Western Fraternal Life :: Kewanee No. 365

Kewanee No. 365

Kewaunee, WI

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.

November 2017

Members met November 15 at Village Kitchen for lunch followed by a meeting at David and Donna Opicka’s home.

The Halloween party with No. 391 was fun for children and adults. Two scooters and a bike were given away.

We sent a memorial and received a thank-you from the family of Sandy Seidl.

Dolores delivered a fruit basket to Encompass Group Home in Luxemburg. We sent a big box of cancelled stamps for Wounded Warriors.

Don Quistorff celebrated a birthday in October.

Donations of bleach, paper towels, and bedding were made to Bay Area Humane.

Meetings are generally held the third Tuesday of each month. For location, call Donna at 920-837-7416.

September 2017

After lunch at Village Kitchen in Casco, we met at the home of David and Donna Opicka. We observed a moment of silence for deceased members.
Thank-you notes from the Algoma and Luxemburg/Casco rescue squads were received.
We are still collecting postage stamps, used eye glasses, and supplies for the humane society.
The lodge Christmas party is at noon on December 16 at Moxies. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be there for the children. RSVP to Donna Opicka at 920-837-7416 by December 7.
Congratulations to Nolan Beirne of New Holstein, WI, who won a scholarship. A donation was made to the state scholarship fund.
Our sympathies go to the family of Sandra Seidl.

August 2017

On August 15, we met at Waterfront Restaurant in Kewanee. A moment of silence was observed for deceased members.

We went over our point accumulation so far.

Members discussed disaster relief and made plans for our Christmas party. We sent a donation to the Scholarship Fund at State Convention. Members turned in used stamps and will collect items for the Humane Society at our next meeting.

Join us October 28 for the youth Halloween party with No. 391 at Montpelier Community Center. Time TBD.
We wished David Opicka a happy birthday and received a thank-you note from Bob Baudhuin’s family.
A donation was made to Casco-Lincoln Area EMS.

July 2017

Kay Nemetz received her 50-year pin at our picnic on July 16. 75-year pins and certificates were presented to Ken Worachek and Jeanne Lukes.

Lorraine Enz has outlived her policy and will receive her Honorary Membership Certificate.
A special guest at our picnic was Cheryl Jerabek from the state of Alaska.

Happy birthday to Mary Jane Schanilec and also our president Richard and his wife Carol Kinstetter.
After lunch at Village Kitchen, we met at the home of David and Donna Opicka on July 18. Memorials were sent to the families of Bob Zima, Pat Martin, and Bob Baudhuin. A monetary donation was made to three local rescue squads.

June 2017

Members met on May 16. A moment of silence was held for deceased members. Pat Martin purchased flowers for our 50 and 75-year members for the July 16 annual picnic.

We discussed the point system. Activities and donations for the rest of the year were suggested.

Happy birthday was wished to Kay Nemetz.

On June 20, we enjoyed lunch at the Village Kitchen prior to our meeting at the home of David and Donna Opicka. A moment of silence was held for deceased members, especially Patricia Martin, our correspondent and dear friend. Our new correspondent will be Dolores Krueger.

Happy birthday was wished to Magdalene Opicka. Members were asked to collect newspaper, glasses, clothing, and stamps.

May 2017

Officers attended the meeting on May 16. A moment of silence was held for our deceased members.
Pat Martin will purchase flowers for our 50 and 75-year members for the July 16 picnic.
There was a discussion about the point system and what would qualify. Activities for the rest of 2017 were suggested, and contributions for various organizations were decided.
We wished a happy birthday to Kay Nemetz.

Members met April 18 at the home of David Opicka. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at member’s homes. If interested, call an officer for location.

March 2017

Our meeting was held on March 21 at David Opicka’s home. Donna Opicka was wished a happy birthday.
We will present 50 and 75-year members with pins at the lodge picnic in July.

Delores Krueger was elected our new guide and trustee.

January 2017

Members met on January 24 at President Richard Kinstetter’s home. A moment of silence was held for departed members.

The election of officers was held and all were re-elected except for one trustee. Kay Nemetz was elected in place of Donna Opicka.

Members, keep July 16 open for the lodge picnic at Kewaunee Co. Park.

December 2016

Members had a Christmas dinner and party on December 10 at Maxies in Caseo. Everyone played Bingo and the children enjoyed prizes. Gifts were exchanged. Santa Claus came to visit the children.

November 2016

At the November 15 meeting, the Halloween party was discussed at length. No. 391 co-hosted the event. About 30 children were dressed up.

We discussed the Christmas party on December 10, and Home Office information was shared.

Six fruit baskets were given to the Compass Development at Luxemburg before Christmas.

September 2016
Pat Martin, Correspondent

Members met on September 20 at Richard Kinstetter’s home. We discussed information from the Home Office, including the new report forms and the State Meeting at Manitowoc, WI.

We sang Happy Birthday to Pat Martin, who celebrated her 80th birthday.

Supplies were donated to the Humane Society.

August 2016
Patricia Martin, Correspondent

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Don Quistorff and his wife Jen. Chef David Opecka and his wife Donna.

Members met on August 16. Donations were made to Caseo-Lincoln Area EMS. We will collect materials for the Humane Society in September and Don Quistorff will deliver them.

Secretary Donna Opicka explained new changes to lodge awards.

The State Meeting was discussed. Pat Martin and Dolores Krueger were appointed as delegates. We shared pictures of members attending the picnic.

July 2016
Patricia Martin, Correspondent

The July meeting was held at David Opicka’s home. A thank-you note was received from the Algona Rescue Squad. Our donation will go to the fundraiser for a LUCAS compression devise to assist EMT’s.

Happy birthday to Carolyn and Richard Kinstetter and Mary Schanilec.
Edward Worachek, was presented with his 50-year pin.

Chef David Opicka and his wife Donna.

The annual lodge picnic was a big success, with great food due to our terrific cooks. Bingo was played and the children and adults toured the zoo.

Robby Baudhuin family at the picnic.

June 2016

The June 21 meeting was held at Richard Kinstetter’s home.

Donations were made to the Algoma, Kewaunee, and Luxemburg Rescue Squads.

We discussed the lodge picnic held on July 24.

Members sang Happy Birthday to Magdalene Opicka for her 92nd birthday.

The survey on the Fraternal Herald was discussed. Our opinions will be sent to the Fraternal Department.

May 2016
Pat Martin, Correspondent

Our meeting was held at David Opicka’s home on May 17. Carolyn and Richard Kinstetter gave a report about the District Meeting. Kay Nemetz was the birthday girl for May.

A fruit basket was delivered to Compass Development Center in Luxemburg. Activities for 2017 were discussed.
Welcome to our new transfer member Dolores Krueger.

Join Hands Day project at Holy Trinity School.

April 2016
Pat Martin, Correspondent

Members met on April 19 at the home of David and Donna Opicka after lunch. The newspaper collection is ongoing. Bring them to the next meeting.

We send condolences to the families of Donald Hostak and Mildred Fencil who passed away recently. Mildred was a regular contributor of recipes in the Fraternal Herald.

The Bay Area Humane Society is accepting old rugs, sheets, and towels for animal bedding. If you have any, please bring them to the next meeting.

March 2016
Patricia Martin, Correspondent

Members met on March 15 at the home of David and Donna Opicka. Donna was the birthday girl this month.
We had a newspaper collection at our April meeting.

We received a Level I Award for 2015. Good job, everyone.

Members were excited about the rally at Suster’s on April 3.

A big get-well wish to Magdalene Opicka and Carolyn Kinstetter.

Join Hands Day and the Youth Art Contest were discussed.

February 2016
Patricia Martin, Correspondent

Members met on February 16 at Magdalene Opicka’s house. Books were audited for the year.
Carol Kinstetter retired and Patricia Martin was elected as correspondent.

This year, there is one 50-year member, Ed Worachek. We want to honor him at our annual picnic on July 24 at the East Kitchen in Brusemmer Park.

Join Hands Day will be at Holy Trinity School. All plants will be furnished by us so the children can have them for Mother’s Day on May 7.

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