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Vol. 122, No. 5


Noak family shares its Hermann Sons Life story ➤ Pg. 5

Chili cook-off set for March 9 in Comfort ➤ Pg. 7

Workday planned April 27 at Camp ➤ Pg. 12

March 2019

Healing Hearts

Casino Night

Benefit will raise funds for Grief Support Session COMFORT – Healing Hearts Casino Night is set for Saturday, May 4, at Hilltop Camp in Comfort to raise money for the Grief Support Session at Hermann Sons Life Camp. Members and their guests are invited to come out for a night of food and games in the Hilltop Dining Hall. Cost is only $50 per person. Only 150 tickets will be sold. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with a steak dinner that includes a salad and baked potato. At 7 p.m. the gaming begins with casinostyle Black Jack and roulette as well as Texas Hold ‘Em poker and slots. Each ticket holder will receive $1,000 in chips to get them start-

ed. More chips will be sold throughout the evening. When the games end at 10 p.m., everyone who still has chips will have a chance to win some awesome prizes. The evening will also include a silent auction and door prizes. A cash bar will be available. All proceeds from the event will benefit the third Grief Support Session scheduled this year for June 30-July 3. This special session will once again be available to children ages 6 to 17 who have lost a parent or sibling.

Hermann Sons Life will partner with the Children’s Bereavement Center to provide a half-week camp experience that includes therapy sessions to help these children on their healing path. Fund-raisers like this casino night and other donations make it possible for the children to attend at no cost to the family (except for a $50 assessment fee). To purchase tickets, go online to and click on “Store.” Lodges and individuals can contribute See CASINO, Pg. 8

Hill Country Flood relief check presented in Llano A check for $4,000 from the Hermann Sons Life Hill Country Flood Relief Fund was presented to the Llano Chamber of Commerce in January. The funds, donated by lodges and the Home Office, will go toward continuing recovery from the October 2018 flood. Traveling to Llano for the presentation were Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly, Member Benefits Representative Jacqueline Klein and Assistant Communications Director Elaine Soto (not pictured). Pictured are Chamber of Commerce representatives, from left, Marcus Hammons, Director Cheryl Crabtree, Executive Director Briley Mitchell, Cecily, Jacqueline, Laura Almond, Chris Karrington and Pamela Hustom. For a complete list of donors, go to Page 8.

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HERMANN SONS LIFE USPS 242200 Periodicals Postage Paid at San Antonio, Texas Published Monthly by HERMANN SONS LIFE 515 S. St. Mary’s St. San Antonio, Texas 78205 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Hermann Sons Life, P.O. Box 1941 San Antonio, TX 78297-1941 DIRECTORS Sandra Jones, Chair Mike Beam Suzanne Hildebrand David Noak Stan Steiger David Wolf OFFICERS President and CEO Eugene Zollinger Vice President of Operations and COO Samantha Schulmeier Vice President of Finance and CFO Harry Werland Vice President of Marketing Timothy P. Kolbe Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly Vice President of Information Technology Matt Walker LAWS COMMITTEE

Norma Bruns Tommy Daum Agnes Dreibrodt Lillian Franckowiak Debbie Gold Charles Knibbe David Lewis Jeanette Preuss

Robert Prewitt Tim Salge Steven Schellenberg Marlin Tanneberger Ronald Wiatrek Janet Zabransky Gerald Ziemnicki


Frank Brandon Shirley Faske Tammy Kelley

Bradley Klein Ed Kurtz Laura Thigpen


Elizabeth Byron Tammy Haecker Marsha Kocurek Sayra Martinka

Sherry Rakowitz Lisa Rozacky Irene Schwertner


Brad Dietrich Robert Herridge Tammy Jones Edward J. Muehlbrad

Doug Saathoff Laura Tiffin Lori Todd

A Message from the Chair of the Board By SANDRA JONES Chair of the Board On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to update you on the Board’s activities since November . Most important was the hiring of a new President and CEO for Hermann Sons Life . After months of reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates, the Board met on Jan . 11 and voted unanimously to name Eugene Zollinger to the position . The Board did not take the hiring of a new President and CEO lightly . We hope that as he travels to lodges during the coming year that you will get to know him and feel as we feel that he is the right man for the job . The Board would like to express our thanks to Interim President and CEO Samantha Schulmeier for all of her hard work and time in filling the position for the past seven months . We could not have done it without her . She has stepped up in every way and in every situation and handled herself in a very professional way . When you see her, please tell her thank you . We would also like to thank the

Home Office staff and the staffs at the Retirement Home and Camp for their support during these past several months . During the holidays, Board members were honored to attend many of the Christmas parties hosted by local lodges . It made us feel so proud to hear how proud our members are of our organization . Your hospitality was very much appreciated . The Board’s last quarterly meeting of 2018 was held Nov . 26-27 at the Home Office . On Monday we were excited for the opportunity to meet the newest members of the Home Office staff, Steve Flandro from the Member Services Department and Jacqueline Klein from the Member Benefits Department . We also got to meet Ian Brassett, our new Executive Camp Director . Ian shared information about his discussions with Camp staff and his ideas about changes and improvements he has been researching and is ready to implement . The Board was impressed with Ian’s presentation and offered to support him in any way possible .

The Board also took part in an education session and the Audit Committee held its regular meeting . Tuesday’s meeting was filled with reports from the Interim President and the Vice Presidents . Interim President Samantha Schulmeier gave a report on numerous suggestions for the following year with the Board taking action on many of those suggestions . A discussion also was held on the Annual Flex Life products we sell as well as the 1 .0 percent bonus now being offered on the 9-year annuities . Vice President of Information Technology Matt Walker reported on his recent trip with employee Jon Thompson as work continues to upgrade and modernize our computer system and policy administration system with a goal of making us a more digital company . We thanked him for his report and look forward to hearing more about the upgrade at future Board meetings . Several topics were covered by Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly during her

Lodge Reports Anton Wenzel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Austin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bandera County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bellville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boerne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brenham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brunhilde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cibolo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corpus Christi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cuero Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DaCosta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dallas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deanville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fort Worth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fredericksburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Giddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harmonia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Helotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hochheim-Prairie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kerrville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kirby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kypfer-Salge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Laubach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . La Vernia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lockhart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louise Schuetze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . McGregor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mission-Alamo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Bielau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Braunfels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Niederwald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paige . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Vogt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pershing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prinz Solms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rosenberg-Richmond . . . . . . . . . . . Round Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rutersville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . San Marcos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Schulenburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seguin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shelby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Siemering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Spring Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vineta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Womack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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presentation . She talked about the schools of dance that had to be closed due to a lack of interest . She also discussed areas where interest has been expressed in opening a new school of dance . The Retirement Home had 45 residents and she had received eight inquiries from members interested in moving to the Home . She was happy to report that new Executive Camp Director Ian Brassett had hit the ground running . She told us that he wants to get trained to be a CPR trainer so he can train our staff and offer to train staff for other camps in the future . He also was scheduled to meet with a representative of the Children’s Bereavement Center to discuss Grief Camp for 2019 . In other news from Camp, she reported that the tennis courts at Riverside Camp were being resurfaced . Other topics included lodge signage, lodge membership lists, lodge meetings via teleconference or videoconference See BOARD, Pg. 7

Monthly Features

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Calendar of Events Retirement Home News Medical Notes Donations Pioneer Members In Memoriam

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Healing Hearts Casino Night set Flood relief check presented Message from the Chair of the Board Harrison Hilt remembered Chili Cook-off set for March 9 Golf tournament set for March 23

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Final expense plan featured Recommenders listed New 100% Families listed A new 100% Family Mattocks, Poulk top producers Float available for parades Noak family shares its story Listing of agents

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Answers to puzzles on Pg . 28 Camp workday set for April 27 Preparations continue at Camp Comfort offers camperships Shining Stars

New This Month

Marketing News

Youth in Action

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Final expense plan helps you be prepared By TIM KOLE Vice President of Marketing Some 35 odd years ago, I dislocated my shoulder playing . . . wait for it . . . racketball. I never played it again, mainly because the damage from the injury had to be surgically repaired several years later. The surgeon did a great job, and I recovered very nicely, but he warned me that I would eventually develop arthritis in that shoulder. Being in my invincible mid-20s, and not really planning past the next month, I never gave it another thought. All of those years went by, until it started bothering me several years ago. A recent trip to another surgeon and x-rays reveals that I’m bone on bone in that shoulder. I remembered what my original surgeon (now deceased) had told

me all those years ago. So now as they say, “the chickens have come home to roost.” My only recourse is surgery, because my shoulder joint “das ist kaput” (worn out). Life is like that. One minute everything is going along nicely, and then the next not so good. Are you prepared for the unexpected occurrences that life has to offer? This month we are mailing a postcard to more than 26,000 members over the age of 50. The postcard outlines the features of our Senior Adult Final Expense Plan. This plan is designed to not only pay funeral costs, but to cover any need after the death of the insured. It also is a possible solution for those who, in their later years, may find themselves without adequate life insurance protection. According to the annual Funeral Price Survey, the National Fu-

neral Directors Association found that the average cost for an adult funeral in 2017 was $8,755. Although many pre-need funeral insurance plans will pay for the basic costs of a funeral, items like a cemetery plot and monument may not be included. If the preneed plan does not cover these costs, the family will have to pay for them out of pocket. Such unanticipated costs, usually required up front, can place a financial strain on loved ones. The Hermann Sons Life SAFE Plan can be the appropriate plan to cover not only funeral and burial costs, but associated medical bills, credit card debt, probate fees and other end-of-life expenses. Available to persons from 50 to 90 years of age who want additional life coverage, the SAFE Plan can be used to cover any expense and is

payable to beneficiaries tax free. It can be a powerful tool for distributing wealth across family generations, or may be used as a legacy gift. Although not a guaranteed issue plan, the SAFE Plan features modified underwriting requirements that can accommodate some medical issues. This single premium plan provides a “pay once and done” feature. Only annual lodge membership dues must be paid after the certificate is issued. Current Hermann Sons Life members only pay dues on one product, so no additional dues are required no matter how many products you have. Certificate amounts between $5,000 and $50,000 are available in increments of $1,000, so the amount can be tailored to fit each individual need and budget. The

plan features growth of 2.5 percent on the face amount of the certificate. For example, a $10,000 plan grows by $250 per year while the certificate is in force. Allowing for death benefit growth, the plan keeps pace with the rising costs of funerals and associated services. Those with investments that are meant to be passed on to beneficiaries upon death may wish to consider the tax-free death benefit provisions of a life insurance policy. Placing funds in a life policy is an appropriate way to pass on wealth to succeeding generations outside of probate, assuring your wishes are followed and wealth is adequately distributed. Give us a call at 877-437-6266 or contact your local Hermann Sons Life agent. We’ll be glad to discuss your life insurance needs and provide a no cost needs analysis.

Events MARCH 17 – Anton Wenzel Lodge is sponsoring a trip 1 – Applications are due for the Shannon Leigh to the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino in Eagle Pass.

Gaffney-Hermann Sons Youth Camp Scholarship. The application is available online at

9 – The Retirement Home Chili and Bean Cookoff will be held. For the first time this year, a Vendors Market is being included. Anyone wanting to rent a spot to sell their wares can do so for $25. The cook-off is open to anyone for a cost of $15 for amateurs and $20 for CASI-sanctioned cooks. Bean entries are $10. Proceeds benefit the Retirement Home Scholarship Fund. Call the Home at 830-995-2724 for more information.

Cost is $35 for the round trip. The casino will give each person $15 in credit on their “Lucky Eagle” Pass Card. The bus will leave the San Antonio Home Association Building no later than 7:30 a.m. and will leave the casino for the return trip at 5 p.m. Call Merlinda Elizondo at 210-815-3468 to reserve a seat.

23 – The Ninth Annual Hermann Sons Youth Camp-Shannon Leigh Gaffney Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament will be played at Golf Club of Texas in San Antonio. Cost to play is $100 per person. The tournament will use a four-person scramble 9 – The Goodtime Polka and Waltz Club of New format. The fee includes green fees, range balls, one Mulligan per player, lunch and awards. For Braunfels is hosting a dance from 7-11 p.m. with more information, go to Page 13. Online registramusic by The Czech Melody Masters of Austin. tion is available at The location is Eagles Hall, 257 E. South St., New Braunfels. Call 2210-566-5964 or 210-800-3625 30 – Columbia Lodge will host a Spring Fling for more information. Or follow the club on Face- Swing Dance in the Old Bowling Alley at the Dallas Lodge Hall. A spaghetti dinner will be served. book @goodtimepolkandwaltzclub. The dance will feature the music of Savoy Swing with Karen Lee on vocals. If you would like to see your lodge’s event listed here and in the Events section of the Hermann Sons Life website, call Kathie Ninneman, 210-226-9261, ext. 273, or 1-800-234-4124, ext. 273, or email

Editor/Communications Director Kathie Ninneman 210-226-9261, ext. 273 email: Assistant Editor/Assistant Communications Director Elaine Soto 210-226-9261, ext. 279 email: Fax: 1-888-443-3377 or 210-892-0252 Website: All news articles and photographs should be mailed to: Editor, Hermann Sons Life, P.O. Box 1941, San Antonio, TX 78297-1941 or emailed to: Deadline for each monthly issue is the 10th of the month of publication. The Hermann Sons Life newspaper is an official publication of Hermann Sons Life. The management and editorial policy of the newspaper shall be in the hands of the President and CEO, and the President and CEO shall have the authority to appoint a member or members of Hermann Sons Life as editor and/or business manager thereof (Art. 38, Grand Lodge Laws).

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Recommendations earn two members gift cards The Marketing Department is recognizing 21 recommenders for the month of January. They recommended 30 new members to Hermann Sons Life during the month. The winners of the $50 gift cards for January are Grant Ryan Neff from Pershing Lodge and Frank W. Kiel from Comfort Lodge. Recommender Agent Ida Beth Blankenship, Corpus Christi Lodge Troylyn Sisneros-Gonzalez Adriene Driggers, Louise Schuetze Lodge (*) Clifton Klabunde Bobby Lee Ervin Jr., Pershing Lodge (*) Carol Krauss Keelan Freier, Hondo Lodge Eulla Krueger Frederick Haegelin, Biry Lodge Teresa Saathoff Weldon L. Hartmann, Rutersville Lodge Linda Mattocks Deborah Hildebrand, Cibolo Lodge Laura Ann Timmermann Sean Wesley Kariger, Castroville Lodge Glenford Boehme Frank Kiel, Comfort Lodge (*) Norma Bruns Hayden Landacre, Prinz Solms Lodge (*) Teresa Saathoff Kherington Lietz, Prinz Solms Lodge Teresa Saathoff Emma Rae Lindsey, La Vernia Lodge (*) Marlin Tanneberger Brody Crockett Meek, Marion Lodge (*) Lorene Bielke Rebecca Angelyna Nail, Helotes Lodge Teresa Saathoff Grant Ryan Neff, Pershing Lodge (^) Marilyn Vogt Charles Schroeder, Gay Hill Lodge Donnie Blinka Patricia May Shippey, Brunhilde Lodge Teresa Saathoff Patricia Ann Spaeth, Pershing Lodge (*) Ruth Bailey Emilia Swannack, Manchaca Lodge Shirley Faske Ryan R. Taylor, Jackson County Lodge Eulla Krueger Katya I. Zuniga, Gonzales Lodge Bobbie Polasek (*) Recommended 2 new members (^) Recommended 3 new members

A new 100% Family Jacqueline Klein and her sons, Jack and Colt, are a new 100% Hermann Sons Life Family. Jacqueline is a member of Prinz Solms Lodge. The boys are members of Mission-Alamo Lodge. Jacqueline is the Member Benefits Representative at the Home Office.

Float available to lodges Lodges are reminded the Hermann Sons Life float is available to feature in your hometown parades. The float will be brought to your location and a truck and driver provided. The lodge provides volunteers for set up and riders. To reserve the float, call the Marketing Department at 877-437-6266. Above: The Hermann Sons Life float is pictured in the Seguin Christmas night parade entered by the Seguin School of Dance. Below: The Dallas and Columbia lodges featured the float in the Texas State Fair Parade.

Mattocks, Poulk lead the way in sales SAN ANTONIO – Four agents are being recognized with cash bonuses for their sales efforts in the fourth quarter of 2018. Linda Mattocks from Round Top Lodge wrote the most applications – nine - during the quarter. She was followed in second place by Pamela Poulk from Paul Vogt Lodge with eight and Carol Krauss from Pershing Lodge with seven. In the new premium income generated category, Pamela finished in first place with $13,530 followed by Linda in second place with $11,917. Glenford Boehme from Castroville Lodge finished in third place with $10,765. Linda is assigned to Region 1 and Carol is assigned to Region 5. Pamela and Glenford are

both assigned to Region 3. Agents are assigned to regions and must write a minimum of six applications and generate at least $3,000 in new premium income to qualify for the bonus money. Special representatives are not eligible for quarterly bonuses. Earning special recognition in the applications category were Special Representative Teresa Saathoff, 14; Becki Carley from New Braunfels Lodge, 12; Special Representative Eulla Krueger, 11; Special Representative Dan Boenig, 8; and Loretta Chilek from Giddings Lodge, 7. Special recognition in the new premium income generated category went to Norma Bruns from Comfort Lodge,

$16,557; Special Representative Teresa Saathoff, $16,161; Richard Muennink from Hondo Lodge, $15,433; Jerry Ziemnicki from Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge, $11,767; Al Stryk from Gulf Lodge, $11,569; Shirley Faske from San Marcos Lodge, $9,641; Special Representative Eulla Krueger, $6,634; Special Representative Dan Boenig, $5,947; Ruth Bailey from Vineta Lodge, $5,354; Rayna Sue Irwin from Helotes Lodge, $4,369; Becki Carley from New Braunfels Lodge, $4,297; Ron Wiatrek from Stockdale Lodge, $2,999; Brad Klein from Seguin Lodge, $2,721; Judy Wolf from Yorktown Lodge, $2,325; Russell Swize from Karnes City Lodge, $2,148; and Special Representative Gary Falkenberg, $2,109.

Hermann Sons Life welcomes 100% Families 100% Family Smith Family Barry Lori

City Comfort

Lodge Comfort

Agent Norma Bruns

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Noaks are a proud six generation family Editor’s Note: Hermann Sons Life is celebrating “Generations of Service and Protection” in 2019 by sharing the stories of our members and their generations of family membership in our organization. This is the second in a series of articles. If you would like to share your family’s story, call Communications Director Kathie Ninneman at 800234-4124, ext. 273, or email her at The Noak family traces its Hermann Sons Life history back six generations. David Noak, part of the fourth generation, is a member of the Board of Directors. He was elected at the 2017 Grand Lodge Convention. He outlined the family’s Hermann Sons Life history. The first Hermann Sons member was David’s great-grandfather, Gustav (Gus) Noak. He came to America as a 5-year-old in 1871.   “I vaguely remember him when my Dad would take me to visit

him,” David said. The next generation was David’s grandparents, Alfred and Frieda (Schlabach) Noak. “My grandfather Alfred Noak was one of 11 children and, to my knowledge, most if not all of his brothers and sisters were also Hermann Sons members,” David added. These first two generations were members of Round Top Lodge, located in Fayette County. The next generation was David’s parents, Nelson and Irene (Goehring) Noak. They were members of Rutersville Lodge, also located in Fayette County, as are generations four, five and six. “My Dad was especially proud of being a Hermann Sons member and would never miss a meeting or a function,” David said. He remembers mowing the grass at the lodge hall and cleaning the hall. Next came David’s generation. Nelson and Irene made sure all of their children, David, his two brothers and his sister became

Irene (Goehring) and Nelson Noak were proud members of Rutersville Lodge. According to son David, they never missed a meeting or function.

David Noak is the fourth generation of the Noak family to be members of Hermann Sons Life. He and wife Mary are members of Rutersville Lodge.

members. When he married, David’s wife Mary also became a member. David and Mary are active members of the lodge. David has served as president in the past. Their children represent the fifth generation. That is daughter Celia and son David II (Davy). And the sixth generation is David and Mary’s seven grandchildren, all of whom are members. Celia has three children and Davy has four. The children and older grandchildren have taken advantage of their Hermann Sons Life Camp benefit and accompany David and Mary to lodge meetings and other functions. “I am very proud of my Hermann Sons heritage and have tried to impart that knowledge and pride to my children and grandchildren and hope to be around to do it for my great-grandchildren,” he said. “I am also honored to serve on the first Board of Directors for our wonderful organization.”

Gustav (Gus) Noak was the first member of the Noak family to join Hermann Sons.

Celia Noak-Kovar and husband Matt have three children, Macey, Caeley and Kaden. They represent the fifth and sixth generations of the Noak family who are Hermann Sons members. The sixth generation of Noaks who are members of Hermann Sons includes David III (Trace), left, and Kohl, right. They are Davy and Lindsay’s other children.

Alfred Noak and his wife Frieda Schlabach Noak were members of Round Top Lodge.

David (Davy) Noak II and wife Lindsay have four children. They are pictured here with two of them, Schylar and Khloe.

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Harrison Hilt remembered for love of music, trains SAN ANTONIO – Members and Home Office staff are mourning the passing of a long-time member and co-worker. Harrison Hilt passed away Feb. 4 at the age of 83. Harrison had been employed with Hermann Sons Life for 50 years upon his retirement in June 2017. He was in charge of accounts payable and purchasing at the time. He was a 50-year member of Harmonia Lodge and served many years as the lodge’s corresponding secretary. Harrison was a gifted musician who played the guitar, enjoyed singing and composing. He wrote a song especially for his own retirement party and received a standing ovation when he performed it. He also performed for many Hermann Sons Life events. One of his most often requested songs was his version of “The Old Rugged Cross.”

Harrison was honored with a retirement party in 2017 at the Home Office. Above left, Harrison is pictured with now retired Grand Vice President-Secretary/Treasurer Mary Beam. They worked together for 50 years and were dear friends. To the right, Harrison is pictured with his specially-designed cake featuring a train. Harrison , far left, is pictured during his earlier years at Hermann Sons when he worked in the Comptroller’s Department. Also pictured are Louis Hoog, Jr., Comptroller Clemens, Grand Secretary-Treasurer Dielmann and Brother Wicker.

He was a railroad enthusiast and loved to travel, especially by train. If there was a train show anywhere in the immediate vicinity of San Antonio you could count on him being there every day of the show. He was a true gentleman, lifelong friend to many and enjoyed life to the fullest. Harrison was born Jan. 25, 1936. He was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of St. Helena’s Catholic Church, a member of the St. Joseph’s Society, a graduate of Central Catholic High School and attended St. Mary’s University. He leaves behind eight nieces, nephews and many dear friends. A rosary service was held Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Hillcrest Funeral Chapel in San Antonio. Mass was held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. at St. Helena’s Catholic Church. Interment followed at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Retirement Home

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Retirement Home residents welcome guests COMFORT – Guests at the Retirement Home in January were Janet Dunn of Manor and Gerry Caswell of Brownsville from New Braunfels Lodge; Rodney and Janet Tedford and their daughter, Jamie Peake, from Perry, Fla.; Nancy and Eddie Butts from San Marcos; Steve Neff from Arlington and Gilbert O. Neff from McQueeney; Stan and Margaret Paradowski from Abilene and Julie Sheldon from Seguin. Anglican Priest David Guthrie conducted the monthly chapel service and Holy Communion on Jan. 28 with Al Schroeder assisting. – Helen Widner

Birthday cake and ice cream were served as dessert for the noon meal on Jan. 18 honoring the birthdays of Betty Murphy and Ralph Spenrath.

Many residents attended a Super Bowl party in the Home’s TV Room on Feb. 3 with snacks and drinks to enjoy.

Residents, friends and family of Helen Widner attended her 80th birthday party held in the Recreation Room at the Home.

Board Message Cont’d. from Pg. 2 for lodges that cannot get a quorum in person and plans for the annual membership event to be held Oct. 26 in Seguin. Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe’s report included information on third quarter and annual production numbers, advertising efforts and information on the SAFE Plan to be sent to members turning 50 in 2019. He reported there are currently 94 field agents. The Board discussed with Tim different bonus programs for agents and special representatives. He talked about the two 30-second commercials that had aired on WOAI Radio in the San Antonio area. He told us he felt it had given the company

The family of resident Helen Widner hosted a belated 80th birthday party/mini family reunion in the Recreation Room at the Home on Jan. 19. Residents, family and friends attended the open house. Pictured here, from left, are daughter-in-law Lisa and son Jeff Widner, granddaughter Stacy Brents, husband John, Helen, granddaughter Jennifer, son Bill and son Mike Widner.

the most bang for the bucks. The Board reminded him of the need to continue to increase sales production. During his report, Vice President of Finance Harry Werland reviewed the third quarter financials, as well as mortgage loan activity and the 2019 budget. As Chair of the Board’s Audit Committee, Mike Beam made a recommendation to approve the 2017 audit. After a motion and second, the Board accepted the Committee’s recommendation. The Board would like to thank members for your continued efforts to make Hermann Sons Life better each day. Please don’t forget we are here to serve you and if you ever have a question or comment, please feel free to contact us.

At Retirement Home in Comfort

Chili cook-off set for March 9 COMFORT – It’s almost Chili Cook-off time! The annual Retirement Home Chili and Bean Cook-off will be held March 8-9 in Comfort. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Retirement Home Scholarship Fund. The event starts Friday night with a party for the cooks in the Home’s Recreation Room. The cook-off begins the next morning with registration. Cost to enter is $15 for amateurs and $20 for CASI sanctioned cooks. The entry fee for beans is $10. There will be cash prizes for the top three bean entries.

And there will be showmanship awards presented in the CASI and amateur divisions.

Something new has been added this year. There will be a vendors market. Cost for a space is $25. Vendors must provide their own equipment, canopies, tables and chairs. All fees are non-refundable because they will benefit the scholarship fund. No electricity or running water is available. Set-up time is 7-9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The vendor form and payment must be submitted by March 1. The vendor form is available by contacting the Home at 830-995-2724. Chili cooks are welcome to bring their RVs. Call the Home for more information.

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Medical Notes The public is quickly learning that drug abuse goes beyond the illegal substances that are purchased on the street. Abuse of drugs extends to the prescription medications sitting in many medicine cabinets. While teenagers and young adults may be the first to be stereotyped as prescription drug abusers, seniors may have unwittingly become mixed up in one of the most misused prescription classes: opioid pain relievers. The problem of opioid abuse has been a growing issue for years. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates 2.1 million people in the United States

suffer from substance abuse of opioid pain relievers. Older patients are increasingly and repeatedly prescribed opioids to address chronic pain from arthritis, cancer and other problems that become more apparent as people age. Data from U.S. Medicare recipients found that, in 2011, roughly 15 percent of seniors were prescribed an opioid after being discharged from the hospital. When followed up on three months later, 42 percent were still taking the medication. Fast forward to 2015, and almost one-third of all Medicare patients were prescribed opioid painkillers by their physicians, says AARP.

The Canadian Institute for Health Information says adults between the ages of 45 and 64 and seniors age 65 and older had the highest rates of hospitalizations due to opioid poisoning over the past 10 years. AARP also indicates nearly three million Americans age 50 or older have started to take painkillers for reasons beyond what their doctors prescribed. Experts from the Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing warn that dependence on opioids can set in after just a few days. Discomfort and side effects can occur when the pills are stopped. Opioids can decrease pain at first, but many people find they

Donations will aid in flood recovery SAN ANTONIO – A $4,000 check from the Hermann Sons Life Hill Country Flood Relief Fund was presented to the Llano Chamber of Commerce in January to assist in flood recovery efforts that continue in the area. Hermann Sons Life went into action to aid flood victims in the Hill Country after a devastating flood in October 2018. The two-part plan included donating buckets filled with cleaning supplies and the start of a drive to raise funds for recovery efforts. On Oct. 26, as flood victims were preparing to clean out their damaged homes and salvage what they could, Home Office employees traveled to the First United Methodist Church in Marble Falls, a designated flood

relief center, and delivered 100 buckets filled with trash bags, paper towels, laundry detergent, cleaning rags, hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes and gloves. Wheelbarrows, rakes and shovels also were donated. Members and lodges were asked to join the Home Office in donating to the Hill Country Flood Relief Fund and, thanks to their support, a check for $4,000 was presented on Jan. 24 to the Llano Chamber of Commerce. Presenting the check were Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly and Member Benefits Representative Jacqueline Klein. The Llano Chamber of Commerce, in expressing its appreciation, stated representatives from various organizations are

meeting regularly to ensure funds are being distributed where they are most needed as rebuilding efforts continue. Donors to the Hill County Flood Relief Fund included Suzanne Hildebrand, Matthew Walker, Cecily Kelly, Castroville Lodge, members of Macdona Lodge, Wichita Falls Lodge, Austin Lodge, Nagel Lodge, Karnes City Lodge, Stockdale Lodge, San Marcos Lodge, Boerne Lodge, Cuero Family Lodge, Spring Branch Lodge, Gulf Lodge and Dallas Lodge. “I want to extend my appreciation to our lodges for their support of this effort,” Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly said. “Once again, Hermann Sons Life members have stepped forward in a time of need.”

Casino Night to benefit Grief Camp

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by sponsoring one of the gaming tables or donating a door prize or a prize for the winners or for the silent auction. Black Jack tables can be sponsored for $275 and there will be seven tables. The roulette table can be sponsored for $300. A poker table can be sponsored for $275 and there will be three

of those. There will be two slot machines and they can be sponsored for $100 each. Sponsors will have their name posted next to their table throughout the evening and will be included in all event advertising. Because the event is being held on Join Hands Day, Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly has announced

that all lodges that sponsor a table or make a donation to the event will be eligible for a Black Level Join Hands Day Award. Anyone wanting to stay overnight at Camp can call 210226-9261 or 800-234-4124 to make arrangements. Hilltop Camp is located at 170 Hilltop Camp Road outside of Comfort.

can be less effective over time. As a result, patients need to take greater amounts. Although many people can take opioids in small doses for short periods of time without problems, many find themselves overcome by a troubling addiction. Some doctors prefer not to use opioids as a first line of treatment for chronic pain. Another possible risk of opioids among seniors is that the medication can cause disorientation that may lead to falls and fractures. The senior care resource A Place for Mom also says that prescription narcotics may increase risk of respiratory arrest. What’s more, an older body

may not absorb and filter medicines as effectively as younger bodies can. This means that older adults might become addicted to or have side effects from a prescription drug at a lower dose. Seniors concerned about opioids can discuss other options with their doctors, such as nonopioid medications and alternative therapies for pain management, like massage or acupuncture. If opioids are prescribed, ask for the lowest dose and don’t exceed the time frame for taking the medicine. Only take the pills when absolutely necessary, and never mix opioids with alcohol or other substances.


Donations to the Retirement Home in Memory of: LEROY MUEHLSTEIN Donors: DaCosta Lodge Stockdale Lodge WILLIAM P. THOMPSON THOMAS D. WOODS Donor: Brenham Lodge DONALD W. CLARK GARLAND R. MARTH Donor: Roscoe Lodge


Donations to the Retirement Home Scholarship Fund in Memory of: WILLIAM E. WENZEL FRED FRUEHOLZ JR. Donor: New Braunfels Lodge

Donations to the Camp in Memory of: WILLIAM P. THOMPSON THOMAS D. WOODS Donor: Brenham Lodge

NEAL LANCE Donor: Rutersville Lodge



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Raymond Mauch of El Campo has received his 75-year membership pin. Raymond is a member of El Campo Lodge and has been a member since Dec. 5, 1943.

Ernestine Owings of San Antonio has received her 70-year membership pin. Ernestine is a member of Helotes Lodge and has been a member since April 12, 1948.

Marvin E. Patterson of Big Spring has received his 70-year membership pin. Marvin is a member of Roscoe Lodge and has been a member since Aug. 8, 1948.

The family of Myrtle Hanz has accepted her 70-year membership pin on her behalf. Myrtle passed away in July. She lived in New Braunfels and was a member of Kypfer-Salge Lodge.

Della Stuart of Kingsbury has received her 70-year membership pin. Della is a member of Karnes City Lodge and has been a member since Nov. 7, 1948.

Erwin Schuenemann of Nordheim has received his 70-year membership pin. Erwin is a member of Nordheim Lodge and has been a member since Dec. 19, 1948.

Evie Eicher of Shiner has received her 60-year membership pin. Evis is a member of Shiner Lodge and has been a member since Feb. 24, 1958.

Virginia Hanz of New Braunfels has received her 60-year membership pin. Virginia is a member of Kypfer-Salge Lodge and has been a member since Sept. 14, 1958.

Shirley Neumann of Brenham has received her 60-year membership pin. Shirley is a member of Brenham Lodge and has been a member since Sept. 9, 1958.

Margaret Hopper of Pottsville has received her 60-year membership pin. Margaret is a member of Shive Lodge and has been a member since Sept. 14, 1958.

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Michael Lowthorp of Grand Prairie has received his 60-year membership pin. Michael is a member of Pershing Lodge and has been a member since Oct. 1, 1958.

Claudene Stolz of College Station has received her 60-year membership pin. Claudene is a member of Brenham Lodge and has been a member since Nov. 18, 1958.

Darrell Bading of New Braunfels has received his 60-year membership pin. Darrell is a member of Kypfer-Salge Lodge and has been a member since Nov. 26, 1958.

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In Memoriam of Our Deceased Members HORACE D. BAKER Hochheim-Prairie Lodge Died Feb.1, 2010 • Age 93

CYNTHIA JO PALMER Louise Schuetze Lodge Died Sept. 20, 2018 • Age 80

ALLAN PAUL BLANCHARD Siemering Lodge Died Nov. 22, 2018 • Age 87

GLENN ROYCE BRAUNE Seguin Lodge Died Dec. 1, 2018 • Age 73

KENNETH E. WAGNER Schulenburg Lodge Died Dec. 12, 2018 • Age 83

DOROTHY J. WALTON Da Costa Lodge Died July 14, 2015 • Age 87

WELDON E. MEINEN Plum Lodge Died Oct. 31, 2018 • Age 87

NORBERT SCHWERTNER Corpus Christi Lodge Died Nov. 23, 2018 • Age 88

ALBERT C. THIELEMANN Gay Hill Lodge Died Dec. 2, 2018 • Age 84

DOROTHY E. STARBUCK Poth Lodge Died Dec. 12, 2018 • Age 95

JOAN HARRIET PARKS Pershing Lodge Died March 18, 2017 • Age 82

BERNICE E. BOEHLE Dunlay Lodge Died Oct. 31, 2018 • Age 82

WILLIAM P. THOMPSON Brenham Lodge Died Nov. 23, 2018 • Age 88

TRAVIS F. PILCHIEK Brenham Lodge Died Dec. 4, 2018 • Age 85

WILLIAM E. WENZEL New Braunfels Lodge Died Dec. 13, 2018 • Age 91

ALVIN W. WAGENER JR. Karnes City Lodge Died Feb. 2, 2018 • Age 83

MERLYN NORRIS Vineta Lodge Died Nov. 2, 2018 • Age 90

JAMDES HENRY STARLING Anton Wenzel Lodge Died Nov. 23, 2018 • Age 61

ROBERT WALTON LEDBETTER Prinz Solms Lodge Died Dec. 5, 2018 • Age 55

CHANEL D. COBB Austin Lodge Died Dec. 13, 2018 • Age 50

GAYLE D. SOUTHERN SIemering Lodge Died Feb. 14, 2018 • Age 73

GLEN DALE McNEIL Columbia Lodge Died Nov. 4, 2018 • Age 92

THOMAS D. WOODS Brenham Lodge Died Nov. 23, 2018 • Age 88

EDNA MEINKOWSKY Round Top Lodge Died Dec. 5, 2018 • Age 98

RUTH PETERS Cuero Family Lodge Died Dec. 13, 2018 • Age 96

KIMBERLY DAWN YOUNG Twin Sisters Lodge Died June 1, 2018 • Age 56

KATHRYN L. RAINES Comfort Lodge Died Nov. 5, 2018 • Age 82

ALVIN D. RUTKOWSKI Anton Wenzel Lodge Died Nov. 27, 2018 • Age 86

NELDA KEILERS Houston Lodge Died Dec. 5, 2018 • Age 97

VIOLET RUTH GROTE Louise Schuetze Lodge Died Dec. 15, 2018 • Age 90

LORINE S. SCHULTZ Helotes Lodge Died June 2, 2018 • Age 78

MARIE O. GIBSON Comfort Lodge Died Nov. 5, 2018 • Age 87

ANNA MARIE CHUMCHAL Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge Died Nov. 27, 2018 • Age 86

DAVID G. SEYMOUR Twin Sisters Lodge Died Dec. 5, 2018 • Age 72

BETTY J. McCANN Vineta Lodge Died Dec. 15, 2018 • Age 86

HELEN M. KETHAN Vineta Lodge Died June 17, 2018 • Age 87

J. EDWARD FIELD Bandera County Lodge Died Nov. 6, 2018 • Age 64

KYLE DWAYNE TOLLESON Pershing Lodge Died Nov. 28, 2018 • Age 54

JERRY P. SARRO Harmonia Lodge Died Dec. 6, 2018 • Age 72

OLLIE MAE KOENNING Yorktown Lodge Died Dec. 17, 2018 • Age 77

HILMER E. KOOPMANN Gruenau Lodge Died June 18, 2018 • Age 81

MINNIE M. JACKSON Houston Lodge Died Nov. 7, 2018 • Age 94

MELINDA S. FLANAGAN Kirby Lodge Died Nov. 28, 2018 • Age 56

HELEN E. BLOXOM Louise Schuetze Lodge Died Dec. 6, 2018 • Age 93

LEROY PAUL MUEHLSTEIN Kirby Lodge Died Dec. 17, 2018 • Age 82

GREGORY LANGEHENNIG Giddings Lodge Died July 19, 2018 • Age 58

DEBORAH L. EYE Kerrville Lodge Died Nov. 7, 2018 • Age 64

JESSE J. SLOCUM Harmonia Lodge Died Nov. 29, 2018 • Age 78

BILLY ROY SCHMIDT Prinz Solms Lodge Died Dec. 6, 2018 • Age 73

TRUMAN F. MARWITZ Priddy Lodge Died Dec. 18, 2018 • Age 90

BRUCE LEE MAHLMANN Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge Died Aug. 11, 2018 • Age 65

DOUGLAS RAY FEUGE New Braunfels Lodge Died Nov. 13, 2018 • Age 71

CHARLES RAY TIEMANN Karnes City Lodge Died Nov. 29, 2018 • Age 95

CHARLES A. WUENSCHER Deanville Lodge Died Dec. 7, 2018 • Age 83

BLANCHE MASON STAUSS Pershing Lodge Died Dec. 21, 2018 • Age 87

ALVIN G. BRIDGES JR. Anton Wenzel Lodge Died Aug. 14, 2018 • Age 87

MARY G. GILMORE Gay Hill Lodge Died Nov. 17, 2018 • Age 904

GLENN ROYCE BRAUNE Seguin Lodge Died Dec. 1, 2018 • Age 73

VIRGIL HOLLINGSWORTH Cuero Family Lodge Died Dec. 7, 2018 • Age 57

BARBARA ANN PETERMANN Comfort Lodge Died Dec. 27, 2018 • Age 80

GUS EHLERS III Comfort Lodge Died Aug. 16, 2018 • Age 91

MILBURN W. KRAM Moulton Lodge Died Nov. 18, 2018 • Age 81

MARVIN R. SIEBERT SR. Harmonia Lodge Died Dec. 1, 2018 • Age 93

TOMMY SHIFFLETT Fredericksburg Lodge Died Dec. 9, 2018 • Age 79

JAMES R. BOWMAN Paul Vogt Lodge Died Dec. 28, 2018 • Age 91

HILMAR JOHN PREISS Twin Sisters Lodge Died Sept. 10, 2018 • Age 88

BERNARD W. BRUCKS Spring Branch Lodge Died Nov. 19, 2018 • Age 91

WARREN W. HERMANN Harminia Lodge Died Dec. 1, 2018 • Age 82

GERTRUDE OHNHEISER Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died Dec. 9, 2018 • Age96

PAUL THOMAS EBROM III Cuero Family Lodge Died Jan. 8, 2019 • Age 44

ELO GLENN TOLL Austin Lodge Died Sept. 17, 2018 • Age 73

BERNICE ANN ONDRASEK Bryan Lodge Died Nov. 21, 2018 • Age 79

MARJORIE J. MARSH La Coste Lodge Died Dec. 1, 2018 • Age 70

MINNA BELLE RHODES Giddings Lodge Died Dec. 10, 2018 • Age 93

ELMER R. BERGMANN Boerne Lodge Died Jan. 9, 2019 • Age 97

The names of deceased members are listed on this page only after a death claim has been filed.

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Preparations for a fun camp season under way By IAN BRASSET Executive Camp Director The CITICamp weekend has really put an air of excitement around the Camp in Comfort. The Counselors-in-Training were amazing and they really did their parents, grandparents and more importantly THEMSELVES proud in the way they participated in the weekend interview process. As this was my first opportunity to see the campers and staff of Hermann Sons Life Camp interact, I’m very excited about the upcoming Camp season. LODGE VISITS Over the next three months, I am scheduled to meet with five lodges. I’D LOVE TO VISIT MORE! I’m excited to meet with the parents, grandparents and children to discuss the Camp and our plans and goals for the summer. It is important for everyone to know the person that will be ultimately responsible for their most precious possessions. Camp is a special place that creates amazing bonds and memories that last a lifetime. In January, a grandmother from Houston called the Camp office to talk with me. As I was taking the role of executive camp director, she simply wanted to pass on “warm fuzzies” and “wish me well” for the upcoming Camp season. In our conversation, the 74-yearyoung grandmother whose children and grandchildren all attended Camp shared memories of her counselor, Pepper, from the late 1950’s! She remembered that Pepper made her “feel special” and that she was a “fireball.” This conversation, and many others, reiterated for me the importance of Hermann Sons Life Camp. It strengthened the value of Camp. And drove home the fact that Camp is a family and I’m very excited to be here and share these awesome memories and create new ones. BE THE NICE KID! In today’s fractious and divided society, it is important we provide our campers with positive role models and soft skills and tools to help them navigate a society that believes in “my way or the highway.” It is important that we show campers in the group living

situation that the most important thing is to be kind. Continuing on from the overall theme of 2018, Choosing Kind, we will have “BE THE NICE KID” as our overarching theme in 2019. We are using this poem from Bryan Shavnak as our guiding principle Some kids are smarter than you, Some kids have cooler clothes than you, Some kids are better at sports than you. IT DOESN’T MATTER You have your thing too. Be the kid who can get along, Be the kid who is generous, Be the kid who is happy for others, Be the kid who does the right thing… BE THE NICE KID! At Camp we teach children to respect differences in others. We teach social living and communication skills. At Camp we communicate cleanly without the use of technology. We teach campers to be responsible for their own area of the cabin and to help with small chores in the upkeep of the cabin as a whole. At Camp we are responsible for everything we say and do. Many of the daily and evening activities we have in Camp are geared towards the growth of an individual camper’s character. While we teach archery and climbing skills, these activities are vessels which are used to build the more important character traits such as perseverance and courage, showing campers the importance of teamwork, growing self-belief and independence. The camper experiencing homesickness and coming out the other side having experienced a fun time at Camp doesn’t realize yet that they are likely to be more successful going away to college, and, selfishly for us, become a more empathetic CIT, junior counselor and regular counselor when a child becomes homesick in their cabin. CAMP DATES AND DANCE THEMES CAMP OPEN HOUSE - Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Week One – June 16-June 22 – Decades

Camp plans spring cleaning day! COMFORT – Hermann Sons Life Camp could use a little “tender loving care” before the summer season opens so a workday is set for Saturday, April 27, from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with lunch provided. Volunteers are needed to do some painting, power washing and general cleaning at both sites – Riverside and Hilltop. Middle school and high school students can earn up to eight hours of community service credit for their efforts. However, anyone is welcome to roll up their sleeves and pitch in. Week Two –June 23-June 29 – Hawaiian Week Three – GRIEF WEEK – June 30-July 3 Week Four – July 7-July 13 – Red, White and Blue Week Five - July 14-July 20 – Sports Teams Week Six – July 21-July 27 – Holidays in July Week Seven – July 28-Aug. 3 – Disney / Marvel ACTIVITIES The program will be in the same format in 2019. Campers will get to choose their activities before Camp begins. It is important that the parents talk to their child and ask them what activities they want to do while at Camp. We will be adding a couple of activities to the daily choices the campers will have and the parents may not be 100 percent sure what they are. GaGa will be added as an activity for the campers to choose from as a stand-alone activity in 2019. It will not just be a part of Rec Games. My guess is that this activity will be very popular with the campers. Another activity we are excited to bring to both camps is an additional STEM program. STEM Reactions will be a fun-filled opportunity for campers to experiment with chemical reactions by making lava in a cup and blobs in a bottle and creating fizz inflators, color symphonies, exploding lunch bags, levitating orbs and so much more. This will be in addition to the STEM Exploration class. We are excited about this new program. In 2019, by popular demand

“The Camp is a special place and we want it looking its best for our campers when they arrive in June so now is the time to get everything ready,” Executive Camp Director Ian Brassett said. “I hope I can count on lots of people to help us put a shine on everything.” You don’t need to bring any tools with you just a little elbow grease. If you would like to volunteer, email ianb@ so he will know how many volunteers to expect and can plan accordingly. Or you can call him at 830-995-3223.

we will be adding Rocketry to the Riverside Camp. A popular boys camp activity will be run on the girls’ camp this summer. Our goal for all of our activities is to run a safe, fun and exciting daily program. Our focus will be on ensuring the campers have as much fun as possible. That being said, we will also be adding additional opportunities for recreational swim-

ming at both camps every day. A list of the activities offered this summer is provided below. Registration information will be mailed in mid-March. As soon as you receive your registration brochure, you can go to the website and register. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 830-995-3223. Happy Camping!

Camp Activities Riverside


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Ceramics & Leathercrafts

Ceramics Challenge Cheer Dance Cheerleading Climbing Drama Ga-Ga Jazz Dance Lyrical Dance Outdoor Living Skills Reading Outdoors REC GAMES Rec Swim Riflery Rocketry - NEW in 2019 Soccer Softball STEM Exploration STEM Reactions - NEW in 2019 Tennis Tumbling Twirling Volleyball

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Challenge Climbing Court Hockey Flag Football Ga-Ga Golf Outdoor Living Skills Reading Outdoors REC GAMES Rec Swim Riflery Rocketry Soccer STEM Exploration STEM Reactions - NEW in 2019 Tennis Volleyball

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Golf tourney set for March 23

Members of Comfort Lodge celebrating February and March birthdays and anniversaries were, from left, David Spenrath, Connie Spenrath, Brian Nentwich, Katie Miller and Hunter Miller. The Millers and Spenraths were celebrating an anniversary and Connie, Brian and Hunter were celebrating birthdays.

Camperships awarded to Comfort members COMFORT – Comfort Lodge celebrated Valentine’s Day at the Feb. 11 meeting held at the VFW Hall in Comfort. All members were invited to participate in a festive game of HEART. More than 45 members were present to enjoy a fried chicken meal and ice cream floats. During the meeting, two full camperships were given away to two junior members in attendance who are eligible to attend Hermann Sons Life Camp in 2019. The two junior members whose names were drawn randomly were Jaymee Talley and Dax Stehling. Both will be attending Camp for the first time this summer. The lodge also is offering partial camperships to junior members who need financial assistance in order to attend Camp. The application for those camperships can be found on this page. At the January meeting, members decided to amend the Comfort Lodge meeting schedule so meetings and events are only held six times during the calendar year. The remaining meetings/ gatherings for 2019 are as follows: April 8, May 13, Aug. 12, Oct. 14 and Dec. 8. The meeting on May 13 will

Comfort Lodge junior members who won a full campership to Hermann Sons Life Camp for summer 2019 are Dax Stehling and Jaymee Talley. include a catered meal at the Hermann Sons Life Retirement Home. The Christmas party will be held Dec. 8 at Hilltop Camp. All other lodge meetings will be held at the VFW Hall in Comfort. The social begins at 4:30 p.m. and is followed with a meal at 6 p.m. The business meeting follows the meal. The next lodge gathering will be held April 8. A meal will be provided. To keep up with Comfort Lodge and happenings be sure to find us on Facebook by searching Hermann Sons Life Comfort. – Katie Miller

COMFORT – The ninth annual Hermann Sons Youth CampShannon Leigh Gaffney Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament has been scheduled for Saturday, March 23, at Golf Club of Texas in San Antonio. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the scholarship fund named in memory of Shannon Leigh Gaffney, a former camper and counselor who lost her battle with leukemia in 1998. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Lunch will follow the tourney and there will be a prize drawing. Awards will be presented to the first, second, third and fourth place teams, the golfers (one man and one woman) with the longest drive, the golfer with the most accurate drive and the golfer closest to the pin. Players making a hole-in-one on one of four holes will go home with a $100 prize. Cost is $100 per person for a four-person scramble team. That includes green fees, range balls, lunch, one Mulligan per

player and awards. The Bubba Drive will be sold the day of the event at the appropriate hole. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Individuals who sponsor a hole for $100 will receive signage at the hole. Corporations that sponsor a hole for $175 will also receive signage. For more information, contact Jan Stone at 210-422-1952. Online registration is available at The deadline to enter a team is March 16.

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Brunhilde welcomes new president

President Ed Kurtz presented Pat Spradling with her 50-year membership pin at the February Austin Lodge meeting. Pat became a member March 2, 1969. Else Gottschalk receives her 50-year membership pin from President and CEO Eugene Zollinger at the February Brunhilde Lodge meeting.

SAN ANTONIO – Brunhilde Lodge members welcomed new President and CEO Eugene Zollinger and wife Alison to their meeting on Feb. 18. This was the first lodge meeting Eugene has attended since he became President and CEO. Else Gottschalk had the honor of being the first member to receive a membership pin from Eugene. Else has been a member since Dec. 1, 1969. Brunhilde Lodge will be joining hands with Pershing Lodge to participate in Join Hands Day and will volunteer at the San Antonio Food Bank. The meeting ended with a chicken dinner provided by the lodge and the drawing for door prizes. – Sharon Solanik

New President and CEO Eugene Zollinger and wife Alison attended their first Hermann Sons Life lodge meeting on Feb. 18. They attended the Brunhilde Lodge meeting in San Antonio.

Winners of Valentine’s Day gifts at the February Austin Lodge meeting were, seated, from left, Gay Stark, Edna Groeschel, standing, from left, Billie Harris and Katrina Spradling.

Austin to meet March 3

AUSTIN – Austin Lodge will meet Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. The lodge will furnish hamburgers and members are asked to bring something to go with the hamburgers. President Ed Kurtz installed the 2019 officers at the Feb. 3 meeting. Nicholas Julius Dubcak was welcomed as a new member. Vice President Billy Lindsey presented the agenda for next year and it was approved. Mary Maluschka received the “kitty.” Katrina Spradling received the attendance prize. Gay Stark, Billie Harris, Katrina

Celebrating February birthdays at Austin Lodge were Mary Shugart, left, and Emma Spradling. Spradling and Edna Groeschel won Valentine gifts. After the meeting, members enjoyed Super Bowl finger foods. – Reporter

Deanville collecting children’s books DEANVILLE – Deanville Lodge installed the 2019 officers at the Jan. 27 meeting. This year’s officers are president, Donnie Blinka; vice president, Tammy Jones; secretary, Marsha Kocurek; treasurer, Joyce Krenek; communications coordinator, Beverly Blinka; trustees, James Fritsche, Wayne Eichholz and Benny Jones; Finance Committee members, Mildred Miman and Viola Bartek. Members are encouraged to bring children’s books to the February and March meetings. These books will be donated to the Deanville Memorial Park’s Portable Library. A moment of silence was ob-

Officers are installed at the January meeting of Deanville Lodge. served in memory of Charlie Wuenscher and Wilma Chovanec. Wilma, a former agent, had served the lodge in many capacities. Sympathy is extended to the family of Past

Grand President Leroy Muehlstein. Mildred Miman was at the meeting after her hip surgery in October. – Reporter

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Spring Branch to meet March 17 at Community Center BULVERDE – Spring Branch Lodge will meet March 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the Bulverde Community Center. The 2019 officers were installed at the Jan. 20 meeting also held in the Bulverde Community Center. The officers include Sharon Knibbe, president; Darrell Woody, vice president; Karen Woody, secretary/treasurer; Alverne Halloran, historian;  Jane Wanke, reporter;  Jane Wanke, Chuck Knibbe and Phyllis Havens, Finance Committee members; and Ben Havens, Mildred Bartels and Gloria Gass, trustees. Two transfers into the lodge were approved.

Correspondence from the Home Office included a thank you letter for the lodge’s donation to the Hill Country Flood Relief Fund. Members discussed ideas for Join Hands Day. Graduating high school seniors are reminded that the deadline for the Hermann Sons Youth Camp-Shannon Leigh Gaffney Scholarship is March 1 and the deadline for the Retirement Home Scholarship is April 1. The applications are available online. Members voted to make a $100 donation in memory of Past Grand President Leroy Muehlstein who passed away in December.

Alverne Halloran reported sending sympathy cards to the families of Benny Schumann, Floyd Head and Bernard Brucks. Attendance prize winners were Gloria Gass, Alverne Halloran, Darrell Woody, Mary Woody, Ed Geffken, Sharon Knibbe and Chuck Knibbe. The 2018 Christmas party was a big success with 225 people in attendance. Spring Branch Lodge hosted. Entertainment included a visit from Santa and a performance by the Hill Country School of Dance students. The meal included pork streak, mashed red potatoes, fresh green beans and pie. – Jane Wanke

Celebrating December birthdays from Spring Branch Lodge were, from left, Mary Woody, Bill Woody and Sharon Knibbe.

Bandera Lodge to host annual Senior Fun Day at Home BANDERA – Members of Bandera County Lodge met Jan. 27 to plan an exciting year of activities. President Eileen Heath installed the officers who were in attendance. They included Vice President Joe Gagliardi, Financial Secretary Pam Biering, Corresponding Secretary Beverly Gagliardi, Finance Committee members Kathleen Reile, Gary Reile and Sandy Trenkelbach, Communi-

cations Coordinator Susan Hillje and Community Coordinator Paul Health. Letters of thanks had been received from all of the organizations the lodge donated to at Christmas.  All were appreciative of the increase in the donations. Welcomed as new members were Tyler Riggs Broomall and Wyatt Clark Valentine. The schedule for the year includes the March 9 Chili Cookoff at the Retirement Home and

the annual Senior Fun Day at the Home scheduled for April 6 at 2 p.m. The day will include an ice cream social and a performance by the Ukulele Ladies and Gents. The lodge will take part in Join Hands Day by visiting the Cedar Creek Nursing Home in Bandera on May 18 at 10:30 a.m. Members will meet for lunch (Dutch treat) in Bandera and then go to the Bandera County School of Dance recital at Bandera High School at 2 p.m.

A meeting is planned for July 14 at 3 p.m. at the home of Gary and Kathleen Reile. The annual Member Appreciation Dinner will be held Sept. 15 at a restaurant to be determined. The Nov. 10 meeting begins at 3 p.m. at the home of Gary and Kathleen Reile. The Christmas party for the dancers is set for Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Lakehills Methodist Church Hall.

No meetings will be held in February, June, August or October. The lodge is once again offerings camperships to junior members who want to attend Hermann Sons Life Camp. Campers will receive $100 to help cover the cost of attending Camp. Applications are due April 14 and are available from Pam Biering at pbiering@yahoo. com. – Reporter

Round Top Lodge installs 2019 officers

Houston meets March 11

ROUND TOP – Round Top Lodge held its first meeting of 2019 on Jan. 24 at the American Legion Hall. President Lila Garlin installed the officers for the year. Members voted to make a monetary donation to the Round Top-Carmine School Foundation. The fund-raiser on Feb 2 was well attended by members, including the Fun Run and the program. Different members reported on current health issues of friends with concerns. Community Coordinator Melanie Rauch also presented a long list of people receiving Christmas, get well and sympathy cards. Secretary Jeanette

HOUSTON – Houston Lodge will meet Monday, March 11, at Sokol Hall, 1314 W. Patton. A potluck meal will be served. The lodge will host a Family Fun Day on Sunday, April 7, from 2-6 p.m. Officers were installed at the Jan. 14 meeting. Hickory Hollow provided the chicken fried steak meal. Herbert Vordenbaum has transferred into the lodge. Members were notified of the passing of Warren F. Paulsen. Vice President Pat Bushman brought information about many volunteer opportunities. It was decided that mem-

Schoenst read thank you letters, including one from Deputy C.J. Lehmann. Leonard and Mert Meinkowsky, Lila and Barton Garlin and Virgie Hall won attendance prizes. Betty Porter won the mystery prize from the Christmas party. It was a flashlight with extra batteries. Jeanette Schoenst, Mary, Melanie and Sophie Rauch, Ted and Margie Stardig, Bob Porter and Floyd and Jocie Braun won the other door prizes. Refreshments, lunch and fellowship followed the meeting. The next meeting was scheduled for Feb. 28. – Reporter

Barton Garlin celebrated his birthday in January. He is a member of Round Top Lodge.

bers would continue to volunteer at the Houston Food Bank. Members will now volunteer there on a bi-monthly basis on a Sunday from 9 a.m.-12 noon. Celebrating January birthdays were Catherine Manchack and Lavina Patterson Winners in the annual drawing were Doris Falkenberg, Catherine Manchack, James Ellison and Gary Falkenberg. Winners in the monthly attendance drawing were Doris Falkenberg, James Ellison, Darlene Ellison, Pat Bushman and Lavina Patterson.  Money was collected for the Houston Food Bank. – Reporter

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At Kronkosky Place

Boerne to host guest speaker at March 1 meeting BOERNE – Boerne Lodge will meet Friday, March 1, at 12 noon at Kronkosky Place. Lunch reservations must be made in advance by calling the Rainbow Senior Center at 830-249-2114 by 9 a.m. the day of the meeting. Larry Potter will be the guest speaker. He will be discussing what a “prepper” is and how to prepare to  be self-reliant in the event of a natural emergency or man-made catastrophe. Guests at the Feb. 1 meeting were Jill Piazzi and Cynthia Bingham. Jill is an aging life care professional, also known as a geriatric care manager. Her job as  a health and human services spe-

cialist is to act as a guide and advocate for families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults. The aging life care professional is educated and experienced in  many fields related to aging such as nursing, social work, psychology and occupational therapy. Not to be confused with a home health care professional or agency, which provides only temporary care, the aging life care manager provides care as long as the client or the family needs her services. She assists in conducting inhome assessments to determine how best to care for the senior at home or in a community.

She creates collaborative, customized care plans based on long and short-term goals. She helps with procuring medical equipment, hiring caregivers, and managing the household, referring clients to the appropriate local agencies and services and assists with locating housing or long-term placement. She monitors her clients’ care on an as-needed basis at home or in the community and reports to the family or power of attorney. Jill is the owner of Gray Matters and can be reached at 210363-3554 for questions or more information regarding her services.

Judy Beauford gave an update on the Hill Country Mission for Health, Mission Gardens and reported that the winter crop has yielded lots of vegetables. She said that she is looking forward to  planting a  spring garden sometime in April and could always use volunteers to help out. If you are interested in helping with this project, call Judy at 830-249-0130. Best wishes to Norma “Cissy” Tyler who  celebrated her birthday on Feb. 11. Valentine cookies and treats were enjoyed by all. Marilyn Vogt was the winner of the door prize. – Barbara D’Spain

Jill Piazzi was the guest speaker at the February meeting of Boerne Lodge.

Brenham members enjoy chili at January meeting BRENHAM – Brenham Lodge met Jan. 11. Members enjoyed a meal of chili and trimmings with many desserts provided by members. The Cheer Committee reported mailed sympathy cards to Jeffery Pilchiek and Shelly Smith following the passing of their father, Travis Pilchiek; to Glenwood Vierus following the passing of his sister-in-law, Nancy Hinze; to Otto Peters Jr. following the passing of his sister, Mildred Druckhammer and to Linda Muehlstein following the passing of her husband, Leroy. Members extended sympathy to Gary and Doris Falkenberg and Burney Keilers following the passing of Doris and Burney’s mother, Nelda Keilers. Doris thanked all for the prayers and cards. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Travis Pilchiek, William Thompson and Thomas Woods. Vice President Gary Falkenberg thanked Nina Runge, Shirley Ganske, Jeanette Preuss and Judy Baichtal for preparing and serving the meal and the members who brought a dessert. – Lena Mae Goessler

Brenham Lodge officers for 2019 include, from left, Nina Runge, Betty Schramm, Delores Meyer, Joyce Marburger, Gary Falkenberg, Hilbert Goessler, Lena Mae Goessler and Jack Schramm.

December birthday celebrants from Brenham Lodge were, from left, William Kuretsch, Allyne Sillavan, Evelyn Harmel, Janice McClendon, Shirley Ganske and Eunice Kelm.

Brenham Lodge members, from left, Marvin and Joyce Marburger celebrated their 60th anniversary in January. Hilbert and Lena Mae Goessler celebrated their 62nd anniversary in December.

Brenham Lodge members celebrating birthdays in January were, from left, Rosalie Renner, Hilbert Goessler, Judy Baichtal and Pearlie Hanath.

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Rosenberg-Richmond presents Humanitarian Award ROSENBERG – RosenbergRichmond Lodge presented the 2018 Humanitarian Award to William and Barbie Benton at the Feb. 11 meeting. The Bentons are involved in various organizations in the community. Presenting the award were Margie Krenek and Joyce Lamensky. A catered meal of chicken spaghetti, green beans and salad was served. Members provided the desserts. W. Lee and Sharon Hedt and Kevin Engelhardt were in charge of serving. Margie Krenek gave the blessing. Membership Coordinator Rosalie Byrd reported that sympathy cards were sent to Margie Klobedans following the passing of her brother and to Janet Chalupa following the passing of her husband. Get well cards were sent to Michael Kassey, Fritz Oberhoff, Tom Atkins and Anne Juergens. A letter from the Home Office was read congratulating the lodge on receiving the Gold Level achievement certificate for Join Hands Day. The lodge also received a

The Humanitarian Award was presented to William and Barbie Benton, center, at the February meeting of Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge. Making the presentation were Margie Krenek, left, and Joyce Lamensky, right.

Celebrating January and February birthdays at the Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge meeting were, from left, Wayne Schmidt, Eleanor Pavlock, Theresa Lamensky, Madelyn Morton, Dylan Lamensky, Marjorie Orsak, Malcolm Krause, Elaine Krause and Margie Krenek.

check for $100 for reaching its new member goal in 2018. Agent Chris Stoeltje reported that the lodge’s new member goal for 2019 is eight. He encouraged all members to tell people about Hermann Sons Life and help bring in new members. He said he had a new member recruitment guide available. The schedule for 2019 was approved. The schedule is as

and Isabel Medina donated door prizes. John Pavlock, LaVerne Tiemann, Lavonne Stavinoha, Jerlene Anderson and Malcolm Krause won the attendance prizes. The next meeting will be April 8. Fried chicken will be furnished. Members are asked to bring a vegetable, salad or dessert. – Loyce Anderson

follows: April 8, fried chicken furnished, members bring a vegetable, salad or dessert; June 10, hamburgers, members bring desserts; Aug. 12, ice cream and game night; Oct. 14, sausage, sauerkraut and side dish, members bring desserts; Dec. 9, turkey, dressing and dessert and game night, members bring items for Helping Hands. Melvin and Gaynell Blahuta

New Braunfels to meet March 3 NEW BARUNFELS – New Braunfels Lodge will meet Sunday, March 3. Dennis Schwab will host an enchilada dinner. Three new members were welcomed at the Feb. 3 meeting. A resolution of respect was read in memory of three members who passed away recently. Members welcomed back Leola Stolte who had broken her leg. High school seniors who are members of the lodge are reminded that the lodge is offering scholarships. They should contact a school counselor or Tommy Daum for more information. Tommy can be reached at 830-625-8937. Deadline to apply is April 15. A catered meal will be served at the April meeting. Sign up at the March meeting or call San-

Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge. members Albert and LaVonne Stavinoha celebrated their anniversary in February.

La Vernia installs officers LA VERNIA – La Vernia Lodge met Sunday, Jan. 20. The 2019 officers were installed and members planned activities for the coming year. The officers are president, Charles Stork; vice president, Candy Stork; secretary, Jeanie Walpole; treasurer, Elaine Schnitz; financial trustees, Charles Haese, Sharon Tanneberger and Marlin Tanne-

berger; communication coordinator, Jeanie Walpole; youth coordinator, Beth Brooks; membership coordinator, Edna Mae Fannin; and community coordinator, Charles Stork. The lodge holds meetings on the third Sunday of the month and all who are interested are welcome to attend. – Jeanie Walpole

New Bielau has new member Celebrating February birthdays at the New Braunfels Lodge meeting were, from left, Dennis Schwab, Jo Heideman, Sharon Suchy, Jerome Vetter and Leola Stolte. dra Guenther at 830-625-5709 to RSVP. Refreshments preceded a

King Ranch supper hosted by Dorella and Ethan Colbert. – Reporter

WEIMAR – The next meeting of New Bielau Lodge will be held March 25. At the Jan. 28 meeting, President Dorothy Chevalier installed the 2019 officers who were in attendance. The lodge welcomed new member Connor Elstner and transfer members from Hoch-

heim-Prairie Lodge, Preston Langhoff and Clayton Langhoff. Members signed a birthday card for Gladys Sanderson who recently turned 90. Arlene Marshall celebrates her birthday in February. – Harlene Novak

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Harmonia will hold memorial service March 14 SAN ANTONIO – After members enjoyed the tamales and chili prepared for the third annual Harmonia Lodge Chili CookOff the Jan. 10 meeting began. During the March 14 meeting, the annual memorial service will be held. The lodge will provide corned beef and members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. Games may be played after the meeting in the Rathskeller. President Matt Kraus installed the elected and appointed officers including Albert Ranzau, Steve Prewitt, Bill Richard, Brad Dietrich, Mike Beam and Mike Gumpp. Bill Richard reported that the

New Year’s Eve parking proceeds for the Home Association was about $4,000, as there was a large crowd downtown. Members mourned the passing of several members including Eugene E. Asbell, age 90, on Nov. 17; Jesse J. Slocum, age 77, on Nov. 29; Jerry P. Sarro, age 71, on Dec. 6; and Marvin R. Siebert Jr., age 92, on Jan. 1. Celebrating birthdays were Brad Dietrich and Bill Bernhard and Genevieve Kraus, wife of member Jerome Kraus. Steve Prewitt and wife Julie celebrate an anniversary in January. Steve Prewitt and Jerome Kraus won the attendance priz-

es. Angelina Kretzschmar displayed the iron cross donated to the lodge by the Texas Rangers to replace the one stolen from Harmonia Cemetery. She also informed members that the deed to the cemetery had been found. The chili cooks who prepared their individual recipes for the meal were Brad Dietrich, Mike Beam, Albert Ranzau, Bill Richard, Steve Prewitt and Charles Kretzschmar. Mike Beam’s chili was chosen as the best by a randomly selected panel of judges. Bert Ranzau took second place, and Steve Prewitt was third. – John Hoog

Brad Dietrich, right, was the split-the-pot winner at the January meeting of Harmonia Lodge. President Matt Kraus presented him with his winnings.

Dallas Lodge reviews schedule of 2019 activities DALLAS – Dallas Lodge held its first meeting of 2019 on Jan. 27 at the hall. New President Clint Holmes welcomed members and guests and thanked them for attending. He said he was honored to serve members of this 128-year-old lodge. He then installed the elected and appointed officers to their positions. Past President Andy Schellenberg congratulated Clint and

presented him with the lodge charter and gavel. Andy, who will now serve as vice president, thanked members for their support during his four years as president and asked them to support Clint. The lodge’s schedule for 2019 was presented. There will be meetings on March 17, July 28, Sept. 22 and Nov. 17. No meetings will be held in February, April, June, August, October and

December, unless needed. Special events will include volunteer days at CitySquare Food Pantry in observance of Join Hands Days on May 4 and in observance of Make a Difference Day on Oct. 26. A public anniversary pin presentation and luncheon is scheduled for May and the Christmas luncheon will be held Dec. 15. The March 17 meeting begins at 1 p.m. The Home Association’s

annual general meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Members are asked to attend both meetings. Members approved a donation to the Retirement Home in memory of Past Grand President Leroy Muehlstein. Glenn Marvin reported Kelly Miller had been in the hospital and is recovering in a rehab facility. Andy Schellenberg reported that daughter Julie Harper was

in a Tyler hospital during the Christmas holidays. Thanks go to Margaret “Schatzie” Owens and Jean Ernst for providing lunch before the meeting. Members enjoyed meeting Julia Robinson, the granddaughter of Brigitte Robinson and niece of Eva Day. Clint Holmes won the attendance prize. – Reporter

Cibolo Lodge will observe St. Patrick’s Day March 7 CIBOLO – Cibolo Lodge did not meet in February because that is Rodeo Month in San Antonio. The lodge’s officers did meet Jan. 27 and planned the schedule and meal menu for the year. A regular meeting will be held March 7 with a green theme for sides and desserts in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Games will follow and the quarterly cash drawing

will be held. The meal will be build your own sandwich. April 4 is a regular meeting with sausage on the menu. There will be an Easter egg decorating contest. Bunco Night will be held May 2 celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The main course is Italian with the men responsible for the desserts.

June 6 is a regular meeting with a quarterly cash drawing for all in attendance followed by games. Brisket is the main course. On June 14 the lodge will hold its annual Flag Day ceremony at Cibolo City Hall where cookies and water will be available. Aug. 1 is a regular meeting followed by games. Fried chicken

is the main course. Sept. 5 will be a regular meeting and will include a memorial service if needed. Pot roast is on the menu and there will be a best homemade pie contest. It will also be quarterly cash drawing time for those in attendance. Oct. 3 is a regular meeting with a Halloween costume contest and a pizza dinner.

Nov. 7 is a regular meeting with election of officers, quarterly cash drawing and best homemade cookie contest. Christmas party tickets will be on sale. Dec. 7 is the Christmas party at Bexar Social Club. Everyone is invited to attend all meetings. – Tracy Campos

Kerrville installs officers, discusses upcoming activities KERRVILLE – Kerrville Lodge held its bi-monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Wells Fargo Bank Board Room. Members enjoyed hot wings, queso and tortilla rollups. Officers were installed and members discussed upcoming

events including Join Hands Day in May. President Tony Straube is going to pursue a social event for March at the Retirement Home in Comfort. Members will be receiving one more postcard with information on the meeting dates for the re-

mainder of the year. A card will not be sent for each meeting due to the increased cost of postage and the time involved in preparing the cards for mailing. The next meeting will be held April 3 in the Board Room of the Wells Fargo Bank, 301 Junction

Highway, Kerrville. The meal will feature ham, potato salad and other side dishes. All members planning to attend are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. The meeting will be held in the bank’s Board Room. The other meetings this year

will be held June 5 and Oct. 2 at Wells Fargo Bank and Aug. 7 at Acapulco Restaurant. The Christmas party will be held Dec. 6. Check the monthly newspaper articles for any changes to upcoming meetings. – Juanice Grona

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San Marcos Lodge to hold memorial service March 4 SAN MARCOS – San Marcos Lodge will meet Monday, March 4, in the La Vista Community Room beginning at 6:30 p.m. The annual memorial service will be held. Reservations need to be made by Feb. 27. The lodge met Monday, Feb. 4, for brunch at the Golden Corral in New Braunfels. President Dreibrodt thanked everyone for wearing red in observance of Heart Awareness Month and Valentine’s Day. The first order of business was the installation of the 2019 officers. One new junior member, Rhyder Bartel, grandson of Cheryl and David Rainey, was welcomed. Two longtime members of

Married couples were honored at the February meeting of San Marcos Lodge. Pictured are, from left, Evelyn and Larry Moreau, Lillian and Ken Cargil, Mary Lou and Billy Preuss, Betty and Clifford Rust and Yvonne and Bob Robbins.

Larry Moreau and Yvonne Robbins celebrated February birthdays. They are members of San Marcos Lodge.

the lodge passed away recently. Caroline McDonald had been a member for 67 years. Bruce Ingram had been a mem-

Peggy Schmeltekopf who lost her husband, Calvin. Get-well cards were sent to Joy Schultz and David Gourley.

ber for 62 years. The Cheer Committee reported sending sympathy cards to both of these families and to

A thank you letter was received from the Hays County Food Bank for the 111 pounds of donations made at the lodge’s Christmas party. Lillian Cargil presented plans for the Join Hands Day project. The lodge will prepare grief bags for the children attending the Camp’s Grief Support Session. Monetary donations are appreciated to help the lodge purchase items so bags can be filled for all 75 of the children expected to attend this year. Donations can be mailed to Janice Kuhen, P.O Box 683, San Marcos, Texas, 78667. Attendance prize winners were Bob Robbins and Bruce Moreau. – Reporter

Fort Worth welcomes new member

June Herzog was presented the 2018 Humanitarian Award for Laubach Lodge during the Dec. 9 Christmas party.

FORT WORTH – In the Olympics there are three kinds of medals - gold, silver and bronze. In Hermann Sons Life, each lodge has a new member goal for the year. Meeting that goal gets the lodge a gold medal. Making half the goal means the lodge has earned a silver medal. Adding any new members should be worthy of receiving the bronze medal. Goals are great but adding new members is the ultimate prize. So let’s go for the gold, but most of all let’s add new members. Fort Worth Lodge is happy to welcome its first new member of the year. He is Kamden Hazelwood, the grandson of member Donnie Burns. There is not enough space to list all his other

relatives. The lodge’s quarterly meeting will be held March 3 at p.m. at Westcreek Lanes. Hope to see lots of members there to help plan the annual picnic/pin presentation and the Join Hands Day project. This year the lodge has one 70-year member, three 60-year members and 13 50-year members and it is hoped they can all be at the picnic to be recognized. The Youth Committee will be sending out letters the first part of March to all eligible campers for 2019. They are going to be offering T-shirts and the possibility of winning part of the Camp fee. Be sure to watch the mail and get those letters back to Ronne Jones. T-shirts will be mailed be-

fore Camp season and the drawings will be held after Camp season. Instructions on registering for Camp will be mailed in midMarch so be on the lookout. If your child has a friend who wants to go to Camp and is not a member, contact Sandra Jones at 817-781-7155 or the Home Office. The lodge extends sympathy to the family of Rose Jones, mother to Ronnie Jones, mother-in-law to Darlene Jones and grandmother to Scott Jones and his family. Happy Birthday wishes go to Kim Burns, Cheyenne Davis, Patricia Burns, Kylie Leblanc, Jimmy Kassler, Nicole Seise, Alicia Putman and Karen Burns-Lane. – Reporter

VAN RAUB – Paul Vogt Lodge will meet March 5 at 7 p.m. Officers were installed at the last meeting. They include president, Barbara Marquardt; vice president, Betty Friar; secretary/treasurer, Pamela Poulk; youth coordinator, Chrysti Friar; and community coordinator, Mary Lou Zoeller. The activities for 2019 were

discussed. Youth Coordinator Chrysti Friar announced that letters and scholarship applications had been sent to all graduating seniors who are members of the lodge. Sympathy was extended to the family of James Bowman who recently passed away. He was recognized for his many

years of service to Paul Vogt Lodge. The lodge made a donation to the scholarship fund in his memory. “Happy Birthday” was sung to Bill and Pearl Barnard and Betty Friar. Glenn Marquardt won the attendance prize. – Reporter

Laubach Lodge will meet March 1 at Pecan Museum Paul Vogt Lodge will meet on March 5 SEGUIN – Laubach Lodge will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at the Pecan Museum. All members are encouraged to attend. The Humanitarian Award was presented to June Herzog at the Dec. 9 meeting held at the Pecan Museum. Vice President of Operations Samantha Schulmeier from the Home Office

was in attendance. Members and guests enjoyed a meal of ham with snacks, side dishes and desserts provided by members. Canned goods were collected for donation to the Christian Cupboard in Seguin. Members enjoyed playing several guessing games. – Dorothy Constable

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Lockhart Lodge will meet March 3

Cuero Family Lodge juniors take part in project

LOCKHART – Lockhart Lodge will meet March 3 at the Sirloin Stockdale. President Nicky Duewall installed the 2019 officers at the Jan. 13 meeting. The officers include Ann Schroeder, vice president; Debbie Pfefferkorn, corresponding secretary; Ray Pfefferkorn, financial secretary-treasurer; Janet Schaefer, Darrell Hess and Lil Pfefferkorn, Finance Committee members; Jonelle Frerich, com-

munications coordinator; Carol Schuelke, youth coordinator; Dickie Rutherford, membership coordinator; and Nancy Hess, community coordinator. Agent Janice Kuhen thanked the lodge for working with her last year on adding new members. She reported information on Camp registration would be mailed in March. In observance of Join Hands Day, the lodge will donate items

needed for the Camp Grief Support Session. Ray Pfefferkorn presented the memorial candle for members who passed away in 2017 and 2018. Fred Thomas Hankey III, Verona Harmon, Emily Garcia, Mollie Wranitzky, Gwen Till and Alf Seeliger passed away in 2017. Verne Schaefer and John J. Grigar IV died in 2018. – Reporter

Four members of Cuero Family Lodge took part in a community service project with their Girl Scout Troop. The girls from Troop 9422 went on a shopping trip to the local Wal-Mart on Jan. 15 and bought items needed at Pet Adoptions of Cuero. The girls budgeted and paid for the items with their troop funds. Pictured are, from left, Elizabeth Gonzales, Madeline Hoy, Muriel Cotman and Rebecca Maier. Pet Adoptions of Cuero is a volunteer organization that focuses on the welfare of animals in need of loving homes.

Ann Schroeder was presented with a plaque for her Door prize winners at the January meeting of Lockservice as president of Lockhart Lodge from 2013- hart Lodge were Dickie Rutherford, Dot Kuntschik 2018. (seated) and Paul Buckner.  

Mission-Alamo Lodge installs officers The elected and appointed officers of Mission-Alamo Lodge were installed at the January meeting. Pictured are President Sylvia Schulmeier, Vice President Diane Cline, Financial Secretary Bernice Vogel, Recording Secretary Georgia Hall, Finance Committee members John Hall, Lillie Mae Dienger and Kathy Wilson, Trustees Jack Larned and Joyce and J.R. Kneupper, Coordinators Georgia Hall, Dianne Larned, Laura Adams and Denise Wright, Chaplain Don Schulmeier and Home Association representatives Denise Wright and Allen Adams.

Kypfer-Salge plans pork steak meal

Celebrating February anniversaries from Kypfer-Salge Lodge were, from left, Dennis and Molly Koepp, 36 years; and Nelrose and Oran Koepp, 63 years.

Kirby Cline celebrated a January birthday at the Mission-Alamo Lodge meeting. President Sylvia Schulmeier presented him with a birthday card from the lodge.

Charlie Seiter and Nelrose Koepp celebrated their birthdays in February. They are members of Kypfer-Salge Lodge.

CLEAR SPRINGS – Kypfer-Salge Lodge will meet March 1. Dennis Koepp and Art Brinkkoeter will cook the pork steaks. Members are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert. Turkey and dressing and desserts were served at the February meeting. The monthly donation of $50 will go to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children. Members are reminded to let Nelrose Koepp know if someone is sick or has passed away so a card can be sent. Attendance prizes went to Kery Noble, Oran Koepp, Tim Salge, Charles Seiter and Tammy Seiter. Remember if you know someone who does not drive offer to pick them up for a meeting. If you know someone who would like to join Hermann Sons Life, bring them to a meeting/social time. Guests are always welcome. – Darline Preiss

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Shelby to help American Legion for Join Hands Day SHELBY – Special Representative Gary Falkenberg installed the 2019 officers of Shelby Lodge on Jan. 13. The officers include President Roy Pieper, Vice President Warren Meischen, Secretary Judy Pieper, Treasurer Don Huebner and Trustees Oscar Voelkel, Robert Klingsporn and Joylene Mathis. Betty Huebner is the communications coordinator, Joylene Mathis is the membership coordinator and Doris Christ is the community coordinator. Lynette Elizabeth Krebs, daughter of Jarrod Krebs, was welcomed as a new member and Linda and Clarence Reuther were welcomed by way of transfer from Brenham Lodge.

Dennis Rudloff, a long-time member, passed away in December. Dennis will be missed because he hardly ever missed a meeting and always had a box of dominos in his hand in case anyone wanted to play a game or two. Sympathy is extended to his family. Sympathy is also extended to Hermann Sons Life agent Linda Mattock and her family on the passing of husband Jim. Valentines were signed to be placed on food trays at various nursing homes. In observance of Join Hands Day, members will assist Shelby American Legion Post 602 in preparation for the annual turkey stew and bake sale in March.

Warren Meischen, August Voelkel, Roy Pieper, Carolyn Meischen, Allen Christ, Judy Pieper and Oscar Voelkel won door prizes for January and February. Names drawn for the progressive door prizes were Lacy Hamilton and Dale Rudloff, Neither one was in attendance so the amount of the prize increases. Thanks go to the Mathis, Christs and Meischens for the meal of lasagna and salad. The next meeting will be held at Harmonie Hall on Sunday, March 10, with a grilled pork steak meal to be served. Members are encouraged to bring an appetizer or dessert. – Reporter

Corpus Christi to hold Easter egg hunt CORPUS CHRISTI – Corpus Christi Lodge has two important events coming up in April and May. On April 13, the lodge will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Guth Park in Corpus Christi. Then on May 6, the lodge will hold a pin presentation ceremony during the business meeting that will be held at Miller’s BBQ located at Leopard and Mckenzie. Members enjoyed a potluck meal and games on Feb. 4 at Hilltop Community Center. Celebrating birthdays were Frank Brandon and Bob Stephenson. The door prize winners were Margaret Gernandt, Ida Blankenship and Urijah Tamez. The 50/50 winner was Aubrey Stephenson. A memorial service was held to honor all the members who passed away in the last year. – Brittny McPheeters

Celebrating birthdays at the January meeting of Shelby Lodge were, from left, Ken Mathis, Joy Mathis and Carolyn Meischen.

Helotes will meet March 12 HELOTES – All members of Helotes Lodge are asked to help the lodge kick off 2019 by attending the first meeting of the year on March 12 at 7 p.m. at Braun Hall. The 2019 officers will be in-

stalled. A meal and dessert will be provided during the meeting. Cash door prizes will be awarded at the end of the meeting. – Letty Fragoso

DaCosta offers scholarships Ida Blankenship, left, and Pearl Hunt conducted a memorial service during the February meeting of Corpus Christi Lodge.

DaCOSTA – DaCosta Lodge will meet Tuesday, March 19, at 6 p.m. Graduating high school seniors are encouraged to contact LaVerne Hajek at 361-575-1712 or Geraldine Venglar at 361-573-

3941 for scholarship application information. Deadline to apply is April 15. Western dances open to the public will be held at the hall on March 16, April 13 and May 11. – Sayra Martinka

Prinz Solms meets March 10

Celebrating birthdays and winning prizes at the February meeting of Corpus Christi Lodge were, from left, Frank Brandon, Ida Blankenship, Aubrey Stephenson and Bob Stephenson.

BULVERDE – Prinz Solms Lodge will meet March 10 at the Bulverde Community Center. At the Feb. 10 meeting, members enjoyed a fried chicken dinner with sides and dessert. Members voted to offer college scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Three $1,000 scholarships will be offered. An application with an essay and college of choice will be required. Interested high school seniors should contact Youth

Coordinator Audrey Klabunde by email at Community Coordinator Jackie Oldfield asked for ideas for Join Hands Day projects. Members will volunteer with the cake booth at the Bulverde Community Center Chicken Festival on April 28. A donation also will be made to Provisions Food Pantry to help purchase toiletries and food for residents living in the Bulverde and Spring Branch area. – Reporter

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Anton Wenzel plans casino trip for March 17 SAN ANTONIO – Anton Wenzel Lodge will serve fried chicken at the March 5 meeting. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. The lodge is planning a trip to the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino on Sunday, March 17. Cost is $35 for the round trip. The casino will give each person $15 in credit on their “Lucky Eagle” Pass Card. The bus will leave from the San Antonio Home Association Building no later than 7:30 a.m. and will leave the casino for the return trip at 5 p.m. Call Merlinda Elizondo at 210-815-3468 to reserve a seat. At least 40 reservations are needed. The bus has a capacity of 50. Everyone is welcome. The annual Memorial Service was held as part of the February meeting. Vice President Larry Burns hosted the ceremony. The 2019 officers also were

Jenna Arevalos, from left, Larry Burns and Nathaniel Arevalos conducted the memorial service held as part of the February Anton Wenzel Lodge meeting.

Several members of Anton Wenzel Lodge celebrated their birthdays in January and February. Pictured are, standing, from left, Diane Jaramillo, Cynthia Barbosa, Larry Raute, Larry Burns, Del Torres, seated, from left, Merlinda Elizondo and Elizabeth Dorrell.

installed. Welcomed as new members were Mia C. Price, Naomi R. Lockhart, Olivia L. Lockhart, Brandon C. Lockhart, Summer R. Gonzales, John R. Turner and

something creative. The name of Albert Breithaupt Jr. was drawn from the barrel for the membership prize money but he was not present so the amount goes to

Schulenburg Lodge to serve catered meal on March 13 SCHULENBURG – Schulenburg Lodge will meet Wednesday, March 13, at the Schulenburg Community Center. The evening starts with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. A catered meal of meat loaf, potatoes, peas and carrots and bread will be served at 7 p.m. The meeting follows. The lodge will provide the dessert. Bill and Delores Michalke and Bill Fleeger will pick up ice and provide help in the kitchen. McCoy Anthony Krupala was welcomed as a new member at the Feb. 13 meeting. A letter was read from Ameri-

Celebrating February birthdays at the Schulenburg Lodge meeting were Susan Kohleffel, Alton Hafer and, seated, Rene Sustr.

can Legion McBride Post 143. The post will be celebrating its 100th year as an organization for veterans. A donation was made to help with the curtain restoration. Arline Ulrich reported she would be bringing birthday gifts to Shirley Tilicek and Rene Sustr who are in the nursing home. Grace Baylor reported sending get-well cards to Lillian Orsak and Debra Fowlkes. Becky Bohlmann won the Arlan’s gift card. – Junette Rodecap

Jacob Graham Kreusel. Don’t forget about the Fiesta Hat Contest in April. All members are encouraged to take part in the contest. Put your thinking hats on and make

$50 for March. Anyone interested in becoming a member is asked to call Agent Emma Moya at 210-3443935. – Elizabeth Dorrell

Paige Lodge will meet on March 10 PAIGE – Paige Lodge will meet March 10. A Mexican potluck meal will be served and members should wear green for an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration. At the Jan. 13 meeting, President Chelle Dube installed all the elected and appointed officers who were present. The lodge received a thank you note for the memorial donation made in memory of Jim Millner. Bernice Basward reported sending a get-well card to Brenda Walker following her sur-

gery. Sympathy cards were sent to David Riffe, Bill and Christine Riffe and Jim and JoAnn Muse following the passing of Rachel Riffe. Sympathy cards also were sent to Ronnie and Debbie Harmon, Michael and Chelle Dube and Murphy Wright following the passing of Dorothy Wright. Debbie Harmon thanked everyone for the cards on behalf of Murphy and the family. Bernice also reported receiving a card from friends Gary and Doris Falkenberg on behalf of the lodge. Janice Bilberry won the at-

tendance prize and La Verne Mattiza won the dollar pot. George Gutierrez won a Hermann Sons Life pocket planner. Frank Bilberry, Michael Dube and Bernice Basward each won a 2019 pocket planner donated by Dane and Brandi Young of Marquette, Kansas, on behalf of Oneok. Members were happy to have member George Gutierrez join them for the lunch and meeting and missed those unable to attend, especially Cornell and Ethel Kunkel. – Sandy Botkin

Giddings Lodge offers scholarships GIDDINGS – Giddings Lodge will meet March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Silos of 77 Hall. All members are welcome to attend. Information on scholarships will be mailed out March 1. Applications are due no later than April 1. Applications should be sent to Hermann Sons Life Giddings, P.O. Box

931, Giddings, Texas, 78942. For information, call Patricia Abell at 512-629-1745 or Cecilia Martinez at 979-716-1734. Members were glad to have Arthur Urban back at the January meeting. He had been absent for a few weeks due to illness but he is back with a smile.

Loretta Chilek and Cecilia Martinez celebrated birthdays at the meeting and cards were sent to Randall Ebner and Rodney Meyer. The $5 drawing winners were Belle DeLaRosa, Cecilia Martinez and Bonnie Hinkston. – Reporter

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On March 30

Columbia Lodge to host Spring Fling Swing Dance

DALLAS – On Saturday, March 30, Columbia Lodge will host its Spring Fling Swing Dance in the Old Bowling Alley at the Hall in Dallas. The hall has long been a go-to spot for swing dancers from all over the country, as Jerry and Kathy Warwick regularly host Wednesday Night Swing upstairs in the Grand Ballroom, teaching basic swing dance moves and etiquette. This year’s Spring Fling will showcase the local talent of Savoy Swing, featuring Columbia Lodge member Karen Lee on lead vocals. A spaghetti dinner will be served to fuel the dancers up for a long night of serious swinging. That same night, upstairs in the Grand Ballroom, local community radio station and longtime partner of the hall KNON 89.3 FM, will present its Pajama Party Reunion benefit, spotlighting local punk-rock bands who contributed heavily to Nancy “Shaggy” Moore’s radio show “Pajama Party” in the 1980s in Dallas. It should be fun to have the punks and the swingers mixing it up down in Deep Ellum. Columbia Lodge would like to remind members that Home Association meetings are held monthly every fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Home Association is comprised of members from both the Dallas and Columbia

lodges. Feedback from all members is highly encouraged. Members and guests may attend and let their opinions be heard, so that they may be fully aware of and may play an integral role in the governance and maintenance of the hall. Members and staff of the hall are looking ahead with the goal of community outreach and inclusion. Members are asked to greet new visitors to the hall and ask them how they heard about the hall, so that more attention can be focused on getting the word out effectively. It is important that new members are added to keep the lodges thriving and relevant to the wants and needs of the city and its residents. Columbia Lodge’s “Random Act of Kindness” for the month of February had a Valentine’s Day theme. Members created 200 hand-made Valentines that were paired with plush bears and presented to children who are at the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas. Twelve members and their guests spent 10 hours over two sessions to produce the charming array of clever, homemade cards. Columbia Lodge’s preliminary chili cook-off (and bean and cornbread cook-off) was an explosive success with four different pots of chili being judged

Jerry and Kathy Warwick host Wednesday Night Swing in the Grand Ballroom of the Dallas Lodge Hall. along with two different pots of beans and four different cornbreads being shared and enjoyed by members. The chili pots ranged from sweet to salty to spicy and everyone had a little bit of everything! Bean offerings varied by a wide gap - one of them was smooth, comfortable pinto beans with bacon and the other (which was originally mistook for a chili!) was firm red kidney beans loaded with sausage and ham. Cornbreads, similarly, took a wide swath across the spectrum, including crisp, traditional squares and wedges, perfect for sup-

Swing dancers take to the dance floor at the Dallas Lodge Hall every Wednesday night. On March 30, Columbia Lodge will host a Spring Fling Swing Dance in the Old Bowling Alley at the Hall.

porting those beans, as well as one made with blue masa, and a sweet, dessert-style pan made with cream cheese and blueberries. Members gathered around to watch the Super Bowl while enjoying this delicious supper. Lodge member Ean Howe took first prize with his fragrant, brightly colored bowl of red, based around two big sacks of dried guajillo peppers. Ean and wife Anni will travel to Comfort this month to represent Columbia Lodge in the Retirement Home Chili Cook-off. Ideas for the March “Random

Act of Kindness” included taking the Thursday night Electric Campfire Jam, hosted by member Ranger Randell Fields, on the road, perhaps setting up at the Scottish Rite Hospital to play for the young patients and their families. Also under consideration is having individual members or small groups of members foster a member of the community who is currently in need, undergoing medical, financial, emotional or other types of debilitating setbacks in their lives and circumstances. – Reporter

Vineta scholarship deadline March 15 SAN ANTONIO – Vineta Lodge scholarship applications must be in the office no later than March 15. The mailing address is 525 S. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio, Texas, 78205. A potluck meal is planned for the March 7 meeting. A social is planned for March 20. Members will play bunco followed by a meal prepared by Beth Byron. The 2019 calendars are available. Thanks go to Beth Byron for preparing the meal for the February meeting and to Debbie Jordan for donating the ice cream in honor of her birthday.

Beth Byron was elected to the Finance Committee to fill Lorene Kreusel’s position. The split-the-pot winner in February was Beth Byron. Attendance award winners were Irene Kace, Ron Bara, Yvonne Anderson and Cecilia Padalecki. A 2019 Fiesta medal for the San Antonio Hermann Sons Home Association will be available in March. The medal will have a gold ribbon with a picture of the building displayed on the medal. The cost is $10. Contact Ruth Bailey at 210-6025147 if you would like one.

The lodge’s new member goal for the year is 14. If the lodge reaches its goal, it will receive a $75 bonus. Members are encouraged to recommend new members to help Vineta reach that goal. Members are asked to bring games, cards or puzzles to the meetings anytime between now and May for the Camp’s Grief Support Session this summer. The lodge mourns the passing of Betty Jean Crews, a member for 50 years, and Betty Jean McNiel, a member for 73 years. – Reporter

Vineta Lodge President Debbie Jordan, left, receives a birthday gift from the lodge presented by Vice President Emily Roberts.

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Fredericksburg has new members FREDERICKSBURG – Fredericksburg Lodge will meet Tuesday, March 5. Members and guests are asked to bring a meat/vegetable/fruit salad along with a plate and utensils. For more

information, contact Hans Enderlin at 830-895-1343 or Windy Duecker at 830-9972983. Members and guests enjoyed a chili and tamale supper at the February meeting.

Welcomed as new members were Glenda Rusin, Denise Elaine Eckert and Troy Elton Seewald. Cindy Rode and Hans Enderlin won the attendance prizes. – Reporter

Celebrating February birthdays at the Fredericksburg Lodge meeting were, from left, Edgar Priess, Dennis Henke, Donna Staudt, Lola Enderlin and Glenda Rusin.

Marissa and Steven Weinheimer celebrated their wedding anniversary in February. They are members of Fredericksburg Lodge.

Louise Schuetze Lodge honors past presidents Louise Schuetze Lodge honored its past presidents at the February meeting. The past presidents in attendance were, from left, Carol Grill, Debbie Gold and Janet Abell. Linda Muehlstein was celebrating a February birthday. The next meeting will be held March 11. All members are encouraged to attend.

Siemering to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day SAN ANTONIO – Siemering Lodge will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the March 12 meeting that begins at 7 p.m. Members are encouraged to wear green. Past presidents will be recognized. The lodge is inviting them and their families to enjoy an Irish stew dinner with soda bread, pea salad and dessert. Call 210226-6831 if you plan to attend so there is plenty of food for everyone. The lodge’s 2019 schedule is shaping up with new activities. Details will be announced in fu-

Niederwald Lodge meets March 12 Niederwald Lodge will meet March 12. Members are asked to wear green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. They wore red to the February meeting in honor of Valentine’s Day. Door prize winners were Don and Weston Dailey.

Womack to meet March 3

WOMACK – The next meeting of Womack Lodge is set for March 3 at 2:30 p.m. At the Feb. 3 meeting, newly elected officers were installed and the 2019 meeting agenda was adopted. Members stood for a moment of silence in memory of Jennifer Kjersten Cockrell who passed away Jan. 16. Sympathy

cards have been sent to her family. A get-well card was sent to Monroe Gaskamp. He was missed at the meeting. Joe Crawson won the attendance prize and Calvin Rueter won the 50/50 drawing. David and Dorothy Conrad hosted the meeting. – Nadine Rueter

ture articles. Several will require reservations and may be held away from the regular meeting place. Plenty of notice will be given so no one will miss out. April will bring the Fiesta meeting with a Mexican food spread and planning for Join Hands Day. Several members who have been ill were feeling better and were able to attend the February meeting. The lodge meets regularly on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. for great fellowship and the good feeling of helping with

Mark and Cherry Lee celebrated February birthdays at the Siemering Lodge meeting. projects that benefit the community. – Augusta Fite

McGregor Lodge will meet on March 6 McGREGOR – McGregor Lodge will meet March 6 at 6 p.m. at Luigi’s in McGregor. The lodge met Feb. 6 at The Coffee Shop. President Doris Mooney installed the 2019 officers and contacted the ones not in attendance.

Members were scheduled to visit and serve refreshments at Westview Manor on Valentine’s Day. Get-well cards went to Janet Schmalriede, El Nora Lawton, Leona Hendrickson and Bobby Pace. Glad all are better and on

the road to recovery. Sympathy is extended to the family of Christine Frase who passed away Jan. 2. Door prize winners were El Nora Lawton and Charles McAnelly.  – Doris Mooney 

Stern Lodge plans fish fry for March 23 SEGUIN – Stern Lodge will hold a fish fry at Starcke Park on Saturday, March 23, from 12 to 5 p.m. Ricky Engelke will contact members a week before the fish fry for a head count. Because of the fish fry, a regular meeting will not be held in March.

Members and guests enjoyed a meal of lasagna, salad, bread and desserts at the Sunday, Feb. 3, meeting. High school seniors interested in applying for a lodge scholarship should contact President Rick May.

Member Kim Thompson celebrated a birthday and Lorrie Rangel celebrated a wedding anniversary in February. Attendance-prize winners were Barbara Morawietz, Barry Engelke and Paislie Engelke. – Debbie Engelke

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Abeigh Dicke received Reserved Champion honors in market rabbits during the Yoakum Livestock Show. Abeigh is a member of Hochheim-Prairie Lodge.

Ashlyn Dicke received the Senior Showmanship buckle for market rabbits during the Yoakum Livestock Show. Ashlyn is a member of Hochheim-Prairie Lodge.

Hannah Schultz showed market swine during the Yoakum Livestock Show. Hannah is a member of Hochheim-Prairie Lodge.

Emerson Wenske showed market swine during the Yoakum Livestock Show. Emerson is a member of Hochheim-Prairie Lodge.

Maddie Carroll showed market rabbits during the Yoakum Livestock Show. Maddie is a member of Hochheim-Prairie Lodge.

Gage Dicke is pictured with one of the rabbits he raised and exhibited in the Yoakum Livestock Show. Gage is a member of Hochheim-Prairie Lodge.

Celebrating February birthdays at the Pershing Lodge meeting were, from left, Loyd LeBlanc, Emily Wallace, John Opiela and Morrie Nordland. Morrie, Loyd and John took home the birthday prizes.

Celebrating a February wedding anniversary at the Pershing Lodge meeting were Morrie and Monnie Nordland, 24 years.

Hochheim-Prairie Lodge to present membership pins YOAKUM – Hochheim-Prairie Lodge will meet Sunday, March 3. Anyone from the lodge who is receiving a 50-year or 60year pin in 2019 is asked to attend so they can be recognized. Contact President Janet Zabransky at 361-293-6281 for more information. Janet installed the 2019 officers at the meeting held Sunday, Jan. 13, at Turner Hall. The officers include Roberta Wenzel, vice president; Carolyn Hoepfl, corresponding/ financial secretary; Wilburn

Pargmann, treasurer; and Charlie Hoepfl, Sherri Spaeth, Ann Machalec and Debbie Zinke, financial trustees. The weekend of Jan. 11-12 several junior members participated in the Yoakum Livestock Show. Ashlyn, Gage and Abeigh Dicke and Maddie Carroll showed rabbits. Abeigh Dicke won Reserve Champion. Emerson Wenske and Hannah Schultz showed market swine. The lodge donated to the show. – Reporter

Pershing will celebrate 99th anniversary at March meeting SAN ANTONIO – Pershing Lodge will celebrate its 99th anniversary at the March 6 meeting to be held in the Home Association Ballroom beginning at 7 p.m. All past presidents will be honored. A catered meal will be served and there will be a decorated cake for the occasion. At the February meeting, Chaplain Tony Valek reported on the passing of Blanche Ma-

son Stauss. Carolyn Valek reported prayers are needed for James Lay and any other members who are under the weather. Agent Carol Krauss reported the lodge’s new member goal for 2019 is 24. Betty Opiela won the $35 attendance prize and Teeni Johnson won the split-the-pot drawing. – Dorothy Pawlik

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Bellville Lodge will meet March 25 at El Jimador BELLVILLE – Bellville Lodge will meet March 25 at 12 noon at El Jimador. The 2019 officers will be installed. The lodge’s last meeting was held Dec. 17 at El Jimador. Members were entertained by The Unusual Suspects, a trio that includes Travis Koehn on harmonica, Brandy Robinson singing vocals and Curtis Koehn on guitar. During the meeting, members agreed to continue meeting at El Jimador at noon. President Marie Herridge provided a Christmas activity with each member receiving a door prize. Celebrating birthdays were Herbert Schumann and Robert Herridge in October, Curtis Koehn in November and Emily

The Unusual Suspects entertained at the December meeting of Bellville Lodge. Members of the band are Travis Koehn, Brandy Robinson and Curtis Koehn. Pfeffer in December. Celebrating an anniversary were Brandy and Phillip Robin-

son. Members who sang songs at the Briarwood Nursing Home

Celebrating birthdays at the recent Bellville Lodge meeting were, from left, Curtis Koehn, Emily Pfeffer, Ruby Koehn and Herbert Schumann. in observance of Make a Difference Day were Robert Herridge, Marie Herridge, Emily Pfeffer,

Patsy Marek, Herbert Schumann and Laura Schumann. – Reporter

Seguin Lodge Vice President Cheryl Kolbe and President Allen Gescheidle, right, present Past President Roy Merz with a plaque of appreciation for his service.

Ann Huebner was the big winner of the split-the-pot cash at the January meeting of Seguin Lodge.

Seguin Lodge appoints youth coordinator, installs officers SEGUIN – Seguin Lodge’s new president, Allen Gescheidle, started the January meeting by thanking Past President Roy Merz for his service. Lindsey Beutnagel was appointed Youth Coordinator, a position previously vacant. All the 2019 officers were installed. Plans were discussed for the upcoming Seguin Food Truck Festival to be held at the lodge hall on Saturday, Feb. 23. The food truck festivals have

proven to be popular with members and area residents the last two years as they have come out to try food from the various food trucks, purchase beer from two craft beer breweries and buy from an eclectic assortment of vendors. This food truck festival promises to be bigger and better with five food trucks, 30 vendors and pony and train rides for children of all ages. – Tammy Beutnagel

Rutersville meets March 6 RUTERSVILLE – Rutersville Lodge will meet Wednesday, March 6. Members are asked to bring dishes for a potluck meal. Soup and sandwiches and desserts were served at the February meeting. The 2019 officers were installed. Welcomed as a new member was Josie L. Muske. Welcomed Celebrating an anniversary at by way of transfer was Alan Gene the Rutersville Lodge meeting Kuntschik. were Dorothy and Kirby Keilers. Members voted to make a $100 Carol Jenkins won attendance donation to Relay for Life. Joyce Faldyn, Albert Loehr, prizes. – Reporter Cheryl Kuhn, Sheron Citzler and

At March 4 meeting

Kirby juniors serving up tacos KIRBY – Kirby Lodge will meet Monday, March 4, at 7 p.m. The lodge’s youth and Kirby School of Dance will provide a taco bar and drinks to kick off Fiesta. Members are asked to bring desserts. At the February meeting, members enjoyed chicken, sides and desserts. Welcomed as a new member was William Fischbach. The April meeting will be changed to Sunday, April 7,

from 2-6 p.m. It will be a member event with food, games and a performance from the Kirby School of Dance. All members and their families are welcome to attend. Reservations need to be made with Youth Coordinator Angela Netherton at 210831-1293 by March 31. Check the paper next month for more information. Members celebrated Kerry Lambrecht’s birthday.

Door prize winners were Carolina McQuatters, Lillian Brietzke, Peggie Rains, James Lowak and Tommy Wiesner. Candace Scheibe was the $30 attendance prize winner. Don’t forget to pick up the Kirby Lodge 2019-2020 schedule at the March meeting. The lodge has several fun events planned for the year. All members are welcome to attend. – Angela Netherton

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Agents Directory (alphabetized by area) Adkins Roxy Pruski 210-218-6204

Comfort Norma Bruns, FIC 830-995-3980

George West Tracy Caron 361-449-0348

La Grange Linda Mattocks 512-736-9988

Austin Shirley Kuhen Faske 512-789-3975

Corpus Christi Becki Carley 361-550-9358

Georgetown Brad Klein, FIC 512-497-0678

Bandera Stephanie Brown 210-621-3891

Pearl Hunt 361-960-0276

Giddings Loretta Chilek, FIC 979-542-2806

La Vernia Sharon Tanneberger, FIC 210-827-0526

Bastrop William Hinkston 512-284-1684

Troylyn SisnerosGonzalez 361-232-7413

Marlin Tanneberger, FIC 210-827-7229

Gonzales Bobbie Polasek 830-672-6317

Lubbock April Behnke 806-797-3585

Graham/Wichita Falls David Wolf 940-550-5202

Marion Lorene Bielke, FIC 830-420-2380

Bellville Robert Herridge 979-865-3222

Cuero Laura Tiffin Wayne Tiffin 361-275-8421

Bernardo/Columbus Robin Maertz 979-732-1687

Dallas Helen Tyson Brown 214-796-0668

Hondo Richard Muennink 210-827-0053

Maxwell Charles Croley 512-357-6638

Terrel Maertz 979-732-1727

Del Rio Pat Fritz, FIC 432-292-4483

Stacy Saathoff 830-444-9160

New Braunfels Becki Carley 361-550-9358

Boerne/San Antonio Pamela Poulk 210-753-2626 Boerne Lisa Rozacky 210-838-3306 Marilyn Vogt, FICF 210-630-9874 Caldwell Donnie Blinka 979-596-1309 Canyon Lake Sandra Duncan 830-905-3233 Castroville Glenford Boehme, FIC 210-219-9792 Cibolo/Schertz Tracy Campos 210-860-6675 Ashley Pfeil 830-534-2571 Judith Schulmeier, FIC 210-667-1938

Devine Cynthia Sultenfuss 210-219-6409 Edna/Jackson County Sam Matlock 361-782-3206 El Campo Dennis Wigginton 832-278-9636 Floresville/Poth Beth Cutsinger 210-325-6667 Floresville Lynn Wiede 830-393-4660

Houston Al Stryk, FICF, LUTCF 281-485-4095

Kathryn Green 830-463-9455

Gerald Ziemnicki 713-622-9001

Shirley Huebinger 830-822-1942

Jourdanton Valerie M. Vick 210-748-5598

Tim Salge 830-625-4816

Katrina Wiatrek 210-326-9505

Laura Ann Timmermann 830-556-7527

Karnes City Abigail Fenner 830-534-6982

Nixon-Smiley Diana P. Moreno 830-379-2244

Russell Swize 830-780-4053

Orange Grove Paula Gebert 361-384-2375

Fort Worth Sandra Jones, FIC 817-295-2666

Kerrville Barbara Ramsey 830-554-0517

Fredericksburg Todd Bierschwale 830-997-2130

Kirby Angela Netherton 210-831-1293

Dennis Henke 830-997-5290

La Coste Elaine “Lainey” Franklin 210-789-1649

Paige RaChelle Dube 512-740-3518 Pflugerville Julius Dubcak 512-272-8393

Marketing Department Staff

210-527-9113 • 877-437-6266 • 888-839-7667 Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe Marketing Analyst Ana Vasquez, FLMI, AIRC, FIC Administrative Assistant Gladys Rowley Special Representatives: Dan Boenig - 210-705-1815 Gary Falkenberg, FICF - 713-466-6069 • 713-899-4138 Eulla May Krueger - 210-863-0546 • 830-985-3643 Teresa Saathoff - 210-276-0361 • 210-422-6996

Port Lavaca Nancy Annette Walraven 361-552-9403 Needville /Rosenberg Chris Stoeltje 979-559-6127 Round Top/Rutersville Linda Mattocks 512-736-9988 San Antonio Philip A. Abell 210-771-1213 Ruth Bailey 210-602-5147 Darlene Irwin 210-392-2649 Rayna Sue Irwin 210-710-7038 Clif Klabunde, FIC 210-219-6142 Jim McNeel 210-601-2097 Emma Moya 210-344-3935 San Marcos/Lockhart Janice Kuhen 512-393-1431

Schulenburg/Weimar Mary K. Seifert 979-743-0312 Schwertner Irene Schwertner 254-527-4470 Seguin/San Antonio Carol Krauss, FIC 210-725-4106 Seguin Annette D. Roecker 830-832-0724 Tina B. Ynfante 210-859-1973 Diane Terp 830-305-3564 Spring Branch Gloria Gass 830-885-4405 Stockdale Ronald Wiatrek 210-771-4354 Victoria Jason Hybner 361-652-6924 Victoria Laura Thigpen 361-676-8307 Yorktown Judy Wolf 361-564-2452

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