Western Fraternal Life :: Loup Valley No. 437

Loup Valley No. 437

Ord, NE

May 2019

Members met May 5 at the home of Agnes Janda. We made a donation to the Salvation Army.

The Building Blocks Easter egg hunt was held April 23. Thirty-nine students enjoyed the hunt and treats that followed.

Congratulations to area graduates. We honored mothers for Mother’s Day.

Donations were made to Disaster Relief fund for a lodge affected by the flood. The donations will be presented at the State Meeting.

Meeting adjourned and lunch was served.

April 2019

Members met April 4 at the Senior Center. Ham and cheese and plastic bags were delivered to area daycares. The Building Blocks Easter egg hunt was April 23 at the Little Park.

We hosted the District 6 Meeting, followed by dinner. A memorial service was held. Presidents Doris David, Ernest Maly, Richard Bilka, and Emil Kment represented their lodge’s deceased members. A candle was lit in memory of the members. The poem, In Memory Of, was read by Sandy Psota and a moment of silence was held.
Current officers were retained as follows: President Sandy L. Psota, Vice President Emil Kment, and Secretary Richard Bilka.

There was discussion on donating to a lodge affected by the flood and challenging other districts to donate. This will be presented at the State Meeting.

Agent Robert Firchow presented an interesting talk on benefits and relief for flood victims.

Dennice No. 14 will host the meeting next year with date to be announced.

The community card party was held at 2 p.m. Lunch followed.

January 2019

Members met on December 9 at Ord Veterans Club following the buffet dinner for their meeting/Christmas party. A thank-you card was read from the Mid-NE clients for the Fall Festival Dance.

The 2019 calendar and varmint hunt were discussed.

An election of officers was held with the following results: President Doris David, Vice President Agnes Janda, Secretary Sandy J. Psota, Treasurer Linda Ptacnik, Correspondent Sandy L. Psota, and Trustees Don Psota, Delores Skolil, and Everett Lech.

Make Christmas Happen was discussed. This will be the last year we participate. We are looking for volunteers to take it over.

Several members attended the Polka dance at the Vet’s Club on January 6.

The January 13 meeting was held at the home of Agnes Janda. Plastic bags were delivered to local daycares.
Make Christmas Happen was a huge success and many families enjoyed a better Christmas because of the community’s generosity. Thanks to all the dedicated volunteers.

The varmint hunt was also a success. Thanks to members James, Sandy, Taygan, Robert, and Debra Psota.
Members were reminded about the National Scholarship deadline and Valentines for Vets was discussed.
The meeting was followed by social time and lunch.

Members met on February 3 at the home of Agnes Janda.

Coupons were sent to veterans and 10,000 pop tabs were delivered to the Ronald McDonald House in Omaha. Valentines for Veterans were mailed to veterans made by Ord Elementary students and St. Mercy students.
Join Hands Day was discussed.

The District Meeting is April 14 at 11 a.m., with lunch at 11:30 a.m. The meeting is 1 p.m. and community card party at 2 p.m. Meat, table service, drink, potato, and vegetable to be provided. Please bring a salad or dessert, as well as item for the food pantry.

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.

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