March 2020

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Vol. 123, No. 5


Chair of the Board shares November meeting information ➤ Pg. 2

Painting Party will raise money for restoration ➤ Pg. 5

Mini-Camp for 8-9-year-olds set for July 1-3 ➤ Pg. 9

March 2020

Camp registration opens this month! It’s that time of year again! Registration information for Hermann Sons Life Camp will be sent to all Camp-eligible junior members the first week of March. As soon as the information is received, parents/grandparents can start registering their children for the summer of 2020. Executive Camp Director Ian Brassett, Riverside Director Pamela Nentwich, Hilltop Director Keaton “Skittles” Trainer, Assistant Hilltop Director John Sorbel and Jessica “Webster” James are busy preparing the program. Registration information will be delivered in two ways. The 2019 campers who are still eligible to attend Camp will be receiving their registration information via email. These

campers already have a Class Juggler account and will be able to log-in to their account and register. The registration brochure will include all the information you need to update your account and proceed with registration. These campers will receive this e-mail earlier than those receiving the brochure my regular mail and they will be able to register first. If you have a Class Juggler account because your child is enrolled in one of our schools of dance, then you will receive the registration information by e-mail as well. Parents who receive the e-mail version of the brochure will not receive it by regular mail. See CAMP, Pg. 9

Camp workday to include dinner, live music

Ed Kurtz, who is a member of Austin Lodge and serves on the Member Benefits Committee, volunteered for last year’s first Camp workday. This year’s event will include a barbecue dinner and live music.

By IAN BRASSETT Executive Camp Director On Feb. 13, 2020, I walked the Camp facilities with Don Tymrak, Clay Haley and John Sorbel. It was a chilly day and as we walked both of the Camps, we jotted down everything we need to do and would like to do to improve the Camp for your child’s summer Camp experience. After making a list of 190 different projects, there was a realization that we could use some help! We have a lot of projects and jobs to accomplish before the summer. John and Clay have worked hard this past winter and fall but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

Time and money! We all know that anything can be accomplished with time and money. Most of our projects do not take much money, but there are a number of projects that with time can be accomplished . . . and that is where YOU COME IN. I’m appealing to our members for their time and energy on Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We have jobs for both skilled and unskilled folks. We have jobs for the young and old. We can provide community service hours. If you need a place to spend the night, just let us know! We can open up a couple of dorms. See EVERYONE, Pg. 9

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


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

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


Frank Brandon Shirley Faske Tammy Kelley

Bradley Klein Ed Kurtz Laura Thigpen


Elizabeth Byron Tammy Haecker Marsha Kocurek

Sherry Rakowitz Lisa Rozacky Irene Schwertner


Brad Dietrich Robert Herridge Tammy Jones Edward J. Muehlbrad

Doug Saathoff Laura Tiffin Lori Todd

Message from the Chair of the Board By SANDRA JONES Chair of the Board The holidays may be over, but I still have pictures in my mind of the many parties I attended . The Board, Officers and Committee Members appreciate the invitation to share fellowship with lodges and their members . I heard about the community service projects the lodges had conducted during the year as well as events they had hosted for their members . My hat is off to all the members who participated in these meetings, parties, projects and community service . Each and every one of you deserves a pat on the back . This shows that our motto of Friendship, Love and Loyalty is still in our hearts . The Board of Directors met Nov . 13-14 at the Home Office . Wednesday morning was spent meeting with President and CEO Eugene Zollinger . One of the topics of discussion was the splitting of the Marketing Department into a separate Sales Department and a sepa-

rate Marketing Department and the hiring of a Marketing Manager . We also talked about adding more agents and ways to increase sales . That afternoon, the Vice Presidents gave their quarterly reports . Vice President of Marketing Tim Kolbe updated Directors on the new Sales Manuals that were being prepared due to the changes in products and rates effective Jan . 1, 2020 . He also outlined his plans to increase production . Vice President of Information Technology Matt Walker gave an update on the new policy administration system . He explained that his timeline may need to be adjusted due to the demands of our routine state audit . Vice President of Finance Harry Werland reported that he had been working closely with our investment vendor . He said he is very pleased with the job they are doing with regard to administering our portfolio . He outlined several projects for 2020 including the state audit, a study

on the profitability of the products we sell and new Accounting Department software . Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly reported that enrollment in some schools of dance was down, causing closures in low enrollment areas . She hopes to open new schools in other locations for the 20202021 year . She also noted that she is exploring other options for the annual statewide event in an effort to increase participation and community awareness of Hermann Sons Life . Maintenance projects are under way at Camp and should be complete by the time Camp opens in June . Vice President of Operations Samantha Schulmeier introduced the Board to Tiffany Sanchez, our new Underwriting Director . Tiffany comes with a great deal of experience and as Samantha stated, “she came in and hit the ground running .” Samantha provided updates on projects her departments are

Lodge Reports Anton Wenzel . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Bandera County . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Bernardo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Brenham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Cibolo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Columbia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Columbus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Corpus Christi . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 DaCosta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Dallas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Deanville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Dunlay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Fort Worth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Fredericksburg . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Giddings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Harmonia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Helotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Kerrville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Kirby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Kypfer-Salge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Laubach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 La Vernia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Lockhart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Louise Schuetze . . . . . . . . . . . .17 McGregor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Mission-Alamo . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Moulton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 New Bielau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 New Braunfels . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Niederwald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Paige . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Pershing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Plum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Poth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Prinz Solms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Rosenberg-Richmond . . . . . .16 Round Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Rowena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Rutersville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 San Marcos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Schulenburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Siemering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Spring Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Stern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Vineta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

working on and what she has planned in 2020 . Immediately following the meeting, Eric Zielinski from the VA Fisher House in San Antonio addressed the Board and thanked Hermann Sons Life for its recent donations . As we move into 2020, there will be many changes . Just a few include new rates for our products, new Sales Department employees and new projects at Camp, the Retirement Home and the Home Office . Please understand that change is never easy but in order to stay alive and prosper, change must happen . When you hear about a change that has been made, step back, think about it before you speak, and then listen to the explanation . Keep in mind that changes made to Hermann Sons Life Laws will have to be ratified at the Grand Lodge Convention in May 2021 . Thanks again for your support and please call, text or email with any questions or concerns . I am here to serve you .

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

Calendar of Events Pioneer Members Retirement Home News Donations In Memoriam

New This Month

Message from the Chair Benefit golf tourney set Painting Party planned in S .A . Chili cook-off set for March 14 Tim Salge passes at age 67

Marketing & Sales News

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1&9 1&9 9 9 10 10 10 24

Insure future protection Recommend an agent Recommenders listed Float available for parades Listing of agents

Youth in Action

Camp registration set to begin Workday planned at Camp Mini-Camp set for July 1-3 Comfort offers camperships Deadline nears for scholarships Answers to puzzles on Pg . 24 Hondo Victory cash drawing Shining Stars

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Sales & Marketing

Junior insurance a valuable asset for the future Access to Camp isn’t the only reason to buy your child a life policy By TIM KOLBE Vice President of Sales Camp season is upon us. Registration information will be sent to eligible junior members soon, and from all reports this camping year is gearing up to be a great experience for our Hermann Sons Life members. Executive Camp Director Ian Brassett and his staff have been preparing for months and are ready to deliver a memorable summer for our children. Camp is a wonderful experience for our young Hermann Sons Life members; something they will remember for the rest of their lives. Many of the experiences and relationships made at Camp help shape the lives of our young members. Although Hermann Sons Life is well known for our great member benefits,

we must not forget that the most important reason for purchasing a life insurance product is for immediate and future financial protection of the insured’s loved ones. Regardless of the age of the insured, there is a need for life insurance protection beginning at birth. That need for protection changes as we grow older and enter adulthood. After we graduate from school and begin a new life on our own, we start a career, buy a vehicle, get married, have children, buy a house, etc. All of those life events usually are connected by one common denominator…. DEBT! According to 2019 statistics compiled by NerdWallet, the average American household carries $136,355 in combined accrued debt. That’s $13.95 trillion in to-

tal. This includes mortgages, student loans, auto loans, credit cards, and other household debt. Isn’t it smart to start a young person out early with a whole life plan to guard against some of that future debt? Then add a good term life plan when the need arises. Term plans are good coverage against large debt, but you won’t want to keep it later in life as the costs usually outweigh the benefits of coverage. Purchasing a good whole life product for your child is a great way to give them a head start on having adequate protection. Life insurance premiums are based on age and health, so buy a good policy when your child is young and healthy, locking in the lowest rate for the life of

the product. No one wants to think about the unexpected early loss of a loved one, but unfortunately it happens. Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death in the U.S. for children and adolescents. I have seen this unfortunate occurrence all too regularly in my prior law enforcement and emergency medical career. I saw it during high school, and later how it affected my neighbors who had lost children prematurely. Regardless of age, losing a loved one incurs debt, whether it be for funeral or medical expenses. Don’t let your aversion to having life insurance for a child keep you from buying it. Remember, it’s for the future…. Whether that’s next week, or 70 years from now. Insure your love.


It’s Game Night every Thursday night at the Brenham Lodge Hall, 304 E. Germania, Brenham. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m. Drinks and food available. Everyone is welcome. The phone number at the lodge hall is 979-836-2053.

EVERY THURSDAY – It’s Game Night every Thursday night at Hochheim-Prairie Lodge-Turner Hall in Yoakum. Games start at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 361-293-5576 EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT

It’s Trivia Night at the Rathskeller Bar in the San Antonio Home Association Building, 525 S. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio. The fun runs from 7-9 p.m. and there are great prizes for the winners. There is a food truck as well.

13-14 – Retirement Home Chili and Bean Cook-off.

Start getting your team together now. Proceeds benefit the Home’s Scholarship Fund. See Page 5 for details.

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A Western dance will be held at the DaCosta Lodge Hall from 8 p.m. to midnight with music by Nathan Colt Young.

14 – Anton Wenzel Lodge will host a garage sale at the home of Merlinda Elizondo, 919 Rayburn, San Antonio. The sale starts at 9 a.m. Call 210-815-3458 for more information. 28 – The San Antonio Home Association will host a

Painting Party beginning at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the project to restore the small stained glass window above the entrance to the Home Association Building at 525 S. St. Mary’s St. Cost to paint is $35. For more information, see the story on Page 5.

MARCH 7 – Brenham Lodge will celebrate its 130th anniver- APRIL sary at the lodge hall, 304 E. Germania, Brenham. The public is invited to attend. The doors will open at 12:30 18 – A workday is planned at Hermann Sons Life p.m. The dance will start at 1 p.m. The program begins at 4 p.m. and the meal will be served at 5 p.m. Cost is $12 per person. Tickets are available by calling the lodge hall at 979-836-2053 or from members.

Camp. Read all about it starting on Pg. 1.

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A Western dance will be held at the DaCosta Lodge Hall from 8 p.m. to midnight with music by Texas 361.

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

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

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Sales & Marketing

Recommendations earn two members gift cards The Marketing Department is recognizing 16 recommenders for the month of January. This brings the total to 16 members recommending 17 new members to Hermann Sons Life in 2020. The winners of the $50 gift cards for January are Pamela Jean Dornak from DaCosta Lodge and Sharon Hofferichter from Kypfer-Salge Lodge. Congratulations to the following Januaryrecommenders: Recommender Agent Benard Louis Bosco, Spring Branch Lodge Gloria Gass Jaxon Montgomery Calvert, Castroville Lodge Eulla Krueger Ryan Thomas Cox, La Vernia Lodge Marlin Tanneberger Pamela Jean Dornak, Da Costa Lodge Laura Thigpen Ashley E. Evans, Lockhart Lodge Janice Kuhen Amanda Flora Hobbs, Columbia Lodge Cecilia Phillips Sharon Hofferichter, Kypfer-Salge Lodge Timothy Salge Patrick Kavanaugh, La Vernia Lodge (*) Marlin Tanneberger Robin Denise Keylich, Vineta Lodge Eulla Krueger Blair Marie Maertz, Bernardo Lodge Terrel Maertz McKenzie Isabel Martinez, Poth Lodge Elizabeth Cutsinger Deneen R. Massey, Fort Worth Lodge Sandra Jones Henry Nietenhoefer, Hondo Lodge Linda Mattocks Anneliese Ramos, Castroville Lodge Eulla Krueger Melondie Smith, Gonzales Lodge Bobbie Polasek Jenna Payton Todd, Prinz Solms Lodge Teresa Saathoff (*) Recommended 2 new members

Float available to lodges Lodges are reminded the Hermann Sons Life float is available to feature in your hometown parades. The float will be brought to your location and a truck and driver provided. The lodge provides volunteers for set up and riders. To reserve the float, call the Sales Department at 877437-6266.


Above: The Hermann Sons Life float is pictured in the Seguin Christmas night parade entered by the Seguin School of Dance. Below: The Dallas and Columbia lodges featured the float in the Texas State Fair Parade.



Recommend a new member and you could win! Recommend someone you know for membership and you could win one of two $50 gift cards. Every time you submit the name of a prospective new member, your name will be placed in a drawing. Each month two names will be drawn for $50 gift cards. The more new members you recommend, the more chances you have to win! Visit our website,, (go to bottom of home page)

and enter your recommendation!

If you’re looking for a safe alternative to a bank CD, a Hermann Sons Life annuity is the answer!

Your money earns more!

Earn an additional 1 percent on your initial deposit into a Hermann Sons Life 9-Year Fixed Rate Annuity.


Because this is a fixed rate annuity, your principal is safe. You can’t lose money! And Hermann Sons Life does not charge maintenance fees. The only fee you will ever pay is a small check fee when you make a withdrawal.

• Minimum $2,500 deposit. • New contracts only. • Penalty for early surrender. • No first year withdrawals allowed. • Guaranteed minimum is 1.5%. • HSL-FPDA2011(rev6/2017)

Recommend an agent and earn cash Recommend an agent prospect via phone, web form or email at Include your name, address, telephone number and the contact information of the person(s) you wish to recommend. Please ensure the prospective agent knows that they are being recommended as a Hermann Sons Life agent. If the agent produces 10 applications and

$4,000 in annualized premium income in the first six months of appointment, we will pay the recommender $250. Help bring in new agents to Hermann Sons Life and be rewarded for your efforts. Help the new agent succeed by referring new clients for life insurance, annuities and membership growth.

Tourney to benefit Camp scholarships All proceeds directly benefit the Hermann Sons Youth Camp -

COMFORT – The 10th annual Hermann four holes will go home with a $100 prize. Leigh Gaffney Sons Youth Camp-Shannon Leigh Gaff- Shannon Cost is $100 per person for a four-perScholarship team.Fund ney Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament son scramble has been scheduled for Saturday, April That includes green fees, range balls, lunch, one Mulligan per player and 25, at Golf Club of Texas in San Antonio. Format: 4-person Scramble Proceeds from the tournament will awards. prize drawing will be held. Cost: A$100 per person The Bubba Drive will be sold the day of benefit the scholarship fund named in Includes: green fees, range balls, memory of a former camper and coun- the event at the appropriate hole. one Mulligan per player, selor who lost her battle with leukemia in Sponsorship opportunities are availlunch and awards able. Individuals who sponsor a hole for 1998. Bubba Drive will be sold the day of the Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The $100 will receive signage at the hole. Corevent at the appropriate hole. tournament begins with a shotgun start porations that sponsor a hole for $175 will also receive signage. at 8:30 a.m. For more information, Lunch will follow the tourney and there Schedule of Events:contact Jan Stone at 210-422-1952. will be a prize drawing. Awards will be presented to the first, Online registration is available at her7:30 a.m. Registration second, third and fourth place teams, or use the form to a.m. start the right. TheShotgun form can be mailed to HSYC the golfers (one man and one woman) 8:30 with the longest drive, the golfer with the Scholarship Fund, 288 Rio Ranchero, Pipe Lunch most accurate drive and the golfer closest Creek, TX 78063. Checks should be made payable to Hermann to the pin. Prize drawingSons Youth Camp Players making a hole-in-one on one of Scholarship Fund.


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Shannon Leigh Gaffney Scholarship Fund

10th Annual

GOLF TOURNAMENT Registration Form Shannon Leigh Gaffney loved Camp!

As both a camper and counselor, Shannon exemplified the spirit of Camp. Shannon lost her battle with leukemia on Dec. 15, 1998, at the age Theofscholarship was created 21. Although fund she is no longer with in us in body, spirit lives on atGaffney, Camp memory of her Shannon Leigh and in the many campers whose a former camper and counselorlives who she influenced. Her family and passed away 1998this at the age of 21 Camp staff in created scholarship afterfund losing hermemory. battle The withfund leukemia. in her is a 501(c)3 organization. Shannon exemplified the spirit of Camp

and that spirit lives on in the many Entrywhose & Payment campers lives she Deadline: influenced.

April 20, 2020 Return entry form & check to: HSYC Scholarship Fund For information contact: 288 Rio Ranchero Pipe Creek, Texas 78063 that is located in Jan Stone The San Antonio Home As- Cherusker

Painting Party will help restore window

sociation is hosting a Paint- the ballroom on the third Makefloor. checks payable to: ing Party on Saturday, March Online registration is available at Cost to paint is $35 and in28. Proceeds from the event Hermann Sons Youth Camp cludes the canvas, will be used to restore the Scholarship Fundpaint and Please) stained glass window above all (No theCash tools you will need. the front entrance to the The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. building at 525 S. St. Mary’s in the downstairs Rathskeller St. in downtown San Anto- bar area. Beer and wine will nio, next door to the Her- be available. mann Sons Life Home Office. Plans are to paint a San The window has several Antonio landmark, possibly holes in it and needs to even the historic Home Asbe restored much like the sociation building. For more information, call large stained glass window depicting Hermann the the office at 210-226-5432.


☐ Team Entry Fee - $100 x 4 = $400 ☐ Individual Hole Sponsor - $100

_______________________________________ Name as it should appear on hole sign

☐ Corporate Hole Sponsor - $175

_______________________________________ Name as it should appear on hole sign

1. _________________________________________ Name First Player

____________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________ City State Zip ____________________________________________ Phone Number ____________________________________________ E-mail

2. _________________________________________ Name Second Player

____________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________ City State Zip ____________________________________________ Phone Number ____________________________________________ E-mail

3. _________________________________________ Name Third Player

Chili cook-off set for March 14 in Comfort COMFORT – It’s Chili Cook-off time! The annual Retirement Home Chili and Bean Cook-off will be held March 13-14 in Comfort. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Retirement Home Scholarship Fund. The event starts Friday night with a party for the cooks in the Home’s Recreation Room. The cook-off begins the next morning with registration. Cost to enter is $15 for amateurs and $20 for CASI sanctioned cooks. The entry fee for beans is $10. There will be cash prizes for the top three bean entries.

Showmanship awards will be presented in the CASI and amateur divisions.

There also will be a vendors market. Cost for a space is $25. Vendors must provide their own equipment, canopies, tables and chairs. All fees are non-refundable because they will benefit the scholarship fund. No electricity or running water is available. Set-up time is 7-9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The vendor form and payment must be submitted by March 5. The vendor form is available by contacting the Home at 830-995-2724. Chili cooks are welcome to bring their RVs. Call the Home for more information.

____________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________ City State Zip ____________________________________________ Phone Number ____________________________________________ E-mail

4. _________________________________________ Name Fourth Player

____________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________ City State Zip ____________________________________________ Phone Number ____________________________________________ E-mail

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80 Years


75 Years

MARY A. SCHEFFLER Poth Lodge ROY W. BRUEMMER Spring Branch Lodge



Pioneers DIANA LYNN HILL Gonzales Lodge

SHIRLEY MAE SMITH Twin Sisters Lodge






50 Years



LARRY E. DICKSCHAT Washington Lodge

MELBA J.C. GOVETT La Vernia Lodge

ELAINE G. ARNECKE Weesatche Lodge


WILL KARYL BLAKEMORE New Bielau Lodge Yorktown Lodge

60 Years

LORI KAY AMICK Pershing Lodge







PATSY B. MYNAR Deanville Lodge



FAY R. ECKEL Dogwood Trail Lodge


ROBERT EUGENE CHARBULA Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge

HARVEY E. GOEDRICH Schulenburg Lodge






MARVIN H. HADASH Siemering Lodge



GLORIA VOGES Spring Branch Lodge





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Dale Andrie Kyler has received his 60-year membership pin. Dale, a member of Harmonia Lodge, lives in the New Braunfels area. He joined on Jan. 14, 1959.

Phil Williams has received his 70year membership pin. Phil lives in San Antonio and is a member of Harmonia Lodge. He joined on March 24, 1949.

William Kainer has received his 70-year membership pin. William, a member of El Campo Lodge, lives in Alvin. He joined on March 22, 1949.

Charles Kenneth White of Berlin, Conn., has received his 60-year membership pin. Charles is a member of Kerrville Lodge. He joined on June 26, 1959.

Judy Loth Evanicky has received her 60-year membership pin. Judy, a member of Plum Lodge, lives in Smithville. She joined on Aug. 6, 1959.

Ken Meyer of Henderson, Nevada, has received his 70-year membership pin. Ken belongs to Gruenau Lodge. He joined Oct. 14, 1949.

Howard Meyer Stridde has received his 60-year membership pin. Howard lives in Shiner and is a member of General Bee Lodge. He joined July 9, 1959.

Michael A. Tasler of New Braunfels has received his 60year membership pin. Michael is a member of Shiner Lodge. He joined on Nov 1, 1959.

Daniel F. Harabis has received his 60-year membership pin. Daniel lives in Shiner and is a member of Shiner Lodge. He joined on Nov. 16, 1959.

Lloyd Yarbrough of Adkins has received his 75-year membership pin. Lloyd belongs to Harmonia Lodge. He joined on Sept. 14, 1944.

Stancie Ley of Ridgeland, Miss., has received her 60-year membership pin. Stancie is a member of Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge. She joined on Oct. 27, 1959.

Anne Graeber of Needville has received her 60-year membership pin. Anne belongs to Needville Lodge. She joined on April 5, 1959.

Larry Staas of Robinson has received his 70-year membership pin. Larry is a member of WacoRobinson Lodge. He became a member Feb. 12, 1949.

Janice Sparger of Comfort has received her 70-year membership pin. Janice is a member of Comfort Lodge. She joined on Oct. 11, 1949.

Daryl Leick of Plano has received his 60-year membership pin. Daryl is a member of Dallas Lodge. He joined on March 10, 1959

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Retirement Home

Residents ring in New Year at their own party COMFORT – Guests at the Home in January were Ken Kube and Richard Koplon from Minnesota; Seymore Buttes; Janet and Rodney Tedford and Jase from Cameron; Josh Craig and Becca, Marble Falls; and Kaysi Craig, Harper.

Chapel service and Holy Communion were conducted by Anglican Priest David Guthrie on Jan. 27. Ross Murphy assisted and Frank Hedges played his flute. Birthday cake and ice cream were served as dessert for the

noon meal on Jan. 29 to honor Ralph Spenrath and Betty Murphy. We extend our condolences to Manager Brenda Gunnink and her family. Her husband, Rod, passed away Jan. 16. – Helen Widner

Discussing football around the dining room table were, from left, Roland Collier, Ray Berry, Ken Sweeney and Darrell Kaminski.


Donations to the Retirement Home in Memory of: DOROTHY BUCKNER Donor: Lockhart Lodge

LUCILLE M. STREMMEL Donor: Karen L. Palafox

LARRY WAYNE SCHATZ Donor: Burton Lodge



HOMER C. ELLISON SR. Donor: Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge RICHARD E. GALLS Donor: Deanville Lodge

Donations to the Retirement Home Scholarship Fund in Memory of: Cheryl Collier was one of the residents celebrating the New Year at the Home.

Roger Preacher, from left, Annette Shaw and Vernell Homilius shared stories during the New Year’s Eve party hosted by the residnts.

Darrell Kaminski enjoys good snacks at the New Year’s Eve party hosted by the residents.

LIGHT LIEBSCHER Donor: Rutersville Lodge KENT MAYSEL Donors: Jack & Dianne Larned RODNEY GUNNINK Donor: Myrtle Kirchhoff


Donations to Hermann Sons Youth Camp in Memory of: HOWARD F. GREBE Donor: Brenham Lodge

Donors to the Grief Support Session: MISSION-ALAMO LODGE

Camp registration to open Cont’d. from Pg. 1 Everyone else – including those Camp-eligible junior members who did not attend Camp last year and those who are now Camp-eligible because they will be between the ages of 9 and 14 before Sept. 1, 2020, will receive their registration brochure by regular mail. The brochures will go in the mail the first week of March (the exact date of mailing had not been determined as of press time.)

The cost to attend remains the same - $275 for the sixnight full session. According to Executive Camp Director Ian Brassett, “this is an absolute bargain in the camping world.” Remember that starting this summer, 14-year-olds are eligible to attend Camp. This means that junior members who start when they are 9 years old can attend for six summers, instead of five. Just like it was last summer, campers can now attend Camp for two weeks, instead of just

Everyone invited to join the workday festivities Cont’d. from Pg. 1 Please RSVP for the Volunteer Work Day by emailing jwsorbel@ or by calling 830995-3223 or shooting a text to 909-362-9058 with the name of the volunteer. We need to know if you have a certain skill set, whether or not you will be staying for dinner and if you need a place to sleep. In addition to providing lunch, we are making arrangements for happy hour, a barbecue dinner and live music for all those who volunteer their time. Agent

Brad Klein, who also happens to be a musician, is making arrangements for the musical entertainment and he has assured me that there will be both kinds of music - Country and Western! If you cannot volunteer for the day but would like to come for dinner and listen to the music, that’s OK too. Cost will be $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 8 to 15. SPREAD THE WORD among all the members you know so no one misses out on this opportunity to help improve our Camp facilities.

New Mini-Camp offered for younger children Leaving home for an entire week can be scary for younger children and the parents of those younger children. To help our 8- and 9-yearold junior members and their parents ease into the Camp experience, this summer a two-night Mini-Camp will be offered just for these children. The dates are July 1-3 and the cost is just $120. The mini-campers will be scheduled a selection of activities for them to try as well as enjoying two or three of

the most popular evening activities. This session will be coed and will be held at Hilltop. Boys will stay in one dorm and girls will stay in another. The 9-year-old mini-campers can also attend a fullweek session later in the season if they like. A postcard will be sent to these campers giving them and their parents instructions on how to enroll in this special session. That postcard should be mailed the first week of March.

one. After May 15, sessions will be opened up so campers can register for a second week at the same price as the first week. Campers will not be permitted to stay at Camp between sessions this summer but Ian is working on the logistics to make this a possibility in future years. Parents are reminded that they can call the Home Office at 800-234-4124 or 210-2269261 if they need help with registration.

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Deadline nears for scholarship applications SAN ANTONIO – Hermann Sons Life members graduating from high school this year have two scholarships available to help them pay for their college education. They are the Hermann Sons Retirement Home Scholarship and the Hermann Sons Youth Camp-Shannon Leigh Gaffney Scholarship The Camp will award three $1,000 scholarships and the Home will award five $1,500

scholarships. The applications can be found on the Hermann Sons Life website at Shannon Gaffney-Hermann Sons Youth Camp Scholarship Applicants must be a graduating senior, a past Hermann Sons Life Camp camper and a current member of Hermann Sons Life with dues and premiums paid current. The application requires

Lodge, community leader passes away Hermann Sons Life is mourning the passing of a longtime member who was devoted to his family, his community and Hermann Sons Life. Timothy Bert Salge passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the age of 67. Tim was born and raised in New Braunfels and had been a member of Kypfer-Salge Lodge since he was just 2 months old. He served Hermann Sons Life as an agent, as president of Kypfer-Salge Lodge and as a member of the Laws Committee. His community involvement including serving as a Wurstfest Association Opa. He was the Grosser Opa for the 2011 Wurstfest celebration. His other community involvement included serving as president and lifetime member of the Freiheit Bowling Club, a member of the Downtown Rotary Club,

Retirement Home Scholarship The five $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to one student from each of the five regions. Each applicant must be a

member of Hermann Sons Life for a minimum of five years and have a certificate of insurance and local lodge dues paid up on the date of the filing of the application. High school grades will have no bearing on who receives these scholarships, only the student’s desire to better himself/ herself. As part of the application, students must write an essay of 300 words or less on what Hermann Sons Life means to

them. Scholarships will be awarded to first-year college students only and may be used at any four-year university, two-year community college or trade school of the student’s choosing. Deadline to apply is April 1 Graduating seniors also should check with their local lodge to see if it has a scholarship program.

MEMBERS OF HERMANN SONS LIFE HONDO VICTORY LODGE GRADUATE CASH DRAWING Hondo Victory Lodge will hold a drawing and award up to FIVE $200 prizes to eligible 2020 high school senior girl graduates who are members of Hondo Victory Lodge. The prize will be in the form of a check. Names will be drawn on June 1, 2020. The winners only will be notified and are encouraged to attend the June 9, 2020 meeting to accept their check. For more information, call Loraine Miller at 830-426-2482. To enter, the form below must be completed and received on or before May 30, 2020.

Tim Salge Baron of the Braunfels Foundation Trust, board member of the Heritage Society of New Braunfels, past member of the Comal County Historical Society, member of the Sophienburg Museum, member of Das Verein Social Group and member of the

Mail to: Loraine Miller, Financial Secretary Hondo Victory Lodge 1701 22nd Street Hondo, TX 78861 Please send a cap & gown picture for publication in the newspaper. (Photo will not be returned) The photo is not a requirement for the drawing but will be appreciated.

Graduate Cash Drawing Entry Form Name________________________________________________


Answers to puzzles on Page 24 Across 4. Green 5. Shamrock 9. Potato 10. Leprechaun Down 1. Jig 2. Snakes 3. Rainbow 6. March 7. Gold 8. Ireland 11. Pot

two reference letters, a transcript and an essay titled “How Being a Hermann Sons Life Camper Helped to Shape the Person I Am Today.” The essay should be typed and be between 250 and 750 words in length. Deadline to apply is March 1.

Address______________________________________________ Phone Number________________________________________ Name of High School___________________________________ School Address________________________________________ School Phone Number__________________________________

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Community mourns passing of Tim Salge at age 67 Cont’d. from Pg. 10 Freundschaft Verein. He also was active at First Protestant Church where he was a member his entire life. Tim served in many roles at Famers Mutual Fire Insurance over his

43-year tenure including adjuster, claims manager, president and board member. Tim was a proud graduate of New Braunfels High School and played baseball as a student at Texas Lutheran University He was preceded in death by his

parents, Lulu and Raymond Salge, both of whom were longtime Hermann Sons Life members, and his brother-in-law, Ronny Rhodes. Tim is survived by his wife of 44 years, Celeste Albrecht Salge; sons Josh, Chad and Ross; daughters-in-law Katie, Meredith and

Megan; grandchildren Hayden, Harper and Bellamy; sister Tina (Darryl) O’Bryant; mother-in-law Jeanette Constance; sister-in-law Olga Rhodes; brothers-in-law Jeff (Tammy) and Warren (Tricia) Albrecht and numerous other family and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 25, at First Protestant Church in New Braunfels. Memorial donations may be made to First Protestant Church, the Heritage Society of New Braunfels and/or the Sophienburg Museum and Archives.

In Memoriam of Our Deceased Members MELVIN E.J. KATT Cibolo Lodge Died Nov. 8, 2016• Age 86

MARILYN K.P. ZOLKOSKI Poth Lodge Died Oct. 27, 2019 • Age 94

MARVIN LEE ROEHLING Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died Nov. 24, 2019 • Age 82

GWENDOLYNN J. SCHRADE DaCosta Lodge Died Dec. 8, 2019 • Age 68

LOUISE J. JANECKA DaCosta Lodge Died Dec. 27, 2019 • Age 80

DORIS E. GLENN Plum Lodge Died Dec. 31, 2016 • Age 83

DONALD D. MILLER Fort Worth Lodge Died Oct. 27, 2019 • Age 57

HELEN MARIE SCURLOCK Macdona Lodge Died Nov. 26, 2019 • Age 55

DON GERALD RASH Gay Hill Lodge Died Dec. 11, 2019 • Age 83

DONALD R. WIGGINTON El Campo Lodge Died Dec. 28, 2019 • Age 87

DOROTHY M. BLAZEK Louise Schuetze Lodge Died Feb. 26, 2017 • Age 103

JAMES F. HOLTON JR. Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died Oct. 31, 2019 • Age 70

MARY MAUDE HORN Bryan Lodge Died Nov. 27, 2019 • Age 80

BARNEY LEE GEORGES Round Top Lodge Died Dec. 13, 2019 • Age 85

HENRY VIRGIL HUNT Siemering Lodge Died Dec. 30, 2019 • Age 89

SAM H. STOELTJE JR. Seguin Lodge Died Dec. 10, 2017 • Age 94

MARTHA E. OTHOLD Shiner Lodge Died Nov. 5, 2019 • Age 97

RANDALL E. HAVERLAND Coupland Lodge Died Nov. 28, 2019 • Age 61

FLORINE LAVERNE SCHULZE Round Top Lodge Died Dec. 15, 2019 • Age 86

ELAINE M. DOLE Louise Schuetze Lodge Died Jan. 1, 2020 • Age 94

JENNIFER EGAN Corpus Christi Lodge Died March 10, 2018 • Age 73

PAYTON B. LAMPMAN Kirby Lodge Died Nov. 6, 2019 • Age 93

MELVIN R. HOUSTON Giddings Lodge Died Nov. 29, 2019 • Age 88

JEAN A. HARTFIEL Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge Died Dec. 15, 2019 • Age 89

CARYL ANN GOULD McGregor Lodge Died Jan. 3, 2020 • Age 92

JAMES W. MILLNER Paige Lodge Died Nov. 19, 2018 • Age 90

JOY F. LOWAK Louise Schuetze Lodge Died Nov. 10, 2019 • Age 91

GERALDINE J. SAUER Ellinger Lodge Died Dec. 2, 2019 • Age 96

RICHARD E. GALLS Deanville Lodge Died Dec. 15, 2019 • Age 93

MILTON JOSEPH LEDWIG Yorktown Lodge Died Jan. 4, 2020 • Age 77

FRANK E. ROHM JR. Harmonia Lodge Died Dec. 14, 2018 • Age 91

LARRY JAMES ENGELKE Stern Lodge Died Nov. 16, 2019 • Age 72

NAOMI RUTH ZERR El Paso Lodge Died Dec. 3, 2019 • Age 91

ELISA C. TORRES Nordheim Lodge Died Dec. 16, 2019 • Age 89

ELWOOD F. REINHARD Harmonia Lodge Died Jan. 5, 2020 • Age 78

HARLEY E. GOLD Fredericksburg Lodge Died April 5, 2019 • Age 90

ANNETTE M. SCHWAB New Braunfels Lodge Died Nov. 16, 2019 • Age 69

GERTRUD K. TENBERG Kerrville Lodge Died Dec. 3, 2019 • Age 96

NERISSA KAY BESETSNY Schulenburg Lodge Died Dec. 19, 2019 • Age 40

MICHAEL ADRION SCHAEFER Harmonia Lodge Died Jan. 5, 2020 • Age 73

JAMES E. BATES Pershing Lodge Died June 17, 2019 • Age 86

SUZAN A. IVY La Vernia Lodge Died Nov. 16, 2019 • Age 76

JACKIE DEAN PRITCHARD Gonzales Lodge Died Dec. 5, 2019 • Age 67

WALTER W. HILL JR. San Patricio County Lodge Died Dec. 20, 2019 • Age 96

GERALD NICKEL Helotes Lodge Died Jan. 9, 2020 • Age 92

MARY JANE TREYBIG Rutersville Lodge Died Aug. 10, 2019 • Age 82

THOMAS B. ATKINS Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge Died Nov. 18, 2019 • Age 76

ELENORA M. BROOKS Mission-Alamo Lodge Died Dec. 6, 2019 • Age 102

IDA MAE TAYLOR Comfort Lodge Died Dec. 21, 2019 • Age 93

YVONNE L. SCHNEIDER Seguin Lodge Died Jan. 9, 2020 • Age 83

LEONARD L. LAMBERT Rowena Lodge Died Sept. 15, 2019 • Age 85

EVELYN FORSHAGE Seguin Lodge Died Nov. 18, 2019 • Age 95

LARRY E. KUTZER Comfort Lodge Died Dec. 6, 2019 • Age 71

JOSEPH SCERBO Corpus Christi Lodge Died Dec. 21, 2019 • Age 75

LAVERNE H. RASH Old Glory Lodge Died Jan. 14, 2020 • Age 92

JACK WALLACE BAKER Washington Lodge Died Oct. 19, 2019 • Age 90

VIRGIL VAHLENKAMP Old Glory Lodge Died Nov. 19, 2019 • Age 87

ARLENE BELSHER Louise Schuetze Lodge Died Dec. 6, 2019 • Age 86

DARLA MAE CHANDLER Karnes City Lodge Died Dec. 22, 2019 • Age 60

RODNEY G. GUNNINK Comfort Lodge Died Jan. 16, 2020 • Age 64

LEON V. PADALECKI Seguin Lodge Died Oct. 21, 2019 • Age 82

ARNO O. RENNSPIES SR. Seguin Lodge Died Nov. 23, 2019 • Age 89

HAROLD MORRISON Schwertner Lodge Died Dec. 6, 2019 • Age 91

ANTHONY BONKOWSKI Seguin Lodge Died Dec. 25, 2019 • Age 83

The names of deceased members are listed on this page only after a death claim on the member's life insurance certificate has been filed.

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Pershing Lodge welcomes three new members SAN ANTONIO – Pershing Lodge will meet in the San Antonio Home Association meeting room on March 4 at 7 p.m. Members are asked to bring sandwiches or salads. At the February meeting, President Beth Warne installed the 2020 officers. Students wanting to apply for the Pershing Lodge scholarship are reminded that they must have attended at least six regular meetings during a four-year period and must provide a list of the various activities in which they were involved as a member

of the lodge. Call 210-227-3085 for additional information. Chaplain Tony Valek reported on the passing of Lee T. Stalsby, Eugene R. Borders, Alma M. Geyer, Virginia D. Morris and Bernardine B. Wolf. Three new members were welcomed. They are Kathleen S. Yeary, Luke Vincent Kolodzie and Dylan Scott Barta. Transferring into the lodge is Jacqueline Lee Klein. Beth Warne won the $35 attendance prize and the split-the- Celebrating January birthdays from Pershing Celebrating February birthdays from Pershing pot draw ing. Lodge were, from left, Tony Valek, Alice Golla and Lodge were, from left, John Opiela, Emily Wallace – Dorothy Pawlik Ron Plouch. and Loyd LeBlanc.

Niederwald Lodge installs officers

Celebrating February birthdays from Fredericksburg Lodge were, from left, Edgar Priess, Dennis Henke, Donna Staudt, Wanda Starns and Lola Enderlin.

Fredericksburg meets March 3 FREDERICKSBURG – Fredericksburg Lodge will meet Tuesday, March 3. A salad supper is planned. Members enjoyed the annual tamale and chili supper at the February meeting, which was well attended. President Hans and Lola Enderlin and Edgar and Margaret Priess prepared the meal. Hans gave members a detailed breakdown of 2019 income and expenditures and current assets. – Reporter

Joyce Hagedorn receives the Niederwald Lodge Humanitarian Award for 2019 from President Don Dailey.

Moulton holds memorial service Celebrating their wedding anniversary in February were Fredericksburg Lodge members Steven and Marissa Weinheimer.

New Bielau meeting March 23 WEIMAR – New Bielau Lodge will meet March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the New Bielau Community Center. Officers for 2020 were installed at the Jan. 27 meeting. Agent Mary K. Seifert was in attendance and reported dance classes were going strong and

NIEDERWALD – Niederwald Lodge’s 2020 officers were installed at the Jan. 28 meeting. They are president, Don Dailey; vice president, Harry Schriber; secretary-treasurer, Connie Schriber; and financial trustees, Betty Moczygemba, Nancy Smith and Joe Hennig. Appointed officers will be membership coordinator, Adeline Schubert; community coordinator, Harry Schriber; youth coordinator, Joyce Dailey; and communications coordinator, Nancy Smith. Members observed a moment of silence in memory of those who had passed away in 2019. – Nancy Smith

the recital will be held in May. It was decided the Join Hands Day project will again be to visit Parkview Manor and play games with the residents. The date has not been set. Arlene Marshall celebrated a birthday in February. – Harlene Novak

Moulton Lodge will not meet in March. The next meeting will be held in April. Celebrating a birthday at the February meeting was Eugene Anderle. A memorial service was held to honor John Beran, Laverne Wagner and Bobby Roznovsky.

Door prize winners at the January meeting of Niederwald Lodge were Betty Duesterheft and Nancy Smith.

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Columbia will hold member appreciation event DALLAS – March comes in like a lion this year for Columbia Lodge members, with three big events scheduled for the first full weekend in March at the Dallas Hall. Kicking it off on Thursday, March 5, Corb Lund returns to the Hall for a 9 p.m. show. Corb is a Western and Country singer-songwriter from Alberta, Canada, who has released nine albums, three of which are certified gold. Friday, March 6, will include the monthly member appreciation and outreach event, First Friday, in conjunction with the annual Spring Fling Spaghetti Dinner and Swing Dance party. Savoy Swing will mesmerize partygoers with their sweet and smoky sounds, perfect for trying out all those swinging dance moves. Then on Saturday, March 7, Justin Pickard and the Thunderbird Winos will host their record release party starting at 6 p.m. There will be 19 bands, including the Eleven Hundred Springs Trio, The Bodarks and Honey

Folk, as well as several local artists showcasing their talents. The second full weekend features the Retirement Home Chili Cookoff in Comfort. Bobby Wilbanks won the Columbia Lodge chili cookoff in February. There were three chili entries (Glenn Marvin and Ean Howe both contributed) and two bean entries (from Debra Hundley and Anni Howe). Only first place chili was declared. All members are encouraged to attend this fun event. The cooks’ party happens on Friday night, March 13, inside the Retirement Home’s Rec Room. The chili and bean competition begins Saturday morning, March 15, with CASI sanctioned judging alongside the amateur division. Both levels award showmanship prizes. Bean entries can win cash prizes. That same weekend, on Sunday, March 15, the general meeting for both lodges will be held in the meeting room at 2 p.m. There are to be some proposed amendments to the bylaws that may be voted on at

Columbia Lodge’s new member Eric Hall, left, and Vice President Ean Howe review the lodge’s Year-At-A-Glance calendar project. This calendar is being developed in an effort to streamline communications, get committees out in front of upcoming events in a more efficient and effective manner, and to submit and finalize use-forms to the events chair and address budgetary concerns well in advance of the scheduled events.

Corb Lund will return to the Dallas Hall for a performance on March 5 at 9 p.m. He is pictured with Anni Howe.

that meeting only so be sure to put it on your agenda. Tuesday, March 24, the Home Association will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Columbia Lodge welcomed new member Eric Hall at the February meeting. April starts out with the Deep

Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. until noon. Columbia Lodge has scheduled the April meeting directly after the pancake breakfast, so plan accordingly. Lodge members are encouraged to carpool to the hall due to very limited parking during the festival weekend. – Anni Howe

Ellum Arts Festival on Friday, April 3, which offers so much to do and see that First Friday will not showcase any additional activity. Members and guests sporting wristbands will be able to enjoy First Friday beer and pizza pricing. Saturday morning, April 4, the lodge will host St. Alfonzo’s

Poth welcomes new member

Bernardo Lodge installs officers for 2020

POTH – Poth Lodge welcomed a new member – Jeremiah Anderson – at the Feb. 2 meeting. The final version of the new “rules for hall rental” were approved. They will be posted on the refrigerator in the hall’s kitchen. Members sent get-well soon wishes to Lucilla Novak who was in the hospital at the time of the meeting. The lodge met its new member goal for 2019 and received a certificate and bonus check from the Home Office. Members thanked the local agents for making this happen. In building maintenance news, Lawrence Maha ttreated the weeds around the outside unit of the air conditioner and Albert Holder replaced both toilets in the ladies’ restroom. The monthly door prizes were won by Virginia Maha and Sharon Tanneberger. Three names were drawn for the $15 kitty

BERNARDO – The 2020 officers were installed at the January meeting of Bernardo Lodge. They are president, Terrel Maertz; vice president, Beatrice Hill; secretary-treasurer and reporter, Robin Maertz; trustees, R.W. Maertz, Joe Trojacek and Anita Zaskoda; Finance Committee members, Billy Hagen, Emily Frank and Arlene Trojacek; and cheer person, Beatrice Hill. Members were reminded that Chris Kotara celebrated his February birthday at the Poth Lodge meeting on Super Bowl Sunday. but none of those chosen were in attendance. The prize money will be increased by $2 for next month. After the meeting, everyone feasted on the “football shaped” baked turkey and ham sandwiches and played games. – Beth Cutsinger

the beginning of a new year is a good time to review life insurance policies with regard to beneficiaries and address changes. Forms are available from Robin and Terrel or by going to the website - A letter was received thanking the lodge for the $70 donation to the Columbus Food Panty. Robin noted that this year’s Summer Social will be June 13.

The lodge will provide the barbecue. The Christmas party will be held Dec. 11. Both events will be held in the Bernardo Volunteer Fire Department Meeting Room. Attendance prizes were won by Joe Trojacek and R.W. Maertz. The lodge meets regularly on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Bernardo Volunteer Fire Department Meeting Room. – Robin Maertz

La Vernia Lodge changes meeting time LA VERNIA – The 2020 officers were installed at the Jan. 19 meeting of La Vernia Lodge. They are president, Charles Stork; vice president, Candy Stork; secretary, Jeanie Walpole; treasurer, Elaine Schnitz; financial trustees, Charles Haese; Sharon Tanneberger and Marlin Tanneberger; communications coordinator, Jeanie Wal-

pole; youth coordinator, Beth Brooks; membership coordinator, Edna Mae Fanni; and community coordinator, Charles Stork. Members enjoyed pizza and desserts after the meeting. The lodge’s officers have decided to change the meeting time. Meetings will now begin at 1 p.m. Meetings will still be

held at the lodge hall located at 122 Bluebonnet (FM 775) in La Vernia. The time was changed in hopes of getting more members to attend and be a part of what the lodge is doing in the community. For more information, contact Jeanie Walpole at 830-7792253. – Jeanie Walpole

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Siemering Lodge will honor past presidents SAN ANTONIO – Siemering Lodge members will honor their past presidents at the March meeting. The Lee family will prepare an Irish meal. Members are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. It was “We Love Our Agents Night” at the February meeting. The evening began with an Italian themed dinner including lasagna, garlic bread and many side dishes and desserts. Agents in attendance were Judy Schulmeier of Kirby Lodge and her husband Irvin, Special Representative Eulla Krueger and daughter Gwen Gatlin and Special Representative Teresa Saathoff and husband Doug. There was a question and answer session about the variety of Hermann Sons Life products. Gwen Gatlin, who is a teacher in the Southwest Independent School District, presented the lodge’s “Tabs for Zach” proj-

ect in conjunction with the Ronald McDonald House with 37,000 pull tabs that weighed 31 pounds. She explained that a co-worker observed her putting a can tab in her pocket and asked around about why she did that. When it was explained that she saves them for “Tabs for Zach,” it became a community service project for Mrs. Martinez’s class at Kriewald Elementary School. Zach is Zachary Baza who is now 12. Zach had a triple organ transplant at 6 months of age. His family received assistance from the Ronald McDonald House when he had to travel to Omaha for treatment. The Baza family are members of Siemering Lodge and they were there to accept the tabs from Gwen and make sure they get to the Ronald McDonald House. Collecting tabs for the Ron-

Celebrating birthdays at the February meeting of Siemering Lodge were, from left, Chris Naughton, Cody Crisplip, Teresa Saathoff and Lori Todd. ald McDonald House in Zach’s name is an ongoing project for the lodge. Past Grand President Steve Prewitt donated a bag that weighed approximately six pounds and several gallon bags of tabs have been donated by Siemering Lodge members.

Lodge meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. and usually take place in the Rathskeller at 525 S. St. Mary’s, but some will be out in extra fun places. Keep an eye on the newspaper articles for upcoming details. Come join

Gwen Gatlin presented 31 pounds of can tabs to the “Tabs for Zach” project operated by Siemering Lodge on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House. She presented them to Zach Baza and his family at the lodge’s February meeting. us for great fellowship and the good feeling of helping with projects to benefit the community. – Sally Hertzberg

Bandera County will host Senior Fun Day April 4 LAKEHILLS – Bandera County Lodge has moved its meeting place to the Lakehills United Methodist Church located at the corner of Ave. J and 8th street in Lakehills. All members are encouraged to attend meetings in this larger facility. The first meeting of 2020 was held Jan. 12. Notes of thanks were received for monetary donations made in 2019 to the Hermann Sons Retirement Home, Boys and Girls Club of

Bandera County, the VA Fisher House, Arms of Hope and the Silver Sage Senior Center. Gary Reile reported that the Bandera Little League would be changing hands. The lodge had purchased a banner for the fence at the field years ago. Gary said he would find out what will happen to the banner and make contact with the new league. The 2020 officers will be president, Gary Reile; vice president,

Joe Gagliardi; recording secretary; Bev Gagliardi; financial secretary, Pamela Biering; Finance Committee members, Kathleen Reile, Stephanie Brown and Sandy Trenklebach; communications coordinator, Susan Hillje; community coordinator, Paul Heath; membership coordinator, Leona Field; and youth coordinator, Stephanie Brown. The rest of the 2020 calendar looks like this:

April 4 - 2 p.m., Senior Fun Day at the Retirement Home with a meeting, sing-along and ice cream social May 9 – Games party at Cedar Creek Nursing Home in Bandera, lunch in Bandera and dance recital at 3 p.m. July 12 – 3 p.m., meeting at Lakehills UMC Hall, bring snacks Aug. 23 – 2 p.m., Salt Grass Restaurant active member appreciation dinner Nov. 8 – 3 p.m., meeting at

Lakehills UMC Hall, Christmas party planning, bring snacks Dec. 6 - Christmas party and ice cream social at Lakehills UMC Hall The lodge’s Camp age members are reminded that the lodge offers camperships. Email Pam Biering at pbiering@yahoo. com to apply. Include the camper’s name, parent’s name and phone number. Pam will reply with more information. – Susan Hillje

Fort Worth invites members to March 1 meeting FORT WORTH – The Fort Worth Lodge meeting date of March 1 is getting close. Members are asked to make plans to attend and help make plans for the Join Hands Day project and the summer picnic. Fresh ideas are needed for 2020. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. at City View Lanes, 6601 Oakmont Blvd. Youth Coordinator Ronnie Jones reports requests for Camp T-shirts for the coming season

are up over last year. Parents are reminded to send the form to Ronnie for a T-shirt and a chance to win a drawing for a partial refund of the Camp fee. If you know a non-member who would like to attend Camp, contact Agent Sandra Jones at 817781-7155. Members are reminded there are two scholarship opportunities for junior members. The first is the Hermann Sons Youth

Camp-Shannon Leigh Gaffney Scholarship. Applications are due no later than March 1. The second is the Hermann Sons Life Retirement Home Scholarship. Applications are due no later than April 1. If your child would like to apply, visit the Hermann Sons Life website for complete details on qualifications and to complete the applications. Go to, then click on Mem-

ber Benefits and then Scholarships. Two members have reached their 50-year membership milestone. Kent Brauer has been a member since Feb. 1, 1970, and Delbert Clutts Jr. has been a member since Feb. 2, 1970. Sympathy is extended to the families of Delbert Clutts Sr. and B.J. Fulfer. Delbert joined the lodge April 5, 1970, and B.J. joined on June 6, 1954.

Linda and Robert Balmos celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Also celebrating an anniversary were Sam and Sandra Jones. Happy Birthday wishes go out to Kim Burns, Patricia Burns, Cheyenne Davis, Harrison Emshoff, Jimmy Kassler, Karen Burns-Lane, Kylie Leblanc, Cara McMillan, Daryl Miller, Alicia Putman and Nicole Seise. – Reporter

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Comfort Lodge awards two camperships COMFORT – Comfort Lodge celebrated Valentine’s Day and gave away camperships during the Feb. 10 meeting held at the VFW Hall in Comfort. Members enjoyed a fried chicken meal and played HEART. The names of two junior members in attendance who are eligible to attend Hermann Sons Life Camp in 2020 were drawn randomly. Reilly Tinney and Jordan Judkins will attend Camp using the camperships provided by the lodge. The lodge also is offering five half-camperships to Comfort Lodge junior members who will be attending Camp this summer. The application for the campership can be found in this edition of the newspaper or on the Comfort Lodge Facebook page. These camperships will be given away on a first-received basis. Comfort Lodge also will give away one campership to any junior member who would like to attend Camp this summer. These applications must be postmarked no later than April 24. Two outgoing officers were recognized for their dedication and service to the lodge. Past

DaCosta scholarship available DACOSTA – DaCosta Lodge will meet March 10 at 6 p.m. The lodge’s graduating high school seniors are reminded to contact LaVerne Hajek at 361575-1712 for scholarship application information. Deadline to apply is May 1. Western dances are scheduled at the lodge hall on March 14 and April 18. Friend the lodge on Facebook at DaCosta Lodge and follow and like the new venue page for DaCosta Hall. –Sayra Martinak

President Jennifer Cernosek, from left, recognized past president Connie Spenrath and past financial secretary Bobbye Burow for their many years of service to Comfort Lodge. They have served a combined 30 years as lodge officers. President Connie Spenrath was recognized for her 10 years of service. She was also the first female president of Comfort Lodge. Bobbye Burow was recognized for serving as the financial secretary for 20 years. Each woman received a plaque and a cake in recognition of their service. The next lodge gathering will

The Judkins family enjoyed the youth party held as part of the February Comfort Lodge meeting. One of their children, Jordan, was one of the winners of a full campership and will be attending Hermann Sons Life Camp free of charge this summer.

be held April 13. A hamburger meal will be provided. The social will begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by the meal at 6 p.m. The business meeting will follow the meal. To keep up with Comfort Lodge and happenings, like the lodge on Facebook by searching Hermann Sons Life Comfort. – Katie Miller

Junior member Bailey Preuss enjoyed playing the Valentine’s Day game at the Comfort Lodge February gathering.

Cibolo to host master gardener March 5 CIBOLO – February is Rodeo Month in San Antonio and in honor of the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, Cibolo Lodge held its regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Universal City. Fried chicken was the main dish for the meal. Lodge officers met Jan. 26 and set the meeting and menu schedule for the year. It is as follows: March 5 there will be a regular meeting. Pastor Theis of St. John Lutheran Church in Marion will talk about gardening. Pastor Theis is a Master Gardener intern with 30 years of experience. Games will follow if time permits. The meat will be sausage with green themed side dishes and desserts in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. There also will be a quarterly cash drawing.

April 2 there will be a regular meeting with a build your own sandwich bar, Mary Ann Gray’s potato salad and Easter Egg decorating contest. May 3 will be the annual dance recital at Texas Lutheran University. More information will be posted as it is received. May 7 is Bunco Night in celebration of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. The main course is lasagna and the men are responsible for desserts. June 4 there will be a regular meeting, a quarterly cash drawing for all in attendance and games. Brisket will be the main course. June 14 is Flag Day. Since this is a Sunday, the lodge will coordinator with Cibolo City Hall to determine the date for the annual ceremony. The lodge will provide the cookies and water as

in the past. The date will be announced as soon as possible. July 12 will be a meeting of officers starting at 5 p.m. at the home of the Browns. Aug. 6 there will be a regular meeting followed by games and a meal featuring barbecue chicken. Sept. 3 there will be a regular meeting and memorial service, if needed. Pot roast will be on the menu and there will be a best homemade pie contest. There also will be a quarterly cash drawing for those in attendance. Oct. 1 there will be a regular meeting and the annual Halloween Costume contest. Pizza will be on the menu. Nov. 5 there will be a regular meeting with ham as the meat. The busy meeting will include the election of officers, quarterly cash drawing and best home-

made cookie contest. Christmas party tickets will go on sale. Saturday, Dec. 5, is the date for the Christmas party at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Marion. All of the meetings begin at 7 p.m. with a potluck dinner. The meeting begins at 7:30ish (unless otherwise stated). All members are encouraged to attend. Welcomed as new members were Monique Viola Angelica and Joshua Nicholas Angelica. Adult attendance winners were Sheri Rakowitz and Alvin Schulz. The junior winner was Emmaline Rakowitz. Games followed. The side dish winner was cucumbers by Gail Gray and the dessert winner was a tie between the Tres Leches cake by Cory Rakowitz and the brownies by Gail Gray. – Tracy Campos

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Rosenberg-Richmond approves 2020 schedule ROSENBERG – RosenbergRichmond Lodge members approved the 2020 schedule when they met Feb. 10 at the Rosenberg Civic Center. The meeting schedule is as follows: April 13, fried chicken furnished by the lodge, members asked to bring a vegetable, salad or dessert June 8, chicken fried steak and chicken fried chicken furnished by the lodge, members asked to bring desserts Aug. 10, ice cream and game night

Oct. 12, sausage, sauerkraut and side dish furnished by lodge, members asked to bring desserts Dec. 14, turkey and dressing and dessert furnished by lodge, game night, members asked to bring items for Helping Hands. A catered meal of enchilada casserole was served. Members brought desserts. W. Lee and Sharon Hedt and Kevin Engelhardt were in charge of serving. Margie Krenek gave the blessing. Membership Coordinator Rosalie Byrd reported that sympa-

thy cards were sent to Robbie Hartfiel, the family of Homer Ellison and to Raymond and Emma Kueck. A get-well card was sent to Frank Pryor. A memorial service was held in honor of members who passed away in 2019. Door prizes were donated by W. Lee and Barbara Schmidt, Malcolm and Elaine Krause and Johnnie and Annie Zak. The attendance prizes were won by Sharon Vyvial, Raymond Schmidt, Barbara Schmidt, Kevin Members celebrating January and February birthdays from RosenEngelhardt and Malcolm Krause. berg-Richmond Lodge were, from left, Malcolm Krause, Marjorie Or– Loyce Anderson sak, Elaine Krause, Margie Krenek, W. Lee Hedt and Billy Boyd.

Anton Wenzel plans picnic at park SAN ANTONIO – Anton Wenzel Lodge will not hold a traditional meeting in March. Instead members will gather at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Roosevelt Park for a picnic. There will be games and prizes. The lodge will provide the hamburgers and hot dogs, condiments and drinks. Members are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. If it is raining, the

event will be moved to the regular meeting place at the lodge hall. The lodge will sponsor a garage sale on Saturday, March 14, at the home of Merlinda Elizondo. Items are needed to sell. Volunteers are needed to help set up at 8 a.m. The sale will start at 9 a.m. Call Merlinda at 210815-3468 to get information

Plum will meet March 9 PLUM – Plum Lodge will meet March 9 at 7 p.m. Members are reminded that Daylight Savings Time begins the night before. The sandwich buffet meal will be served at 6 p.m. Members are asked to bring chips, dips and/or desserts. Pam Matula will purchase and deliver the sandwiches. Thanks go to Jackie and Walter Wessels for preparing the turkey stew for the January meeting. During that meeting, President Wilbert Hoffman installed the 2020 officers. They are president, Wilbert Hoffmann; vice president, Wallace Hobratschk; secretary, Jackie Wessels; treasurer, Wallace Hobratschk; and financial trustees, Annie

Cook, Donald Hagemann, Pam Matula, Gloria Raschke and Eugene Wessels. The appointed officers were reappointed and include communications coordinator, Verlene Hobratschk, and membership coordinator, Linda Poncik. Wallace Hobratschk and Wilbert Hoffmann celebrated birthdays in January. Celebrating their 59th wedding anniversary were Wallace and Verlene Hobratschk. Allen and Pam Matula celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary in January. The attendance prize winners were Annie Cook, Wilbert Hoffmann, Gloria Raschke, Verlene Hobratschk and Wallace Hobratschk. – Verlene Hobratschk

as to where you can take items or if someone needs to pick up items. At the February meeting, the name of Natalie Caballero was drawn from the barrel but she was not there to claim the cash. The prize amount for next month will be $180. Elizabeth Dorrell was the splitthe-pot winner. – Elizabeth Dorrell

Celebrating February birthdays at the Anton Wenzel Lodge meeting were, from left, Elizabeth Dorrell, William Mendez, Diane Jaramillo and Cynthia Barbosa.

Kirby dancers will provide dinner KIRBY – Kirby Lodge will meet March 2 at 7 p.m. This will be the Spring Break Kickoff. The Kirby School of Dance students and the youth of the lodge will be providing the evening meal. The lodge will celebrate Easter at the April 6 meeting that begins at 7 p.m. The meat will be provided by the lodge. Members are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. The first order of business at the February meeting was to install the 2020 officers. Agent Judy Schulmeier reported on policy changes. There is a new single premium policy in the works. Talk to your Hermann Sons Life agent if you have any questions regarding your policy or if you would like to refer someone

for a policy. Members congratulated Judy for being named to the Executive Club based on her sales production in 2019. Welcomed as new members were Shepherd James Klekar and Finnegan James Johnson. The lodge is still looking for someone to administer its social media. If anyone is interested in helping to create a social media presence for the lodge, see Carroll Gloor or Angela Netherton. Members decided to collect items for St. Jude’s Children’s Ranch in observance of Join Hands Day. Items will be collected in April, May and June. Summer items needed are towels, sandals, swim diapers, sunglasses, sun block, and outdoor toys such as jump

ropes, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, Frisbees, basketballs and footballs. The items will be delivered in July. Get well wishes were extended to James Lowak and Arthur Luensmann who was in the hospital. Several members were sick with the flu. Happy Birthday wishes were extended to Kerry Lambrecht. Attendance prize winner of $30 was James McQuatters. Split-the-pot winners were Tammy Haecker, Judy Schulmeier, Carolina McQuatters, Irvin Schulmeier, Jimmy Scheibe, Jonathan Kelley and James McQuatters. Door prizes went to Tommy Weisner, Judy Schulmeier and Glenda Bayer. Lodge calendars will be available in March. – Andra Fore

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Louise Schuetze will serve Irish meal at March meeting

Laubach will meet March 8

SAN ANTONIO – Louise Schuetze Lodge will meet March 9 at 7 p.m. in the Rathskeller of the San Antonio Home Association Building. The lodge will provide an Irish meal in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. At the February meeting, members completed the event calendar for 2020. Vice President Lori Todd reported on the Herman Sons

SEGUIN – Laubach Lodge will meet Sunday, March 8, at 1 p.m. at the Pecan Museum at the Red Barn, 390 Cordova Road. The lodge will provide the meat and members are asked to bring side dishes or desserts and their own drinks. All members are encouraged to attend and support the lodge. Director Suzanne Hildebrand was in attendance at the Dec. 8 meeting at the Pecan Museum. A turkey meal was served with side dishes and desserts provided by members. Deanne Engelke, secretary/ treasurer, presented the Humanitarian Award to Patti Siltmann for her many volunteer hours to the community. She was joined by her granddaughter, Sadie Siltmann. All officers were re-elected to serve in 2020. Everyone enjoyed guessing games. The lodge presented each person in attendance with a Christmas mug. – Dorothy Constable

Home Association activities that have been taking place and lots of future fun events. She asked for volunteers with parking during Fiesta. Get better wishes were extended to Linda Muehlstein who is in rehab following surgery. Mary Beam won split-the-pot and Lori Todd won the $40 attendance prize. – Carol Grill

Celebrating February birthdays at the Louise Schuetze Lodge meeting were twins Lisa Robalin, left, and Lori Todd, right, and Mary Beam, who was born on Feb. 29 and is a leap year baby.

Vice President Lori Todd, left, installed officers at the February meeting of Louise Schuetze Lodge. They are, from left, President Lisa Robalin and trustees Debbie Gold and Mary Beam.

Past presidents were honored at the February meeting of Louise Schuetze Lodge. They are, from left, Janet Abel, Mary Beam, Debbie Gold and Carol Grill. Each lady received a rose from current President Lisa Robalin, right.

May 17 at El Fenix Restaurant

Dallas Lodge invites members to dinner DALLAS – Dallas Lodge’s next gathering will be Sunday, May 17, at 1 p.m. Members and guests are invited to the complimentary lunch to be held at El Fenix Restaurant, 1601 McKinney, in downtown Dallas. The luncheon will include the presentation of pins to members who are achieving milestones in 2020. A representative from the Home Office will be there to present the pins. Members are asked to call Terry Holmes at 214-207-1288 or email her at no later than May 1 if they plan to attend. At the January meeting, President Clint Holmes installed the 2020 elected and appointed officers Community Coordinator Eva Day reported that Join Hands Day will be observed on May 2 at CitySquare. Volunteers will stock

the food pantry. Secretary/Treasurer Steve Schellenberg has retired after five years. Members thank him for his service. He turned his records over to Terri Holmes. Members thank Terri and Clint for the delicious lunch. Lucky Andy Schellenberg won the attendance prize. Eva Lloyd was appointed to serve on the Home Association as a director representing Dallas Lodge. On Jan. 28 the Home Association Board of Directors met and elected officers. They are president, Bob Sullivan; vice president, Andy Schellenberg; secretary, Amanda Hobbs; treasurer, Eva Day, and Finance Committee members: Terri Holmes, Lou Simmons and Amanda Hobbs. Dallas and Columbia lodges each elect/appoint six directors to represent their respective lodges.

The elected officers and those appointed to a committee serve one- year terms. The directors are responsible for the operation of the business and the facility. The Sons of Hermann Home Association Inc. was created on July 21, 1910. The building (club house) was built in 1911 so members would have a place to hold meetings and events and enjoy fellowship. The building, located at 3414 Elm St. in Dallas, is a Dallas and Texas landmark. It is open to the public for drinks, snacks, games, dancing, concerts and other events. Hours of operation are Wednesday-Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. Closing times vary by event. Everyone is welcome to visit the historic hall, attend an event or rent the hall for a party. Call 214747-4422 for more information. – Andy Schellenberg

Celebrating February birthdays at the New Braunfels Lodge meeting were, from left, Jerome Vetter, Sharon Suchy, Dennis Schwab, Jo Heideman and Leola Stolte.

New Braunfels plans project

NEW BRAUNFELS – Thirteen new members were welcomed at the Feb. 2 meeting of New Braunfels Lodge. Phillip and Janice Neff had decorated the tables for Valentine’s Day with heart-shaped baskets, flowers and candles. President Tommy Daum reminded members that the Camp in Comfort is now available to rent for family functions or other gatherings. Members agreed to support the Ronald McDonald House in observance of Join Hands Day

in May. Attendance prizes went to Dorothy Moose, Sharon Suchy, Harvey and Jo Heideman, Phillip Neff, Sandra and Rennie Guenther, Dorothy Schneider, Tommy Daum, James Stolte, Violet Tanneberger and Alfred Stremmel. Dorella Colbert hosted a meatloaf supper served after games and refreshments. Dennis Schwab will host a chili supper in March with members asked to bring side dishes and/ or desserts. – Sandra Guenther

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Winners of the Bunco Party hosted by Kypfer-Salge Lodge on Feb. 9 included Lorene Bielke, Vernelle Jones, Elmer Smith and Jerome Vetter.

Celebrating anniversaries at the February meeting of Kypfer-Salge Lodge were, from left, Nelrose an Oran Koepp, 64 years; and Molly and Dennis Koepp, 37 years.

Kypfer-Salge to serve fish March 6 CLEAR SPRINGS – Kypfer-Salge Lodge will provide the fish for the March 6 meeting. Members are asked to bring a side dish. The lodge held its annual Bunco Party on Feb. 9. The turnout was great for the event that raised money for Hope Hospice of New Braunfels. Thanks go to all who helped make it a success. The winners were first place, Lorene Bielke;

second place, Vernelle Jones; third place, Elmer Smith; and the booby prize went to Jerome Vetter. Mark your calendars for the second Sunday in February next year and plan to attend. Turkey and dressing and side dishes were served at the Feb. 7 meeting. Nelrose Koepp reported that Viola Porter and Olga Dishinger had passed away. A moment of

silence was observed in their memory and sympathy cards were sent to their families. The monthly $50 donation will go to the food bank. Attendance prizes went home with Nelrose Koepp, Oran Koepp, Tammy Seiter, Merry Brinkkoeter and Celeste Salge. If you know someone who does not drive offer to pick them up for the meeting. – Darline Preiss

Nelrose Koepp and Charlie Seiter celebrated their February birthays at the Kypfer-Salge Lodge meeting.

Stern Lodge meets March 1 SEGUIN – The next meeting of Stern Lodge is set for March 1. Members are reminded to mark their calendars for the Spring Fish Fry set for May 16 at the Seguin city park. High school seniors interested in applying for a Stern Lodge scholarship should contact President Rick May. Kim Thompson celebrated a birthday in February and

Willie and Lorrie Rangel celebrated their wedding anniversary. Attendance-prize winners were Donald Morawietz, Harmony Stahl and Marvalee May. Members enjoyed a meal of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and pie. – Debbie Engelke

Kerrville Lodge installs 2020 officers

Celebrating February birthdays at the Schulenburg Lodge meeting were Susan Kohleffel and Alton Hafer.

KERRVILLE – Kerrville Lodge held its first meeting of 2020 on Feb. 5. Chili, beans, cornbread and the trimmings were served. President Tony Straube installed the 2020 officers. Discussion centered around a possible Join Hands Day activity, a new meeting place and potential Christmas party location. Join Hands Day plans will be

finalized at the April 1 meeting. Anyone with ideas for the Christmas party is asked to share them at the April meeting. Pizza is on the menu for that meeting. Members are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. The meeting will be held in the Wells Fargo Bank Board Room (second floor). The bank is located at 301 Junction Highway

in Kerrville. Dates for other meetings this year are June 3 and Oct. 7 at Wells Fargo Bank, Aug. 5 at Acapulco Restaurant for a social event and the Christmas party on Dec. 4. Check the monthly newspaper articles for any changes to this schedule. – Juanice Grona

PAIGE – Paige Lodge will hold its next lunch and meeting on Sunday, March 8. Members enjoyed a potluck lunch prior to the Jan. 12 meeting. President Chelle Dube installed the 2020 officers. Janice Bilberry was recognized for 70 years of membership. Members were glad to have Janice and husband Frank in attendance. Bernice Basward reported

sending get-well cards to Linda Ihlo, Michael Dube, Jay Schwartz, Tory Kunkel and Sandy Botkin. Sympathy cards were sent to the Henry Vojtek family and to Billy Sterling and family following the loss of his mother. Troy Kunkel, volunteer for the Paige ESD2, gave a brief report on calls during 2019. Troy and his brother Kevin have been long-time volunteers as was their father, the late Cornell

Kunkel. He is missed. Debbie Harmon won the attendance prize and Michael Dube won the dollar pot. Michael Dube and Janice Bilberry won Oneok koozies donated by Dane and Brandi Young. George Gutierrez and Bernice Basward won calendars and Waylon Kunkel won a keychain, all donated by Ronnie Harmon. – Sandy Botkin

Schulenburg Lodge looking for new meeting location Paige Lodge recognizes 70-year pioneer SCHULENBURG – The meal for the March meeting of Schulenburg Lodge will feature homemade wieners, chili, cheese, chips and desserts. Paul and Kitty Dittrich and Curtis Baca will be helping in the kitchen. Members enjoyed a meal of enchiladas, rice, salad and dessert in February. Since the City of Schulenburg has sold the community center, the lodge will have to find an-

other place to hold meetings. The April meeting will be the last one in the community center. There has been lots of discussion as to where meetings can be held and it will continue at the March meeting. President Ed Moeller will continue to explore the lodge’s options. Chelsea Moeller won the gift card to Arlan’s and other prizes were given away. – Junette Rodecap

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Lockhart will give Grief Support campers backpacks LOCKHART – Lockhart Lodge will meet Sunday, March 1, at 5 p.m. at Chisholm Trail BBQ. The Jan. 12 meeting also was held at Chisholm Trail BBQ. A moment of silence was observed in memory of two members who passed away in 2019. They are Laura Atkins who died Sept. 12, 2019, at the age 32, and Dorothy Buckner who died Dec. 27, 2019, at the age of 90. Laura had been a member since August 1992 and Dorothy had been a member since August 1991. Financial Secretary/Treasurer Ray Pfefferkorn read a thank you

note for the lodge’s contribution to the Fisher House in observance of Make a Difference Day. Ray also read a note from the family of Johnny Siemering thanking the lodge for the donation made to the Retirement Home in his memory. Other notes of thanks were received from the Caldwell County Christian Ministries Food Pantry and the Meals on Wheels Program. Members agreed to support the Hermann Sons Life Camp Grief Support Session in observance of Join Hands Day. Backpacks will be provided for the

children who attend. President Nicky Duewall installed the 2020 officers. They are Nicky Duewall, president; Ann Schroeder, vice president; Debbie Pfefferkorn, corresponding secretary; Ray Pfefferkorn, financial secretary/ treasurer; Janet Schaefer, Darrell Hess and Lil Pfefferkorn, Finance Committee members; Jonelle Frerich, communications coordinator; Dickie Rutherford, membership coordinator; Nancy Hess, community coordinator; and Carol Schuelke, youth coordinator. – Jonelle Frerich

Celebrating a February birthday from Lockhart Lodge was Jonelle Frerich.

Cash door prize winners from Lockhart Lodge were, seated, from left, Dickie Rutherford, Lil Pfefferkorn, back, from left, Jonelle Frerich and Nancy Hess.

Harmonia plans memorial service

Corpus Christi Lodge will meet March 3 Corpus Christi Lodge is changing its meeting dates. The lodge will now meet on Tuesday nights, instead of Monday nights. The next meeting is set for Tuesday, March 3, at the Chicken Shack. The lodge hosted two events in February. The regular meeting was held Feb. 3. A potluck dinner and games were part of the gathering. On Feb. 7, the lodge held its annual Valentine’s Day celebration at People’s Restaurant. Door prize winners in February were, from left, Paul Hood, Urijah Tamez and Pearl Hunt. Urijah is Pearl’s great-greatgrandson.

New Corpus Christi Lodge President Cheryl Garcia was the 50/50 winner in February.

Celebrating February birthdays from Corpus Christi Lodge were Frank Brandon, left, and Christian Carrillo.

SAN ANTONIO – Harmonia Lodge’s March 12 meeting will include the annual memorial service. The service honoring members who have passed away in the last year will be held in the lodge hall. The lodge will provide corned beef and members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. Games may be played after the meeting in the Rathskeller. The lodge held its fourth annual chili cook-off as part of the January meeting. Six chefs prepared a pot of chili including Brad Dietrich, Mike Beam, Albert Ranzau, Bill Richard, Steve Prewitt and Rene Kraus. Rene’s chili was declared the best by a ran-

domly selected panel of judges. Steve Prewitt took second place and John Gianotti finished third. The meal also included tamales, side dishes and desserts, Welcomed as a new member was Dawson James Cheslock from Gainesville. His agent is Ruth Bailey. Members mourned the passing of Robert Lee Raab on Nov. 14, 2019, at the age of 95. He had been a member since 1942. The Home Association estimated that the New Year’s Eve parking proceeds was about $4,200. Matt Kraus, the 2019 president, installed the 2020 officers. They are John Gianotti, president; Al-

bert Ranzau, vice president; John Hoog, recording secretary; Rene Kraus, trustee; and Stan Steiger, Finance Committee member. Trustees Mike Gumpp and Jake White and Finance Committee members Mike Beam and Brad Dietrich will continue serving their respective terms. Celebrating January birthdays were Bill Bernhard and Genevieve Kraus, wife of Jerome Kraus. Steve Prewitt and wife Julie celebrate their anniversary in January. The attendance prizes were won by Ernest De Winnie Jr. and John Hoog and split-the-pot was won by Stan Steiger . – John Hoog

San Marcos Lodge will meet March 2 SAN MARCOS – San Marcos Lodge will meet Monday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the La Vista Community Room. Billy Preuss will prepare the pork steaks. Members are asked to RSVP no later than Feb. 27 if you plan to attend. The annual memorial service will be part of the evening. The lodge held its Feb. 3 meeting at the Golden Corral in New Braunfels. President Agnes Dreibrodt thanked everyone for wearing red in recognition of Heart Awareness Month and Valentine’s Day. The 2020 officers were installed. The Cheer Committee reported sending a congratulations card to

Stacey and Martin Goros following the birth of their son. A thank you letter was received from the Hays County Food Bank for the 52 pounds of food and $20 cash donated after the Christmas party. A Season’s Greetings card was received from the VA Fisher House. Agnes announced the Hermann Sons Life campaign theme for 2020 is “2020 Vision: Focus on Growth.” Everyone was encouraged to recommend a prospective new member in 2020 to help the lodge achieve its goal. Lillian Cargil presented plans for the lodge’s Join Hands Day proj-

ect. Once again, the lodge will prepare care bags for the children attending the Camp’s Grief Support Session this summer. Monetary donations are appreciated to help the lodge purchase items for the bags. Any tax-deductible donation can be mailed to Janice Kuhen, P.O Box 683, San Marcos, TX 78667 before the March 2 meeting. “Happy Birthday” was sung to Larry Moreau. All married couples were honored in observance of Valentine’s Day. Attendance prize winners were Janet Magin and Janice Kuhen. – Janice Kuhen

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Vineta Lodge offers scholarship

Rutersville Lodge will meet March 4 Rutersville Lodge will meet March 4. Members are invited to bring a dish for a potluck meal. At the Feb. 5 meeting, members enjoyed a meal of hot dogs and chili, along with various sides and desserts. Gene Moellenberg, pictured, was celebrating a February birthday and Dorothy and Kirby Keilers, also pictured, were celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary. Attendance prizes were won by, not pictured, Sherry Noak, JoAnn Mueller, Cheryl Kuhn, James Svrcek and Kirby Keilers.

Helotes to meet March 10 HELOTES – Helotes Lodge will hold its first quarterly meeting of the year on March 10 at 7 p.m. at Braun Hall. A hot meal will be provided. Everyone will have a chance to win a cash door prize just for attending. Adult and junior members are

asked to come float with the lodge at The Cornyval Parade in Helotes on May 2. The lodge will be representing Hermann Sons Life in the parade. Contact Shirley Jonas at 210-680-6867. She will be coordinating the lodge’s participation in the parade. – Letty Fragoso

McGregor installs officers McGREGOR – McGregor Lodge will not meet in March and April. The next meeting is set for May 6 at 6 p.m. at The Coffee Shop in McGregor. The February meeting was held at Luigi’s. Everyone enjoyed pizza and fellowship. President Doris Mooney gifted everyone with a Valentine dessert. She installed the 2020 officers. The lodge held a Valentine’s Day party at Westview Manor. Teresa Sneed, Leona Hendrickson, Betty Johnson, Karen Rice and Doris Mooney provided cookies. Congratulations go to Terry Westerfeld on his 60 years of membership. He became a member March 11, 1960. Congratulations also go to Milton and Yvonne Schmalriede on the marriage of their granddaughter, Lindsey Schmalriede,

to Colby Gohlke. Sympathy was extended to the family of Jesse Polston and to Gae Vick Woodruff on the passing of her mother-in- law. Glad to see Al Wolf at the meeting and feeling better. Get well wishes go to Milton Schmalriede. He’s at Westview Manor while he is healing. Betty Johnson is healing well after her surgery. “Happy Birthday” wishes were extended to Betty Johnson and Doris Mooney and Janet Schmalriede who was unable to attend at the last minute due to the weather. Anniversary bells will ring out for Al and Hermine Wolf on their 69th and John and Teresa Sneed on their 45th in April. Lucky door prize winners were Hermine Wolf and Betty Johnson. – Doris Mooney

President Debbie Jordan, left, is presented with a birthday gift from Vineta Lodge by Vice President Emily Roberts.

SAN ANTONIO – College students and graduating high school seniors who are members of Vineta Lodge are reminded that scholarship applications must be in the office no later than March 16. The mailing address is 525 S. St. Mary’s St, San Antonio, Texas, 78205. A potluck meal is planned at the March 5 meeting. A social is planned for March 18. Members will play bunco. The 2020 calendars are available. The 2020 Fiesta medal for the San Antonio Hermann Sons Home Association is available. The cost is $10. Contact Ruth

Bailey at 210-602-5147 if you would like one. Thanks go to the lodge’s great cooks for preparing the breakfast meal for the February meeting and Debbie Jordan for the cake in honor of her birthday. The split-the-pot winner was Ron Roberts and the attendance award winners were Cynthia Holliday, Cecilia Padalecki, Genny Kraus and Ruth Bailey. The lodge mourns the passing of Dorothy Hammonds, a member for 71 years, and Madeline Zaiontz, a member for 30 years. Hope to see lots of members at upcoming functions. – Ruth Bailey

Spring Branch will meet on March 15 BULVERDE – Spring Branch Lodge will meet Sunday, March 15, at 2:30 p.m. in the Bulverde Community Center. The lodge welcomed four new junior members at the January meeting. Bernard and Neva Bosco were welcomed by way of transfer from Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge. President Sharon Knibbe installed the other 2020 officers. They are Darrell Woody, vice president; Karen Woody, secretary/ treasurer; Gloria Gass, Mildred Bartels and Ben Havens, trustees; Jane Wanke, Phyllis Havens and

Chuck Knibbe, Finance Committee members; Alverne Halloran, cheer person; and Jane Wanke, reporter. President Knibbe stated that a trip to Canada and Seattle is being planned for August 2020. More information will be forthcoming. Attendance prizes were won by Mary Woody, Bernard Bosco, Ben Havens, Sandra Duncan, Alverne Halloran, Bill Woody and Sharon Knibbe. The meal was provided by Bill, Mary, Karen and Darrell Woody. – Jane Wanke

Celebrating birthdays at the January meeting of Spring Branch Lodge were, from left, Mary and Bill Woody and Sharon Knibbe.

Prinz Solms reviews schedule for 2020 BULVERDE – Prinz Solms Lodge will meet Sunday, March 8, at 5 p.m. at the Bulverde Community Center. It is hoped that Executive Camp Director Ian Brassett will be able to attend and speak about the upcoming summer. At the February meeting, members and guests enjoyed a barbecue dinner with desserts provided by the members. Marketing Manager Letricia Rodriguez introduced herself and explained her role at the Home Office. President Cliff Klabunde distributed the 2020 schedule. Meetings will be held the second Sunday of the month, except for April and May. Youth Coordinator Audrey

Celebrating February birthdays at the Prinz Solms Lodge meeting were, from left, Warren Scholz, Teresa Saathoff, Everlyn Teague and Brooke Gourley. Klabunde reminded members who are graduating high school seniors that Prinz Solms offers a $1,000 scholarship. To be eligible the high school senior must

be a member in good standing of Prinz Solms Lodge. Games were enjoyed after the meeting. – Tom Pardue

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Mission-Alamo will meet at La Fonda Restaurant SAN ANTONIO – Mission-Alamo Lodge will meet at La Fonda Alamo Heights restaurant in March. Members will be receiving information about the meeting. President Sylvia Schulmeier installed the 2020 officers at the January meeting. Discussion followed regarding plans for the remainder of the year. Cards with details will be mailed to all members soon. Four new members were welcomed. They are Kinsley Pedrotti, Juan Hernandez Jr., Dawson Thompson and Kolton Fultz. Members mourns the passing of Joe Hollaway on Nov. 26 at the age 97. He had been a member for 49 years.

President Sylvia Schulmeier installed the 2020 officers during the January meeting of Mission-Alamo Lodge. Happy Birthday wishes were extended to Don Schulmeier, Kathy Wilson, Jack Larned and Elizabeth Cline. The attendance award winner

would have been Denise Flores but she was not present to accept the $25 prize so the prize amount increases by $5 for March. The split-the-pot winner was

Mission-Alamo Lodge recognized members who celebrated November, December and January birthdays during the January meeting. They are, from left, Jack Larned, Elizabeth Cline, Kathy Wilson and Don Schulmeier. J.R. Kneupper. After the meeting, members enjoyed a typical San Antonio meal of tamales, chili and beans,

chips and salsa, guacamole and lots of other treats provided by members. Games followed. – Georgia Hall

Round Top Lodge welcomes two new members ROUND TOP – Round Top Lodge welcomed two new members at the January meeting. They are Jackson Rocky Luetge and Creed Austin Luetge. Agent Linda Mattocks reported on changes to Hermann Sons Life insurance plans and premiums. She also reminded members to keep in mind that buying life insurance for children is an affordable way to provide them with life insurance for a lifetime.

Community Coordinator Melanie Rauch reported sending 55 Christmas, get well, sympathy and thinking of you cards in December. Members discussed the lodge’s scholarship for 2020 graduating seniors who are Round Top Lodge members. The application will be ready soon. Donations were made in memory of three members. A donation was made to the Round Top/Warrenton Fire De-

partment in memory of Barney Lee Georges, a member since 1952, who passed away Dec. 14 at the age of 85. Florene Schulze, a member since 1973, passed away Dec. 15, at the age of 85. A contribution was sent to the Giddings Immanuel Lutheran Early Childhood Center Building Fund in her name. Branch Everett Neutzler, a member since 1961, passed away Jan. 7, 2020, at the age of

78. A contribution was sent to the Round Top Bethlehem Lutheran Church in his name. Attendance prizes went to Ted Stardig, Myrt Meinkowsky, Barton Garlin, Floyd Braun and Mary Rauch. The door prize was won by Sophie Rauch. After the meeting a meal of chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and various side dishes and desserts was served. – Reporter

Barton Garlin and David Rauch celebrated January birthdays at the Round Top Lodge meeting.

Houston to meet March 11

Dunlay to ‘join hands’ with Hondo Victory

HOUSTON – Houston Lodge will meet Monday, March 11, at San Jose’s Mexican Restaurant, 5305 Antoine. At the January meeting, members enjoyed beef brisket sandwiches with all the trimmings. There was cheesecake for dessert. It was reported that Kathy Anderson had the flu and Jack Manchack was in the emergency room. Gary Falkenberg reported he has retired as a special representative but will continue as a field agent. The next workdays at the Houston Food Bank will be Sunday, March 22, and Saturday, May 2, which is Join Hands Day. This year’s donations were dis-

DUNLAY – Dunlay Lodge will “join hands” with Hondo Victory Lodge in a Join Hands Day project benefitting the Medina County Food Pantry. Members are encouraged to bring food items with them to the March meeting. At the Feb. 18 meeting, the 2020 officers were installed. The 2020 calendar will be distributed by postcard to members in the next few weeks. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend meetings. Lillian Louise Bray was welcomed as a new member. She is Leading Dunlay Lodge in 2020 will be, from left, Financial Trustee the great-granddaughter of curMorris Baxter, Vice President Stanley Meyer, Secretary-Treasurer rent members Morris and KathDolly Meyer, Financial Trustee Curtis Tondre and President Ronnie erine Baxter. – Reporter Kriewald.

cussed. Donations will be made to the Houston Food Bank and a VA Fisher House in the area. A donation will be made to the Hermann Sons Life Camp each time a member of the lodge passes away. Vice President Patricia Bushman will look into other projects. “Happy Birthday” was sung to Catherine Manchack and Lavinia Patterson. Winners in the annual attendance drawing were Gary Falkenberg, three times, and Patricia Bushman, two times. Winners in the monthly attendance drawing were James Ellison, Patricia Bushman, Darlene Ellison, Gary Falkenberg and Reuben Heldberg. – Catherine Manchack

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Brenham Lodge will celebrate 130th anniversary BRENHAM – Brenham Lodge will hold its 130th anniversary celebration Saturday, March 7. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The dance will be held from 1-4 p.m. with music by Allison and Band. A representative of the Home Office will speak at 4 p.m. A steak and sausage meal will be served at 5 p.m. Cost is $12 per person and includes the dance and meal. At the January meeting, a moment of silence was observed in memory of Viola Warmke. A thank you note was read from the family of Wm. Houston Jr. for the donation made in his memory. Other notes of thanks for donations were received from the Volunteer Service Council,

Brenham Lodge members celebrating birthdays in December and January included, from left, Eunice Kelm, Janice McClendon, Rosalie Renner, Hilbert Goessler, Pearlie Hanath and James Hyvl. the Boys and Girls Club and the Retirement Home. The Cheer Committee mailed a get-well card to Gloria Zwahr. Sympathy cards were mailed to Kenneth Landgraf and fam-

ily following the passing of his wife, Judy; Raymond Warmke Jr. following the passing of his stepmother, Viola, and to Douglas Borchgardt and family following the passing of his brother-in-law,

Brenham Lodge members celebrating anniversaries in December and January included, from left, Marvin and Joyce Marburger and Hilbert and Lena Mae Goessler. Allen Schubert. Agent Gary Falkenberg thanked the members for presenting him the Humanitarian Award. He has retired as a special representative for the Home Office but will

remain a field agent. President James Hyvl thanked the Wehrings for preparing the chili and members who brought desserts. – Reporter

Columbus Lodge will meet April 13

Leaders of Deanville Lodge in 2020 will include, from left, President Donnie Blinka, Vice President Tammy Jones, Secretary Marsha Kocurek, Treasurer Joyce Krenek and Trustee James Fritsche.

COLUMBUS – The next meeting of Columbus Lodge is set for April 13 at 7 p.m. President John Holub installed the 2020 officers at the Feb. 10 meeting. They are Douglas Lilie, vice president; Elena Holub, secretary/treasurer; Elena Holub, Adrian Fritsch and Douglas Lilie, trustees; Elsie Kahlden, Virginia Fritsch and Virginia Lilie,

Finance Committee members; Virginia Fritsch, reporter; and Elsie Kahlden, Cheer Committee The Cheer Committee reported sending a sympathy card to Carolyn Renz and family and a thinking of you/sympathy card to Gladys Stolle following recent deaths in her family. Celebrating birthdays in January were Wendy Page, Kenton Lilie, Anne Faichtinger and Car-

olyn Barten. February birthday celebrants were Eric Peters, Nancy Williams, Bradley Gordy, Breanna Meyer, Sara Hickey and Brady Bennett. John Holub won the Valentine’s Day guessing game. John and Elena Holub led the entertainment and then everyone enjoyed refreshments. – Reporter

Rowena discusses meeting attendance

Debbie Schumacher is a new member of Deanville Lodge.

Viola Bartek, left, and Mildred McLemore will serve on the Finance Committee for Deanville Lodge in 2020.

Deanville installs officers

DEANVILLE – Deanville Lodge installed the 2020 officers at the Jan. 26 meeting. They are Donnie Blinka, president; Tammy Jones, vice president; Joyce Krenek, treasurer; Marsha Kocurek, secretary; James Fritsche, Bennie Jones and Wayne Eichol, trustees; Mildred McLemore and Viola Bartek, Finance Committee members and Beverly Blinka, communications coordinator. Tommy Ryan gave a report on

the upcoming Deanville Heritage Foundation opening ceremony for the restored Deanville Depot to be held June 6. Members voted for the lodge to be a part of this event. Welcomed as a new member was Debbie Schumacher. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Richard Edward Galls. He passed away Dec. 15, 2019. – Beverly Blinka

ROWENA – The 2020 officers were installed at the Feb. 17 meeting of Rowena Lodge. President Kathy House installed Avery House, vice president; Kay Halfmann, secretary; Vonna Peek, treasurer; and Dorothy Carter, financial secretary. Members discussed sending notices to members about upcoming meetings and activities

in an effort to increase participation. The lodge will not be able to host its traditional Funnel Cake Booth at the annual Ballinger Ethnic Festival in April because of the theft of the funnel cake trailer. Mark Pittman Jr. met with members about taking over the lease of the lodge hall from Na-

than Lange. Mark Pittman and Jeff Smith and their wives have started a business venture known as Patriots Hills Enterprises. Several events are being planned including teen activities and dances. The hall also will be open for family reunions, birthday parties, etc. – Kay Halfmann

Giddings Lodge welcomes new members GIDDINGS – Giddings Lodge welcomes three new members. They are Bayker Medack, Zayden Jackson and Laney Swonke. They and their families are invited to attend meetings held the second Thursday of each month at the Silos on ‘77 Hall. A birthday card was sent to Rod-

ney Meyer and one was delivered to Loretta Chilek along with a getwell card. A birthday card was presented to Cecilia Martinez. Loretta has been a member for many years and is appreciated for all she has done for the lodge. Get-well cards can be sent to Hermann Sons Life, P.O. Box 931, Gid-

dings, TX, 78942. The $5 prize winners were Cecilia Martinez, Olivia Mize and Bonnie Hinkston. The meeting closed with a prayer and everyone then enjoyed a meal featuring fried chicken. – Reporter

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

Adkins Roxy Pruski 210-218-6204

Converse Dan Boenig 210-705-1815

Georgetown Brad Klein, FIC 512-497-0678

Austin Shirley Kuhen Faske 512-789-3975

Corpus Christi Pearl Hunt 361-960-0276

Gonzales Bobbie Polasek 830-672-6317

Bandera Stephanie Brown 210-621-3891

Troylyn SisnerosGonzalez 361-232-7413

Graham/Wichita Falls David Wolf 940-550-5202

Lubbock April Behnke 806-797-3585

Bellville Robert Herridge 979-865-3222

Cuero Laura Tiffin Wayne Tiffin 361-275-8421

Hondo Richard Muennink 210-827-0053

Marion Lorene Bielke, FIC 830-420-2380

Stacy Saathoff 830-444-9160

New Braunfels Becki Carley 361-550-9358

Bernardo/Columbus Robin Maertz 979-732-1687

Dallas Helen Tyson Brown 214-796-0668 Cecilia Phillips 214-982-8905

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

Gilbert Shelby 214-289-1815

Jennifer Stryk Garner 832-596-9425

Boerne/San Antonio Pamela Poulk 210-753-2626

Del Rio Pat Fritz, FIC 432-292-4483

Gerald Ziemnicki 713-622-9001

Boerne Lisa Rozacky 210-838-3306

Devine Cynthia Sultenfuss 210-219-6409

Marilyn Vogt, FICF 210-630-9874

El Campo Dennis Wigginton 832-278-9636

Terrel Maertz 979-732-1727 Blanco Joni Kirkwood Moore 512-922-8283

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

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

Jourdanton Valerie M. Vick 210-748-5598 Karnes City Abigail Fenner 830-534-6982 Russell Swize 830-780-4053 Kirby Angela Netherton 210-831-1293 La Coste Elaine “Lainey” Franklin 210-789-1649 La Grange Linda Mattocks 512-736-9988

Marlin Tanneberger, FIC 210-827-7229

Kathryn Green 830-463-9455 Shirley Huebinger 830-629-1196 Laura Ann Timmermann 830-556-7527 Nixon-Smiley Diana P. Moreno 830-379-2244 (office) 830-534-4989 (cell) Orange Grove Paula Gebert 361-384-2375 Pflugerville Julius Dubcak 512-272-8393 Port Lavaca Nancy Annette Walraven 361-552-9403 Needville /Rosenberg Chris Stoeltje 979-559-6127 Round Top/Rutersville Linda Mattocks 512-736-9988

Sales Department Staff 210-527-9113 • 877-437-6266 • 888-839-7667 Vice President of Sales Tim Kolbe Marketing Analyst Ana Vasquez, FLMI, AIRC, FIC Administrative Assistant Gladys Rowley Special Representatives: Eulla May Krueger - 210-863-0546 • 830-985-3643 Teresa Saathoff - 210-422-6996

San Antonio Ruth Bailey 210-602-5147

Seguin Annette D. Roecker 830-832-0724

Darlene Irwin 210-392-2649

Tina B. Ynfante 210-859-1973

Rayna Sue Irwin 210-710-7038

Diane Terp 830-305-3564

Clif Klabunde, FIC 210-219-6142

Spring Branch Gloria Gass 830-885-4405

Lauren Brehm-Long 210-643-9836 San Marcos/Lockhart Janice Kuhen 512-393-1431 Schulenburg/Weimar Mary K. Seifert 979-743-0312 Schwertner Irene Schwertner 254-527-4470 Seguin/San Antonio Carol Krauss, FIC 210-725-4106

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

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McKAYLA CROWSONKAHLDEN is a member New Bielau Lodge. She is in fourth grade. Her favorite food is shrimp and her favorite TV show is “SpongeBob SquarePants.” McKayla has two pets. Her activities include Legos, attending camps, raising chickens, playing games and fishing.

Shining Stars AUTUMN MATHIS is a member of Prinz Solms Lodge. She is in fourth grade. Her favorite food is pickles. Autumn’s activities include dance, gymnastics and art.

CLAYTON LANE is is a member of New Braunfels Lodge. He is in fifth grade. Mexican food is his favorite. Clayton has two pet dogs. His activities include baseball, soccer and playing games on his Xbox.

EVAN RHOADS is a member of Round Rock Lodge. She is in fifth grade. Her favorite food is chocholate chip pancakes and her favorite TV show is “The Mandalorian.” Evan has a pet dog and cat. Her activities include reading, acting, swimming and playing.

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