Western Fraternal Life :: Saline Center No. 389

Saline Center No. 389

Western, NE

November 2018

Members met November 5 for a monthly meeting at Saline Center lodge.

The YELL! members volunteered on October 21 at the Czech Fest in York. They carried drinks, food plates, and cleaned tables. The group also passed out treats for the kids at Trunk-or-Treat in Western, NE on October 26.

The next meeting will be January 7, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Birthdays celebrated were Sheldon Kohout, Lumir Kotas, and Nicky Diaz. Happy anniversary goes to Arnie and Pat Homolka.

October 2018

Member met October 1 at the Saline Center. Several members brought used batteries, box tops, Best Choice labels, and can tabs for our item collections. We will also be collecting Food Mesto receipts dated from September 1, 2018 - March 1, 2019 for Wilber-Clatonia Schools.

YELL! President Coltin Rezabek was a candidate for homecoming royalty at Wilber-Clatonia. He is a good role model to all.

Western’s Photo Contest winners were Phillip Zoubek, Alissa Klasek, and Karel Polacek.
Don Homolka and Lumir Kotas celebrated their birthdays.

August 2018

The Cemetery Board, YELL! group, and members mowed, trimmed, and cleaned the Northfork Cemetery on August 26.

Participating in a litter pick-up were 24 lodge and YELL! members on September 10.

 

Lodge and YELL! members Brian, Russ, and A.J. Zoubek, and Kevin Homolka Sr. put awards for the lodge in cases displayed on the wall in the basement.

Celebrating birthdays are Alysa Zoubek, Karen Hayek, and Betty Zoubek. Celebrating anniversaries are Bryce and Megan Horak, Doug and Beth Horak, Sheldon and Judy Kohout, Brandon and TylerAnn Zoubek, and Randy and Shirley Zoubek.

Members who celebrated birthdays and anniversaries.

The next meeting was October 1 at 8 p.m.

August 2018

Saline Center donated two dozen kolache to the Western picnic on July 21. The cemetery board, YELL!, and lodge members got together on July 23 and July 31 to mow, trim, and clean the Northfork Cemetery.

Member Sheryl Kastanek was thanked for teaching several hours of Polka. Several YELL! members were proud to promote Czech heritage by assisting and dancing at the Czech Days celebration.

Twenty-six YELL! members walked through the Czech Days children’s parade and received 1st place.
YELL! member Olivia Zoubek got to return as a little sister to Czech Queen Emily Manning. She was 2017 First Runner-Up in the Miss Czech-Slovak U.S. National Pageant. YELL! member Sage Zoubek got the honor of being a little sister and being crowned on stage with 2018 Miss Czech Slovak U.S. NE Queen Janae Buckley. Sage will get the honor to return next year and be a little sister again (see photo in Spotlight).

Aubrey and Phillip Zoubek dance along with the Wilber Junior Czech Dancers.

Judy Kohout shared treats for her birthday. Our next meeting will be October 1 at 8 p.m.

July 2018

Members met on July 2 for a meeting at Saline Center Lodge.

The cemetery board, lodge, and YELL! members got together on June 7 and June 26 to mow, trim, and clean the Northfork Cemetery.

Six YELL! members volunteered on June 4, 11, 25, and July 2 at the Wilber Junior Czech Dancers practice and 8 YELL! members danced. The YELL! group also delivered treats to the Caterpillar Corner Daycare, Wilber Library, and Western Library.

The next meeting will be September 10 at 8 p.m.
Birthdays celebrated were Brian, Dan, and Lily Zoubek, and Hannah Horak.

Members attending the July 2 meeting held a moment of silence for Margaret Homolka. She was a member of the lodge for 82 years. A memorial was sent to her family.

June 2018

Members had a meeting at Saline Center lodge on June 4.

The cemetery board, lodge, and YELL! members volunteered on May 10 and May 21 to mow, trim, and clean the Northfork Cemetery. The group also put flowers and flags out for Memorial Day.

Lodge scholarship winners were Alexis Uldrich and Madison Zumpfe. They spoke of their future plans. President Lumir Kotas and Treasurer Arnie Homolka presented them with scholarship checks. Alexis Uldrich is a 2018 graduate of Exeter/Milligan High School and plans to attend UNL to major in Animal Science. Madison Zumpfe graduated Friend High School and plans to attend UNL for Ag Communication, Advertising, and Mass Communication. 

President Kotas and Treasurer Homolka give lodge scholarships to Alexis Uldrich and Madison Zumpfe.

Kevin Homolka Sr. shared treats for his birthday.  

Our next meeting is August 6 at 8 p.m.

May 2018

Members met May 7 at the Saline Center. A celebration was held for 50 and 75-year members on April 22. President Lumir Kotas presented 50-year pins to James Prokop and Kenny Zoubek received his son David Zoubek’s pin. A 75-year pin went to Mary Krupicka. Secretary Lorraine Kohout shared the lodge history and others enjoyed sharing memories of the lodge. Cake, cookies, and refreshments were served in their honor.
Kelsey and Monica Zoubek talked about the YELL! group and lodge events. 

Secretary Lorraine Kohout sent get-well cards to members.

Birthdays celebrated were Bryce Horak, Myron Hayek, Bailey Horak, Lorraine Kohout, Beth Horak, and Mason Horak.

The next lodge meeting will be July 2 at 8 p.m.

April 2018

The YELL! group held their first meeting of the year and elected officers as follows: President Coltin Rezabek, Vice President Alexis Uldrich, Secretary Emma Walker, Correspondent Kelsey Zoubek, and Treasurer Monica Zoubek. Katie Zoubek will be the Youth Liaison and Hannah Horak will be the Assistant Youth Liaison.

The Saline Center 34th Annual Consignment Sale was a success. Members appreciate the YELL! group, members, and non-members for volunteering their time for the sale. The Saline Center ladies baked and sold 165 dozen kolache. Congratulations to YELL! member Alexis Uldrich who organized a successful bake sale, and to the YELL! members who helped at the bake sale. The money raised will go towards YELL! activities and projects for the lodge and surrounding communities. The toy raffle winners were Sophia Wahl, Pam Kunc, Katie Zoubek, John Allen, Buck Meyers, Lori Billenwillms, Taylor Schole, and Tammy Baugh. 

Ronald Divoky donated 2,282 books and 40 puzzles at the Saline Center Craft show in memory of his wife Phyllis. Phyllis’s love for books will be enjoyed by many people.

The YELL! group delivered Easter baskets to the Assessor, Clerk, Treasurer, Roads, and Veteran’s Service Offices at the Court House in Wilber. They also had an Easter egg hunt at the lodge with 576 eggs spread across the dance floor. Thanks to Kevin and Lynn Zumpfe for donating to the Easter egg hunt.
Birthdays celebrated at the lodge were Brandon Zoubek, Shirley Zoubek, Kelsey Zoubek, and Monica Zoubek. Congratulations goes to Brandon and Tyler Ann Zoubek on the birth of their baby girl Addyson.

Members present at the April 2 meeting observed a moment of silence for Norman Sokolik. A memorial was sent to his family.

We made a money donation to Dorchester Junior Legion Auxiliary, Dvoracek Memorial Library in Wilber, and Struckman-Baats Library in Western. The YELL! groups delivered snacks and the donations to the libraries.
The YELL! group is still collecting can tabs, box tops, and Best Choice Products UPC labels.

March 2018

Members met on March 5 at the Saline Center lodge. YELL! members, lodge members, and others have put in several hours for the 34th annual consignment sale. Saline Center ladies baked 120 dozen kolache with several different fillings on March 2 and March 8. The ladies plan on baking another day before the sale. Betty Zoubek and Shirley Zoubek mix the perfect dough and bake the kolache. Karen Hayek and Becky Ripa have a special technique for the perfect shape and size of kolache. We also appreciate and thank all the other ladies for helping.

Russell Zoubek celebrated his March birthday. Myron and Karen Hayek and Daryl and Roxy Hayek celebrated their anniversaries (see Spotlight for photos).

The next meeting will be May 7 at 8 p.m.

January - February 2018

The YELL! group had a Recruitment/Fun Night on January 13 at the lodge. Winners of the pitch tournament were Randy Zoubek and Roger Burda. The toy prize winner was Joey Slama. Another pitch tournament/fun night was held on January 27. Winners were Kevin and Jane Znamenacek. The YELL! group appreciates the pitch tournament winners donating the prize money back to them. They will use the money for lodge activities and projects in surrounding communities.

Beth Horak hosted a Barn Quilt Workshop at the lodge on January 27. We donated the hall for this event. The forty quilts will be on display at the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Ball in Hebron this June.

Secretary Lorraine Kohout made winter goodie plates and Darrel Hayek delivered the plates to members.
Saline Center's 34th Annual Consignment Sale will be on March 18.

Members met February 5. Celebrating birthdays were Arnie Homolka, Randy Zoubek, and Phillip Zoubek. Celebrating their 14th anniversary are Brian and Katie Zoubek.

A moment of silence was held for Kathy Karpisek. A memorial was sent to her family. 

Angie Pierce made a donation to the lodge in memory of Leroy and Marjorie Duchek. It will be used for improvements to the lodge.

Saline Center seniors who would like to apply for a scholarship can contact Judy Kohout at 402-947-2236.
The next meeting will be April 2 at 8 p.m. with highway clean up at 6 p.m.

January 2018

Members met on January 8 at Saline Center Lodge. Elected officers for the 2018 year are as follows: President Lumir Kotas, Vice President Doug Horak, Secretary Lorraine Kohout, Treasurer Arnie Homolka, Correspondent Katie Zoubek, Hall Manager Beth Horak, Bar Manager Don Homolka, Computer Manager Judy Kohout, and Board of Trustees Russ Zoubek, Brian Zoubek, and Kevin Homolka.

The Saline Center 34th Annual Consignment Sale will be on March 18.

Celebrating birthdays are Jane Homolka, Doug Horak, and Katie Zoubek. Celebrating anniversaries are Marvin and Lorraine Kohout and Don and Jane Homolka.

Members observed a moment of silence for Leroy Duchek. A memorial was sent to his family.

Saline Center members who are seniors and would like to apply for a scholarship can contact Judy Kohout at 402-947-2236.

December 2017

The YELL! group delivered Thankful-for-Teacher baskets to Wilber-Clatonia Elementary teachers and shared about the group. They also gave baskets to YELL! members Misty Kotas and Hannah Horak.

Thankful-for-Teacher baskets delivered by the YELL! group.

A YELL! Christmas tree was decorated and is on display at the Western Library throughout the month of December.

YELL! kids surround President Lumir at the appreciation dinner.

Volunteers and members attended the appreciation supper at Saline Center Lodge on December 1. Lefty’s Catering served a delicious meal and Santa joined in on the fun with gifts and goodie bags for the children. President Lumir Kotas provided ice cream for the kids.

Members of the YELL! group distributed bike safety information and Santa drew the names for Natalie Zoubek and Jarrett Jones as bike winners.

 

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on February 5 at Saline Center Lodge.
We wished YELL! member Natalie Zoubek a happy birthday.

November 2017

Members met November 6 at the Saline Center Lodge. The YELL! group volunteered at the October Czechfest in York from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. They carried drinks, food, and cleaned tables.

Our YELL! group passed out treats for the kids at Trunk-or-Treat in Western, NE. They filled Western Halloween bags with goodies and delivered to Lisa’s Littles Daycare in Wilber. They spoke to the children about the YELL! group.

Birthdays celebrated were Lumir Kotas and Sheldon Kohout. Happy anniversary goes to Arnie and Pat Homolka.

Cash donations were given to the Dorchester, Friend, Western, and Wilber Fire Departments.
The next meeting will be at the lodge on January 8, 2018 at 7 p.m.

October 2017

Members met on October 2 at the Saline Center.

The lodge bar/kitchen was open to the public for the Solar Eclipse on August 21. Several visitors came to view the eclipse from the parking lot. 

The cemetery board, lodge, and YELL! members mowed, trimmed, and cleaned the Northfork Cemetery on September 27.

Darrel Hayek, Darrell Kotas, Joan Kotas, and Marvin and Lorraine Kohout attended the State Convention in Omaha and gave a report.

Birthdays and anniversaries celebrated.

Congratulations goes to Brandon and Ty Zoubek on their wedding. Celebrating birthdays were Betty Zoubek, Karen Hayek, Don Homolka, Eli Zoubek, and Holly Zoubek. Celebrating anniversaries were Sheldon and Judy Kohout, Doug and Beth Horak, Randy and Shirley Zoubek, and Bryce and Megan Horak.

September 2017

The YELL! group gathered for a meeting on September 10. Discussion was held about Halloween projects and ideas for a YELL! Christmas tree. The YELL! group is still collecting box tops for the Wilber-Clatonia School and can tabs for Norris School.

Participating in a litter pick up were 17 YELL! and lodge members. The next lodge meeting will be on November 6 at 7 p.m.

August 2017

Members met on August 7. The Cemetery board, lodge, and YELL! members mowed, trimmed, and cleaned the Northfork Cemetery on July 24.

Member Sheryl Kastanek led the Wilber Junior Czech Dancers at several locations during the Wilber Czech Days Celebration. Several YELL! members assisted or danced at the celebration. Twenty-three YELL! members went through the Czech Days Children’s parade and received 3rd place.

YELL! member Olivia Zoubek promoted her Czech heritage by being a little sister to Missouri Czech Queen Emily Manning. Emily was crowned 2017 First Runner-Up in the Miss Czech-Slovak U.S. National Pageant. Olivia has the honor of being little sister again next year at the Czech Days Celebration. (See Spotlight for photo.)

The next meeting will be at 8 p.m. on October 2. Judy Kohout shared treats for her birthday.

July 2017

Members had a meeting on July 10. On June 24, the Saline Center YELL! group and members had a BBQ contest under direction of Bryan and Kim Kotas. Ten entries of ribs and chicken were sampled by eight judges. The BBQ first place winner was Smokin’ Jokers’ Wade Sluka and Darin Engle, second place Nicki Zalesky, third place Brian Zoubek, and consolation prize goes to Rob Slama. Afterwards, guests had the privilege of sampling the entries. The Green Mountain Grill prize winner was Russ Blanscet. The grill basket prize winner was Chase Vnoucek.

The cemetery board, lodge, and YELL! members volunteered on June 15 and June 29 to mow, trim, and clean the Northfork Cemetery. Members also had a clean-up day at the lodge on June 20.
We are happy to welcome new members Wyatt Lakey and Warren and Sandra Vyhnalek. 

 

Brian Zoubek and Dan Zoubek celebrate their July birthdays.

Members present at the meeting observed a moment of silence for Erma Bors. A memorial was sent to her family.

June 2017

The cemetery board, lodge, and YELL! members got together three times in May to mow, trim, and clean the Northfork Cemetery.

Members met June 5 for a meeting.

The lodge scholarship winner was Zach Keller. He is a 2017 graduate of Wilber-Clatonia High School. He plans to attend Morningside College in the fall and major in Applied Agricultural with a minor in Agronomy. He will be a member of the Morningside Mustang football program. We are proud and appreciate Zach for volunteering, representing, and being a good role model for our lodge. He is the son of Darin and Wendy Keller.

Kevin Homolka Sr. shared treats for his birthday. The next meeting is August 7 at 8 p.m.
We elected YELL! officers as follows: President Coltin Rezabek, Vice President Kaleb Kotas, Secretary Emma Walker, Correspondent Kelsey Zoubek, and Treasurer Monica Zoubek. Katie Zoubek will be the youth liaison and Hannah Horak will be assistant youth liaison. The group is still collecting can tabs and box tops.

YELL! group members made a cash donation to the Wilber Library. They also decorated twenty goodie bags and filled them with chips, cookies, juice box, Western pencils, and Western stickers.  YELL! members and guests enjoyed an ice cream party. 

April 2017

Volunteers had a clean-up day at the lodge on April 6. The bar/kitchen at the lodge was open to the public on April 8 with members volunteering. Betty Zoubek, Karen Hayek, Shirley Zoubek, Beth Horak, and Katie Zoubek baked 18 dozen kolache on April 17.

A celebration was held at Saline Center lodge for 50 and 75-year members on April 23. President Lumir Kotas presented 50-year pins to Don Homolka and Randy Zoubek. He also presented 75-year pins to Nadene Wiegand, Ron Hayek, and Kenny Zoubek. Beth Horak spoke about the history of the lodge and those present enjoyed sharing their memories as well. Pictures and memorabilia were displayed.

The YELL! group delivered kolache to the cooks and maintenance staff at the Wilber-Clatonia School for appreciation week. Several members washed the basement floor at the lodge on April 30.

The Rib Contest will be held at Saline Center Lodge on June 24. The next meeting is July 10 at 8 p.m.
Celebrating birthdays are Bailey Horak, Myron Hayek, Bryce Horak, Lorraine Kohout, and Beth Horak.

We observed a moment of silence for Linda Kraus and Leona Bruns. Memorials were sent to their families.
Congratulations to recent graduates Tori Homolka, Megan Homolka, Riley Homolka, and Dalton Maly.

March 2017

The March 19 Saline Center Consignment Sale was a success. We appreciate and want to thank all volunteers for donating their time to the sale. We’d also like to thank Don Nieland (from the Home Office) for volunteering at the consignment sale. His help and visit was greatly appreciated.

Through the dedication of members, non-members, and the YELL! group, we received the Outstanding Leadership Award.

YELL! members filled 375 Easter eggs and spread them over the dance floor for the April 3 Easter egg hunt.

Some YELL! kids took box tops and Food Mesto Receipts to Wilber-Clatonia School.
Thank-you and get-well cards were sent by Secretary Lorraine Kohout. Birthdays were celebrated.

A moment of silence was held for Sandy Smith. A memorial was sent to her family.
The lodge made a donation to the Dorchester Auxiliary.

January 2017

The 10th annual Saline Center Chili/Cinnamon Roll Contest was a success on January 28 under the direction of Kim Kotas. Eight judges sampled chili and awarded 1st place to Misty Kotas, 2nd place Gary Baxa, and 3rd place Brian Zoubek. 

Four judges sampled cinnamon rolls and awarded 1st place to Roger Kotas, 2nd place Shirley Zoubek, and 3rd place Carol Kotas. 

YELL! members helping with the event were: Coltin Rezabek, Kaleb Kotas, Lacey Novotny, Emma Walker, Kohen Burda, Chase Vnoucek, Kelsey, Monica, and Phillip Zoubek. After the contest, we sampled all the entries and enjoyed music by Bob Mager, Kelly Homolka, and Galen and Anna Beck.

The lodge appreciates and thanks YELL! members Brandon Zoubek, Bryce Horak, Bailey Horak, and Wesley Kohout for volunteering to build a clerking shed for the Saline Center consignment sale. The sale will be held on March 19.

Happy anniversary goes to Brian and Katie Zoubek.

A moment of silence was held for Norman Kohout. A memorial was sent to his family. Get-well cards were sent as well.

Several members brought used batteries.

Seniors who are lodge members and would like to apply for a scholarship can contact Judy Kohout at 402-947-2236 for more information.

Next hall meeting will be April 3 at 8 p.m.

January 2017

We elected officers for the 2017 year as follows: President Lumir Kotas, Vice President Doug Horak, Secretary Lorraine Kohout, Treasurer Arnie Homolka, Correspondent Katie Zoubek, Hall Manager Beth Horak, Bar Manager Don Homolka, and Board of Trustee Kevin Homolka.

The consignment sale is set for March 19.

Kim Kotas, Jane Homolka, Katie Zoubek, and Doug Horak celebrated birthdays.

Graduating seniors, who are lodge members, and would like to apply for a scholarship can contact Judy Kohout at 402-947-2236. 

Our next meeting is March 6 at 7 p.m.

December 2016
Katie Zoubek, Correspondent

Dedicated volunteers and members attended the appreciation supper at the Saline Center Lodge on December 2. Lefty’s Catering served the meal. Santa joined in on the fun and delivered gifts and goodie bags to the children. 

Members of the YELL! group who distributed bike safety information were, Emma Walker, Holly Zoubek, Schyler Schwisow, and Kelsey Kotas. Reese Rezabek and Eli Zoubek were bike winners. Adult prize winners were, Karen Hayek, Danielle O’Neel, Kim Kotas, Todd Cecrle, Jessica Zoubek, Elaine Burda, Sheryl Homolka, Lyle Hayek, Becky Ripa, and Dave Vavra. 

The next meeting is February 6 at 7 p.m.

The YELL! group decorated a tree at the lodge, wrapped gifts, cleaned, filled coolers, and decorated for the party. They also helped pass out bike safety information, gifts with Santa, and take pictures the night of the party.

October 2016
Katie Zoubek, Correspondent

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Emma Walker, Monica, Kelsey, and Phillip Zoubek delivering goodie bags to the daycare. The YELL! group volunteered at the York October Czechfest on October 16. 

The YELL! group delivered Western Halloween bags to the Caterpillar Corner Day Care in Wilber on October 10. We filled bags with a juice box, fruit snacks, and pencils.

We will be decorating a YELL! Christmas tree for Sokol Hall in Wilber and Western Library. 

There will not be a December meeting. The next meeting will be January 2, 2017.

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The YELL! group volunteered at the York October Czechfest on October 16. 

 

August 2016
Katie Zoubek, Correspondent

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Allyssa Kotas, Alysa Zoubek, and Brandon Zoubek at the litter pickup. Joan Kotas presented Marvin Kohout with a $1,000 check from the Family Benefit Program.

YELL! group, lodge members, and the cemetery board came together on August 10 and 31 to mow, trim, and clean the Northfork Cemetery. 

YELL! member Hannah Horak organized a litter pickup on September 12 with several lodge/YELL! members helping.

The next Saline Center meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on November 7 at Saline Center Lodge.
We welcomed Preston Pospisil, Sophie Marschman, and Finley and Quinn Vrtiska as new members. Welcome letters were sent.

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Members celebrating anniversaries and birthdays.

Anniversary wishes went to Doug and Beth Horak for celebrating 27 years, and Randy and Shirley Zoubek celebrating 46 years. Birthday wishes went to Karen Hayek, Betty Zoubek, Eli Zoubek, and Holly Zoubek. 

July, August 2016
Katie Zoubek, Correspondent

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Members cleaning the hall inside and out.

Twenty-seven members cleaned the hall on July 27. Volunteers enjoyed a BBQ afterwards.

Members held a meeting at the hall on August 1. Several members brought used batteries.

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Czech Days children’s parade.

Member Sheryl Kastanek led the Wilber Junior Czech Dancers in promoting Czech heritage by dancing in the Wilber Czech Days celebration. YELL! members were proud to participate. The YELL! group also went through the Czech Days children’s parade and received 4th place.

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Czech Days children’s parade.

The YELL! group will volunteer at the October Czechfest in York from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 16.

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Birthdays celebrated were Brian Zoubek, Judy Kohout, and Lynette Pospisil.

Judy Kohout and Lynette Pospisil shared treats for their birthdays. 
The next meeting is October 3 at 8 p.m. 

June and July 2016
Katie Zoubek, Correspondent

The Saline Center YELL! group, along with several members, hosted the 1st annual BBQ Contest on June 18. We had 13 participants grilling ribs and chicken. A few people even brought their campers and camped at the hall. Hamburgers were served for the noon meal and the ribs and chicken were served in the evening. There were ten judges for the ribs and chicken, and they awarded the top three places. We also provided a bounce house for the kids and a band played later that night. A green mountain grill was raffled off later in the night. It was very successful and we plan to do it again next year. First Place went to Nicky Zalesky, Second Place went to Cruz Barnas, Third Place went to Misty Kotas, and consolation prize went to Justin Rezabek. 

Members attending the July 11 meeting at Saline Center observed a moment of silence for Richard Zoubek. A memorial was sent to his family.

The lodge scholarship winner was Cassidy Brannon. She is a 2016 graduate of Omaha North High School and plans to attend Northwest Missouri State. She is studying Athletic Training and will continue her track and field career. She is the daughter of Rodney and Sara Brannon.

The cemetery board, lodge, and YELL! members got together on June 12 and 28 to mow, trim, and clean the Northfork Cemetery. Lodge and YELL! members got together to clean the hall inside and out on June 13. Afterwards, they enjoyed a hot dog roast. They also cleaned the hall on June 19.

Brian Zoubek, Hannah Horak, Dan Zoubek, Lily Zoubek, and Denise Rezabek shared treats for their birthdays. The next meeting will be September 12 at 8 p.m.

June 2016
Katie Zoubek, Correspondent

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YELL! and lodge members prepared 50 May Day baskets and delivered them to the Wilber Care Center.  Mike Rezabek, Kevin Homolka Sr., Kim and Bryan Kotas.

Members present at the June 6 meeting observed a moment of silence for Edna Capek. A memorial was sent to her family.

A welcome letter was sent to our new member, Marshal Pospisil. Get-well cards were sent, and members brought used batteries.

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Volunteering at the Wilber Library. YELL! group with Jack and Denise Seehusen.

The cemetery board, lodge members, and YELL! group came together on May 22 to mow, trim, and clean the Northfork Cemetery.

Discussion was held on the Saline Center BBQ contest. Several members and YELL! members are organizing and will be volunteering at the event.

Kevin Homolka Sr. and Mike Rezabek shared treats with us for their June birthdays. A happy anniversary was wished to Bryan and Kim Kotas as well.

The next meeting will be August 1 at 8 p.m.

The Saline Center YELL! group’s second meeting was held at the hall on June 6. The group decorated and filled twenty goodie bags and delivered them to the Struckman-Battz Public Library in Western on June 10.

The group is volunteering on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the month of June at the Dvoracek Memorial Library in Wilber for the Summer Reading Program.

The YELL! group would like to thank Jack and Denise Seehusen for visiting the lodge and for sharing childhood memories of the lodge. We also appreciate the many box tops and soup labels they gave us.

The group is still collecting can tabs, box tops, Campbell’s Soup labels, and magazines.

The YELL! group met on June 6 at 7 p.m. Members present were Bryce Horak, Katie, Monica, Kelsey, Phillip, Russ, and Brandon Zoubek, with six guests present.

The group decorated and filled twenty goodies bags for the Western Library. They volunteered at the library on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout June for the Summer Reading Program, and Saline Center BBQ Contest on June 18.

The group washed and set up tables and chairs, and cleaned up the hall before the next regular hall meeting.

May 2016
Katie Zoubek, Correspondent

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YELL! members filled 360 eggs and spread them across the floor for an Easter egg hunt on April 4.

Members present at the May 2 meeting observed a moment of silence for Adolph Kohout and Robert Rezabek. Memorials were sent to their families.

The Saline Center made donations to the Wilber, Western, Friend, and Dorchester Fire Departments.
Several lodge and YELL! members volunteered on April 21 to wash the basement floor and clean the lodge. The Cemetery Board, lodge, and YELL! members got together on April 26 and May 4 to mow, trim, and clean the Northfork Cemetery.

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Members who celebrated birthdays.

YELL! member Hannah Horak graduated from Northwest Missouri State University. She majored in Agriculture Education and will be teaching in Shelton, NE.

Lodge and YELL! members are planning a rib contest and activities at the lodge on June 18.

Several members brought used batteries. Myron Hayek, Lorraine Kohout, and Bailey, Beth, and Bryce Horak shared treats for their birthdays.

The next meeting will be July 11 at 8 p.m.

55th Annual National Wilber Czech Festival

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YELL! members dance at the festival last year. Kelsey and Monica Zoubek with MN Queen at last year’s Czech Fest.

Several YELL! and lodge members of No. 389, Western, NE will take part in a celebration of Czech heritage and culture on August 5-7. The 55th Annual National Wilber Czech Festival will take place on the streets of Wilber, NE in the downtown area.

The festival is one of the largest ethnic celebrations in America and hosts over 50,000 people each year. Many come to enjoy the authentic meals of roasted duck and pork, sauerkraut and dumplings, and the famous sweet pastry, the fruit-filled kolache. There is even a kolache eating contest.

The festival includes three parades. On Friday at 7 p.m., No. 389 YELL! members will participate in the parade. Saturday and Sunday’s parades begin at 2 p.m.

No. 389 member Sheryl Kastanek and other members will perform several times with the Wilber Junior Czech Dancers and Senior Czech Dancers. Other members are part of the Wilber-Clatonia Czech Alumni Band.

YELL! member Conner Kohout was crowned the 2016-17 Wilber Czech Prince and will appear at the Czech Fest.
Other attractions include the 30th National Miss Czech-Slovak U.S. Pageant. Western Fraternal Life is one of the sponsors for the contest. There will also be Czech Bingo, Czech demonstrations, Czech costume exhibits, and various Czech music groups. Street vendors and store merchants will offer food, drink, costumes, clothing, various items, and souvenirs. Rides and games are available for kids, as well as several Czech activities, including a Bohemian Tractor Pull. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the historical exhibits at the Wilber Czech Museum where several Czech demonstrations are offered.

April 2016
Katie Zoubek, Correspondent

Members present at the April 4 meeting observed a moment of silence for Ernie Zoubek and Robert Kunc. Memorials were sent to their families.

The March 20 Saline Center Consignment Sale was a success. Many volunteers put in several hours preparing for the sale on March 16-19 and cleaning up on March 21. The lodge appreciates and wants to thank the volunteers for donating their time before, during, and after the sale.

Members Darrell Kotas, Joan Kotas, Nancy Fritz, and Marvin and Lorraine Kohout attended the District Meeting in Milligan.

Food Mesto receipts and used batteries were donated by several members. 

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Celebrating birthdays were Shirley, Kelsey, Sage, and Monica Zoubek.

Shirley, Sage, Monica, and Kelsey Zoubek shared treats for their April birthdays. Celebrating anniversaries were Mike and Denise Rezabek and Dan and Beth Zoubek. 

The next meeting will be at 8 p.m. on June 6. 

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Several lodge and YELL! members worked together to make the consignment sale a success.

The Saline Center YELL! group had several members volunteering at the Consignment Sale. The toy raffle winners were Larry Zimbelmann, Susan Hajek, Phillip Zoubek, Zach Keller, Kohen Burda, Kelsey Kotas, and Tanner Lakey. We appreciate and want to thank YELL! member Kevin Homolka Jr. for building and donating a toy pivot for the toy raffle.

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YELL! members danced at the Czech kickoff in Wilber. 

Several YELL! members danced Czech at the Sokol Hall on March 18 for the Czech Kickoff, lead by lodge member Sheryl Kastenek.

Congratulations to YELL! member Conner Kohout for being crowned the Wilber Czech Prince (see Spotlight for photo).

YELL! member Hannah Horak organized a Litter

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Easter egg hunt at the lodge.

Pickup that was done on April 4 with 23 volunteers (see Youth in the News for photo).

On April 3, YELL! members filled 360 eggs and spread them over the lodge dance floor for the April 4 Easter egg hunt.

March 2016
Katie Zoubek, Correspondent

At the March 7 meeting, members observed a moment of silence for Jolleen Prokop. A memorial was sent to her family.

Several members brought Food Mesto receipts and used batteries.

February 2016
Katie Zoubek, Correspondent

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Denise Rezabek, Carol Kotas, and Kaleb Kotas help with kolaches.

Saline Center ladies baked kolaches on February 9. Members worked in the kitchen/bar to serve food, beverages, and kolaches to the public on February 20.

We are proud to have received the Outstanding Leadership Award. We were one out of eleven lodges to receive this award.

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Saline Center ladies who made kolaches.

Members are preparing for the consignment sale. Saline Center ladies had two big days of baking 124 dozen kolaches on February 29 and March 3. The ladies were featured on Pure Nebraska showing how to make the perfect kolaches.

Graduating seniors who would like to apply for the lodge scholarship should contact Judy Kohout at 402-947-2236 for more information.

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YELL! members Aubrey and Olivia Zoubek took can tabs to Norris School.

The Saline Center YELL! group delivered magazines to the Wilber Library. Aubrey and Olivia Zoubek took can tabs to Norris School on February 22 as well.

YELL! members Cooper Hayek, Katie, Kelsey, Monica, Phillip, and Alysa Zoubek delivered 60 Valentine’s goodie bags to the Wilber-Clatonia kindergarten class and staff on February 11. They talked to the class about the YELL! group.

The next meeting will be May 2 at 8 p.m.Duke Zoubek shared birthday treats.

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Joan Kotas, No. 389, Western, NE presenting Olga Nejdl with an Honorary Membership certificate.
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YELL! kids collected and delivered magazines to the Wilber Library on February 10. YELL! group delivered Valentine's goodie bags and talked about YELL! with the Wilber-Clatonia kindergarten class.

Members attending the February 1 meeting at the Saline Center observed a moment of silence for departed member Delbert Duba. A memorial was sent to his family.

Newly-elected Secretary Lorraine Kohout was installed into her honorable and official position. Hannah Horak will serve a four-year term on the Western Fraternal Life Young Member Advisory committee.

January 2016
Katie Zoubek, Correspondent

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Judges and winners of Chili/Cinnamon Roll contest.

The 9th annual Chili/Cinnamon Roll contest was a success on January 23 under the direction of Kim Kotas. The 17 entries of Chili and 11 entries of cinnamon rolls were sampled by 12 judges. Chili contest 1st place winner was Brad Kotas, 2nd place Kaleb Kotas, and 3rd place Roxy Hayek. Cinnamon Roll contest 1st place winner was Denise Rezabek, 2nd place was Jenna Newton, and 3rd place was Carol Kotas. After the contest, those present had the privilege to sample all entries and enjoy music played by the Chelewski Brothers: Galen Beck, Bob Mager, and Kelly Homolka.

Discussion was held about the annual consignment sale. Members and volunteers are putting in several hours preparing for the sale on March 20.

Seniors who are lodge members and would like to apply for a scholarship can contact Judy Kohout at 402-947-2236 for more information.

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Joan Kotas, Randy Zoubek, Arnie Homolka, and Phillip Zoubek celebrating birthdays.

Joan Kotas, Arnie Homolka, and Randy and Phillip Zoubek shared treats in honor of their February birthdays. A happy anniversary was wished to Brian and Katie Zoubek. 

The next meeting will be held on April 4 at 7 p.m.

The Saline Center YELL! had 11 members volunteer at the Chili/Cinnamon Roll contest held on January 23 at the lodge.

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YELL! members volunteering at the Chili/Cinnamon Roll Contest. YELL! Family Fun Night/Recruitment party.

The group held their 2nd annual Family Fun Night/Recruitment party on January 30. The winners of the pitch tournament were Bryce and Hannah Horak. The toy prize winners were Lacey Novotny, Chase Vnoucek, Kelsey Kotas, and Sage Zoubek.

Soup labels and box tops were taken to the Wilber-Clatonia School. The next projects will be delivering goodie bags to the Wilber-Clatonia kindergarten class and volunteering at the Saline Center Consignment sale.

Saline Center members held their first meeting of the year at the hall on January 4. Officers elected for 2016 are as follows: President Lumir Kotas, Vice President Doug Horak, Secretary Lorraine Kohout, Treasurer Arnie Homolka, Correspondent Katie Zoubek, Bar Manager Don Homolka, Hall Manager Beth Horak, and Trustee Russell Zoubek.

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2016 elected officers.

Get-well and retirement cards were sent out to members.

Several members brought Food Mesto receipts and used batteries. Members worked in the kitchen/bar to serve food/beverages to the public on January 2.
Discussion was held about the annual consignment sale, which will be held on March 20.

Graduating seniors who are members of our lodge can apply for a scholarship, contact Judy Kohout at 402-947-2236 for more information.

We want to thank Chauncey and Shirley Aksamit for the donation of the birthday sign. Jane Homolka, Kim Kotas, Katie Zoubek, Doug Horak, and Marvin Kohout shared birthdays and treats. 

Happy anniversary to Marvin and Lorraine Kohout. 

The next meeting will be March 7 at 7 p.m.

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Celebrating birthdays and an anniversary, Lorraine and Marvin Kohout, Katie Zoubek, Kim Kotas, and Doug Horak.

The YELL! meeting was held on January 10. Members in attendance were Coltin Rezabek, April Walker, Emma Walker, Katie, Phillip, Kelsey, Monica, A.J., Russ, Natalie, and Alysa Zoubek. Guests were Brian, Shirley, Randy, Darrel, and Robin Zoubek.

Officers elected are as follows: President Coltin Rezabek, Vice President Kaleb Kotas, Secretary Natalie Zoubek, Correspondent Katie Zoubek, and Treasurer Hannah Horak. Katie Zoubek will be the youth liaison and Hannah Horak will be the assistant youth liaison.

The YELL! group will be collecting can tabs, box tops, Campbell’s Soup labels, and magazines. The group also will be donating 64 gently used books to Wilber-Clatonia School. They will also volunteer at the Chili and Cinnamon Roll Contest held at the lodge on January 23 and consignment sale on March 20.

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YELL! group with Valentine’s goodie bags for Wilber-Clatonia kindergarten. Natalie and Phillip Zoubek holding their Valentine’s prizes.

The YELL! group is organizing a YELL! Family Fun Night/Recruitment party and working on a Valentine’s Day project. This includes making goodie bags for the Wilber-Clatonia kindergarten class and talking to them about the YELL! group in February.

The winners of our Valentine’s drawing for bears were Natalie and Phillip Zoubek.

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