We had a sanctioned rib contest on August 11 in Centennial Garden to raise money for the auditorium windows. Five of the eleven contestants were at the time, the top five ranked teams in the Midwest BBQ Association.
Contestants came from all over Nebraska. Wade Sluka organized the event. Volunteers were John Zelenka, David Zeleny, Scott Oliva and his wife Rose, Leonard Sluka, and Tom Sluka. Community member Darin Jansky pitched in as well. The Milligan Czech Brass Band supplied music.
On August 18, we had a wedding reception in Centennial Garden and ran the bar.
On August 25, we hosted the State Meeting in the banquet room at the back of Charlie’s Pub. We had 57 in attendance, including President Craig Van Dyke.
On August 26, we had our annual community picnic in the park with a bike drawing. About 50 attendees enjoyed grilled hotdogs, beans, chips, and watermelon. Bike winners were Savana Krupicka and Piper Grummons.
We opened the Underground on August 26 for the 1st annual UTV road rally organized by a local brewery.
There was a wedding reception on May 19 at the Auditorium. Members Mike and Deb Kassik, Dave Zeleny, and Scott and wife Rose Oliva joined community member Will Jansky at staffing the bar for the event.
On May 28, the alumni gathering was held in Centennial Garden. The bar was staffed by members John Zelenka and Scott and Rose Oliva. Members Wade Sluka, Tom Oliva, and community member Brian Steinacher prepared food. That same weekend, the Auditorium was made available, free of charge, to the American Legion for Memorial Day services.
The June Jubilee was June 8 through 10.
A fundraiser for Auditorium windows will be August 11.
We will send out invitations to the State Meeting we are hosting on August 25.
The annual Exeter Feeders and Breeders banquet was in the auditorium on March 24. Staffing the bar were members John Zelenka and his wife Traci, David Zeleny, Wade Sluka, Scott and his wife Rose, and Darrell Kotas.
The Exeter-Milligan School prom was April 7 at the auditorium.
Members made 877 dumplings on April 3 in the Underground auditorium. They were made for the Beers of Nebraska on April 14; however, the event was postponed to April 21. We got the word out to sell the dumplings that day in the Underground. All dumplings were sold.
The Beers of Nebraska was a success. Music was furnished by the Milligan Czech Brass Band and Chelewski Boys. We had a near full house with 250 in attendance.
It takes a lot of good help to put this on, from making dumplings, cooking, cutting up the hog, setting up, taking down tables, and running the event itself; especially carrying all the food upstairs. Thanks to volunteers John Zelenka, David Zeleny, Mike and Deb Kassik, Leonard Sluka, Wade Sluka, Scott and Rose Oliva, Tom Oliva, Travis Oliva, Richard Kassik, and Lorene Buzek. Thanks also too many non-member volunteers.
The auditorium was the site of a high school graduation party for two graduates.
Our fundraiser for windows is August 11 at the auditorium.
On January 28, we had our 13th Annual Chilympiad at the Underground. We had 13 plain and 4 insane entries. Winner of the insane division was Will Jansky. First in the plain was J.J. Betka, second Blair Pribyl, and third Meghan Betka. There were over 70 tasters in attendance. We appreciate all the work Traci Zelenka and her family and friends put into this event. Helping Traci were Doug and Judy Turek, Bev Filip, Charlie and Evelyn Krupicka, Randy and Theresa Krupicka, Tracy Kresak, Kendra and Kate Jansky, and Trevor Zelenka. Running the bar were John Zelenka and Scott Oliva.
On February 25, Wade Sluka organized a fat penny tournament at the Underground. Several young people took advantage of an indoor activity that is normally held outside.
Our 12th Annual Beers of Nebraska was held April 14 with five local craft brewers, and two that haven’t been here before. A group made dumplings for the event.
On December 16, we had a drawing to giveaway two bikes at the Underground. This was after the winners were announced for the Christmas Lighting Contest and Where’s Taz/Snoopy Contest held at the Milligan Community Club. We had roast hog sandwiches available for the event.
Next year, we have our bike drawing at the park with the new park equipment.
Members met on January 3.
We had a wedding reception on September 16 with members staffing the bar. On September 24, there was a large auction held at the Auditorium and the Underground was open during the event. The Underground was also open September 22 and October 6 for the last two home football games of the season.
On September 30, Scott Oliva and Wade Sluka attended the State Convention in Omaha. We will be hosting this event next year.
On November 4, Amy Hayek held her annual holiday extravaganza. The use of the Auditorium was donated to the local Legion Post for Veteran’s Day. Finally, we ran the bar for Farmers and Merchants Banks customer appreciation supper and concert with the Milligan Czech Brass Band playing.
On November 28, members did some work in the Auditorium.
There are no events upstairs in the Auditorium until late March. We are planning some events at the Underground. Join us January 28 for our annual Chilympiad, and possibly a card tournament and road rally at some point as well.
On August 12, we had a 50th wedding anniversary reception for members Elvin and Rose Filipi. Members volunteered by working the bar, preparing, and serving the meal.
The Veteran’s Memorial across the street from the Underground was dedicated on August 20. We held an event for the total eclipse and collaborated with the park improvement committee and Milligan Community Club. We worked the bar, moved picnic tables, and served a meal.
Members decided to open the auditorium basement on home football Fridays since the local restaurant has not re-opened.
On September 3, we worked the bar for a wedding reception at Geneva in the Fillmore County Fairgrounds event center.
On September 9, we collaborated with other community members on a benefit for a cancer-stricken toddler. It was a successful event involving a road rally, fat penny tournament, roast hog meal, football viewing party, and auctions. Around 500 attended. We paid rent for the Centennial Garden and ran the bar. Member Wade Sluka organized the road rally.
March - April 2017
Members met March 1 and April 5 at Ron’s Tavern.
During February, Steve and Kristi Briske and Becky and Scott Vonderfecht spent several nights putting a new finish on the dance floor. We also had the men’s bathroom painted.
March 14, volunteers gathered at the Auditorium to make 1,007 dumplings. We made enough to use for events in upcoming months.
We had a St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17 with about 70 people in attendance. We served corned beef and cabbage, potato soup, nachos, and smoked beef brisket. Thanks to those who volunteered at this event.
On March 25, we held the Exeter Feeders and Breeders banquet. It was their 75th annual gathering and they had entertainment by the Bellamy Brothers. Over 500 people attended this event and stayed for a social hour with Lazy Horse Winery and Brewery from Ohiowa. Many lodge and community members helped to make this successful.
April 1 was the 11th annual Beers of Nebraska festival with over 250 attendees. The Chelewski Boys played, along with the Milligan Czech Brass Band. We served roasted hog and dumpling and four Nebraska breweries provided beverages. It takes many volunteers to make an event like this successful, thanks to those who give of their time.
Due to the closing of Evening with Friends restaurant, we had to cancel the 2016 Christmas party. If it isn’t open next year we will plan an alternate event, probably in the Milligan Auditorium.
We had two fundraiser events for the auditorium at the Underground in January.
On January 22, Wade Sluka organized a Texas Hold-‘em tournament with assistance from John Zelenka, Dan Vavra, and Scott Oliva.
Our XI Chilympiad was on January 29 with over 100 in attendance. Members assisting were John Zelenka, Todd Pribyl, and Scott Oliva. Several community members also assisted. Children pitched in to help put chairs and tables away.
On February 12, members gave the auditorium basement a good cleaning.
The 11th annual Beers of Nebraska Microbrew Festival is set for April 1 in the Milligan Auditorium with plans ongoing. We will have roast hog with dumplings and kraut. Music furnished by The Chelewski Boys and the Milligan Czech Brass Band.
We discussed having a fundraiser for the playground equipment at the park. We are planning a rather large outside food event in Centennial Garden called Fry in July sometime. More information to come.
Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.