Western Fraternal Life :: Loup Valley No. 437

Loup Valley No. 437

Ord, NE

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.

December 2017

Members met December 3 at the Ord Veteran’s Club for dinner and a meeting. News from the Home Office and the point system was discussed. Coupons were sent to servicemen in Italy. A donation was made to the Ord Township Library.

We discussed Make Christmas Happen, the 2018 calendar, and new projects.

An election of officers was held with the following result: President Doris David, Vice President Agnes Janda, Secretary Sandy J. Psota, Treasurer Linda Ptacnik, Correspondent Sandy L. Psota, and Trustees D. Psota, Everett Lech, Taygan Psota, and W. David.

November 2017

Members met on November 5 at the Ord Veteran’s Club following the buffet dinner. In honor of our veterans, Dave Scheidler gave an interesting presentation on his military career. We are grateful for Dave’s time.

The 2017 Nebraska Bee Queen, Shelby Kittle, gave a presentation on her honeybees. We learned a lot of new facts. Thanks, Shelby and good luck at the National Bee Queen competition.

Feed the Farmer was completed. Many farmers were warmed with their sack lunches.

A donation was made to Make Christmas Happen. Donation cans were placed in the businesses and letters sent out.

Congratulations to Agnes Janda who received her 75-year member pin. We had cake and coffee to honor her.
A birthday greeting was sent to Everett Lech. Several sympathy cards were also sent.

October - November 2017

Members met October 1 at the Senior Center in Ord. Coupons were sent to troops in Japan. A sympathy card was sent.

We discussed the Feed the Farmer project and will set the date later. At 2 p.m., Mid-NE clients arrived for the fall festival dance. Lunch was served to clients and each received a Western tote bag.

Members met November 5 at Ord Veteran’s Club with dinner and a meeting. Nebraska Honey Queen, Shelby Kittle, spoke about her bees. We also honored 75-year member Agnes Janda. The public was invited.

September 2017

Members met at 1 p.m. on September 17 at the home of Agnes Janda. Thank-you notes were read from the graduates and bike winner Reagan Thompson.

Coupons were sent to the military base in Japan. Kathryn Ingerle was recognized for her volunteer work: cookies to daycares monthly, playing Polka tapes, taking kolache to assisted living homes in St. Paul, and donating blankets to the Elba EMTs. Congratulations Kathryn.

Jakki Fauss won a trike at the Valley County Fair. Gift cards to Rosie’s, Arby’s, Subway, and Casey’s were also given as prizes. Members of the Psota family sponsored the pedal tractor pull.

We discussed a speaker for November and honored 75-year member Agnes Janda.

Feed the Farmer will be held when farmers start harvesting corn and beans.

Congratulations to members Dave and Alice Stevens for celebrating 60-years of marriage. Members attended their dance and celebration last Saturday. Prayers go out to members and their families/friends who are undergoing cancer treatments.

June 2017

Members met on June 19. A birthday card was signed for Dorothy Key and Lumir Hayek. Fathers were wished a happy Father’s Day.

Congratulations to graduates Shannon Davenport, Skyler Key, Jesse Shirley, and Erin Skolil. A card and monetary gift was sent to them.

No. 14 invited us to their 120th anniversary dance they had in June.

Items were donated to the Crisis Center in Grand Island for our monthly project. Our fraternal project was a gift certificate to the senior center for dinners.

The State Convention will be held at Holy Ghost Center in Omaha on September 30.

The Valley County Fair bike and gift card giveaway was discussed.

May 2017

Members met May 7 at the home of Agnes Janda. Cards were sent to members celebrating birthdays and recuperating.

A moment of silence was held for Larry Vilda and a card was sent to the family.

The Head Start Easter egg hunt was held in April with two groups.

April 2017

Members met on February 12 at the home of Agnes Janda. Correspondence from Home Office was read and the point system reviewed. Thank-you notes were read from the food pantry and the varmint hunt (post prom activity) for the donations.
Valentines were made by area schools to be sent to 1st Lt. Kevin Rose, stationed in Iraq, for distribution to fellow servicemen. Cookies were brought to area daycares.

Members met on March 12 at the home of Agnes Janda. Coupons were sent to the service men stationed in Japan.

The District 6 Meeting was held March 26 hosted by No. 112.
The meeting date has been changed back to the first Sunday of each month.
We plan to donate to a family whose daughter is having her second heart surgery.
Members met April 9 at the Senior Center in Ord. Agent Delmer Wondercheck and wife Cindy were guests.
Everyone is to be congratulated for all the hard work and dedication that helped us receive the Level I Award.
Coupons were sent to the military base in Japan. Twelve daycares in the area had healthy treats delivered to them last month.
Reports were given on the District Meeting held at the National Hall and hosted by No. 112.
The community card party was held after the meeting. Lunch was served afterward.
Elba Fire and Rescue honored Kathryn Ingerle with a plaque in appreciation for all her support, dedication, and service to their department.
The Head Start Easter egg hunt was held on April 20.

December 2016

Members met on December 4 at the Ord Veteran’s Club for their Christmas dinner.
We discussed the new awards program.
A donation was made to the Ord post-prom varmint hunt. Items were donated to the crisis center in Grand Island. Coupons were sent to veterans in Italy.
We discussed “Make Christmas Happen.”
We held an election of officers with results as follows: President Doris David, Vice President Agnes Janda, Treasurer Linda Ptacnik, Secretary Sandy J. Psota, Correspondent Sandy L. Psota, and Trustees Don Psota, Delores Skolil, Everett Lech, and Taygan Psota.
Our meeting time was changed to the second Sunday of each month. Everyone was given a calendar.

The Psota’s of No. 437, have five family members who were all in the Future Farmers of America (FFA). Eldon Psota from 1952-1956 (now deceased), Don Psota 1958-1962, James Psota 1980-1984, Ryan Psota 2004-2008, and Taygan Psota 2012-2016. These five individuals have won numerous medals in Range and livestock judging, served as officers, received proficiency awards, and state and national degrees. To make it even more special, Eldon, James, and Taygan all wore the same FFA jacket! The jacket is put away for the next Psota boy to wear.

August 2016

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Bike winners.

We met on August 7 at the home of Agnes Janda. Members James, Sandy, Taygan, David, and Robert Psota sponsored medals for the pedal tractor pull at the Valley County Fair; thank you! We also hosted the bike/trike giveaway and some gift cards. Winners were Chance Moudry and Callie Slagle. We will sponsor the bike/gift card giveaway next year at the Valley County Fair.

Youth member Taygan Psota was presented an award from the Valley Co. 4-H board for his trap shooting.

June 2016
Sandy L. Psota, Correspondent

Members met at 1 p.m. June 5 at the home of Agnes Janda. Vice President Agnes called the meeting to order. 

The community building project with the Legion Auxiliary sent candy and treats to Josh Masion of US Air Force in Germany. Coupons were mailed to Camp Stanley Commissary in South Korea for veteran families. Magazines were delivered to the veteran’s home in Grand Island as well.

Sympathy cards were sent to Linda Kovarik, in the tragic death of her granddaughter and to Everett Lech in the death of his sister.

The bike and coupons will be given away at the Valley County Fair on Kid’s Night. The James Psota family will again sponsor the pedal tractor pull.

Items were collected for the Crisis Center in Grand Island.

The meeting was adjourned and lunch was served. There is no meeting in July due to the fair. Our next meeting is August 6, with time and place to be announced.

May 2016
Sandy J. Psota, Correspondent

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Members delivered cookies to daycare children. Members making cookie trays for daycare.

Members met May 1 at the home of Agnes Janda. President Doris David called the meeting to order, followed by the pledge.

The Easter egg treats for Head Start students were given inside due to the weather. All the children enjoyed treats in spite of the weather. Cookie trays were delivered to 11 daycares in Ord as well.

Taygan Psota was congratulated on his graduation from Ord High School and for receiving the Star Chapter Farmer award at the FFA Banquet. A monetary gift was sent to Taygan.

Following the meeting, a delicious lunch was served.

April 2016
Sandy Psota, Correspondent

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Valentines and letters sent to Dave Shidler for servicemen on Valentine’s Day.

Members met April 3 at the home of Agnes Janda.

Area agent Delmer Wondercheck and wife Cindy and guest Dave Stevens were welcomed to the meeting. Coupons were mailed to Camp Foster in Okinawa.

April 19 was the Easter egg hunt for Head Start students at the little park in Ord. Members prepared sacks for the hunt and packaged cookie plates to be delivered to the daycares. The park was cleaned by members prior to the activity. Cookies and treats were brought to be delivered to daycares in Ord.

Feed the farmer activity will be held in the fall. Join Hands Day was discussed. Sandy Psota will check with the Girl Scout troop for participation with this activity.

A delicious lunch and social time was enjoyed by all.

March 2016
Sandy Psota, Correspondent

Members met at 1 p.m. on March 6 at the Senior Center.

The Easter egg hunt is April 19 at the Little Park. We discussed treats. 

The Community Card party was held after the meeting.

February 2016
Sandy Psota, Correspondent

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Items members gave for Make Christmas Happen.
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Valentine cards made by Vinton School and Ord Elementary School.

Members met on February 7 at Agnes Janda’s house. Valentine's and letters were made by Vinton School, Ord Elementary, and St. Mary’s students. The Valentine's candy and personal items were sent to Dave Schleida to share with his fellow servicemen.

The District Meeting was held March 20 at the Service Center with an 11:30 dinner and meeting at 1 p.m.

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