August 2020

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Vol. 123, No. 10

INSIDE New agent from Victoria joins Sales staff ➤ Pg. 4

Camp Store offering gear to campers ➤ Pg. 6

Lodges present scholarships to high school grads ➤ Pg. 7

hermannsonslife.org

August 2020

We Strengthen Community

Lodges continue to support hometown projects Hermann Sons Life lodges have continued to strengthen their communities even during the pandemic. “We want to salute the lodges that have made the commitment to serve their communities in ways big and small during these unprecedented times,” Vice President of Members Benefits Cecily Kelly said. These are the projects that have been reported to the Home Office in the past few weeks. Other projects were previously highlighted. Giddings Lodge made two donations recently. A $300 donation (pictured above) was made to the Trail Life Troop.

Since the boys could not go to camp this year, the leaders put together projects for them to do at home. The money will be used to buy supplies. The lodge also made a $300

donation to the Back to School Program at First Assembly of God Church. Gay Hill Lodge donated $500 to the For The City program which is collecting school sup-

plies for children in the Brenham and Burton area. El Campo Lodge donated $300 worth of canned goods, cereal, Gatorade and snacks to the El Campo Middle School food drive. The food was distributed to students living on the outskirts of town during the pandemic distance learning who were unable to participate in the meals provided by the El Campo ISD due to a lack of transportation. Hochheim-Prairie Lodge has made a donation to the Yoakum Police Department in honor of medical personnel and first reSee LODGES, Pg. 8

Camp keeps in touch with fun instruction videos By IAN BRASSETT Executive Camp Director We miss you! Camp is simply not the same without the campers. It’s odd waking up and not thinking about the campers and staff. Not wondering what the evening activity is. Going to the office and working on 2021 and not having a 2020 summer camp season. We are definitely thinking about our campers and cannot wait for the summer of 2021. Believe it or not, plans are being put in place as we speak to ramp up the summer fun in `21. Hopefully by now you will have seen some of the videos we are posting online for your entertainment and enjoyment this summer. Ashlyn “Lucky” Chambers has been working very hard to put together a cool bunch of videos for us to share with you. Check back in every week! Hopefully on Mondays we will be posting a new video/activity for you to try along with one or two songs that Pamela has recorded. The songs Pamela recorded and Lucky has edited will be used in staff training moving forward. First-time campers and new staff will be able check them out before heading to Camp. We’ll also be

posting the prayers said before the meals along with taps. These videos are awesome and I’d like to thank Pamela for taking the time to record them. If you plan on being a Counselors-in-Training, these are great videos to help you learn the songs. See VIDEOS, Pg. 5


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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 Mary Pruitt Vice President of Sales 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 Steven Schellenberg Marlin Tanneberger Ronald Wiatrek Janet Zabransky Gerald Ziemnicki

MEMBER BENEFITS COMMITTEE

Frank Brandon Shirley Faske Tammy Kelley

Bradley Klein Ed Kurtz Laura Thigpen

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Elizabeth Byron Tammy Haecker Marsha Kocurek

Sherry Rakowitz Lisa Rozacky Irene Schwertner

BUSINESS OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

Brad Dietrich Robert Herridge Tammy Jones Edward J. Muehlbrad

Doug Saathoff Laura Tiffin Lori Todd

President’s Message Focused on moving organization forward I hope that this article finds you and your family happy, safe and well during these unprecedented times. I know that we all wish that things were different and we could go back to what we considered to be “normal.” That may take a while to get back to so we need to just do the best we can every day and be as happy and positive as we possibly can be to help one another. We are trying to maintain as much normalcy as we can here at the Home Office but it has been challenging with the circumstances. We have had to cancel every major event this year. We are trying to keep our employees, agents and members safe so making these decisions is easy in that regard, but difficult in the fact that we all look forward to these events every year. We have kept the Home Office closed to the public and we are not sure when we will open it back up yet.

We have been keeping a normal business schedule to make sure we continue to service our members’ needs and move our organization forward every day. We have been using this time to continue focusing on work in several areas that will improve the service to our members and help our organization grow. We are working on implementing a new policy administration system that we are hoping will be live in the fourth quarter of 2021. We are also implementing new general ledger software that will give us greater financial insight and data to help us make decisions and be more efficient and productive. This software should be ready towards the end of the year. We have also been doing a lot of work on the Sales and Marketing side. We recently implemented a new Regional Sales Manager

structure to help support, mentor, train and recruit new agents. We will have a new single premium product rolling out in the near future as well. Marketing wise, we have been working on improving and refreshing our social media sites including YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, etc. so if you are on any of those platforms please like and follow our page as well as share our posts! Please invite your family and friends to do the same because it all helps in getting more people to know about our amazing organization. We also rolled out a Hermann Sons Life App so if you haven’t downloaded it yet to your phone, go ahead and check it out! Let us know what you think. We are always looking for ways to improve and stay relevant so if you have anything else you think we should be doing, please let us

Food banks express their thanks SAN ANTONIO – The Home Office has received two more letters of thanks from the organizations that received donations in May. In observance of Join Hands Day, the Home Office sent $1,000 donations to seven food banks around the state and the University Health System Foundation in San Antonio. CitySquare’s letter said, “Your gift provides hope for our neighbors. Our hearts are heavy as we realize our city’s working poor will be most deeply impacted.

CitySquare stands ready to serve and care for these neighbors until they recover.” In his letter, Brian Greene, president and CEO of the Houston Food Bank, said, “The outpouring of support recently has been tremendous. Thanks to your willingness to share your resources, please know that your gift will ensure that those in need, especially our most vulnerable neighbors, have access to nutritious meals now, and in the days ahead. Thank you for helping us provide food for better lives.”

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Harmonia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Helotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hochheim-Prairie. . . . . . . . . . . . . Kerrville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kirby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louise Schuetze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mission-Alamo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rutersville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . San Marcos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seguin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Twin Sisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vineta. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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President's Message Retirement Home News Donations Pioneer Members In Memoriam

New This Month

Lodges continue donations Food banks send thanks Nadine Reuter passes More cancellations Long-time employee passes

Marketing & Sales News

Lodge Reports Brenham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corpus Christi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DaCosta. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dallas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deanville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . El Campo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fort Worth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gay Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Giddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

know. Hopefully lodge meetings and pin presentations will return to a normal course of business in the near future, and I look forward to meeting more of you then. – Eugene Zollinger President and CEO

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Insurance in a critical time Recommenders listed 100% Families New agent comes on board List of agents

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Camp videos now online Camp Store online Lodges present scholarships Dance registration under way Answer to puzzle on Pg. 16 Shining Stars

Youth in Action


Sales & Marketing

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We can help with insurance at a critical time By TIM KOLBE Vice President of Sales In the last sales newsletter called Agent’s Advantage, I addressed Gov. Greg Abbott’s Open Texas initiative, and how it apparently has stalled for the time being with the resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Open, don’t open; no mask needed, mandatory mask orders. Needless to say, we will be dealing with this pandemic for some time, and many plans have been upended for the foreseeable future. With the economy in flux, we’ve experienced a slowing of surrendered products here at the Home Office. Indeed, now is not a good time to surrender life insurance coverage! May I challenge further by stating that it is never a good time to drop life insurance coverage, unless

you have solid financial arrangements in place to address that coverage. Just having a plan in place is inadequate, as the financial goals have not yet been achieved, and must be reviewed periodically. Life, or viruses, can alter or destroy your plan. You may be interested to know that one of the most prominent reasons folks surrender life insurance coverage is that they have insurance through work. Follow along and let’s discuss why this may not be a sound decision. In fact, this may a time to consider purchasing additional life insurance protection. Millions of Americans have been out of work, and the group term coverage they relied on evaporated with the loss of their job. Most employer-provided term cover-

age only provides from one to one-and-a half times the worker’s annual salary. A wage earner, married with two children, who makes $50,000 in wages/salary, could count on $50,000 to $75,000 of employer-provided group term life coverage. Sounds great, until you realize that those funds have to pay for a funeral, associated costs, mortgage, debt and the continued financial support of three persons for the next 10 years. In actuality $75,000 is but a drop in the proverbial bucket, and a sure-fire plan for financial hardship caused by the personal loss of a loved one. I’ve seen this many times, and it saddens me to see families put in this situation because they did not plan for the future.

At Hermann Sons Life, we provide life insurance and annuities for every age, from newborns all the way to those who are 90. Our life portfolio includes whole and term life products, and annuity retirement savings plans. Whole life plans are a great way to provide a level of protection which will give lifetime coverage. Whole life may be more expensive at first, but the premiums typically do not increase with age. A whole life plan provides coverage after term life becomes too expensive or expires due to age. Hermann Sons Life whole life plans feature: • Level premiums which do not increase for the lifetime of the insured. • A lifetime of coverage with a guaranteed death benefit.

• Single and modal premium payment options to fit every budget. • Riders for insurance protection, accidental death and waiver of premiums are available. Term life is typically purchased to cover a certain risk for a certain period of time. It is usually less expensive when you are younger and thus a good plan for growing young families with limited budgets, or a single person who is a caretaker for a sibling or elderly parents. Marriage, buying a home, welcoming a new baby, future education needs and income replacement are great reasons to consider term life coverage. Hermann Sons Life term life features: See TERM, Pg. 4

Pandemic claims more major events SAN ANTONIO – The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of more Hermann Sons Life events. The Hermann Sons Youth CampShannon Leigh Gaffney Golf Tournament scheduled for Aug. 15 has been cancelled. Also cancelled was the annual statewide event that was planned for Octo-

ber. With these cancellations, all major Hermann Sons Life events for 2020 have been called off including the chili cook-off, dance recitals, summer camp, the statewide bowling tournament and the Family Fun Day at Schlitterbahn. Some lodges held meetings in June. Some lodges have meetings sched-

uled for August and September. Other lodges have chosen not to meet until further notice. Updates can be found on Pages 12-14. The Home Office is allowing lodges to make decisions based on the best interest of their members. The Home Office remains closed to the public.

Nadine Rueter passes away at age 85 Nadine Irene Prescher Rueter, 85, of Clifton, passed away on June 8. She and husband Calvin belong to Womack Lodge in Clifton. Calvin was a member of the Grand Finance Committee for many years. They were frequent visitors at Hermann Sons Life events and traveled the state to represent the organization. Nadine was born Dec. 5, 1934, to Ernest and Emilie Prescher in Clifton. She graduated as valedictorian of Valley Mills High School in 1952. On Nov. 30, 1954, she married Calvin Rueter and they had three sons, Rodney, Donald and Curtis. Over the years, Nadine managed the business for the family farm and ran the household. Nadine also enjoyed

tending to her vegetable garden, canning vegetables and baking. She was a faithful and active member of Zion United Church at Nadine Rueter Womack for more than 60 years. She was also active with the Texas/Bosque County Farm Bureau. She also served as an election judge and volunteered with the Home Economics Department at the Central Texas Fair and Rodeo. She was recognized by the Bosque County Commissioners Court for her service to the community.

Nadine is survived by her husband of 65 years, Calvin Rueter; sister Roberta and husband James Shields of Whitney; brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Beverly Rueter of Clifton; her sons, Rodney and wife Melanie Rueter of Clifton, Donald and wife Carol Rueter of Clifton, and Curtis and wife Ruth Rueter of Westminster, Colo.; grandchildren, Kayla Rueter, Dylan Rueter, Taylor and husband Brandon Carter, Alyssa Rueter, Jackson Rueter, Erin Rueter and Braden Rueter; and her great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Whitlee Carter. Services were held for the family on Friday, June 12, at Zion United Church in Womack. Graveside services followed at Clifton Memorial Park.

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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Sales & Marketing

Stehle joins Sales team Andrea Stehle has completed her training and is now a field agent for Hermann Sons Life. Andrea is a member of DaCosta Lodge and will be serving as a part-time agent in the Victoria area. Andrea has been a member since 1982. She took part in the Dance Program and was a five-year camper at Hermann Sons Life Camp. She is currently the manager for the DaCosta Lodge Hall. She has an extensive background in commercial HVAC and construction, direct sales, insurance, manufactured housing and equipment rental. She is experienced in business consulting and administration. She has operated Brodie’s Print Shop, a screenprinting and embroidery company, since 2016. She previously owned KBM Air Conditioning

Term life offers many benefits Cont’d. from Pg. 3

Andrea Stehle Inc. and the Linburg Haus Bed and Breakfast. She and husband Chris have two children. Son Brandon is married to Kristin and they have two children, Preslei and Christopher. Daughter Kristen is married to Brandon Boyle. Andrea can be reached at 361-648-2274.

Recommenders earn gift The Sales Department is recognizing 11 recommenders for the month of June. This brings the total to 141 members recommending 170 new members to Hermann Sons Life in 2020. The winners of the $50 gift cards for June are Lillian Ashley Smith from Prinz Solms Lodge and Darline Preiss from Kypfer-Salge Lodge. Congratulations to the following June recommenders: Recommender Agent Melissa Anglin, Schulenberg Lodge Shirley Faske Donald Edward Burns, Fort Worth Lodge Sandra Jones Zachary Blane Depine, Da Costa Lodge Laura Thigpen Adia Jade Jones, New Braunfels Lodge Shirley Huebinger Sean Wesley Kariger, Castroville Lodge Glenford Boehme Lisa Kay McCorquodale-Robalin Louise Schuetze Lodge Lynn Wiede Jennifer McCoy, San Marcos Lodge Janice Kuhen Darline Ann Preiss, Kypfer-Salge Lodge Laura Timmermann Ashlyn P. Richardson, New Braunfels Lodge Laura Timmermann Lucille H. Schriewer, Boerne Lodge Marilyn Vog Lillian Smith, Prinz Solms Lodge Teresa Saathoff

• Less expensive than whole life at younger ages. (Note: term premiums will increase with age, and typically become unaffordable or undesirable near retirement.) • Cover large amount of debt with less premium; family, mortgage, education, business loans, etc. • Riders available for Accidental Death and Waiver of Premium. • Convertible to whole life, without evidence of insurability, until age 70. (Note: Not all insurance providers offer convertibility.) For many, a blend of whole and term is a preferable strategy in providing lifetime coverage. Buy whole life when you are young and lock in the premium at your age and health at the time of issue. Keep that affordable coverage, and supplement with term life when life events occur, such as marriage, spousal and family protection, mortgage, future educational needs, business loans, etc. Once term becomes too ex-

pensive to keep, convert all or part of it to whole, or decrease the term coverage. In this way, you will enjoy a lifetime of adequate coverage, knowing that your final expenses and loved ones will be financially supported. Remember that life insurance is an excellent way to pass on wealth, leaving a lasting legacy to succeeding generations. For those wishing to park funds in an investment, keep in mind that the market is treacherous ground during this time. At the time of this writing the 30-year U.S. Treasury rate is around 1.3 percent. The 10-year rate is hovering around 0.6 percent. The average 1-year bank CD rate is well south of 1.0 percent and can be as low as 0.35 percent. Not much opportunity there. If a person is risk-adverse and does not wish to gamble with the markets in these turbulent times, an annuity can be a viable choice. Hermann Sons Life annuity rates at the time of this writing

are: 5 Year Annuity - 2.3 percent 9 Year Annuity - 2.5 percent Both products offer a 1.5 percent guaranteed minimum rate of return, and offer: • Protection of principal, due to the guaranteed rate of return. • Annual opportunity for increased yield as determined by the Hermann Sons Life Executive Committee. • After the first year, the member may withdraw up to 10 percent of the accumulation account balance without penalty. • No-fee, no-load, no-cost investing ($5 check withdrawal charge for 9-year product). Let our Hermann Sons Life agents help you plan for your future financial protection. Use our website tools to conduct an independent financial needs analysis, product decision tool, and the “find an agent” tool, or send us a message and we’ll be glad to visit. By phone, screen share, or in person, we want you to be prepared for whatever life has in store.

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Agents competing for prizes in 10 and 10 Adult Member Campaign SAN ANTONIO – Hermann Sons Life agents are competing to see who can write the most new adult member applications between now and the end of the year. It is called the 2020 10 and 10 Adult Member Campaign.

The agent who brings in the most applications (including annuities) will receive a big screen TV. The agent who generates the most premium income will receive a new laptop computer. Agents must write 10 applica-

tions and generate $10,000 in premium income to qualify. Members can help out their favorite agent by recommending new members to the organization. Everyone who recommends someone for membership be-

comes eligible to win one of two $50 gift cards given away in a monthly drawing. You can recommend someone in one of several ways. You can go to our website – hermannsonslife.org. At the bottom of the Home page, click

on Recommend a new member and it will take you to a form that you can fill out and submit. Or you can submit the information in an email to sales@ hermannsonslife.org. Or you can call 877-437-6266 or 210527-9113.


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Videos feature line dances and songs Cont’d from Pg. 1 Hopefully each Friday we’ll be posting a line dance of the week. The first was “Kickflip.” Lucky gives a tutorial and then you will see a number of our staff from 2019 perform. Again, Lucky has done a lovely job of editing. A big thank you to everyone who sent in videos! We loved them! I especially enjoyed the dog’s participation in the line dance. Did you see it?? Also, BIG props to Superstar and Bacon for their submissions. When you check out these videos, please share them on your social media and with your friends. Make sure you do not miss a single video by subscribing to our official YouTube channel. The first activity is a letter writing project! Please send us a letter here at Camp. As I mentioned before, we miss you. If you send us a letter, I promise you’ll get a return postcard! We’d love to hear what you miss the most about Camp and what new ideas you’d like to see implemented at Camp in 2021. For more Camp, Dance and general Hermann Sons Life news and events, please download and check out our Mobile App. Camp Store open Our campers couldn’t come to Camp to get their favorite gear so we are bringing the Camp Store to them. Go to our website and check everything that is for sale. You can get a sneak peek on the next page of this issue. Camp Updates The septic system work at Riverside is still under way. I’ve attached some of the photos to show you what a mammoth job it has been. We are excited for this project to be completed and show you some of the “after photos.” This project will also allow us to add some good soil and nutrients to the Hilltop soccer and baseball fields. Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, we cancelled all the life-

Camp is posting videos online for entertainment and enjoyment this summer! Check them out on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin or on our Hermann Sons Life App. The videos feature camp songs, line dances and instructions for Camp projects like letter writing and making friendship bracelets. Be sure to share them.

Work on the Riverside septic system is still under way.

guard classes scheduled for this summer. We do plan on running many lifeguard classes in the spring and summer for interested members. These classes will be free for any CIT2s who commit to three weeks in 2021 and for junior staff and staff who work a minimum of FOUR camper weeks. Summer 2021 We are planning to add an additional full camper week to the schedule for 2021. That means we will be offering SEVEN WEEKS of CAMP plus the Grief Support Camp and MINICAMP.

We are currently working on revising the CIT-1, junior staff and returning staff applications along with the 2021 staff agreements. They will be available to our applicants in the fall and interviews will begin on Oct. 1. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 summer camp season, all staff (returning and new) will be asked to send in an updated application. CIT-1 and JUNIOR STAFF places are limited and therefore I recommend when we announce them, you do not delay!


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Kyle Alworth

Jacob Brumbelow

Jonathan Brumbelow

Jalan Dixon

Natalie Henson

Gulf awards scholarships Jessica Jakes

Delaney Loosemore

Julie Morgan

Nevaeh Perez

Grayson Smaistrla

Giddings awards scholarships Giddings Lodge recently presented scholarships to three of its high school senior members. Pictured with lodge President Pat Abell, right, are, from left, Morgann Wood, Macy Alexander and Madison Medack.

Piccalo Payne

The Gulf Lodge Scholarship Committee awarded $1,000 scholarships to 11 college students in June. Serving on the Scholarship Committee were Sarah Spencer, secretary/ treasurer; Ben Diaz, president; Charles Rizzo; Agent Jennifer Garner; Past President Al Stryk and Marie Stryk. The lodge would like to recognize Jalan Dixon, Delaney Loosemore and Kyle Alworth for their 4.0 GPAs. All applicants had excellent grades and met or exceeded expectations.

Registration continues for dancers

Round Top Lodge presented scholarships for the first time this year. Linda Mattocks, left, presented the scholarships to Megan Krause and Aiden Wagner.

Round Top awards scholarships Round Top Lodge awarded its first ever scholarships this year. A celebration was held June 25. Linda Mattocks presented the scholarships to Megan Krause, daughter of Calvin and Suzanne Krause, and Aiden Wagner, son of Jason and Karen Wagner. Megan will be attending Blinn College in the fall to pursue her goal of becoming a dental hygienist. Her parents and sister Mallery, all members of the lodge, were there to support her.

Aiden will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall where he will study aerospace engineering. His plans include flying and possibly working at NASA. His parents and grandparents, Wayne and Pearlie Wagner, all members of the lodge, were in attendance. Gary Goebel, with the help of Herman and Alejendra Alba, served a meal of barbecue on a bun with beans, potato salad, pickles, onions and tea. Dessert was a cake baked in honor of the graduates.

SAN ANTONIO – Registration for the 2020-2021 dance year is under way. Junior members ages 3 to 17 who live in the area around one of the Schools of Dance have received their registration information. Those who have never enrolled received their brochure in the mail. Those who took part last year and have a Class Juggler account received their instructions by email. The brochure provides detailed instructions on how to access the registration process through Class Juggler. Parents should note that if they created an account to register a camper, they will not have to create a new account to register a dancer. They will have to use the dance password that is provided in the brochure. The brochure includes a list of the Schools of Dance and there is a list on the website. Any junior member who meets the age requirement and whose life insurance premiums and dues are current can register for an hour of in-

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struction in any school of their choosing. The schools are under the direction of the instructor(s) and two parent liaisons. Other parents can become involved by volunteering in various capacities including serving as class monitors, working on fund-raising and helping with the recital. Each school collects a registration fee that is determined by the individual schools and is used to offset the cost of the recital and other expenses. The Home Office collects a $50 assessment fee to help cover the cost of the instructors and other expenses. Classes will start after Sept. 1 and registration will remain open until Oct. 1. Instructors and parent liaisons have been given guidelines on how to conduct classes and remain in compliance with COVID-19 restrictions. For more information on registration, call the Member Benefits Department at 800-234-4124 or 210-226-9261.

Keep In Touch Remember Hermann Sons Life is on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube! Be sure to check them out and share our posts! Also, have you downloaded the Hermann Sons Life App yet? The App is used to communicate important information to our Hermann Sons Life family. Use the registration code HSLH20 to get started.


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Kalaya Stone delivers a donation from Giddings Lodge to Pastor Diane Herlitz from First Assembly of God Church in Giddings. The church will use the money to buy school supplies for area children.

Retirement Home

Taylor Lodge is continuing its program they call “A Bushel and a Peck with a Hug Around the Neck.” Throughout the year the lodge collects non-perishable items and donates them to local charities.

Lodges continue service to communities Cont’’d. from Pg. 1 sponders. The donation will be used to purchase supplies for a meal that the Yoakum PD will be preparing. Vineta Lodge is holding its annual school supply drive for the San Antonio Children’s Shelter but in a different way. Usually members buy the supplies and

bring them to a lodge meeting. Since the lodge is not currently meeting, the officers are asking members to send a monetary donation. Checks can be mailed to Hermann Sons Life Vineta, 525 S. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio, TX 78205. Taylor Lodge is continuing its program they call “A Bushel and a Peck with a Hug Around the

Neck.” Throughout the year the lodge collects canned goods and non-perishable items and donates them to local charities including soup kitchens and churches. “We are so grateful for these donations,” Cecily said. “They demonstrate that where there is a will there is a way for us to help others.”

MEMORIAL DONATION FORM Name of Deceased:

Camp Camp Scholarship Fund Grief Support Session at Camp

to go to: Name: City, State, Zip: Donor: City, State, Zip: Date:

HARRY WEHRING Donor: Brenham Lodge

WELDON O. BREHMER WILBURN GUENTHER Donor: New Braunfels Lodge

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Address:

Donations to the Retirement Home in Memory of:

Donations to the Retirement Home Scholarship Fund in Memory of:

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Address:

John Widner, left, and Darrell Kaminski, right, two of the three residents who celebrated birthdays in June. Residents were not able to celebrate Father’s Day and Flag Day in the traditional way because of the pandemic.

Donations

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Acknowledgement from Retirement Home Retirement Home Scholarship Fund

Martha Willems is pictured with the birthday flowers she received from her relatives in June. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors are not allowed at the Home. Birthday cake and ice cream were served as dessert at the noon meal on June 26 to honor Martha and the other residents who celebrated their special days in June.

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

NADINE RUETER MARGARET BROWN Donors: Jack & Dianne Larned

Donations to the Camp Fund in Memory of: MILTON FUCHS SR. Donor: Houston Lodge


75 Years

CARL H. SCHULSE Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge ELO EMIL ZINKE Hochheim-Prairie Lodge CORA L. MAULDEN Louise Schuetze Lodge MILDRED L. STEWART Poth Lodge

70 Years

Pioneers

HELEN LANGE FREY JOANN MILTON La Grange Lodge F.L. WALTISPERGER La Vernia Lodge

DOROTHY A. ZIPP Louise Schuetze Lodge

SHERRY DIANE LUHN Bellville Lodge

BETTY L. GILBERT ROBERT B. WARNECKE New Braunfels Lodge

MARGARET TEAGUE Biry Lodge

V.G. SCHNEIDER JR. Bellville Lodge

GERALDINE A. PFEIFFER Paul Vogt Lodge

WELDON ANTON NEUENDORFF Brenham Lodge

MARGUERITE HASSOLD Pershing Lodge DONALD E. KNEUPPER Prinz Solms Lodge ROBERT H. HAGEMAN San Marcos Lodge CHARLOTTE LOU SITKA Schulenburg Lodge FRANK W. ZAPALAC Shelby Lodge

ALDUS LUHN DaCosta Lodge

MAURINE E. JOHNSON ROSE MARIE MOORE EUGENE H. UECKER WILFRED C. UECKER Spring Branch Lodge

AUDREY T. GRONA Fredericksburg Lodge

ELTON RAY SPITZER Womack Lodge

JOHN G. ROLLER Gruenau Lodge

WANDA GAIL HORNY Yorktown Lodge

SHIRLEY R.V. SPRIGG Cuero Family Lodge

RONALD G. PARGMANN Hochheim-Prairie Lodge

THOMAS V. DEBROOKE AUGUSTUS F. EDWARDS Anton Wenzel Lodge JANET D.Y. HEMINGWAY DANIEL W. KRAUSE Austin Lodge

BOBBY WISIAN Niederwald Lodge

CARLTON A. BIERMANN DOROTHY MAE BUROW VERNON CHARLES HENNEKE A.C. SCHWETHELM Comfort Lodge

60 Years

DANIEL W. NOLTE Lockhart Lodge

DONNA JEAN GRIMM Austin Lodge

DOLORES FAY FOJT JOY LIN MAHAFFEY Cat Spring Lodge

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VINCENT M. JUNGMAN Castroville Lodge DAVID JESSE WEIGE Cat Spring Lodge ANNE MARIE W. DIMAS Columbus Lodge SYLVIA A. ALBRECHT ROBERT HANS LINDENBERG MICHAEL J. SCHAETTER KRISCHINA M. SUTHERLAND Comfort Lodge KAREN I. BLANSFIELD DAVID ALLEN MANHART MICHAEL R. MANHART ALWIN WILLIE NEIDIG JR. Coupland Lodge

GAYLE LYNN JANNER Gay Hill Lodge

ROSE MARY CHANDLER MILDRED A. COWAN SHIRLEY A. CAROL JAEGER EHRLUND MOCZYGEMBA EDDIE BOB JAEGER Moulton Lodge Giddings Lodge MARGARET L. OLSON BARBARA A. THEDIN SMITH Gruneau Lodge New Bern Lodge RICHARD O. KOEHLER EDWARD ANDRE MAZAC MARK LOUIS MOTT Harmonia Lodge BETSY NAN LANGFORD Haskell Lodge KENNETH JAMES COX Helotes Lodge TERRY W. PARGMANN Hochheim-Prairie Lodge MICHAEL M. LEINWEBER ROBERT SCOTT NESTER Hondo Lodge RICHARD K. KRESTA Jackson County Lodge MORRIS B. BIRDWELL Jourdanton Lodge

JOEL KARL ERBEN MARILYN L. HUEGELE CHRISTIE E. SALERNO DEBORAH FAY VETTER New Braunfels Lodge KAREN LEA BRYSCH PHYLLIS M. MAYERS Nordheim Lodge DARLENE E. YOUNG Orange Grove Lodge ROY A. GOMBERT JR. LARRY MARTIN MAENIUS GARY DEAN MCBEE LINDA JOY W. PETERSON BARBARA A.W. POLANCO LORENZ SCHWARZ JR. JANELL J. WESNESKI RICHARD W. WILSON Paul Vogt Lodge

LYNETTE M. TULLOS DENISE WENDT FANNING Pershing Lodge MICHAEL R. KOHLENBERG DAVID JEROME KOCH PATRICIA S. KOHLENBERG Round Rock Lodge Kypfer-Salge Lodge LAURIE ANN KLAUS DAVID M. KAHLICH Cuero Family Lodge LARRY N. VERSTUYFT JAMES E. KAHLICH La Coste Lodge WAYNE P. KAHLICH GARY J. RYBAK HELEN L. POTTER DaCosta Lodge EILEEN RENE RIORDAN LINDA NELL ROSS Louise Schuetze Lodge SUSAN SCHWERTNER KIRK L. SCHWARTZ Rowena Lodge Deanville Lodge MARK ALLEN LUENSMANN BARRY L. WEISHUHN SHARON MARIE AGUILAR Marion Lodge Rutersville Lodge Dunlay Lodge HERMINE S. WOLF CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 RHONDA N. LOTH McGregor Lodge SHEILA E. WHITE Fredericksburg Lodge LLOYD E. ASHLEY Mission-Alamo Lodge


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50 Years

CAROL JEAN BERGER RONALD W. BERGER SHIRLEY A. BRADLEY ELAINE KULHANEK SHIRLEY A.M. MACHICEK KURT T. VORNSAND Schulenburg Lodge

KIMBERLY A. LUDWIG Austin Lodge

EDWARD EARL BAIRD JERRY DALE BAIRD CATHERINE LOUISE CURTIS LISA KAY HEINSOHN SHARON LOUISE MOORE GOLEN JAMES PAVEL Schwertner Lodge ALDRED KOEBIG BETTY JANE LORENZ JULIE LORENE SHELDON Seguin Lodge CHARLES A. CLAY JOHN HENRY CLAY Siemering Lodge EILEEN KAY MARTINKA RONALD F. STEUBING Spring Branch Lodge JO VONNE GIL Stern Lodge LOUANN VANLANDINGHAM LORI ZAMBRANO Vineta Lodge KELVIN GENE NUSSMAN MILTON COY SCHULTZ Waco-Robinson Lodge DARRYL JON BORTH WANDA E. FRANKE DORIS E. JOHN KAY C. KLAEVEMANN ANDRA MUELLER WISIAN Yorktown Lodge

JAMIE LEA LAMPKIN JEFFERY L. LAVENDER Beaumont Lodge DEBRA ANN DIVER Biry Lodge CHERYL LYNN HOERMANN LORI JILL SCHULZ Brenham Lodge

Pioneers KARLA ELAYNE FRYE KIMBERLY M. KOEHL Ellinger Lodge THEODOR D. WATSON El Paso Lodge CARLA KAY ENGELHARDT Fort Worth Lodge CATHARINE E. DORER KELLE SUE HAGEL KAREN SUE SCHLADOER Fredericksburg Lodge

SANDRA MARIE OLINICK Louise Schuetze Lodge DANIA SUE TUTTLE JOHN JOSEPH TUTTLE Mission-Alamo Lodge KAMI LYNN KELLER STEPHANIE VOLLBRECHT New Braunfels Lodge ROBIN ELIZABETH ILSE Niederwald Lodge HOLLY KAY COOLEY Old Glory Lodge

KENNETH L. JUNGMAN Castroville Lodge

BRIAN KEITH LORENZ SHONDA KAY ZIESE Gay Hill Lodge

KENT M. MICHAELS Cat Spring Lodge

DALE CLINTON DUNK Giddings Lodge

HOLLY RENEE B. MCCALL Cibolo Lodge

CHARLES D. HINCHLIFFE Goliad Lodge

STEVEN F. BERG Columbia Lodge

GREGORY L. POLASEK Gonzales Lodge

CHANDRA NURAE FOURNIER GORDON GLENN HOLEKAMP MARK WILLIAM SPROWL SHIRLEY ANN STATECZNY DAVID THOMAS Comfort Lodge JAMES R. TRANGMAR II JOHNNIE MAY WEISE Corpus Christi Lodge

DANIEL JOHN BROOKE MICHAEL GERARD DILLOW JASON L. HAYMAN KENDALL L. HILBURN SAM J. PENNARTZ RICHARD LEE RUSSELL KENNETH WILLIAM SCHRADER DONALD R. SIBLEY Harmonia Lodge

CHERYL FUCHS FRANKLIN Cuero Family Lodge

KRISTEN SUE CAMPBELL Haskell Lodge

KIMBERLY D. FOX KATHLEEN D. GATES ALICE ANN HENDERSON TROY LEE HENDERSON WINFRED L. HENDERSON JAMES GEORGE KOENIG JENNIER GAY STARY DaCosta Lodge

STEVEN M. DEIKE Helotes Lodge

LESLIE L. TEAGUE III Houston Lodge

PATRICK F. LUCAS DANIEL JOSEPH PETRI MARK E. WENGLER Siemering Lodge

AMY LEA JANEK SHARON LEE MUECKE Del Rio Lodge

DINA GENOVESE Kerrville Lodge

STACY WADE RUST Twin Sisters Lodge

ANN B. HALAMUDA Kirby Lodge PEGGY SUE CAMPION La Grange Lodge

DAWN M. CRAIGHEAD TAMMY S. HILBURN VIRGINIA M. HILBURN MELANIE D. KING Vineta Lodge

GARY LANE ALLEN II Lockhart Lodge

BETH Z. PHILLIPS Yorktown Lodge

GLENN R. PETROSKI Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge

JOSEPH EMIL NEHR Hondo Lodge

JOAN GAIL UECKER JOHN GLENN UECEKER Paul Vogt Lodge STACIE LYNN MENTZER CHARLES S. MERRELL VIRGINIA LYNN WEST Pershing Lodge

Janelle Larrison has received her 60-year membership pin. Janelle is a member of La Vernia Lodge. She lives in La Vernia and has been a member since May 17, 1960.

JACQUELINE C. HAWKINS Roscoe Lodge LISA J. JOST Rowena Lodge CAROL DIANNE SAMPSON San Marcos Lodge KRISTEN KAY KUBENKA JAMES M. SCHRAMEK Schulenburg Lodge JOHN A. EVANS JR. DEBRA LYNN EVANS BETTY ANN MATTHIES ELIZABETH D. MATTHIES THERESA LOU WHITFIELD Seguin Lodge

Paul Duesterheft of Maxwell has received his 60-year membership pin. Paul is a member of Niederwald Lodge. He joined on Oct. 1, 1960.

Paul Hoffmann has received his 60-year membership pin. Paul lives in Bulverde and is a member of Converse Lodge. He joined on Dec. 2, 1960.


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41-year employee passes at age of 67

Frances Bara is pictured with son Ronald at her retirement party in 2013.

Frances Hillje Bara, a 41year employee of the Home Office, passed away June 20 at the age of 67. Frances was a member of Vineta Lodge and served the lodge as president for many years. She was a social member of Siemering Lodge.

She was a 1971 graduate of Harlandale High School. She also belonged to the Beethoven Damenchor and St. John’s Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Frances Hillje, ex-husband and best friend Santos Bara,

in-law Sandra Wilford and great-nephew Grayson. She is survived by son, Ronald Bara and wife Megan; brother, Ken Hillje and wife Susan; godson, Joey Fisher; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Graveside services were held June 27 at San Jose Burial Park in San Antonio. Memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hermann Sons Life, the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.

In Memoriam of Our Deceased Members MELVIN J. NEUENDORFF Bernardo Lodge Died Nov. 8, 2015 • Age 92

LAWRENCE SCHNEIDER Cibolo Lodge Died March 2, 2020 • Age 86

JUNE MARIE RIGDON Louise Schuetze Lodge Died April 24, 2020 • Age 84

PAUL W. GOTTSCHALD Goliad Lodge Died May 11, 2020 • Age 94

VERLAINE J. BRIGHT Laubach Lodge Died June 1, 2020 • Age 89

ELROY C. PREISS Twin Sisters Lodge Died Dec. 23, 2018 • Age 72

KAREN M. MEINARDUS El Campo Lodge Died March 11, 2020 • Age 73

LEROY A. MARKMANN Kirby Lodge Died April 25, 2020 • Age 72

RICHARD A. TATUM Anton Wenzel Lodge Died May 14, 2020 • Age 88

JESSE BILL TONEY Old Glory Lodge Died June 2, 2020 • Age 86

ALYCE M. HALE Kirby Lodge Died Jan. 22, 2019 • Age 104

GERALD DEAN FOSTER Siemering Lodge Died March 26, 2020 • Age 86

KATHRYN J. MARTINEZ Dallas Lodge Died April 25, 2020 • Age 67

VERGIL MICHAELSEN El Campo Lodge Died May 20, 2020 • Age 88

LEONARD F. ULLMANN Siemering Lodge Died June 2, 2020 • Age 83

EVANAE N. SILVA Seguin Lodge Died July 18, 2019 • Age 22

R.E. TSCHIRHART Helotes Lodge Died March 28, 2020 • Age 86

SYLVIA HUGHEY TRUITT Austin Lodge Died May 1, 2020 • Age 95

ERNEST R. PARSONS Fort Worth Lodge Died May 20, 2020 • Age 74

JAMES H. ZENNER Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died June 3, 2020 • Age 93

ROMAN BROLL Harmonia Lodge Died Aug. 19, 2019 • Age 76

DOROTHY H. JAMES Vineta Lodge Died March 28, 2020 • Age 97

ALBERT HANS WOLF McGregor Lodge Died May 1, 2020 • Age 91

LORAINE G. HILBRICH Kirby Lodge Died May 21, 2020 • Age 94

ELRINE SCHMIDT New Braunfels Lodge Died June 5, 2020 • Age 88

BRITTANY S. ARMSTRONG Fredericksburg Lodge Died Nov. 3, 2019 • Age 20

HENRY A. BORGFELD Gruenau Lodge Died March 29, 2020 • Age 83

FRANK A. SPIZZIRRI Siemering Lodge Died May 3, 2020 • Age 86

VIRGINIA OKRONGLEY Louise Schuetze Lodge Died May 21, 2020 • Age 79

BETTY JEAN BURNS Houston Lodge Died June 5, 2020 • Age 85

CHARLES L. WOLF Yorktown Lodge Died Dec. 8, 2019 • Age 89

LEONA MAE KOCH D'Hanis Lodge Died April 15, 2020 • Age 65

CRYSTAL L. SKOLAUT Helotes Lodge Died May 4, 2020 • Age 79

CHARLOTTE L. BREITEN Vineta Lodge Died May 23, 2020 • Age 74

GEORGE W. BACHMEYER Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died June 5, 2020 • Age 97

BERNIECE LUNN Old Glory Lodge Died Jan. 1, 2020 • Age 95

NADINE CONRAD Womack Lodge Died April 17, 2020 • Age 92

GLENDA M. SPEIER Mission-Alamo Lodge Died May 5, 2020 • Age 80

NORMA JEAN MOBLEY Poth Lodge Died May 23, 2020 • Age 76

ANNA L. HEERSSEN Shiner Lodge Died June 7, 2020 • Age 84

ZOE ANN SCHAFER Del Rio Lodge Died Jan. 5, 2020 • Age 63

WILLIAM E. TURNER Pershing Lodge Died April 21, 2020 • Age 95

TYLER S. MAZAC Sealy Lodge Died May 6, 2020 • Age 30

GRACIE M. KNESCHK Fort Worth Lodge Died May 24, 2020 • Age 93

NATHAN W. MUELLER Gruenau Lodge Died June 7, 2020 • Age 80

DAVID ALAN BROMAN El Campo Lodge Died Jan. 24, 2020 • Age 68

RAWLEY ROBERT KOEHL DaCosta Lodge Died April 22, 2020 • Age 93

ELMER J. ARNECKE Weesatche Lodge Died May 8, 2020 • Age 84

BETTY SUE STURROCK Pershing Lodge Died May 25, 2020 • Age 90

GLORIA H. LEHDE Gay Hill Lodge Died June 8, 2020 • Age 68

DAYLON W. MAYFIELD Cibolo Lodge Died Feb. 14, 2020 • Age 38

ROBERT B. FOWLKES Schulenburg Lodge Died April 22, 2020 • Age 72

SUSAN F. WILKINSON Gonzales Lodge Died May 9, 2020 • Age 68

GEORGIA H. COWAN Louise Schuetze Lodge Died May 27, 2020 • Age 95

ANN COALE PHILLIPS Wichita Falls Lodge Died June 11, 2020 • Age 76

WANDA JENEVA MCCOY Old Glory Lodge Died Feb. 17, 2020 • Age 89

CORRINE M. GASS Twin Sisters Lodge Died April 23, 2020 • Age 96

ALOMA MARIE NAIVAR Coupland Lodge Died May 10, 2020 • Age 78

CARROL JAMES ROACH Niederwald Lodge Died May 27, 2020 • Age 81

AUGUST F. VOELKEL Shelby Lodge Died June 14, 2020 • Age 85

EMMA SOPHIA GATES DaCosta Lodge Died Feb. 24, 2020 • Age 86

WILBURN GUENTHER New Braunfels Lodge Died May 11, 2020 • Age 83

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


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Kirby holds Flag Day ceremony

Seguin Lodge honors Jones Seguin Lodge honored Vernelle Jones at the June meeting. Vernelle served as hall manager for six years and coordinator for the lodge’s semi-annual flea markets for 12 years. Presenting the certificate were, left, Tim Kolbe, president of the Home Association and a lodge trustee, and Allen Gescheidle, president of the lodge. Because of the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Seguin area, the lodge canceled its July 15 meeting.

DaCosta Lodge moves social to December DACOSTA – Due to the continuing impact of COVID-19, DaCosta Lodge officers have decided to postpone the Summer Family Social that was scheduled for Aug. 22. The event will now be a Christmas/ Winter Social to be held Dec. 12. Stay tuned for more details. Meetings are still being held on the second Tuesday of every other month. The two meetings left this year will be held Sept. 8 and Nov. 10. Both begin at 6 p.m. There is plenty of room for social distancing and safety precautions are being taken. Once orders are lifted by Governor Abbott, Thirsty Thursdays and Family Fun Fridays can resume. If you have any questions call the Hall Managers at 361-5782039 or lodge President Sayra Elkins-Martinka at 361-6766947. Hall Manager Andrea Stehle has just completed her agent training. She is ready to write up new members so contact

her if you know someone who wants to buy life insurance. Registration for the upcoming dance year is under way. Classes will begin in early September and will be held on Tuesday evenings. The Western Dance Club dances held at the Hall are open to the public at a cost of $10 per person. The dances start at 8:30 p.m. and end at midnight. Saturday dates are Aug. 15 with the Red Ravens, Aug. 29 with Blue Denim and Sept 12 with Blue Denim. The Texas 361 Band will play for the dance on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 2-6 p.m. DaCosta Lodge will host a public dance Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. with music by Tainted Heart. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Don’t forget to friend the lodge at DaCosta Lodge and “like” DaCosta Hall for upcoming events and information. – Reporter

Kirby Lodge held its annual Flag Day ceremony June 12. More than 40 City of Kirby employees attended including police officers, firefighters, City Hall workers and the mayor. Also attending were members of the board from the Senior Citizens Center and members of the lodge.

Gay Hill plans meeting on Oct. 1 GAY HILL – Gay Hill Lodge will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Sealand Restaurant. The July meeting also was held at Sealand Restaurant. The lodge donated $500 to For the City, which is collecting school supplies.

Celebrating birthdays since the last meeting were Bozie Fischer, Marvin Fischer, Mae Fischer, Patsy Fischer and Mary Jo Klekar. Celebrating anniversaries were Bozie and Patsy Fischer, Mary Jo and Stanley Klekar and David

and Doris Roehling. Sympathy is extended to the families of Gloria Lehde, Cliff Henze and Robert Green. Get well wishes are extended to Bobbie Lehde. – Patsy Fischer

Hochheim-Prairie makes donation YOAKUM – Hochheim-Prairie Lodge has made a donation to the Yoakum Police Department in honor of medical personnel and first responders. The donation will be used to purchase

supplies for a meal that the Yoakum PD will be preparing. The lodge extends its thanks to the Yoakum PD for this service. The lodge is not currently

meeting because of COVID-19. Members are reminded to watch the local newspaper for information on when the next meeting will be held. – Carolyn Hoepfl


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Giddings honors scholarship recipients GIDDINGS – Giddings Lodge members are happy to be attending meetings again. In June, the lodge honored scholarship recipients at a dinner. The students introduced their families and gave a short report on their plans for the future. Those attending were Morgan Wood and her mother Janet; Macy Alexander and her parents, Angel and Kevin; and Madison Medack and her parents, Geneva and Gene. Celebrating birthdays at the June 16 meeting of Cameron Lodge were, from left, Alyssa Gann, Shirlynn Buck, Heather Ehler and Chad Ehler. Chad, Jason and David Ehler prepared the fish fry meal. Special guests were Chair of the Board Sandra Jones and husband Sam. They donated the door prizes.

Cameron Lodge will meet Sept. 15 David and Susan Ehler recently celebrated their wedding anniversary. They are members of Cameron Lodge. The lodge’s next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 15 at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron.

Mission-Alamo welcomes new adult, junior members SAN ANTONIO – Mission-Alamo Lodge has not had a meeting since February but does want to welcome its newest members. They include adult member, Vivian Jane Pedrotti, and junior members, Finnegan Robert Clarke, Sloane Julia Vasquez, Marcus Gavin Zarazua, Leah Alyssa Navarro, Jackson R. Glenn, Julianne Eleanor Hart, Jamilyn Louise Hart, Luke Alexander Preiss, Emilia Christine Preiss, Maxon Cole Macedo, Adin Alexander Rafert, Kyndrah Lea Blandford, Andrew G. Puente and Caroline G. Puente. The lodge has cancelled its July and August meetings. Heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and friends of departed members, Amanda Sue Reed who passed away Jan. 4, 2020, and was a member for

38 years; Johnny Waclawczyk Sr. who passed away Feb. 18, 2020, and was a member for 29 years; and Glenda M. Spier who passed away May 6, 2020, and was a member for 50 years. Happy belated birthday wishes go to everyone who celebrated in March, April, May and June. They will be recognized at the next meeting. A thank-you letter was received from the San Antonio Food Bank for the donation in observance of Join Hands Day. Officers hope that someday the lodge will be able to hold a meeting, enjoy a good meal, have a nice beverage and catch up on things. For now we need to stay healthy and safe – we are in this together. May God bless you and hope to see you soon. – Bernice Vogel

A donation of $300 was made to the Lee County School of Dance to help with expenses. Members look forward to classes resuming soon. The lodge extends a thankyou to the Medack family for all the years they have spent helping the dance program. The Trail Life Troop members were not able to attend camp this year, so the lodge donated $300 to help with a few projects they have planned that the boys

can do at home this summer. There is a new organization in Giddings called the Lee County Radio Emergency Service (Lee County ARES). One lodge member donated several CB radios and a HAM radio to the organization on behalf of the lodge. The lodge donated $300 to the First Assembly of God Church for its Back to School Program that provides supplies and other necessary items for students. – Reporter

Twin Sisters Lodge will meet on Aug. 2 TWIN SISTERS – Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Twin Sisters Lodge has not been able to meet since February. Plans are under way to begin regular every-even-month meetings starting Sunday, Aug. 2, at 2:30 p.m. in the Twin Sisters Schoolhouse. Each year the lodge honors long-time members with a pin presentation and fish fry at its June meeting. Despite

that event being cancelled this year, the lodge would still like to recognize those members: 50-year members – Cynthia Bargsley, Hollis West Boatright, Natalie Knoll Bochat, James Caudell, Sheila West Felps, Alvin Knoll III, Deborah Knoll, Helen Wagner Knoll, Stacy Rust, Keith Scharnhorst, Dennis Smith, Jan West, Lew West and Neil West 60-year members – Donald

Ford and Guy T. Hartmann 70-year member – Gertrude Hartmann 75-year members – Milton Jonas and Delbert Triesch A special thank you goes to Marcus Ethridge for trimming tree limbs off the schoolhouse roof and to Kent Weber for installing new fire extinguishers in the schoolhouse. – Reporter

El Campo Lodge presents scholarships EL CAMPO – El Campo Lodge will hold its next meeting Friday, Aug. 7, at 6:30 p.m. Members and guests used social distancing protocols when they met Friday, June 5. Lodge President Dennis Wigginton prepared a meal of pulled pork, Asian coleslaw, baked beans, loaded potatoes, drinks and dessert. During the month of June, scholarships were presented to Isabel Lilie of Louise High School, $1,500; Maranda John-

son of El Campo High School, $1,000; and Ava Wigginton of McNeil High School in Austin, $750. The lodge has a scholarship prize drawing each October to raise funds for these scholarships. The lodge donated $300 worth of canned goods, cereal, Gatorade and snacks to the El Campo Middle School food drive. The food was distributed to students living on the outskirts of town. During the COVID-19 distance learning these students were

unable to participate in the meals provided by the El Campo ISD due to a lack of transportation. Celebrating their 14th wedding anniversary were Wendel and Amy Witcher. Amy Witcher also celebrated a May birthday. Amanda Hernandez celebrated her special day in June. Door prizes were a safety packet of hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, toilet tissue and a bag of candy. – Cindy Witcher

Kerrville plans social at Acapulco Restaurant KERRVILLE – Kerrville Lodge will meet Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Acapulco Restaurant, 1718 Sidney Baker, Kerrville. This will be a social meeting with a little business thrown in. Each member will be responsible for their own meal. Members are reminded that the virus situation will determine

whether or not the meeting can happen. Plans for the annual Christmas party were finalized by officers so that a location and menu could be secured. It will be held in the meeting room at the Hill Country Veterans Center, 411 Meadowview Lane, Kerrville. Acapulco Restaurant will cater

the meal with the lodge providing drinks and dessert. Everyone is welcome to attend. This will allow the lodge to select its own choice for food for the party in the future. Future lodge meetings, including the Oct. 7 meeting, also will be held at the Veterans Center. – Juanice Grona


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Columbia Lodge planning August meeting DALLAS – Columbia Lodge’s July meeting has been cancelled as the COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Dallas. Lodge officers are hopeful that meetings may resume in August, but with numbers still surging, plans to reopen the Hall have been postponed indefinitely. Members are hosting happy hours and informal get-togethers on social media platforms in an effort to stay connected. Keep an eye on the Sons of Hermann Hall, Dallas, Texas Facebook page for information on these, or go ahead and host one of your own. These are totally informal, often spontaneous, and can be a whole lot of fun. The Home Association has been trying valiantly to achieve balance between the shared

goals of remaining financially fluid, preparing for the future, fulfilling obligations to members, staff and patrons, complying with city and state ordinances, and protecting the health and welfare of all concerned. This is no easy task, and every consideration is being given to the many pertinent aspects of the organization, the business and the human elements, and how they all factor into the big picture. Members’ concerns and perspectives are of special importance during this unprecedented time of collective uncertainty, and everyone is encouraged to participate in the Zoom meetings as the board and officers along with members and staff work together to navigate these

issues. If you are uncertain about how to join in, contact Amanda Hobbs, Home Association secretary, for direction. The conversation is still evolving with regard to private events at the Hall. As of this writing, some events are still booked, people are still reaching out to rent the Hall, and the board has tentatively agreed to go forward with current obligations and give consideration to planning more. These include agreements to carry out some much-needed renovations, requiring some expense. The way everything stands now, the expenses are offset and slightly exceeded by the revenue generated, and the consensus is that going forward as planned is the best option,

but that could change easily depending upon things beyond anyone’s control. Opinions vary widely on the need to prepare for the future, with concerns about doing repairs and upgrades to the property during down time vs. the need to be conservative with existing funds in the face of financial uncertainty in the service and entertainment industries. It’s a difficult situation to try to figure out, but everyone agrees that the membership deserves concerted efforts and careful planning going forward, and that we can do it better together. Stay safe and remember that we are in it for each other and for our community. – Anni Howe

Vineta will donate to shelter

Fort Worth Lodge meets Sept. 13

SAN ANTONIO – Vineta Lodge will make a donation to the Children’s Shelter for school supplies. In the past the lodge has collected school supplies, but with the pandemic going on the lodge is asking members to make a donation in whatever amount they would like. Checks should be sent to Hermann Sons Life Vineta no later than Aug. 12. The address is 525 S. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio TX 78205. Call Ruth Bailey at 210-6025147 for any information or just

FORT WORTH – Fort Worth Lodge will hold its annual picnic and pin presentation at The BRiCK in Burleson on Sept. 13. The lodge will furnish lunch and members are asked to bring a dessert. All members are welcome to attend. Angellenna Buttler is now a 50year member. She joined on July 6, 1970.

to talk and let her know how you are. Members mourn the passing of Frances Hillje Bara, a member for 67 years. She was a past president and was serving as a Home Association Board member at the time of her passing. At this time Vineta Lodge does not plan to meet in August or September. Happy Birthday wishes are extended to everyone celebrating their special day during this time. – Reporter

Dallas to meet on Sept. 27 DALLAS – Dallas Lodge will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Hall. Officers encourage all members to attend. The lodge will not meet in August. Everyone is asked to wear a mask and maintain the required 6 feet of social distancing. Those who do not feel safe or who have been exposed should not attend Margaret (Schatzie) Owens reports that Jean Ernst, her cousin, was hospitalized but is better and in a rehabilitation facility.

Richard J. Roeger passed away Feb. 17, 2020. He was 66 years old and resided in Garland. He was a 62-year member. The lodge will make a donation to the Retirement Home in his memory. The Home Association met June 23 via videoconferencing and was scheduled to meet again July 28. Members continue to discuss how to conduct business during the pandemic and the best way to navigate during these troubling times. – Andy Schellenberg

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Deanville holds barbecue plate sale DEANVILLE – Deanville Lodge had to change its annual Fourth of July plans but was still able to raise money for the lodge so it can pay its insurance bill. Traditionally, lodge volunteers cook barbecue all night on July 3-4 and then sell it to community members early on the morning of July 4. Then the lodge would host an all-day party with

food, games and music. This year, because of COVID-19, the lodge sold plates to go. About 400 plates were sold. A prize drawing for gift cards also was held and generated income for the lodge. Lodge officers hope to be able to resume the 100-year tradition next year. – Reporter

Rutersville Lodge to meet on Aug. 5 RUTERSVILLE – Rutersville Lodge is scheduled to meet Wednesday, Aug. 5. Members are asked to watch the local newspaper for information on whether or not the meeting will be held and the menu. Members enjoyed a meal of grilled hamburgers and various sides and desserts at the July meeting. The Home Office acknowledged the donation to the Camp

Scholarship Fund in memory of Marvin Schley. Theresa E Garlin was welcomed by way of transfer from Burton Lodge. Bradley and Amy Kuhn celebrated their wedding anniversary in July. Attendance prize winners were Linda Mattocks, Cheryl Kuhn, Glenn Altwein, Larry Shimek and David Noak. – Reporter

Lodge Updates Corpus Christi Lodge has cancelled the annual adult summer party in August. Plans are being made to meet Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Miller’s BBQ at Leopard and McKenzie. Helotes Lodge is planning to hold its third quarter meeting on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. A hot meal will be provided. Everyone who attends will have a chance to win a cash door prize. The Aug. 10 meeting of Comfort Lodge has been cancelled. The lodge is tentatively scheduled to meet Oct. 12. Updated information regarding that meeting will be available in the newspaper as well as on the Hermann Sons Life Comfort Facebook page. Harmonia Lodge officers have decided not to schedule meetings until further notice. Many of the members who attend members are in the vulnerable age group. San Marcos Lodge will not meet in August. Lodge officers are hopeful that the lodge can meet Sept. 14. Brenham Lodge officers have decided to suspend lodge meetings until further notice. Bingo games also are suspended until further notice. Members are reminded that they can keep up-to-date by going to hermannsonslife. org/lodges/brenham. Louise Schuetze Lodge officers have cancelled the Aug. 10 meeting because of the increase in COVID-19 cases. Members are asked to help spread the word about the cancellation. In August, officers will make a decision on the Sept. 14 meeting. Celebrating birthdays in July were Carol Grill, Mary Naughton and Alice Naughton, who is now a young 106.


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

Converse Dan Boenig 210-705-1815

Georgetown Brad Klein, FIC 512-497-0678

New Braunfels Becki Carley 361-550-9358

Austin Shirley Kuhen Faske 512-789-3975

Corpus Christi Pearl Hunt 361-960-0276

Gonzales Bobbie Polasek 830-672-6317

Kathryn Green 830-463-9455

Bandera Stephanie Brown 210-621-3891

Troylyn SisnerosGonzalez 361-232-7413

Graham/Wichita Falls David Wolf 940-550-5202

Bellville Robert Herridge 979-865-3222

Cuero Laura Tiffin Wayne Tiffin 361-275-8421

Hondo Richard Muennink 210-827-0053

Dallas Helen Tyson Brown 214-796-0668

Houston Gary Falkenberg, FICF 713-466-6069 or 713-899-4138

Cecilia Phillips 214-982-8905

Jennifer Stryk Garner 832-596-9425

Gilbert Shelby 214-289-1815

Gerald Ziemnicki 713-622-9001

Boerne/San Antonio Pamela Poulk 210-753-2626

Del Rio Pat Fritz, FIC 432-292-4483

Jourdanton Valerie M. Vick 210-748-5598

Boerne Lisa Rozacky 210-838-3306

Devine Cynthia Sultenfuss 210-219-6409

Karnes City Abigail Fenner 830-534-6982

Marilyn Vogt, FICF 210-630-9874

El Campo Dennis Wigginton 832-278-9636

Russell Swize 830-780-4053

Bernardo/Columbus Robin Maertz 979-732-1687 Terrel Maertz 979-732-1727 Blanco Joni Kirkwood Moore 512-922-8283

Caldwell Donnie Blinka 979-596-1309 Castroville Glenford Boehme, FIC 210-219-9792 Cibolo/Schertz Tracy Campos 210-388-2779 Judith Schulmeier, FIC 210-667-1938 Doreen Tissler 210-519-7859 Comfort Norma Bruns, FIC 830-995-3980

Floresville/Poth Beth Cutsinger 210-325-6667 Floresville Lynn Wiede 830-393-4660 Fort Worth Sandra Jones, FIC 817-295-2666 Fredericksburg Todd Bierschwale 830-997-2130 George West Tracy Caron 361-449-0348

Kirby Angela Netherton 210-831-1293 La Grange Linda Mattocks 512-736-9988 La Vernia Sharon Tanneberger, FIC 210-827-0526 Marlin Tanneberger, FIC 210-827-7229 Marion Lorene Bielke, FIC 830-420-2380

Shirley Huebinger 830-629-1196

Sales Department Staff 210-527-9113 877-437-6266 • 888-839-7667

Vice President of Sales Tim Kolbe timk@hermannsonslife.org

Laura Ann Timmermann 830-556-7527

Compliance Director Ana Vasquez, FLMI, AIRC, FIC anav@hermannsonslife.org

Nixon-Smiley Diana P. Moreno 830-379-2244 (office) 830-534-4989 (cell)

Administrative Assistant Gladys Rowley gladysr@hermannsonslife.org

Orange Grove Paula Gebert 361-384-2375 Pflugerville Julius Dubcak 512-272-8393 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 Ruth Bailey 210-602-5147 Darlene Irwin 210-392-2649 Rayna Sue Irwin 210-710-7038 Clif Klabunde, FIC 210-219-6142 San Marcos/Lockhart Janice Kuhen 512-393-1431 Schulenburg/Weimar Mary K. Seifert 979-743-0312

Regional Sales Managers: Eulla May Krueger 210-863-0546 • 830-985-3643 eullak@hermannsonslife.org Teresa Saathoff 210-422-6996 teresaasaathoff@gmail.com Schwertner Irene Schwertner 254-527-4470

Stockdale Ronald Wiatrek 210-771-4354

Seguin/San Antonio Carol Krauss, FIC 210-725-4106

Victoria Jason Hybner 361-652-6924

Seguin Annette D. Roecker 830-832-0724

Victoria Andrea Stehle 361-648-2274

Tina B. Ynfante 210-859-1973

Laura Thigpen 361-676-8307

Spring Branch Gloria Gass 830-885-4405

Yorktown Judy Wolf 361-564-2452


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Shining Stars

Be a Shining Star! Hermann Sons Life members 17 and younger can become Shining Stars! New Shining Stars are featured in the Hermann Sons Life newspaper and on our website. They also receive a fun packet in the mail. Shining Stars and their families are invited to a special event each year. The past few years, Shining Stars have been treated to a Family Fun Day at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels. Discounts are offered to parents and siblings. Eligible juniors need to only sign-up once and are then invited each year. To sign up, fill out the form on this page or online on our website, www.hermannsonslife.org, Member Benefits Shining Stars. For more information email tammis@hermannsonslife. org or call 800-234-4124, ext. 239.

Shining Star Registration Form Become a Shining Star! Just send us a photo of yourself (that we can keep) and fill out this form and send to: Tammi Sutherland, P.O. Box 1941, San Antonio, TX 78297. The form is also available online at hermannsonslife.org. Photos of our Shining Stars also are featured online. Name:

CLAIRE BOWEN is a member of Hondo Victory Lodge. She is in second grade. Her favorite food is cheeseburgers and her favorite TV show is “Avatar: Air Bender.” Claire has pet dogs, cats, a rabbit, cows, donkey and chickens. Her activities include swimming, tumbling, dancing, cheer, soccer, karate and American Ninja Warrior Jr.

HARLEIGH KENT is a member of Austin Lodge. She is in first grade. Her favorite food is ice cream and her favorite TV show is “My Little Pony.” Harleigh doesn’t have any pets but she does want a puppy. Her activities include dance.

OWEN LERMA is a member of Austin Lodge. He is in seventh grade. His favorite food is tacos and his favorite TV show is “Hunter Street.” Owen doesn’t have any pets, but he does want a puppy. His activities include Boy Scouts.

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