On November 22, members met with approximately 100 people at the potluck Cuba Community Thanksgiving dinner.
Members observing birthdays in November were Maurene Rytych, Rick Moravek, Ryan Moravek, and Collin Hug, who turned 3 years old.
On December 8, members met to enjoy our annual Christmas dinner. Due to snow and cold weather, we did not meet at our lodge, instead we met at Rick and Sharon Moravek’s home. Ten members and one guest enjoyed a potluck dinner with the lodge furnishing the meat.
President Frank Rytych called the meeting to order. Several reports will need to be completed and sent to the Home Office.
Member Frank Krob reached his 96th birthday, and received an Honorary Membership certificate. We will present this to him at an appropriate time.
The election of officers will be held in January. Delegates to the National Convention will be elected before April.
Following the meeting, we exchanged Christmas gifts and donated food to the Republic County Food Bank.
On October 31, members and one guest enjoyed soup and sandwiches for the Halloween party. We had 36 youngsters dressed up in Halloween costumes. Members handed out Western bags filled with treats. We were happy to have so many youth and parents help us celebrate Halloween.
Thanks to Brad Kalivoda for furnishing the popcorn and oil for the party. Frank and Maurene Rytych came early and put up Halloween decorations.
Member Sharon Moravek’s mother has been very ill and passed away recently. Our sympathy to her and her family.
We made a memorial donation to Mary Cerney’s family. Mary was a long-time member and reached the age of 100. A get-well card was sent to a member.
We decided to attend the Thanksgiving community dinner at Cuba on November 22. We hope to renew old friendships and make new ones.
Our regular meeting was held September 9 with President Frank Rytych calling the meeting to order. The presented bills were paid by our treasurer Dewayne Kalivoda. We were happy to have 69 points.
A get-well card was sent to Kevin Milner and sympathy cards were sent to friends.
Our next meeting is October 31 at 4:30 p.m. in conjunction with our annual Halloween Trick-or-Treat for youngsters. Soup and sandwiches for members and some guests will be served.
September anniversaries were observed. Frank and Maurene Rytych and Rick and Sharon Moravek thanked us for singing happy anniversary to them.
In July, we combined our meeting with assembling a float to be entered in the Cuba Harvest Festival and the 150-year celebration.
The treasurer asked for bills that needed to be paid.
We received a letter from No. 128, Rossville, asking us to support the Kansas state legislature to adopt the Polka as the official state dance. We wrote a letter at our August meeting.
The float was decorated as a 3-tiered cake made up with a stock tank, lick tub, and a 5 gallon bucket. The number 150 was in red letters, the name of Cuba, many flowers, and a one foot tall red candle with a glittering flame. Our emblem made in 2012 was front and center as well. Rick Moravek brought his 1953 Allis Chalmers tractor to pull Frank Rytych’s trailer. Thanks Frank for also painting the 3 tiers white.
Some took a tractor drive to the various Cuba town sites and dance pavilions. Justin Hug took a tractor to the parade. Two of our members and some others started the parade with the American Legion Post 345 Cuba carrying the flags.
On August 12, members met and enjoyed food and conversation. Thanks to Rick Moravek who lights the stove or turns on the air conditioner so we have a comfortable place for our meetings.
After much discussion, we made a monetary donation to the Munden Fire Department and KSDS dog training center. KSDS is a nonprofit organization that provides guide and service dogs to assist individuals with physical disabilities. They train around 23 dogs a year and have placed them in 33 different states.
Justin Hug celebrated an August birthday. Also, thanks for all the summer mowing you have done at our lodge.
The NCK Free Fair in Belleville was held July 31-August 4. August 2 was Good Neighbor Day and was planned by the Republic County Czech Club, which includes several of our members. A kolache contest was won by Becky Benyshek.
Due to the extreme heat, our Father’s Day was not a cookout in the Munden City Park. Instead, we held our June 10 meeting and dinner at Rick and Sharon Moravek’s house.
We presented Brad Kalivoda with his 50-year pin.
Members received a thank-you card from No. 153 for our donation to their State Meeting.
Commodities were delivered to Cuba, blood was given, and flags were put up by some of our Legion members in Cuba. Those Legion members also gave their salutes at various cemeteries on Memorial Day. Members helped with the Legion sponsored picnic in Cuba, as well as donating food.
We decided to enter a float for the Cuba 150-year celebration in July.
We helped pick up flowers at the Tabor Cemetery.
On Mother’s Day, we met at the Cuba restaurant to enjoy a lovely dinner. Each mother received a carnation, compliments of the restaurant. Maurene Rytych was presented her 75-year pin.
Our next meeting will be at Munden Park where we will honor our fathers with a cook out.
Members met on April 7. Our regular Sunday meeting had a conflict with the Republic County Czech Spring Festival in Cuba. Some of our members are also Czech Club members. We enjoyed finger food, followed by our meeting.
Members voted to give Jennings lodge a donation to help with their KS State Meeting.
Discussion was held about Join Hands Day. Our plans are to help Novy Munden 4-H Club youth plant flowers in the city of Munden. We will donate money to the city of Munden to help purchase the plants.
Two of our members plan to attend the KS State Meeting.
One of our members had surgery and a get-well card was sent to him.
We will celebrate Mother’s Day by eating out at the Cuba Restaurant. We will present Maurene Rytych her 75-year pin.
Our item giveaway was held in conjunction with the Cuba Rock-A-Thon. We had 56 entries and gave away gift certificates and other Booster members gave away bikes and Dairy Queen coupons. Then our lodge gave all registered youth candy bars.
Members met March 11 for a potluck dinner and meeting. We received an invitation to the State Meeting at No. 153, Jennings, KS. The meeting is to be held April 28.
The week-long Cuba Rock-A-Thon held March 18-24, was discussed. On the final day, we gave away ten gift cards to registered youth, as well as candy bars to all who registered. We will pick up commodities from Belleville and deliver them to Cuba.
Members donated clothes and pill bottles. We also donated to Novy Munden 4-H Club.
January - February 2018
On January 13, we held an informal meeting and discussed the forms that need to be mailed in. We have 89 points for the 2017 year.
Our lodge has two 75-year members and one 50-year member. We honored Ella Moravek, Frank Rytych, and guest Todd Hudson on their birthdays. A potluck supper followed with Sharon Moravek’s homemade ice cream.
Members met on February 11 to hold the election of officers. We voted to retain the same officers for 2018. It was reported that three of our members volunteered at the Munden firemen’s annual pancake feed. We ordered our 75 and 50-year pins and will present them on Mother’s and Father’s Day.
Member Alex Potuzak, an engineer at Kubotas, was chosen to go to the Ukraine to promote a newly designed drill that they have been working on for that area.
Members gave blood at the Cuba and Belleville blood drives. Collections of clothes, dishes, pill bottles, etc. were given in January and February.
It was voted to enter an item giveaway the last day of the Cuba Rock-a-thon, March 24.
The biggest event of the meeting was a Valentine’s Day party where the men prepared the meal for the ladies. Hurray to you guys!
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