Western Fraternal Life :: Lincoln No. 426

Lincoln No. 426

Lincoln, NE

November 2018

Members had a busy month in October. Seven of our YELL! group and seven adult members went bowling and enjoyed a pizza dinner at Champions. This event was chaired by Mike Hosek. Our YELL! group enjoyed spending the money they earned at the May Czech Festival selling the palacinka. Our lodge provided the pizza. 

On November 4, we held an important meeting. The Czech heritage was honored with a Czech meal. Rich and Mike Hosek purchased jaternice and members brought covered dishes honoring the Czech heritage. After we enjoyed food, we elected officers for the 2019 year, talked about the National Convention, and decided where donations would be made. After the meeting, members took left overs to some shut-ins.

On November 9, members helped put flags on veteran’s graves at Calvary Cemetery. There are approximately 700 veterans buried there. There was a service before we put the flags out, with a firing squad and Taps played. It reminds us there were sacrifices made for our freedom. 

October 2018

Our faithful member, Mary Ann Havlovic, celebrated her 90th birthday on September 30. Her friends sponsored a dance at the Starlite Ball Room in Wahoo, NE. Nine members went to the Starlite Ball Room to celebrate with Mary Ann. Mary Ann has been a contributing member of our lodge for many years. Congratulations Mary Ann and God bless you.

On October 7, we had a dine-out meeting at PA-PA D’s. Besides enjoying each other’s company, we decided on some dates for events. 

On November 18, we will go to Omaha and prepare bags of food for Kids Against Hunger. If you would like to participate but need a ride, call Velma at 402-489-9525.

In 2019, we could sponsor a Kids Against Hunger in Lincoln. This would involve approximately fifty people. It is costly as each organization would have to pay some money. If you know organizations that would be interested, let us know. Thanks to the Home Office for introducing us to this, as it has been beneficial for our lodge.

On October 12, thirteen members and one guest participated at the St. Peter’s Church Trunk-or-Treat. After we enjoyed our Spookghetti meal, six YELL! members helped the children go through the treat line. Some also helped them go through the haunted house. We had two cars decorated, one car was a pumpkin and the other was in Nebraska football theme.

Our Christmas party will be at the Hy-Vee party room located at 5010 O Street on December 2. There is always a very nice meal and people, so call Sandy Hosek at 402-464-9648 or Velma at 402-489-9525 for reservations.

After our Christmas party, Denise Spale is scheduling places for us to do some Christmas caroling. If you know a shut-in or an aged person who needs a merry Christmas, let us know so we can visit with them.

Velma is checking with nursing homes, etc. to see if we can help in any way to make Christmas better for residents.

August 2018

We thank Milligan No. 76 for the State Meeting they hosted on August 25, 2018. Rich and Sandy Hosek, Dale and Erma Ruhl, Donna Aschwege, Mike Hosek, JoAnn Vilda, John Kirby, and Velma Kotas attended. It was a productive meeting, and was nice to see President Craig Van Dyke at the meeting. The National Convention seemed to be an item of interest for everyone.

Members held a meeting on September 9 at the WOW Hall. Sixteen members enjoyed fried chicken furnished by our lodge, covered dishes were brought in to complete the meal. It was great to see Jim and Carol Budka at this meeting.

Mabel Svoboda passed away in July. Mabel was an active member and served on our kitchen committee with Lori Vasa. Rich and Sandy Hosek volunteered to take over these duties with Lori. Mabel was also in charge of collecting and delivering the items of soap, shampoo, deodorants, and etc. to the Friendship House. Velma Kotas volunteered to complete these duties.

A member is at New Haven in Wahoo, NE recovering from some health issues. Donna Aschwege volunteered to do collections while this person is recovering. Donna’s phone number is 402-421-0803 if you have items to donate.

Our lodge is planning to do a Trunk-or-Treat for Halloween at St. Patrick’s church. We did it last year and had two cars and lots of candy. We also attend the Spookgetti dinner, if you are interested or want to contribute call Mike Hosek at 402-570-9294 or Velma at 402-489-9525.

Mike Hosek chairs our YELL! group and will be taking the group for pizza and bowling in the near future. If you have people that would like to attend, please give Mike a call. The YELL! group will be spending the money they earned selling Palachinka at the May festival.

Velma is researching Kids Against Hunger again this year. Our membership indicated they would like to do it in Lincoln. Perhaps we could do it with other organizations. If you have information in reference to this, call Velma.
We will place flags on veteran’s graves at Calvary Cemetery for Veteran's Day on November 9. If you are interested, please contact Mike Hosek.

Please attend our meeting at noon on November 4 at the WOW Hall (7031 Webster St.). We are furnishing jiternice and other meat will be served. This is an important meeting where we will have an election of officers for 2019 and complete the donations our lodge makes for 2018. 

July 2018

Members kept busy this summer, even though we did not have formal meetings. Fifteen members attended the pork/duck dinner at the Kolache Korner in Prague, NE on July 22. We honored our 50 and 75-year members, and guests, by giving them a free meal. All other members paid $5. Please know we appreciate and care about you. President Denise Spale presented a 50-year pin to Dan Benes. Dan and Dorothy contribute a lot to our lodge as they are always willing to help.

Denise Spale passed around the quarterly magazine, which is published by the Lincoln Housing Authority. It had an article and pictures of our members, and others, working at Mahoney Manor for Join Hands Day. The article stated that No. 426 has planted, weeded, and contributed to the garden for eighteen years.

On July 29, 17 members met and attended a dinner at the Catholic Church in Dwight. At this dinner, YELL! group leader Mike Hosek, Ken Dolezal, and Velma Kotas discussed youth organizations contributing to activities for the betterment of our community.

We need to work hard to get our points and to be helpful to others. Come to our meetings, your attendance and ideas are appreciated more than you know.

Our October 7 meeting is a dine-out at Firth. Denise Spale is the chair person. If you need a ride please call Velma at 402-489-9525.

May 2018

Our lodge does not have regular meetings in the summer, though we try to do more activities. We also try to have some fun with our membership. If you have an idea or if we need to participate in an activity, please call Velma Kotas at 402-489-9525.

On May 27, some members and YELL! members gathered at the Calvary Cemetery and put flags on veteran’s graves to honor them for Memorial Day. Thank you Mike and Jenny Hosek for organizing the Memorial Flag Day.
On June 3, we enjoyed a picnic dinner at Mahoney Park attended by twenty people. We furnished chicken and baked beans and members brought in covered dishes; we do have some very good cooks. Members enjoyed the meal, visiting, and Bingo. Our youth played ball on the playground.

On July 29, the Dwight Festival will be observed. We will go as a group and enjoy the Czech dinner at the church. We hope to have good attendance, so if you need a ride call Velma at 402-489-9525.

April 2018

On April 15, we enjoyed a dine-out meeting at Legends in Clatonia, NE. We enjoyed a wonderful buffet and company. After a short meeting, members motored to Heckman Auditorium at Doane College in Crete for a Czech concert.

May 6 was Lincoln Czech Days at the Pla-Mor. Our membership contributes so much to the success of this day. We do a bicycle and helmet drawing, which was won by Collin Kohout of Wilber. Thanks to the Home Office for the contribution to the bike drawing.

We also awarded a scholarship to Jennifer Hosek, daughter of Michael and Jessica Hosek and granddaughter of Rich and Sandy Hosek. The Hosek family has contributed to the betterment of our lodge for many years. The award was presented by Dorothy Benes from our lodge’s scholarship committee. Jennifer attends the Wesleyan University.

March 2018

Our dine-out meeting on April 15 is going to be at Legends in Claytonia, NE. We will eat at 12:30 p.m. We also plan to attend the Czech concert at Doane University at 3 p.m.

May 5 we will be meeting at Mahoney Manor for Join Hands Day at 9 a.m. On May 6, we will be volunteering at the Lincoln Czech Festival and giving a bike away.

February 2018

Members held a monthly meeting at the WOW Hall February 4. Mike and Jessica Hosek, Denise Spale, and John Kirby made soups for us to enjoy. Our membership furnished covered dishes to compliment the soups. Lori Vasa visited and took soup to some shut-in members.

Past President Rich Hosek installed the following officers to serve in 2018: President Denise Spale, Vice President Jennifer Hosek, Secretary/Correspondent Velma Kotas, and Treasurer Michael Hosek.

Sympathy cards were mailed to Donna Aschwege for the loss of her niece and Ray Pallas who lost his brother Richard Pallas. A memorial donation was given to honor Richard Pallas.

We received thank-you letters from the Disabled American Veterans and the food bank for the monetary donation we gave.

Betty Soukup brought a receipt for a pound of pop tabs we collected for the Ronald McDonald House. Thank you for your efforts and accomplishments as we help our community.

Sandy Hosek reported on our March Casino trip and provided a sign-up sheet for those planning to attend.
Our dine-out meeting on April 11 is going to be at Legends in Claytonia, NE. We will eat at 12:30 p.m. If you need a ride call Velma at 402-489-9525. Drivers will meet at the WOW Hall and we’ll make sure you have a ride. 

January 2018

Officers met at the Kotas/Kirby home on January 10 to work on the betterment of the lodge for our members and the community. We prepared a Calendar of Events for our membership.

Members also met on January 14 at the WOW Hall.

On February 4, we had a soup dinner made by Denise Spale, Mike Hosek, and John Kirby.

On March 4, we will have a breakfast meeting at 11:30 a.m. with officers preparing breakfast for the membership. The YELL! group will also help prepare and serve. 

We are renting a bus to take us to a casino in March. Sandy Hosek is the chair person for this event. Invite your friends, neighbors, and relatives. If you are interested in attending, contact Sandy at 402-464-9648.

Our lodge awards a scholarship to a deserving student who is a member. If you are attending college and could qualify for our scholarship, please contact Dorothy Benes at 402-435-8912, Lori Vasa at 402-440-0228, or Donna Aschwege 402-421-0803. This scholarship will be awarded at the Lincoln Czech Festival in May of 2018.

Denise Spale introduced us to a community project of collecting plastic grocery bags to cut into strips and tie together to make a ball. Then the strips will be crochet into a mat for homeless people. Denise demonstrated at the February meeting.

December 2017

On November 19, members and guests met at the WOW Building and filled three cars for Kids Against Hunger in Omaha. Our group wore Western t-shirts and packed 2,160 meals for hungry children. After the work was done, we went out to eat and had social time.

Our Christmas party was on December 3 with members and one guest at the Hy-Vee party room. Members brought mittens, gloves, sweaters, scarves, etc. for the City Mission. These items were delivered by Rich and Sandy Hosek. YELL! members and children who attended received a sack of candy, coloring books, and colors.
We recognized Mike and Jessica Hosek for chairing many of our activities in 2017 and also assisted with the YELL! group. Lori Vasa was recognized for playing the accordion for our Christmas carols at the Christmas party. The children rang bells as we sang.

We thank all the lodges for their articles as it is nice to get ideas for our community.

October - November 2017

On October 29, six members and six YELL! members enjoyed a bowling pizza party at Champions. Our YELL! group used money they earned selling palacinka (Czech pancake with filling) at the Lincoln Czech Festival in May. After the bowling, lodge bought pizza. Mallory Ruhl was the bowler with the highest score. Thanks to Mike and Jessica Hosek for chairing this party.

On November 5, we held a meeting at the WOW Hall with fried chicken furnished by our lodge. Seventeen members brought covered dishes. The same officers for 2017 were elected for 2018. We finalized our donations for 2017 as well.

We will have a planning meeting for the 2018 calendar year, the date has not been set. If any member is interested in doing something different, fun, or interesting, please call Velma at 402-489-9525, I enjoy hearing your new ideas.  

The Scholarship Committee for 2018 is Dorothy Benes, Lori Vasa, and Donna Aschwege. If you are a member and interested in a scholarship, please contact one of these ladies for an application. 

On November 10, members went to Calvary Cemetery and put flags on veteran’s graves. This is done with other organizations in Lincoln. On November 14, Donna Aschwege, Betty Soukup, and Erma Ruhl baked kolache for the University of Nebraska’s International Food Day (November 15). Erma and Dale Ruhl’s granddaughter, Riley Good, attends the University of NE, and she is a part of International Food Day.

October 2017

On September 30, seven of our lodge members went to Omaha for the State Meeting. It was nice to talk with Don Nieland from the Home Office and share our concerns.

On October 1, we held a dine-out meeting at The Garage. We had a meeting and decided to get busy so we make our points by the end of the year. We understand the difference between regular donations and in-kind donations now.

On October 13, members were a part of the Trunk-or-Treat at St. Patrick’s Church. We decorated John Kirby and Mike Hosek’s cars. We bought lots of candy and Donna Aschwege donated candy as well. There were thirteen members involved and six were YELL! members. We gave away over three hundred candy treats. The children were polite and had wonderful costumes. Members also enjoyed a Spookghetti meal.

September 2017

Some members attended a funeral for member Mary Ann Havlovic’s son who passed away. Mary Ann has been a faithful member for many years. We extend our sympathies to the family.

We held a regular meeting at the WOW Hall on September 3. Our Vice President, Jennifer Hosek, conducted the meeting. Jennifer is a freshmen at Wesleyan University.

Paula Zidko, Paula Brandt, Betty Mumford, Nicole Brown, Paula Vilda, and Jeanette Vilda all transferred into our lodge. We are happy to have you and hope you will come to our meetings and activities.

Members collected eyeglasses for the Lion’s Club. Mary Ann Jaros gave our pill bottles to Companion Care Veterinary. 

We discussed the points we need to earn before the close of 2017. Some ideas were Kids Against Hunger or cleaning a highway. If you would like us to contribute to a place that needs help, please let us know.

On November 5, we have a meeting at the WOW Hall to elect officers. Provide a covered dish that compliments chicken, and our lodge will furnish the chicken.

July 2017

On July 2, we held the annual pork/duck dinner in Prague, NE. We had 20 members attend and honored our 50 and 75-year members. President Denise Spale awarded Francis Pavel a 50-year pin. We enjoyed music by Mark Nemec and a short meeting followed.

Sixteen of our members enjoyed the Czech Festival in Dwight, NE on July 30. Mike and Jessica Hosek chaired this successful adventure.

As fall rolls around, we will have regular meetings starting in September. In October, we are planning a dine-out meeting and some fun. Please call Velma Kotas with your ideas as they are appreciated.

June 2017

On May 27, members gathered at Calvary Cemetery to place flags on veteran’s graves. Mike Hosek chaired this activity and we included other organizations in Lincoln. It was rewarding and we will do this activity again.

On June 4, 18 members and 3 guests enjoyed a picnic at Mahoney Park. We furnished the fried chicken, drinks, and table service. Everyone brought a covered dish to share. Mike and Jessica Hosek did a great job of hosting the picnic. We played games and prizes were awarded.

Wilber Czech Days are coming fast as well. Our lodge is planning a float.


Brooke and her dad Jon Eisenhauer.

On July 2, we enjoyed a pork/duck dinner at the Prague Kolache Korner. This was to honor our 50-year and 75-year members. Francis Pavel was awarded a 50-year pin by President Denise Spale. We enjoyed the accordion music that Mark Nemec provided.

Our next meeting will be September 3 at the WOW Hall with a carry-in dinner at 12:30 p.m.; meeting to follow.

April 2017

On April 2, members had an informal meeting at Lee’s Chicken.

We hosted the District 3 Meeting at the WOW Hall in Lincoln on April 30. We furnished meat for the meal. We also included cleaning supplies in our invitation to the District Meeting. Sondra Miller, a social worker from the VA NE-Western IA Health Care System, spoke at the District Meeting. Members brought approximately $150 in cleaning supplies. Our lodge received a thank-you card from the VA signed by Don Scott, the Voluntary Service Assistant.

We participated at Lincoln’s Czech Day on May 7. Velma Kotas hosted and was responsible for the raffle table. Many members baked for and worked at the bake sale. John Kirby, Dale Ruhl, and Rich Hosek worked the bike registration table. Member Mallory Ruhl won the bicycle, and she worked the palacinka booth with our YELL! group. 

The Scholarship Committee selected Brooke Eisenhauer as our scholarship recipient, presented by Velma Kotas.  
Our raffle table had many items generously donated by people. At the end, there was a TV drawing and Lori Vasa was the winner.

February 2017

Members held a regular meeting on February 5. Our lodge furnished the soup and members brought covered dishes to share.

We elected our delegates for the State Convention, which will be held on September 30 in Omaha. Delegates are as follows: Velma Kotas, Jenny, Mike, and Rich Hosek, and Denise Spale. Joann Vilda and Donna Aschwege are alternates.

On February 13, John Kirby, Velma Kotas, Joann Vilda, and Mabel Svoboda went to Valparaiso, NE to present a Certificate of Honorary Membership to Bessie Dvorak.

April 2 is our “Dine Out” meal at Lee’s Chicken. Reservations have been made, we will eat at noon and the room has been reserved for our meeting.  

May 6 is our Join Hands Day and Rich Hosek reported he has made plans to go to Mahoney Manor and St. Patrick’s Church.

May 7 is the Lincoln Czech Festival at the PLA-MOR Ball Room. We will have a Lincoln Queen. If you are interested, please contact Deb Vocasek at 402-438-1903.

We collected for the food bank and scholarship fund.

January 2017

Members met at the Kirby/Kotas home on January 5. We reviewed information from the Home Office for the 2017 points award.

We named chairpersons for some of our activities as follows: YELL!, Mike Hosek; Social Activity, Sandy Hosek; Veterans and City Mission, Velma Kotas and John Kirby; Nursing Homes, Lois Rood; and the person that will call about changes, Mary Ann Havlovic. Members can call any officer with questions, ideas, or concerns.

We also prepared a Calendar of Events for 2017. One goal for this year is to have shorter meetings and more fun. We also want to invite new members to our meetings and activity.

Members met at the WOW Hall on January 8 for a monthly meeting. We enjoyed dinner and social time before our meeting.

Social Chairperson Sandy Hosek has organized a casino trip to Council Bluffs on March 15. Sandy will have a sign-up sheet at our February meeting or call her at 402-464-9648.  

We are going to try and have some social activities at our meetings.

On February 5, we played Bingo after our meeting. If you have ideas for fun, please share them.

Our next meeting is at 11:30 a.m. on March 5 at the WOW Hall. The officers and YELL! group will prepare a breakfast brunch for us.

November 2016

On November 18, our YELL! group helped with a fundraiser at St. Patrick’s church. Five from our lodge participated in the fundraiser for the playground equipment at St. Patrick’s School.

On November 29, members went to the Independence House to entertain them for an evening. We took Christmas cards to address and be sent as directed. We attached names and artwork to a wreath. Each resident assisted with an ornament. Members made kolache and bars for the residents as well. Lois Rood brought her guitar and we sang.

On December 4, we celebrated Christmas with a Czech dinner at the Hy-Vee party room for members and guests. We prepared Christmas ornaments of people who participated in lodge activities over the year.

Members went back to Independence House for a Polka Christmas on December 17. We thank Lois Rood, Betty Soukup, Mabel Svoboda, John Kirby, and Velma Kotas for their participation and contribution.

On December 18, we caroled at nursing homes. We had pie and ice cream at Village Inn after caroling.

October 2016
Velma Kotas, Correspondent

Sixteen members, including two YELL! members, enjoyed lunch followed by a meeting at PAPA D’s in October.
Eight of our members attended the State Convention in Farwell on October 8.

Mel Svoboda’s daughter donated some items to the Czech organizations in Lincoln. Mel passed away last April and he took many videos of special occasions.  

Seven members attended a meeting at Gere Library on October 11. We reviewed the items and dispersed many of them. It was thoughtful of them to remember us.

Our YELL! group thanks the Home Office for the t-shirts. They helped with the flags at Calvary Cemetery for Veteran’s Day. They are also planning to work at a St. Patrick’s fundraiser.

On November 6, we had a regular meeting at the WOW Hall.

On November 29, we will be going to the Independent House to assist the residents with Christmas cards, decorations, and etc. We look forward to helping, if you need additional information contact Lois Rood at 402-325-9754 or Velma at 402-489-9525.

Denise Spale is making arrangements for bell ringing for the Salvation Army.

Our Christmas party will be at the “O” Street Hy-Vee store at noon since we have the party room reserved from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will serve a Czech dinner. There will be some surprises, so please come and bring a special gift of mittens, scarves, hats, and etc. for the City Mission.

September 2016
Velma Kotas, Correspondent

Our members met at the WOW Hall on September 4. We participated in the Lincoln Czech Day on May 1 and Rich Hosek reported on our bike drawing. Mike Hosek, our YELL! group leader, reported on the Palacinka booth our YELL! group provided at the festival. Rich Hosek reported on Join Hands Day observed on May 7. The YELL! group distributed flags on the veteran’s graves at Calvary Cemetery for Memorial Day. Mike and Jessica Hosek reported on the picnic observed in June. Velma Kotas reported on the pork/duck dinner on July 24.

We welcomed agent Connie Gibb and her husband Michael O’Mara at this meeting. Connie did a presentation.
Betty Soukup received an invoice for eye glasses that we collected for the Lion’s Club. Mary Ann Havlovic received a receipt for pill bottles donated to Companion Care Vets Clinic.

Mike Hosek ordered YELL! t-shirts. Our YELL! group is helping at the Calvary Cemetery in November, they will distribute flags honoring our veterans.  

We are also participating in a fundraiser for hungry children. If you would like to be a part of these activities for the community, call Mike Hosek at 402-742-3880.

Mel Svoboda passed away in April, he was a wonderful member and was a trustee for our lodge. President Denise Spale appointed Dorothy Benes to be a trustee to complete Mel Svoboda’s term.

Our next meeting will be November 6 at the WOW Hall. We will furnish fried chicken, so bring a covered dish to share. We will also have the election of officers for 2017, and will make decisions about donations to help our community.

Our Christmas party is December 4 at the “O” Street Hy-Vee. If you have questions call Velma at 402-489-9525.

July 2016
Velma Kotas, Correspondent

We honored our new and 50 and 75-year members on July 24 with dinner and music at the Kolache Korner in Prague, NE.

There was a very nice article in The Lincoln Journal Star about Treasurer Mike Hosek’s contribution to the building of St. Patrick’s Church.

We have eight members attending the State Convention on October 8 in Farwell, NE.

Our October 2 meeting will be at PAPA D’s in Firth, NE at 12:30 p.m. If you need a ride to any events, contact Velma at 402-489-9525 and we will try to help.

June 2016
Velma Kotas, Correspondent

Our lodge manages to keep very busy with activities even though we do not have a meeting until September.
Mike Hosek, our YELL! chairperson, organized the group to distribute flags for the veterans’ graves at Calvary Cemetery on May 29 in Lincoln, NE. They had nice attendance from the community, which gave our group the opportunity to work with other organizations.

Our membership is wonderful by remembering others and we thank you for the collections you do for our community. It is appreciated more than you know. Tracy Saathoff, Jared Dittmer, and Jim and Linda Varejcka donated pill bottles and cards for nursing homes. Jim and Linda donate much of their time to the veterans as well.

Mike and Jessica Hosek hosted a lodge picnic at Mahoney Park in Lincoln on June 12. This was well attended by our membership, friends, and neighbors. Our lodge furnished the chicken and members brought covered dishes for guests and families. It was not too hot under the shelter at Mahoney Park. We enjoyed Bingo and other games, and many prizes were won by those who attended.

May 2016
Velma Kotas, Correspondent

On May 5, membership was represented at the funeral of Elmer Zank, an active retired member of the Capital City Czech Choraliers. We all sat together and remembered.

Our future activities are the lodge picnic and our pork and dinner. There will be future mailings or phone calls.

April 2016
Velma Kotas, Correspondent

Velma Kotas, Charlene Johnson, and Donna Aschwege making rosettes.

On April 20, Charlene Johnson, Connie Hulinsky, and Velma Kotas went to Donna Aschwege’s to learn how to make rosettes. It was wonderful to get together with the ladies, and I am sure besides making rosettes, we did solve the world’s problems. Thank you for a beautiful day.

On April 28, we organized and represented our lodge at Mel Svoboda’s funeral. We said goodbye to a man who was always our friend, and great contributor to our lodge. He served as an officer for many years, board of directors, organizer of Convention trips, and much more.

The Lincoln Czech Festival is being held at the PLA-Mor Ball Room and we all have lots to do. Our YELL! group set up and sold Palacinka for a fundraiser. They did pretty well and had fun also. Erma Ruhl and Mike Hosek helped our younger group as well. Our Yell! group also picked up dishes at meal time and other times. The money will be donated to the Lincoln Czechs, they give Czech Language scholarships to the U of NE. They also need funds to buy some sound equipment.

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YELL! group sells Palacinka.  

Velma Kotas and Lois Rood hosted the entire day by having our guests sign on the guest register and selling raffle tickets. John Kirby and Dale Ruhl sat with Connie Gibb at the Western Fraternal Life table and were in charge of the bike giveaway registrations. The bike drawing was held at approximately 4 p.m. and Iva Volf from Hickman, NE won. We thank the Home Office for the financial assistance in the bike giveaway.

Then some members worked the bake sale table: Charlene and Clarence Johnson, Donna Aschwege, and Betty Soukup. I do hope I did not forget anyone and you are appreciated more than you know.

Thanks to the Home Office for the bicycle handouts and other items that we will use at our festival.

A beloved member has health problems. I am reporting this because he has been a wonderful member of our lodge for a very long time. He is the keeper of records and we depend on his knowledge more than he knows. Take care, you are appreciated. 

Members met at Lee’s Chicken for the April 3 meeting. President Denise Spale and Secretary Velma Kotas were absent at this meeting and we appreciate Rich and Sandy Hosek for running the meeting.

Rich Hosek, our past president, called the meeting to order. Our Outstanding Leadership Award certificate was passed around to the membership. Once again, you accomplished this by hard work, attitude, and your ideas; you are appreciated.

Member Jared Dittmer is graduating from Union College, we are proud of him.

There has been a tentative date set of June 12 for our lodge picnic, more details will follow. Mike and Jessica Hosek will chair this activity. This will be followed by the Pork/Duck dinner for our 50 and 75-year members and also our new members on July 17.

March 2016
Velma Kotas, Correspondent

Members met on March 6 with one guest in attendance. President Denise Spale prepared an egg casserole for us to enjoy.

On March 2, approximately 15 members ate a goulash dinner at Christ Methodist Church. Velma Kotas, Erma Ruhl, Donna Aschwege, and Betty Soukup baked and contributed kolache for this dinner.

March 8 was our Casino trip and it was well attended in Council Bluffs. The Casino trip is really a successful event as we had 11 members and 26 guests, for a total of 37 people. 

Our President Denise Spale’s mother, Arlene Spale, passed away. Her memorial service was March 9. Eight of our members were at the service.

Six members attended the District Meeting in Milligan on March 13, and we thank the host lodge. It was really great for us to see those who attended the District Meeting. At this meeting, our President accepted the Outstanding Leadership Award for the 2015 year. That is very nice for our membership as they did so much work and participated in lodge activities. Please realize that if you did not attend meetings or participate in our activities, we would not accomplish any award. So, thank you, as it is important for us to contribute good things to our community, and sometimes good things are catching. Fraternal friendships are wonderful as well.

May will be a busy and happy month. Our Join Hands Day is May 1. Please bring your happy faces, busy hands, and garden tools to Mahoney Manor and plan to work. We will once again transplant and plant new flowers and get the ground ready for a garden. Bring your empty tummy as we will enjoy a chicken dinner at noon.

May 7 is the Lincoln Czech Festival at the PLA-MOR Ballroom at West “O” Street, please come and join the fun. We have a bicycle drawing and a scholarship to giveaway. Our YELL! group leader, Mike Hosek, is working on the YELL! group fundraiser. Perhaps they will have a “Palacinka” booth at the festival; however, this is still in the planning stage, and we thank Erma Ruhl for volunteering her assistance.

February 2016
Velma Kotas, Correspondent

Our 2016 Calendar of Events have been mailed. If you did not receive one, please call Velma at 402-489-9525. Please mark your Calendar of Events with the following changes: The Wilber Czech Days are August 6 - 8, not 1 - 3. The dine-out dinner will be October 2 at PAPA Dee’s in Firth, NE, not October 6.

Our April 3 meeting is a Dine Out meeting at Lee’s Chicken, on West Van Dorn. We will eat at 12:30 p.m. and order off the menu. If you need a ride, please call Velma.

Our membership will be baking kolaches for the Czech Goulash meal, which will be served at Christ’s Methodist Church, 4530 A Street on March 2. The food will be served from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. There will be a free-will offering for the food.

We are working on participation in the Kids Against Hunger and we will soon be picking a date to do a food packing for the hungry, as people should not be hungry. We are very happy to announce there is a location in Lincoln at 27th and Cornhusker Highway.

Lincoln is working on the Queen, Prince, and Princess for 2016, if you have any interest in this please call and we will help you get started with an application. 

Our Lincoln Czech Day is May 1 at the PLA-MOR Ball room in Lincoln and it is always a big, happy day for us; lots of work but fun. We will have a bicycle drawing and of course our scholarship will be awarded, so if you need an application for the scholarship please call Donna Aschwege at 402-421-0803 , Dorothy Benes at 402-435-8912, or Erma Ruhl at 402-488-6361. For the bicycle drawing, you need to come and register on May 1.
Our YELL! membership did artwork at our meeting on February 7. It was reported that Valerie Hosek awarded St. Patrick’s School five hundred box tops from our lodge and YELL! group. Good job everyone.

Betty Soukup brought in a receipt from the Ronald McDonald House for 2.5 lbs of pop tabs we collected. Eyeglasses, pill bottles, and pop tabs were also brought to the February 7 meeting. We also passed our collection bucket for the food bank and our scholarship fund. Our lodge does support our community in a very positive way, come and be a part of the good things we do.

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