May 2024

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Message from President/CEO

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Hermann Sons Life products

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Camp news

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Membership Picnic to be held in conjuction with Camp Open House on June 8

COMFORT – This year’s Hermann Sons Life Membership Picnic will be held in conjunction with the annual Camp Open House on Saturday, June 8. All members, family and friends are invited.

Gates open at 9 a.m. and activities will be held through 1:30 p.m. at both the Hilltop site for boys and the Riverside site for girls. Lunch will be available at both sites for everyone from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

open, so bring bathing suits and sunscreen.

Activities such as archery, gaga ball, crafts and more will be available throughout the day and the swimming pools will be

Participants can take a tour of the camp facilities and meet staff from all over the world that will be working this summer.

“Bring your friends and family out to enjoy a great day in the Texas Hill Country,” Vice President

of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly said. “We hope to see you there!” Reservations are not required. Hermann Sons Life Camp is located in Comfort. From Comfort take Hwy. 27 west toward Kerrville. Just outside of Comfort, turn left on Hermann Sons Road and follow the signs to either site.

Family Fun Day June 22 Hermann Sons Life will honor 2024 graduates

SAN ANTONIO – All members are invited to the annual Hermann Sons Life Family Fun Day at Six Flags Fiesta Texas on June 22, 2024.

Invitations have been mailed to eligible and registered Shining Stars. Each registered Shining Star will receive one complimentary ticket. Shining Stars must have been registered by April 1, 2024, for free admission and be current on all premiums and dues. One chaperone ticket purchase is required for Shining Stars and their ticket is $60. All additional tickets for all ages are $65 each. Tickets can be purchased online at, go to Store.

Ticket purchase includes free

parking, park admission with free access to the water park, a meal and all-day access to all the park amenities. This is more than a $100 value. The meal will be served from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Picnic Pavilion. Unfortunately, if season passes are used, lunch cannot be provided.

Deadline to purchase tickets is midnight on June 9.

For questions, contact the Member Benefits Department at 800-234-4124, ext. 238.

It’s almost time to salute our 2024 graduates! Hermann Sons

Life will honor members who are graduating high school or college by featuring them on social media and in the Hermann Sons Life newspaper in July.

Entries should include contact phone number, student’s name, high school or university, which lodge they belong to, future plans, parent(s) names, school achievements and activities.

Photos should be of good quality or cannot be published. Email photos and information to elaines@hermannsonslife. org.

The deadline to submit is June 12, 2024. Graduates must be Hermann Sons Life members.

May 2024 Vol. 127, No. 5

President's Message

President reflects on career coming full circle

With camp registration in full swing, I can’t help but be reminded of many amazing memories at Riverside Camp and how much it meant to me growing up I’m so thankful my mom had the foresight for our family to become members all those years ago Hermann Sons Life Camp, Dance, and even bowling (in what is now known as the San Antonio Hermann Sons Home Association building next door to the Home Office) were a large part of my childhood Thousands of lives are impacted each year through our youth programs for junior members As we chart the future for Hermann Sons Life, fiscally sound decisions are vital to ensure our member benefit programs are able to continue and our organization as a whole remain healthy

Little did I know that my career would come full circle with my childhood experiences in my decision to join the Home Office at Hermann Sons Life While I have enjoyed every chapter of my insurance career, I yearned for a deeper connection to my community – a way to give back that aligned with my passion for insurance

When I began my insurance ca-

reer in 1988, I accepted an entrylevel position with the mindset that I would take it until something better came along However, 1989 was a turning point when I helped the Smith family navigate a tragic situation after their home burned down Recognizing the difference I could make in people’s lives during what is often a very challenging and emotional time solidified my decision for insurance to become my lifelong career Over the past 35+ years, I have had the privilege of assisting countless individuals, families, and businesses in navigating the complexities of insurance coverage

It may be hard to understand my passion for the paperwork aspect of the industry – the contracts, illustrations, compliance – I find great fulfillment in it Laying the groundwork for a secure future, whether for a family or an organization, necessitates building a solid foundation formed by comprehensive planning and meticulous paperwork While building relationships and working closely with people is essential, adhering to contracts, compliance requirements, and industry regulations can sometimes seem at odds with that personal connection

However, these standards, rules, and best practices have been

Lodge Reports

carefully developed with decades of knowledge and experience to safeguard the interests of all parties involved and ensure the best possible outcome

Navigating fiscal responsibility along with regulatory compliance can be challenging, and not an easy conversation when changes must be made that impact others Ensuring a future rooted in the stability our founding fathers built is a responsibility we don’t take lightly Futures depend upon the decisions made today, so while the conversations may not be easy, we remain steadfast in our commitment to serve Hermann Sons Life and our members with professionalism and integrity We will continue to make each decision in the best interest of every member, even if it may be a tough one While we

have work to do, I am thrilled with our progress thus far and look forward to sharing more with you along the way

As I reflect on my career and my decision to join Hermann Sons Life, I realize that every experience and challenge has led me to where I am today Being able to merge my professional expertise with my passion for insurance, as well as make a positive impact, has been very rewarding I am so grateful to our staff and members and all the ways you serve your community and make a difference I look forward to making more memories with you and more opportunities to serve our community As I look forward to the future, there are so many exciting things coming for HSL, and I can’t wait to share them with you

Donations to aid fire recovery

SAN ANTONIO – The Home Office is still accepting donations for the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund

The nearly three-week battle that started in February was the largest wildfire in Texas history It burned more than 1 million acres across several counties Funds will aid recovery efforts

Monetary donations can be mailed to Hermann Sons Life, P O . Box 1941, San Antonio, TX 78297 Donations may also be made by credit card by calling 800-234-4124, ext 238

For questions, contact Leonni Avalos at leonnia@hermannsonslife org or the number above

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LAWS COMMITTEE Stephen Prewitt Edward J. Muehlbrad Agnes Dreibrodt Elizabeth Byron Mary Beam Sherry Rakowitz Tammy Jones Todd Marquardt Pat Bushman Steven Schellenberg Harry Schriber Ronald Wiatrek Annette Roecker Arthur R. Pfefferkorn MEMBER BENEFITS COMMITTEE Eulla Krueger Shirley Faske Cheryl Garcia Bradley Klein Angela Netherton Joyce Kneupper COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE
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Keith Charles Knibbe Pat Spradling Gary Falkenberg David Lewis Monthly Features 2 President's Message 3 Calendar of Events 3 Employee Spotlight 3 Community Spotlight 7 In Memoriam 7 Memorial Donations 12 Howie's Happenings 13 Pioneers Sales News 4 Importance of life insurance 4 New agents 5 Hermann Sons Life products 6 Agent listings 12 Recommenders Youth News 8-9 Camp news 11 Dance recitals 24 Shining Stars New 14 Join Hands Day

Community Spotlight

Webinar series will promote stroke awareness

SAN ANTONIO – The Health and Human Service Commission’s Office of Acquired Brain Injury is hosting a webinar series in May 2024 to promote awareness and provide education to the public in recognition of Stroke Awareness Month.

Presenters will include Hermann Sons Life member and former HSL Board Director Suzanne Hildebrand of Live Oak. Suzanne was elected to the HSL Board in 2017 and served through 2022.

Governor Rick Perry appointed Suzanne to the Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke in 2011 and she was reappointed by Governor Greg Abbott. Additionally, in 2022, Governor

Abbott named Hildebrand chair of the council. The council is charged with developing an effective and resource‐efficient plan to reduce the morbidity, mortality and economic burden of cardiovascular disease and stroke in the State of Texas.

Suzanne is a retired legal administrator. She has previously served on the Live Oak City Council and as a member of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education appointed by Governor Bill Clements. Additionally, she founded the first chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in the State of Texas for the San Antonio and Bexar County area,

as well as serving as their past president.

Across the United States an average of 800,000 people experience a stroke each year. The impact of a stroke can cause long-term disability and each injury is unique to the person. A stroke’s effect on the person and their care partners can be significant and require unique interventions.

The free online series of onehour webinars will focus on providing education about strokes, best practices for treatments, and how working together can help everyone affected by a stroke. The presentations will also discuss the signs and symp-

Employee Spotlight

‘Gunner’ responsible for Camp operations

SAN ANTONIO – Ian “Gunner”

Brassett has served as Hermann Sons Life Executive Camp Director in Comfort since October 2018.

Ian is responsible for operating the two Camp sites, Hilltop for boys and Riverside for girls. He prepares the sites for the campers, hires staff, schedules all activities, purchases supplies, manages the facilities and supervises and trains summer camp staff.

He also serves as photographer, DJ and takes care of many other odd jobs that come up during the camp season. Ian

manages camp facility rentals for groups and special occasions during the off-season. This summer marks Ian’s 36th


EVERY THURSDAY – It’s Game Night every Thursday night at Hochheim-Prairie Lodge-Turner Hall in Yoakum. Games start at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 361-293-557.

EVERY THURSDAY – Bingo is held every Thursday night at Brenham Lodge. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., cards go on sale at 6:15 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m. and are usually over at 9:30 p.m. Open to public.

EVERY FRIDAY – Free live trivia at the San Antonio Home Association Rathskeller at 7 p.m. Get a team together or come solo. Prizes awarded.

toms of strokes and how identifying a stroke early can reduce the medical and social impacts on individuals and their impacts on our healthcare systems.

Suzanne, who cared for her husband after a stroke, and Tommye Austin, PhD, with BJC Healthcare in Missouri, will discuss their journey to advocate for the hospital systems in San Antonio to become stroke certified, the modifiable risk factors that can lead to a stroke, and the advocacy priorities to help prevent strokes. The presentation will also review a free tool to identify and help increase awareness about the risk factors and ways to reduce the risks of a stroke.

Webinar schedule:

Thursday, May 2, from 10-11 a.m. “Stroke Update 2024,”  pre-

year as a camp director. He previously was co-director at Camp Lohikan in Pennsylvania and was director at Pali Overnight Adventures in California.

“I love working at Camp,” Ian said. “It allows me to see staff grow from being one of our youngest campers to becoming a staff member. Having worked at HSLC since the 2019 summer, I am starting to see past 10-year-old campers now moving into CIT roles and CITs from 2019 now becoming senior staff members and directors like Shepard, Kenobi, Coconut, Casper and more!”

APRIL 28 – Bellville Lodge has announced the 21st Annual Fruehling Saengerfest, a German spring singing festival, will be held at Concordia Hall, 952 S. Tesch in Bellville, at 11 a.m. This is an annual non-profit fund-raiser. Call Robert Herridge at 713-582-2461 or email robert1@ herridgeconsultingcom for more information.

JUNE 8 – Camp Open House and Membership Picnic will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The pool and activities will be available at both camp sites. Lunch will be provided. See Pg. 1.

sented by Suzanne Hildebrand and Tommye Austin, PhD.

Wednesday, May 8, from 1011 a.m. “Physical, Psychological and Social Presentation Associated with Stroke,” presented by Dr. John Alfonso and Dr. Erica Middleton.

Thursday, May 16, from 10-11 a.m. “Hope in Healing – The Utilization of Creativity and Imagination in Pediatric Post Stroke Neuro-Rehabilitation,” presented by Marial Biard and Jenson Maydew.

Wednesday, May 22, from 10-11 a.m. “Recovery: A ThreeLegged Race,” presented by Karen Williams.

To receive an email with the links to participate in the webinars, please contact the Office of Acquired Brain Injury at  oabi@

Editor/Communications Director

Elaine Hernandez Soto

210-226-9261, ext. 279


Assistant Editor/Assistant Communications Director

Hannah Ruiz-Gruver

210-226-9261, ext. 102



news articles and photographs should be mailed to: Editor, Hermann Sons Life, P.O. Box 1941, San Antonio, TX 78297-1941 or emailed to: Reports and photos can also be submitted online at under Member Benefits, Officer Forms. The report deadline is the 10th of each month. For example, for the January issue, the deadline is Dec. 10. 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.
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Ian “Gunner” Brassett


Life insurance plays pivotal role in financial planning

Hermann Sons Life has life insurance products and annuities to meet every family’s needs, but this month I want to talk about the importance of life insurance.

Securing Your Future: The Importance of Life Insurance

In an uncertain world, planning for the future is essential, and one of the most crucial aspects of this planning is securing your family’s financial stability, even in your absence. This is where your insurance plays a pivotal role. Here is why having life insurance is essential:

• Financial protection: Life insurance provides a financial safety net for your loved ones in the event of your death. It ensures that they can maintain their quality of life, pay off debts, cover daily expenses and achieve their long-term financial goals, such as education and retirement.

• Income replacement: If you are the primary breadwinner in your family, your sudden absence could leave them strug-

gling to make ends meet. Life insurance can replace your lost income, ensuring that your family can continue to meet their financial obligations and maintain their standard of living.

• Debt repayment: Many individuals have various debts, such as mortgages, car loans or credit card debt. In the event of your passing, these debts could become a significant burden for your family. Life insurance can be used to pay off outstanding debts, relieving your loved ones of financial stress during an already difficult time.

• Funeral and final expenses:

Funeral costs and other final expenses can be substantial placing an additional financial strain on your family. Life insurance can cover these expenses allowing your loved ones to focus on grieving and healing, rather than worrying about how to pay for your funeral.

• Estate planning: Life insurance can also be an essential tool in estate planning. It can provide liquidity to pay estate taxes and ensure your assets are not depleted or tied up in probate proceedings and can be passed on to your heirs as intended.

• Peace of mind: Knowing that your family will be financially protected in the event of your death can provide you with peace of mind. You can rest assured that even if the unexpected happens, your loved ones will be taken care of financially.

• Affordability and accessibility: Life insurance is more affordable and accessible than many people realize. There are various types of policies available to suit different needs and budgets making it possible for

almost anyone to obtain coverage.

Life insurance is not just a luxury; it is a necessity for anyone who has loved ones depending on them financially. By securing life insurance coverage, you can ensure that your family is protected and financially secure, no matter what the future may hold. Don’t wait until it’s too late – invest in life insurance today for peace of mind and financial security tomorrow.

Now that I have explained the reasons for buying life insurance, I want to tell you why you should rely on Hermann Sons Life when it comes to your life insurance needs.

• Hermann Sons Life wants to take care of you and your family’s life insurance at every stage of your life.

• We are different from other life insurance companies.

– We are a non-profit organization.

– Junior members have access to our youth camp and dance program.

– We have 110 lodges that work to strengthen their communities.

Three new agents join Sales Department

SAN ANTONIO – The Hermann Sons Life Sales Department welcomes three new agents, Darrell R. Steubing, Carol Lopez and Isabel Diaz Servin.

Darrell has been a professional insurance agent since 1974 starting and managing agencies. A resident of Boerne since 1982, Darrell’s sales coverage area includes Boerne, Comfort and San Antonio.

Darrell grew up along with several generations of his family in the Helotes-Leon Valley area. He was baptized, confirmed and married at Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes.

Carol is a resident of San Antonio. Her sales coverage areas include New Braunfels, San Antonio and Atascosa County. She has 10 years Medicare ex-

perience and has also worked as a tax advisor, was a life and health agent, was an ACA marketplace agent, sold annuities and life and has a property and casualty license.

Carol enjoys spending time with her husband, four sons and grandchildren. She loves to travel and has visited New

York, California, Florida, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Monterrey, Mexico. Carol also enjoys going to the gym.

Isabel is a resident of San Antonio. She has been a licensed agent since 2006 and has experience in life insurance and Medicare. Her coverage areas are San Antonio and surround-

– We pride ourselves on taking care of our members.

• Our agents are available to meet in person or can meet over the phone and handle everything electronically.

• We have a wide array of life insurance products including whole life insurance, term insurance and a senior adult final expense plan.

• We have single premium products and products that can be paid for monthly or annually.

• Our whole life products build cash value, and our term products provide larger amounts of coverage with affordable premiums.

Last but not least, if you are thinking about retirement savings, our fixed rate flexible premium deferred annuities are straightforward and easy to understand. New annuities are currently earning 5% interest with a guarantee of 2.75%.

Call our office today at 210527-9113 to set up a time to meet with a Hermann Sons Life agent.

100% Hermann Sons Life Family

Hermann Sons Life congratulates the Prince family.

ing areas.

When not working, Isabel enjoys collecting antiques, going to flea markets, estate sales and yard sales.

“We are excited to have seasoned life insurance, annuity and Medicare agents join the HSL team," Vice President of Sales Teresa Saathoff said.

Darrell, Owen and Benjamin Prince are a 100% Hermann Sons Life family. They were written by Agent Ana Vasquez and are members of Boerne Lodge.

See the list of Recommenders and gift card winner on Pg. 12

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Darrell R. Steubing Carol Lopez Teresa Saathoff Isabel Diaz Servin


Hermann Sons Life is committed to providing products that give our members the peace of mind, financial security and needs-based protection for each stage of their lives.

At Hermann Sons Life, we offer a portfolio of products that can meet all of your financial needs.

Reasons to Invest in a Hermann Sons Life Annuity

Earnings accumulate taxdeferred until distribution.

Withdrawal options available within certain guidelines.

Upon death, the value of your annuity passes directly to your named beneficiary with the option to bypass probate.

Flexible payout options to meet your retirement needs.

Additional deposits accepted.

*2.75% Guarantee



Many investors are turning to Annuities to add to their investment portfolio. Our fixed Annuities are best suited for investors seeking a guaranteed fixed rate of interest, tax-deffered earnings until withdrawal and who have a low tolerance for investment risk.


Issue Ages: 18-89

Initial Issue Minimum Deposit: $2,500

1st Year Maximum Deposit: $300,000

Subsequent Years Maximum Deposit: $50,000



Surrender may cause tax consequences and/or an early surrender charge. Seek competent tax advice before surrendering.




Issue Ages: 18-89

Initial Issue Minimum Deposit: $2,500


Initial Issue Minimum Deposit: $2,500


Initial Issue Minimum Deposit: $2,500

Whole Life is also known as permanent or traditional insurance. One of the advantages of purchasing

Whole Life insurance is that Whole Life builds cash value and includes nonforfeiture options and riders.

Our Flex Life Annual Premium Plan is an interest sensitive plan offered to juniors (JFLA) and adults (FLA).

We offer 20-Year Limited Pay Whole Life plans, one for juniors (J Plan) and one for adults (H Plan). We also have a Single Premium Life plan available to juniors (JSPL) and adults (SPL). With a single premium plan you pay the premium all at once when the plan is initially purchased.


FLA ISSUE: $30,000-$4,000,000

Issue Ages: 18-70

Riders: Accidental Death

Premium Waiver • Insurability Protection FORM HSL-FLA-2017


JFLA ISSUE: $35,000-$1,000,000

Issue Ages: 0-17

Riders: Accidental Death

Premium Waiver • Insurability Protection




ADULT ISSUE $10,000-$249,999

Issue Ages: 18-70

Riders: Accidental Death

Premium Waiver

• Insurability Protection



JUNIOR ISSUE $15,000-$50,000

Issue Ages: 0-17

Riders: Accidental Death

Premium Waiver

• Insurability Protection



Term insurance provides you with coverage for a specified period of time. The advantage of purchasing a term policy is that it provides you with a high amount of protection at a low premium price. Our term plans suit individual needs and changing circumstances. Currently there are two term life plans available for adults, the renewable10-Year Level Term (CT-10) and the 20-Year Level Term (CLT–20).



ADULT ISSUE $10,000-$4,000,000

Issue Ages: 18-70

JUNIOR ISSUE $15,000-$1,000,000

Issue Ages: 0-17

Modified Endowment Contract

Fully guaranteed death benefit. Riders are not available for this plan.



Senior Adult Life Insurance

Single Premium (SAFE)

With funerals averaging between $10,000 and $15,000 or more, it is a wise decision for anyone to make plans for final expenses. The SAFE Plan is a single premium product with issue ages from 50 through 90. The plan has an increasing death benefit. This increase is designed to help your death benefit keep up with inflation. Although not a guaranteed issue plan, the SAFE Plan features modified underwriting requirements which can accommodate some medical issues.

Issue Amounts: $5,000-$50,000

Issue Ages: 50-90

Death Benefit Growth

Modified Endowment Contract


Medicare products

Aetna • Anthem Blue Cross • Cigna • Humana • United Healthcare Plans available include Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements, Special Needs and Hospital Indemnity and Part D Drug Coverage.

Medicare is Federal Health Insurance for people 65 or older, and for some people under 65 with certain disabilities or conditions. Medicare can be confusing and it’s important to choose the right plan for you. Our Hermann Sons Life Medicare Agents go through extensive and continuous training and can help you with enrollment, reviewing existing plans or help to make changes to your current plan.

Call a Hermann Sons Life Agent today to help you make the right choice.

Please note that we do not offer every Medicare plan available in your area. Any information we provide is limited to those plans we offer in your area. You can go to or call 1-800-Medicare to get information on all your options.

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Deposit limits and transfer conditions are defined by federal law. Transfers from 401k or other qualified plans accepted. Surrender may cause tax consequences and/or an early surrender charge. Seek competent tax advice before surrendering. FORM HSL-FPDA-2024
LEVEL TERM (CT-10) ISSUE AMOUNTS: $50,000-$4,000,000 Issue Ages: 18-65 Annual Renewals After Age 65 Premiums Increase at Renewal Convertible to Whole Life prior to Age 70 With No Medical Underwriting Riders: Accidental Death Premium Waiver FORM HSL-CT10-2017 20-YEAR LEVEL TERM (CLT-20) ISSUE AMOUNTS: $50,000-$4,000,000 Issue Ages: 18-50 Level Benefit – Level Premium Non-renewable Convertible to Whole Life With No Medical Underwriting Prior to Age 70 Riders:
Premium Waiver FORM
Accidental Death,

Camp News

Summer Camp counselor positions still available

What happened to April? It’s hard for me to believe we are at the end of the month and entering May. Before you know it, camp will be upon us. I feel like it was only yesterday we were celebrating the New Year.

Things are chugging along thick and fast here in Comfort!

Recently we hosted around 100 people for the solar eclipse. While the cloud cover prevented us from seeing the totality, it was still great viewing.

On Saturday, April 13, we held the Volunteer Workday. A huge thank you to Candice Roemer, Crockett, Sonar, Coconut, Squints, Nimbus, Anakin, Kenobi, Levi and Jason Centenni, Sheryl and Mia Murray, Ryan and Staycer Broglie, Cecily and John Kelly for showing up on a beautiful day. We got a lot of work accomplished! The Riverside archery and riflery areas look spectacular, the volleyball courts were raked, and we managed to move all the picnic tables and other heavy items to their proper locations for the summer.

It was a very productive and enjoyable day. This event really helps us on our way to preparing the camps for the arrival of the staff in May! So, thanks again to everyone who attended.

CIT workshop

Casper, Webster, Sonar, Squints and I spent quite a few hours working on the summer camp program for our CIT campers. We want to make this program as fun and enjoyable as possible for our future counselors, and I think we did a great job! Hermann Sons Life Camp relies heavily on our campers loving their camp experience so much they want to return as counselors and hopefully in the future become camp directors. We still have counselor positions available. I’d like to point out a few reasons why camp is a great choice for a summer job for 18–21-year-olds.

Working at camp is not just a

fun summer job (and it is fun!). It is a great resume builder providing our staff with valuable skills seldom attained by making coffee and copies in an office internship. Camp counselors make a real difference in the lives of the campers! This job has meaning!

Working as a camp counselor is a real job and provides:

Oral communication skills: You will be required to communicate effectively with campers, fellow staff, supervisors and in many cases – parents!

Critical thinking and problem solving: You will be challenged to think on your feet – from resolving camper disputes, dealing with health and safety issues to facilitating a group of campers in creating a skit!

Interpersonal and leadership skills: You will be required to model professionalism and compassion by managing a group of campers while contributing to the growth and development of each camper…YOU WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE in the LIVES of the campers.

Collaborative skills: You will receive real practical training on how to work on a team and help build and shape the culture and future of Hermann Sons Life.

Creativity: No job requires more creativity than that of a camp counselor. How do you entertain and engage 2-200 campers?

There are also benefits of working at camp. It is a real job.

Leadership - As mentioned before, you will likely be supervising between 7–15 up to 30 others, engaging in decisionmaking, behavior management and living ethics — all necessary leadership skills for today!

Diverse and global experience - Campers and staff come from all around the U.S. and the world with varied cultural perspectives.

Networking opportunitiesStaff and connections to camp alumni can provide a link to possible internships or future job opportunities in a variety of

Hermann Sons Life Camp hosted around 100 people on April 8 for the eclipse viewing. Cloud cover prevented totality, but it was still great viewing and there was brief darkness (right).


Training and certificationsYou will receive training, such as CPR, first aid and activity specialist certifications. Hermann Sons Life provides free American Red Cross Lifeguard certification, archery and challenge course certifications among others.

Room and board are provided if working at a resident camp; that means while working at camp you are not spending money on food (how much will that save parents!?). Housing, laundry, utilities and other living expenses are also covered. 21st century skills - Communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and contribution that are critical for success in today’s world are developed and practiced daily at camp.

Professional Development -

Ongoing professional development sets you up to learn about your job while building a strong team. There are many staff members who assume greater responsibilities and promotions from year to year. What does that look like on a resume to future employers?

Letters of recommendation

- I write great letters of recommendation because I have the opportunity to observe you closely over a number of years.

Hermann Sons Life Camp held the Annual Volunteer Workday on April 13. Volunteers helped clean, rake and move items all in preparation for the upcoming season. Staff will arrive in mid to late May. The helpers were treated to lunch before heading back to work.

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Camp News

Camp counselor experience a great resume builder

Cont’d from. Pg. 8

College credit or internshipYou may be eligible for college credit in some cases or able to use camp as an independent study, practicum or internship experience. I’ve worked with many staff members who were able to use summer camp as an internship or work study program.

Paycheck - You will typically get paid a salary. While the salary is not what you can make at McDonalds or Burger King, there’s no cost to you during the week. You’re not buying food or gas. You live and work at camp with a new best friend you’ve just met.

Did I mention resume building?

Think of what you can say in your resume. The decision to work as a summer camp staff member says a lot about you. No matter the role you will play in your camp community, ultimately you will want to make sure your resume reflects the experience in such a way that will be meaningful to future employers.

Here are some tips for making sure your camp experience is well represented on your resume.

Job description

Using active language, amplify the job title with descriptive terms that detail your duties, as well as the nature of time commitment you dedicated to

your summer camp employer and the results you achieved.

Core qualifications

Select language that best represents your responsibilities, as well as ties your capabilities to 21st-century job skills sought by today’s employers.

Learning skills

• Creative thinking

• Critical thinking

• Collaboration

• Communication

• Problem solving

• Knowledge skills

• Business-specific skills

• Media

• Medical

• Technology

• Wilderness /Outdoors

• Activity-specific abilities/certifications

• Program administration

• Portfolio (if applicable)

Life skills

• Leadership

• Initiative

• Social skills

• Productivity

• Flexibility

• Sportsmanship

• Counseling Active language

• Advise

• Analyze

• Collaborate

• Communicate

• Facilitate

• Lead

• Manage

• Resolve

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Puzzle answers from Pg. 24

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Statewide bowling tourney July 27-28 in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH – The Hermann Sons Life Statewide Bowling Tournament will be held July 27-28 at Cityview Lanes in Fort Worth.

The rules of the tournament are listed below. Use the form to the right to enter a team.

For more information, contact Tournament Secretary Sandra Jones at 817-781-7155.

1. At least two members of the team must be a member of Hermann Sons Life as of July 27, 2024. Two non-members per team is allowed.

2. Non USBC bowlers may pay an affiliate membership fee of $20, which will provide high score recognition.

3. Handicap is 90% from 220 for each bowler per event.

4. IMPORTANT READ CAREFULLY: It shall be each bowler’s responsibility to determine that the submitted average is correct. Failure to use the correct average shall disqualify the score if submitted average is lower than correct average thereby resulting in a lower classification or more handicap. Prize winnings shall be based on the submitted average if it is higher than the correct average. However, corrections in averages may be permitted up to the completion of the first game of a series. Every entry blank must have each bowler’s highest USBC Certified 20222023 book average based on 21 games or more at the time of participation in the tournament. Bowlers not having a 2021-2022 average must use highest 20222023 book average based on 21 games. Bowlers not having 2022-2023 or 2023-2024 book average must use 2024 Summer average of nine games or more in one league at time of participation.

Bowlers not having any of the above averages, but who bowled 9 games in the 2023 tournament may use the average for those 9 games in the 2024 tournament. USBC Rule 319(A-2) is waived (10 or more pins increase in average). A: 2022-2023 yearbook average.

See BOWLING, Pg. 11


Entry fees: $21/Singles – $21/Doubles – $21/Team – $21/All Events (optional) – $5

Each fee consists of $7.75 for prize fund, $11.25 for lineage and $2 for expenses

If any of the above are delegates, please place an "*" beside his/her name.

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Event 1st Choice 2nd Choice Date & Time Singles/Doubles Date & Time Team Team x $92 = Singles x $21 = Doubles x $42 = Non-Member Fee x $20 = All Events x $5 = Team Name: City or Town Represented: List bowlers' names in order of bowling - Lineup will not be rearranged! USBC No. Lodge No. Team Lineup - Bowler's Name Complete Mailing Address High Avg. Rule #4 All Events 1. 2. 3. 4.
USBC No. Lodge No. Singles/DoublesBowler's Name High Avg. Rule #4 1. 2. 1. 2. Prize fund to be returned 100% Make all checks payable to: Hermann Sons State Bowling Tournament Mail entries to: Sandra Jones, Tournament Secretary 516 Janie Lane, Burleson, TX 76028 Phone: 817-781-7155 Any returned checks will carry a $20 returned check fee and must be paid prior to participation. I, as Team Captain, have personally verified the above averages. Members are in good standing and agree to forfeit all claims for prize money in case of misrepresentation. No prize money will be paid until averages have been checked. Captain's signature _____________________________________________ Home Phone Work Phone Address City, State, Zip Team Captain please fill in below Association Manager's Name Phone Address City, State, Zip (Please include attachment if more than one City Secretary needs to be contacted.) Remittance To Cover Total Entry Fees Official Use Only Entry # Class Men/Women Amount Enclosed Amount Due Date Received Confirmed Day/Time Singles/Doubles Confirmed Day/Time Team 59th Hermann Sons Life State Bowling Tournament Cityview Lanes • July 27-28, 2024 6601 Oakmont Blvd., Fort Worth, TX • 817-346-0444 Opening Ceremoney July 27 - 10:45 a.m.

Fort Worth to host statewide bowling tournament

Cont’d from Pg. 10

B: 2023-2024 yearbook average. C: Summer 2024 average (9 games or more in one sanctioned league at time of participation).

5. All bowlers must check in 30 minutes before scheduled to bowl and should present their current USBC Certified card.

6. Entry closing date is July 1, 2024.

7. Any appeal or protest must be made prior to the payment of prizes. USBC Rule #329.

8. Make check payable to HER-


9. All entries must be sent to

the Tournament Manager no later than July 1, 2024. All entries postmarked the first post office business day following the entry closing date shall be accepted. Tournament director reserves the right to accept applications up to the beginning of bowling as long as lanes are available.


11. No entry fee will be returned after being received.

12. Entry fee is $21 per event. All Events is $5 optional. Non-members will pay an additional $20.

13. 100% of the prize money will be returned to bowlers. If bowler

does not cash check within six months, prize winnings will be forfeited.

14. All winners’ averages will be verified before distribution of prize fund.

15. Prize ratio will be at least one for every five entries in team, singles and doubles.

16. Prize ratio for All Events will be one prize for every 20 entries.

17. Plaques will be awarded to each event’s first place winners.

18. Multiple participation will not be allowed, except in cases of emergency where a bowler who has not participated already can not be found. At least three officers of the Executive Board must

Hermann Sons Life Comfort Campership Application for Summer 2024

This application is for children who need financial assistance in order to attend Hermann Sons Life Camp The application can be completed by a parent/guardian, but the short answer portion should be completed by the child

The Hermann Sons Life Comfort camperships pay half of the camper fee ($187 50 is half of the fee for a full week, $110 is half of the fee for the mini-camp session) Five camperships are awarded to Comfort Lodge members in good standing and one campership is awarded to any Hermann Sons Life member in good standing The camperships being awarded to Comfort Lodge members are awarded on a first-requests-received basis and there is no application deadline.

The campership awarded to any member is based on application evaluations by the Campership Committee and the application postmark deadline is May 10th. Applicants will be notified as to whether or not they wer e selected by May 17th

Campers who receive camperships from Comfort Lodge MUST still complete the online application and pay in full, but Comfort lodge will send a check for half of the camper fee to the address listed on the receipt for payment once attendance is confirmed for their selected week through the Home Office Checks will be mailed on Monday of the week your camper attends Camp

approve the substitute. This can only occur in the Team Event and Doubles Event. The decision of the Executive Board shall be final unless an appeal is made in accordance with Rule #329.

19. Two separate tournaments with two separate prize lists: one for USBC female members only and one for USBC male members only.

20. Average Adjustment USBC Rule #319E will apply.

21. No previous prize winnings need be reported.

22. USBC Rules will prevail in all instances not herein covered.



– Opening ceremony will be held on July 27, 2024, at 10:45 a.m.

– Singles/Doubles - Saturday, July 27, at 11 a.m.

– Team - Sunday, July 28, at 10 a.m.

Additional squads may be added during the course of the tournament, however no squad may be added after the final squad on July 28, 2024, at 10 a.m.

24. Two free team entries for 2023 Tournament (one male and one female) will be drawn for at the Annual Meeting on July 27, 2024.

25. Lanes will be dressed after each squad.

Comfort to award camperships

COMFORT – Comfort Lodge will meet Monday, May 13, at Hermann Sons Life Camp Hilltop. The social will begin at 5 p.m. and pizza will be served at 6 p.m. Eligible junior members are encouraged to attend for a chance to win a full campership for a one-week session for summer 2024.

The lodge will give a total of

two full camperships away at the meeting. A parent/guardian must be in attendance with the eligible camper.

The lodge will also give five half-camperships in addition to one non-Comfort Lodge member half campership.  The application can be found to the left.

June 2 • 2 p.m.

Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre

W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels

(Dates available as of press time)

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Dance recitals Yorktown April 27 • 4 p.m. Yorktown High School Auditorium 418 W. 4th St., Yorktown Seguin May 1 • 2:30 p.m. Seguin High School Performing Arts Center 1315 E. Cedar St., Seguin
Country May 2 • 6 p.m.
Valley High School 14001 Tx-46, Spring Branch
May 5 • 5 p.m. TLU Jackson
1000 W.
11 • 1 p.m. Comfort High School 143 US-87 North, Comfort Stockdale May 11 • 4 p.m. Stockdale Jr. High Auditorium 501 S. 6th St., Stockdale La Vernia/SA/Lone Oak
18 • 1:30 p.m.
Brackenridge High School 400 Eagleland Dr., San Antonio NW Bexar
June 1 • 6 p.m.
Marion Sweat Auditorium 8000 Lobo Lane, San Antonio New Braunfels
Camper Information: Last
First Name: Date of Birth: / / Lodge: Mailing Address: City: Zip Code: Primary Parent/Guardian Information: Last Name: First Name: Phone Number: Email Address: Does the camper intend to attend a full-week session or the mini-camp session? Short Answer Written by Child (Use a separate page, if needed) Why do you want to attend Hermann Sons Life Camp this summer? Please mail to (or scan to the email below): Hermann Sons Life Comfort Camperships Attn: Katie Miller 118 Braeburn Boerne, Texas 78015 Questions can be directed to Katie Miller at 830-456-9430 or katiemiller318@gmail com
– Reporter

Howie’s Happenings

Despite the chaos, pups bring laughter and love

Howie, Beau and our granddog, Tig, have been keeping us on our toes with their antics lately. Howie and Beau, the dynamic duo, have been on a chewing spree with Beau taking the lead in causing mischief. He’s managed to chew up everything from our tv remote to my eyeglasses (thank goodness for spares!) and even pooped out a sock! I am pretty sure Beau is on a mission to test the limits of our patience one household item at a time.

Meanwhile, Tig, always the explorer, has been busy digging under the shed and scaling a pile of

wood in the backyard. What she’s searching for? Only Tig knows, but we suspect she is on the hunt for a lizard or some other critter only she can smell.

Despite the chaos they bring, we can’t help but love our little mischief makers! They always have a way of making every day better with their boundless energy and enthusiasm…although boundless energy might be a stretch to say about Howie. He is a total love bug and an 80-plus pound lapdog but expending too much energy really isn’t his thing.

Beau, Howie and Tig take a break from their shenanigans.

They’re always so happy to see us and the laughter and love they bring are worth the extra household items we sacrifice here and there.

Recommender wins gift card

The Sales Department is recognizing 34 more recommenders for the month of March. We appreciate the 55 members who have recommended 65 new members to Hermann Sons Life in 2024. The winner of a gift card for March is Daniella Marquez of Stockdale Lodge.

Congratulations to the following Recommenders: Recommender Agent

William Chapman, La Vernia David Guerrero Jr.

Carter Cline, Mission-Alamo Roxy Pruski

Annie Cook, Biry (2) Linda Mattocks

Mazy Doughtery, Stockdale Ronald Wiatrek

Kylie Frothingham, La Vernia Roxy Pruski

Abigail Haverkorn, Helotes John Pacini

Daylon Haverlah, Comfort Haby Insurance Agency

Arianna Hinojosa, Coupland Gladys Rowley

Casey Houghton, Helotes Haby Insurance Agency

Larry Huesser, D’Hanis Glenford Boehme

Mason Jacobson, Mission-Alamo Roxy Pruski

Sherilyn Kent, Mission-Alamo (2) David Guerrero Jr.

Jennifer Luehlfing, Spring Branch (2) Roxy Pruski

Daniella Marquez, Stockdale Gladys Rowley

Parke Millar, La Vernia Roxy Pruski

Liv O’Donnal, Bandera County Laurie Steele

Henley Pawlik, Mission-Alamo Roxy Pruski

Hunter Pellerin, La Vernia Marlin Tanneberger

Alyson Rauschuber, New Braunfels David Guerrero Jr.

Nina Runge, Brenham (2) Gary Falkenberg

Wayne Uecker, Boerne David Guerrero Jr.

Gianna Vasquez, Helotes Haby Insurance Agency

Sloane Vasquez, Mission-Alamo Roxy Pruski

Skylar Vernon, Castroville Haby Insurance Agency

Taytum Welch, Castroville Michael Franke

Kimberly Whitaker, Biry (2) Get More Insurance Services

Landon Wolf, Yorktown Judy Wolf

Judy Wolf, Cameron Ana Vasquez

Juanita Younger, Edelweiss-Magnolia Gerald Ziemnicki

Samatha Ziegler, Schwertner David Guerrero Jr.

Howie and Beau wanted to share their friend, Hamster, with you. Hamster is located at Heart of Texas SPCA/ HOT K9 Rescue and is just one of the adorable pups there. Hamster is a gorgeous boy with lots of energy and loves to play. He enjoys playing with the other pups and is quite a ham. He is quite vocal and his eyes and ears are just irresistible. If you’re interested in meeting any of the pups at HOTK9 or for more information, please email: to schedule a time to meet them.

For more information and to view all of the amazing dogs available for adoption, please check out Heart of Texas SPCA / HOTK9 Rescue on Facebook or at www. You’ll also be able to see their adoption events where you can meet many

Hamster hopes he finds a home soon. He has lots of energy and loves to play.

of their precious pups. Keep in mind that Heart of Texas SPCA/ HOT K9 Rescue is a volunteer run organization, so email is best.

Former Houston sales agent passes

Jacqueline “Jackie” C. Bushman was born Dec. 22, 1935, and passed away on March 8, 2024. Jackie was a former Hermann Sons Life sales agent. She was a member of Houston Lodge for more than 75 years and served as financial secretary.

Jackie lived her entire life in Houston. She was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was involved in the Ladies Circle, Women’s Club group and the 39 Club for years.

Jackie was an avid bowler throughout her life. She bowled in numerous tournaments, including the Hermann Sons Life State Bowling Tournament as well as the National Women’s Tournament in which she received an award for bowling more than 25 years.

She loved her bowling trips. She also enjoyed reading, especially crime novels. In her later years, she moved into Tarrytowne Estates where she made numerous friends and loved playing cards and dominos with them.

Jackie was preceded in death by her mother, Faye Adeline

Clay and father, James A Clay. She is survived by her daughters, Patricia F. Bushman and Kathy B. Anderson Gallegos and husband, Steve Gallegos; her grandchildren, Jennifer Cool and husband, Tristan, Hunter Anderson, Michael Alcarez and wife Anna and Lorne Naff; greatgranddaughters, Marcelyne Anita Faye Cool, Rebeka Joachim and husband Jeremy and greatgreat grandson, Julian Ambrose Joachim.

Services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Houston on March 15. Internment followed at Rosewood Memorial Park in Humble. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Houston Food Bank through this link: or text Inmemory61 to 71777.

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Jacqueline “Jackie” C. Bushman Tig being silly for the camera. Beau, Krypto and Oakley decided to put themselves in the kennel.

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Join Hands Day

Coupland Lodge

In observance of Join Hands Day on May 4, Coupland Lodge presented a check to the Elgin Community Cupboard (ECC). Pictured are front, from left, Cindy Krieg, Dick Miller of the ECC, Glenda Gebert, Charlotte Albert and John Smith of the ECC. Also pictured are other ECC volunteers.

For Join Hands Day, Boerne Lodge donated $500 to St. John’s Lutheran Church. The church is collecting monetary donations and supplies for areas in the Texas Panhandle affected by the recent wildfires. Pictured are James Meckel, Barbara D’Spain and Kathy Kunz presenting a check to Pastor Eric Waters. Boerne Lodge

Boerne Lodge donated $500 to the Hermann Sons Life Texas Wildfire Relief Fund in observance of Join Hands Day. Alice Quinn, from left, and Marilyn Vogt presented a check to Ana Vasquez, Home Office Compliance Director, at the April meeting.

In observance of Join Hands Day, Prinz Solms Lodge juniors, Ava Gourley (below) and Eleanor Sobecki, who are cousins, donated to Glory Reborn, a non-profit organization that provides maternity care to moms and babies in Cebu City, Philippines. Ava sewed 44 wash cloths and Eleanor put together 20 hygiene kits to be given to moms at post-partum visits.

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More Join Hands Day lodge photos to come next month! Be sure to submit by May 10. Email to
Prinz Solms Lodge

Kypfer-Salge presents donation to Advocacy Center

NEW BRAUNFELS – KypferSalge Lodge will meet on Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m. Kery and Kathy Noble will provide a ham dinner in honor of their anniversary. Members are asked to bring a side and/or dessert.

The lodge presented a $600 check to the Comal County Children’s Advocacy Center. The lodge raised the funds at its Valentine Bunco party held in February.

Congratulations to Oran Koepp and Kathy Noble who have each received their 75-year membership pins.

The lodge will hold a Bunco Night for members and their families every third Friday of the month beginning Friday, May 17. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and games will be from 7-9 p.m. A $5 entry fee will be charged per person. Bring a snack to share and drinks of your choice.

The lodge will donate 10% of the entry fee to a non-profit to be chosen at the next monthly meeting. The rest of the funds will be used for prizes. For table set-up, reservations are required. Please call Molly Koepp at 830-624-9891.

Get-well cards were sent to

Kypfer-Salge Lodge recognized 75-year membership pin recipients Kathy Noble and Oran Koepp at the April meeting.

Oran Koepp and Kery Noble. It was reported they are both doing well.

Attendance-prize winners were Kathy Noble, Oran Koepp, Lee Zillman and Donna Surredin. There were 12 members, two transfers and one guest in attendance at the April meeting. Hamburgers and all the fixings

Coupland Lodge presents certificate

Lodge, Glenn Krieg presented Lena Ging a certificate of appreciation for her many years of dedication, time and work as president of the lodge.

Kypfer-Salge Lodge raised $600 at its Valentine Bunco party in February for the Comal County Children’s Advocacy Center. President Dennis Koepp presented the donation to Stacy Dufer, center representative.

were served for dinner along with desserts provided by the members.

The lodge is available to rent for birthdays, anniversaries and other special events. For rental information, call 830-624-9891 or visit the lodge’s Facebook page.

Celebrating birthdays in March at Kypfer-Salge Lodge were, from left, Celeste Salge, Molly Koepp and Dorothy Schneider.

Bernardo provides camp fee assistance

CAT SPRING – Bernardo Lodge has seven junior members attending Hermann Sons Life Camp this year. Each camper will receive $150 from the lodge to help with expenses.

At the March meeting, Agent Terrel Maertz reported camp will start up in June and eligible members should receive information by mail. An email will be sent to returning camp-

ers. Annuities are paying 5%.

Anyone needing more information should contact Terrel or the Home Office.

The lodge received a letter from long-time member Emily Frank advising of her resignation as a member of the Finance Committee. The lodge thanks Emily for her years of dedication to the lodge, she will be missed.

Andy Harbich stepped up to

take over the position and was installed. Terrel noted the checking account has been updated with the names of Marilyn Harbich and Terrel Maertz as the new signees.

Birthday wishes were extended to March celebrant Robin Maertz.

Door-prize winners were Anita Zaskoda and Terrel.

– Robin Maertz

Bandera County urges members to participate

LAKEHILLS – Bandera County Lodge President Gary Reile and the other lodge officers are asking for help. Adult members are needed to step up and take charge of the lodge. Lodge leaders are more than 70 years of age and are requesting some younger members to take the helm. It does not take a lot of time.

There are four to six meetings and usually two activities a year. Meetings last one to two hours. Extra time might be required depending on any additional activities.

Without help from other members by the end of 2024, the Home Office will be asked to merge Bandera County Lodge

with another lodge. Call Gary at 210-884-6967 for any questions or for more information.

Junior members attending camp who are interested in a Camp Scholarship should contact Pam Biering at pbiering@

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During a recent meeting of Coupland

Helotes Lodge will meet on June 11

HELOTES – Helotes Lodge will meet Tuesday, June 11, at Braun Hall at 7 p.m. A meal hosted by President Rebecca Henley will be provided.

At the March meeting, there were only six members in attendance.

President Henley urges members to attend meetings and/ or participate in the lodge’s community service activity. Increased member participation is crucial to keep the lodge viable.  Braun Hall is available to us as a venue. The lodge could partner with other organizations, but we need YOU to have suc-

Spring Branch Lodge recognized anniversary celebrants Chuck and Sharon Knibbe at the March meeting. Chuck also celebrated his birthday.

Dallas plans May luncheon

DALLAS – Dallas Lodge will meet May 19 at 1 p.m. for a members’ appreciation luncheon and pin ceremony at EL Fenix Restaurant. Guests are welcome to attend.

The lodge’s next gathering is July 28 at 1 p.m. at the hall. Officers encourage members to attend. Food and drinks will be served.

The annual Join Hands Days is on May 4. Lodge members will join with members of Columbia Lodge to clean inside and outside the hall. The date and time are pending.

At the March meeting, it was reported the lodge will award scholarships to members, graduating high school. There are five who may be eligible this year.

Clint Holmes won the atten-

dance prize.   A general meeting of the Dallas Hermann Sons Home Association, Inc. was held March 1 at the hall for Dallas and Columbia members. Members were also able to attend by Zoom. Only  members in good standing could vote. All proposed bylaws and amendments passed and will be effective in 2025.

The Home Association directors thank all who participated. It was the most attended meeting in several years. Thanks also to the board members who helped make it happen. They are Clint Holmes, president; David Lewis, vice president; Amanda Hobbs, secretary; and Eva Day, treasurer. Jeremiah Arauco helped with the Zoom.

cessful projects.

The lodge can host a fundraiser or a community service project with more participation. There are many ways Helotes Lodge members can contribute to the community, from charitable contributions to local service projects.

Members and their friends are invited to take advantage of the opportunity to get involved and help plan a community service project for the fall. Ideas and suggestions are welcome, and community service hours can be earned.

With the help of active mem-

bers, the lodge can make a real difference in the community while keeping the lodge operational.

If we are unable to find ways to engage Helotes Lodge members, we will have to look into other options of keeping those members who do want to connect and help our community through Hermann Sons Life by possibly merging with other lodges.

For questions, suggestions or more information, text Rebecca at 210-723-8939 or text Letty at 210-218-9423.

– Reporter

Spring Branch will donate baby items to Provisions Food Pantry

BULVERDE – Spring Branch

Lodge will meet Sunday, May 19, at the Bulverde Community Center.

At the March meeting, plans were made to donate baby items to the Provisions Food Pantry in Bulverde for Join Hands Day. Items will be collected at the May meeting. Condolences were sent to the family of Florence Wendel.

The lodge will host the 2024 Christmas party at Knibbe

Ranch at 1 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2024. Chuck Knibbe celebrated his birthday in March and he and wife Sharon celebrated their wedding anniversary. Attendance-prize winners were Alverne Halloran, Karen Woody, Gloria Gass, Darrell Woody, Ben Havens, Chuck Knibbe and Susie Kuebel. Karen, Darrell and Mary Woody provided the food.

Marion plans games for next meeting

MARION – Marion Lodge will hold the summer meeting at the Marion Lutheran Church P.J. Hall on June 20 at 6:30 p.m.

The lodge will provide food and drink and members are asked to bring a dessert of choice. Homemade ice cream, yard games, organized games and bingo are on the agenda for the evening. Members are encouraged to bring the whole family for a fun time!

Officers were installed at the March meeting held at the Marion Public Library. The officers are President Morris Vader, Vice President Keith Hoegenhauer, Secretary Marla Cockerham and Treasurer Kim Seibert.

Discussions were held on contacting all the graduating seniors, campers and updating addresses. Social media and news articles were discussed to help promote membership


Members voted to give a donation to St. John’s Lutheran Church Day Care for classroom supplies in observance of Join Hands Day.

Attendance-prize winners were Lana Luddeke, Keith Hoegenauer, and Marcie Grubb. These lucky winners picked the Easter eggs filled with a cash prize.

– Reporter

Columbus to meet at Schobel’s June 10

COLUMBUS – Columbus Lodge will meet on Monday, June 10, at 6 p.m. at Schobel’s Restaurant.

At the April meeting, Elsie Kahlden reported sending a “thinking of you” card to Anne Dimas, a get-well card to Dodie

Dungen and sympathy cards to the Gladys Stolle and Carolyn Poenitzsch families. Memorials will be sent to the Retirement Home in their honor.

Finance Committee members Elsie, Virginia Fritsch and Ellen Brendle checked the books and

found them in order.

Members celebrating birthdays in April were Lisa Brune, Mary K. Williams and Judy Lynn Quick.

Members enjoyed their meal and visiting.

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Gulf Lodge member Alvin Albert, center, received his 70-year membership pin at the March meeting from Board Director David Noak, left, and President Charles Head. Gulf Lodge presents membership pin Gulf Lodge hosted speakers from the non-profit Everybody’s Place at the March meeting and presented a donation. Pictured are, from left, Al Stryk, speaker Paul Clines, President Charles Head and speaker Tracey Clines.
– Reporter

Siemering participates in Trail Association reenactment

SAN ANTONIO – Siemering Lodge, with roots tracing back to its chartering in 1891, proudly participated in the Old Spanish Trail Association Centennial Reenactment Celebration. The event, commemorating the Zero-Milestone dedication, provided a unique opportunity for the lodge to showcase its rich heritage and engage with likeminded organizations.

Led by President Chris Naughton and Vice-President Mark Lee, the lodge’s delegation, including Randy Fleisher and Corresponding Secretary Christian Lee, made a memorable impression at the celebration. Adorned in period attire and displaying an Imperial German Pickelhaube, the lodge members paid homage to their historic roots.

The event served as a gathering point for organizations sharing a passion for preserving history and fostering camaraderie.

The lodge seized this opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow enthusiasts,

Siemering Lodge members participated in the Old Spanish Trail Association Centennial Reenactment Celebration held in San Antonio.

Pictured are, from left, Randy Fleisher, President Chris Naughton, Vice President Mark Lee and Corresponding Secretary Christian Lee.

forging connections that transcend time and geography. Of particular significance was the chance to revisit the era of 1924, when the Mile-Zero marker was originally set. Immersed in the ambiance of the past, the lodge embraced its role as custodian of tradition, lending authenticity to the commemoration.

Cameron Lodge will meet June 18

Cameron Lodge welcomed new members at the March meeting held at Dairy Queen. The members are, back, Zoe Morris, Aimee Ehler, Logan Morris and in front, Callie Morris. President David Ehler also installed the officers for 2024. The lodge will meet Tuesday, June 18, at Circle S Bar-B-Que in Cameron.

Cameron Lodge recognized anniversary celebrants Susan and David Ehler at the March quarterly meeting.

Members of Siemering Lodge participated in the Old Spanish Trail

Centennial Reenactment Celebration

in San Antonio in March.

itage and fostering fellowship. Departing the celebration with hearts full of pride and camaraderie, members are poised to continue their journey into the annals of history.

Highlighting the lodge’s presence was an updated replica of an original Siemering Lodge banner from the early 1900s featuring Arminius, the Cherusci Chieftain, as a symbol of German pride and nationalism. The festivities were not merely a celebration of history but a reaffirmation of the lodge’s commitment to preserving her-

Siemering Lodge, chartered in 1891, is a venerable institution dedicated to preserving tradition and fostering fellowship among its members. With a rich history spanning over a century, the lodge continues to uphold its founding principles while embracing the spirit of community and camaraderie.

– Christian Lee

Siemering Lodge Corresponding Secretary Christian Lee is pictured at the Old Spanish Trail Association Centennial Reenactment Celebration held in San Antonio.

Fort Worth will present pins on June 1

FORT WORTH – Fort Worth

Lodge members are reminded the next meeting is on Saturday – not Sunday, June 1, at 3 p.m. at Spring Creek Barbeque, 3125 South 1-35W in Burleson. A Mended Hearts Bravery Bags representative will be in attendance to accept the lodge’s donation for Join Hands Day. A pin presentation is also planned.

Membership pin recipients for April are for 60 years, Cary Bassham, Jacqueline Mason, Ja-

net Bassham, Robin Evans and Ronald Barnes and for 70 years, Sandra Fulfer. Congratulations, hope to see you at the meeting on June 1.

T-shirts are available for junior lodge members attending camp this year. Parents need to send in the letters sent to them to receive the T-shirt and to be entered in a drawing to receive a partial refund of their camp fees.

Sympathy is extended to the family of Peggy Hurst. Peggy

had been a member of the lodge since 1970.

Birthday wishes go out to Elsa Baker, Liam Billingsley, Kenneth Bishop, Chase Brown, Rylee Carter-Clanton, Virginia Crawford, Morgan Evans, Gus Fredenburg, Jarod Hanna, Makenzie Hazelwood, Valton Lewallen, Teal Luttrell, Hailee Walker, Dale Potter, Sydney Russell, Lisa Schick, Anabel Tousley, Morris Turek, Ronald Walters, Bradley Whitley and Vince Wos. – Reporter

Prinz Solms Lodge to award scholarship

BULVERDE – Prinz Solms Lodge will meet Sunday, June 9, at 5 p.m. at the Bulverde Community Center. The lodge will not meet in May on Mother’s Day, so all mothers can spend time with family.

Plans were underway to help the Bulverde Community Center with the Annual Chicken Festival on April 28. Donations of pies

and cakes for the bake sale are appreciated. Three junior members baked pies and cakes for the 2023 festival.

Youth Coordinator Audrey Klabunde reported two applications for the lodge scholarship have been received. The Prinz Solms Lodge Scholarship is available to graduating seniors who are lodge members. Con-

tact Audrey at 210-912-4207 for information.

Jackie Oldfield announced the STAGE presentation in May is “Seven Nuns in Las Vegas.” Contact Jackie for tickets.

Members enjoyed a fried chicken dinner with sides and desserts, bingo and visiting with friends.

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Columbia Lodge plans pin ceremony for May 5

DALLAS – Columbia Lodge will meet Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at the Hall. A membership pin ceremony will be held.

The Spring Fling held on April 6 was another energetic and fun event. Members hosted more than 150 swing dancers for the workshops and evening dinner/dance to the tunes of Savoy Swing. The hall was adorned by AnnMarie Wilson’s gorgeous decorations. Dinner was extra special as Chef Stanley Whitehead made a large pot of homemade spaghetti sauce for the pasta.

For Join Hands Day, members are proud to be volunteering

with The Resource Center’s Youth First youth group. Together, with the help of the City of Dallas, the lodge will be part of “BIG Letter Painting,” an outdoor mural project. Volunteers are welcome to meet on Saturday, May 11, at 5750 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas from 1-3 p.m. to paint.

The lodge calendar includes meetings on July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3 (followed by Thanksgiving potluck) and Dec. 8 (followed by lodge Christmas party).

Lodge events include Join Hands Day on May 11, 1-3 p.m. with The Resource Cen-

Columbia Lodge members mourn the loss of member Jo Nicodemus. She is pictured, from left, spending time with her friends Helen Tyson and Tom Peal, musing behind the bar at a crowded Sons of Hermann Hall and enjoying a playful moment with her granddaughter, Katie Nicodemus.

ter’s Youth First lodge picnic, TBD; SonsStock Music and Arts gathering on Aug. 17; Oktoberfest on Oct. 12; Make A Difference Day, TBD; and Larry Tutson, Jr. Foundation Toy Give Away, TBD.

During a particularly beautiful North Texas spring, members’ hearts are heavy at Columbia Lodge from the news

Jo Nicodemus passed with family beside her on March 29.

Similar to the solar eclipse most of us witnessed here, there are no words to adequately sum up her impact. So instead, here is a nostalgic collection of quotes from her

friends, lodge members and her family’s Facebook posts: She “will forever hold a very special place in my heart,” “was a driving force,” “had a great sense of humor,” was “a true Texas flirt and a lady to the highest degree,” “was SOHH’s ‘house band,’”, “kept you in line but loved you like few others,” “always had a smile no matter what you were facing,” was “always so kind, sweet, and generous,” was “a huge personality and a huge influence on the hall,” had “an impact on our hall” that “would be hard to overstate and she gave so much,” was “a strong influence

on me and a legend at Sons,” “changed my life along the way,” “grateful I got to be in her orbit,” “her name and love will never leave the hall,” had a “charismatic personality that drew people to her,” “an era has passed,” “loved her from the moment I met her,” “I’m lucky to have learned from her amazing patience and kindness,” “I am a richer man having known her” and I will end here with, “If you danced at, played at, drank at, laughed at or cried at Sons Of Hermann Hall for decades, she was there.” Thank you, “Mama Jo” for the memories.

Kirby Lodge will donate to Boysville fundraiser

KIRBY – Kirby Lodge will meet May 6 at 7 p.m. In observance of Mother’s Day, the men will prepare sausage. Members are asked to bring sides and desserts.

Everyone age 55 and older are invited to Senior Bingo at the lodge on Sunday, June 2, at 1 p.m.

The lodge will celebrate Father’s Day at the June 3 meeting at 7 p.m. The ladies will prepare the main dish that will be decided on at the May meeting. Members will provide sides and desserts.

The lodge welcomes new member Brian Schroeder. Members agreed to donate $500 to Champions for Charity, a fundraiser for Boysville that will benefit the youth at the facility.

The lodge’s new member goal

for the 2024 membership campaign is 11 new members. If you know of anyone interested in purchasing life insurance or an annuity, please have them contact agents Judy Schulmeier or Angela Netherton.

Lodge scholarship applications for 2024 are now available. The deadline to submit is July 1, 2024. Applicants must have attended at least three lodge events to qualify. Contact a lodge officer for more information.

The 2023 Humanitarian of the Year Award was presented at the April meeting to lodge trustees, James McQuatters, Bob Scheel and Ron Bitterly.

Congratulations! The lodge appreciates their hard work keeping up the building so members can enjoy meetings in comfort.

A Join Hands Day project was

discussed for the month of May. Members plan to join with a church in Kirby and help at the food bank. Final plans will be made at the May meeting.

Camp registration has begun online at Register juniors soon as spots fill up quickly.

Condolences are extended to the families of Dolly R. Goll and Margaret S. Seguin.

The lodge recognized April birthday celebrants, Lillian Brietzke, Candace Scheibe and Judy Schulmeier.

Celebrating anniversaries in April were Ron and Laura Bitterly, 51 years, Judy and Irvin Schulmeier, 43 years, and Clarence and Sandra Cielenski.

James McQuatters won the $30 attendance prize. Splitthe-pot winners were Lillian Brietzke, Laura Bitterly, Ron Bit-

Kirby Lodge awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award to the lodge’s trustees. Pictured are, from left, President Carroll Gloor with recipients James McQuatters, Ron Bitterly and Bob Scheel.

terly, Sandra Bundick, James McQuatters and Clarence Cielenski. Door-prize winners were Ron Bitterly, Judy Schulmeier, Clarence Cielenski, Lillian Kotzur, Carolina McQuatters, Laura Bitterly and Carroll Gloor.

– Andra Fore

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Niederwald Lodge will meet on May 7

Niederwald Lodge door-prize winners in April were Joe Hennig and William Schuelle. The lodge will meet on May 7.

Rutersville will meet May 1

LA GRANGE – Rutersville Lodge will meet May 1 at 7 p.m. A potluck meal is planned. Members are asked to bring can goods or nonperishable items to donate in observance of Join Hands Day.

At the April meeting, happy birthday wishes were sung to Cheryl Kuhn and Glenn Altwein. Door-prize winners were Delores Bayer, Glenn Altwein, Carol Jenkins, Weldon Hartmann and Kyle Hartmann.

Everyone enjoyed a meal of potato pancakes and sausage along with sides and desserts provided by members.

For information on Hermann

Rutersville Lodge recognized birthday celebrants Cheryl Kuhn and Glenn Altwein (not pictured) at the April meeting.

Sons Life products, contact Agent Kyle Hartmann at 979639-1439.

– Reporter

Hochheim-Prairie meets June 2

YOAKUM – Hochheim-Prairie Lodge will meet on Sunday, June 2, at Turner Hall at 5 p.m. There will not be a meeting held in May.

Members helped Joyce Word celebrate her 90th birthday at the April meeting.

In observance of Join Hands Day in May, the lodge will donate $100 to the local EMS and first responders.

The lodge will choose a scholarship recipient soon. It will be presented at the high school’s award ceremony on May 20 in the auditorium.

For Join Hands Day

Houston plans food bank project

HOUSTON – Houston Lodge will meet Monday, May 13, at Don Jose Mexican Restaurant, 5305 Antoine Drive. The social hour begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be ordered at 6:15 p.m.

The lodge met at Don Jose’s in March with 16 members and four guests present. Visitors were Zoey and Zane Coleman and Baileigh and Skyler Patterson.

A moment of silence was held for beloved member Jackie Bushman who passed on March 8 at Methodist West Hospital.

Jackie, a member for more than 75 years, held the position of financial secretary and was a past agent. The lodge will send flowers in her honor.

Agent Gary Falkenberg reported as of March 1, the Flexible Premium Deferred Annuity now requires a minimum initial deposit of $2,500. The Final Expense policy has a $5,000 minimum to $50,000 for ages 50 to 90.

Join Hands Day is Saturday, May 4. Patricia Bushman is arranging a volunteer day at the

Houston Food Bank.

Secretary Catherine Manchack reported 2024 meeting dates, activities, community service and pin presentation reports had been submitted to the Home Office.

Happy birthday wishes were sung to Addison Sewell, Karole Coleman, Gary Falkenberg and James Ellison.

Contact Catherine Manchack, Secretary, at 832-443-0469 or for questions about the lodge. – Reporter

McGregor to meet at steakhouse in June

MCGREGOR – McGregor Lodge will meet June 4 at Rancher’s Steakhouse in Gatesville at 5 p.m. A meeting will not be held in May.

The lodge met at Rancher’s Steakhouse for the April meeting.

Condolences were extended to Karl and Brian Brandt for the passing of Natishua Brandt. She died on March 12. A memorial was sent to the McGregor

Food Pantry in her memory.

Condolences to Kenneth Knuppel and Diane Whitney and the Knuppel family for the loss of Marie Knuppel who passed on March 15 and to the Schraeder family, Marty, Marla and Robin on the loss of their mother, Jo Carol Schraeder who died on March 30.

Members wished Doris Mooney a happy birthday and expressed happy birthday wish-

es to all friends and members celebrating in April.

Happy anniversary to John and Teresa Sneed who recently celebrated their 49th anniversary.

Lucky door-prize winners were Regenia Arseneaux, Karen Rice and Diane Weinstrom.

Hope everyone had a nice Easter. Wishing all the mothers a Happy Mother’s Day.

– Doris Mooney

Cibolo Lodge to celebrate Mother’s Day

CIBOLO – Cibolo Lodge will hold the next regular meeting Thursday, May 4, at Christ the King Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. and will celebrate Mother’s Day.

Hochheim-Prairie Lodge members helped Joyce Word celebrate her 90th birthday at the April meeting.

Sherry Rakowitz, Dena Warneke and Cory Rakowitz will provide the main dish of lasagna. Members are asked to bring sides, and the men are responsible for the desserts. Bunco will be played after the meeting.

The lodge welcomes new

junior members Luke Wayne Haese and Madison Nye Batta. The March meeting was held at Golden Corral in Universal City with a good turnout – 21 adult members, two adult guests, two junior members and a junior guest.

For the lodge’s Join Hands Day project, members will help serve at St. John’s annual turkey dinner in Marion on May 19. Meeting times will be forwarded via

email to members. The member T-shirts will be available at the next meeting so they can be worn at this event.

The Scholarship Committee and Finance Committee will be meeting in the next few weeks.

A reminder of the Flag Day ceremony Friday, June 14, at Cibolo City Hall, time yet to be determined but generally at 9 a.m. to beat the heat.

– Reporter

Paige will donate to Wildfire Relief Fund

PAIGE – Paige Lodge will celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day with lunch on Sunday, May 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Texas Grill in Bastrop. A meeting will not be held in June.

– Reporter

Roberta Wenzel reported sending a get-well card to Joy Janak and a sympathy card to the Tasha Balzer family. A moment of silence was observed. Charlie Hoepfl won the attendance prize.

At the April meeting, members voted to donate $200 to the Tex-

as Wildfire Relief Fund. They also voted to reimburse junior lodge members $100 of their camp registration fees. Juniors must attend a lodge meeting to receive the $100.

Pin presentations are planned for the October Meeting. More

details to come later. Everyone enjoyed the pizza lunch.

Come to meetings and enjoy the food and fellowship. For more information, call Milton Ihlo at 512-444-2287.

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Bellville Lodge will meet on May 9

Bellville Lodge collected canned goods for the Bellville Food Pantry at the October meeting. President Brian Schumann also presented Cindy Zorn, food pantry representative, a $100 check. All members are invited to the next meeting on May 9 at the First National Bank Civic Center in Bellville at 7 p.m. Brian encourages members to attend to discuss the future of the lodge. Bingo will follow the meeting.

Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge members celebrating birthdays in March and April were Michael Kassey, Anne Juergens, LaVerne Tiemann and Lloyd Engelhardt.

Rosenberg-Richmond meets June 10

ROSENBERG – RosenbergRichmond Lodge will meet June 10. Chicken fried steak and chicken fried chicken will be served, members are asked to bring desserts.

The lodge met April 8 at the Rosenberg Civic Center with 38 members and a guest in attendance.

A moment of silence was held in memory of deceased member, Emma Kueck.

Pershing to celebrate Mother’s Day

SAN ANTONIO – Pershing Lodge will meet in the Rathskeller on May 1 at 7 p.m. The lodge will provide fried chicken with coleslaw and a cake to celebrate Mother’s Day.

The lodge welcomes new members Alexander Barry Toomajian and Olivia Grace Toomajian.

President Dorothy Pawlik presented a 60-year membership pin to Debbie Bolado at the April meeting. Debbie has been a member since Jan. 8, 1964.

Members who recently passed away are Gladys O. Harris, age 93; Dennis Walter Sutherland, 67, and Kathleen D. Willett, 85.

Debbie Bolado, left, received her 60-year membership pin from Pershing Lodge President Dorothy Pawlik at the April meeting. Debbie has been a member since Jan. 8, 1964.

Fred and Margaret Maynard and William and Barbie Benton donated door prizes.

Attendance-prize winners were Margie Orsak, Calvin Lamensky, Margie Klobedans, Annie Zak and Larry Vyvial.

Fried chicken was furnished. Members brought vegetables, salads and desserts. Margie Krenek gave the blessing, and William and Barbie Benton served.

Celebrating birthdays were Andrew Janowski and Sharon Mainz. Both received a prize.

Alice Golla won the $35 attendance prize, and Dale Wenzel won the split-the-pot drawing.

Prayers are extended to all members who are ill.

– Dorothy Pawlik

Pershing Lodge recognized birthday celebrants Sharon Mainz and Andrew Janowski.

Brenham Lodge plans May meeting

BRENHAM – Brenham Lodge will meet on Friday, May 10. Doors open at 5 p.m. The meal is at 6:30 followed by the meeting at 7:15 at the hall. Chicken spaghetti will be served, and members are asked to bring desserts.

At the April meeting, there were 28 members in attendance.

Agent Gary Falkenberg reported on cost-of-living increases. He said on the national average, funeral expenses have increased 5.5% from March 2023 to March 2024. He reminded members to be sure they have enough life insurance coverage. For questions or assistance, contact Gary at 713-466-6069.

Door-prize winners were James Hyvl and Lynn Boeker.

Brenham Lodge recognized April anniversary celebrants, from left, Kevin and Melissa Ullrich, Richard and Pearlie Hanath and Lynn and Mark Boeker.

Members wished happy anniversary to three couples celebrating in April, Richard and Pearlie Hanath, 64 years; Kevin and Melissa Ullrich, 42 years; and Mark and Lynn Boeker, 37 years. Everyone enjoyed a meal of sausage, sauerkraut, beans and desserts.

– Reporter

Cat Spring plans fried chicken meal for June

CAT SPRING – Cat Spring Lodge will meet on Thursday, June 13.

The lodge will provide fried chicken and members may bring sides or desserts. Please RSVP for a meal count by calling 979-627-3179 or 979-8774154.

In March, members enjoyed chili prepared by Allen Hintz.

Celebrating birthdays were Randall Tipp, Allen Hintz, Alice Gross and Nathan Zanek.

Celebrating their 64th wedding anniversary were Alice and Lewellyn Gross. Attendance-prize winners were Pat Klotz, Marsha Tipp and Nathan Zanek.

Correspondence was read from the Home Office. –

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– Reporter
Pat Klotz

Da Costa plans summer family social for Aug. 24

DA COSTA – Da Costa Lodge will meet May 14 at 6 p.m. at the lodge.

The lodge needs more member involvement to keep it successful and going and growing. Meetings are held bi-monthly, the second Tuesday of every other month at 6 p.m. at the lodge. Upcoming meeting dates are July 9, Sept. 10 and Nov. 12.

It’s almost time for the Annual Summer Family Social to be held Aug. 24. There will be a silent auction to benefit the High School Senior Scholarship Fund. Donations are needed.

A membership pin presentation will also be held. Members who have received or will be receiving 50-, 60- or 70+ year membership pins in 2024 are asked to attend and bring their pins to the social to be recognized.

The event will also include a meal and a dance featuring the

Blue Denim Band. It is free to members and for guests/nonmembers it is $20 per person (meal and dance included). RSVP by email to  dacostahall77905@, or call Pam Elkins at 361-578-5556 and leave a message on her answering machine or call or text President Sayra Elkins at 361-676-6947.

The Annual Spring Fling was held in March with 28 children, lodge members and community members in attendance to enjoy the festivities. Activities included a bean bag toss, egg on a spoon race, musical chairs, guessing games, coloring, pictures with the Easter Bunny and an egg hunt.

Westwood 4-H members helped with the festivities and held a pulled pork sandwich and bake sale fund-raiser. Six of the Westwood 4-H club members are also DaCosta Lodge members. It

Juniors enjoyed the festivities at the Da Costa Lodge Annual Spring Fling held in March. Activities included an egg hunt and a visit with the Easter bunny.

was a beautiful day for fellowship, fun and festivities.

We hope to continue seeing more of you at meetings, dances and activities. Please let officers know if we can help in any way.

Upcoming public events: May 4 - High School Teen Dance Fundraiser, $20 per person 8-11 p.m.; May 18 - public dance with the Stateline Band, $15 per person, 8 p.m. to midnight; June 8 – Da Costa Volunteer Fire Department Annual Fund-raiser; June 29 - public dance with Tumble Dry Low, $15 per person, 8 p.m. to midnight; and July 13 - public dance with Nathan Colt Young, $15 per person, 8 p.m. to midnight.

Harmonia Lodge will meet May 10

Harmonia Lodge President Matthew Kraus, center, is pictured with prize winners Rene Kraus, left, and Albert Ranzau at the April meeting. The lodge will meet May 10. Brisket will be served, and members are asked to bring sides and desserts.

Hermann Sons Life dancers performed at the April meeting of Harmonia Lodge. The dancers gave a sneak preview of an upcoming Spurs game performance.

Harmonia Lodge President Matthew Kraus, left, is pictured with prize winner John Miller at the April meeting. In celebration of Fiesta, members enjoyed fajitas prepared by Steve Prewitt and Mike Beam and sides and desserts provided by members.

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Westwood 4-H Club members helped with the Da Costa Lodge Spring Fling held in March. The club held a pulled pork sandwich and bake sale during the event. Game winners are pictured at the Da Costa Lodge Annual Spring Fling held in March. Various activities were held during the event.

San Marcos Lodge to meet at Olive Garden in May

SAN MARCOS – San Marcos Lodge will meet Monday, May 6, at 11:15 a.m. at Olive Garden.

At the April meeting, the annual memorial service for members who died in 2023 was held. The honored members were Sammie Williamson, age 97, Elizabeth Beecroft, 91, Esther Schmidt, 97, Larry Moreau, 78, Kay Tilton, 87, and Joy Schulze, 59. As each deceased member’s name was called, the family members of Esther Schmidt, Kay Tilton and Joy Schulze came forward and lit a candle in honor of their family member.

Membership Coordinator

Mary Jane Smith reported Cassia Hodge passed on March 20, 2024, in Austin at the age of 98.

Irene and George Bierstedt light a candle for their daughter Joy Schulze during the San Marcos Lodge memorial service held in April.


delivered to the Sage Spring Senior Living Center residents. Pictured are, from left, center director Jessica, President Shirley Faske and Financial Secretary Janice Kuhen.

President Shirley Faske reported the Easter greeting cards made during the Join Hands Day project had been delivered to Brookdale South and Sage senior living facilities. Easter greeting cards were also mailed to members over the age of 80.

Members voted to donate to the Wildfire Relief Fund organized by the Home Office.

Correspondence was read from President and CEO President Robin Czarnek.

at 7 p.m.

Shirley reminded everyone of the Family Fun Day at Fiesta Texas Six Flags on June 22. Registered Shining Stars are free, and members can attend at a reduced price. Tickets are available on the website. Due to daylight savings time, members voted to change the meeting time to 6 p.m. The attendance-award winners were Florence McQuary, Betty Rust, Agnes Dreibrodt, Earlene Acrey and Janet Magin. – Reporter

New Braunfels welcomes 11 new members



– New Braunfels Lodge will meet Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. Violet and Delbert Tanneberger will host the meeting. Meat will be furnished, and members are asked to bring sides and/or desserts.

At the April meeting, President and CEO Robin Czarnek reported on the progress of Home Office property being up for sale and answered questions.

The names of 11 new members and two transfers were read.

Happy birthday wishes were sung to Debbie Vetter, Janice Neff and Robin and Dave Czarnek. Robin and Dave also celebrated their 33rd anniversary.

New Braunfels Lodge recognized birthday celebrants, from left, Debbie Vetter, Janice Neff, Dave Czarnek and Robin Czarnek at the April meeting. Dave and Robin also celebrated their 33rd anniversary.

Attendance-prize winners were Tommy Daum, Karen Harborth, Sandra Guenther, Jolene Meuret, Leola Stolte, Violet Tanneberger, Martha Tolle, Hannelore Brotze, Shirley and Michael Huebinger, D.J. and B.J. Schneider.

Jolene Meuret hosted a ham supper served after games and refreshments.

Gay Hill presents 70-year pin, scholarship

GAY HILL – Gay Hill Lodge will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Burton Short Stop at 6 p.m.

New President Justin Klekar led the April meeting.

Congratulations to Marvin Fischer who has received his 70-year membership pin and to lodge scholarship recipient, Jaden Mertz.

Birthdays celebrants this quarter were MaryJo Klekar and Addison Lehde.

Celebrating anniversaries were David and Doris Roehling, Bradley and Patsy Fischer and Justin and Amanda Klekar.

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cards made by San Marcos Lodge members for Join Hands Day were San Marcos Lodge President Shirley Faske, left, presents an Easter card to Jeannie LaPoint, a resident of Brookdale South Senior Living. Members created the cards for Join Hands Day. Seguin Lodge held the Shoot for Scholarship fund-raiser on April 6 at Moyesway Shooting Sports in Kingsbury. The winners, pictured with President Tim Kolbe, right, were Clayton Wilkens, Top Male Score and Molly Massey, Top Female Score. The random drawing winner was Wisdom Etheridge, not pictured. Seguin Lodge will meet on May 15 The Seguin Lodge March meeting door-prize winners were, from left, Annette Roecker, Cheryl Kolbe, Tim Kolbe, Hattie Gerdes, Clarence Voigt, Brenda Schrank, Allen Gescheidle, Tammy Beutnagel, Paul Gescheidle and Kathy Hartman. The lodge will meet Wednesday, May 15,
– Reporter
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Mission-Alamo to celebrate moms, dads May 19

SAN ANTONIO – Mission-Alamo Lodge will celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day at the May 19 meeting. A meeting will not be held in June.

The lodge welcomes new members, Sophia Victoria Salazar, Carter Ashlyn McMain and Mckenna Rae Dunaway.

Christmas in July will be celebrated at the July 21 meeting. Members are asked to wear red, white and blue.

The family picnic will be held at the Hilltop Camp site on Aug. 18 from noon to 4 p.m.

In March, members celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at La Fonda Restaurant with some good food and members dressed in green.

Sabrina Pysarenko, Leonard Packham and Denise Wright celebrated birthdays.

The attendance prize was not claimed. Names drawn were Raul Elizardo Jr. and Emma June

Dorothy Breezee, right, celebrated her birthday at the MissionAlamo Lodge February meeting. President Diane Cline presented her gift.


In February, members celebrated Valentine’s Day by wearing red.

Dorothy Breezee celebrated her birthday and John and Georgia Hall celebrated their 30th anniversary.

The attendance prize was not

Mission-Alamo Lodge members Georgia and John Hall celebrated their anniversary at the February meeting.

claimed. Names drawn were Bethany Nangle and Kaylee Swan.

The lodge is planning to have a limited children’s holiday party with Santa and crafts on Nov. 17 from 2-4 p.m.

Boerne welcomes two new members

BOERNE – Boerne Lodge will meet Friday, May 3, at The Center at Kronkosky Place.

The lodge welcomes new members, Darrell Prince and Ellie Sandoval.

At the April meeting, Ana Vasquez read the Hermann Sons Life newspaper article regarding the organization of the Texas Wildfire Relief Fund. She said the Home Office is requesting monetary donations from members and lodges.

For the lodge’s Join Hands Day project, it was decided to make a $500 donation to the Hermann Sons Life Texas Wildfire Relief Fund. The lodge will also make a $500 donation to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boerne that is also collecting donations and supplies for the affected areas in the Texas Panhandle.

Happy birthday wishes went out to April birthday celebrants,

Harvey Vogt and Erna Vogt.

Members sent get-well wishes and prayers to Lloyd Markell. He is missed at meetings.

Marilyn Vogt was the attendance award winner of an H-E-B gift card.

Members enjoyed a delicious potluck lunch. Thank you to Kathy Kunz for bringing the main entrée and to the members who brought side dishes.

– Reporter

Greater Texas Lodge to award scholarships

SAN ANTONIO – The Greater Texas Lodge will meet on June 19 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. A link will be emailed and posted on the lodge’s Facebook page closer to the meeting date.

At the April meeting, members voted to hold meetings the third Wednesday of every other month at 6:30 p.m.

The lodge has initiated a scholarship program for 2024 graduating high school se -

niors who are members of the Greater Texas Lodge. To qualify, applicants must be a member in good standing and must submit a one-page essay on what Hermann Sons Life has meant to them. Scholarships will be for $1,000. A maximum of three scholarships will be awarded each year. Applicants should submit their essays, with name and certificate number, via email to  hslgreat-

Mission-Alamo Lodge members wore green and celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at La Fonda Restaurant in March.

Mission-Alamo Lodge recognized birthday celebrants, from left, Leonard Packham, Sabrina Pysarenko, and Denise Wright at the March meeting.

Vineta plans June 6 social

SAN ANTONIO – Vineta Lodge will host an ice cream social at the June 6 meeting. Members are asked to bring sandwiches or chips to share and ice cream and cake will be furnished. no later than May 30.

In observance of Join Hands Day, the lodge will donate $500 to the Hermann Sons Life Wildfire Relief Fund.

Members elected Hannah Ruiz-Gruver to serve as vice president for 2024.

President John Pacini welcomes anyone interested to join the virtual meetings.

Hermann Sons Life lodges are encouraged to share their news each month!

A fillable Newspaper Lodge Report Form is available at Go to Member Benefits – Lodge – Officer Forms. Reports and photos can also be emailed to or mailed. Lodge reports are due by the 10th of each month. For any questions, call 210-226-9261, ext. 279.

Irene Kace was the split-thepot winner at the April meeting. The attendance-prize winners were Irene Kace, Carol

Bielke, Ruth Bailey and Genny Kraus.

Members mourn the passing of Anna Rose Kanning, a member for 61 years, and Marion Schroeder, a member for 24 years. May they rest in peace. The April meeting featured a taco bar for the meal.

Old Glory Lodge will serve hamburgers at May meeting

OLD GLORY – Old Glory Lodge will meet Sunday, May 5, at 4 p.m. Hamburgers will be served, and members are asked to bring desserts.

There were 17 in attendance at the April meeting. The new doors the trustees had put in sure give the building a great, polished look.

Congratulations to birthday celebrant Betty Weise and to anniversary celebrants Terry and Laramie Letz.

Doug Valenkamp won the door prize, and Anita Dozier was the games winner.  Audrey Lindsay was on the sick list.

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– Reporter

Shining Stars

PAITYN GOLSON is a member of Kirby Lodge and is in fifth grade. Her favorite foods are steak, crunchy tacos and hamburgers. Paityn’s favorite shows are “Hazbin Hotel” and “My Hero Academia”. Paityn enjoys climbing trees, drawing and crafting. She has three pet cats, Bell, Onyx and Tofu and one pet dog, Lola.

AUTUMN MATHIS is a member of Prinz Solms Lodge and is in eighth grade.

Her favorite food is pickles.

Autumn enjoys dance and fashion.

LAKELYN MATHIS is a member of Prinz Solms Lodge and is in third grade.

Her favorite food is sushi. Lakelyn enjoys dance and playing with her friends.


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Become a Shining Star! Send us a photo of your Hermann Sons Life junior member, fill out this form and mail to: Member Benefits, P.O. Box 1941, San Antonio, TX 78297. More information and this fillable form are also available online at

Shining Stars are featured in our newspaper and on our website.

Name: Birthday: Home Phone: Daytime Phone: Address: City: Zip: E-mail Address: Grade in school: Favorite food: Pets: Favorite TV show: Activities:

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

Parent’s Signature:

I am a member of Lodge

Certificate No._______________________________________________________

RAYLYN MATHIS is a member of Prinz Solms Lodge and is in kindergarten. She enjoys snacks. Raylyn likes to watch “Bluey.”

Raylyn likes dance and playing with her sisters.

WINTER MATHIS is a member of Prinz Solms Lodge and is in fifth grade.

Her favorite food is Oreo cookies. She likes to watch Harry Potter movies.

Winter enjoys dance, reading Harry Potter books, art and crafting.

Mother’s Day word search

Aunt Brunch Candy Card Caring Children Daughter Family Flowers Grandmother Hugs Kids Love

Loving May Mommy Mother Parent Presents Sunday

May Day crossword


3. A species of plants that grows from a bulb, with brightly colored petals.

5. A yellow nodding flower with a cup shape petal in the center.

7. April showers bring May _____.

8. A place to plant flowers or plants.

10. To transfer pollen from one flower to another.


1. Young growing plant.

2. A yellow flower that faces the sun.

4. Plants that are flowering.

6. Plant a _____ and wait for a flower to grow.

9. This flower is also the symbol of France.

Word Bank Blooms Daffodil Flowers Garden Lily Pollinate Seed Sprouts Sunflower Tulip

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