Western Fraternal Life :: Kolin No. 260

Kolin No. 260

Kolin, LA

October 2018

Members met October 21.

Members will have Christmas dinner and present a 75-year member with a pin. Rudy will cook the meal and we will all bring covered dishes.

September 2018

Members met on May 20. There was no movie night in June since we had Kid's Day on June 9. We had four vendors inside, a water slide, and jumper. Virgie got change for the sales, bought frozen hamburger patties, buns, hot dogs, condiments, and drinks. Mary baked 100 kolache. Michelle Lowe set up and oversaw the kids games and had someone attend all the rides and jumpers. Patricia Koon ran the kitchen. Virgie sold tickets for the food.

A luncheon for 50 and 75-year members was held on July 15. Rudy cooked a beef clod in the smoker and we all brought covered dishes. Virgie brought cake, tea, and ice. We also bought fold up picnic tables for people who wanted to eat outside.

Members met August 19. Reports were read.

Members met September 16. We are in the process of repainting our hall and making a few other repairs. So far we have had two work days. Volunteers were Ken Vonesh, Virgie Frank, Mary Layssard, Pam Frederick, Heath Frederick, Kori Chelette, and Patricia Koon. We are so grateful for the younger workers who showed up the first day. The second day was a Monday and they all had to work at their own jobs.

A wedding was scheduled at the hall on October 6.

July 2018

We congratulated our four 50 and 75-year membership pin recipients, Nancy Stuchlik, Linda Stuchlik, Ginger Voorhies, and Gloria Stuchlik Graves. Rose Locker Walker is our 75-year recipient. All were acknowledged at a celebration on July 28, with Rose and Linda unable to attend. There was a nice dinner and cake. Attendees brought covered dishes. Rudy Stuchlik cooked a shoulder clod provided by the lodge.

June 2018

Members met April 15. A donation was made to the Czech Cemetery in memory of Leonard Wallmuth.
Michelle reported on our April 13 movie night. We had 10 adults, 12 children, and 5 members attend. A few more are coming every time. On May 11, we had free pizza, drinks, and popcorn for all while showing Ferdinand.
On May 5, we had our annual shrimp and fish fry.

Kid’s Day was held on June 5th. Activities included a giant water slide, a jumper, baby pool, and sprinkler for the small children, venders, homemade kolache, and other baked goods for sale. We sold hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks, and water. There was a fee of $5 for the day, and two and under were free.

April 2018

Members met April 15. A donation was made to the Czech Cemetery in memory of Leonard Wallmuth.

We had movie night on April 13 with 10 adults, 12 children, and 5 members. A few more are showing up every time. For our movie night on May 11, we had free pizza, drinks, and popcorn. We showed the movie Ferdinand.
On May 5, members had our annual shrimp and fish fry.

On June 5, we had a kid’s day. Activities included a giant water slide, a jumper, baby pool, and sprinkler for the very small children. We had venders, homemade kolache, and other baked goods for sale. Hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, and water were sold. We charged a fee of $5 for the day, and two and under were free.

March 2018

Members met on March 18. Michelle suggested we schedule another movie night since the first one was a success. A new restaurant called Cookies was going to donate some cookies and snack trays for the kids.
The election of officers was held and there were no changes.

Amanda Evans suggested we have a fun day with water slides and a few other games for kids on a Saturday. She will check into cost of the equipment and report back at the next meeting. This would be good for June.

A movie night was held April 13 with free hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, and cookies from Cookies.

We will pay Amanda Evans to clean the hall periodically to insure it is the best shape when rented.

February 2018

Members met on February 18. We discussed our free movie night on March 10, where we showed Despicable Me 3. We printed 550 posters for the school and local stores in the area. It was free to the public with popcorn, hotdogs, and drinks provided.

Members volunteered to clean the Czech Cemetery on March 10. We provided beverages, donuts, and kolache with sausage when the work was done.

January 2018

Our Christmas dinner was held December 3. We decorated the hall and had a dinner of brisket and sausage prepared by James Layssard.

Members met January 21. A thank-you note was read from the Shafazek family for our participation in their memorial dinner for Ms. Betty.

Vice President Michelle Lowe suggested we have a free movie night once a month for the children in the community. We would provide popcorn, hot dogs, and drinks. Michelle will get posters printed for distribution. The first movie night was March 10.

We were not able to give our throws to nursing homes at Christmas, but we plan to do so soon.

Our meetings are the third Sunday of every month at 4 p.m. except June which was switched to June 10. Meeting dates are March 18, April 15, May 5 (fish & shrimp fry), May 20, June 10, July 15 (dinner and 50 and 75-year member recognition), August 19, September 16, October 6 (Oktoberfest), October 21, November 18, and December 1 (Christmas dinner).

December 2017

Members met October 15. James volunteered to spray the hall for bugs.

We planned to give throws to a local nursing home.

Members attended the Czech Heritage Association meeting and invited them to our Christmas dinner/meeting, so we can join our neighborhoods in community service.

We decided to cook our own food for next year’s Oktoberfest. It will allow us to bring in more revenue.

Michelle Lowe suggest a monthly movie night for kids in the community. We could get the newest movies, provide popcorn, drinks, and nachos at no charge.

December 3 was our Christmas dinner.

October 2017

Members met on October 15. We discussed taking throw blankets to a nursing home for Christmas again this year. We also discussed attending the next Czech Heritage meeting, which member Rudy Stuchlik is president of. We are both experiencing the same difficulties in finding new and younger members.

Oktoberfest was a success, we made enough money to pay for the rides we rented for the kids. Our thanks to the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Department, who came with the K-9 officer and police dog for a demonstration. They also provided a police car for everyone to see on the inside. Also, thanks to our local fire department for bringing a truck as well. The children had a great time with the free tall slide and hay rides. There were games set up and run by Boy Scouts who volunteered to help.

We discussed cooking our own food next time. Having a vendor do it was nice, but we didn’t make as much money as we could have. Our ladies outdid themselves with the baked goods. We recognize Virgie Frank, Darlene Kastanek, Pat Koon, and Mary for baking. We sold everything!

Michelle suggested we look into having a free movie night once a month for the kids. James will look into the set up, then we can serve popcorn, snacks, drinks, and the kids can watch a new film release. They will report on details at the next meeting.

Our annual Christmas dinner at the hall was December 3.

September 2017

Members met on September 17. We made arrangements to tape off our neighbor’s yard prior to Oktoberfest so that people won’t park there. Michelle lined up the Boy Scouts to help with kids games, parking, and selling water. We planned to charge $1.50 for zip line and pony rides. We have a vendor selling food. All pastries were bagged and priced before bringing to the hall.

Members met October 3 to set up decorations, vendor tables, clean, and check kitchen supplies. Virgie is in charge of getting change from the bank.

August 2017

An Oktoberfest work meeting was held August 6. We discussed vendors and planned to have the hall interior painted. Virgie brought samples of kolache from a local bakery, but we decided to go another route. Michelle Lowe will contact the Boy Scout leader to help with the children’s games since they earn a badge for helping us.
We have a very tall blow-up slide for the kids and a 6-seater merry-go-round with operator. The Rapides Parish K-9 division will be here to give a demonstration. We will have a fully loaded police car and will try to get a fire truck. We have horses to ride, as well as a zip line. Kenneth Vonesh and James Layssard are in charge of that.
Michelle made a poster to put on Facebook with information of where vendors can call to reserve space. Mary Layssard will be in charge of that.

Members met August 20. A thank-you note was received from Helen Koncinsky for the plant we sent for her husband’s funeral.

We have ten vendors signed up for Oktoberfest. Ken will take care of the electrical outlets we need outside the kitchen door.

Michelle Lowe brought a copy of the poster we will print for advertisement. Children at Ruby Wise Elementary will take them home. The head of a Budweiser Distributer will allow his drivers to deliver posters to all destinations in LA.

Further projects have been tabled until after Oktoberfest. Mary made kolache to enjoy after the meeting. She and others will be making pastries for Oktoberfest.

July 2017

Members met on July 16. We discussed food for Oktoberfest and we had four venders sign up so far. Since we had few members attend the meeting, we could not vote on anything.

June 2017

We had 16 people at our annual shrimp and fish fry on June 25. We had boiled shrimp, fried catfish, curly fries, homemade coleslaw, and much more. We thank James Layssard for cooking all the fried food and Kenneth Vonesh for preparing the shrimp. Everything was delicious.

After the meal, we held our June meeting.

James Layssard will fix the driveway and we discussed letting him choose the type of dirt and gravel.
We delivered some of our left overs to those who couldn’t make it.

Members met on May 21. Rudy and Mary arranged to order supplies from the Home Office.
It was decided to hire someone to clean the hall every fourth rental.
We had a shrimp and fish dinner on June 25.
Virgie received information for a baby-changing table for the bathroom at the hall. It will be ordered and installed. James will pave the drive with gravel we paid for. Cleco Electric Co. will replace our Dusk to Dawn lights as well.
We decided to charge vendors $25 per booth for Oktoberfest. We will sell sweets, desserts, homemade items, and drinks. It will be October 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 2017

We had a 50-year pin celebration for Michael and Mary Stuchlik (brother and sister).

President Virgie Frank presented Rudolph Stuchlik with a past president pin for his distinguished service since 2000.

Members chipped in to make this a special celebration. Virgie printed off copies of our meeting dates and activity times for non-members who attended.
April 29 was hall clean-up day.

March - April 2017

Members had a good turnout to clean the Czech Cemetery in March. We provided food and beverages for the volunteers who worked from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Special thanks to James Layssard, Kenneth Vonesh, and Dwain Dubroc for bringing tractors, dump trailer, chain saws, etc. Chad Frederick brought his grass cutter and Rudy, Shane, and Elvin provided weed eaters, blowers, and other tools.

President Virgie Frank called the meeting to order on April 9.

On April 29 we cleaned the hall on the inside and outside. We provided lunch for the volunteers.

We discussed our fish and shrimp dinner and will have it at the June 25 meeting. Ken will get the shrimp and Mary will check on the price of fish.

We discussed Oktoberfest for October 7. Virgie suggested we have the Magnolia Peace Officers Assoc. come as vendors and cook our food. We will have horse and pony rides, a blow-up jumper/slide combination for the kids, other games, and possibly a police dog demonstration.

Members picked the colors for the painting of the hall. Ken will hire someone to paint the ceiling, then we will chip in to do the walls after July 4.

Virgie suggested we check into getting a baby changing station for the bathroom. We will check on it and report back the next meeting.

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