Members met on November 4 at the Lankin Senior Center for a potluck and meeting. Christmas cards were brought for the American Legion in Pisek. We will send them overseas to military personnel. The cards were decorated and everyone signed their name.
Members decorate Christmas cards to send overseas to military personnel.
Our lodge had a bike-a-thon October 19 in Park River at the Walsh County Fair. There were 53 girls and 79 boys who registered. Keith, Pam, Karen, and Louise were involved in the bike-a-thon. Western literature was exhibited and given away.
Piper Schanilec and Aiden Swenson were bike winners on October 19.
Karen and Pam Ryba attended the Pre-Convention Committee in Cedar Rapids on October 26.
Members met on October 7 at the Lankin Senior Center. We brought items for the food pantries in the area: Michigan, Lakota, and Grafton Food Pantries.
The cemetery committee reported having 32 cemetery stones straightened and cleaned. Six evergreens were replanted with willow trees.
Pam, Karen, and JoAnn met with Bonita Fillmore on August 24. We told her that our regular agent had brain surgery and could no longer sell insurance. We have several persons who would like to be members.
We are still in the process of trying new ways to gain points in the system.
Members met with Director Bonita Fillmore at Park River on August 24. Bonita was visiting different lodges to find someone to replace her job on the board of directors.
Our members are thinking of projects to do to obtain more points. We will have members donate to our local food pantries at our next meeting. Save your empty medicine bottles to be donated to the Golden Valley Veterinary Clinic.
We have not had a meeting since June but we are busy. Several members are helping local schools with school supplies. We have given many school bags, folders, notebooks, etc., to Park River, Lakota, and Grand Forks schools.
Life-long member John Kosobud passed away on July 27 at 94-years of age. He was our lodge president for 30 years, and we truly miss him. John had a great memory and could re-count the early years of our lodge until now.
We will give away two bikes on October 19.
Three members were busy buying flour sacks, hemming them, stamping them, and embroidering them as dish towels. Then they are ironed and given to the auxiliary in the Park River Hospital. There is a benefit sale where the towels, and other donated items, are sold to make money for the hospital.
Four other members have been donating items to the North Land Rescue Mission in Grand Forks, ND. The executive director of the mission is Susan Shirek, a member of our lodge. She reports that in the last 8 months, 132 clients have been relocated from the mission to a place of residence. We gave them suntan lotion, kitchen cooking utensils, towels, washcloths, silverware, and shower flip flops.
Member Annie Koenig received a Western National Scholarship. She will attend the University of Mary and study medical laboratory science.
Our next meeting is October 7 at Lankin Senior Center. The bike-a-thon giveaway is October 19.
Before Memorial Day, several members and lodge youth spent a day cleaning up the cemetery. We handled gophers, removed old flowers and vases, moved the flag to the Memorial Stone, and seeded grass.
We did not have a meeting in June, but we were still busy. Several members gave used clothing to St. Joseph’s Social Care and Thrift Store and the Boys and Girls Ranch in Devil’s Lake. A lot of men’s clothing is given to the Grand Forks Mission for the needy. Even furniture and household supplies are needed.
We plan to put together school supplies for children.
The 50 and 75-year pins were sent to members unable to attend our meeting on May 6.
Our next meeting is October 7. We will be giving away two bikes on October 19.
Members met at noon on May 6 at the Lankin Senior Center. We made Mother’s Day placemats from coffee filters, tiny cups, and M&Ms for cups. Members made 66 for the Park River Nursing Home and 34 for the Lakota home. There was a potluck meal and meeting that followed.
Karen reported that there was no cemetery expense since April. She had a monetary donation for the month of April. Noel said Valley Maintenance will check cost of stone damage in cemetery. Karen has several plates that need to be put on the memorial stone.
Karen created letterhead using the Western logo. She presented the letterhead to JoAnn and others who may use it.
Members will continue to coordinate efforts for various giveaways.
We discussed community activities that could be counted for points. Trudy said she and four other members worked at the yearly blood drive on February 14.
Meeting announcements are included in the newspaper at least three weeks before meeting. Letters and invitations were sent to all ten 50 and 75-year members for today’s meeting. Joe C. Zahradka received his 75-year pin. We mailed the rest to those who could not attend.
We plan on having a two-bicycle giveaway again in Park River on October 19 at the Walsh County Fair.
Members collected three bags of used medicine bottles for the Park River vet clinic. Labels needed to be removed.
Susan, Noel, and others took care of this year’s Join Hands Day’s project.
We agreed to not have a meeting until October.
In March, several members were busy making Easter door hangers for rest homes. They also had a bake sale for a friend and assembled baskets for a silent auction.
We welcome new member Nalah Rose.
Members donated to a heart organization on February 8. We collected School for Education coupons and gave them to local schools.
Members met and had a potluck on April 8 at the Lankin Senior Center. A moment of silence was held for Shirley Larson.
John, representing the cemetery board, reported that Dennis Matejcek is interested in buying a plot by his parents sometime soon. John said grass will be seeded by memorial stone soon after the snow is gone.
Members received a Four-Star Award for our lodge.
Agent Paul Augustin’s mother Margret passed away on March 15.
Karen submitted Jo Ann for the Fraternalist of the Year again.
Daniel read a thank-you from the Osnabrock Rest Home for the Easter decorations we made in March.
The secretary read the list of 50 and 75-year members in our lodge. We invited them to our meeting on May 6.
Members wished John Kosobud a happy 96th birthday.
We made May baskets at our May meeting. Karen and Pam brought materials. Members plan to do something special for our vets at the June meeting.
We had cake for Jo Ann and Trudy’s birthdays.
Members had a meeting and potluck on December 3. We talked about researching how to speak Czech via the internet. We wonder if other lodges had this knowledge.
Karen delivered house materials to Minto for the veteran’s home. We had donations for the food pantry at this meeting. They were delivered to three food pantries. Members also brought items for Toys for Tots.
The election of officers was held with all remaining the same: President Daniel Kouba, Vice President Mildred Machart, Treasurer Tom Shirek, and Secretary JoAnn Ryba.
October - November 2017
Members sponsored a bike giveaway in conjunction with the Walsh County Fair on October 20. Emily Bjerke and Cutter Gillespie won bikes.
Members met on November 5. We brought lip balm for the veterans. We plan to buy items for a veteran who is receiving a new home to help furnish it.
Members met on June 4 for dinner and a meeting. We are having a good turnout of donations for our memorial, which will be installed shortly.
Members plan on making school packs as a project for needy children. Adults and youth had a rummage sale to benefit the Sunshine House being built for families of patients in the Ultru Hospital. They had a great success in sales.
Many members helped put flowers and flags on several cemeteries for Memorial Day.
Our next meeting is November 4 at the Lankin Senior Center. There will be two bikes given away in October.
Members met May 7 and discussed the bench and memorial project. Many have ordered their plaques for deceased members to be placed on the memorial.
We will giveaway two 26” bikes at the Walsh County Fair in October.
Several referrals were submitted. A thank-you note was read from the Osnabrock Rest Home for the sock bunnies we made. We also received a thank-you card from the “Made in the USA” 4-H Club for our help.
We plan to help with the Backpack Project for the North Land Rescue Mission.
Members made bean sock bunnies for the residents of Osnabrock Rest Home for Easter.
Letters were sent to our 75-year members and a new member. Our lodge received a Level I Award.
Members and the 4-H club made a wood project together with 17 children involved.
We decided to give away bikes at the Walsh County Fair again.
A thank-you note was received from the Lisbon Veteran’s Home.
Members met at Lankin Senior Center on February 4. Members made 160 valentines (with small treat) for the veterans at the Lisbon Veteran’s Home. The youth helping us with this activity were given valentines with small chocolate bars. A potluck followed.
We made final plans for the memorial we hope to have by Memorial Day in our cemetery.
Members reported giving school education coupons and soup labels to the Park River and Lakota Schools.
We discussed what projects we plan to have the rest of the year.
Members met on January 8 at the Lankin Senior Center. A moment of silence was held for Mildred Matejcek.
Final plans were made for the words on the granite bench we will put in our cemetery this spring.
We received thank-you notes from Michigan Ambulance, St. Gianna’s in Warsaw, and Pregnancy Health Center for donations.
Karen will serve another three years on the cemetery board.
On February 5, we made valentines for vets in the Lisbon Veteran’s Home.
Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.