early Christmas giveaway at the Topeka expo was a huge success. As was the community soup luncheon held on December 11.

The January 7 meeting was held at the hall and plans were made for dances and upcoming events.

We discussed the District 2 Meeting. Howard Blecha and Rob Firchow were speakers.

Tammy Stephens was recognized as the clerk of the year by the USDA.

Donations were made of clothing, can tabs, and labels.

A note to members: award verification to be given to Mary Barker pronto.

We discussed having one Sunday every month for a gathering of cards, fraternalism, potluck, meetings, etc.
Join us on April 9 at the hall for Kenny and Rosie Good Day, Greg’s Trio, and an Easter egg hunt.

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