Western Fraternal Life :: Loup Valley No. 437

Loup Valley No. 437

Ord, NE

November 2018

Members met November 4 at the Ord Veterans Club for a buffet dinner. Special guests were speaker Kevin Sheldon, 75-year member Mary Ann Boone and husband Richard, 50-year member Dennis Urbanovsky with wife Pat, and 50-year member Linda Ptacnik. Following dinner, the group was led in the Pledge of Allegiance honoring veterans.

Veteran Kevin Sheldon presented a very informative and interesting talk on his military career. He also shared his daily journals and items he brought back with him.

Sandy J. Psota gave a brief talk on the history of the lodge and its activities. District President Sandy L. Psota introduced Mary Ann Boone, Dennis Urbanovsky, and Linda Ptacnik. Each gave a family history and when they became members. Vice President Agnes Janda presented them with their pins. Cake and coffee were served following the activity.

Feed the Farmer was held and many farmers enjoyed lunch while harvesting. Plastic bags were delivered to a daycare. Make Christmas Happen was discussed.

October 2018

Members met on October 7 at the Senior Center in Ord. Sandy J. Psota read correspondence from the Home Office, including our points. Donations were taken to the Crisis Center in Grand Island.

Feed the Farmer was discussed with date to be set when the weather clears up and harvesting is underway.
A thank-you card was received from Ord graduate Danielle Wray for the monetary donation we gave.

Danielle Wray thanked the lodge.

Members met November 4 at the Ord Veterans Club to honor 75-year members Mary Ann Bonne, Linda Ptacnik, Dennis Urbanovsky, and Mary Masin. Members had dinner and the awards were at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., Kevin Sheldon spoke of his military service to our country. Veterans were honored. The public was invited to attend this awards and speaker presentation.

A large number of mid-Nebraska clinics and sponsors arrived for the Fall Festival dance. There was singing and a lunch. Clients were already asking when the next dance would be.

September 2018

We met July 31 at the Valley County Fairgrounds prior to the bikes and gift cards registration. The bike was won by James Bruno and the trike won by Josie Breitkreitz.

Members James, Sandy, Taygan, Robert, and David sponsored the pedal tractor pull. Over 200 youngsters entered this event.

Earlier in the month, we attended the old-fashioned tractor ride honoring veterans. A donation was made to the organization and members enjoyed visiting with the veterans.

We met on September 9 at the home of Agnes Janda. Sympathy cards were sent to the family of Olga Michalski, Matilda Zulkoski, and Lumir Hytek.

Congratulations to member Taygan Psota for winning 2nd place in the Arcadia Fall Festival Demolition Derby. Congratulations also to Danielle Wray for earning the NE High School Rodeo Association Breakaway Champion title. The finals were held June 14-16 in Hastings, NE. Danielle placed 3rd in the first round, 1st in the second round, won 2nd in the short go and won the average on three head. She set a new state finals record, roping three head in 8.59 seconds. She is the daughter of Mark and Denise Wray of Ord.

Discussion was held on the speaker in November honoring 50 and 75-year members.

April 2018

Members met on April 8 at the home of Agnes Janda. Coupons were sent to troops in South Korea. Sandy read correspondence from the Home Office.

We received the Shining Star Award from the Home Office. Congratulations to all for their hard work and dedication.

Shining Star Awards were presented to Presidents Richard Bilka (No. 112), Emil Kment (No. 152), and Doris David (No. 437) by Director Terry Hynek.

A monetary donation was sent to graduates Waylon David, Danielle Wray, and Keithan Coufal.
A donation was made to member Taygan Psota for his derby car.

Members filled treat bags for the Easter egg hunt after the meeting. A delicious lunch was served.
Several members attended the 65th anniversary celebration at the Vet’s Club for Ina and Gene Novak.
The Head Start Easter egg hunt was held April 24 in the little park with one group in the morning and one in the afternoon.

March 2018

Members met March 4 at the Ord Senior Center.

Valentines were mailed to Dale Rynarson in the military and delivered to the Veteran’s Home in Grand Island.

Plastic bags were delivered and treats will be delivered to area daycares.

The District Meeting was held March 25 at Lodge No. 152.

We received an invitation from No. 112 for a card party on April 22.

The Head Start Easter egg hunt and Join Hands Day were discussed.

Meeting was followed by lunch.

February 2018

Members met February 1 at the home of Agnes Janda. There were 4,000 volunteer hours recorded in 2017 by members, a very large accomplishment for all of us.

Sandy read correspondence from the Home Office and shared points we received in 2017. This showed hard work and dedication by members.

Plastic bags were delivered to area daycares. A donation was made to the Ord Methodist Church for use of the Fellowship Hall for Make Christmas Happen. A donation was made to the Ord Food Pantry for their assistance as well. Coupons were sent to a military base in Germany for our troops.

Valentines were made by St. Mary’s School and Ord Elementary School students to be sent to veterans. A huge thank-you to the students for their creativity and beautiful valentines.

A meeting was held March 4 at the Ord Senior Center with a community card party at 2 p.m. Area lodges and community members were invited.

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