April 2019

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Vol. 122, No. 6

INSIDE New President writes first message ➤ Pg. 2

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

Preparations continue for summer at Camp ➤ Pg. 6


April 2019

Help raise funds for the Camp Grief Support Session!

Healing Hearts Casino Night

COMFORT – Time is running out to get your tickets for the Healing Hearts Casino Night set for Saturday, May 4, at Hilltop Camp in Comfort. Only 150 tickets will be sold for the event that will 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.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a steak dinner that includes a salad and baked potato. At 7 p.m. the gaming begins with casino-style Black Jack, roulette and Texas Hold ‘Em poker. Two slot machines also be available. Each ticket holder will receive $1,000 in chips to get them started. 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. Prizes available include jewelry from Kendra Scott and an overnight stay at a bed and breakfast in Fredericksburg as well as gift certificates to businesses in the Comfort area. See CASINO, Pg. 11

Home hosts cook-off More than $5,500 was raised during this year’s Retirement Home Chili and Bean Cook-off in Comfort. The event was held March 9. Proceeds from the event benefit the Retirement Home Scholarship Fund. San Antonio and Dallas made strong showings in the amateur competition. Y.A. Niemietz from San Antonio, pictured stirring his winning entry, finished in first place in the amateur chili competition. Y.A. and his friends from Harmonia Lodge swept the top three spots and placed in the bean competition as well. Ean and Anni Howe from Columbia Lodge in Dallas finished in first place in the amateur showmanship competition. They are pictured performing on the porch just before the awards ceremony. The other Columbia Lodge team finished in third place. For a complete report on this year’s event, turn to Pages 14-15.

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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

President's Message

Getting to know you! I want to sincerely thank everyone for the warm welcome I have received since coming aboard Feb . 1 . I have had the opportunity to meet many of you in the first several weeks and I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of you over the coming months and years . We truly have an amazing organization and the level of dedication, commitment and loyalty among our employees, agents and members is tremendous! I have attended several lodge meetings and other events in the first several weeks . I’ve had the pleasure of presenting several 50-, 60-, 70- and even an 80-year pin to members! It’s absolutely incredible to witness the loyalty of our members and I look forward to doing many more pin presentations . My family and I attended my first Retirement Home Chili Cook-off in Comfort on March 9 and we had a great time . The chili I tasted was very good, but I really enjoyed meeting the contestants and the atmosphere even more . I hope to see more of you there next year . I also had the chance to attend my first agent workshop at the Home Office in San Antonio on March 16 and was able to meet a majority of our agents . They were able to learn some new ideas about how to grow our organization and promote Hermann

President and CEO Eugene Zolinger is pictured with the Home Office staff on his first day on the job. Sons Life in our communities across the state . It was a great day . We are always looking for great agents to join us so if you know someone who is interested in becoming an agent please send them our way! I encourage each of you to promote Hermann Sons Life insurance products and annuities to all of your family, friends and neighbors so we can continue to grow our organization and continue providing all of

the wonderful benefits that we all enjoy! I also encourage you to like and share our Facebook page and posts as well as the ones from your local lodges . Let’s make the rest of 2019 a great year for Hermann Sons Life . I look forward to meeting each of you at a local lodge meeting or event soon . Thanks! – Eugene Zollinger President and CEO

Lodge Reports Anton Wenzel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Austin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bernardo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boerne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brenham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cibolo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corpus Christi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coupland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DaCosta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dallas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deanville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dunlay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edelweiss-Magnolia . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fort Worth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fredericksburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Giddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harmonia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Helotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hochheim-Prairie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hondo Victory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kerrville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kirby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Kypfer-Salge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . La Vernia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lockhart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louise Schuetze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maxwell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . McGregor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mission-Alamo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Moulton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Braunfels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Niederwald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Old Glory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paige . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pershing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Poth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prinz Solms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Round Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rutersville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . San Marcos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Schulenburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seguin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Siemering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Twin Sisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vineta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Monthly Features

President’s Message Calendar of Events Medical Notes Pioneer Members In Memoriam Retirement Home News Donations

New This Month

1 & 11 Healing Hearts Casino Night set 1, 14, 15 Chili Cook-off held in Comfort 8 Fiesta Medal available

Marketing News

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Let your light shine Recommenders listed New 100% Families listed Sales agents wanted SAFE Plan featured Shaw family shares its story Listing of agents

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Staff busy getting Camp ready Camp workday set for April 27 Hondo Victory offers cash to seniors Comfort offers camperships Scholarship deadline nears Dance recital dates listed Shining Stars

Youth in Action

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Let your light shine for others to follow By TIM KOLBE Vice President of Marketing I came up with the idea for this month’s message while attending church during Lenten services. It basically has to do with biblical readings which speak about paying alms or helping others through charitable works. There is a passage which paraphrases the discussion about charitable giving; in that one should not “announce it with trumpets” so that others may take notice and honor you, but rather when you do make it discrete, for only our Father will know what is done. While I believe that doing good for others is reward enough, and it will be counted when we each go to the great Altenheim in Heaven, I often wonder how it

relates to how Hermann Sons Life members feel about publicizing our fraternal giving and community service efforts. A story: In addition to Hermann Sons Life, I am a member of a religion-based fraternal organization. Every month our council recognizes a member and family of the month. This is for outstanding volunteer service to our organization in carrying out our mission of charity to others. At one such monthly meeting, we called on a member to recognize him for “Member of the Month.” The members present were not only surprised, but left stunned by his reaction. He became agitated, expressed embarrassment, declined the accolade and left the meeting. We sat there speechless, looking

blankly at each other. Some may feel that our fraternal acts of service and giving should not be trumpeted to the world, but I pose to you this question. If we as brothers and sisters of this great fraternal organization do not display our good works and deeds to others, how do we have a clear path to attracting others to join us and do likewise? I believe the answer lies not in the “I,” but in the “We” of doing good works for others. Recognizing someone for helping others is not against what we’ve been taught if it is with purity of heart. Hermann Sons Life members have a lot of heart, and it shows in all that we do for our fellow Texas neighbors. We as fraternalists, working together, seek not to look to

our own interests, but looking to the interest of others lies in our beliefs. We also model for others what we want to convey, so that everyone should join in to assist those in need by deeds and acts, not just in words and well wishes. What a wonderful world that would be! Our own Humanitarian of the Year Award seeks to recognize those who selflessly give of themselves for the good of their neighbor, while providing encouragement to continue the good works. Why not consider the Humanitarian Award be given to a group as well as an individual? Join Hands Day, which is observed across the United States on the first Saturday in May, is about uniting the older generation with the younger

generation in a day of volunteering. Instead of pointing out the differences that often distance one another, this day is intended to bring to everyone’s awareness, the realization of how beneficial aiding each other can be. Plan a multi-generational project for this May 4. Let our Hermann Sons Life light shine for others to see in the hopes that they too will want to be part of our great organization that cares for folks all around our great state of Texas. When the need arises, we mobilize to ease the sufferings of others. As members, we do not weary in our quest to do good for others, for at the proper time, we will reap the harvest, if we do See LET YOUR, Pg. 4

Events help. APRIL 1 – Applications for the Retirement Home Schol- 27 – The Goodtime Polka and Waltz Club will

arships are due. Go to hermannsonslife.org, then Member Benefits, then Scholarships to apply. 5-7 – Dallas and Columbia Lodges will be a part of the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. The festival runs from Friday at 11 a.m. through Sunday night. A pancake breakfast will be held on Saturday morning and the lodges will sell barbecue plates and sandwiches in the afternoon. On Friday and Saturay, the Dallas Film Society Mini-Film Festival will be held in the Old Bowling Alley. For more information, read the Columbia Lodge report on Page 20. 13 – The Anhalt Germania Farmers Verein will sponsor a Crawfish Boil from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost is $10 at the gate. Three bands will perform - Ca Va Bein Band at 11 a.m., Tray Lajuunie Band at 3 p.m. and Dan Fontenot at 6:30 p.m. Anhalt is located at 2390 Anhalt Road, off Hwy. 46, in Spring Branch. 27 – A workday is planned at Hermann Sons Life Camp to help prepare for the summer season. Turn to Page 6 for information on how you can

host a dance at Eagle’s Hall, 257 S. South St., New Braunfels. The Red Ravens Orchestra from El Campo will provide the dance music. Call 210566-5864 or 210-800-3625 for more information on follow the group on Facebook @goodtimepolkandwalktzclub. 28 – The Fruehling Saengerfeset will be held at Concordia Hall in Bellville. A barbecue meal featuring chicken and sausage will be served at noon. German singing groups will perform throughout the afternoon. German arts and crafts will be for sale. For more information, contact the Bellville Chamber of Commerce at www.bellvile.com or Laura Schumann, secretary of Bellville Lodge, at 979-865-3804.

MAY 4 – Healing Hearts Casino Night will be held at

Hilltop Camp in Comfort. Proceeds benefit the Camp Grief Support Session. For more information, see the story on Page 1.

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 kathien@hermannsonslife.org.

Editor/Communications Director Kathie Ninneman 210-226-9261, ext. 273 email: kathien@hermannsonslife.org Assistant Editor/Assistant Communications Director Elaine Soto 210-226-9261, ext. 279 email: elaines@hermannsonslife.org Fax: 1-888-443-3377 or 210-892-0252 Website: www.hermannsonslife.org 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: kathien@hermannsonslife.org 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 24 recommenders for the month of February. This brings the total to 45 members recommending 58 members to Hermann Sons Life in 2019. The winners of the $50 gift cards for February are Case Thomas Bingenheimer from Karnes City Lodge and Julia A. Machacek from Shiner Lodge. Recommender


Barbara Anderle, Moulton Lodge Patricia Abell, Giddings Lodge Griffin Thomas Beam, Manchaca Lodge Case Bingenheimer, Karnes City Lodge Devyn Butterworth, Kirby Lodge William S. Campbell, Prinz Solms Lodge (*) Diana Ervin, Pershing Lodge Jamie Reann Gomez, New Braunfels Lodge Madison Hallmark, Spring Branch Lodge Oliver Andre Inscore, Richland Lodge (*) Bonnie Kinnebrew, La Vernia Lodge Jennifer Ann Koop, Kirby Lodge Karen Annette Lane, Forth Worth Lodge Kherington Lietz, Prinz Solms Lodge Julia A. Machacek, Shiner Lodge Sadie Grace Moyer, Comfort Lodge Rosie Lee Raney, Paige Lodge Darryl W. Schmidt, New Braunfels Lodge Kaitlin E. Smith, Mission-Alamo Lodge Everlyn Teague, Prinz Solms Lodge (*) Rosalie P. Teter, Weesatche Lodge Marianne Thomas, Manchaca Lodge Eisley Paige Weynand, Manchaca Lodge Charles Whelan, Prinz Solms Lodge (*)

Judy Schulmeier Loretta Chilek Shirley Faske Shirley Huebinger Judy Schulmeier Teresa Saathoff Carol Krauss Teresa Saathoff Kathryn Green Shirley Faske Marlin Tanneberger Sandra Jones Sandra Jones Teresa Saathoff Bobbie Polasek Norma Bruns Rachelle Dube Shirley Huebinger Darlene Irwin Teresa Saathoff Wayne Tiffin Shirley Faske Shirley Faske Teresa Saathoff

(*) Recommended 2 new members

Let your light shine for others Cont’d. from Pg 3 not give up. Persistence in this quest of sharing and giving as Hermann Sons Life members, are the sacrifices that not only please our maker, but attract others to our organization. Speaking of attracting members, lodges were sent their annual membership goals last month, with a poster and marker to chart your progress. The poster has a tree with leaves on it. Color in the green leaves as you add members, and with some effort at recruitment I hope you all end up with a tree full of green leaves! With the poster came some Member Recruitment Guide

brochures and referral cards. The brochure is designed to assist any Hermann Sons Life member in speaking confidently about our organization and includes tips on how to submit referrals so that we may efficiently and directly help each person become a new member! Of course, the best way to attract new members, and engage the members you have now, is to plan and have a community service project. The Marketing Department is happy to furnish brochures for lodge events. Simply call us at 800-234-4124. May all of you have a blessed Easter.

Hermann Sons Life Senior Adult Final Expense Plan (SAFE) • Policy amounts range from $5,000 to $50,000 • Modified underwriting can accommodate some medical conditions (but this is not a guarantee issue plan) • The plan grows 2.5% annually on the face value (For example, a $10,000 plan grows by $250 each year the certificate is in force)

• Death benefits are paid tax-free to beneficiaries (Convert those bank CDs to a tax-free payout life insurance plan)

• Single premium. Pay once and you’re done. (Except for annual lodge membership dues)

Other plans are available that may suit your needs.

Contact your agent or the Home Office at 877-437-6266 or 210-527-9113 www.hermannsonslife.org

Hermann Sons Life welcomes 100% Families 100% Family Klein Family Jacqueline Jack Colt

City San Antonio


100% Family Spaeth-McDaniel Family Elizabeth Annette Spaeth Sara Kathleen McDaniel Jason Alan McDaniel

City San Antonio

Lodge Pershing

Agent Ruth Bailey

100% Family Crandell Family Caleb Cyndal Rustin

City New Braunfels

Lodge New Braunfels

Agent Becki Carley

Prinz Solms Mission-Alamo Mission-Alamo

Agent Teresa Saathoff

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Hermann Sons Life is looking for highly-motivated, service-oriented people to sell its whole life, term life and annuity products. If you have the commitment and determination to help Hermann Sons Life remain a vital and thriving part of the fraternal life insurance industry, you are invited to become part of an organization that has proudly served the families of Texas for more than 150 years. For more information, call the Hermann Sons Life Marketing Department at 877-437-6266 or 210-527-9113 or visit hermannsonslife.org, click Contact Us, Employment

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Shaw family traces Hermann Sons Life heritage 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 third in a series of articles. If you would like to share your family’s story, call Communications Director Kathie Ninneman at 800-234-4124, ext. 273, or email her at kathien@hermannsonslife. org. SAN ANTONIO – The Shaw family traces its Hermann Sons Life heritage back four generations. The first generation was Wesley “Joe” Shaw who joined in the late 1940s. According to his granddaughter, Lori Todd, Joe joined because Hermann Sons gave him a place to enjoy fellowship with other members. A few years later, in 1951, wife Willie Mae Shaw joined. They were often seen playing bingo, attending meetings, playing dominoes or bowling, which was one of Willie Mae’s favorite activities. Joe was a member of Harmonia Lodge and Willie Mae joined Louise Schuetze Lodge, and they were actively involved their entire lives.

Joe and Willie Mae Shaw were the first members of the Shaw family to become members of Hermann Sons. They could often be found at the San Antonio Home Association Building taking part in lodge activities. They could be seen at the San Antonio Home Association building multiple times throughout the week participating in events. Field trips to the Pearl Brewery was a favorite pastime of Harmonia Lodge and of Joe, who was active on the Cheer Committee for many years. Their daughter, Carolyn Shaw, became a member of Louise Schuetze Lodge in 1951 at just 4 years of age. Her childhood memories included dance class and attending Hermann Sons

Carolyn Shaw, center, is pictured with her twin daughters, Lisa McCorquodale-Robalin, left, and Lori McCorquodale-Todd, right. Carolyn is a second-generation member and Lisa and Lori are third generation members.

Youth Camp in Comfort. She attended lodge meetings with her mother until Willie Mae’s passing in 2012. Carolyn’s brothers, Glen and Wesley Jr., joined Harmonia Lodge in 1951. Carolyn’s twin daughters, Lisa McCorquodale-Robalin and Lori McCorquodale-Todd, were born in 1969. They attended their first Grand Lodge Convention in Houston that year when they were just 3 months old. They became members in 1969 and both received their 50-year pin in February of this year. “I remember being a young girl and at 6 or 7 years old coming with my Granny to play bingo or bowl and running into the bar to borrow a quarter from Grandpa,” Lori said. “The building was alive

Cortlan Todd, left, and Devin Pockrus represent the fourth generation of the Shaw family as Hermann Sons Life members.

Carolyn Shaw, left, is pictured with her twin daughters, Lisa and Lori, at the 1969 Grand Lodge Convention. Also pictured is Betty Malin, president of Louise Schuetze Lodge at the time. with activity, and it was a fun atmosphere.” “Camp was one of my favorite childhood memories,” Lisa added. “We couldn’t wait to go each year, and my sister and I would make plans on which classes we took well in advance … anticipating horseback riding, ceramics, leathercrafting classes, swimming and much more.” Lisa’s sons, Devin and Hayden Pockrus, and Lori’s sons, Cortlan and Cameron Todd, all became members at birth and also attended Camp, along with Lisa’s

stepson Max Robalin, who joined Harmonia Lodge when he was 8. Carolyn Shaw has served as president of Louise Schuetze Lodge. Her daughters are continuing the family legacy of service. Lisa is the 2019 president of the lodge and Lori is the vice president. Both Lori and Lisa also serve on the San Antonio Hermann Sons Home Association Board to ensure that future generations enjoy the Hermann Sons Life community, as their family has done for four generations.

Lori McCorquodale-Todd, left, and Lisa McCorquodale-Robalin, right, are pictured with three of their children at Hermann Sons Life Camp. The boys are, from left, Cameron Todd, Hayden Pockrus and Max Robalin. That’s two generations of the Shaw family who attended Camp.

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Camp News

Spring is busy time at Camp as summer nears By IAN BRASSETT Executive Camp Director The summer is fast approaching and that means it’s almost time for the first session of Hermann Sons Life Camp for 2019. Before long we will be working with your most precious possessions. I will be assuming the ultimate responsibility for each and every child enrolled at Camp. I do not take the weight of this responsibility lightly. Our primary goal at Camp will be our campers’ HEALTH AND HAPPINESS! I’d like to discuss a few things happening at Camp at the moment in preparation for the summer. STAFF BEING HIRED Hiring is happening on a daily basis! While hiring is going nicely, and from what I’ve been told slightly ahead of schedule, we do have positions available for counselors, maintenance and kitchen staff members. If you know anyone who is looking for employment this summer, let me know! The minimum age for counselors is 18. The minimum age for maintenance and kitchen staff is 16. You do not need to be a member to be employed by the Camp. Spread the word! The great news is that most of our nursing positions have been filled. I’m still looking for a volunteer for our medical staff for the Grief Support Session and a position for Session No. 7. WORK DAY PLANNED When a facility is not used on a daily basis, it needs more “tender loving care” to get it back to the level we want for our campers. For that reason, our new President and CEO Eugene Zollinger during a tour of the facility suggested a work day! We’re inviting our members (and non-members) to Comfort on April 27 to help us give the facilities a jump start to being ready for the summer. We’ll still be bringing in staff to help us during the immediate pre-season, but there’s more than enough cleaning, yard

work and painting to go around! Please join us! If you plan on attending, we’ll be meeting on the Riverside Camp at 140 Altenheim Road at 7:45 a.m. After a morning’s hard work, we’ll have lunch (hot dogs and hamburgers and the fixins’) to prep us for the afternoon’s work. Middle and high schoolers can earn eight community service hours. Please RSVP to ianb@ hermannsonslife.org. DONATIONS RECEIVED The Hermann Sons Life Camp family has been extremely generous in helping the Camp prepare for the summer. The Board of Directors has been fantastic and has responded greatly in providing the Camp with some excellent assistance in the offseason. The work has included a new sidewalk to the Eagle’s Nest, bat proofing the facility and bat houses for both sites and revamping and paving the tennis courts on Riverside. We have purchased new warmers for both kitchens and new steam tables for the dining halls. We’ll be getting a new popcorn machine for a Tuesday snack for both Riverside and Hilltop and so much more! Thanks to the Kurtz family, there will be two brand-new rocket launchers on both campuses. Thanks go to the Kelly and Sorbel families for providing new furniture for the Riverside staff lounge. Thanks also to Fort Worth Lodge for providing the funding for painting the Riverside dining hall. While there’s still more to do, I’m excited for what’s to come this summer. ENROLLMENT BEGINS WOW! You guys are excited based on the initial enrollment in the past couple of weeks. While the initial application process is longer than in previous summers, it will save time in subsequent years and when many of you enroll in both Camp and the Dance classes. To the many parents who have enrolled their children in Camp

for this upcoming summer season, thank you for the trust you have placed in me. For those of you who have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. I have had the pleasure of visiting a number of lodge meetings to talk about Camp and I’d be happy to visit even more! CASINO NIGHT SET We’ve also had a healthy response to our May 4 fund-raiser to raise money for the Grief

Support Session this summer. I had the pleasure of visiting the Children’s Bereavement Center for their Spring Break Camp in San Antonio. The Children’s Bereavement Center does fantastic work with the children and I’m delighted to be working with them. Offering this Camp is truly a great thing that Hermann Sons Life does for the community atlarge. We couldn’t do it without you.

Any help you or your lodge can provide will be greatly received. The Casino Night fund-raiser will be a fun night! I hope you can join us for the evening. Each participant will get a steak dinner and $1,000 in chips to play with. There will be many door prizes and game prizes to be won. The main winners however will be the campers in attendance this upcoming summer. Please plan to join us.

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Medical Notes The Cleveland Clinic notes that soy foods provide a host of nutritional benefits. Plant protein, including soy, can provide cardiovascular benefits, including helping people with high blood pressure lower their blood pressure to healthier levels. While many people rely on animal-based proteins to get their daily recommended intake of protein, soy foods are naturally free of cholesterol and low in saturated fats. That makes soy foods more heart-healthy sources of protein than animal products. The Cleveland Clinic says substituting soy


Hondo Victory Lodge will hold a drawing and award up to FIVE $200 prizes to eligible 2019 high school graduates who are female graduate members of Hondo Victory Lodge. The prize will be in the form of a check. Names will be drawn on June 1, 2019. The winners only will be notified and are encouraged to attend the June meeting to accept their check. For more information, call Loraine Miller at 830-426-2482. To enter, the form below must be completed and received on or before May 30, 2019. Mail to: Loraine Miller, Financial Secretary Hondo Victory Lodge 1701 22nd Street Hondo, TX 78861 Please send a cap & gown picture for publication in the newspaper. (Photo will not be returned) The photo is not a requirement for the drawing, but will be appreciated.

Graduate Cash Drawing Entry Form Name________________________________________________ Address______________________________________________ Phone Number________________________________________ Name of High School___________________________________ School Address________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ School Phone Number__________________________________


foods for animal-based proteins a few times per week can reduce a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease. Soy foods also can be a great source of dietary fiber, though the U.S. Soybean Export Council advises consumers that not all soy products are the same. The USSEC notes that foods like soy milk and tofu contain very little fiber. People who want to utilize soy beans as a source of dietary fiber should look to foods that utilize the whole bean, such as tempeh, soy flour and textured soy protein. The USSEC also notes there’s

some confusion in regard to the connection between soy foods and iron, though the group admits research is ongoing. While a 1⁄2 cup serving of cooked soybeans contains four milligrams of iron, the phytate and soy protein present in soy foods reduce iron absorption, meaning that the body won’t really benefit from the iron. However, the USSEC recommends consumers purchase fermented soy foods, including tempeh and miso, because the body might absorb more iron from these foods.

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Scholarship apps due SAN ANTONIO – The deadline to apply for the Hermann Sons Life Retirement Home Scholarship is April 1. Five $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to one student from each of the five Hermann Sons Life regions. Each applicant must be a member of Hermann Sons Life for a minimum of five years and have a certificate of insurance and local lodge dues paid up on the date of the filing of the application. High school grades will have no bearing on who receives these scholarships. Students must write an essay of 300 words or less on what Hermann Sons Life means to them. Scholarships will be awarded to first-year college students only and may be used at any four-year university, two-year community college or trade school of the student’s choosing. The online application can be found at hermannsonslife. org/programs/scholarships. Proceeds from the annual Chili Cook-off make the scholarships possible.

San Antonio Home Association 2019 Fiesta Medal Available now! Medals will be available in the Home Association office, in the Rathskeller bar and from Home Association representatives. $10 each. For information call 210-226-5432

2019 Dance Recital Dates School of Dance


Bandera County May 18 Boerne May 19 Castroville June 1 Cibolo May 4 Corpus Christi June 1 Cuero May 18 Da Costa May 18 Devine May 18 Elgin June 2 Ganado May 11 Goliad May 11 Gonzales May 4 Hill Country May 11 Hochheim-Prairie May 4 Hondo May 25 Jourdanton May 19 Karnes City May 11 Kirby May 19 La Vernia May 11 Lee County May 5 Lone Oak May5 New Braunfels May 19 New Braunfels May 19 New Braunfels May 19 North West Bexar Co. June 1 Poth-Floresville May 4 San Antonio May 25 Schulenburg May 4 Seguin June 9 Stockdale May 18 Yorktown April 27



3 p.m. TBA 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. TBA 4 p.m. 10 a.m. 3 p.m. TBA 2 p.m. 2 p.m. TBA 11:30 a.m. 2 p.m. TBA 10 a.m. 2 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 11:30 a.m. TBA TBA 2:30 p.m. TBA 4 p.m.

Bandera High School Auditorium, 474 Old San Antonio Hwy., Bandera Boerne Middle School North, 240 Johnson Rd., Boerne Medina Valley Performing Arts Center, 8365 FM 471 South, Castroville Jackson Auditorium, Texas Luthern University, 1000 W. Court St., Seguin Tuloso Middle School, 9768 La Branch Dr., Corpus Christi Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive, Victoria Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive, Victoria Lytle ISD Auditorium, 18975 FM 2790, Lytle SPJST Hall, 702 Texas 95, Elgin Ganado High School Auditorium, South Seventh Street, Ganado Goliad High School, 749 N. Tiger Lane, Goliad Gonzales Junior High School, 926 St. Lawrence, Gonzales Smithson Valley High School, 14001 Hwy. 46 West, Spring Branch Yoakum High School, 104 Poth St., Yoakum Medina Valley Performing Arts Center, 8365 FM 471 South, Castroville Pleasanton High School Performing Arts Center, 900 West Adams St., Pleasanton Karnes City High School, 400 N. Hwy. 123, Karnes City Kirby Middle School, 5441 Old Seguin Road, Kirby La Vernia High School Auditorium, 225 Bluebonnet Rd., La Vernia The Silos at ‘77, 1031 CR 223, Giddings La Vernia High School Auditorium, 225 Bluebonnet Rd., La Vernia Smithson Valley High School, 14001 Hwy. 46 West, Spring Branch Smithson Valley High School, 14001 Hwy. 46 West, Spring Branch Smithson Valley High School, 14001 Hwy. 46 West, Spring Branch Edgewood Theatre of Performing Arts, 402 Lance St., San Antonio Floresville High School Auditorium, 1813 Tiger Lane, Floresville TBA Schulenburg Civic Center, 1107 Hillje Ave., Schulenburg Jackson Auditorium, Texas Lutheran University, 1000 W. Court St., Seguin Stockdale High School Auditorium, 502 S. Fourth St., Stockdale Yorktown High School Auditorium, 416 W. Fourth St., Yorktown


70 Years



BEN E. PRAUSE Cuero Family Lodge

MARVIN L. KLAUS Siemering Lodge

H.H. LANGFELD D’Hanis Lodge

FRANKIE R. BINDSEIL Twin Sisters Lodge

CAROL J. BREISH NANCY L. BUTTER Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge





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60 Years



DIANA D. HAGENS Hochheim-Prairie Lodge








LORI D. BAMMERT Weesatche Lodge



JOYCE RITA YEATS Brunhilde Lodge



HERBERT J. WENDEL Matagorda County Lodge

DAVID S. SIEBOLD Converse Lodge





















CYNTHIA ANN WEBER Dunlay Lodge FRANK T. SANDER Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge

HOLLIE DEONNA FORD Fort Worth Lodge MARJORIE J. REES Fredericksburg Lodge





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RANDLE W. PROSPER Schulenburg Lodge




DEWAYNE T. MATTHEWS Schwertner Lodge


Bobby Alan Strieber of Yorktown has received his 60-year membership pin. Bobby is a member of Yorktown Lodge. He has been a member since Dec. 2, 1958.




LOUIS JOSEPH PETRY Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died Aug. 11, 2006 • Age 59

CORA LEE MARWITZ Priddy Lodge Died Sept. 19, 2018 • Age 79

IRENE J. BARTELS Kypfer-Salge Lodge Died Dec. 8, 2018 • Age 95

GORDON ALAN BAACKE Goliad Lodge Died Dec. 30, 2018 • Age 61

EDNA C. SHERLOCK Louise Schuetze Lodge Died Jan. 8, 2019 • Age 96

DOROTHY H. HATTEN Houston Lodge Died July 10, 2016 • Age 99

ESTHER G. WYNNE Siemering Lodge Died Oct. 15, 2018 • Age 88

MARY ANNE KOEBIG Seguin Lodge Died Dec. 9, 2018 • Age 94

WILMA LEE CHOVANEC Deanville Lodge Died Dec. 30, 2018 • Age 82

LUCILLE T. BRONDER Louise Schuetze Lodge Died Jan. 10, 2019 • Age 89

ELINOR M. BRINKMEYER Taylor Lodge Died Nov. 8, 2016 • Age 96

JOSEPH F. SPEIER Pershing Lodge Died Nov. 17, 2018 • Age 95

MARJORIE E. SINCLAIR Rutersville Lodge Died Dec. 22, 2018 • Age 78

HAZEL M. LEHMAN Maxwelll Lodge Died Jan. 1, 2019 • Age 89

JOHN LEWIS BERAN Moulton Lodge Died Jan. 15, 2019 • Age 81

MARTIN A. BURRELL Bexar Lodge Died Jan. 2 2018 • Age 89

MARIE E. WIESMAN Mission-Alamo Lodge Died Nov. 17, 2018 • Age 98

GERALD H. PILLE Dallas Lodge Died Dec. 23, 2018 • Age 91

DOROTHY ANN HARRIS Waco-Robinson Lodge Died Jan. 3, 2019 • Age 90

JENNIFER K. COCKRELL Womack Lodge Died Jan. 16, 2019 • Age 48

ELIZABETH MOLDENHAUER Comfort Lodge Died July 3, 2018 • Age 95

VINCENT LOSADA PershingLodge Died Nov. 17, 2018 • Age 94

LUCILLE M. DIETEL Fredericksburg Lodge Died Dec. 24, 2018 • Age 95

KATHY MURRAY Louise Schuetze Lodge Died Jan. 3, 2019 • Age 71

MARGARET GROHMAN Brunhilde Lodge Died Jan. 18, 2019 • Age 92

JOYCE D. SHAFFNER Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died July 6, 2018 • Age 56

GERALD E. GUELDNER Harmonia Lodge Died Nov. 19, 2018 • Age 88

GILBERT R. HART Castroville Lodge Died Dec. 25, 2018 • Age 88

ARTHUR J. OTTO DaCosta Lodge Died Jan. 5, 2019 • Age 81

HELMUTH R. FRIEDECK Seguin Lodge Died Jan. 21, 2019 • Age 88

CHRISTOPHER J. MCDONALD El Paso Lodge Died July 30, 2018 • Age 20

MARY KARLYNE TIFFIN Cuero Family Lodge Died Nov. 30, 2018 • Age 84

GARIL D. ALLERKAMP Comfort Lodge Died Dec. 28, 2018 • Age 81

GLORIA A. HITZFELDER New Braunfels Lodge Died Jan. 5, 2019 • Age 67

JOYCE A. DITTERT New Ulm Lodge Died Jan. 31, 2019 • Age 79

BRENT DAVIS BUROW Comfort Lodge Died Aug. 16, 2018 • Age 38

LAVERN GREINERT New Bern Lodge Died Dec. 2, 2018 • Age 88

GENEVIEVE B. WICKER Comfort Lodge Died Dec. 28, 2018 • Age 94

KATIE SUE RUSSELL La Vernia Lodge Died Jan. 7, 2019 • Age 38

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



In Memoriam of Our Deceased Members

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Retirement Home

Residents welcome visitors to Chili Cook-off COMFORT – Recent guests to the Retirement Home were Frank Holladay, Waring; Stan and Margaret Paradowski, Abilene; Amy Morran, Austin; Beth Purcell, Georgetown; Wanda Love, Jourdanton; Joan Lunders, Fresno; Rosemary Clements, Houston; Debra Hundley and Glenn Marvin, Dallas; Ray and Shirley Hengst, San Antonio; Scott and

Suelyn Wolf, Yorktown; Chris and Melissa Hosinski, Yorktown; Marvin Coats, New Braunfels; Robert Boring; Brandee Stacy, Christine; Willie DeSalme, Devine; Anni and Ean Howe, Dallas; Sharon and Jamie Gardner, Roscoe; Debbie and Jerome Kiolbassa and Kelsey, Schertz; and Sissi Ormsby, St. Hedwig. The residents welcome all our

guests and visitors. Many of the attendees at the Chili Cook-off did not sign the guest book but we were happy to have you visit. Birthday cake and ice cream were served at the noon meal on Feb. 22 to honor Ann Nelson, Cleo Merchant and Janice Holley. Former resident Cowboy Al Schroeder moved to Victoria on

Casino Night benefits Grief Session Cont’d. from Pg. 1 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 application fee). To purchase tickets, go online to hermannsonslife.org and click

on “Store.” Lodges and individuals can contribute by sponsoring one of the gaming tables or donating a prize for the winners or for the silent auction. Black Jack tables can be sponsored for $275. There are seven of them. Austin Lodge has already signed on to sponsor the roulette wheel and one of the slot machines. Mission-Alamo Lodge is sponsoring the other slot machine. Fort Worth Lodge is sponsoring one of the poker tables but there are two other tables that are available at a cost of $275 each. Helotes Lodge and Shive Lodge also have made donations and Spring Branch Lodge has made a pledge. Sponsors will have their name posted next to their table

throughout the evening and will be included in all pre-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. Contact Jacqueline Klein at the Home Office for information on sponsoring a table or donating a prize. Anyone wanting to stay overnight at Camp can call 210-2269261 or 800-234-4124 to make arrangements. Hilltop Camp is located at 170 Hilltop Camp Road outside of Comfort.


Please print

Acknowledgement from Retirement Home Retirement Home Scholarship Fund

Camp Camp Scholarship Fund Grief Support Session at Camp

to go to: Name: Address:

Please print

City, State, Zip: Donor: Address:

Justin Tinney volunteered to set up his sound system to provide music for the Chili Cook-Off dance on Friday night, March 8. Several residents provided the CDs. Thank you, Justin, and thanks go to the helpful residents. – Helen Widner


Donations to the Retirement Home in Memory of: JAMES LENARD COBB Donor: Alan W. Cobb MARY SCHULZ Donor: Karnes City Lodge ANNIE CHERNOSKY Donor: Paige Lodge JIM MATTOCKS Donor: Jocie Jacob ASA E. LOGAN BEN A. WINKLER EDWARD R. TAGLIABUE Donor: DaCosta Lodge

LEROY MUEHLSTEIN HARRISON HILT Donor: Lillian Brietzke LEROY MUEHLSTEIN Donor: Kirby Lodge AUBREY LEE KITCHENS Donors: Ed & Betty Kurtz FRITZ J. OBERHOFF Donor: Rosenber-Richmond Lodge JEANETTE ERLENE STEINBACH Donor: Brenham Lodge

Donations to the Retirement Home Scholarship Fund in Memory of: HARRISON HILT Donors: Jack & Dianne Larned NORMA REMMLER GLORIA HITZFELDER Donor: New Braunfels Lodge


Donations to the Camp in Memory of: ROSE JONES Donors: Sam & Sandra Jones


Donations to the Camp Scholarship Fund in Please print

City, State, Zip: Date:

Feb. 24 to be near relatives. His birthday is March 6. Resident Betty Murphy placed a phone call to Al at his new residence during breakfast that day. Residents in the dining room sang “Happy Birthday” to him. Hopefully, Al will enjoy life at his new abode.

Amount: $ Clip and mail with your memorial contribution to: Hermann Sons Home Office, P.O. Box 1941, San Antonio, TX 78297-1941.

MARY SCHULZ Donor: Henrietta Fenner

ELMOND H. BAUMBACH Donor: Rutersville Lodge

Donors to the Grief Support Camp: MISSION-ALAMO LODGE McGREGOR LODGE


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Harmonia needs volunteers for April 27 SAN ANTONIO – Harmonia Lodge will meet April 12. The lodge will provide the fajitas and tacos. Members are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. Members and their guests enjoyed a steak dinner at the February meeting. Grilling the steaks were Steve Prewitt, Mike Beam, Albert Ranzau and Terry Haecker. Harry Werland took

care of the baked potatoes. Members mourned the passing of Leslie R. McNeil in 2017 and Charles D. Loeffler, Warren W. Hermann and Karl S. Braeutigam in 2018. Stanley C. Brehm passed away on Jan. 5 at the age of 88. He had been a member since 1948. Harrison Hilt passed away Feb. 4 at the age of 83. He had been a member for more than 50 years.

Bill Richard announced that a Hermann Sons Fiesta medal would once again be available. Proceeds from the sale will help the San Antonio Home Association pay the taxes on the building. Medals will cost $10 each and will be available soon. Volunteers are needed to help with parking cars during Fiesta Week. Harmonia

Lodge’s designated day is April 27, but volunteers are needed throughout the week. Celebrating February birthdays were Steve Prewitt and Mary Beam. Celebrating an anniversary were Bill and Ginger Bernhard and Jim and Ann McNeel. Bill Witteman and Raymond Hengst won attendance prizes. – John Hoog

Carol Ries was the lucky splitthe-pot winner at the February meeting of Harmonia Lodge. President Matt Kraus presented her with her winnings.

Paige Lodge discusses meeting, events schedule PAIGE – Paige Lodge will meet April 14. The lodge will furnish hot dogs and members are reminded to bring chips, dips or desserts. Members and guests enjoyed a potluck lunch prior to the Feb. 10 meeting and were happy to have Special Representative Gary Falkenberg and wife Doris join them. Gary brought greetings and spoke briefly on the importance of telling family or friends about your insurance policy. He reminded everyone that a deceased member’s name is not

listed in the Hermann Sons Life newspaper until a claim is filed. Bernice Basward reported sending a get-well card to Amanda Hart following her surgery, a sympathy card to the Ann Chernosky family and a get-well card to Jim Botkin following an injury. Sandy Botkin thanked the lodge on his behalf. After a brief discussion, the schedule of events for the 20192020 year was approved. Remaining dates are: • May 19 – Mother’s Day lunch

and meeting; • June 9 – Father’s Day lunch and meeting; • July 14 – belated Fourth of July celebration with red, white and blue theme (the lodge will furnish grilled hamburgers and members are asked to bring chips, dips or desserts); • Aug 11 – sandwich potluck meal and meeting; • Sept. 8 – German-style meal, pin presentation and meeting; • Oct. 13 – potluck lunch and meeting;

• Nov. 10 – Thanksgiving lunch, meeting and election of officers; • Dec. 8 – Christmas lunch, meeting, “Rob Your Neighbor” game, bring a wrapped $15 gift if you want to participate; • Jan. 12 – potluck lunch and meeting; • Feb. 9 – potluck lunch and meeting with a Valentine’s Day theme. Janice Bilberry won the attendance prize and most won door prizes donated by Debbie Harmon, LaVerne Mattiza and Gary

and Doris Falkenberg. Members and the Paige community were saddened at the passing of long-time member Cornell Kunkel. Sympathy is extended to wife Ethel Kunkel, children and grandchildren Troy, Ann, Waylon, Kevin, Doris and Lilly and brother Darrell. The lodge and community have suffered a great loss. Through the years he was a hard worker, a true-blue family man and took much pride in his talents with woodworking. – Sandy Botkin

Vineta to celebrate Mother’s Day SAN ANTONIO – Vineta Lodge will celebrate Mother’s Day on May 2 with a meal from Little Italy. Call Ruth Bailey at 210-6025147 no later than April 29 if you will be able to attend. The lodge will furnish the fried chicken for the April 4 meeting. Members are asked to bring a covered dish. Desserts will be furnished by Debbie Jordan and Ruth Bailey. A social meeting with games is planned for April 17. The meal

will be furnished by Frances Sultenfuss in honor of her birthday. Members are reminded to bring games and puzzles for the Grief Support Session to the next meeting. The deadline to submit a prize for the drawing to be held as part of the Scholarship Fundraiser is May 2. New members welcomed at the March meeting were Meghan Farias and Lauren Far-

Moulton Lodge meets April 10 MOULTON – Moulton Lodge will meet April 10. The lodge did not meet in March. Officers were installed at the January meeting. Members and social members who recently passed away were remembered. They included Milburn Kram, Leroy Muehlstein, Ed Kadlecek and George Simecek. – Reporter

ias. Split-the-pot winner was Irene Kace. Attendance award winners were Cecilia Padalecki, Emily Roberts, Genny Kraus and Gladys Garrett. Remember Frances Bara in your prayers as she will begin cancer treatment. The lodge mourns the passing of Annette Denson, a member for 51 years. and Glenda Filby, a member for 56 years. – Reporter

Vineta Lodge members are pictured with the clothing donated to the San Antonio Children’s Shelter.

Maxwell merges with Niederwald

Eugene Anderle celebrated his January birthday at the Moulton Lodge meeting.

MAXWELL – Maxwell Lodge members voted to merge with Niederwald Lodge at the March 3 meeting held at the Maxwell Social Club. The president, vice president and secretary of Niederwald Lodge were in attendance as well as Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly. Funds from Maxwell Lodge will be donated to the Retirement

Home, the Camp Grief Support Session, the Camp, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children and the Ebenezer Lutheran Church Building Fund. It was reported Ronnie Duesterheft is in M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston for treatment. The door prize winners were Harry Schriber and Jerry Burklund. – Reporter

Vineta Lodge President Debbie Jordan, left, presents Carol Bielke with a birthday card.

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Giddings offering scholarships GIDDINGS – Giddings Lodge meets the second Thursday of the month at The Silos of 77, 1031 CR 223 (just off Hwy. 77, in Giddings. Graduating high school seniors are reminded that scholarship applications have

been sent out. If you did not receive an application, notify the lodge as soon as possible. The address is P.O. Box 931, Giddings, 78942. Deadline to apply is April 1. The $5 drawing winners at the February meeting were

Arthur Urban, Olivia Mize and Bill Hinkston. Thanks go to the owners of the hall who gave the lodge chocolate covered strawberries. All members received bags of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. – Reporter

Siemering plans Fiesta feast in April Rutersville to meet April 3 Rutersville Lodge will meet Wednesday, April 3. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert for the meal that will feature fried fish. A potluck meal was served at the March 6 meeting. The lodge received a Certificate of Achievement for reaching its new member goal for 2018. Glen Altwein, Albert Loehr, Bob Schmidt, Myrna Altwein and Margie Svrcek won attendance prizes. Celebrating birthdays were, pictured, Linda Mattocks and James Svrcek. Celebrating a wedding anniversary were Allen and Joyce Faldyn, 48 years.

Fish on Schulenburg menu SCHULENBURG – Schulenburg Lodge meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Schulenburg Community Center. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner and meeting follow at 7 p.m. The meal for the April meeting will include fish, macaroni and cheese, green beans and ice cream. Welcomed as new members at the March meeting were Michael Edward Ohnheiser and Kori Mae Janecka. Agent Mary K. Seifert reported that Camp registration has begun and that she would be

attending an agent workshop in San Antonio. Grace Baylor reported that a get-well card was sent to Robert Fowlkes. Bill and Delores Michalke made a donation to the scholarship fund in memory of Betty Pekar. A note was read from the American Legion McBride Post thanking the lodge for its donation to the centennial birthday project. Debbie Behlen was the winner of the $10 Whataburger gift card. – Junette Rodecap

SAN ANTONIO – A Mexican feast is planned for the April meeting of Siemering Lodge. Mark Lee will provide the meal and the Baras will bring dessert. Members are reminded that volunteers are needed to park cars during Fiesta Week. Guests Luke Bagnardi and Leslie Bettis were welcomed at the March meeting. Members mourned the passing of Phillip F. Becker Jr. and Chester A. Pawelek. Get-well wishes were extended to Frances Bara, Cherry Lee, Sally Hertzberg, Paul Hess and Harvey Rehfeld. Frank Matias celebrated his 95th birthday in March. It was announced that the first delivery of can tabs would be made to the Ronald McDonald House that week. Winners of attendance prizes were Frances Bara, Donald O’Connor and JoAnn Massengale. The split-the-pot winner was Donald O’Connor. – Reporter

Celebrating March birthdays at the Siemering Lodge meeting were, from left, Melrose Bendele, Donald O’Connor, Lloyd Markell and Ed Shadrock. Past presidents were honored at the March meeting of Siemering Lodge. In attendance were, from left, Ron Bara, Sharon Fite and Donald O’Connor.

Edelweiss-Magnolia presents donation

Members of Schulenburg Lodge celebrating special occasions at the March meeting included, from left, Susan and James (not pictured) Kohleffel, an anniversary; Kitty Dittrich, a birthday; and Mary K. and Chris (not pictured) Seifert, an anniversary.

Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge recently made a donation to the Gear Up for Game Wardens Program. Agent Jerry Ziemnicki, right, presented the donation to Col. Grahame Jones, director of law enforcement for Texas Game Wardens, and Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation Director Susan Houston. Since 1991, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has raised more than $190 million in private philanthropy to ensure the future of Texas’ wild things and wild places.

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Retirement Home hosts annual Chili, Bean Cook-off

Cooks turn in their cups of beans in the Recreation Room. There were 29 bean entries this year.

Resident Elsie Anderson and her big family put on a Mardi Gras show for the showmanship competition.

Every year resident Billie DeSalme dons a wild costume and makes the rounds selling goodies from her wagon to raise scholarship money. This year she was Ms. Frickle Pickle.

There was more cooking than just chili. The Home Office staff grilled fajitas for the noon meal. Pictured are, from left, Heydon and John Kelly, Brad Klein and Cecily Kelly. Brad is an agent and a member of the Member Benefits Committee. Cecily is Vice President of Member Benefits. Colt and Jack Klein enjoyed their day in the Hill Country. They brought along a scooter, a football and an airplane. The boys are the sons of Jacqueline Klein, a member of the Home Office staff.

Rosie Franklin was one of the residents taking a turn at manning the popcorn machine.

President and CEO Eugene Zollinger attended his first chili cook-off this year. He said he enjoyed tasting the chili and visiting with the cooks. He spoke briefly at the awards presentation. Pictured behind him are Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly and Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe.

Kathy L’Huillier used a Spring Forward theme for her showmanship entry. She and her dog made the rounds passing out lollipops to the cook-off attendees.

Rebecca Henley from the Home Office brought grandson Alexander Deike to his first chili cook-off. Rebecca and Alexander are members of Helotes Lodge.

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Top chili, bean cook-off winners recognized

The men representing Harmonia Lodge in San Antonio made a clean sweep of the top three places in the amateur chili competition at the Retirement Home Chili Cook-off. From left, Y.A. Niemietz finished in first place; Pete Hernandez was third and Brett Schneider was second. Also pictured is teammate Bryan.

Amateur chili cooks who finished in the top 10 included, from left, Chris Hosinski from Yorktown, fourth; Ben Brown from San Antonio, fifth; and Jerome Kiolbassa from Schertz, sixth.

Earning a place in the top 10 of the amateur chili competition were, from left, the team of Willie DeSalme, Brandie Stacy and Kelsey Kiolbassa, seventh; Nicole Shoemake from La Vernia, eighth; Cynde Crittell from San Antonio, ninth; and Cathy Schmidt of San Antonio, 10th.

Finishing in the top 10 in the bean competition were, from left, Rick Spaeth from San Antonio, fourth; Ben Brown from San Antonio, fifth; and Sam L’Huillier, fourth.

John and Ilona Shipley from Poteet took second place in the amateur showmanship competition with their pirate theme.

The top three pots of beans cooked at this year’s Retirement Home Bean Cook-off were turned in by, from left, Doyle Smith, first; Y.A. Niemietz, second; and Jimmy Cernosek, third.

Turning in winning pots of beans this year were, from left, Ann Spaeth from San Antonio, seventh; Brett Schneider from San Antonio, eighth; Dennis Ninneman from New Braunfels, ninth; and Debbie Kiolbassa from Schertz, 10th.

Debra Hundley and Glenn Marvin from Columbia Lodge in Dallas took third place in the amateur showmanship competition. They are pictured with their “chili dog.”

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Helotes Lodge will meet June 11 Helotes Lodge’s 2019 elected and appointed officers are pictured. The lodge’s next meeting will be held June 11 at 7 p.m. Carl Gass will host the meal.

Alexander Sean Dieke is the newest member of Helotes Lodge. He is the son of Ashley and Troy Dieke and the grandson of Rebecca Henley.

Houston plans Family Picnic for April 28 HOUSTON – Houston Lodge will hold a Family Day Picnic on Sunday, April 28, from 2-6 p.m. at Sokol Hall, 1314 W. Patton, Houston. There will be food, games, prizes and fellowship. Guests are welcome. Call Catherine Manchack at 832-443-0469 if you plan to attend. Because of the picnic, there will be no regular meeting on April 8. The May meeting will be held at the Don Jose Mexican Restaurant, 5305 Antoine at Pinemont in Houston. The meal and meeting start at 6 p.m. The lodge will pay for the meal and there will be a cash bar. Call Catherine Manchack at the number above if you plan to attend. A potluck meal was served at the Feb. 11 meeting held at Sokol Hall. Members were informed that Josie Muske has transferred to Rutersville Lodge. Doris Falkenberg reported that Vernell Foyt was in the hospital. A memorial service was held after the meeting. Members honored were James H. Logan, Arbie F. Muegge, Bonnie Fay Bobbitt, Anthony W. Cande-

Niederwald Lodge will meet April 9. Members are asked to wear spring colors. Members wore green to the March meeting in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Annie Mae Alex who passed away in February at the age of 80. She had been a member for 55 years. Door prize winners were, from left, Don Dailey and Betty Moczygemba.

A memorial service was held after the February meeting of Houston Lodge. Sixteen members were remembered during the service. la, Dorothy K. Powell, Kermit A. Muske, Mary Otto, Roy G. Terry, Lois Scroggins, Charley Michalk, Karen E. Kerr, Mildred S. Gandin, Minnie F. Jackson, Warren F. Paulsen, Nelda Keilers and Gladys H. Eichler. Vice President Patricia Bushman will contact the Houston Food Bank about a volunteer opportunity on Sunday, March 31, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. May 4 for Join Hands Day, July and September are other possible months when members may volunteer. Winners in the monthly attendance drawing were Darlene

Louise Schuetze will celebrate Fiesta

Darlene Ellison celebrated her birthday in February. She is a member of Houston Lodge. Ellison, James Ellison, Shelia Lee, Catherine Manchack and Gary Falkenberg. – Reporter

Hondo Victory Lodge will meet on April 9 HONDO – Hondo Victory Lodge will meet April 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the lodge hall. All members are invited to attend. Members will join hands with Hondo AARP Chapter No. 2543, Dunlay Lodge and Hondo Lodge to provide items to the Medina

Niederwald Lodge will meet April 9

County Food Pantry. The collected items will be delivered May 4. Members met on March 12 at El Restaurante Azteca for a social meeting. The lodge is once again offering cash prizes to graduating high school seniors who are

members of the lodge. A drawing will be held and awards will be presented at the June meeting. Students must submit a form to be eligible to receive an award. The form can be found on Page 7 of this issue. – Loraine Miller

Louise Schuetze Lodge will celebrate Fiesta on April 8. Members are encouraged to wear their Fiesta attire. The San Antonio Home Association’s Fiesta medals will be for sale at $10 each. The lodge will provide a taco bar. Members celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at the March 11 meeting. Lori Todd, from left, Joanne Massengale and Lisa Robalin got into the spirit of things with their green attire and accessories.

Bernardo barbecue June 8 BERNARDO – Bernardo Lodge meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Bernardo Volunteer Fire Department Station. At the February meeting, Agent Terrel Maertz reported that an agent workshop would be held March 16 at the Home Office in San Antonio. The lodge will be hosting its annual summer barbecue June 8 starting at 5 p.m. The meal will

be served at 7 p.m. The lodge will provide barbecue pork, refreshments and all paper goods. There will be hot dogs for the children. Members are asked to bring two side dishes to share. Membership pins will be presented. Participants will be receiving an invitation through the mail. Attendance prizes went to Emily Frank and Terrel Maertz. – Robin Maertz

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Seguin hosts record crowd at Food Truck Festival SEGUIN – A record crowd attended the Seguin Lodge Food Truck Festival on Feb. 23. Members and visitors enjoyed tasty treats from one or more of the six food trucks. Seguin Brewing and BS Brewing were selling craft beers. Numerous vendors were on hand for shoppers while children enjoyed the ice cream truck, pony rides and train during the nice weather. Door prizes were given away throughout the day. Proceeds from the prize drawing benefitted the lodge’s scholarship fund. Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe and Agent Annette

Roecker were on hand to offer Hermann Sons Life insurance information to anyone interested in learning more about the life insurance, annuities and benefits like the Camp and Dance programs. Members of the Texas Freedom Force were there to offer information to visitors. The nonprofit organization promotes protection of Texas rights and Texas history. Many thanks and appreciation go to Paul and Cheryl Gescheidle for organizing this successful event! The next food truck festival will be held in September. – Reporter

Face painting was a popular activity for the children attending the Seguin Food Truck Festival in February.

Pony rides were offered to the children attending the Seguin Food Truck Festival.

Fredericksburg to hold memorial service

Celebrating March birthdays at the Fredericksburg Lodge meeting were, from left, Marissa Weinheimer, Geneva Tatsch, Hans Enderlin and Katherine Cornehl.

FREDERICKSBURG – Fredericksburg Lodge will meet April 2. The annual memorial service will be held. Members who passed away in 2018 will be remembered. The lodge will furnish chicken spaghetti. Members and guests are asked to bring a side dish. For more information, con-

tact Hans Enderlin at 830-8951343 or Windy Duecker at 830997-2983. At the March meeting, President Hans Enderlin displayed the new sign received from the Home Office. After some discussion, members decided to hang it above the “Hermann Sons” sign on the south wall. Members approved a $200

Richland Lodge will ‘bag flowers’ April 7 RICHLAND – Richland Lodge members are encouraged to attend the April 7 noon carry in meal at Richland Hall. Members will be “bagging flowers” among other things in preparation for the 2019 Join Hands Day project! Please plan to attend. The more hands the faster the work is completed and the domino games can begin! President Tammy Kelley installed the 2019 officers at the recent meeting. Those officers include Darryl Hodde, vice president; Annabelle Palidino, corresponding secretary; Harvey Hodde, financial secretary; Janell Heine, Mike Kelley and Ruth Pfennig, financial trustees; Rachel Cauley, community coordinator; Lynette Kirchner-Suarez, youth coordinator; Kayse Kelley, membership coordinator; and Marvin Graw, communications

donation to the Needs Council. The council is hosting a fundraiser and requested a donation to be used in support of the 28 programs it operates. Two new members were welcomed by way of transfer. Attendance prizes were awarded to Geneva Tatsch and Edgar Priess. – Reporter

Edward Reid, right, celebrated a birthday in March. Anton Wenzel Lodge President Edward Elizondo presented him with a card from the lodge.

Anton Wenzel meets April 2 Mike Kelley, right, receives the 2018 Humanitarian Award for Richland Lodge from Vice President Darryl Hodde. coordinator. A very surprised Mike Kelley was presented the 2018 Humanitarian Award by Vice President Darryl Hodde. Mike was thanked for not only his dedica-

tion to Hermann Sons Life but also to his community. He volunteers in different roles and is always willing to help out when needed. – Reporter

SAN ANTONIO – Anton Wenzel Lodge will celebrate Fiesta at the April 2 meeting. Members are encouraged to decorate a Fiesta hat and be a part of the contest that will be held that evening. Fried fish is on the menu. Members are asked to bring a covered dish. Volunteers are needed to park

cars on Thursday, April 25. Call Merlinda Elizondo at 210-8153468 if you can help. Clayton A. Prescott would have won the membership drawing money, but he was not there to claim the cash, so his name was put back in the barrel. Merlinda Elizondo was the split-the-pot winner. – Elizabeth Dorrell

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Boerne Lodge will present six senior scholarships BOERNE – Boerne Lodge will meet Friday, April 5, 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. Guests at the March 1 meeting were Larry and Pat Potter. Larry was the guest speaker and discussed the definition of a “prepper.” He said it is someone who prepares for a natural or man-made catastrophic event. He told members that we all have various kinds of insurance such as life, health, auto and homeowners but none of these insurances will be helpful when a

disaster first happens. “Prepping” or “emergency preparedness” can be the “insurance” you will need during these times. It means having the basic necessities available and the self-reliance you can fall back on during the period of time it takes before, during and after an emergency event takes place and help arrives or recovery takes place. Disasters can happen at any time and without warning. Examples of a natural disaster are floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc. Man-made disasters can include explosions, fires, chemical and biological attacks, financial collapse, civil unrest, power grid

failure, contamination of food and water, etc. He believes it is important to be informed by reading and researching books and websites in order to get adequate information about how to plan for and survive a disaster. Two of the websites are www. texasprepares.org and www. co.kendall.tx.us. Larry can be reached at ldpotter44@gmail.com. Congratulations to Agent Marilyn Vogt who qualified for the Executive Club based on her sales for 2018. Condolences are extended to the family of Elmer Bergmann. A donation to the Hermann Sons

Retirement Home will be made in his memory. Best wishes go to Lloyd Markell who celebrated his birthday on March 15. Lloyd received a free meal ticket to the Rainbow Senior Center in honor of his birthday. Six graduating high school seniors qualified for a scholarship from the lodge. The amount of the scholarships will be decided at the April meeting. Leprechaun Munchies were enjoyed by the members in recognition of St. Patrick›s Day. Elizabeth Markell was the winner of the door prize. – Barbara D’Spain

Larry Potter was the guest speaker at the March meeting of Boerne Lodge.

Hochheim-Prairie welcomes Zollinger YOAKUM – President and CEO Eugene Zollinger was a special guest at the March 3 meeting of Hochheim-Prairie Lodge. He spoke briefly and presented membership pins to several members. Welcomed as a new member was Kole Kuenstler. Clayton and Preston Langhoff have transferred to New Bielau Lodge. Get well cards were sent to Esther Turner, Rita Pargmann, Kenneth Gerdes and Tommy Wenzel. President Janet Zabransky

reported that the lodge’s new member goal for 2019 is 24. Also present from Cuero were agents Wayne and Laura Tiffin. Receiving his 70-year pin was William Baros. He has been a member since Sept. 1, 1949. Sixty-year pins were presented to Carolyn Hoepfl, a member since Sept. 22, 1959; Mary Pargmann, a member since Jan. 4, 1959; and Susan Motal, a member since Dec. 9, 1959. Receiving 50-year pins were Betty Rathkamp, a member since

Jan. 5, 1969; Joyce Manning, a member since Oct. 15, 1969; and Bob Jungman, a member since Sept. 11, 1969. President Zabransky noted that she would be appointing a Scholarship Committee in April. Door prizes were won by Wayne Tiffin, William Baros, Debbie Zinke, and Susan and Bobby Motal. Members are reminded that the lodge meets on the first Sunday of the month. – Reporter

President and CEO Eugene Zollinger, left, presented membership pins at the Hochheim-Prairie Lodge meeting in March. Receiving pins, in no particular order, were William Baros, Carolyn Hoepfl, Mary Pargmann, Susan Motal, Betty Rathkamp, Joyce Manning and Bob Jungman.

Brenham to hold dinner drive-through

Dallas to volunteer at pantry

BRENHAM – Brenham Lodge will hold a pork steak and trimmings drive-through event on Sunday, June 2. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and tickets are $10 each. Schovajsa will cater the meal. Laurie and Gerald Wehring will donate the tickets. At the Feb. 8 meeting, it was

DALLAS – Dallas Lodge will observe Join Hands Day on Saturday, May 4. Members will be stocking shelves at the CitySquare Food Pantry from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The food pantry is located at 1610 S. Malcolm X Blvd. in Dallas. This non-profit provides free food and other services to those in need. To volunteer and make a donation, contact Eva Day at 214-533-5738 or evaeday@verizon.net. The lodge will hold a public meeting and pin presentation ceremony on Sunday, May 19, at 1 p.m. Location to be determined. Jean Ernst has transferred into the lodge. Members were notified of

Bennie and Gloria Hanath of Brenham Lodge recently celebrated 61 years of marriage.

announced that Clarence and Linda Reuther have transferred to Shelby Lodge. The Cheer Committee mailed a sympathy card to Delores Gaskamp following the passing of brother-in-law Raymond Bentke and to Betty Keith who was his niece. A get-well card was mailed to Aubrey Harmel.

Jeanette Preuss and Gloria Hanath will co-chair a dance and snack or games and snack afternoon or evening event at the lodge. Nina Runge and Shirley Ganske prepared the taco soup for the meal. Members brought desserts. – Lena Mae Goessler

Brenham Lodge member Carol Jaster recently celebrated a birthday.

the passing of Mary F. Burross who died Nov. 24, 2018. She was 71 and resided in Madisonville. The lodge will make a donation to the Retirement Home in her memory. Terri and Clint Holmes and Eva Day visited Kelly Miller at her home in February. She is recovering after some health issues. If you would like to receive a visit or call, contact Terri at 214-207-1288 or tholmes.sohha@gmail.com. The lodge did not meet in February and will not meet in April unless needed. Members and guests are always welcome at the historic Dallas Hall. – Reporter

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Round Top Lodge will meet on April 25 ROUND TOP – Round Top Lodge will meet April 25. The lodge did not meet in March because of the spring antique fair. Members will discuss the Country Store booth they will host at the Round TopWarrenton Volunteer Fire Department event on May 18. This is the lodge’s Join Hands Day project. The lodge met Feb. 28 at the American Legion Hall in Round Top. Members were mourning the passing of Mary Dresher that

day. She was the mother of Mary Rauch and grandmother of Melanie Rauch. She was 91. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Jim Mattocks. A donation was made in his memory to the Gardenia Animal Shelter in La Grange. Agent Linda Mattocks reported that the lodge’s new member goal for 2019 is six. Linda has qualified for the President’s Club based on her sales production in

2018. A monetary donation will be sent to the Gluck family. Celebrating an anniversary in February were Fritz and Jeanette Schoenst, 56 years. Attendance prizes were won by Virgie Hall, Lila Garlin, Betty and Bob Porter and Jocie Braun. Door prizes were won by Linda Mattocks, Mert and Leonard Meinkowsky, Floyd Braun and Barton Garlin.

A big thank you goes to the outgoing serving committee of Floyd and Jocie Braun, Virgie Hall and Linda Mattocks. A dinner of chicken fried pork steaks with lots of vegetables and desserts was enjoyed by the membership. The next serving committee will include Ted and Margie Stardig, Barton and Lila Garlin, Barney and Doris Georges, Randy Wied and Cordell Levien. – Reporter

Linda Mattocks from Round Top Lodge celebrated her birthday in February. Members congratulated her on being named to the President’s Club for 2018.

Kypfer-Salge to serve fried catfish April 5 CLEAR SPRINGS – Kypfer-Salge Lodge will meet April 5. Darline Preiss will fry the catfish. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. Pork steaks were served at the March 1 meeting along with the side dishes and desserts provided by members. A get-well card was sent to Jeanette Constance. Let Nelrose

Koepp know if someone is sick or has passed away so a card can be sent. The $50 donation for March went to CASA. The Valentine Bunco Party was a wonderful success with 42 people in attendance. Proceeds were donated to the Comal County Crisis Center. Attendance prizes went to

Sara Saur, Jim Sureddin, Tammy Seiter, Oran Koepp and Art Brinkkoeter. 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 the lodge or is thinking about joining, bring them to a meeting. Guests are welcome. – Reporter Guests attending the February Dunlay Lodge meeting included, from left, Aurline Tschirhart, Loraine Miller, Helen Boehme and, seated, Fred Mills.

Dunlay has new member

DUNLAY – Dunlay Lodge welcomed a new member at the Feb. 19 meeting. He is Travis Mathis Busch, grandson of Dunlay Lodge members Curtis and Terry Saathoff and great-grandson of past Dunlay Lodge members Mathis and Wilfreen Saathoff. Molly Koepp celebrated her March birthday at the KypferSalge Lodge meeting.

Delia Saucedo, left, development director at the Comal County Crisis Center, accepts a donation from Darline Preiss on behalf of KypferSalge Lodge. The crisis center received the proceeds from the lodge’s annual Valentine Bunco Party.

Old Glory Lodge plans hamburger meal OLD GLORY – Old Glory Lodge will meet Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m. Hamburgers and all the trimmings will be furnished. Members are asked to bring desserts. Several members came out on a cold afternoon to attend the March meeting. Members discussed paint-

ing the inside of the lodge hall but the matter was tabled for the time being. New signs are being made and will be ready soon. Danny Lammert was reported on the sick list. He has been very ill and needs prayers. Gladys Vahlenkamp won the door prize.

Lou Corzine was the only member present with a birthday in March. Justin and Amber Corzine were celebrating a wedding anniversary. Following the meeting, the group played games and enjoyed a potluck meal. – Reporter

Members voted not to meet in January in the future because of the potential for bad weather. Postcards notifying members of the 2019 meeting dates have been sent to those living within a 100-mile radius of Dunlay. – Reporter

Comfort will meet April 8 COMFORT – Comfort Lodge will meet Monday, April 8, at the VFW Hall in Comfort. The social will begin at 4:30 p.m. and a hamburger meal will be served at 6 p.m. The business meeting will follow the meal. The May 13 gathering will be held at the Hermann Sons Life Retirement Home. The meal will be catered by Bill Miller BBQ. Members are asked to RSVP to Connie Spenrath by calling 830-995-2537 no later than May 2. Leave a message

if there is no answer. The social will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the meal will be served at 6 p.m. Comfort Lodge has camperships available for summer 2019 at Hermann Sons Life Camp. Additional information regarding the camperships, including the application, can be found on Page 7 of this issue. As always, for the most upto-date news, like Hermann Sons Life Comfort on Facebook. – Katie Miller

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Columbia to host annual pancake breakfast April 6

DALLAS – Once again the Dallas Hall will be a part of the Deep Ellum Arts Festival in April. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the festival. For the past several years, the Dallas Hall, located at the corner of Elm and Exposition “Where Deep Ellum Begins,” has been honored to house the festival’s official headquarters for the weekend. The festival kicks off on Friday, April 5, at 11 a.m. and runs through Sunday night, featuring visual art, performance art, musical talent, food and beverages of all kinds, a pet parade, and more. On Saturday morning, April 6, starting at 8:30 a.m., Columbia Lodge will host the Ninth Annual Saint Alphonso Pancake Breakfast featuring all-you-caneat pancakes bacon, sausage, ham, eggs, coffee, orange juice and all the trimmings for just $10 per person. After breakfast, Columbia Lodge will partner with Dallas Lodge and sell barbecue plates and sandwiches to festival goers. On Friday, and Saturday, the Dallas Film Society Mini-Film Festival will take place inside the iconic Old Bowling Alley. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy all around the Hall during this festival.

Columbia Lodge was recently presented with a collection of authentic Austrian dirndls (country-style ladies’ dresses) and tracht (jewelry and accessories). This generous donation was made by Paty Julius, whose mother, Pauline Rosemary “Rosi” Julius, treasured them. Many of these dirndls and aprons are hand-made - all of them are beautiful and have stood the test of time. Columbia Lodge is offering these high-quality garments and adornments at the astonishing price of $20 for members or $30 for non-members for an entire outfit, which may include the dress, a blouse, an apron, a scarf and an item of jewelry. Call Anni Howe at 214-914-0383 for details or come by the Hall and look them over. The lodge was well represented at the Retirement Home Chili Cook-off in Comfort on March 9. Both of the lodge’s teams placed in the Amateur Showmanship competition. Ean and Anni Howe took first place and Glenn Marvin and Debra Hundley took third place with their “chili dog.” It is with deep sadness the Dallas community mourns the loss of Pat “Stretch” Avery who died on Tuesday, March 5, at 6 p.m. Pat had struggled with

Pat Avery was a member of Columbia Lodge who passed in early March. some difficult and long-term health issues. He left this world surrounded by an enormous contingent of family and friends who loved him and banded together to lift him up and hold him close in his time of passing. Members will continue to offer support and love to his widow, Barbara. Pat was always ready with a smile, a joke, a song, a dance and a toast. He loved to have fun and was a friend to everyone. He will be sorely missed. Columbia Lodge member Randell Fields, who hosts the Electric Campfire Jam every Thursday night, along with fellow jammer Harold King, spear-

Columbia Lodge has been given a collection of authentic Austrian dirndls and trachts and is selling them at a discounted rate. More information is available at the Dallas Hall or by calling Anni Howe at 214-914-0383. headed an effort to facilitate and obtain financing for what quickly became an urgent need for cataract surgery for a longtime supporter, local musician Bradley Blackwood. More than $3,000 was raised in an online funding platform to pay for the surgery for one eye, and he has begun the process to get approved for funding for repairing the other eye soon. The hardworking Home Association which serves both Columbia Lodge and Dallas Lodge continues to make im-

Cibolo to hold egg contest at April 4 meeting CIBOLO – Cibolo Lodge will meet April 4. Members will discuss a possible trip in July and hear from representatives of TruLight127 Ministries. An Easter Egg Decorating Contest also is planned with prizes for the winners. At least 40 people are needed for the trip in July. It will be determined at the meeting whether or not there are enough people interested in going. The lodge has confirmed TruLight127 Ministries as its Matching Funds recipient for 2019. A meeting will be held to discuss how best to support its mission of caring for foster children and their families. A toy drive

was conducted for them last Christmas and members were assured that their efforts were a worthy contribution to their cause and gave them more exposure in the local community. The lodge celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at the March meeting with green side dishes and desserts. The winners of best side dish were Tiffany Kuhlman for her pasta salad (it had green noodles!) and Cory Rakowitz for his green deviled eggs. The winner of the best dessert was Sherry Rakowitz with her Pistachio Marble Bundt Cake. The winners of the attendance awards were Fay Fey and Tracy Campos and the junior winner was Cheyenne Kuhlman. Tracy

Dorothy Schneider celebrated her March birthday at the Cibolo Lodge meeting.

Jerry and Sherry Rakowitz celebrated 44 years of marriage in March. They are members of Cibolo Lodge.

Campos also won the special drawing. Tracy Campos has sent the new calendar via email so

members can stay up-to-date on all lodge activities for the year. Contact her if you have not received one.

provements to the building and workflow. Estimates are being obtained for repairs to the roof, a new air conditioner to replace one of the units that quit working, and to repair or replace some exterior trim that is damaged. Some new and improved bar equipment was added to the upstairs bar in the Grand Ballroom, which should serve to shorten those drink lines by making service faster and more efficient during big shows. – Reporter

DaCosta will meet May 14 DaCOSTA – DaCosta Lodge’s next meeting is set for May 14 at 6 p.m. All members are encouraged to attend. Graduating high school seniors who are members of the lodge are encouraged to contact LaVerne Hajek at 361-575-1712 or Geraldine Venglar at 361-573-3941 about the lodge’s scholarship program. Deadline to apply is April 15. Western dances will be held at the lodge hall on April 13 and May 11. These are open to the public. – Sayra Martinka

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Pershing Lodge welcomes new president and CEO SAN ANTONIO – Pershing Lodge will meet April 3 in the Home Association Meeting Room at 7 p.m. A potluck meal is planned. Volunteers are needed for parade chair setup and take down for both parades on April 26 and April 27. Tickets for the Battle of Flowers Parade are available. Contact Marilyn Hoster at the office at 210-227-3085. President and CEO Eugene Zollinger attended the March meeting and congratulated the lodge on its 99th anniversary. Vice President of Information Technology Matt Walker and wife Sandy also were present. Eugene presented 50-year membership pins to Tom Brady, Mary Helen and Emmett Krachala. Tom has been a member since May 7, 1969. Mary Helen and Emmett Krachala have both been members since Sept. 3, 1969. He also presented a 100% Family membership pin to the Spaeth/McDaniel family. Four new members were welcomed. They are Jason Alan McDaniel, Sara Kathleen McDaniel, Bobbi Erica Elise Ervin and Parker James Ervin. There were two transfers into the lodge, Elizabeth Annette Spaeth and Patricia Ann Spaeth. Past presidents of the lodge were honored and were presented with a rosebud vase by current President Beth Warne. One of the lodge’s Home Association representatives, Robert Hollingsworth, resigned and Ron

Past and present presidents of Pershing Lodge were honored at the March meeting. They are, from left, Amy Barfell, Lillian Franckowiak, Tom Brady, Carol Krauss, Marilyn Hoster, Ruth Lampman, Herbie Schramm, Beth Warne, Dottie Schramm, Amanda Deicke and Alice Golla. Elizabeth Spaeth and her children, Jason Alan and Sara Kathleen McDaniel, are presented with a 100% Family pin by President and CEO Eugene Zollinger and Pershing Lodge President Beth Warne.

Celebrating March birthdays at the Pershing Lodge meeting were, from left, Dorothy Pawlik, Betty Opiela, Emmett Krachala, Helen Alberthal and Robert Hollingsworth.

Membership pins were presented at the March meeting of Pershing Lodge. Pictured are, from left, recipients Tom Brady, Emmett and Mary Ellen Krachala, President and CEO Eugene Zollinger and lodge President Beth Warne.

Plouch was elected to take his place. Chaplain Tony Valek reported

tendance prize and Dale Wenzel won the split-the-pot drawing. The lodge wishes to thank

on the passing of Joyce A. Dawson and La Ray H. Ogden. Sara McDaniel won the $35 at-

members from other lodges who attended the meeting. – Dorothy Pawlik

Twin Sisters plans barbecue for April 7, fish fry for June TWIN SISTERS – The next meeting of Twin Sisters Lodge is set for April 7. A barbecue meal will follow. Kent Weber and Stan Steiger will barbecue; Georgia Hartmann will provide potato salad and bread; Nancy Weber will bring beans; Tanja Tomlinson will bring apple pies and Marcus Ethridge will provide desserts. The June 2 meeting will include pin presentations and a fish fry dinner.

President Phil Hartmann installed officers at the Feb. 3 meeting and the lodge welcomed a new member, Deborah Triesch of Canyon Lake. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Hilmar Preiss who passed away Sept. 20, 2018. In her Cheer Committee report, Gertrude Hartmann said she and grandson Cale visited Corrine Gass. Members were happy to see Corrine at the meeting. A discussion was held on the

Join Hands Day project. Jerry Gass and Stephen Hartmann are also members of the Blanco Rotary Club that is sponsoring a “Brain Fitness Event” at two local assisted living facilities. Lodge members were invited to join the Rotary Club at the Henry House in Blanco and The Johnson City Nursing Home in February and other dates yet to be announced. Celebrating birthdays in February were Marcus Etheridge and Tanja Tomlinson. Anniversary cel-

ebrants in February were Herm and Nancy Weber, 38 years, and Duan and Tanja Tomlinson, 22 years. Door prize winners were Tanja and Nancy and they both donated their prizes to the Building Fund. President Hartmann read correspondence that included an introduction of new president and CEO Eugene Zollinger. Stan Steiger, a member of the Board of Directors, also commented on the

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new leader. A thank-you note was received from the Blanco County Youth Council for the lodge’s donation to the Scholarship Fund. Members decided to collect items for the Grief Support Session at Camp. A list will be forwarded. Following the meeting, everyone enjoyed a tamale dinner, complete with homemade sopapillas. – Reporter

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Deanville receives check for hall preservation DEANVILLE – The Deanville Lodge Hall and grounds will be a location for the Caldwell Middle School Big Event on April 18. This is an opportunity for the students to give back to the local community by providing safe, student-friendly services at various locations. The lodge appreciates the work of the students and is proud to be a part of their service project. The lodge is fortunate to have opportunities to showcase the facility. Local historians had a special treat on Friday, March 1, as Deb Fleming, executive director of Texas Dance Hall Preservation Inc., gave a presentation at the Civic Center in Caldwell on “Historic Texas Dance Halls.” The presentation was organized by the Burleson County Historical Commission to kick off the county’s Heritage Week

Lockhart will honor seven seniors April 7 LOCKHART – Lockhart Lodge will honor it seniors with a Recognition Day on April 7. The lodge has seven members graduating from high school this year. The March 4 meeting was held at the Sirloin Stockade. Membership Coordinator Dicky Rutherford reported that member Johnny Siemering had fallen but is doing well. At the suggestion of Community Coordinator Nancy Hess, the lodge will make a donation to San Marcos Lodge for its Join Hands Day project. For the third year in a row, San Marcos Lodge will be putting together care packages for the children attending the Grief Support Session at Camp. Financial Secretary Ray Pfefferkorn read a thank you letter from the Seton Edgar B. Davis Care-A-Van for the recent donation from the lodge. – Reporter

which was held March 18-22 with emphasis on the county’s musical history. An article appeared in the March 7 Burleson County Tribune which featured the Deanville Lodge Hall. At one time, there were more than 1,000 dance halls in Texas, but the number has dwindled to fewer than 400. Deanville Lodge members take pride in the fact that their lodge hall continues to be a place for the community to gather and enjoy dancing to music on the “old” dance floor. Following the presentation, Fleming made a trip to the Deanville Hall for the official presentation of a $3,050 Preservation Hall Grant. Lodge leaders expressed their thanks for the grant money. On Saturday, March 9, two special visitors from “Dancing Across Texas” arrived on the

lodge grounds to take in the nostalgic feel of dancing on the old dance hall floor. It is their goal to dance on as many old dance floors as possible. The Deanville Hall was one of six stops that day. They danced a two-step to music in their head as there was no Internet connection for their phone. They enjoyed looking at the lodge photos and remembered that “Hermann the Defender” was the namesake of the Hermann Sons lodges. While looking at the pictures, they heard the wind and rain outside and decided to dance a waltz to the music in their heads. A dance with music by Ed Kopecky was scheduled for March 16. The lodge appreciates everyone who is dedicated to keeping the hall open to the public. – Reporter

Door prize winners at the March Lockhart Lodge meeting were, from left, Dickie Rutherford, Carol Schuelke, Nicky Duewall and Millie Duewall, not pictured.

Celebrating February and March birthdays at the Lockhart Lodge meeting were, from left, Jonelle Frerich, Carol Schuelke and Nicky Duewall.

A representative from Texas Dance Hall Preservation Inc. was in Deanville recently to present grant money in the amount of $3,050 to Deanville Lodge. Pictured are, from left, Mildred McLemore, Mildred Miman, lodge President Donnie Blinka, Deb Fleming from Texas Dance Hall Preservation Inc. and Marsha Kocurek. Deanville Lodge members take pride in the fact that their lodge hall continues to be a place for the community to gather and enjoy dancing to music on the “old” dance floor.

Fort Worth Lodge will hold picnic on June 7 FORT WORTH – Fort Worth Lodge will hold a picnic and pin presentations at the June 2 meeting set for 3 p.m. at the BRiCk (Burleson Recreational Center). The event will be held inside out of the heat this year. More information will follow next month but save the date. March 3 turned into one of the coldest days so far this winter, but it did not keep members from coming to the meeting. President Shannon Jones installed all the officers. The lodge welcomed new member Dale Potter. He was recommended by Karen BurnsLane. This was the second member she has recommended this year. This is your challenge members – match or beat Karen on recommending new members. Thank you Karen and welcome Dale. It was announced all reports had been sent to the Home Office. Thanks go to the Audit Committee for auditing the books and to everyone who reported volunteer hours for projects.

The Youth Committee has sent letters to all Camp age youth. Parents are asked to be on the lookout for the letters. If your child is going to Camp, they need to send their letter back with their T-shirt size and a chance to win part of their Camp fee. This is open to all Fort Worth Lodge youth going to Camp. If your child does not get a letter, contact Ronnie Jones at 817229-5722. Don’t forget if your child is not a member and is between the ages of 9-13 or has a friend who wants to go to Camp and is not a member, contact Sandra Jones 817-781-7155 or the Home Office. Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Kim and Ronnie Burns. Happy Birthday wishes go out to Sherry Pierce, Shelia Kim, Ronald Walters, Pat Miller, Gene Pierce, Jaxen Voss, Sam Jones, Tommy Gregory, Matthew Schick, Lyndall Thompson, Kimberly Leblanc and Katelyn Kassler. – Reporter

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San Marcos providing goody bags for campers SAN MARCOS – San Marcos Lodge will meet Monday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at La Vista Clubhouse, 1615 Redwood Road in San Marcos. Larry, Evelyn and Bruce Moreau will prepare the ham for the meal. Members are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. This will be a special meeting because members will be putting together 75 goody bags for the children who will be attending the Camp Grief Support Session this summer. Janice Kuhen reported at the March meeting that Lockhart Lodge will be joining the lodge in this Join Hands Day project.

The lodges will purchase the bags and items to be placed in the bags but members are encouraged to contribute as well and to spread the word to their neighbors and friends. A memorial service was held as part of the March 4 meeting held in the La Vista Community Room. Five members who have passed away since March 2018 were honored during the service. Family members of the deceased were invited to take part in the service. A flower was removed from the bouquet of flowers surrounding a cross adorned with greenery and then placed on the table, symbolizing

that their loved one was no longer a part of the lodge. Deceased members honored were Cynthia M. Krueger, age 59, from San Marcos, survived by husband Kenneth and daughter Heather Krueger Bolanos of Austin; Sonja Bennet Simon, age 79, from Wimberley, survived by daughter Piper Simon of Wimberley; Arlon Krause, age 89, from Canyon Lake; Bruce Ingram, age 88, from New Braunfels, survived by wife Gloria Ingram, daughters Elizabeth Ingram Tuttle and Sue Ingram Bushong and sons Bruce Ingram Jr. and Earl Ingram along with 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and Caro-

line McDonald, age 79, from San Marcos, survived by daughters, Loretta Sanders and Carol Rybarski, and son, William McDonald, along with four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill McDonald. Members were reminded that Camp registration information would be mailed in March. Attendance prizes were won by Florence McQuaig and Armo Dietert Jr. Mothers will be honored at the May 6 meeting to be held at the Golden Corral in New Braunfels beginning at 10:45 a.m. – Reporter

Evelyn Moreau celebrated her birthday at the March meeting of San Marcos Lodge.

Austin welcomes Brassett in March AUSTIN – Austin Lodge will meet Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. Members are asked to bring food for a potluck meal and desserts. Executive Camp Director Ian Brassett was a guest at the March 3 meeting. Ian informed members and visitors of the new things that will be available this

summer at Camp and invited everyone to the work day at Camp scheduled for April 27. The lodge will make donations to the Healing Hearts Casino Night in observance of Join Hands Day. The May 4 event benefits the Camp’s Grief Support Session.

A sympathy card was sent to the family of Aubrey Kitchens. Get well wishes were sent to Jim Spradling and Clarence Stark. Ed Kurtz took home the “kitty” and Gay Stark won the attendance prize. – Reporter

McGregor Lodge collecting food items Executive Camp Director Ian Brassett visits with two Austin Lodge junior members during the March meeting. Emily Lindsey, left, will be a counselor-in-training this summer. Emma Spradling, right, will be attending Camp this summer.

McGREGOR – McGregor Lodge will meet May 1 at Luigi’s beginning at 6 p.m. The lodge will not meet in April. Members are asked to bring canned goods to the meeting in observance of Join Hands Day. The food will be donated to the McGregor Food Pantry. The March 7 meeting also was held at Luigi’s. The date was changed due to Ash Wednesday. President Doris Mooney thanked Janet Schmalriede, El Nora Lawton and Doris Mooney for helping serve at Westview Manor on Valentine’s Day. Thanks go to Leona Hendrick-

son, Teresa Sneed, Betty Johnson, Karen Rice, Janet Schmalriede and Doris Mooney for baking all the cookies. There was a record number of people served. Think the word got out that the ladies who make the great cookies were baking. Members always enjoy helping and visiting with old and new friends. Congratulations to Kristy and Tyler Phillips on their new arrival, David Wayne. Proud grandparents are Kerry and Regenia Arseneaux. Congratulations to Charles Hoehn on his 60 years of membership. Charles became a mem-

ber April 9, 1959. Get well wishes go to Betty Johnson, Joyce Thane and Joel Leavitt. Happy Birthday wishes go to Betty Johnson, Janet Schmalriede and Doris Mooney. Anniversary bells ring for Al and Hermine Wolf on their 58th and John and Teresa Sneed on their 44th. Lucky door prize winners were Betty Johnson and Jerome Weinstrom. Members got to take home some leftover pizza, so everyone was a winner. – Reporter

Coupland’s next meeting set for June 2 Celebrating March birthdays at the Austin Lodge meeting were, from left, Frances Albert, Kimberly Lindsey and Billie Harris.

COUPLAND – Coupland recently held its quarterly meeting. Officers were installed. They include Lena Ging, president; Glenn Krieg, vice president; and Charlotte Albert, secretary/

treasurer. The group planned meetings, Family Night and other activities for the remainder of the year. Members brought snacks to share.

The next meeting will be held June 2 at 2 p.m. at the Fire Station in Coupland All members are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Lena Ging at 512-468-0072. – Reporter

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Kirby to hold fun member event April 7 KIRBY – Kirby Lodge will meet Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. for a fun member event. All members and their families are welcome to attend. There will be lots of games, prizes, food, popcorn, an ice cream bar, movie and more. To attend or help at the event, call Youth Coordinator Angela Netherton at 210-831-1293 no later than Monday, April 1. At the March meeting members enjoyed a taco bar to kick off Fiesta. Special thanks go to Brandi Wintermeier, the Kirby School of Dance students, lodge youth and parents who prepared the food and drinks and served the lodge members. A special thank you goes to Brandi Wintermeier, Kacie Stanton and Matthew Netherton for decorating the lodge hall for the Fiesta feast. Thanks also to Executive Camp Director Ian Brassett for attending the March meeting and talking to members about Camp

and all the new exciting changes. Celebrating a birthday was Carol Gloor. Celebrating their wedding anniversary were Kenton and Scherlyn Gleitz. Door prize winners were Allison Netherton, Irvin Schulmeier, Julie Lyssy, Scherlyn Gleitz, Donna Scheel, Cameron Riedel, Brandi Wintermeier, Kerry Lambrecht, Angela Netherton and Kenton Gleitz Sandra Bundick was the $30 attendance prize winner. Split-the-pot winners were James Lowak and Lillian Brietzke. They both won twice. Condolences are extended to the families of Alyce Hale and Michael Seguin. Don’t forget to pick up the Kirby Lodge 2019-2020 schedule at the April meeting. The lodge has several fun events planned for the year and all members are welcome to attend. – Angela Netherton

Kirby Lodge youth and dancers served the meal at the March meeting. Pictured are Allison Netherton, left, and Brooke Broth.

Kirby Lodge members taking part in a volunteer day of service at the San Antonio Food Bank Farm were Allison Netherton, Abbigal Netherton, M.J. Netherton and Aubry Willmann.

The Kirby School of Dance students performed at the San Antonio Livestock Show Fairgrounds in February. Thanks go to the people responsible for making the arrangements and to the dance teachers, Skyler Spain and Cameron Riedel, for getting the girls ready.

Members of Kirby Lodge who volunteered at the San Antonio Food Bank Farm learned how Indians irrigated their crops.

On March 13, Kirby Lodge youth members joined members of Girl Scout Troop 164 and volunteered at the San Antonio Food Bank Farm at Mission San Juan. One of their tasks was pulling weeds in the cabbage field.

La Vernia picnic set for April 23 LA VERNIA – La Vernia Lodge is planning a picnic for April 23. The location is still to be determined. A workday at the lodge hall was held March 23. Members met Feb. 17 to complete the activities calendar and discuss needed repairs. Executive Camp Director Ian Brassett was in attendance and spoke on his plans for Camp. Members all learned something new about Camp and are anxious to see what Ian has in store. For information on life insurance, contact agents Marlin Tanneberger at 210-827-7229 or Sharon Tanneberger at 210827-0526. To reserve the lodge hall, contact Jeanie Walpole at 830779-2253. – Reporter

Kerrville to meet April 3 KERRVILLE – Kerrville Lodge will hold its bi-monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Bank Board Room. A potluck meal is planned with ham as the main course. Members are asked to bring side dishes. The bank is located at 301 Junction Highway in Kerrville. After the meal, members will finalize plans for Join Hands Day in May and Flag Day in June. The remainder of the 2019 schedule includes meetings on June 5 and Oct. 2 at Wells Fargo Bank, a meeting on Aug. 7 at Acapulco Restaurant and the Christmas party on Dec. 6. Check the monthly newspaper articles for any changes to the schedule. Members are reminded that postcards will be not be mailed prior to each meeting. – Juanice Grona

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Mission-Alamo members prepare for busy Fiesta Week SAN ANTONIO – Mission-Alamo Lodge members are making plans to be a part of Fiesta Week in San Antonio. Volunteers are needed to park cars on Monday. Teenagers who are in need of volunteer or community service hours are welcome. Saturday is a busy day for parking so teens might keep this day in mind, as well. Merlinda Elizondo in the Home Association office is in charge of the volunteers. Call her at 210226-5432 for information. The May meeting will honor mothers. Members are encouraged to bring their mothers with them to the meeting. Fathers will be honored at the June meeting. At the February meeting, Ruth Bailey presented a Certificate of Achievement to President Sylvia Schulmeier. The lodge received the certificate for reaching its new member goal for 2018 and for achieving an overall gain in membership. Four new members were welcomed. They are Joshua and Jocelyn Holguin and Colt and Jack

Celebrating birthdays at the February meeting of Mission-Alamo Lodge were, from left, Sylvia Schulmeier, Sharon Anello and Dorothy Breezee. Klein. Members are mourning the passing of Sidney Duran, a member for 23 years. He was 78. The lodge received thank-you messages from the directors and children at St. P.J.’s Home for Children. Members donated toys to the home during the holidays. A thank you note also was received from the Retirement Home for the contribution to the Christmas Fund.

The lodge’s plans for the year 2019 were discussed. Meals for each meeting and the members responsible were organized. Lillie Mae Dienger was the split-the-pot winner. The attendance award member would have been Christine Teach. She was not present so the amount of the prize will increase for the next meeting. Dinner and games followed. – Georgia Hall

Celebrating February anniversaries at the Mission-Alamo Lodge meeting were, from left, John and Georgia Hall, 25 years; and Dianne and Jack Larned, 12 years.

Members wore red to the February Mission-Alamo Lodge meeting. They included, from left, Don Schulmeier, Dorothy Breezee, Carol Swan, Sylvia Schulmeier, Denise Wright and Georgia and John Hall.

Corpus Christi to meet April 1, egg hunt set for April 13 CORPUS CHRISTI – Corpus Christi Lodge will meet April 1 at the Hilltop Community Center. Games will be played. A business meeting was held March 4 at the Chicken Shack. The lodge will hold its second annual Easter Egg Hunt for

members on April 13 at 10 a.m. at West Guth Park in Corpus Christi. Membership pins will be presented in a ceremony Monday, May 6, at Millers BBQ (Leopard and Mckenzie). – Brittny Mcpheeters

Megan Hunt and Allison Rosas celebrate the 50-50 win at the Corpus Christi Lodge meeting in March.

Frank and Darlene Brandon celebrated 48 years of marriage on March 27. They are members of Corpus Christi Lodge.

Michelle Ballard and Kiersten Hunt were door prize winners at the March meeting of Corpus Christi. Also winning was Rick Robertson, not pictured.

New Braunfels plans catered meal for April 7

Celebrating March birthdays at the Corpus Christi Lodge meeting were, from left, Kerry Ginn, Shelly Hunt, Urijah Tamez, Betty Ballard and Michelle Ballard.

NEW BRAUNFELS – New Braunfels Lodge will meet April 7. Alfred Stremmel will host the meeting that will include a catered meal. For the March meeting, the hall was decorated with Texas flags to honor Texas Independence Day.

Eight new members were welcomed. Agent Shirley Huebinger reported on the workshop for agents she would be attending in San Antonio. A resolution of respect was read in memory of Gloria Hitzfelder and Norma Rem-

mler. Information was provided about where credit could be earned for charity and civic participation. An enchilada supper, hosted by Dennis Schwab, followed games and refreshments. – Reporter

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Poth Lodge presents membership pins

Three members of Poth Lodge received their 75-year membership pins at the December Christmas party. Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe presented the pins to, from left, Evelyn Kunkel, a member since March 7, 1943; and Lucille Barrow and Catherine Repka, both members since Feb. 4, 1943.

Paul Traeger Jr., left, receives his 70-year membership pin from Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe at a Poth Lodge event. Paul has been a member since May 2, 1948.

John Maha Jr., left, receives his 70-year membership pin from Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe at a Poth Lodge event. John has been a member since June 3, 1948.

Glenn A. Hellums Jr., right, receives his 60-year membership pin from Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe at a Poth Lodge event. Glenn has been a member since Sept. 4, 1958.

Frank Risley, left, receives his 60-year membership pin from Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe at a Poth Lodge event. Frank has been a member since Sept. 16, 1958.

Prinz Solms offers three senior scholarships Alfreda Pennington receives her 70-year membership pin from Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe at a Poth Lodge event. Alfreda has been a member since Jan. 8, 1948.

Lucille Novak receives her 60-year membership pin from Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe at a Poth Lodge event. Lucille has been a member since Oct. 13, 1957.

BULVERDE – Prinz Solms Lodge will meet Sunday, April 12, at the Bulverde Community Center. Seventeen members enjoyed a fun night at the S.T.A.G.E. performance of “A Little Thing Called Love” on Feb. 23. Members enjoyed dinner and dessert and the play. At the March 10 meeting, members enjoyed a barbecue dinner with sides and dessert. Members further discussed the new scholarship program. Three $1,000 scholarships will be available. Membership in Prinz Solms Lodge is required. Interested graduating high school students must submit an application, an essay and information on the college they will attend. Contact Youth Coordinator Audrey Klabunde by email at sp1301@gvtc.com. Community Coordinator Jackie Oldfield asked for ideas for a Join Hands Day project. Members will volunteer in the

Prinz Solms Lodge recently made a $500 donation to the Provisions Food Pantry to help the less fortunate in the Bulverde and Spring Branch area. Pictured are, from left, lodge Secretary Tom Pardue, Pete Martinez and Toni Hoese from Provisions, lodge President Cliff Klabunde, and Weslea Miller and Terrie Thompson from Provisions. cake booth at the Bulverde Community Center Chicken Festival on April 28. The Membership Coordinator

will be contacting a local expert to give a presentation on gardening at a future meeting. – Reporter

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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 timk@hermannsonslife.org Marketing Analyst Ana Vasquez, FLMI, AIRC, FIC anav@hermannsonslife.org Administrative Assistant Gladys Rowley gladysr@hermannsonslife.org Special Representatives: Dan Boenig - 210-705-1815 danb@hermannsonslife.org Gary Falkenberg, FICF - 713-466-6069 • 713-899-4138 gfalken908@aol.com Eulla May Krueger - 210-863-0546 • 830-985-3643 eullak@hermannsonslife.org Teresa Saathoff - 210-276-0361 • 210-422-6996 teresaasaathoff@gmail.com

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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Shining Stars

COOPER WATSON is a member of New Braunfels Lodge. He is in eighth grade. His favortie food is fried potatoes and his favorite TV show is “FBI Files.” Cooper’s activities include Boy Scouts, golf and camping.

JACK WATSON is a member of New Braunfels Lodge. He is in fifth grade. His favorite food is pizza with white sauce and his favorite TV show is “Mythbusters.” Jack has a pet hermit crab. His activities include Cub Scouts, basketball and First Lego League.

BRANDON SCHNITZ is a member of Houston Lodge. He is in eighth grade. His favorite foods are pizza and cereal. Brandon has pet cats, Bear, Alec and Spike. His activities include playing video games and trombone and speaking German.

MICAH KNIGHT is a member of Austin Lodge. She is in third grade. Her favorite food is pizza and her favorite TV show is “Wild Kratts.” Micah has a pet cat and dog. Her activities include Taekwando.

MARIANNE THOMAS is a member of Manchaca Lodge. She is in fourth grade. Her favorite food is grilled cheese and her favorite TV show is “Bunk’d.” Marianne has a pet Bichon dog, Boo. Her activities include aerial yoga, choir and art.

RHETT MACKRELL is a member of Boerne Lodge. He is in fourth grade. His favorite food is hamburgers and his favorite TV show is “Gravity Falls.” Rhett has a pet dog and three cats. His activities include Cub Scouts, soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

RUBY JAY RHOADS is a member of Round Rock Lodge. She is in fourth grade. Her favorite food is peanut butter bread and her favorite TV show is “The Great British Bake Off.” Ruby has a pet dog, Butter, and kitten, Ziggy. Her activities include swimming, drawing, theater and martial arts.

EMILY LIZBETH ANZALDUA is a member of Corpus Christi Lodge. She is in pre-kindergarten. Her favorite food is pizza and her favorite TV show is “Paw Patrol.” Emily has a pet Husky dog, Cloudo. Her activities include jumping in muddy puddles, singing, dancing and jumping.

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