Western Fraternal Life :: Milwaukee No. 48

Milwaukee No. 48

Milwaukee, WI

May 2020

We inadvertently put the incorrect information in the lodge roster list that came out in the April Fraternal Herald. Lodge No. 48, Milwaukee, WI has a new secretary and correspondent, Sheryl Bellin. If you need to reach her, please call, email, or write to: 920-303-1462, sherry.bellin@gmail.com, 2805 Ruschfield Dr. Oshkosh, WI 54904.

December 2019

Our meeting was December 11, followed by a Christmas luncheon. We had 15 members and guests present. Members were pleased by the amount of food and eye glasses donated to help those in need. Lou brought the glasses to the Lions Club and Jarka took the food to the Hungry Task Force. Ernie and Sherry delivered greeting cards and 130 stamps to the veterans who live at the vet’s home in King, WI.

We donated money to the Milwaukee VA Fisher House, who provide a place to veteran’s families while their loved ones are in the hospital.

Our next meeting is February 11 at the Brass Key Restaurant, 4952 W. Forest Home Ave., Milwaukee.

October 2019

Our October 9 meeting went well with many fall activities finalized. Please join us at any upcoming event.

On November 22–24, we will be baking with Sokol Milwaukee members for the Holiday Folk Fair.

Our Christmas party will be on December 11 at 11 a.m., luncheon at Brass Key, 4952 W. Forest Ave., Milwaukee. Contact Jarka at 414-483-6799 for more information.

During December, we will continue to provide warm winter socks to the residents of Walker’s Point.

September 2019

Members met September 10 at the Spring Garden Restaurant.

We received a matured endowment certificate for Ed Houdek. We will contact the family to schedule a time to present Ed his certificate.

A thank-you note was read from Frieden’s Food Bank for the cash and in-kind donations we made from the State Meeting food drive.

Members planned to bring unwanted eye glasses to the October 9 meeting for the Hales Corner Lion's Club. Lou will deliver them for us.

Delegates who attended the National Convention in July gave a report.

Plans were made for various volunteer projects this fall. On October 16, the Unity Lutheran Church soup kitchen, arrive at 4 p.m. and serve at 5 p.m. On October 29, No. 48 will host the Halloween party for the Sokol kids at Bless Sacrament Church. Our lodge provides the beverages and desserts, along with a treat bag filled with candy to take home. On November 7, from 12:30–3:30 p.m., we will bake kolache at the Grobschmidt Senior Center. The center then sells the baked goods as a fundraiser on November 9. On November 22, the Holiday Folk Fair is at the State Fair Park. We will again provide a table with Czech words work sheets and answer questions about Czech heritage. Plans are being made for our December luncheon meeting/party on December 11.

June 2019

We met on June 11 at the Spring Gardens Restaurant to discuss the June 1 State Meeting we hosted. Only 9 of the 22 lodges were present. The delegate count was down. We raised money for the state scholarship through the generosity of members and guests present.

The Sokol Czech Dancers did a wonderful job entertaining us after dinner. Ernie Bellin was the lucky winner of the Czech crystal vase donated by the Home Office.

Fall projects were discussed, such as volunteering at the soup kitchen, Halloween party for the Sokol kids, and hosting a Czech Language class at the Holiday Folk Fair.

Our next meeting is September 10 at the Spring Gardens Restaurant.

May 2019

Members met at the Spring Garden Restaurant on May 14. We finalized plans for the June 1 WI/Upper MI State Meeting. We had 37 registered delegates. Attendance is declining, but we had a great time sharing ideas with those who are able to attend.

The Sokol youth group was excited to have us host the year-end party on May 28. We provided all the food and drinks and help with the last performance.

Members also made a monetary donation to the WI State Scholarship raffle.

We put a deposit to hold the Grobsmicht Senior Center for the 2020 District Meeting on April 19, 2020 with Racine as the host lodge.

April 2019

Members met April 7 at the Grobschmidt Senior Center after the District 1 Meeting. State President Pam Thompson gave a brief talk about the benefits of raw honey. She produces honey and will have some for sale at the State Meeting.

Our lodge hosted the District 1 Meeting and with everyone’s help, it was a success. We held a raffle with items donated by members for the WI Scholarship Fund.

We will again host an end-of-year party for the Sokol gymnastics on May 28. John and Brandi will get the ice cream, cookies, and juice. Everyone is welcomed to attend.

Members continue to work on the June 1 State Meeting, which will be at the Milwaukee Elks Lodge 46, 5555 West Good Hope Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53223. A block of rooms are reserved at the Four Points by Sheraton North Shore and Courtyard by Marriott Brown Deer. Each lodge president was mailed an information packet in March.

The next meeting will be at 11 a.m. on May 14 at the Spring Gardens Restaurant.

February 2019

Members met on February 19. Our regular meeting was cancelled due to a winter storm. District 1 Meeting plans were finalized. Our 50 and 75-year members were honored at the District 1 Meeting.

The following officers were elected as follows: President John Kozlik, Vice President Ernie Bellin, Secretary Susan Chapman, Treasurer Vera Frazier, and Correspondent Sherry Bellin.

We volunteered at the Milwaukee Sokol Czech dinner on February 24 and baked kolache on February 22 and 23. We also provided an informational booth with agent Sherry Bellin explaining membership benefits.

District 1 baked with Sokol Milwaukee for the jaternice dinner and the Czech dinner.

We are planning the State Meeting for June 1 at the Milwaukee Elks Lodge 46, 5555 West Good Hope Rd., Milwaukee, WI. Doors open at 9 a.m. with continental breakfast. Meeting starts at 10 a.m. Lunch, dinner, and entertainment is included with a $70 registration fee paid on May 1. Packet information was sent to lodges in March. A block of rooms are reserved at the Four Points by Sheraton North Shore and Courtyard by Marriott Brown Deer. Please contact Sherry or Vera with questions.

Members displaying Western materials at the Czech dinner in Milwaukee.

Members met March 12 at the Spring Gardens Restaurant. We selected four delegates to the National Convention as follows: Sherry and Ernie Bellin, Brandi Fitzgerald, and John Kozlik.

Members will host the end-of-the-year party for the youth of Sokol Milwaukee on May 28. This is their last performance. Refreshments will be provided by us.

Our next meetings are at 4 p.m. on April 26 at the Elks Club, and at 11 a.m. and on May 14 at Spring Gardens.

January 2019

The January 8 meeting was held at the Spring Gardens Restaurant. Members worked on details for the State Meeting, which is June 1 in Milwaukee. A registration fee was set, blocks of hotel rooms secured, menu, and entertainment plans made.

Ernie Bellin with item donations for Fond du Lac Food Pantry in November.

Our next meeting will be 11 a.m. on February 11 at Spring Gardens Restaurant.

November 2018

District I taught kolache baking to seniors at the Groschmidt Senior Center on November 9.

Mary Ann Laurence, Joe Kuzma, Jarka Axtell, Susan Chapman, and Janet Kuzma.

We donated WI government books to middle school libraries (West Allis Library) on September 19.

October 2018

On October 16, a meeting was held at the Spring Garden Restaurant. Members hosted a Halloween party for Sokol gymnasts, baked with Sokols on October 27 for the Holiday Folk Fare, and volunteered at the Oklahoma Unity Lutheran Church soup kitchen.

Secretary Susan Chapman discussed where we stand with the points for the end of the year. 
Our Christmas party was December 11 at Meyer’s Family Restaurant.

September 2018

The September 18 meeting was at the Spring Gardens Restaurant. Members discussed the State Meeting in Black River Falls. We decided to donate money to the scholarship fund, and to bring items for the raffle. 

The 2019 State Convention in Milwaukee will be June 1, at the Milwaukee Elks Lodge (55th and Good Hope Road).

Members discussed our activities for the following two months, distribution of the book, The Framework of Your Wisconsin Government, holiday folk fair baking, working the Unity Church soup kitchen, and hosting a Halloween party for Sokol Gymnasts.

June 2018

The June 19 meeting was held at the Spring Gardens Restaurant at noon with a meeting to follow.

Congratulations to Alina Siodlarz, third place winner in the annual Western Youth Art Contest.

Our one-day State Convention will be held in Black River Falls on October 6. Delegates from No. 48 are Ernie and Sherry Bellin, Susan Chapman, Vera Frazier, and Jarka Axtell. Members discussed locations for the 2019 State Meeting to be held, such as Milwaukee, before the National Convention in Green Bay.

The book, The Framework of Your Wisconsin Government, will be distributed to middle school libraries as one of our lodge youth activities.

On June 29, we held a meeting at Elks Lodge to review a sight for the State Meeting.

May 2018

The May 15 meeting was held at the Spring Gardens Restaurant after lunch. Members discussed donating 7th grade WI government books to school libraries as a youth activity. We will buy 50 books to donate to middle school libraries. 

A committee was formed to investigate a location site and a time for our 2019 WI State Meeting, hosted by us and No. 357.

March 2018

Members met on March 20 at the Spring Garden Restaurant. We kept April 8 as our District 1 Meeting date. Letters were sent to 50 and 75-year members.

On April 6 and 7, members baked for the Sokol Czech Dinner and Bazaar held April 7 at the Blessed Sacrament Church. We had a Western display there. Volunteers were John Kozlik, Susan Chapman, and Agent Sherry Bellin. They helped bake desserts and sponsored a Western table with a raffle.

Members met on April 8 at the Grobschmidt Senior Center after our District 1 Meeting. We discussed a time and location for the State Convention to be held in June 2019, before the July National Convention in Green Bay.

Our next meeting will be May 15, Spring Garden Restaurant at 1 p.m.

Colin Krewson won first place in the derby race for Troop 400 Whitefish Bay. Abby Krewson took first place in a recent swim meet (see Spotlight for photos).

February 2018

Members met on February 20 at the New Spring Garden Restaurant. Officers were elected as follows: President John Kozlik, Vice President Fran Marlenga, Treasurer Vera Frazier, and Correspondent Jarka Axtell.

We met on March 20 and the District 1 Meeting was April 8 with No. 357 hosting.

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