Western Fraternal Life :: Kewanee No. 365

Kewanee No. 365

Kewaunee, WI

September 2019

After lunch at Village Kitchen, we had our meeting at the Opicka’s home on July 15. A moment of silence was held for our departed members. We wished happy birthday to President Richard Kinstetter and wife Carol.
Members sent donations to Algoma, Kewaunee, Luxemburg, and Casco/Lincoln rescue squads.

Congratulations to 75-year member Judy Kuehl and 50-year members Jenny King and Donna Opicka.

President Richard Kinstetter presents 50-year pin to Donna Opicka.

Secretary Donna reviewed the newsletter from the Home Office.

Scholarship winner Kaitlyn Gilson with family at the picnic.

We finalized plans for the July 28 picnic, which was a success. Our scholarship winner, Kaitlyn Gilson, and her family attended.

We continue to collect cancelled stamps, bottle caps, and can tabs.

Members had lunch and a meeting at Village Kitchen on August 12. We had a moment of silence. Thank-you notes were received from Algoma Rescue for donation to the oxygen tank cart and Kaitlyn Gilson for the scholarship and invite to our picnic.

Secretary Donna will contact No. 391 about the 2020 State Meeting.

We reviewed notes from the Home Office. The Fraternal Herald needs recipes for Kitchen Talk.

Happy birthday to David Opicka. Sympathies to the family of Mildred Halada.

A donation was made to the State Scholarship Fund. For burial accounts, see your local Western agent.

We enjoyed lunch at Village Kitchen then went to Richard and Carol Kinstetter’s home for the meeting.

Thank-you notes were received from Luxemburg Rescue and the State Scholarship Fund.

Donna will send in the order for new red Western t-shirts. Don will change our checking account to new small business account with e-statements. We ordered 75 Halloween bags.

In September, Don packaged and mailed all cancelled stamps collected this past year for Wounded Veterans.
Our October activity will be to collect bedding and cleaning supplies for WI Humane Society at the Green Bay Campus, along with continuing to collect more cancelled stamps, cab tabs, and bottle caps.

The children’s Halloween party is October 26 at 1 p.m. with No. 391. The lodge Christmas party is at noon on December 7 at Moxies. Contact Donna at 920-837-7416 for information and reservations for both of these events.

Our sympathies to the family of Leo J. Micke.

June 2019

On June 17, we again met at Village Kitchen for lunch. Meeting was then held at the home of David and Donna Opicka. We held a moment of silence for departed members. We discussed donations for July and August.

In June, we held a paper drive for recycling. Our collection of cancelled stamps and plastic bottle caps continues for the benefit of Wounded Warriors and Chariots of Love.

We will host the State Meeting in the fall of 2020 with No. 391. We have started planning.
We sent Magdalene Opicka a happy 95th birthday card.

May 2019

Members met May 20 and enjoyed lunch at the Village Kitchen before our meeting at David Opicka’s home. We held a moment of silence and pledged our allegiance to the flag.

For June, we held a paper drive, along with our other collections.

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Gilson for winning one of the Western National Scholarships.

We wished V.P. Kay Nemetz a happy birthday, and sent get-well wishes to a member who has broken her leg.
We received thank-you cards from students at the Holy Trinity School in Casco for helping plant flowers on Join Hands Day.

Our summer picnic will be held July 28 at Bruemmer Kewaunee County Park and Zoo. Contact Donna at 920-837-7416.

April 2019

On April 16, we met for a delicious lunch at Village Kitchen in Casco. We then moved to the home of Magdalene Opicka for our meeting. Members had a moment of silence for deceased members. We wished Dolores Krueger a happy birthday.

Members continue to collect bottle caps for Chariots of Love and cancelled stamps for Wounded Warriors. Doris Kauer, of Kansas, noticed we do the stamps and sent us a large package of stamps. Thank you, Doris.
Our summer picnic will be held July 28 at Bruemmer Kewaunee County Park and Zoo. Contact Donna at 920-837-7416.

January 2019

Members met at Village Kitchen in Casco for lunch, then met at Magdalene Opicka’s home on January 25. We audited books and had a moment of silence for passed members.

The election of officers was held with all officers agreeing to stay another term.

Judith Kuehl celebrates 75-years and Donna Opicka and Jennifer King celebrate 50-years with Western. We will recognize them at the summer picnic.

Welcome to new member, baby Hailey Rae Opicka.

The meeting was followed by a game of sheepshead and refreshments.

Our February meeting was cancelled due to bad weather. On March 12, we had lunch at Village Kitchen followed by meeting at Magdalene Opicka’s home. A moment of silence was held for passed members.

Members received a three star award for 2018. We discussed ways to gain more points.

Two new members, Nathan Worachek and Tayler Worachek, were welcomed to the lodge.

We provided four door prizes for the District Dinner and Bingo on March 24.

Our next meeting is April 16. Contact Donna at 920-837-7416 with questions.

Fraternalist of the Year nominations are due May 1. On May 2, we will again plant flowers with Holy Trinity School students for our Join Hands Day project. Contact Donna at 920-837-7416 for more information. The summer picnic is July 28.

December 2018

Members met December 17 for lunch at Village Kitchen, then moved to David and Donna Opicka's home for the meeting. We had a moment of silence for deceased members.

We discussed our points and how to earn more. Members discussed items for the upcoming Fraternal Herald and scholarship opportunities.

Our Christmas party was December 8, and was well attended and much fun. Bills for the party were paid at the meeting.

Helen Fahs received her certificate of Honorary Membership at the party. See Spotlight for photo.
We donated a holiday basket to residents of Compass Development in Luxemburg, WI. Members also collected a large donation of food items for the Kewaunee Co. Food Pantry.

Books were audited on January 15.

November 2018

The October meeting was cancelled due to illness. On November 13 we met at Village Kitchen for lunch, then moved to the Opicka’s home for our meeting.

We received a thank-you note from the Wounded Veterans for the large box of cancelled stamps sent in October. This is one of our on-going collections, along with bottle caps for Chariots of Love.

Don delivered bags of towels, sheets, rugs, bleach, and paper towels to WI Humane-Green Bay campus. We also collected used eye glasses for the Lions Club. We will deliver a holiday basket to Compass Development Facility.
Our Halloween party with No. 391 Pilsen was a success with 26 children and 22 adults. We gave away two Razor scooters and one bike.

We planned to collect food for Lakeshore Cap Food Pantry at our

December 8 Christmas party.

Our next meeting is December 17. Call Donna at 920-837-7416 with questions.

We wished Don Quistorff a happy October birthday.

Members received a thank-you letter from Geraldine Wishart’s family.

We discussed the National Convention and the Young Member Summit.

A reminder that scholarship applications are due March 1, 2019.

September 2018

On September 10, we had lunch at Village Kitchen, then moved to David Opicka’s home for our meeting. There was a moment of silence for deceased members. Members discussed current points.

We received Halloween bags for our party on October 27 with No. 391. Members purchased and delivered bleach and paper towels to WI Humane Society Green Bay Campus, along with bags of towels and bedding.

In October, we sent cancelled stamps to Wounded Warrior Project and collected bottle caps for Chariots of Love. Call Donna for information at 920-837-7416.

The Christmas party will be at noon on December 8 at Moxies in Casco. Adults are $5 per person. Children under 16 are free. Bring exchange gift ($5) and food pantry donation. RSVP to Donna at 920-837-7416.

We sent a card and check for Geraldine Wishart and a check for the state scholarship fund.

Members received a thank-you note from Luxemburg Fire and Rescue for donation.

August 2018

On August 21, we had lunch at Village Kitchen then met at the home of Donna and David Opicka. We had a moment of silence for departed members. Halloween bags were ordered for the October 27 party.

In September, we collected used towels, bedding, and rugs for the WI Humane Society in Green Bay Campus. Along with our ongoing cancelled stamps for wounded vets, we have ongoing collection of plastic bottle caps for Aurora. We received a thank-you from Algona Fire and Rescue.

Members will have a children’s Halloween party on October 27 at 1 p.m. with Pilsen No. 391 at Montpelier Town Hall. Contact Donna at 920-837-7416.

We wished a happy birthday to David Opicka. Our sympathies go the family of Geraldine Wishart.

Donna Opicka reminded us of the new funeral expense trust program and to contact Rudy Kolarik for details.

July 2018

Members met July 17 at David and Donna Opicka’s home after a lunch at Village Kitchen in Casco. A moment of silence was held for departed members.

Receipts were turned in and paid for picnic expenses. Checks for local EMS departments were delivered. Nine boxes and two bags of clothing were delivered to St. Vincent de Paul in Green Bay. Four bags of food were delivered to Holy Rosary Kewaunee County Food Pantry.

We reviewed the points and expenses, then finished with a game.

Our picnic was held July 15 at Kewaunee Co. Park. Members enjoyed a potluck, walk through the zoo, time on playground equipment, and Bingo.

In September, we will collect supplies for the Humane Society.

Save the date for December 8 lodge Christmas party at Moxies in Casco.

President Richard Kinstetter and wife Carol shared their 86th birthdays on July 4 (see photo in Spotlight).
Donna Opicka reminded us of Members in Action and that we can get points for new members with referrals.

June 2018

On June 11, we enjoyed lunch at the Village Kitchen in Casco then moved to the home of Magdalene Kinstetter. We had a moment of silence for departed members.

Donations were approved for the Algoma, Kewaunee, and Luxemburg Rescue squads with Casco EMTs to follow. Don Quistorff brought donated clothing to St. Vincent de Paul. Our collection of cancelled stamps for Wounded Veterans is ongoing.

Our lodge family picnic is July 15 at Bruemmer Kewaunee Co. Park Kitchen. Meat and drinks are provided, please bring tableware and dish to pass. Call Donna at 920-837-7416.

Our next meeting is at 11:30 a.m. on July 17 at Village Kitchen.

Happy birthday to Magdalene Opicka, who turned 94 in June.

The State Meeting is October 6 in Black River Falls.

Donna Opicka reminded us about the Disaster Relief Benefit and Family Benefit available from Western.

May 2018

Due to weather and illness our February meeting was cancelled. Our March 13 meeting was held at the home of Magdalene Opicka after a nice lunch at Village Kitchen.

After the opening prayer and and pledge we had a moment of silence for our passed members. The new password was shared. We discussed our finances at length and what we can and cannot do this year.

Donna went over the point system and how we can get more points. We talked about speakers, presentations, lodge building activities, and the State Meeting.

We wished Donna Opicka a happy birthday.

On April 19 we had a short meeting in the school cafeteria after our Join Hands Day activity. Donna discussed the potluck picnic planned for July 15 and filled us in on some lodge mailings she received. Afterward, we enjoyed lunch at the Village Kitchen.

We all received beautiful hand-made flower cards from the students at Holy Trinity.

We wished happy birthday to our correspondent Delores Krueger.

We met for lunch at the Village Kitchen on May 7 then went to the home of David and Donna Opicka. We held a moment of silence for our passed members.

We discussed upcoming donations. Secretary Donnna Opicka updated us on points. She filled us in about new secretary training, youth art contest, and photo contests. We might order Western t-shirts. We continue to collect cancelled stamps for Wounded Warriors and are beginning our clothing drive.

We wished Vice President Kay Nemetz a happy birthday.

No. 365 will have a family potluck picnic on July 15 at Bruemmer Park in Kewaunee. For infomation call Donna at 920-837-7416.

January 2018

Members met December 19 at Village Kitchen for lunch and went to Magdalene Opicka’s home for a meeting. We held a moment of silence for those who have passed on.

Thank-you notes were received from the Green Bay Area Humane Society and the family of Sandy Seidl.
We discussed officer salaries and made some changes.

Members had a fun afternoon at Moxies for our Christmas party. Santa and Mrs. Claus visited children and presented treats.

Dolores delivered a fruit basket to Compass Development.

Members met January 16 for lunch at Village Kitchen and moved to Magdalene Opicka’s home for the meeting.
An election of officers was held with results as follows: President Richard Kinstetter, Vice President Kay Nemetz, Treasurer Don Quistorff, Secretary Donna Opicka, Magdalene and Dolores as guides, Correspondent Dolores Krueger, and Trustees Kay Nemetz, Carol Kinstetter, and Dolores Krueger

We discussed the National Convention, lodge hall memories, and Fraternalist of the Year.

A food donation was made to Kewaunee Pantry.

Our summer picnic will be July 15 at Breumer Park in Kewaunee.

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