Western Fraternal Life :: Pilgrim No. 330

Pilgrim No. 330

Brookfield, IL

November 2018

Members met November 8 at Sawa’s Old Warsaw Restaurant in Broadview. Secretary Rosemary Davis received correspondence and Convention information. 

Members nominated Rosemary Davis, Bill Strejc, Blanche Hobart, Angie Bultas, Tim Kosek, and D. Bastian as delegates. Al Trotta will be an alternate. If they cannot attend, the Home Office must be notified by March 15.

The fraternal service project was discussed. Several members are delegates to the Bohemian Home for the Aged and discussion was about their April celebration.

Current officers will continue for next year.

The National Convention is in Green Bay, WI on July 18-19, 2019.

We had our Christmas meeting on December 13 at Sawa’s Old Warsaw Restaurant. No regular meeting will be held in January or February. 

Please call Rosemary Davis with questions at 630-620-5324.

October 2018

Members met October 11 at Sawa’s Old Warsaw Restaurant in Broadview. We were happy to hear that Henrietta Susmilch had returned from Florida. She is now living in an assisted living center in Burr Ridge. We hope to see her at a future meeting.

President Blanche Hobart read the section of the by-laws on delegates to the Convention. Some discussion was held and delegates should be nominated at the November meeting.

Calendars of Czech events in our area were handed out. Future events include monthly Czech movies at Sokol Spirit in Brookfield; 77th Annual Christmas Around the World Festival in the Czech Republic at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry; and Western National Convention in Green Bay, WI July 18 and 19, 2019.
Our next meeting is December 13. Until further notice, future meetings will be held at Sawa’s Old Warsaw Restaurant. Please call Rosemary Davis at 630-620-5324 and leave a message with questions.

September 2018

Members met September 13 at Sawa’s Old Warsaw Restaurant in Broadview. President Blanche Hobart reported on activities members attended, such as the Czech Mission picnic where members enjoyed music, food, and Bingo with residents of Pershing Gardens Nursing Home. Prizes and snacks were given to residents. The First American Garden Clubs annual flower and garden show was attend by some members. They wore their new Western t-shirts to these activities. Thanks to all who participated in the activities to obtain 51 points so far this year. 

We passed out a calendar of Czech events. Several are in September and early October. Future events are monthly Czech movies at Sokol Spirit Brookfield; October 19 and 20 is Sokol Tabor Fall Rummage sale in Berwyn; October 20 Moravian Cultural Society hosts a HOSPODA Sokol Brookfield; November 4 is Finding Leaves and Branches internet based Czech genealogy research at 1st Presbyterian Church in La Grange; and on November 4, the 77th Annual Christmas Around the World Festival Christmas in the Czech Republic Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.   


Future meetings are November 8 and December 13. Until further notice, meetings will be held at Sawa’s Old Warsaw Restaurant (9200 W Cermak Broadview). Please call Rosemary Davis at
630-620-5324 with questions.

August 2018

Members met August 9 at Sawa’s Old Warsaw Restaurant. The July 29 Czech American Congress Picnic was discussed. We had four members, District 5 Director Mary Bradley, and her husband Charles help with bike/doll registration and promoting Western. Other booths were Czech Slovak of America, T. G. Masaryk Czech School, Bohemian National Cemetery, First American Garden Club, Czech Mission, Czech Republic Consulate General of Chicago, and Moravian Cultural Society. We enjoyed listening and dancing to Czech music, watching Moravian Society children doing Czech dances, good food, and talking to many people and friends.

The bike giveaway was won by Aubrey Cervantes and the Czech dolls by LaVerne Mozac and Marc. Guest speaker, Nancy Boulakanis, spoke about Best Buddies Organization. Her son and member Gladys Palach’s grandson benefit from it. Members approved donations to Salvation Army, Wounded Warriors, Special Olympics, and Best Buddies.

We wished happy birthday to Al Trotta and James Kosek for August birthdays. 

Members were reminded of the Convention in Green Bay next year on July 18 and 19.

We hosted a Bingo party on August 28 at the Pershing Gardens Nursing Home in Stickney. Items and snacks were donated for Bingo prizes. 

Blanche Hobart passed out copies of the lodge point system and calendar of Czech events.    

Members attended the Czech Mission picnic on August 26, and the First Czech Garden Club’s Flower and Garden show on September 8. To make it more fun we wore our new Western t-shirts.

Future coming events are the 79th Moravian Day on September 29 and 30 at the Lithuanian World Center in Lemont. HOSPODA is October 20 at Sokol Spirit in Brookfield. The 77th annual Christmas Around the World Festival Christmas in the Czech Republic is November 24 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. 

Future meetings are October 11, November 8, and December 13. Until further notice they will be held at Sawa’s Old Warsaw. Please call Rosemary Davis with questions at 630-620-5324.  

July 2018

Members met July 12 at Sawa’s Old Warsaw Restaurant in Broadview with guest speaker Klara Moldova from the T. G. Masaryk Czech School. Jim Kosek passed out pencils that had ZCBJ printed on them from long time ago. Secretary Rosemary Davis passed out new pencils with Western on them. 

Members approved a donation to the Bohemian National Cemetery Columbarium renovation fund. We attended the Bohemian National picnic on July 8. 

Klara Moldova spoke about the Czech School. They have eight children's classes and some adult classes. Many of the young people go on to the Czech Republic to further their learning. In August, she is escorting a group on tour of South Bohemia and Moravia. She reported on the progress of the book, Bohemians in Chicago, that we helped sponsor. The book will be released this fall.

Blanche Hobart reported on a letter from the Home Office explaining our grant money, how much grant we can receive, and what is required to donate to receive grant money next year. The more activities or events we do, the more points we get and the more grant money we receive.

The July picnic was discussed. There was a bike giveaway for children ages 5 to 13 and a Czech Doll raffle for adults.

The Western National Convention will be held July 18 and 19, 2019 in Green Bay, WI. We will be nominating delegates at a future meeting. If you are interested, you must attend our meetings and have some knowledge of Western so that you are able to vote on any changes to the by-laws. 

Future meetings are September 13, October 11, November 8, and December 13. Until further notice, they will be at Old Warsaw. Please call Rosemary Davis about meetings and events at 630-620-5324. 

Future Czech events are: August 26, Czech Mission Picnic at National Grove #1 Des Plaines Ave and 26th St. North Riverside; September 8, the First Czechoslovak Garden Club 82nd flower show at Liberty Cultural Center Berwyn; September 26, Czech Centennial Gala celebrating 100-years of the founding of Czechoslovakia; September 29 and 30 is the 79th Moravian Day Lithuanian World Center in Lemont; and the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Czech Republic. For more events coming up for the 100 Anniversary of Czech Independence, contact the Consulate General of Czech Republic in Chicago.

June 2018

There was a meeting on June 14 at Sawa’s Restaurant in Broadview. This month brought a new member and we sent a welcome letter. We had a moment of silence for a recent death and welcomed a member back after a long illness. 

On May 30, members met at Mount Auburn and joined others placing flags on veteran graves.

On June 10, we joined with CSA and CAC for the 76th anniversary of Lidice, at Crest Hill. Sokol representatives posted the colors, the Moravian Societies Singers provided the pledge, and Czech, Slovak, and American anthems. Guest speaker, Tomas Trnka from the Czech Consulate, spoke of the events leading up to the tragedy at Lidice and aftermath. Illinois State Representative Natalie Manley, Crest Hill Mayor Raymond Soliman, and Crest Hill Alderman Tina Oberlin each spoke their thoughts about the reasons for this event. Children from the Moravian and T.G Masaryk Czech schools told what they had learned about Lidice this year and sang a song, Co Pro Me Znamena Mir, (What Peace Means to Me). Thank you children and teachers for a great presentation.

The annual picnic at Bohemian National Cemetery was July 8.

On July 29, the CAC Czech Festival will be held at Jaycee Ehlert Park, 4400 Elm Avenue, Brookfield, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will have a table and a bike giveaway. Help is needed to set up the table, with registration, and clean-up afterwards. The picnic has food, music, and is a lot of fun. Please join us.

The Ronald McDonald House has a need for small items, tooth brushes, paste, small soaps, tissues, etc. We will collect and deliver. Food was brought in for the food pantry.

Future meetings are August 9, September 13, and October 11. Hope to see you there.

May 2018

Members met on May 10 at Sawa’s Old Warsaw Restaurant in Broadview. Congratulations to Western’s scholarship winner Abigail Ramaeker of Neenah, WI.

Upcoming activities were discussed.  

Lidice commemoration was June 10 at Lidice Park in Crest Hill, IL.

The Czech American Congress Picnic is July 29 in Ehlert Park, Brookfield. We will have a bike giveaway at the picnic. Help is needed for set up, clean up, and the sign up booth for the giveaway.   

The National Convention is July 18-19, 2019 at Hyatt Regency in Green Bay, WI.

We need new ideas to achieve the Star Awards.

Future meetings are July 12, August 9, September 13, and October 11. The place for future meetings will be determined later. Call Secretary Rosemary Davis with questions at 630-620-5324.

Future Czech events include the June 24 United Moravian Societies Annual Picnic in Brookfield, July 8 Bohemian National Cemetery Annual Picnic in Chicago, and July 29 Czech American Congress Picnic in Ehlert Park, Brookfield.

April 2018

Members met April 12 at Sawa’s Old Warsaw Restaurant. We are very happy to see more members attending. Please continue to come, we need your support. 

We received a letter from the Hammerschmidt School’s 5th grade Girl Scouts requesting help for their project of supplying paper goods for the PADS program. Members brought in paper goods for their project.

Some members attended a program at T. G. Masaryk Czech School on April 11. Czech author Radek Maly discussed his children’s books and a book he wrote about Franz Kafka, a well-known Jewish Czech author.
Members participated in Join Hands Day at the T. G. Masaryk Czech School on May 12.

Discussion was held regarding the Czech American Congress picnic July 29. We need more members attending these events. 

We celebrated Vice President Henrietta Susmilch’s 92nd birthday.

Can tabs for the Ronald McDonald’s House were brought in. 

Members met May 10 at Sawa’s Old Warsaw Restaurant. Future meetings will be June 14, July 12, August 9, and September 13. The meeting place will be determined later. Call Rosemary Davis regarding events and meetings at 630-620-5324. 

Mark your calendar for upcoming events. June 24 is the United Moravian Societies annual picnic in Brookfield. July 8 is the Bohemian National Cemetery annual picnic in Chicago. July 29 is the Czech American Congress picnic in Brookfield.

March 2018

Our first meeting of 2018 was held March 8 at Sawa’s Old Warsaw restaurant in Broadview.

We received a two star award last year, which determines the amount of grant money the lodge receives. This year there will be changes as to how points are earned towards star awards. 

The following members were awarded their 75-year pins at the meeting: Angie Bultas, Frances Howaniec, and Emily Palka (son Charles Palka accepted her pin). Secretary Rosemary Davis and Treasure Bill Strejc will deliver Elsie Simek’s pin to her.

We discussed activities we already do and what new ones we can add to help with points. We earn points by three or more members attending functions and helping other organizations with their projects, having a speaker at our meeting, and donating items. We need more members attending meetings and functions. 

President Blanche Hobart sent oranges from Arizona to be given to members. Secretary Rosemary Davis showed photos of art work inside Meadowlands National Hall that was featured in the Herald. 

Future meetings are May 10, June 14, and July 12. The place for future meetings to be determined. Call Rosemary Davis at 630-620-5324 and leave a message if you have questions.

January - February 2018

Officers met on January 19 to complete end-of-year reports. The treasurer reported that donation amounts had been met. Our secretary mailed out 50 and 75-year congratulation letters, and received two requests for pins.
We read thank-you letters from the Ronald McDonald House and Lombard/Villa Park food pantry for our latest donations. Box tops were delivered to a local school.

Members discussed ideas for events to earn points, getting speakers to attend our meetings, and possible meeting places.

On February 16, members Bill Strejc, Linda Rivoli, and Rosemary Davis met to finalize the audit report and monetary portion of the Annual Survey of Lodge Activities. 

We sent several 75-year pins that we received requests for. Two members came to our March 8 meeting to receive their pins. 

Thank-you letters were received from Lombard/Villa Park Food Pantry and the Ronald McDonald House for the tooth brushes. 

Members also brought in socks to be donated to First Church of Lombard for their PADS program. 

December 2017

Members met at Sawa’s Old Warsaw Restaurant for the monthly meeting and Christmas party on December 14. We had a moment of silence for two recent deaths.

There were two new members, who will receive welcome letters. We mailed an Honorary Certificate to Lorraine Klescich.

In the year-to-date report, we did not achieve as many points as we hoped.

Members received a Christmas card from President Blanche Hobart. We signed cards for absent members to be mailed.

Packaged tooth brushes were brought and will be delivered to the Ronald McDonald House. One more bag of pill bottles will be delivered to the CSA office as well.

Treasurer Bill Strejc reported that our donation goal will be reached by the end of the month.

Each member received a tiny Christmas tree ornament from the lodge.

There will not be regular meetings in January and February but the officers will meet to complete the end of year reports. Weather allowing, our first meeting will be March 8 at a new meeting place. All members will be informed of the date and place.

November 2017

Members met November 9 at the Czech Plaza Restaurant. Some of us attended the Moravian Society Hospoda on September 21. It was a replica of the quaint Czech pub. We met many friends from other Czech organizations, watched children perform Czech dances, and enjoyed music and food.

On September 29, we attended the 140-year anniversary of the Bohemian National Cemetery and re-dedication of the restored bell in the gate tower. Several speakers relayed the history from 1877 until present. The Friends of Bohemian National Cemetery have worked hard through donations to repair this beautiful place. Afterwards, typical Czech snacks were served.

Members discussed other donation possibilities. In order to receive next year’s grant, we have to donate a certain percentage of the grant we receive this year. Grants will no longer be given based on total members we have in our lodge. It is based on a point system that is earned on various activities and member participation. With the points we’ve earned so far, we’ll be lucky to get one-fourth in grant money we received this year. We need to do more activities and have more member participation.

Members brought in food for the food pantry and talked about what we can do as a lodge, places to visit, etc.
After the meeting, we went to the Ronald McDonald House to deliver can tabs.

The December 14 meeting was held at Old Warsaw Restaurant. We will not have a regular meeting in January and February. Weather permitting, we will start again in March.

Please call Rose Mary at 630-620-5324 and leave a message to find out date, time, and place for next year’s meetings.

October 2017

Members met October 12 at the Czech Plaza Restaurant. Congratulations to Helen Kouba on achieving her Honorary Certificate and happy birthday also.

Winter clothes were brought in last month and delivered to Lombard UCC Church clothing drive by Rosemary Davis. Members brought in non-perishable food for the Lombard/Villa Park food pantry which Rosemary will deliver as well.

The Moravian Cultural Society invited us to attend a Czech Gathering Place event on October 21 at Sokol Spirit Hall. We also received an invitation from Bohemian National Cemetery to celebrate their 140th anniversary on October 29.

Donations were made to the Salvation Army for Thanksgiving meals and their Disaster Relief fund.
Please bring non-perishable food for the Lombard/Villa Park Thanksgiving food drive and Box Tops for the Hammerschmidt School to the November meeting. Also, save your used batteries for the next collection in January and March 2018.

November 25 is the 76th Annual Christmas Around the World (Christmas in the Czech Republic) at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. A Czech tree will be on display until January 7. The next meeting is December 14 and we’ll discuss next year’s dates, times, and place. Please call and leave a message with Rosemary at 630-620-5324 with questions or concerns.

September 2017

Members met September 14 at the Czech Plaza Restaurant. Congratulations to Julia Marik for her Honorary Certificate, which we presented to her after the meeting.

We attended the Moravian Picnic in August, wearing Western blue stickers, and handed out Western pencils and bookmarks.

Members were reminded to bring in non-perishable food items the next two months for the Lombard/Villa Park Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Mark your calendar for November 25, the 76th annual Christmas Around the World (Christmas in the Czech Republic) at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Czech tree on display through January 7.

You are invited to our meetings the second Thursday of the month currently held at the Czech Plaza Restaurant in Berwyn. Please call and leave a message at 630-620-5324 with questions. Future meetings are November 9 and December 14.

August 2017

Members met August 10 at Czech Plaza Restaurant. D. Bastion sent us a message about the America the Beautiful Park Program.

Members attended the Czech American Congress picnic at Ehlert Park in Brookfield on July 30. We gave away a bike and dolls dressed in Czech outfits. Henrietta Susmilch, Bill Strejc, Gladys Palach, Rosemary Davis, and guests Frank Slazek, Alice Spera, and Bill Davis manned the table. Special thanks to District 5 Director Mary Bradley from Michigan for taking pictures and promoting Western. Beautiful Czech music, food, booths from other Czech and Moravian groups, and socializing was enjoyed by all. Emma Janke won the bike. Marie Monroe and Henrietta Susmilich’s daughter won the Barbie and Ken dolls.

Thanks goes to Richard Chalabala for donating several bags of can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House.
Please note the following upcoming events: September 23-24 Moravian Days at the Lithuania World Center in Lemont, October 21 Moravian Cultural Society dinner at 4 p.m. at Sokol Spirit Brookfield, and the Bohemian National Cemetery 140th anniversary is either October 22 or 29. All members are invited to attend meetings the second Thursday of the month held at the Czech Plaza Restaurant in Berwyn. Please call and leave a message at 630-620-5324. Our next meeting is October 12.

July 2017

Members met July 13 at Czech Plaza Restaurant. The 75th Lidice Memorial Commemoration ceremony at Crest Hill on June 10 was discussed. There were several speakers: Dr. Borek Lizek, Council General of the Czech Republic State Representatives, and daughter of one of the survivors. The Moravian Society singers entertained with Czech songs and the T.G. Masaryk school children read letters that the Lidice children had written. Members viewed a film based on the happenings at Lidice 75 years ago following the program.

Members attended the Bohemian National Cemetery picnic on July 9 and passed out Western information. There were tomb walks and presentations in the columbarium.

We also discussed the Czech American Congress picnic at Ehlert Park on July 30. We gave a bike away and handed out Western information and items. Members brought in pill bottles.

The T.G. Masaryk Czech School is having a New Electric at Czech School fundraiser to help replace the outdated system at the school. Donations can be mailed to T.G. Masaryk School, 5701 W 22nd Place, Cicero, IL 60804. Put code "electricity" on memo line.

Join us on August 20 for the United Moravian picnic at Kiwanis Park, Brookfield. On September 9, there is the First Czech Garden Club 81st Annual Flower Show. On September 10, Czech Mission annual picnic is at National Grove #4, North Riverside. On September 23 and 24 the 78th Moravian Days is at Lithuanian World Center, Lemont.

All members are invited to attend meetings the second Thursday of the month, currently held at Czech Plaza Restaurant in Berwyn. Please call and leave a message at 630-620-5324. Future meetings are September 14 and October 12.

June 2017

Members met June 8 at the Czech Plaza Restaurant. We welcomed member Charlene Holes and her friends. A thank-you card from Sofia Kaplanes (scholarship winner) was received. Lombard/Villa Park food pantry and First Church Outreach House called to thank us for our donations as well.

On June 10, members met in Crest Hill for the 75th Lidice Memorial tribute. We had several visitors, one from the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Ms. Jerri Zbiral (daughter of one of the survivors), and Dr. Borek Lizec (Council General of the Czech Republic). Children from the T.G. Masaryk Czech School and United Moravian Societies Czech School recited letters that children had written after they were separated from their families.
Members will attend the Czech American Congress Picnic at Ehlert Park in Brookfield on July 30. We will give away a bike and helmet. Volunteers are needed to set up, put up and remove flyers, mind tables, and help children fill out raffle tickets.

Members brought empty pill bottles and discussed future projects. All members are encouraged to attend meetings the second Thursday of the month at the Czech Plaza Restaurant in Berwyn. Please leave a message with Rosemary Davis at 630-620-5324. Future meetings are August 10, September 14, and October 12.

April 2017

Members met April 13 at the Czech Plaza Restaurant.

On May 27, members were invited to meet with author Nina Rutova about her new book of Czech stories.
Discussion was held on the 75th anniversary of Lidice Commemoration in Crest Hill on June 10.

Members agreed to a table, bike giveaway, and Western items at the Czech American Congress picnic on July 30 at Ehlert Park, Brookfield. We will need volunteers and attendance from members.

Secretary Rosemary discussed the phone conference about the new points program and activity form. 

Members brought in medicine bottles and can tabs for the Villa Park Food Pantry.

Members met on May 11 at the Czech Plaza Restaurant. Honorary Certificates were delivered to Libbie Homolka, Dorothy Tomasini, and Rose Vytlacil. Congratulations, ladies.

We renewed our membership in the Czech American Congress and donated to St. Jude’s, Salvation Army, St. Barbra’s Food Pantry, and infant supplies to the First Church of Lombard.

Members are invited to attend meetings held the second Thursday of the month, currently at the Czech Plaza Restaurant in Berwyn. Call Rosemary Davis with questions at 630-620-5324. Future meetings are July 13, August 10, September 14, and October 12.

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