Vol. 123, No. 7
Family Fun Day set for Schlitterbahn June 27 ➤ Pg. 3
Stability in these uncertain times ➤ Pg. 4
Let’s honor our graduating seniors ➤ Pg. 10
Hermann Sons Life App launches on May 1! The Hermann Sons Life Mobile App will launch May 1. The Mobile App will allow our members all across Texas to keep up to date with the latest information from the Home Office, Camp and the Dance program. The Mobile App will be available from Google Play and the Apple App Store. There are three distinct sections – referred to as locations – the Home Office, Camp and Dance. Members will need the registration code HSLH20 in order to create their Home Office account. The registration code for Camp and Dance will be emailed to parents of campers and dancers. Turn to Page 9 for a tutorial on how to download the Mobile App. The Home Office section will include the latest news of interest to members, a
comprehensive calendar of events, a complete list of contacts for the staff and agents, lots of photos from events and community service initiatives and much more. Parents will be able to see lots and lots of photos while their campers are actually at Camp and can send them one-way emails. The Mobile App also will allow the Camp staff to communicate quickly with parents about the latest news from Comfort. Dance parents will be able to keep up-to-date on class schedules, information from teachers and recitals. Get ready to download the first ever Hermann Sons Life Mobile App and stay in touch about everything that is happening with your Hermann Sons Life family.
Pandemic continues to impact Hermann Sons Life SAN ANTONIO – The COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the way of life for Hermann Sons Life members and lodges. Lodges did not meet in April because of the guidelines banning gatherings of 10 or more people. While some lodges have taken a wait and see approach to the May meetings, some have already cancelled their scheduled gatherings. Now more than ever we need to be reaching out in our communities and putting into action our “We Strengthen Community” way of life. While lodges can’t meet to approve donations and other forms of giving, individual members can and are doing their best to make a difference.
For example, at least one member, Cherry Lee from Siemering Lodge, has been making masks and donating them to those in need. One lodge, Louise Schuetze Lodge, has made a donation to the San Antonio Food Bank. Let us know what you have been doing so we can share it with other members.
HOME OFFICE The Home Office remains open during normal business hours (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday). However, the office is closed to the public except for deliveries and by appointment. The staff is working on a rotating schedule. Every department is staffed every day of the week but not all employees will be working at the Home Office every day. Some employees will be working from home. The staff can be reached by phone at 210-226-9261 or 800-234-4124. Vice President of Sales Tim Kolbe has instructed his agents on how to complete life See CORONAVIRUS, Pg. 10
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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 Mary Pruitt Vice President of Sales Timothy P. Kolbe Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly Vice President of Information Technology Matt Walker
Norma Bruns Tommy Daum Agnes Dreibrodt Lillian Franckowiak Debbie Gold Charles Knibbe David Lewis
Jeanette Preuss Robert Prewitt Steven Schellenberg Marlin Tanneberger Ronald Wiatrek Janet Zabransky Gerald Ziemnicki
MEMBER BENEFITS COMMITTEE
Frank Brandon Shirley Faske Tammy Kelley
Bradley Klein Ed Kurtz Laura Thigpen
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Elizabeth Byron Tammy Haecker Marsha Kocurek
Sherry Rakowitz Lisa Rozacky Irene Schwertner
BUSINESS OPERATIONS COMMITTEE
Brad Dietrich Robert Herridge Tammy Jones Edward J. Muehlbrad
Doug Saathoff Laura Tiffin Lori Todd
President’s Message Virus can't stop us from fulfilling mission Coronavirus . COVID-19 . The virus . The pandemic . No matter what you call it, I think we can all agree that this disease has disrupted our lives in ways that we never could have imagined when the year began . I want to take this o`pportunity to publicly thank all of our Hermann Sons Life members for doing their part to help stop the spread of the virus by staying home and socially distancing whenever possible . If there is one thing I have learned about Hermann Sons Life members in the past 15 months, it is that there are two things that we love to do – socialize and take care of one another and our communities . One of those things – socializing – is pretty much impossible to do right now . As I write this, the entire state remains under a directive from Gov . Abbott to stay home . His guidelines forced our lodges to cancel their April meetings and it remains to be seen if they will be able to meet in May .
We have had to cancel or postpone several events including the Chili Cook-off at the Retirement Home, the workday planned at the Camp and the golf tournament that benefits the Camp’s Scholarship Fund . But we are moving forward with plans to hold Camp this summer . I know thousands of our junior members will be disappointed if they can’t attend Camp . Not to mention the counselors and others who depend on Camp for their summer employment . We plan to make a decision on Camp no later than mid-May with the safety of our campers and staff as our number one priority . The Home Office is still closed to the public and the staff continues to rotate their schedules to minimize the number of people who are in the building on any given day . I look forward to the day when we can open the doors again and welcome our members to stop by to drop off a payment or sit down with an agent to talk about insurance .
In the meantime, I hope you are finding ways to stay in touch using the technology at your disposal . While we can’t do much socializing, we can continue to fulfill our mission to strengthen our communities through our service initiatives . Group projects might be out of the question, but there are ways to make a difference all on your own . There are members making masks and donating them to the people who need them the most . There are members shopping for their neighbors . There are members volunteering their time and making donations to the food banks across Texas whose resources have been severely drained in their quest to feed thousands of hungry families . I am sure there are other members doing wonderful things to help others in this time of need . I want to hear about what you’ve done . Drop a line to Communications Director Kathie Ninneman at email@example.com and she will share your good deeds with the rest of
Lodge Reports Brenham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Cibolo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Columbia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Corpus Christi . . . . . . . . . . . .12 DaCosta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Dallas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Fort Worth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Helotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Kerrville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Louise Schuetze . . . . . . . . . .11 Macdona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Paige . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Paul Vogt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Plum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Siemering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Vineta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
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Eugene Zollinger the members . As we look forward to the summer and hopefully a chance for our way of life to return to normal, I want you to know that the Board of Directors, the officers and the staff at the Home Office remain committed to continuing to serve our members and provide the outstanding level of service you expect and deserve . The virus can’t stop us from doing that . I hope to see you soon .
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President's Message Calendar of Events Pioneer Members Retirement Home News Donations In Memoriam
New This Month
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Marketing & Sales News
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Stability in uncertain times Recommenders listed
Youth in Action
Camp is preparing & hiring Honoring our graduates Hondo Victory cash drawing Answers to puzzles on Pg . 16
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Join us for some fun in the sun!
Family Fun Day! Hermann Sons Life members are invited to the annual Family Fun Day at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Saturday, June 27, 2020 Members of the Future Club – Shining Stars – will be admitted free of charge. Everyone else will pay a reduced price. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the Hermann Sons Life website – hermannsonslife.org. Click on “Store.” Tickets for persons age 3-11 will be $44. Anyone age 12 and up will pay $49. Children 2 and under can attend free of charge. Members can also purchase a drink cup for a reduced price of $13. The cup must also be purchased in advance. The cup can be refilled all day anywhere in the park. All paid members of the Hermann Sons Life group will be treated to breakfast. from 9:30-11 a.m. in the designated area of Schlitterbahn East (Surfenburg). Tickets must be ordered online by June 19.
Events EDITOR’S NOTE: As of presstime, all of AUGUST these events were still scheduled. Watch 1-2 – The State Bowling Tournament will be held at Dart Bowl in Austin. If the tournament goes on as Facebook and Instagram for updates. planned, the entry form will be printed in the June issue.
JUNE 12 – The Home Office will host its annual Flag Day 15 – The Hermann Sons Youth Camp-Shannon Leigh ceremony at 10 a.m. in the foyer of the Home Office. Everyone is welcome.
27 – Family Fun Day at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels. See the story above for information on ordering your tickets. 28-July 1 –
The Camp Grief Support Session is open to children ages 8-17 who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Go to hermannsonslife.org/grief-support-session-application to apply.
Gaffney Golf Tournament will be held at The Golf Club of Texas. Go to hermannsonslife.org/golf to register your team. Cost is $100 per player for a team of four.
22 – The Goodtime Polka & Waltz Club will host a dance from 7-11 p.m. at Eagles Hall, 257 South St., New Braunfels. The Dujka Brothers from East Bernardo and Brenham will provide the dance music. Guests are welcome. Call 210-566-5864 or 210-800-3625 for more information. You can follow the club on Facebook at goodtimepolkaandwaltzclub.
JULY 25-26 – The State Bowling Tournament will be held
at Dart Bowl in Austin. If the tournament goes on as planned, the entry form will be printed in the June issue.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor/Communications Director Kathie Ninneman 210-226-9261, ext. 273 email: email@example.com Assistant Editor/Assistant Communications Director Elaine Soto 210-226-9261, ext. 279 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 1-888-443-3377 or 210-892-0252 Website: www.hermannsonslife.org All news articles and photographs should be mailed to: Editor, Hermann Sons Life, P.O. Box 1941, San Antonio, TX 78297-1941 or emailed to: email@example.com 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
Stability in uncertain times
New members means chance to win gift card The Sales Department is recognizing 41 recommenders for the month of March. This brings the total to 92 members recommending 115 new members to Hermann Sons Life in 2020. The winners of the $50 gift cards for March are Hannah Oladell from Columbia Lodge and Jonathan Schulz II from Karnes City Lodge. Congratulations to the following March recommenders: Recommender Agent Karson Chandler Baker, La Vernia Lodge Roxy Pruski Michael Beam, Harmonia Lodge Ruth Bailey Susan Mesecke Boone, Houston Lodge Gary Falkenberg Aaron Buesing, Da Costa Lodge Marilyn Vogt Dorothy Carter, Rowena Lodge Richard Muennink Cameron Connors, La Vernia Lodge Marlin Tanneberger Cayden Avery Erickson, Manchaca Lodge Shirley Faske Patrick Fite, Siemering Lodge Eulla Krueger Lillian Paige Franco, Cibolo Lodge Angela Netherton Kipton Jones Grabhorn, Prinz Solms Lodge (^) Teresa Saathoff Taylor Ann Harris, Bexar Lodge Lisa Rozacky Gregory Ray Hendrix, Spring Branch Lodge (*) Gloria Gass Alexander Kaladin Johnson, Austin Lodge Shirley Faske Colton Reed Kadlacek, Prinz Solms Lodge Teresa Saathoff Patrick Kelley, Paul Vogt Lodge Pam Poulk Ora Nell Kuretsch, Brenham Lodge Gary Falkenberg William Walter Kuretsch, Brenham Lodge Gary Falkenberg Addison Lacy, Cibolo Lodge Tina Ynfante Addelyn Michele Langston, Helotes Lodge Rayna Irwin Skylah Marie Lavelle, Kirby Lodge Judy Schulmeier Glenn Longley, San Marcos Lodge Gloria Gass Mazen Blasé Macedo, Mission-Alamo Lodge Ruth Bailey Kristin Kay Mason, La Vernia Lodge Marlin Tanneberger Dave Spies Metting, Yorktown Lodge Judy Wolf Holly Marie Mitchell, Austin Lodge Shirley Faske Ajah Monae Montalvo, Prinz Solms Lodge Judy Schulmeier Christopher Naughton, Siemering Lodge Teresa Saathoff Hannah Oladell, Columbia Lodge Shirley Faske Jeffrey Alan Park, Anton Wenzel Lodge (*) Gary Falkenberg Bobby Porter, Round Top Lodge (^) Linda Mattocks Allison Nicole Preiss, Lone Oak Lodge (*) Roxy Pruski Damon Tyler Riske, New Braunfels Lodge Kathryn Green Teagan Rene Rutledge, Biry Lodge Cynthia Sultenfuss Therese Schneider, Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Gerald Ziemnicki Jonathan Schulz II, Karnes City Lodge Russell Swize Wyatt Macrae Stringer, Corpus Christi Lodge Shirley Faske Emilia Morgan Swannack, Manchaca Lodge Shirley Faske Maya Emily Valdez, Manchaca Lodge Shirley Faske Kamble Elaine Wilkiewicz, Cibolo Lodge Judy Schulmeier Aubry Ann Willmann, Kirby Lodge (^) Angela Netherton Skylar Rae Worth, Mission-Alamo Lodge Roxy Pruski (*) Recommended 2 new members (^) Recommended 3 new members
By TIM KOLBE Vice President of Sales I was pondering what to write about for the May issue of the newspaper. Why? Because it seems like the COVID-19 pandemic has taken over the news for the past two months. It’s all we ever hear about when we turn on the radio, TV or peruse online news content. The quarantine has most non-essential folks at home. Schools are closed and children will not come back this school year. High school seniors will miss their prom and graduation exercises. There have been so many changes to our world, wellness and security. These are unprecedented times indeed. So, I thought, why not discuss what hasn’t changed. Hermann Sons Life hasn’t changed its level of service to our members. We are still here for you, and open as an essential business serving our members by bringing on new business, assisting with name changes, beneficiary changes, certificate status service, loan and payment service, member benefits and lodge support, and the most important function of any life insurance organization, processing and paying death claims. We are here for you when you need us most. That’s just who we are. Hermann Sons Life’s current and past administration and leadership have always invested our members’ funds with the utmost conservative investment strategy in mind. Our members can rest assured that we are a financially strong and stable organization. We are cognizant of and take very seriously that we are stewards of member funds. Our members are like stockholders, and the products they own are the investment in this historic organization which came to Texas way back in 1861.
The strength of our unified success is the strength of the organization. We will never take that for granted. For decades, we have been talking about the need for individually-owned life insurance protection which is not subject to the whims of the job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most people hold 10 different jobs prior to the age of 40. Additional research reveals that today’s young workers will hold 12 to 15 jobs during their lifetime. For those relying on life insurance through work, most likely a group term life product for themselves and possibly family, those lapses in coverage between jobs could result in a catastrophic financial predicament if a family member dies unexpectedly. Some companies do not offer life insurance as a perk, and if you leave work to strike out on your own or retire, group term life is usually not portable, meaning you can’t take it with you. Even if it is, it’s usually prohibitively expensive. If you were lucky enough to have a good whole life insurance product bought for you when you were young, or smart enough to have bought it yourself as you were striking out into a brave new world to start a career, get married and start a family, you would still have it upon your retirement. Why? Because whole life is designed to have level premiums for the life for the certificate, providing for a death benefit which will always be there. It pains me and our staff when a member calls in to tell us they want to surrender their whole life product, telling us they have life insurance through work and no longer need the coverage through Hermann Sons Life. My first question is what led them
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to think that having group term coverage through work is better than our product? It’s not. Many do not realize how much protection they have or whether it will be adequate enough for their family if they should die prematurely. In addition, we receive calls from parents and grandparents who surrender their children’s and grandchildren’s certificates with the explanation they are all grown up now, with their own jobs and insurance. I think of all those who have surrendered our product, and now find themselves or the ones they bought it for, without a job or the life insurance they mistakenly thought they could count on. A sad state of affairs indeed. Moreover, if one needs a term life product to protect a growing family, or home mortgage, we have renewable plans which reward good healthy living practices, and most importantly, are convertible - meaning that the member can later convert the term plan into a whole life product without showing any evidence of insurability. This is a valuable feature for our older members who find they no longer need the higher term protection or find the renewing premiums too expensive, but may have experienced some medical issues later in life. We strive to educate everyone about the importance of life insurance protection. In our Life Insurance Buyer’s Guide, it states: “Don’t buy life insurance unless you intend to keep it.” I drill that into the heads of my new agents during training. Life insurance is one of the few things you will never use while you are alive. It’s not for you of course…. It’s for the ones you love. Be well and stay well.
Go to hermannsonslife.org or call 877-437-6266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org! Help our Hermann Sons Life family grow!
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PHYLLIS SHELTON Kerrville Lodge
DENNIS W. WILLIAMS Siemering Lodge
CHRISTOPHER L. VANCE Deanville Lodge
TOMMY ALBERT PAWLY DAVID A. SMITH Anton Wenzel Lodge
IRIS SCHLORTT LEBER Knippa Lodge
ANNETTE FUQUA Taylor Lodge
LINDA GAIL NORTON Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge
TAMMY J. SODOLAK Bernardo Lodge
MARY FRANCES VOSS La Grange Lodge
MELTON DORNBUSCH Cibolo Lodge
DARRYL A. HERRMANN JOYCE MARIE TAYLOR Brenham Lodge
HAROLD E. ALVES JR. Laubach Lodge
SANDRA D. MCLEMORE CYNTHIA L. MERCADO DAWN ELAINE ROE Vineta Lodge
CLARA ANN THOMPSON Corpus Christi Lodge
DEBORAH J. WILLIAMS Brunhilde Lodge
JANIE L. DICKSON FELTON DEE DOHMANN DaCosta Lodge
LARRY ROBERT NEILL Cibolo Lodge
HERBERT EBERHARD JR. Laubach Lodge
70 Years JANIS F. CLASS Cat Spring Lodge
VERNON E. SCHROEDER Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge KENNETH C. KORDZIK LAURA M. LUNDQUIST Fredericksburg Lodge LEONARD W. BRANDT Gonzales Lodge MARY LOUISE KOSSAETH MARY C. SIMMONS Helotes Lodge BETTY J. TELTSCHIK Houston Lodge HILBERT A. LIEKE JR. Karnes City Lodge FAIRY MAE WYRICK Louise Schuetze Lodge MARGARET ANN SORGEE Niederwald Lodge GLORIA M. HARRELL Pershing Lodge LINDA J. CLEARY JUDY LYNN FISCHER Vineta Lodge
RHONDA LEE GRIFFIN DaCosta Lodge JOHN R. NICHOLSON Del Rio Lodge JOANNA RAENELL JACOBS DANIEL R. JUNEK LARRY J. PECHACEK Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge JAN E.M. JURECKA ALFRED J. MARTINEK JR. Ellinger Lodge BRYAN W. BIERSCHWALE JEFFREY M. DITTMAR Fredericksburg Lodge GLENN WAGNER Giddings Lodge GLEN A. SACHTLEBEN Gonzales Lodge
JANELLE J. LARRISON CYNTHIA D. MARKOWSKI JANICE M. WETUSKI La Vernia Lodge VIVIAN LANGE McGregor Lodge PAULA MARIE MARAK CLIFTON J. STACHA JR. New Bern Lodge MELANIE BEST Niederwald Lodge SHRILEY L. KRUEGER Orange Grove Lodge CHRISTY K. BURK PAUL J. PFEIFFER III RUSSELL W. PFEIFFER Paul Vogt Lodge ANGELINE M. STOVALL BARBARA J. WEHE HILMAR PAUL WEHE Prinz Solms Lodge MELINDA LOU CHAPMAN Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge
ARVID W. KOOPMANNI Gruenau Lodge
RICKY WAYNE MEINEN RANDALL L. PATTERSON WAYNE WAGNER Round Top Lodge
ROBERT B. JOHNSON STEVEN W. SEIFERT Harmonia Lodge
RONALD E. SHELTON San Marcos Lodge
CAROL LEHDE CUNE Haskell Lodge
STEPHEN L. GRASSHOFF CYNTHIA M. KALINA Schulenburg Lodge
SCOTT R. NICKEL Helotes Lodge MICHAEL A. QUAST Houston Lodge
GLEN G. KOEPSEL Seguin Lodge
MINETTE GRICE Washington Lodge EDGAR LEE DOHMANN Weesatche Lodge
KARLA DENISE COX PEGGY JOYCE HURST ALICIA L. PUTMAN Fort Worth Lodge GREGORY DOOLEY Fredericksburg Lodge KIMBERLY D. FOERSTER KANDYACE D. GRAHMANN Goliad Lodge
KIRBY ED BRANDT LAURA LYNN KAISER Yorktown Lodge
REBECCA M. HANZALIK WILLIAM J. PLOETZ Gonzales Lodge
DONALD LEE GREER JR. Harmonia Lodge
WAYNE R. DALLMEYER Austin Lodge ALBERT BEN KOTZUR Bandera County Lodge CARL W. SCHULZE SHANNON D. WAGNER Bexar Lodge
JUDIE ALLEN LIBBY A. MENN Helotes Lodge BIRDIE MAE TENBERG Hochheim-Prairie Lodge HARVEY J. KAINER Karnes City Lodge
JANA MICHELE ALLEN KATHERINE I. CULVER KAREN R. RODE Boerne Lodge
JO ANN HOERMANN La Vernia Lodge
VICTOR BRUNO ARLITT DAVID H. BUCK ELWOOD D. DANNHAUS ARTHUR A. GEICK VERADELL LEHDE Brenham Lodge
TERI BLOUNT SHEPHERD Lubbock Lodge
CINDY BUSCH VIGIL Cibolo Lodge LYLA BETH CROUCH DONNA GAIL YARBOROUGH Comfort Lodge BEATRICE M. FEY JOHN THOMAS MCGUILL Corpus Christi Lodge JOAN MARIE PUSTKA NORMAN CECIL SANDERS STACY WALKER TRACY WALKER CRAIG W. WISCHKAEMPER DaCosta Lodge
PATRICIA A. JURENA Louise Schuetze Lodge
RONNIE ALAN MCGHEE THOMAS ALAN MCGHEE Mission-Alamo Lodge SARA LOUISE KOVAR Needville Lodge CLARENCE L. SMART JR. CLARENCE L. SMART Nordheim Lodge JIMMY R. HILLMER JR. Orange Grove Lodge CONTINUED ON PG. 6
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CONTINUED FROM PG. 5 JENNIFER L. BENDELE JULIA K. BENDELE DOROTHY E. CALHOUN MICKI LEE HAZEL KATHERINE L. HEICKMAN EDWARD M. SOVA NANCY WAYNE SOVA SUZETTE M. SOVA ROY ALLEN STOCKING Pershing Lodge BOBBY J. REED RENNY JEAN WHITE Roscoe Lodge
Thanks to the dedicated staff at the Home, meals are provided in carry-out containers that the residents can take to their rooms. Debbie Berryhill, kitchen helper, is pictured setting out the meals for the residents to pick up. There will be no more assembled dining until the pandemic is over.
CLAY AARON DIXON Rowena Lodge KEVIN W. STIBORA Rutersville Lodge RANDY LEE POND San Marcos Lodge AMY E. KUBENA CANDACE S. KUBENA CHRISTOPHER R. KUBENA KASSIA L. KUBENA Schulenburg Lodge
Lori L. Bednorz of George West was recently presented her 60-year membership pin by her father, H.H. Laechelin Jr. Lori has been a member since June 16, 1959, and belongs to General Bee Lodge. H.H. was a longtime agent for Hermann Sons Life and wrote the policies for Lori and her sisters.
AMY KAY MARTINKA Schwertner Lodge C.H. MATTHIES III Seguin Lodge RYAN K. ASCHENBECK Shelby Lodge LARRY A. LEUHLFING LE JAY T. LEUHLFING Spring Branch Lodge KENNETH W. BOEDER Stern Lodge JAMES W. CAUDELL ANNIE J. GRANBERG HOLLIS PETRI LEW MASSEY WEST NEIL CRAIG WEST SHEILA E. WEST Twin Sisters Lodge CAREY V. BLANCHETTE Vineta Lodge BILLY BRUCE DIXON Wichita Falls Lodge SHIRLEY ANN HART Womack Lodge ROBERT B. BUCHHORN Yorktown Lodge
David Zmeskal has received his 60-year membership pin. David is a member of Moulton Lodge and lives in Lewisville. He has been a member since Sept. 22, 1959.
Jay Pfeiffer of Boerne has received his 60-year membership pin. Jay is a member of Comfort Lodge. He has been a member since Aug. 10, 1959. Irene Adele Wasag (nee Hutzler) has recived her 60-year membership pin. Irene is a member of Biry Lodge and lives in Crestwood, Ill. She has been a member since Sept. 6, 1959. She is pictured here with granddaughter Olivia Wasag.
Residents adjust to changes in routine
COMFORT – There will be no guests listed as visitors to our Home because no one is allowed to visit because of COVID-19. The staff is working hard to keep everyone safe. Things are really not as they should be. Daylight Savings Time messed up our built-in time clocks, the Chili and Bean Cook-Off was postponed, St. Patrick’s Day and the first day of spring came and went without any big fanfare and the monthly chapel service was canceled.
Birthday cake and ice cream were served at a noon meal but without any honorees. We bid farewell to several residents who have moved away. Vaya con Dios to Sam Franklin, Jane Haberman, Susan McGuire, Rick McMahon, Ross and Betty Murphy, Roland Naumann, Don Raines and Annette Shaw. We welcome Lynda Hutchings as a member of the housekeeping staff. Be happy! Stay well! – Helen Widner
Donations to the Retirement Home in Memory of: BRENDA D. COLDEWEY ADOLPH R. SPANN Donor: DaCosta Lodge
BERNICE REIBENSTEIN Donor: Cat Spring Lodge JESSE KELLEY Donor: Lockhart Lodge
Donations to the Retirement Home Scholarship Fund in Memory of: MARIE SALLIE STILE AUGUSTA L. VOGES Donor: New Braunfels Lodge
JEAN TREFNY Donors: Jack & Dianne Larned
Donations to the Camp Fund in Memory of: EDWIN J. ANDERSON Donor: Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge
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In Memoriam of Our Deceased Members NORENE MARIE KUNZE La Coste Lodge Died Dec. 15, 2015 • Age 76
BRIAN THOMAS MEILLER Bryan Lodge Died Oct. 1, 2019 • Age 59
MYRTLE G. WENZEL Louise Schuetze Lodge Died Jan. 15, 2020 • Age 104
M.W. SUELTENFUSS Siemering Lodge Died Feb. 7, 2020 • Age 95
BARBARA E. BEHRENDT Seguin Lodge Died Feb. 19, 2020 • Age 87
HARRY W. HECKMANN Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died Feb. 12, 2016 • Age 94
DAVID G. SMASAL Pershing Lodge Died Oct. 16, 2019 • Age 77
LARRY K. REED Mission-Alamo Lodge Died Jan. 16, 2020 • Age 67
JOHN C. FISHER Kerrville Lodge Died Feb. 8, 2020 • Age 74
JO ANN ALLEN Rowena Lodge Died Feb. 21, 2020 • Age 85
VIVIAN O. LANG Austin Lodge Died Sept. 2, 2016 • Age 97
CHRISTOPHER W. SEIFERT Harmonia Lodge Died Nov. 5, 2019 • Age 32
MARILYN M. CHAPPELL El Campo Lodge Died Jan. 17, 2020 • Age 88
BRICKE LEE MOCK Schulenburg Lodge Died Feb. 11, 2020 • Age 55
BETTY SUE MECKEL New Braunfels Lodge Died Feb. 21, 2020 • Age 74
PAYTON A. AHR Anton Wenzel Lodge Died Jan. 19, 2017 • Age 82
MILROY R. JAROSZEWSKI Seguin Lodge Died Nov. 17, 2019 • Age 92
BERNICE A. KNIGHT Converse Lodge Died Jan. 18, 2020 • Age 93
ELSIE LANTZ Poth Lodge Died Feb. 12, 2020 • Age 95
BEVERLY JEAN RICHTER Austin Lodge Died Feb. 22, 2020 • Age 78
FRANCES NORMAN DAVIS Old Glory Lodge Died Jan. 21, 2018 • Age 95
FLORENCE B. NOETHLICH Cibolo Lodge Died Nov. 21, 2019 • Age 94
HOWARD F. GREBE Brenham Lodge Died Jan. 21, 2020 • Age 84
BARBARA ANN GOTCHER Jourdanton Lodge Died Feb. 13, 2020 • Age 80
TIMOTHY BERT SALGE Kypfer-Salge Lodge Died Feb. 22, 2020 • Age 67
TOMMIE W. HOWARD Yorktown Lodge Died Feb. 11, 2018 • Age 86
RUBY LEE GALLAGHER Rockport Lodge Died Dec. 14, 2019 • Age 92
RAYMOND D. MULHOLLAND Biry Lodge Died Jan. 24, 2020 • Age 83
PRENTISS G. CROWE JR. Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died Feb. 14, 2020 • Age 86
MARIE SALLIE STILE New Braunfels Lodge Died Feb. 23, 2020 • Age 85
NIX O. BRIEN BODDEN Cuero Family Lodge Died July 13, 2018 • Age 78
HOMER C. ELLISON SR. Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge Died Dec. 17, 2019 • Age 97
RAYMOND L. ZIRKEL JR. Pershing Lodge Died Jan. 24, 2020 • Age 96
DANIEL E. JEMELKA Hochheim-Prairie Lodge Died Feb. 14, 2020 • Age 99
EARNEST WAYNE BROWN Gonzales Lodge Died Feb. 25, 2020 • Age 79
KATHRYN K. LOCKER Austin Lodge Died Sept. 25, 2018 • Age 76
JANET MAE WHARTON Fort Worth Lodge Died Dec. 22, 2019 • Age 85
OLGA R. DISCHINGER Kypfer-Salge Lodge Died Jan. 26, 2020 • Age 93
EDWIN O. ROSSOW Kirby Lodge Died Feb. 15, 2020 • Age 100
CHARLES D. GALLER SR. Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died Feb. 26, 2020 • Age 80
JENNIFER JAYE ANDRUS Gulf Lodge Died March 20, 2019 • Age 62
ROTHE G. MARTIN Hondo Lodge Died Dec. 26, 2019 • Age 88
KATHERINE D. ANDERSON Vineta Lodge Died Jan. 27, 2020 • Age 50
CAROLYN SUE FISHER Ellinger Lodge Died Feb. 15, 2020 • Age 68
RUTH M. GARRITY Siemering Lodge Died Feb. 26, 2020 • Age 87
LILLIAN SUE GASSMANN Schulenburg Lodge Died May 31, 2019 • Age 85
DOROTHY M. BUCKNER Lockhart Lodge Died Dec. 27, 2019 • Age 91
AUGUSTA L. VOGES New Braunfels Lodge Died Jan. 27, 2020 • Age 86
VIOLA ALMA TROST Seguin Lodge Died Feb. 17, 2020 • Age 94
DOROTHY H. ELLEBRACHT Schulenburg Lodge Died Feb. 27, 2020 • Age 87
PHYLIS J. MUENNINK Hondo Victory Lodge Died July 13, 2019 • Age 76
BRETNY LYNN KLEIN Austin Lodge Died Jan. 1, 2020 • Age 41
WALTER A. SAMPSON Nordheim Lodge Died Jan. 29, 2020 • Age 85
VELMA B. MONACO Louise Schuetze Lodge Died Feb. 17, 2020 • Age 93
EDGAR F. BEHRENS Harmonia Lodge Died Feb. 28, 2020 • Age 93
HOWARD TEICHELMAN JR. Taylor Lodge Died Sept. 10, 2019 • Age 76
MADELINE P. ZAIONTZ Vineta Lodge Died Jan. 3, 2020 • Age 96
ALICE MARIE SCHERNIK New Bern Lodge Died Jan. 29, 2020 • Age 88
JOHNNY WACLAWCZYK SR. Mission-Alamo Lodge Died Feb. 18, 2020 • Age 74
GERALDINE PANTEL Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died March 3, 2020 • Age 88
DOROTHY MAE ZIESE Brenham Lodge Died Sept. 25, 2019 • Age 94
JERRY M. STJOHN Haskell Lodge Died Jan. 5, 2020 • Age 65
FLORINE BACHMEYER Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died Feb. 3, 2020 • Age 93
ALFRED A. KREUSEL Anton Wenzel Lodge Died Feb. 19, 2020 • Age 97
ADOLPH R. SPANN DaCosta Lodge Died March 4, 2020 • Age 93
FRANK M. MATIAS Siemering Lodge Died Sept. 30, 2019 • Age 97
LIGHT LIEBSCHER Rutersville Lodge Died Jan. 6, 2020 • Age 87
CYNTHIA ANN GERSBACH Schwertner Lodge Died Feb. 5, 2020 • Age 78
DAVID LEE REITZ Paul Vogt Lodge Died Feb. 19, 2020 • Age 70
CHARLES C. CRISWELL Harmonia Lodge Died March 4, 2020 • Age 95
CHARLES L. UHLIG Poth Lodge Died Sept. 30, 2019 • Age 90
EL GENE H. SCHULLE Brenham Lodge Died Feb. 6, 2020 • Age 82
The names of deceased members are listed on this page only after a death claim has been paid.
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Decision on Camp will be made by mid-May By IAN BRASSETT Executive Camp Director To help us better understand how parents are feeling about sending their children to Hermann Sons Life Camp this summer, we put together a Survey Monkey questionnaire and sent it to our camper parents. Based on the answers that an incredible number of parents gave us, it is clear that they want Camp to go on this summer. But the survey results also indicate that parents are concerned about sending their children to Camp. Enrollment has slowed (obviously) since early March when we were 135 percent ahead of last year’s enrollment. I’ve also been getting calls and emails from parents asking about whether or not Camp will be held. The decision will be made in early to mid-May and will be made with the best interests of our campers and staff in mind. That is our first priority. We are living in and through an unprecedented time, and not since the Spanish Flu of 19181920 when nearly 25 percent of the world’s population was infected and 17-50 million+ people died has the world been so truly affected by a pandemic. Fortunately we are living in an age with wonderous and incredible technology that allows our scientists to study and search for vaccines and cures at an unprecedented pace, and our government to reach out to the population through the media and social media outlets to put us all in positions to stay safe, social distance and, when necessary, to self-isolate to prevent and slow the spread of this unmerciful virus. We have been preparing for Camp since mid-August of 2019. We want to run Camp, and in this time of social distancing, I believe strongly that our junior members will need Camp more than ever this summer. Camp is and will be the tonic that the campers and parents need after an extended shelter in place. We will be doing everything we possibly can to host Camp this summer. However, if we cannot run
the Camp safely, then we will not run Camp! In Comfort, we have begun the process of reviewing all of our procedures with the COVID-19 virus in mind. Some of the changes we have implemented to mitigate the possible spread of the COVID-19 virus are as follows: • We will be purchasing no touch thermometers and will be taking all the campers’ and staff’s temperatures at the beginning of the week and again during the week. The staff that comes on a daily basis will be checked each time they come into the facility. • We will request that only one person accompanies the child for drop-off. • We will encourage better handwashing (please help us with this). • We will add no-touch sanitizers at each building. They have been ordered and will hopefully arrive before the summer. • We will better sanitize the general communal areas in Camp by assigning the housekeeping staff to this task and the counselors will pick up the responsibilities of cleaning and sanitizing the dorms. The housekeeping staff will also check the supply level of the sanitizer and soap dispensers on a daily basis. • We will sanitize most of the activity equipment daily. While we cannot, for example, sanitize the basketballs between passes, eliminate the campers bumping into each other at soccer or court hockey, nor sanitize the diving board between jumps, we can make a concerted effort to clean the activity equipment. It must be understood that we cannot run a socially distanced Camp. The essence of Hermann Sons Life Camp is the communal and social aspect which is the making of and reacquainting ourselves with friends. I believe that Camp is needed this year more than ever. There are parts of Camp that will be truly very difficult to run in a socially distanced manner. • Meals are certainly not socially distanced.
• The dorms are not socially distanced. • The Dance and the Game Night are not socially distanced. • The vast majority of our daily activities are not socially distanced. • Taps and grateful circles are not socially distanced. Before making a decision, we will take guidance and advice from the CDC, the state and federal governments, the American Camp Association, and many more people. This decision is not an easy decision to make, however I am confident that Hermann Sons Life has the right
people in place to make the decision in the best interest of the junior members and the company as a whole. Since my arrival, President Eugene Zollinger, Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly and the Board of Directors have always shown that the members and their best interest is at the heart of the decision-making process. We are continuing to prepare the Camp and train staff. Many of our staff have already begun the process of attending Zoom discussions, which will include a course of staff development sessions that will be outlined to
them in the coming days to help them prepare for their role of making your camper’s week (or two) with us the best it can possibly be. Despite the wet weather in the Hill Country we are ahead of schedule in preparing the facility for the arrival of our campers. While we expect to lose ground due to the cancelling of the Volunteer Work Day, we are definitely on course to provide our campers with an improved campus in which to enjoy the summer. Stay safe. Wash those hands! And we’ll see y’all soon!
Hermann Sons Life Camp is Hiring! We are now hiring friendly, confident, self-motivated staff to work for our children! HIRING: Cooks Kitchen Staff (16+) Maintenance Staff (16+) A few spots available for Counselor & Instructor positions (18+) Morning and Afternoon Shifts Available! BENEFITS: Competitive salary Paid training Air-conditioned cabins Lifelong friendships Room and board Flexible schedule Generous time-off weekly 2020 SUMMER DATES Flexible Schedule - Work 4-10 weeks! 5/30 - 6/6/ - Staff Certification Week 6/7- 6/13 - Staff Development Week 6/14-6/20 - Week One 6/21-6/27 - Week Two 6/28-7/1 - Grief Support Session
7/1-7/3 - Mini Camp 7/5-7/11 - Week Three 7/12-7/18 - Week Four 7/19-7/25 - Week Five 7/26-8/1 - Week Six
APPLY ONLINE: https://www.hermannsonslife.org/employment/employment-camp
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Hermann Sons Life Mobile App Download Instructions You will download the Hermann Sons Life Mobile App one time even if you will be using all three sections (locations). Create a user account for the Home Office section by using the registration code HSLH20. If you are a camper parent or dancer parent you will receive an email that will include separate registration codes
for the Dance and Camp sections. To protect the privacy of our campers and dancers, only their parents will receive the registration code for those sections. Once parents have logged into the Home Office section of the app, they are ready to sign in to the other sections. They will need to log out of the Home Office section and then sign back in as a first time user to access the other sections. All three sec-
tions will have the same user name and password. Note to parents: You will not receive a second or third confirmation email for the other sections. The system will remember you. For help installing the app, call the Home Office and speak to Letricia Rodriguez at ext. 231, Elaine Soto at ext. 279, Kathie Ninneman at ext. 273 or Cecily Kelly at ext. 257.
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Coronavirus impacting programs, events Honoring our graduates Cont’d. from Pg. 1
insurance applications using the computer and the mail so members are encouraged to continue to recommend new members. CAMP A decision on Camp’s summer schedule will be made in early to mid-May, according to Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly. “I hope parents understand that we want to hold Camp,” Cecily said. “But the safety of our campers and the staff is our priority.” There are several scenarios that are being considered that would allow the Camp to operate at least part of the summer even if it can’t operate for the entire summer. Cecily and Executive Camp Director Ian Brassett will be looking for guidance from the CDC, state and federal officials and the American Camp Association in making their decision. See Ian’s article on Page 8 for
more information on preparations being made at Camp. DANCE COVID-19 has pretty much shut down the Dance Program. No classes are currently being held and most, if not all, recitals will have to be cancelled. Most recitals are held in school auditoriums. With classes canceled until the end of the school year, the auditoriums are no longer available. HOME Residents at the Retirement Home continue to practice social distancing as they adjust their routine to the mandated guidelines. No visitors are allowed into the building and the residents are eating their meals in their rooms. EVENTS As of presstime, several upcoming events are still planned. • The Home Office will host its annual Flag Day ceremony on June 12 at 10 a.m. in the foyer of the Home Office. • Family Fun Day at Schlitterbahn is set for June 27. Turn to
MEMBERS OF HERMANN SONS LIFE HONDO VICTORY LODGE GRADUATE CASH DRAWING
Page 3 for information on how to order your tickets. • The State Bowling Tournament will be held July 25-26 and Aug. 1-2 at Dart Bowl in Austin. • The Hermann Sons Youth Camp-Shannon Leigh Gaffney Golf Tournament has been rescheduled for Aug. 15 at The Golf Club of Texas in San Antonio. Information on the cancellation or rescheduling of any of these events will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages and in the mobile app.
Hermann Sons Life wants to honor our graduating high school and college seniors impacted by COVID-19. The 2020 graduates won’t have the traditional experiences because of the pandemic that has forced the cancellation of classes and related activities for the remainder of the school year. We can’t do anything about that but we can recognize them in our own special way. Send us a photo of your
graduate along with some information like name, hometown, school and future plans and we will feature them on our Facebook page and in the June issue of the newspaper.
HERMANN SONS LIFE PAUL VOGT
Campership Application for Summer Camp 2020 Application deadline 7-24-2020 Paul Vogt Lodge junior members in good standing should complete this application to become eligible for the lodge’s campership. Hermann Sons Life Paul Vogt Lodge will pay half of the camper fee. The full-week campership will be for $137.50 and the mini-camp campership will be for $60. The camper must pay in full, but Paul Vogt will later send a check for half of the camper fee to the address listed on the receipt for payment. The application can be completed by a parent/guardian, with current address, contact number and email, if applicable, and camper will write a short answer to why they would like to attend Camp. Primary Parent/Guardian Information: Last Name: _________________________ First Name: _____________________ Mailing Address: ______________________ City: __________________Zip Code: ________
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. 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
Phone Number: ______________________ Email address: ____________________________ Camp session: Full week Yes___ No ____ Mini-camp session (8- and 9-year-olds):__________ Camper Information Last Name: ________________________ First Name: ________________________ Date of Birth: ___/ ___/ ________
Paul Vogt Lodge Member: _____________
Mailing Address, if different than above: ___________________________________________ City: ______________ Zip Code: _______ Short written answer by child (use separate page, if needed)
Why do you want to attend Hermann Sons Life Camp this summer?
_____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________
Phone Number________________________________________ Name of High School___________________________________ School Address________________________________________ School Phone Number__________________________________
Please mail to or scan and email to: Hermann Sons Life Paul Vogt Attn: Pamela Poulk 7439 Dietz Elkhorn Fair Oaks Ranch, Tx 78015 Questions can be directed to Pamela Poulk at 210.753.2626 or email@example.com
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Macdona asking for help with cemetery upkeep MACDONA – Macdona Lodge is asking for help with the upkeep of the lodge’s cemetery. Macdona is located in Southwest Bexar County just off Loop 1604 and Macdona Lacoste Road. The cemetery, located on Aliann Street, was donated to Macdona Lodge in the early 1900s by the Koehler and Braden families. Caring for the cemetery is sometimes challenging due to a
lack of funds. Money is needed for mowing during the summer months and cleaning. In addition, repairs need to be made to the headstones that are damaged due to their age, related weather damage and out right vandalism. In the past, the lodge has sent letters to current members and family members who have loved ones buried in the cemetery but because of incorrect addresses this has not proven
to be an efficient way of raising money, If you would like to make a contribution to the lodge’s Cemetery Fund it would be deeply appreciated. All persons making contributions will receive a letter of acknowledgement. Contributions can be sent to Financial Secretary Kathy Thomas, P.O. Box 563, La Coste, 78039. – Eulla Krueger
Macdona Lodge is asking for financial donations to help with the upkeep of the Macdona Hermann Sons Cemetery.
Louise Schuetze donates funds for needy families Paul Vogt Lodge mourns passing of Robert Keller Paul Vogt Lodge is mourning the passing of Robert Lee Keller. Robert was a member of the lodge for 52 years and is pictured here when he received his 50-year membership pin at a lodge Christmas party. Making the presentation was former Vice President of Finance Harry Werland. Robert was born July 24, 1930, in Kerrville, the son of Robert John Keller and Laura Gertrude Klein, both from pioneer families in Fredericksburg. He attended Notre Dame Catholic School until the eighth grade, then went to Tivy High School where he graduated in 1948. After graduation he attended Draughon’s Business College and worked at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio. At 18 years of age he joined the Naval Reserves and retired as a CPO after 20-plus years of service. He met his wife, Joyce Marie Linder, while working at Fort Sam Houston. They married June 28, 1952, at Notre Dame Catholic Church and settled in San Antonio. After retirement they moved to Boerne in 1979. Robert is survived by his children, Robert Keller Jr. and Sharon Caldwell and husband Wes; grandchildren, Brandi Stewart, Brandon Roberts, Brittani Roberts, Bailey Courtade, Laura Strainer, Kris Keller, Kendra Jonas and Trevor Jonas; and seven great-grandchildren.
Comfort plans to meet on Aug. 10 COMFORT – In order to protect members and to abide by the CDC guidelines, the decision has been made to cancel the May 17 gathering of Comfort Lodge at the Retirement Home. The lodge will recognize the
Comfort Lodge High School senior scholarship winners at a later time. The next lodge meeting and gathering will take place on Monday, Aug. 10, at the Comfort VFW Hall. The social will begin at 4:30 p.m. and
a meal will be provided for members at 6 p.m. followed by a general meeting. For the most up-to-date information follow the lodge on Facebook by searching Hermann Sons Life Comfort. – Katie Miller
SAN ANTONIO – Louise Schuetze Lodge has cancelled its May 11 meeting because of COVID-19. The lodge did not meet in April either. The lodge did donate $500 to the San Antonio Food Bank to help families during this time of need. Members voted at the March meeting to raise dues from $6 a year to $12 per year for adults
and 40 cents per month for juniors. Social members will pay $10 per year. Members must hear readings of the proposed change at two more meetings before a vote can be taken. The lodge will be following the city’s stay at home policy on gatherings. Call Janet Abell at 210-363-4022 with questions. – Carol Grill
Answers to puzzles on Pg. 16 Across 2. Decoration Day 7. General John A. Logan 8. May 9. Red Poppies 10. Honor Down 1. Salute 3. Veteran 4. Parade 5. Country 6. Flag
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Pandemic changes ‘way of life’ for Columbia Lodge DALLAS – The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way of life for Columbia Lodge and the Dallas Sons of Hermann Hall. In response to the pandemic, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a shelter-in-place order that extends through May 20. This order requires all non-essential businesses to cease all activities at facilities located within the county. All individuals living within Dallas County are ordered to shelter at their place of residence. All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are also prohibited. In response, Bob Sullivan, president of the Dallas Home Association Board, issued the following statement: “The Sons of Hermann Hall is closed for business until further notice in compliance with county and city mandates aimed at slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Hall closure also impacts all
lodge and board meetings. The cancelled meetings and events will be rescheduled once the stay at home order is lifted. In the meantime, the board will continue to meet via video conference to conduct necessary business to maintain the Hall. “The board is committed to supporting our employees in every way we can during this crisis and we are working with our accounting firm to navigate these uncertain times. We will be putting everyone back to work at the conclusion of the crisis. “Remember that we are not alone. At this moment, the entire planet is focused on a single threat. More than half the population of the entire world are under stay at home orders. With a 109-year history, this is not the first time the Sons of Hermann Hall has seen difficult times. Look to photos that line our main hallway and think what those who came before us lived through together…the 1918 pandemic, WWI and WWII, and
the Cuban missile crisis, among others. In this unprecedented situation filled with uncertainty, you can count on one thing; we will weather this storm together and the Hall and the lodges will be here when it’s over. “At this time, I encourage all members to think about our common benevolent purpose of supporting each other and the community around us. What more can we do to support each other? How do we come through this stronger than before? “Please direct questions and comments to Secretary of the Board Amanda Hobbs, secretarysonsofhermannhall.com, and for the latest updates regarding coronavirus, we encourage you to visit the CDC website.” For now, all previously planned events have been cancelled or postponed, including the Deep Ellum Arts Festival with the St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast, the April and May meetings, the All-Fantasy
The Dallas Sons of Hermann Hall hosted a special Acoustic Campfire Jam on Sunday, March 8, put together by Ranger Randell Fields in honor of International Women’s Day. This is a global day celebrating the historical, cultural and political achievements of women, as well as a day of action against gender inequality around the world. This photo montage captures some of the moments of the day. Event, First Friday Swing Dance, Join Hands Day and the weekly Wednesday swing dances and Acoustic Campfire Jams. Keep an eye on the Facebook page and look for emails to keep you informed of changing
news during this uncertain time and keep those personal lines of communication open with each other. We look forward to getting together again as soon as it becomes safe to do so. – Anni Howe
Brenham Lodge makes plans for Christmas celebration BRENHAM – Brenham Lodge members enjoyed a meal of barbecue, baked potatoes, pinto beans and trimmings at the March meeting. Members provided desserts. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Willie Dierking Jr. A sympathy card was mailed to Larry Dierking and family following the passing of his father, Willie Dierking Jr., and to William Pictured during the Brenham Lodge anniversary celebration on March 7 are, from left, Director Suzanne Hildebrand, Alison Zollinger, President and CEO Eugene Zollinger, Director David Noak, Theresa Garli, President James Hyvl and Robin Mann.
Krueger following the passing of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Loesch. Get-well cards were mailed to Steve Rogers and Bennie Hanath. Agent Gary Falkenberg announced the lodge’s new member goal for 2020 is eight. The lodge had planned to sponsor the Hermann Sons Life float in the Maifest Parade on May 2 however the parade has been postponed. Members agreed to have
Allison Crowson perform for the Christmas dinner and dance on Dec. 5 and to have Schovajsa cater the meal. Non-member guests will pay $11. Vice President Gary Falkenberg, filling in for President James Hyvl, thanked Jeanette Preuss, Rosalie Renner and Shirley Rowan for helping with the meal and drinks and all who provided desserts. – Reporter Celebrating March birthdays at the Brenham Lodge meeting were, from left, Gary Falkenberg, Robert Preuss, Nina Runge and Delores Gaskamp.
Corpus Christi plans project CORPUS CHRISTI – Corpus Christi will hold its next business meeting May 5 at Miller’s BBQ at McKenzie and Leopard. Pins will be presented at that time. If the meeting has to be canceled, the pins will be presented later in the year.
The lodge is also planning to distribute personal hygiene items to the homeless on May 8 in observance of Join Hands Day. The COVID-19 crisis caused the cancelation of the Easter party and April social gathering. – Reporter
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Fort Worth works on project FORT WORTH – Fort Worth Lodge is still accepting donations for the Join Hands Day project. The lodge will present the donations to the Alliance for Children in Tarrant County as soon as the stay at home order is lifted. If you would like to donate, contact Linda Balmos or Shannon Jones. The lodge continues to work on reaching its goal of 12 new members in 2020. Agents can still write applications without coming in contact with the applicant. If you know someone interested, contact Sandra Jones. Also, if you have a child who wants to go to Camp or has a
friend who wants to attend, there is still time to get them signed up and enrolled in Camp. Camp is still scheduled to open in June. Youth Chair Ronnie Jones is working on getting the t-shirts made and mailed to the campers who sent in their request. Parents, if you forgot to send in your request, you are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Ryan James has reached his 70-year membership plateau. Ryan joined the lodge on April 19, 1960. Reaching the 50-year member milestone was Robert Hurst. Robert joined the lodge on April 6, 1970. Hope they will be at the picnic in May to re-
ceive their pins. The annual picnic has been moved to May 31 because so many would be busy in June. The picnic/pin presentation will be held at The BRICK, 550 N.W. Summercrest, Burleson. It will start at 2:30 p.m. with a short meeting followed by pin presentations and then the meal provided by the lodge. Members are asked to bring desserts. Also, for an additional $5, children can swim. Happy Birthday wishes go out to Eli Beck, Hailee Walker, Justin McLaughlin, Lisa Schick, Morris Turek, Ronald Walters and Vince Wos. Hope you have an awesome year. – Reporter
Dallas Lodge will meet on July 26 Makayla Jones of Fort Worth Lodge decorated her front porch for the senior drive-by. She is a senior at Burleson Collegiate High School.
DALLAS – Dallas Lodge’s next gathering will be held Sunday, July 26, at 1 p.m. at the Hall. Officers encourage members to attend. Food and fellowship will be provided. The Home Association directors had to close the Hall to members and the public because of COVID-19. The annual Home Association general meeting, the Join Hands Day project and spring luncheon will be rescheduled when possible.
Lodge officers are keeping in touch by email or phone. Home Association directors meet by email or Zoom Cloud. The Hall’s general manager continues to check on the Hall and schedule future events. Members congratulate Mary C. Llewelyn who received her 50-year membership pin in April. She resides in Lomita, Calif. Dallas Lodge members want to thank Harry Werland for his service as Vice President of
Finance and congratulate him on his retirement. They also congratulate Mary Pruitt on being appointed to replace him. Officers value our members and encourage them to be safe and healthy. Prayers are offered for the sick members and we rejoice with those who have recovered. We will get through this awful pandemic with the help of those in health care. They are a blessing to us all. – Andy Schellenberg
Kerrville Lodge plans June meeting KERRVILLE – Kerrville Lodge will meet Wednesday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. at a location to be determined and only if allowed by the COVID-19 guidelines in place at the time. Most likely this will be a picnic themed event and could be held at a park.
Contact Juanice Grona at 830792-7827 if you are planning to attend. She will have the details once they are finalized. A business meeting is needed to discuss a new meeting location and to plan for the Christmas party. Other gatherings planned
this year are a social event on Aug. 5 at the Acapulco Restaurant, a meeting on Oct. 7 and the Dec. 4 Christmas party. Check the monthly newspaper articles for any changes to upcoming meetings. – Juanice Grona
Vineta Lodge to reschedule event Cameron Lodge will meet June 16 Cameron Lodge will meet June 16 at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron. A fish fry is planned. At the March 17 meeting, also held at Bea’s Kitchen, the 2020 officers were installed by President David Ehler. A meal of pizza, salad and dessert was served. David and his granddaughter Kayla Ehler were celebrating a birthday.
SAN ANTONIO – Vineta Lodge will not meet May 7. The lodge will honor mothers with food from Little Italy at a later date. The coronavirus is still a risk as I write this article. The lodge officers would rather be safe
than sorry. Just remember we will be back together. Call me at 210-602-5147 for any information or just to talk and let me know how you are. I want to wish all members who are celebrating a birthday
in May or who had one in April, best wishes and we will celebrate when we are back together. Stay home and be safe and well. God bless. – Ruth Bailey
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Houston will work at food bank HOUSTON – Houston Lodge members are reminded that the Join Hands Day project at the Houston Food Bank is still scheduled for Saturday, May 2. Members are asked to be there at 8 a.m. and to bring their own mask. The lodge’s Pioneer/Family Day has been canceled for this year. A decision on whether to hold the May meeting has not
been made. If it is held the menu will include spaghetti, garlic bread and salad from a restaurant. The meal for June will be Church’s chicken, okra, mashed potatoes and salad. Members are asked to bring desserts. The lodge met March 9 at Don Jose’s. Welcomed as new members were Evan Michael Harris, John
Windrow Fanning Jr. and Noah Dean Patterson. The lodge’s new member goal for 2020 is 10. Gary Falkenberg reported that Milton Fuchs had been in the hospital and has now been moved to a new home. Attendance award winners were Doris Falkenberg, Lavina Patterson, Larry Weikel, Sheila Lee and Patricia Bushman. – Catherine Manchack
James Ellison, left, and Gary Falkenberg celebrated their March birthdays at the Houston Lodge meeting.
DaCosta hopes to reschedule bbq, dance fund-raiser DACOSTA – DaCosta Lodge has been forced to cancel or postpone meetings and activities because of COVID-19. The Join Hands Day project was cancelled. Officers will reassess the situation and see where the lodge can serve the community in another way.
The May 9 BBQ Dinner and Dance Fund-raiser has been POSTPONED. Hopefully it can be rescheduled for the fall. The Gun and Purse Prize Drawing has been extended. The May 12 meeting is still scheduled for 6 p.m. pending stay at home orders by Gov. Greg
Abbott and President Trump. If the orders have been extended the meeting will be canceled. As of right now, the Summer Family Social is still scheduled for Aug. 22. More details to come. Volunteers are still needed to help with yard maintenance/ mowing. Contact Andrea Stehle
at 361-578-2039 if interested. Lodge officers are asking members what they foresee for the lodge and hall and how they would like to see their dues spent. Email your thoughts and ideas to sayra@dacostahall. com or feel free to call or text Sayra anytime at 361-676-6947.
Messages can also be sent via Facebook at DaCosta Lodge or DaCosta Hall. We hope all our fellow Hermann Sons Life members are staying well and taking those extra precautions during these trying times. – Sayra Martinka
Paige collects, donates Siemering members keeping busy items for Grief Camp PAIGE – Paige Lodge members enjoyed a Mexican potluck meal prior to the March meeting. An early St. Patrick’s Day theme was observed by members wearing green. Members recognized Ronnie and Debbie Harmon for delivering the supplies collected for the Grief Support Camp in observance of Make a Difference Day in 2019. The Harmons spoke of the warm welcome they received at the Home Office. President Chelle Dube read a thank you from the Home Office for the donation. The schedule of events for 2020-2021 was provided to members.
President Dube stated the lodge’s membership goal for 2020 is six and displayed recommender cards and pamphlets. She also said the Home Office is seeking new sales agents. Bernice Basward reported sending get-well wishes to Phillip Procell and Emilie Kunkel. LaVerne Gutierrez and George Gutierrez won prizes. Paige Lodge members hope everyone can stay safe, healthy and strong. As we are not able to gather for meetings and social events at this time, we will so enjoy and cherish the times once we are able to gather together again. – Sandy Botkin
Helotes will meet June 9 HELOTES – Helotes Lodge will hold its second quarter meeting on June 9 at 7 p.m. A hot meal will be provided.
Everyone in attendance will have a chance to win a cash door prize. – Letty Fragoso
SAN ANTONIO – Due to the stay at home situation, Siemering Lodge has been keeping in touch with members by phone and by email. So far, everyone appears to be doing well except for a little cabin fever. One member said he has watched a lot of westerns. There has been a lot of reading, crafting and gardening going on. Everyone has a story to tell. While everyone is maintaining
the necessary distancing, they are still doing their best for the community. Some members are shopping and delivering supplies to those in need and some are working on projects for the homeless for next winter. Cherry Lee is making masks for the American G.I. Forum, Haven for Hope and various other organizations. She has been recognized by San Antonio District City Councilman John
Courage for her efforts. Members are being asked to consider an increase in lodge dues to $12 per year. This will allow the lodge to increase its subsidy to the San Antonio Home Association for upkeep on the building. Readings at three meetings are needed before a vote can be taken. If members approve the increase, it must be approved by the Home Office. – Sally Hertzberg
Cibolo canceled April meeting due to virus
Plum officers will determine schedule
CIBOLO – Cibolo Lodge canceled its regular meeting in April due to COVID-19. We hope all members and the public remain healthy and use social distancing guidelines. We thank everyone who is working in whatever capacity throughout this time and pray for your safety. For all those who are fighting this illness, know you have many people praying for you to beat this virus. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone. Stay safe and be careful. – Tracy Campos
PLUM – Plum Lodge did not meet in April because of COVID-19 and other meetings may be canceled as well. The lodge officers will determine when the next meeting will be held. The lodge did meet March 9. Pam Matula donated a tray of sandwich breads, meats, cheeses, dips, spreads and veggies while other members donated chips, dips and desserts. Attendance award winners were Wallace Hobratschk, Wilbert Hoffmann, Linda Poncik and Jackie Wessels. – Verlene R. Hobratschk
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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
Marion Lorene Bielke, FIC 830-420-2380
Bellville Robert Herridge 979-865-3222
Cuero Laura Tiffin Wayne Tiffin 361-275-8421
Hondo Richard Muennink 210-827-0053
New Braunfels Becki Carley 361-550-9358
Stacy Saathoff 830-444-9160
Kathryn Green 830-463-9455
Cecilia Phillips 214-982-8905
Houston Gary Falkenberg, FICF 713-466-6069 or 713-899-4138
Shirley Huebinger 830-629-1196
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
Bernardo/Columbus Robin Maertz 979-732-1687 Terrel Maertz 979-732-1727 Blanco Joni Kirkwood Moore 512-922-8283
Caldwell Donnie Blinka 979-596-1309 Castroville Glenford Boehme, FIC 210-219-9792 Cibolo/Schertz Tracy Campos 210-388-2779 Judith Schulmeier, FIC 210-667-1938 Doreen Tissler 210-519-7859 Comfort Norma Bruns, FIC 830-995-3980
Dallas Helen Tyson Brown 214-796-0668
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
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
Sales Department Staff 210-527-9113 • 877-437-6266 • 888-839-7667 Vice President of Sales Tim Kolbe firstname.lastname@example.org Marketing Analyst Ana Vasquez, FLMI, AIRC, FIC email@example.com Administrative Assistant Gladys Rowley firstname.lastname@example.org Special Representatives: Eulla May Krueger - 210-863-0546 • 830-985-3643 email@example.com Teresa Saathoff - 210-422-6996 firstname.lastname@example.org
San Antonio Ruth Bailey 210-602-5147
Seguin Annette D. Roecker 830-832-0724
Darlene Irwin 210-392-2649
Tina B. Ynfante 210-859-1973
Rayna Sue Irwin 210-710-7038
Spring Branch Gloria Gass 830-885-4405
Clif Klabunde, FIC 210-219-6142 Lauren Brehm-Long 210-643-9836 San Marcos/Lockhart Janice Kuhen 512-393-1431 Schulenburg/Weimar Mary K. Seifert 979-743-0312
Needville /Rosenberg Chris Stoeltje 979-559-6127
Schwertner Irene Schwertner 254-527-4470
Round Top/Rutersville Linda Mattocks 512-736-9988
Seguin/San Antonio Carol Krauss, FIC 210-725-4106
Stockdale Ronald Wiatrek 210-771-4354 Victoria Jason Hybner 361-652-6924 Victoria Laura Thigpen 361-676-8307 Yorktown Judy Wolf 361-564-2452
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Memorial Day Word Crossword Puzzle
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Across 2. Old name for Memorial Day 7. Who proclaimed Memorial Day in 1868? 8. Memorial Day is the last Monday in ____. 9. Flowers used to remember deceased soldiers. 10. To show respect for someone.
Down 1. A formal military gesture of respect. 3. One who served in war. 4. People marching down the street is called a ____. 5. On Memorial Day we honor the men and women who died defending our ____. 6. Placed on graves of soldiers.
WORD BANK: Decoration Day
General John A. Logan
Puzzle answers on Pg. 11.