Western Fraternal Life :: Pilsen No. 391

Pilsen No. 391

Luxemburg, WI

October 2018

Members attended a meeting on October 17 at CZ’s. Those who attended the State Meeting reported events that took place.

The owl can project was done with the Pilsen 4-H Club on September 20. Pens received from agent Rudy Kolarik and small notebooks from the Home Office were put into the cans before donating to Oak Creek Home and Oak Park Place.

Owl can project members did with 4-H Club.

Members worked at the Pilsen blood drive on October 2.

The Halloween youth party was held at Montpelier Community Center on October 27 at 1 p.m. with No. 365 joining. Both lodges shared in bringing the food, milk, soda, treats, and Bingo game. Prizes were a bike and two scooters. The bike was won by Emmett Brodtke, and the scooters were won by Eva Oshefsky and Jenah Krueger.

September 2018

Our meeting was held September 3 at Montpelier Community Center. Following the meeting, we had our annual Labor Day picnic. Members brought a dish to pass and the lodge furnished chicken, refreshments, and ice cream. Member, Father Milton Suess, gave an interesting talk.

Mary Jo Shefchik sent stamps to Stamps for the Wounded as a lodge project.

Our quarterly deposit was received from the Home Office.

Upcoming events are the youth Halloween party on October 27 in conjunction with No. 365 at the Montpelier Community Center. There will be a bike and two scooters for prize giveaways.

Members will work at St. Vincent de Paul on November 7 from 9 until 11:30 a.m. with a meeting afterwards.
We will have an adult holiday party at Suster’s in Denmark on November 9 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to Judy (468-5932) by November 2 if attending. Food donations for Kewaunee County Pantry would be appreciated.

August 2018

Members met on July 25 at CZ’s. We sponsored a brat fry that was held at Festival East on June 29. It was a successful fundraiser that allowed the Luxemburg Rescue Department to purchase an air chair to be used in patient rescues.

We discussed the State Meeting. It was decided to make a can tab donation to the Ronald McDonald House.

The Czech and Kolache Festival, the largest in northeastern WI, was held at the Agricultural Heritage Farm on August 4-5. Six-thousand kolache were made for the occasion. There was a Czech kroje style show, Czech food, music, and exhibits. Members participated in various areas.

The secretary arranged to get together with the Pilsen 4-H Club on September 20 at the Montpelier Community Center for an “owl can” project. Items will be donated to residents of assisted living.

Members will be working at St. Vincent de Paul on November 7, 9-11:30 a.m. with meeting to follow.

June 2018

Members met June 20 at CZ’s. Agent Rudy Kolarik attended the meeting.
Secretary Pete Janowski discussed the State Meeting to be held on October 6 in Black River Falls. Delegates will be Al and Barb Ledvina, Ken and Pearl Schlies, and Pete Janowski. Our lodge will be bringing items for the state scholarship raffle.
An owl project, with the Pilsen 4-H members, will be scheduled in August at a date convenient with the club. A turkey project, to benefit the local nursing homes, will be scheduled at our November meeting with date to be determined.
A thank-you note was received from East Shore Industries, for our donation of $100 worth of credit cards.

May 2018

Members met May 22 at CZ’s. We discussed the State Meeting on October 6 in Black River Falls. Meeting starts at 10 a.m. and ends with an evening dinner and entertainment. We will wait for more information from Black River Falls and make delegate nominations at our meeting.

Our secretary reported that we have one new member, Carlos Castillo. Condolences go out to the family of lodge member Marion Mleziva.

April 2018

Members met April 11 at the China Buffet in Green Bay. We had worked earlier that morning at the St. Vincent de Paul store, helping where needed. An appreciation lunch was sponsored by the lodge for those who worked, followed by a meeting.

Five members attended the District 2 membership/Bingo rally at Gill’s, on April 8. Approximately 75 District 2 members were in attendance.

An “owl can” project is in the planning stages, and will be discussed with the Pilsen 4-H Club. There was also discussion on a turkey pine cone project tentatively scheduled for the November meeting.

Members will be working at the Festival East Brat Barn, Bellevue, on June 29, from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Funds will be donated to the Luxemburg Rescue Department for the purchase of an “air chair” to be used in victim rescues. A request goes out to support this worthy cause.

March 2018

Members met March 21 at CZ’s in Luxemburg, WI.

A blood pressure check was done at St. Therese Church, Pilsen, on March 10 after the 4 p.m. mass. Member Julie Thoreson R.N., conducted the testing, with the help of other members.

There was discussion about the prizes that would be donated to the District 2 membership rally at Gill’s, Whitelaw, on April 8.

Thank-you letters were received from the CP Telethon and the veterans at King, WI, for the valentines we sent.
It was decided that funds received from the Brat Fry on June 29, at Festival’s Brat Barn, will be donated to the Luxemburg Rescue Department. The money will go towards an air chair, which would be used in victim rescues.
We welcome new member Zachary Barlament.

February 2018

Members met at Janda’s in Ellisville on February 21 for a noon luncheon and meeting. Afterwards, everyone participated in a project creating calendar picture books, utilizing pictures from old calendars. Five books were made and were donated to local nursing homes.

The secretary noted that the festival food brat barn is reserved for June 29. More details will come later.
We have two 50-year members for 2018: Betty Mastalir and Patricia Rolf.

January 2018

Members met on January 31. We had the election of officers with the following results: President Al Ledvina, Vice President Jan Janowski, Secretary Pete Janowski, Treasurer Mary Jo Shefchik, and Correspondent Judy Kraynik.
Plastic caps were collected for St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ellisville.

The secretary passed out the summary of points received for the 2017 lodge projects. We achieved our top reward. Possible projects and activities for 2018 were discussed.

Members met at the home of Mary Jo Shefchik on February 7 to make valentines for the veteran’s home in King, WI. Cash donations will be made to the Cerebral Palsy Green Bay Chapter and East Shore Industries as well.

Join us at noon on March 18 for the District 2 Big Brothers Big Sisters bowling at CZ’s. April 8 at noon is the District 2 Bingo/dinner at Gill’s in Whitelaw, with $14 cost. On April 11, we work at St. Vincent de Paul in Green Bay from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Mark your calendar for May 5 Join Hands Day roadside garbage pick up with Pilsen 4-H Club at St. Therese Church, Pilsen, 9 a.m.

November 2017

Our adult holiday party was held on November 10 at Suster’s. We enjoyed a family-style meal of chicken and fish. Members brought canned goods for the Pilsen Church Pantry.

Please save box tops, Campbell’s soup labels, school supplies, unused greeting cards, etc. to be donated to the Atrium Post-Acute Care of Kewaunee Nursing Home.

Our next meeting is January 31 at Janda’s in Ellisville.

November 2017

Members met at the home of Al and Barb Ledvina on November 2 for a crafting meeting. Under the direction of Barb, members made pine cone turkeys to be distributed to local nursing homes.

On October 10, members worked at the St. Vincent de Paul store sorting donated items - followed by an appreciation meal/meeting at the China Buffet.

Members work the St. Vincent de Paul center in Green Bay, WI.

Our lodge and No. 365 participated in a youth Halloween party at the Montpelier Community Center on October 28. Twenty-six children were present, along with a number of adults. Bingo was played, snacks and drinks were served, and candy was handed out to the children. Scooter winners were Grace Jandrin and Tessa Gilley. Bike winner was Grant Dalebroux.

Our next luncheon/meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. on January 31, 2018, at Janda’s Bar & Grill.

September 2017

Members met on September 4 at the Montpelier Community Center. We had our annual Labor Day picnic. Members brought a dish to pass, and we furnished the chicken, refreshments, and ice cream. Father Milton Suess gave an informative talk on the churches of St. Agnes, with pictures to share.

Our youth Halloween party will be held at 1 p.m. on October 28 at the Montpelier Community Center in conjunction with No. 365. A bicycle and two scooters will be given away for prizes. Bingo will be played, followed by food, and refreshments provided by the lodges.

We will make a cash donation to the Texas flood relief.

Our holiday party is scheduled for November 10 at Suster’s, Denmark, WI, at 6:30 p.m. Please reply to Jan (845-5279) by November 3, if attending.

There was discussion about Stamps for the Wounded, and also a request for unused greeting cards to be donated to Atrium Post-Acute Care of Kewaunee.

July 2017

Members met on July 17. Convention delegates were discussed and five members decided to attend the State Convention at Rice Lake, WI on September 30. We will bring bird houses and a grapevine wreath for prizes. A cash donation will be made to the can tab fund.

The St. Vincent de Paul activity work is scheduled for October 10 from 9 to 11:30 a.m., followed by an appreciation lunch/meeting at China Buffet in Green Bay.

A thank-you note was received from Silver Leaf Manor Assisted Living, for the wreaths made by us.
We welcomed new members Kevin Baker, Sophie Bebeau, and Barb Ledvina.

June 2017

On June 15, a brat fry was held at Festival Foods. Members volunteered and money was donated to the Town of Montpelier’s fire department for equipment.

Join us on September 4 for a picnic at the Montpelier Community Center. Lunch at noon, with meeting preceding at 11 a.m. Members are asked to bring a dish to share. We will furnish chicken and refreshments.

On October 10, we will work at the St. Vincent de Paul Center in Green Bay from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

The State Convention will be held on September 30 in Rice Lake and hosted by Lodge Haugen. Members interested in going should decide by next meeting.

Seven new members were added to the lodge total.

May 2017

On April 20, the Pilsen 4-H Club met at the Montpelier Community Center to decorate 40 birdhouses with help from Barb Ledvina. They were distributed to local assisted living centers.

On April 22, a blood pressure check administered by Julie Thoreson took place after mass at St. Therese/St. Joseph site, with the assistance of Mary Jo Shefchik and Jan Janowski.

On May 25, members met for a meeting and also decorated grapevine bows (under the direction of Barb Ledvina). They were distributed to local nursing homes.

The Czech/Kolache Festival at the Heritage Farm in Kewaunee will be August 5 and 6. Twelve thousand kolache will be made. Members will assist with the festival.

Thank-you notes were received from Elaine Estel and also from the Cerebral Palsy Center for our donation.
We welcome new members Samantha Taylor, Amber and Trevor Schlies, John Bebeau, and Maxxwell Olson.

April 2017

Members met April 17 at China Buffet in Green Bay. We worked at the St. Vincent de Paul Center in Green Bay on April 17 sorting materials and clothing. It was followed by an appreciation lunch at the China Buffet. Members discussed the upcoming brat fry at Festival Foods being held on June 15.

A sympathy card and donation for mass was sent to the family of Benedict Estel.

March 2017

Members met on March 28 with Agent Rudy Kolarik joining us.

We participated in a project constructing a calendar picture book, using pictures from old calendars. It was donated to Helping Hands Assisted Living in Luxemburg, WI.

Members will engage in a work project/meeting at the home of Barb Ledvina on May 25 at 6 p.m. Grapevines will be made into wreaths, which will then be donated to various healthcare organizations. They will be allowed to bring along younger helpers, if available.

November 2016 - February 2017

On November 18, there was an adult holiday party at Suster’s Bar and Grill in Demark. Members turned in bottle caps to Barb Ledvina for a project making wheels for wheelchairs.

On January 31, we had an election of officers with the following result: President Jan Janowski, Vice President Marion Mleziva, Secretary Pete Janowski, Treasurer Mary Jo Shefchik, and Correspondent Judy Kraynik.
New Home Office guidelines were discussed. Members reviewed projects and activities that our lodge could participate in for 2017.
On February 10, valentine greeting cards were made by Julie Thoreson, Mary Joe Shefchik, and Jan and Pete Janowski. They were sent to veterans in Tomah, WI.

There will be a District 2 membership rally at Gill’s Bar and Grill in Whitelaw, WI on March 26 with noon dinner and Bingo.
The Join Hands Day project with Pilsen 4-H will be road pick-up in late April or early May.
We will work at St. Vincent de Paul store on April 17 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Lunch and meeting to follow at China Buffet.
Shirts were given to members to be used at lodge activities and projects.

September 2016
Judy Kraynik, Correspondent 

Our meeting was held on September 5 at the Montpelier Community Center, followed by a picnic.

Our youth Halloween party will be held at 1 p.m. on October 29 at the Montpelier Community Center in conjunction with No. 365. It was decided to purchase a bicycle, a scooter, and a tricycle for prizes. Bingo will be played, followed by food and refreshments furnished by the lodge.

Our holiday party is November 18 at Suster’s in Denmark, WI, at 6:30 p.m. Barb Ledvina asked us to save plastic bottle caps that she will collect at the party for a work project.

Our condolences go out to the family of Gladys Ciha.

August 2016
Peter Janowski, Secretary

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Volunteers completed two miles of road clean-up for State Hwy 29 in Montpelier, WI.
 
 

There were 12 youth members and 7 adults from Pilsen 4-H Club who helped with our Join Hands Day project. All enjoyed ice cream bars afterward, compliments of the lodge.

Our meeting was held on August 10 at CZ’s Bushville Lanes, Luxemburg, WI.

Members worked the Heritage Farm for the annual Czech/Kolache Days on August 6-7. They made and sold kolache as well.
Julie Thoreson, Mary Joe Shefchik, and Jan and Peter Janowski will attend State Convention.

Members will go to the St. Vincent de Paul store on October 11 to sort and mark donated materials. A meeting will follow at China Buffet in Green Bay.

The youth Halloween party is scheduled at the Montpelier Community Center on October 29 at 1 p.m.

There will be a kolache baking class given by Joann Vogel at the Heritage Farm on October 29. Julie Thoreson will conduct a class at Holy Rosary School on November 12 as well.

June 2016
Judy Kraynik, Correspondent

Our meeting was held on June 7 at Janda’s in Luxemburg with a noon luncheon. Agent Rudy Kolarik was in attendance.

Box Tops for Education were given to the DePere Grade School on May 10.

Our secretary participated in a teleconference with the Home Office. Members were able to ask questions on the newly proposed lodge award system, scheduled to be implemented in 2017.

Julie Thoreson and Marion Mleziva worked at an Ag Heritage Farm event baking kolaches on June 14.

The lodge picnic is scheduled for September 5 at the Montpelier Community Center.

April 2016
Judy Kraynik, Correspondent

Our meeting was held on April 27, at the China Buffet in Green Bay. Members worked that morning at the St. Vincent de Paul store from 9-11:30 a.m., sorting donated materials. They were treated to an appreciation lunch prior to the meeting.

It was reported that we received our first quarter earnings grant from the Home Office.

The Western District 2 membership rally was held on April 3, at Suster’s in Denmark. It was well attended by members. Bingo was played and raffle tickets were purchased by all present. The total amount was $488, which was donated to the state scholarship fund.

The State District 2 Meeting was also held at Suster’s on May 1. Four members from our lodge attended.
The secretary distributed copies of the Home Office new lodge award system. There are still many questions.
There was discussion about advertising an upcoming lodge brat fundraiser in a local newspaper and television, and also for future events.

Two members, Julie Thoreson and Marion Mleziva, worked at the Heritage Farm doing kolache classes on April 29 and May 12.

New members are Lisa Moore, Redmon Danforth III, and Renee, Olivia, Kimberly, and Luke Van Donsel.

February 2016
Judy Kraynik, Correspondent

Our meeting was held at Janda’s in Ellisville on February 19 with a noon luncheon.

It was reported that Valentines were made by members, with the help of three juvenile members, and sent to the Veteran's Home in Tomah, WI.

We had an election of officers with the following results: President Janice Janowski, Vice President Marion Mleziva, Secretary Pete Janowski, Treasurer Mary Jo Shefchik, and Correspondent Judy Kraynik.

There was discussion on what we could do for the 2017 Farm Technology Days at the Ebert Farms in Kewaunee County on July 11-13, 2017. The secretary will check with the Home Office, other lodges, and our agents for ideas on this matter.

Plans are being made for road clean-up on Join Hands Day, May 7, with an invitation to the Pilsen 4-H Club to assist. Also, members will donate their time to help sort items at the St. Vincent de Paul Store on April 22 at 9:30 a.m.

We were notified by the Home Office that our lodge achieved the Level 1 Award for 2015.

We have a 50-year member, Dennis Stodola, and two 75-year members, Judy Kraynik and Robert Ledvina. They will receive a free meal at the District 2 membership rally at Suster’s in Denmark.

We welcomed a new member, John Stahl, to our lodge.

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