September 2020

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Vol. 123, No. 11

September 2020

Youth capture nature in photography contest

INSIDE

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month ➤ Pgs. 2 & 4

Manager shares Marketing plans for 2020 ➤ Pgs. 3

Guidelines in place to protect dance students ➤ Pg. 8

hermannsonslife.org Kylie Rohan won first place in the Ages 5-7 category. Kylie is 7 years old and a member of Nordheim Lodge. Kylie found this ladybug in her backyard, played with it and then placed it on the log in its new habitat. When she came back later and it was still there she decided to photograph it. Kate Krupczak won first place in the Ages 1317 category. Kate is 13 years old and a member of Cibolo Lodge. Kate says her family has ventured on many outdoor trails and parks while social distancing. This was one of the trails they walked.

Elyssa Goolsby won first place in the Ages 8-12 category. Elyssa is 8 years old and a member of Prinz Solms Lodge. Elyssa says this is Mr. Wigglytail and he lives in her backyard where he tries to steal birdseed.

Photo contest winners named All members of Hermann Sons Life between the ages of 5 and 17 were invited to enter the Youth Photography Contest! The theme for the contest was NATURE. The young photographers competed in three age groups: 5-7, 8-12 and 13-17. First, second and third place winners were named in all three age groups. The winners received Wal-Mart gift cards. The second and third place winning photos can be found on Page 5.


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

LAWS COMMITTEE

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

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

MEMBER BENEFITS COMMITTEE

Frank Brandon Shirley Faske Tammy Kelley

Bradley Klein Ed Kurtz Laura Thigpen

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Elizabeth Byron Tammy Haecker Marsha Kocurek

Sherry Rakowitz Lisa Rozacky Irene Schwertner

BUSINESS OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

Brad Dietrich Robert Herridge Tammy Jones Edward J. Muehlbrad

Doug Saathoff Laura Tiffin Lori Todd

Sales & Marketing

The time for life insurance is now By TIM KOLBE Vice President of Sales Hermann Sons Life is a proud supporter of Life Insurance Awareness Month in September . This month is set aside to remind us all to insure what matters most - our families . There is no better way to do that than with adequate life insurance coverage for not only for ourselves but for every member of the family . Life Insurance Awareness Month is sponsored by Life Happens, an insurance industry education and support organization of which Hermann Sons Life has been member for many years . Life Happens created and coordinates the Life Insurance Awareness Month (LIAM) campaign every year . The reality checks we’ve gotten with the pandemic means we can’t talk about life insurance just in September . We need to talk about it NOW . You may see some Life Happens products in the pages of this newspaper and we use it extensively on our social media platforms . Look for more Life Happens sponsored content in further outreach from Hermann Sons Life . Actress, model, mom and spokesperson for Life Insurance Awareness Month— Brooke Shields, is again teaming up with Life Happens in 2020 to promote the financial health and welfare of Americans

through the ownership of life insurance protection . In a recent interview concerning the state of our society in the COVID-19 environment, Brooke stated: “If you’re like me, you’re probably trying to reevaluate this new normal we’re all living in . But one thing has stayed the same - how important my family is and trying to protect them . We’ve come face-to-face with the reality that the unexpected can happen at any time . And we’re all looking for ways to make sure our families would be

OK financially if something happened to us . Here is one thing that you can do right now to strengthen the health of your finances get life insurance . “That’s what life insurance is for . The need has never been more obvious, and the time for you to get life insurance is now . It’s an easy step you can take from your home . Do it for you and do it for your loved ones .” Not everyone realizes the need for adequate life insurance protection, nor See THE TIME, Pg. 4

Lodge Reports Boerne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Brenham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Cameron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Columbia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Corpus Christi . . . . . . . . . . . .12 DaCosta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Dallas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Deanville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Fort Worth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Gay Hill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Harmonia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Helotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

Hochheim-Prairie . . . . . . . . .12 Kerrville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Kypfer-Salge . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Laubach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Louise Schuetze . . . . . . . . . .12 McGregor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Mission-Alamo . . . . . . . . . . .12 Poth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Rutersville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 San Marcos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Schulenburg . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Vineta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12

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Monthly Features 8 8 9 10-12

Retirement Home News Donations In Memoriam Pioneer Members

New This Month

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Lodges continue donations

Marketing & Sales News

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Life Insurance Awareness Navigating the digital age Recommenders listed Richard Muennink passes Adult member campaign List of agents

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Youth Photo Contest winners Lodges present scholarships Answer to puzzles on Pg . 16 Dance registration under way Shining Stars

Youth in Action


Sales & Marketing

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Moving forward in a new digital world By LETRICIA RODRIGUEZ Marketing Manager Greetings from the Hermann Sons Life Marketing Department. I hope this message finds you and your families in good health. If your world is anything like mine, you have been getting the new school year off to a kick start and have gone to a completely virtual classroom. There has been a full circle digital evolution in just a matter of a few weeks. I have to admit, initially, it all seemed “so far away” and before I knew it, it was time to login and get started. We experienced a few hiccups and I have had many moments of feeling uneasy, a little lost and confused, with little desire to meet this challenge going forward on a daily basis. At the time of this writing, the first day of school was just yesterday, and I have to say, it was a long day of what seemed to be never ending hurdles to get my kindergartner finally up and operating. Today is the second day of class, and guess what? There were no glitches and he’s off to the races! I wanted to share a snapshot of a class activity he completed using his tablet. He was asked how he was feeling and had to circle his emotions. As you can see, he was confused, happy and calm. As Hermann Sons Life moves its marketing efforts into new directions, including the digital environment, there will be many new and exciting experiences and feelings in store. We have various objectives outlined in our strategic plan. Just like the story of my kindergartener, there will be projects and moments that take preparation and patience. As a member, lodge officer, employee, volunteer, etc. we may also experience an array of emotions, as he did while leaning into a virtual classroom world at the age of 5. We may be a little confused, happy or calm, but I encourage you that if a kindergartner can emerge and embrace technology, so can you! One of the objectives is to move us in a direction to where we are using technology, various marketing mediums and tools available to us at our fingertips. While we know that grassroots, face to face interaction has always been the Hermann Sons Life way, we will balance integrating new outlets to position us for the digital world all the while sharing our love of community and protecting the ones we love. In May we launched the Hermann Sons

Life App that allows members to stay connected daily. For the Camp and Dance parents this will be a great way to stay upto-date with their child’s experiences and memories with Hermann Sons Life. Our social media platforms such as Facebook will continue to contain content with life insurance related topics that will tell the world about Hermann Sons Life. The posts will engage you, create action to share our good news and commitment to community, highlight our living benefits, or perhaps they will make you think of someone you know who needs financial protection for their families. Recently you have found fun Camp videos posted to our official Hermann Sons Life YouTube channel that many of you have commented gave you a dose of nostalgia about your Camp days as a child with us. Our LinkedIn platform has been used to cast a web for potential candidates interested in being a Regional Sales Manager on our amazing Sales Team. The Instagram platform is being utilized for fun content and we are continuing to implement and research the possibilities for all of our social media platforms and their unique demographic user types. There will be many exciting new projects on the horizon as we journey through the rest of the year. I can’t wait to share them all with you in time. This is an exciting season of growth for our organization. There

Letricia's son Thiago is among the thousands of students who have started their school year in a virtual world. Not unlike these students, Hermann Sons Life is learning how to navigate in a digital world in an effort to grow the organization and make a greater impact in the lives of members and our communities. is much to look forward to. The Marketing Department has many components and possibilities. While there will be objectives, projects, goals and experiences new or familiar, I am confident that the team is committed to our members and the financial stability that has carried us for 159 years. Please embrace, engage, support and share our journey on our digital and social media platforms. Thank you for being a member. You are and always will be our most valued social ambassador.

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


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Sales & Marketing

Agents competing for prizes in 10 and 10 Adult Member Campaign SAN ANTONIO – Hermann Sons Life agents are competing to see who can write the most new adult member applications between now and the end of the year. It is called the 2020 10 and 10 Adult Member Campaign. The agent who brings in the most applications (including annuities) will receive a big screen TV. The agent who generates the most premium income will receive a new laptop computer. Agents must write 10 applications and generate $10,000 in premium income to qualify. Members can help out their favorite agent by recommend-

ing new members to the organization. Everyone who recommends someone for membership becomes eligible to win one of two $50 gift cards given away in a monthly drawing. You can recommend someone in one of several ways. You can go to our website – hermannsonslife.org. At the bottom of the Home page, click on Recommend a new member and it will take you to a form that you can fill out and submit. Or you can submit the information in an email to sales@hermannsonslife.org. Or you can call 877-437-6266 or 210-527-9113.

Recommenders earn gift cards The Sales Department is recognizing 15 recommenders for the month of July. This brings the total to 156 members recommending 193 new members to Hermann Sons Life in 2020. The winners of the $50 gift cards for July are Lavina Patterson of Houston Lodge and Brandon K. Stehle of DaCosta Lodge. Congratulations to the following June recommenders: Recommender Agent Jayden Balboa, San Marcos Lodge Janice Kuhen Amor U. Castillo, New Braunfels Lodge Shirley Huebinger Callie Gail Chapman, New Braunfels Lodge Shirley Huebinger Lindsey Renee Davis, La Vernia Lodge (*) Marlin Tanneberger Heather Renee Duke, Columbia Lodge Gilbert Shelby Susan L. Hansen, El Campo Lodge Dennis Wigginton Toni Hogan, Fredericksburg Lodge Todd Bierschwale Katherine Joyce, Castroville Lodge Glenford Boehme Annabeth Joy Kraft, Kirby Lodge (*) Doreen Tissler Kinsley Ella Kuntz, Castroville Lodge Rayna Irwin Lavina R. Patterson, Houston Lodge Gary Falkenberg Brandon M. Shelton, El Campo Lodge Dennis Wigginton Brandon K. Stehle, Da Costa Lodge (^) Andrea Stehle Kristin L. Stehle, Da Costa Lodge (^) Andrea Stehle Kristin L. Stehle, Da Costa Lodge (*) Andrea Stehle Katherine Stevens, New Braunfels Lodge Kathryn Green (*) Recommended 2 new members (^) Recommended 3 new members

The time for life insurance is now Cont’d. from Pg. 2 understands what their specific needs are, but life insurance can solve some very pertinent issues upon the death of a loved one. Life insurance can pay for immediate funeral costs, pay not only for everyday bills but also outstanding debt which can crush a family’s finances. It can provide for the continuance of a family business which someone’s heart, soul and equity established. It can guarantee the financial support of immediate and future children’s education, which can cost in the tens of thousands of dollars per year. And very importantly for the surviving spouse, it can protect a planned retirement income which would be stunted by the loss of a financial contributor and loved one.

Let the knowledgeable agents at Hermann Sons Life help you with your personal needs and tailored options for adequate life insurance protection for your family. We are but a phone call away at 877-437-6266 or visit us at hermannsonslife.org and explore more about our products and request an agent online. We will work with you to provide a safe experience, whether in person or virtually. Insure what’s most important to you, and do it today. Disclaimer: Brooke Shields is a national spokesperson for Life Insurance Awareness Month 2020, and her services were retained by Life Happens. She does not endorse any insurance company, product or advisor. Life Happens does not endorse any insurance company, product or advisor. © Life Happens 2020. All rights reserved.

Agent, lodge president Muennink passes away Agent Richard Henry Muennink passed away July 30 at the age of 60. Richard was a life-long member of Hermann Sons Life and was serving as Hondo Lodge president at the time of his passing. Richard was the proud owner/ operator of his exotic game hunting business, Action Outdoor Adventures, that allowed him to guide individuals and families from all over the world. He loved

fishing and hunting and, most of all, his family full of girls. He is survived by his mother, Shirley; wife, Suzanne; daughters, Karla and Kourtney; granddaughters, Kallisyn and Brittyn; brother, Clyde (Kathy) Muennink; and nephews, Carl Muennink and Jake (Caylie)Muennink. The family suggests memorials be made to The Old Iron Trail Ride (Make A Wish), c/o Cynthia Haass Patterson, 6155 State Highway 173N, Devine, 78016.

Richard Muennink


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Taytum Moyers won second place in the Ages 5-7 category. Tatum is 5 years old and a member of Lone Oak Lodge. This is Taytum’s chicken Rosey sitting near a barn with her mouth open trying to catch bugs.

Davis Fewkes won third place in the 5-7 category. Davis is 6 years old and a member of Prinz Solms Lodge. He took this photo of wildflowers on a hike up to Cecret Lake in Alta, Utah.

Winning entries selected in Youth Photography Contest

Adison Poole won third place in the 8-12 category. Adison is 12 years old and a member of Hochheim-Prairie Lodge. She says this photograph is “nature at its cutest...a newborn baby deer!”

Cory Hawkins won second place in the Ages 13-17 category. Cory is 14 years old and a member of Seguin Lodge. He calls this photo, “Color My World.” He said, “This butterfly stood still long enough for me to snap a picture.”

Camryn Luster won third place in the Ages 3-17 category. He is 13 years old and a member of Lone Oak Lodge. Camryn says, “Living on the farm is like an every day photo shoot; you almost never stop taking photos you see as breathtaking!”

Kherington Lietz won second place in the 8-12 category. She is 10 years old and a member of Prinz Solms Lodge. Kherington said, “I love to go on nature walks with my dog. We often visit this tortoise and bring him scraps of vegetables and fruit. This image is my favorite because I love the detail of the leg scales and the ridges on the shell. I learned these are called scutes and are made of the same thing as our fingernails. Nature is so intricate and cool!”


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We Strengthen Community

Shelby supports American Legion fund-raiser Lodges report service projects Lodges continue to report their Join Hands Day projects to the Home Office. Mission-Alamo Lodge sent a $300 donation to the San Antonio Food Bank. Laubach Lodge sent donations to Relay for Life and the Christian Cupboard in Seguin. FOOD BANK DONATION Louise Schuetze Lodge has announced that it will make a $500 donation to the San Antonio Food Bank in observance of Make a Difference Day. PLATE SALE Deanville Lodge will host a drive-thru plate lunch sale on Sunday, Sept. 20, in support of Brazos Valley Hospice. Plates will be sold from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at a cost of $12 each. Plates will include roast beef, creamed potatoes with gravy, green beans and cole slaw with a dessert. This is the lodge’s Matching Funds project for the year.

Judy Pieper and Bonnie Rudloff prepare potatoes for the Shelby American Legion Turkey Stew event that members of Shelby Lodge supported.

Deanville Lodge recently donated to the 2020 Stuff the Bus event in Burleson County. The lodge donated more than 200 glue sticks. Secretary Marsha Kocurek, second from left, made the presentation.

Doris Christ was among the Shelby Lodge members who volunteered at the recent Shelby American Legion Turkey Stew event.

Shelby Lodge members volunteered at the Shelby American Legion’s annual Turkey Stew event recently. The stew cooks included, from left, Joe Chovanec, Oscar Voelkel, Don Huebner, Terry Rudloff, Calvin Coufal and Roy Pieper.


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Youth in Action Lodges award scholarships to college-bound students

Cayden Feller, left, receives her Paul Vogt Lodge Scholarship from the lodge’s youth coordinator, Chrysti Friar. Cayden is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Feller and graduated from Comfort High School.

Katie Tehas, center, is the recipient of one of the two scholarships presented this year by Paul Vogt Lodge. Youth Coordinator Chrysti Friar made the presentation. Katie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Tehas. Charlie is pictured with his daughter in the photo. Katie is a graduate of Boerne High School Columbia Lodge presented a scholarship to Samuel Reeves, son of Stephanie and Roy Reeves. He graduated as salutatorian of his class at Greenville High School. He will use the $500 scholarship at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

Cameron Bourgeois

Sarah D’Spain

Aleksandra Lally-Sutcliffe

Nathan Boone Stauber

Kaymi Wolff

Mackenzie Yeich

Boerne presents six scholarships BOERNE – Boerne Lodge has awarded six scholarships to graduating high school seniors. The recipients of the $300 scholarships are Cameron Bourgeois, Sarah D’Spain, Aleksandra LallySutcliffe, Nathan Boone Stauber, Kaymi Wolff and Mackenzie Yeich. Sarah D’Spain, Aleksandra Lally-Sutcliffe and Nathan Stauber

all graduated from Boerne High School. Cameron Bourgeois, Kaymi Wolff and Mackenzie Yeich graduated from Champion High School. Sarah D’Spain was the salutatorian of her class. She is attending the University of Notre Dame where she is studying neuroscience. Aleksandra Lally-Sutcliffe is at-

tending the University of North Texas in Denton where she will pursue a degree in history. Nathan Boone Stauber is attending Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi where he hopes to study marine biology. Kaymi Wolff is attending Texas A&M University and Mackenzie Yeich is a student at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Answers to puzzles on Pg. 16 Word Scramble Chair Flag Notebook Calendar Eraser Stapler Glue Scramble Chair Flag

Textbook Calculator Marker Backpack

Fire alarm Pencil Desk Bookcase Textbook Calculator Marker Backpack Scissors

Chalk Clock Teacher Compass Student Globe Binder Paper


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Teachers prepared to keep young dancers safe SAN ANTONIO – Hermann Sons Life Schools of Dance are preparing to get the 2020-2021 dance season under way. Instructors and parent liaisons have been provided with COVID-19 guidelines that will insure that they and their students are kept as safe as possible. The COVID-19 guidelines are as follows: • Classes must not have more than 10 participants at a time (teachers, assistants and parent helpers are not included in this count). • If 6 feet of separation cannot be maintained, face covers

for everyone will be required. • Try to maintain social distancing as best you can. No partner work, no stunts, etc. With dance this can be difficult, just be smart and responsible. • Masks for students and parents entering and leaving through the same door is required. • Hand sanitizer will be required at every entrance. • Take all students’ temperatures before allowing them into class. • Dancers who have a temperature of 99 degrees or above will not be able to participate

that day. • Remind parents to not bring their children to class if the dancer is sick or showing signs of illness. • Adjust attendance policies in order to ensure parents are not bringing sick dancers to class in order to maintain award status or class involvement. • Clean anything being used between classes. Clean props, mats, sign in pens, etc.- anything that could be used by multiple people. If it becomes necessary to discontinue classes, instructors will provide an on-line experience

Retirement Home

Residents missed campers this summer COMFORT – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no visitors are currently being allowed inside the Home. Residents missed seeing the campers this summer, especially the week of the Fourth of July. The campers from Riverside would usually come and parade all around the grounds at the Home, waving their flags and singing for the residents. Hot dogs, cherry cobbler and ice cream were on the menu for the Pandemic 4th! Birthday cake and ice cream were served at the noon meal to honor those who celebrated their special day in July. Frank Edwards, Woody McClure, Chief Boring and Nina Spenrath were the honorees. Residents extend their condolences to the family and friends of former resident Cheryll Cain. She passed away in July. – Helen Widner

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DELTON O. KOERTH NELSON NEUTZLER Donor: Burton Lodge

BOBBIE JEAN ERNST Donor: Columbia Lodge

LORETTA CHILEK RICKY EBNER CARL W. KASPER JR. ALICE M. SCHNEIDER Donor: Giddings Lodge RODNEY GUNNINK Donor: Comfort Lodge VERLYN MOSLEY DENNIS HARMON MAHLMANN Donor: Brenham Lodge

Donations to the Retirement Home Scholarship Fund in Memory of: ELRINE SCHMIDT Donor: New Braunfels Lodge

Donations to the Camp Fund in Memory of: A.R. SUELTENFUSS Donor: Boerne Lodge

KAREN ALICE GROTE Donor: Brenham Lodge

DONALD RAY TREYBIG Donor: Rutersville Lodge

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ROSE MARIE TURNER Donor: Lockhart Lodge

Resident Frank Edwards celebrated his birthday in July.

We will, of course, respect the decision made by our parents and wish our students nothing but the best whether they return to class or not.” Registration will continue until Oct. 1. Classes will be starting after Labor Day. Parents will be contacted by their instructor and/or parent liaisons about the time and location of dance classes. Anyone needing assistance with registration is asked to call the Member Benefits Department at the Home Office. The phone numbers are 210-2269261 or 800-234-4124.

Donations to the Retirement Home in Memory of:

MARY C. KOTARA Donor: Pershing Lodge

MEMORIAL DONATION FORM Name of Deceased:

either through pre-recorded lessons via Facebook videos or Dropbox or live stream lessons through Zoom or Facebook Live. “As a parent myself, I understand that parents may be a little uneasy about sending their children to dance class this year,” Vice President of Member Benefits Cecily Kelly said. “I want to reassure them that we are taking all of the necessary precautions. We believe it is important for our young dancers to get back to class. Dance is an excellent way of expressing themselves and giving them back some sense of normalcy.

Amount: $ Clip and mail with your memorial contribution to: Hermann Sons Life Home Office, P.O. Box 1941, San Antonio, TX 78297-1941.

Donations to Hermann Sons Youth Camp Scholarship Fund in Memory of: NELSON L. HARBORTH Donor: Laubach Lodge


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In Memoriam of Our Deceased Members JAMES PAGE MEYERS Harmonia Lodge Died Feb. 15, 2004 • Age 56

JAMES A. URBANOVSKY Deanville Lodge Died Jan. 28, 2020 • Age 87

LEONARD L. HARLAN Corpus Christi Lodge Died May 5, 2020 • Age 93

NADINE IRENE RUETER Womack Lodge Died June 8, 2020 • Age 86

LEONA LUNSFORD Washington Lodge Died June 22, 2020 • Age 90

RONALD E. BOTKIN Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge Died Oct. 6, 2006 • Age 68

FRANCIS FRIESENHAHN Cibolo Lodge Died Feb. 14, 2020 • Age 93

BOYD W. COOK Comfort Lodge Died May 12, 2020 • Age 76

MARTHA L. EUBANKS Boerne Lodge Died June 8, 2020 • Age 76

RUTH LAVERNE KLEMSTEIN Comfort Lodge Died June 24, 2020 • Age 80

MILDRED MAE WILSEY Brunhilde Lodge Died Oct. 17, 2007 • Age 88

GEORGE GRAY MAJIRUS Boerne Lodge Died Feb. 27, 2020 • Age 98

LESLIE J. OVERSTREET Richland Lodge Died May 14, 2020 • Age 89

JOY V. WILSON Lubbock Lodge Died June 10, 2020 • Age 83

ENOMIE M. REAL Converse Lodge Died June 24, 2020 • Age 99

DRAPER S. MORROW JR. Fort Worth Lodge Died Jan. 21, 2008 • Age 69

ELLA JEANE NAJVAR Karnes City Lodge Died March 6, 2020 • Age 85

LENA E. LESCHPER Sealy Lodge Died May 18, 2020 • Age 82

MILTON FUCHS Houston Lodge Died June 12, 2020 • Age 93

MARCEL DENIS FLEURY SR. Kirby Lodge Died June 25, 2020 • Age 76

FRIEDA KAY Dallas Lodge Died Sept. 7, 2009 • Age 90

SCARLET ANN SCHMIDT Comfort Lodge Died March 27, 2020 • Age 50

MARJORIE DESPAIN Da Costa Lodge Died May 21, 2020 • Age 89

ESTHER E. DOWLEARN Louise Schuetze Lodge Died June 14, 2020 • Age 95

JOYCE NEAL BOYSEN Gonzales Lodge Died June 25, 2020 • Age 83

JOHN W. WIESNER JR. Brenham Lodge Died Jan. 26, 2017 • Age 88

BRANDON K. PATTERSON New Braunfels Lodge Died April 1, 2020 • Age 28

ROBERTA D. SEARLS Spring Branch Lodge Died May 22, 2020 • Age 76

DAVID D. RAILSBACK Comfort Lodge Died June 15, 2020 • Age 95

WILLIAM LEE CREEL Round Rock Lodge Died June 27, 2020 • Age 89

CHARLES A. MOSLEY Brenham Lodge Died Dec. 10, 2017 • Age 93

CHARLES C. DEARING Rockport Lodge Died April 13, 2020 • Age 75

LEONARD E. SVRCEK Da Costa Lodge Died May 22, 2020 • Age 89

RONALD JOHN BEATH Paul Vogt Lodge Died June 17, 2020 • Age 84

LUCILE REEH Comfort Lodge Died June 29, 2020 • Age 91

CLIFTON S. RECKER JR. La Vernia Lodge Died April 4, 2018 • Age 81

TIBURCIO MEJIA Moulton Lodge Died April 13, 2020 • Age 70

JOYCE D. JANECKA Flatonia Lodge Died May 23, 2020 • Age 85

CARL W. KASPER JR. Giddings Lodge Died June 18, 2020 • Age 87

C.D. TOEPPERWEIN Helotes Lodge Died June 30, 2020 • Age 79

CHRISTOPHER R. MUCHOW Houston Lodge Died May 26, 2018 • Age 59

TRESSA LOUISE DEMMER Prinz Solms Lodge Died April 17, 2020 • Age 68

LYNETTE GARCIA Vineta Lodge Died May 24, 2020 • Age 51

AUGUST D. PIEGZA Seguin Lodge Died June 19, 2020 • Age 79

LLOYD C. BRANDT Shelby Lodge Died July 1, 2020 • Age 91

ROBERT L. YOUNG Mission-Alamo Lodge Died July 23, 2018 • Age 76

JAMES L. BURKET Harmonia Lodge Died April 21, 2020 • Age 84

KAILEY N. KOEPP Kypfer-Salge Lodge Died May 25, 2020 • Age 21

MARY C. KOTARA Pershing Lodge Died June 19, 2020 • Age 85

JUDITH DARE WEHE Prinz Solms Lodge Died July 1, 2020 • Age 75

ZETA MAE GREENWOOD Haskell Lodge Died Sept. 17, 2018 • Age 89

DARRYL ROSS SURMAN Anton Wenzel Lodge Died April 23, 2020 • Age 72

HELEN ELAINE ABEL Cameron Lodge Died May 26, 2020 • Age 90

EDWARD BART LUCAS JR. Comfort Lodge Died June 20, 2020 • Age 77

THOMAS L. BRADY Pershing Lodge Died July 4, 2020 • Age 78

JESSE M. TREVINO Brenham Lodge Died April 5, 2019 • Age 88

DOROTHY J. MUELLER Kypfer-Salge Lodge Died April 25, 2020 • Age 84

MILDRED J. JOHNSTON Weesatche Lodge Died May 27, 2020 • Age 85

ERNEST D. HARTMAN SR. Seguin Lodge Died June 21, 2020 • Age 91

JACK C. RAINBOLT Fredericksburg Lodge Died July 6, 2020 • Age 94

BILLIE JO ROBERTS Lockhart Lodge Died Sept. 5, 2019 • Age 91

VERLENE A. CITZLER Plum Lodge Died April 29, 2020 • Age 92

ALICE MARIE GALLOWAY Old Glory Lodge Died June 2, 2020 • Age 93

CORENE LOWACK Old Glory Lodge Died June 21, 2020 • Age 97

JOY L. JAVIOR Lone Oak Lodge Died July 9, 2020 • Age 83

AUDREY L. PETERS Cuero Family Lodge Died Dec. 24, 2019 • Age 79

PATSY ANN MOORE Brunhilde Lodge Died April 30, 2020 • Age 82

RICHARD B. BARING Jourdanton Lodge Died June 7, 2020 • Age 80

MARY B. BRAUN Louise Schuetze Lodge Died June 21, 2020 • Age 95

NORMA JEAN ZINKGRAF New Braunfels Lodge Died July 15, 2020 • Age 95

CLIFFORD V. HENZE Gay Hill Lodge Died Jan. 24, 2020 • Age 58

NELSON D. NEUTZLER Burton Lodge Died May 1, 2020 • Age 74

GERALD D. CLARK Hochheim-Prairie Lodge Died June 7, 2020 • Age 93

HARVEY B. WUEST Prinz Solms Lodge Died June 21, 2020 • Age 84

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


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75 Years HANNA L. GEST Austin Lodge

70 Years

DELTON B. MULLINS Anton Wenzel Lodge

GLADYS W. ASHLOCK Coupland Lodge

LINDA SANFORD. Boerne Lodge

EUGENE RAY BRUNS J.D. WILLINGHAM Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge

BILLIE D. FERGUSON Bryan Lodge

WALTON J. GRINKE Fredericksburg Lodge

DOROTHY ANN BRODBECK MARY ANN HILDEBRAND ANNABELLE LOUISE LINDNER FREDERICK THOMAS SCHUETZE BETTY JEAN SOLBRIG Comfort Lodge

TOMMIE LOU HERZIK CLYDE LEE HINTON Gonzales Lodge ERICH EUGENE UECKER Harmonia Lodge GEORGE L. BRUCKS JR. Hondo Lodge MAXINE H. PRICE Jackson County Lodge MAUDE YVONNE FELLERS BERNICE WALTISPERGER La Vernia Lodge ARTHUR ALEXANDER PORTER Mission-Alamo Lodge ERWIN HAGEDORN Niederwald Lodge HARVEY FAHRENTHOLD DAVID JOHN REINHARD Poth Lodge WILLIAM J. MOLTZ Stern Lodge DARLENE J. COOKE Vineta Lodge

GRACE W. MARESH Cat Spring Lodge

ALFRED F. KAHRS Dallas Lodge DIANNE J. KING Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge ANNIE M. HERBORT Fredericksburg Lodge JIMMIE DALE ALBRECHT VERNON G. ALBRECHT HOWARD LEE HORTON Goliad Lodge

Pioneers MARY LYNNE BARROW Mission-Alamo Lodge GLENN R. MINZENMAYER New Bern Lodge PHILIP M. BYRNE New Braunfels Lodge LARRY N. LEHMAN Niederwald Lodge GENE E. MAECKEL Poth Lodge CAROL JO DEFLER Prinz Solms Lodge

LILLIAN BOOTH BASS MARY SUE BOURLAND KAREN FAY DRISKILL PATRICIA LOUISE PFEIFFER Comfort Lodge JAMES P. HESSE WILLIAM EARL MAYFIELD JR. LENA FAYE MAYFIELD RAYMOND CHARLES SCHIMCEK CYNTHIA L. WOLTER Corpus Christi Lodge LAURIE L. BUCHHORN SCOTT A. TOMANEC Cuero Family Lodge

SANDRA KAY COATES San Patricio County Lodge

DARRYL W. BUCHHORN CHERYL ANN SIMPSON DaCosta Lodge

HILMAR A. HILDEBRAND CORINNE A. ZUNKER Spring Branch Lodge

KIMBERLY ANN MCMANUS Deanville Lodge

BRYAN A. NAYLOR II Stern Lodge ELLA SHARON TODD Waco-Robinson Lodge

60 Years

GREGORY W. KOWALSKI Anton Wenzel Lodge

CHERYL BARROW Dunlay Lodge PAMELA A. ENGELKE MAUREEN R. HAFERNIK REBECCA R. HAFERNIK HAL MATHEW HOWELL PAULA A. ROE JENNIFER STRATTON Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge

PATRICIA E. WELLMANN Brenham Lodge

J.P. ANDERSON WILLIAM E. RIOUX El Campo Lodge

LAVON C. NEESE Gruenau Lodge

DEBORAH SUE GOSWICK Bryan Lodge

STEPHAN W. HOELSCHER Ellinger Lodge

ROBERT BOHMLER JR. Gulf Lodge

JAMES F. DOSS JR. RICHARD W. TROJAN DONNA D. WHITE Cameron Lodge

CATHY L. ECKERT DENNIS R. HENKE GERALD W. HENKE JOE WILLIE SCHOTT Fredericksburg Lodge

WILLIAM F. BERNHARD EDWAR CARR JR. GERALD H. SLOCUM Harmonia Lodge FLOYD W. SAATHOFF Hondo Lodge JEAN M.D. HEIDE GLORIA M. MILLER Louise Schuetze Lodge

GAIL F. BOEHME Castroville Lodge PAT OTTO BUECHMANN Cat Spring Lodge ROBERT B. ATKINSON Cibolo Lodge

NELSON W. SEILHEIMER RICKY ALLEN SEILHEIMER WAYNE SEILHEIMER JERRY JOE VAUGHN Gay Hill Lodge RICHARD R. HARDIN JR. General Bee Lodge

PATTY K. CAGLE RODNEY WAYNE MEYER Giddings Lodge DEBRA K. AUSTIN BARBARA J. FRIEDRICH MARVIN HEINEMEYER JR. NANCY K.J. KRUZIC BETTY AILEEN MOYER ELIZABETH J. PETRAS JO NELL SHEFFIELD Gonzales Lodge GARY WAYNE GOLD CHARLES H. MIKOLAJCZYK GORDON KEITH ROBERSON JR. PATRICK J. WIATREK WAYNE A. WIATREK Harmonia Lodge CHARLES L. CHAPMAN Haskell Lodge CHARLES TOEPPERWEIN Helotes Lodge PEGGY SUE BUESING GERALD J. FOERSTER Hochheim-Prairie Lodge COLBY J. HEYEN JR. CLAY W. HEYEN DAVID A. MCGUFFIN Hondo Lodge CHARLES M. CHEEK Houston Lodge BETTY LOU BUTLER PEGGY SUE WALLECK MANUEL E. YOSKO Karnes City Lodge SHARON KAY HEIMANN-FIELDS HUGH NATHAN HERZOG ALICE ANN POESKE MINDY N. WENDELE BETTE JEAN YOST Kerrville Lodge ANDRA KAY BUNDICK Kirby Lodge CONTINUED ON PG. 11


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Pioneers CONTINUED FROM PG. 10 CECIL FRED BALZEN SHARON B. BERRY DUDLEY K. BRAESICKE LEE ALLEN SCHAWE Knippa Lodge

LEONARD D. MEINKOWSKY Round Top Lodge MARY ANN HALFMANN BEVERLY J. TEPLICEK WAYNE D. WALTHER Rowena Lodge

DARRELL WAYNE WESCH DAVID JAMES WESCH Kypfer-Salge Lodge

ANDREW J. KEILERS DARLA TREYBIG Rutersville Lodge

SYLVAN J. MANGOLD La Coste Lodge

BRENDA M. ANTON BOLLE DAVID G. SIEGMUND DENNIS RAY SIEGMUND San Marcos Lodge

CYNTHIA L. MILLER Laubach Lodge DONALD WAYNE FEY La Vernia Lodge RENEE LYNN HOY Louise Schuetze Lodge BARBARA C. SCHIRMER Macdona Lodge TERESA A. SNEED HILDA WITT ERNEST W. WOLF LEO HANS WOLF PAUL ALFRED WOLF McGregor Lodge CAROL SUE ASHLEY ERHARD A. KNEUPPER JR. Mission-Alamo Lodge

PATRICIA M. BARCAK KRISTY CLARK ALAN LOUIS HERZIK KAREN SUE HERZIK MARGARET BLOHM LEAMAN WILLIAM R. MICHALKE DONNA MARIE BLOHM SCHOBEL DENNIS E. SCHRAMEK NANCY JANE WATZLAVICK Schulenburg Lodge LYNDA SUE CALDWELL SYBIL DIANE COLLINS GREGORY ALOIS GERIG BLAIR JASON GROTH BILLY MALLORY MILLER JANET LORI RAND Schwertner Lodge

SANDRA KAY MALINS MARCIA BORCHERS MCGLOTHLIN ANNE MUND MILLER CLARK LEE NIBLOCK New Braunfels Lodge

FRITZ J. NEUMANN III Sealy Lodge

KAREN J. CANTLEY Nixon-Smiley Lodge

HAROLD E. KOENNING JR. JUDY NAN MUELLER Shiner Lodge

W.G. KLAEVEMANN Nordheim Lodge WANETTA A. STECH Orange Grove Lodge CHARLES A. BARKER GERARD L. BARKER PATRICIA DIANE CANO PAMELA C. HERRIDGE Pershing Lodge

LOU ANN F.L. ALBERS BETTY JEAN MEISCHEN Shelby Lodge

DONALD G. GORMLEY DANIEL E. SCHMIDT EDMOND F. SHADROCK Siemering Lodge HELEN P. STEUBING JERALD HOWARD UECKER Spring Branch Lodge

MABEL LOYCE BARROW THERESA S. HOSEK BOBBIE JEAN MAGERS JOSEPHINE A. MOELLER Vineta Lodge DEBRA R. BURKE Waco-Robinson Lodge BARBARA THEILEN Washington Lodge PEGGU SUE BUESING GERALD J. FOERSTER Weesatche Lodge CONNIE D. EDMONDSON NANCY C. PARKER Yorktown Lodge

50 Years

PAUL THOMAS WILSON Anton Wenzel Lodge

AARON DALE HOTZ GARY WAYNE HOTZ JOYCE IDA HOTZ KIM MARIE HOTZ KELLY STACY LEA MCFARLAND JANA LOY PATTILLO Cuero Family Lodge

SABRINA JEAN JONES CALVIN WAYNE LIECK CHERYL K. PALMER KATHRYN K. SKELTON Helotes Lodge JOYCE E. PAKEBUSCH Hochheim-Prairie Lodge

BONNIE A. VANELLI Da Costa Lodge

DIANE MARIE SPINNEY SUZANNE L. SPINNEY OLGA MARIE TSCHIRHART Hondo Victory Lodge

INGRID L. TREVINO Dallas Lodge JOE TURNER SEFCIK Deanville Lodge GLENN F. BOEHLE Dunlay Lodge GREGORY BRUCE CARR JUDITH MUNOZ DAVID M. STILES III Edelweiss-Magnolia Lodge

PAUL EDWIN TRAEGER Austin Lodge

KRISTINE R. ECKERT SEAN LAMAR REAGAN Fort Worth Lodge

RAY LYNN MERTEN Bellville Lodge

GAIL A. CARPENTER Fredericksburg Lodge

ELIZABETH J. MURRAY Bexar Lodge

BILLY JO JASINSKI Gay Hill Lodge

TERESA LYNN MUMME Biry Lodge

DOROTHY ANN COOK MICHAEL LEE JOYCE CHARLES W. KRIEGEL Giddings Lodge

DANNY RAY PATTON ANNELIESE SCHULTZ Brunhilde Lodge MELISSA ANN BOEHME REX CARL EWERT PAMELA RAE MANGOLD DEBORAH M. ROSENBAUM DEBORAH M. TSCHIRHART BRENDA M. ZIMMERMAN Castroville Lodge KARL KERMIT BIERMANN HUGH C. MURPHY ERIC LANE SOLIS HOLLY JANE VANHERPE Comfort Lodge PATRICIA ANN BRIEGER LORI ANNE TAYLOR Corpus Christi Lodge

BILLY G. HINCHLIFFE Goliad Lodge JAMES CONRAD FLOYD JOANNE C. FLOYD Gonzales Lodge DAMON C. H. PARKER Gulf Lodge JOHN CHARLES BANSE MICHAEL ERIC GOLD AARON L. KNUEPPER GERRY LEE PRUSKI ERVIN J. RASKA III CHARLES C. RICHTER JR. ALBERT C. SCHULTZ JOHN W. SCHULTZ RANDOLPH K. SCHULTZ DAVID GENE STRAHAN DAVID PAUL WYRWICH Harmonia Lodge

CYNTHIA ANN BIELA AMY J. DAVIS KAREN SUE MATTHEWS HARVEY SHERI LYNNE JANEK STEVE ALLEN JONAS DEBRA GAIL LOWRY Karnes City Lodge KATHRYN ANN BRANDON TRACY DOAN MAPUS LINDA SUSAN WILBOURN Kerrville Lodge JAMES NELSON WRIGHT Kirby Lodge BRIAN C. BERGER Laubach Lodge CAROLYN M. WYRWICH La Vernia Lodge ALLISN KELLY BUTLER LINDA SUE CHANCE BETTY BALSER CLARK LISA ANN EWALD SELMA ANN EWALD GREGORY LANG GALLE JANICE SUE GALLE LOWE LANG GALLE KATHRYN C. NESBITT KIRKLAND C. NESBITT DOROTHY NELL SANDLER MARVIN SANDLER KARLA GAYE TATE ANDREA K. THERIOT AMY ANN WALKER Lockhart Lodge DENISE KANA COGGIOLA KAREN MCHAM KELLEY M. THIEL Louise Schuetze Lodge STACY WYRWICH JAMES Manchaca Lodge CHARLES M. SMITH Mission-Alamo Lodge CONTINED ON PG. 12


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Poth Lodge works on hall improvements POTH – Poth Lodge members heard reports on several projects at the lodge hall when they met Aug 2. Pictures of past Grand Lodge Conventions have been taken down and placed in the officers’ closet until a safer place to exhibit them can be found. The cracked switch plates have been replaced. An estimate has been received and accepted to remove the water heater and plug all gas lines. After that, the closet will be paneled

so it can be used to store brooms and mop buckets. The hanging of the sign will be taken care of on a workday. President Pamela Cutsinger planned a workday for Aug. 7 when ceiling tiles were to be replaced. Those planning to work that day were Pamela, Patricia Lowak (and dog Romeo), Virginia Maha and Beth Cutsinger. Members observed a moment of silence in memory of Norma Jean Mobley and Phillip J. Reinhard.

Pioneers CONTINED FROM PG. 11 WADE ALAN BOSSE Needville Lodge

BONNIE L. LIGHTFOOT San Marcos Lodge

CAROL ANN SCHULLE WILLIAM A. SCHULLE Niederwald Lodge

KRISTINE MOELLER EDWARDS MICHAEL FRIESENHAHN SHERI LYN GARDNER CINDY CAROLE KOCH BETTY ANN PANTERMUEHL BRENDA N. PANTERMUEHL DAVID E. WINKELMANN Seguin Lodge

CHERYL LYNN WOFFORD Nordheim Lodge

KENNETH W. KAASE Shelby Lodge

ROBIN DAVID VOGEL Paige Lodge

ROLAND D. BENDELE GEORGE A. HOFAUER DENNIS DEAN KEE TON MARK DYLAN KEETON HEATH ALLEN ORTH RUTH ANN TOWERS Siemering Lodge

PEGGY RUTH FIKAC LIELS D. HONS New Braunfels Lodge

LISA ANN GEIMAN PAMELA K. HOUGHTLING Paul Vogt Lodge JOHN THOMAS BARRETT Pershing Lodge SANDRA HUGHES ROCHELLE BLASCHKE SCHLORTT Plum Lodge STEVEN ROBERT MAHA Poth Lodge BRYAN CARL ACKER ROBERT LEE ACKER Prinz Solms Lodge

GLENDA L. BREHM JOY LYNN MAYFIELD Spring Branch Lodge STACY RENEE THOMAS Stern Lodge CYNTHIA ANN BARGSLEY Twin Sisters Lodge

DARREN SCOTT SCHMIDT ALMA LEE SLAVINSKI Rosenberg-Richmond Lodge

ROXANNE E. BROWN ANNIE M. HUDSPETH DARLENE S. HUDSPETH JENNIFER G. MARTIN SALLY J. SPEARS TRACY ANNETTE STOCK Vineta Lodge

BRADLEY T. RHOADES Round Rock Lodge

DALE ALLEN HAMPE Womack Lodge

DENISE KAY JOHNSTON Rutersville Lodge

TIM WADE STRIEBER DARRYL W. ZENGERLE Yorktown Lodge

Virginia Maha celebrated her birthday in March. The monthly door prizes were won by Patricia Lowak and Pamela Cutsinger. Names drawn for the kitty were Ashley A. Raynor, Edwin Albert and Nicholas R. Hamilton however they were not present to claim the cash. After the meeting, members enjoyed a chicken salad meal and games. – Reporter

Da Costa will meet on Sept. 8 DA COSTA – Da Costa Lodge members are mourning the passing of Daryl Hajek. Daryl had been a member since 1963. His mother, LaVerne Hajek, served as the lodge’s financial secretary for

many years before retiring in April 2020. Members are reminded that the lodge will meet Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. There is plenty of room for social distancing. – Reporter

Louise Schuetze cancels meetings for rest of 2020 SAN ANTONIO – Officers and members of Louise Schuetze Lodge have decided not to hold meetings for the remainder of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The lodge will use emails and text messages as needed when matters need to be updated, discussed or voted on for the remainder of the year. Members are mourning the passing of Jacqueline Mabel Stanford on Aug. 1. Jackie joined Hermann Sons Life in 1964 and was an active member of the lodge for many years before moving to be closer to her daughter. She is survived by a son, Gary Stanford of Waco; a daugh-

Lodge Updates Brenham Lodge officers have decided to suspend lodge meetings until further notice. Bingo games also are suspended until further notice. Members are reminded that they can keep up-to-date by going to hermannsonslife.org/lodges/brenham. Cameron Lodge’s next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 15 at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron. Comfort Lodge’s next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 12. Updated information regarding that meeting will be available in the newspaper as well as on the Hermann Sons Life Comfort Facebook page. Corpus Christi Lodge is planning a meeting for Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Miller’s BBQ at Leopard and McKenzie. Gay Hill Lodge’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at Sealand Restaurant.

Jackie Stanford, a longtime member of Louise Schuetze Lodge, passed away Aug. 1. ter, Barbara Gressler of New Braunfels; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Services were held Aug. 8. – Reporter

Mission-Alamo mourns Himes’ passing SAN ANTONIO – Mission-Alamo Lodge members are mourning the passing of Mary Elizabeth Himes on Aug. 7. Mary had been a member since 1976. She is the sister of Bernice Vogel, wife of Past Grand Vice President Lee Vogel. Public visitation will be held Aug. 30 from 5-9 p.m. at Zoeller Funeral Home in New Braufels with the rosary starting at 7 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 31 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels.

Harmonia Lodge officers have decided not to schedule meetings until further notice. Many of the members who attend meetings are in the vulnerable age group for coronavirus. Helotes Lodge is planning to hold its third quarter meeting on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. A hot meal will be provided. Everyone who attends will have a chance to win a cash door prize. Hochheim-Prairie Lodge is not currently meeting because of COVID-19. Members are reminded to watch the local newspaper for information on when the next meeting will be held. San Marcos Lodge officers are hoping the lodge can meet on Sept. 14.

Mary Himes passed away Aug. 7. She was a longtime member of Mission-Alamo Lodge.

Vineta Lodge will not meet in September. Members are advised to contact Ruth Bailey at 210-602-5147 for more information.


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Columbia encourages members to attend Zoom meetings DALLAS – With Governor Abbott’s statewide order for Texas bars to remain closed indefinitely, the Dallas Hall is positioned to remain closed to the public as well. This means that our opportunities to produce revenue are very limited, and our expenses must follow suit. With this in mind, the Home Association and the general manager are working together to tighten the purse strings as much as possible. Members are encouraged to attend the Zoom meetings held on the fourth Tuesday of every month in order to keep informed of the financial challenges the Home Association faces and to learn how they can help, and what may be required of the

lodges in the months to come as the Home Association weathers the realities of dwindling cash reserves. Upcoming expenses include insurance policies and property taxes. The board has recently made the decision to open up the accounting software to all of the Home Association members in an effort to be as transparent and proactive as possible going forward. Columbia Lodge has two applications in for new members. The lodge’s $500 scholarship this year was presented to Samuel Reeves, youngest son of Stephanie and Roy Reeves, who graduated as salutatorian from Greenville High School. He will be attending Stephen F. Austin

Jean Ernst passed away in July. She was a member of both Dallas lodges for many years. State University in Nacogdoches. Jean Ernst, beloved past president and member of both lodg-

es, passed away on Saturday, July 11, at the age of 87. Columbia Lodge made a $66 donation in her name, as is the lodge’s tradition. A committee consisting of Bobby Wilbanks, Cecilia Phillips and David Pippin will be selecting the lodge’s Humanitarian Award recipient. The presentation of the award has traditionally taken place in December. The committee is accepting recommendations at this time, so if you know somebody who loves to do for others, be sure to let the committee know. Lodge meetings are being held via Zoom, hosted by Barbara McMillan. Members can find the perpetual link on the Sons of Hermann Hall Dallas

Facebook page. Meetings are still usually held on the first Saturday of each month at 3 p.m. However, September’s meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13. The October meeting will be held Saturday, Oct. 4. If you don’t have the Zoom app, plan on downloading and installing that at least 30 minutes prior to the time of the meeting. There are other items of interest coming up on the Facebook page, such as concerts streamed live from the Hall and ads for micro-weddings. The Home Association is exploring ways to generate revenue by using social media and everyone is encouraged to spread the word by liking and sharing these posts. – Anni Howe

Merry and Art Brinkkoeter celebrated 42 years of marriage in July. They are members of Kypfer-Salge Lodge.

Madison Brinkkoeter graduated from the New Braunfels High School School of Choice. She finished a year early. A member of Kypfer-Salge Lodge, she has been dancing with the New Braunfels School of Dance since she was 9 years old.

Kypfer-Salge meets Sept. 4 CLEAR SPRINGS – KypferSalge Lodge will meet Sept. 4. Kery Noble and Dennis Koepp will make the hamburgers. Nelrose Koepp will bring the fixings, Merry Brinkkoeter will bring the buns and Darline Preiss will bring the Blue Bell ice cream and cones. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. Ham and side dishes were served at the Aug. 7 meeting. Thanks go to Kery and Kathy Noble for fixing and donating the ham. Tammy Seiter was on the list

to receive a get-well card. Sympathy cards were sent to the family of Al Ludwig who passed away recently. Thanks go to Dennis and Molly Koepp for their time and help getting the new front door and lock. Darline Preiss was one of the winners of a $50 gift card from the Home Office for recommending a member. Remember if you know someone who does not drive, offer to pick them up for the meeting. – Reporter

Kery Noble celebrated his birthday in August. He is a member of Kypfer-Salge Lodge.

Rutersville will serve Sloppy Joes Sept. 2 RUTERSVILLE – Rutersville Lodge will meet Wednesday, Sept. 2. Sloppy Joes are on the menu. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. Members enjoyed a meal of hamburgers and chili dogs at the Aug. 5 meeting. Members provided the desserts. The Home Office acknowledged the lodge’s donation in memory of Donald Treybig. After some discussion, the annual September barbecue was canceled due to the coronavirus. The Cheer Committee reported sending a get well card to Loretta Brugger and sympathy cards to Donna and Bubba Foehr, Darla Treybig, Duane Treybig and Kevin Treybig. The attendance prize winners were Myrna Altwein, Linda Mattocks, David Noak Sr., Jo Ann Mueller and Ginger Muesse. – Reporter

David Noak Sr. celebrated his birthday in August. He is a member of Rutersville Lodge and the Hermann Sons Life Board of Directors.

McGregor Lodge to meet Sept. 2 at The Coffee Shop McGREGOR – McGregor Lodge will meet Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. at The Coffee Shop. The Aug. 5 meeting also was held at The Coffee Shop. Everyone enjoyed visiting and the meal. Continued prayers are needed for Kerry Arseneaux. President Doris Mooney read a thank you note from Kevin Houchin for the lodge’s donation to the McGregor Food Pantry.

Congratulations are extended to Hermine Wolf on her 60 years of membership. Hermine became a member Aug. 12, 1960. Belated Happy Birthday wishes are extended to Leona Hendrickson who celebrated her special day in July. Lucky door prize winners were Betty Johnson and Leona Hendrickson. – Reporter


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Schulenburg welcomes new members

Deanville Lodge renovates kitchen Deanville Lodge members are proud of the recently renovated kitchen inside their hall. Thanks to a generous donation from a deceased member of the lodge and supporters of the annual fund-raiser, the lodge was able to expand the kitchen. Members are looking forward to serving a lot of home-cooked meals from the bigger and better facility.

Dallas will meet on Sept. 27 DALLAS – Dallas Lodge’s next gathering will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at the Hall. Officers encourage all members to attend if they are comfortable doing so. Those attending are asked to wear a mask. The lodge met July 26 for only the second time since January. Amanda Hobbs and Amber Morchower were guests. Amanda is a member of Columbia Lodge and secretary of the Home Association. Amber is general manager of the Home Association. They provided information and answered questions. Sharon Smith reported that Bobbie Jean Ernst passed away July 11. She was 87 and had been a Dallas resident for many years.

Her cousins Schatzie and Daniel Owens, Pam James and Sharon and Kimberley Smith are all lodge members. Jean served as treasurer of the Home Association for many years. She was a faithful and loyal member. Her hobbies included bowling and cooking food for lodge events. Andy Schellenberg and Terri Holmes attended her services. The lodge will make a donation in her memory to the Retirement Home. Thanks go to Terri Holmes for the Raising Cane’s lunch, cake and tea. Terri won the attendance prize which was only fitting since she brought the food. – Reporter

Kerrville plans to meet Oct. 7 KERRVILLE – Kerrville Lodge will meet Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Hill Country Veterans Center, 411 Meadowview Lane, Kerrville. This meeting will take place if COVID-19 allows it and will include a potluck meal. The Dec. 4 Christmas party will be held at the Hill Country Veterans Center which is where lodge meetings will be held in the future. Food from the Acapulco Restaurant will be served

with the lodge providing drinks and dessert. Members are encouraged to attend and check out the new meeting place. Officers are excited to have found a place for meetings which will allow members to make their own food choices for the Christmas party each year. Input from members is welcome. – Juanice Grona

SCHULENBURG – Schulenburg Lodge welcomed four new members at the August meeting. They are Ian Michael Janecka, Samel Josef Sustr, Aela Joy Jurica and Luke Henry Hudec. Mary Schroeder reported that a get-well card was sent to Josephine Klesel. Sympathy cards were sent to the family of Janet Mahac; the family of Franklin Guettermann; to Junette Rodecap, Franklin’s sis-

ter; the family of Rene Sustr; and the family of John Bohac. A thank you card was received from Bonita Guettermann. Arline Ulrich reported that members and residents of the nursing home who had a birthday in the last few months were Verlene Hoffmann, Lillian Manning, Ovella Stuchly, Georgia Kalich, Bill Bohlmann, Edith Kocurek and Marguerite Hagens. Chelsea Moeller reported

memorial donations were received from Arline and Elmer Ulrich for the family of Billy Beiersdorfer and the family of Rosemary Schindler; from Bill and Delores Michalke for the family of Victor Sternadel and the family of Franklin Guettermann; and from Ed and Jennifer Moeller for the family of Rene Sustr. All donations go into the lodge’s scholarship fund. – Junette Rodecap

Fort Worth cancels September picnic FORT WORTH – Fort Worth Lodge has canceled its September picnic and pin presentation because of the coronavirus. Members are asked to watch the newspaper for an announcement about the next lodge gathering. Makenzie Hazelwood is the lodge’s newest member. Makenzie is the granddaughter of Donnie Burns. She also has lots of aunts, uncles and cousins in the lodge. Happy 50-year milestone to

Carla Engelhardt. She joined the lodge on Aug. 11, 1970. Happy Anniversary wishes are extended to Karen and Bill Lane who celebrated in August. Sympathy is extended to the family of Roy Lee Anders. Roy had been a member since 1967. Sympathy also is extended to the family of Linda Arnold. Linda joined in 1984. Both of these members and their families were active in the lodge for many years. Wilfred Emshoff has also

passed away. He had transferred into the lodge and had been coming to meetings and getting acquainted with everyone. He had been a member since 1962. Happy Birthday wishes go to Ronnie Jones, Otto Brauer, Mickenzee Brown, Ronnie Burns, Donnie Burns, John Stephenson, Darby Durbin, Sharon Kassler, Ronnie Burns-Lane, Krystal Emshoff, Cole Gibson, Jo Ann Bullock and Cody Mclaughlin. – Reporter

Boerne meeting place remains closed BOERNE – Boerne Lodge will not meet until the Rainbow Senior Center where it holds its meetings opens again. Anyone age 55+ and in need can contact the RSC at 830-2492114. The center and community volunteers who serve the center can help provide meals to your home, grocery and medication pick-up, transportation for an urgent or essential doctor’s appointment, puzzles and book loans, and dog and cat fostering and other services. Belated congratulations go

to the Boerne High and Boerne Champion High School seniors who graduated in June. The lodge honored six of them with scholarships. They are Sarah D’Spain, Aleksandra Lally-Sutcliffe, Nathan Stauber, Cameron Bourgeois, Kaymi Wolff and Mackenzie Yeich. Welcomed as new members are Ava and Kaiden Johnson, Luther Crane, Faith and Elizabeth Wright and Mason Joiner. Condolences are extended to the families of George G. Majirus, William H, Felps, Juanita J. Jonas and Martha L.

Eubanks. Donations to the Retirement Home will be made in their memory. Celebrating August birthdays from the lodge were Barbara Christensen, Esther Faecher, Don D’Spain and Annette Bourgeois. Celebrating September birthdays are Judy Beauford, Marilyn Vogt and Kathy Kunz. Congratulations go to Don and Barbara D’Spain who celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in August. Get well wishes are extended to Elizabeth Markell. – Reporter

Laubach will present pins on Sept. 13 SEGUIN – Laubach Lodge will meet Sunday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. at the Pecan Museum at the Red Barn, 390 Cordova Road, in Seguin. Pins will be presented to those

who are reaching their 50-year and 60-year milestones this year. The meal and drinks will be provided. All members are encouraged to attend and support the lodge.

The lodge held its quarterly meeting and picnic Sunday, June 14, at the Red Barn. Everyone enjoyed hot dogs with the trimmings and desserts. – Dorothy K. Constable


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Agents Directory (alphabetized by area) Adkins Roxy Pruski 210-218-6204

Converse Dan Boenig 210-705-1815

Georgetown Brad Klein, FIC 512-497-0678

New Braunfels Becki Carley 361-550-9358

Austin Shirley Kuhen Faske 512-789-3975

Corpus Christi Pearl Hunt 361-960-0276

Gonzales Bobbie Polasek 830-672-6317

Kathryn Green 830-463-9455

Bandera Stephanie Brown 210-621-3891

Troylyn SisnerosGonzalez 361-232-7413

Graham/Wichita Falls David Wolf 940-550-5202

Bellville Robert Herridge 979-865-3222

Cuero Laura Tiffin Wayne Tiffin 361-275-8421

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

Dallas Helen Tyson Brown 214-796-0668

Jennifer Stryk Garner 832-596-9425

Bernardo/Columbus Robin Maertz 979-732-1687

Shirley Huebinger 830-629-1196

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

Administrative Assistant Gladys Rowley gladysr@hermannsonslife.org

Gilbert Shelby 214-289-1815

Jourdanton Valerie M. Vick 210-748-5598

Pflugerville Julius Dubcak 512-272-8393

Boerne/San Antonio Pamela Poulk 210-753-2626

Del Rio Pat Fritz, FIC 432-292-4483

Karnes City Abigail Fenner 830-534-6982

Boerne Lisa Rozacky 210-838-3306

Devine Cynthia Sultenfuss 210-219-6409

Russell Swize 830-780-4053

Port Lavaca Nancy Annette Walraven 361-552-9403

Marilyn Vogt, FICF 210-630-9874

El Campo Dennis Wigginton 832-278-9636

Blanco Joni Kirkwood Moore 512-922-8283

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

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

Kirby Angela Netherton 210-831-1293 La Grange Linda Mattocks 512-736-9988 La Vernia Sharon Tanneberger, FIC 210-827-0526

Vice President of Sales Tim Kolbe timk@hermannsonslife.org Compliance Director Ana Vasquez, FLMI, AIRC, FIC anav@hermannsonslife.org

Orange Grove Paula Gebert 361-384-2375

Cecilia Phillips 214-982-8905

210-527-9113 877-437-6266 • 888-839-7667

Laura Ann Timmermann 830-556-7527

Gerald Ziemnicki 713-622-9001

Terrel Maertz 979-732-1727

Sales Department Staff

Needville /Rosenberg Chris Stoeltje 979-559-6127 Round Top/Rutersville Linda Mattocks 512-736-9988 San Antonio Ruth Bailey 210-602-5147 Darlene Irwin 210-392-2649

Marlin Tanneberger, FIC 210-827-7229

Rayna Sue Irwin 210-710-7038

Marion Lorene Bielke, FIC 830-420-2380

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

Regional Sales Managers: Eulla May Krueger 210-863-0546 • 830-985-3643 eullak@hermannsonslife.org Teresa Saathoff 210-422-6996 teresas@hermannsonslife.com Schwertner Irene Schwertner 254-527-4470

Stockdale Ronald Wiatrek 210-771-4354

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

Victoria Jason Hybner 361-652-6924

Seguin Annette D. Roecker 830-832-0724

Victoria Andrea Stehle 361-648-2274

Tina B. Ynfante 210-859-1973

Laura Thigpen 361-676-8307

Spring Branch Gloria Gass 830-885-4405

Yorktown Judy Wolf 361-564-2452


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Shining Stars

Be a Shining Star! Hermann Sons Life members 17 and younger can become Shining Stars! New Shining Stars are featured in the Hermann Sons Life newspaper and on our website. They also receive a fun packet in the mail. Shining Stars and their families are invited to a special event each year. The past few years, Shining Stars have been treated to a Family Fun Day at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels. Discounts are offered to parents and siblings. Eligible juniors need to only sign-up once and are then invited each year. To sign up, fill out the form on this page or online on our website, hermannsonslife.org, Member Benefits - Shining Stars. For more information email tammis@hermannsonslife.org or call 800-234-4124, ext. 239.

Back to school word search Backpack Books Bus Classroom Friends Grades History Homework Lockers Lunch Mathematics Notebook Paper Pencils Reading Recess School Scissors Social studies Students Teachers Test

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

Back to school word scramble

Address: City:

Zip:

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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.

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Parent’s Signature:

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E-mail Address: Grade in school: Favorite food: Pets: Favorite TV show: Activities:

I am a member of

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Puzzle answers on Pg. 7