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.
The November 5 meeting was held at the Rossville Moravan Hall. Besides members and officers in attendance, our agent Howard and Debbie Blecha joined us. Diane Dolezilek served houska, a bread recipe featured in the October 15 Fraternal Herald.
A get-well card was signed for Norman Hodge, one of our Polka dance teachers.
We will make a small donation for relief to the Puerto Rico flood victims. Maxine Carver agreed to find a date to sell kolache at a Rossville High School basketball game.
During the 2017 Rossville Tall Corn Festival, Betty Lambotte came to the Czech Kolache Konnection booth to purchase kolache. While there, she brought the original lodge charter that she discovered. The charter was framed and presented to members by Kelsey Logan, Member Programs Manager, from the Home Office on September 23 at the Polka dance.
We are currently in the process of obtaining historical documents, articles, and mementos related to the Moravan Lodge, the Historical Bohemian Hall, and Czech stories of families of the Czech community. If anyone has any items related to the heritage, please contact someone from the lodge.
On September 10, members met at the hall. The public was invited to attend this meeting to learn how to Polka. On September 16, we sold kolache at the Delia Days parade and festival. On September 23, we hosted a very successful Polka dance, which was open to the public. A BBQ meal preceded the dance. There were around 200 members and guests who enjoyed a great family friendly evening.
Sharon Brehm and Doug Martinek sold kolache at our booth for Rossville Tall Corn Festival on August 11-12.
A few people came to learn how to Polka dance after the August 6 and September 10 meetings. Those attending were able to learn the basics. Our instructors were Norman and Jenny Hodge and Swede and Karen Lovendahl.
Members met on September 10 at 2 p.m. There was much discussion about our participation in the Delia Kansas Days on September 16, and our September 23 Polka dance featuring the J.D. Parr Czechland Polka Band. Our dances are always kid/family friendly and open to the public.
Members brought pop tabs and Box Tops for Rossville Elementary School.
Members set up a TNT Hickory Smoked BBQ station for 800 registered bikers and crews participating in the Bike Across Kansas event. Due to excessive heat, the numbers had dwindled down to a little over 500 individuals.
Official Event Coordinator Hannah Heatherman congratulated us on the excellent food we served.
We enjoyed serving the bikers and were told that our food station was the best the bikers had received across Kansas.
We will be serving TNT’s BBQ meals at our September 23 Polka dance.
Members held their meeting at the Rossville Community Building, 407 Main Street in Rossville, on August 6.
Members offered free Polka dance lessons to everyone in the community after the meeting. Over 35 people came to learn the dance steps. They were so excited about learning, they decided to have a practice session on August 13 in the hall. Lessons were again offered on September 10 at the Rossville Community Building.
The regular meeting was held on June 4. The discussion was about honoring our deceased veterans, the upcoming Bike Across Kansas, and our September 23 Polka Dance. The members and officers also voted unanimously to have the J. D. Parr Czechland Polka Band as our house band. Everyone thoroughly enjoys dancing and listening to J. D. Parr’s band.
Bike Across Kansas will have 750-800 bikers and support people stopping in Rossville to eat and rest. T & T Hickory Smoked BBQ, owned by member Terry Mongold, will be serving meals.
On April 22, members held a Polka dance with the largest group of participants in over two years. We were honored to have our Honorary Consulate to the Czech Republic visit at our Polka dance on April 22. We recognized a polka enthusiast Stephen Anderson at our Polka dance. Jane Davis and Diana Dolezilek provided homemade kolache to sell, and we sold a sandwich meal. Our goal of having a new entrance ramp to accommodate the handicapped was finished three weeks before the dance.
Czech Consulate Sharon Valasek visited with John Kratina.
The monthly meeting was held on May 8 at the lodge hall. We will participate in the Bike Across Kansas. This will bring approximately 850 bikers and crews overnight on June 15. The group will be selling pork or beef brisket sandwiches.
Members will be selling kolache on August 12 at Rossville’s Tall Corn Festival.
Members put in lots of hard work to make the main entrance to the hall handicapped accessible. The next step is to widen the main entrance door. This hard work done by the members has made it possible for community members to hold events at the hall.
We held a Polka dance on April 22 and planted trees with local 4-H youth for Earth Day.
Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.