July 2020

Page 1

Vol. 123, No. 9

July 2020


Kocurek recognized for service to Brazos Valley ➤ Pg. 3

Lodges contribute to food banks for Join Hands Day ➤ Pg. 6

Naughton celebrates 106th birthday this month ➤ Pg. 10


Dance registration opens for 2020-2021

Online dance registration is now open through our website. Since COVID-19 caused the cancellation of this season’s dance recitals, the Hill Country School of Dance held a “mock recital” recently at Bulverde Park. Pictured are dancers from the Wednesday 5:15 group.

SAN ANTONIO – Registration for the 2020-2021 dance year is under way. Junior members ages 3 to 17 who live in the area around one of the Schools of Dance have received their registration information. Those who have never enrolled received their brochure in the mail. Those who took part last year and have a Class Juggler account received their instructions by email. The brochure provides detailed instructions on how to access the registration process through Class Juggler. Parents should note that if they created an account to register a camper or dancer, they will not have to create a new account to register a dancer. They will have to use the dance code provided by e-mail. The brochure includes a list of the Schools of See REGISTRATION, Pg. 9

Page 2 – Hermann Sons Life – July 2020

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


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

Jeanette Preuss Robert Prewitt Steven Schellenberg Marlin Tanneberger Ronald Wiatrek Janet Zabransky Gerald Ziemnicki


Frank Brandon Shirley Faske Tammy Kelley

Bradley Klein Ed Kurtz Laura Thigpen


Elizabeth Byron Tammy Haecker Marsha Kocurek

Sherry Rakowitz Lisa Rozacky Irene Schwertner


Brad Dietrich Robert Herridge Tammy Jones Edward J. Muehlbrad

Doug Saathoff Laura Tiffin Lori Todd

President’s Message We must never take our freedom for granted As I write this we are just a couple of weeks away from celebrating the Fourth of July . Let us never forget what this day means to all of us as Americans – FREEDOM! We have freedoms that citizens of many other countries in the world can only dream about . Let’s not take that for granted . Let’s celebrate that which so many have fought and died for . The Fourth of July also marks the halfway point of the year . And what a year 2020 has been so far . The COVID-19 pandemic continues to curtail lodge activities . Some lodges have resumed their regular meeting schedule . Others

have decided to wait a little longer . We trust our lodge leaders to make decisions based on what is best for their individual lodges . The Home Office has resumed a regular schedule meaning everyone is in the office every day . However, we have not yet opened the building to outside visitors . We are sorry for any inconvenience this is causing our members . We ask for your understanding as we strive to protect the staff and our members and visitors . In keeping with the guidelines outlined by local authorities, we

now require a mask while you are in the building if you cannot maintain the required 6 feet of distance from other people . Although social distancing requirements severely curtailed Join Hands Day activities, several lodges opted to make a donation of some kind . Many of those donations went to food banks . I applaud their efforts as they strive to demonstrate our mission to serve our communities . As everyone knows by now, the virus also has closed Camp for the summer . I want to thank our members for their overwhelm-

Recipients say thanks for donations SAN ANTONIO – The Home Office has received letters of thanks from the organizations that received donations in May . In observance of Join Hands Day, the Home Office sent $1,000 donations to seven food banks around the state and the University Health System Foundation in San Antonio . Two letters were received from the University Health System Foundation . ToniMarie Van Buren, senior program and development officer, wrote, “Your gift provides immediate assistance during this health crisis, and your legacy of generosity will remain long after we win the fight against COVID-19 .” Tommye Austin, chief nurse executive with the University Health System, wrote, “Thank you so much for the generous donation . Please stay safe during this pandemic . God bless and keep you and Hermann Sons Life .”

On behalf of the San Antonio Food Bank and the New Braunfels Food Bank, Eric S . Cooper, CEO and president, wrote, “The arrival of the coronavirus has increased the need for food and supplies for those already struggling in our community . As we ramp up our efforts to assist our neighbors during this time, your support is crucial .” The Central Texas Food Bank’s President and CEO Derrick Chubbs sent a letter that said in part, “Because you care, you have helped provide much needed food to thousands of Central Texans in need during this most critical time .” Erica Yaeger, chief external affairs officer for the North Texas Food Bank in Plano, wrote in her letter, “Thank you for supporting the NTFB during a time when we need it the most . Your donation is already at work providing nutritious meals to hungry families .”

Lodge Reports Bernardo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bexar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brenham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cibolo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Columbia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corpus Christi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DaCosta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dallas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deanville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fort Worth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Helotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

12 14 14 14 14 14 14 12 12 11 13 13

Kerrville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kypfer-Salge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louise Schuetze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . McGregor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Moulton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paige . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pershing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . San Marcos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Schulenburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Siemering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Twin Sisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vineta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

12 13 14 13 14 13 14 14 11 14 14 11

ing support of this decision . Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly and Executive Camp Director Ian Brassett deliberated on this matter for days before making this difficult call . I want to publicly thank them for their dedication to this program . We are living in unprecedented times . I am grateful for the opportunity to serve a family of people who are dedicated to helping one another and their communities . Be safe and I hope to see you soon . Eugene Zollinger President and CEO

Monthly Features 2 3 7 8 8 11 2 3 & 10 3 5 6 7 10 10

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

New This Month

Food banks send thanks Kocurek receives award Deanville modified BBQ Comfort presents scholarships Join Hands Day projects Benefit tourney set Naughton celebrates 106th Home Office observes Flag Day

Marketing & Sales News

4 4 4 15

1&9 9 5 7 9 16

People who need insurance Annuities a good investment Recommenders listed List of agents

Youth in Action

Dance registration begins Hill Country holds "mock recital" Salute to Seniors Answers to puzzles on Pg . 16 What's happening at Camp? Shining Stars

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn for the latest news

July 2020 – Hermann Sons Life – Page 3

Kocurek selected to receive Jefferson Award Marsha Kocurek, a member of Deanville Lodge and the Community Engagement Committee of Hermann Sons Life, has been selected to represent the Brazos Valley at the Jefferson Awards in Washington, D.C. Marsha and three other women from the Brazos Valley were honored as the Jefferson Award recipients for that area and then Marsha was singled out to represent the Brazos Valley in the nation’s capitol. The Jefferson Awards were established in 1972 to recognize, inspire and activate volunteerism and public service in communities, workplaces and schools across America. KBTX-TV in Bryan-College Station presented the awards for the Brazos Valley. Friends or community members nominate someone they feel is worthy of the award and then the local recipients are selected. Traditionally, the winners travel to Washington in June but the COVID-19 pandemic has postponed the ceremony until later in the year. Marsha said when her name was announced as the award winner selected to

go to Washington, D.C., she was very surprised. “It was a huge surprise to win,” she said. “The night of the presentation, I was sure that one of the other ladies had won because I had heard their stories and heard about all of their great work. I actually had to wait and listen to the 10 p.m. news to ensure that they didn’t make a mistake.” She said, “The first thing I did when I found out was hug my husband (Blake) and kids (Bailen and Marley). Our whole family was very excited to hear the announcement.” It was husband Blake who had nominated her for the award. Marsha has made an impact in Hermann Sons Life since joining in 2015. She is the secretary for Deanville Lodge. She has encouraged an increased community presence for the lodge and its historic hall. She was named the 2018 Humanitarian Award recipient for her efforts to help the lodge receive three grants from the Texas Dance Hall Preservation Group. In 2017 she was named to the Community Engagement Committee that serves as an advisory group to the entire organiza-

tion on matters related to the role of lodges in their communities and increasing the awareness of Hermann Sons Life and what it can do for communities. Besides her work for Hermann Sons Life, Marsha is best known as the president and a founder of the Caldwell Education and Leadership Foundation. She also helped start the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Brazos Valley-Caldwell Unit and still serves as an advisory council member. She is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, serving as treasurer; the Caldwell Elementary School PTO, also serving as treasurer; and the Deanville Heritage Foundation, serving as communications/promotions chairperson. She is also the county’s ambassador for Go Texan, the organizer of the Burleson County Fair Pet Show, a member of the Dime Box Lions Club and volunteers with the Girl Scouts of Burleson County. In her spare time, she coaches soccer and Little Dribblers basketball. Marsha told the Burleson County CitizenSee KOCUREK, Pg. 10

Marsha Kocurek

Events EDITOR’S NOTE: As of presstime, all of these events were still scheduled. THURSDAY NIGHTS – The DaCosta Hall is open from 4-9 p.m. for Thirsty Thursdays. Meal available. Play cards, dominoes or cornhole. Bunco from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a fee of $5 worth of canned goods/non-perishables that are donated to a local non-profit. FRIDAY NIGHTS – The DaCosta Hall is hosting Family Fun Fridays. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music from 8 p.m. to midnight. Meal can be purchased. Play dominoes, cards or cornhole. No cost for members. Guests pay $3. JULY 11 – The DaCosta Hall will host a Western dance beginning at 8 p.m. 16 – Brenham Lodge will resume games night. Cards will go on sale at 6:15 p.m. and games will begin at 7 p.m. The hall is located at 304 E. Germania in Brenham. The phone number is 979-8362053. 19 – The DaCosta Hall will host a Western dance beginning at 8 p.m. Texas 361 will be providing the music. AUGUST 15 – The Hermann Sons Youth Camp-Shannon Leigh Gaffney Golf Tournament will be held at The Golf Club of Texas. Go to hermannsonslife.org/golf to register your team. Cost is $100 per player for a team of four. If you would like to see your lodge’s event listed here and in the Events section of the Hermann Sons Life website, call Kathie Ninneman, 210-226-9261, ext. 273, or 1-800-234-4124, ext. 273, or email kathien@hermannsonslife.org.

Join Hermann Sons Life Deanville Lodge for a drive thru BBQ Plate Fund-raiser

Plates served 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on July 4 at Deanville Hall Plates are $12 for BBQ and the fixings Prize drawing tickets available 1 for $5 or 5 for $20 Call Marsha at 979-277-5026 for tickets

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

Page 4 – Hermann Sons Life –July 2020

Sales & Marketing The 5 types of people who need life insurance the most By TIM KOLBE Vice President of Sales Life insurance (and even annuities) serves as the “fail-safe” that provides the funding needed to carry out a family’s financial plan in the event of an unexpected death. Without this fundamental pillar of protection, any financial plan is at best a “cross your fingers and hope” wish list. Simply put, life insurance is like an American Express card – you should never leave home without it. It is generally accepted that there are five types of people who need life insurance the most: • Individuals with financial dependents • Individuals who have entered into joint financial obligations with others • Individuals who have financial plans in place for the benefit of others

• Individuals who have a predisposition to adverse health conditions (due to heredity or genetics) • Individuals with dangerous jobs Individuals with financial dependents The first category of people who absolutely need life insurance is those with dependents of any kind. This includes married couples where one spouse is the breadwinner, a single parent or a two-worker household where the loss of one breadwinner would cause a significant financial burden and lack of resources. Another prominent, but less recognized group of people in this category is homemakers, as their untimely death can create unforeseen costs for childcare. Other candidates could be married or single family members who support elderly parents or other loved ones.

Recommenders earn gift The Sales Department is recognizing 21 recommenders for the month of May. This brings the total to 130 members recommending 159 new members to Hermann Sons Life in 2020. The winners of the $50 gift cards for May are Gregory Kanning from Harmonia Lodge and Jackson Scott Fagile from Mission-Alamo Lodge. Congratulations to the following May recommenders: Recommender Agent Presley Lynn Arreola, Comfort Lodge Ruth Bailey River Morrison Balthrop, Brunhilde Lodge Carol Krauss Bailey Brookhouser, Goliad Lodge Laura Tiffin Bailey Brookhouser, Goliad Lodge Gary Falkenberg Kassie Kay Buenger, Cuero Family Lodge Laura Tiffin Lorin Gene Carter, Harmonia Lodge Gloria Gass Sonya Chaney, Vineta Lodge Ruth Bailey Noah Scott Cludius, New Braunfels Lodge Shirley Huebinger Magnus Ethridge, Twin Sisters Lodge Judy Wolf Jackson Scott Faglie, Mission-Alamo Lodge (*) Sharon Tanneberger Cabell Hall, La Coste Lodge Eulla Krueger Katherine Hess, Siemering Lodge Teresa Saathoff Patrick Hitzfelder, La Coste Lodge Eulla Krueger Gregory Kanning, Harmonia Lodge Teresa Saathoff Lauren Reese Kariger, Castroville Lodge Glenford Boehme Elisabeth Audrey Miller, Corpus Christi Lodge Troylyn Sisneros-Gonzalez Irene Mueller, Cuero Family Lodge Laura Tiffin Anna Lynne Ply, Lone Oak Lodge Eulla Krueger Lyla Claire Ply, Lone Oak Lodge Eulla Krueger Isabella Puente, Vineta Lodge Ruth Bailey Melinda Ann Podest Supak, Da Costa Lodge (*) Laura Tiffin Blair Zinsmeyer, Castroville Lodge Eulla Krueger (*) Recommended 2 new members

Lastly, candidates could include benefactors who consistently and significantly support causes and organizations that are dear to them. Individuals with joint financial obligations Joint debts entered into by spouses are a prime example here. If you and your partner own a home together, life insurance will cover your housing costs in the event of your partner’s untimely death. Individuals in this category can also include unmarried couples who jointly enter into leases, car financing arrangements and even mortgages on a home or incomegenerating rental property. This same type of arrangement can also exist between a parent and a child, siblings or close friends. You should also get life insurance if you’ve co-signed for some other types of debt, like a student loan or consumer credit debt, to protect your co-signer from having to foot the whole bill. Lastly, business loans personally guaranteed by an individual or among business partners can create joint liabilities. Often known as “key man” insurance, it allows the payoff of a business loan, or the buyout of a partner’s share of the business. Individuals who have financial plans for the benefit of others This is where the concept of life insurance being utilized to “complete the plan” comes into play. Many parents want to engage in some sort of college planning for their children. They should

consider things such as the types of schools, the funds available for college saving, the investment vehicles available to execute the strategy (i.e. 529 Plans, after-tax investments, etc.) and the timeline for investment. Life insurance is a tool to ensure that there’s adequate coverage in place to fund the plan. If one or both parents die next week, life insurance means there will be funds forthcoming to ensure that college is paid for – or, in other words, the plan is completed. The same deal would be contemplated with respect to retirement planning between spouses. The point is that if you have a financial plan that is for the benefit of someone other than yourself, having adequate insurance to fulfill your contributions to that goal is prudent to ensure that the plan is executed in the event of your untimely death. Individuals who have an adverse genetic predisposition Our agents are taught to perform a field underwriting functions when completing life applications with clients. There is a requirement to make inquiries about the general health profile of not only the prospective insured, but his/her immediate family within one degree (i.e. children, siblings and parents). If illnesses, such as certain cancers (e.g. breast, ovarian, prostate) or medical conditions (hypertension, high cholesterol or diabetes) come to light, they should initiate a discussion about life insurance

not only to address need, but also for the purposes of securing the client’s “insurability” or ability to get and keep affordable insurance while they are healthy or haven’t manifested any potential symptoms that may be indicative of such illnesses or conditions being inherited. Our Insurance Protection Rider allows clients to add additional insurance protection up to six times in their lives (between the ages of 25 and 40) without proving medical insurability, no matter what the current medical status may be. Individuals who have an inherently risky occupation Way too often we find that police officers, firefighters, corrections officers and emergency responders are sorely underinsured. They perform extremely dangerous jobs where the prospect of not coming home at the end of a shift is very real. Many rely only on the minimum group term coverage offered by the governing body for which they work. Having adequate coverage brings more peace of mind to not only the client as he or she walks out the door, but their family as well. Hermann Sons Life, with its local community facing values, could be a perfect choice for our public safety professionals. Call the Home Office and we can put you in touch with an agent who can discuss your options and help you find the life insurance plan that best suits your needs – no matter which category you are in.

Consider investing your subsidy in an annuity If you’ve been thinking about where to invest your government stimulus check, a Hermann Sons Life annuity may be the answer. If you do not qualify for life insurance for health reasons or if you are looking for that important piece of the retirement planning puzzle, annuities can be part of the solution. Hermann Sons Life annuities

earn a current over guaranteed minimum rate of interest, so your principal is safe no matter the swings in the investment market. Our 5-Year Surrender Period Flexible Premium Deferred Annuity is currently paying 2.3 percent. The 9-Year Surrender Period Flexible Premium Deferred Annuity is currently paying 2.5 percent.

Surviving spouses can elect to perform a spousal rollover of a deceased spouse’s annuity and continue the path to a sustainable retirement income plan. Annuities can also provide a death benefit function outside of probate if funds are immediately needed for debts and final expenses. Discuss your options with your tax professional.

July 2020 – Hermann Sons Life – Page 5



Christopher M. Crain Jr.

Javier Falkenberg

Nery Esmeralda Lira

Sophie Seidel

Christopher Michael Crain Jr. is a graduate of Cuero High School. He plans to attend Tarleton State University where he will major in business. He is a member of Cuero Family Lodge.

Javier Falkenberg is a summa cum laude with distinguished honor roll high school graduate. He will be attending the University of Texas McCombs School of Business where he will pursue a finance degree. He is a member of Brenham Lodge.

Nery Esmeralda Lira is a graduate of La Vernia High School and is a member of La Vernia Lodge.

Sophie Seidel is a member of Cuero Family Lodge. She was a five-year camper as were her older brother and father.

Gaby Spenrath

Cassandra Rosales

Madison Semlinger

Emily Uhl

Madison Semlinger is a graduate of La Vernia High School and is a member of La Vernia Lodge.

Emily Uhl is a graduate of Providence Catholic School in San Antonio. She will attend Hardin Simmons University in Austin where she will major in biology and has earned a spot on the HSU dance team. She is a member of Helotes Lodge and has been a part of the Northwest School of Dance for nine years.

Gaby Spenrath is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Comfort Lodge. She will be attending Schreiner University in Kerrville where she will study psychology. She also is considering a career in education. At Comfort High School, she was a member of the Deer Golf Team. Gaby was a counselorin-training at Hermann Sons Life Camp and spent time mentoring elementary students in reading during summer breaks.

Cassandra Rosales is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Comfort Lodge. She will attend the Kerrville Dental Assistant School and then continue her studies to become a dental hygienist. She is also looking into completing her pharmacy tech course. She was involved in the band and played numerous sports at Comfort High School. She played soccer for the San Antonio Dragons. Cassandra was a student in the Comfort School of Dance for many years.

Page 6 – Hermann Sons Life – July 2020

Join Hands Day 2020 COVID-19 alters Join Hands Day but lodges find ways to donate

The COVID-19 pandemic situation significantly curtailed Join Hands Day projects throughout the Hermann Sons Life family. Some lodges made monetary donations in lieu of other planned projects. The Home Office has been notified of the following donations: • AUSTIN LODGE made a $500 donation to the Central Texas Food Bank. • CORPUS CHRISTI LODGE has put together bags of personal hygiene products that will be distributed to the homeless

population in the Corpus area. The lodge purchased toothpaste, toothbrushes, washcloths and socks. Members donated bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotions. • COUPLAND LODGE sent a $100 donation to the Elgin Community Cupboard. The lodge also placed 58 flags at the Mager Cemetery in Coupland in honor of Flag Day. • NEW BIELAU LODGE could not host its traditional games party at the Parkview Manor Nursing Home but was able to

make a $25 donation to the activity fund at the facility. • NEW BRAUNFELS LODGE donated the money it would have spent on the catered meal for the April meeting to the SOS Food Bank. The lodge had planned a project with the Ronald McDonald House but that was cancelled due to the virus. • NIEDERWALD LODGE made a $100 donation to the Niederwald Cemetery. Information on projects received after the deadline will be included in the August issue.

HONDO VICTORY LODGE – Hondo Victory Lodge made a $200 donation to the Medina County Food Bank. Ethel Martin, from left, Janie Brock, Betty Ann Pruitt, Jeanette Black and Dr. John Fink accepted the donation from Loraine Miller.

MOULTON LODGE – Moulton Lodge donated assorted snacks to the residents and staff at Shady Oaks Nursing and Rehab. Pictured are, from left, Allyne Chapman, Kathy Koch and Activity Director Victoria Coronado.

Humanitarian Award D’Hanis Lodge presented its Humanitarian Award to Eric “Rick” Roche at the March meeting. He was selected for providing rides to appointments for elderly persons in the community and serving his church in many capacities. He is known for assisting with needs as they come to light and greeting everyone with a smile.

HOUSTON LODGE – Houston Lodge made a $100 donation to the Houston Food Bank. Members regularly volunteer to sort food at the facility.

GIDDINGS LODGE – Giddings Lodge donated $2,500 to the Building Fund for the Lee County Youth Center. Pictured are, from left, Jackie Handrick, lodge President Pat Abell, Chris Harrison, Mike York, Robin Simpson, Denice Harlan and Donna Orsag.

July 2020 – Hermann Sons Life – Page 7

Answers to puzzles on Pg. 16

1. Celebration 2. Stars 3. Fourth 4. Independence 5. Flag 6. Tradition 7. Carnivals 8. July 9. Picnic 10. Colonies 11. Jefferson 12. History 13. Bells 14. Declaration 15. American 16. Parade 17. Summer 18. Proud 19. Patriotic 20. Fireworks

Tournament to benefit scholarship fund COMFORT – The 10th annual Hermann Sons Youth Camp-Shannon Leigh Gaffney Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament has been re-scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Golf Club of Texas in San Antonio. The tournament was originally scheduled for April but was postponed because of COVID-19 restrictions. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the scholarship fund named in memory of a former camper and counselor who lost her battle with leukemia in 1998. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will follow the tourney and there will be a prize drawing. Awards will be presented to the first, second, third and fourth place teams, the golfers (one man and

one woman) with the longest drive, the golfer with the most accurate drive and the golfer closest to the pin. Players making a hole-in-one on one of four holes will go home with a $100 prize. Cost is $100 per person for a four-person scramble team. That includes green fees, range balls, lunch, one Mulligan per player and awards. A prize drawing will be held. The Bubba Drive will be sold the day of the event at the appropriate hole. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Individuals who sponsor a hole for $100 will receive signage at the hole. Corporations that sponsor a hole for $175 will also receive signage. For more information, contact Jan Stone at 210422-1952. Online registration is available at hermannsonslife.org/golf. Deadline to enter is Aug. 10.

Word scramble 1. Celebration 2. Stars 3. Fourth 4. Independence 5. Flag 6. Tradition 7. Carnivals 8. July JAMES ALAN RODRIGUEZ 9. Picnic Pershing Lodge 10. Colonies Jefferson Died Nov. 21, 201511. • Age 60 12. History 13. Bells 14. Declaration DURWOOD C. BOENIG 15. American Da Costa Lodge 16. Parade Summer Died Nov. 30, 201517. • Age 92 18. Proud 19. Patriotic 20. Fireworks LEON DELL WITTENBURG

ALTON H. HUELSEBUSCH Giddings Lodge Died Feb. 29, 2020 • Age 93

ROBERT LEE KELLER Paul Vogt Lodge Died April 5, 2020 • Age 90

LORETTA EBNER CHILEK Giddings Lodge Died April 18, 2020 • Age 83

EDWARD J. KOCH Jackson County Lodge Died April 28, 2020 • Age 38

HENRY W. SCHROEDER Yorktown Lodge Died March 11, 2020 • Age 91

JOHN ANTHONY KLOTZ Cat Spring Lodge Died April 6, 2020 • Age 76

CAROLYN D. KLUMP Goliad Lodge Died April 18, 2020 • Age 84

IRENE MARY WULF Gruenau Lodge Died April 28, 2020 • Age 92

Cat Spring Lodge Died April 29, 2017 • Age 85

DELORA K. WILLIAMS Pershing Lodge Died March 22, 2020 • Age 92

ROBERT C. GREEN Gay Hill Lodge Died April 7, 2020 • Age 83

HAROLD G. HAECKER Kirby Lodge Died April 20, 2020 • Age 89

EVELYN P. GUTKOWSKI Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died April 30, 2020 • Age 99

LEROY A. HOFFMANN Schulenburg Lodge Died Aug. 2, 2018 • Age 80

AGNES MARIE NIESNER Schulenburg Lodge Died March 22, 2020 • Age 93

ALBERT C. SCHROEDER Yorktown Lodge Died April 9, 2020 • Age 89

ROBERTA SCHMIDT Comfort Lodge Died April 23, 2020 • Age 75

EMIL H. ANIOL Harmonia Lodge Died May 1, 2020 • Age 91

ELVERA R. SKOLAUT Helotes Lodge Died Nov. 4, 2019 • Age 85

DORIS MARIE BROWN Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died March 22, 2020 • Age 94

ARTHUR F. TRAGESSER JR. Harmonia Lodge Died April 10, 2020 • Age 86

LORINE E. KOPECKY Rutersville Lodge Died April 23, 2020 • Age 75

IDA MAE SMOOT Siemering Lodge Died May 1, 2020 • Age 83

AMY BETH BARBER Vineta Lodge Died Jan. 23, 2020 • Age 34

CAROLE ANNE THOMAS Brunhilde Lodge Died March 27, 2020 • Age 84

JAMES R. SYBERT Taylor Lodge Died April 11, 2020 • Age 84

PHILLIP J. REINHARD Poth Lodge Died April 23, 2020 • Age 73

DAVID F. RICHTER Poth Lodge Died May 4, 2020 • Age 76

FRANKIE LEE SMITH Womack Lodge Died Feb. 3, 2020 • Age 85

HELEN D. SCHOOLCRAFT Prinz Solms Lodge Died March 29, 2020 • Age 79

PAULINE HINES COUCH Haskell Lodge Died April 12, 2020 • Age 99

BETTY L. WILLMS Lockhart Lodge Died April 24, 2020 • Age 87

WARREN P. WITCHER El Campo Lodge Died May 6, 2020 • Age 63

RICHARD JOHN ROEGER Dallas Lodge Died Feb. 17, 2020 • Age 66

FRITZ C. GRIMM JR. Seguin Lodge Died March 30, 2020 • Age 91

EVELYN L. HOFFMAN Karnes City Lodge Died April 12, 2020 • Age 99

CLINTON SINDERUD Womack Lodge Died April 24, 2020 • Age 90

WELDON O. BREHMER New Braunfels Lodge Died May 6, 2020 • Age 77

BETTY JEAN METTKE Pershing Lodge Died Feb. 22, 2020 • Age 84

BEEBE MAE DRUMM Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died March 31, 2020 • Age 91

MARY E. TERRELL Fort Worth Lodge Died April 14, 2020 • Age 82

ELIZABETH J. COOPER McGregor Lodge Died April 28, 2020 • Age 79

ANNA MAE HITZFELDER La Coste Lodge Died May 9, 2020 • Age 94

FRANCES A. NEILL Bexar Lodge Died Feb. 22, 2020 • Age 83

ELIZABETH ANN ASKEW Louise Schuetze Lodge Died April 4, 2020 • Age 71

JO ANNE G. SAMPLE Louise Schuetze Lodge Died April 17, 2020 • Age 88

LELA CAROLYN BOWLES Old Glory Lodge Died April 28, 2020 • Age 94

NANCY ANNETTE KERKES VIneta Lodge Died May 18, 2020 • Age 69

ESTHER JANE QUINE Shiner Lodge Died Feb. 23, 2020 • Age 83

In Memoriam of Our Deceased Members

EMMETT J. STORK La Vernia Lodge Died April 18, 2020 • Age 86

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

Page 8 – Hermann Sons Life – July 2020

75 Years

MARY E. GOTTLIEB Frederricksburg Lodge

70 Years


60 Years GERALD M. NELSON Bryan Lodge LARRY M. HABY Castroville Lodge CHERYL DEE COSTELLO WARREN DEAN REEH Comfort Lodge JACOB P. LORFING ROBIN C. LUTHULTZ Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge CHARLES D. OLIVER Fredericksburg Lodge DWIGHT E. SCHROEDTER General Bee Lodge WARNER T. DENHAM Goliad Lodge J.W. LAMPRECHT JR. Gonzales Lodge CHARLES LEO GROS Harmonia Lodge ANTHONY S. KROEGER Helotes Lodge CINDY ANNE BEAN Karnes City Lodge

Pioneers CRAIG DALE OAKES Spring Branch Lodge CHERYL LEIGH VANZANDT Waco-Robinson Lodge

KELLI ANN KOSAREK Nixon-Smiley Lodge

MYRON D. KRUEGER Weesatche Lodge



RAY ALLEN GLOOR Yorktown Lodge


WILLIAM R. LOZANO Pershing Lodge




ROBERT A. WITHOFF Katy-Bear Creek Lodge





MARGIE J. BARKER Washington Lodge


LANCE S. KOSUB Seguin Lodge


MARK R. WILLIAMS La Vernia Lodge

RICKY DEAN DIPPEL Rutersville Lodge

LANA KAY KANAK Rutersville Lodge


NANCY H. HARRIS Laubach Lodge









Edward Weilbacher of San Antonio has received his 60-year membership pin. Edward is a member of Anton Wenzel Lodge. He has been a member since March 11, 1950.

Memorial Donations To the Retirement Home:


JOHN KLOTZ Donor: Cat Spring Lodge MARJORIE M. DESPAIN LEONARD E. SVRCEK Donor: DaCosta Lodge LORAINE HILBRICH Donor: Carolyn Worsham

To the Retirement Home Scholarship Fund: EMMETT STORK Donor: La Vernia Lodge

KATHLEEN BENDER Donor: Edmond L. Oliver Jr.



To the Camp Fund in Memory of: ELSIE KEY Donor: Brenham Lodge

ANNIE S. HARGROVE Donor: Hondo Victory Lodge

To the Camp Scholarship Fund: MARVIN GEORGE SCHLEY Donor: Rutersville Lodge

July 2020 – Hermann Sons Life – Page 9

Camp 2021 will be well worth the wait! By IAN BRASSETT Executive Camp Director There’s no Camp this summer, but that doesn’t mean we are not thinking about you and planning for 2021 already! Cancelling the 2020 summer camp season was professionally one of the most difficult things we have ever done but we have not stopped thinking about how we can make the summer of 2021 worth the wait! Camp looks great. Clay Haley, who has been our maintenance director for quite a while, has been busy this past off-season. Some of his projects have included new windows in Catfish, bulletin boards in all of the dorms, hanging curtains, two new Gaga pits for Riverside, new court hockey walls for Hilltop, removing the walls on Rattlesnake and, the biggest improvement of all, new back decks for the Hilltop dorms. These back decks were rotting away before our very eyes and these decks will last a long, long time. Clay is also managing the upgrade to the septic system on Riverside. The cancellation of the summer has allowed us to bring this project forward from the fall. Riverside is an absolute mess at the moment! However, by bringing the project forward into the summer, we have allowed ourselves extra time to get the courtyard and area surrounding the dining hall on Riverside put back together before Camp 2021. In addition to keeping the facilities looking great, John Sorbel has been making sure the

Hill Country School of Dance puts on ‘mock’ recital The Hill Country School of Dance held a “mock recital” recently at Bulverde Park since dance recitals were cancelled due to COVID-19. Pictured are dancers from the Wednesday 5:15 group.

pools are in great shape for the lifeguard classes. A project John and Don Tymrak (T-Daddy) have been working on is replacing all emergency exit signs in every building, cleaning up the front and middle entrances to the camps and simply keeping up with the grass and keeping the buildings in good repair. CERTIFICATIONS On June 20, 15 Hermann Sons Life CITs and Junior Staff became USA Level One Certified Archery Instructors. This is another step in the direction of improving the quality instruction our campers receive as well as providing our Junior Staff, CITs and Staff certification. The successful candidates were Taryn Cooper, Jewell Emmons, Shelby Gould, Cole Grothues, Logan Henderson, Dylan Jentsch, Mallory Juarez, Heydon Kelly, Marissa Pollok, Delaney Poulk, Lucas Smock, John Sorbel, Brandon Yakey, Jonathan Yakey and Ashlyn Chambers. Miami, Smudge, Roly Poly, Ding and Space Cowboy all became American Red Cross lifeguard instructors. In July we have 20 CITs and Junior Staff coming to Comfort to become lifeguard trained. Call me at 830-995-3223 if you are interested. There may be a spot or two available. Lucky has been at Camp working on the lesson plans for 2021 and the videos that will be posted a little later this summer. Please keep an eye out on the Hermann Sons Life Facebook page to get access to these FANTASTIC videos Lucky has been putting together for you.

One major project under way at Riverside is an upgrade to the septic system. The extra work time this summer will ensure the courtyard and surrounding area will be completely ready for Camp 2021.

One of them is about letter writing… What do you want Clay and John to be working on for 2021? What new activities and fun ideas do you have to make Camp `21 the best it can possibly be? As my summer has freed up a little, I’m available to attend lodge meetings in the summer and fall. Let me know if you’d like me to swing by to discuss the Camp and our 2021 summer plans. Travelling to the lodge meetings is one of my favorite parts of the job. Please let me know if you’d like me to attend.

Working on the many projects going on at Camp this summer is Maintenance Director Clay Haley.

Administration Assistant Ashlyn Chambers aka “Lucky” has been at Camp working on the lesson plans for 2021 and the videos that will be posted a little later this summer.

Registration for schools of dance opens Cont’d from Pg. 1 Dance and there is a list available on the website. Any junior member who meets the age requirement and whose life insurance premiums and dues are current can register for an hour of instruction in any school of their choosing. The schools are under the direction of the instructor(s)

and two parent liaisons. Other parents can become involved by volunteering in various capacities including serving as class monitors, working on fund-raising and helping with the recital. Each school collects a registration fee that is determined by the individual schools and is used to offset the cost of the recital and other expenses. The

Home Office collects a $50 assessment fee to help cover the cost of the instructors and other expenses. Classes will start after Sept. 1 and registration will remain open until Oct. 1. Rici Chaney is the coordinator for the Dance Program at the Home Office. She can be reached at 800-234-4124, ext. 241 or 210-226-9261, ext. 241.

Page 10 – Hermann Sons Life – July 2020

Alice Naughton will be 106 years young on July 9. Alice has been an active member of Louise Schuetze Lodge for 64 years.

The Home Office celebrated Flag Day on Friday, June 12, with a ceremony held in the Hall of Grand Presidents. President and CEO Eugene Zollinger, left, read a proclamation from Gov. Greg Abbott declaring June 14 as Flag Day in Texas. Jacqueline Klein, right, read a poem titled “Old Flag Forever.” The staff recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner was played. Refreshments were served. The ceremony was limited to the staff because of COVID-19. The Home Office remains closed to the public.

Kocurek honored to receive award Cont’d. from Pg. 1 -Tribune, she volunteers because “I feel that we each have talents and abilities to help each other. We can all make a difference in our community, and I hope through volunteering I can help others to see that there are good things and people who care in this world.” She added, “I also am very passionate about the projects and groups I work with.” The first group she volunteered with in Burleson County was the Burleson County Go Texan. This group is special to her because she received a scholarship from her local Go Texan when she was in college. “This volunteer work helped get me involved in the Burleson County community and from there I joined and started several groups to continue working with other groups I am passionate about,” she said. About being chosen for the award, she said, “My selection as a Jefferson Award winner is an amazing honor, and I feel that I am truly blessed to be able to represent the Brazos Valley. The volunteer work I do is done to help others and to make the world a little

Marsha Kocurek’s family includes husband Blake and children Bailen and Marley. better place.” She continued, “I feel like this award can highlight not so much me, but the organizations I serve. Those organizations are an important part of the community and include many wonderful volunteers.” Marsha encourages anyone who is interested in volunteering “to look into areas you are passionate about and find an area to volunteer that interests you. If you

are unable to find an organization or group that works in the area you are passionate about, start a new group.” She thanked everyone who helped with the nomination and the family and friends, teachers, employers and fellow volunteers “who helped mold me into the person I am today.” Editor’s Note: Portions of this article were first printed by the Burleson County Citizen-Tribune.

Alice Naughton ready to celebrate 106th birthday Hermann Sons Life’s oldest member will be turning a young 106 on July 9. Alice King Naughton is a member of Louise Schuetze Lodge. Alice joined Hermann Sons on Oc. 8, 1956, that’s 64 years, and remains an active member. She has served as vice president and outer guard and is still a member of the Cheer Committee. Through the years, she volunteered at many different events including picnics at Comanche Park and booths at Hermann’s Happiness. She was born July 9, 1914, in the family home across the street from Hot Wells Resort in San Antonio. She graduated from Brackenridge High School in 1932 and from St. Anthony School of Nursing in Denver in 1936. That is where she met the love of her life, John J. Naughton. They were married in Lumberton, New Mexico, on Jan. 18, 1936. Their first child, John J. Naughton Jr., was born in New Mexico. The three moved to San Antonio in 1941 after the loss of 13-month-old daughter Joan Alice Naughton. Five more daughters were born in San Antonio - Elizabeth, Mary, Kathleen, Judy and Susan. Alice’s father was a German immigrant. Her husband

joined Hermann Sons and was active and all of the children were members before Alice joined. Alice was the woman behind the man when John served as a Grand Lodge Trustee. They traveled all over Texas supporting Hermann Sons. Alice has been active in the community as well. She volunteered at voting polls and collected money for the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association in her neighborhood. She has participated in numerous organizations in her church and the schools her children attended. She has supported many charities and is known for collecting clothes for Seton Home, the state hospital and the Sisters of Losoya. And she has instilled that spirit of giving back in her children, 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She has been described as the epitome of a Godly, honest, caring and loving person to all people. Alice has always had a strong faith in God and focuses on what she and her family have not what they do not have. She also shows true appreciation that we live in a free country and is thankful for all of her blessings! Happy Birthday Alice!

July 2020 – Hermann Sons Life – Page 11

Retirement Home Spring storm mangles star, damages trees at Home COMFORT – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic visitors are not allowed in the Home at this time. Mother’s Day and Memorial Day were celebrated with very little fanfare. Birthday cake and ice cream were served at the noon meal on May 24 although there are no residents who celebrate a birthday in May. Residents resumed eating in the dining room together on May 15. Condolences are extended to the family and friends of former resident Harvey Tegtmeyer. He passed away recently. – Helen Widner

The storms that came through Comfort on May 24 mangled the star that has been on the roof of the Home for years. It had to be removed. Photos submitted by resident Rosie Franklin.

Deanville Lodge holds Flag Day ceremony

Manager Brenda Gunnink, from left, staff member Laura Moore with Executive Camp Director Ian Brassett tackled the job of removing the trees at the Retirement Home that were downed by the storm that passed through Comfort on May 24. Several cedar trees were lost and the limbs broke on other trees. Photos submitted by Beverly Anderson.

Deanville Lodge held a Flag Day ceremony at the hall. Community members came to honor the flag. Pictured are, from left, Mildred McLemore, Mildred Miman, Secretary Marsha Kocurek, Tommy Ryan, President Donnie Blinka and Vice President Tammy Jones.

Vineta Lodge will not hold fund-raiser SAN ANTONIO - Vineta Lodge will not meet in July. The annual scholarship fund-raiser will not be held this year. Call Ruth Bailey at 210-6025147 for any information or just to talk and let her know how you are doing. Members mourns the passing of Diana Carpenter, a member for 73 years. Happy Birthday wishes are extended to those who will celebrate in July or who had one in June. Stay home and be safe and well. – Reporter

Resident Roland Collier, from left, Assistant Manager Barbara Kisselburg and John Kisselburg, maintenance man, work on clearing debris caused by the May 24 storm.

Schulenburg Lodge gives four senior scholarships

Moulton awards scholarships Moulton Lodge has awarded two scholarships. Pictured are, from left, lodge Secretary/Treasurer Allyne Chapman and the recipients, Christina Fojtik and Tristen Meisetschlerger.

SCHULENBURG – As of June 1, Schulenburg Lodge has no meetings scheduled. The lodge’s scholarships for this year will go to Justin Stang, Kallie Kubala, Santiago Bohlmann and Samantha Henderson. Get well cards were sent to Jennifer Moeller and Nathan Loth. Sympathy cards were sent to

the families of Robert Fowlkes, Billie Boethel, Shirley Tilicek and Henry Muenster. A “thinking of you” card was sent to Grace Baylor. Bill and Delores Michalke, Elmer and Arline Ulrich and Junette Rodecap made donations to the scholarship fund in memory of Robert Fowlkes. – Reporter

Page 12 – Hermann Sons Life – July 2020

DaCosta plans Summer Family Social for Aug. 22 DACOSTA – The DaCosta Lodge Summer Family Social will be held Saturday, Aug. 22. The doors will open at 4 p.m. The meal will be served at 5 p.m. Activities will include a silent auction with proceeds benefitting the scholarship fund. Donations are appreciated. There will be a cake/toy/plant walk for which donations also are needed. Live music will be provided by Zachary Grant from 7-10 p.m. Bring cards or dominoes or play cornhole. Donations of canned goods and non-perishables will be accepted for the Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry. There is no charge for members. Guests and non-member will pay $10 per person for the meal and festivities. Reservations need to be made no later than Aug. 15 by calling or texting Sayra Martin-

ka at 361-676-6947 or emailing her at sayra@dacostahall.com. The bar half of the Hall is now open to the public for Thirsty Thursdays from 4-9 p.m. A meal is available to purchase along with cold drinks. Everyone is welcome to play cards, dominoes or cornhole. A Bunco Group plays on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a fee of $5 worth of canned goods/nonperishables that will be donated to a non-profit. Contact Andrea at the hall or send a message through Facebook. A private group has been set up. The hall will host Family Fun Fridays through the summer with doors opening at 6 p.m. A DJ will provide music from 8 p.m. to midnight. A meal can be purchased. Bring your family, friends and your cards or dominoes. Cornhole will be available. No cost for members. Non- members will pay $3. And the Wi-Fi is always free.

The DaCosta School of Dance students enjoyed Family Fun Night on Friday, June 12, at the lodge hall. Dancers received their trophies and costumes. They enjoyed cookie cake, punch and some stayed and enjoyed the music and dancing. Registration is open for the 2020-2021 dance season. Contact Sayra Martinka at 361-676-6947 if you need help with registration. Upcoming Western Dance Club dances are scheduled for July 11, Sunday, July 19, at 2:30

p.m., Aug. 15 and Aug. 29. Next lodge meeting is set for July 14 at 6 p.m. Details for the

family social will be finalized. – Reporter

Dallas Lodge to hold gathering July 26 DALLAS – Dallas Lodge has gatherings scheduled for July 26 and Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. at the lodge hall. Officers encourage all members to attend. Members should not attend if they do not feel comfortable. The lodge’s officers hope all members are safe and healthy. COVID-19 is still a concern. You are encouraged to wear your mask and stay six feet apart. President Clint Holmes and officers continue to take care of lodge business. They are communicating by phone and

e-mail. The Scholarship Committee reported that the lodge had no high school graduating senior members this year. There will be some next year. Members want to congratulate Makayla Jones of Burleson and member of Fort Worth Lodge. Her parents and grandparents have been friends of the lodge for many years. The Home Association Board of Directors met May 26 via Zoom. They discussed several

business matters. They approved opening the hall for member gatherings including Columbia Lodge on June 7 and Dallas Lodge on July 26. There will be a public opening on June 26 in the Old Bowling Alley and patio and on the Fourth of July weekend. The board’s next gathering will be held July 28. The Board and lodges welcome all who come to the Hall. Be safe and use COVID-19 precautions. – Andy Schellenberg

Kerrville to meet at Acapulco Restaurant

Bernardo Lodge recognizes Maertz family Bernardo Lodge can claim four generations of the Maertz family among its members. Pictured are R.W. Maertz, seated; Terrel Maertz holding Quinn Maertz; and Colby Maertz holding Blair Maertz. That’s greatgrandfather, grandfather and father to the girls. Terrel is president of the lodge and has been an agent for Hermann Sons Life for many years.

KERRVILLE – Kerrville Lodge will meet Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Acapulco Restaurant, 1718 Sidney Baker, Kerrville. This will be a social meeting with a little business thrown in. Each member will be responsible for his/her own meal. The business part of the meet-

ing will include a discussion on a new meeting location and making plans for the Christmas party. Members will explore ideas for a change in venue for the Christmas party to see if it might spark more interest. Lastly, the Finance Committee will need to approve the

financial report for the first six months of the year. A meeting also is scheduled for Oct. 7 and the Christmas party is scheduled for Dec. 4. Check the monthly newspaper articles for any updates on upcoming meetings. – Juanice Grona

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram & LinkedIn!

July 2020 – Hermann Sons Life – Page 13

Fort Worth plans picnic for Sept. 13

Helotes Lodge will meet Sept. 8 Helotes Lodge will hold its third quarter meeting on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Braun Hall. A hot meal will be provided. Everyone who attends will have a chance to win a cash door prize. The lodge’s Membership Appreciation Day scheduled for September has been canceled due to COVID-19. Lodge members Charlie and Mary Lee Sloan recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary and Charlie’s birthday.

FORT WORTH – Fort Worth Lodge members are reminded that the annual picnic and pin presentation has been rescheduled for Sept. 13. It will still be held at the BRiCk in Burleson. The lodge will furnish lunch and members are asked to bring a dessert. All lodge members are invited. The Youth Committee reported that the t-shirts have been mailed to those who requested them. The lodge encourages our campers to wear their shirt to show support for the lodge and Hermann Son Life. Hope all members are staying home and staying safe. As the governor continues to

Kypfer-Salge to hold meeting Aug. 4 CLEAR SPRINGS – Kypfer-Salge Lodge will not meet in July. The next meeting is planned for Aug. 4. Kerry and Kathy Noble will furnish the ham in honor of their anniversary. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. If you know someone who does not drive, offer to pick them up for the meeting/social. Members enjoyed fried fish and side dishes before the meeting on June 6. Nelrose Koepp reported sending Art Brinkkoeter a get-well card after his eye surgery. Members mourn the passing of Olga Dischinger, lodge President Tim Salge, Dorothy Moeller, Kaley Koepp and Kenneth Brietzke. Sympathy cards were mailed to the families and a moment of silence was observed in their memory. Kery Noble was elected vice president to replace Dennis Koepp who became president upon the passing of Tim Salge. Melia Koepp was elected trustee. The lodge hall will not be available for rentals for the remainder of the year. The $50 donation for the month went to the Humane Society. Attendance prize winners were Railee Koepp, Mason Saur, Dennis Koepp, Nelrose Koepp and Oran Koepp. – Darline Preiss

Celebrating recent anniversaries from Kypfer-Salge Lodge were, from left, Danny and Helen Lammert, 48 years; and Kathy and Kerry Noble, 53 years.

open things up, be careful as you journey out to activities and shopping. Remember as you journey out to please talk Hermann Sons Life. With everyone’s help, the lodge can meet its new member goal for the year. Contact Sandra Jones if you have any questions about rates and products or if you need her to contact someone. Members are asked to keep Anita “Boots” Piper in their thoughts and prayers. She has been in the hospital and is now in a nursing facility. Sympathy is extended to the family of Gracie Kneschk. Gracie joined the lodge in June 1985. She and husband Norman served as lodge officers

and volunteered at parties and events at the hall. Happy Anniversary wishes are extended to Ronnie and Darlene Jones who celebrated 49 years of marriage on June 18. Larry and Karen Barclay celebrated 29 years together on June 8. Happy Birthday wishes go to Frances Adams, Linda Arnold, Isla Bohnert, Alexis Castor (watch out world another teenager is among us), Cindy Davis. Linda Harlin, Scott Jones. Campbell Leonard, Laura Reyes, Sawyer Rhodes, Ryan Schaule, Trey Schaule, Emma Snider, Aro Terrell. Anabel Tousley, Martha Walker, Jaci Wallace and Marianne Gibson. – Reporter

McGregor Lodge announces meetings for July, August McGREGOR – McGregor Lodge met June 3 at The Coffee Shop in McGregor after a long time without a meeting due to the virus. Glad to see and visit with all who could attend. Sympathy is extended to the families of Gus Wiethorn, Elizabeth Brandt Cooper, Albert Wolf and Ray Hennig. Memorial donations have been sent to the McGregor Fire Department. Get well wishes are extended to Kerry Arseneaux and to all who are ill are in a nursing home or assisted living facility. A donation was sent to the McGregor Food Pantry in observance of Join Hands Day. Congratulations to Vivian Lange on her 60 years of mem-

bership. She joined on May 1,1960. Anniversary bells ring for Kerry and Regenia Arseneaux and Jerome and Diane Weinstrom. President Doris Mooney urged all to fly the flag every day but especially on June 14 (Flag Day) and the Fourth of July. In honor of Father’s Day, President Doris Mooney baked chocolate chip cookies and presented them to the fathers who were in attendance. The next meeting is set for July 1 at 6 p.m. at Luigi’s in McGregor. The Aug. 5 meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Charlie Griffith Center at McGregor Housing. – Reporter

Paige plans hamburger meal

Celebrating recent birthdays from Kypfer-Salge Lodge were, from left, Beverly Boos, Molly Koepp and Celeste Salge.

PAIGE – Paige Lodge members, friends and guests are reminded to come to a hamburger lunch and meeting on Sunday, July 12. The lodge will furnish the hamburgers. Members are asked to bring chips, dips and desserts. Wear red, white and blue for a delayed Fourth of July celebration. It will be great to see

and visit with everyone once again. Congratulations to graduates Paige Barrington, daughter of Charlie and Debbie Barrington, and Max Wilhelm, son of Kris and Kim Wilhelm. Members were glad to hear Bernice Basward is on the mend. – Sandy Botkin

Page 14 – Hermann Sons Life – July 2020

LODGE UPDATES Hermann Sons Life lodges continue to adjust their schedules because of the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Some lodges held meetings in June and will resume their regular schedule moving forward. Other lodges are taking a wait and see approach and have not yet scheduled meetings. Besides the notices that appear elsewhere on these pages, the Hermann Sons Life staff has been notified of the following: • Bexar Lodge will hold its quarterly meeting on July 5 at 2 p.m. and is making plans for a garage sale to raise money for the Christmas party. Call Linda Wehmeyer at 210-5901499 if you have items to donate or need information on the July meeting. • Cibolo Lodge did not meet in June and does not plan to meet in July. • Moulton Lodge will meet July 8 at 6:30 p.m. • Twin Sisters Lodge did not meet in June but does plan to meet on Aug. 2. Call Karen Steiger at 210-416-7123 for more information. • Pershing Lodge will meet July 1 at 7 p.m. in the Home Association Meeting Room. There will be no food or drinks served at the meeting. Members can bring their own water or soda. Social distancing will be practiced. Call the office at 210-2273085 if you have a question or need more information. • San Marcos Lodge, after surveying its membership, has decided to postpone its July picnic. In the survey, many members indicated they did not feel comfortable attending a lodge gathering at this time due to the recent increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the area. Officers indicated that they hope to be able to see members very soon.

• Siemering Lodge has not scheduled any meetings or activities at this time. Officers are hoping it will soon be safe to plan something. • Corpus Christi Lodge will resume monthly meetings on July 7. Membership pins will be presented to those celebrating 50-year, 60-year and 70-year milestones. The gathering will be held at Land and Sea Restaurant, 9301 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi. Since no meetings have been held for three months, there are many items on the agenda. • Comfort Lodge will meet Monday, Aug. 10, at the Comfort VFW Hall. Social time will begin at 4:30 p.m., a meal will be served at 6 p.m. and the business meeting will follow. A meal will be provided. Any changes or updates regarding the meeting will be shared on the Hermann Sons Life Comfort Facebook page and in the August edition of the Hermann Sons Life newspaper. • Louise Schuetze Lodge will not meet in July. The next scheduled gathering will be Aug. 11 in the Rathskeller beginning at 7 p.m. Cake and ice cream will be served. Members will be voting on an increase in dues from $6 per year to $12 per year. Members send Happy Birthday wishes to Alice Naughton who will be 106 years young on July 9. For more information, call Janet Abell at 210-363-4022 or Carol Grill at 956-821-7052. • Brenham Lodge will meet Friday, July 10. The social time starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by a meal at 7 p.m. and the meeting at 8 p.m. The lodge will provide the meal. Members are asked to bring desserts. Games are tentatively scheduled to resume on Thursday, July 16. Cards will go on sale at 6:15 p.m. with games beginning at 7 p.m.

Columbia Lodge provides Hall update DALLAS - The Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas continues to look ahead to a safe reopening date in light of so many unknown and unprecedented challenges. A logbook will be placed on the display cabinet in the hallway under the stairs. Everyone coming into the Hall will be required to provide their name and contact information. This will allow for the effective tracking of anyone who may be affected by the coronavirus. Amber Morchower will be in charge of this initiative. The Hall’s income stream has disappeared during this crisis. Everything possible is being done to maintain a tight budget until income sources return. The contract for trash collection has been changed since there is no trash being generated. Ben E. Keith has agreed to reimburse customers for perishable products such as beer and wine that is going unused. Amber has indicated that there may be a Members Only Auction to help make good use of the products that remain. The project to repair upstairs windows is running under budget, which is good news and could save the Home Association some money. This project should be wrapping up soon. The new chairs that were recently purchased have proven to be faulty. The manufacturer has admitted fault and will allow the Home Association to keep the chairs and will replace the entire shipment if the Home Association will pay the invoice. The Home Association is leaning heavily toward rejecting that offer but has not yet made a decision on purchasing any other chairs at this time. The issue will be revisited once the Hall has been opened up again and there are people there to sit in the chairs. When the Hall does reopen, there will likely be limits on capacity and other social distancing mandates. The Home Association has agreed to install a burglar alarm system. Jerry and Kathy Warwick are considering the future of swing dance sessions at the Hall. They may add protective measures at the entrance area such as re-

quiring masks and temperature checks. Manager Amber Morchower has some creative ideas for booking the Hall to produce income during the recovery period. One suggestion was the promotion of “Blast Weddings” through various wedding planners and vendors. These would allow several couples who are getting married to share the expense of rental and catering in one afternoon. This would make the wedding experience more affordable and enjoyable, while generating a good price for one afternoon of setup and service at the Hall. Another idea is to expand summer hours of operation at the Hall and focus on the outdoor spaces where people can be less concerned about transmission of the virus which may be more likely to occur in enclosed spaces. Consideration is being given to opening earlier to allow for more flexible scheduling of activities and extended timeframes to people in the neighborhood who may want to get out and enjoy some fun during the daytime. Activities could include corn-hole games, food trucks and tie-dye parties. If you have a suggestion, contact Amber in person or email her at sohhgm@gmail.com or booking@sonsofhermannhall.com. The Hall will soft open for the lodges first in order to get ready for the public. Columbia Lodge conducted a meeting on June 7. Masks and social distancing were mandatory. Those who could not attend were welcomed by way of Zoom and Facebook Room. Dallas Lodge plans to hold its meeting on July 26 at 1 p.m. Columbia Lodge members are always welcome at Dallas Lodge meetings. If you wish to attend, contact a member and find out what their protocol will be. The agreed upon date for the soft opening is June 25, subject to change depending upon how the COVID-19 caseload numbers rise or fall in Dallas County. The official reopening will be the July 4th weekend. Current plans are to restrict the available spaces to the outdoor areas and the Old Bowling Alley until procedures are in place and staff is comfortable with carrying out

the requirements effectively. The Hall is located in the area of downtown that was recently the site of rioting and looting. The curfew that was in place has been lifted however it would have to comply if the curfew were to be reinstated. Gold Teeth music and KNON are continuing their efforts at providing virtual concerts via the Sons of Hermann’s Facebook page. Victoria Montelongo hosted Yvette Landry playing a half-hour-plus set from her home on the Sons of Hermann Facebook page on June 6. The Rifters put on a show on May 30 and Ramsey Midwood played on May 16. These shows are free and they remain up on the page after the live event is over, so if you have not enjoyed one yet, you can do it any time on your own schedule. Keep an eye out for further announcements on the page. Amber and David Pippin continue to pursue bookings for both public and private events. Kenny and the Kasuals are set to play a show on Aug. 22, and a wedding is planned for Oct. 31. If you have any suggestions for shows or private parties, recommend the Hall and contact Amber or David to let them know and get them into the loop on any promoting and problem solving assistance. Columbia Lodge has postponed the summer picnic and tabled the discussion about when to reschedule until the July meeting. Lin Been has offered to host the picnic this year at Rancho Frijole. August and September dates are being considered. The likelihood remains low that Christmas in July or SonsStock will be viable this year. The Electric Campfire Jam is always up for a practice run and may decide to get back into action following the July 4th weekend. Keep your eyes on the social media platforms and email communications for announcements and updates. The calendar page on the website is not currently being updated, so don’t rely on that until further notice. Stay safe and remember to reach out and connect with each other during these challenging times. – Anni Howe

July 2020 – Hermann Sons Life – Page 15

Agents Directory (alphabetized by area) La Vernia Sharon Tanneberger, FIC 210-827-0526

Adkins Roxy Pruski 210-218-6204

Converse Dan Boenig 210-705-1815

Georgetown Brad Klein, FIC 512-497-0678

Austin Shirley Kuhen Faske 512-789-3975

Corpus Christi Pearl Hunt 361-960-0276

Gonzales Bobbie Polasek 830-672-6317

Bandera Stephanie Brown 210-621-3891

Troylyn SisnerosGonzalez 361-232-7413

Graham/Wichita Falls David Wolf 940-550-5202

Marion Lorene Bielke, FIC 830-420-2380

Bellville Robert Herridge 979-865-3222

Cuero Laura Tiffin Wayne Tiffin 361-275-8421

Hondo Richard Muennink 210-827-0053

New Braunfels Becki Carley 361-550-9358

Dallas Helen Tyson Brown 214-796-0668

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

Kathryn Green 830-463-9455

Cecilia Phillips 214-982-8905

Jennifer Stryk Garner 832-596-9425

Gilbert Shelby 214-289-1815

Gerald Ziemnicki 713-622-9001

Boerne/San Antonio Pamela Poulk 210-753-2626

Del Rio Pat Fritz, FIC 432-292-4483

Jourdanton Valerie M. Vick 210-748-5598

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

Boerne Lisa Rozacky 210-838-3306

Devine Cynthia Sultenfuss 210-219-6409

Karnes City Abigail Fenner 830-534-6982

Orange Grove Paula Gebert 361-384-2375

Marilyn Vogt, FICF 210-630-9874

El Campo Dennis Wigginton 832-278-9636

Russell Swize 830-780-4053

Pflugerville Julius Dubcak 512-272-8393

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

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

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

Kirby Angela Netherton 210-831-1293 La Coste Elaine “Lainey” Franklin 210-789-1649 La Grange Linda Mattocks 512-736-9988

Marlin Tanneberger, FIC 210-827-7229

Shirley Huebinger 830-629-1196 Laura Ann Timmermann 830-556-7527

Port Lavaca Nancy Annette Walraven 361-552-9403

Sales Department Staff 210-527-9113 • 877-437-6266 • 888-839-7667 Vice President of Sales Tim Kolbe timk@hermannsonslife.org Compliance Director Ana Vasquez, FLMI, AIRC, FIC anav@hermannsonslife.org Administrative Assistant Gladys Rowley gladysr@hermannsonslife.org Regional Sales Managers: Eulla May Krueger - 210-863-0546 • 830-985-3643 eullak@hermannsonslife.org Teresa Saathoff - 210-422-6996 teresaasaathoff@gmail.com

San Antonio Ruth Bailey 210-602-5147

Seguin Annette D. Roecker 830-832-0724

Darlene Irwin 210-392-2649

Tina B. Ynfante 210-859-1973

Rayna Sue Irwin 210-710-7038

Spring Branch Gloria Gass 830-885-4405

Clif Klabunde, FIC 210-219-6142 Lauren Brehm-Long 210-643-9836 San Marcos/Lockhart Janice Kuhen 512-393-1431 Schulenburg/Weimar Mary K. Seifert 979-743-0312

Needville /Rosenberg Chris Stoeltje 979-559-6127

Schwertner Irene Schwertner 254-527-4470

Round Top/Rutersville Linda Mattocks 512-736-9988

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

Stockdale Ronald Wiatrek 210-771-4354 Victoria Jason Hybner 361-652-6924 Victoria Laura Thigpen 361-676-8307 Yorktown Judy Wolf 361-564-2452

Page 16 – Hermann Sons Life – July 2020

Shining Stars Fourth of July Word Search Puzzle

ISABEL VAQUERA is a member of Prinz Solms Lodge. She is in first grade. Baked potatoes are her favorite food. Isabel has two pets. Her activities include dance, drawing, art and playing with her friends.

America Blue Britain Celebrate Declaration Fireworks Flag Fourth Freedom Holiday Independence July Liberty Parade Picnic Red Sparklers Stars Stripes Summer United White

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

Fourth of July Word Scramble

Name: Birthday:


Home Phone:


Daytime Phone:


Address: City:




E-mail Address:


Grade in school:


Favorite food:




Favorite TV show:




It is OK with my parents that I am featured as a “Shining Star” in the Hermann Sons Life newspaper, website and any other advertising publications.


Parent’s Signature: I am a member of


17. RSMEUM Lodge

Certificate No._______________________________________________________


Puzzle answers on Pg. 7