Members met on August 5 at the Saline Center Lodge.
The cemetery board, lodge members, and YELL! got together on July 14, 29, August 13, 28, and September 10 to mow, trim, and clean the Northfork Cemetery.
Member Sheryl Kastanek was thanked for teaching many hours of Polka to the Wilber Junior Czech Dancers. Several YELL! members promoted Czech heritage by assisting at three care centers and six places for Wilber Czech Days. Eleven YELL! youth also promoted Czech heritage by dancing as Wilber Senior Czech Dancers. They performed at ten care centers, one church, and six places at Czech Days. They performed nine dances at each place.
YELL! member Aubrey Zoubek was a little sister to Acacia Angelo, WI Czech-Slovak Queen. YELL! member Sage Zoubek returned as a little sister with Janae Buckley, Miss Czech-Slovak US 2018-2019, and YELL! member Olivia Zoubek was the Wilber Czech Princess. They participated in several activities throughout the Wilber Czech Festival.
Marvin Kohout, Lorraine Kohout, and Lumir Kotas gave a report on the National Convention.
We want to thank members Brandon Zoubek and Myron Hayek for spraying the Saline Center lot/ditches. We appreciate our dedicated members on the upkeep of the lodge.
Members observed a moment of silence for Camille Formanek. A memorial was sent to her family.
Judy Kohout shared treats for her birthday.
Our monthly meeting was held at the lodge on September 9.
Donating cookies to the bloodmobile in Wilber were Shirley Zoubek, Karen Hayek, Beth Horak, Judy Kohout, Roxy Hayek, Lorraine Kohout, Darlene Zalesky, and Katie Zoubek. Volunteering seven hours on August 27 at the bloodmobile were Beth Horak, Karen Hayek, and Roxy Hayek.
Participating in a roadside pick up were 30 YELL! and lodge members on
Saline Center Lodge and YELL! members are organizing a Craft Show that will be held at the lodge on November 9. There will be craft vendors, kid’s activities, and the kitchen and bar will be open to the public.
Congratulations to lodge and YELL! member Bailey Horak on her marriage to Alisha Grams. Best wishes to the couple.
Celebrating birthdays were Karen Hayek, Betty Zoubek, Eli Zoubek, and Holly Zoubek. Celebrating anniversaries were Bryce and Megan Horak, Doug and Beth Horak, Sheldon and Judy Kohout, Hugh and Linda Clarke, Dan and Anita Novotny, Brandon and Ty Zoubek, and Randy and Shirley Zoubek.
The next meeting is November 4 at 7 p.m.
Members met at Saline Center Lodge on July 1. YELL! members Emma Walker and Katie Zoubek volunteered at Farm Safety in Crete, NE and delivered goodie bags and volunteered at the Struckman-Baatz Library for summer reading in Western, NE. The YELL! group also passed out 80 treat bags to the Wilber Junior Czech Dancers at practice on June 17. The group thanked member Sheryl Kastanek for volunteering her time teaching dance and to the kids who promote their Czech heritage through dance. The YELL! members talked about their group and volunteered to assist Sheryl in teaching or dancing at practice.
The cemetery board, lodge, and YELL! members volunteered on June 10, June 24, and July 2 to mow, trim, and clean the Northfork Cemetery.
Congratulations to YELL! member Phillip Zoubek who received third place in the annual Western Art Contest. He received a certificate and prize money.
The lodge made a donation to the South Central Nebraska Czechs.
Birthdays celebrated were Brian Zoubek, Hannah Horak, Dan Zoubek, Denise Rezabek, and Lily Zoubek.
The next meeting will be September 9 at 8 p.m. with roadside pick up at 6 p.m.
Members present held a moment of silence for Irma Vacek and Byron Homolka. Memorials were sent to the families.
Members met June 3 at the Saline Center Lodge.
The lodge scholarship winners were Lauren Maly and Coltin Rezabek. President Lumir Kotas and Treasurer Arnie Homolka presented the winners with their scholarship checks. Lauren Maly plans to attend Bryan College of Nursing. She is the daughter of David and Lisa Maly. Coltin Rezabek plans to attend Doane University for agribusiness and will also play football. He is the son of Mike and Denise Rezabek. They are both 2019 graduates of Wilber-Clatonia High School.
The cemetery board, lodge, and YELL! members volunteered on May 17 to mow, trim, and clean the Northfork Cemetery. The group also put flowers and flags out for Memorial Day.
Lodge and YELL! members who volunteered at the South Central Nebraska Czechs 44th Annual Czech Festival in Hastings were: Katie Zoubek, Emma Walker, Kelsey Zoubek, Monica Zoubek, Phillip Zoubek, Sharon Jelinek, and Deb Polacek. Members enjoyed the authentic Czech food and accordion music while celebrating Czech heritage.
Marvin and Lorraine Kohout gave a report on the State Meeting they attended in Morse Bluff. Joan Kotas, Darrel Hayek, and Darrel Kotas also attended the meeting.
June birthdays celebrated were Kevin Homolka and Mike Rezabek.
The next meeting will be August 5 at 8 p.m.
Members met at Saline Center lodge on May 6.
Congratulations goes to lodge and YELL! members who helped achieve the Shining Star award for 2018. We are proud to be second in the nation in points. Some of the activities include the consignment sale, highway clean-up, mowing at the Northfork Cemetery, and several YELL! group activities.
The YELL! group delivered treats to the Caterpillar Corner Daycare.
A special thanks goes to Myron Hayek for leveling gravel around the lodge.
YELL! members Kelsey and Monica Zoubek promoted their Czech heritage by baking and donating kolache to the Wilber-Clatonia School Family Fun Night Bake Walk. YELL! member Conner Kohout also played his accordion at the Lincoln Czech Fest. Several members played in the alumni band and volunteers were members Lorraine and Marvin Kohout at the Lincoln Czech Fest.
A celebration was held honoring 50 and 75-year members. President Lumir Kotas presented 75-year pins to Linus Hayek, Larry Homolka, Rudolph Homolka, and Irene Hartman. President Kotas spoke about the history of the lodge and those present enjoyed sharing memories. Cake and refreshments were served in their honor. A special thanks goes to Joyce Chleboun for performing a magic act.
YELL! group helping at the 75-year pin celebration.
The next meeting will be July 1 at 8 p.m.
The Saline Center Consignment Sale was held March 7. The dedicated volunteers put in several hours before, during, and after the sale. The toy raffle had many winners. The raffle for the 72x72 scrap quilt goes to Kelsey Zoubek and the barn quilt was won by Frances Rohla. We appreciate and thank Cindy Huber and Beth Horak for donating the quilts.
Special thanks goes to Linda Clarke for delivering 33 packages of buns to the People City Mission in Lincoln from our lodge.
Congratulations to YELL! members Missy Vnoucek and Alexis Uldrich who organized a successful bake sale and to those who helped at the bake sale. We appreciate everyone who donated and purchased items to make the sale a success. Part of the proceeds were donated to the Kids Against Hunger project.
Lodge and YELL! members participated in a roadside pick-up for their Join Hands Day project.
The YELL! group also put on an Easter Egg Hunt with 545 eggs filled with coins spread across the lodge dance floor. They also had an Easter coloring contest. First place winners were Colter Peterson, Phillip Zoubek, Allyssa Kotas, Monica Zoubek, and Kelsey Kotas.
We welcomed Ed Kasl as a new member. A welcome letter was sent to him.
Birthdays celebrated were Shirley Zoubek, Kelsey Zoubek, Monica Zoubek, and Brandon Zoubek. Happy anniversary to Dan and Beth Zoubek. The next meeting will be on June 3 at 8 p.m.
Members had a meeting on March 4 at the Saline Center lodge.
Taking treats to Wilber Library. The kids wrote out labels to put on each treat and delivered
The Saline Center YELL! group made Valentine Day treat bags and delivered them to Wilber-Clatonia Elementary School staff. They also took treats to the Wilber Library.
Fifteen members volunteered their time and showed up with tractors, skid steers, and all kinds of snow removal equipment to clear 12 inches of snow on 20 acres at the lodge hall.
Saline Center ladies were busy baking several dozen kolache to sell and raise money for improvements to the hall.
Members got together at the lodge to hang new curtains upstairs. It looks very nice.
We welcomed Linda Clark as a new member. A welcome letter was sent to her.
Russ Zoubek celebrated his March birthday. Myron and Karen Hayek celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary (see Spotlight for photo).
Our next meeting will be May 6 at 8 p.m.
Members had a meeting at the Saline Center Lodge on February 4. Newly-elected Trustee, Brandon Zoubek, was installed into his official position.
We were open to the community for a pitch tournament January 26. The winners of the 5-point pitch game were Nicky Zalesky and Roger Burda. The winners of the 10-point pitch game were Sandy and Warren Vyhnalek.
Members who are seniors in high school and would like to apply for a scholarship can contact Judy Kohout at 402-947-2236.
Birthdays celebrated were Phillip Zoubek, Arnie Homolka, Darrel Hayek, and Randy Zoubek. Celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary was Brian and Katie Zoubek.
Our next meeting will be at 6 p.m. on April 1 with roadside pick-up, then meeting at 8 p.m.
Members met January 7 for a meeting at the Saline Center Lodge. The election of officers results were 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, Computer Manager Judy Kohout, and Board of Trustees Brandon Zoubek, Russ Zoubek, and Brian Zoubek.
The 35th annual Saline Center Consignment Sale will be on March 17. For free advertising, contact Sheldon Kohout at 402-947-2236.
Saline Center members who are seniors and would like to apply for a scholarship can contact Judy Kohout at 402-947-2236 for more information.
The next meeting will be on March 4 at 7 p.m.
A moment of silence was held for Rose Boden. A memorial was sent to her family.
Dedicated volunteers and members attended the appreciation supper at the lodge. Lefty’s Catering served a delicious meal and Santa joined in on the fun delivering gifts and goodie bags to the children.
Kids at the appreciation supper with Santa.
Members of the YELL! group distributed bike safety information and Santa drew the names of the winners. Bryar Meyers and Phillip Zoubek won bicycles. Mason Horak won a bike helmet and Monica Zoubek won Legos. Adult prize winners were Randy Zoubek, Elizabeth Ourecky, Fred Kozak, Roger Kotas, Sheldon Kohout, Katie Zoubek, Pam Kunc, Becky Ripa, Robin Zoubek, Warren Vyhnalek, Cassie Pracheil, Kevin Homolka Jr., Clint Jones, Mary Johnson, and Kevin Jansky.
The YELL! Christmas tree was at Sokol Hall in Wilber and Western Library. The Christmas goodie plates were delivered.
Birthdays celebrated in December were YELL! members Natalie Zoubek and Melody Novotny.
The next meeting is February 4 at 7 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.