Western Fraternal Life :: Slavin No. 112

Slavin No. 112

Comstock, NE

April 2020

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we will no longer conduct our monthly meetings until further notice. Stay safe, stay healthy, and we’ll get through this together.

March 2020

Members met at the National Hall on March 5 for the monthly meeting and potluck meal. In February, members signed and delivered cards for Valentine’s for Veterans.

A moment of silence was given for Gloria Beach, Marjorie Valasek, and Illa Faye Rybin.

Members donated 27 lbs. of items to Burwell Food Pantry.

We are invited to the District 6 Meeting on April 26 at the Ord Senior Center.

Discussion was held on a memorial service in May, 50-year pin recipients’ presentation, and the annual craft fair in October.

January 2020

Members met for a meeting on January 9 at the National Hall, following their potluck supper. Information from Western was read. We appreciate the 4-Star Award. New 50 and 75-year members were revealed. Year-end forms were filled out and are ready for submission.

The election of officers was held with the following result: President Richard Bilka, Vice President Sandy Bruha, Secretary Charlie Trojan, Treasurer Sharon Osentowski, and Correspondent Kathy Bilka. Board of Directors are Myron Osentowski, Gary Trojan, and Laddie H. Bruha.

Members reported that three servicemen who were home for Christmas leave were honored by the Arcadia Legion Club.

On February 6, we did a Valentine gift exchange and brought food for the food pantry during our meeting at Sandy and Herb Bruha’s home.

December 2019

Members met on December 5 at the National Hall following a potluck soup supper. The November meeting had been cancelled due to weather.

A moment of silence was held for Royalee Lukesh of Sidney, NE.

We donated to the education fund for James and to the children of Sandy Psota.

The craft fair was well attended and enjoyed by all.

Birthday treats were given out by Sandy Bruha and Sharon Osentowski. Richard and Kathy Bilka celebrated their 50th anniversary (see photo in Spotlight).

September 2019

Members had a meeting on July 17 at the National Hall. A potluck was held for former exchange student Kuba Albi of the Czech Republic. Also joining in were his former American sponsor Kerry and Kathy Fowler of Arcadia. All enjoyed the visit. Before departing, Kuba presented a Czech flag to the hall.

Western information was completed.

We met on August 8 at the National Hall. Home Office information was shared.

Thanks to Carter Hulinsky for translating the beginning history of our lodge from the Czech language to English.
Happy birthday to Myron O. and Joyce P.

Members met on September 5 at the National Hall. The recycling form was updated. Members and friends have turned in 3,820 cancelled stamps and we worked with Ord VFW Auxiliary #7029. Thanks to all who have contributed.

The coupons collected have again been sent to the Netherlands.

Discussion was held on the upcoming Craft Fair, with tentative date of October 27, weather permitting. There will be no bike giveaway.

Our next meeting is 7 p.m. on October 24 at the National Hall.

July 2019

Members met June 27 at the National Hall. The highlight of the evening was a surprise for Richard Bilka to receive his 75-year pin and Kathy Bilka her 50-year pin from Western. Following the luncheon, a special cake was enjoyed.

Honoring Richard (75-years) and Kathy (50-years) Bilka for their membership with a potluck dinner.

The Bilka’s gave an outline of the State Meeting held at Morse Bluff. Attendance from our lodge was Lumir and Connie Hulinsky and Richard and Kathy Bilka.

A previous Czech exchange student was in the area and a potluck was held in his honor at the National Hall on July 17.

May 2019

Members met on May 26 at the National Hall. We saluted the flag and held a moment of silence for all deceased members.

Several members and Lincoln Czechs of NE helped organize the 50th annual Plamore Czech Festival. Several from the area attended. All enjoyed watching Miss Adie Hejl being crowned the NE Czech Queen. Our lodge also donated an area cookbook for their silent auction.

Congratulations to John Radil, UNL graduate and Caidell Davis, Lincoln East High graduate.

Members prepared the hall and lunch for the National Cemetery Memorial Services. Mr. Gary Trojan, with the American Legion Post and Sons of American Legion #22 of Comstock, MC’d the event. Other area folks helped ready the cemetery and National Hall grounds, master mind the program, pay tribute to our veterans, serve refreshments, and enjoy the fellowship. It is a day of tribute to Gary’s poem, Come Visit My Grave.

March 2019

Members met March 28 at Herb and Sandy Bruha’s in Burwell, NE. Home Office information was shared and recycling lists updated.

Members signed Easter cards for shut-ins. They also wrote out thank-you notes for the generous donations in memory of Ina Fae Novak.

Donations were made to the Pawnee Art Museum in Dannebrog belonging to Roger Welsch and American Red Cross Society. Several members also donated to the water supply that KNLV Radio collected for flood relief.
Members met April 16 at the National Hall for a meeting and spring cleaning. We had a potluck meal before cleaning. Thanks for all who volunteered to help.

We filled 5,500 Easter eggs for a community egg hunt, donated over 600 card fronts and festive tin containers to the Lil People’s Playhouse.

On May 5, members participated in the 50th annual Pla Mor Czech Festival.

Several members attended the District 6 Meeting in Ord, NE. We donated to the food pantry.

Congratulations to all seniors who will be graduating. The State Meeting is with No. 9, Morse Bluff, NE.

Our next meeting is at 1 p.m. on May 26 at the National Hall. Everyone is invited to the memorial service at 3 p.m. on May 26 at the National Cemetery. Lunch and fellowship will follow at the National Hall.

February 2019

Members met on February 14 at Herb and Sandy Bruha’s home in Burwell. We had a moment of silence for the family of Ina Fae Novak.

Members donated approximately 27 lbs. of food and other items to Burwell Food Pantry.

Business conducted included the recycling lists, cards to shut-in members, and Western Home Office information.
Members completed the Valentines for Veterans and they were distributed by Ord VFW Auxiliary #7029.

Congratulations to area academic, speech, and sports teams as well as all young lodge helpers.

With a tag team effort, members helped save pop tabs, then delivered them to Grand Island to help the family of Dylan Tolan, age 10, who wanted to give back to the Ronald McDonald charities. We appreciate everyone’s help.

The District Meeting will be hosted by No. 437 in April.

Members closed with a valentine’s gift exchange after our potluck.

January 2019

Members met at Sandy and Herb Bruha’s in Burwell. President Bilka began the meeting with a flag salute and moment of silence for Eugene Bruha. The family has our sympathy for their sudden loss.

Western forms were updated or completed.

Thanks to those who saved and recycled paper, coupons, cancelled stamps, pill bottles, batteries, and greeting cards.

The election of officers remained the same as follows: President Richard Bilka, Vice President Sandy Bruha, Secretary Charlie Trojan, Treasurer Sharon Osentowski, Correspondent Kathy Bilka, Courtesy Joyce Pasek, and Trustees Laddie H. Bruha, Gary Trojan, and Myron Osentowski.

Our February meeting will include a $5 Valentine gift exchange and donation for the food pantry.

December 2018

Members met on December 13 at the home of Herb and Sandy Bruha in Burwell, NE. A potluck, soup supper, and gift exchange were enjoyed at the meeting.

A moment of silence was given for James Jensen of Dalton.

We made a donation to the Community Shephard and Burwell Fire Department.

Information was given on the Home Office awards program and donation hours were filled in for the secretary.
This month, some time and work were donated to cut wood for a family, and the Craft Fair was completed in October.

Congratulations to all school students in their various activities.

Richard Sedlacek has transferred to our lodge.

An election of officers and meeting was planned for January 3.

October 2018

Members met on October 24 at the National Hall. We cleaned and organized the hall for the craft fair on October 28. Member Alex Horky came home from college to help load and unload their wares at the craft fair. Thanks Alex.

Member Alex Horky volunteering at the craft fair.

A moment of silence was observed for Emil Hrebec and area friends.

Members filled out the recycling paper. A donation was made to North Loup Popcorn Days. Pop tabs and pill bottles have been collected and turned in to organizations.

Members met December 6 for the Christmas gift exchange and soup supper.

September 2018

We met on September 6 at the National Hall. Members gathered to enjoy a potluck before the meeting. A moment of silence was held for Jerry Spencer.

Members discussed recycling items, volunteer hours, Western monthly report info, future plans of our craft fair, and the bike giveaway for October 28.

Happy 50th anniversary to Myron and Sharon Osentowski. Happy 50th anniversary to Lumir and Connie Hulinsky. Congratulations to Peg Pesek on her retirement as county treasurer.

Fairs and 4-H projects are winding down for the year and we congratulate the many members who have participated in so many ways. Avery Bruha entered a t-shirt she designed with Coral Draw through the Nebraska Library Innovation Studio Project.

Members brought extra garden produce to share with others.

Lumir and Connie Hulinsky attended the State Meeting hosted by No. 76 Milligan. Next year’s hosts will be Morse Bluff No. 9 with a tentative date of June 1, 2019.

Data was completed on our volunteer hours and monthly treasurer report from Sharon O., as well as secretary report of Carlie T.

Our next meeting will be October 25 to get ready for the craft fair.

August 2018

Members met August 2 at the National Hall for a potluck and meeting. There were birthday treats from Myron Osentowski. A moment of silence was held for Olga and Mickey.

A thank-you note was received from the Netherlands Schinnen Commissary for coupons.

This year is the 100-year anniversary of Czechoslovakia in 1918. It is the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring in 1968. It is also the 25th anniversary since the establishment of two separate countries of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.

Our member, Caitlin Davis, was crowned Miss Burwell Rodeo 2018. Congratulations.

July 2018

Members met on June 7 at the National Hall. We gathered to clean the hall for summer activities. Thanks to a great turn out, it was done quickly.

A thank-you call was received from Janene Miller in appreciation of her 50-year pin.

Many members helped with the National Cemetery services, as well as lunch on May 27. Several also helped organize the Comstock service the next day.

We were reminded to enter the Western Photo Contest.

Happy 60th anniversary to Al and Jean Moudry from the lodge.

Members met on July 5 at the National Hall. Please continue collecting tabs, Best Choice labels, and glasses for Lion’s Club.

Correspondence was reviewed and future ideas shared.

June and July birthdays of Kathy and Richard were celebrated with ice cream and toppings to conclude our potluck supper.

Members were advised of the State Meeting at Milligan, NE, on August 25.
The craft fair is October 28.

May 2018

Members met on April 3 at the National Hall. Greeting cards are continually being sent for holidays, special wishes, and military personnel. We appreciate those who clip coupons, pop tabs, and labels for education.
A memorial service was held May 27 at the National Cemetery.

Hall clean-up was on May 24.

March 2018

Members met on March 1 at Sandy and Herb Bruha’s home in Burwell. Volunteer information was updated. A card party was planned for March 4 at the Ord Senior Center. We discussed a couple of upcoming projects for the summer.

Our next meeting is at 7 p.m. on April 19 at the National Hall. April 22 will be our community and lodge card party and presentation of 50 and 75-year pins at the National Hall. We have tentative plans for memorial services on May 27 at the National Cemetery.

February 2018

Members met at Sandy and Herb Bruha’s home on February 1 and held a Valentine's Day gift exchange and potluck.

We donated items to the children’s Valentine Market where children can purchase valentine gifts for their siblings and parents. Our Valentine's for Veterans project was completed and will be mailed to a veteran’s care center.
A collection of 45 lbs. of food and paper products will be delivered to Burwell Food Pantry. A thank-you was received from RC&D for donation to Kansas Fire victims.

We held the election of officers with the following result: President Richard Bilka, Vice President Sandy Bruha, Secretary Charlie Trojan, Treasurer Sharon Osentowski, Correspondent Kathy Bilka, Courtesy Joyce Pesek, and Trustees Myron Osentowski, Laddie Bruha, and Gary Trojan.

We plan to honor 50 and 75-year members at 2 p.m. April 22 at the National Hall. Pins will be presented. This will include a community and District 6 card party also.

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