Western Fraternal Life :: Owatonna No. 127

Owatonna No. 127

Owatonna, MN

March 2020

Members held their meeting and dinner on March 9 at the Owatonna Hy-Vee. We were scheduled to have a presentation from the Steele County Sheriff K-9 unit but they had other commitments. We are rescheduling them for a later date. We hope to have monthly presentations from local charities or groups in our area. Members really enjoy these presentations and also like the education as well.  

The Owatonna Lodge 127 Scholarship is not available yet, but we will plan to have it ready after next month’s meeting. Please stay tuned. 

Discussion was held about the Western merger.

The District Meeting is set for May 3 at Myrtle Brick Hall starting at noon. 

The National Bohemian Cemetery clean up date is to be announced in April.  

January 2020

Members got together for supper and a meeting at the Owatonna Hy-Vee on January 13. Just a reminder, you are invited to a supper/meeting on the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at Owatonna Hy-Vee. But don’t forget, July is the picnic and December is the Christmas party.

Our lodge is on its way for starting off on a great decade. We discussed the Jackpot Junction Casino Trip on March 26-27. Debbie Burnham is coordinating the trip and if you are interested give her call.  

We discussed the year-end forms and all the officers are working on them. Members had a wonderful 2019 Christmas party with over 50 people in attendance.   

Our entertainment coordinator, Eunice Meixner, is checking with Steele County K-9 Dog Unit and the Owatonna Exchange Club to set up a day for them to come and share with us. Darlene Noble also shared interest in having the Owatonna Fire Department come and speak as well. 

After our meeting, everyone enjoyed a fun game of Bingo. Great job Eunice for providing entertainment for everyone at all our meetings and parties. 

December 2019

Members held the annual Christmas party on December 9 at the Owatonna Hy-Vee. We enjoyed a turkey meal with all the trimmings and a wonderful turn out with close to 50 in attendance. The evening started with a meat raffle with proceeds going to the MN State WFLA Scholarship Program. 

After dinner was completed, Santa arrived with goodies for all the children. We sang traditional Christmas carols with Santa’s help. The evening finished up with Eunice Meixner coordinating a fun dice game.  

October 2019

Members held a monthly meeting at the Owatonna Hy-Vee. We celebrated our 2019 points goal by treating ourselves to dinner.

Members gave donations to the following organizations: Steele County Sheriff Canine, Crisis Women’s Shelter, RCCM abused animal foster care, Star of Hope, and the Salvation Army. Julie Kriesel will check on Feed the Starving Children to see if additional help will be needed.

November is officer election night. Plans are underway for the lodge Christmas party to be held on December 9.
Anniversary wishes go out to Harold and Bernice Bartsch on 60 years of marriage.

A moment of silence was held for deceased members Gladys Wavrin and Ann Wilson.

September 2019

Members met for their monthly meeting after a potluck dinner. We are proud to have achieved our points goal. We are now working on donations for 2019. To celebrate, we will be having an offsite dinner meeting in October.
At our state meeting, Galen Spinler was elected state secretary. Galen was our bylaws representative at the National Convention. He gave a very comprehensive report.

Western sponsored Old Time Music Day at the Steele County Free Fair on August 17. The Dan Stursa Band played and two bicycles were given away.

The annual Litomysl Fundraiser was held July 28 with excellent support from our members.

We continue to maintain the monument at the Bohemian National Cemetery. A moment of silence was held for departed member Betty J. Morrison.

The September meeting was held on September 9.

A thank-you note was read from the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester thanking us for a donation.

At last month’s meeting, there was discussion about holding the meeting at the Spare Time Bowling Alley. It was decided to meet at Ike’s Lodge Hall instead. Further discussion will be held concerning where we may be holding our monthly meetings beginning January 2020.

We donated to the Pheasants for Vet’s fundraiser again this year and Rachel’s Light, a new women’s shelter in the Owatonna area.

Officer elections will be coming up in November.

July 2019

Members met July 8 for the Summer Adult/Youth Picnic at the VFW Club in Owatonna. Kegan McCorkell was announced as our scholarship winner.

June 2019

Members held their monthly meeting and potluck on June 10 at the Izaak Walton Building.

Galen went over the new by-law changes that will be presented at the National Convention. Our lodge will have three delegates, Galen Spinler, Eunice Meixner, and Jon MacDonald.

The State Meeting was in Rochester on June 22-23 hosted by District 4. Six members attended.

We had our annual lodge picnic at the VFW in Owatonna on July 8 with a build-your-own-burger for something different. The lodge scholarship winner was announced at the picnic.

The Dan Stursa Band will be playing at the Litomysl Festival on July 28. Steve Wencl is organizing a fall Czech festival at Blooming Prairie Servicemen’s Club on October 5. Better call to get your tickets for the festival because Steve, Dan, and Galen are learning some new Czech songs.

June 2019

On April 16, members and 1 guest cleaned at the National Bohemian Cemetery. Thanks to everyone for participating, it really made a difference. 

On April 18, the Dan Stursa Band played at the Kath Scholarship Fundraiser at the Owatonna Elks
On April 28, we hosted the District 4 Meeting. It was a wonderful meeting and we had the opportunity to do a service project of May Day baskets. Each lodge brought 20 baskets home to give to the charity of their choice. Thanks to everyone who attended.


On May 1, members delivered the 20 May baskets they made at the District Meeting to Clarebridge Care facility in Owatonna.

We held our monthly meeting on May 13 at the Izaak Walton Building.

On May 2-3, Deb Burnham organized our annual bus trip. This year we went to Jackpot Junction in Morton, MN. Everyone had a wonderful time.

The State Meeting is June 22-23 in Rochester, MN. We discussed the State Meeting and are trying to figure out how many of our members are going. Dan Stursa shared with everyone that sign up had to be done by May 20. 
Donations were given to the National Convention service project, VFW Auxiliary, VFW Buddy Poppy, and the Ronald McDonald House.

On July 8, we will be having our annual lodge picnic. This year the members decided to have a Build your own Burger at the Owatonna VFW. If you are interested, contact Dan Stursa 507-363-1274 by July 1.    

A memorial service was held for all departed members in the last year.  

Lorraine Jirele, Diane Vosejpka, and Steve Wencl won the raffles for the evening. Eunice Meixner provided a dice game for entertainment.

April 2019

On April 8, we had a monthly meeting and potluck at the Izaak Walton Building. Members discussed hosting the District 4 Meeting on April 28 at Owatonna VFW. We had a community project where all three lodges put together homemade May baskets with candy. Each lodge brought home 20 baskets to give to a place of their choice.  
National Bohemian annual cemetery clean-up was April 17. We provided beverages for everyone and large chocolate bars for the kids.  

Our Join Hands Day project was on May 3 and 4. Members volunteered at the local From the Heart dinner, 4K walk, and marathon. All proceeds go to local families dealing with cancer. We worked with the Owatonna Junior High School staff and students on this activity, plus others in Owatonna. 

On April 14, Julie Kriesel and other members will be working and selling tickets at Owatonna VFW, with all proceeds going to the VFW Auxiliary and Club. 

Kim Stursa shared that we currently have 27 points with everyone’s hard work. Members shared the community activities they have been doing for the past month, like visiting nursing homes, working at funerals, and at the Owatonna food shelf.  

Dan Stursa and Galen Spinler shared the information we have received regarding the MN State Meeting on June 22-23. 

Our annual lodge bus trip was on April 11 and 12 to Jackpot Junction Casino with host Deb Burnham. As always, Deb had a wonderful time planned with games, lots of food, entertainment, beverages, and just loads and loads of fun. You can see why Deb always has a full bus. 

A moment of silence was held for Carol Ann Colee.

March 2019

Members had their monthly meeting with a different agenda. We celebrated our Shining Star achievement by having a dinner at Spare Time entertainment. It was enjoyed by all.

Plans are underway for our District Meeting to be held in Owatonna on April 28. It will be held at the Owatonna VFW with serving time at noon. We’re hoping for a good turn out. We are considering a group project during the meeting for our three lodges.

A donation was given to the Owatonna after prom. This will purchase prizes to help make the prom have a safe environment.

Delegates have been chosen for the National Convention. They are Eunice Meixner and Jon MacDonald. Galen Spinler is our delegate to the bylaws committee.

Lodge 127 scholarship forms are available for members. If interested contact Evelyn Kaplan 507-451-6516 or Dan Stursa 507-363-1274.

We’re hoping for better weather so we can add cleaning of the Bohemian National Cemetery to our list of projects to do.

February 2019

We held a monthly meeting preceded by a potluck dinner on February 11. Officers worked on completing their reports. 

A reminder to all members, if you have ideas for projects you would like to do for 2019, please bring them to the next meeting. We currently have our annual calendar set up with some great ideas, but can always use more. 
Members will be hosting the District 4 Meeting on April 28. This will be held at the Owatonna VFW, with serving time at noon. Lodges have been sent invitations from Secretary Galen Spinler. Please RSVP Galen on how many will be attending.

Just a reminder, we need to have all National Convention delegates by April. If you are interested in being a delegate or alternate, please come to our next meeting.

Evelyn Kaplan (507-451-6516) and Dan Stursa (507-363-1274) now have scholarship forms available for No. 127 members. If you are interested, please contact either Evelyn or Dan. Scholarship forms will need to be returned by July 1. 

Kim Stursa shared that we currently have 15 points, which is a great start for the year. Please contact Kim (507-451-4613) on any questions regarding our point system.

The appreciation dinner was held on March 11 at Spare Time Entertainment in Owatonna for all members. We thank them for all their hard work in achieving 150 points last year.

January 2019

Members held a monthly meeting on January 14 at the Izaak Walton Building. The evening started with a potluck at 6 p.m. and meeting afterwards. 

We discussed the celebration dinner we will be having for our March meeting. Our members did such a great job getting 150 points in 2018 that we will celebrate by going out to eat for our March meeting as a thank you. Everyone will need to sign up at the February meeting.

Reminder to the officers that the reports are due March 1. 

The 2019 calendars were handed out to members who attended this evening. If you did not receive a calendar, you can contact Dan Stursa.  

Bring your ideas to the February meeting for projects that can be done in 2019. We already have some listed on the 2019 calendar, but will need a couple new ideas. 

Our lodge is hosting the District Meeting on April 28. Members are looking into options of a catered meal or moving it to a restaurant. 

We will be selecting delegates and alternates for the July National Convention being held in Green Bay, WI.  
Fifty and 75-year individuals were mentioned by name at our meeting. We hope to recognize them at our annual July picnic. 

November 2018

Members worked at the local community project, Feed the Starving Children on October 6. Volunteers were Lindsay, Paige, and Josiah Thompson, Wyatt and Julie Kriesel, and Darlene Noble and Dan Stursa.

We held our monthly meeting on November 12 at 6 p.m. 

All members were invited to our annual member/youth Christmas party held at 6 p.m. on December 10 at the Izaak Walton Building. There was a catered meal. Members were encouraged to bring items for the Ronald McDonald House and a dessert, salad, or munchies to share.

Thanks to all members because we exceeded our points for the year with 136 so far. It won’t stop yet since we have other things planned. 

Lodge elections were held and Rosemarie Grubish was re-elected trustee for three more years. Also, the current slate of officers were re-elected for another year. 

Members decided to give a lodge donation to the Salvation Army.  

The National Convention will be July 18 and 19, 2019 in Green Bay, WI. If anyone is interested, please come to the next lodge meeting since we will be electing delegates soon. 

October 2018

Members held a meeting on October 8 with a delicious potluck and meeting to follow. We achieved our Shining Star and are currently at 120 points. Thanks everyone for all that you have done. At the time of meeting, we had more projects scheduled for the remainder of the year, including Feed the Starving Children on October 26 and Pheasants for Vets on October 20.

Our annual youth and adult Christmas party is on December 10. We will be having a catered meal and members will bring a dessert/cookies to share. Also, bring a donation for the Ronald McDonald House.  

For our great efforts, we have decided to have an extra catered dinner scheduled for March.  

Members talked about Blooming Prairie Service Men’s Club Czech Dinner on September 22 where members participated. Steve Wencl had a Czech display and did a lot of Czech singing during the evening with the Dan Stursa Band.  

Steve Wencl and his Czech display on September 22. 

Members met again on November 12. 

September 2018

We met September 10 and enjoyed a wonderful potluck that members provided. Correspondence was read and treasury report given.

Steve Wencl spoke about the upcoming Harvest Evening Czech celebration at the Serviceman’s Club in Blooming Prairie on September 22. The Dan Stursa Band will be performing.

Julie Kriesel and Harold and Bernice Bartsch worked at a funeral on September 5. Great job everyone for helping towards our lodge points. We have met our required points for the year, but still have many things planned.

August 2018

Members held a meeting on August 13 at the Izaak Walton Building with a potluck and meeting to follow.
We are working hard on our lodge points. Members have done a great job and we have exceeded the 90 points that were required. We are still going full steam ahead and working on projects and donations. 

Dan, Kim, and Breyonna Stursa did an Earth Care project of cleaning up garbage at the Steele County Fair grounds after July 4th fireworks. 

We had a wonderful turnout at the July member and youth lodge picnic with 56 members and 3 guests. A catered meal from Broaster was served and members bought sweets to share. 

The Dan Stursa Band played at Old Time Music Days on August 16 at Steele County Free Fair. A special thank you to the Home Office for sponsoring Old Time Music Days.

July 29 was the Litomysl Festival, which was at a Czech parish and 22 members worked at the festival and attended it as well. 

The 2019 State Meeting will be in Rochester, MN. More info will follow in the coming weeks.

We discussed where best to donate our funds for the remainder of 2018. We will be donating to Pheasants for Veterans, Feed the Starving Children, Beds For Kids, Salvation Army, and Star of Hope. 

A moment of silence was held in memory of departed member Mattie Eastman. 

June 2018

Members held a monthly potluck and meeting on June 11 at the Izaak Walton Building. We discussed the State Meeting, which was held on June 23 in Hopkins. 

Members made a cash donation to the Ronald McDonald House and brought items to our meeting as well. This was given at the State Meeting.

On May 19, a bake sale was held with proceeds going to the Rochester Transplant House. Also on May 19, 13 members participated in the Jeff Kath Youth Fundraiser, which included the Dan Stursa Band. Four members participated in the Owatonna Memorial Day Parade. 

Our lodge Adult/Youth Picnic will be held on July 9 at 6 pm. Meal will be provided and all members are asked to bring a dessert to pass. 

May 2018

Members held a monthly meeting and potluck on May 14 at the Izaak Walton Building. We had Bohemian National Cemetery clean-up on April 25 with 19 adults and kids helping.

On April 12 and 13 we had 19 members attend a Casino Bus Trip to Jack Pot Junction.

On April 29, ten members attended the District Meeting in Oakland. Next year we will be hosting the District Meeting in Owatonna. 

We donated two American flags for the monument at the Bohemian National Cemetery. Thanks to Jack and Darlene Noble for putting up the flags for us.  

Galen Spinler read a memorial and lit the candles for those who passed in 2017.  

On May 19, we had a bake sale with proceeds going to the Rochester Transplant House. Also on May 19, we volunteered at the Jeff Kath Benefit, which is for the Owatonna youth.

Members met June 11 and brought donations for the Ronald McDonald House that we will bring to the State Meeting.

We talked about upcoming events, such as the State Meeting on June 23 in Hopkins, MN and our member/youth picnic on July 9.

April 2018

We held our monthly meeting on April 9, with a potluck, meeting, and dice game. 

Members talked about our upcoming projects, which included the Bohemian National Cemetery clean up on April 25, Casino Bus Trip on April 12 and 13, and bake sale on May 19.

Donations went to the Gift of Life Transplant House, Kath Benefit on May 19, and From the Heart Cancer Benefit on May 5 and 6.

Wyatt Kriesel, Paige Thompson, and Josiah Thompson, along with their grandma Julie Kriesel, visited veteran and lodge member Merle Meixner.  

We informed members of the District Meeting on April 29 in Oakland and the State Meeting will be June 23 in Hopkins. 

Gladys Pechacek and Evelyn Kaplan celebrated April birthdays. 

Marvin Meixner invited everyone to the Annual Bohemian National Cemetery meeting on April 11 at Owatonna Town Hall. 

A moment of silence was held for deceased member Richard Meixner.

March 2018

Members had a meeting on March 12 at the Izaak Walton building. We started our evening with a potluck. Members honored Gladys Pechacek with her 75-year pin. Richard Meixner was honored for celebrating his 100th birthday and received a plant from our lodge.

We discussed five upcoming projects for April and May, which include: annual cemetery clean-up, Join Hands Day, bake sale, casino bus trip, and Kath family benefit fundraiser.  

On March 3, members participated in a benefit for well-known Owatonna personality, Jim Gleason.

At our April meeting, we will discuss old lodge items from years past. We will bring them to the meeting, then donate them to the Steele County History Center.
Entertainment after the meeting was Bingo with white elephant prizes. 

February 2018

The February meeting began with a potluck dinner. We acknowledged Rob and Diane Vosejpka on their 25th wedding anniversary at the meeting.

Kim Stursa brought us up-to-date on our 2018 points. We are beginning to lay out our plan for the year. Members will have a bake sale in May. We will detail more plans at our March meeting.

Entertainment chair, Eunice Meixner, asked members to bring prizes for games at our March meeting. This will add a new variety and will be interesting to see what members bring.

No. 127 scholarship forms are now available for members. Copies can be obtained from either Evelyn Kaplan or Dan Stursa.

Julie Kriesel displayed items she received as being part of the welcoming committee for the 52nd Super Bowl held in Minneapolis.

January 2018

Members held a monthly meeting on January 8 at the Izaak Walton Building.

We discussed the Christmas party, 44 members and 3 guests attended. 

Members recognized Steve Wencl for the fine job he did at the Czech language class in November, 20 people attended.

We recognized our members for their help in getting 128 points. 

Kim Stursa has already submitted 15 points for this year. 

Craig Van Dyke sent us a letter about the new password. The 2019 National Convention is July 18 and July 19 in Green Bay, WI.

The 2018 calendar was passed out to members. A moment of silence was held for Mary Ann Copp, Eddie Simon, and Pat Bock.

Eunice Meixner taught us a fun dice game.

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