On August 12-13, Rossville, KS held their annual Tall Corn Festival. Our lodge had a float in the parade and a kolache tent. This was the first time we have participated in a major event in several years. Working together made for a very successful fundraiser. Not only did our participants have a great time, we also created good will for the lodge.
We will continue this kolache fundraiser next year. The money raised was used for restoration of the hall.
Merrill Hinkle was gracious enough to donate his entire Polka record collection to the lodge. Mr. Hinkle, 92-years young, lives in rural Jackson County near Mayetta. He remembers dancing with his wife, Margarite, at the Bohemian Hall and across the midwest. The records date back to 1975, with many of the records personally autographed with the Polka musician’s name and the location of the dance where Mr. Hinkle purchased them. Mr. and Mrs. Hinkle will be our guests of honor at the Spring Polka Dance on April 27 at the Bohemian Hall.
This fall we hosted several community events. The September 9 meeting was well attended. On September 23, an open house was held to encourage the community to learn about the Czech Heritage, as well as the activities that are held at the hall.
On October 5, Vice-President Bob Dolezilek and Secretary Maxine Carver gave a television presentation inviting people to come out to the hall on October 6 for our fall Polka dance. The Czechland House Band of J.D. Parr played. Members Terry and Cindy Mongold prepared an excellent BBQ meal, along with homemade pies made by Cindy. Of course, kolache were also on sale as well.
Maxine Carver displayed our welcome sign while in her Czech dress at the October 6 Polka dance.
On October 20, The Maze Band, had an enthusiastic crowd in attendance. Terry and Cindy Mongold again prepared a meal of tacos and bratwurst. This was a big hit with the crowd. At both dances the crowds had a great time.
Our next event was on November 4, where end-of-the year plans were finalized. This included scheduling the election of next year’s officers for the December 2 meeting.
Due to colder weather, the December meeting was held at the Rossville Library. All pop tabs and box tops were brought to that meeting. Also, members bought their donations of clothing, blankets, etc. for our community clothing drive. We had our Christmas party on December 5 at the NexGen Chop House.
Members met on July 8. We discussed the Topeka Gives event which allows nonprofit organizations to gather and promote their groups. Individuals may make monetary donations to the various groups, and then Topeka Gives will match funds. Our booth promoted the lodge, as well as Western. Members who worked were Bob Dolezilek, Patricia Martinek, and Jane Davis.
A milestone event on June 29 was the 50th wedding anniversary for members Steve and Maxine Carver. Several members and friends of the lodge also completely replaced the hall’s kitchen floor.
Louise Redmon’s household sale was on July 22. We operated the concession stand during her sale.
In August, we participated in the Tall Corn Festival where we sold kolache.
The Annual Rossville Community Foundation Dinner was held on April 7. We were treated to an excellent dinner, including a variety of wines and beers. Each table was decorated by an individual or a group with their own theme. The Bohemian table was created by Diana Dolezilek and included chair back covers with printed Czech terms and their English translation. Diane, Bob, and other members collected broken, colored glass pieces from the hall’s grounds to create the table’s centerpieces. Bracelets and other items were created by Diane using these glass pieces. She also prepared a promotional table for the Moravan Hall and Western Fraternal Life.
The members in attendance were Ernie and Sheila Kratina, Steve and Maxine Carver, Allen and Jane Davis, Roger and Shelley Braden, Chris and Julie Dolezilek, and Bob and Diana Dolezilek.
On April 22, a small but enthusiastic group enjoyed refreshing their Polka dancing skills with free lessons at the Moravan Lodge. Norman Hodge and his wife were dance instructors. Refreshments were provided by Jenny Jenkins and John Kratina.
March - April 2018
The March 8 meeting was held at the hall with several in attendance. Both the January and February meetings were cancelled due to bad weather and illness. We discussed future events.
In January and February, members were able to hold kolache sales at two different basketball games. They were both successful.
Our spring Polka dance was held on April 28. The J.D. Parr Czechland Polka Band played, and the TNT BBQ served dinner. Kolache were sold at the dance.
The first Easter egg hunt sponsored by our lodge was held on March 31. The weather was good, the children found all the eggs, and all enjoyed the delicious refreshments provided by Chick-Fil-A.
Members held a meeting on March 4 to discuss the upcoming 2018 events. We had successfully sold kolache at the January 12 and February 13 basketball games held at Rossville High School.
The Spring Polka Dance is April 28, with meal starting at 6 p.m. and dance beginning at 7 p.m. with J. D. Parr’s Czechland Polka Dance Band.
John Kratina, was presented with items in memory of Sister Mary Kratina. Mary was not only a Benedictine Sister of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, KS, she was John Kratina’s 93-year-old sister. She passed away on February 1.
Members will be having events on April 22 for Earth Day. All community members are encouraged to take part.
Fresh, homemade kolache were made and sold at the January 12 basketball games at Rossville High School. Members helping Bob and Diana Dolezilek were Jane and Allen Davis, Patricia Martinek, and Maxine Carver. We also sold them on February 13.
Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.