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Vol. 121, No. 8

InsIde Annual outing to Schlitterbahn set for June 16 ➤ Pg. 3

Agents honored for production in 2017 ➤ Pgs. 4-5

Two bowling tournaments set for summer ➤ Pgs. 8 & 11

hermannsonslife.org

June 2018

Fund-raiser benefits shooting survivor “He says we fought the devil and God won,” said Natalie Rivas of her grandson, Kris Workman, 34, survivor of the mass shooting at the Sutherland Springs Baptist Church last fall. Natalie, a resident of Schertz, shared her grandson’s story while visiting the Home Office on May 3 to participate in a Hamburger Dinner Fund-raiser benefiting Kris, a Hermann Sons Life member. Kris’ grandfather Tony joined her later and expressed his deep appreciation. In observance of Join Hands Day, Mission-Alamo Lodge, Lone Oak Lodge and the San Antonio Young Marines held the hamburger dinner to raise funds for Kris. It was held at the San Antonio Home Association building and raised more than $3,500.

“On behalf of Mission-Alamo Lodge and Lone Oak Lodge we would like to thank all of the people who made donations and helped to make this event successful,” Laura Adams, Mission-Alamo Lodge community service coordinator, said. Kris was attending the NRA Convention in Dallas at the time of the event so he could not be there but was invited to the May 23 meeting of Mission-Alamo Lodge to accept the proceeds from the benefit. Natalie said Kris was shot point-blank in the back that tragic day of Nov. 5, 2017. A gunman entered the church and killed 26 and injured 20. It was the deadliest mass shooting in Texas. See JOIN, Pg. 20

See more Join Hands Day lodge projects inside!

Lauren Floores

Lauren Carranco

Zoey Caldwell

Natalie Rivas, from left, Kris Workman’s grandmother, is pictured with Laura Adams, Mission-Alamo Lodge community service coordinator, center, and Cecily Kelly, Lone Oak Lodge financial secretary. Kris Workman is pictured at left.

Meg Ann Kosub

Colton Krueger

Retirement Home awards five scholarships COMFORT – The Retirement Home Scholarship Fund has announced the names of the five recipients of the $1,500 scholarships awarded in 2018. They are Lauren Floores from La Vernia Lodge, Lauren Carranco from New Braunfels Lodge, Zoey Caldwell from Bexar Lodge, Meg Ann Kosub from Seguin

Lodge and Colton Krueger from Converse Lodge. Each year one student from each of the five Home Office regions is chosen to receive these scholarships. This year there were 55 total applicants. The scholarship recipients are chosen by a panel of volunteer educators

from Comfort. The applications are judged on neatness, grammar, spelling and structure of the 300-word essay “What Hermann Sons Life Means to Me” and the student’s ability to follow the application guidelines. See SCHOLARSHIP, Pg. 16


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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 Interim President and CEO Kimberly A. Krueger Vice President of Operations and COO Samantha Schulmeier Vice President of Finance and CFO Harry Werland Vice President of Marketing Timothy P. Kolbe Vice President of Member Benefits Kimberly A. Krueger 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

MEMBER BENEFITS COMMITTEE

Bradford Boehme Frank Brandon Shirley Faske Tammy Kelley

Bradley Klein Ed Kurtz Laura Thigpen

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Elizabeth Byron Tammy Haecker Marsha Kocurek Sayra Martinka

Sherry Rakowitz Lisa Rozacky Irene Schwertner

BUSINESS OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

Brad Dietrich Robert Herridge Tammy Jones Edward J. Muehlbrad

Doug Saathoff Laura Tiffin Lori Todd

A Message from the Board of Directors Greetings from the Board of Directors: What follows is a synopsis of the Board of Directors’ meeting held Feb. 5 and 6. On Monday, Feb. 5, the Board of Directors visited the Hermann Sons Life Camp and Retirement Home. Executive Camp Director Katie Miller and Retirement Home Manager Brenda Gunnink gave us an in-depth tour of the facilities. We enjoyed lunch and fellowship with the Retirement Home residents before returning to the Home Office in San Antonio. We would like to thank Vice President of Member Benefits Kim Krueger for arranging our visit. On Tuesday, Feb. 6, we held our regular quarterly Board of Directors’ meeting. All of the Executive Committee

members presented detailed information regarding updates and involvements from each of their individual departments. The financial reports showed a low volume of death and medical claims incurred in 2017 and a higher return on some of our investments. These factors were shown to be partially responsible for a slight increase in our solvency ratio and surplus. The Board reviewed several bond purchases and mortgage loan opportunities. We were also informed of foreseeable expenses including the upcoming mandatory conversion to the 2017 Commissioner’s Standard Ordinary (CSO) Tables, upgrading our current policy adminSee MESSAGE, Pg. 3

Krueger named interim CEO SAN ANTONIO – The Hermann Sons Life Board of Directors has appointed Vice President of Member Benefits Kim Krueger to serve as Interim President and CEO of the organization until a new President and CEO is appointed. Kim also will continue to serve as Vice President of Member Benefits during this time. In making the announcement, Chair of the Board Sandra Jones said, “The Board has complete confidence in Kim’s ability to lead our organization during this transition period. We know that she and the other vice presidents will continue the great leadership they have demonstrated in the past.” She added, “The Board’s primary concern during this time is that our members continue to receive the excellent service they have come to expect and we are confident that the Home Office staff will continue to deliver a high level of service.”

Inside Lodge Reports Anton Wenzel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Austin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bellville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bernardo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boerne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brenham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brunhilde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Burton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cat Spring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cibolo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Converse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Corpus Christi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coupland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DaCosta. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dallas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deanville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Edelweiss-Magnolia . . . . . . . . . . Fort Worth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fredericksburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Giddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Harmonia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Haskell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Helotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hochheim-Prairie. . . . . . . . . . . . . Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kerrville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Kirby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kypfer-Salge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laubach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . La Vernia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lockhart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louise Schuetze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lubbock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maxwell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . McGregor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Moulton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Bielau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Braunfels. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Niederwald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Old Glory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paige. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Vogt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pershing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Prinz Solms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Round Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rowena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rutersville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . San Marcos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Schulenburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shelby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vineta. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Womack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Monthly Features

3 Calendar of Events 11 & 14 Medical Notes 12 Pioneer Members 13 In Memoriam 14 Donations 14 Retirement Home News

New This Month 1 & 20 Fund-raiser benefits survivor 1 & 16 Home awards scholarships 2-3 Message from the Board 2 Krueger named interim CEO 3 Schlitterbahn outing June 16 7 New merchandise available 8 & 10 Bowling tournament set 9-10 Tourney benefits fund 11 Bowl-a-thon set for July 28 18-24 Join Hands Day projects

Marketing News 4-5 6 6 39

Top producers honored 100% Families welcomed Recommenders listed Listing of agents

15 15 15 16 17 17 17 17 17 40

Dance registration set for June Hochheim-Prairie dance photos Recital dates listed Camp scholarships awarded Camp Open House set Bandera awards camperships Luling dance recital photo Ganado dancers hold recital Answers to puzzle on Pg. 40 Shining Stars

Youth in Action


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Message from the Board of Directors Cont’d. from Pg. 2 istration system and several pending projects at both of the Camp sites. A report on the overwhelming response from our members to the name change endorsement mail-out was given. As of the February meeting, the Home Office has received more than 8,400 information forms. Thanks go the employees who are working on these responses while continuing to perform their regular job duties. Several technological advancements are being prioritized with the policy administration system upgrade at the helm. Officers and Board Members alike are all very in tune with what our members want and need technologically and all agree that we must move forward in the most efficient order possible so that we can avoid wasting any time and money backtracking later. A report was presented on the “Leading with Heart” event scheduled for March 17. The event was set to include an educational component, a dinner and speakers followed by a live band for entertainment. As an update, all of your Board Members at-

tended the event and were very impressed with its detailed organization and participation. Thanks go to all of the members who attended and made the event such a great success. The Marketing Department report included information about a promotional mailing for the Senior Adult Final Expense (SAFE) Plan. The flyer mailed detailed the benefits of our insurance product available exclusively to members between ages 50 and 90. The Board spoke highly of numerous field agents across the state; however, we also recognize the need for additional agents in many areas. If you know someone who would make a great sales agent for our organization, or if you yourself are interested, we encourage you to contact our Marketing Department. The Board discussed the idea of creating a new Vice President of Information Technology position at length. After much positive feedback, a motion was made and carried leading to the creation of the position. After some deliberation, the name of Information Technology Director Matt Walker was put forward and accepted by

the Board. In the following days, Matt was offered the position and we are pleased to congratulate him on his acceptance of the position and thank him for all his continued input on the projects happening and security features being maintained in his department. We had a lengthy discussion about the privacy of our members and potential risks relating to exposure of our most vulnerable population. The Board was interested in more information on how we are protecting our junior members when promoting Camp, Dance and the Shining Stars programs, along with various lodge events. The Board was given the opportunity to view the new membership and 100% Family pin designs and we all gave positive feedback about how great they look. The Board would like to thank the Executive Team for all they do, as well as, the staff members for their continued support of our great organization. Thanks also go to the members of our organization for their continued support of the Board.

Schlitterbahn outing June 16 NEW BRAUNFELS – Hermann Sons Life Family Fun Day at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels is set for Saturday, June 16. Any Hermann Sons Life member is welcome to attend. Each ticket includes a free breakfast served from 9:30-11 a.m. A picnic area in Schlitterbahn East (Surfenburg) will be reserved for Hermann Sons Life all day. Adults and children ages 12 and up will pay $49. Children ages 3-11 will pay $44. Children age 2 and under will be admitted free of charge. Tickets must be purchased in advance. There are two ways to buy tickets. They can be purchased online at hermannsonslife.org/store or by phone at 210-226-9261 or 800-234-4124 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The deadline to order tickets is June 8. Tickets will be picked up at Schlitterbahn on the day of the event.

Events JUNE 16 – Borderline will play for a public dance at 2 – The Countrymen will play for a public dance Braun Hall, 9721 Braun Rd. There is a $10 cover

at Braun Hall, 9721 Braun Rd. There is a $10 cover charge. Call the hall at 210-688-9241 for more information. 3 – Kirby Lodge will host its annual Senior Games party beginning at 2 p.m. Anyone age 55 or older is invited to come and play for free. A total of 15 games will be played. Sandwiches and desserts will be served. 9 – Paige Lodge will sponsor a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the lodge hall, 128 N. Main, Paige. Proceeds from the fund-raiser will benefit the lodge. 14 – The Home Office will host a Flag Day ceremony at 10 a.m. in the front lobby. 16 – Hermann Sons Life Camp will host its annual Open House from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at both the Riverside and Hilltop sites. First-time campers and future campers and their families are especially invited to attend so they can tour the facilities, check out some of the activities, take a dip in the pool and meet the staff. Lunch will be served.

charge. Call the hall at 210-688-9241 for more information. 24 – Brenham Lodge is holding a chicken and sausage drive-thru dinner from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased in advance from members. The lodge hall is located at 304 Germania St., Brenham. 27 – Moulton Lodge will hold a Chicken Fried Steak Dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Moulton American Legion Hall, Hwy. 95 North. Plates to go only will be available for $8.50 each. Proceeds will benefit the lodge’s scholarship fund and be used to make charitable donations.

JULY 18 – Vineta Lodge will hold its annual scholar-

ship 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.

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

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


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Agents honored at annual awards banquet SAN ANTONIO – The top producing agents from 2017 were honored at the Annual Agents’ Awards Banquet held May 5 atop the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio.

The banquet was the culmination of a weekend celebration planned especially for the agents. It began on Friday evening with dinner in the Rathskeller of the San Antonio Home As-

sociation building that is located next door to the Home Office. The agents were given a tour of the historic building. When they got to the Ballroom the Hermann Sons Square Dancers

Agents who qualified for the President’s Club in 2017 are pictured at the banquet on May 5. They are, seated, from left, Special Representative Teresa Saathoff, Special Representative Gary Falkenberg, Carol Krauss from Pershing Lodge, standing, from left, Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe, Chair of the Board Sandra Jones, Marlin Tanneberger from La Vernia Lodge, Special Representative Al Stryk and Buddy Preuss.

Three agents qualified for the Last Agent Standing Award in 2017. They are, seated, from left, Special Representative Gary Falkenberg, Special Representative Teresa Saathoff and Glenford Boehme. They are pictured with, from left, Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe, Chair of the Board Sandra Jones and Buddy Preuss.

gave them a demonstration. Several of the agents and their guests even took to the dance floor themselves. The tour also included a visit to the bowling alley that is no lon-

ger in use but brought back fond memories for several people. After dinner, the agents and their guests played games. See BANQUET, Pg. 5

Seven agents qualified for the Executive Club in 2017 and are pictured at the banquet held May 5 in San Antonio. They are, seated, from left, Shirley Huebinger from New Braunfels Lodge, Mary Koenig from Hochheim-Prairie Lodge, Special Representative Eulla Krueger, Norma Bruns from Comfort Lodge, back, from left, Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe, Glenford Boehme from Castroville Lodge, Chair of the Board Sandra Jones, Special Representative Dan Boenig and Special Representative Becki Carley.

Katrina Wiatrek, right, qualified for the Million Dollar Club in 2017 and is pictured with Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe and Chair of the Board Sandra Jones.

Two agents have qualified for the Last Agent Standing Award each year since the award was established. Honored for their 108 months of continuous sales were, seated, Special Representative Teresa Saathoff and Special Representative Gary Falkenberg. They are pictured with, from left, Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe, Chair of the Board Sandra Jones and Buddy Preuss.


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Special Representative Gary Falkenberg, center, was recognized as the top producer for 2017 at the Agents’ Awards Banquet. The top producer is the agent who generates the most new premium income during the year. Gary is pictured with Chair of the Board Sandra Jones and Buddy Preuss.

Special Representative Teresa Saathoff, center, was recognized for writing the most new adult members and the most 100% Families in 2017. She is pictured with Chair of the Board Sandra Jones and Buddy Preuss.

Al Stryk is retiring as a full-time special representative. He was recognized at the Agents’ Awards Banquet and spoke briefly about his 15 years of service to the organization. He will continue as a field agent.

Production numbers earn agents club membership SAN ANTONIO – Fourteen agents were honored for their sales production in 2017. Five agents qualified for the President’s Club. The President’s Club is reserved for agents who generate a minimum of $30,000 in premium income and write a minimum of 12 applications. President’s Club Gary Falkenberg Special Representative • 29 applications • $61,657 in premium income • Last Agent Standing for ninth consecutive year* Teresa Saathoff Special Representative • 115 applications • $53,115 in premium income

• Last Agent Standing for ninth consecutive year* • Most New Adult Members • Most New 100% Families Carol Krauss Pershing Lodge • 33 applications • $37,697 in premium income Marlin Tanneberger La Vernia Lodge • 38 applications • $35,671 in premium income Al Stryk Special Representative • 12 applications • $35,113 in premium income Seven agents qualified for the Executive Club. The Executive Club is reserved for agents who

generate a minimum of $12,000 in premium income and write a minimum of 12 applications. Executive Club Shirley Huebinger New Braunfels Lodge • 86 applications • $28,196 in premium income Mary Koenig Hochheim-Prairie Lodge • 37 applications • $18,528 in premium income Becki Carley Special Representative • 55 applications • $17,919 in premium income • First time in Executive Club Glenford Boehme Castroville Lodge • 30 applications

value totaling at least $1 million. Million Dollar Club Stacy Saathoff Hondo Victory Lodge • 54 applications • $1.4 million in insurance Katrina Wiatrek Jourdanton Lodge • 55 applications • $1.38 million in insurance • First time qualifier * Last Agent Standing is reserved for those agents who wrote at least one insurance application every month of a calendar year. Also qualifying for the Last Two agents qualified for the Million Dollar Club. This club is Agent Standing Award was reserved for agents who write at Loretta Chilek from Giddings least 12 applications with a face Lodge. • $16,037 in premium income • Last Agent Standing* Dan Boenig Special Representative • 27 applications • $15,393 in premium income • First time in Executive Club Norma Bruns Comfort Lodge • 36 applications • $14,007 in premium income Eulla Krueger Special Representative • 50 applications • $12,640 in premium income

Banquet honors agents Interested in becoming a Hermann Sons Life agent? Cont’d. from Pg. 4 On Saturday, agents were free to explore San Antonio on their own. Before riding to the top of the Tower of the Americas on Satuday night, agents enjoyed the 4D TX Movie Experience that gave them an up close and personal tour of Texas on the big screen. The banquet room afforded everyone a view of the sun as it was setting. Before dinner, Special Representative Al Stryk gave the invocation. Al is retiring as a special representative but will remain active as a field agent. Chair of the Board Sandra Jones, Buddy Preuss and Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe all spoke briefly before the awards were presented.

• Flexible Work Schedule • Personalized Training and Mentoring (if necessary)

• Quarterly Bonuses • Annual Trips and Contests

• Unlimited Earning Potential • Monthly Commissions

• Engaging Programs • Community Service Opportunities

Go to hermannsonslife.org/employment/sales-agents and read all about the requirements and expectations and to apply. Or call Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe at 877-437-6266.


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Marketing

April recommenders recognized; Sotelo wins gift card The Marketing Department is recognizing 62 recommenders for the month of April. That makes 177 members recommending 233 new members to Hermann Sons Life in 2018. The winner of the $100 gift card for April is Madison Nichole Sotelo from Castroville Lodge. Recommender Agent Abrianna Allen Perez, New Braunfels Lodge Shirley Huebinger Laura Adams, Mission-Alamo Lodge (^) Judy Schulmeier Tammy Jo Aldrich, Comfort Lodge (*) Norma Bruns Margie Mae Bozarth, Lockhart Lodge Janice Kuhen Penny Lynn Bright, Seguin Lodge Carol Krauss Blair Brown, Live Oak County Lodge (*) Charles Caron III Allyne Ruth Chapman, Moulton Lodge Judy Schulmeier Audrey Chapman, D’Hanis Lodge Eulla Krueger Christopher Crain, Cuero Family Lodge Laura Thigpen Melissa Jean Davis, La Vernia Lodge (&) Marlin Tanneberger Henrietta Dawson, Helotes Lodge Rayna Irwin Callie Dewinne, Pershing Lodge Clifton Klabunde Cheyenne Dietert, Kypfer-Salge Lodge Tim Salge Ricky Wayne Ebner, Giddings Lodge Loretta Chilek Wanda Elizondo, Siemering Lodge Eulla Krueger Toni Rios Ely, Comfort Lodge Norma Bruns Mandy Elizabeth Evans, Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Anna Larie Keith Herbert Allen Fenner, Karnes City Lodge (*) Abigail Fenner Sharon Eileen Fite, Siemering Lodge (^) Eulla Krueger Richard Mateo Flores, Giddings Lodge Loretta Chilek Lillian Paige Franco, Cibolo Lodge Teresa Saathoff Abigail Lynne Frets, Seguin Lodge Lorene Bielke Cora Garfield, Seguin Lodge Angela Netherton Gavin Edmund Garza, Live Oak County Lodge Charles Caron III Sandra Gauthier, Louise Schuetze Lodge Ruth Bailey Eugene Albert Hall, Rutersville Lodge (&) Linda Mattocks Katherine Hess, Siemering Lodge Dan Boenig Jake Douglas Hooker, Prinz Solms Lodge Teresa Saathoff Sarah Megan Japhet, Louise Schuetze Lodge Clifton Klabunde Kelsi Avery Kauffmann, MacDona Lodge Eulla Krueger Gracie Rose Lear, New Braunfels Lodge Clifton Klabunde

Erin Lecce, Louise Schuetze Lodge Melina Mata, Siemering Lodge (*) Michaela Mata, Siemering Lodge (*) Delaney Grace Meier, Prinz Solms Lodge Travis Jaxon Migura, Kypfer-Salge Lodge Carl Lee Minor, Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Emmett Michael Niland, New Braunfels Lodge Sherry Noak, Rutersville Lodge Lucille Novak, Poth Lodge (*) Don Allen Ohlhausen, Macdona Lodge Ashley Eileen Pawlik, Louise Schuetze Lodge Elizabeth Preuss, Comfort Lodge Cory Rakowitz, Cibolo Lodge Amanda Reitz, Paul Vogt Lodge Carson Riba, Spring Branch Lodge Reese Richardson, Giddings Lodge Reagan Elizabeth Sander, Vineta Lodge Stephanie Schoolcraft, Pershing Lodge Madison Nicole Sotelo, Castroville Lodge Edward Sova, Pershing Lodge Mackynzie Spivey, Da Costa Lodge Wyatt Macrae Stringer, Corpus Christi Lodge

Carol Krauss Ruth Bailey Ruth Bailey Clifton Klabunde Tim Salge Gerald Ziemnicki Shirley Huebinger Linda Mattocks Marlin Tanneberger Eulla Krueger Roxy Pruski Norma Bruns Tracy Campos Al Stryk Teresa Saathoff Loretta Chilek Ruth Bailey Carol Krauss Glenford Boehme Eulla Krueger Marilyn Vogt Troylyn SisnerosGonzalez Kathryn Green Carol Krauss Kathryn Green Roxy Pruski Shirley Kuhen Faske Dennis Wigginton David Wolf Roxy Pruski Roxy Pruski

Sofia Marie Stuart, New Braunfels Lodge (^) Alexis Thompson, Pershing Lodge John O’Neal Timmermann, Kypfer-Salge Lodge Audry Traugott, Mission-Alamo Lodge Nicholas Weynand, Hondo Lodge Shelby Lynn Witcher, El Campo Lodge Dawn Wolf-Taylor, Wichita Falls Lodge Skylar Rae Worth, Mission-Alamo Lodge Luke Wade Zigmond, Mission-Alamo Lodge (*) Recommended 2 new members (^) Recommended 3 new members (&)Recommended 4 new members

Let Your Pride Show!

Hermann Sons Life welcomes a 100% Family

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 hermannsonslife.org and click on RECOMMEND A MEMBER at the bottom of the Home Page or email marketing@hermannsonslife.org or call 210-527-9113 or 877-437-6266.

100% Family Deike/Nail Family Torey Deike Ashley Nail Rebecca Nail Annabella Nail Alexander Deike

City San Antonio

Lodge Helotes

Agent Teresa Saathoff

100% Family Ramsey Family David Meagan Cooper Levi

City San Antonio

Lodge Prinz Solms

Agent Teresa Saathoff

100% Family Green Family Brandon Kathryn Melissa Macy

City New Braunfels

Lodge New Braunfels

Agent Kathryn Green


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Hermann Sons Life logo merchandise available Ladies' Short Sleeved Shirt

Men's Short Sleeved Shirt

Caps 100% cotton front and 100% nylon mesh back. Unstructured, low-profile, 6-panel with adjustable plastic snap back and pre-curved contrast stitch visor.

$25.30

$37.06

Available in black and brown.

$37.61

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The Easy Care Short Sleeve Poplin shirt is soft and hardworking. This performance poplin stands up to demanding wear. Sizes S • 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton M • Short sleeve with button down collar L • Wood tone buttons and left chest pocket XL • Fabric wicks moisture XXL • Soil release and wrinkle resistant XXXL • Industrial launder or machine washable XXXXLT

Ladies' Sport Polo Shirt

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• 100% Micro-polyester • Fabric wicks moisture • Pill-resistant • Snag-resistant • UPF 30+ protection • Runs 1 size smaller

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Sizes XS S M L XL XXL XXXL

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Koozie

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Playing Cards

$6.58

$10.91

Navy pocket coolie with two-sided imprint.

Poker size playing cards.

Available in tan, black, brown and navy.

Mail order merchandise prices include tax and flat-rate shipping costs. Merchandise is also available online at hermannsonslife.org Due to flat-shipping rates, prices may vary. Mail Order Form Hermann Sons Life P.O. Box 1941 San Antonio, TX 78297 Ship to: Name_____________________________________ Lodge_____________________________________ Address____________________________________ City, State, Zip_______________________________ Item Description

Quantity Size Color Price

This UltraClub Men's Cool and Dry Sport Performance Interlock Polo shirt has a relaxed fit and flat knit ribbed collar.

Dominoes 28 marble-like dominoes created with a proprietary resin blend. Each professional size tile measures approximately 1" X 2" X 1/2". Total

$41.54

Please enclose check or money order payable to Hermann Sons Life. For questions, call 800-234-4124.


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State bowling tournament set for Austin

AUSTIN – The 2018 Hermann Sons Life State Bowling Tournament will be held July 28-29 and Aug. 4-5 at Dart Bowl in Austin. Here are the rules for the tournament. 1. At least two members of the team must be a member of Hermann Sons Life as of July 27, 2018. Two non-members per team is allowed. 2. Non-USBC bowlers may pay an affiliate membership fee of $20, which will provide high score recognition. 3. Handicap is 90 percent from 220 for each bowler per event. 4. IMPORTANT - READ CAREFULLY: It shall be each bowler’s responsibility to determine that the submitted average is correct. Failure to use the correct average shall disqualify the score if submitted average is lower than correct average thereby resulting in a lower classification or more handicap. Prize winnings shall be based on the submitted average if it is higher than the correct average. However, corrections in averages may be permitted up to the completion of the first game of a series. Every entry blank must have each bowler’s highest USBC Certified 20162017 book average based on 21 games or more at the time of participation in the tournament. Bowlers not having a 2016-2017 average must use highest 2017-2018 book average based on 21 games. Bowlers not having 2016-2017 or 2017-2018 book average must use 2018 Summer average of nine games or more in one league at time of participation. Bowlers not having any of the above averages must enter with a scratch average of 220 for the first nine games bowled in the tournament. Bowlers will then establish a tournament average to be used the following year. Bowlers not having any of the above averages, but who bowled nine games in the 2017 tournament may use the average for those nine games in the 2018 tournament. USBC Rule 319(A-2) is waived (10 or more pins increase in average). A: 2016-2017 yearbook average. B: 2017-2018 yearbook average. C: Summer 2018 average (nine games or more in one sanctioned league at time of participation). 5. All bowlers must check in 30 minutes before scheduled to bowl and should present their current USBC Certified card. 6. Entry closing date is July 1, 2018. 7. Any appeal or protest must be made prior to the payment of prizes. USBC Rule #329. See BOWLING, Pg. 10

54th Annual Hermann sons life state bowling tournament Dart Bowl

5700 Grover, Austin • 512-452-2518

EntriEs must bE postmArkEd by July 1, 2018 90% Handicap • usbC Certified tournament • prize fund to be returned 100%

Entry fees: team - $17 / singles - $17 / doubles - $17 / All Events (optional) - $4 Each fee consists of $5 for prize fund, $9 for lineage and $3 for expenses

Event Date & Time Singles/Doubles Date & Time Team Team Singles Doubles All Events

1st Choice

2nd Choice

Remittance To Cover x $68 = x $17 = x $34 = x $4 = Total Entry Fees

Official Use Only Men/Women

Entry #

Class

Amount Enclosed

Amount Due

Confirmed Day/Time Singles/Doubles

Date Received

Confirmed Day/Time Team

team name: ______________________________________ City or town represented: _______________________ list bowlers' names in order of bowling - lineup will not be rearranged! usbC no.

lodge no. team lineup - bowler's name Complete mailing Address

High Avg. All rule #4 Events

1. 2. 3. 4.

if any of the above are delegates, please place an "*" beside his/her name. usbC no.

lodge no. singles/doubles bowler's name 1. 2. 1. 2.

High Avg. rule #4

Make all checks payable to: Hermann Sons State Bowling Tournament Mail entries to: Sandra Jones 516 Janie Lane Burleson, TX 76028 Phone: 817-781-7155 Any returned checks will carry a $20 returned check fee and must be paid prior to participation.

I, as Team Captain, have personally verified the above averages. Members are in good standing and agree to forfeit all claims for prize money in case of misrepresentation. No prize money will be paid until averages have been checked. Captain's signature __________________________________________________ Home Phone ______________ Work Phone _______________ Address ___________________________________ City, State, Zip __________________________ Team Captain please fill in below Association Manager's Name _______________________ Phone ______________ Address ________________________City, State, Zip ______________________ (Please include attachment if more than one City Secretary needs to be contacted.)


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Annual golf tourney benefits scholarship fund SAN ANTONIO – The eighth annual Hermann Sons Youth Camp-Shannon Leigh Gaffney Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament was held at The Golf Club of Texas in San Antonio on Saturday, April 7. Thanks to the support of the golfers, sponsors and volunteers, the day was a great success with more than $8,000 raised for the scholarship fund! The first place team included Aldo Bravo-Lemus, Anthony O’Leary, Brayton Maier and Matt Murray. Hal Wahlers, Larry Stanley, Chris Douglass and Clint Moore were on the second place team. Coming in third was the team of James Meschwitz, Jorge Lopez, Aaron Arriaga and Garrison Lackey. There was a tie for fourth place between the team of Brandon Cernosek, Leo Guzman, Zac Brunsman and Justin Preuss and the team of Joe Michalik, Paul Pittman, Brad Inmon and Eddie Michalik. The players

The first place team was composed of Aldo Bravo-Lemus, Anthony O’Leary, Brayton Maier and Matt Murray. The team shot a 61 on the day and finished in first place after a scorecard playoff. Presenting the team with its awards are Jan Stone and Michael Gaffney. Jan is the treasurer of the scholarship fund and Michael is Shannon Gaffney’s brother.

on these teams received prizes and were recognized at the awards luncheon. Several contests were held for golfers during the day. Rick Vasquez won closest to the pin, the most accurate drive winner was Alainey Muro, Aldo Bravo-

Lemus had the longest drive for the men and Carrie Moix had the longest drive for the women. Tournament organizers wish to thank the friends and family of the Gaffneys, Camp staff, Home Office staff and Hermann Sons Life members for their sup-

port. The scholarship fund was created in memory of Shannon Leigh Gaffney, a former camper and counselor at Camp. Getting an education was something Shannon felt very strongly about, so she is remembered

Jan Stone and Michael Gaffney present members of the third place team with their prizes. The team included James Meschwitz, Jorge Lopez, Aaron Arriaga and Garrison Lackey.

Hal Wahlers, left, accepts the prizes for the second place team from Jan Stone and Michael Gaffney.

Members of one of the fourth place teams receive its prize, a round of golf for four to The Golf Club of Texas from Jan Stone and Michael Gaffney. The tournament was played at The Golf Club of Texas.

through scholarships benefiting others in pursuit of higher education. Hermann Sons Life Camp was a big part of Shannon’s life from the time she first went to Camp through her college years when she served as a counselor.

Jan Stone, left, and Michael Gaffney present Carrie Moix with the award for having the longest drive among the female golfers.

The winner of the longest drive for the men was Aldo Bravo-Lemus, left. Jan Stone and Michael Gaffney presented him his award.


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Alainey Muro, center, was the winner of the most accurate drive contest. She received her award from Jan Stone, left, and Michael Gaffney.

Winner of the closest to the pin contest was Rick Vasquez, left. He is pictured with Jan Stone and Michael Gaffney.

Sponsorships, donations make tourney possible The Scholarship Fund Board gives special thanks to the companies and individuals who donated to the Hermann Sons Youth Camp-Shannon Leigh Gaffney Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament through sponsorships, monetary donations and prize donations: Corporate Hole Sponsors Wahlers Construction, LLC - Hal Wahlers Persyn Engineering - Dave and Sue Wonder Stone Accounting Services - Jan Stone Antique Floors of San Antonio - Don Krieg White Iris Vacation Homes - Don & Cheri Krieg Hill Country Safety Training Central Women’s Health Care - Dr. Jose Farina Spyglass Hill Condominiums HOA - Steve Sanchez Air Stream Services - Chris Flores Sandwich De Paris - Josh Witten Individual Hole Sponsors Auntie Angel’s Babies - Shannon’s Nephew & Nieces - By Mike and Cathy Gaffney In Honor of Cameron, Charlee and Jemma by Charles and Roslyn Walker Comfort Lodge Security Technology of South Texas - Richard Youngman Sembera & Biediger, P.C., Certified Public Accountants In Memory of Coach Shearhart - “A Great Man!” - by Your Class of 2000 Bandera Boys All County Home Care & Hospice - Heart of the Hill Country

Tournament Prize Contributors The Golf Club of Texas Dominion Golf Club The Quarry Golf Club Fair Oaks Ranch and Country Club SilverHorn Golf Club of Texas The Republic Golf Club The Buckhorn Golf Course Tapatio Springs Resort Golf Course Prize Drawing Contributors La Cantera Golf Course Bohanan’s Prime Steak Bending Branch Winery Singing Water Vineyards Vineyard Photography Katie and Hunter Miller Mike and Cathy Gaffney Kim and Dustin Krueger Buddy and Elizabeth Preuss Jan Stone Harry and Debra Werland Tim and Cheryl Kolbe Paul Stone

Bowling tournament set for July, August in Austin Cont’d. from Pg. 8 8. Make check payable to HERMANN SONS STATE BOWLING TOURNAMENT. 9. All entries must be sent to the Tournament Manager no later than July 1, 2018. All entries postmarked the first post office business day following the entry closing date shall be accepted. Tournament director reserves the right to accept applications up to the beginning of bowling as long as lanes are available. 10. NO ENTRIES WILL BE RECORDED UNTIL MONEY IS RE-

CEIVED. 11. No entry fee will be returned after being received. 12. Entry fee is $17 per event. All Events is $4 optional. 13. 100% of the prize money will be returned to bowlers. 14. All winners’ averages will be verified before distribution of prize fund. 15. Prize ratio will be at least one for every five entries in team, singles and doubles. 16. Prize ratio for All Events will be one prize for every 20 entries. 17. Plaques will be awarded to each event’s first place winners.

18. Multiple participation will not be allowed, except in cases of emergency where a bowler who has not participated already can not be found. At least three officers of the Executive Board must approve the substitute. This can only occur in the Team Event and Doubles Event. The decision of the Executive Board shall be final unless an appeal is made in accordance with Rule 329. 19. Two separate tournaments with two separate prize lists: one for USBC female members only and one for USBC male mem-

bers only. 20. Average Adjustment USBC Rule 319E will apply. 21. No previous prize winnings need be reported. 22. USBC Rules will prevail in all instances not herein covered. 23. SQUAD TIMES (TEAM CAPTAIN WILL BE NOTIFIED OF DATE TO BOWL): Opening ceremony will be held on July 28, 2018, at 12 noon. Singles/Doubles - Saturday, July 28 and Aug. 4 at 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Team - Sunday, July 29 and Aug. 5 at 11 a.m.

Additional squads may be added during the course of the tournament, however no squad may be added after the final squad on Aug. 5, 2018, at 11 a.m. unless tournament is extended due to number of entries and upon approval of USBC. Secretary may drop squad if not enough bowlers. 24. Two free team entries for 2018 Tournament (one male and one female) will be drawn for at the Annual Meeting on July 28, 2018. 25. Lanes will be dressed after each squad.


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Medical Notes Forgetfulness can affect anyone. For example, few, if any, adults can say they have not experienced moments when they could not find their keys. And once the keys are found, people move on without giving much thought to why they did not immediately remember where they left their keys. Isolated incidents where people cannot recall where they placed their car keys or other minor bouts with forgetfulness do not occur by accident. In fact, the Harvard Medical School notes that they are likely byproducts of age-related changes in thinking skills. When people reach their 50s, chemical and structural changes in the brain may begin to occur, and these changes can affect a person’s ability to process memories. Father Time may be a formidable foe, but people can take steps to give their memories a boost as they get older. • Embrace recognition instead of trusting recall. Dr. Joel Salinas, a neurologist who specializes in behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, notes that human beings are better at recognition than recall. That means people are more likely to remember something they read, such as a note or a list, than something they’re simply told. • Recognize the value of repetition. The Harvard Medical School notes that people might be more inclined to remember what they hear if they repeat it out loud. Names and addresses might be more easily remembered after they’re repeated out loud because repetition increases the likelihood that the brain will record the information and be capable of retrieving it later. When studying for exams, many students repeat important points to themselves time and again, and that same approach can be applied by adults who are trying to improve their memories. • Eat a healthy diet. A study See MEDICAL, Pg. 14


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75 Years

daniel neffendorf Harmonia Lodge

70 Years nettie l. green Cameron Lodge

geraldine kleck Comfort Lodge patricia a. bryson shirley a. rubinstein Converse Lodge harold c. zuhlke Corpus Christi Lodge james w. garretson Dallas Lodge clarice a. lampe El Campo Lodge kenneth m. slack Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge agnes c. fulfer Fort Worth Lodge kenneth a. lorenz Fredericksburg Lodge gilbert a. lindner waldeen l. lucas Giddings Lodge bennie w. schweihs jr. Gonzales Lodge wilber l. kenne Gruenau Lodge harry g. koehler Haskell Lodge leroy b. rathkamp Hochheim-Prairie Lodge henry c. nietenhoefer Hondo Lodge

helen j. grimm larry don johnson alex glen kowald gerald a. kowald Karnes City Lodge douglas c. miller Needville Lodge carol ann stephens Nordheim Lodge john j. maha jr. mary rose sekula Poth Lodge edna meinkowsky Round Top Lodge elmond h. baumbach Rutersville Lodge

60 Years

Pioneers alton charles fuos vernon lloyd helmke Harmonia Lodge burlie e. peiser galen duane peiser Haskell Lodge c.d. toepperwein leslie w. tschirhart Helotes Lodge dwight a. koepp hiram abiff koepp La Vernia Lodge linda sue anderson nancy j. bippert terry jane lambert stella a. rounds shirley a. trudeau Louise Schuetze Lodge doris e. beath Paul Vogt Lodge

linda jane hurta Yorktown Lodge

50 Years

jewell d. goolsby david e. larsen james a. spradling jr. Austin Lodge sherry a. abbott Cibolo Lodge

brett w. bradford jason t. smith Harmonia Lodge doris d. alexander daniel niel andrus janet elaine andrus rebecca ann darrow hal edward peter Kerrville Lodge

m.l. harding ii Columbia Lodge

linda stlaurent antoinette m. tudyk Louise Schuetze Lodge

cody clay chenault jym david chenault brian c. rider Comfort Lodge

peggy ann jurica beverly diane nunn shirley s. ulrich New Bielau Lodge

virginia niemann Corpus Christi Lodge

leesa lohrke roberts lois ann waclawczyk Pershing Lodge paul ray rannefeld Roscoe Lodge

delores d. nanny Abilene Lodge

vincent losada Pershing Lodge

michele d. davenport sherry m. gottschalt douglas a. schramek Da Costa Lodge

robert john ahr ronald a. dewinne Anton Wenzel Lodge

linda isbell Plum Lodge

adriane k. zorn Del Rio Lodge

elgene eckermann Round Top Lodge

violet hickey Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge

r.q. brackett jr. San Marcos Lodge

michelle d. braden valerie e. remschel david b. walshak jr. ronette e. walshak Ellinger Lodge

larry james mueller Shiner Lodge

kenneth l. cordes louis e. hart jr. winston m. weatherford Siemering Lodge

patricia w. williams El Paso Lodge

dave spies metting Yorktown Lodge

sandra sue altman Taylor Lodge

marjorie a. jostes General Bee Lodge

barbara ellebracht michelene r. hurn cynthia ann oldham Vineta Lodge

m.j. simmang jr Giddings Lodge

debra ann p. kahanek Bernardo Lodge donna putnam Burton Lodge candice hill buchbinder cindy daly Cat Spring Lodge r.e. spiegelhauer Corpus Christi Lodge barclay w. burrow leonard a. burrow joycelyn morris El Campo Lodge roland m. pfenninger beverly a. riviello Goliad Lodge jo ann breitschopf Gonzales Lodge

jacquelyn a. schultze Seguin Lodge

darrell g. kunkel Waco-Robinson Lodge jo dell riedel Weesatche Lodge

nina l. nixon-mendez Fredericksburg Lodge

henry h. vollentine jr. Gonzales Lodge kevin m. anthony Gulf Lodge

betty jane weyand Rutersville Lodge kassie e. beeson-mays bettye bell norton Seguin Lodge

jennifer wilson Stockdale Lodge


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In Memoriam of Our Deceased Members cleo m. ruhnke Vineta Lodge Died June 27, 2016 • Age 84

howard e. prinz jr. Coupland Lodge Died Feb. 4, 2018 • Age 58

hazel ruth dawkins Vineta Lodge Died March 3, 2018 • Age 89

sammy don nauert Old Glory Lodge Died March 10, 2018 • Age 62

matthew john schmid Harmonia Lodge Died March 18, 2018 • Age 70

nancy lee brecht Austin Lodge Died June 30, 2017 • Age 66

kimberly kay mckinzey Seguin Lodge Died Feb. 4, 2018 • Age 49

josephine f. schrutka Louise Schuetze Lodge Died March 3, 2018 • Age 91

rita masse hood Vineta Lodge Died March 11, 2018 • Age 89

charles m. griffin Harmonia Lodge Died March 18, 2018 • Age 84

joann ruth hood Corpus Christi Lodge Died July 23, 2017 • Age 74

virgie l. knief Shiner Lodge Died Feb. 17, 2018 • Age 91

jimmy ray swanner Poth Lodge Died March 3, 2018 • Age 80

raymond e. dittmar Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died March 11, 2018 • Age 60

ronald august dietel New Braunfels Lodge Died March 21, 2018 • Age 69

shirley ann swan New Braunfels Lodge Died Aug. 19, 2017 • Age 82

ryan keith bonn Siemering Lodge Died Feb. 19, 2018 • Age 52

martha wallace Anton Wenzel Lodge Died March 4, 2018 • Age 80

stanley lee deitchle Pershing Lodge Died March 12, 2018 • Age 89

gladys b. kappmeyer Louise Schuetze Lodge Died March 23, 2018 • Age 91

sharon e. compton Kerrville Lodge Died Oct. 17, 2017 • Age 74

jewel h. koenig Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died Feb. 23, 2018 • Age 92

virginia jendrusch Mission-Alamo Lodge Died March 4, 2018 • Age 86

louis t. latham Fort Worth Lodge Died March 12, 2018 • Age 82

hermann c. scheef jr. Waco-Robinson Lodge Died March 23, 2018 • Age 90

patsy r. barrett Austin Lodge Died Nov. 26, 2017 • Age 77

maurice david west Harmonia Lodge Died Feb. 23, 2018 • Age 83

charles earl laue Harmonia Lodge Died March 4, 2018 • Age 101

sally rost Live Oak County Lodge Died March 13, 2018 • Age 57

dorothy ann oehler tietz Vineta Lodge Died March 25, 2018 • Age 74

annie laurie chiros Cuero Family Lodge Died Nov. 27, 2017 • Age 96

noland f. koepp Kypfer-Salge Lodge Died Feb. 23, 2018 • Age 91

arnold w. branecky Shiner Lodge Died March 5, 2018 • Age 81

waltraud arndt Kypfer-Salge Lodge Died March 13, 2018 • Age 76

john m. wehby Taylor Lodge Died March 26, 2018 • Age 94

otto c. karnstadt Fredericksburg Lodge Died Dec. 9, 2017 • Age 85

howard w. luensmann Seguin Lodge Died Feb. 24, 2018 • Age 82

la verne herrington Plum Lodge Died March 6, 2018 • Age 80

lorine meta schmidt Prinz Solms Lodge Died March 14, 2018 • Age 92

clayton roy marx La Vernia Lodge Died March 27, 2018 • Age 36

john paul urban New Bielau Lodge Died Dec. 20, 2017 • Age 75

james a. morin Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died Feb. 24, 2018 • Age 67

mary lois thibodeaux Brenham Lodge Died March 7, 2018 • Age 80

lawrence v. wenske Shiner Lodge Died March 15, 2018 • Age 86

greta dale davis Pershing Lodge Died March 27, 2018 • Age 91

vicki doerr fowler Vineta Lodge Died Jan. 1, 2018 • Age 67

barney fred meyer Gay Hill Lodge Died Feb. 24, 2018 • Age 74

dorothy v. mcginty Gonzales Lodge Died March 9, 2018 • Age 71

earl dean schaeper Waco-Robinson Lodge Died March 15, 2018 • Age 84

ferdinand j. burket jr. Jourdanton Lodge Died March 27, 2018 • Age 85

gerald m. gerlich Anton Wenzel Lodge Died Jan. 12, 2018 • Age 86

gordon v. oehler Kerrville Lodge Died Feb. 24, 2018 • Age 82

joseph a. wurz Harmonia Lodge Died March 9, 2018 • Age 64

vivian p. bryant Vineta Lodge Died March 16, 2018 • Age 91

leroy schmoekel Seguin Lodge Died March 28, 2018 • Age 87

robert schwarzkopf Seguin Lodge Died Jan. 25, 2018 • Age 94

laura ann merz Seguin Lodge Died Feb. 26, 2018 • Age 70

evelyn j. kinard Kirby Lodge Died March 9, 2018 • Age 91

loraine erler Karnes City Lodge Died March 16, 2018 • Age 95

donald w. theus Da Costa Lodge Died April 1, 2018 • Age 78

darlene e. manka Kirby Lodge Died Jan. 30, 2018 • Age 74

alverta m. felsing Stern Lodge Died Feb. 27, 2018 • Age 86

helen k. witte Hondo Victory Lodge Died March 9, 2018 • Age 84

irene faye streetman Hochheim-Prairie Lodge Died March 17, 2018 • Age 68

carl h. friesenhahn Harmonia Lodge Died April 4, 2018 • Age 53

e. schultze jr. Siemering Lodge Died Feb. 3, 2018 • Age 95

bruce j. duncan Harmonia Lodge Died Feb. 28, 2018 • Age 87

lloydell keilers Rutersville Lodge Died March 10, 2018 • Age 81

june s. urbanek Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died March 17, 2018 • Age 95

preston otis evans Spring Branch Lodge Died April 10, 2018 • Age 84

evelyn lydia ilse Ellinger Lodge Died Feb. 4, 2018 • Age 98

thomas winston lawhon Harmonia Lodge Died March 1, 2018 • Age 88

francis y. peskuric Gulf Lodge Died March 10, 2018 • Age 92

sonja bennett simon San Marcos Lodge Died March 17, 2018 • Age 79

john g. wagenfehr jr. Anton Wenzel Lodge Died April 11, 2018 • Age 88

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


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Retirement Home Residents celebrate birthdays COMFORT – Recent guests to the Retirement Home were Don and Leslie Clairemont, LaVonia, Mich., to visit Aunt Elsie Anderson; Bill Widner, Detroit, Mich., and Dana Widner, Boerne, to visit John and Helen Widner; William (Bill) and Kristina Schales, Deer Park; Neal and Nancy Hargrove, Kerrville; Eddie Holcomb, Kaufman; and Charlotte Hartley, Garland. Anglican Priest David Guthrie conducted monthly chapel service with Holy Communion on April 23. Resident Al Schroeder assisted with Holy Communion and resident Kathy Bender played the piano. Celebrating April birthdays with cake and ice cream for dessert at the noon meal on April 27 were Ross Murphy, Kathryn Raines, Billie DeSalme, Trudy Boring, Cheryll Cain and Vernell Homilius. – Helen Widner

published in 2015 in the journal Neurology found that people who eat healthy diets with lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish and little alcohol and red meat may be less likely to experience declines in their memory and thinking skills. Authored by Andrew Smyth of McMaster University in Ontario and the National University of Ireland in Galway, the study following more than

donald w. theus Donor: Da Costa Lodge georgianna mason Donor: Dallas Lodge edna yuvonne schwarz Donors: Jim & Terry Embry

On April 18, resident John Pirtle’s niece, Charlotte Hartley, left, and her friend, Eddie Holcomb, came to visit.

daisy george elizabeth broussard anita herbst Donor: Boerne Lodge ida mae henske loraine l. roeske mary lois thibodeaux Donors Brenham Lodge

Donations to the Retirement Home Scholarship Fund in Memory of: ronald august dietel Donor: New Braunfels Lodge

Donations to the Camp in Memory of: lloyDell keileRS kevin lynn SeiFeRt Donor: Rutersville Lodge evelyn e. obeRHoFF Donor: Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge

iDa Mae HenSke loRaine l. RoeSe MaRy loiS tHiboDeaux Donor: Brenham Lodge

Donations to the Grief Support Session in Memory of: Residents celebrating April birthdays included, from left, Vernell Homilius, Ross Murphy and Kathryn Raines.

Medical Notes cont’d. from Pg. 11

Donations Donations to the Retirement Home in Memory of:

27,000 people in 40 countries for an average of roughly five years. All participants were 55 and older and had diabetes or a history of heart disease, stroke or peripheral artery disease. Those who ate the healthiest diets were 24 percent less likely to experience cognitive decline than people with the least healthy diets. • Break things down. Breaking things down into small chunks also can help improve memory.

If tasked with remembering something extensive, such as a speech, focus on a single sentence at a time, only moving on to the next sentence when you’re confident you have successfully committed the preceding sentence to memory. Periodic memory lapses are often nothing to worry about. But men and women concerned about maintaining their memories can employ various strategies to do just that.

interested in living at the retirement home?

call 800-234-4124, ext. 257, and talk to member benefits coordinator cecily kelly!

SkeeteR WinkelMan Donors: Sam & Sandra Jones

hondo victory lodge also made a donation to the grief support session.

Ray HilDebRanD Donor: Suzanne Hildebrand

Donors to “Hugs From Home” RoSie FRanklin JaniCe Holley MyRtle kiRCHHoFF RoSS & betty MuRPHy GeRRy PeyRonel

HaRvey teGtMeyeR JoHn & Helen WiDneR Wayne & Janilla kilboRn JoyCe libeRato HonDo viCtoRy loDGe

donations to the camp grief support session and “hugs from home” can be sent to: Hermann Sons Life Home Office P.O. Box 1941 San Antonio, TX 78297-1941 Attn: Member Benefits Department

memorial donations can be sent to: Hermann Sons Life Home Office P.O. Box 1941 San Antonio, TX 78297-1941 Attn: Memorial Donations


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Youth in Action

Dance registration for 2018-2019 begins in June By CeCily Kelly Member Benefits Coordinator As recitals come to an end, the Member Benefits Department is gearing up for registration for the 2018-2019 season. In midJune, registration flyers will be sent to all households with eligible members ages 3-17 as of Sept. 1, 2018. 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.

By starting registration in June, parents have all summer to register their dancer or dancers. This gives parents a chance to space out their registrations if they have multiple dancers. Classes will begin after Sept. 1 and registration will remain open until Oct. 1. For the 2018-2019 dance season there will be a change in the way schools of dance are operated. In the past, each school of dance had a Parents’ Club that was lead by four elected officers. Going forward all schools

of dance will be run by the dance instructor and one parent volunteer of the instructor’s choosing. This parent volunteer will be known as the parent liaison. The instructor and parent liaison will be responsible for the dayto-day duties needed to keep the school of dance running smoothly. Parents will still be asked to help by volunteering for committees such as fund-raising, recital, parade, etc. And parent monitors will still be needed in every class.

When making this and any change we always look at ways to make our Member Benefits better. With children being as busy as they are and parents working more, we wanted to make it easier for parents to volunteer for dance class opportunities that require less of their time. I am a working mom so volunteering for something that requires a time commitment of 9-12 months of the year is impossible. But if asked to do something that required a week or two of my time, I am more

likely to fit that into my schedule. Each parent volunteer will need to pass a yearly background check. This form will be available on the online dance registration form. The Member Benefits staff is dedicated to keeping our benefits the best available. If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, call Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are looking forward to a successful 2018-2019 dance season.

Hochheim-Prairie School of Dance holds annual recital in May

The Hochheim-Prairie School of Dance included this group of young dancers this year. They are, back, from left, Brielle Johnson, Khloe Rodriguez, Alexis Lamson, middle, from left, Sophia Barcenas, Ellison Picha, Faith Boysen, Taylor Rudolph, front, from left, Gemma Stubbs, Ellisyn Handley, Maryn Alvarez and Addison Caka. The theme for this year’s recital was “Dance Diva – Let Your Light Shine.”

Group 2 from the Hochheim-Prairie School of Dance included, back, from left, Paisley Todd, Kendyl Boehm, Ellye Gordon, Autumn Hights, middle, from left, Emerie Stubbs, Jael West, Ainsley Shimek, front, from left, Jade Manning and Reese Blaschke. Megan Weghorst is the instructor.

The Hochheim-Prairie School of Dance held its annual recital on May 12 in the Yoakum High School Auditorium. The dancers included, back, from left, Alyssa Dominguez, Jiselle Pere, Jana Justiss, front, from left, Rilynn Mayer, Faith Wenske, Patricia Price, Abeigh Dicke, and, not pictured, Karlee Frazer, Baylee Johnson and Mia Vaughn.

2018 Dance Recital Dates School of Dance

Date

Corpus Christi June 2 Hill Country June 2 Hill Country June 2 Hondo May 26 La Vernia June 2 Lee County May 26 North West Bexar Co. June 2 San Antonio June 9 Stockdale May 26

Time

Place

Address

5 p.m. 10 a.m. 12 Noon 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 3 p.m. 6 p.m. 4 p.m. 5 p.m.

Tuloso-Midway High School, 2653 McKinzie Rd., Corpus Christi Smithson Valley High School, 14001 Hwy. 46 West, Spring Branch Smithson Valley High School, 14001 Hwy. 46 West, Spring Branch Medina Valley Performing Arts Center, 8365 FM 471 South, Castroville La Vernia High School Auditorium, 225 Bluebonnet Rd., La Vernia Giddings Youth Center, 1010 E. Industry St., Giddings Edgewood Theatre of Performing Arts, 402 Lance St., San Antonio Antonian High School, 6425 West Ave., San Antonio Stockdale High School Auditorium, 502 S. Fourth St., Stockdale


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Youth in Action Former campers receive awards Executive Camp Director and Scholarship Fund Chairman Katie Miller, on the left in both photos, recently presented the Hermann Sons Youth CampShannon Leigh Gaffney Scholarship to two of this year’s recipients. LEFT - Sarah Brendel, a senior at Pleasanton High School and member of Jourdanton Lodge, received her schoalrship at the lodge gathering on Thursday, May 10. The scholarship will aid Sarah in her studies this fall at Texas A&M University. RIGHT - Lindee Fiedler was presented her scholarship at the Comfort Lodge meeting on Monday, May 14. Lindee will use the $1,000 toward her studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio this fall where she will be pursuing a degree in actuary science.

Scholarship recipients share their college plans Cont’d. from Pg. 1 Lauren Floores is the daughter of Richard and Rosemary Floores of La Vernia. She is graduating from La Vernia High School. She attended Hermann Sons Life Camp for five years as a camper and three years as a counselor-in-training and counselor. She also took part in the Dance Program for three years. She plans to attend the University of Texas at San Antonio where she will major in nursing. In her essay, Lauren wrote, “Each experience I had through Hermann Sons Life was a positive one. Dance taught me confidence, organization and grace, while Camp taught me self-love, leadership and independence. I am still involved at Camp as a counselor. Being able to impact the lives of campers and make their time at Hermann Sons Life Camp memorable is the most rewarding thing I have done. Every benefit provided through Hermann Sons Life provides unique memories, skills and friendships that last throughout

one’s lifetime. All of this is why the name fits so well – Hermann Sons Life is with you and for you throughout life.” Lauren Carranco is the daughter of Angelo and Nancy Carranco of New Braunfels. She will graduate from New Braunfels High School. She attended Hermann Sons Life Camp. She plans to attend Texas Tech University where she will study nursing. In her essay, Lauren wrote, “As a camper, you get to meet people from all over the state of Texas. Each girl has a different story that makes her unique. With everyone having different talents, interests and strengths, it’s what made Camp special and taught me how to deal with certain scenarios in the outside world. At Camp, we were taught to respect and never judge, no matter the case. Without my Camp experience, I wouldn’t have learned the many social, life and leadership skills that Camp taught me.” Zoey Caldwell is the daughter of Caroline Caldwell of San Antonio. She is graduating from

Brandeis High School. She has been a student in the Dance Program for 15 years. She attended Hermann Sons Life Camp for five years as a camper and two years as a counselor-in-training. She was a junior counselor for one year and will be a counselor this summer. She plans to attend Texas State University where she will major in biology. She plans to pursue a career in anesthesiology. In her essay, Zoey wrote, “Camp not only provided me with a safe place to escape to for a week every summer, but I have made numerous lifelong friendships through Hermann Sons Life Camp. I grew a love for helping others, as I made sure every camper was included in activities as a camper. As a child, the atmosphere at Camp had such a positive impact on me, I decided I wanted to make this impact on campers one day as well. Being a part of Hermann Sons Life for 15 years has made me responsible, joyful and driven to help others and I could not be more grateful for that.” Meg Ann Kosub is the daugh-

ter of Tommy and Judi Kosub. She is graduating from East Central High School. She was a student in the Dance Program for four years and attended Hermann Sons Life Camp for one year. She plans to attend the University of the Incarnate Word where she will study nursing. In her essay, Meg wrote, “To me, Hermann Sons Life has come to mean family, traditions and a support system. It means people who care about you unconditionally, support you and are there for you through the good times and the bad. I come from a small Polish community where everyone knows each other and strong work ethics are taught to youngsters. Hermann Sons Life fits my life so perfectly that it reinforced all the traditional values that were instilled in me growing up. The traditions that I have experienced are ones that I want to pass down to my own children one day. So, when asked what Hermann Sons Life means to me, I think of Hermann Sons Life as coming home.”

Colton Krueger is the son of Dennis and Cassie Krueger of St. Hedwig. He attended Hermann Sons Life Camp and helps his mother, Cassie, in her role as a dance instructor for Hermann Sons Life. He plans to attend Sul Ross State University where he will study natural resource management as he pursues his goal to become a Texas game warden. In his essay, Colton wrote, “Attending Camp for five years taught me friendship. I made new friends each summer and was able to attend Camp with some of my hometown Hermann Sons Life friends. Exposure to the dance classes at a very young age, with my mother who has taught for many years, taught me loyalty. Lastly, belonging to a lodge with active members and contributing to the community is rewarding. Community involvement is part of Hermann Sons Life. In summary, friendships, loyalty and community participation through Hermann Sons Life has contributed to the individual I am today.”


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Camp Open House June 16 COMFORT – Join us for a fun day in Comfort on Saturday, June 16! The Hermann Sons Life Camp Riverside and Hilltop sites will be hosting an Open House from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to this event to tour the facilities, talk with Camp staff members, have lunch and take part in activities. Swimming will be one of the activities offered. The Challenge Course also will be open to interested individuals wearing sneakers. Open House is entertaining for the entire family. Many children

like to bring their friends. Campers not yet old enough to attend Camp are especially encouraged to attend Open House so they can begin exploring and learning about Camp. Lunch will be available at both sites from approximately 11 a.m.1:30 p.m. There is no charge to enjoy the sandwich bar. While visiting, be sure to meet the Camp directors! Katie Miller will be back for her 11th summer on staff and her third as the executive director. Riverside Camp Director Kelly “Knee Slapper” Harris will be back for her sixth

summer on staff and Riverside Assistant Camp Director Vicky “Tricky” Chavez will be back for her fifth summer on staff. Returning for his 12th summer on staff as the Hilltop Camp director is Hunter “Papa Bear” Miller and Cole “E-Loc” Bendele will be returning for his fourth summer on staff as the Hilltop assistant camp director. Even if you have attended Open House before, you’re welcome to come again. There is no need to RSVP – participants come and go as they please. Call 830-995-3223 for more information.

Riverside Camp Director Kelly “Knee Slapper” Harris, from left, Executive Camp Director Katie Miller and Hilltop Camp Director Hunter “Papa Bear” Miller are looking forward to a great summer at Hermann Sons Life Camp in 2018.

Bandera County awards camperships

Luling School of Dance holds recital The Luling School of Dance held its annual dance recital May 5 at the Luling High School Fine Arts Building. Members of Maxwell Lodge attended the recital in support of the school of dance that the lodge sponsors.

Puzzle answers for Pg. 40

Across 5. Football 6. Male 7. Tie 9. Child 10. Hugs 11. Barbecuing

Down 1. Grandpa 2. Tools 3. Camping 4. Fishing 8. June 9. Car

Bandera County Lodge has awarded camperships to three of its junior members. They are, from left, Gavin Garcia, Ryleigh Laine and Tru Davis.

To ‘Mix & Match’ theme

Ganado School of Dance holds recital GANADO – “Mix & Match” was the theme of the recital presented by the Ganado School of Dance on April 21. The Ganado High School Auditorium was at near capacity to watch 52 girls perform. Kaila and Kelsy Spiller were the instructors. Agent Sam Matlock welcomed the crowd and briefly explained what Hermann Sons Life is all about. He also intro-

duced James and Janice Fait, lodge officers. Routines were performed to such favorites as “Respect,” “Happy Days,” “We Will Rock You” and “Eye of the Tiger.” Charlie Hardwick, Cameron Alvarez, Danielle Perez and Mariela Brito performed solo routines. After the finale, all dancers were recognized and presented

a gift. Parents’ Club officers for 20172018 were president, Brooke Belicek; vice president, Kristi Garza; secretary, Valarie Garcia; and treasurer, Janae Gonzalez. The lodge paid the rental fee for the auditorium. Sam Matlock may be reached at 361-782-3206 to learn more about becoming a member of Hermann Sons Life.


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Join Hands Day 2018

ANTON WENZEL – Members of Anton Wenzel Lodge hosted a games party for the residents at St. Francis Nursing Home on Sunday, May 6. Volunteering that day were Elizabeth Dorrell, Paula Reid, Edward Reid, Joseph Figo and Edward Elizondo. The residents played games for cash prizes. Afterwards, they were served angel food cake, ice cream and ginger ale. McGREGOR - Members of McGregor Lodge donated food to the McGregor Food Pantry. Pictured with the donations are, from left, Karen Rice, Janet Schmalriede, Betty Johnson, Regenia Arseneaux (in the car), Doris Mooney, kneeling, Leona Hendrickson and El Nora Lawton.

CORPUS CHRISTI – Members of Corpus Christi Lodge volunteered with the local Miracle League baseball program. DACOSTA LODGE – DaCosta Lodge President Geraldine Venglar, right, presents a donation to Jennifer Matula, a member of the Friends of William Wood organization. The organization stages an annual fund-raiser to help defray expenses and maintenance of the Wood Hi Community Center. Several members of the lodge were involved in the preparation of the meal for the fund-raiser.

VINETA LODGE – Members of Vineta Lodge donated clothing to the Children’s Shelter. This will be ongoing project for the lodge for the remainder of the year. FORT WORTH – On behalf of Fort Worth Lodge, Robert Balmos presents a check to Dawn Chapman from the Humane Society of North Texas. Besides the monetary donation, members of the lodge donated items that the shelter needs.


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LOCKHART – Lockhart Lodge President Ann Schroeder presents a check to Severo Castillo, manager of the Lockhart Area Senior Citizens Center.

RUTERSVILLE – Rutersville Lodge made a $200 donation to the AMEN food pantry in La Grange. Pictured with lodge President Sherry Noak, center, are St. James Episcopal Church members, from left, Tom Tracy, Mike Turner, Martha Hamel and Mary Dawson.

FREDERICKSBURG – Fredericksburg Lodge supported the local Relay for Life sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Pictured with Chris Ayala, center, the local coordinator, are, from left, Irene Grossenbacher, Dolores Staudt, Windy Duecker, Hans Enderlin, Margaret Priess, Elgin Tatsch, Edgar Priess, Geneva Tatsch and Katherine Cornehl. Not pictured are Donna and Dennis Henke, Christina Weinheimer and Marissa Weinheimer. Lodge representatives staffed the silent auction table at the event that was held inside the “old gym” because of bad weather.

Margaret Priess accepts a $200 donation from Hans Enderlin, president of Fredericksburg Lodge, on behalf of the American Cancer Society. The donation was part of the lodge’s Join Hands Day project in support of the local Relay for Life event.

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LOUISE SCHUETZE – Louise Schuetze Lodge Secretary Jo Ann Massengale is pictured with the donations lodge members made to the Saving Grace dog rescue program.

Louise Schuetze Lodge Secretary Jo Ann Massengale delivered food to the food pantry at the Little Church of La Villita on behalf of the lodge. Helping with the food delivery but not pictured was Janet Abell.


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Join Hands Day project helps Workman family Cont’d. from Pg. 1 Kris was hospitalized for two weeks at San Antonio Military Medical Center and two more weeks at University Hospital in San Antonio where he still undergoes therapy. The bullet that left him paralyzed remains lodged in his back, according to Natalie. Kris is an active member of the Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. “He was extremely active in the church,” Natalie said. “He has been a worship leader for many years.” Natalie said God did intervene in many ways that fateful day in Sutherland Springs, about 30 miles east of San Antonio. On any other Sunday, Kris would have been accompanied at church by wife Colbey and 3-year-old daughter Eevee. That particular day Natalie said Eevee was out of sorts and Colbey thought it would be better to stay home with her. Kris went on to church without them. “They were not there that day,” Natalie said. “That was an act of God.” As worship leader, Kris was in the front of the church when the gunman entered. Kris’ mother, Julie, was close by. They hit the floor and tried to hide under a pew as the gunman approached and fired. Kris was shot twice and Julie suffered shrapnel wounds. Natalie said those were the last two bullets the gunman fired before exiting the church to reload but a nearby resident intervened stopping the gunman from re-entering the church. When Julie, a surgical nurse, realized it was over, “she went into nurse mode.” “She saved about eight people that day,” Natalie said. Kris never lost consciousness and told his mother he could not feel his legs. Because Kris and Colbey live in a trailer home in Adkins, Natalie said the family stayed with her while their home was made wheelchair-accessible. H-E-B funded the remodeling project

Members of Mission-Alamo Lodge and Lone Oak Lodge grill the hamburgers.

Members of the San Antonio Young Marines helped serve burgers at the event. for the Workmans. Natalie said the young family had planned on building a home on their property in the future but since the trailer is so small and not accommodating to Kris’ wheelchair, they need to build as soon as possible. Natalie says Kris has had a positive attitude since day one. “He’s absolutely amazing,” she said of her grandson. “He says God saved me for a reason – I have a story to tell.” “He’s such a faith-filled man,” Natalie said. “And his wife is the same way. He says his legs are a small price to pay for his life.” “He’s so positive that it lifts me,” Natalie said. “He has made me a stronger person with his attitude and how he’s handling all of this. He’s an inspiration to me and others.” Natalie is quick to point out

that Kris has had wonderful support from his family, the community and from those they don’t even know.

“He’s absolutely amazing....He says God saved me for a reason - I have a story to tell.” – Natalie Rivas “So many have come out to help him,” she said. “We’re not alone in this. There are so many wonderful people out there. We’re very grateful.” Natalie said when she heard of the hamburger benefit for Kris

Several San Antonio TV stations covered the fund-raiser including KENS 5, Spectrum News and News 4 . Cecily Kelly, Lone Oak Lodge financial secretary and Member Benefits Coordinator for Hermann Sons Life, was interviewed during the event.

Pictured at the Hamburger Dinner Fund-raiser with Natalie and Tony Rivas, back, grandparents of Kris Workman, are Mission-Alamo Lodge members Bernice and Lee Vogel, on right, and Suzanne HIldebrand, left, also a member of the board of directors for Hermann Sons Life. she was “blown away.” Natalie said she has been a member of Hermann Sons Life her whole life and so are her children, grandchildren and even her 6-month old great-granddaughter. “I’m just thrilled to death Hermann Sons Life is lending a helping hand,” she said. “It’s amazing.” In addition to a new home, Kris is in need of a handicapped-accessible vehicle. “He really wants his independence,” she said. “He doesn’t want to have to rely on anyone or have anyone see him as an invalid.” A racecar driver, Kris says he wants to race again as well, and he will his grandmother said. Kris has returned to his job at

Rackspace where he has been employed nine years and is back at church serving as worship leader. “He’s learning to live life out of a wheelchair,” she said. “And he’s very positive about that.” Natalie said the entire community is now moving forward and will not let this tragedy stop them. Work on a new church is under way. “It’s a very tight knit community and now the members are even closer,” she said. “Kris says the shooter was the devil that day and we’re not going to let the devil win – we will move forward and be happy again.” – Elaine Soto Assistant Communications Director


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Comfort to sponsor eight children for Grief Support Session Comfort Lodge joined hands with Comfort High School Athletics on Saturday, March 24, to host a golf tournament to support the Grief Support Session at Hermann Sons Life Camp this summer. A total of $4,000 was raised during the tournament including a donation from Comfort Lodge. With that money the lodge will be able to sponsor eight children to attend the Grief Support Session. Comfort Lodge members are proud for the Grief Support Session to be held in Comfort at Hermann Sons Life Camp. The Grief Support Session is for children ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the loss of a parent or sibling. This will be the second year for the session. During a half-week session, July 8-11, campers will work with volunteers who are trained in grief support services and will lead their healing circles. Campers will also experience traditional camp activities with other children who also have suffered losses. Many believe that children who attend a

Special thanks go to all of the prize donors and hole sponsors:

The first place team included Max Below, Cooper New, Don Biermann and Anthony Haberman. Cooper New also had the longest drive for the men. camp session like this can progress much faster than they do in an office setting where treatment may never be completed. Numerous Comfort Lodge members volunteered before and during the event. Whether promoting the event, stuffing goodie bags, seeking prize donors or baking cookies for the awards lunch, Comfort Lodge members were excited about the beneficiaries of this project and were eager to help. Coach Zac Bragg and several of the

The second place team included Brandon Cernosek, Aaron Guzman, Mario Martinez and Leo Guzman.

Comfort High School golf team members volunteered at the event. Following the completion of golf, participants and volunteers gathered in the banquet room where a lunch and program took place. Executive Camp Director Katie Miller spoke about the Grief Support Session and Comfort Lodge President Connie Spenrath spoke about Comfort Lodge and all of the good that it does for the community.

Gibson’s Discount Center Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club Kendra Scott Bending Branch Winery Kuhlman Cellars William Chris Vineyards Lost Draw Cellars James Avery Artisan Jewelry You Name It Specialties Vineyard Photography Guenther House SERVPro of The Hill Country Santikos Entertainment The Wash Tub Car Wash Buckhorn Golf Course Bill Miller Bar-B-Q Painting with a Twist San Antonio – Artisan’s Alley Judge Daphne Previti Austin Gary and Barb Lindner Buddy and Elizabeth Preuss Connie and David Spenrath Jennifer and Brandon Cernosek Katie and Hunter Miller Norma and Dusty Bruns Max Below To make a donation to the Camp Grief Support Session, go to www.texashermannsonslife.org/donate.

Playing on the third place team were Tom Bibb, Greg Brunsman and Zac Brunsman. Alphonso Smith, Hermann Sons Life Home Office Controller Mary Pruitt, Taylor Haile and David Alvarez played in the tournament. Home Office Vice President of Finance Harry Werland sponsored this team.

Some of the Comfort Lodge volunteers were, seated, from left, Financial Secretary Bobbye Burow, President Connie Spenrath, Trustee David Spenrath, standing from left Kevin Klohn, Vice President Jennifer Cernosek, Joellen Klohn, Hunter Miller, Youth and Communications Coordinator Katie Miller, Community Service Coordinator Tammy Aldrich, Membership Coordinator Norma Bruns, Corresponding Secretary Kristen Vineyard, Makayla Aldrich and Stephanie Preuss.

Gabby Spenrath had the longest drive among the female golfers.

High school volunteers included Makayla Aldrich, Brinn Crawford, Keegan Crawford, Tyler Aldrich and Gage Lott. They are pictured with Coach Zac Bragg, far right.


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Join Hands Day 2018

BELLVILLE – Bellville Lodge delivered goody baskets to three groups of law enforcement personnel. Robert Herridge and Herbert Schumann delivered the baskets to the Austin County Sheriff’s Department, the Bellville Police Department and the Bellville Courthouse.

RICHLAND – Richland Lodge joined hands with the Cele 4-H Club to place red rose bouquets and American flags on the graves in the St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery. This is the fourth straight the two groups have worked together on a project. A team of 50 members placed approximately 250 red rose bouquets on graves dating from the 1800s to 1961. Veterans also received an American flag.

MOULTON – Moulton Lodge joined hands with the BETA Club of Moulton High School and prepared gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week. Pictured are, from left, Baily Bohuslav, David Harris, lodge Vice President Kathy Koch, Noah Bartos and Brooke Braeuer. These four seniors are members of the 40-member BETA Club.


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Members of La Vernia Lodge cleaned up Kicaster Cemetery on May 5. Eleven members and guests trimmed trees and remodeled the pavilion. The work crew replaced damaged boards and disposed of dilapidated tables and benches. Pictured are, from left, President Charles Stork, Candy Stork, Past President Emmett Stork, Tim Brooks, Clayton Brooks, Youth Coordinator Beth Brooks and Rebecca Reeves.

LA VERNIA – La Vernia Lodge joined hands with Thrivent Financial to clean up the Kicaster Cemetery. Pictured are President Charles Stork, from left, Clayton Brooks, Tim Brooks and Youth Coordinator Beth Brooks.

GULF – Gulf Lodge members volunteered at the Area 22 Gulf Coast Special Olympics Spring Games at Dickinson High School. Members volunteered at the field events awards tent from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon. The lodge also planned to take part in the Feed Galveston Event at the Lutheran Church in Galveston on May 26.


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Join Hands Day 2018

GIDDINGS – Giddings Lodge members met at the Lee County Youth Center and made Mother’s Day cards for nursing home residents and three other homes called Bec’s Blessing. Pat Abell, Cecilia Martinez and 21 students made cards. Youth from the First Assembly of God Church also helped make cards and delivered all of them on Mother’s Day afternoon.

SAN MARCOS – For the second year in a row, San Marcos Lodge put together bags of supplies for children who will be attending the Grief Support Session at Hermann Sons Life Camp this summer. Pictured filling the care bags are, from left, Janet Magin, Ken Cargil, Janice Kuhen, Peggy Meiners, Janet Boehringer, Mary Jane Smith, Mary Lou and Billy Preuss and Lillian Cargil.

Preparing note cards for the care bags put together by San Marcos Lodge are Freddie Dreibrodt, left, and Bob Robbins.

Billy and Mary Lou Preuss load the bags put together by San Marcos Lodge for delivery to Hermann Sons Life Camp.

Preparing items to be placed in the bags put together by San Marcos Lodge are, from left, Peggy Meiners, Mary Jane Smith, Bruce Moreau, Evelyn Moreau and Janet Magin.


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Vineta will hold scholarship fund-raiser July 18 SAN ANTONIO – Vineta Lodge will hold its annual scholarship fund-raiser on 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 210-6025147. The lodge’s scholarship recipients for 2018 are Hannah Jordan and Elaine Unger. Hannah is studying music at Texas Lutheran University. She is the daughter of Debbie and Don Jordan. Elaine is studying music at Texas Tech University. She is the daughter of Annette and Ralph Unger. A salad potluck meal will be part of the June 7 meeting. Members are asked to bring a salad or dessert of their choice. A social will be held June 20 starting at 10:30 a.m. Members will play games and be served a surprise lunch by Irene Kace. At the social in April Frances Sultenfuss’ grandson Khris Dysart furnished the meal in honor of Frances’ birthday. Thanks go to Khris for the great food and to Keagan Dysart, Frances’ great- grandson, for his help. Members enjoyed dinner

Vineta members Yvonne Anderson, from left, and Janelle Harshaw celebrated birthdays in May. President Debbie Jordan presented them with a gift from the lodge. Hannah Jordan

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from Little Italy in May in honor of Mother’s Day. Thanks go to Beth Byron for bringing the food from Little Italy. Cake was served for dessert. All the mothers received a red rose. Thanks go to everyone who brought clothes for the Children’s Shelter in observance of Join Hands Day. The lodge will continue to collect clothes throughout the year for the shelter. Members will be crocheting blankets for the neonatal intensive care unit at a hospital

as part of a project by Maggie McQuire for her Girl Scout Gold Award. The blankets will be given to Maggie at the July 5 meeting. Beth Byron will be giving a lesson at 9:30 a.m. before the social on June 20. Jada Adamson Elliott was welcomed as a new junior member. Split-the-pot winner was Ron Holliday. Attendance award winners were Darlene Ackerman, Janelle Harshaw, Ron Bara and Frances Bara. – Reporter

Frances Sultenfuss celebrated her birthday at the April Vineta Lodge meeting. The meal was prepared by her grandson, Khris Dysart, right, and great-grandson, Keagan Dysart, left.

Brenham will hold drive-through dinner June 24 BRENHAM – Brenham Lodge will hold a drive-through chicken and sausage supper on June 24 at the lodge hall. For tickets, contact Joyce Marburger at 979-836-0689. Plans are under way for a steak and sausage supper with a dance for the summer. At the April meeting, it was announced Hillboldt Lodge has merged with Brenham Lodge. Seth Diggs will represent the lodge at American Legion Boys State. Special Representative Gary Falkenberg spoke on the importance of life insurance for youth and encouraged everyone to recommend new members. The Cheer Committee mailed

a get-well card to Dorothy Borchgardt. A sympathy card was sent to Charles and Janelle Dierking following the passing of their niece, Cherry Wright. Betty Schramm was in attendance and thanked members for remembering her following her fall. Edward and Mamie Lorenz have now moved to Kruse Village. Thank-you notes were read from the families of Ben Hajovsky and Billie Ferguson for the memorial donations made in their memory. Members enjoyed a meal of spaghetti, beans, beets and more prepared by Nina Runge and Shirley Ganske. – Reporter

Celebrating birthdays in April from Brenham Lodge were, from left, Jack Schramm, Betty Schramm and Dorothy Hahn, who is now a young 94.

Richard and Pearlie Hanath from Brenham Lodge recently celebrated 58 years of marriage.


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Comfort to hold new member event this summer COMFORT – Comfort Lodge will meet Monday, June 11, at the VFW Hall in Comfort. Social hour and games will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed with a meal and meeting at 6 p.m. Members are asked to bring a salad to share. At the meeting, members will discuss plans for the joint new member event the lodge is co-hosting on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Hilltop Camp. The lodge held its annual picnic at the Retirement Home on Monday, May 14. Members enjoyed a sandwich supper and socializing with the Home’s residents. Two of the lodge’s members were awarded scholarships during the meeting. Lindee Fiedler was presented with the Camp-Shannon Leigh Gaffney Scholarship. Lindee was one of three recipients in the state and she will be able to use the $1,000 scholarship as she studies actuary science at the University of Texas at San Antonio in the fall. Morgan Stanton and Lindee were the recipients of the

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Executive Camp Director Katie Miller, left, accepts a $4,000 donation for the Grief Support Session that will be held at Hermann Sons Life Camp July 8-11. Presenting the check from Comfort Lodge are President Connie Spenrath, center, and Vice President Jennifer Cernosek. lodge’s scholarships. Morgan will be headed to Texas A&M University in the fall where she will be studying biomedical sciences. A check for $4,000 was presented to the Grief Support Session at Hermann Sons Life Camp on behalf of the lodge. The check represents the money raised during the lodge’s golf

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tournament held in March and donations made by the lodge and community members. The golf tournament was the lodge’s Join Hands Day project for 2018. Photos from the tournament can be found on Page 21 of this issue. The Comfort School of Dance held its recital May 19 at Comfort High School and the danc-

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Scholarship recipients Lindee Fiedler, left, and Morgan Stanton, right, are pictured with Comfort lodge President Connie Spenrath. The graduating seniors were honored at the lodge’s May meeting. ers did an excellent job. Thanks go to their teacher, Aimee Miller, the officers and many volunteers who helped make the recital and dance year a success. Information regarding dance registration for next year will be

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sent this summer. As always, for the most up to date and latest news for Comfort Lodge go to Facebook and search for Hermann Sons Life Comfort. – Reporter

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Giddings Lodge will honor six scholarship recipients GIDDINGS – Giddings Lodge welcomed two new members at the April meeting held at Silo’s of 77. They are Phoebe Kovar and Daniel Perez. Six scholarships have been awarded and the recipients are Thomas Birnbaum, Damien De La Rosa, Sara Matejcek, Melissa Melendez, Erin Michael and

Eulalio Perez. Each student will receive $500 per semester for eight semesters for a total of $4,000. The lodge will honor the recipients and their families with a dinner at Silo’s of 77, 1031 CR 223, Giddings, on June 14. All members are invited to attend this meeting.

In observance of Join Hands Day, lodge members met at the Lee County Youth Center and made Mother’s Day cards for nursing home residents and three other homes called Bec’s Blessing. Pat Abell, Cecilia Martinez and 21 students made cards. Youth from the First Assem-

bly of God Church also helped make cards and delivered all of them on Mother’s Day afternoon. Birthday cards were sent to LaVerne Urban, Tootsie Tomanetz and Charley Akin. The $5 drawing winners were Olivia Mize, Loretta Chilek and LaVerne Urban. Pat Abell and

LaVerne Urban won garden tools. Members enjoyed a fried chicken dinner. Members are reminded that meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at Silo’s of 77 at 7 p.m. All members are welcome to attend. – Reporter


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Rutersville Fun Night June 23 RUTERSVILLE – Rutersville Lodge will hold Family Fun Night June 23 at 6 p.m. The lodge will provide fried fish and members are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. Members may also bring items for the silent auction if they wish to participate. The next regular meeting is scheduled for June 6 and the meal will be hot dogs. Members are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. At the May 2 meeting, members voted to observe Join

Hands Day by making a monetary donation to the AMEN food pantry. Agent Linda Mattocks told members to call her with any questions they may have concerning Hermann Sons Life. She may be reached at 512-736-9988. The lodge welcomed transfer member Gladys M. Dittrich. Get-well cards were sent to Elmond Baumbach, A.F. Seifert and Shirley Spacek. Sympathy cards were sent to the Weldon and Lee Ann

Hartmann family, A.F. Seifert, the Kathy and Peter Chovanec family and the Kevin Seifert family. Congratulations to Brandon and Britney Schielack on the birth of their daughter. Attendance-prize winners were Margie Svrcek, Linda Mattocks, Linda Wheeler, Albert Loehr and Delores Schmitt. Members enjoyed a meal of grilled hamburgers, homemade ice cream and side dishes and desserts. – Reporter

Celebrating special occasions at the May Rutersville Lodge meeting were, from left, Bob and Delores Schmitt, an anniversary, and Delores Bayer, a birthday.

Pershing Lodge will celebrate Father’s Day June 6 SAN ANTONIO – Pershing Lodge will meet June 6 in the Home Association meeting room beginning at 7 p.m. The lodge will furnish poor boy sandwiches, chips and a cake for the Father’s Day celebration. At the May meeting, six new members were welcomed. They are Matthew Brooks Schraub, Patricia C. Lane Plouch, Brody Michael Sova, Anahi Marie Gutierrez, Ronald Lee Plouch and Kristi Leigh Penna. President Beth Warne presented 50-year membership pins to Gary White, a member since Aug. 22, 1968, and Carolyn Worsham, a member since Sept. 22, 1968. Terri Armstrong reported that members will make an overnight trip to the Coushatta Casino on July 22. Cost will be $55 for members and $60 for

Pershing Lodge President Beth Warne, left, presents 50-year membership pins to Gary White and Carolyn Worsham during the May meeting.

Celebrating birthdays at the May meeting of Pershing Lodge were, from left, Kenneth Wallace, Dorothy Rechner and Carmen Zapata. All three went home with some birthday cash.

non-members. Call her at 210378-0319 to make a reservation. Chaplain Tony Valek reported on the passing of James Luther

Opiela was the winner of the split-the-pot drawing. Five names were drawn for the $220 Progressive Pot but Christopher McComb, Rachel D.

George. Prayers are needed for Flo Tripp and any others who are ill. Lillian Franckowiak won the $25 attendance prize and Betty

Jasso, Brianna Joy Neff, David Tyler Nordstrom and Paulette B. Palmieri were not present to claim the cash. – Dorothy Pawlik

Fort Worth to hold picnic, pin presentation June 10 FORT WORTH – Fort Worth Lodge will hold its annual picnic and pin presentation on Sunday, June 10, at Warren Park Pavilion, 301 SW Johnson Ave., Burleson. Activities will begin at 3 p.m. with a short meeting followed by pin presentations and hamburgers and hotdogs. Members are asked to bring desserts. Members are welcome to bring family and friends to the picnic. Thanks go to Robert and

Linda Balmos for being part of the team that delivered the lodge’s check and other items to the North Texas Humane Society. These items and cash donations help the shelter take care of more animals and to find homes for all of them. Thanks also to the members who donated items and those who participated. The Youth Committee reports they have received more orders for T-shirts for campers. Thanks

go to all the junior members for ordering shirts and for attending Camp. Campers are reminded that at the end of the summer, the lodge will randomly select the name of one camper who will receive a partial fee reimbursement. It’s not too late to send your order in to get a T-shirt for Camp and to get your name in the drawing. Milestone markers in May included Charline Bearden, Patricia Boerner, Margaret

Conditt, Carolyn Doyle and Betty McCoy. All of these ladies became members on May 5, 1948, making them 70-year members. Constance Johnsen will become a 70-year member on July 1. These ladies are welcome to attend the June picnic and receive their pins in person. Sympathy is extended to the family of Louis Latham. Louise joined the lodge in February of 1994. Condolences also are extend-

ed to the Fred Whitley family following the loss of his grandmother, Skeeter Winkelman. Happy 44th wedding anniversary wishes are extended to Ronnie and Marcia Walters. Happy Birthday wishes go out to Rylee Carter-Clanton, Virginia Crawford, Jarod Hanna, Valton Lewallen, Cecil McLaughlin, Jeremy Putman, Lucille Shelton, Marcia Walters, Bradley Whitley (who turns 16) and Fred Whitley. – Reporter


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Laubach Lodge presents award, to meet June 10 SEGUIN – Laubach Lodge President June Herzog presented the Humanitarian Award to Deanne Engelke at the meeting held March 11 at the Pecan Museum. The next quarterly meeting will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, June 10, in the Pecan Museum at the Red Barn. Meat will be provided and members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert and their own drinks. Members enjoyed a meal of ham with snacks, side dishes and desserts. – Reporter Deanne Engelke, left, accepts the Laubach Lodge Humanitarian Award from President June Herzog at the March meeting.

Laubach Lodge members Randy Herzog, June Herzog, Deanne Engelke and Dorothy Constable attended the statewide event held in March in Seguin.

Kypfer-Salge to serve burgers

Melvin Engler won the attendance prize and Gloria Boenig wore the most green at the March meeting of Laubach Lodge.

Laubach Lodge members Doris and Melvin Engler celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in March.

Houston Lodge will meet on June 11 HOUSTON – Houston Lodge will meet Monday, June 11. If you did not attend the May 14 meeting, call Secretary Catherine Manchack at 832-443-0469 for information on the location of this meeting. The lodge held its Pioneer/ Family Fun Day on April 8. After the social hour, members played games and took part in a cake walk. James and Darlene Ellison

prepared a meal of hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings. Count the candy jars were won by guest Jeffery Helberg, Doris Falkenberg, Gary Falkenberg and Darlene Ellison. Milton Fuchs, Diane Weikel (a two-time winner), Doris Falkenberg, James Ellison and a guest won the drawing prizes. Secretary Catherine Manchack showed everyone the

lodge’s new charter that has the Hermann Sons Life name on it. Members volunteered at the Houston Food Bank on May 5 in observance of Join Hands Day along with members of the SPJST Lodge 142 Youth Club. The lodge’s six volunteers included Pat Bushman, Lavina Patterson, Hannah Anderson, Catherine Manchack, Zoe Saxton and Cloe Carranza. – Reporter

Womack plans fund-raiser for fire department WOMACK – Womack Lodge will meet June 3 at 5 p.m. A covereddish meal will be served. Final plans for the fish fry on June 23 will be made so plan to attend. The fish fry at Womack Hall will benefit the Clifton Volunteer Fire Department. The fund-raiser is a Home Office matching funds event and tickets are $12. Lots of

help will be needed so members are asked to mark their calendars. At the May 6 meeting, members voted to paint the kitchen cabinets and bathrooms in the lodge hall. A new microwave will be purchased. James and Joyce Dreyer were thanked for mowing the lodge

property recently. It really spruced up the area around the hall. Beverly Rueter won the 50/50 drawing and John Reuter won the attendance prize. John and Beverly Rueter hosted the evening meeting that included a covered-dish meal. – Nadine Rueter

CLEAR SPRINGS – Kypfer-Salge Lodge will meet June 1. Dennis Koepp and Art Brinkkoeter will prepare the hamburgers. Celeste Salge is bringing the trimmings for the burgers and the buns. Members are asked to bring chips or something to go with burgers or a dessert. Darline Preiss prepared the spaghetti for the May 3 meeting. Members provided the side dishes and desserts. Welcomed as a new junior member was Kristopher Bayer. Nelrose Koepp reported sending a card to Carol Wetz, Sarah Saur and the family of Carolyn Brooks Holt. A moment of silence was observed in memory of those who had passed. Let Nelrose know if someone

is sick or has passed away so she can send a card. A thank-you was received for the donation to Any Baby Can. The monthly donation went to Communities in Schools. Each month the lodge makes a $50 donation to a local nonprofit organization. Donna Sureddin celebrates her birthday in May. Attendance prizes went to Nelrose Koepp, Oran Koepp, Dennis Koepp, Art Brinkkoeter and Darline Preiss. If you know someone who does not drive, offer to pick them up for a meeting. If you know someone who would like to join Hermann Sons Life or is thinking about joining, bring them to a meeting/social time. – Darline Preiss

Plum Lodge makes donation PLUM – Plum Lodge met April 9 at the Prairie Valley Schoolhouse. Bad weather kept the attendance down, but members in attendance enjoyed salads, sandwiches, chips and desserts. Members voted to make a $100 donation to the La Grange Meals on Wheels program in observance of Join Hands Day. Agent Linda Mattox talked about the Senior Adult Final Expense Plan for those between

the ages of 50 and 90. Membership Coordinator Genelda Stahmer reported sending a get-well card to Breanna Leonhardt. Jackie Wessels and Rose Hunger celebrated a birthday in April. Annie Cook, Willie Hunger, Jackie Wessels and Genelda Stahmer won the lodge’s door prizes. – Verlene R. Hobratschk


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Austin will present pins at Family Day on June 3 AUSTIN – Austin Lodge will hold its Family Day celebration on Sunday, June 3. The lodge will provide lunch starting at 1 p.m. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. Members are asked to bring a dessert. A representative from the Home Office will be on hand to present 60-year and 70-year membership pins. Orion Carter Camp and James Tiberius Camp were welcomed as new members at the May meeting. The Cheer Committee reported

sending a sympathy card to the family of Pauline Schilling. Pauline was a longtime member of Austin Lodge. Everyone was glad to see Margie Estes and Howard Anderson. Both had been ill for several months. Billie Harris received the attendance prize and Maurice Maluschka received the kitty. A meal of sandwiches, snacks and desserts was enjoyed after the meeting. – Reporter

Celebrating an April anniversary from Austin Lodge were Maurice and Mary Maluschka. They have been married 64 years. Mothers were honored at the May meeting of Austin Lodge. Gay Stark, Mary Maluschka, Katrina Spradling and Kimberly Lindsey won the Mother’s Day gifts.

Brunhilde Lodge members visit Home

Burton Lodge welcomes transfer members Burton Lodge welcomed two transfer members, Jean and Roy Dueitt, center, at a recent meeting. The Dueitts were longtime members of Houston Lodge but now live in Burton. They are pictured with, from left, Nina Dallmeyer and Doris Falkenberg, door prize winners at the meeting, and E.J. Muehlbrad, a lodge officer.

Bernardo to hold barbecue, summer social on June 9 BERNARDO – Bernardo Lodge will hold its annual barbecue and summer social on Saturday, June 9. The social hour will begin at 5 p.m. The meal will be served at 7 p.m. Members are asked to bring two side dishes to go with the barbecue. The lodge will also provide hot dogs for the children. Plans are being made for a local Boy Scout troop to come and present a Flag Day program. At the April meeting, members voted to donate $50 to each junior member of the lodge who is attending Hermann Sons Life Camp. Anyone interested in becom-

ing a member, including children ages 9-13 who want to attend Camp, should contact Agent Terrel Maertz or Agent Robin Maertz at 979-732-1727 or 979-732-1687. In observance of Join Hands Day, members voted to make a $50 donation to the food bank in Columbus. Members are reminded that regular meetings are held the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Bernardo Volunteer Fire Department. Happy Birthday was sung to Anita Zaskoda and Joe Trojacek. Emily Frank and Beatrice Hill won the door prizes. – Robin Maertz

SAN ANTONIO – Brunhilde Lodge members planned to visit the Retirement Home in Comfort on Sunday, May 20. During the April meeting, members discussed their individual volunteer projects. Some include volunteering at various churches, working at the Final Four basketball games and knitting cell phone bags for the elderly at a retirement center. President Patty Shaw suggested members consider volunteering at Haven for Hope. The mission of Haven for Hope is to provide, coordinate and deliver an efficient system of care for people experiencing homelessness in Bexar County. Volunteers always are needed for various activities, including arts and crafts. The meeting began with a meal featuring fried chicken. Agent Carol Krauss reported she had signed up one new member and one new social

Winners of door prizes at the April Brunhilde Lodge meeting were, back, from left, Patty Shaw, Shirley Griffin, Jackie Platts, Maria Pieske, Sharon Solanik, front, from left, Ruth Lampman, Else Gottschalk and Carol Krauss. member, her sister Shirley Griffin. Celebrating March birthdays were Roy Snyder and Sydney Shaw. Celebrating April birthdays were Else Gottschalk,

Anna Hartmann, Maria Pieske and Josh Platts. Else and Paul Gottschalk celebrated their anniversary in April. – Reporter

McGregor donates food items to pantry McGREGOR – McGregor Lodge will meet June 6 at 6 p.m. at The Coffee Shop. There will be no meeting in July. The Aug. 1 meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at The Coffee Shop. In observance of Join Hands Day, members brought donated food for the McGregor Food Pantry to the May 2 meeting. Congratulations are extended

to Carolyn Schwettmann Richardson on her 70th year of membership. She became a member on May 1, 1948. Get-well cards were mailed to Milton Schmalriede and Henry and Vivian Lange. Regenia Arseneaux gave a report on the “Leading With Heart” statewide event she attended in Seguin. 

Happy Anniversary bells ring out for Kerry and Regenia Arseneaux who celebrated their 33rd in May and to Jerome and Diane Weinstrom. President Doris Mooney presented each of the ladies and mothers in attendance with a gift in observance of Mother’s Day. – Reporter 


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Boerne hosts Hill Country Family Services speakers

BOERNE – Boerne Lodge will meet Friday, June 1, 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. Claudia Clark and Erin Ojeda were guest speakers at the May 4 meeting and spoke about Hill Country Family Services. This organization’s mission is to provide programs and services to improve the mental, physical and financial wellness of the individuals and families in Kendall County through counseling, food, clothing and emergency financial assistance. HCFS empowers its clients by assisting them in making healthy lifestyle choices and

provides a connection to other community services and resources. There are three main services that HCFS provides. One is a resale/retail shop and warehouse that serves two purposes. One is to provide clothing and household items to families in need, and the other is  to conduct retail sales to fund client programs. The second service is to offer a Corner Cupboard that helps provides nutritious food each month to individuals in need and the third is counseling for individuals or families who are experiencing a crisis in their life. Members donated non-perishable food, clothing and other items to Hill Country Family

Services in observance of Join Hands Day and also presented a monetary donation to the two representatives. Three new junior members were welcomed into the lodge. They are Catalina Martinez, Avery Perez and Maygan Munoz. Correspondence was read from the Home Office thanking the lodge for the memorial donations made to the Retirement Home. A letter of thanks was sent to Dr. Monica McCrary and her staff for their recent presentation on skin cancer and prevention. Congratulations go to Kathy and Bobby Kunz who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 25. In honor of Mother’s Day, all

Erin Ojeda and Claudia Clark from Hill Country Family Services were the guest speakers at the May meeting of Boerne Lodge. ladies present were given a free meal ticket to the Rainbow Senior Center for future use.

Elizabeth Markell was the winner of the door prize.  – Barbara D’Spain

DaCosta Lodge awards scholarship

Pearl Barnard, right, president of Paul Vogt Lodge, presents the lodge’s 2018 scholarships to Rebecca Bernhard and Dalton Zoeller.

Paul Vogt awards scholarships VAN RAUB – Paul Vogt Lodge has selected its scholarship recipients for 2018. Rebecca Bernhard and Dalton Zoeller are both members of Paul Vogt Lodge and are graduating from Boerne High School.

Rebecca will attend Texas Tech University in Lubbock where she will study physical/ speech therapy. Dalton has been accepted to Texas A&M where he will study agricultural business.   – Reporter

Coupland Lodge to meet June 3 COUPLAND – Coupland Lodge will meet Sunday, June 3, at 2 p.m. at the Coupland Fire Station. Everyone is asked to bring finger foods.

After the meeting, activities will include games, refreshments and fellowship. All members are encouraged to attend. – Reporter

DACOSTA – DaCosta Lodge will meet July 10 at 6 p.m. The lodge’s Summer Family Social is scheduled for Aug. 12. More details are forthcoming. The lodge’s 2018 scholarship recipient is Megan Kate Beard. Megan is a 2018 graduate of Victoria East High School. Megan is a lifetime member. She has served as president and vice president of the DaCosta Youth Chapter. She attended camp for five years and danced for one year. Megan will be graduating cum laude and has a long list of achievements. She is a member and currently serving as president of the National Honor Society. She is a member of the Wood Hi

4-H Club where she has held several positions over the years and is currently serving as president. She is a member of the Rotary Youth Club, an AP Scholar and a member of the Gen TX Leaders. She was a TPSP District finalist and a part of the Government in Action Youth Tour. She also is active in the community and with church events, always volunteering her time to serve others. She was selected by Victoria Electric Coop for the Washington, D.C. Youth Tour in the summer of 2017 and helped with the zoo cleanup after Hurricane Harvey. She also has received the Victoria County Go Texan Scholarship,

Megan Kate Beard Randall Lau Memorial Scholarship and Dace Brandt Memorial Scholarship. Megan wants to become a pharmacist. – Reporter

Dallas Lodge pioneer earns 70-year pin DALLAS – Dallas Lodge will meet July 22 at the hall. All members are encouraged to attend. The lodge did not meet in April. Congratulations are extended to James Garretson who became a 70-year member on June 8. He lives in Dallas. The Home Association reports that April was a good month financially because of increased revenue. The Finance Committee has prioritized the association’s debts and is systematically paying them down.

Repairs at the hall include plumbing, neon sign, front outside and roof leaks. Preparations continue for the reopening of the Old Bowling Alley bar including moving bar equipment between bars and electrical and plumbing changes. The installation of the new fire alarm system has begun. This was required by the Dallas Fire Department. This work will be completed within the next couple of months. Work continues to get the kitchen ready for regular service. A

restaurateur may be able to help. Bratwurst will be on the menu. There are some new draft beers and craft beers being offered in the main bar. Lyn Bossange, publicity chair, reminds everyone that the Home Association has a newsletter that features news from both lodges and Home Association news and meeting minutes. To receive the newsletter, email your address to newsletter@sonofhermannhall.com. – Reporter


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Cibolo to celebrate Father’s Day with dinner June 7 CIBOLO – Cibolo Lodge will celebrate Father’s Day with a brisket dinner during the meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 7, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1129 Pat Booker Rd., Universal City, across Pat Booker from the What-a-burger. Members will play dominoes and cards for prizes and there will be a drawing for the fathers in attendance. You do not have to be a member to come and enjoy the meal, games and fellowship. The Mother’s Day Bunco Night was lots of fun for everyone. Congratulations to Cliff Shepherd who won most buncos and Joy Brown who won most games. Guests included Evelyn Zurturcher, Ruth and Ronnie Schumann, Louanne Collins and Rosie Meeks. Homemade ice cream won for best dessert. Thanks go to John Gray for that! Cucumbers made by Nell Shepherd and Fay Fey tied as the best side dish. All members are encouraged to update their email address with Recording Secretary Tracy Campos. Members also are encouraged to give their input with regard to changes to meetings, locations, times, etc. Members who cannot attend meetings but have suggestions for guest speakers or different topics you would like to hear or read about, send an email to tracycampos78108@gmail.com. Include

Mothers present for the Cibolo Lodge meeting in May were, standing, from left, Mary Ann Gray, Nell Shepherd, Dena Warneke, Fay Fey, Rosie Meeks, Sherry Rakowitz, Ruth Schumann, Joy Brown, seated, from left, Kasey Shepherd, Luanne Collins and Gail Gray. your name and she will add you to the email list for meeting updates and reminders. If you don’t have an email address but have suggestions, send a note to Tracy Campos, Recording Secretary, 12340 Schaefer Rd, Cibolo, TX 78108 (or to any officer). On May 5, 17 members attended the Cibolo School of Dance recital at Jackson Auditorium at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin and helped pass out flowers in observance of Join Hands Day. Special thanks go to Emily Dewinne who volunteered that day. The dancers were awesome and their outfits were beautiful! – Reporter

Members and guests of Cibolo Lodge played bunco at the May meeting in honor of Mother’s Day.

Paige plans yard sale for June 9 PAIGE – Paige Lodge will sponsor a yard sale Saturday, June 9, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the lodge hall, 128 N. Main in Paige. Members are encouraged to bring items. Proceeds from the fund-raiser will benefit the lodge. Each member is responsible for taking back items that do not sell. In honor of Father’s Day, the men of the lodge will be treated to lunch prior to the meeting on Sunday, June 10. Members enjoyed a grilled hotdog lunch prior to the April 8 meeting. Special thanks go to Ronnie Harmon

for grilling the wieners, to Debbie Harmon for the chili, to Sandy Botkin for all the condiments and to everyone who brought chips, dips and desserts. President Chelle Dube reported the lodge had met its new member goal for 2017 and presented the Certificate of Achievement and a $150 check received from the Home Office. A new charter for the lodge was also received. Bernice Basward of the Cheer Committee was not able to attend but sent a pie.

Celebrating May birthdays at the Cibolo Lodge meeting were, from left, Gail Gray, Rosie Meeks and Sherri Sauder.

Janice Bilberry won the attendance prize and Linda Ihlo won the dollar pot. Members were glad to have Milton and Linda Ihlo join them for the lunch and meeting as well as Cornell and Ethel Kunkel as Cornell had recently been in the hospital. Congratulations go to Katy Herber who will be a counselor-in-training this year at Hermann Sons Life Camp. She is the daughter of Mark and Pam Herber and the granddaughter of Milton and Linda Ihlo. – Sandy Botkin

Fay Fey was the winner of the Mother’s Day drawing held at the May meeting of Cibolo Lodge.

Old Glory to meet June 3 with salad on the menu OLD GLORY – Old Glory Lodge will meet Sunday, June 3. Members are asked to bring a salad or dessert. Several members gathered at the lodge hall on a beautiful Sunday afternoon for the May meeting. The meeting began with a moment of silence in memory of three members who recently passed away, Patricia Gholson from Aspermont, Samuel Nauert from Stamford and Alvia Richardson Jr. from Hillsboro.

Barbara Nauert is on the sick list and needs prayers. Chub Richards won the door prize. Members celebrating May birthdays were Don Pyron, Gary Teichelman and Doug Vahlenkamp. Doug and Debbie Vahlenkamp were celebrating a May anniversary. Following the meeting the group played games and a meal of fried chicken and all the trimmings was served. – Reporter


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Harmonia’s annual golf tournament set for Sept. 29 SAN ANTONIO – Harmonia Lodge has announced the date for its annual Tee It Up for a Cause Golf Tournament. It will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, at The Republic Golf Course. The tournament benefits Camp Discovery. In observance of Join Hands Day, lodge members cleaned up the Harmonia Cemetery at Palmetto and Paso Hondo streets. The eight members mowed the grass, trimmed trees and did general clean up work at the cemetery. At the lodge’s April 12 meeting, members and guests were entertained by the South San High School Mariachi Group. Nick Serenil is the conductor for the group of 18 student musicians. Members enjoyed the fajitas and beans prepared by Vice President Albert Ranzau. John Gianotti and his wife celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary in April. Members mourned the passing of five members in March. They are Thomas Winston Lawhon, age 87, a member since 1993; Charles Earl Laue, age 101, a member since 1949; Joseph Amos Wurz, age 64, a member since 1989; Charles M. Griffin, age 83, a member since 1958; and Matthew John Schmid, age

Bill Richard, right, past president of Harmonia Lodge, receives his 70year membership pin from Past Grand President Steve Prewitt at a recent lodge meeting. Bill has been a member since May 1, 1948. 69, a member since 1974. The lodge’s annual memorial service was held as part of the March meeting. Vice President Ranzau prepared the corned beef and cabbage served after the meeting and memorial service. Also remembered were the members who had passed away earlier this year. They include James H. Jonas, age 90, a member since 1953; Richard D. Hopper, age 44, a member since 1991; Gaetano Butera, age 96, a member since 1963; Howard L. Kochwelp, age 92, a member since 1961; Maurice David West,

age 82, a member since 1957; and Bruce J. Duncan, age 87, a member since 1947 During the memorial service, the name, date of passing, age and year of initiation for the 31 Harmonia Lodge members who passed away in 2017 were read by Secretary John Hoog. As each name was read, the word “absent” was said aloud and Stan Steiger lit a small candle. Celebrating March birthdays were John Miller and Harry Werland. Members played games after the meeting. – Reporter

Past Grand President Steve Prewitt, second from left, and Harmonia Lodge President Matt Kraus, right, recently presented 50-year membership pins to J.W. White, left, and his son, Jake White. J.W. joined April 11, 1968, and Jake joined later that year on Sept. 12, 1968.

Three members of Harmonia Lodge are pictured with a sign that has been placed at the Harmonia Cemetery in San Antonio. They are, from left, Charles Kretzschmar, Matt Kraus and Jake White.

Cat Spring to meet June 14

Bellville Lodge delivers goodie baskets

CAT SPRING – Cat Spring Lodge will meet June 14 at the Agricultural Hall. A sandwich supper is planned. The lodge will provide ice cream. The lodge provided the turkey and dressing for the March 8 meeting held at the Agricultural Hall. Members brought side dishes and desserts. President Randall Tipp installed the 2018 officers.

BELLVILLE – Bellville Lodge will meet June 25 at 6 p.m. at the Sens Center. Members are asked to bring a salad. In observance of Join Hands Day, members took goodie baskets to the Bellville Police Department, Austin County Sheriff’s Department and the officers at the Austin County Courthouse on May 8. Emily Pfeffer and Patsy Marek purchased the baskets that were filled with snack items along with the cookies baked by Mildred Lange, Emily Pfeffer, Patsy Marek, Marie Herridge and Laura Schumann. Herbert Schumann and Robert Herridge delivered the baskets. Welcomed as new members at the April meeting were Roy and Joyce Waller, Ella Grace Brous-

A moment of silence was observed in memory of Mauldine Schubert. Celebrating birthdays were Nathan Zanek, Charles Abel and Randall Tipp. Greeting cards were sent to Wilford Eckert,  Lonie Michaelis, Bernice Reibenstein and Vana Froebel.  A visit to Colonial Belle Nursing Home was being planned for Join Hands Day. – Reporter

Helotes Lodge to meet June 12 HELOTES – Helotes Lodge will meet June 12 at 7 p.m. at Braun Hall. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Charlie and Mary Lee Sloan will host the meal. Cash door prizes will be given away. – Reporter

Celebrating March and April birthdays at the recent Bellville Lodge meeting were, from left, Gary Falkenberg, Patsy Marek, Marie Herridge and Gilbert Lange. sard and Robert Bob Laird. Agent Robert Herridge encouraged members to refer prospective new members.

Special Representative Gary Falkenberg reported that sales are going well this year. – Reporter


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La Vernia to serve casseroles at June 17 meeting LA VERNIA – La Vernia Lodge will meet Sunday, June 17, at 4 p.m. at the lodge hall. Members are reminded that casseroles are on the menu. The lodge held its annual picnic on Saturday, April 28. Twentynine members and guests were in attendance and enjoyed the barbecue potluck meal at the Barker-Huebinger Rock House on FM 539 in La Vernia. The Barker-Huebinger Homestead is a Texas Historic Landmark. The lodge’s Join Hands Day project was held on Saturday, May 5. This year’s project entailed cleaning up Kicaster Cemetery on County Road 324 in Adkins. Eleven members and guests spent the morning trimming trees and remodeling the pavilion. The work crew used their carpentry skills to replace damaged boards in the pavilion and loaded and disposed of

Members and guests attended the La Vernia Lodge annual picnic on April 28 at the historic Barker-Huebinger Rock House. the pavilion’s dilapidated tables and benches. This project was a joint effort between Hermann Sons Life and Thrivent Financial. Volunteers worked up a hearty appetite and met afterwards for lunch at Witte’s Barbeque in La

Vernia. Members are reminded that the La Vernia School of Dance will hold its annual recital on Saturday, June 2, at 4 p.m. at the La Vernia High School Auditorium on Bluebonnet Road in La

Some of the members attending the La Vernia Lodge annual picnic included Darlene and Rebecca Reeves. Vernia. Also on the calendar is a business meeting and pin presentations on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 4 p.m. at the lodge hall. Fajitas are on the menu. All members are encour-

aged to attend all lodge events. Guests are welcome. Contact Sharon Tanneberger at 210779-4641 with the number of attendees at least five days prior to each business meeting. – Reporter

Haskell will meet June 3

Hochheim-Prairie to observe Flag Day

HASKELL – Haskell Lodge will meet June 3. The lodge helped provide a hamburger lunch for the Haskell High School seniors in May. This is the annual bike day for seniors who ride their bikes to the Lutheran Church where they are served. The lodge met May 6. Jerry Don Klose was the only member present with a May birthday. Wilbert Klose celebrated his 90th birthday in April. Get-well wishes were extended to Ruby Medford. A meal and visitation followed the meeting. – Reporter

YOAKUM – Hochheim-Prairie Lodge will observe Flag Day at the June 10 meeting. Hamburgers will be observed. Chair of the Board Sandra Jones and husband Sam were special guests at the May 6 meeting. She talked about the fundraiser that was recently held for one of the Sutherland Springs shooting victims and the Grief Support Session at Hermann Sons Life Camp. She also recognized Agent Mary Koenig who was honored at the Agents’ Awards Banquet held the night before in San Antonio. Welcomed as new members were Madilyn and Macon Thomas, Marley Webb and Skylar Chumchal. A sympathy card was sent to the Karen Blaschke family.

Phyllis Klose receives her door prize from President (and husband) Jerry Don Klose at the May meeting of Haskell Lodge.

Maxwell attends recital MAXWELL – Maxwell Lodge will meet Aug. 5 at the Maxwell Social Club. Members attended the Luling School of Dance recital on Saturday, May 5. This is the 14th year for this school, which Maxwell Lodge sponsors. The costumes were beautiful, full of sparkles and glitter. The teacher is Ashley Taylor. The

dancers range in age from 3 to mid-teens. A lot of work went into the beautiful scenery. In observance of Join Hands Day, a check was presented to the Luling School of Dance to help with scholarships. After the recital, members went to Blake’s Café for a late lunch. – Reporter

Chair of the Board Sandra Jones, center, attended the HochheimPrairie Lodge meeting on May 6. She is pictured with President Janet Zabransky, left, and Secretary Carolyn Hoepfl, right. Sandra is holding one of the new pioneer membership pins. A moment of silence was observed in her memory. President Janet Zabransky was scheduled to present the lodge’s scholarships on May

21 at the Yoakum High School awards ceremony. Attendance prize winner was Kenneth Gerdes. – Reporter

Kerrville plans potluck picnic for June 6 KERRVILLE – Kerrville Lodge will meet Wednesday, June 6, in the Wells Fargo Bank Community Room, 301 Junction Highway, Kerrville. A picnic style potluck meal of sandwiches, chips, fresh

fruit and desserts is planned. Plans will be finalized for the lodge’s Flag Day presentation to the Hill Country Veterans Center. Scott Shoemaker is getting the flag.

Other meeting dates this year will be Aug. 1 and Oct. 3. They will be held at the bank. The Dec. 7 Christmas party will be held at Buzzies BBQ. – Juanice Grona


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Round Top earns certificate for exceeding goal ROUND TOP – Round Top Lodge members heard several reports when they met April 26 at the Round Top American Legion Hall. Agent Linda Mattocks talked about the benefits of the Senior Adult Final Expense Plan. She encouraged everyone to recommend new members so the lodge can meet its new member goal for 2018 like it did in 2017. In recognition of that achievement, the lodge received $150 from the Home Office Marketing Department along with a Certificate of Achievement that Linda and President Lila Garlin received at the “Leading With Heart” statewide event held in March. Jeanette Schoenst read correspondence that included a thank you from the RTC Parents’ Club. Melanie Rauch spoke on the foundation’s contribution to the school and especially the music program. The band placed second at UIL and individual students did exceptionally well in their competition. Carlyn Hall sent an article, written in October 1966, she found among mother Delta Mischer’s memorabilia. There

Celebrating April birthdays at the Round Top Lodge meeting were, from left, Jim Mattocks, Mert Meinkowsky, Melanie Rauch and Bob Porter. Lila Garlin, left, and Linda Mattocks display the Certificate of Achievement that Round Top Lodge received for exceeding its new member goal in 2017. was a picture of the 70th anniversary of Round Top Lodge with 13 officers present. All are now deceased. There were nearly 100 members present for the meeting and party. Community Coordinator Melanie Rauch mentioned the dozen people who had received cards this past month and the list for her Mother’s Day mailing. Leonard and Mert

Mary Rauch received a bouquet of flowers as a welcome back to active membership after her recent medical problems.

Meinkowsky, Orville Glaesmann, Jeanette Schoenst and Linda Mattocks won attendance prizes. Door prizes were won by Betty Porter, Mary Rauch, Sophie Rauch, Barton Garlin, Jim Mattocks and Edna Meinkowsky. A meal of sandwiches, chips, side dishes and desserts was enjoyed by all. – Reporter

Lockhart Lodge changes meeting time

Rowena participates in festival Rowena Lodge took part in the Ballinger Ethnic Festival in April. The lodge sponsored the funnel cake booth. At the meeting prior to the festival, members checked the supplies. Present were Kathy House, Dorothy House, Kay Halfmann, Bernie Halfmann and Vonna Peek. The lodge will make a donation to the local animal rescue program.

LOCKHART – Lockhart Lodge will meet Sunday, June 3, at the new meeting time of 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at Chisholm Trail Barbeque. The decision to change the meeting time was made at the May 6 meeting. The previous starting time was 6 p.m. Also during that meeting, Severo Castillo, manager of the Lockhart Area Senior Citizen Center, was presented with a donation in observance of Join Hands Day. Ray and Debbie Pfefferkorn gave a report on the “Leading With Heart” event they had attended in March. The lodge was presented with a certificate of achievement for reaching its new member goal in 2017. Agent Janice Kuhen announced that nine new mem-

Prize winners at the May Lockhart Lodge meeting were, from left, Lil Pfefferkorn, Margie Bozarth and Ann Schroeder. bers are needed to meet the 2018 goal. Rose Marie Turner, who served as lodge president for 29 years, turned 92 on May 2. – Reporter

Janet Schaefer celebrated her birthday in May. She is a member of Lockhart Lodge.


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Schulenburg Lodge will award two scholarships SCHULENBURG – Schulenburg Lodge meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Schulenburg Community Center. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m. The dinner and meeting follow at 7 p.m. The June 13 meal will include hot dogs, chili and cake for dessert. Virgin Dean Schilhab received her 50-year membership pin at the May meeting. She has been a member since April 16, 1968. Membership Coordinator Grace Baylor conducted a memorial service to honor members who have passed way in the last year. They were Calvin Dieringer, Elmarine Matus, Sharon Cernosek, Leo Kainer, Dan

Tabor, George Hagens, Nelson Jochen, Dorothy Ripper and Georgia Schneider. Agent Mary K. Seifert reported there were 83 students who participated in the dance recital. She also reported for the Scholarship Committee. Members voted to present a $500 scholarship to each of the two qualifying seniors who are lodge members. In honor of Flag Day, the Seifert family donated a flag to be presented to the St. Rose Cemetery. Grace Baylor sent a sympathy card to Thomas Schneider and a get-well card to Evelyn Ripper. Virgin Dean Schilhab won the Arlan’s gift card, Frank Bohl-

Jennifer and Ed Moeller celebrated their wedding anniversary in May. They are members of Schulenburg Lodge. mann won the Hermann Sons Life bag and Krystal Seger won a dozen farm eggs. – Reporter

Free for anyone 55 or older

Kirby to host Senior Games Party June 3 KIRBY – Kirby Lodge will host its annual Senior Games Party on Sunday, June 3, beginning at 2 p.m. Anyone age 55 or older is invited to come and play for free. A total of 15 games will be played. Sandwiches and desserts will be served. The next meeting will be held Monday, June 4. The women will prepare the meal in honor of Father’s Day. Members are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. Welcomed as new members

at the May meeting were Aubry Willmann, Elise Garfield and David Garfield Jr. Transferring into the lodge are Sheldon Garfield, David Garfield III and Kenton and Scherly Gleitz. Work on the air conditioning ductwork is under way. The Cheer Committee reported sending a thinking of you card to Leroy Muehlstein. Thanks were extended to Angela Netherton and family for all their hard work on the recent New Member Event.

Celebrating a May birthday was Allen Lowak. Leroy and Linda Muehlstein celebrate their wedding anniversary in May. Split-the-pot winners were Allen Lowak, James McQuatters, Rebeca Chavez and James Lowak. Winner of the $25 attendance prize was Carol Eardley. You could be the next winner. All you need to do is attend the June 4 meeting. If you were at the previous month’s meeting, you could win $30. – Tammy Haecker

Fredericksburg to celebrate Father’s Day FREDERICKSBURG – Fredericksburg Lodge will celebrate Father’s Day at the June 5 meeting. The lodge will furnish hamburgers and the trimmings. Officers are asked to bring a bag of chips. Other members and guests are asked to bring a side dish. For more information, call Hans Enderlin at 830-895-1343 or Windy Duecker at 830-9972983. Chicken and pork fajitas were served at the May 1 meeting. Members approved a $200 donation to the American Can-

cer Society in observance of Join Hands Day. Condolence cards were sent to the family of Yvonne Schwarz of Highland Haven who passed away April 6 and Margaret Enderlin of Fredericksburg who passed away April 28. A birthday card was sent to Viola Immel who celebrated her 100th birthday recently. Attendance prizes were awarded to Marissa Weinheimer and Robert Beckmann. Games followed the business meeting. – Reporter

Virgin Dean Schilhab receives her 50-year membership pin from President Ed Moeller at the May Schulenburg Lodge meeting. She also celebrates her birthday in May.

Lubbock has new 100% Family Lubbock Lodge has a new 100% Family. Marcos Garcia Sr. and sons Marcos Jr. and Caleb all recently became members. Teresa Saathoff is their agent. The Garcias live in Hereford.

Louise Schuetze meets June 11

Windy Duecker celebrates her birthday in May. She is a member of Fredericksburg Lodge.

SAN ANTONIO – Louise Schuetze Lodge will meet Monday, June 11. The lodge will treat its members to dinner at Jacala Mexican Restaurant at 606 West Ave., San Antonio. Guests will pay for their own meals. Call Jo Ann Massengale at 210223-1631 to make a reservation. Everyone is encouraged to

wear your favorite color. There will be no regular meeting in July. The theme for the Aug. 13 meeting will be Hawaiian. The lodge will provide a hot dog bar with all of the trimmings. Members may bring side dishes and/or desserts if they wish. – Reporter


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Deanville planning annual barbecue

Moulton dinner fund-raiser set for June 27 Celebrating May anniversaries from Moulton Lodge were, from left, Eugene and Barbara Anderle and Kathy and John Koch. During the meeting, the lodge’s annual dinner fund-raiser was scheduled for June 27 at the Moulton American Legion Hall. Serving will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Cost is $8.50 for a chicken fried steak dinner with all the trimmings.

Members of the Deanville 4-H Club donated their time to clean the inside of the Deanville Lodge Hall recently.

Students from Caldwell Middle School and sponsors raked and bagged leaves on the grounds of the Deanville Lodge Hall in April. Celebrating May birthdays at the Moulton Lodge meeting were, from left, Lorene Fishbeck, Ivan Schulmeier and Kathy Koch.

New Bielau to meet July 23

Judy and Ivan Schulmeier celebrated their wedding anniversary in April at the Moulton Lodge meeting.

Prinz Solms meets June 10 BULVERDE – Prinz Solms Lodge will meet Sunday, June 10, at 5 p.m. at the Bulverde Community Center. There will be plenty of food and fellowship. The lodge did not meet in May because of Mother’s Day. Upcoming activities include attending an upcoming performance at the local S.T.A.G.E. Theater in Bulverde and the

Aug. 4 New Member Picnic at Hilltop Camp. Members helped with the cake booth and other activities at the Bulverde Community Center’s Chicken Festival on April 29 in support of the Bulverde Community Center where the lodge meets. Cake sales were a success with many donated homemade cakes. – Reporter

Converse picnic set for June 10 CONVERSE – Converse Lodge will host a picnic Sunday, June 10, at 3 p.m. at the GRASP Center in Converse. The lodge will furnish the meal and members are asked

to bring desserts.   If you are planning to come, call Maxine Sullivan at 210723-8533.   – Reporter

DEANVILLE – Plans for the annual Deanville Lodge Fourth of July barbecue and celebration was the main topic of discussion at the April lodge meeting. Other items discussed were the annual Burleson County Spring Big Clean-Up that was held in April. Deanville 4-H Club members donated their time and effort to cleaning the lodge hall. The Caldwell Middle School held its Big Event on Friday, April 27, and 10 students and sponsors raked and bagged leaves on the lodge grounds. It was reported that half of the hall has been rewired and work on the other half would soon be complete. The lodge was scheduled to host an open house on May 19 at which time members of the Texas Dance Hall Preservation organization were to be present. Viola Bartek was wished a “Happy Birthday” and lodge members were invited to join in the celebration of Mae Del Cowan’s birthday to be held May 4. Helen Wiederhold donated refreshments and door prizes. – Reporter

Edelweiss-Magnolia donates to “Hugs from Home” Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge donated Girl Scout Cookies to the “Hugs from Home” program in March. Lodge members on hand for the presentation were, from left, Tyler Keith, Jerry Ziemnicki and Anna Larie Keith. Community Service Coordinator Laura Adams accepted the donation. The cookies will be sent to troops serving overseas as part of their “Hugs from Home” packages.

WEIMAR – New Bielau Lodge will meet July 23 at the New Bielau Community Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cake and ice cream will be served. The lodge held its May 4 meeting at Parkview Manor where it conducted its Join Hands Day project. Members hosted a games party for the residents and served cookies, coffee and punch. Allen Hoelscher called the games. Henrietta Veselka, Carolyn Tobola and Rosie Shumbera from SPJST helped with the party. The lodge also presented a donation to the activities director. Members voted to adopt the new charter and local lodge bylaws. – Reporter


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Anton Wenzel plans Kickapoo casino trip for July SAN ANTONIO – Anton Wenzel Lodge is planning a trip to the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino on July 29. Call Merlinda Elizondo at 210-815-3468 for information and tickets. Members visited St. Francis Nursing Home on Sunday, May 6, in observance of Join Hands Day. Volunteering that day were Elizabeth Dorrell, Paula Reid, Edward Reid, Joseph Figo and Edward Elizondo. The residents played games for cash prizes. Afterwards, they were served angel food cake, ice cream and ginger ale. Anyone interested in becoming a member is asked to call Agent Emma Moya at 210-3443935. – Elizabeth Dorrell

Celebrating anniversaries at the May meeting of Anton Wenzel Lodge were, from left, Joe and Diane Jaramillo and Lorene and Al Kreusel.

Paula Reid was the membership drawing winner at the May meeting of Anton Wenzel Lodge. Edward Elizondo presented her with her $230 cash prize.

San Marcos to meet June 4 at La Vista SAN MARCOS – San Marcos Lodge will meet Monday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. at La Vista Club House. The meeting will include a celebration of Father’s Day and Flag Day. Members are asked to bring chips or dips and desserts. The lodge will provide assorted ice creams and sub sandwiches. Armed Forces Day and Mother’s Day were celebrated at the May 7 meeting held at the Gold-

en Corral Restaurant. Happy Anniversary wishes were extended to Howard and Janet Magin, 50 years; Lillian and Ken Cargil, 46 years; and Evelyn and Larry Moreau, 53 years. Signup sheets were passed around so members could sign up for the family picnic activities. The picnic is scheduled for Saturday, July 14, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Zorn Bowling Club,

Hwy. 123, Zorn. Members are asked to make reservations by calling Agnes Dreibrodt at 830379-3870. Membership pins will be presented that day. The meal for the Dec. 9 Christmas Party will be discussed further at the June meeting. President Agnes Dreibrodt read a Mother’s Day poem to close the meeting. – Reporter

Ruth Polendo, left, and Geraldine Kellner celebrate their birthdays in May. They are members of Anton Wenzel Lodge.

William Mendez was the splitthe-pot winner at the May Anton Wenzel Lodge meeting. He receives his winnings from Lorene Kreusel. Bruce Moreau, left, and Billy Preuss were recognized at the May meeting of San Marcos Lodge for their service in the military.

Winners of the Mother’s Day hanging baskets of flowers at the May San Marcos Lodge meeting were, from left, Janice Kuhen, Mary Lou Preuss and Janet Magin.

Celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary in May were Evelyn and Larry Moreau. They are members of San Marcos Lodge.

San Marcos Lodge President Agnes Dreibrodt, left, presented Esther Schmidt with an orchid at the May lodge meeting. Esther celebrated her 93rd birthday in May.


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Niederwald honors pioneer members NIEDERWALD – Niederwald Lodge will meet June 12. The lodge honored three of its pioneer members at the May meeting. Members also celebrated Mother’s Day by displaying pictures of their mothers. Welcomed as a new member was Henry Tucker. Door prize winners were Connie Schriber and Nancy Smith. At the April meeting, members voted to donate to the Niederwald Cemetery in observance of Join Hands Day. Agent Charles Croley talked about the Camp and Dance programs. Dan Dailey and Adeline Schubert won door prizes. – Reporter

Betty Jean Wisian receives her 70-year membership pin from Member Benefits Coordinator Cecily Kelly at the May meeting of Niederwald Lodge. Betty has been a member since Jan. 13, 1948.

Member Benefits Coordinator Cecily Kelly presents Harold Zuhlke with his 70-year membership pin at the May Corpus Christi Lodge meeting.

Corpus Christi to meet June 4 CORPUS CHRISTI – Corpus Christi Lodge will meet June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hilltop Community Center. A covered dish meal is planned. The May 7 meeting was held at Miller BBQ. Harold Zuhlke received his 70-year membership Dewayne and Shelly Hunt from Corpus Christi Lodge celebrated 12 years of marriage and 20 years as a couple in May.

Celebrating birthdays and receiving the door prizes at the May meeting of Corpus Christi Lodge were, from left, Robert Rosas, Harold Zuhlke and Amanda Bainbridge.

pin from Member Benefits Coordinator Cecily Kelly. He has been a member since June 2, 1948. In observance of Join Hands Day, members helped play baseball with the local Miracle League. - Brittny Mcpheeters

Jerry Wisian receives his 60-year membership pin from Member Benefits Coordinator Cecily Kelly at the May meeting of Niederwald Lodge. Jerry has been a member since Aug. 15, 1958.

Member Benefits Coordinator Cecily Kelly presents Betty Moczygemba with her 60-year membership pin at the May meeting of Niederwald Lodge. Betty has been a member since Nov. 18, 1958.

New Braunfels has 29 new members NEW BRAUNFELS – New Braunfels Lodge welcomed 29 new members at the May meeting. Members were informed that Lauren Carranco, daughter of Angelo and Nancy Herfurth Carranco, has been awarded one of the Retirement Home Scholarships.

Lauren is a member of New Braunfels Lodge. The lodge will donate $2 to the New Braunfels School of Dance for each child who is registered. Vice President Dorella Colbert presented each mother present with chocolate kisses. After games and refreshments, “A Salute to Summer” hamburg-

er supper with all the trimmings, lemonade, chips and dips, veggies and desserts was served. Rennie and Sandy Guenther were hosts. James and Leola Stolte will host a pizza dinner at the June meeting. – Reporter


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Agents Directory (alphabetized by area) Abilene Diane Marie Smith 325-665-2253

Comfort Norma Bruns, FIC 830-995-3980

Georgetown Brad Klein, FIC 512-497-0678

La Vernia Sharon Tanneberger, FIC 210-827-0526

Adkins Roxy Pruski 210-218-6204

Corpus Christi Frank Brandon 361-241-5593

Giddings Loretta Chilek, FIC 979-542-2806

Marlin Tanneberger, FIC 210-827-7229

Austin Shirley Kuhen Faske 512-789-3975

Pearl Hunt 361-241-0940

Linda Kieschnick, FIC 979-542-5224

Lubbock April Behnke 806-797-3585

Troylyn Sisneros-Gonzalez 361-232-7413

Gonzales Bobbie Polasek 830-672-6317

Marion Lorene Bielke, FIC 830-420-2380

Greg Polasek 830-540-4812

Marshall Donald Robinette 903-690-3193

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 Stacy Saathoff 830-444-9160 Houston Anna Larie Keith 713-819-8853

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

Marilyn Vogt, FICF 210-630-9874

Floresville Lynn Wiede 830-393-4660

Karnes City Abigail Fenner 830-534-6982

Fort Worth Sandra Jones, FIC 817-295-2666

Russell Swize 830-780-4053

Caldwell Donnie Blinka 979-596-1309 Canyon Lake Sandra Duncan 830-905-3233 Castroville Glenford Boehme, FIC 210-219-9792 Cibolo/Schertz Tracy Campos 210-860-6675 Judith Schulmeier, FIC 210-667-1938

Fredericksburg Todd Bierschwale 830-997-2130

Sarah Spencer 361-550-1883 Gerald Ziemnicki 713-622-9001 Jourdanton Valerie M. Vick 210-748-5598 Katrina Wiatrek 210-326-9505

Kirby Angela Netherton 210-831-1293

Dennis Henke 830-997-5290

La Coste Tanya Crisp 830-985-9230

George West Tracy Caron 361-449-0348

La Grange Linda Mattocks 512-736-9988

Maxwell Charles Croley 512-357-6638 Needville Melissa Kostelnik 713-304-1692 Chris Stoeltje 979-559-6127 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 Paige RaChelle Dube 512-740-3518 Pflugerville Julius Dubcak 512-272-8393 Port Lavaca Nancy Annette Walraven 361-552-9403 Rockdale Judy Marie York 512-446-5914

Marketing Department Staff

210-527-9113 • 877-437-6266 • 888-839-7667 Grand Vice President-Marketing Tim Kolbe timk@hermannsonslife.org Marketing Analyst Ana Vasquez, FLMI, AIRC, FIC anav@hermannsonslife.org Administrative Assistant Gladys Rowley gladysr@hermannsonslife.org Special Representatives: Dan Boenig - 210-705-1815 danb@hermannsonslife.org Becki Carley - 361-550-9358 beckicarley@yahoo.com Gary Falkenberg, FICF - 713-466-6069 • 713-899-4138 gfalken908@aol.com Eulla May Krueger - 210-863-0546 • 830-985-3643 eullak@hermannsonslife.org Teresa Saathoff - 210-276-0361 • 210-422-6996 teresaasaathoff@gmail.com Alfred Stryk, FICF, LUTCF - 281-485-4095 alstryk@sbcglobal.net

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 hermannsonslife.org


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Shining Stars

DELANEY FULCHER is a member of Hondo Victory Lodge. She is in seventh grade. Her favorite food is pizza. Delaney has pet dogs, Dixie and Snickers, and a pet turtle, Wiggles. Her activities include swimming, volleyball, tennis, basketball and soccer.

HENNLEY G. FULCHER is a member of Hondo Victory Lodge. She is in second grade. Her favorite food is hamburgers. Hennley has pet dogs, Dixie and Snickers, and a pet turtle, Wiggles. Her activities include swimming, jumping on the trampoline and boating.

RYLEIGH M. FULCHER is a member of Hondo Victory Lodge. She is in sixth grade. Her favorite food is chocolate. Ryleigh has pet dogs, Dixie and Snickers, and a pet turtle, Wiggles. Her activities include band, swimming, volleyball and cheerleading.

HAYDEN MARTINEZ is a member of Mission-Alamo Lodge. He attends daycare. His favorite food is baby food – anything with pumpkin. Hayden has a pet dog, Rocky. His activities include watching big sister act silly and crawling.

AVERY PIKE is a member of Mission-Alamo Lodge. She is in kindergarten. Her favorite foods are nuggets and snowcones and her favorite TV show is “Bunk’d.” Avery has a pet dog, Rocky. Her activities include dance and T-ball.

CARTER McCORT is a member of Prinz Solms Lodge. He is in sixth grade. His favorite food is hot wings and his favorite TV show is “Stranger Things.” Carter has a pet named Wyatt. His activities include soccer.

Family Fun Day is June 16! 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 hermannsonslife.org. Photos of our Shining Stars also are featured online. Name: Birthday: Home Phone: Daytime Phone: Address: City:

Zip:

AUBREY R. FULCHER is a member of Hondo Victory Lodge. She is in fourth grade. Her favorite food is anything spicy! Aubrey has pet dogs, Dixie and Snickers, and a pet turtle, Wiggles. Her activities include swimming, riding her hoverboard and boating.

Flag Day Word Search America Betsy Ross Fifty stars Home of the brave Land of the free Old Glory Patriotism Pledge of allegiance Red, white and blue Salute Stars and stripes Star spangled banner Thirteen stripes Waving

Father’s Day Crossword Puzzle

E-mail Address: Grade in school: Favorite Food: Pets: Favorite TV Show: Activities: 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

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ACROSS 5. A favorite Sunday sport. 6. Opposite of female 7. Narrow cloth worn around the neck. 9. Singular form of children. 10. Give Dad ___ and kisses on Father’s Day. 11. Outdoor cooking.

DOWN 1. Dad’s father. 2. To fix things Dad needs his ___. 3. Sleeping in a tent. 4. Outdoor activity that involves sitting in a boat. 8. Month of the year we celebrate Father’s Day. 9. Mode of transportation.

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