Members met August 6 at Tabor Hall for the monthly meeting. A moment of silence was held for Jean Kasl Essman.
During the summer, we participated in several activities. Several members created a float for the Dorchester 4th of July celebration event. We handed out bottled water to guests who came to watch the parade. In mid-July, the Plowing Bee and Tractor Show was held at Tabor Hall. The day included plowing, refreshments, and Polka music provided by local community residents. We gave away two bicycles as well. The winners were Mason Vyhnalek and Quinn Vertiska.
Pill bottles were collected and delivered to the Crete Veterinary Clinic by Wayne Clark and Dale Clark. We also delivered sweet corn donated by the Fuller family members to the Peoples’ City Mission in Lincoln. Gently used clothing was delivered to the UCC’s “Clothing Closet” for those in need.
Marlene Stehlik attended the NE State Meeting held at the Milligan Lodge.
A discussion was held on collecting good, used toys for the Peoples’ City Mission. Another idea was to collect books to be donated to a place of our choosing.
Thank-you notes were received from the Slama family, Paul Essman and Kasl families, and Quinn Vertiska.
Summer birthdays were Allen Papik, Wayne Clark, Travis Fuller, Marlene Stehlik, and Mason and Miles Vyhnalek.
There will be no monthly meetings in September or October. The next meeting will be November 5 at 7 p.m.
Members met July 2 to prepare for the Annual Plowing Bee and kids bike giveaway. Members gathered and cleaned the hall for the event to be held July 14 at Tabor Hall south of Dorchester. We prepared water bottles with lodge stickers and created signs for the July 4 town parade, as well as signs for the Plowing Bee and kid’s bike contest.
After finishing the event projects, we had a light dinner before the monthly meeting. A moment of silence was held in memory of Victor Hormandl.
Wayne and Dale Clark will be delivering empty pill bottles to the Crete Veterinary Clinic. Members are encouraged to bring magazines to future meetings to be donated to ESL classrooms in the area.
We celebrated George Kasl Jr.’s birthday in July.
The lodge Plowing Bee and kid's bike giveaway was held on July 14 at 4 p.m. The day’s events included a tractor show/plowing bee, kid's bike contest, and Czech music. Lester Barak entertained the guests with his Czech program and was accompanied by guest musicians. Food was available. All children attending the day’s activities were encouraged to register for the bike giveaway.
We held a meeting at Tabor Hall on June 4 at 7:30 p.m. A moment of silence was held for the recent passing of long-time member Josephine Slama.
Members participated in Memorial Day services at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Gaylen and Tyler Sysel carried the American and lodge flags. After the ceremony, we hosted lunch at the Dorchester Post 264.
The annual Plowing Bee and Craft Show was held on July 14. All children attending were encouraged to sign-up for a chance to win a bike to be given away during the event.
On July 2, members made preparations for the July 4 festivities. The lodge had an entry in the July 4th Parade in Dorchester.
Members George Jr. and Shirley Kasl celebrated their wedding anniversary and Steve Vyhnalek celebrated his birthday in June.
Members met April 2 at Tabor Hall. Our 50 and 75-year members will receive congratulatory cards and their pins.
We talked about what activities we might do during 2018.
The annual Plowing Day event was agreed upon, as well as a number of additional events, including Join Hands Day.
Members also discussed what points were required to attain the yearly goal.
We discussed the Memorial Day services that we continue to be active in.
March birthdays were Rose Bruha and Shelly Bruha.
Members held a meeting on May 7 at Tabor Hall. The 50 and 75-year members’ cards and pins were sent out.
The Jeralyn Skala Lodge Scholarship will be awarded to Maggie Vyhnalek.
This year’s Memorial Day lunch was hosted by us following the services at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Lunch was held at the Dorchester Legion Post 264.
Members celebrating birthdays in May were Tyler Sysel and Dale Clark.
Members met on March 5 at City Slickers. We discussed the increase in garbage pick-up and Steve Vyhnalek had several bids for outside lights damaged by wind.
The District 3 Meeting was March 10 at Wilber Care Center hosted by No. 54. The meeting was followed by a covered dish lunch and business meeting.
Members met April 2 at Tabor Hall. Fifty and 75-year members will receive congratulatory cards and their pins.
Discussions were held regarding what activities the members might want to do during 2018.
The annual Plowing Day event was agreed upon, as well as a number of additional events. Join Hands Day will take place in about a month. We discussed what lodge points were required to attain our yearly point’s goal. The Memorial Day services we continue to be active in was also discussed.
Member’s birthdays during March include Rose Bruha and Shelly Bruha.
Members met March 5 at City Slickers Bar & Grill in Dorchester. A moment of silence was held for the passing of members Jimmy Jirsa and Arnest Dvorak.
The District 3 Meeting was held March 10 at the Wilber Care Center. Lodge No. 54 hosted the meeting. Western members are asked to bring a covered dish for lunch at noon to be served before the business meeting.
Members Jen Kasl and Kasen Fuller celebrated March birthdays. Gaylen and Laura Sysel and Al and Twila Papik celebrated anniversaries in the month of March.
Members met November 6 at Tabor Hall.
We decorated mini pumpkins at the October meeting. Al and Twila Papik delivered the pumpkins to the Tabitha Houses in Crete.
Members discussed what other events they could be involved in by year-end.
We brought slightly used/new coats to the meeting for the Crete Eagles Auxiliary No. 3909 annual warm outdoor clothing drive.
Members discussed a family/guest night in December. No date was set.
Blankets were delivered to shut-in members from during the holidays.
There were several events to be held at the lodge hall through the end of the year.
Members celebrating November birthdays were Laura Sysel and Twila Justa Papik.
Members met November 6 at Tabor Hall for the monthly meeting. Members celebrating November birthdays were Laura Sysel and Twila Justa Papik.
At the October meeting, members decorated mini pumpkins. Al and Twila Papik delivered them to the Tabitha Houses in Crete.
We discussed what other events the lodge could be involved in by year end.
Members brought slightly used and new coats to the meeting for a collection. They will be taken to the Crete Eagles Auxiliary No. 3909 for the Annual Warm Outdoor Clothing Drive.
A discussion was brought up about a family/guest night in December. No date was set.
We will be delivering blankets to shut-in members during the holidays.
There are several upcoming events to be held at the lodge hall through the end of the year.
Members met October 2 at Tabor Hall for the monthly meeting. We discussed the 9/11 Remembrance Day event. Pam Fuller and Shirley Kasl baked cookies and Larry and Pam delivered them to the Dorchester Fire Department. The Fuller family delivered sweet corn to the Lincoln People's City Mission as well.
We are letting a local 4-H Club borrow our Popcorn Popper for one of their events.
Members collected pumpkins and brought them to the meeting so we can decorate them for residents in a nursing home as a lodge activity. We will send letters of congratulations to 50 and 75-year members. We were pleased to present Sheldon Bruha and Lisa Bruha Lautzenhiser with their 50-year pins this past month.
Members will continue to collect warm outer wear for the Crete Eagles Auxiliary Outer Wear Drive. We have done this for the past few years. Please bring the items to the next meeting or contact Twila at 402-641-1147 to have items picked up.
Shirley Kasl, George Kasl, and Quinn Kasl celebrated birthdays in September. Shelley and Rose Bruha celebrated an anniversary in September. Jerad Fuller, Gaylen Sysel, and Ashley and Jessica Looper celebrated October birthdays. George and Jen Kasl will celebrate an anniversary in October as well.
We met at 7:30 p.m. on November 6 at Tabor Hall. After the meeting, we decorated the pumpkins and delivered them to Tabitha House in Crete.
Members met August 14 at Tabor Hall for the monthly meeting. A moment of silence was held for Brian Mariska.
Reports were given on volunteer work at the museum, annual plowing day, and volunteer work at the community fireworks stand.
We collected aluminum cans and donated them to the Dorchester fireworks committee. A donation of a fireworks display package was also given for the fireworks drawing.
Shirley Kasl and Pam Fuller made and delivered cookies for the Dorchester Fire Department in observance of 9/11 Remembrance Day.
Members met May 1 at City Slickers in Dorchester. Marlene Stehlik reported on the District 3 Meeting hosted by Lincoln Lodge.
We assisted with a visit at the Saline County Museum for Exeter and Friend school students in April.
Members met June 5 at the Tabor Hall. The Jeralyn Skala Scholarship has been awarded to Sebran Bruha. He graduated from New York’s French H.S. and will attend college at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Sebran wants to pursue a politics and international relations degree (see Spotlight for photo).
Also in June, members helped a Lincoln daycare visit the Saline County Museum.
Memorial Day events included participating in services at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery on May 29. Gaylen and Tyler Sysel presented the lodge flags during the service.
July 16 has been set for the annual Tabor Plowing Bee and Craft Show Day. Lunch served during the day.
Members may bring in coats for the Eagles Auxiliary Coat Drive. We are also collecting shoes for a local shoe collection drive.
During the month of July, George Jr. and Shirley Kasl will celebrate an anniversary and Kendall Kasl will celebrate a birthday. The next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. on August 7 at Tabor Hall.
Members met April 3 at City Slickers in Dorchester. A moment of silence was held for the passing of Leonard Lisec and Leonard Stehlik.
Wayne Clark announced his son Brandon Hall was awarded a Western National Scholarship for the second year in a row. Congratulations Brandon.
A number of ideas were brought up for activities to do in the current year, such as cleaning at the Saline County Museum or around our lodge building for our Join Hands Day project. Another suggestion was to help a local organization prepare items for their convention.
Ideas for the July 4 event in Dorchester were to help staff the community fireworks stand, assist with youth games during the tractor pull, or make snow cones for the day’s events. We also discussed the program that works with dogs for the veterans’ program and the food pantry at the Blue Valley Community Center. We will continue to collect pill bottles for an area veterinary clinic, as well as collect grocery receipts for educational purposes.
A new idea was to create a walking path or display with rocks that youth could design, paint, and place them in a chosen location.
Our annual Tractor Plowing and Craft Show was discussed, but a date has yet to be determined.
Members enjoyed playing a round of M&M Bingo that involved questions pertaining to the color of M&M you had chosen.
After the meeting, members enjoyed a meal at the restaurant.
Members met on February 9 in Dorchester. A letter from Western explaining the new point system was discussed.
It was decided to postpone the Family Fun Night due to a make-up ball game that would involve many participating families.
Marlene finished the yearly project report and mailed it to the Home Office.
Thank-you cards were received from Don Eret’s family and Tillie Soukup’s family. A get-well card was sent to a member.
Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.