Western Fraternal Life :: Meadowlands Jr. No. 361

Meadowlands Jr. No. 361

Meadowlands, MN

March 2019

Our lodge is in desperate need of a secretary/correspondent. Please contact President James Simunovich at 313-204-3887 if you are interested in this position. 

February 2019

The February 10 meeting was held at Meadowlands Manor.

We received correspondence for property taxes. A sympathy card was sent to Kenneth Maly in memory of his father Chuck Maly and to Helen Abramson in memory of her husband David Abramson.

We sent out future meeting dates. Other paperwork was sent to the Home Office.

There was no Valentine’s Day party due to bad weather and ill members. We decided to do a St. Patrick’s Day party instead on March 17.

The lodge is accepting applications for volunteer secretary position. Election of officers results were as follows: President Jim Simunovich, Vice President Joe Skala, and Treasurer Bonnie Van Duker.

A clothing drive will be planned for this summer with date to be announced.

November 2018

The October and November meetings were held at the Meadowlands Manor.

Members assisted Meadowlands community leaders with the annual Halloween party for area youth on October 27. Western Halloween bags were given to attendees to carry their treats and treasures throughout the event. We fed the ghosts and goblins their daily ration of hot dogs, chips, candy, and juice. The event was enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

On November 3, the annual Hunter’s Supper was held and sponsored by the Meadowlands Community Center. Members supplied many desserts to compliment the delicious meal.

Special thanks to all the veterans for their service to our nation.

Condolences to the family of John Kochevar.

September 2018

The annual potluck/meeting was held September 9 at the National Hall. Members and guests enjoyed an afternoon of reminiscing, food, good music, and Bingo.

President Jim Simunovich presented pins to Vlasta Skala (75-years) and Tom Lytner (50-years). He also gave a brief recap of lodge activities for the year, and suggestions for future activities.

Agent Scott Daniels assisted our members at the bike giveaway and information booth at the Central St. Louis County Fair. Bike winners were Hanna Maly and Jonah Maly.

The family of the late George Kucera, longtime member, presented an award to the exhibitors with the most entries in produce at the fair. George held that honor for many years prior to his passing.

Thanks to Helen Abramson for giving St. Louis County commissioners a guided tour of the National Hall.

August 2018

In July, we collected clothing for the Disabled American Veterans, as well as for a women’s shelter in neighboring communities. Thanks to Dave, Helen, Joe, and Val for delivering the items to the appropriate agencies. 

On August 5, we hosted a birthday party at the Hummingbird Assisted Living facility in Meadowlands. Special birthday cards, gifts, hats, and treats were given to each of the residents. Music was provided by 99-year-old Charlie and his button box. 

We gave away two bikes at the central St. Louis County Fair in Meadowlands on August 19. 

Our annual potluck picnic was held at the National Hall on September 9, with a meal, meeting, and entertainment to follow.

May 2018

On May 5, members met at the National Hall for hall cleaning and the monthly meeting. On June 10, the meeting was held.

Plans were made for a clothing drive to benefit Disabled American Veterans and a women’s shelter in neighboring cities. The clothing was collected at the National Hall on July 11, prior to the monthly meeting.

Planning is under way for an “Everyone’s Birthday Party” for the residents of the Hummingbird Assisted Living facility in August, and for the annual bike giveaway at the Central St. Louis Co. Fair.

Congratulations to the graduating seniors of our lodge. Happy 99th birthday to Charlie Karasek, one of the oldest members of our lodge.

March 2018

Our monthly meeting was held March 11 at the Meadowlands Manor. Plans were finalized for the St. Patrick’s Day party for residents of Hummingbird Assisted Living. We provided entertainment, decorations, and lunch.

Congratulations to everyone who helped achieve a Four Star Award for this year. Let’s work together to be as successful next year.

Condolences go out to the family of Mary Odden.

February 2018

Our meeting was held February 4 at the Meadowlands Manor.

The election of officers was held with the following results: President Jim Simunovich, Vice President Joe Skala, Treasurer Bonnie Van Duker, and Carol Anderson temporarily acting as secretary.

Projects and activities for the coming year were discussed and are being developed.

Members donated baked goods and participated in the Sax-Zim Bog Birding Festival held annually in Meadowlands.

Several members have experienced health issues this winter, and have been hospitalized or in rehab. A donation was sent to the Micki (Marvel) Lane Benefit to help offset the cost of her medical treatments. The benefit was held at the Cloquet Armory on February 17. Best wishes to all.

Congratulations to 50-year members Tom Lytner and Louis Winkle, and 75-year member Vlasta Skala. Their pins will be presented at a later date.

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