Western Fraternal Life :: Zare Svobody No. 38

Zare Svobody No. 38

Austin, MN

January 2019

On December 8, members gathered at the Mower County Senior Center for a meeting and Christmas party. Beth Pestka catered a delicious meal and we celebrated Ken Haggerty and Jerry Pestka’s birthdays.

Bonnie Sawyer and Beth Pestka gave updates on our State Meeting (June 22-23) and National Convention (July 18-19) coming up this year. Beth Pestka has scheduled musical entertainment for the State Meeting. It was also in agreement that the lodge pay for registration for any member of the lodge who wanted to attend the National Convention being held in Green Bay, WI.

Calendars of our monthly meetings and activities were passed out to each member. We’ll send this to the Home Office as well.

Santa made a visit with presents to our members. We noticed Santa had grown considerably taller since last year. The snow is probably deeper in the North Pole this year.

At our January 19 meeting, we had a sock drive for St. Vincent de Paul. Dorothy Denisen and Mary Haggerty served lunch.

Our two $5 winners were Robert Baley and Mary Haggerty. A fun game of Dirty Bingo ended the afternoon.

November 2018

On November 17, our lodge enjoyed a lasagna meal and meeting.

Dorothy Denisen read Ellie Haeska’s essay and thank-you note for the scholarship she received from us. We continue to emphasize that our future is in the youth.

Members chose our delegate for the National Convention. Beth Pestka will represent our lodge with Bonnie Sawyer as an alternate. There is a possibility that Ellie Haeska will be our young member.

Beth Pestka reported on a planning meeting for the State Meeting scheduled for June 22-23 at the La Quinta Inn in Rochester, MN. Cost of registration will be $15 per person. Beth is working on organizing entertainment. Our YELL! members will be helping and there will possibly be a service project.

Dorothy Denisen reported on our bakeless bake sale. We have collected $455 with 16 members contributing. Many thanks to our members for making our sale a success.

We collected can and dry goods at our November meeting and donated it to the Austin Salvation Army. Our members were very generous.

Our annual election was held with the following results: President Bob Baley, Vice President Beth Pestka, Secretary Mary Haggerty, Treasurer Dorothy Denisen, Correspondent Ellie Haeska, Inside Guard Robert Baley, Activities Director Ken Haggerty, Points Person Bonnie Sawyer, Auditors Ken Haggerty, Verne Baley, and Fran Nelson, and YELL! leaders Carolyn Greeley and Cathy Bly.

Our Christmas party was December 8. We extended a special invite to new members. Beth Pestka catered the meal.

October 2018

On October 20, members and guests gathered at Mower County Senior Center for a potluck harvest meal/meeting. October birthdays were celebrated for Jeanne Rolfson, Jerry Denisen, and Bonnie Sawyer.

The thank-you letter and scholarship essay submitted by Garrett Greeley was read.

Mary Haggerty composed a letter summarizing lodge activities for the year and announcing the 8th annual bakeless bake sale fundraiser. We sent it to all lodge members.

Bonnie Sawyer reported on a lodge activity at St. Vincent de Paul where five members and one YELL! member attended.

Members have donated warm winter clothing and blankets to the Dorothy Day Hospitality House and collected more items to be delivered later. A thank-you note was read from this group.

We were reminded of the food collection at the November meeting to help support the Food Shelf at the Austin Salvation Army.

There was discussion about the MN State Meeting to be held June 22-23 at LaQuinta Inn in Rochester, MN. A planning meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. on November 3 at 1605 8½ Avenue SE in Rochester, and all members are invited. We will be hosting the State Meeting, along with No. 44 and No. 127. Bonnie Sawyer is the State President and will be chairing the meeting.

At the November 17 meeting, elections were held and 2019 meeting schedule finalized.

Donations were made to the MN Scholarship Fund, Mower County Senior Center, and the Red Cross.
Dirty Bingo was played after the meeting.

September 2018

On September 15, members gathered at Mower County Senior Center for lunch and a meeting. We have three new members, juveniles Lydia and Abraham Bly and adult Margaret Dalmeida.

Fran Nelson thanked us for help cleaning her yard in May. Robert Baley thanked us for giving him a special birthday party.

Verne Baley read the scholarship essay and thank-you note from Kendra Weber. We wish her success in her educational pursuit.

Members are happy to report that we have 122 points this year so far. That number qualifies us as a Shining Star lodge.

Members were very generous in donating school supplies for a needy school.

Mary Haggerty is in the process of constructing a bakeless bake sale and yearly update letter to be sent to all members.

We made our yearly donations at the meeting to the MN scholarship fund, Mower County Senior Center, and the Red Cross.

Members had a harvest meal and meeting on October 20 with a winter wear drive. We will have our annual elections in November.

July 2018

Members met July 7 at Mower County Senior Center for a potluck and meeting.

Thank-you notes were received from Marie Krikava’s family for the memorial, Judith Belshan for the 75-year pin she received, and Pat and Melissa Haeska for the gift certificate we gave for hosting our annual garage sale.

Bonnie Sawyer reported on the State Meeting held in Hopkins. We had four members in attendance. There were four young people from our district awarded a state scholarship.

District 4 will be hosting the MN State Meeting at the La Quinta Inn in Rochester, MN in 2019. Lodges 38, 44, and 127 will hold a meeting for more planning.

Beth Pestka reported that she had recently heard some good reviews on the Fraternal Herald. Keep up the good work.

We celebrated Mary Haggerty being awarded the 2018 Fraternalist of the Year at the State Meeting. Bonnie Sawyer provided the balloons and bubbly for the celebration.

Four, $200 scholarships were awarded to young people at our July meeting. Garrett Greeley received a scholarship in memory of his deceased uncle, Francis Blahnik. Ellie Haeska was awarded a scholarship in honor of her dear friend Robert Baley. Kendra Weber was awarded a scholarship in honor of special member Millie Baley. Kathryn Haeska received a scholarship in honor of her grandparents, Ken and Mary Haggerty.

Our next meeting is September 15 and we will collect school supplies for a school to be determined. Bonnie Sawyer and the Haggertys will serve lunch.

May 2018

On May 19, the YELL! group and two leaders, Carolyn Greeley and Cathy Bly, treated the lodge members with a special lunch.

A memorial from Karen Nyenhuis’s family was read. Marie Krikava’s family sent a notice about her death and upcoming funeral memorial at the Brick Hall on June 15. The deaths of two members, Paul Oxley and Robert Blahnik, were also acknowledged. Bonnie Sawyer read a memorial for all deceased members and lit a candle with a moment of silence.

A flyer for No. 44’s celebration in September with Molly B. was passed around.

Our annual garage sale at the Haeska’s was a success. It was reported that we made $715. Many thanks to Pat and Melissa for the accommodations. We will buy a gift card for them at the Whistle Shop to show our appreciation. Some of the excess from the sale was donated to the Epileptic Foundation.

Our District 4 Meeting was a success. No. 38, 44, and 127 were all awarded the Shining Star for 2017. The State Meeting will no longer accept cancelled stamps, but St. Ignatius Church in Spring Valley is collecting them, so we donated our collection to them.

Bonnie Sawyer reported that we held a clean-up time for lodge member Frances Nelson. We ended it with an enjoyable picnic lunch.

We visited the graves of veterans on May 25 and had a small memorial.

The lodge paid registration for members who attended the State Meeting in Hopkins on June 23. We discussed the 2019 State Meeting and Beth Pestka is checking several options.

The YELL! group continues to make greeting cards, have put up two wood duck houses, collect pop tabs, and maintains two heavily used mini-libraries. Fathers of some of the members are doing volunteer coaching. The plan is for a meeting of the YELL! group at Whitewater State Park in June.

Cathy Bly and Melissa Haeska were awarded their 50-year pins. Our three 75-year members were not in attendance, so their pins will be sent to them. Congratulations to all.

We held a meeting on July 7 with a potluck. Lodge scholarships were awarded.

April 2018

Members ate a St. Patrick’s meal, listened to Irish music, and met on March 17. A thank-you note was read from St. Vincent de Paul for the 135 new and used socks we donated.

We achieved the Shining Star Award. Much thanks to Bonnie Sawyer for reporting the points.

 

The birthday project we held at our meeting was a big success. The cake mixes, frosting, candles, and cards will be donated to the Grand Meadow Food Shelf.

Edward Zich became an Honorary Member and turned 96-years-old on March 14. We wish him the very best.
Members discussed the death of Karen Nyenhuis and sent the family a memorial.

Kathryn Haeska will graduate from college and her name was sent to the Home Office for the drawing.
Joe Haggerty was re-instated as a member and his wife Jill became a new member.

We hosted the District Meeting on April 29 in the Oakland Hall. Bonnie Sawyer provided candles and Bob Baley lit the candle to honor the deceased. Verne Baley read the poem for the deceased members. Hy-Vee catered the event. Jeanne Rolfson, Beth Pestka, Bonnie Sawyer, Melissa Haeska, and Mary Haggerty provided desserts. Mary Haggerty did decorations. Raffles were provided by the Haggerty’s and Bonnie Sawyer.

Our annual garage sale was May 2, 3, and 4 at Pat and Melissa Haeska’s residence.

Lodge scholarship forms are due by July 1. The State Meeting was set for June 23. We will discuss that at our May meeting. Join Hands Day has been tentatively set for May 21. Mary Haggerty was nominated as a Fraternalist entry from No. 38.

Congratulatory letters will be sent to our 50 and 75-year members. They will be invited to the May meeting to receive their pins. At the May meeting, our YELL! group will be serving lunch.

February 2018

Members met on February 18 at Ken Haggerty’s home. We discussed the Sock Drive, collecting over 134 pairs of new or good socks that were taken to St. Vincent de Paul.

Congratulatory letters will be sent to our 50 and 75-year members. They are invited to join us at the May meeting to receive their pins.

We will be hosting the District Meeting on April 29 in Oakland, MN.

Our annual garage sale will be held at Pat and Melissa Haeska’s house on May 2-4.

The lodge will offer five $200 scholarships to its youth. Applications can be obtained from Mary Haggerty or Bonnie Sawyer. The deadline to apply is July 18.

We collected cake mixes, frosting, and candles for our birthday project at the March meeting to donate to the food shelf.

January 2018

On January 20, members convened for a meeting. Socks were collected for St. Vincent de Paul. Additionally, tabs were collected from Paul and Marilyn Oxley. Ken Haggerty donated 1,000 envelopes for cards made by the lodge.

As a New Year’s Resolution of sorts, we decided to give back at every meeting. This month’s activity was to send a card to someone who you think deserves or needs a note.

A thank-you note was read for donation to the MN State Scholarship Fund.

Three members received 75-year pins and three members received 50-year pins.

December 2017

On December 9, Beth and Jerry Pestka catered a Czech Christmas meal. Members appreciate their generosity. Santa made an appearance and a meeting was held.

A donations was made to the YELL! group for a fun activity. Jeanne Rolfson passed the gavel to Bob Baley Jr. as President.

A meeting was held January 20 with a sock drive.

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