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2018 Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen to be crowned April 28 in La Marque




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2017-2018 SPJST State Queen April Dvorak, State King Austen Holland, State Duke Maison Holland, and State Duchess Madison Holland, all of Lodge 25, Ennis, call bingo numbers at their youth club’s After Easter event held Sunday, April 8. These young people are only the sixth state royalty court in the history of the SPJST Youth Program who all represent the same lodge. They won their titles at the State Royalty competition in August 2017. More youth club event photos on page 17.




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The 2018 Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Czech or Slovak Republics at the Miss Queen will be crowned at the 16th An- Czech-Slovak US Pageant in Wilber, nual Pageant Nebraska, in and Spring August. Meeting of the The Czech Czech Heritage Heritage Society Society of Texas Miss Texas on Saturday, Czech-Slovak April 28, 2018, Pageant is at Queen of searching for Peace Catholic young women Church Life who love their Center, 1224 heritage and Cedar Drive, La Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen and Little want to promote Sister participants surround pageant direcMarque, Texas. tor Kathy Podsednik, seated, center, of Czech and SloThe 2018 CHS SPJST Lodge 54, West at a past pageant. vak culture for Miss Texas its 15 chapters Czech-Slovak Queen will advance to across Texas. Please contact Kathy compete for cash, prizes, and a trip to Continued on Page 20.


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camp legend


Activity Areas

17 Campfire area (Taborak)

1 Camp Office (Lion’s Den)

9 Volleyball

18 Blob Pond (Kapka Rybnik)

2 Fire Circle

10 Horseshoes

19 Archery Range

3 Sand Volleyball Pit

11 Playground

20 BB Gun Range

12 Tractor Barn

21 Infirmary

4 Swimming Pool 5 Pavilion w/ basketball court

13 Craft barn

22 Staff Cabin

6 Outdoor Games

14 Wagon barn

23 Cabin Circle

7 Garage

15 High Ropes Course

24 Low Ropes Course

8 Dining/Meeting Area (Sternadel Hall)

16 Swimming Pond (Plavani Rybnik)

25 Fishing Pond (Rybolov Rybnik)

Welcome to Camp Kubena!

Spread the word! SPJST Summer Camp will be here soon! Young people who have an SPJST life insurance certificate issued before May 31, 2018, are invited to participate in SPJST’s 2018 Summer Camp Program at Camp Kubena! Summer camp is a great place to make new friends, learn about the great outdoors, and build self confidence. The camp offers swimming, games, high ropes courses, low ropes courses, shooting range, archery, and many other activities.

SPJST Education and Nature Center (ENC) is now Camp Kubena

Located in northern Fayette County, the picturesque 182-acre camp was renamed in January to honor the memory

and pioneering spirit of one of SPJST’s founding fathers and a Fayette County native, J.R. Kubena. Camp Kubena’s vision is to inspire individuals to develop a personal relationship with the outdoors and become responsible, active members of the community. The mission of Camp Kubena is to provide a caring environment in which children, teens, and adults can have a meaningful, educational experience in the outdoors. Check out for more information!


Our theme for 2018 is “Out of This World with the SPJST Youth Program.” That theme will carry through into this Continued on Page 17.

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Important Dates ...................................3 Readers Write ......................................3 Interest Rates ......................................3 Recipe...................................................3 SPJST Car Show Info .........................4 SPJST Founders Day Info ..................5

District News........................................6 Lodge Section ...................................10 Youth Section ....................................16 Czech Culture ....................................18 Advertisements.............................20-21 Lodge Calendar .................................22

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Lodge 38 Kovar wins award in Smithville Jamboree Parade

Lodge 154 Fort Worth hosts annual Easter picnic

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Members receive TOCA awards



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Editor’s Note


SPJST HOME OFFICE PO Box 100 • Temple, Texas 76503 800-727-7578 • 254-773-1575 Fax: 254-774-7447

VĚSTNÍK EDITOR/ DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATION MELANIE ZAVODNY, FIC Office: 254-773-1575 • Mobile: 254-534-0807 VĚSTNÍK Fax: 254-773-8087 email: or SUPREME LODGE PRESIDENT BRIAN VANICEK, FIC Office: 254-773-1575 • Mobile: 254-534-2902 email:

VICE PRESIDENT HIRAM DIXON, FICF, LUTCF, CFFM Office: 254-773-1575 • Mobile: 254-231-7722 email: CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER LEONARD D. MIKESKA, FIC Office: 254-773-1575 Mobile: 254-721-4739 • Home: 254-778-3720 email:

DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING/INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES ROY VAJDAK Office: 254-773-1575 • email: DISTRICT ONE DIRECTOR/CHAIRMAN DONNIE VICTORICK, FIC, CFFM PO Box 85, Snook, Texas 77878-0085 Home: 979-272-3265 • Mobile: 979-224-3125 email:

DISTRICT TWO DIRECTOR JESSE POSPISIL 4710 FM 1331, Taylor, Texas 76574-2164 Home: 512-365-1110 • Mobile: 512-826-7371 email:

DISTRICT THREE DIRECTOR JOHN ENGELKE 6475 Gholson Road, Waco, Texas 76705-5330 254-799-4247 • email:

DISTRICT FOUR DIRECTOR BILLY ROLLWITZ, FIC, CFFM PO Box 195, Rowena, Texas 76875-0195 Home: 325-442-3141 • Mobile: 325-277-5362 Office: 325-442-3038 • email: DISTRICT FIVE DIRECTOR BRADLEY STAVINOHA, FIC 10522 Will Lehman Road, Needville, Texas 77461 Mobile: 979-739-2386 • Office: 979-793-7411 email:

DISTRICT SIX DIRECTOR KAREN KASPAR, FIC, CFFM 8550 N. State Highway 71, El Campo, Texas 77437-9819 Home: 979-543-2532 • Mobile: 979-332-1616 email: DISTRICT SEVEN DIRECTOR BOB J. BAYER, FIC 4188 FM 1303, Floresville, Texas 78114-6092 Mobile: 830-391-3375 OPERATIONS MANAGER/ MARKETING MANAGER RICHARD A. HRBACEK 254-773-1575 •

FRATERNAL FIELD MANAGERS DISTRICTS ONE/TWO/THREE Philip (Phil) McBee, FICF, CFFM Mobile: 325-647-1949 • Fax: 325-784-7448 email: DISTRICTS FOUR/SEVEN - Bobby Davis, FICF, CFFM Mobile: 325-450-3748 • Fax: 325-657-2003 email: DISTRICTS FIVE/SIX - Delisle Doherty Mobile: 832-232-2049 email:

CAMP KUBENA • 2001 Waldeck Rd • Ledbetter, TX Jeb Lapeyrolerie, Executive Director

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Exciting May events coming

STATE FRATERNAL DIRECTOR FRANK HORAK Office: 254-773-1575 • Mobile: 254-534-0681 email:

DISTRICT YOUTH COUNSELORS District One - Sharon Russell, 1292 CR 441, Dime Box, Texas 77853 • 979-884-0807 - sharon_russell28@ District Two - Patsy Koslovsky, 764 S. St. Joseph Road, Burlington, Texas 76519-3108 - 254-985-2396 - District Three - Kay Weeks, 4203 Treehaven Ct, Arlington, Texas 76016 • 817-896-5277 - District Four - Pam Lehmann, PO Box 637, Tahoka, Texas 79373-0637 - 806-561-5105 - District Five - Barbara Linney-Gonzales - 6043 Pineway Blvd., Texas 77023-6510 713-649-6138 Houston, District Six - Lisa Bubela, 1405 Divide Street, El Campo, Texas 77437 - 979-543-7120 - District Seven - April Howard, 2908 Oakdell Trl, New Braunfels, Texas 78130 - 830-624-9242 - BY-LAW COMMITTEE District One - Richard Ford, 2392 CR 424, Dime Box, Texas 77853 - 979-884-1451 - District Two - Ronnie Rieger, 350 Rieger Road, Coupland, Texas 78615 - 512-365-2000 - 512-848-2416/cell - District Three - Kay Lynn Kovar, 3303 West Lake Bardwell Drive, Ennis, Texas 75119 - 972-875-6827 District Four - Beverly J. Teplicek, 817 FM 381, Rowena, Texas 76875 - 325-442-4841 - District Five - Dorothy Pflughaupt, 1243 Clovis Road, Houston, Texas 77008 - 713-859-8976 - District Six - Joe Siptak, 2312 Norvell, Bay City, Texas 77414 - 979-244-4415; 979-479-0056 cell District Seven - Oscar Korus, 2565 Bruce Road, Poteet, Texas 78065 - 830-391-4169 - FINANCE COMMITTEE District One - Thomas Cannon, PO Box 372, Caldwell, Texas 77836 - 979-567-4264 - District Two - Edwin Pechal, 10660 State Highway 53, Temple, Texas 76501 - 254-985-2282 - District Three - Michael Galler, 526 Karen, Waco, Texas 76706 - 254-744-8973 - District Four - Herman D. Weise, 6006 FM Highway 765, San Angelo, Texas 76905 - 325-651-8550 - District Five - Marceil Malak, 7444 Meiners Road, Ledbetter, Texas 78946-5118 - 979-249-5940 - District Six - Glenn Kaminsky, 902 River Oaks Court, East Bernard, Texas 77435 - 979-335-4461 - District Seven - James House, 146 Deer Run Street, Pleasanton, Texas 78064 - 830-570-7750 -

INSURANCE COMMITTEE District One - Susan Skrabanek, 2657 FM 166, Caldwell, Texas 77836 - 979-272-3440 District Two - Patsy Koslovsky, 764 S. St. Joseph Road, Burlington, Texas 76519-3108 - 254-985-2396 - District Three - Robert Sill, 400 Westview Terrace, Arlington, Texas 76013 District Four - Leonard Jansa, 6617 Plainview Drive, San Angelo, Texas 76905 - 325-234-8117 District Five - Mark Childres, 14011 Laskey Manor Court, Cypress, Texas 77429 - 832-496-6646 - District Six - Elizabeth Holub, 4624 Freyburg Hall Road, Schulenburg, Texas 78956 - 979-561-8640 District Seven - Wendy Pruski, 3895 CR 430, Pleasanton, Texas 78064 - 210-535-4916

PUBLICATION COMMITTEE District One - Floyd Kostelka, 1914 CR 403, Dime Box, Texas 77853 - 979-540-8531 District Two - Tammy Cannon, 305 Bluehaw Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628-6367 512-948-5339 District Three - Lynda Novak, 7153 Cornelia Ln, Dallas, Texas 75214 - 972-948-4456 District Four - Sharon Hohmann, 222 Crestwood Drive, San Angelo, Texas 76903 - 325-651-5884 District Five - Vonda Smesny, 2607 Wolcik Road, Crosby, Texas 77532 - 832-694-8762 District Six - Helen Kelner, 911 Avenue K, Rosenberg, Texas 77471 - 281-342-2624 District Seven - Jarolyn Popp, 447 Shady Hollow, New Braunfels, Texas 78132 - 830-964-5135


love seeing and visiting with former youth club members and hearing their stories. What a fantastic surprise it was last week when 1997 State Duchess Elizabeth (Vahalik) Hargrove of Lodge 4, Hallettsville stopped by to visit the Home Office. Elizabeth is married and has a handsome two-year-old son named George. Thanks, Elizabeth, for the visit!

Exciting May Days The year is flying by again, and it’s almost May! Three exciting events are coming up. The first one will be the 13th Annual SPJST Car Show and Czech Heritage Celebration on Saturday, May 5 at Lodge 47, Seaton Star Hall. Complete details are on page 4. Saturday, May 19 is the SPJST Founders Day Celebration at Lodge 1, Fayetteville. Details are on page 5. And, stay tuned for information about National Polka Festival which is May 25 to 27 in Ennis. SPJST is a proud sponsor of the festival.

The Weight of the Glass Once upon a time a psychology professor walked around on a stage while teaching stress management principles to an auditorium filled with students. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the typical “glass half empty or glass half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, the professor asked, “How heavy is this glass of water I’m holding?” Students shouted out answers ranging from eight ounces to a couple pounds. She replied, “From my perspective, the absolute weight of this glass doesn’t matter. It all depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute or two, it’s fairly light. If I hold it for an hour straight, its weight might make my arm

ache a little. If I hold it for a day straight, my arm will likely cramp up and feel completely numb and paralyzed, forcing me to drop the glass to the floor. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels to me.” As the class shook their heads in agreement, she continued, “Your stresses and worries in life are very much like this glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and you begin to ache a little. Think about them all day long, and you will feel completely numb and paralyzed – incapable of doing anything else until you drop them.” The moral: It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses and worries. No matter what happens during the day, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the night and into the next day with you. If you still feel the weight of yesterday’s stress, it’s a strong sign that it’s time to put the glass down.

Věstník Dates and Deadlines Please note that the new Vestnik deadline is at 12 noon on Wednesday. April 25 Věstník deadline is Wed., April 18 at 12 noon

May 2 Věstník deadline is Wed., April 25 at 12 noon

May 9 - No Věstník will be published. May 16 Věstník deadline is Wed., May 9 at 12 noon

May 23 Věstník deadline is Wed., May 16 at 12 noon —SPJST—

VĚSTNÍK, (USPS 658480) is published weekly except as announced in advance by VĚSTNÍK, P.O. Box 100, Temple, TX 76503-0100. Subscription rates are $25 per year for non-members. Members’ fees are paid as part of the insurance fee collected by SPJST, 520 North Main, Temple, TX 76501. Second-class postage paid at Temple, TX and additional mailing offices. The exchange of opinions, ideas and information is a vital aspect of our fraternal Society and enables us to make more informed decisions. The views expressed by writers in the Věstník do not necessarily represent the views of the Editor or SPJST management. Please sign all correspondence intended for publication. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to VĚSTNÍK c/o Director of Accounting/ITS Roy Vajdak, P.O. Box 100, Temple, TX 76503-0100.

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Family Fun 4 and Important Dates


April 17-19

April 21 April 22 April 22 April 28

April 28 April 29 April 29 May 5

May 6 May 19 May 25-27 May 26 May 27 May 31 June 1 June 2

Number in ( ) denotes district location. Supreme Lodge Meeting SPJST Home Office, Temple Lodge 25, Ennis Rummage Sale (3) Camp Chaperone Training • Camp Kubena, Ledbetter (1) District Three Spring Meeting Lodge 154, Fort Worth (3) Camp Chaperone Training SPJST Home Office, Temple (2) Lodge 9, Snook Youth Club Join Hands Day (1) Camp Chaperone Training • Lodge 88, Houston (5) District Two Beseda Dancers’ Barbecue Chicken Lunch Fundraiser • Lodge 47, Seaton Star Hall (2) SPJST Car Show and Czech Heritage Celebration Lodge 47, Seaton Star Hall (2) Lodge 30, Taiton Appreciation Banquet (6) SPJST Founders Day • Lodge 1, Fayetteville (1) SPJST Rally at National Polka Festival, Ennis (3) SPJST Float: National Polka Festival Parade, Ennis (3) SPJST Float: Ellinger Tomato Festival Parade (1) Flag Essay Contest Deadline SPJST Camp Registration Deadline Districts Five/Six Sales Agents’ Continuing Education Class • Lodge 81, Needville (5)

SPJST INTEREST RATES . . . 02/01/2018 - 04/30/2018

SPJST Commercial Property Information Call the SPJST Home Office 800-727-7578 for information.

Commercial Property Loans for 1 to 10 Years and 11 to 15 Years

Universal Life Universal Life 3 (plans 1203-1222 with a guaranteed rate of 2.50%) Credited Rate: 3.00%

Whole Life/ Universal Life 3 (plans 1223-1232 with a guaranteed rate of 2.50%) Credited Rate: 3.50%

Annuities Annuity 5 (plans 8032-8039 with a 1.50% guaranteed rate) Credited Rate: 3.00%

Annuity New 5 Year (plans 8040-8041 with a 1.50% guaranteed rate) Credited Rate: 3.00%

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Readers Write

Member expresses appreciation for TOCA award

I want to say thank you to Texans of Czech Ancestry (TOCA) for having the awards appreciation reception and dinner on Saturday, March 24, 2018. I am grateful for the honor of being recognized for my efforts in trying to keep the Czech culture and heritage alive. I want to express my sincere thanks to RVOS - Rolnicky Vzajmny Ochrany

Spolek - Farmers Mutual Protective Association - for my nomination as one of the award recipients. I am proud to have been a sales representative for nearly 50 years for RVOS. Again, I am very grateful for this recognition and award. May the good Lord bless you. Pan buh vas pozdrav. Thank you. Děkuji vam. Bob G. Liska Lodge 84, Dallas —SPJST—


wjyb Old Fashioned Pork Casserole

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Recipe from Ceska Katolicka Jednota, Posel, Jan-Feb 2018 Ingredients 1/2 pound margarine 2 cans (27-oz.) sauerkraut 1 medium onion, chopped 1 can (7-oz.) sliced mushrooms, drained 4 large potatoes, sliced 2 Tablespoons sugar Salt and pepper to taste 8 pork chops 3 Tablespoons caraway seeds 1 onion, chopped Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt pan with nonstick spray. Combine flour, salt, nutmeg, and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon in a medium bowl. Stir in baking soda and baking powder, and set aside. Mix softened butter and sugar in a separate mixing bowl until a creamy

consistency forms. Beat in eggs, one at a time, combining until creamy. Add vanilla and sour cream, and mix until well blended. Sift in dry ingredients, beating the mixture on low speed to form a batterlike consistency. Fold in chopped nuts and apples, stirring gently to evenly distribute. Pour the batter into a bundt pan. Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Bake for 50 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Turn cake onto serving plate after cooling in pan for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve warm with your favorite toppings, such as whipped cream or ice cream. —SPJST—

WANTED: Your Recipes! Please send your favorite recipe email: mail: SPJST Věstník Editor Melanie PO Box 100 Temple, Texas 76503

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Music by Jerry Haisler, Billy Havlik and Friends

Meet and Greet SPJST State Royalty

Living History Demonstrations

Benefits SPJST Foundation

Kids’ Zone Activities

Vendor/Farmers Market Booths


SPJST Beseda Dancers

Visit for more details.

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May 5 Join Hands Day event benefits SPJST Foundation

SPJST to host 13th Annual Car Show, Czech Heritage Celebration in Seaton Saturday, May 5 will be filled with classic cars, arts/crafts, food, music, Czech heritage, kids’ activities, and family fun at SPJST Lodge 47, Seaton Star Hall for the 13th Annual SPJST Car Show and Czech Heritage Celebration. Star Hall is located at 10842 State Highway 53, seven miles east of Temple in the community of Seaton. The event opens to the public at 9 a.m.

200 Cars Anticipated Car show registration begins at 8 a.m. The show is organized into 40 classes. Vehicles will be independently judged, and more than 100 trophies will be awarded. Trophies will also be presented to the top three people’s choice entries. Other special awards include club participation, distance, best engine, best paint, best graphics, and best interior. A special SPJST Award will be presented to an SPJST member. To enter a car in the

show, the fee is $25 per vehicle ($20 for SPJST members) on or before April 30. After April 30 and day of show registration is $30 ($25 for SPJST members). An entry form appears below or enter online at

Silent Auction, 50-50 Drawing The day will also include a silent auction and a 50-50 drawing. The silent auction will close at 2 p.m., and the 50-50 drawing will be held prior to the awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

Sauerkraut-Making, Other Demonstrations Czech Heritage Museum volunteers will have special displays like sauerkraut-making, noodle-making, lacemaking, rope-making, and accordion music. Camp Kubena will also feature family activities.

Saturday, May 5

SPJST Lodge 47, Seaton Star Hall 10842 State Highway 53 • Temple, Texas 7 miles east of Temple in the community of Seaton

Registration opens at 8 a.m. Registration closes at 10 a.m. Judging - 10:30 a.m. • Awards - 2:30 p.m. Many Awards and Special Awards! First, second, and third places in 40 independently judged classes.

Other honors include: People’ss Choice • Several Celebrity Choices Club Participation • Distance • Best of Show Best Paint • Best Graphics • Best Interior • Best Engine

Door Prizes • 50/50 Drawing • Music/Entertainment Food • Silent Auction • Living History Demonstrations Farmers’ Market • Vendor Booths • Kids’ Zone • Family Fun!

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Pre-1948 Rat Rod Street Rod 55-57 Chevy Chevrolet Camaro (1967-1981) Chevrolet Camaro (1982-2002) Chevrolet Camaro (2010-newer) Chevrolet Chevelle Corvette C1/C2/C3 (1953-1982) Corvette C4 (1984-1996) Corvette C5 (1997-2004) Corvette C6 (2005-2013) Corvette C7 (2014-newer)

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Other Chevrolet GM (not Chevrolet) Ford Mustang (1964-1978) Ford Mustang (1979-2004) Ford Mustang (2005-newer) Ford Thunderbird Other Ford Classic Mopars Modern Mopars (2006-newer) Pontiac El Camino Foreign/Exotics Imports/Compacts

AA. Chevy Truck BB. Ford Truck CC. Dodge Truck DD. 4 x 4 EE. Truck (2000-newer) FF. Open Class - Cars GG. Open Class - Trucks HH. Special Interest (race cars, police, etc.) II. Motorcycles JJ. Trikes/Slingshots KK. Tractors LL. Under Construction MM. Unrestored (vehicles 25 years and older) NN. Youth (ages 21 and under - youth must be present)

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Name_________________________________________ Class______________ T-Shirt: S M L XL 2X 3X Address_____________________________________ City__________________ State______ Zip____________ Email Address ____________________________________________ Phone (_____) ______________________ Year_________ Make of Car___________________ Model___________________ Color__________________ Club Affiliation_____________________________________ Club Location_____________________________ Ì SPJST Member - Lodge No. ______ Extra T-Shirts: ____ @ $15 ea. Size(s): S M L XL 2X 3X In consideration of the acceptance of the right to participate, registrants and accompanying persons, by execution of this form, release and discharge SPJST, SPJST Lodge 47, Seaton, SPJST Foundation, Czech Heritage Museum, Camp Kubena, SPJST Education and Nature Center, and affiliates including officers, directors, members, agents, representatives, and anyone else connected with management or presentation of this event of and from any and all known or unknown damages, injuries, losses, judgments, and/or claims from any causes whatsoever that may be suffered by any registrant, or his accompanying person or persons, to his/her person or property. Tee-shirts/goodie bags to first 150 entries. Vehicles judged on interior, exterior, engine, and wheels/tires.

Early Registration received by April 30 — $25 • After April 30 and Day of Show — $30 • SPJST Members Receive $5 Discount

Enter and pay online at Or, mail form and payment to: SPJST Car Show • P.O. Box 100 • Temple, TX 76503 Questions? Call David (254) 534-0809 or Melanie (254) 534-0807 or email • Visit

Car Show Rules No outside food/drinks. No weapons. Pets must be on a leash. No loud music or engine revving.

Czech Music, Beseda Dancers, Meet-and-Greet State Royalty Jerry Haisler, Billy Havlik, and Friends will play favorite music for listening and dancing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. SPJST District Two Beseda Dancers will perform at 2 p.m. State Queen April Dvorak, State King Austen Holland, State Duchess Maison Holland, and State Duchess Madison Holland will also be meeting and greeting attendees.

Vendor Booths Arts/crafts, service, auto-related, and farmers’ market vendors are welcome. A space inside Star Hall is $35, and an outside space is $25. Contact Lynette Talasek at 254-931-0639, email, or sign up online at

Kids’ Zone Lodge 47, Seaton Youth Club will host the Kids’ Zone. Activities include carnival games, bounce house, crafts, and train ride.

Admission is Free of Charge Food and Beverages Available Event admission is free of charge. Beverages will be available from Lodge 47, Seaton both inside and outside Star Hall. Various food items will be available inside the hall from Lodge 47, Seaton. Breakfast tacos and sausage biscuits will be available in the morning, and the lunch menu will consist of barbecue sandwiches, sausage wraps, turkey legs, nachos, and other snacks.

Thank you to our Sponsors! Platinum Sponsors McLane Intelligent Solutions SPJST Lodge 47, Seaton - Star Hall Gold Sponsors Boley’s Smart Foundation Repair Don Ringler Automotive Farm Equipment Service, Inc. Garlyn Shelton Jack Hilliard Distributing Co., Inc. SPJST Lodge 180, Burleson SPJST Lodge 246, Morgan’s Point United Systems and Software, Inc.

Silver Sponsors Amos Electric Supply Auto DENTist Breaking Light Photography Darrel Green’s Auto Clinic, Inc. Doss Sales Co. Green’s Sausage House Jupe Feeds, Inc. Novosad Electric, LLC Perry Office Plus Polkabeat, Inc./Texas Polka News Ponders Auto & Fleet Service Ratibor Country Grill Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Robert Hobby RVOS Insurance Sanders Paint and Body SPJST Lodge 47, Seaton Youth Club SPJST Lodge 48, Beyersville Youth Club Texas Roadhouse The Monkey Barrel

Contact Us! Visit for complete event information. Contact Melanie Zavodny at 254-534-0807/email for car show information, to volunteer at the event, or to serve as a show car judge. To donate an item or baked good for the silent auction, contact Donica Zabcik at 254-7731575/email


From the SPJST Foundation

Come One, Come All to the May 19th SPJST Founders Day Celebration in Fayetteville

SPJST Founders Day Save the Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018 SPJST Lodge 1, Fayetteville

SPJST presents its first-ever Founders Day Celebration on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at SPJST Lodge 1, Fayetteville, and the public is cordially invited to attend. “It’s an opportunity to look back and pay tribute to our founders,” says SPJST President Brian Vanicek. “It’s also a chance to get together and have a good time!” The day-long celebration starts with a catered turkey and dressing dinner starting at 11 a.m. and will include lots of wonderful music, dancing, cornhole tournament, and a huge 25-prize drawing sponsored by the lodge. Featured performers include Chris Rybak, The Round Top Brass Band, and Glen Collins and the Alibis. Some very special guest visitors from the Czech Republic are also expected to be in attendance! Later that evening, SPJST Lodge 1, Fayetteville hosts the Founders Day Dance beginning at 7 p.m. Please see the Founders Day advertisement for complete details! The 2018 Founders Day is a pilot project of The SPJST Foundation. The Foundation was established as an independent 501(c)3 non-profit corporation by SPJST in 2012 to support endeavors of significant merit and in line with the Foundation’s objectives. “I would love to see the Founders Day concept take root and become a muchanticipated annual event celebrated at a different lodge or locale each year with the proceeds going to benefit the host lodge or lodges,” says President Vanicek. The SPJST Foundation is

working with the members of Lodge 1, Fayetteville in hosting this first event for the simple reason that the city of Fayetteville was the home base of SPJST’s operations from 1897 through 1953. Many SPJST members have never had the chance to explore and experience the history and charm of Fayetteville. This inaugural event provides that opportunity! Attendees may very well want to make this a Founders Day Weekend! The entire city of Fayetteville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Here’s a fun fact: The 345 historic structures in town outnumber local citizens! This is a town that is proud of its history and its culture. On a related note, the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center (TCHCC) in nearby La Grange will be hosting its annual Slavnost celebration the next day. The old SPJST Lodge 19, Velehrad hall — which is in the process of being restored — is located on the grounds of the TCHCC. For details on that event, please see

About the Fayetteville Meeting Hall History resonates within the walls of the SPJST Lodge 1, Fayetteville meeting hall in Fayetteville, Texas. The celebrated building received a Texas historical marker in 2013 and remains virtually unchanged since it was built in 1910. For more than a century, the wood-frame building has been the gathering place for dances, community

events, wedding receptions, and other family celebrations. The hall was home for the renowned Baca Family Band and at one time served as a gymnasium for the Fayetteville High School boys basketball team. Fair and livestock shows, baseball games, and fundraisers of all kinds contribute to the property’s storied past. We will never know all of the stories, experiences, and characters whose histories are linked to the Fayetteville meeting hall; however, we do know that time has taken its toll on the structure. Proceeds raised from the event sponsors will help to ensure that the historic lodge hall remains in good condition for present and future gen-

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erations to experience and enjoy. We look forward to seeing you in Fayetteville on May 19! SPJST, chartered in 1897, was established “to extend benevolent assistance to the members . . . and to promote charity among all such persons.” Pioneering from its beginning by initiating women as well as men, SPJST has grown from its charter membership of 866 members and 25 lodges to 39,975 members and 100 lodges today. Within SPJST, fraternalism embodies the bonding of men, women, boys, and girls of various backgrounds, beliefs, and eras around a singular set of life-directing commitments. —SPJST—


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SPJST 100 Pennies Scholarship Fund Donors’ List nations to date are $2,560. Thank you for S PJST members and friends are en- your generous donations to the SPJST couraged to support the 2017-2018 SPJST 100 Pennies Scholarship Fund Drive. In sending your donation, please be sure to include donor’s name(s) for that proper acknowledgement may be published in the Věstník. Donations are tax-deductible, and 100 percent of the amount that you contribute is used for scholarships to SPJST members. Mail your contribution to: SPJST 100 Pennies Scholarship Fund Drive, P.O. Box 100, Temple, Texas 76503. Thank you for your kind support. For more information or printed donation solicitation forms, please contact the Fraternal Department at 800-727-7578.

Guidelines for Giving 1. Donations made by lodges out of lodge funds will be listed as a lodge donation. 2. Collected donations from a lodge meeting will be listed individually by member’s last name in alphabetical order. Individuals submitting a donation will also be listed by member’s last name alphabetically. 3. Gifts of $50 or more will be printed in bold. 4. Families or groups, which desire names, listed under a particular last name or group name should indicate this on the donation form or letter, otherwise, the names will be listed as individual donations by last name in alphabetical order. 5. 100 Pennies donations made as a memorial will be listed under memorial donations in a separate listing. Note: Please print donor’s name(s) clearly.

There have been 215 donations made to the 2017-2018 SPJST 100 Pennies Scholarship Fund Drive. Donations to date are $4,833.13. SPJST Memorial do-

100 Pennies Scholarship Fund. Because of your generosity, many young SPJST members will be able to attend or continue with college. Lodge District 47 47 47 47 47 47 202

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Bartek, Camdon Bartek, Dannikka Bartek, Everrett Bartek, Hunter Bilbrey, Sydney Bilbrey, Tyson House, Lloyd and Bettie Howell, Larry Howell, Larry Howell, Larry McCuller, Coby McCuller, Macey Moyle, Alyssa Polasek, Katlyn Schwertner, Bella Schwertner, Brody Schwertner, Colt Schwertner, Grace Schwertner, Olivia Schwertner, Tracy Smith, Birdie SPJST Lodge 9, Snook SPJST Lodge 13, Dime Box SPJST Lodge 141, Sealy SPJST Lodge 202, Jourdanton Wood, Cotton Wood, Hunter Wood, Morgann Wood, Tanner —SPJST—



District News


District Three Spring Meeting Agenda Sunday, April 22, 2018 Lodge 154, Fort Worth - Sokol Fort Worth Hall 6500 Boat Club Rd • Fort Worth, Texas 76179

Complimentary Pastries and Drinks provided by Lodge 154, Fort Worth 10 to 10:30 a.m. Registration for Meeting and Youth and Adult Painted Rock Contest 10:15 to 11 a.m. Audit Committee: Cherri Petr, Jennifer Dvorak, and Karen Hykel 10:30 to 11 a.m. - Painting Rock Contest Judging

11 a.m Call to Order ...........................................................................President Selby Holder Pledge of Allegiance and Youth Motto.................Flag Bearers Holly and Miles Jones Welcome....................................................................Lodge 154 President Jerry Milan Response and Recognition of Visitors........................First Vice President Lesli Milan Names of Departed Members and Memorial Service............................................Second Vice President John Vrla Dismissal of Youth....................................................................President Selby Holder Recognition of Age 96, 75- and 50-Year Members and Fraternalist Nominees......................................Second Vice President John Vrla Introduction of Nominating and Auditing Committees and Contest Judges................................................................President Selby Holder Approval of Minutes and Correspondence................................. Treasurer’s Report.................................................................Treasurer Mary Steinman Committee Reports—Please limit time to three minutes per report. Insurance..............................................................................................Philip McBee Finance...............................................................................................Michael Galler By-Law............................................................................................Kay Lynn Kovar FAC...........................................................................................................Vicki Sims Publication............................................................................................Lynda Novak Audit..........................................................................................Auditing Committee Home Office..................Supreme Lodge Chief Financial Officer Leonard Mikeska Introduction of Royalty ............................................................President Selby Holder Lunch Prayer............................State Queen April Dvorak/State King Austen Holland Lunch Break Donation of six canned goods per person entitles member to a meal at no charge; otherwise, $7 per plate. No expired canned goods, please.

Meeting Resumes Lifetime Achiever Awards...........................................First Vice President Lesli Milan Adult Contest Winners.........................................................................FAC Vicki Sims Old Business New Business Announcement of Number of Members in Attendance and Number of Canned Goods................................................................Host Lodge Presentations..........................................................................Treasurer Mary Steinman Youth Report/Contest Winners...........................................................DYC Kay Weeks Election of Officers Coming Events Youth Report................................................................................Youth Representative Audit Report.......................................................................................Audit Committee

District Youth Achievement Day (YAD) - June 23, 2018 at Lodge 183, Arlington District Fall Meeting - October 28, 2018 at Lodge 6, Cottonwood *District Spring Meeting - April 28, 2019 *District YAD - June 23, 2019 at Lodge 25, Ennis *District Fall Meeting - October 27, 2019 *Host lodges are needed for upcoming events. Please contact President Selby Holder or District Three Director John Engelke, if interested.

Door Prizes Installation of Officers Adjournment of Meeting

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Lodge Incentive Awards Enhanced Premium Refunds

District One Spring Meeting Sunday, April 8, 2018 • SPJST Lodge 9, Snook


District One Sales Agent Awards SUSAN SKRABANEK, FIC




Lodge 17, New Tabor

Lodge 171, Lockhart



First Year Premium - $17,447.72 27 Certificates ★★★

LODGE 9, SNOOK $2,888.49 ★★★ LODGE 13, DIME BOX $1,233.23 ★★★ LODGE 17, NEW TABOR $2,911.25 ★★★ LODGE 38, KOVAR $474.48 ★★★

Gold Star Lodge ★★★




First Year Premium - $21,441.99 15 Certificates ★★★


First Year Premium - $18,047.57 66 Certificates ★★★

Youth Incentive Awards DISTRICT ONE YOUTH CLUB Award - $100 LODGE 9, SNOOK YOUTH CLUB Award - $50 4 youth certificates issued 1 new youth club member ★★★

LODGE 17, NEW TABOR YOUTH CLUB Award - $290 8 youth certificates issued 1 new youth club member

District One Top Youth Club Youth Leader Incentive Holly Narro ★★★

LODGE 186, CALDWELL YOUTH CLUB Award - $10 1 youth certificate issued ★★★

District One Spring Meeting Scenes LEFT PHOTO: SPJST Vice President Hiram Dixon presents checks to District One Youth Counselor Sharon Russell (13), left, to be used for District Youth Achievement Day and to District One Treasurer Sharon Kovar (9), right, for the district fund. The checks were presented during the District One Spring Meeting held Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Lodge 9, Snook. —Submitted by Mendi James Ofczarzak Lodge 17, New Tabor


LODGE 39, BRYAN $551.36 ★★★ LODGE 51, ELLINGER $307.28 ★★★ LODGE 67, SCHULENBURG $435.62 ★★★ LODGE 141, SEALY $414.11 ★★★ LODGE 169, BRENHAM $516.28 ★★★ LODGE 179, WARRENTON $281.02 ★★★ LODGE 186, CALDWELL $1,340.62 ★★★ LODGE 189 BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION $1,070.47 ★★★ LODGE 201 BLEIBLERVILLE-NELSONVILLE $660.41 ★★★


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District Seven Spring Meeting

Sunday, April 8, 2018 • Jourdanton Community Library • Hosted by Lodge 202, Jourdanton

The District Seven Spring Meeting was held Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Jourdanton Community Library and hosted by Lodge 202, Jourdanton. SPJST Education and Nature Center Director Donnie Howard (185) gave a brief report about the Education and Nature Center, which has changed its name to Camp Kubena, and Camp Director Jeb is preparing the facility for the upcoming camping season. They have hired an assistant camp director, a full time and parttime groundskeeper. Czech Heritage Museum Director Roxy Bertrand (107) reported that Museum Administrator Susan Chandler stated that visitors have doubled in the last two years. The Antique Glass Club of Temple is helping set up a display of old Boudoir glass, and she applied for and received a $10,000 grant from the City of Temple. Mark Rebecek (79) gave a report for S.P.J.S.T. Senior Living Centers Director Jerry Sijansky (79) who was recovering from emergency surgery. Mold was found in the Taylor rest home. It was cleaned up, and residents were able to return to their apartments. Jerry will be resigning as director, and a new one needs to be elected. Val Barta (202) volunteered to be the rest home director, and she was elected to serve. District Seven President Donnie Howard (185) called the meeting to order. The district youth presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Lodge 202, Jourdanton President James House welcomed everyone to the meeting. President Howard introduced guests Supreme Lodge President Brian Vanicek and District Seven Director Bob Bayer and wife Polly. He announced the committee members: Audit Committee - Val Barta (202), Trey Bielefeld (107), and Jeremiah Mills (185); Nominating Committee - Bettie House (202), Frances McDonald (117), and Melvin Strey (258). Roll call of officers found all present, Roll call of lodges found Lodge 133, San Antonio absent. A memorial service was held, a threewick candle was lit; one wick for our de-

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2018 District Seven officers were installed by District Seven Director Bob Bayer, front, right, and SPJST President Brian Vanicek, not pictured. Officers are, front, left to right, Secretary Wendy Pruski (107) and Treasurer Sandra Hoggard (202). BACK: Assistant District Youth Counselor Lian Pruski (107), District Youth Counselor April Howard (185), President Donnie Howard (185), First Vice President/FAC James House (202), and Second Vice President Frank Sijansky (117). The officers were installed by SPJST Vice President Hiram Dixon, pictured far left.

ceased members since the last meeting, one wick for military past and present, and one wick for our living members. The minutes from the last spring meeting, fall fun day, and preplanning meeting for the spring meeting were read and approved, motion by Val Barta (202) and seconded by Mark Rebecek (79) to accept them. Director Bayer announced a drawing for referrals will be held, and prizes will be given out at the end of the meeting. Treasurer Hoggard gave her financial report; it was accepted by the members. Vice President/FAC Theresa Haag (185) recognized the 50-year and 75year members and Age 100 member Pearl Brock of Lodge 79, Corpus Christi. District Seven Youth Counselor Lian Pruski (107) gave her report. She stated that Leaders-In-Training (LIT) camp will

be June 15 to 17; District Seven YAD will be July 1, hosted by Lodge 107, Floresville; and District Seven Camp will be July 18 to 22. This year’s theme will be “Out of this World.” Finance Committee member James House (202) gave a finance report and recommendations that the committee will be making to the Supreme Lodge. Insurance Committee member Wendy Pruski (107) gave an insurance report. By-Law Committee member Oscar Korus (107) stated they have not had a meeting and had nothing to report. Publication Committee member Jarolyn Popp (133) and her alternate Colleen Jenke (258) were not present, and no report was given. Some door prizes were handed out before lunch. LITs Kelly House (202) and Katlyn Polasek (202) led the meal prayer.

An enchilada lunch was enjoyed by all. Supreme Lodge President Brian Vanicek reported that he always enjoys coming down to District Seven; it’s such a beautiful, peaceful drive. Saturday, May 5 is the SPJST Car Show and Czech Heritage Day at Lodge 47, Seaton, and May 19 is Founders Day Celebration at Lodge 1, Fayetteville. President Vanicek presented a $750 check to the district youth club for its annual allocation and $4,000 to Treasurer Hoggard for district meeting expenses. Director Bayer reported that the calendars will be back in 2019 - but you must request them - and the birthday card will be discontinued. The state will be giving out three new scholarships this year. District awards recognition was presented by President Vanicek and Director Bayer. Gold Star Lodges were Lodge 79, Corpus Christi; Lodge 107, Floresville; and Lodge 133, San Antonio. Lodge incentive awards were presented to Lodges 79, Corpus Christi; 107, Floresville; 117, Robstown; 133, San Antonio; 185, New Braunfels; 202, Jourdanton; and 258, Seguin. Youth incentive awards—District Seven Youth Club received $200. Lodge 107, Floresville Youth Club had five youth certificates and one new member; Lodge 185, New Braunfels Youth Club had five youth certificates and two new members and received the district’s youth club of the year award; and Lodge 202, Jourdanton Youth Club had four youth certificates and one new member. Outgoing officer plaques were presented to: Jerry Sijansky - 21 years of service Lodge 79, Corpus Christi Bettie House - 23 years of service Lodge 202, Jourdanton James House - 2 years of service Lodge 202, Jourdanton

Audit Committee Chairman reported that the district youth club books were in order, and the district books were in order with no errors found.


Old business—storage unit was cleaned out and moved to a smaller unit to save money. The shelves were purchased and installed in the new unit. The youth club checking account was closed and moved to a friendlier bank with no fees. New business—Contests were discussed; some lodges could not host the fall fun day due to not having horseshoe pits. It was suggested that we add washers or cornhole as an option. Bob Bayer (107) made a motion to let each hosting lodge choose which contest they want to play. The motion was seconded by James House. Regarding the Finance Committee recommendations, District Seven would like the Supreme Lodge Officers and Directors to know they want to keep Camp Kubena for a few years as is to see how it goes. In lieu of getting rid of both floats, cut back from two floats to one float, if necessary. We feel this is a good way to get advertising. We feel it is a mistake to get rid of the End of Summer Getaway. We are getting away from the

family involvement, and we still want to go. A motion was made by Sandra Hoggard (202) that in the event that the Supreme Lodge reinstates the End of Summer Getaway, the district will donate $200 to Lodge 79, Corpus Christi for the kolaches. The motion was seconded by Polly Bayer (107). A youth awards was presented by President Vanicek for the Camp TeeShirt Design Contest to: Age 15 to High School Senior 1st - Samara Valdez Lodge 202, Jourdanton

Participation awards were presented to McKenna Pope, Kelly House, Katlyn Polasek, and Diego Valdez, all of Lodge 202, Jourdanton; Colt Pruski of Lodge 107, Floresville; and Steele McCoy, Skeet Kitchen, Ryleigh Kitchen, Madeline Kitchen, Madilyn O’Gorman, Lily Howard, Carmela Cabrera, and Megan Ohnheiser, all of Lodge 185, New Braunfels.

District Seven Officers elected for 2018 were: President Donnie Howard (185) First Vice President/FAC James House (202) Second Vice President Frank Sijansky (117) Secretary Wendy Pruski (107) Treasurer Sandra Hoggard (202) DYC April Howard (185) ADYC Lian Pruski (107)

Director Bob Bayer and President Brian Vanicek installed the officers. The site of the District Seven Fall Fun Day will be Lodge 79, Corpus Christi, and the date will be announced soon. Youth decorated rock contest winners were: Kindergarten to Age 8 1st - Colt Pruski (107) 2nd - Lily Howard (185) 3rd - Skeet Kitchen (185) 4th - Jenna Fair (202)

District Seven Sales Agent Award MIKE RODRIGUEZ, JR., FIC

Lodge 107, Floresville MID-YEAR GET AWAY INCENTIVE WINNER Corpus Christi, Texas

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Ages 9 to 11 1st - Meghan Ohnheiser (185) 2nd - Christian Lynn (107) 3rd - Kayla Fair (202) 4th - Gatlin Mills (185)


Ages 12 to 14 1st - Katlyn Polasek (202) 2nd - Diego Valdez (202)

Ages 15 to High School Senior 1st - Kelly House (202) 2nd - Samara Valdez (202)

The youth raffle winners were announced and netted $80, and split-the-pot winners were announced. A silent auction was also held and benefitted the district fund. Meeting was adjourned. Fraternally submitted, Wendy Pruski District Seven Secretary —SPJST—

Lodge Incentive Awards Enhanced Premium Refunds LODGE 79, CORPUS CHRISTI $7,004.21 ★★★ LODGE 107, FLORESVILLE $4,040.51 ★★★ LODGE 117, ROBSTOWN $499.18 ★★★

LODGE 133, SAN ANTONIO $3,384.41 ★★★

District Seven Gold Star Lodges ★★★


First Year Premium - $13,556.80 66 Certificates ★★★



First Year Premium - $10,138.41 23 Certificates ★★★

First Year Premium - $37,912.52 97 Certificates ★★★



District Seven Youth Incentive Awards DISTRICT SEVEN YOUTH CLUB Award - $200 LODGE 107, FLORESVILLE YOUTH CLUB Award - $60 5 youth certificates issued 1 new youth club member ★★★

LODGE 185, NEW BRAUNFELS YOUTH CLUB Award - $270 5 youth certificates issued 2 new youth club members

District Two Top Youth Club Youth Leader Incentive Theresa Haag ★★★

LODGE 202, JOURDANTON YOUTH CLUB Award - $50 4 youth certificates issued 1 new youth club member ★★★

LODGE 185, NEW BRAUNFELS $683.15 ★★★ LODGE 202, JOURDANTON $1,484.73 ★★★

LODGE 258, SEGUIN $515.37 ★★★


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More Scenes from District Seven Spring Meeting

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Lodge 1, Fayetteville readies for May 19 Founders Day celebration

The SPJST Foundation, along with members of Lodge 1, Fayetteville, are hosting SPJST Founders Day celebration on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Lodge 1, Fayetteville, 507 East Main, Fayetteville, Texas 78940. Enjoy a full day of family fun!

Turkey and Dressing Meal Turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings will be available to-go or dine-in from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Plates are $10 each and catered by Peter’s BBQ. Advance meal tickets are available at Fayetteville Bank, Jerry’s General Store, Fayetteville Store, West Side Shamrock Station, and Peter’s BBQ in Ellinger.

SPJST Věstník Editor Melanie Zavodny P.O. Box 100 Temple, Texas 76503 Fax: 254-773-8087


Music Accordion Cowboy Chris Rybak will provide music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Founders Day program will follow from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Enjoy old-time favorites by Round Top Brass Band from 4 to 6 p.m. Glen Collins and The Alabis will play for a country/western/swing dance from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $10 per person. Barbecue-on-bun, hot dogs, and refreshments will be available.

Cornhole Tournament The cornhole tournament starts at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $10 per person. Partners will be drawn for. Trophies and prize money will be awarded. You may register onsite or call Frank Horak at 254-534-0681 to pre-register.

Huge Prize Raffle! A highlight during the evening dance will be a prize drawing. Presence is not

necessary to win. Each ticket is a $20 donation or receive three tickets for a $50 donation. Prizes are:

Prize/Retail Value 1. Weatherby Magnum 257 Vanguard Bolt Action - $1,199 2. DPMS Oracle SemiAuto 223 - $670 3. Glock Gen 3 Subcompact SemiAuto 9mm - $599 4. Browning Benchmark SemiAuto 22 rimfire - $580 5. Taurus Judge 45/420 Blue Revolver - $569 6. Winchester XPR Bolt Action 270 $550 7. Remington Model 700 ADL with scope - $541 8. Mossberg Patriot Bolt Action 243 with scope - $537 9. Ruger Creedmoor American Rifle 6.5 - $529 10. Remington Model 783 with scope 308 - $499 11. Roger LC 9 SemiAuto 9mm - $479 12. S&W Shield SemiAuto 40 caliber $469 13. Thompson Center Compass Bolt Action 223 - $399 14. Savage Axis Bolt Action 243 - $368 15. Ruger 10-22 Rimfire - $309 16. $150 VISA Gift Card 17. $150 VISA Gift Card 18. $150 VISA Gift Card 19. $150 VISA Gift Card 20. $150 VISA Gift Card 21. $100 VISA Gift Card 22. $100 VISA Gift Card 23. $100 VISA Gift Card 24. $100 VISA Gift Card 25. $100 VISA Gift Card

All proceeds will go towards Lodge 1’s hall restoration. All prizes must be claimed 90 days after the drawing. For tickets or more information, please call Sharon Fritsch at 979-9663515 or Ronnie Pflughaupt at 979-2496702. Proceeds raised by the 2018 SPJST Founders Day will help to ensure that the historic meeting hall remains in good condition for present and future generations to experience and to enjoy. —SPJST—

Lodge 8, Weimar meets Monday, April 23

SPJST Lodge 8, Weimar will meet Monday, April 23, 2018, at 6 p.m. at Oakridge Restaurant in Schulenburg. A memorial service will be held for members the lodge lost in the last year. Come join us for a complimentary meal with the meeting. Fraternally, Carolyn M. Tobola Secretary/Treasurer —SPJST—


Lodge 15, Buckholts excited about building repair progress

The meeting of SPJST Lodge 15, Buckholts was held Monday, March 12, 2018. President Mary Helen Rodriguez called the meeting to order. Vice President Scott Brandon led the Pledge of Allegiance. Sandie Fischer gave the secretary’s and treasurer’s reports. We are so excited about the progress of our clean-up and repairs to our building. It is really looking good! Thursday pool night began March 15, and we are really getting positive feedback from the locals. The next meeting will be Monday, April 9. Fraternally yours, Sandie Fischer Secretary/Treasurer —SPJST—

Lodge 18, Elgin invites class reunions to afternoon dance

Save the date . . . Saturday, June 23, 2018! Lodge 18, Elgin invites all Elgin High School class reunions to an afternoon of music and dancing on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Music will be provided by Glen Collins from 2 to 5 p.m. The hall is located at 702 Highway 95 North, Elgin. Lodge 18 is a non-smoking facility. Fraternally, FL Meyer, Trustee —SPJST—

Lodge 24, Cyclone plans Mother’s Day barbecue lunch

SPJST Lodge 24, Cyclone met Monday night, April 10, 2018, at the lodge home - Flag Hall. The meeting was called to order at 7:14 p.m. by President Daniel Wilde who led the Pledge of Allegiance and had a silent prayer for our deceased members and our military. Margaret Mikeska read the minutes of the last meeting, and they were approved as read. Linda Wilde gave the treasurer’s report, and there were no questions. Mark Maddux gave the bar report and the FAC report. SPJST Founders

Day is on May 19 at Lodge 1, Fayetteville; May 5 is Join Hands Day. The youth will do blessing bags. Alvin and Wanona Marek won the “Lucky Charms” award at the domino tournament. Our annual Mother’s Day meal on Sunday, May 13 was a big part of the meeting as there will be no meeting before the event. We need members to bring desserts and to volunteer. Call

Daniel Wilde, or just show up. Advertising was set up. We look forward to all of our customers coming and enjoy the newly planted crops that show the promise of new life. On the sick list is Justin Everett. April birthdays are Mark Macek on the 2nd, David Macek on the 6th, and Janet Ashcraft on the 17th. Door prizes brought by District Two Director Jesse Pospisil were won by

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Barbara Macek, Margaret Mikeska, Wilbert Mikeska, Daniel Wilde, Linda Wilde, Bobby Hoelscher, and Brenda Maddux. For the Lodge, Bobby Hoelscher, Reporter —SPJST—

Vrazels’ Polka Band inducted into South Texas Polka Hall of Fame

LEFT PHOTO: Anton, left, and Alfred Vrazel, both of SPJST Lodge 15, Buckholts, with Ennis Czech Boys in back. CENTER PHOTO: The Red Ravens. —Photos

The 39th Annual South Texas Polka and Sausage Fest was held Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25, 2018, at Knights of Columbus Hall in Hallettsville, Texas. The festival, founded by Henry Pavliska, Bobby Pavliska, and Wence Shimek in March 1980, has hosted polka bands from all over the state to provide Czech and German music for dancing and listening entertainment. On Sunday, the Second Annual South Texas Polka Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held. Inductees were: Theresa Cernoch Parker Outstanding Polka Supporter The Red Ravens - Present Band Vrazels’ Polka Band - Former Band

Before a crowd of several hundred polka fans, my uncle Anton and my father Alfred (both of SPJST Lodge 15, Buckholts), David Trojacek (Lodge 25, Ennis), and Albert Heselmeyer (Lodge 29, Taylor) were in attendance to accept their awards. I was honored to stand in for my late husband and band member Thomas Strmiska. The band played at this festival beginning in 1986 through 2008, when they retired. As a brief history of the band and the inscription on the plaque was read, many years of memories flashed

courtesy of Adolph Vansa. RIGHT PHOTO: Theresa Cernoch Parker, who is a member of SPJST Lodge 88, Houston. —Photo courtesy of Gary McKee

through my mind; from being a little girl who gleefully slid across the dance floor during intermission while getting my bottom all covered in dance wax, to seeing the band play their final song together in January 2009. As their part of the ceremony concluded, the Ennis Czech Boys struck into the Vrazels’ Polka Band standard, “If I Were A Bird,” and through my tears, I glanced at the audience and you, too, had tears . . . you have your memories. What a feeling it was to look into the faces of the crowd and realize all the lives that the band touched over their many years and feel the emotional connection with them. You have all become not just our friends but our extended family, and our lives have been touched

Vrazels’ Polka Band was inducted into the South Texas Polka Hall of Fame on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Pictured are, left to right, Anton and Alfred Vrazel, Albert Heselmeyer, and David Trojacek.

—Photo courtesy of Adolph Vansa

by you. For many years and over many miles, the Vrazels’ Polka Band gave and shared their time, their hearts, and their talents with their legion of loyal fans. Your love and support has been a crucial part of my healing process since Thomas’ passing on March 2, 2010. It has come into perspective why we were all put on this earth. As the old Grandpa Jones song, “Falling Leaves” appropriately says, “When you leave this earth for a better home someday . . . the only thing you’ll take is what you gave away”. Dekuji vam, Cindy Vrazel Strmiska Lodge 15, Buckholts —SPJST—


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Lodge 24, Cyclone invites all to May 13 Mother’s Day Barbecue Dinner

Treat yourself or someone you love to a delicious barbecue chicken dinner. Lodge 24, Cyclone invites families and friends to its annual Mother’s Day Barbecue Dinner on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Dine-in or plates-to-go will be served beginning at 11 a.m. until sold out. The hall is located at 411 FM 946 in Burlington, 76519. Please make plans to come out to Flag Hall on Sunday, May 13. Fraternally, Linda Wilde, Treasurer —SPJST—

Lodge 30, Taiton plans May 6 appreciation banquet

Dear Vestnik Readers, Lodge 30, Taiton held its regular monthly meeting on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at Taiton Community Center. President Yvonne Marcaurele called the meeting to order. Members present recited the Pledge of Allegiance led by Lisa Bubela, and a moment of silence was observed for any sick or departed members. Secretary Marjorie Treumer called the roll of officers and members. She then read the March meeting minutes. Treasurer Lisa Bubela gave her report on the financial standing of our lodge. There were no outstanding bills at this time. Fraternal Activities Coordinator Patsy Baker informed members of upcoming events around the state. The State 42 Domino Tourney is Saturday, April 7 and the SPJST Car Show is Saturday, May 5 at Seaton Star Hall. She also reminded members that the District Six Spring Meeting is planned for Sunday, April 15 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Hallettsville. It will be co-hosted by Lodge 4, Hallettsville and Lodge 63, Sweet Home. Secretary Marjorie Treumer shared the list of new members and the obituaries that she had submitted to the Vestnik. Youth Leader Lisa Bubela reported on the comings and goings of our youth program. She thanked the members for their participation at the Taiton Altar Society chicken dinner the previous weekend. She handed out YAD cards and


Lodge 38, Kovar wins first place in Smithville Jamboree Parade

Lodge 38, Kovar hosted the SPJST Float at the Smithville Jamboree Parade on a cool, 45-degree afternoon on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Pictured on the float with the emoji characters are, left to right, Elizabeth Holder, Dorothy Lastovica, Ethan Holder, and Matt Holder. RIGHT PHOTO: The float received the “1st Place Business” award. Proudly holding the trophy is Ethan Holder. In back are, left to right, Elizabeth and Sheri Holder and Dorothy Lastovica.

new handbooks. She also discussed possibly taking the youth to the SPJST Founders Day Celebration in Fayetteville on Saturday, May 19. District Six Director Karen Kaspar then praised the members for their participation in the chicken dinner. She also thanked the members for powerwashing the hall in preparation for the dinner. Appreciation Banquet The annual appreciation banquet menu was then finalized. We will be honoring our 50-year members and our sales agents on Sunday, May 6. The day will begin at 11 a.m. with a social time, short meeting, and awards ceremony followed by a catered meal. We hope to see everyone there! Happy birthday was wished to Yvonne Marcaurele, Brittany Baker, and Andrew Kresta. We wish them many more to come.

Next Meeting—May 6 The next meeting will be Sunday, May 6 at St. John’s Parish Center. The youth club members are asked to arrive at 9:30 a.m. to assist with decorating. Youth club members will then have their meeting. The adult meeting will begin at 11 a.m. with social time. A short business meeting will follow with an awards presentation. A catered meal will conclude the day. The meeting was adjourned by President Yvonne Marcaurele. Fraternally yours, Marjorie Treumer Reporter —SPJST—

Lodge 47, Seaton ready to host May 5 SPJST Car Show

Dear Vestnik Readers, On the winterly-looking, chilly spring day of Sunday, April 8, 2018, Lodge 47, Seaton members met at Star Hall. President Edwin Pechal called the meeting to order at 2 p.m. with the presentation of flags by youth members Braxton White and Lydia Federle, assisted by Hunter Bartek. Members stood for a moment of silence in memory of deceased members Mary Ida Vasek and Dolores Motl. Our sympathy goes to the families of these two fine ladies. Do-

lores and husband Ted were to have received their 50-year membership pins today. Our thoughts and prayers were especially with Ted and his family during this time. Roll call of officers, board members, and active sales agents showed all present except Assistant Youth Leader Sharla Pechal. We thank the 34 members, two youth, and four guests who joined us for the meeting today. Special guests were Director Two Director Jesse Pospisil and wife Linda, Mike Galler, and Eric Cook. We appreciate you all being with us. It was good to have Tammy Martinez with us today following her surgery. We send well wishes to Tammy’s dad Joe

Alice Wuensche of Lodge 48, Beyersville receives Lifetime Achiever award

Lodge 48, Beyersville President Robert Leshikar, left, presented Alice Wuensche her Lifetime Achiever award at the April 8, 2018, meeting. Congratulations, Alice, and thanks for your service.

—Michelle Newsom Reporter


Baker during his hospital stay. The March lodge minutes were accepted as read by Secretary Patsy Koslovsky. She also read the unofficial March board minutes. The lodge accepted new member Carole M. Brown. Carole, we welcome you, and please join us for our meetings and activities. President Pechal asked Danny Stepan to stand and be recognized for the “big win” on Saturday, April 8. Danny and

partner Don Wesley from Ennis were the first place winners of the SPJST State 42 Domino Tournament held at the Home Office. Congratulations, Danny and Wesley! Our lodge is proud of you! Fraternal Activities Coordinator E.J. Pechal gave the fraternal updates: SPJST Car Show which will be held at Lodge 47 on Saturday, May 5; Founders Day Celebration on May 19 in Fayetteville; and the 100 Pennies Drive which supports the SPJST Scholarship Fund.

He also reminded everyone to fill out referral cards for new members, which will put you in a drawing for one of three $25 gift cards each month. It is getting to be a busy time of the year. Let’s hope the beautiful spring weather will be back soon and stay with us. Watch the Vestnik for all upcoming activities at Star Hall and across the state. Treasurer Becky Zavodny gave the treasurer’s report along with Bar Manager Danny Stepan giving his report,

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which were both accepted. Entertainment Manager Edwin Pechal stated that rentals are going good. A wedding dance will be held next weekend. The District Two Beseda Dancers and Lodge 47, Seaton will host a barbecue chicken lunch on Sunday, April 29 at Star Hall. Lodge 47 is a big supporter of the youth and the beseda dancers. The dancers consist of two groups at the present time. Youth from Lodges 20, Granger and 47, Seaton make up the

Lodge 47, Seaton honors Longtime Members

Sunday, April 8, 2018 • Lodge 47, Seaton Star Hall • Photos by Shannon White, Photographer

LEFT PHOTO: District Two Director Jesse Pospisil awards 50-year pins to members. CENTER PHOTO: Honorees are pictured at the head table.

RIGHT PHOTO: A delicious cake recognizing the honorees was baked and decorated by Judy Pechal of Lodge 47, Seaton.

Honorees were escorted to their head table by Vice President Brandon Bartek and Fraternal Activities Coordinator EJ Pechal. LEFT PHOTO: EJ, right, escorts Ace Chlapek who was standing in for his son and 50-year member Paul Blake Chlapek. PHOTO 2: Brandon, right, with 50-year

member Thomas J. Kopriva. PHOTO 3: EJ, left, with 50-year member Johnnie J. Kopriva. PHOTO 4: Brandon with 50-year member Marile Gena Cook. RIGHT PHOTO: EJ, left, and with 75-year member Jimmie John Coufal. Thanks to all longtime members for attending.

LEFT PHOTO: District Two Director Jesse Pospisil congratulates the longtime members. CENTER PHOTO: Front, left to right, are Ace Chlapek (standing in for son Paul Blake Chlapek), Marile Gena Cook, and Johnnie J. Kopriva. Back: Lodge 47 President Edwin Pechal, Jimmie John Coufal,

Edwin Joseph Vasicek, Thomas J. Kopriva, and District Two Director Jesse Pospisil. Congratulations to the 75-year member and 50-year members. RIGHT PHOTO: Escorting 50-year member Edwin Joseph Vasicek, center, are EJ Pechal, left, and Brandon Bartek.


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groups. Practices are held at the hall. Deana Culp Burt, who is a former youth club member, is the coordinator, and instructors are several older youth from the senior group. The meal, consisting of one-half barbecue chicken, baked beans, potato salad, bread, pickles, onions, and dessert, will be sold for $10 per plate. Plates will be sold for dine-in or drive-thru from 10:30 to 2 p.m. Dancers will perform indoors at 11:45 a.m. We invite you to join us and support this fine group of youngsters and Lodge 47. Youth Leader Amber Bartek reported 29 youth and one visitor attended the April meeting. Election of officers was held. The youth charity project is the collection of granola bars, small container packs of macaroni and cheese, apple sauce, peanut butter, or any snacks. Collections will be taken up at the May lodge meeting. Lodge 47 is once again honored to host the SPJST Car Show which will be held on Saturday, May 5. Watch the Vestnik for all the details. Breakfast and lunch will be served by the lodge. The youth will have a bouncy house, a train ride, and other games. There will be entertainment for the entire family. Proceeds will go to the SPJST Foundation which benefits the Czech Heritage Museum and Camp Kubena. Come check out all the awesome cars being displayed plus enjoy great food and entertainment for the entire family!

Congratulations, Brandon! Fraternal Services Specialist Tammy Martinez, who serves as assistant to State Fraternal Director Frank Horak, recognized and presented Lodge 47 Fraternalist of the Year Brandon Bartek with a medallion. Thank you, Brandon, for your dedication and all the hard work you give to the lodge. You are very much appreciated. The first quarter audit of all books will be held Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. District Two Director Jesse Pospisil recognized and presented our special honorees with their membership pins. He thanked the following members for their membership with SPJST Lodge 47 and being present today to accept their pins: 75-Year Member Jimmie John Coufal of Seaton

50-Year Members Marile Gena Cook of Denton Johnnie J. Kopriva of Temple Thomas J. Kopriva of Temple Edwin Joseph Vasicek of Temple

Ace Chlapek accepted the pin for his son, Paul Blake Chlapek. Lodge members thank these honorees for taking the time to be present today. We thank Judy Pechal for making the pretty, delicious cake in your honor. April birthday celebrities are Tammy Martinez, Roy Ringwald, Ruth Kohutek, Brian Hoelscher, Erin Vincent,

Lodge 91, San Jacinto collects food, funds for Puppy-Dogs-R-Us in Paws Across Texas

Lodge 91, San Jacinto held its annual Paws Across Texas at Crosby Walmart on Saturday, March 30, 2018. A total of 340 pounds of pet food and $420 was collected. The food was given to Margie Michalsky, owner of Puppy-Dogs-R-Us, and the money will be disbursed to three no-kill shelters. Thank you, Malba and Robert Smesny, for donating your time and effort for this event. —Vonda Smesny, Secretary


Lodge 80, Holland: bunny, chick baskets awarded to lucky bingo winners

SPJST Lodge 80, Holland hosted Spring Fling/Easter bingo on March 29, 2018. The Easter Bunny left some great prizes - a new take on baskets that five lucky winners, pictured above, received. Some of the baskets were shaped like bunnies and some like chicks, but all were filled with delicious goodies, sure to please! The week before, State Fraternal Director Frank Horak and Frank Pajestka, Jr. handed out Easter treats to all attendees at bingo, and everyone seemed quite pleased with their early Easter treats. —Photo by Monica McDougall/Submitted by Risa Pajestka

Kasen Carroll, Rebecca Federle, Samantha Davis, Isabell Kellhofer, Leon Zavodny, Martha Kopriva, and Hudson Coufal. We wish each of you a happy birthday with many more good years of health, fun, and happiness. Happy April wedding anniversaries to Windee and Gary Skrabanek - 12 years, Dianne and Lawrence Psencik 35 years, Pat and Beth Rabroker - 29 years, and Andy and Linda Machicek 26 years. Congratulations! May you be blessed with many more years of happiness with each other. Door prizes were won by Darren White, Roy Ringwald, Patsy Koslovsky, Becky Zavodny, Marile Cook, and Jimmie Coufal. Following the blessing led by Patsy Koslovsky, a meal was served in honor of the 75- and 50-year members. Thank you to all who brought side dishes and desserts for the meal. A special thank you to Edwin Pechal who prepared the delicious pork loin for the meal. Next Meeting—May 6 The next meeting will be Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. With no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:58 p.m. Fraternally, Patsy Koslovsky, Reporter —SPJST—

Lodge 47, Seaton: site of April 29 beseda dancers’ lunch fundraiser

District Two Youth Beseda along with SPJST Lodge 47, Seaton will be having a fundraiser on Sunday, April 29, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Seaton Star Hall. A barbecue plate lunch will be served. The plate will consist of one-half chicken, sauce, potato salad, baked beans, pickles, bread, and dessert. The cost will be $10 per plate. We invite you to come in and eat in the comfort of the lodge hall for great fellowship or pick up plates by using the convenient drive-thru service. The dancers will perform the Ceska Beseda indoors at 11:45 a.m. You won’t want to miss their performance. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards new costumes and needed alterations to others and travel expenses for performances. A portion of the proceeds will go to Lodge 47 for the use of the hall for practices. Let’s praise these youth for keeping Czech heritage alive with your support. We thank you in advance for supporting our Czech youth dancers! Fraternally, Patsy Koslovsky District Two Youth Counselor 254-718-1606 —SPJST—

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Lodge 154, Fort Worth Shares Easter Picnic Scenes

Lodge 154, Fort Worth hosted its annual Easter picnic on Sunday, April 1, 2018. We were really happy with the big turnout! Even though the weather turned a little chilly towards the end of the day, everyone had a great spring afternoon with fellowship, food, friends. and family. Before lunch, we began with a touching prayer said by Paul Milan, reminding us of all the amazing blessings we have. Members and friends brought food for all to share, and man, was there a lot of food this year! After lunch, CarrieAnn Jones gathered all the chil-

dren to tell the story of Easter. Then it was on to the hunts - egg hunt for little ones, trivia hunt for teens, beer hunt for men, and wine hunt for women. The raw egg toss contest was next. This year, we had the hardest shelled eggs! BillieJo Allred gets the award for the highest bouncing, non-breaking egg. It bounced waist high. For the egg toss, we had a children’s division, which involves more rolls and throws. Then we moved on to women’s, men’s, and mixed couples. You can’t believe how far the men can throw these eggs - it’s amazing! This year, we also had an M&M count con-

test. Macy Jones guessed within one of the 722 M&Ms in the jar. We ended the day with a softball game for all who wanted to play. The game really brings members of all ages together. We’re very grateful for our members, friends, and family . . . it was another successful Easter picnic. Lesli Milan, Treasurer/Youth Leader —SPJST—

LEFT PHOTO: Kids I Egg Hunt Winners - Gentry, Victoria, Mckenzie, Henry, and Niko. CENTER PHOTO: KIDS II Egg Hunt Winners - Jazmine,

Steven Holly, Miles, and Andrew. RIGHT PHOTO: Adult Hunt Winners Talia, Effie, and Rome.

LEFT PHOTO: All bow their heads for a beginning prayer that started the annual Easter picnic. PHOTO 2: Softball players. PHOTO 3: Men’s

Egg Toss Winners - Ryan and Case. RIGHT PHOTO: Women’s Egg Toss Winners - Lesli and Koy.

LEFT PHOTO: Highest Bounce Winner - BillieJo. PHOTO 2: Kids’ Egg Toss Winners - Emily and Landry. PHOTO 3: Kids’ Egg Toss Winners Andrew and Niko. PHOTO 4: M&Ms Candy Count Winner - Macy. PHOTO

5: Teens’ Trivia Winner - Sophie and Clark. RIGHT PHOTO: Mixed Egg Toss Winner - Mitch and Melanie. Congratulations to all winners, and thanks to all participants!


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Lodge 66, Waco meets Monday, April 23

The next Lodge 66, Waco meeting will be Monday, April 23, 2018, at St. Paul’s Church at 6 p.m. Fraternally, Dorothy Veselka Reporter —SPJST—

Lodge 80, Holland to honor longtime members on May 6

SPJST Lodge 80, Holland will hold its bimonthly meeting on Sunday afternoon, May 6, 2018, at 3 p.m. at the lodge hall. Come and join us as we honor our faithful 50-year members with a presentation and meal. We hope all can be there for fun and fellowship. Please mark this special date on your calendar. Fraternally, Rita Spinn, President —SPJST—

Lodge 154, Fort Worth invites all to District Three Spring Meeting this Sunday

Lodge 154, Fort Worth encourages all District Three members to attend the spring meeting this Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Sokol Hall in Fort Worth. New officers will be nominated, and many important issues will be discussed. Plan now to attend and be an active member of your lodge. Remember to bring six canned goods if you would like to receive a free lunch ticket. Canned food will be donated to Community Link, a local food bank. If you prefer, you may also purchase a lunch ticket for $7. Lunch will consist of chicken tenders, vegetables, rolls, iced tea, and dessert from Chicken Express. There will also be a decorated rock contest for youth and adults. Just a reminder that you will need to enter our building from the Boat Club entrance. We are looking forward to seeing you then! Fraternally, Lesli Milan Treasurer/Youth Leader —SPJST—

Lodge 196 Houston-West meets May 6

Lodge 196, Houston-West has rescheduled its next meeting for Sunday, May 6, 2018. Potluck lunch begins at 1 p.m., and the meeting starts at 2 p.m. The meeting will be held at the lodge hall, 17810 Huffmeister Road, Cypress. Please make a note of this change so that you do not miss out on the fun, food, and fellowship. For information, call Cadance Wager 713-515-2835. We hope to see you Sunday, May 6! Don Fruin, Reporter —SPJST—

★ ★ Reunions ★ ★

Reunion notices are published at no charge and as a benefit to SPJST members. First-run announcements may be edited to fit the space. Thereafter, until the week prior to the reunion date - as space permits - notices will be run in an abbreviated form. Please include your SPJST lodge number/name, and your contact phone number. Thank you.

April 21 West Rural Schools—at SPJST Lodge 6, Cottonwood Hall, 700 South Czech Hall Road (three miles east of West on South Czech Hall Road). Anyone who attended West area schools that were consolidated into West ISD is welcome. Some schools included - Alligator, Cottonwood, Denton Hill, Leroy, Leggott, Ross, Tokio, Closner, Snake Creek, Liberty Hill, Gerald, etc. Family members, spouses, siblings, or friends of students are welcome. Doors open at 1 p.m.; light meal served at 4:30 p.m. For information, call Al and Georgie Soukup 254-855-4720; Charles and Irene Barber 254-622-2998; or Milton and Irene Peterson 254-533-2372. Submitted by Milton and Irene Peterson, Lodge 6, Cottonwood. • • • • •

April 22 Seaton and Lost Prairie Schools—at Seaton Community Center in Seaton (East Bell County). For all Seaton, Lost Prairie, and East Bell County Schools ex-students, teachers, bus drivers, relatives, and community members. Submitted by Louann Skrabanek Hight, Lodge 47, Seaton. —SPJST—


SPJST Youth Section

The deadline for all Věstník items is 12 noon the Wednesday before the publication date. Send your news and photos directly to: SPJST Věstník Editor Melanie Zavodny P.O. Box 100, Temple, Texas 76503 Fax: 254-773-8087

Email: Questions? Call 800-727-7578

This section is dedicated to the youth of SPJST. As part of its membership benefits, SPJST offers a statewide youth program. If you or someone you know is interested in learning about opportunities offered to young members of SPJST, please contact your local lodge, District Youth Counselor, State Fraternal Director at 800-727-7578, or visit

SPJST Summer Camp chaperone training continues

SPJST camp chaperones must attend one of the scheduled training classes. We need at least five attendees registered in order to hold the training class in your area. There will not be any other times scheduled after April. Chaperones, please go to the SPJST webpage and at the top of the page under “Programs,” click on “Camp Registration.” Under “Camp Chaperone Training,” you will see the link where you can click to sign up for a training session. You can also use the weblink below to go directly to Sign Up Genius to preregister for the training as well: 945AEA62CA7FC1-camp Camp chaperone training dates, locations, and instructors are: Sunday, April 22 Camp Kubena at 2 p.m. 2001 Waldeck Road, Ledbetter Jeb Lapeyrolerie/Whitten Shappell Saturday, April 28 SPJST Home Office at 10 a.m. 520 North Main Street, Temple Frank Horak

Sunday, April 29 Lodge 88, Houston at 10 a.m. 1435 Beall Street at West 15th, Houston Frank Horak/Whitten Shappell Fraternally, Frank Horak State Fraternal Director —SPJST—

District Two Beseda Dancers set April 29 lunch fundraiser

Dear Vestnik Readers, District Two Youth Beseda Dancers along with SPJST Lodge 47, Seaton will be having a fundraiser on Sunday, April 29, 2018, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Seaton Star Hall. A barbecue plate lunch will be served. The plate will consist of one-half chicken, sauce, potato salad, baked beans, pickles, bread, and dessert. The cost will be $10 per plate. We invite you to come in and eat in the comfort of the lodge hall for great fellowship or pick up plates by using the convenient drive-thru service. Dancers to perform at 11:45 a.m. The dancers will perform the Ceska Beseda indoors at 11:45 a.m. You won’t want to miss their performance. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards new costumes and needed alterations to others and travel expenses for performances. A portion of the proceeds will go to Lodge 47 for the use of the hall for practices. Thanks for your support! Let’s praise these youth for keeping the Czech heritage alive with your support. We thank you in advance for supporting our Czech youth dancers! Fraternally, Patsy Koslovsky District Two Youth Counselor 254-718-1606 —SPJST—



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year’s summer camp with an emphasis on “space” — the space around us and the space above us. The space around us refers to our natural environment, with an emphasis on the great outdoors. The space above us refers to the vast region which exists beyond our earthly grasp, encompassing the planets, stars, asteroids, and other celestial bodies. The “Out of This World” theme will be conveyed through projects in the Vestnik as well as through hands-on learning experiences — at the SPJST 2018 Leaders-in-Training (LIT) Retreat and at each of the 2018 summer sessions at Camp Kubena. The program-

ming represents a determined effort to make our SPJST Youth Program and society a more relevant and dynamic force in the lives of our members and the communities that they serve. SPJST recognizes the opportunity that it has to make a positive difference in the lives of its young people by committing itself through its fraternal programming to developing a greater appreciation, understanding, and involvement with the natural world. Camp Kubena will be a rallying point for the “back to nature” aspect of the Youth Program. Additionally, SPJST has access to personnel — through our membership — and through organizations like Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Agricultural Extension Service. The SPJST Youth Program and Camp Kubena also provide a neat

launchpad for our educational focus for the extraterrestrial aspect of the SPJST Youth Program. Utilizing resources made available through NASA and the Johnson Space Center in Houston, as well as personal connections involved within the space program, the SPJST Youth Program will encourage its members to peer into the farthest reaches of the universe and achieve new knowledge and understanding of Earth, the solar system, and the universe.

If your child has completed kindergarten, is a current youth club member and has made seven out of 12 meetings, he or she will be eligible to attend camp at no charge. Youth who attend lodges with no youth club can attend seven adult meet-

Camp ELIgibility

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ings and qualify to attend camp at no charge. The lodge secretary will need to provide the SPJST Home Office with copies of the membership roster of each meeting the youth attended. Youth who have not made at least seven meetings may attend camp at the prorated rate of $35 per meeting missed. The rate for attending camp with no meeting credits is $250. Youth can make up a meeting by attending another local youth club. All campers must submit an online application to the State Fraternal Director no later than June 1. This application is available on the website. Please see your District Youth Counselor or youth leader if you have questions or need additional information. Or, call the Home Office at 254-773-1575. —SPJST—

Lodge 25, Ennis Youth Club shares Easter Hoppiness

Dear Readers, Lodge 25, Ennis Youth Club met Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 2 p.m. Guests included Natalie Green and her parents Anna and Thomas. They moved here from Brazil this year and were invited by the Sullivan family. Senior report started with Pierce who gave us an update on his college quest. Pierce has been accepted to Abilene Christian University and will major in media/communications. April is still moving to New York and is leaning towards Hofstra University where her major will be communications and journalism.

Makenzie will attend Navarro College pursuing a career in nursing, and her mom was happy to report that Makenzie got a job at Rue 21. Other announcements included that Maison was happy to report that his cast came off, and he is now wearing only a brace. Austen has also gotten a job at Life Time Fitness working in the drink bar. Cody let everyone know that he was baptized in his church this morning, and Misty was proud to let everyone know that she made the Ennis High School Junior Varsity Cheer Team.

LEFT PHOTO: Lodge 25, Ennis Youth Leaders, left to right, Margaret, Rita, Betty, and Laure wish everyone a “Hoppy Easter!” CENTER PHOTO: The little ones search for eggs at the lodge’s “After Easter Egg Hunt” held Sunday, April 8. RIGHT PHOTO: All the egg hunters. BELOW

YAD cards and the new youth club handbooks were distributed. Everyone had a wonderful time at the “After Easter Egg Hunt” and playing bingo. Thanks to everyone who brought prizes, and a special thanks to Anna for her delicious homemade Brazilian chocolate truffles and coconut desserts. See you at our next meeting on Sunday, May 6. Fraternally yours, Rita Holland Youth Leader —SPJST—

LEFT PHOTO: April is serious about finding the prize egg! BELOW PHOTO 2: Natalie and Luke win the prize eggs! BELOW PHOTO 3: Sullivans and Greens enjoy bingo. BELOW RIGHT PHOTO: Chad, left, and Austen win the door prize.


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ROČNÍK 106 CISLO 15 Rehearsals underway in New York City for Texas tour of Czech play “The Stand-In”

Three Czech-Texas organizations have joined to bring the beloved Czech fictional character Jara Cimrman to Texas in May. Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center in La Grange, Czech Heritage Museum and Genealogy Center in Temple, and Sokol Dallas are sponsoring three performances of Sarah Wilhelm “The Stand-In,” a comedy by Ladislav Smoljak and Zdenek Sverak, presented by The American Czech Theatre. Executive Producer is




First/Third Tuesdays Tarok Lessons with Tarok Champion Jimmie Coufal—at Czech Heritage Museum, 119 West French Avenue, Temple, 7 p.m.: All skill levels; beginners always welcome! Free and open to everyone. For information, call 254-899-2935 or email

Second Sundays Czech Language Class—at Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center, 250 West Fairgrounds Road on US Highway 77, La Grange, 1 to 4 p.m. Fee is $10 per person per class. Call or email to verify classes. Pre-registration preferred. For information, call 888-785-4500; 979968-9399; or email

April 20 and 21 TCGS Genealogy Research Workshop— at Caldwell Civic and Visitors Center, 103 West Highway 21, Caldwell, Texas 77836, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day: Search for ancestors, history, locations, and Cadastral maps of the Czech


Slovanská Podporující Jednota Státu Texas

Uředni orgán SPJST ★ Založené roku 1897

Sarah Wilhelm, and it is directed by Sarah Reynolds. Performances will be: Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m. The Beltonian Theatre 219 East Central Avenue in Belton Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. Sanford Schmid Amphitheater 250 West Fairgrounds Road La Grange

Sunday, May 20 at 1 p.m. Sokol Dallas 7448 Greenville Avenue in Dallas

For information, contact Sarah Wilhelm at or Susan Chandler at 817-919-9095.

About “The Stand-In” “The Stand-In” features the fictional character Jara Cimrman and is one of a unique genre of Czech plays which began as a radio show in the 1960s. Sverak

Czech Cultural Calendar

Wednesdays Taylor Czech Speaking Class meets every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at S.P.J.S.T. Assisted Living, 505 East Lake Drive in Taylor. This is an informal class setting for learning to speak, write, and read Czech. For information, contact Instructor Lydia Kurtin 512-859-2543. Submitted by Alice Bracewell, Lodge 48, Beyersville.



lands; have access to research books; internet help; TCGS website help; maps of Czech Republic; Czech dictionaries; Czech translations; get help with translations, reading old documents, dating old photos, and research ancestors in Czech Republic Archives. Attend one day or both days for one low price - $20. Lunch is on your own. Register before Friday, April 13. For registration information, contact Carolyn Holub 214-577-0029. TCGS membership is not required to attend.

May 5 SPJST Car Show and Czech Heritage Celebration—at SPJST Lodge 47, Seaton Star Hall. Music by Jerry Haisler, Billy Havlik, and Friends; food; arts/crafts vendors; kids’ zone; much more. For information, visit; or call 254-773-1575. May 19 SPJST Founders Day—at SPJST Lodge 1, Fayetteville. Turkey dinner served 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - plates are $10; Chris Rybak plays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; program at 2 p.m.; cornhole tournament starts at 3 p.m.; Round Top Brass Band plays 4 to 6 p.m.; Glen Collins and The Alibis plays from 7 to 11 p.m. - admission is $10. Huge prize raffle with 15 guns and 10 Visa cards. Benefits SPJST Lodge 1, Fayetteville. For information, call Sharon Fritsch at 979-966-3515 or Ronnie Pflughaupt at 979-249-6702.

began making references to Cimrman while working at the government radio station. He placed Cimrman at a time in history when the Czechs were under Austria-Hungary, but used the character as a device to comment on current events. Sverak won an Oscar for 1997 Best Foreign Language Film for Kolya. He wrote and starred in the film, which was directed by his son. “Sverak’s Kolya was one of the first Czech films available here in Texas after communism,” said Retta Chandler, president of Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center in La Grange. “We are thrilled to participate in this Texas tour of “The Stand-In.” Rehearsals are underway now in New York. “We auditioned in New York in February, and these are all professional actors,” Wilhelm said. “The cast loves the script. It’s been really fun. We’ve made it a very physical show,” she said. “My hope is that we can make Czech theater more universally known; that people will hear Czech words,” she said. “Many people know Vaclav Havel’s work, but there are a number of great contemporary Czech plays, and they are brilliant pieces of art. I searched for Czech comedies. It’s not that there aren’t many comedies, it’s just that they are not translated. Many people think of Czech theater as dark. It’s not that it’s all dark, but that those works that were politically or historically significant are the ones that have been translated,” Wilhelm said. “The cast is a diverse group, so this has been a good learning opportunity for them about Czech culture,” she said. “They are learning to speak and pronounce Czech. They can take what they learned into their own world, and open a conversation of cultural exchange.” “The Czech heritage in Texas is very strong, but in my experience, outside of those groups, people are still calling it Czechoslovakia or asking where it is or not even knowing what Czech is,” she said. Although the Cimrman plays have been performed for 50 years in Prague, the shows are still sell-outs, with hundreds of people queing up for tickets when they go on sale.



Cimrman is so popular among Czechs, that they voted him “The Greatest Czech of All Time” in 2005. As a fictional character, he was disqualified, but 40,000 people signed petitions in protest, so a new category was created for him. Cimrman fans or “Cimrmanologists” often compare the character to Britain’s Monty Python, but Americans will more likely see a similarity with the Forest Gump character, with one exception. While Gump is successful at everything he attempts, Cimrman just misses the mark, usually by showing up five minutes late. But, Cimrman does contribute to much of history, showing up for breakthroughs around the world in science, the arts, economics, and politics, earning him the title, “The Master.” “This genre of plays represents the Czech people and culture on many levels,” said Susan Chandler of the Czech Heritage Museum in Temple. “On one hand, there is the plight of the geographically small country always at risk of being overshadowed by its powerful neighbors. On the other, the indomitable spirit of the Czech people ever prevails. The Czech’s love and skillful use of the written word has endured since Cyril brought it in the 900s and, I think, has been key to the culture’s survival.” —SPJST—

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Texans of Czech Ancestry hosts 2018 Awards Appreciation Reception and Dinner

Texans of Czech Ancestry (TOCA) hosted its 2018 Awards Appreciation Reception and Dinner on Saturday, March 24 in Hanslik Hall at Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center in La Grange. The evening began with a wine and cheese reception, sponsored by SPJST, in Koliba Lobby. TOCA President Kevin Kana opened the recognition ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance. Special guest Brian Vanicek, Honorary Consul to the Czech Republic for Texas, welcomed all attendees.

TOCA consists of 12 member organizations, and its purpose includes improving and facilitating communication among the Czech founded organizations operating in Texas. Member organization representatives joined TOCA President Kevin Kana in honoring the respective organization recipients. After the award presentations, Reverend John Gantt delivered the invocation followed by dinner. Congratulations to the 2018 Texans of Czech Ancestry honorees! —SPJST—

Wine and cheese reception, sponsored by SPJST. Assisting are, left to right, Zoe Talasek, Joan Vanicek, and Lynette Talasek.

2017 TOCA officers are, left to right, Treasurer Dan Mares, Secretary Vlasta Vitek, Vice President Thomas Stavinoha, and President Kevin Kana.

★ Martha Viktorin ★ KJT - Catholic Union of Texas Member of SPJST Lodge 28, East Bernard

★ Bernice Ann Ubernovsky ★ Freudensprung Czech Heritage Society of Fort Bend County

★ Myrna Slansky ★ and Theodore J. Slansky Czech Heritage Society of Texas

★ Kay Bouska ★ Czech Heritage Society of Travis-Williamson Counties

★ Mary Grace Vinklarek ★ KJZT - Catholic Family Fraternal of Texas

★ Bob Liska ★ RVOS - Farm Mutual Insurance Member of SPJST Lodge 84, Dallas

★ Jerry Milan ★ (standing in is Mary Steinman) SPJST Member of Lodge 154, Fort Worth

★ Brian Allen Vanicek ★ CEFT - Czech Educational Foundation of Texas Member of SPJST Lodge 24, Cyclone

★ Waymond Davis and Jean Blaha Davis ★ TCHCC - Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center

★ Reverend John Gantt ★ TCGS - Texas Czech Genealogical Society Member of SPJST Lodge 9, Snook

★ Marvin Marek ★ TOCA - Texans of Czech Ancestry Member of SPJST Lodge 88, Houston

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Texas Czech-Slovak Queen

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Podsednik, director of the CHS Texas Pageant, at for more information or Jana Vaculik Riley at The pageant is organized and sponsored by Czech Heritage of Society of Texas for the purpose of our younger generations to be more involved in their Texas Czech culture, and to learn about the customs and traditions to be passed down to future generations. Past state queens of the Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Pageant state it is a lifechanging experience and provides them opportunities to learn more about their family history, Czech culture, and meet people throughout the United States. It provides them many opportunities to meet dignitaries, attend other Czech organization events while earning the admiration of our younger generations. During their reign representing Texas Czech culture, they learn many life skills such as poise, public speaking, and greeting people of all ages. Queen Candidates Contestants must be between the ages of 16 and 26 years, a member of Czech Heritage Society (CHS) of Texas, willing to travel to Czech events and represent CHS across the state of Texas.

She must be of partial Czech, Moravian, Slovak, Rusyn, or Silesian descent. The queen candidate must complete four categories of the pageant at the chapter and state levels: private interview, on-stage interview, talent, and kroj modeling, either Americanized or authentic. Texas is blessed to be a large state with many Czech festivals, events, and communities. Texas Czechs have not forgotten their ancestors’ journey by ship for a better life in America. The immigrants did not speak English and sold all of their worldly possessions to purchase their passage in hopes of a better life. They quickly proved their strong work ethic, faith, extreme pride in their heritage, and musical talents. They provided for their families by raising livestock, poultry, and boasted the best crops and fertile farmland. Their excellent sausage, kolaches, and pastries are now world renowned. Our rich history invites our prideful traditions to be passed down by these contestants through our pageant so others can honor their family history and uphold our deep cultural roots. Czech Heritage Society of Texas has 15 chapters including Bexar, Brazos Valley, Burleson, Concho Valley, Ellis, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gonzales, Harris, Lavaca, McLennan-Hill, Travis-Williamson, Victoria, and Wharton. Please contact a representative from a local chapter or go to the website at

Texas Polka News features Bobby Flores

And the winner is . . . Bobby Flores as the Western Swing Male Vocalist awarded by Academy of Western Artists. Find out what Bobby has been up to in the April issue, along with other winners of the annual Will Rogers Awards. Editor Gary McKee reviews the Russian Virtuosi concert. Dance Hall Days documentary makes its Texas premiere in Denton in April. Justin Everett reviews Squeezebox by Request CD and interviews DJ John Dujka. Gary puts on his sports editor hat to cover the Walburg Super Bowl, and we welcome new advertiser Live Oak Brewing Company of Austin bringing us this year’s Church Picnic calendar. Of course, we have your lineup of other great music events.

Texas Polka News is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018. The paper has launched a subscription drive to increase readership, giving back to its supporters. For every new subscription or renewal from now through May 31, 2018, TPN will donate $5 of the subscription price to SPJST Youth Programs. Not only will SPJST youth benefit from the donated subscription money, $3,000 in prizes will be awarded to the club or organization that brings in the most new and renewed subscriptions at the 30th Birthday Bash on Saturday, June 30 at the KC Hall in Schulenburg. See the ad in this issue with information on how to subscribe. —SPJST— for more information about membership and representing a chapter for the Miss Texas CzechSlovak pageant. Czech Heritage Society of Texas is a non-profit organization founded in 1982, dedicated to preservation of Texas Czech heritage: genealogy, history, music, customs, food, costumes, and language.

Amanda Gajdosik Miss Texas Czech Slovak Queen 2004 McLennan-Hill County “I love sharing my experience of holding the Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen title with others, especially those who do not know much about the Czech culture. It brings joy to my heart to see the fascination people have with our ancestral kroje, handmade kolaches, and polka dance. I would never have guessed that after 14 years since I held the title the impact the journey continues to make on my daily life. I make a point every year to participate with the Czech friends I have made in my hometown festival displaying our costumes, attending local chapter meetings when visiting family, and reading the monthly newsletter from our state board. I encourage every girl of Czech descent to embrace your heritage, learn all you can, and cherish the memories of those you meet along the way. My experience has placed so many remarkable people in my path and I am who I am today because of their generosity and friendship.”

Marianne Beran Terrell Miss Texas Czech Slovak 2007 Burleson County “I don’t think I could fit in a nutshell all that I’ve learned and grown from participating in the Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen competition. You learn how to effectively speak to individuals from all walks of life. It creates contacts and net-


works that have continued into my life today, I have a deeper appreciation and knowledge for my ancestral culture. My participation created a greater understanding for how and why the Czech culture has survived so strongly and is celebrated, I now know why my Grandpa always told me to be proud I was Moravian and I feel it too. Even today, 10 years after I won my title, the dedication and commitment expressed during my reign still impresses people I meet in my personal and professional life.”

Michelle Barak McGovern Miss Texas Czech Slovak Queen 2009 Ellis County “The pageant initially caught my attention as an opportunity to celebrate my ancestors and the adventurous lives they led, but I quickly became aware that competing for the title of Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen was a life-changing decision. I didn’t realize how important the title was until I was center-stage. I was getting invitations to festivals and dances all over the

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state! There was never a shortage of opportunities to show off my kroj! I’m grateful for those invitations because I wouldn’t have known had I not been personally invited. Remembering those dances are some of my best memories. I met people with similar values about our shared heritage, and it strengthened my own values. It is outstanding how supportive and friendly Czech people can be! Being a part of the Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen Pageant helped me not only celebrate and honor my ancestors in the most active and lively way, but it changed my life. I can now say that I truly know what an honor it is for me to be a Czech-American.”

Allison Sexton Miss Texas Czech Slovak 2015 McLennan-Hill County “When I first won Miss Texas CzechSlovak Queen in 2015, I was still a shy teenager trying to figure out high school. After attending a few events as queen, I learned to speak more eloquently and overcame my fear of public speaking, which has helped me immensely in college. I traveled to many different places across Texas, which also helped bring out my outgoing personality. Being involved in the Czech Heritage Society allowed me to meet more people and to establish friendships and acquaintances with those I have met. I was able to share the history of my great-great- grandparents and their journey from the Czech Republic to McLennan County. I believe that being Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen has been a rewarding experience that I will cherish forever.”

Caitlin Orsak Miss Texas Czech Slovak 2012 Lavaca County “Of all the activities I was involved in one of my favorite things to do while being Queen was going to the festivals. I tried to attend as many of them as I could. Every town is filled with amazing people, and each was welcoming and offered a great time for both myself and my family. One of the most heart warming events I attended was the Christmas Around the World Program at Humble Elementary in Houston. The students were so interested in the Czech culture and had a blast learning about our heritage, eating kolaches, and

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taking pictures with myself and St. Mikuláš. Taking the time to get to know the people around me and trying new traditions allowed me to grow into a more confident and happy woman. The individuals I met while going through this adventure have become a lifelong support system. This experience will help you embrace your Czech culture and who you are. The biggest lesson I have learned from my time as a Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen is to never forget where you come from because that is the knowledge that will lead you into your future.”

Sarah Middlebrook Armor Miss Texas Czech Slovak 2006 Miss Czech Slovak US Queen 2006 McLennan-Hill “The Miss Texas Czech Slovak Pageant provided me with opportunities I could have never imagined. Along with meeting esteemed dignitaries such as the President of the Czech Republic, Madeline Albright, Jim Lovell, and Eugene Cernan, I’ve established lifelong friendships with Czechs across the United States from Florida to Alaska. My fondest memories range from extravagant trips to places like the Czech Embassy in Washington D.C. to Czech Youth Day in La Grange, Texas.

Brianna Blattman Miss Texas Czech Slovak 2017 McLennan-Hill “I am beyond blessed to have had the opportunity to be the Miss McLennan-Hill County and Texas Czech-Slovak Queen. It has taught me to want to learn about something that is foreign to me—literally. I have found interest in immersing myself into something that is out of my comfort zone

of knowledge. In the process of these pageants, it has been an amazing learning experience of studying and familiarizing myself with new information and presenting it to others. It has truly given me a greater appreciation for my rich culture. It has also given me an immense appreciation for the people that have made it pos-

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sible for me to do that and for the people who have continued those efforts.” Submitted by, Jana Riley Czech Heritage Society of Texas —SPJST—

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

SPJST Fraternal Activities and Entertainment

Post your lodge’s upcoming SPJST fraternal activities and entertainment dates and information here. These listings are free. The deadline for submitting information for the Fraternal Activities and Entertainment Guide is Wednesday at 12 noon, unless otherwise posted. Send updates directly to: VĚSTNÍK, c/o Editor Melanie Zavodny, P.O. Box 100, Temple, Texas 76503. FAX to: 254-773-8087. Email to: Advertising rates are $2 per column inch for lodge ads; $4 per column inch for non-profit organization ads; and $6 per column inch for commercial ads. For advertising information, please call the Editor at 800-727-7578 or email LODGE 1, FAYETTEVILLE (1) Lodge Hall: 507 East Main Street, Fayetteville. Directions: Lodge building is located on Hwy 159 East, 3 blocks from the town square. Hall Rental Information: (979) 966-3795. Lodge Meetings: First Monday of even-numbered months - February, April, June, August, October, and December, 6 p.m. at the hall. Potluck served after meeting. Youth Club Meetings: First Monday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the hall. For information, contact Youth Leader Ronnie Pflughaupt 979-249-6702; or email LODGE 4, HALLETTSVILLE (6) Attention: Remaining meetings for 2018 will be held Sunday, April 15; Sunday, August 19; Sunday, December 9 (and as needed), at 3 p.m. at Hallettsville Chamber of Commerce, 1614 North Texana Street, Hallettsville.

Lodge Meetings: The lodge meets every other month (location/time TBA), at 3 p.m. at Hallettsville Chamber of Commerce, 1614 North Texana Street, Hallettsville.

LODGE 5, PILOT POINT-TIOGA (3) Lodge Meetings: First Saturday of each month, 2 p.m. at PointBank Community Center, 739 East Liberty Street, Pilot Point. For directions/meeting information, contact Brian Heitzman 940-686-4429; or Dean Carender 903-564-7359. LODGE 6, COTTONWOOD (3) Bridge Update: The bridge on the way to the hall is complete. Spread the good news!

Friday, April 20—Social Saturday, April 21—Rural school reunion Saturday, April 28—Knapek reunion Sunday, May 6—Lodge 6 meeting, 2 p.m. Friday, May 18—Social Sunday, May 27—Lander reunion

Lodge Hall: 700 South Czech Hall Road, West. Directions: From Interstate 35, take the West exit and stop at the blinking light. Go east at the blinking light and stay on Oak Street through downtown West. Take Farm Road 2114 East for 3 miles. Turn right on Czech Hall Road. Lodge hall is on the right about 1/2 mile down the road. Hall Rental Information: 254-7998550; Hall Phone: 254-227-8759. Lodge Meetings: First Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. at the lodge hall. Youth Club Meetings: First Sunday of each month, 1:30 p.m. at the hall. For information, contact Youth Leader Peggy Dobecka 254-799-8550; or

LODGE 8, WEIMAR (6) Lodge Meetings: Fourth Monday of February, April, June, August, October, and November, 6 p.m. at Oakridge Smokehouse Restaurant, Schulenburg.

LODGE 9, SNOOK (1) Lodge Hall: 457 CR 269, Snook. Directions: From Snook, turn on FM 2155 to downtown. At Snook School, stay right on Spur 2155. At “T”, turn right on CR 269.  Go 3/10 mile; hall is on the left. Hall Rental Information: 979-272-3732. Lodge Meetings: First Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the hall. Youth Club Meetings: First Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the hall. LODGE 13, DIME BOX (1) Lodge Hall: 1081 County Road 425, Dime Box. Directions: In Dime Box, turn left from FM 141 on CR 424. Go east on CR 425 for 3/10 mile; hall is on the left. Hall Rental Information: 979-884-1451; Hall Phone: 979-884-1451. Lodge Meetings: Second Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. at the hall.

LODGE 15, BUCKHOLTS (2) Lodge Hall: 600 State Hwy 190/Hwy 36, Buckholts (historic hexagon-shaped building with a stone entrance. Directions: Hall is located on Hwy 36, east of Buckholts, 1/4 mile east of downtown Buckholts. Hall Rental Information: 254-217-2863. Lodge Meetings: Second Monday of each month, 4 p.m. at the hall. Refreshments served after meeting, and door prizes awarded.

LODGE 17, NEW TABOR (1) Lodge Hall: 2674 CR 225, Caldwell. Directions: From Caldwell, turn from Hwy 36 east onto FM 166. Proceed 2.1 miles and turn left on CR 225. Go 1 mile, veering to the right. Hall is on the right. Hall Rental Information: 979-272-3440. Lodge Meetings: First Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. at the hall. Youth Club Meetings: First Sunday of each month, 3 p.m. at the hall. LODGE 18, ELGIN (2) Sunday, May 6—Lost Cause Band Sunday, May 20—Czech Melody Masters Sunday, June 3—Glen Collins Sunday, June 10—The Moravians

Lodge Hall: 702 Hwy 95 North, Elgin. Lodge 18 is a non-smoking facility. Hall Rentals/Band Bookings: David Meyer 512-217-0162. Hall phone: 512-2853100. Lodge Meetings: Third Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the hall. Lodge Meetings: Youth club meetings are held with the adult meetings, which are the third Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the hall. For information, call Youth Leader David Meyer 512-2170162.

LODGE 20, GRANGER (2) Lodge Hall: 114 West Davila, Granger. Hall Rental Information: Brenna Bohac 512-859-2584. Lodge Meetings: Second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the hall. A light meal is served before each meeting. All members are invited. Youth Club Meetings: Second Sunday of each month, 1:30 p.m. at the hall.

LODGE 23, MORAVIA (6) Lodge Hall: FM 957 North, Schulenburg. Located 12 miles south of Schulenburg, in Moravia. Directions: From Hwy 77 between Hallettsville and Schulenburg, take FM 532 West for 4 miles to Moravia. Turn right on FM 957 North; go 1 mile. Hall is on the right. Lodge Meetings: Tuesday after the second Sunday in March, June, and September, 7:30 p.m.; and the first Sunday of December, 3 p.m. at the hall. LODGE 24, CYCLONE (2) Saturday, April 21—Marak Knights of Columbus

Lodge Hall: 411 FM 964, Burlington. Directions: Hall is 12 miles east of Temple, past Zabcikville. Exit Hwy 53 at blinking light to FM 485; go 1 mile to FM 964. Hall Rental Information:  Mark or Brenda Maddux 254-985-0002. Lodge Meetings: Second Monday of each month, 7 p.m. at the hall. Youth Club Meetings: Second Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. at the hall. LODGE 25, ENNIS (3) Saturday, April 21—Rummage sale Wednesday, April 25—Monthly birthday potluck supper

Lodge Hall: 1901 East Hwy 34, Ennis. Hall Rental Information: 972-875-8381. Mail: PO Box 129, Ennis, Texas 75120. Email: Game Room: Open every Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.Lodge Meetings: Second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the lodge dining room with supper at 6:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary social in the game room. Youth Club Meetings: First Sunday of each month, 1:30 p.m.

LODGE 28, EAST BERNARD (6) Lodge Meetings: Second Sunday of March, June, September, and December at 12 noon at Wharton County Library - East Bernard Branch, 746 Clubside Drive, East Bernard. For information, contact Secretary Helen Kelner 281-342-2624. LODGE 29, TAYLOR (2) • All Wednesday, Friday night dances - free admission • Old-fashioned hamburgers served Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18—Taylor Made Band, 7 to 10 p.m. Guest musician is Fritz Hodde. Friday, April 20—Texas Neon Ramblers, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 27—Old Friends Band, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Lodge Hall: 5025 FM 619, Taylor. Directions: In Taylor, at intersection of State Hwy 95 and US 79 Business (4th Street), turn east on Hwy 79. Proceed to FM 619, turn north (left) and go about .8 mile to the large, 2-story hall. Hall Rental Information: 512-352-9139; Hall Phone: 512-352-9139. Lodge Meetings: Second Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the hall. Youth Club Meetings: Beginning January 2018, youth club meetings will be held on the third Monday of each month at 7:15 p.m. at the hall. For information, call Youth Leader Cristy Girod 512-468-1347. Music: First and third Wednesday each month, live music, 7 to 10 p.m.; Friday night dance, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.

LODGE 30, TAITON (6) Lodge Meetings: First Sunday of each month, 1:30 p.m. at Taiton Community Center, 14221 FM 961, El Campo. Youth Club Meetings: First Sunday of each month, 2:30 p.m. at Taiton Community Center, 14221 FM 961, El Campo.

LODGE 32, VICTORIA (6) Attention: Beginning in 2018, lodge meetings will be held quarterly - on the second Thursdays: February 8; May 10; August 9; November 8 at Victoria Mall Meeting Room, at 6:30 p.m. Lodge Meetings: Second Thursday of February, May, August, and November at Victoria Mall Meeting Room, at 6:30 p.m.

LODGE 35, ELK (3) Saturday, April 28—Gordon Collier Band Saturday, May 12—Lost Heart Highway Saturday, June 23—Steve Dansby and the Tailgate Philosophers

Lodge Hall: 9508 Elk Road, Axtell. Directions: From Interstate 35 in Waco, take Hwy 84 East exit. Stay on Hwy 84 East through Bellmead; go approximately 8 miles. On the right side of Hwy 84 will be a sign saying “Elk.” Take the Elk Road. Turn right on Elk Road; go approximately 1 mile; the road will dead end. Turn right at the dead end; go approximately 1/2 mile. Hall is on the left. Hall Rental Information: Gene Pavelka 254-7493326; Hall Phone: 254-863-9320. Lodge Meetings: Second Wednesday of each month, 7:30 p.m. at the hall. Sales Agents: James (Dude) Mann 254-7150275 and Gene E. Pavelka 254-749-3326. LODGE 38, KOVAR (1) Lodge Hall: 278 Zimmerhanzel Road, Flatonia. Hall Rental Information: 512-237-9099/day; 830-8394353/night. Lodge Meetings: Second Monday of each month, 7 p.m. at the hall.

LODGE 39, BRYAN (1) Lodge Hall: Cherry Bend Circle, Lot 12, Bryan. Directions: From Hwy 6, turn west on OSR. Go 2 miles to Mumford Road; turn left. Go 1.1 mile and turn left on Magnolia. Take the first right turn on Cherry Bend Circle. Hall (white building) is at the bend of the road. Lodge Meetings: Second Sunday of each month, 1 p.m. at the hall. Lunch at 12:30 p.m. Meat, drinks, and serving items provided by the lodge. Please bring a dessert or side dish. For information, call President Wade O’Shields 979-218-3527; or FAC Ronnie Roesler 979406-0158.

LODGE 40, EL CAMPO-HILLJE (6) Lodge Hall: 30420 Loop 524 US Hwy 59, Hillje. Directions: Hall is just off US 59 in Hillje. Hall Rental Information: Cathy Garcia 979-332-1614; Hall Phone: 979-648-2317. Lodge Meetings: Second Sunday of each month, 1 p.m. at the hall. Youth Club Meetings: Second Sunday of each month, 11:30 a.m. at the hall.

LODGE 41, PORT LAVACA (6) Lodge Meetings: Second Tuesday of February, May, August, and November, 6 p.m. at Six Mile Presbyterian Church, Royal Road, Port Lavaca. For information, call lodge Secretary Mary Sitka 361-552-5170; or email


LODGE 47, SEATON (2) Lodge Hall: 10842 State Hwy 53, Temple. Directions: Seaton Star Hall is 7 miles east of Temple on Hwy 53 (Adams Avenue). Star Hall is a non-smoking facility. Hall Rental Information: Edwin Pechal 254-7212887; Hall Phone: 254-985-2548. Lodge Meetings: First Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. at the hall. Youth Club Meetings: First Sunday of each month, 1 p.m. at the hall. Visit

LODGE 48, BEYERSVILLE (2) Lodge Hall: 10450 FM 619, Taylor. Directions: From Taylor, take the South Loop. Turn right on FM 112 and go about 0.8 mile. Turn right on FM 619; continue on FM 619 for approximately 4 miles. Hall is on the right. Hall Rental Information: 512-739-9324. Lodge Meetings: Second Sunday of each month, 5:30 p.m. at the hall except May, June, July and August the meetings will be held on the second Monday of each of these months at 6:30 p.m. Youth Club Meetings: Second Sunday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the hall.

LODGE 49, ROWENA (4) Lodge Hall: 706 FM 2133, Rowena. Hall Rental Information: 325-262-3377 - Butch Wood. Lodge Meetings: First Wednesday of February, May, August, and November, 7 p.m. at the hall. Youth Club Meetings: First Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. at the hall. LODGE 51, ELLINGER (1) Lodge Meetings: Third Friday of March, June, September, and December, 6:30 p.m. at Ellinger Fire Department, West Main Street in Ellinger.

LODGE 54, WEST (3) Lodge Meetings: First Friday in March, June, and November, and the second Friday in September, 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Hall, 303 South Harrison Street in West. LODGE 63, SWEET HOME (6) Lodge Meetings: Third Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. For meeting location, call Lodge Secretary Ann Moseley 361-594-8429. LODGE 66, WACO (3) Lodge Meetings: Date, time, location TBA in the lodge’s monthly meeting minutes that appear in the Věstník. For information, call 254-799-4247.

LODGE 67, SCHULENBURG (1) Lodge Meetings: Third or fourth Sunday of March, June, September, and December (Christmas) at Oakridge Smokehouse Restaurant in Schulenburg, 2 p.m. To confirm meeting date/s, call Ernest Kutac 979561-7190.

LODGE 73, SEYMOUR (4) Lodge Meetings: First Sunday of each month, 12 p.m. - unless otherwise noted. For meeting location, call Alice Orsak 940-889-2391. LODGE 76, WICHITA FALLS (4) Lodge Meetings: Second Sunday in March, June, September, and December, 1 p.m. at Luby’s Cafeteria, 1801 Ninth Street in Wichita Falls. For information, contact Diana Ibarra 940-224-7383.

LODGE 79, CORPUS CHRISTI (7) Lodge Meetings: Third Sunday of each month, 1 p.m. at the Sokol Hall, 5502 Kostoryz Road, Corpus Christi. Meal served at 1 p.m.; meeting follows. Visitors welcome. Youth Club Meetings: Third Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. at Sokol Hall, 5502 Kostoryz Road, Corpus Christi. LODGE 80, HOLLAND (2) Note: Meetings are held bi-monthlty. Watch the Věstník for dates/times of lodge and board meetings.

Lodge Hall: 12141 East FM 2268, Holland. Directions: On Hwy 95, south of Holland, turn east on FM 2268. Go 1/2 mile to hall, which is on the right. Hall Phone: 254657-2485. Lodge Meetings: Held bi-monthly. Youth Club Meetings: Second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Youth Leader Connie Horak’s home; call 254-541-9165 for address. Board of Directors’ Meetings: Watch the Věstník for dates/times. Bingo: Every Thursday, 7 p.m. Permit No. SP12371416574; AL17460607355.

LODGE 81, NEEDVILLE (5) Lodge Hall: 13609 Hwy 36, Needville. Directions: Hall is located at the corner of Hwy 36 and FM 361, 1 mile from the traffic light in Needville. Hall Manager/Bookings: Dan Natho 979-618-1426. Hall Phone: 361-793-4742. Lodge Meetings: Third Sunday of each month, 1 p.m. at the hall. Youth Club Meetings: Contact Youth Leader Madeline Gadway 979-900-9566; or



Lodge Meetings: Third Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. Meeting location will be posted in the Věstník. Youth Club Meetings: Held one hour before the adult lodge meeting - unless otherwise noted. Contact Youth Leader Lynda Novak 972-948-4456. LODGE 87, TEMPLE (2) Lodge Hall: 320 North 50th Street, Temple. Directions: From East Adams Avenue, turn north onto 50th Street; go 2/10 mile. Hall is on the left. Lodge Meetings: Third Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the hall.

LODGE 88, HOUSTON (5) Saturday, April 21—Bayou Hot Shots, Cajun and Texas swing, $10 per person Friday, May 4—Jeff Woolsey and The Dancehall Kings, country/western, $15 per person Saturday, May 12—The Jazz Medics, big band music, dress shirts/dress slacks, $10 per person Friday, May 18—The Fab 5, Beatles Tribute, $10 per person

Lodge Hall: 1435 Beall Street at West 15th, Houston (the Heights). Directions: Hwy 290—Take Mangum Dacoma exit; stay on frontage road. At third traffic light, turn left onto 18th Street. Go under freeway at third traffic light, turn on Beall Street. Hall Rental Information: Hall: 713869-5767; or visit Lodge Meetings: Third Monday, 7 p.m. at the hall. Youth Club Meetings: First Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. at the hall. Bingo: Every Thursday evening; early bird special starts at 7 p.m. Regular games start at 7:30 p.m. License No. 17407503501. All dances are held from 8 to 11:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Reservations suggested, but not required, unless otherwise noted. Reservations held only 30 minutes past start of dance. For reservations, call 713-869-5767, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Beer, set-ups, soda, and ice sold at bar. Please do not bring from outside. *Dress Code dances: evening attire for ladies and gentlemen. LODGE 91, SAN JACINTO (5) Lodge Meetings: quarterly meetings - TBA in the Věstník. For information, contact Lodge Secretary Vonda Smesny 832-694-8762.

LODGE 92, FORT WORTH (3) Lodge Hall: 3316 Roberts Cut Off Road, Fort Worth 76114. Directions: From IH-35 West in Fort Worth, take IH30 West to the Henderson exit. Take Henderson North; it becomes Jacksboro Hwy (TX 199). Stay on this road north until Roberts Cut Off, which is a right off of Jacksboro Hwy. Hall - also known as National Hall - is on the right about 2 or 3 blocks down the road. Great Western Inn Motel is on the corner. Hall Event/Rental Information: Call National Hall Events Manager Jon Durham 817-624-1361. Visit Lodge 92 website Lodge Meetings: Second Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. at the hall. Youth Club Meetings: Second Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. at the hall. Game Nights: Second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Ladies Circle: Meets the second Tuesday of each month. Randy and the 92nd Road House Band plays every first Sunday. Dressy casual. LODGE 97, PLACEDO (6) Lodge Meetings: For 2018, meetings will be held the third Thursday in March, June, and September: Dates are March 15, June 21, and September 20. For time, and location, call Secretary Judy Bellanger 361-576-2935.

LODGE 107, FLORESVILLE (7) Lodge Hall: 1156 FM 1303, Floresville. Directions: From Floresville, take FM 536 West for 3 miles to FM 1303; turn right and go 2 miles. Hall is on the right. Hall Rental Information: 830-393-7796. Lodge Meetings: Second Sunday of each month, 3 p.m. at the hall. LODGE 117, ROBSTOWN (7) Lodge Meetings: First Saturday of March, June, September, and December, 1:30 p.m. at Hilltop Community Center, 11425 Leopard, Corpus Christi.

LODGE 130, DALLAS (3) Lodge Meetings: For monthly meeting date, time, and location, contact President/Sales Agent John Vrla 214-9063385 or email

LODGE 133, SAN ANTONIO (7) Sunday, July 15—Lodge 133 quarterly meeting, 2 p.m. Sunday, October 21—Lodge 133 Thanksgiving luncheon/quarterly meeting, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, December 9—Lodge 133 Christmas luncheon/quarterly meeting, 12:30 p.m.

Lodge Meetings: 2018 quarterly meetings are held in March, July, October, and December at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Activity Center, 1630 Goliad Road, San Antonio. For information, contact President Jarolyn Popp 830-964-5135.

LODGE 135, ENNIS (3) Lodge Meetings: Third Thursday of January, April, July, and October, 7 p.m. at Sokol hall, 2622 East Hwy 34, Ennis. Directions: From IH-35 East at Waxahachie, take Hwy 287 East exit. Stay Hwy 287 on until you come to Ennis. Go straight through downtown Ennis and under the overpass at IH-45. Then go approximately 1 3/4 miles on Hwy 34. Sokol Hall is on the left.

LODGE 139, DANBURY (5) Lodge Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. at The Smith Group Building, 1718 Main Street, Danbury. For information, call 979-922-1279; or 979-922-1553. LODGE 141, SEALY (1) Lodge Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Gordon Memorial Library, 917 North Circle Drive, Sealy.

LODGE 142, HOUSTON (5) Lodge Meetings: Third Sunday of each month except in December which is the second Sunday at 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted; meal served at 1 p.m. Meetings are held at SPJST Lodge 88, Houston, 1435 Beall Street at West 15th, Houston (the Heights) in the annex building - unless otherwise noted. For information, contact Lodge142 President Keith Kieschnick 832-627-2842; or Secretary Elizabeth Hermis 281787-8717. Youth Club Meetings: Held the same date, time, and location as the adult lodge meetings - unless otherwise noted. For information, call Youth Leader Catherine Manchack 832-443-0469. LODGE 148, EL MATON (6) Lodge Meetings: Second Sunday of each month, 3 p.m. at Frank Hahn’s Camphouse in El Maton. Youth Club Meetings: Second Sunday of each month following the adult lodge meeting at Frank Hahn’s Camphouse in El Maton.

LODGE 151, WHARTON (6) Lodge Meetings: Second Monday of March, June, September, and December, 6:30 p.m. at Wharton Depot Museum, 100 South Sunset Street, Wharton. For information, call 979-532-5884.

LODGE 154, FORT WORTH (3) Lodge Hall: 6500 Boat Club Road, Fort Worth. Directions: From IH-35 West in Fort Worth, take IH-20 West exit. Stay on IH-20 West until you come to 820; stay on 820 until you come to Jacksboro Hwy and Azle Street exit. Take Azle Street exit; go to the traffic light. Turn left at the traffic light. Go to the second traffic light then turn right onto Boat Club Road. Go approx. 2 1/2 miles. Hall is on the right. Hall Rental Information/Hall Phone: 817-237-5181. Lodge Meetings: Third Sunday of each month, 3:30 p.m. at the hall. Youth Club Meetings: Third Sunday of each month, 5 p.m. at the hall. LODGE 155, AUSTIN (2) Lodge Meetings: First Sunday of March, June, September, and December. For meeting time/location, call Secretary Ginny Prasatik 512-472-1721.

LODGE 157, LUBBOCK (4) Lodge Meetings: Second Sunday of every other month, 1 p.m. For meeting location, contact Secretary Cynthia Kristinek 806-763-7245; or via

LODGE 160, SAN ANGELO (4) Lodge Meetings: Third Wednesday of February, May, and August. The November meeting is held the third Sunday. Watch the Věstník for meeting time/location. For information, contact President Sandra Jansa 325651-8045 or

LODGE 162, IOWA COLONY (5) Lodge Meetings: First Sunday of each month, 5 p.m. at Iowa Colony Community Center, 12003 CR 65, Iowa Colony. Youth Club Meetings: First Sunday of each month, 5 p.m. at Iowa Colony Community Center, 12003 CR 65, Iowa Colony.

LODGE 169, BRENHAM (1) Lodge Meetings: Fourth Thursday in February, April, June, August, October, 6:30 p.m. at Texas Seafood and Steakhouse, 2209 South Market Street, Brenham. (December meeting/social information will be announced at a later date.) Lodge Information: Call Stephen Bliznak 979-251-4150; or Lenora Bliznak 979-277-8845.

LODGE 172, PASADENA (5) Note: Lodge 172 has closed its doors, and the building has gone up for sale. Until further notice, we only open the doors for our monthly lodge meetings, held the fourth Sunday of each month, 2 p.m. For information, contact Jo 713-628-3007. Lodge Hall: 3609 Preston Road, Pasadena. Hall Phone: 713-487-3297. Regular Lodge/Covered Dish Meetings: Fourth Sunday of each month, meal, 1 p.m. followed by meeting, 2 p.m. with the exception of November and December, as noted.

LODGE 177, ACADEMY (2) Attention: Beginning in 2018, lodge meetings will be held the second Wednesday of every other month. Meetings will be in February, April, June, August, October, and December at 5:30 p.m.

Lodge Hall: 711 Rio Poco, Little River. Directions: Hall is on the south side of Academy, just off Hwy 95, on the right. Hall Rental Information: 254-982-4530.

Hall Phone: 254-982-4434. Lodge Meetings: Second Wednesday of every other month at the hall. Board of Trustees meet at 5 p.m.; lodge meeting follows at 5:30 p.m. Bingo: Every Tuesday and Friday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; kitchen is open.

LODGE 179, WARRENTON (1) Lodge Meetings: Second Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. Location will be announced in the Vestnik prior to the meeting each month. For information, contact Ricky Weyand 979-966-7138.

LODGE 180, BURLESON (3) Lodge Meetings: First Tuesday of each month at the Burleson Police Department Building - Community Room, 1161 S. W. Wilshire, Burleson, 6:15 p.m. For information, call 817-905-2097 or 972-268-0022.

LODGE 181, CONROE (5) Lodge Meetings: Lodge meeting location/time will be announced in the Věstník. For further information, contact President Barbara Williams-Rash 936-295-7778; email; Vice President Chuck Toney 281-362-9062; email; or Treasurer Patsy McClelland 936-788-5714; or email pmcclelland@consolidated.

LODGE 182, FALLS COUNTY (2) Lodge Meetings: Second Sunday of each month, 3 p.m. at The Chicken Place, 504 Bridge Street, Marlin. Youth Club Meetings: Same time and place as adult lodge meeting.

LODGE 183, ARLINGTON (3) Lodge Hall: 3100 Pleasant Valley Lane, Arlington. Directions: Take IH-35 West to Fort Worth. Take IH-20 East exit and proceed on IH-20 East until you come to Cooper Street exit. Take Cooper Street exit to the North. Stay on Cooper Street until you come to Mayfield Street. Turn right on Mayfield; go down and turn left on Pleasant Valley Lane. Hall Rental Information: Hall Phone: 817-465-8538; 214-876-9029. Lodge Meetings and Family Night: Third Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. at the hall. Youth Club Meetings: Last Friday of each month, 7 p.m. at the hall. Game Nights are every Tuesday and Thursday, 7 p.m. and every Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Permit No. 17516910506

LODGE 184, MOULTON (6) Lodge Hall: FM 532 West, Moulton. Directions: From Texas 95 in Moulton, take FM 532 West for 4 miles. Hall is located on the right. Lodge Meetings: Second Tuesday of February, May, August, and November, 7 p.m. at the hall.

LODGE 185, NEW BRAUNFELS (7) Lodge Meetings: Every other month - February, April, June, August, October, and December. Call for meeting date, time, and location. Youth Club Meetings: Call Youth Leader Theresa Haag 830-625-8262 for meeting date, time, and location.

LODGE 186, CALDWELL (1) Lodge Hall: 937 State Hwy 36, Caldwell. Directions: Hall is just off Hwy 36 on the south side of Caldwell, next to Burleson County Fairgrounds. Hall Rental Information: 979-567-4264. Lodge Meetings: Second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at the hall. Youth Club Meetings: First Sunday of each month, 2:30 p.m. at the hall. Social games: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Kitchen and bar open. License Permit No. 1-74-20733095-41002.

LODGE 187, ROUND ROCK (2) Lodge Hall: 920 Luther Peterson Place, Round Rock. Directions: From Taylor, take Hwy 79 into Round Rock until you get to Sunrise. There will be a 7-11 store on the right. Turn right and proceed past Hopewell School. Continue through the four-way stop. Luther Peterson Boulevard is the first street on the left. From Temple, take IH-35 South. Just past Georgetown, exit on University Boulevard. Proceed to stop sign. Take left on University Boulevard. The third street is Sunrise. Turn right onto Sunrise. The second street to the right will be Luther Peterson Boulevard. Hall Rental Information: 512-255-1554; 512-771-4948. Lodge Meetings: Second Sunday of each month, beginning at 2 p.m. at the hall, followed by entertainment and potluck meal.

LODGE 189, BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION (1) Lodge Meetings: Second Sunday of March, June, September, and December, 2 p.m. at (unless otherwise noted) C and J Barbecue, 1010 South Texas Avenue in Bryan.

LODGE 191, LUFKIN (5) Lodge Hall: 197 Hughes Road, Lufkin. Hall Rental Information/Dance Reservations: George Scogin 936875-2867. Lodge Meetings: Monday night before the third Friday night of the month, 7 p.m. at the hall. Regular Dances: Third Friday night of each month, 7 to 10 p.m. Please continue to bring finger foods for the snack table.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


LODGE 196, HOUSTON-WEST (5) Attention: The May meeting date for Lodge 196, Houston-West has been moved. Meeting will be Sunday, May 6, 2018. Potluck lunch begins at 1 p.m., and the meeting starts at 2 p.m. Please make a note of this change so that you do not miss out on the fun, food, and fellowship. Sunday, May 6—Lodge meeting: Potluck lunch begins at 1 p.m.; meeting starts at 2 p.m.

Lodge Hall: 17810 Huffmeister Road, Cypress. Directions: Off Hwy 290 West at Skinner. Hall Phone: 281373-9482; email Lodge Meetings: Second Sunday of each month - potluck served at 1 p,mn,; meeting begins at 2 p.m. - unless otherwise noted. For information, call Cadance Wager 713-515-2835. Youth Club Meetings: Contact Youth Leader Cadance Wager 713-515-2835.

LODGE 200, BRUCEVILLE-EDDY (2) Lodge Meetings: First Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m. at Taylor Hall, 100 4th Street, Eddy. For information, contact President Allen Trigg, Sr. 254-6245152.

LODGE 201 BLEIBLERVILLE-NELSONVILLE (1) Lodge Hall: 3948 FM 2502, Bleiblerville. Directions: Hall is across the street from the post office in Bleiblerville. Lodge Meetings: Second Sunday of each month, 3 p.m. at the hall.

LODGE 202, JOURDANTON (7) Lodge Meetings: First Sunday at 2 p.m.; except in September and December, meetings are held on the second Sunday at 1 p.m. at Jourdanton Community Center, 1101 Campbell Avenue, Jourdanton. Youth Club Meetings: First Sunday at 1:15 p.m. except in September and December, meetings are held on the second Sunday at 1 p.m. at Jourdanton Community Center, 1101 Campbell Avenue, Jourdanton.

LODGE 207, IOWA PARK (4) Lodge Meetings: Third Thursday of each month, 6 p.m. For meeting location, call Secretary Mary Hatter 940-322-8503.

LODGE 215, SOUTH PLAINS (4) Lodge Meetings: Second Saturday of January, March, May, July, and September, 6:30 p.m. at Tahoka Housing Authority (small room - 1400 Ave K). For any questions, call Secretary Pam Lehmann 806-5358356. Youth Club Meetings: For location/time, contact Youth Leader Janeece Williams 806-990-3351.

LODGE 219, EL PASO (4) Attention: Lodge meetings will be held on the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at 521 Texas Avenue 79901 (Use the Florence Street entrance). For questions, call Secretary Nirma Bustamante 915726-4485. Youth club meetings will be held the third Saturday of every month. For time and location, call Youth Leader Aracely Quiz 915-999-2062.

Lodge Meetings: First Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. at 521 Texas Avenue 79901 (Use the Florence St. entrance). For questions, call Secretary Nirma Bustamante 915-726-4485. Youth Club Meetings: Third Saturday of every month. For time and location, call Youth Leader Aracely quiz 915-999-2062.

LODGE 229, ABILENE (4) Lodge Meetings: Second Tuesday of February, May, August, and November, 6 p.m. at Rosa’s Cafe and Tortilla Factory, 1026 North Judge Ely Boulevard, Abilene. For information, contact Secretary Tammy Copeland 325-672-0577 or 325-721-5127.

LODGE 232, HOUSTON MIDTOWN (5) Lodge Meetings: Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every other month for January, March, May, July, September, and November, 6:30 pm. at Czech Cultural Museum Houston, 4920 San Jacinto, Houston. For information, contact Secretary Catherine Anderson 713726-1928.

LODGE 246, MORGAN’S POINT (2) Saturday, May 5—Meeting/Volunteer Day at SPJST Car Show at Lodge 47, Seaton Star Hall

Lodge Meetings: Unless otherwise announced, second Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November, 11:30 a.m. For meeting location, call President James L. Lee, III 254-289-6816; or Secretary Melanie Zavodny 254-534-0807. LODGE 258, SEGUIN (7) Lodge Meetings: For meeting date, location, and time, contact President Chester Jenke 210-413-3053 or Treasurer Colleen Jenke 210-215-9494. —SPJST—

Come One!

13th Annual Come All!

SPJST Car Show Saturday May 5 Seaton Star Hall -

Car Show 9 a.m. -to 3 p.m.


For car show entry info, please visit or call 254.534.0809 or 254.534.0807. Seaton Star Hall is seven miles east of Temple off Highway 53.

Czech Heritage CelebratiON

Benefiting the SPJST Foundation which supports the Czech Heritage Museum and Camp Kubena

Insuring and Enriching Lives Since 1897 800.727.7578

Meet and Greet SPJST State Royalty

200+ Cars Music by Jerry Haisler, Billy Havlik and Friends

Kids Zone/Carnival Games SPJST Beseda Dancers Living History Demonstrations Vendor/Food Booths & Farmers Market For booth info, call 254.931.0639

Silent Auction & 50/50 Drawing


Lodge 47, seaton

Lodge 180 Burleson Lodge 246 Morgan’s Point

Life Insurance and More Home Office: 520 North Main Temple, Texas 76501 800-727-7578

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Vestnik 2018.04.18