January 2022

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Vol. 125, No. 2

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Applications being accepted for Board of Directors ➤ Pg. 3

Long-time members receives pins at holiday parties ➤ Pgs. 7-11

Lodges make donations to strengthen communities ➤ Pg. 12-13

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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 1941w 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 Kelley Vice President of Finance and CFO Mary Pruitt Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly Vice President of Sales Robin Czarnek 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

Gary Falkenberg Shirley Faske Tammy Kelley Bradley Klein

Ed Kurtz Stephen Prewitt 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

A New Year means new beginnings By EUGENE ZOLLINGER President and CEO A New Year is upon us . I sincerely hope that you enjoyed the holidays with your family and friends . For the first time in two years, the Zollinger children were all at home . Our son Stetson returned from his two-year mission trip in November . A large group of family and friends turned out at the airport to welcome him home . As you can see in the photo, it was an emotional event for everyone . What a blessing it has been to spend time with him these past few weeks . He has lots of stories to tell about his mission work and I have enjoyed hearing all of them . Now he is on to his next adventure . He will be a freshman at Texas A&M this spring . His sister Alexis has just finished her first semester there . Having another Aggie in the family makes this father very happy . The New Year means a new beginning for Hermann Sons Life . We have a busy year ahead of us . There is much work to do and we will need all hands-on deck to accomplish our goals of increasing

membership while continuing our outreach to members and community . This issue is full of examples of what is so great about Hermann Sons Life . There are four pages of photos of our long-time members receiving their membership pins . The loyalty shown by these members is vital to the future of Hermann Sons Life . If our current juniors will commit to 50+ years of membership, our future will be that much more secure . There are two pages of pictures that demonstrate our commitment to strengthening community . I applaud the efforts of these lodges and ask them to keep up the good work . These acts of kindness are what make us who we are . We must never forget that . There are also numerous pictures of Humanitarian Award recipients . These are the people who help us carry out our community outreach initiatives . We all owe them a debt of gratitude for carrying on our legacy of service . There is also a powerful message from Vice President of Sales

The entire Zollinger family was on hand to welcome Stetson back from his two-year mission trip. Alison and I are blessed with five beautiful children, including Stetson, Alexis, Casch and the twins, Piper and Paisley. Robin Czarnek on Page 4 . I encourage you to read it . She talks about renewing our commitment to our lodges and our communities . Thank you, Robin . In May we will be gathering in San Marcos for the 48th Hermann Sons Life Convention Assembly . During the business portion of

Lodge Reports Anton Wenzel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Bandera County . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Bernardo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Bexar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Boerne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Cibolo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Columbus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Dallas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Deanville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Dunlay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Flatonia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Fort Worth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Fredericksburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Giddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Gulf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Harmonia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Helotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Kerrville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Kirby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Kypfer-Salge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Lockhart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Louise Schuetze . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 McGregor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Moulton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 New Braunfels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Niederwald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Paul Vogt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Pershing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Prinz Solms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Rosenberg-Richmond . . . . . . . 19 Round Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Rutersville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 San Marcos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Schulenburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Seguin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Vineta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

the assembly, the delegates will be making important decisions about the future of our organization . I look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with the delegates . Please join me in working hard to make 2022 a great year for Hermann Sons Life .

January Index Monthly Features 2 3 6 7-11 13

President's Message Calendar of Events In Memoriam Pioneer Members Memorial Donations

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Director applications open Home residents celebrate Roland Dullnig turns 100 Lodges strengtheng communities

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Recommenders listed Renewing our commitment Party experience shared Agent listing

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Answer to puzzles on Pg . 24 Shining Stars

New This Month

Sales News

Youth in Action


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Deadline nears for Board candidates to apply SAN ANTONIO – Applications are now being accepted for candidates for the Hermann Sons Life Board of Directors. The deadline for submittals is 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2022. Directors support Hermann Sons Life by providing missionbased leadership, strategic governance and organizational and fiduciary oversight. Six directors will be elected by the delegates to a four-year term at the 48th Hermann Sons Life Convention Assembly, May 1012, 2022, in San Marcos, Texas. The board will traditionally meet a minimum of four times annually for full-day meetings typically held on weekdays at the Home Office in San Antonio and perform other assigned duties that may require travel. The minimum requirements

for board candidates include, but are not limited to: • Hermann Sons Life member for a minimum of three years who is 18 years of age or older as of May 10, 2022 • In good standing with premiums and local lodge dues paid current through the election • Complete and meet minimum requirements associated with the Hermann Sons Life Background Check Authorization, Texas Department of Insurance Biographical Affidavit and Hermann Sons Life Conflict of Interest Statement • Possess and prove as many of the following core competencies as possible. You must possess and prove at least three to be elected Director and five to be elected Chair.

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Business Judgement Vision Strategic insight Management skills Leadership Industry knowledge Financial literacy Financial accounting skills Professional communication skills - Ability to navigate current technology Core competency definitions can be viewed on the online application. Candidates should also have: • A commitment to and understanding of Hermann Sons Life, its members and the fraternal system, preferably based on experience • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility and a passion for improving the lives of members

• Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government or the nonprofit sector • The desire and energy to actively participate in and contribute to meetings and other assignments. • The ability to fulfill the responsibilities described in the Board of Diretors job description The full job description can be viewed on the online application. Hermann Sons Life members who meet the minimum requirements are eligible to apply for the Board of Directors. Those ineligible for election to the Hermann Sons Life Board of Directors: • Current employees of Hermann Sons Life • Former employees and of-

ficers of Hermann Sons Life who have been terminated or are not eligible for rehire • Residents of the Hermann Sons Life Retirement Home • Any person who has an aggregate of two elected four-year terms as a Hermann Sons Life Board Director All applications will be subject to the review and approval of a Vetting Committee as defined by the Board of Directors Manual. To complete an application visit hermannsonslife.org and click Contact Us, then Employment, then Home Office. Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Vice President of Operations and COO Samantha Schulmeier Kelley, who serves as the Board Candidate Liaison, at 800-234-4124, ext. 233.

Events EVERY WEDNESDAY – It’s Swing Dance Night in the San Antonio Home Association Ballroom, 525 S. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio. Arrive at 7 p.m. for a lesson and stick around for the dance party that starts at 8 p.m. Cost is $15 per person for the lessons and dance or $5 to enjoy the dance after 8:15 p.m. EVERY THURSDAY – It’s Game Night every Thursday night at Hochheim-Prairie Lodge-Turner Hall in Yoakum. Games start at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 361-293-557. EVERY THURSDAY – It’s Game Night every Thursday night at Brenham Lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. EVERY SUNDAY – Foxtrot Ronde Rounds lessons are taught each Sunday at 2 p.m. in the San Antonio Home Association Ballroom, 525 S. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio. MARCH 13 - The Retirement Home Chili Cook-off is back on the calendar after a two-year absence because of the pandemic. Look for details in the February issue. APRIL 16 - The Hermann Sons Youth Camp-Shannon Leigh Gaffney Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament will be held Look for information in the February issue. MAY 7 - Join Hands Day will be observed. This is one of two days during the year when Hermann Sons Life lodges come together to do great things in their communities. 10-12 - The 48th Hermann Sons Life Convention As-

sembly will be held at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos. Delegates from across the state will be there to condct business, hear reports and elect the next Board of Directors. JUNE-JULY A full summer of Hermann Sons Life Camp is being planned. Watch upcoming issues of the newspaper for registration details. JUNE 14 - Flag Day is observed. Lodges are encouraged to honor the flag at a special ceremony or at the June lodge meeting. 25 - Family Fun Day at Schlitterbahn will be held. Look for details in the coming months. JULY-AUGUST The Hermann Sons Life Statewide Bowling Tournament will be held the last weekend in July and first weekend in August. Stay tuned for information on the location. SEPTEMBER The date for the Membership Appreciation Picnic has yet to be determined but the target is some time in September. OCTOBER 22 - Make a Difference Day will be observed. This is one of two days during the year when Hermann Sons Life lodges come together to do great things in their communities.

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@hermanns onslife.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

On Track Let's breathe new life into For Growth our mission in the New Year Two receive gift cards for recommendations

The Sales Department is recognizing 12 recommenders for the month of November. This brings the total to 279 members recommending 363 new members to Hermann Sons Life in 2021. The winners of the $50 gift cards for November are Brianna N. Pate from Paul Vogt Lodge and William Wiedenfeld Jr. from Comfort Lodge. Congratulations to the following November recommenders: Recommender Agent Mark K. Martinek Gilbert Shelby Deborah N. Ewald Shirley Faske Mary L. Irvin Janice Kuhen Ethan L. Kinard Paula Gebert Allie A. Neiser Mary Seifert Phyllis D. Neumann Annette Roecker Brianna N. Pate Pamela Poulk Alfonso G. Robalin Chris Naughton Judi D. Sims Chris Naughton Sharon Tanneberger Marlin Tanneberger Pearlie F. Wagner Linda Mattocks William Wiedenfeld Jr. Norma Bruns

Recommend a member and you could win a $50 gift card! Call us at 877-437-6266 or go to hermannsonslife.org and click on the link at the bottom of the Home page!

By ROBIN CZARNEK Vice President of Sales With 2022 upon us, I have found myself thinking about ways to reset. With the New Year comes the excitement of a fresh start and a chance to form some new, healthier habits. The celebration of the New Year is powerful. We are forced to sit down and think about how we’ve been living and where we fell short. With the New Year comes hope. We are able to rewrite our story and breathe new life into our goals and dreams. This also gives us new opportunities to grow and extend a hand in our community. Thankfully, we have a wonderful community in Hermann Sons Life to be able to join hands in the community and make some beautiful things happen. Our motto of “Friendship, Love and Loyalty” is a great credo to live by in every sense. With the many lodge meetings I have had the privilege to attend, I have seen this live in the wonderful acts of service and kindness in our lodges and their communities. From the warmth and generosity of the Gulf Lodge, to the family-oriented, friendliness of the Paul Vogt Lodge and the laughter and friendship obvious in the Round Top Lodge, so many of you have left such a profound impact on me in so many ways. While this has been ever present, I have also seen our presence in the community wane. With COVID and even with a bit of complacency, it’s easy to take it for granted when you’re just trying to get through the day-to-day struggles of life. While this can be a challenge, finding ways to help others can be such a blessing. Acts of service often bless the giver as much as the recipient.

Every random act of kindness, positive interaction and volunteer hour furthers the reality of peace on earth. ~ Glenn C. Stewart I have made a commitment to take stock of the things I want to change and do whatever it takes to see those changes come to fruition. This applies not only in my personal life, but also in my role as a Hermann Sons Life member. With the strong foundation our forefathers laid for us here at Hermann Sons Life, I feel such a sense of responsibility and even an urgency to be the catalyst that makes change happen. With your help, Hermann Sons Life can be the organization that exemplifies the meaning of friendship, love and loyalty that we strive for. I look forward to working side by side as we reconnect, re-engage and reinvent what it means to be a Hermann Sons Life member. It’s going to be beautiful to watch as we see Hermann Sons Life emerge from its lull into a place where friendship, love and loyalty are limitless and where our future materializes into something bigger and more extraordinary than we could ever imagine. In our upcoming newsletters and articles, I will share the wonderful things Hermann Sons Life has planned to restrengthen our bonds in the community and our commitment to supporting our lodge system. Stay tuned for more information on ways to make a difference. Who’s willing to commit to taking this journey with me? As you begin your work in the community, please share your stories and pictures! We’re in this together and I want to be able to encourage others with your great works in your communities. Let’s help everyone get the most out of life now!

Brenham celebration showcases what Hermann Sons Life is all about By DOUGLAS CARPENTER Regional Sales Manager Hello all. I wanted to share my experience at the Dec. 4 Brenham Lodge Christmas party. Although I am new to Hermann Sons Life, this meeting epitomizes the standard that we all should strive for in our lodges and it reminds me of the past lodge events I have been a part of. There was something for everyone. We all celebrated Christmas together. This was not about a place or a hall, but about a people coming together serving one another and joining in fellowship. My hope is that this will inspire us all to serve in our communities and work to make our Hermann Sons Life lodges the best that they can be.

The hall had been beautifully decorated for the season. There was a bar where bartenders were busy serving drinks. There was a band playing some classic rock, country and Christmas music. There were members young and old spinning and two-stepping all over the dance floor. There was a traditional holiday meal and lots of desserts and snacks. I was given a chance to speak to those in attendance and later was honored to present a 60-year membership pin to Burney Keilers and a 70-year membership pin to Randy Janner. Gloria Hanath was recognized for recently receiving her 50-year membership pin. President James Hyvl presented Karl Goessler and Doris Falkenberg with Humanitarian Awards from the lodge.

After dinner there was even more celebration. Santa came by and brought gifts for all the children. There was a raffle for gifts for the adults. Each of the gifts had been donated by members, friends of members and business owners. I won a $50 gift certificate from a local filling station. We also raffled off all the things the Home Office had donated including notebooks, pens, caps, t-shirts, water bottles, tumblers and sunshades. I was so overwhelmed by how well everything was planned. Both lodge President James Hyvl and Vice President Gary Falkenberg shared that it was a community effort to get it all done. And isn't that we are all about - everyone pulling together to make great things happen.


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Residents, staff celebrate Christmas at the Home Patricia Gaines donated a large village that was displayed in the Retirement Home Rec Room during the holidays. This is just a portion of the village that covered three tables.

Manager Brenda Gunnink, from left, Assistant Manager Barbara Kisselberg and John Kisselberg are the people who work hard all year to keep the the Retirement Home residents happy.

Kendall County Deputy Jordan Dullnig attended the Retirement Home Christmas party to accept the stuffed animals donated by the residents and staff. The deputies will give them to children they meet during crisis situations.

Roland Dullnig marks 100th birthday Roland Eugene Dullnig celebrated his 100th birthday on Dec. 4 at a gathering of family and friends in San Antonio. Roland was recently recognized for his 75 years of membership in Siemering Lodge. Congressman Joaquin Castro’s office presented Roland with a Congressional Record Certificate recognizing Roland’s service in WWII and his longevity as a citizen residing in San Antonio. During the party celebration, he was interviewed by KENS Channel 5 News. Roland served in World War II as a Crew Chief with the 668th Squadron of the 416th Bombardment Group maintaining the A20 and the A26 light bomber aircraft. After serving almost four years in the military, Roland was discharged as a Technical Sergeant in January 1946. Upon completion of military service, Roland returned to San Antonio and worked in the printing trade for 40 years.

Santa greeted visitors to the Retirement Home during the holiday season.

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Roland Eugene Dullnig celebrated his 100th birthday in December. He is a 75-year member of Siemering Lodge. He was married to his wife, Evelyn for almost 69 years. Roland has one son Ron, daughter Carolyn and son-in-law George Haisler. Roland participated in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in 2017, and he recently received the French Legion of Honor Medal presented by the French

Consul General in Houston, given by the people of France to American veterans who fought for the liberation of France during World War II. He enjoys reading the daily newspaper, watching all the news channels on TV, and playing Train dominoes.

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In Memoriam of Our Deceased Members CHARLOTTE S. AANSTOOS Bryan Lodge Died Oct. 29, 2020 • Age 63

JAMES E. STOCKBAUER DaCosta Lodge Died Aug. 7, 2021 • Age 60

VIRGINIA ANN MCHANEY Pershing Lodge Died Sept. 18, 2021 • Age 83

DONALD RAY MARWITZ Manchaca Lodge Died Oct. 7, 2021 • Age 72

LARRY N. HANKE Gonzales Lodge Died Oct. 19, 2021 • Age 89

MARY L.D. MORRIS Louise Schuetze Lodge Died Dec. 19, 2020 • Age 92

TIMOTHY E. MARKS Anton Wenzel Lodge Died Aug. 15, 2021 • Age 67

CLIFFORD GEMBLER Siemering Lodge Died Sept. 18, 2021 • Age 59

KENNETH WALPOLE JR. Live Oak County Lodge Died Oct. 7, 2021 • Age 50

DOROTHY MARIE JETTON Abilene Lodge Died Oct. 21, 2021 • Age 97

BARBARA J. JAEGER Giddings Lodge Died Jan. 3, 2021 • Age 82

LAWRENCE F. SCHENK Helotes Lodge Died Aug. 15, 2021 • Age 90

VERNON E. SMITH Austin Lodge Died Sept. 22, 2021 • Age 86

RAYMOND WILLIAM MURSKI Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died Oct. 8, 2021 • Age 86

BOBBY RAY SCHNEIDER Seguin Lodge Died Oct. 21, 2021 • Age 85

CATHIE J. DELANY Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died Jan. 13, 2021 • Age 74

GLORIA G. JANNER Brenham Lodge Died Aug. 16, 2021 • Age 98

PEGGY S. HARRIS Columbia Lodge Died Sept. 25, 2021 • Age 81

KAREN J.J. BOSWELL Louise Schuetze Lodge Died Oct. 9, 2021 • Age 78

JERRY E. WOLANDER Siemering Lodge Died Oct. 22, 2021 • Age 88

TRENTON CONNOR LYLE Fredericksburg Lodge Died April 20, 2021 • Age 19

JAMES LYNN THOMAS Schwertner Lodge Died Aug. 21, 2021 • Age 77

CHARLENE R. BEARDEN Fort Worth Lodge Died Sept. 27, 2021 • Age 85

MARY LOUISE PONDER Houston Lodge Died Oct. 12, 2021 • Age 100

J.T. MALONE SPEARS Cuero Family Lodge Died Oct. 25, 2021 • Age 33

FRANCES A. PALMER Houston Lodge Died April 21, 2021 • Age 88

HORACE E. MERCER Gonzales Lodge Died Aug. 24, 2021 • Age 84

PAT ROBERT GORDEN Fredericksburg Lodge Died Sept. 29, 2021 • Age 93

WILLIAM G. CARLISLE Anton Wenzel Lodge Died Oct. 13, 2021 • Age 67

JAMES ALLEN MULLINS Old Glory Lodge Died Oct. 26, 2021 • Age 69

GLADYS M. SMITH Corpus Christi Lodge Died April 21, 2021 • Age 96

MICHAEL D. JOHNSON DaCosta Lodge Died Sept. 5, 2021 • Age 58

GENE WITTENBURG Cat Spring Lodge Died Oct. 1, 2021 • Age 78

LINDA KAY MOORE Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died Oct. 14, 2021 • Age 69

LESLIE FAYE KLOESEL Schulenburg Lodge Died Oct. 28, 2021 • Age 93

HOLLY S. WOOD Austin Lodge Died May 20, 2021 • Age 87

CLINTON LEE NEWMAN Lockhart Lodge Died Sept. 6, 2021 • Age 39

THERESA Y. SCHUCH Fredericksburg Lodge Died Oct. 2, 2021 • Age 68

EVELYN JO PFUHL Shiner Lodge Died Oct. 17, 2021 • Age 76

DANIEL W. SPENCER JR. Comfort Lodge Died Oct. 30, 2021 • Age 81

ARNOLD F. KNUPPEL Brenham Lodge Died May 30, 2021 • Age 92

SAMUEL J. ARMSTRONG JR. Pershing Lodge Died Sept. 9, 2021 • Age 65

EMMA JEAN WEYNAND D'Hanis Lodge Died Oct. 5, 2021 • Age 94

LEILIA B. ARLITT Laubach Lodge Died Oct. 18, 2021 • Age 87

LEON J. KUNETKA Hochheim-Prairie Lodge Died Oct. 31, 2021 • Age 67

IRIS J. ALBRECHT Karnes City Lodge Died July 1, 2021 • Age 85

JOHN H. NEAL Shiner Lodge Died Sept.11, 2021 • Age 77

LEAH MARIE TIETJEN Rutersville Lodge Died Oct. 5, 2021 • Age 72

FRANKLIN G. WEHLMANN DaCosta Lodge Died Oct. 18, 2021 • Age 96

DARLENE D. WOLLNEY Kirby Lodge Died Nov. 3, 2021 • Age 72

DANIEL WAYNE NEILL Bexar Lodge Died July 25, 2021 • Age 65

JOE JAMES MAREK Deanville Lodge Died Sept. 13, 2021 • Age 86

H.H. LANGFELD D'Hanis Lodge Died Oct. 6, 2021 • Age 91

JAMES T. YARBROUGH Pershing Lodge Died Oct. 19, 2021 • Age 59

BETTY LOU KRUEGER Kirby Lodge Died Nov. 5, 2021 • Age 78

LARRY DON SWOPE Siemering Lodge Died July 30, 2021 • Age 85

COLLIS W. MARKT Harmonia Lodge Died Sept. 15, 2021 • Age 91

DEBORAH JEAN SCOTT Houston Lodge Died Oct. 7, 2021 • Age 70

KATRINA B. CULVER Louise Schuetze Lodge Died Oct. 19, 2021 • Age 36

RUBY LEE HEINEMEYER Kypfer-Salge Lodge Died Nov. 5, 2021 • Age 80

LILLIAN B. SMITH Hochheim-Prairie Lodge Died July 31, 2021 • Age 76

KENNETH D. POEHL Niederwald Lodge Died Sept. 16, 2021 • Age 68

DENNIS DRAKE MAYS Harmonia Lodge Died Oct. 7, 2021 • Age 71

DWANNA DALE KLOSE Old Glory Lodge Died Oct. 19, 2021 • Age 85

ROLAND RIEDESEL Gruenau Lodge Died Nov. 7, 2021 • Age 93

STEVEN D. NICKEL Niederwald Lodge Died Aug. 5, 2021 • Age 67

LEE ANN WYANT Gonzales Lodge Died Sept. 17, 2021 • Age 41

LA RHETTA J. SCHUMAN Priddy Lodge Died Oct. 7, 2021 • Age 96

MARTHA S. HOEKE Pershing Lodge Died Oct. 19, 2021 • Age 83

LEONA M. NIEBUHR Dunlay Lodge Died Nov. 11, 2021 • Age 85


75 Years

ANNIE HOHENBERGER Fredericksburg Lodge HENRY H. WULF JR. Gulf Lodge KENNETH RAY GERDES Hochheim-Prairie Lodge KATHRYN A. HUNTER Louise Schuetze Lodge KARL A. SCHOLZE Mission-Alamo Lodge GARLAND R. HARMS Nordheim Lodge IMOGENE A. STOELTJE Poth Lodge DENNIS H. HENZE Yorktown Lodge

70 Years

BARBARA A. DRUESEDOW Abilene Lodge

CAROL ANN CROWSON Bellville Lodge MARY KATHRYN AUDISH BARTELS Brenham Lodge LINDA KAY PETRAS Cat Spring Lodge DOUGLAS W. LILIE Columbus Lodge JIMMY C. HOLUB Comfort Lodge SUSAN S. JIMENEZ CURSTIS J. TONDRE Dunlay Lodge TAMRA SHAY AINSWORTH Gonzales Lodge

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Pioneers EARL A. JONAS Harmonia Lodge HUGH ELTON PEISER Haskell Lodge C.C. HAGEMEISTER Hochheim-Prairie Lodge ERNEST N. BENDELE Hondo Lodge MARION H. ANDERAU DELIA D. JOHNSON Houston Lodge ROSLYN F. DEPASQUAL Marion Lodge GEORGIA F. GUZY Nordheim Lodge ROSS EDWARD POTH Poth Lodge SHARON ELAINE BELL Prinz Solms Lodge LINDA E. MARKS Weesatche Lodge

MAC S. MORRIS JR. JOHNIE WAYNE THOOMAS RANDALL ALAN THOMAS ROBERT TODD THOMAS CHRIS R. WILDMAN Harmonia Lodge ROBERT C. CURD KATHY ANN HOERLE Haskell Lodge JAMES M. DYESS JR. ALLEN J. DYESS Hondo Lodge CHRISTIE A. ARNDT Kypfer-Salge Lodge LILLIAN J. LEWIS MARY HELEN ZRENNER Louise Schuetze Lodge LAURIE BIELKE LEACH ROSA LEE SMITH Marion Lodge JONIKA R. SANDERSEN McGregor Lodge CHARLES M. FIELDS BYRON WADE NEUSE New Braunfels Lodge

DEBORAH ANN KUCHLER KENNETH RAY KMOCH Paige Lodge Womack Lodge

60 Years

ERWIN PAUL BECKER Austin Lodge RANDY CHARLES LOEWE Burton Lodge HELEN J. PRICE Cameron Lodge PAMELA KAY ONDRUCH Cat Spring Lodge

KAREN M. PESCHKE Plum Lodge NAOMI E. BELOTE San Marcos Lodge DIANE M. RAINOSEK JERILYN F. RAINOSEK Schulenburg Lodge RICHARD G. RAFAY Schwertner Lodge

TERRI GAYE BOOTHE Cuero Family Lodge

PATRICK J. HAGAN MARY BETH NALL Seguin Lodge

JEFFREY JAY MILLER Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge

LEEROY A. BOEDEKER Shiner Lodge TERRY E. LITTLEPAGE L.O. SUTTON III Siemering Lodge

SUSIE MAE KUEBEL Spring Branch Lodge

TERRI LYNN MARLATT Niederwald Lodge

RAYMOND LEE WERNER Twin Sisters Lodge

REBECCA JEAN ARDIFF STACEY LYNETTE JOHNSTON SHERI CHAPMAN MORGER KENNETH P. WALLACE JR. EMILY LAVONNE WALLACE Pershing Lodge

TAMMY L. FRISKE CHERYL E. ICKE Vineta Lodge KIMBERLY KAY HAUG Waco-Robinson Lodge

50 Years

ROXANNE WUNDERLICH Prinz Solms Lodge SHIRLEY MAE CRISP Rockport Lodge

KIRA JEANENE MOONEY Cibolo Lodge

NANCY KAY KALINA Rowena Lodge

KAREN RENEE BOND Comfort Lodge

TROY BRENT DIETRICH SCOTT D. KNEUPPER Siemering Lodge

GEORGE W. BOHN CHRISTOPHER A. ORSAK JEFFREY DEAN ORSAK KEVIN GENE ORSAK DaCosta Lodge

MELISSA DAWN PITTS CURTIS CRAIG REESE Yorktown Lodge

CATHY ANN CALDER Dallas Lodge RORY DEAN FONTAINE ROGER R. STEPHENS TANIA MARLENE WIRT Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge DEANE MARIE HAMPTON CARLIN D. MUELLER Fredericksburg Lodge CAMERON WAYNE CARTER REX ANTHONY EISERER SHANNON RENE HELMI JASON A. LINCOLN Harmonia Lodge COREY DEAN MOORE Haskell Lodge MARY DROZD Hochheim-Prairie Lodge KIM SHARIE FISHER Kerrville Lodge JAMES ALFRED JACHADE ROMANITA P. JACHADE HILDA PEREZ La Vernia Lodge MARY E. CRAIN CLINT WADE HARTMANN Mission-Alamo Lodge

Agent Annette Roecker presents Charlene Moltz with her 75-year membership pin. Charlene is a member of Seguin Lodge and has been a member since Oct. 11, 1946. She lives in Seguin.


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Pioneers Sandy Guenther, left, receives her 70-year membership pin from Vice President of Sales Robin Czarnek during the New Braunfels Lodge December meeting. A New Braunfels resident, she has been a member since April 1, 1949.

Ron Zipp receives his 75-year membership pin from Vice President of Sales Robin Czarnek during the New Braunfels Lodge December meeting. A New Braunfels resident, Ron has been a member since Dec. 10, 1946.

Michael Huebinger receives his 60-year membership pin from Vice President of Sales Robin Czarnek during the New Braunfels Lodge December meeting. A New Braunfels resident, Michael has been a member since Aug. 28, 1961.

San Marcos Lodge member Shirley Faske, center, receives her 60-year membership pin from her mother Janice Kuhen during the December meeting. Also pictured is President Agnes Dreibrodt. Shirley, a resident of San Marcos, has been a member since May, 19, 1961.

Bethel Haas, left, receives her 60-year membership pin from Vice President of Sales Robin Czarnek during the New Braunfels Lodge December meeting. A New Braunfels resident, Bethel has been a member since May 14, 1961.

Jerome Vetter receives his 60-year membership pin from Vice President of Sales Robin Czarnek during the New Braunfels Lodge December meeting. A New Braunfels resident, Jerome has been a member since Dec. 21, 1961.

San Marcos Lodge President Agnes Dreibrodt presented John Schawe Jr. his 60-year membership pin during the December meeting. John, a San Marcos resident, has been a member since Oct. 8, 1960.

Vice President of Sales Robin Czarnek, center, presented 60-year membership pins during the Paul Vogt Lodge Christmas party. Recipients, pictured from left, are Bruce Feller of Boerne, a member since Sept. 21, 1961; Wanda Feller Parmer of San Antonio, a member since Sept. 21, 1961; Billie Feller of Boerne, a member since April 8, 1961; Shelby Beer of Harper, a member since Sept. 20, 1961; and Lyle Zoeller of Gatesville, a member since March 9, 1969, who received his 50-year membership pin.


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Pioneers

Vice President of Sales Robin Czarnek, left, presented a 70-year membership pen to Cordell Levien during the Round Top Lodge Christmas party. Cordell, a resident of Round Top, has been a member since Dec. 17, 1951.

Vice President of Sales Robin Czarnek, left, presented a 60-year membership pen to Ora Lee Levien during the Round Top Lodge Christmas party. Ora Lee, a resident of Carmine, has been a member since Sept. 28, 1961.

President and CEO Eugene Zollinger presented membership pins during the Jourdanton Lodge Christmas Party. The recipients are, from left, Wanda Borth of Jourdanton, 70 years, a member since Feb. 10, 1951; Georgia Newman of Poteet, 75 years, a member since May 19, 1946; Mary Klumb of Jourdanton, 60 years, a member since April 3, 1961; and Linda Davis of Poteet, 70 years, a member since Jan. 4, 1951.

Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly presented Andrew Harbich, right, with his 50-year membership pin during the Bernardo Lodge Christmas party. Andrew is a resident of Alleyton and has been a member since Oct. 27, 1971. Also pictured is lodge President Terrel Maertz.

Director Suzanne Hildebrand, center, presented a 75-year membership pin to Betty Thomas, right, during the Vineta Lodge December meeting. Also pictured is President Debbie Jordan. Betty, a resident of San Antonio, has been a member since March 14, 1946.

Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly presented Merle Pacher with her 70-year membership pin during the Bernardo Lodge Christmas party. Merle is a resident of Sealy and has been a member since June 20, 1961.

Director Suzanne Hildebrand, left, presented a 60year membership pin to Sandra Passe during the Vineta Lodge December meeting. Sandra has been a member since Aug. 8, 1961.

Director Suzanne Hildebrand, center, presented a 60-year membership pin to Annette Unger, right, during the Vineta Lodge December meeting. Also pictured is President Debbie Jordan. Annette has been a member since April 25, 1961.


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Pioneers

Director David Noak presents a 75-year pin to Shirley Machicek on behalf of her mother, Josephine Klese, during the Schulenburg Lodge Christmas dinner. A resident of Schulenburg, Josephine has been a member since Nov. 6, 1946.

Director David Noak presents a 60-year pin to Connie Kocurek during the Schulenburg Lodge Christmas dinner. A resident of Schulenburg, Connie has been a member since Sept. 1, 1961.

Director David Noak presents a 60-year pin to Leroy Schroeder during the Schulenburg Lodge Christmas dinner. A resident of Hallettsville, Leroy has been a member since May 10, 1961.

Director David Noak presents a 60-year pin to Junette Rodecap during the Schulenburg Lodge Christmas dinner. A resident of Schulenburg, Junette has been a member since Feb. 22, 1961.

Director David Noak presents a 60-year pin to Harlan Guettermann during the Schulenburg Lodge Christmas dinner. A resident of Muldoon, Harlan has been a member since April 6,1961.

Director Sandra Jones, right, and Fort Worth Lodge president Shannon Jones, left, presented a 50-year membership pin to Yvonne Morris during the Christmas dinner. Yvonne, a resident of Arlington, has been a member since Oct. 6, 1971.

Regional Sales Manager Douglas Carpenter, right, presents a 70-year membership pin to Randy Janner during Brenham Lodge’s Christmas party. Randy, a resident of Somerville, has been a member since Oct. 1, 1951.

Regional Sales Manager Douglas Carpenter, right, presents a 60-year membership pin to Burney Keilers during Brenham Lodge’s Christmas party. Burney, a resident of Brenham, has been a member since Feb. 16, 1961.


Pioneers Regional Sales Manager Douglas Carpenter, right, and lodge President Ben Diaz, left, present a 70-year membership pin to David Bujan during the Gulf Lodge Christmas party. David, a resident of Pasadena, has been a member since April 20, 1951.

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Regional Sales Manager Douglas Carpenter, right, and President Ben Diaz, center, present a 60-year membership pin to Clyde Hannes during the Gulf Lodge Christmas party. Clyde, a resident of Pearland, has been a member since June 25, 1961.

Vice President of Operations and COO Samantha Schulmeier, left, presents a 70-year membership pin to Janie Leonhardt during the Kirby Lodge Christmas party. Janie, a resident of Kirby, has been a member since Feb. 1, 1951.

Lockhart Lodge President Nicky Duewall, center, presented membership pins during the lodge’s Christmas party. Nancy Hess, right, received her 75-year pin. A resident of Lockhart, Nancy has been a member since Aug. 6, 1946. Sherry Hyland received her 50-year pin. Sherry, a resident of Lockhart, has been a member since Sept. 5, 1971.

Vice President of Operations and COO Samantha Schulmeier, right, presents a 60-year membership pin to Lynn Hammerstrom during the Kirby Lodge Christmas party. Lynn, a resident of Schertz, has been a member since Sept. 1, 1961.


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We Strengthen Community EdelweissMagnolia At the Dec. 6 Christmas party, President Jerry Ziemnicki and Secretary Anna Keith presented a donation to the Texas Game Warden Association. The party was held at the Guadalajara Restaurant.

Holiday Food Drive

Stockdale

Hermann Sons Life members, Home Office staff and visitors donated 80 pounds of food and 50 pounds of pet food during the Holiday Food Drive. Member Benefits Representatives Jacqueline Klein, left, and Tammi Sutherland are pictured with some of the donations.

Stockdale Lodge members gather around a pile of gifts they donated to the Stockdale Santa Program. Members enjoyed a meal at Lew’s Patio and Grill in Floresville.

Pershing Pershing Lodge President Beth Warne is pictured with Jessica KeithValdez and Katrina Gutierrez from St. PJs Children’s Home. The ladies attended the lodge’s Christmas party to accept the donations that members had brought for the children.

Deanville Deanville Lodge President Donnie Blinka, right, delivers proceeds from the lodge’s Matching Funds drive-thru dinner held to benefit the Brazos Valley Hospice program. The Home Office provided the Matching Funds.

Rosenberg-Richmond Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge Vice President Fred Maynard delivers groceries and a check for $300 to the Fort Bend Helping Hands program.

Kirby Tammy Haecker, left, delivers a donation to Beth from Boysville on behalf of Kirby Lodge.


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We Strengthen Community Bandera County Bandera County Lodge members recently delivered lap blankets to the residents of Cedar Creek Nursing Home. Members taking part in the delivery were Gary and Kathleen Reile, Jack and Sandy Trenkelbach, Pam and Allen Biering, Eileen and Paul Heath and Lee Fields.

Siemering leads cemetery cleanup SIEMERING, MISSION-ALAMO and HARMONIA – Siemering Lodge organized a clean-up day at the San Antonio Hermann Sons Cemetery in November. The crew cleaned about one-third of the 5+ acre cemetery. They cut trees, mowed, weeded and removed trash. After a productive meeting, Chris Naughton, J.R. Kneupper and Michael and Jack Naughton cleaned and mowed the Harmonia Cemetery that is nearby. This is a longterm project and other workdays will be planned. Contact Chris Naughton at 210-365-2009 if you would like to help.

Bandera County Lodge President Gary Reile and wife Kathleen deliver arts and crafts kits to the art director at Cedar Creek Nursing Home.

Donations

Donations to the Retirement Home in Memory of: ANN GERTRUDE FLYNN MARTHA S. HOEKE DARLA JEAN JONES JASON ANTHONY MELE DAVID P. PEARSON JR. JAMES T. YARBROUGH Donor: Pershing Lodge

CECILIA MARTINEZ Donor: Giddings Lodge

Donations to the Retirement Home Scholarship Fund in Memory of: GUY EDWARD HOLDEN AUSTIN EDWARD SEBERA Donor: New Braunfels Lodge CHARLES A. MORTON Donors: Sam & Sandra Jones

JOSE BARRERA SUZAN BLASCHKE GERALDINE SCHUBER Donors: Jack & Dianne Larned

Donations to the Camp Fund in Memory of: ALFRED LAMPE JR. Donor: Brenham Lodge

Donations to the Grief Support Camp: DUNLAY LODGE In Memory of Leona M. Niebuhr COUPLAND LODGE In Memory of Herman G. Schoener, Helen Polzin and Dennis M. Nickel LINDA MATTOCKS In Memory of Robert Lee Schlabach


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Boerne Lodge hosts Christmas luncheon Boerne Lodge celebrated Alice Quinn’s birthday at a Christmas luncheon held Dec. 3. Pictured are, from left, Marilyn Vogt, Alice, Erna Vogt and Barbara D’Spain.

Attending the Rutersville Lodge Christmas party were, from left, Royal Dossett, Director Suzanne Hildebrand, Director David Noak (also a member of the lodge), Santa and Theresa Garlin. Santa stopped by the Rutersville Lodge Christmas party to visit with the children. Each child received a gift.

Boerne Lodge members and guests celebrated Christmas with a Dec. 3 luncheon. Attending were, standing, from left, Mike Solarczyk, R.D. and Cissy Tyler, Alice Quinn, Marilyn Vogt, Erna Vogt, Barbara D’Spain, James Meckel, seated from left, Lloyd Markell, Deborah Martin, Kathy and Bobby Kunz and Don D’Spain.

Rutersville Lodge members celebrating December birthdays were, from left, Ricky Kuhn, Carol Jenkins, Lynda Wheeler and Larry Shimek.

Rutersville will meet Jan. 5 RUTERSVILLE – Rutersville Lodge held its Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 4, with a good crowd on hand to enjoy the fellowship. Santa stopped for a visit with the children and adults. A delicious meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, peas, salad, rolls and tea and coffee was prepared by Weldon Hartmann and Sherry Noak. Members brought various snacks and desserts. Director Suzanne Hildebrand and Royal Dossett from the Home Office were there. Thanks

go to Suzanne for her donation to Santa. Members had gathered Dec. 1 to decorate the hall and hold the monthly meeting. Members brought sandwiches, snacks, taco soup and desserts. Members winning attendance prizes were Jo Ann Mueller, Lynda Wheeler, Theresa Garlin, Ricky Kuhn and Larry Shimek. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 5, and the lodge will furnish soup. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. – Reporter

Fredericksburg presents award during party Fredericksburg Lodge celebrated Christmas with a catered meal on Dec. 7. Hans Enderlin and Marissa Weinheimer presented the Humanitarian Award to Wanda Starns, left. Director Stan Steiger and his wife Karen represented the Home Office.

Celebrating December birthdays at the Fredericksburg Lodge Christmas party were Sandy Fisk and Jay Mills.

Seguin Lodge elects officers in November Seguin Lodge elected officers at the November meeting. They will be President Cheryl Kolbe, Vice President Allen Gescheidle, Recording Secretary Tammy Beutnagel and Treasurer Annette Roecker. Door prize winners were, standing, from left, Allen Gescheidle, Tim Kolbe, Tom Allison, Brian Beutnagel, seated, Velma Huebner and Cheryl Kolbe.


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Round Top Lodge donates to various charities ROUND TOP – Round Top Lodge held its annual Christmas party on Dec. 12 at the American Legion Hall near Round Top. During the brief meeting, Financial Secretary Mary Rauch informed members of the lodge’s donations to various charities, scholarships, families in need and CASA and the lodge’s participation in Join Hands Day and Make a Difference Day. President Lila Garlin delivered the lodge’s donations to CASA. Linda Mattocks explained the lodge’s donation to Impact at Texas A&M. Lila presented ideas for a fundraiser in 2022. Vice President of Sales Robin Czarnek and husband David were in attendance. Robin presented a 60-year membership pin to Ora Lee Levien and a 70year membership pen to Cordell Levien. Happy Birthday greetings were extended to Ted Stardig, Leonard Meinkowsky, Mary Rauch, Josie Braun, Doug Fewell and Betty Porter. Door prizes were won by Sophie Rauch, Mert Meinkowsky, Virgie Hall, Pearlie Wagner, Doug

Celebrating December birthdays from Round Top Lodge were, from left, Jocie Braun, Mary Rauch, Betty Porter, Doug Fewell and Leonard Meinkowsky.

The Rauch family came to the Round Top Lodge party dressed in their matching Christmas sweaters. They are, from left, mom Mary, daughter Melanie and granddaughter Sophie.

Fewell, Jocie Braun and Max Baranowski. Dwight Nittsche gave the prayer. A meal of chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, cranberry salad, tea and coffee plus a table full of delicious desserts was enjoyed by all. The afternoon game of Rob Your Neighbor brought a lot of activity and laughter. Janet Matthijetz started this activity. The candy guessing games were won by Virgie Hall and Jeff Gau.

and Calie Nicole Bond. Lila will be the lodge’s delegate to the Convention in May. All officers and committees will remain the same in 2022. Attendance prizes went to Linda Mattocks, Mert Meinkowsky, Margie Stardig and Floyd and Jocie Braun. Door prizes were won by Ted Stardig and Virgie Hall. The next meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Jan 27. Dinner will be provided. Members may bring salads or desserts. – Reporter

The mystery gift was given to Robin who opened the electric popcorn popper. David’s special Christmas ornament was won by Delores Neutzler. Floyd and Jocie Braun, Linda Mattocks, Virgie Hall and Randy Wied will make up the next Serving Committee. Leonard and Mert Meinkowsky and Jeanette Schoenst are the outgoing committee members. At the November meeting, two new members were welcomed. They are Stevie Mae Pourciau

Virgie Hall celebrated her birthday in November. She is a member of Round Top Lodge.

Deanville presents donation to Brazos Valley Hospice DEANVILLE – Several events were held at the Deanville Lodge hall recently. Attendance was increased at the Nov. 28 lodge meeting. Janet Phillips was back after her accident. The proceeds from the hospice fund-raiser and the Matching Funds from the Home Office were delivered to Brazos Valley Hospice on Nov. 8. A Christmas dance benefitting the hall was held on Dec. 4. Thanks go to the community members who hosted this event. The lodge is grateful for the lodge members and community members who help to preserve the historic lodge hall as well as the lodge members who work diligently to maintain the hall as well as the

grounds of the hall. The 2022 officers were elected. Debby Schumacher will be the 2022 treasurer. She will be filling the position of Joyce Krenek who did not seek reelection. Joyce has served as an officer for many years and the lodge is grateful for all the time she and husband Tom have dedicated to the lodge. Thanks also are extended to Debby for her willingness to fill the position as well as all the other officers who have agreed to serve again. Prior to the lodge meeting on Sunday, Dec. 19, a chili luncheon for the lodge members and community members was held and Santa Claus made an appearance. – Reporter

Gulf Lodge presents award Gulf Lodge presented its 2021 Humanitarian Award to Al Stryk, center, at the Christmas party. Al is a member of the lodge and a retired Special Representative and sales agent for Hermann Sons Life. The award was presented by lodge President Ben Diaz, left, and Regional Sales Manager Douglas Carpenter.


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San Marcos presents membership pins during party SAN MARCOS – San Marcos Lodge held its Christmas party Dec. 12 at the Zorn Bowling Club. The afternoon festivities began with guessing games and bingo with poinsettia plants and gold dollar coins for prizes. President Agnes Dreibrodt welcomed everyone to the first inperson gathering since the pandemic began. John Schawe Jr. and Shirley Faske received their 60-year membership pins. Other 60year recipients not present are Cheryl Smith, John Sullivan, Connie Bagley and Kenneth Belote. Receiving their 70-year pins are Bobby Caruthers and Richard Hageman. Peggy Schmeltekopf is receiving her 75-year pin. These pins will be mailed. Irene Bierstedt was presented the 2020 Humanitarian Award she had not received because of the pandemic. Terry Velasquez, the 2021 recipient, was unable to attend. Winners of the guessing games prepared by Vice President Shirley Faske were Janet Boehringer, Laura Ramirez, Irene Bierstedt, Betty Schawe and Brett Stoffel. Youth Coordinator Laura Ramirez had planned arts and crafts activities for the junior members. The 2022 officers will be President Agnes Dreibrodt, Vice Presi-

Members of San Marcos Lodge were celebrating special occasions at the Christmas party. Betty Rust, from left, and husband Clifford (not pictured) celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Dec. 13. “Happy Birthday” was sung to Billy Preuss and Janice Kuhen. A special birthday cake was prepared for Billy who was celebrating his 88th birthday. dent Shirley Faske, Financial Secretary Janice Kuhen and Financial Trustees Larry Moreau, Janet Magin and Mary Lou Preuss. Agnes announced she has appointed the following officers: Membership Coordinator Janet Magin, Communications Coordinators Shirley and Benhard Faske, Youth Coordinators Jennifer Lewis and Laura Ramirez, Community Coordinator Lillian Cargil, Cheer

Committee members Mary Lou Preuss and Mary Jane Smith and Historian Irene Bierstedt. The Cheer Committee reported sending sympathy cards to the Dale Linebarger family following the loss of his wife (Libby) and Dennis Ray Siegmund of Waller. Get-well cards were sent to Bob Robbins, Billy Preuss, Joy Schultz, Clifford Rust and Roze Strohmeyer. An update was given on long-

Irene Bierstedt, left, receives the 2020 Humanitarian Award from San Marcos Lodge President Agnes Dreibrodt. Irene could not receive the award in 2020 because the lodge was not meeting in person because of the pandemic. time members Peggy Meiners and Chuck Best. Agnes thanked everyone for coming and those who helped with decorating and preparing for the party including Shirley Faske, Laura Ramirez, Janice Kuhen, Mary Jane Smith, Mary Lou Preuss, Janet Boehringer, Betty Rust and Lillian Cargil. Thanks were also extended to everyone who brought canned food or monetary donations for the Hays County Food Bank.

Agnes also thanked Shirley and Benhard Faske for making it possible to meet monthly via Zoom. Turkey dinner plates that were left over were given as attendance prizes. The next meeting will be held Monday, Feb. 7, at 10:45 a.m. at the Golden Corral in New Braunfels. Members are asked to wear red in honor of Heart Awareness month and Valentine’s Day. – Reporter

McGregor will meet Feb. 2

Flatonia Lodge presents Humanitarian Award Judy Pate, seated in center, was presented the Flatonia Lodge Humanitarian Award at the Dec. 7 Christmas party held at Robert’s Steakhouse. Judy is the curator of the local museum and volunteers with many community organizations. Joining members for the celebration was Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly.

McGREGOR – McGregor Lodge celebrated Christmas at the Dec. 1 meeting held in the McGregor General Store meeting room. Members and guests enjoyed a meal from Rudy’s. Teresa Sneed presented everyone a gift card for Christmas. President Doris Mooney read a note from David and Tammy Lillard thanking the lodge for the Humanitarian Award. President Mooney also read a thank you note for the donation made to the Rhett Revolution/McGregor Food Pantry. Regional Sales Manager Gearard LeFore contacted President Doris Mooney and let her know that he and his agents are available if anyone needs help with life insur-

ance. Contact Doris and she will provide his contact information. Get well wishes, healing and good reports go out to Tammy Lillard and Jerome Weinstrom. Jerome Weinstrom celebrates his birthday in January. Thanks go to Betty Johnson for her report on her trip to New York. This was Betty’s first time to fly and she got to sit in first class on a brand-new plane. Thanks to her daughter, Denise Johnson, for sharing the trip with her. Thanks go to her grandson for the trip and wonderful time. The lodge will not meet in January. The next meeting will be Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. at The Coffee Shop, weather permitting. – Reporter


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Bexar Lodge holds ‘Country Christmas’ celebration BOERNE – Bexar Lodge members had a grand time at the annual Christmas party held Dec. 4. A meal of chicken fried chicken and potatoes was served and games were played, including two high spirited rounds of Family Feud! There were plenty of chances in the raffle. Linda Wehmeyer took home the grand prize of $500. Two special guests were in attendance. Board Chair Sandra Jones was there and so was Santa, decked out in a black Stetson in honor of the Country Christmas theme. In addition to bringing presents for the junior members, Santa stuck around for story time. “Santa is Coming to Texas” by Steve Smallman was read. Officers were elected. Sherrie Stoddard will return as president and Linda Wehmeyer will be the treasurer again. New to the officer team are Tray Metzger as vice president and Cheyene Stoddard as secretary.

The children attending the Bexar Lodge Christmas party enjoyed story time with President Sherrie Stoddard and Santa. Linda Wehmeyer was the big winner in the raffle held as part of the Bexar Lodge Christmas party. She is pictured with husband Larry.

Members of Bexar Lodge enjoyed a Country Christmas party held on Dec. 4. Members also voted to use a Christmas in Vegas theme for next year’s Christmas party. The next meeting will be held

Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Northwest Dance Studio, located at 6655 Bluebird Lane. – Reporter

Paul Vogt will donate food items BOERNE – The Paul Vogt Lodge Christmas party was a big success. Members came in with arms full of non-perishable food to donate to the community food pantry, desserts and generous donations to the Paul Vogt Lodge fund for roof replacement. The officers want to thank members for their donations with a big shout out to Bexar Lodge for its generous donation. For years the old roof has deteriorated allowing leaks into the ceiling tiles and as a result the entire ceiling will need to be replaced. There was a raffle held with some great donated prizes with funds going towards the roof replacement. Members dined on tamales, chili, corn bread and all the fixings catered by Riverside Catering in Boerne. Vice President of Sales Robin Czarnek and her husband David were in attendance. Robin

Helotes Lodge member Lisa Fragoso has announced her engagement to Gabe Wright. They are pictured at the December lodge Christmas party.

Helotes will meet March 8 Santa Claus showed up at the Paul Vogt Christmas party with stockings filled with goodies for all the boys and girls. presented 60-year membership pins to Bruce Feller, Wanda Feller Parmer, Billie Feller, Shelby Beer and Lyle Zoeller. The evening ended with the awarding of door prizes such as

cash, Hermann Sons Life merchandise brought by Robin and beautiful poinsettias. Plans are already under way for the 2022 Christmas party. – Pamela Poulk

HELOTES – Helotes Lodge will hold quarterly meetings in 2022 on March 8, June 14, Sept. 13 and Dec. 13. The March 8 meeting begins at 7 p.m. A hot meal will be provided. Door prizes will be given away. Everyone in attendance at the

Dec. 14 meeting received a cash prize. With Mary Lee Sloan retiring from her position on the Finance Committee, Lisa Fragoso was chosen to take her place. All the other 2021 officers were reelected by acclamation. – Letty Fragoso


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Kirby begins new attendance prize incentive KIRBY – Kirby Lodge will install officers at the Monday, Jan. 3, meeting. It starts at 7 p.m. The Feb. 7 meeting also starts at 7 p.m. Remember to let others know about Hermann Sons Life and how they can apply for a policy. Angela Netherton and Judith Schulmeier are asking all members attending the January meeting to bring the name of someone you think would benefit from a Hermann Sons Life policy or annuity. Condolences are extended to the families of members Betty Krueger, Darlene Wollney and Nellie Scott. Condolences also go to Lillian Kotzur following the passing of her grandson. A donation has been made to the Kirby Scholarship Fund in memory of Nellie Scott.

Carroll and Linda Gloor were presented the Humanitarian Award at the Christmas party in recognition of their service to the lodge and Boysville. Tammy Haecker presented the lodge’s gifts to Boysville. Members approved a $300 donation to the Retirement Home room renovation project. The lodge will start a new attendance prize incentive for the New Year. The monthly prize drawing of $25 will still be presented to one member who is in attendance. This amount increases to $30 if that member attended the month before. Members have now approved a $75 prize for members who attend four meetings in a row. The winner of this prize will also be determined with a drawing of one name from the members el-

igible. This incentive is to boost monthly attendance and to help keep members attending. Vice President of Operations Samantha Schulmeier Kelley presented a 60-year membership pin to Lynn Hammerstrom and a 70-year membership pin to Janie Leonhardt. Not in attendance but also receiving 60-year pins were James Hartmann, Alton Hild, Michel Olvera, Cynthia Vacek-Trevino, Bobby Granger Jr. and Floyd Czaja. Members would like to thank Matt Netherton for decorating the hall for the December meeting. Happy Anniversary wishes are extended to Matt and Angela Netherton on 21 years of marriage. Congratulations to Tammy Haecker for winning the $30 at-

Andra Fore, center, presents the Humanitarian Award for Kirby Lodge to Linda and Carroll Gloor during the December meeting. tendance prize. The following members won the poinsettia arrangements used on the tables: Bob Scheel, Karen Boenig, Samantha Schulmeier Kelley, Linda Gloor and Linda Lambrecht.

Going home with dinner plates were Donna Walker, Keary Lambrecht, Candace Scheibe, Irvin Schulmeier, M.J. Netherton and Marvin Boeck. – Andra Fore

Fort Worth Lodge elects 2022 officers, delegate FORT WORTH – Fort Worth Lodge held its quarterly meeting and Christmas dinner on Dec. 5 at Sammy’s Italian Bistro. Yvonne Morris and her husband were there and she was presented her 50-year membership pin. Lorin Storey from the Military Order of the Purple Heart was also present to pres-

ent the lodge a plaque of appreciation for its donations in 2020 and 2021. The lodge received a letter of thanks from the Home Office for the donation to the Comfort Volunteer Fire Department. The lodge also received a certificate for its Blue Level Join Hands Day project.

The election of officers was held with all 2021 officers reelected for 2022. Ronnie Jones will be the lodge’s delegate to the Convention in 2022. Members voted to pay for curtains for the dorms at Camp. The next meeting will be held March 6. Next month’s article

Dallas Lodge will meet Jan. 23 DALLAS – Dallas Lodge will meet Sunday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Hall. The elected and appointed officers will be installed. Members are encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend in person, use Zoom. Contact Clint Holmes at cjh07@acu.edu. Food and drinks will be provided. COVID guidelines will be used.

The lodge cancelled the Nov. 21 meeting. The election of officers and delegates to the Convention was scheduled for the Dec. 19 meeting. The results will be reported in the February issue. David Lewis reported the passing of his mother Cecilia Lewis. She was 94 years old and resided in Mesquite. Recent Home Association

projects at the Hall include repairs to broken or cracked windows, AC, 18 chairs, gutters and the neon sign. Pending projects include plumbing, restroom and kitchen grease trap, keyed access, push bar, roof, kitchen lights and audio equipment. Some of the completed projects came in under budget. – Reporter

Louise Schuetze meeting set for Jan. 7 SAN ANTONIO – Louise Schuetze Lodge celebrated Christmas on Dec. 13. Members provided the finger foods and everyone enjoyed a gift exchange game. Everyone had a great time eat-

ing and enjoying conversation and fellowship. Mary and Mike Beam were wished a Happy Anniversary. They have been married 37 years. The next meeting will be held

Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Home Association Rathskeller. Members are asked to watch for email reminders from the lodge secretary about lodge meetings. – Reporter

will give the location. Remember that if you need to review your policy or make any changes, contact Sandra Jones or the Home Office. Also, if you have anyone who would be interested in joining, they can help. Happy 26th Anniversary to Chris and Kecia Andries on Jan.

13. Happy Birthday wishes go to Trey Castor, Karla Cox, Austin Crater, Collin Crater, Gary Duckett, John Hanna, Jason Johnston, Caden Jones, Bill Lane, Emylea Mitchell, Courtney Murphy, Colton Papp, Mike Thompson, Beverly Turek and Ellie Walters. – Reporter

Vineta plans tamale meal SAN ANTONIO – Vineta Lodge will begin the New Year on Jan. 6. Chili and tamales will be served. Members celebrated Christmas with a meal featuring ham. Director Suzanne Hildebrand

presented membership pins. The split-the-pot winner was Debbie Jordan. Several members went home with the poinsettias given away as attendance prizes. – Reporter

Vineta Lodge President Debbie Jordan, left, presents a birthday card to Betty Thomas at the December Christmas


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Bandera County Lodge presents Humanitarian Award BANDERA – Bandera County Lodge presented the Humanitarian Award to long-time member Kathleen Reile. Kathleen, a retired teacher, is active at St. Victor’s Church in Lake Hills. She is a reader at church service, serves on the Altar Society and is chairman of the Bereavement Committee. She and husband Gary chaired the church’s recent turkey dinner, baking 25 turkeys and making dressing the day before and setting up for the event. The lodge met Nov. 14 at the home of President Gary Reile

and his wife Kathleen. One junior member was welcomed. Members expressed their condolences on the passing of Helen Frazier in April. Members agreed to once again sponsor three signs on the Medina Lake Little League fields. The 2021 officers were reelected to another term in office in 2022. Kenneth Hillje accepted his 70year pin membership pin. The Reiles and Pam Biering took art kits to the residents at Cedar Creek Nursing Home in

Bandera. The residents enjoy working with these items. On Dec. 4 members delivered their delayed Join Hands Day gift of lap blankets for the residents. There was no Christmas party for the dancers this year, but the lodge still presented the dancers with gift cards. The new dance instructor also received a gift card. At the suggestion of Executive Camp Director Ian Brassett, the lodge bought 10 wooden picnic tables and two large ceiling fans for Hilltop Camp. – Reporter

Members of Bandera County Lodge enjoyed a meal together after delivering lap blankets to the residents of the local nursing home.

Pershing Lodge donates to local children’s home

Beef tips dinner planned

SAN ANTONIO - Pershing Lodge will meet Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. Members are asked to bring stew, chili or cornbread. In December, Chaplain Tony Valek reported on the passing of Gertrude Ann Flynn, Martha S. Hocke, Darla Jean Jones, Jason Anthony Mele, David O. Person Jr. and James T. Yarbrough. St. PJ’s Children’s Home representatives Katrina Guttierrez and Jessica Keith-Valdez were present to accept the Pershing Lodge President Beth donations made by members. Warne celebrated her birthday Ms. Gutterrez expressed her in December. gratitude on behalf of the children who received the gifts at tendance prize. Rosie Hollingsworth won the split-the-pot Christmas. Ken Wallace won the $35 at- drawing.

ROSENBERG – RosenbergRichmond Lodge met Dec. 13 at the Rosenberg Civic Center with 46 members and guests in attendance. A catered meal of turkey and dressing was served. Dessert was provided. Michael and Evelyn Kassey were in charge of the kitchen. Margie Krenek gave the blessing. Membership Coordinator Rosalie Byrd reported that a getwell card was sent to John Pavlock. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Dan Gregory. The $50 drawing was won by Annie Zak. Community Coordinator William Benton reported on the food drive. Members who helped with the food drive were Fred and Margaret Maynard, Lloyd Engelhardt and Michael and Evelyn Kassey.

Bernardo will meet Jan. 19 BERNARDO – Bernardo Lodge held its annual Christmas social and meal on Dec. 8 with members enjoying refreshments and fellowship. A catered meal of turkey, dressing, cranberries, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans and rolls was furnished by the lodge. Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly presented Andrew Harbich with his 50year membership pin and Merle Pacher with her 70-year pin. Two members, Leonard Brod and Kerry Neuendorff, received

their 50-year pins by mail. Sixty-year pins were mailed to Patti Glaeser, Mark Berger, Annette Neuendorff and Bernice Warschak. Michael Gross and Karen Brod received their 70year pins by mail. Goodie bags were distributed to the children in attendance. A free will donation was taken up with the money going to the food bank in Columbus. The next meeting is set for Jan. 19. Members are welcome and encouraged to attend monthly meetings. – Robin Maertz

Rosenberg-Richmond meets Feb. 14

Members of Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge who celebrated birthdays in December were, from left, Delbert Wendt, Marvin Thomason, Kevin Engelhardt and Guadalupe Palacio. Agent Gary Falkenberg talked about various types of insurance policies. Door prizes were donated by Michael and Evelyn Kassey After the meeting members

played games. The next meeting will be held Feb. 14. Beef tips, rice and salad will be served. Members are asked to bring desserts. – Loyce Anderson

Dunlay Lodge to install officers Feb. 15 DUNLAY – Dunlay Lodge held its annual Christmas party on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. It was a festive occasion since last year’s party was canceled due to the pandemic. After a meal of tamales, chili, beans, rice and desserts, Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly presented membership pins . Allen Boehme, who joined

on Aug. 22, 1961, received his 60-year pin. His sister Paula Nolan also joined the lodge on Aug. 22, 1961. Her pin was accepted by her mother, Helen Boehme. Curtis Tondre accepted the 75-year membership pin for his brother Claude Tondre Jr., who joined the lodge Aug. 13, 1945. Other lodge members eli-

gible for 60-year pins but unable to attend were Clayborne Boehle, Gay Boettcher and Donna Vaughn. Later in the evening a gift exchange game was played. The next meeting is set for Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at which time the 2022 officers will be installed. There will not be a meeting in January. – Reporter


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Cibolo Lodge will serve tamales, chili on Jan. 6

CIBOLO – Cibolo Lodge members enjoyed a low-key Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 11, at Jonny and Joy Brown’s home. The lodge would like to thank them for their hospitality in hosting the party again this year even though they had just come back from their anniversary trip the day before. The house was beautifully decorated and everyone felt welcomed. Thanks go to Back Door Catering for the dinner and thank you to all the members for the desserts. There were some great entries in the ugly sweater contest. One of contestants had a fishing themed sweater, one was decorated with many pins, one was a western theme with boots and a wreath, one was a vest that was just too cute and it continued on the back and one showed off her creative talents and decorated her shirt with garland and ornaments. With so many getting in the spirit, a drawing was held to determine the winners. In first place was Mike Warneke ($25), second went to Sherry Rakowitz ($15) and third to Joy Brown

Junior members are pictured opening their gifts at the Cibolo Lodge Christmas party. Pictured are, clockwise from bottom right, Maezey Bierstedt, Kyle Kuhlman, Sheri Rakowitz helping Emma Rakowitz, Brenley Bierstedt, Cheyenne Kuhlman and Cory Rakowitz helping Jameson. ($10). President John Gray and some of the junior members called the bingo games. Special thanks to Maezey Bierstedt, Brenley Bierstedt, Kyle Kuhlman and Cheyenne Kuhlman for the wonderful job they did calling the numbers! Thanks also to Sherry Rakowitz for all the game prizes. During bingo a visitor came into the house and left pres-

ents for the children so we had to stop and watch the excitement of them opening their gifts. The next meeting will be held Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church which is on Pat Booker Road across the street from Whataburger in Universal City. The meal will include tamales and chili unless there is a last-minute change. – Tracy Campos

Winners in the ugly sweater contest at the Cibolo Lodge Christmas party were, from left, Mike Warneke, Sherry Rakowitz and Joy Brown.

Kyle Kuhlman calls bingo numbers at the Cibolo Lodge Christmas party while Cheyenne Kuhlman waits her turn to call the next game.

New Braunfels holds Christmas party

Schulenburg presents Humanitarian Award Members and guests of Schulenburg Lodge celebrated Christmas with a meal at Oakridge Restaurant. The Humanitarian Award was presented to Mary K. Seifert, second from right. Presenting the award were, from left, Director David Noak, lodge President Ed Moeller and Emma Nitsche, committee chair. Mary K. has been a member since childhood. She is currently serving as vice president of the lodge and is an award-winning field agent. The lodge’s next meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m.

NEW BRAUNFELS – New Braunfels Lodge celebrated Christmas on Dec. 5. The hall was decorated with garland and Christmas trees. Punch, drinks, snacks and candy were available while everyone played games and sang Christmas carols. “Happy Birthday” was sung to Ron Zipp. Vice President of Sales Robin Czarnek presented 60-year pins to Bethel Haas, Jerome Vetter and Michael Huebinger. A 70-year pin was presented

to Sandra Guenther and a 75year pin was presented to Ron Zipp. Attendance prizes, candy jars and candy gifts were given out with all receiving one. Additional gifts from Robin were given out as a bonus. A catered meal from Bill Miller was served. For the January meeting, the lodge will furnish the meat with members asked to bring sides and/or desserts. Officers will be installed. – Reporter

Shirley and Michael Huebinger celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary in December. They are members of New Braunfels Lodge.

Kypfer-Salge re-elects officers for 2022 CLEAR SPRINGS – The 2021 officers were re-elected at the Dec. 3 meeting of Kypfer-Salge Lodge. They will all serve again in 2022. A moment of silence was

observed in memory of Ruby Heinemeyer and Reinold Hildebrand. The Cheer Committee reported sending sympathy cards to Ruby’s family, to Leroy and

Hannelore Brotze following the loss of their daughter; and Cynthia Talley following the loss of her husband Charles. – Darline Preiss


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Harmonia donates toys to Blue Santa program SAN ANTONIO – Harmonia Lodge members enjoyed a Christmas holiday meal in the Rathskeller. The ham was prepared by Al Ranzau and Mike Beam. Members provided the side dishes and desserts Albert Ranzau announced that cars may be parked for $5 per car on New Year’s Eve. Lodge members donated toys to the San Antonio Police Officers Association’s Blue Santa. Blue Santa himself attended to accept the donated toys and other gifts. The 2022 officers were elected. They will be Rene Kraus, president; Albert Ranzau, vice president; Mike Gumpp, trustee; Bill

Richard, trustee; and Ernest DeWinnie, Finance Committee. Financial Secretary Mike Warneke, Recording Secretary John Hoog, Trustee Jake White and Finance Committee members Brad Dietrich and Stan Steiger will continue their term in office. Due to the pandemic, meeting attendance has been low so only 13 members were qualified to be delegates to the May Convention. Four of those could not attend for various reasons and one is already attending because of his position on a committee. The eight remaining equals the number of delegates allowed for Harmonia Lodge. Harmonia’s January meal will

be chili and tamales. The Feb. 10 meeting should be a steak and baked potato feast and members are asked to bring a dish or dessert to share. If a member has not signedup at the January meeting but wants to attend the February meal, he needs to call 210-2877067 or 210-386-2029 and leave a pertinent message if no one is available. Mike Beam and wife Mary and William Witteman and wife Myrtle celebrated their wedding anniversaries in December. Stan Steiger and Ernest DeWinnie won the attendance prizes. – John Hoog

Burke Cabaniss won the split-the-pot cash at the December meeting of Harmonia Loidge. He accepted his winnings from John Gianotti and then donated them back to the lodge to be used to help cover the cost of the steak dinner in February.

Prinz Solms will meet on Jan. 9

Moulton presents Humanitarian Award Moulton Lodge presented Irene Meisetschlerger and her family with the Humanitarian Award in December. Pictured are, from left, Kristen Jahn, President Barbara Anderle, Irene Meisetschlerger, Larissa Tesch and John Meisetschlerger.

BULVERDE – Prinz Solms Lodge held its joint Christmas Party with Spring Branch Lodge on Dec. 12. A meal of turkey with all the trimmings and pumpkin, pecan and coconut cream pie was served. The 2021 Humanitarian Award for Prinz Solms Lodge was presented to Shanna Dreibrodt. Shanna is a third grade teacher at Arlon Seay Elementary. She volunteers with the FHA in the Bulverde area helping students prepare animals for showing. She also teaches religious education at St. Joseph Honey Creek Catholic Church. The students from the Hill Country School of Dance performed. The instructor is Monica Rizzo. Poinsettias were given away as

Anton Wenzel meets Jan. 4

Irene Meisetchlerger and her family are pictured at the December meeting of Moulton Lodge. The group includes Irene, her children, grandchildren and spouses. Stew and all the trimmings were served.

SAN ANTONIO – Anton Wenzel Lodge elected its 2022 officers at the Dec. 7 meeting. Elizabeth Dorrell was elected president. Larry Burns was reelected vice president. Merlinda Elizondo was elected financial secretary and Joe Jaramillo was appointed inner guard. The next meeting will be held Jan. 4. – Reporter

Shanna Dreibrodt was presented the Prinz Solms Lodge Humanitarian Award at the lodge Christmas party. President Cliff Klabunde presented the award. door prizes. The next meeting will be held Sunday, Jan. 9, at the Bulverde Community Center. Lou Garza of

S.T.A.G.E. will present information on theater performances in 2022. – Reporter

Columbus hosts social COLUMBUS – Columbus Lodge held its Christmas social on Dec. 13 at Schobel’s. Elsie Kahlden reported sending a sympathy card to Elena and John Holub after the passing of Elena’s mother, Marjorie Brune. A moment of silence was observed in her memory. A note of thanks was received for the lodge’s donation to the Retirement Home. Celebrating November and De-

cember birthdays were Rhanda Lattimore, Roy Menke Jr, Virginia Lilie, Kenneth Wienken, Larry Huebel, Joshua Pina, Gladys Stolle, Karen Nixon, Adrian Fritsch, Adrienne Fritsch, Stephen Vogelsong, Karen Albert Flores, Elsie Kahlden, Jacqueline Nixon, Dolores Lund and David Peletz. Members enjoyed a meal of their choosing and the fellowship. – Reporter


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Giddings Lodge presents Humanitarian Awards Giddings – The next meeting of Giddings Lodge is set for Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Silos. Members enjoyed a meal at the Santa Fe Steak House in December. Due to the pandemic, the last year has been very hard for nurs-

ing facilities in Lee County as they tried to keep all residents safe and provide all necessary services. Humanitarian of the Year Awards were presented to Linda Maddocks of Oakland Manor and each of its 61 employees; to Bec Hooks of Bec’s Blessings and each

of its 21 employees; and to Gayle Shelton of Giddings Resident and Rehabilitation Center and each of its 63 employees. The $5 winners were Christie Bryant, Roy Hooks, Bec Hooks and Bonnie Hinkston. – Reporter

Pat Abell, center, of Giddings Lodge presented one of three Humanitarian Awards to Bec’s Blessings and its employees at the December meeting. Accepting are Roy and Bec Hooks.

Niederwald Lodge holds celebration Above - Members of Niederwald Lodge donned their holiday attire for the Christmas party. Winners of poinsettias were Don Dailey, Joyce Dailey, Harry Schriber and Catherine Blackard. Betty Moczygemba and Nancy Smith received a gift. The next meeting will be held Jan. 4 at the Senior Citizen Activity Center at 11 a.m. Right - Door prize winners at the December meeting of Niederwald Lodge were Adeline Schubert and Joe Henning.

Kerrville sets next meeting for Feb. 2 KERRVILLE – Kerrville Lodge celebrated Christmas on Friday, Dec. 10, at The Hill Country Veterans Center in Kerrville. The meal was catered by Acapulco Mexican Restaurant and prizes were given away. The meal included enchiladas, beans, rice

and birthday cake to celebrate all the December birthdays and the birth of baby Jesus. Officers were elected. The list will be published in the next issue. The lodge will hold its meetings in 2022 at the Hill Country

Pat Abel, right, of Giddings Lodge presented one of three Humanitarian Awards to Gayle Shelton of Giddings Resident and Rehabilitation Center and its employees at the December meeting.

Veterans Center, 411 Meadowview Lane, Kerrville. Meetings will be held Feb. 2, April 6, June 1, Aug. 3, Oct. 5 and Dec. 2. Call Juanice Grona at 830864-4095 for more information. – Reporter

Lockhart Lodge welcomes new member LOCKHART – Lockhart Lodge met Dec. 5 at Smitty’s Market and welcomed James Irvin as a new member. President Nicky Duewall presented Nancy Hess with her 75-year pin and Sherry Hyland

with her 50-year pin. Celebrating December birthdays were Nancy Hess, Janice Kuhen and John Hyland. Celebrating an anniversary were Rudy and Ann Schroeder. Members enjoyed a meal and

then played a fun-filled gift game. The next meeting will be held Jan. 9 at Smitty’s Market. Officers will be installed. – Reporter

Pat Abell, center, of Giddings Lodge presented one of three Humanitarian Awards to Oakland Manor and its employees at the December meeting.


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

Comfort Norma Bruns, FIC 830-995-3980

Gonzales Bobbie Polasek 830-672-6317

Needville /Rosenberg Chris Stoeltje 979-559-6127

Alice Eddie Ramon 361-701-0480

Converse Dan Boenig 210-705-1815

Hondo Michael Saathoff 210-394-7648

New Braunfels Becki Carley 361-550-9358

Austin Shirley Kuhen Faske 512-789-3975

Cuero Laura Tiffin 361-564-8141

Houston Rachael Brewer 409-267-3862

Britney Cross 281-450-6291

Bandera Stephanie Brown 210-621-3891

Wayne Tiffin 361-564-8144

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

Beaumont Rachael Brewer 409-267-3862 Bernardo/Columbus Robin Maertz 979-732-1687 Terrel Maertz 979-732-1727 Blanco Joni Kirkwood Moore 512-922-8283 Boerne/San Antonio Pamela Poulk 210-753-2626 Boerne Lisa Rozacky 210-838-3306 Marilyn Vogt, FICF 210-630-9874 Brenham Gary Falkenberg, FICF 713-466-6069 or 713-899-4138

Dallas Mark Mundy 214-202-8442 Cecilia Phillips 214-982-8905

Gerald Ziemnicki 713-622-9001

Gilbert Shelby 214-289-1815

Johnson City Tammy Wier 214-500-1110

Del Rio Pat Fritz, FIC 432-292-4483 Angelina Tara 830-308-3610 Devine Robin Rutledge 210-854-4443 Cynthia Sultenfuss 210-219-6409 El Campo Dennis Wigginton 832-278-9636 Floresville/Poth Beth Cutsinger 210-325-6667

Bulverde Clif Klabunde, FIC 210-219-6142

Floresville Lynn Wiede 830-393-4660

Caldwell Donnie Blinka 979-596-1309

Fort Worth Sandra Jones, FIC 817-295-2666

Castroville Glenford Boehme, FIC 210-219-9792

Fredericksburg Todd Bierschwale 830-997-2130

Reagan Haby Rogiers 210-695-5588

George West Tracy Caron 361-449-0348

Cibolo/Schertz Tracy Campos 210-388-2779 Judith Schulmeier, FIC 210-667-1938

Jennifer Stryk Garner 832-596-9425

Georgetown Brad Klein, FIC 512-497-0678 Giddings Linda Mattocks 512-736-9988

Jourdanton Valerie M. Vick 210-748-5598 Karnes City Abigail Fenner 830-534-6982 Russell Swize 830-780-4053 Kirby Angela Netherton 210-831-1293 La Grange Linda Mattocks 512-736-9988 La Vernia Vicki Hinojosa 210-338-5002 Sharon Tanneberger, FIC 210-827-0526 Marlin Tanneberger, FIC 210-827-7229 Lockhart Janice Kuhen 512-393-1431 Marion Lorene Bielke, FIC 830-420-2380 Moulton Judith Schulmeier, FIC 210-667-1938

Kathryn Green 830-463-9455 Brenda Heulitt 830-832-1674 Shirley Huebinger 830-629-1196 Clif Klabunde, FIC 210-219-6142 Celeste Salge 830-620-8515 Nixon-Smiley Diana P. Moreno 830-379-2244 (office) 830-534-4989 (cell) Orange Grove Paula Gebert 361-701-7527 Pflugerville Julius Dubcak 512-272-8393 Port Lavaca Nancy Annette Walraven 361-552-9403 Round Top/Rutersville Linda Mattocks 512-736-9988 San Antonio Ruth Bailey 210-602-5147 Michael T. Carroll 210-857-1316 Robert A. Hollingsworth Jr. Rosie Hollingsworth 210-822-2590 Rayna Sue Irwin 210-710-7038

Sales Department Staff 210-527-9113 877-437-6266 • 888-839-7667 Vice President of Sales Robin Czarnek robinc@hermannsonslife.org Compliance Director Ana Vasquez, FLMI, AIRC, FIC anav@hermannsonslife.org Administrative Assistant Kathryn Mutchler kathrynm@hermannsonslife.org Regional Sales Managers: Douglas Carpenter 979-204-7847 douglasc@hermannsonslife.org Gearard LeFore Jr. 619-944-5804 gearardl@hermannsonslife.org Teresa Saathoff 210-422-6996 teresas@hermannsonslife.org

San Marcos Shirley Kuhen Faske 512-789-3975

Spring Branch Gloria Gass 830-885-4405

Janice Kuhen 512-393-1431

John E. Moore Jr. 210-621-7842

Schulenburg/Weimar Mary K. Seifert 979-743-0312

Stockdale Ronald Wiatrek 210-771-4354

Schwertner Irene Schwertner 254-527-4470

Sugar Land Alexis Melton 713-305-5738

Sealy Carolyn Daignault 832-338-6201

Victoria Jason Hybner 361-652-6924

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

Andrea Stehle 361-648-2274

Clif Klabunde, FIC 210-219-6142

Seguin Annette D. Roecker 830-832-0724

Chris Naughton 210-365-2009

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Shining Stars

BRAYLEE HANSLIK is a member of Schulenburg Lodge. She is in first grade. Her favorite foods are fish and hamburgers and her favorite TV show is “Jessie.” Braylee has a horse named Gus; a dog, Buck; and a pet cat, Willow. Her activities include horseback riding, singing, dancing and swimming.

New Year’s Day word search puzzle Fireworks Countdown Celebration January Clock New Year Midnight Family Beginning Friends Parties Parades

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Parade Fireworks Confetti

New Year’s Day word scramble 1. jyruaan ________________________ 2. anlaredc _______________________ 3. brcleaeet _______________________ 4. notcudonw_____________________ 5. hdnitgim _______________________ 6. tnoriusoel ______________________ 7. olckc __________________________ 8. ogals __________________________ 9. etfciotn ________________________ 10. seeinmaork ____________________ Puzzle answers on Pg. 5