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Vol. 121, No. 9


Al Stryk honored at retirement luncheon

July 2018

‘Choose Kind at Camp’

➤ Pg. 3

Bonus being paid on new 9-year annuities ➤ Pg. 4

Lodges take part in Join Hands Day projects ➤ Pgs. 12-16

The 2018 season is off to a great start at Hermann Sons Life Camp. The summer began June 16 with the annual Open House at the Hilltop and Riverside sites. The theme this year is “Choose Kind at Camp.” During Open House, parents and their children were able to tour the Camp facilities, meet the Camp staff, enjoy lunch and try out some of the regular Camp activities, including swimming and the Challenge course. The first week of Camp began the next day and sessions will continue until the end of July.

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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 Vice President of Operations and COO Samantha Schulmeier Vice President of Finance and CFO Harry Werland Vice President of Marketing Timothy P. Kolbe Vice President of Information Technology Matt Walker LAWS COMMITTEE

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

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


Bradford Boehme Frank Brandon Shirley Faske Tammy Kelley

Bradley Klein Ed Kurtz Laura Thigpen


Elizabeth Byron Tammy Haecker Marsha Kocurek Sayra Martinka

Sherry Rakowitz Lisa Rozacky Irene Schwertner


Brad Dietrich Robert Herridge Tammy Jones Edward J. Muehlbrad

Doug Saathoff Laura Tiffin Lori Todd

Home Office seeks to fill Member Services Rep position The Home Office is currently accepting applications for the position of Member Service Representative. To apply, go to: Position: Member Services Representatives are responsible for providing exceptional customer and policy service to our members, agents and Home Office staff via telephone, correspondence and personal contact . A wide variety of certificate change requests and payments are processed through the Member Services Department . It is essential that customer concerns and requests be tended to timely, adequately and compassionately . Responsibilities: • Field inquiries regarding general certificate information and billing • Process transactional certificate requests such as: • Surrender requests • Beneficiary changes • Lodge transfers • Ownership changes • Lost certificate requests • Name changes • Contact information changes • Electronically scan certificate correspondence and files

• Assist with sorting and posting certificate payments • Aid with incoming and outgoing mail • Back-up for other Member Services Department and Reception staff • Perform any and all other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Operations Qualifications: • Life insurance service experience a plus • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook • Excellent time management skills • Exemplary math skills and solid attention to detail is essential • Strong written and verbal communications skills • Self-motivated with the ability to work well with others • Outstanding customer service capabilities • Ability to prioritize work and meet necessary deadlines • Sensitivity to confidential matters • Flexible with technological upgrades and changes Hours of Work: This is a full-time position with applicable benefits . Regular office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Inside Lodge Reports Anton Wenzel . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Austin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Bandera County . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Bernardo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Boerne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Brenham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Cibolo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Columbia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Columbus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Converse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Corpus Christi . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 DaCosta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Dallas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Deanville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Dunlay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Fort Worth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Fredericksburg . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Giddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Harmonia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Helotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Jourdanton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Karnes City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Kerrville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28

Kirby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Kypfer-Salge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Lockhart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 McGregor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Mission-Alamo . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Moulton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 New Braunfels . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Old Glory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Paige . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Paul Vogt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Pershing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Poth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Prinz Solms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Round Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Rosenberg-Richmond . . . . . .33 Rowena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Rutersville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 San Marcos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Schulenburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Schwertner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Siemering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Stern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Vineta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Womack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

Monthly Features

3 Calendar of Events 6 Pioneer Members 7 & 9 Medical Notes 7 In Memoriam 8 Donations 8 Retirement Home News 8 Memorial donation form 8 ‘Hugs from Home’ form

New This Month 2 Position available at Home Office 9 Bowl-a-thon set for July 28 12-16 Join Hands Day projects 17 New merchandise available 8 & 10 Bowling tournament set 9-10 Tourney benefits fund

Marketing News 3 4 4 4 5 5 35

Retirement luncheon honors Stryk Status given for 2018 campaign Muennink comes on as agent Bonus paid on 9-year annuities 100% Families welcomed Recommenders listed Listing of agents

Youth in Action 1 & 18 2018 Camp season begins 10 Bandera County holds recital 10 Answers to puzzle on Pg . 36 10 Hondo dancers enjoy pizza party 11 Two receive Home scholarships 11 Karnes City honors teachers 11 Corpus Christi holds recital 11 Dance registration under way 36 Shining Stars

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Al Stryk retires as special rep

Al Stryk was honored at a retirement luncheon held May 31 at the Home Office. LEFT, Wife Marie and Al are pictured with the cake baked for the occasion. RIGHT, Al is pictured with Past Grand President Leroy Muehlstein whom he credits with bringing him to Hemrann Sons Life.

SAN ANTONIO – Al Stryk, a special represernative for Hermann Sons Life for the past 15 years, was honored with a retirement luncheon on May 31. Al, who lives in Pearland near Houston, will remain active as a member of Gulf Lodge and a field agent. During the luncheon, Al talked about how Past Grand President Leroy Muehlstein recruited him to come to work for Hermann Sons Life after his retirement from the Knights of Columbus. During his time as a special representative, he was a member of the Grand President’s Club 12 times and the Executive Club two times and received other awards. In attendance for the party were his wife, Marie, and their son, James and his wife Connie. Guests included Past Grand President Leroy Muehlstein and wife Linda, Past Grand President Steve Prewitt and wife Julie, Past Grand Vice President Lee Vogel and wife Bernice and retired Special Representatives Carol Krauss and Bob Jungman and wife Carol. Several members of the Home Office staff spoke fondly of their time as Al’s co-workers and wished him well in his retirement. Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe referred to Al as his “colleague, mentor, friend and brother in Christ.”

Events can be made by calling the lodge hall at 979-836JULY 4 – Deanville Lodge will host its annual Fourth 2053. The hall is located at 301 E. Germania in Br-

of July Celebration. The barbecue will be for sale beginning at 7 a.m. Later in the day, the Ed Kopecky Fun Time Czech Band will provide dance music from 1-5 p.m. There will be other activities including live and silent auctions. All the fun takes place at the historic Deanville Lodge Hall. 7 – The Countrymen will play for a public dance at Braun Hall, 9721 Braun Rd. There is a $10 cover charge. Call 210-688-9241 for more information. Braun Hall is the home of Helotes Lodge 18 – Vineta Lodge will hold its annual scholarship fund-raiser beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Home Association Rathskeller. A donation of $5 is asked for sandwiches, ice cream and lots of desserts. Attendance prizes will be given away and there will be a prize drawing. For tickets and more information, call 210-602-5147. 20 – Brenham Lodge is hosting a Sirloin Steak and Sausage Supper with a dance. The evening begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $13 for the meal and dance. Reservations are required and

enham. 22 – Pershing Lodge is planning an overnight trip to the Coushatta Casino in Kinder, La. Cost will be $55 for members and $60 for non-members. Call Terri Armstrong at 210-378-0319 to make a reservation. 28 – The annual Hermann Sons Youth CampShannon Leigh Gaffney Scholarship Fund BowlA-Thon will be held at Oak Hills Lanes, 7330 Callaghan Road, San Antonio. Deadline to register a team is July 14. See Page 9 for more details.

AUGUST 7 – Pershing Lodge members and guests will

vist the Bandera Opry in Bandera. For details, call Terri Armstrong at 210-378-0319.

SEPTEMBER 22 – Seguin Lodge is planning another Food

Truck Festival at the lodge hall in Seguin. More details to come. Mark your calendar and plan to attend.

If you would like to see your lodge’s event listed here and in the Events section of the Hermann Sons Life website, call Kathie Ninneman, 210-226-9261, ext. 273, or 1-800-234-4124, ext. 273, or email

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

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Lodges, members: ‘Keep up the good work’ By TIM KOLBE Vice President of Marketing I wanted to give our readers an update on the status of our membership growth campaign for the year. As of June 22, our Hermann Sons Life agents have written 753 new applications for life insurance. That is almost 24 percent better than last year’s production at this time. Our premium income is up more than 88 percent from this time last year. As of June 1, we have seven lodges that have already met their new member goal for 2018, with six more in hot pursuit. This number will increase as the year goes by, and I want to thank those lodges and members for their diligence and enthusiasm in recruiting new members for their lodges. Earlier in the year, every lodge was sent a poster so they can keep track of the new members who are welcomed at lodge meetings. Please keep the poster updated as a visual reminder and continued encouragement to attain your lodge’s annual

new member goal. If for some reason your lodge does not have one displayed, please call us and we’ll gladly replace it. In the month of July, please be on the lookout for a mid-year status report from the Marketing Department to each lodge listing the number of new members added during the first six months of the production year. Lodge leaders and members are a vital resource in the drive to gain new members for our organization. I ask everyone to become an active participant in the membership campaign, as it takes the involvement from the president down to the individual lodge members to spread the word about Hermann Sons Life and the great community service activities we provide in communities across Texas. Join me in turning those activities into recruitment opportunities for new members. • Consider hosting a new member appreciation event or an open house to showcase the benefits of Hermann Sons Life membership. • Invite area agents to attend

Muennink joins sales team SAN ANTONIO – Richard H. Muennink is the newest member of the Hermann Sons Life Marketing Team. Richard has completed his training and is now serving as a part-time agent in the Hondo area. A member of Hondo Lodge, he joined Hermann Sons Life 58 years ago. Richard is the owner of Action Outdoor Adventures. He started the business in 1983. Prior to that he worked in the auto business after high school and with the Texas Farm Bureau. His family includes his wife of 33 years, Mary Suzanne; two daughters, Karla Bedford and Kourtney Muennink; son-in-law Shad Bedford; granddaughters Kallisyn, age 7, and Brittyn, age 3; step-grandson Kade Zunker, age 16; and his mother, Shirley J.

Richard H. Muennink Muennink, who lives in Hondo. Richard can be reached at 210827-0053.

and speak or set up an informational display. If needed, the Marketing Department can provide an agent for your event. Call us at 800-234-4124. • Ask your area agent to participate in lodge community service activities, as it gets them in contact with people who could

benefit from the valuable life insurance protection plans that we offer. Remember, if your lodge makes its 2018 new member goal, we will pay your lodge $100. If your lodge has an overall net increase in membership, we will pay an additional $50.

Put those funds to good use to increase membership for our organization. Moreover, each individual recommender is eligible for a monthly drawing of $100 for referring a new member. Thanks for your support and let’s make 2018 a great year for Hermann Sons Life.

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Marketing May recommenders recognized; Kendrick wins gift card The Marketing Department is recognizing 62 recommenders for the month of May. That makes 239 members recommending 315 new members to Hermann Sons Life in 2018. The winner of the $100 gift card for May is Brooklyn Kendrick from Biry Lodge. Recommender Agent Gloria Fenner, Karnes City Lodge Abigail Fenner David Lynn McBride, Wichita Falls Lodge David Wolf Jerry Ray Warwick, Columbia Lodge Helen Brown Jillian Abel, New Braunfels Lodge Shirley Huebinger Josslyn Abel, New Braunfels Lodge Shirley Huebinger Gabriela Alexander, Macdona Lodge Eulla Krueger Isabella Alvarado, Brunhilde Lodge (*) Eulla Krueger Aubrey Morgan Avey, Spring Branch Lodge Sandra Duncan Michelle Dawn Barbee, Seguin Lodge Annette Roecker Joslyn Marie Boubel, Castroville Lodge (^) Eulla Krueger Joslyn Marie Boubel, Castroville Lodge (*) Eulla Krueger Noah Cameron Brown, Schwertner Lodge Irene Schwertner Allyson Lanay Busby, Marion Lodge (^) Lorene Bielke Payton Chapman, Spring Branch Lodge (*) Sandra Duncan Casen Ray Cox, Mission-Alamo Lodge Roxy Pruski Kara Beth Cross, Lone Oak Lodge Judith Schulmeier Kayla Rose Cross, Lone Oak Lodge Judith Schulmeier Avery Marie Currie, Vineta Lodge Pamela Poulk Darvin L. Dietert, New Braunfels Lodge Shirley Huebinger Landen Wade Dietz, Mission-Alamo Lodge Lorene Bielke Robin Erben, Kypfer-Salge Lodge Tim Salge Chad Wesley Flach, Comfort Lodge Norma Bruns Charles H. Georg, Prinz Solms Lodge Clifton Klabunde Richard Giblin VI, Prinz Solms Lodge Teresa Saathoff Katherine Sue Giblin, Prinz Solms Lodge Teresa Saathoff Kolby James Herget, Prinz Solms Lodge Teresa Saathoff Makenna Hertless, La Vernia Lodge Teresa Saathoff Tamra J. Howe, Seguin Lodge Charles Croley Dewayne Hunt, Corpus Christi Lodge Troylyn SisnerosGonzalez Dewayne Hunt, Corpus Christi Lodge (*) Pearl Hunt Dianne Jarvis, Houston Lodge Sandra Jones

Alexander Johnson, Austin Lodge Shirley Faske Sharon Elaine Keating, Comfort Lodge Norma Bruns Brooklyn Kendrick, Biry Lodge (*) Cynthia Sultenfuss Paxton Kesselring, Pershing Lodge Ruth Bailey Adalynne Klinksiek, Spring Branch Lodge Teresa Saathoff Katy Kohlleppel, Dunlay Lodge Eulla Krueger Autumn Elaine Krueger, Pershing Lodge (^) Carol Krauss Garrett Welcome Lamb, Mission-Alamo Lodge (*) Roxy Pruski Justin Michael Lamb, La Vernia Lodge Roxy Pruski Hayden Landacre, Prinz Solms Lodge Teresa Saathoff Preston Lawhorn, New Braunfels Lodge (*) Kathryn Green Riley James Mackrell, Boerne Lodge Marilyn Vogt Jamie Nicole Masters, Castroville Lodge Marilyn Vogt Chelsea McCluskey, Anton Wenzel Lodge Robin Maertz Colin K. Mester, Castroville Lodge Glenford Boehme Tray Russel Metzger, Bexar Lodge Lisa Ann Rozacky Kayleigh Rose Miller, La Vernia Lodge Sharon Tanneberger Joon Rose Minus, Kypfer-Salge Lodge (*) Shirley Huebinger Madelynn Reeh Olson, Cibolo Lodge (*) Tracy Campos Logan P. Papp, Austin Lodge Sandra Jones John Eric Rothe, D’Hanis Lodge Glenford Boehme Jonathan Schulz II, Karnes City Lodge (&) Russell Swize Madison Taylor Tausch, La Vernia Lodge (*) Carol Krauss Jenna Payton Todd, Prinz Solms Lodge Teresa Saathoff Josiah Earl Turner, Lockhart Lodge (*) Carol Krauss Jerry Ray Warwick, Columbia Lodge (*) Helen Brown Savannah Riley Welsh, Prinz Solms Lodge Teresa Saathoff Hadley Grace White, Da Costa Lodge Laura Thigpen Chandra M. Wickham, Siemering Lodge Shirley Faske Shelby Lynn Witcher, El Campo Lodge Dennis Wigginton Sierra Wood, Schwertner Lodge Irene Schwertner Charlee Rhett Zella, Gonzales Lodge Diana Moreno Kaylee Zinsmeyer, Castroville Lodge Eulla Krueger (*) Recommended 2 new members (^) Recommended 3 new members (&) Recommended 4 new members

Let Your Pride Show!

Hermann Sons Life welcomes 100% Families

Be a part of our 2018 Lodge Membership Growth Campaign and help each Hermann Sons Life lodge reach its new member goal. Recommend someone you know for membership and you could win a $100 gift card. Every time you submit the name of a prospective new member, your name will be placed in a drawing. Each month one name will be drawn and that person will win a $100 gift card. To recommend someone, go to and click on RECOMMEND A MEMBER at the bottom of the Home Page or email or call 210-527-9113 or 877-437-6266.

100% Family Perry Family Polly Ashley Charles

City Georgetown


100% Family Carrola Family Joseph Donna Ruby 100% Family Garfield Family David R. Jr. Elise Kathryn David R. III Sheldon Cora Annaliese Elisabeth

City Seguin

Lodge Seguin

Agent Becki Carley

City San Antonio


Agent Angela Netherton

Seguin Taylor Taylor

Kirby Kirby Kirby Kirby Seguin Seguin Kirby

Agent Brad Klein

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80 Years

delbert tanneberger New Braunfels Lodge

michael paul flora william d. flora Fort Worth Lodge

mark hilmar lee craig martin smith Siemering Lodge

75 Years

Poth Lodge

sandra p. hoelscher diann gale jung Fredericksburg Lodge

susan lorraine wehe Spring Branch Lodge

mary ann pintaric Louise Schuetze Lodge john d. stoeltje

james f. worsham jr. m.w. sueltenfuss Siemering Lodge Bryan Lodge nelrose enke Weesatche Lodge

70 Years

frances marie albert lee m. kohlenberg jr. lynn e. kohlenberg Austin Lodge paul c. ott Castroville Lodge theo j. wittliff jr. Coupland Lodge ina yvonne porter Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge

corrine h. gass shirley k. twidwell Twin Sisters Lodge lucille r. stroman Vineta Lodge werner l. borth Yorktown Lodge

60 Years andrew w. holck george r. stewart Austin Lodge daniel wayne neill Bexar Lodge

michael p. sievers catherine ann yaw Gulf Lodge glenn c. martin iii chester samuel schuh Harmonia Lodge raleigh r. langhoff Hochheim-Prairie Lodge walter c. rhodes iii Karnes City Lodge willfred h. fuchs New Bielau Lodge debra kay grier patrick byron koepp New Braunfels Lodge jeanne k. cunningham Niederwald Lodge

constance c. johnsen Fort Worth Lodge

royce lane divin charles wayne hertel Brenham Lodge

helen a. price Goliad Lodge

glen clayton banzhaf Cameron Lodge

arlie g. brucks Hondo Lodge

joan claire caddell roger lynn krueger Cibolo Lodge

mildred l. huebner Houston Lodge

robbie faye evans sally b. lee dawn alves mccarty dorothy mae rechner Pershing Lodge

clinton james boerner karen renee letz Comfort Lodge

celeste e’lois arms Richland Lodge

nancy marlene moon CouplandLodge

lawrence d. keller terry e. keller Rockport Lodge

merlene ann rippstein Karnes City Lodge kathryn e. noble Kypfer-Salge Lodge

alan dale stephenson Dallas Lodge

marlin tanneberger La Vernia Lodge

glen ray korth Deanville Lodge

betty mae chaggaris mata nell l. orth Louise Schuetze Lodge adolph c. pacher Nagel Lodge

sari h. gill Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge pat jay benner penny sue payne El Campo Lodge

harlan h. neidig Paige Lodge

michael w. peters Round Top Lodge randy dale stork Rutersville Lodge e.w. atzenhoffer San Patricio County Lodge susan m. rennspies Seguin Lodge

kelly l. zbranek Shiner Lodge laurie ann pfeuffer catherine e. twyford Vineta Lodge

sylvia lou jobson carolyn a. weinheimer Vineta Lodge shirley bradshaw don l. humphries anita maxine nichols brenda k. ramey Womack Lodge douglas w. audilet dorothy j. mayfield Yorktown Lodge

50 Years

kelli diane finch Brenham Lodge

Pat Felkins has received her 60year membership pin. Pat lives in Floresville and is a member of Poth Lodge. She became a member May 7, 1957.

margie fay reinhard Cibolo Lodge carolyn mae smith Columbia Lodge adella c. reagan Fort Worth Lodge guy alan vonroeder Gruenau Lodge allen wade eckhardt edwin david fisk iii Harmonia Lodge william p. guinn jr. james russell guinn Hondo Lodge

Keith L. Morgenroth of Blanco has received his 60-year membership pin. Keith is a member of Corpus Christi Lodge. He became a member Oct. 2, 1958.

christine kaufman Louise Schuetze Lodge cynthia lyn kosub Mission-Alamo Lodge donald burt manning jeffrey l. manning Moulton Lodge larry j. ihlo troy d. tanner Paige Lodge bette anne dietert michelle m. rihn russell g. towers Pershing Lodge

Randy Schorre of Houston has received his 60-year membership pin. Randy is a member of Corpus Christi Lodge. He joined on March 25, 1958.

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Medical Notes According to a 2015 report published in the Daily Mail, many people spend more time on their devices than they do sleeping. A recent Nielsen Company audience report also found that adults in the United States devote about 10 hours and 40 minutes each day to

consuming media on their personal computers, tablets, multimedia devices, TVs and more. Researchers continue to study the effects of screen time on personal health, but there is reason to believe that screen time may be especial-

ly harmful to vision. Devices force the eyes to focus at near range, and over time that can have an adverse effect on vision. Prevent Blindness America says that eye fatigue, dryness and blurred vision are some of the common effects of pro-

longed screen use, but these are not the only concerns. Digital devices also expose the eyes to blue light. While research as to how blue light impacts vision is ongoing, there is concern over the long-term effects of screen exposure since these screens are in close

proximity to the eyes and use is often prolonged. Prevent Blindness America says that studies suggest continued exposure to blue light over time can lead to difficulty focusing, premature aging of the eyes

HILDEGARD A. HAYNES Spring Branch Lodge Died Jan. 31, 2015 • Age 87

DELbERT j. GAjEVSkY Needville Lodge Died Feb. 17, 2018 • Age 82

jAMES wARREN McNEILL SR. Prinz Solms Lodge Died April 1, 2018 • Age 94

DoRoTHY j. coRNEHL Fredericksburg Lodge Died April 17, 2018 • Age 94

ANNIcE M. GuENTHER Louise Schuetze Lodge Died April 28, 2018 • Age 86

MATILDA V. VAVRA Corpus Christi Lodge Died Nov. 3, 2016 • Age 91

GEoRGIANNA H. MASoN Dallas Lodge Died Feb. 25, 2018 • Age 63

ETHEL jEAN HELMERS Fredericksburg Lodge Died April 5, 2018 • Age 89

ARcHER c. puNDT Poth Lodge Died April 18, 2018 • Age 89

MARGARET M. ENDERLIN Fredericksburg Lodge Died April 28, 2018 • Age 91

GwEN RuTH cARRoLL Vineta Lodge Died Dec. 17, 2016 • Age 86

opAL bENDELE bEYER Louise Schuetze Lodge Died March 1, 2018 • Age 97

EDNA Y. ScHwARz Fredericksburg Lodge Died April 6, 2018 • Age 84

bETTY H. STRAHAN Dunlay Lodge Died April 18, 2018 • Age 86

RoNALD VAN EASTER Odessa Lodge Died April 30, 2018 • Age 73

ELIzAbETH A. ScHMIDT Fredericksburg Lodge Died Feb. 17, 2017 • Age 44

REbEccA SuE bRAuER Fort Worth Lodge Died March 4, 2018 • Age 56

EVELYN c. bEDNARz Poth Lodge Died April 11, 2018 • Age 80

ALVIN c. SANTLEbEN La Coste Lodge Died April 18, 2018 • Age 96

DARNEL R. bRookES San Patricio County Lodge Died April 30, 2018 • Age 62

RobERT w. jAMES Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died Aug. 31, 2017 • Age 70

joHN H. MoRGAN Corpus Christi Lodge Died March 7, 2018 • Age 62

ANNA MAE cuRTINo Gulf Lodge Died April 11, 2018 • Age 98

kAREN j.A. bLAScHkE Hochheim-Prairie Lodge Died April 18, 2018 • Age 76

RENo H. LuENSMANN Seguin Lodge Died May 4, 2018 • Age 81

NoRMA jEAN MoAk La Vernia Lodge Died Oct. 19, 2017 • Age 84

MARcELLA u. EIcHELbERGER Pershing Lodge Died March 12, 2018 • Age 88

DoNALD w. kuNkEL Waco-Robinson Lodge Died April 12, 2018 • Age 65

wILLIAM L. cuNNINGHAM Harmonia Lodge Died April 19, 2018 • Age 69

ESTER cASANoVA Anton Wenzel Lodge Died May 4, 2018 • Age 81

IRENE IDA DoRNAk Flatonia Lodge Died Oct. 22, 2017 • Age 94

bETTY SuE HATToN Da Costa Lodge Died March 18, 2018 • Age 63

cARoLYN b. HoLTE Kypfer-Salge Lodge Died April 13, 2018 • Age 91

IDA MAE HENSkE Brenham Lodge Died April 19, 2018 • Age 95

EDGAR E. bRockHAuS Laubach Lodge Died May 4, 2018 • Age 84

ARTIS f. MoNSoN Austin Lodge Died Nov. 3, 2017 • Age 79

RobERT EARL coLDEwEY La Vernia Lodge Died March 19, 2018 • Age 88

ERNA E. koEpp Laubach Lodge Died April 13, 2018 • Age 103

VERLIE fAY NIETENHoEfER Hondo Victory Lodge Died April 20, 2018 • Age 84

RoDNEY LEE HookER Harmonia Lodge Died May 9, 2018 • Age 64

jANE w. pEpLow Louise Schuetze Lodge Died Dec. 12, 2017 • Age 86

jo ANN MoczYGEMbA Poth Lodge Died March 23, 2018 • Age 74

RoNNIE LEE coMpToN Kerrville Lodge Died April 13, 2018 • Age 70

SHIRLEY ANN pERoNE Vineta Lodge Died April 21, 2018 • Age 82

LARRY L. bLAck Harmonia Lodge Died May 10, 2018 • Age 79

LERoY GoRbET Pershing Lodge Died Jan. 25, 2018 • Age 96

DoRoTHY E. kENNEDY Vineta Lodge Died March 23, 2018 • Age 80

ALVIA RIcHARDSoN jR. Old Glory Lodge Died April 14, 2018 • Age 82

LoRAINE L. RoESkE Brenham Lodge Died April 23, 2018 • Age 91

IRENE E. bARTEk Cuero Family Lodge Died May 13, 2018 • Age 93

juDY b. McpHERSoN Pershing Lodge Died Feb. 6, 2018 • Age 68

joHANNA H. kuRTz Hochheim-Prairie Lodge Died March 24, 2018 • Age 57

ANNA MARIE REED Roscoe Lodge Died April 15, 2018 • Age 85

cARoL G. THoMpSoN Gay Hill Lodge Died April 26, 2018 • Age 68

wILbERT G. VoLkMANN Harmonia Lodge Died May 13, 2018 • Age 92

THEoDoRE j. bRuEGGEMAN Haskell Lodge Died Feb. 7, 2018 • Age 89

HERbERT G. zINSMEYER D’Hanis Lodge Died March 28, 2018 • Age 88

MARY H. ScHNEIDER Seguin Lodge Died April 16, 2018 • Age 87

joSEpH E. LALANNE Bandera County Lodge Died April 27, 2018 • Age 91

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

See MEDICAL, Pg. 9

In Memoriam of Our Deceased Members

MAuREEN j. cARRAwAY Louise Schuetze Lodge Died March 29, 2018 • Age 77

EVELYN E. obERHoff Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge Died April 27, 2018 • Age 90

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Retirement Home

Residents celebrate Mother’s Day COMFORT – Sid and Jeanette Medley from Menifee, Calif., were the only visitors to sign the guest book in the month of May. Some residents went to celebrate Mother’s Day with family. Those who stayed here were treated to a special menu for the noon meal. Rosie Franklin reports she had a wonderful Mother’s Day with her son, Randy, and with her daughter and her husband, Mary and Scott Hall, at their home. Also celebrating with them were Rosie’s son Walter, his wife Jenny, four grandsons and one granddaughter.

Rosie was also happy to announce that one of her great-grandsons graduated from high school. Comfort Lodge held its annual meeting and supper with the residents here at the Home on May 14. Chapel service and Holy Communion were conducted on May 28 by Anglican Priest David Guthrie with Kathy Bender and Al Schroeder assisting. We welcome new resident Elaine Keating. We bid farewell to long-time resident Margaret Hinton and to Larry Keller. – Helen Widner

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Medical Notes Cont’d. from Pg. 7 and even damage to retinal cells. A recent study by the National Eye Institute found the frequency of myopia, also known as near-sightedness, has increased exponentially in the last few years. Reasons include a spike in time spent looking at things close-up and a lack of outdoor activities that require focusing elsewhere. The American Academy of Pediatrics notes that a separate study recently found that excessive screen time usage in adolescents was associated with development of acute onset esotropia, or crossing of the eyes, and that limiting usage of gadgets decreased the degree of eye crossing in these patients. Eyes, just like any other muscle, require a varied workout to remain healthy. Many vision experts recommend the 2020-20 rule. According to this rule, for every 20 minutes of looking at a screen, a person should look away at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds or more. This will help eye muscles to relax. The group All About Vision says to use proper lighting, such as ambient lighting. Position a computer monitor so that windows or lights are to the sides instead of in front or behind it. Be sure indoor light isn’t too bright, as bright light can contribute to glare and fatigue. Antireflective lenses on eyeglasses or filters for screens also can help absorb some of the blue light and limit how much reaches the retina and accesses the central nerve of the eye. This may alleviate digital eye strain as well. Screen users may want to adjust the display of their devices so they feature a cool, gray tone, which produces less glare. Eyes can be adversely affected by screen time unless strategies are implemented to limit strain and to rest muscles.

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Youth in Action

‘Circus’ is theme for Bandera County recital BANDERA – Students from the Bandera County School of Dance performed tap, ballet and jazz routines during their May recital held in the Bandera High School Auditorium. The theme for the recital was “Circus.” The Bandera County School of Dance celebrated its 19th year and 19th dance recital. Kim Laine served as mistress of ceremonies for the evening. Eileen Heath, president of Bandera County Lodge, gave the welcome and introduced lodge officers present. They included Treasurer Pam Biering and husband Allan, Susan Hillje, communications coordinator; Ken Hillje, Finance Committee member; Paul Heath, community coordinator; Leona Field, membership coordinator; and Stephanie Brown, youth coordinator. Parents’ Club officers for the year were Stephanie Brown, president; Trisha Brown, vice president; and Kim Laine, secretary/treasurer. Thanks go to Marc Lane for music editing, Travis Coza for working the lights and audio, and to dance instructor Emily Brown and her assistant, Katelyn Latiolait. Special thanks go to all the parents, Member Benefits Director Cecily Kelly at the Home Office and Bandera County Lodge for all their support. – Reporter

Pg. 36 puzzle answers

Crossword Puzzle Across 4. Barbecue 7. Lemonade 9. June 10. Fourth of July 11. Swim 12. Hot

Down 1. Watermelon 2. Sandcastle 3. Sunglasses 5. Vacations 6. Camping 8. August

Bandera County School of Dance students in Class 1 were Presley Binnert, Grace Garcia, Courtney Ivy, Ealyn Vander Zee, Everly Vander Zee and Josey Vollmer.

Bandera County School of Dance students in Class 4 were Sierra Brown, Hailey Garcia, Alyssa Lippy, Carlye Niccum, Kaiya Phelps and Morgan Williams.

Bandera County School of Dance students in Class 2 were Miranda Brown, Josey Fox, Karlee Hamilton, Mia Ranly, Elle Vander Zee and Ella Vollmer.

Bandera County School of Dance students in Class 3 were Kiersten Brown, Olivia Brown and Ryleigh Laine.

Hondo dancers celebrate with pizza party

Students from the Hondo School of Dance celebrated the end of the dance year with a pizza party they earned during the membership campaign conducted last summer during registration.

Youth in Action Students receive scholarships

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Karnes City honors teachers The Karnes City School of Dance honored its teacher and assistant teacher during this year’s recital. Abigail Fenner, left, took over as dance teacher in mid-spring and with the help of the assistant teacher, Skylar Janysek, completed the year and put on a fantastic recital. Skyler also was honored for her many years of service as an assistant teacher. She has taken over and been there when no teacher was available. She is now headed to college.

Lauren Carranco receives her Hermann Sons Life Retirement Home Scholarship from Tommy Daum, president of New Braunfels Lodge and a member of the Grand Lodge Laws Committee. Lauren is a graduate of New Braunfels High School and a member of New Braunfels Lodge. She will study nursing at Texas Tech University.

Corpus Christi dancers perform Corpus Christi School of Dance held its annual recital June 2. Pearl Hunt is pictured with some of the dancers after the recital.

Colton Krueger received his Retirement Home Scholarship from Director Suzanne Hildebrand during the Converse Lodge summer picnic. Colton is a member of Converse Lodge. He will attend Sul Ross University where he will study natural resource management as he pursues his goal to become a state game warden.

Dance registration now under way SAN ANTONIO – Registration is under way for the 2018-2019 dance year. Junior members ages 3-17 as of Sept. 1, 2018, who live in areas where schools of dance are located should have received their registration information by mail. Parents will need the log-in credentials printed on the dance registration flyer in order to register their dancer. Classes will begin after Sept. 1 and reg-

istration will remain open until Oct. 1. Fees will include the $50 assessment fee charged by the Home Office and the registration fee charged by the individual schools of dance. That fee varies from school to school. A list of locations for the schools of dance are listed on the registration flyer. If you need assistance with registration, call the Home Office at 800-2344124, ext. 257.

Dancers from the Corpus Christi School of Dance pose for a photo after their recital on June 2. Registration is now under way for the 20182019 dance year. Login credentials have been mailed to eligible dancers so they can register online.

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Join Hands Day 2018

VINETA LODGE – Vineta Lodge members present the Kangaroo Square Baby Blankets they made to Maggie McQuire. The blankets will be used in neonatal units for mothers and babies as part of the Skin to Skin program. LONE OAK LODGE and MISSION-ALAMO LODGE – Lone Oak Lodge and Mission-Alamo Lodge representatives presented the proceeds from the Hamburger Dinner Fund-raiser held in May to Kris Workman at the May meeting of Mission-Alamo Lodge. Laura Adams, community coordinator for Mission-Alamo Lodge, and John Kelly, right, president of Lone Oak Lodge, presented Kris with checks totaling $3,500. When he accepted the donations, Kris thanked the lodges for their help and noted that Hermann Sons Life had afforded him many opportunities including his time at Camp. “I am so thankful for everything Hermann Sons Life has done for me,” he concluded.

PERSHING LODGE – Pershing Lodge members present the stuffed animals they collecred to Ivie Tovar and Officer Victor Trevino from the San Antonio Police Department’s Special Victims Unit. The animals will be given to children during crisis situations. Lodge members pictured are James Lay, Dorothy Pawlik and Marilyn Hoster

Kris Workman was shot twice during the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs last November. Now confined to a wheelchair, he and his family need a bigger home that will accommodate his wheelchair. Mission-Alamo Lodge and Lone Oak Lodge joined hands to host a Hamburger Dinner Fund-raiser on his behalf. Accompanying him to the Mission-Alamo Lodge meeting where proceeds from the dinner were presented were his wife and daughter, parents and grandparents.

AUSTIN LODGE – Austin Lodge joined hands with the Jennifer Wilks Foundation and delivered a meal to the patients in the Oncology Unit at Dell Children’s Hospital and their families. Approximately 30 to 45 people enjoyed the food. A $300 donation also was made to the families. Participating in the project were, front, from left, Emily Lindsey, Jordan Nelson, Kimberly Lindsay, back, from left, Mary Shugart and Mary and Maurice Maluschka. Not pictured is Betty Kurtz.

Join Hands Day 2018

BANDERA COUNTY LODGE – Bandera County Lodge members visited the Cedar Creek Nursing Home in Bandera. They delivered flowers and snacks to the residents.

BELLVILLE LODGE – Bellville Lodge made a donation to the Meals on Wheels program in Bellville. Thirteen meal recipients were served because of the donation. Pictured is lodge Vice President Herbert Schumann presenting the donation to Meals on Wheels Director Buddy Chance and the Meals on Wheels Board of Directors.

BEXAR LODGE – Bexar Lodge’s adult and junior members joined hands to host a games party at the San Antonio Residence and Rehabilitation Center. Pictured in the Activity Room at the Center are, back, from left, Sherry Stoddard, Carolyn Stanford, Joan Crider, Linda Wehmeyer, Taylor Harris, Emily Harris, Beverly Hutzler, bottom, from left, Donnie Stoddard, Dylan Rozacky and Lisa Rozacky.

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DALLAS LODGE – Dallas Lodge members volunteered at the Dallas CitySquare Opportunity Center. They stocked the food pantry shelves for people who live in the neighborhood near the lodge hall who are allowed to visit the center every 15 days and choose the items they want, eliminating the food waste that occurs with pre-made grocery packs. The food pantry is an entry point for CitySquare’s 16 other programs ranging from job training to mental health treatment. Participating in the project were Eva Opiela, Eva Day, Andy Schellenberg, Clint and Terri Holmes, Amanda Sherrill and Margaret Owens. GULF LODGE – Gulf Lodge members volunteered as part of the Feed Galveston Event held at the Lutheran Church in Galveston on May 26. During the event, volunteers packaged 50,000 meals for those in need of food in Galveston County. Taking part in the project were Eric Scales, Marie Stryk, Betty Mathison, Eva Scales and Al Stryk. The Food Galveston program makes a difference by bringing people together to package healthy nutritious meals for distribution through existing community food banks. It is estimated that almost 18 percent of people in Galveston County are considered “food insecure.” ROUND TOP LODGE – Round Top Lodge sponsored the Country Store booth at the Round Top-Warrenon Volunteer Fire Department fundraising event. The booth brought in more than $600 in proceeds. Because this also was the lodge’s Matching Funds event, it was able to donate more than $1,100 to the fire department. Members donated the items sold in the Country Store including plants, homemade jellies, jams and canned foods, fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh baked goods and other handmade items.

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Join Hands Day 2018

SEALY LODGE – Sealy Lodge joined hands with SPJST, KJT, Woodmen of the World, Knights of Columbus, Wallis Scout Troop 990 and Sealy Girl Scout Troops 574 and 443 and placed approximately 500 U.S. flags on the graves of veterans at the Sealy Cemetery, Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Hartsville Cemetery, Holy Cross Cemetery, Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, San Felipe de Austin Cemetery and San Felipe Community Cemetery. Pictured, not in order, are Haley Martinez, Patrick Martinez, Brooklyn Reyes, Fernando Mora, Joshua Galvan, Rick Martinez, Gene Leschper, Ivy Konvicka, Leon Konvicka, Donald Karl, Johnnie Klatt, Burk Ehret, Melvin Klatt, Mikie Ehret and Bennie Stolarski. Others helping but not pictured were Caleb Kruzel, Barbara Brandes and Bernice Stolarski.

BOERNE LODGE – Boerne Lodge collected food and household items for Hill Country Family Services. A $100 donation also was made.

SHELBY LODGE - Shelby Lodge members donated stuffed animals to Fayette County law enforcement officers and emergency medical service staff to use when children are involved in accidents and other crisis situations. Lodge members pictured with law enforcement officers include Allen and Doris Christ and Ken and Joylene Mathis.

NEW BIELAU LODGE – New Bielau Lodge members joined hands with members of SPJST Lodge No. 8 in Weimar to host a games party for residents at the Parkview Manor Nursing Home. The volunteers provided the cookies for the party and helped the residents with their game cards. A donation also was made. President Dorothy Chevalier, left, and Financial Secretary Harlene Novak, right, presented the check to Fay Leihardt.

KIRBY LODGE – Kirby Lodge members joined hands with Girl Scout Troop 164 and volunteered at the We Back the Blue, Red and Green 5k/10k which raised money for The 100 Club of San Antonio and Soldiers’ Angels. The volunteers served as race monitors, passed out water and cheered on the racers. The event was held at the River City Community Church in Selma. The Girl Scouts dressed in their Girl Scout cookie costumes and sold cookies.

Join Hands Day 2018

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SPRING BRANCH LODGE – Members of Spring Branch Lodge donated 99 pounds of food and personal care items to the Provisions Outreach Food Bank. Members also toured the facility to gain a better understanding of how the San Antonio Food Bank and surrounding food pantries provide for area residents in need. The Provisions Outreach Food Bank is located in Bulverde. KERRVILLE LODGE – Kerrville Lodge made a donation to K’Star. Pictured with the donation check is Melody Lowman, executive director of the program that serves as an emergency shelter for abused and abandoned children in the Hill Country. The money will be used for summer programs.

SCHWERTNER LODGE – Schwertner Lodge members donated non-perishable food to the First Baptist Church of Bartlett Food Pantry. After the donations were delivered, lodge Vice President Margaret Jones helped Bob Russell, food pantry administrator, stock the shelves.

TAYLOR LODGE – Taylor Lodge collects canned goods and other non-perishable food items during the year and donates them to local charities including soup kitchens and local church ministries. Members fill “a bushel and a peck” container and deliver them with “a hug around the neck.”

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Join Hands Day 2018 TWIN SISTERS LODGE – Twin Sisters Lodge joined hands with Boy Scout Troop No. 497 in Blanco to collect non-perishable food items for the Good Samaritan Center and Food Pantry. Four large boxes of food and $544.55 in cash to purchase meals were collected. The Good Samaritan Center is part of the Austin Central Texas Food Bank. The donations were collected on March 10 outside the Lowe’s Supermarket in Blanco.

The Home Office would like to thank all of the lodges that took part in Join Hands Day 2018.

Together we can make a difference!

STOCKDALE LODGE – Stockdale Lodge joined hands with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in Stockdale to place U.S. and Confederate flags on the graves of veterans buried at the Stockdale Cemetery. The project was done in recognition of Memorial Day. The lodge provided the drinks and refreshements for the Scouts and other volunteers.

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We believe in being kind!

Fun and kindness focus of 2018 Camp season

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Moulton Lodge presents scholarships to graduates

Maxwell James Bozeman, son of Jennifer and Robert Bozeman and grandson of Cindy and Don McIntosh, graduated from Centennial High School in Frisco on June 2. Maxwell’s grandmother presented him with his Moulton Lodge scholarship.

Bridgette Nicole Sandlin, daughter of Bryan and Christine Sandlin and granddaughter of Allyne Chapman, graduated from Goose Creek Memorial High School in Baytown on June 2. Her grandmother presented her with her Moulton Lodge scholarship.

Macie Simecek, daughter of George Simecek, received her Moulton Lodge scholarship from Justin Anderle at the Moulton High School graduation ceremony. Macie graduated May 18.

Cibolo invites everyone to attend meeting on Aug. 2 CIBOLO – Father’s Day Domino Night at the June meeting of Cibolo Lodge was a blast! The celebration included Bill Miller brisket. The broccoli salad prepared by Casey Shepherd was voted the best side dish. Katherine Campos’ Rice Krispy smores were voted the best dessert. You do not have to be a member of Cibolo Lodge to come and enjoy the fellowship. Everyone is welcome to come on the first Thursday of the month. The lodge will not meet in July. The next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 2 and will include a memorial service. Meetings are held at Christ the King Lutheran Church located at 1129 Pat Booker Road, Universal City, across Pat Booker from the What-a-burger Restaurant. Members are reminded to up-

Fathers attending the June meeting of Cibolo Lodge included, standing, from left, Steve Shepherd, Mike Warneke, Jonny Brown, Jonathan Bierstedt, John Gray, seated, from left, John Fey and Alvin Schulz.

John Fey was the winner of the Father’s Day drawing at the June Cibolo Lodge meeting.

Dawn Bierstedt celebrated her birthday in June. She is a member of Cibolo Lodge. Include your name and you will be added to the regular email list for announcements and up-

dates about lodge business. If you don’t have an email address but have suggestions, send a note to Tracy Campos, Record-

ing Secretary, 12340 Schaefer Road, Cibolo, Texas, 78108, or to any officer. – Reporter

date their email addresses with the lodge. Your input for changes to meetings, locations, times, etc. is welcome. Send an email to

Womack donates to American Cancer Society WOMACK – The next meeting of Womack Lodge is set for Aug. 5. A covered dish meal will be served. At the June meeting, in observance of Flag Day a special reading on the origin of the flag and how it grew to be a nationally known symbol was held. After the presentation, members recited the Pledge of Al-

legiance. Members stood for a moment of silence in memory of Eleanora Zuehlke who passed away May 18. The lodge made a $300 donation to the American Cancer Society. Plans were finalized for the June 23 Fish Fry benefiting the Clifton Volunteer Fire Depart-

ment. Joyce Dreyer won the 50/50 drawing and Beverly Rueter won the attendance prize. James and Joyce Dreyer hosted the evening meeting. Members enjoyed the covered dish meal. There was no meeting scheduled for July. – Reporter

Did you know you can read Hermann Sons Life online by going to The current issue is available as well as newspapers from the past year.

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Schulenburg Lodge awards two $500 scholarships SCHULENBURG – Schulenburg Lodge meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and 7 p.m. for dinner and the meeting at the Schulenburg Community Center. At the June meeting, it was announced that Haley Machac and Haley Olsovsky will each receive a $500 scholarship from the lodge. A thank you letter was read from the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life for the lodge’s donation in observance of Join Hands Day. Member Julia Pesek celebrated her 100th birthday on June 15. She is a resident at the Regency Nursing Home. Arline Ulrich, President Ed and Jennifer Moeller and Junette Rode-

Celebrating June birthdays from Schulenburg Lodge were, from left, Jennifer Moeller, Paul Dittrich and Frank Bohlmann. cap visited her and presented her with a gift from the lodge. Also celebrating a birthday is Verlene Hoffmann who is in the Weimar nursing home.

Guest Kacie Gallegos, granddaughter of Clarence Klesel, won the Arlan’s gift card and Alton Hafer won the juice. – Reporter

Julia Pesek, a member of Schulenburg Lodge, recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Visiting her at the Regency Nursing Home were, from left, Jennifer and Ed Moeller and Arline Ulrich.

Verdell and Alton Hafer celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary in June. They are members of Schulenburg Lodge.

Siemering Lodge honors moms, pioneer members Meeting in August SIEMERING – Siemering Lodge will not meet in July. The next meeting will be held in August. May’s meeting included an anniversary celebration for the lodge. Mothers were honored with everyone asked to wear something pink. Each mother was presented with a corsage. Pioneer members were celebrated with David Wolf presenting Mark Lee with his 60year membership pin. Mark became a member July 11, 1958. Four new members were welcomed. Brats and kraut and the trimmings were served. The Hermann Sons Life Camp Grief Support Session was the recipient of the lodge’s half of the split-the-pot cash. Father’s Day and Flag Day were the focus of the June gathering. Everyone was encouraged to wear their favorite red, white and blue outfits. Dinner included barbecue sandwiches and salads. – Augusta Fite

Mark Lee, center, received his 60-year membership pin at the May meeting of Siemering Lodge. Pictured with him are his father, Kenneth, left, and son Christian, right.

Fathers attending the Siemering Lodge meeting in June included, from left, Will Bower, Mark Lee, Lloyd Markell, Kenneth Lee, Harvey Rehfeld and Paul Hess. They each received a gift card from the lodge.

Celebrating May birthdays at the Siemering Lodge meeting were Kenneth Lee and Deborah Martin. Secretary Paul Hess presented them with a birthday card from the lodge. Siemering Lodge President Donald O’Connor, left, presents birthday cards to those celebrating birthdays at the June meeting. They are, from left, Mr. Henne, Jayden Rehfeld and Christian Lee.

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Mae Del Cowen, a member of Deanville Lodge, celebrated her 89th birthday on May 4. A birthday party was held in her honor with lodge members and community members on hand to wish her a “Happy Birthday.” Other members of the lodge who celebrated birthdays in May include James Fritsche, Helen Wiederhold and Tammy Jones.

Helen Grimm of Karnes City Lodge recently received her 70year membership pin. Three members of Karnes City Lodge received their membership pins on June 12. They are, from left, Bruce Bomba, a 60-year member; and Merlene Rippstein and Alex Kowald, both 70-year members.

Karnes City honors pioneer members KARNES CITY – Karnes City Lodge honored four of its pioneer members on June 12. President Abigail Fenner presented 70-year membership pins to Alex Kowald, a member since June 10, 1948, and Merlene Rippstein, a member since July 21, 1948. Bruce Bomba, a member since April 1, 1958, received his 60-year pin. Deanville Lodge hosted an open house on May 19 during which Deb Fleming from Texas Dance Hall Preservation officially presented the lodge with the $2,500 grant awarded to help with the rewiring of the historic Deanville Lodge Hall. Pictured are, front, from left, Mildred McLemore, Marsha Kocurek, lodge President Donnie Blinka, Deb Fleming, Mildred Miman, Joyce Krenek, back, from left, Benny and Tammy Jones, Wayne Eichholz and Tom Krenek.

Deanville Lodge receives preservation grant for hall DEANVILLE – Deanville Lodge hosted an open house on May 19 to showcase repairs and updates recently made to the hall. Deb Fleming, executive director of Texas Dancehall Preservation Inc., was on hand to make the official presentation of a recent $2,500 grant that was awarded to the hall to assist in the complete rewiring of the hall. All that rewiring has been completed and members are gearing up for the annual Fourth of July Celebration. The lodge was chartered in 1913 and the lodge and the hall

are an important part of the history of Burleson County. The annual Fourth of July Celebration is the only annual fund-raiser the lodge sponsors. Proceeds are used for the continuous upkeep of the historic hall. The celebration begins at 7 a.m. on the Fourth of July. That’s when the barbecue will be ready and for sale. That afternoon, the Ed Kopecky Fun Time Czech Band will provide dance music from 1-5 p.m. There will be other activities including live and silent auctions. – Reporter

Helen Grimm, a member since June 6, 1948, could not be there to receive her 70-year pin. A meal was served prior to the presentation. Door prizes were given away after the meeting. The lodge’s next meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at the lodge building at 120 S. Market St. in Karnes City.

The lodge will randomly select two campers from among its junior members who attended Hermann Sons Life Camp and they will be honored along with their parents. The lodge will provide a meat tray and drinks. Members are asked to bring chips and/or desserts. – Reporter

Anton Wenzel casino trip set for July 29 SAN ANTONIO – Anton Wenzel Lodge is planning a trip to the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino on Sunday, July 29. Members and guests will meet at the San Antonio Home Association Building at 7:30 a.m. The bus will leave at 8 a.m. and be back at 8 p.m. Contact Merlinda Elizondo at 210-815-3468 as soon as possible to make a reservation. Cost is $35 per person but $15 will be added to your player’s card when you arrive at the casino. Hot dogs and chili will be served at the July 3 meeting. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. Cynthia Barbosa selected the name of Gordon Thomas Howell for the membership drawing but he was not there to claim the cash so his name went back in the barrel. Anyone interested in becoming a member is asked to call Agent Emma Moya at 210-3443935. – Elizabeth Dorrell

Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe, left, presents Robert F. Hubbert with his 60-year membership pin at the June meeting of Anton Wenzel Lodge. Robert lives in San Antonio and has been a member since March 1, 1958.

Paula Reid accepts a birthday card from lodge President Edward Elizondo at the June meeting of Anton Wenzel Lodge.

Larry Burns accepts his splitthe-pot winnings from the June Anton Wenzel Lodge meeting from Lorene Kreusel.

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Brenham Lodge plans supper, dance for July 20 BRENHAM – Brenham Lodge will hold a steak and sausage supper July 20. Tickets are $13 each. The price includes the meal and dance with music by Allison Crowson and Sam and Paul Murski. At the June meeting, President Jeanette Preuss read a tribute to all fathers and, in observance of Flag Day, she read “I Am Your Flag.” Members enjoyed hamburgers grilled by Gerald Wehring and Randy Jacob. Nina Runge and Shirley Ganske sliced the vegetables donated by Richard and Pearlie Hanath. Betty Schramm and Pearlie Hanath prepared the tea and members provided desserts. The Cheer Committee reported mailing get-well cards to Gilbert Spinn, Carol Jaster and Mamie and Edward Lorenz. A sympathy card was mailed to Maude Linda Jakubik following the passing of her sister-in-law, Elaine Muzny. Special Representative Gary Falkenberg spoke about the bonus now being offered on the 9-year annuity and encouraged everyone to recommend new members. Raymond Walker was thanked for providing the drinks and the

Celebrating May birthdays at the Brenham Lodge meeting were Dorine Stoelke, left, and Delores Meyer.

Milton and Evelyn Hack of Brenham Lodge celebrated 74 years of marriage in May.

Celebrating a birthday at the Brenham Lodge June meeting were Raymond Walker, Ben Meyer, Gloria Hanath and Kenneth Renner.

meal in honor of his birthday. At the May meeting, it was announced that Hillboldt Lodge has merged with Brenham Lodge. The Cheer Committee reported mailing get-well cards to Janice McClendon and Wayne Hueske. Sympathy cards were mailed to Rodney Roeske following the death of his mother, Loraine, and to her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, Ryan, Rayna and Taylor Roeske. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Ida Mae

Henske Wubbenhorst, Loraine Roeske and Mary Lois Gajeske Thibodeaux. A thank-you note was read from the family of Loraine Roeske. Milton and Evelyn Haack were thanked for providing the drinks in honor of their anniversary. Thanks also went to Nina Runge, Shirley Ganske and Elaine Lorenz for preparing the meal, to all who brought desserts and to Pearlie Hanath and Shirley K. Moehlmann for getting the tea ready. – Reporter

Celebrating anniversaries at the Brenham Lodge June meeting were Arnold and Magdalene Knuppel and Aubrey and Evelyn Harmel.

Columbia will meet July 8 DALLAS – Here’s what has been happening with Columbia Lodge for the past couple of months. The annual picnic will be history by the time you read this. Hope everyone had a great time. There is lots of construction going on at the Hall and there is a new bar in the Old Bowling Alley thanks to the efforts and diligence of Bob Sullivan. There is a new sprinkler system being installed to make the Hall a safer place. There was a movie filmed on location at the Hall and it looked like Hollywood for a week or so. But the swing dancers are back on Wednesdays and the Thursday night folks are back in action as well. You should attend some of these

functions. Jean Ernst is still recovering from some medical issues and she is in a rehabilitation center for now. Get well Jean, as your sage advice and wise ways are needed now as much as ever. Jo Nicodemus is busy taking care of her sister Anita and she sends her love to all the folks at the Hall. Give Jo a call. She would love to hear from other members. A baker’s dozen of Columbia Lodge members joined hands with many other volunteers for Join Hands Day. They had fun cleaning up White Rock Lake. Thanks go to Cecilia Phillips for heading up this project and to the many who participated. The next meeting will be held Sunday, July 8, at 3 p.m. – Dave Moynihan

Dallas members volunteer at pantry DALLAS – Dallas Lodge will meet July 22 at 1 p.m. at the lodge hall. The lodge’s Join Hands Day project was held May 12 at the City Square Opportunity Center in Dallas. Members cleaned and stocked food in the pantry. The pantry helps low income people with free healthy food.

Open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it averages 100-plus clients per day. This non-profit provides other services near downtown and Dallas County. Thanks go to Eva Opiela, Eva Day, Andy Schellenberg, Terri Holmes, Clint Holmes, Amanda Sherrill and Margaret Owens. Jean Ernst, Sharon Smith and

Steve Schellenberg experienced health issues in May. A report will be included in the next issue about the May 20 luncheon. You can help support the historic hall by attending events or hosting or booking a graduation, birthday, anniversary or other party.  – Reporter

Poth welcomes new members in June POTH – Poth Lodge welcomed two new members at the June 3 meeting. They are Kate Lynn Alexander and Carrol Brown Gaspard. Dawn Johnson was welcomed as a transfer member. Brianna Maha was approved as the lodge’s scholarship recipient for 2018.

Pat Lowak reported that the students in the Poth-Floresville School of Dance were thrilled with the items the lodge gave them. Celebrating birthdays were Cloe Bostick and Beth Cutsinger. Paul and Marie Hosek celebrated a June anniversary.

Paul Hosek and Pamela Cutsinger won the door prizes. Names drawn for the kitty were Clinton Emmitt Noll, Analyse Morin and Robert Blohm Jr. but none of them were in attendance so the kitty grows by $2 for the next meeting. – Reporter

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Bernardo presents pins at June summer social

BERNARDO – Bernardo Lodge held its summer social June 9 at the Bernardo Volunteer Fire Department. Members enjoyed fellowship and refreshments before the dinner was served. At 6:30 pm members were asked to stand as the Columbus Boy Scout Troop presented a ceremony honoring the American flag and the Texas flag. Participants were Reed Hajovsky, Keegan Escamilla, Benjamin Hayner and Nathaniel Hayner. Their leader, Stephanie Hajovsky, spoke briefly and noted that old flags can be dropped off at the Scout House and AL&M. Special guest was Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe. He and lodge President Terrel Maertz presented a 70-year membership pin to Ruby Belle Henneke, a 60-year pin to Marilyn Harbich and a 50- year pin to Kenneth Frank. Each member talked about what it meant to him or her to be a member of Hermann Sons Life. They talked about how grateful they are to their parents for buying them a life insurance policy all those years ago. Other 60-year pin recipients, Debra Kahanek, a member since June 27, 1958, and Diana Oterer, a member since Jan. 9, 1958, were not in attendance. Terrel introduced first-time camper Theresa Henneke who thanked the lodge for its donation toward her week at Hermann Sons Life Camp. Members will be waiting to hear about her experience. Also attending Camp from Bernardo Lodge will be Myra Anderson. She will also receive a donation to help with the cost of attending Camp. The meal included barbecue pork prepared by R.W. Maertz Jr., Joe Trojacek and Billy Hagen. Members provided the side dishes and desserts. Five United States flags and a few other items were given away as door prizes. Ruby Belle Henneke and R.W. Maertz celebrated birthdays in May and were recognized at the May 16 meeting. Attendance prize winners at that meeting were Terrel Maertz

Ruby Belle Henneke receives her 70-year membership pin during the Bernardo Lodge summer social. Ruby Belle has been a member since Dec. 20, 1948. Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe, left, and lodge President Terrel Maertz made the presentation.

Marilyn Harbich receives her 60-year membership pin during the Bernardo Lodge summer social. Marilyn has been a member since Aug. 1, 1958. Lodge President Terrel Maertz, left, and Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe made the presentation.

Joann and Emmanuel Weishuhn, seated, accepted a 60-year membership pin on behalf of Lillie Weishuhn during the Bernardo Lodge summer social. Lillie has been a member since Sept. 9, 1958. Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe, left, and lodge President Terrel Maertz made the presentation.

Kenneth Frank, center, receives his 50-year membership pin during the Bernardo Lodge summer social. Kenneth has been a member since April 18, 1968. Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe, left, and lodge President Terrel Maertz made the presentation.

Theresa Henneke is a firstyear camper from Bernardo Lodge. She was introduced at the Bernardo Lodge summer social by lodge President Terrel Maertz.

and Beatrice Hill. The lodge’s next meeting is set for July 18 starting at 7 p.m.

Members are asked to bring a dish to share. – Reporter

Members of the Columbus Boy Scouts presented the American and Texas flags during the Bernardo Lodge summer social.

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Kypfer-Salge schedules next meeting for Aug. 3 CLEAR SPRINGS – Kypfer-Salge Lodge will not meet in July. The next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 3. Members are asked to bring a salad, sandwiches or dessert for the meal. Dennis Koepp, Art Brinkkoeter and Charlie Seiter grilled the hamburgers for the June 1 meeting. Celeste Salge provided the trimmings for the burgers and members brought side dishes and desserts. Thanks go to everyone who helped get the food and the hall ready for the meeting. Tommy Daum, president of New Braunfels Lodge and a member of the Grand Lodge Laws Committee, was a special guest. Welcomed as a new junior member was Korbin Paul Block. The lodge received a thankyou card from Carol Wetz. Members are reminded to let Nelrose Koepp know if someone is sick or has passed away so she can send a card on behalf of the lodge. The monthly donation was sent to Kris Workman, the Hermann Sons Life member who was injured during the Sutherland Springs Baptist Church shooting. Attendance prizes went to Jim Sureddin, Kery Noble, Dennis Koepp, Helen Lammert and Art Brinkkoeter. If you know someone who does not drive, offer to pick them up for a meeting. If you know someone who would like

Celebrating summer anniversaries from Kypfer-Salge Lodge were, from left, Merry and Art Brinkkoeter, 40 years in July; Helen and Danny Lammert, 46 years in June; and Kathy and Kery Noble, 51 years in May. Caroline Lucke, left, was the assistant dance teacher, and Samantha Thompson was a teacher in the New Braunfels School of Dance this year. Both are members of the Strutters dance team at Texas State University. Samantha is Darline Preiss’ granddaughter and a member of Kypfer-Salge Lodge.

Kailey Koepp, a member of Kypfer-Salge Lodge, is a 2018 graduate of New Braunfels High Jennifer Koepp has graduated School. from Trinity University with a to join the lodge or is thinking Master of Arts degree in school about joining, bring them to a psychology. She was a 2011 recipmeeting/social time. Guests al- ient of the Herman Sons Life Retirement Home Scholarship and is ways are welcome. – Darline Preiss a member of Kypfer-Salge Lodge.

Madison Brinkkoeter, a member of Kypfer-Salge Lodge, is a member of this group of dancers from the New Braunfels School of Dance.

Harmonia Lodge to honor pioneers July 12 SAN ANTONIO – Harmonia Lodge will honor its pioneer members at the July 12 meeting. Members receiving pins this year who plan to attend are asked to call John Hoog at 210386-2029 or 210-227-7001 and leave a message. Among those being honored will be Past President Bill Richard who is receiving his 70-year pin and was recognized at the May meeting. He joined on May 1, 1948. J.W. White and son Jake are both receiving their 50-year

pins this year. They joined on April 11, 1968, and Sept. 12, 1968, respectively. Bill Bernhard noted that his three children each received a 50-year pin this year. Jake White thanked all the members who worked so hard to clean up the Harmonia Cemetery on April 14. Charles Kretzschmar displayed a sign with the name of the cemetery printed on it. Home Association representative Mike Beam stated that the

estimated revenue from Fiesta parking is about $25,000. It was noted that Mike Gumpp sold many Fiesta medals for additional revenue. Brad Dietrich reminded members of the annual Tee It Up For a Cause Golf Tournament scheduled for Sept. 29. Once again it will benefit Camp Discovery and The 100 Club of San Antonio. Only one death was reported. Carl H. Friesenhahn passed away April 11 at the age of 53. He had been a member since 1966.

John Hoog was celebrating a birthday. Attendance prize winners were Brad Dietrich and Mike Beam. Roger Buley won the split-the-pot cash. In honor of Mother’s Day, a drawing was held for a potted plant. Emily Roberts was the winner. The lodge provided the brisket prepared by Vice President Al Ranzau. Members provided the side dishes and desserts. – Reporter

Walter Mueller celebrated his birthday in July. He is a member of Kypfer-Salge Lodge. Raelee Saur, not pictured, also celebrates a birthday in July.

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Fort Worth presents pioneer pin at summer picnic FORT WORTH – Summer has arrived and that means its picnic time in Fort Worth. Thanks go to all who came out for the June meeting, pin presentation and picnic hosted by Fort Worth Lodge. Congratulations go to all the pin recipients - those who were present and those who could not make it. It was especially nice to hear from Constance Johnsen in Bismarck, North Dakota, who said she could not make it, but would love to receive her pin. The Home Office will be mailing it to her. Thanks also go to the cooks for the hamburgers and hot dogs and to those who brought those great desserts. Without all of you, there would be no picnic. The next meeting will be Sept. 9 at Westcreek Lanes. Hope to see you there as plans for Make a Difference Day and the Christmas party will be made. Ronnie Jones reported that the Youth Committee has received lots of requests for Camp T-shirts. Parents are asked take a picture of their child in the shirt and send it to sandraj1966@ for the newspaper. Also send any Camp stories or other pictures. After the Camp season, a drawing will be held and a portion of someone’s Camp fees will be reimbursed. Members of the lodge are a part of a program known as Peeper Keepers. This group tends to chickens and learns about agriculture in the process. What started out as a pilot project has turned into a full blown obsession for the students at Hajek Elementary. Every year the Peeper Keepers are charged with caring for the school’s chickens. The eggs are delivered and put into an incubator. The students get to watch and wait for the chicks to break through their shells. Shannon Jones has been in charge of the project for many years. Each year, after the chicks are hatched and it’s time for school to end, the chicks are given away. One year, Ronnie and Darlene Jones, took them and are still taking care of them and enjoying the benefit of the eggs. This year Home Depot came out and built a chicken coop for

Caden Jones is part of a program known as Peeper Keepers at Hajek Elementary School. Caden is a member of Fort Worth Lodge. the school and the students got to paint it. This has given the chickens a home on the school grounds, where they will remain. Members of the Peeper Keepers are responsible for feeding them during the summer. Caden Jones has been a part of the group since first grade. He said his favorite part about caring for the chickens is feeding them and playing with

Robert Balmos received his 60-year membership pin from Chair of the Board Sandra Jones during the Fort Worth Lodge summer picnic. Robert has been a member since Oct. 14, 1958. them. The chickens don’t run away from the students. They let them hold them and will eat out of their hand. Congratulations are in order for Agnes Fulfer. She is now a 70-year member. She joined on June 6, 1948. Two couples celebrated their wedding anniversaries in June. They are Ronnie and Darlene Jones, 47 years, and Larry and

Karen Barclay. Happy Birthday wishes go to Linda Arnold, Isla Bohnert (a first-year camper), Alexis Castor, Jesse Castor, Cindy Davis, Linda Harlin, Scott Jones, Laura Reyes, Sawyer Rhodes, Ryan Schaule, Trey Schaule, Aro Terrell, Annie Lee Terrell, Anabel Tousley, Martha Shurfield, Jaci Wallace and Marianne Gibson. – Reporter

Giddings awards six $4,000 scholarships

Houston to meet July 9

GIDDINGS – Giddings Lodge has awarded six $4,000 scholarships. Pat Abell and Cecilia Martinez presented five of the scholarships at Giddings High School during a special dinner honoring scholarship recipients. The lodge made donations to Giddings High School and Lexington High School for gifts presented to students attending “Grad Bash” parties. The lodge sponsored three teams for Relay for Life. Members who collected money for their teams were Debbie Beisert, Jean Herzik and Loretta Chilek. Mother’s Day cards were delivered to two nursing homes in Giddings and two other small homes called Bec’s Blessing in Giddings and in Serbin. Thanks go to Julian DeLaRosa, Sam Harmon, Sabastian Flores and Jaina Lara for delivering the cards to the residents. Pat Abell and Ce-

HOUSTON – Houston Lodge will meet Monday, July 9, at Sokol Hall, 1314 W. Patton St., Houston. The social hour begins at 6 p.m. Pizza will be ordered for dinner. This will be a brainstorming meeting instead of a regular meeting. Members will be discussing ways to get more members interested in attending meetings. Topics of discussion will include what kinds of activities to plan, the possibility of meeting in restaurants and how often to do that. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. A pot luck meal was enjoyed at the May 14 meeting held at Sokol Hall. The transfer of Roy Dueitt, Jean Dueitt, Janice Dueitt, Travis Dueitt and Justin

Junior members of Giddings Lodge are pictured delivering Mother’s Day cards at an area nursing home in May. cilia Martinez accompanied the students. Happy Birthday wishes go out to Bill Hinkston and Ruby Lehmann who celebrated their special days in May. A sympathy card was sent to the Sara Matejcek family. She recently lost her father, Sean Matejcek. The winners of the $5 drawings were Bell DeLaRosa, Cecilia

Martinez and LaVerne Urban. A dinner of pizza, salad and desserts was served at the June 14 meeting. Scholarship recipients and their families were invited to attend. Members are encouraged to attend meetings held the second Thursday of the month at the old lodge hall, now known as The Silos of 77 Hall. – Reporter

Dueitt to Burton Lodge was announced. Doris Falkenberg reported sending a get well card to Emily Falkenberg after her shoulder surgery. Josie Muske sent a card thanking the lodge for the card sent after her husband, Kermit Muske, passed away. Special Representative Gary Falkenberg announced that Special Representative Al Stryk of Pearland is retiring as a full-time agent but will continue to serve as a part-time field agent. Members voted to continue the past donations. Celebrating a birthday was President Jack Manchack. Winners in the monthly attendance drawing were Catherine Manchack, Sheila Lee, Jack Manchack, James Ellison and Jackie Bushman. – Reporter

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Boerne Lodge to meet July 6 at Kronkosky Place

BOERNE – Boerne Lodge will meet Friday, July 6, at 12 noon at Kronkosky Place. Lunch reservations must be made in advance by calling the Rainbow Senior Center at 830-249-2114 by 9 a.m. the day of the meeting. Brian Webb and Shelly Jennings were guest speakers at the June 1 meeting and spoke about the Boerne Emergency Medical Service. The Boerne EMS has the responsibility for covering  640 square miles in Kendall County. There are five units that are responsible  for  this area and  are housed at three EMS stations in Boerne, Bergheim and Comfort. The Bergheim and Comfort stations are both staffed by volunteers. In the field of emergency medical services, there are three levels of certification for providers of care. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-Basics) are the most common type of providers

in all of EMS. They are the entrylevel patient care providers followed by EMT-Intermediates and then Paramedics. Both EMTs and Paramedics have the knowledge and skills to transport patients and provide them with emergency care. The biggest difference between them is the amount of education they receive and what they are allowed to do for patients. Brian said that there is important medical information that EMS personnel need in an emergency and suggested that it be posted on your refrigerator at home. The list should contain your full name, date of birth, your current prescribed medications with dosages (including over the counter medications or vitamins), drug or food allergies (list serious allergies first as well as allergies to materials the emergency responders may use such

as latex), chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, etc. and emergency contact names and phone numbers. Shelly talked about the importance of air transportation services in the event of an emergency. Due to road construction and traffic jams transportation to a hospital by ambulance may take an extended time. She was familiar with Air Methods or Air Life. The phone number for Air Methods is 1-800-793-0010. Three new junior members were welcomed into the lodge. They are Erik and Anika Bradshaw and Rhett Bradshaw. Marilyn Vogt attended scholarship presentations for BoerneChampion and Boerne High Schools recently. The graduating seniors who qualified for scholarships from the lodge were Christopher Rogers, Emily Mur-

Shelly Jennings and Brian Webb from the Boerne Emergency Medical Service were guest speakers at the June meeting of Boerne Lodge. ley, Kalyann Palacios and Alexis Walther. Brandon Uecker from Tivy High School in Kerrville also received a scholarship. Belated Happy Birthday wishes go to Barbara Vogt who celebrated her birthday on May 8. A get well card was sent to Sam

Franklin who had recent surgery. In honor of Father›s Day, all men present were given a free meal ticket to the Rainbow Senior Center for future use. Jack Faecher was the winner of the door prize. – Barbara D’Spain

Round Top raises funds for fire department ROUND TOP – Round Top Lodge members heard a report about the successful Join Hands Day project when they met May 24 at the American Legion Hall near Round Top. The lodge raised $644 in the Country Store booth at the Round Top-Warrenton Volunteer Fire Department Feast. With the $500 in Matching Funds from the Home Office, the lodge was

able to present the fire department with a $1,144 donation. Thanks go to all who brought items to sell, those who worked, and those who made purchases and donations. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Melissa Wickel who passed away May 23. She had been a member of the lodge for 54 years. A memorial donation will be sent to the

Round Top-Carmine Educational Foundation in honor of her active participation on the foundation’s board. Sympathy was extended to her family. Melanie Rauch sent five Mother’s Day cards to home bound mothers. Members brought photos of their mothers and pictures of mothers with their families for everyone to enjoy. They planned to do the same for

the June meeting in honor of Father’s Day. Attendance prizes went to Sophie Rauch, Linda Mattocks, Jeanette Schoenst, Floyd Braun and Jim Mattocks. Door prizes went to Edna and Mert Meinkowsky, Mary Rauch, Bob Porter and Jocie Braun. The meal included sandwiches, chips and desserts. – Reporter

Lila Garlin celebrated her May birthday at the Round Top Lodge meeting.

Kirby Lodge has chili dogs on menu for July meeting KIRBY – Kirby Lodge will meet July 2. Hot dogs, chili and sauerkraut are on the menu. Candace Scheibe is in charge of the meal. Help is always welcome. Members are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. The lodge hosted its annual senior games party on June 3. A total of 64 members and nonmembers enjoyed the afternoon of free games for those aged 55 and over. Sandwiches, chips and dips were served. Thanks go to all who helped make it a successful community event.

Judy Schulmeier prepared the ham for the June 4 regular meeting. Other members provided the side dishes and desserts. The meal honored all the men and fathers present. Welcomed as new members were Logan Daniel Collado and Lorelei Lilli Collado. Celebrating birthdays were Donna Scheel, Jimmy Scheibe and Andra Bundick. They each received a gift card. Carol Eardley won the $30 attendance prize for the second month in a row. You could be the

lucky winner next month. All you have to do is attend the meeting. Split-the-pot winners were Andra Bundick, Sandra Bundick, Keary Lambrecht and Candace Scheibe. Fourteen members took home door prizes. All members are encouraged to attend meetings normally held the first Monday of the month. The social time begins about 6:30 p.m. The meal is served at 7 p.m. and the meeting starts at about 8 p.m. – Tammy Haecker

Members and non-members gathered at the Kirby Lodge Hall on Sunday, June 3, for the annual senior games party. Anyone age 55 or older was welcome to play for free.

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McGregor presents two senior scholarships McGREGOR – McGregor Lodge will not meet in July. The next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. at The Coffee Shop in McGregor. Paige Lillard, one of the lodge’s scholarship recipients, was welcomed to the June meeting. She graduated in the top 10 of her class from McGregor High School. During her years in high school, she was involved in numerous clubs, sports and activities including the Link Crew, National Honor Society and PALS. She served as yearbook editor and was a class officer and Student Council member for three years. Paige will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall to major in allied health. Her goal is to become a speech pathologist and to work with children. Paige is the daughter of David and Tammy Lillard and granddaughter of Doris Mooney. Brody Schmalriede, son of Rodney and Connie Schmalriede and grandson of Milton and Yvonne Schmalriede, is the lodge’s other scholarship recip-

Paige Lillard

Brody Schmalriede

ient. While attending McGregor High School, he was involved in National Honor Society and varsity golf. He was a member of the FFA Officer Team, FFA Ag Mechanics Team and the Livestock Judging Team and worked on his family’s farm. Brody will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall to study agricultural plant and soil/environment sciences and plans to eventually come back to McGregor to take over his family’s farming operation. Congratulations go to Kaci Thane upon her graduation from Texas A&M where she

graduated with high honors. Father David Thane, sister Camryn and grandparents Jerry and Joyce Thane are super proud of Kaci. President Doris Mooney thanked everyone who helped with the collection of food for the McGregor Food Pantry.  She also read thank you notes from the scholarship recipients. Hermine Wolf reported sending get-well cards to Milton Schmalriede and Betty Johnson. Celebrating June and July birthdays were Hermine Wolf and Leona Hendrickson. 

Carolyn Richardson of Ponca City, Okla., received her 70-year membership pin recently. Carolyn is a member of McGregor Lodge. She became a member May 1, 1948. Happy Anniversary bells ring out for Joyce and Jerry Thane, 61 years in June, and to Henry and Vivian Lange, 69 years in

Pershing plans memorial service for Aug. 1 SAN ANTONIO – Pershing Lodge will not meet in July. The next meeting will be Aug. 1 in the Home Association meeting room. A memorial service will be held to remember those members who have passed away in the last year. Members are asked to bring salads and desserts for the meal. Two new members were welcomed at the June meeting. They are Joshua Eric Guerra and Douglas Dale McCuen. Chaplain Tony Valek reported on the passing of Janie Alice Futrell and William E. Heberling. It was great to see Louise Mulhern and her daughter, Jeanelle Tabor, at the meeting. In observance of Join Hands Day, members donated stuffed animals that were delivered to the Special Victims Unit of the San Antonio Police Department.

Joan Lichtenberg, a member of Pershing Lodge, celebrates her birthday in June.

Celebrating June anniversaries at the Pershing Lodge meeting were, from left, Kenneth and Emily Wallace, 51 years; John and Betty Opiela, 14 years; and Rosie and John Hollingsworth, 22 years.

Terri Armstrong reported members will make an overnight trip to the Coushatta Casino on July 22. Cost will be $55 for members and $60 for non-members. Call her at 210378-0319 to make a reservation.

Loyd LeBlanc won the $25 attendance prize and Dorothy Pawlik won the split-the-pot drawing. Six names were drawn for the $230 Progressive Pot. The first two were Betty Anne Dietert

and Lawrence E. Denman but they weren’t there to claim the cash. The third name drawn was that of Lillian Franckowiak. She was there and she took home the $230. – Dorothy Pawlik

July. Doris presented all the fathers a gift for Father’s Day. – Reporter 

Paul Vogt to meet Sept. 4 VAN RAUB – Paul Vogt Lodge’s next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 4. The lodge will not meet in July and August. At the May meeting, members discussed the lodge’s involvement in the new member event it is cohosting on Aug. 4 at Hilltop Camp, 170 Hilltop Camp Road, Comfort. The picnic will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring potential new members and enjoy a day of swimming, games, a bounce house and lunch. Reservations need be made no later than July 25 by calling/texting Pam Poulk at 210-753-2626 or email her at – Reporter

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Austin presents pins at Family Day celebration

AUSTIN – Austin Lodge will meet Sunday, July 1, at 2 p.m. Members are asked to bring a covered dish and desserts. The lodge will furnish the meat. The lodge celebrated Family Day on June 3 with members, guests and friends present. Lunch was served and then membership pins were presented Director Suzanne Hildebrand presented the membership pins. Maurice Maluschka and Francis Albert received 70-year pins. Edna Weigelt received a 60-year pin and James Spradling received a 50-year pin. Buster Shafer reminded everyone of the State Bowling Tournament that will be held in Austin July 28-29 and Aug. 4-5. Members voted to purchase a bowling bag that will be given away during the tournament. Other members will donate one more bag and two bowling balls. The deadline to register to bowl is July 1. Kimberly Lindsey reported on the Join Hands Day project. Members went to Dell Children’s Hospital and served supper to the children who are patients on the oncology and their families. Kimberly thanked everyone who took part.

Maurice Maluschka receives his 70-year membership pin from Director Suzanne Hildebrand at the June meeting of Austin Lodge. Maurice has been a member since Aug. 28, 1948. “Happy Birthday” was sung to Clarence Stark, Emily Lindsey, Cody Harris, Mary Maluschka, Johnny Duecker and Hilary Spilo. Happy Anniversary wishes were given to Jim and Pat Spradling, 47 years; O’Neal and Edna Weigelt, 23 years; and Marvin and Donna Holcomb, 50 years. Jim Reed, Howard Anderson, David Kastner, Billy Lindsey and William Albert won Father’s Day gifts. Clarence Stark won the “kitty” and the attendance award went to Billy Lindsey. – Reporter

Frances Albert, right, receives her 70-year membership pin from Director Suzanne Hildebrand at the June meeting of Austin Lodge. Frances has been a member since July 12, 1948.

Edna Weigelt, right, receives her 60-year membership pin from Director Suzanne Hildebrand at the June meeting of Austin Lodge. Edna has been a member since Aug. 8, 1958.

James Spradling receives his 50-year membership pin from Director Suzanne Hildebrand at the June meeting of Austin Lodge. James has been a member since June 3, 1968.

Kerrville plans social event for Aug. 2 KERRVILLE – Kerrville Lodge will hold a social event in August. Members will meet at the Acapulco Restaurant on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6:30 p.m. Everyone will pay for their own food and beverages. Sandwiches, chips and dips were served at the June 6 meeting held in the Wells Fargo Bank

Community Room. Plans were finalized for presenting a flag to the Hill Country Veterans Center on June 16 in observance of Flag Day. In observance of Join Hands Day, members voted to make a donation to K’Star for summer activities. K’Star is a non-profit emer-

gency shelter for abused and abandoned children from the Hill Country. The Oct. 3 meeting will be held in the Wells Fargo Bank Community Room, 301 Junction Highway, Kerrville. The Christmas party will be held Dec. 7 at Buzzie’s Bar-B-Q. – Juanice Grona

Old Glory to honor pioneers Sept. 2 Bandera County supports youth Bandera County Lodge is showing its support for the youth in the community by buying banners that are hung at the Pipe Creek Little League and Bandera Little League fields. The banners are 4 foot by 8 foot in size.

OLD GLORY – Old Glory Lodge will meet Sept. 2. The lodge will furnish the meat and members are asked to bring a vegetable or dessert. Members receiving their 50year, 60-year and 70-year pins in 2018 will be honored.

The lodge will not meet in July or August. The lodge did meet in June. Celebrating June birthdays were Amber Corzine and Clara Richards. Celebrating an anniversary were Darrell and Clara Richards.

Reported on the sick list were Verlene Corzine and Anita Dozier. Ariel Corzine won the door prize. Following the meeting the group enjoyed games and a meal of salads and desserts. – Reporter

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Converse honors pioneers, graduate

Jourdanton Lodge presents scholarship Abigayle Bruce of Pleasanton is the recipient of the Martin O. Wiede Memorial Scholarship from Jourdanton Lodge. Lodge President Rusty Prasifka presented the scholarship at the lodge’s May 10 meeting. Abigayle is the daughter of Julie and Alan Bruce. She is a graduate of Pleasanton High School and plans to attend Schreiner University where she will study biochemistry. She hopes to become a doctor. She attended Hermann Sons Life Camp for four years as a camper and two years as a counselor-in-training. She also took dance lessons for two years.

CONVERSE – Converse Lodge honored its longtime members and a scholarship recipient during the summer picnic held June 10 at the GRASP building in Converse. Director Suzanne Hildebrand presented 70-year pins to Glen Boeck, a member since April 19, 1948; Virginia Brietzke, Earl Siebold and Lynwood Siebold, all members since March 15, 1948; and a 60-year pin to Wayne Hofferichter, a member since Dec. 8, 1958. She also presented Colton Krueger with his Retirement Home Scholarship. A moment of silence was observed in member of Beverly Sinclair who passed away in January and Harold Haecker who

Suzanne Hildebrand, left, presented pins at the Converse Lodge picnic on June 10. Pin recipients were, from left, Wayne Hofferichter, Lynwood Siebold, Earl Siebold, Virginia Siebold Brietzke and Glen Boeck. passed away on June 5. After games, members enjoyed a meal of barbecue, beans

and potato salad. Members provided the desserts. – Reporter

Schwertner to honor members Aug. 13 SCHWERTNER – Schwertner Lodge will honor its pin recipients and its graduating seniors at the Aug. 13 meeting. Pins will be presented and seniors will be recognized as they prepare to leave for college. A fried chicken meal is planned. A spaghetti dinner including salad and rolls prepared by Irene Schwertner and Margaret Jones was served at the May 21 meeting. Clarence Schuetz, Linda Schellenberg, Margaret Jones and Cynthia Gersbach prepared desserts.   President Irene Schwertner introduced new members Susie Ann Hoskinson of Salado and Grace Annette Luedecke of Belton. 

Grace Annette Luedecke, a new member of Schwertner Lodge, is pictured with her grandparents, Jerry and Sheryl Grote, and lodge President and Agent Irene Schwertner, right. Celebrating May birthdays were Cheyenne Marek, Amanda Marek, Sydney Marek, Dale

Marek, Kendall Gersbach and Randall Schwertner. – Reporter

Columbus plans next meeting for Aug. 13 Jourdanton Lodge is selling prize drawing tickets for a chance to win the song bird quilt being displayed here by lodge President Rusty Prasifka. Proceeds from the drawing will be donated to Christian Assistance Ministries of Atascosa County. As part of its Matching Funds Program, the Home Office will match the first $500 raised. Tickets are available from lodge officers or CAM. The winning ticket will be drawn at the lodge meeting on Oct. 11. You do not have to be present to win.

COLUMBUS – Columbus Lodge will meet Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. At the June 11 meeting, Agent Terrel Maertz spoke about Camp and encouraged everyone to recommend new members. President Douglas Lilie read correspondence from the Home Office. In honor of Flag Day, President Lilie read the history of the flag

and how June 14 was officially declared Flag Day. Members celebrating birthdays in May and June were Diane Williams, Clayton Holub, Duane Hammack, Andrew Lattimore, Jennifer Dimas, Monica Hollmann, Elena Holub, Jerry Mikeska, Carolyn Poenitzsch, Grace Sebesta, Deborah Bennett, Roger Wienken, Kathryn Haluska, John Holub, Sandy

Dee Meyer, Kristy Wienken and Dwight Mazac. Celebrating anniversaries were Dustin and Ruth Lattimore, four years; Derek and Jackie Fritsch, 33 years; Kevin and Tracy Lilie, 38 years; and John and Elena Holub, 33 years. Elsie Kahlden led the entertainment and everyone enjoyed refreshments. – Reporter

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Dunlay presents pins during annual barbecue DUNLAY – Dunlay Lodge held its annual barbecue and pin presentation on Sunday, June 10. Members and guests enjoyed the meal prepared by Clyde and Kathy Muennink. Guests included Vice President of Operations and COO Samantha Schulmeier as well as members of D’Hanis and Hondo lodges. Samantha presented membership pins to four members. Jimmy Walch and Carl Steinle were presented with their 70year pins. Jimmy became a member March 12, 1948, when his parents, Alfred and Irene Walch, bought him a life insurance policy at the age of 2. Carl Steinle became a member when he was less than a month old on Dec. 28, 1948. His grandfather, Joe Steinle, was known as Mr. Hermann Sons of Medina County. He was a longtime member and officer. Harold Lutz received his 60year pin. He became a member on Oct. 21, 1958. Connie Willis received her 50-year pin. Connie became a member on Nov. 19, 1968, when her parents, Rolf and Evelyn Saathoff,  bought her life insurance policy. Unable to attend to receive their pins were Armin Bendele, a 70-year member since April 12, 1948; Jeanene Betros and Robert Steinle, both 60-year members since Oct. 2, 1958; and Julia Dittmar, a 60-year member

Jimmy Walch receives his 70-year membership pin from Vice President of Operations and COO Samantha Schulmeier during the Dunlay Lodge barbecue in June.

Carl Steinle receives his 70-year membership pin from Vice President of Operations and COO Samantha Schulmeier during the Dunlay Lodge barbecue in June.

Harold Lutz receives his 60-year membership pin from Vice President of Operations and COO Samantha Schulmeier during the Dunlay Lodge barbecue in June. since Oct. 21, 1958. Members enjoyed visiting and exchanging interesting memories as children attending meet-

ings at the Dunlay Lodge hall with their parents. All are looking forward to next year’s event. – Reporter

Connie Willis, center, receives her 50-year membership pin from Vice President of Operations and COO Samantha Schulmeier, left, and Dunlay Lodge President Joyce Krenmueller.

Vineta will hold scholarship fund-raiser July 18 SAN ANTONIO – Vineta Lodge will hold its annual scholarship fund-raiser July 18 beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Home Association Rathskeller. A donation of $5 is asked for sandwiches, ice cream and lots of desserts. There will be attendance prizes. For tickets and more information, call 210-602-5147. Everyone is invited to attend and support a worthy cause. A surprise meal is on the menu for the July 5 regular meeting. Thanks go to Cecilia Padalecki for preparing the meal and to

Marilyn Hoster for the dessert served at the May social. Members are asked to bring school supplies to meetings and other events now through August. These will be donated to a school in the San Antonio School District. New members recently welcomed into the lodge are Reagan Sander and Michelle Ann Mata. Split-the-pot winner was Cecilia Padalecki. Attendance award winners were Ruth Bailey, Janelle Har-

shaw, Emily Roberts and Frances Bara. The lodge mourns the passing of Dorothy Kennedy, a member for 62 years; Sharon Elaine Munke, a member for four years; Shirley Ann Perone, a member for 36 years; and Helen Siebold a member for 58 years. – Reporter Celebrating a birthday at the June meeting of Vineta Lodge was Irene Kace, left. Vice President Emily Roberts presented her with a birthday gift from the lodge.

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Paige Lodge will grill burgers for meeting July 8 PAIGE – Paige Lodge will meet July 8. The lodge will serve grilled hamburgers prior to the meeting. Members are encouraged to bring chips, dips and desserts with a July 4 theme. Remember to wear red, white and blue. Vice President LaVerne Mattiza presided at the May 20 meeting after members and guests enjoyed a special Mother’s Day lunch of grilled steak, baked potato and salad. Special thanks go to Troy Kunkel for providing and grilling the steaks, to his wife Ann for making the salad, Ronnie Harmon for providing and cooking the baked potatoes and to his wife Debbie for preparing the condiment tray and covering the tables and

granddaughter Halle Dube for decorating the tables and to all who brought desserts and deviled eggs. Bernice Basward reported sending sympathy cards to Jerry and Brenda Potter following the passing of her aunt and to the Charlie and Debbie Barrington family following the passing of their nephew. A thinking of you card was sent to Ethel and Cornell Kunkel and a retirement congratulations and Happy Birthday card was sent to Ronnie Harmon. He thanked the lodge for the card. Waylon Kunkel was the lucky winner of the attendance pot and the dollar pot. Members were glad to have

Otis and Shirley Marburger attend the lunch and meeting as they have moved to their new home in Giddings. Members were also glad to have long-time members Milton and Linda Ihlo from Austin attend the lunch and meeting. Milton served in many officer positions through the years and his views and comments are always welcomed. Linda also served the lodge through the years. The lodge sends out wishes for a fun and safe summer with a reminder that meetings are held the second Sunday of each month at the hall located at 128 N. Main in Paige following a lunch at 12:30 p.m. – Reporter

Paige Lodge held a lunch to honor mothers in May. Pictured are Troy Kunkel (holding son Waylon) and Ronnie Harmon. They provided the steak, baked potato and salad lunch.

Comfort to hold new member party

Couples celebrating their anniversaries in June in attendance at the Fredericksburg Lodge meeting were, from left, Lola and Hans Enderlin, Geneva and Elgin Tatsch and Shirley and Stanley Jenschke. Not pictured are Donna and Robert Beckmann.

Fredericksburg to meet July 3 FREDERICKSBURG – Fredericksburg Lodge will meet Tuesday, July 3. A hot dog supper is planned. The lodge will provide the hot dogs and trimmings. Members are asked to bring a side dish. For more information, call Hans Enderlin at 830-8951343 or Windy Duecker at 830997-2983. The lodge met June 5 and celebrated Father’s Day by recognizing all the dads in attendance. Melvin Staudt won the fruit basket in the Father’s Day drawing. The lodge will request an appearance by the Hermann Sons Life float in an upcoming parade. Attendance prizes were

COMFORT – Comfort Lodge will not meet in July. Members are busy preparing for the New Member Welcome Party set for Aug. 4 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hilltop Camp. All members are welcome to attend the event that will be cohosted by other lodges in the area. Postcards have been sent to members who have joined in the past 18 months. Activities will include swimming, a bounce house, games and a sandwich lunch. Reservations need to be made by calling or texting Jennifer Cernosek at 210-859-7966. At the regular August meeting, grandparents will once again be

honored. This is the third year the lodge has made this a part of the August meeting. The meeting begins with a meal at 6 p.m. on Aug. 13 at the VFW Hall in Comfort. During the June meeting, members voted to raise the amount of the lodge’s two scholarships awarded to high school graduating seniors to $1,000 each for 2019. Members are reminded that the lodge’s family barbecue will be held in the Hilltop Dining Hall on Sunday, Sept. 9. Pins will be presented at 5:15 p.m. and the meal will be served at 5:30 p.m. – Reporter

Dusty and Norma Bruns celebrated their anniversary on June 14. They are members of Comfort Lodge.

Prinz Solms has new banner

Celebrating birthdays at the June Fredericksburg Lodge meeting were, from left, Christina Weinheimer and Donna Beckmann. Not pictured is Robert Beckmann. awarded to Windy Duecker and Stanley Jenschke. – Reporter

Members of Prinz Solms Lodge are pictured with the lodge’s banner. The lodge displayed the banner for the first time at the Bulverde Community Center’s Chicken Festival on April 29. The lodge sponsored the cake booth during the event with proceeds being donated to the community center where the lodge meets regularly.

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New Braunfels has 14 new members

Celebrating June birthdays from Corpus Christi Lodge were Stacey Stephenson, left, and Madelyn Moseley. New Braunfels Lodge recently honored two of its longtime officers who retired at the end of 2017. Lodge President Tommy Daum presented Karen Harborth, center, and Virginia Vetter with Certificates of Appreciation for their many years of service. Karen served as president and Virginia as corresponding secretary.

NEW BRAUNFELS – New Braunfels Lodge welcomed 14 new members at the June 4 meeting. Youth Coordinator Shirley Huebinger and Karen Harborth attended the New Braunfels School of Dance recitals and presented a donation on behalf of the lodge. Members mourned the passing of Bennie Beiersdorfer and Darlene Moore. President Tommy Daum reported that he presented Lauren Carranco, a graduate of New Braunfels High School and a member of the lodge, with her Retirement Home Scholarship. She is the daughter of Anglo and Nancy Carranco and will attend Texas Tech University. – Reporter

Ray and Cheryl Garcia celebrated five years of marriage on June 7. They are members of Corpus Christi Lodge.

Celebrating wedding anniversaries at the June meeting of New Braunfels Lodge were, from left, Harvey and Jo Heideman, 56 years; Leola and James Stolte, 65 years; and Sandy and Rennie Guenther, 56 years.

New Braunfels Lodge President Tommy Daum celebrated his birthday in June.

Rutersville Lodge will meet on Aug. 1

Door prize winners at the June meeting of Corpus Christi Lodge included Urijah and Alivia Tamez. Not pictured is another winner, Rick Robertson.

Corpus Christ to meet July 2 CORPUS CHRISTI – Corpus Christi Lodge will hold a business meeting and dinner July 2 at the Chicken Shack beginning at 6:30 p.m. Members gathered for a potluck dinner and games on June 4.

The 50/50 winner was Kiersten Hunt. The Corpus Christi School of Dance recital was held June 2 at Tuloso Midway Middle School and was a big success – Brittny Mcpheeters

RUTERSVILLE – Rutersville Lodge will meet Aug. 1. There is no July meeting. Three new members were welcomed at the June 6 meeting. They are Karlyn, Kailey and Wesley Kuntschik. The social hour was spent enjoying fellowship, refreshments and a meal of chili dogs, sides and many desserts. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Kevin Seifert. Sympathy cards were sent to Nancy and Clarence Pietsch and Marceil and Neal Prestridge. Getwell cards were sent to Marjorie Sinclair, Loretta Brugger, Neal Prestridge and Leroy Bennetsen. The membership voted to donate to the La Grange Volunteer Fire Department and its benefit

Members of Rutersville Lodge celebrating anniversaries and birthdays in June and July are pictured. They include Weldon and Lee Ann (not pictured) Hartmann, Ricky and Cheryl Kuhn and Carol and C.D. Jenkins, June anniversaries; Kyle Hartmann, a June birthday; and Darlene and El Gene Weyand, a July anniversary. golf tournament. Attendance prize winners were Sheron Citzler, Albert Loehr, Glen Hartmann, Delores Schmidt and Sherry Noak.

Details on the August meeting meal will be published in the Fayette County Record before the next meeting. – Reporter

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San Marcos Lodge to host family picnic July 14 SAN MARCOS – San Marcos Lodge will host its annual family picnic on Saturday, July 14, at Zorn Bowling Club on Hwy. 123 just past Zorn towards Seguin. The picnic begins at 2 p.m. Sausage and wieners will be served. Members are asked to bring dishes to compliment the meats being prepared by Clifford and Betty Rust and John and Betty Schawe. Members also are asked to bring items for the “Hugs from Home” packages sent to troops serving overseas. A list of items needed is printed on the back of the 2018 lodge calendar. The lodge’s 2018 campers will be recognized. Hostess Janice Kuhen served sub sandwiches and ice cream at the June 4 meeting held at La Vista Club House. Fathers were honored. Billy Preuss, Larry Moreau and Freddie Dreibrodt were the lucky winners

Celebrating June birthdays from San Marcos Lodge were Mary Lou Preuss and Freddie Dreibrodt. of Father’s Day door prizes. The Cheer Committee reported sending get-well cards to Cassia Hodge and Freddie Dreibrodt

Prize winners from the bunco games played following the June San Marcos Lodge meeting were, from left, Janet Boehringer, most buncos; Freddie Dreibrodt, most games won; and Janice Kuhen, least games won.

who reported he is improving. Lillian Cargil, project coordinator, gave a report on the Join Hands Day project. A total of 30

Rosenberg-Richmond meets Aug. 13 ROSENBERG – RosenbergRichmond Lodge will meet Aug. 13. Ice cream will be served and members will play games. Cary Lamensky prepared the hamburgers for the June 11 meeting. Margie Krenek helped with the serving and gave the blessing. Aiden Thomas Gosline was welcomed as a new member. Membership Coordinator Rosalie Byrd reported that get well cards were sent to Johnnie Zak, Charles Winsor, John Collis, Edna Loesch, Dan Gregory, Jean Allen Hartfiel and Bernice Sliva. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Evelyn Oberhoff. Agent Chris Stoeltje reminded everyone that registration is under way for Camp. Door prizes were donated by Calvin and Joyce Lamensky and John and Shirley Pavlock. John Pavlock, Ann Juergens, Fritz Oberhoff, Malcolm Krause and Raymond Schmidt won the attendance prizes. – Loyce Anderson

Celebrating May and June anniversaries from Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge were, from left, Theresa and Cary Lamensky, Mike and Evelyn (not pictured) Kassey, Loyce and Edwin (not pictured) Anderson, Shirley and John Pavlock and Cipriana and Ray Negrete.

Billy and Mary Lou Preuss celebrated 64 years of marriage in June. They are members of San Marcos Lodge.

members participated by donating items, making monetary donations to purchase supplies and putting together the bags that

were donated to the children attending the Grief Support Session at Camp. – Reporter

DaCosta to hold Summer Family Social on Aug. 12 DaCOSTA – DaCosta Lodge will hold its annual Summer Family Social on Sunday, Aug. 12. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. A catered meal will be served at 12:30 p.m. Members are asked to bring an item for the silent auction. Proceeds from the auction benefit the lodge’s scholarship fund. Canned good donations will be accepted for the Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry. Members receiving their 50year, 60-year and 70-year pins in 2018 will be honored. Members who received their 50-year

pins in the mail are reminded to bring the pin with them so it can be presented in person. Reservations must be made with LaVerne Hajek at 361575-1712 or Geraldine Venglar at 361-573-3941 no later than Wednesday, Aug. 8. Leave a message with how many people are in your party. Members will not be charged, Non-members will pay $10 per plate. The next meeting is set for July 10 at 6 p.m. – Sayra Martinka

Stern Lodge plans fall trip

Celebrating May and June birthdays from Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge were, from left, Florence Orsak, Margie Klobedans, Greyson Frels, Eppie Kostak and Loyce Anderson.

SEGUIN – Stern Lodge members are discussing a trip sometime in the fall when the weather is cooler. It may be a day trip somewhere or an overnight gambling trip. Attendance prize winners at the June 3 meeting were Gloria Reininger, Barry Engelke and

Ricky Engelke. The meeting was held at the Seguin American Legion Hall. The meal included chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans and a roll. After lunch, everyone enjoyed Reno Reiley’s birthday cake for dessert. – Reporter

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Mission-Alamo Lodge recognizes moms, celebrants

Sylvia and Don Schulmeier celebrated their wedding anniversary recently. They are members of Mission-Alamo Lodge.

Mission-Alamo Lodge honored the mothers attending the May meeting. Each of the ladies present received a small potted plant from the lodge and then posed for a photo.

Celebrating April and May birthdays at the Mission-Alamo Lodge meeting were, from left, Laura Adams (holding son John), Bernice Vogel and Shannon Swan.

Rowena Lodge presents scholarship

Avery House, left, receives a $200 scholarship from Vonna Peek on behalf of Rowena Lodge.

Helotes Lodge will meet Sept. 11

Lockhart Lodge will meet Aug. 6

Cousins Kayla Jones, left, and Annabella Nail pose for a photo at the North West Bexar School of Dance recital. Both are members of Helotes Lodge. Charlie and Mary Lee Sloan had a lot to cheer about at the June meeting of Helotes Lodge. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June and Charlie celebrated his birthday. The lodge’s next meeting will be held Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at Braun Hall. Rebecca Henley will host dinner. Cash door prizes will be given away.

ROWENA – Rowena Lodge presented a $200 scholarship to Avery House during the June 1 meeting. Vonna Peek presented the scholarship on behalf of the lodge. Avery, a graduate of Ballinger High School, will attend Angelo State University in San Angelo. A thank you note was read from Ballinger Animal Control for a recent donation from the lodge. Expenses from the funnel cake sales at the Ballinger Ethnic Festival were reviewed. The event was very successful. – Reporter

Door prize winners at the June Lockhart Lodge meeting were, from left, Jonelle Frerich, Emelia Duewall and Billy Ray Buckner.

Reese Buckner, daughter of Landon and Emily Buckner, is pictured at her dance recital. She is a member of Lockhart Lodge.

LOCKHART – Lockhart Lodge will not meet in July. The next meeting will be held Aug. 6. A new member was welcomed at the June 3 meeting. He is Robert Nolan Rocha, the son of Bobby and Lana Rocha. He is the grandson of Lockhart Lodge member Tim Schroeder and Lisa Schroeder and greatgrandson of Margie Bozarth. Cheer cards will be sent to several members due to illness or surgery. – Reporter

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

Corpus Christi Frank Brandon 361-241-5593

Giddings Loretta Chilek, FIC 979-542-2806

La Vernia Sharon Tanneberger, FIC 210-827-0526

Austin Shirley Kuhen Faske 512-789-3975

Pearl Hunt 361-241-0940

Linda Kieschnick, FIC 979-542-5224

Marlin Tanneberger, FIC 210-827-7229

Troylyn Sisneros-Gonzalez 361-232-7413

Gonzales Bobbie Polasek 830-672-6317

Lubbock April Behnke 806-797-3585

Greg Polasek 830-540-4812

Marion Lorene Bielke, FIC 830-420-2380

Bandera Stephanie Brown 210-621-3891 Bastrop William Hinkston 512-284-1684 Bellville Robert Herridge 979-865-3222 Bernardo/Columbus Robin Maertz 979-732-1687

Cuero Laura Tiffin Wayne Tiffin 361-275-8421 Dallas Helen Tyson Brown 214-796-0668 Del Rio Pat Fritz, FIC 432-292-4483

Graham/Wichita Falls David Wolf 940-550-5202 Hondo Richard Muennink 210-827-0053 Stacy Saathoff 830-444-9160

Terrel Maertz 979-732-1727

Devine Cynthia Sultenfuss 210-219-6409

Boerne/Fair Oaks Carl Behrendt 210-422-1159

Edna/Jackson County Sam Matlock 361-782-3206

Boerne/San Antonio Pamela Poulk 210-753-2626

El Campo Dennis Wigginton 832-278-9636

Boerne Lisa Rozacky 210-838-3306

Floresville/Poth Beth Cutsinger 210-325-6667

Jourdanton Valerie M. Vick 210-748-5598

Marilyn Vogt, FICF 210-630-9874

Floresville Lynn Wiede 830-393-4660

Katrina Wiatrek 210-326-9505

Caldwell Donnie Blinka 979-596-1309 Canyon Lake Sandra Duncan 830-905-3233 Castroville Glenford Boehme, FIC 210-219-9792

Fort Worth Sandra Jones, FIC 817-295-2666 Fredericksburg Todd Bierschwale 830-997-2130 Dennis Henke 830-997-5290

Cibolo/Schertz Tracy Campos 210-860-6675

George West Tracy Caron 361-449-0348

Judith Schulmeier, FIC 210-667-1938

Georgetown Brad Klein, FIC 512-497-0678

Comfort Norma Bruns, FIC 830-995-3980

Houston Anna Larie Keith 713-819-8853 Sarah Spencer 361-550-1883 Gerald Ziemnicki 713-622-9001

Karnes City Abigail Fenner 830-534-6982

Marshall Donald Robinette 903-690-3193 Maxwell Charles Croley 512-357-6638 Needville Melissa Kostelnik 713-304-1692 New Braunfels Kathryn Green 830-463-9455 Shirley Huebinger 830-822-1942 Tim Salge 830-625-4816 Nixon-Smiley Diana P. Moreno 830-379-2244 Orange Grove Paula Gebert 361-384-2375

Russell Swize 830-780-4053

Paige RaChelle Dube 512-740-3518

Kirby Angela Netherton 210-831-1293

Pflugerville Julius Dubcak 512-272-8393

La Coste Tanya Crisp 830-985-9230

Port Lavaca Nancy Annette Walraven 361-552-9403

La Grange Linda Mattocks 512-736-9988

Rockdale Judy Marie York 512-446-5914 Rosenberg/Needville Chris Stoeltje 979-559-6127

Marketing Department Staff

210-527-9113 • 877-437-6266 • 888-839-7667 Grand Vice President-Marketing Tim Kolbe Marketing Analyst Ana Vasquez, FLMI, AIRC, FIC Administrative Assistant Gladys Rowley Special Representatives: Dan Boenig - 210-705-1815 Becki Carley - 361-550-9358 Gary Falkenberg, FICF - 713-466-6069 • 713-899-4138 Eulla May Krueger - 210-863-0546 • 830-985-3643 Teresa Saathoff - 210-276-0361 • 210-422-6996 Alfred Stryk, FICF, LUTCF - 281-485-4095

Round Top/Rutersville Linda Mattocks 512-736-9988

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

San Antonio Philip A. Abell 210-771-1213

Seguin Annette D. Roecker 830-832-0724

Ruth Bailey 210-602-5147

Tina B. Ynfante 210-859-1973

Darlene Irwin 210-392-2649

Diane Terp 830-305-3564

Rayna Sue Irwin 210-710-7038

Spring Branch Gloria Gass 830-885-4405

Clif Klabunde, FIC 210-219-6142 Jim McNeel 210-601-2097 Emma Moya 210-344-3935 San Marcos/Lockhart Janice Kuhen 512-393-1431 Schulenburg/Weimar Mary K. Seifert 979-743-0312 Schwertner Irene Schwertner 254-527-4470

Lisa Lanphere 830-221-8128 Stockdale Ronald Wiatrek 210-771-4354 Victoria Jason Hybner 361-652-6924 Victoria/Yoakum Laura Thigpen 361-676-8307 Yoakum Mary Koenig 361-293-1743 Yorktown Judy Wolf 361-564-2452

A list of agents also is available online at

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Shining Stars

CORA ROGERS is a member of Biry Lodge. She is in third grade. Her favorite foods are Chinese food and her mom’s pasta. She loves Harry Potter books. Cora has a bet hamster, Hufflepuff. Her activites include drawing, dance and U.I.L. music memory.

EMMETT PREWITT is a member of Montgomery Lodge. He is in preschool. His favorite foods are salami and Goldfish. His favorite TV show is “Paw Patrol.” Emmett has a pet dog, Biscuit, and cat, Mischief. His activities include playing outside and building with Legos.

GRANT GOOLSBY is a member of Prinz Solms Lodge. His favorite foods are pizza and spaghetti. His favorite TV shows are “Paw Patrol” and “Dinosaur Train.” Grant’s activities include dancing with the Hill Country School of Dance.

OLIVIA GOOLSBY is a member of Prinz Solms Lodge. Her favorite foods are mac and cheese and strawberries. Her favroite TV shows are “Paw Patrol” and “Peppa Pig.” Olivia’s activities include dancing with the Hill Country School of Dance.

KELSEY MERRITT is a member of Corpus Christi Lodge. She is in fourth grade. Her favorite food is chips and her favorite movie is “How to Train a Dragon.” Kelsey has a pet dog and cat. Her activities include reading and playing with animals.

CADENCE MERRITT is a member of Corpus Christi Lodge. She is in first grade. Her favorite food is candy and her favorite TV show is “My Little Pony.” Cadence has two pets. Her activities include dance, soccer and playing with toys.

MORGAN EAVES is a member of Corpus Christi Lodge. She is in fifth grade. Her favorite foods are hamburgers and pizza. Her favorite TV show is “Teen Titans Go.” Morgan has pet cats, Cleo and Uma, and a turtle, Rainbow. Her activities include dance and Girl Scouts.

ASHLYN EAVES is a member of Corpus Christi Lodge. She is in kindergarten. Her favorite food is taco soup and her favorite TV show is “My Little Pony.” Ashlyn has pet cats, Cleo and Uma, and a turtle, Rainbow. Her activities include dance, tumbling and Girl Scouts.

Shining Star Registration Form 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 Photos of our Shining Stars also are featured online. Name: Birthday: Home Phone: Daytime Phone: Address: City:


Fourth of July Word Search July Fourth Stars Stripes Independence Fireworks Celebrate Parade Cookout America Sparklers Red White Blue

Summer Crossword Puzzle

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ACROSS 4. To cook outdoors on a grill. 7. Beverage made with lemon. 9. The month at the beginning of summer. 10. Independence Day. 11. What you can do at the beach. 12. Opposite of cold.

DOWN 1. A big fruit you eat in summer. 2. What you can make at the beach with sand. 3. Protective eyewear. 5. Time off from school. 6. Sleeping in a tent. 8. The month at the end of summer.

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