Members in Action

Members In Action

Want to make an impact in your community?

Do you have a cause you are passionate about? Do you have an idea for a project in your community but just don’t have the funds to start it yourself? This program is for you! Members in Action provides members the opportunity to apply for funds to support a fundraising project or community activity.

It’s simple: get a team together, choose a project, apply for funds, then use those funds to buy the supplies and materials to make your event a success! Afterwards, be sure to share your story with us and the rest of the membership. Below are some Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions about this pilot program and how to get started.

Forms

Members in action regulations
Members in Action pre-event form
Members In Action post event form

Guidelines:

Members in Action is all about getting our members involved and giving back to the communities they care about. Here are a few guidelines to help start your project:

  • Choose a project. The project can be either a community event or a fundraising event. Members in Action can choose to use the funds to benefit the community with an event that brings people together or use funds to help generate revenue for a fundraiser.
  • Fill out the application and email or mail it to the Home Office, c/o Kelsey Logan.
  • 90 days or less! After receiving approval from the Home Office, you have 90 days to create and implement an event.
  • Get your team together. Tell friends, family, co-workers, neighbors etc., about your project and work to get your community involved.
  • Seed money for materials. Use the funds to buy supplies and materials for the project.
  • Report back! Share the success with Western! Tell us your story with photos and a description of the event to help inspire others. This step is important and must be completed in order to apply for Members in Action funds in the future.

Articles about events and activities that used Members in Action:

Mar
02
A summary of: Fall Bags for Eduction (No. 296), Brat Fry for Medical Responders (No. 391), Thanksgiving Dance and Sale (No. 203), and Village of Ashley (No. 225).
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Dec
07
Heroes villains, princesses, monsters, and creatures of all kinds came out in force for the annual Trunk-or-Treat event. Festivities were held in Western Fraternal Life's parking lot on October 25 in Cedar Rapids, IA. The most successful yet, the event hosted over 250 children that visited decorated vehicle trunks and were rewarded with candy. Members of Cedar No. 7, Heritage No. 13, Cedar Rapids No. 262, Hawkeye No. 423, and Home Office staff hosted the trunks and assisted guests to make the evening a success.
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Nov
30
On September 10 and 11, Zare Zapadu No. 44 held the 4th Annual Czech Fest for the community near Hayward, MN.
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Nov
23
Members of Cesti Vlastenci No. 153, Jennings, KS, were able to take advantage of the Highway 36 Garage Sale, Members in Action for building preservation.
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Aug
24
Fallen servicemen were honored in a special program on Father's Day at the Masonic Hall in Jennings, KS. This was organized by Cesti Vlastenci No. 153 and the Jennings Historic Building Preservation Committee.
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Aug
17
The Strathcona, MN community looks forward to the Memorial Day picnic held every year by members of Boleslav Jablonsky No. 219.
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Aug
10
The sights and sounds of nature were enjoyed by families of the Iowa City, IA area at Bur Oak Land Trust's Turkey Creek Nature Preserve.
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Aug
03
Samo No. 32 had rummage sale for old school building, used Members in Action.
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Jun
01
Zare Zapadu No. 44, of Hayward, MN has used the program to assist its pancake breakfast and bake sale. Another Minnesota lodge, Ledec No. 192, of Alexandria, used the program to provide purses full of supplies for survivors of abuse.
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Dec
16
No. 44, Hayward, MN hosted their annual Czech Fest on September 12 at our Brick Hall.
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