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Volume 106 Number 18




★ Humanity

ISSN —07458800

★ Brotherhood

May 16, 2018

SPJST Founders Day Celebration this Saturday at Lodge 1, Fayetteville

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.

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

The SPJST Foundation, along with members of Lodge 1, Fayetteville, are hosting SPJST Founders Day celebration this 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.

Afternoon Music and Program 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.

Evening Dance 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 in the evening.

Huge Prize Drawing! 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 and retail values are: 1. Weatherby Magnum 257 Vanguard Bolt Action - $1,199 2. DPMS Oracle SemiAuto 223 - $670 3. Glock Gen 3 Subcompact SemiAuto 9mm - $599 Continued on Page 4.

April 2018 Top 5 SPJST Sales Agents in Certificates Issued and Annualized Premium

1st - Certificates Issued $250 Award

Janice Jahns Lodge 88 Houston District Five

1st - Annualized Premium $250 Award

2nd - Certificates Issued 2nd - Annualized Premium $100 Award

Armando Perez, LUTCF Julian Ramirez, LUTCF Lodge 157 Lodge 79 Lubbock Corpus Christi District Four District Seven

3rd - Certificates Issued 5th - Annualized Premium $100 Award

3rd - Annualized Premium

4th - Certificates Issued

4th - Annualized Premium

5th - Certificates Issued

Angela Garcia Lodge 49 Rowena District Four

Lydia Talamantez Lodge 160 San Angelo District Four

Patsy Koslovsky, FIC Lodge 47 Seaton District Two

Carolina Covarrubia Lodge 30 Taiton District Six

Rosita Lira-Carrasco Lodge 133 San Antonio District Seven

$50 Award

$50 Award

$50 Award

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Important Dates ...................................3 Interest Rates ......................................3 Graduate Form.....................................3 Insurance Sales Update......................5 Lodge Section......................................9 In Memoriam ......................................20

Youth Section ....................................22 Vestnik Project...................................23 Czech Culture ....................................27 Advertisements..................................29 Lodge Calendar .................................30 SPJST Founders Day Information ...32

District Six hosts spring meeting

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Lodge 92 Fort Worth member celebrates 98th birthday

$50 Award

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Lodge 185 New Braunfels youth wins D.A.R.E. essay contest



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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/SIX/SEVEN - 800-727-7578 DISTRICT THREE - Philip (Phil) McBee, FICF, CFFM Mobile: 325-647-1949 • Fax: 325-784-7448 email: DISTRICT FOUR - Bobby Davis, FICF, CFFM Mobile: 325-450-3748 • Fax: 325-657-2003 email: DISTRICT FIVE - Delisle Doherty Mobile: 832-232-2049 email:

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

979-249-5674 •


SPJST Founders Day this Saturday in Fayetteville

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



PJST Founders Day is this Saturday at Lodge 1, Fayetteville, and I hope that you are planning to attend! The day will include food, music, dancing, and a drawing with many prizes. Complete details about all of the activities and family fun - along with a list of the prizes - are included in the article on page 1. We hope to see you in Fayetteville this Saturday to celebrate our organization’s roots and to help out the good folks at Lodge 1 with their beautiful, historic hall! It will be a great day . . . come on out! Still to come . . . Stay tuned for these features in an upcoming Věstník:

• Minutes from the April Supreme Lodge Meeting • SPJST Car Show and Czech Heritage Celebration - summary and photos of the successful day • Scenes from District Three Spring Meeting • Photos from Justin Everett of Lodge 24, Cyclone • Visit with Joe Vrabel, editor of Našinec

Sincere Sympathy We send heartfelt sympathy to Scanning/Data Entry Clerk Mary Carrillo whose mother Mary G. Carrillo passed away on Thursday, May 3. Mass of Christian burial was Tuesday, May 8 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Temple, and burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery in Temple. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and her family.

Věstník Dates and Deadlines Please note that the Vestnik deadline is at 12 noon on Wednesdays, unless otherwise noted.

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

May 30 Věstník deadline is Wed., May 23 at 12 noon

June 6 Věstník deadline is Wed., May 30 at 12 noon June 13 Věstník deadline is Wed., June 6 at 12 noon —SPJST—

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018


SPJST INTEREST RATES . . . 05/01/2018 - 07/31/2018

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

e dlin a e D y 22 Ma

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%

Attention SPJST Graduates

and parents and grandparents of graduates!


hether it’s your high school commencement or college graduation, it’s quite an accomplishment. Share your achievement with other members of SPJST in the Věstník. To be included, please complete the following biographical sketch and mail it, along with a color headshot photograph, no later than May 22, to:

SPJST VĚSTNÍK Editor Melanie Zavodny P.O. Box 100 • Temple, Texas 76503

Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish to have photo returned.

Information and headshot photographs can also be emailed to or texted to 254-534-0807 Photograph must be in .jpg or .tif formats. For more information, contact the Věstník Office 800-727-7578 or 254-773-1575 ★ ★ ★ Please print clearly. Thank you! ★ ★ ★

Name ________________________________________________________

Lodge No. and Name _________________________________________

Graduating from (name of high school or college) ______________ ______________________________________________________________

Major/Degree (if applicable) ___________________________________


Grandparents ________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________

Future Plans __________________________________________________

Telephone:____________________________________________________ — Graduates must be SPJST members —


Family Fun 4 and Important Dates


Number in ( ) denotes district location. 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) Lodge 142, Houston Longtime Member Recognition Lodge 88, Houston Annex Building (5) May 31 Flag Day Essay Contest Deadline June 1 Lodge 54, West Longtime Member Recognition (3) June 2 Districts Five/Six Sales Agents’ Continuing Education Class • Lodge 81, Needville (5) June 3 Lodge 47, Seaton Picnic (2) June 3 Lodge 88, Houston Homecoming (5) June 15-17 Leaders-In-Training Camp • Camp Kubena, Ledbetter June 20-24 Districts Two/Six Camp • Camp Kubena (2) (6) Ledbetter June 23 District Three YAD • Lodge 183, Arlington (3) June 27July 1 Districts Three/Five Camp • Camp Kubena, Ledbetter (3) (5) July 1 District Seven YAD • Lodge 107, Floresville (7) July 8 District One YAD • Caldwell Civic Center (1) July 14 District Two YAD • Lodge 24, Cyclone (2) May 19 May 25-27 May 26 May 27 May 29

Readers Write

Member relays thanks

Dear SPJST Members, I want to express my sincere appreciation for the SPJST Myles Marek Scholarship for $1,000. I am planning on obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UT Austin. This scholarship will greatly help me with the expenses of obtaining this degree. I have been working for a farmer since I was 16 and realize the value of a dollar. I really appreciate your generosity and this scholarship very much. Thank you again for choosing me as a scholarship recipient. Sincerely, Mark Janecka Lodge 40, El Campo-Hillje —SPJST—

Member shares appreciation

Thank you for the $1,000 scholarship. It will be a tremendous help with my college tuition and is really appreciated. Thanks again, Connor Tolbert Lodge 200, Bruceville-Eddy —SPJST—

Member offers thanks

Dear SPJST Scholarship Committee, Thank you for the $1,000 scholarship. I will put it to good us, and thanks to you, will give me a step towards paying for my higher education. Sincerely, Sydney L. Kobza Lodge 67, Schulenburg —SPJST—

Member expresses gratitude

Dear SPJST, Thank you so much for awarding the SPJST Ernest A. Wentrcek, Sr. Scholarship to me. This scholarship will serve as a huge contribution towards my college tuition, and I am deeply grateful for your generosity. I look forward to the many possibilities at Texas A&M University and eventually giving back through a foundation such as yours. Sincerely, Kelton Hooker Lodge 38, Kovar —SPJST—


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Founders Day

Continued from Page 1.

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—


From the Fraternal Department

State Fraternal Director shares May updates

It’s almost here! May 19: SPJST Founders Day One of the featured events scheduled at 3 p.m. for the SPJST Founders Day Celebration on Saturday, May 19 at SPJST Lodge 1, Fayetteville is the cornhole tournament. The cornhole tournament will be open to anyone! Cost to play is $10 per person. Players will draw for partners. Trophies and prize money will be awarded to winners. Pre-registration is also available. Call 254-5340681. The modern game of cornhole, known more commonly as bean bags or just bags in the Chicago area, was likely spread after an article on how to make the boards was published in Popular Mechanics magazine in September 1974. The game spread in Chicago, Illinois, and the Northwest region of Indiana in the late 1970s and early 1980s. See complete event information at or on page 1 with more information about the day’s activities and prize drawing information. If you would like to purchase prize drawing tickets, please call the SPJST Home Office at 800-727-7578.

Corpus Christi Getaway is back on! Corpus Christi Getaway is back on for 2018! Good times await you at the Corpus Christi End-of-Summer Getaway. Start making your plans now to join us on August 10 to 12 for a funfilled weekend. We will be staying at Emerald Beach Hotel which is located right on the beach. There will be a lot of activities for the whole family. Additional details will be presented in the Vestnik as they become available.

National Polka Festival We invite all members to the National Polka Festival in Ennis to come help celebrate 51 years of Czech heritage festivities Friday, May 25 to Sunday, May 27, 2018. The National Polka Festival offers an abundance of activities to be enjoyed by the entire family in a small city atmosphere. SPJST is a proud sponsor of the event. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, floats, bands, and colorful costumes will kick-off the downtown festivities. The parade includes something for visitors of all ages. Enjoy the music of polka bands and our very own SPJST State Royalty riding on the SPJST Float. This year, SPJST is sponsoring the main stage downtown, and at 1 p.m., you will find the SPJST kolache eating

contest. Men, women, boys, and girls can join in the fun to see who can finish eating their kolache first. Prizes will be awarded to the first place winner of each category. SPJST will be at the event all day Saturday and Sunday with other activities going on.

Save the Date: Come to Camp Kubena! We want you to come join us at Camp Kubena! Fun times ahead! We are extending an invitation to SPJST youth that are not part of a lodge youth club and the youth that are new to SPJST. Youth who have a life insurance certificate issued before May 31, 2018, can come join us at camp! Camp is a great place to make new friends and build self confidence. Camp Kubena offers swimming, games, high ropes courses, low ropes courses, BB guns, archery, and many other activities.

• Qualifications for camp: If your child has completed kindergarten and is a current youth club member and has made seven out of 12 meetings, he/she will be eligible to attend camp without pay.

• Youth that attend lodges with no youth club can attend seven adult meetings and qualify for camp without pay. The lodge secretary will need to provide the Home Office with copies of the membership roster of each meeting the youth attended.

• Youth that have not made at least seven meetings will be prorated $35 per meeting missed. Youth can make up a meeting by attending another local youth club. Please see your youth leader about this.

Member Referrals Wanted: Participate in the Monthly Prize Drawing! When it comes to getting new SPJST members, there is no substitute for member referrals. Referral cards received during a given month will go into a drawing for three $25 Walmart gift cards. The individual making the referral also benefits the SPJST by helping to build a stronger and more active local lodge. On a related note, SPJST is looking for men and women who believe in the fraternal ideal and would like to consider the benefits of being an SPJST Sales Agent.


Memorial Day - Monday, May 28 Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

State FAC Assistance We are here to help if you need assistance. Please feel free to call me or Tammy. Your District FAC is also available to assist you.

Fraternal Services Specialist Tammy Martinez 800-727-7578 or 254-773-1575 District One FAC Kyle Skrabanek 979-820-0531 District Two FAC Ruth Hanusch 254-771-0193 District Three FAC Vicki Sims 214-763-0341 District Four FAC Janeece Williams 806-632-5239 District Five FAC Clay Zapalac 281-750-2920 District Six FAC Helen Zabransky 361-798-3347 District Seven FAC Theresa Haag 830-625-8262 Fraternally submitted, Frank Horak State Fraternal Director —SPJST—

State Fraternal Director Frank Horak 254-534-0681 or 800-727-7578

SPJST Insurance Update Through April: 396 Certificates Issued

SPJST Mission Statement Insuring and Enriching Lives.

SPJST Vision Statement

Our vision is to provide a wholesome family environment; to encourage cherished Czech traditions; and to provide high quality, competitive life insurance for our members.

Member Referral Incentive

All referral cards received during a given month go into a drawing for three $25 Walmart gift cards.

Hoctavio Ruiz, Jr. Lodge 107, Floresville • District Seven

Haleigh Singleton Lodge 107, Floresville • District Seven

SPJST Records 92 Referrals

Through the end of April 2018, the following individuals contributed 92 referrals. Lodge

0 24 24 25 25 29 29 29 30 30


Holly Knecht Margaret Campbell Lisa Kirby Laure Crow Betty Macalik Steve Lopez Ruby Schroeder Connie Voigt Wanda Dorotik Luc Marcaurele


6 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2

30 47 47 47 47 54 79 80 80 80 87 87 107 107 107

Dennis McDonald Debbie Dohnalik Ruth Hanusch Terry Malina Donica Zabcik Jacob Kaluza Jacob Anes Linda Hill Molley Taisler Carol Wolf Sharon Ingram Billye Westlake Roxanne Bertrand Amy Lyssy Petett Lian Pruski

Hoctavio Ruiz, Jr. Haleigh Singleton Jennifer Singleton Bailee Beckendorf Paetyn Beckendorf Tynlee Beckendorf

185 185 246 246 246

2 1 1 5 6 3


Michael Gribble Steel McCoy Tamara Gettys Ann Paruzinski Marissa Salinas —SPJST—

S P J S T M o n t h ly I n s u ra n c e Re p o rt

1 1 5 2 6

Through April



Dist. Apps. 1 17 2 9 3 5 4 34 5 22 6 5 7 25 9 0 Totals 117

WrittenCerts. Issued Annualized Prem. $153,764.00 14 $218,764.00 1,280,000.00 10 1,330,000.00 90,000.00 4 65,000.00 1,241,314.00 31 1,076,314.00 1,493,205.00 18 824,438.00 165,818.00 6 214,074.00 605,893.00 27 926,609.00 0 0 0 $5,029,994.00 110 $4,655,199.00

$12,844.62 3,712.29 2,064.80 23,888.51 7,175.68 5,658.98 10,787.41 0 $66,132.29


From the Insurance Department

Jacob Anes Lodge 79, Corpus Christi • District Seven

107 107 107 182 182 182

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dist. Apps. 1 60 2 57 3 25 4 112 5 76 6 32 7 80 9 0 Totals 442

WrittenCerts. Issued Annualized Prem. $1,110,701.00 56 $1,081,813.00 $29,836.95 4,175,000.00 46 2,535,000.00 25,095.17 917,000.00 23 621,771.00 13,878.81 5,284,665.00 111 5,738,353.00 70,236.51 6,884,454.00 50 2,010,307.00 77,762.45 1,891,836.00 31 1,841,807.00 22,520.31 2,856,174.00 79 2,604,721.00 36,671.43 0 0 0 0 $23,119,830.00 396 $16,433,772.00 $276,001.63

Yo u t h C l u b s ’ U p d a t e


Lodge No.


Youth Club Name

Snook Youth Club

Certs. Issued


Lodge No.

29 47 80

Youth Club Name

Taylor Youth Club Seaton Youth Club Holland Youth Club


Certs. Issued

1 1 1 14 3 2 2 4 1 1 4 3 2 1 1

25 84

Youth Club Name

Ennis Youth Club Dallas Youth Club

Certs. Issued

Lodge No.

1 1

49 160

Youth Club Name

Rowena Youth Club San Angelo Youth Club

Certs. Issued

7 15

Youth Club Name

Needville Youth Club Houston Youth Club

Certs. Issued


4 8 2


Lodge No.

81 142

Lodge No.


Lodge No.


Lodge No.

30 40 148

Youth Club Name

2 3

Certs. Issued

Taiton Youth Club El Campo-Hillje Youth Club El Maton Youth Club

5 2 1


Youth Club Name

Certs. Issued

Corpus Christi Youth Club Floresville Youth Club Jourdanton Youth Club

6 6 1

Listing reflects youth clubs whose quarterly reports were received as of April 30, 2018, and youth clubs that are active. —SPJST—


Wednesday, May 16, 2018


District Six Spring Meeting Sunday, April 15, 2018 • St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Hallettsville

Local Lodge Fraternalist of the Year

Gold Star Lodges ★★★


First Year Premium - $29,655.01 46 Certificates ★★★ ★★★


First Year Premium - $30,994.22 5 Certificates ★★★

Linda Bratina

Lodge 28, East Bernard

Youth Incentive Awards

Lodge Incentive Awards Enhanced Premium Refunds LODGE 4, HALLETTSVILLE $960.11 ★★★ LODGE 8, WEIMAR $291.53 ★★★ LODGE 28, EAST BERNARD $1,237.57 ★★★


LODGE 30, TAITON $4,315.42 ★★★

LODGE 30, TAITON YOUTH CLUB Award - $300 10 youth certificates issued

LODGE 41, PORT LAVACA $254.16 ★★★

District Six Top Youth Club ★★★

LODGE 40, EL CAMPO-HILLJE YOUTH CLUB Award - $20 2 youth certificates issued ★★★

O 2018 SPJST District Six Officers O

LODGE 63, SWEET HOME $619.27 ★★★ LODGE 151, WHARTON $1,881.03 ★★★


2018 District Six officers are, left to right, President Joe Siptak (4), Vice President Annie Vahalik (4), Second Vice President/FAC Helen Zabransky (4), Secretary Elizabeth Holub (23), Treasurer Marjorie Treumer (30), District Youth Counselor Lisa Bubela (30), and Assistant DYC Susan Siptak (4).

Vice President Annie Vahalik of Lodge 4, Hallettsville made a name display with a listing of the 2017 deceased members from District Six. She held a moment of silence in their honor and read a poem titled “Broken Chain.”

District Six Spring Meeting Minutes

The District Six Spring Meeting was held on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Hallettsville, Texas. Lodges 4, Hallettsville and 63, Sweet Home co-hosted the event with 70 members and guests present. After registration and the morning social, Supreme Lodge President Brian Vanicek led the blessing. Lodges 4 and 63 prepared a delicious barbecue pork and sausage dinner with all the trimmings. Immediately following the meal, President Joe Siptak (4) asked for special reports from representatives of the Czech Heritage Museum, Education and Nature Center (Camp Kubena), S.P.J.S.T. Senior Living Centers, and the Cemetery Committees. Philip Vahalik (4) reported that the Czech Heritage Museum has a new website. He encouraged all members to visit the Czech Heritage Museum. Visitors to the museum have increased over the last four years. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday. The Museum has a new vendor, Kolache Kitchen, next door. Also, the Beltonian Theatre will be having performances, one being a Czech play. Philip also highlighted the Czech play being held at Sokol Hall in Dallas and Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center in La Grange, anniversary of the Czech Republic, genealogical society, and SPJST Car Show in May. Lisa Bubela (30) reported on Camp Kubena. Camp Kubena is still active under the 501(c)3 non-profit status. The camp is busy preparing for the summer season. Camp Kubena continues to accept donations. Camp Kubena held a workshop for chaperones for the summer. Members and guests are welcome to visit the camp. Executive Director Jeb welcomes visitors. Camp is also available for family reunions, retreats, conferences, etc. Contact Camp Kubena to see what date is available for your event or function. President Brian Vanicek explained the reason for the name change. SPJST acquired the Education and Nature Center in December 2016 from LCRA. The name change is to pay tribute to former SPJST State Secretary Mr. J.R. Kubena who served from 1897 to 1938. Camp Kubena has daily management. Receipts for Camp Kubena have exceeded the previous year. Charles Bucek (151) reported on the S.P.J.S.T. Senior Living Centers. All rest homes are in very good shape. Living Center renovations have been paid. The Needville Living Center has 92 of 96 beds full. With repairs and upkeep, the Needville facility looks good. Hillje’s living facility seems to not be able to get


more than 48 of the available 54 beds filled. Management of Hillje is good and working on getting over the 48. A good job is being done. S.P.J.S.T. Senior Living Centers Board of Directors is having several changes due to various resignations. Overall, the operation of the living centers is doing very well. David Bucek (151) reported for the Cemetery Committee. He discussed the expense of caring for cemeteries. Moravia for mowing is $780, and Shiner is $970. Velehrad does not have a mowing expense since Mr. Bucek is taking care of it as his health permits. Moravia and Shiner were both over state funds. Cemetery Association did receive funds from the mineral lease at the Shiner Cemetery for $2,500. New road into Moravia Cemetery was accomplished with an anonymous donation for $7,000. They are looking into the road for the Velehrad Cemetery which is estimated at $7,500. Convention year in 2020 will be looking for an increase in funds to support cemeteries. The Czech Heritage Museum elected representative was needed for 2018. Lisa Bubela (30) made a motion to reelect Philip Vahalik. Jeanette Kaminsky (28) seconded the motion. Motion passed.

President Joe Siptak (4) called the District Six Spring Meeting to order at 1 p.m. President Joe Siptak led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance. Lodge 4 President Joe Siptak welcomed District Six membership and guests. He thanked everyone for their attendance and hoped they enjoyed the beautiful drive in with all the spring flowers. He wished them a safe trip traveling home. Second Vice President/FAC Helen Zabransky (4) thanked Lodges 4 and 63 for co-hosting the meeting, for their hospitality, and for preparing the delicious meal. Helen welcomed and introduced guests - Supreme Lodge President Brian Vanicek, District Six Director Karen Kaspar, and Fraternal Field Manager Delisle Doherty. Secretary Elizabeth Holub (23) called the roll of officers, lodges, and standing committees. She reported that all officers and committee members present with 10 lodges represented: Lodges 4, Hallettsville; 8, Weimar; 23, Moravia; 28, East Bernard; 30, Taiton; 32, Victoria; 40, El Campo-Hillje; 63, Sweet Home; 151, Wharton; and 184, Moulton. Treasurer Marjorie Treumer (30) gave the financial report for District Six and reported $6,569.06. Yvonne Marcaurele

(30) moved to accept the report. Ardis Bacak (40) seconded the motion. Motion passed. Audit committee consisting of Debbie Krpec (30) and Janie Bucek (151) reported that the financial books were approved and in order. District Youth Counselor Lisa Bubela presented youth awards to Lodge 30, Taiton youth and Lodge 40, El CampoHillje youth. District Six youth will be attending Camp Kubena from June 20 to 24. Youth members present noted activities they enjoyed at Camp Kubena: the blob, nap time, dance, high ropes, canoeing, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, swimming, slides, and many other fun things to do. Today’s youth contest was decorated rocks. Contest winners are: Ages Kindergarten to 8 Years 1st - Noah Garcia (40) 2nd - Simone Riha (30) 3rd - Abigail Garrett (30) Ages 9 to 11 1st - Bethany Baker (30) 2nd - Grant Bubela (30)

LEFT PHOTO: David Bucek, left, of Lodge 151, Wharton and Albert Kahanek, Jr. of Lodge 4, Hallettsville. CENTER PHOTO: Jeanette and Glenn Kaminsky of

Lodge 28, East Bernard. RIGHT PHOTO: New sales agent Sheryl Lebman, left, and Henrietta Veselka of Lodge 8, Weimar.

LEFT PHOTO: District Six Director Karen Kaspar, Supreme Lodge President Brian Vanicek, Fraternalist of the Year Linda Bratina of Lodge 28, East Bernard, and Fraternal Field Manager Delisle Doherty. RIGHT

PHOTO: Left to right are Laddie Kurtz and Philip Vahalik, both of Lodge 4, Hallettsville; and Lisa Bubela, Abigail Garrett; Patsy Baker, and Bethany Baker, all of Lodge 30, Taiton.

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Ages 12 to 14 1st - Brittany Baker (30) 2nd - Luc Marcaurele (30)


Earlier today, DYC Lisa Bubela held a youth workshop. It is difficult to get all youth clubs together, and the district meeting is a wonderful place to present information and help youth in the district prepare for their fraternal youth events. March 24 was the state workshop for the youth leaders. Also, any youth with a policy who does not have a youth club in their lodge may attend camp. A nominal fee may be charged. Youth members without local lodges are welcome to participate in the District Six youth activities. President Siptak (4) asked for reports from the standing committees. Joe Siptak represents District Six on the ByLaw Committee. He reported the By-Law Committee will meet beginning in January 2020. Helen Kelner (28), District Six Publication Committee representative, reported savings in printing the Vestnik due to changing paper and an increased membership receiving the Vestnik by email. Helen reported that there were several requests for the SPJST Calendar. Supreme Lodge will return to sending the calendar in 2019. Glenn Kaminsky (28) represents District Six on the Finance Committee. He reported that income to SPJST is not only from insurance sales. Income is also from investments. Home Office does a good job of managing monies and investing wisely for the membership. Annuity product sales were down in 2017; however, we have better or comparable rates to other companies. Put the word out concerning our annuities. Supreme Lodge has to make decisions on spending monies also. SPJST has many areas where funds are distributed, and requests are constantly coming in. Home Office along with the Board of Directors have to be conservative and prudent with spending. Membership needs to be good. Spread the word about SPJST! Elizabeth Holub (23) represents District Six on the Insurance Committee. She reported that they have not met since 2016, but they will meet prior to the 2020 Convention. Supreme Lodge President Brian Vanicek. President Vanicek reported on the building on property adjacent to the Home Office will become full property of SPJST. The use will be for General Service Administration. It is currently being used by the City of Temple at this time. SPJST will be able to refurbish and use it to rent out and become an asset to SPJST. Also, SPJST receives funds from retained minerals on previous foreclosed


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properties. Mr. Vanicek also reported that a lot is going on with SPJST. Insurance sales and volume are up, and SPJST is a billion dollar business. He welcomes everyone to attend the SPJST Car Show on May 5 at Lodge 47, Seaton. Monies generated support the SPJST Foundation which in turn supports Czech Heritage Museum and Camp Kubena. Another event that is coming up on May 19 is the Founders Day Celebration at Lodge 1, Fayetteville. The lodge hall is 100 years old, and funds will be used to refurbish the hall. President Vanicek also discussed the 100 Pennies Scholarship Drive and to pay tribute to former dedicated members and officers, names are being given to scholarships presented. Lodge 19, Velehrad hall has successfully been moved to its new home at the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center in La Grange. Work is being done to restore furniture and the hall to its last century glory. An open house will be held once work has been completed - possibly in the fall of 2018. District Six Fraternal Field Manager Delisle Doherty reported that the membership has lots of benefits. Programs in place are youth program, Camp Kubena, bingo, and in 2016, PerkSpot was added. PerkSpot gives membership discounts on flights, hotels, etc. All you need to do is register at under “Benefits.” He also reported District Six has had an increase in membership and premiums. The orphan program where agents are no longer active is being revamped. Stressed that SPJST is one society comprised of seven districts and 100 lodges. It is important to update all policies. Referrals are welcome. Mr. Doherty also stated that he has agents working the Universal Life policies. He continues to hire agents with license or who is willing to get a license. He introduced Sheryl Lebman, who is

a new agent for Lodge 8, Weimar. He encourages growth of lodges with bridge program for more active members. District Six Director Karen Kaspar thanked everyone for attending and appreciates their commitment and dedication. She thanked Lodges 4 and 63 for co-hosting and wished everyone attending safe travels home. Ms. Kaspar reported on the District Six Discretionary Fund donations for 2017. Donations were made to El Campo Retirement Center - $300, El Campo Volunteer Fire Department - $500, El Campo Little League - $200, For The Kids - $1,000, Taiton Community Center - $200, Everyday Heroes - $500, and St. Nicholas Ministry - $300. She shared a short recap of activities that took place in 2017 for District Six:

• Velehrad building moved to its new home at Texas Czech and Heritage Cultural Center in La Grange (October 2017) • Lodge 32, Victoria building sold successfully and Victoria lodge continues to be vibrant • Lodge 41, Port Lavaca donated land to Six Mile Fire Department and grand opening was held on April 7. An agreement was made that Lodge 41 would be able to use the meeting room in the fire department facility. • 13 active lodges in District Six • Work is continuing with Shiner and the Sister City program. The process continues for reactivating Lodge 10, Shiner lodge. • Lodge 125, Westhoff members will be reassigned to active neighboring lodges. Lodge 125 is currently at 11member count. • Will be looking at the statuses of Lodge 223, Palacios and Lodge 240, Bay City through 2018.

LEFT PHOTO: Door prize time! Left to right are Megan Riha, Yvonne Marcaurele, Bethany Baker, Simone Riha (barely visible), Luc Marcaurele, and Brittany Baker, all of Lodge 30, Taiton. CENTER PHOTO: Left to right are Hudson Riha, Vanessa Riha, Grady Lane, and Abigail Garrett, all of

Under old business Secretary Elizabeth Holub (23) provided copies of the minutes from the 2017 spring meeting and the fall fun day for members to read and approve. Debbie Krpec (30) moved to approve the 2017 spring meeting minutes, seconded by Helen Kelner (28). Motion passed. Helen Kelner (28) moved to approve the fall fun day minutes, seconded by Marjorie Treumer (30). Motion passed. Nominating committee members Elaine Berkovsky (63) and Jeanette Kaminsky (28) presented nominations for district offices: President Joe Siptak (4) Vice President Annie Vahalik (4) Second Vice President/FAC Helen Zabransky (4) Secretary Elizabeth Holub (23) Treasurer Marjorie Treumer (30) DYC Lisa Bubela (30)

There being no other nominations for any office, a motion was made by Glenn Kaminsky (28) to elect the slate of officers by acclamation. Ardis Bacak (40) seconded the motion. Motion passed. Congratulations was wished to all the officers for District Six. The audit committee consisting of Debbie Krpec (30) and Janie Bucek (151) reported the adult and youth financial accounts were in order. Debbie Krpec (30) moved to accept the audit report, seconded by Janie Bucek (151). Motion passed. Vice President Annie Vahalik (4) made a name display with a listing of District Six’s 2017 deceased members. She held a moment of silence in their honor. Vice President Vahalik read a poem titled “Broken Chain.” Secretary Elizabeth Holub (23) announced District Six Fraternalist of the Year Linda Bratina (28), Age 96 honorees and the 75- and 50-year members.


District Six Director Karen Kaspar announced the District Six lodge awards and Fraternalist of the Year Linda Bratina of Lodge 28, East Bernard Lodge awards were received by Lodges 30, Taiton; 151, Wharton; 4, Hallettsville; 28, East Bernard; 41, Port Lavaca; 8, Weimar; and 63, Sweet Home. Youth awards were received by District Six Youth Club; Lodge 30, Taiton - District Six Top Youth Club; and Lodge 40, El Campo-Hillje. Supreme Lodge President Brian Vanicek presented District Six Treasurer Marjorie Treumer (30) with a $4,000 check for hosting spring and fall district meetings. He also presented DYC Lisa Bubela (30) with a check for $750 for hosting Youth Achievement Day. District Six Director Karen Kaspar informed the membership that Lodge 30, Taiton will be the host for the fall fun day. Date and location will be determined by the executive committee and hosting Lodge 30. She then appointed Nominating Committee members Jeanette Kaminsky (28) and Elaine Berkovsky (63) and Audit Committee members Janie Bucek (151) and Ardis Bacak (40). Director Kaspar thanked everyone for coming out on this beautiful day. Marjorie Treumer (30) moved to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Helen Kelner (28). Motion passed. The day concluded with the installation of District Six officers by Director Kaspar. Raffle prizes were awarded by Lodge 30, Taiton Youth Club, and door prizes were presented to the membership attending. Fraternally, Elizabeth Holub District Six Secretary —SPJST—

Lodge 30, Taiton Youth Club. RIGHT PHOTO: Lodge 30, Taiton President Yvonne Marcaurele assists youth, from left, Vanessa Riha, Abigail Garrett, and Hudson Riha with their raffle drawing. Several prizes were awarded to lucky winners.


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Lodge 1, Fayetteville Founders Day this Saturday

Dear Members, Founders Day at Lodge 1, Fayetteville is this Saturday, May 19, 2018. We will be having a sit-down or drive-through meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The afternoon activities include music, a 30minute program, a tour of Camp Kubena, an opportunity to explore historic Fayetteville including the first SPJST Home Office, JR Kubena’s home, a cornhole tournament, and ending the day with a dance and raffle. We have raffle tickets for sale – 15 guns and 10 VISA gift cards. We are selling them for $20 each or 3 for $50. If you need to purchase, please contact me, and I can assist you with this. Meal tickets are $10. We would like to know in advance if you will be joining us for the meal. We would like to invite you to participate and assist with the activities throughout the day. We will start preparing to-go plates at 10:15 a.m. All help

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


will be greatly appreciated! The funds raised from this event will be used to help restore our historic lodge hall. Remember . . . we are Lodge 1, the very first lodge to be organized and chartered when SPJST was formed in 1897. The heritage of this organization started in Fayetteville, and this day will honor its existence. It’s going to be a fun-filled day with lots of activities. Please invite your family members to join us in Lodge 1 and to learn about the lodge’s history. If you need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me at or call 979966-3515 - cell. We look forward to sharing the day with you. See you on Saturday, May 19! Fraternally, Sharon Fritsch, President —SPJST—

Lodge 8, Weimar welcomes new sales agent

Lodge 8, Weimar met on Monday, April 23, 2018, at 6 p.m. at Oakridge Smokehouse in Schulenburg. Texas. Melvin Tobola led the Pledge of Allegiance. Henrietta Veselka led our prayer before we enjoyed a buffet dinner, compliments of Lodge 8, Weimar. President Henrietta Veselka called the meeting to order. Eleven members, which included District Six Director Karen Kaspar and new sales agent Sheryl Lebman were in attendance. All officers were in attendance. Minutes of the February 26 meeting were published in the Vestnik. Anton Machacek made motion, seconded by Rose Sumbera to accept February minutes as presented. Motion carried. Treasurer Carolyn M. Tobola gave her report. Anton Machacek made a motion, seconded by Arlene Marshall, to accept the treasurer’s report as presented. Motion carried. We are pleased to have Sheryl Lebman transfer into Lodge 8. Melvin Tobola made motion, seconded by Anton Machacek, to accept Sheryl’s transfer into Lodge 8. Motion carried. A terminations/lapses notice was received on a death claim of Eugene Louis Balusek, who passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018.

Correspondence Henrietta read a thank you from Ronald McDonald House for the pull tabs recently collected for them. Henrietta stated the SPJST Car Show and Czech Heritage Celebration will be held on Saturday, May 5 at Seaton Star Hall near Temple. May 19 is SPJST Founders Day to be held at SPJST Lodge 1, Fayet-

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teville. Please check the Vestnik for details. It was reported the District Six Spring Meeting, held on Sunday, April 15 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Hallettsville, had a good attendance. Seven members from Lodge 8, Weimar attended. Arlene Marshall reported Join Hands Day will be Friday, May 4 at 2:30 p.m. Lodge 8 will be joining Hermann Sons Life of New Bielau for this event. They will go to Parkview Manor in Weimar and join the folks there for an activity. Each member is asked to bring two to three dozen cookies. Karen reported no date or location has been selected for the fall district meeting. Sheryl introduced herself and gave us information about her transition to this area. We are glad to welcome Sheryl as a new member and as a sales agent. Carolyn led a memorial service for two departed members, namely JoAnn Jares and Marilyn Kay Wornat. Their obituary was read, along with Psalm 23 and a prayer. Birthdays for March are Melvin Tobola, who turned 80 on March 9, and Karen Kaspar who had a birthday on March 26. Anniversaries were Joan and Anton Machacek on March 9, celebrating 57 years.

Next Meeting—June 25 The next meeting will be Monday, June 25 at 6 p.m. at Oakridge Smokehouse in Schulenburg. The meal will be Dutch treat. Fraternally, Carolyn M. Tobola, Secretary —SPJST—

Lodge 17, New Tabor honors 50-year member; outgoing vice president Roger Weichert, right, of Lodge 17, New Tabor is presented his 50-year pin by Lodge 17 President Randy Gaas at the lodge’s May meeting. He was honored with a cake and punch reception after the meeting.


Lodge 17 President Randy Gaas, left, recognizes outgoing Vice President Wilfred Hildebrand for 23 years of faithful service to Lodge 17. Mr. Wilfred served as vice president from 1995 to 2017. A cake and punch reception was held in his honor after the meeting.


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Lodge 9, Snook supports community organizations

The May 2, 2018, meeting of SPJST Lodge 9, Snook was called to order by President Donnie Hejl at 7:15 p.m. Mackenzie Williams and Ryder Becka led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. There was a moment of silence for departed member Joan Sebesta. Roll of officers was called. Minutes from the April meeting were approved as read. Hall manager, FAC, treasurer, and state reports were given. The youth club installed officers. They along with the adult lodge will have Join Hands Day on May 12 by cleaning Snook Cemetery. We welcomed one new member Aubrey Becker, and one transferred member - Robert Stipanovic. The following motions were passed: sponsor Little League Baseball for $300

and softball for $250; sponsor Relay for Life - $250 from youth club and $250 from adult lodge; have the hall floors refinished; reimburse National Honor Society for hall rental and make a $250 donation; sponsor Kolache Bake Show in the amount of $277.50; and allow Booster Club to use tables and chairs for athletic banquet, if needed. The meeting was adjourned at 7:44 p.m. Next Meeting—June 6 The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 6. Fraternally, Hannah Kovar, Reporter —SPJST—

Lodge 15, Buckholts announces Thursday pool nights

The meeting of SPJST Lodge 15, Buckholts was held on Monday, April 9, 2018. President Helen Rodriguez called the meeting to order. Vice President Scott Brandon led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence for our departed. Sandie Fischer gave the secretary’s and treasurer’s reports. Continuing repairs, re-arranging, and clean-up have really improved the bar area.


they just come for the burgers! Money from pool night goes into the restoration fund. Pool night is every Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m. Bookings for hall rentals are picking up now that summer is around the corner. The next meeting will be Monday, May 14. Fraternally, Sandie Fischer Secretary/Treasurer —SPJST—

Pool and Burgers Each Thursday Night Thursday night pool night began March 15, and turnout has been very good each week. President Rodriguez grills burgers for pool players, and her reputation for great burgers is drawing local residents who don’t play pool -

Lodge 17, New Tabor Members Receive SPJST Scholarships, Merit Grants

LEFT PHOTO: Lodge 17, New Tabor Assistant Youth Leader Susan Skrabanek, left, District One Director Donnie Victorick, second from right, and Lodge 17 Youth Leader Holly Narro, right, congratulate SPJST Scholarship recipients from Caldwell High School during the school’s awards ceremony on Monday, May 7, 2018. Youth are, left to right, Laramie Cass, Kellie Ihlenfeldt, Brandon Powell, and Dillon Narro. CEN-

TER PHOTO: Kellie Ihlenfeldt, center, is presented an SPJST Scholarship by Lodge 17, New Tabor Assistant Youth Leader Susan Skrabanek and District One Director Donnie Victorick. RIGHT PHOTO: Laramie Cass, center, is presented an SPJST Scholarship by Lodge 17, New Tabor Assistant Youth Leader Susan Skrabanek and District One Director Donnie Victorick.

LEFT PHOTO: Dillon Narro, second from right, is presented the SPJST Ben F. Trcalek, Jr. Scholarship. Pictured with him are Lodge 17, New Tabor Assistant Youth Leader Susan Skrabanek, Al Borman, second from left, and District One Director Donnie Victorick. CENTER PHOTO: Brandon Powell is presented the SPJST Ben and Martha Trcalek Scholarship

by Lodge 17 Assistant Youth Leader Susan Skrabanek and District One Director Donnie Victorick. RIGHT PHOTO: Congratulations to District One Merit Grant winners Brandon Powell and Dillon Narro. Pictured with them are Lodge 17 Youth Leader Holly Narro, Lodge 17 Assistant Youth Leader Susan Skrabanek, and District One Director Donnie Victorick.

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Lodge 17, New Tabor honors members

The May meeting of Lodge 17, New Tabor was called to order by President Randy Gaas. Susan Skrabanek led the Pledge of Allegiance. Betty Suehs read a resolution of sympathy for departed lodge sister Bessie Sefcik. All officers were present except for Treasurer Lillian Beasley, Reporter Kyle Skrabanek, and Youth Leader Holly Narro. The minutes of the April meeting were read and approved. There was no treasurer’s report. Correspondence from the Home Office included a transfer request, a letter stating that our lodge received its enhanced premium refund, and that our lodge had four scholarship winners. Congratulations to the seniors who will be receiving SPJST scholarships: Laramie Cass, Kellie Ihlenfeldt (both receiving General Scholarships), Brandon Powell (receiving the Ben and Martha Trcalek Scholarship and a Merit Point Grant), and Dillon Narro (receiving the

Lodge 25, Ennis welcomes new member

Lodge 25, Ennis welcomes new member Margaux Juliette Young. Welcoming her into this world are her parents Malerie (Dlabaj) and Duane Young as well as her big sister Magnolia. Margaux was born September 8, 2017, in Georgetown, Tennessee. She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and was 18 1/4 inches tall. Proud grandparents are Kim Macalik and Timmy Dlabaj, and Paulette Uzee and Earl Young. Great-grandparents are Betty Macalik and Mildred Dlabaj. Margaret Krajca is Margaux’s sales agent. —SPJST—

Margaux Juliette Young

Lodge 8, Weimar recognizes birthday, anniversary celebrants

Lodge 8, Weimar March anniversary was Joan and Anton Machacek, front, on March 9, celebrating 57 years. Birthday celebrants were, back, Melvin Tobola, who turned 80 on March 9, and District Six Director Karen Kaspar who had a birthday on March 26. Congratulations to these members who were recognized at the lodge’s meeting held April 23, 2018.

Ben Frank Trcalek, Jr. Scholarship and a Merit Point Grant). Lodge 17 wishes these four fine students the best of luck in their future. Susan Skrabanek gave the bar report. She also reported that the youth club participated in a Join Hands Day project with CSA Lodge 277 Svetlo cleaning up New Tabor Cemetery and placing new silk flowers on various gravesites. The youth have received their 2018 handbooks and are preparing for a busy summer. There was no old business. Under new business, Susan reported that the hall’s roof was damaged in the severe hail storm on March 18. RVOS was contacted, and a claim was processed. She has secured a bid to replace the roof from Cen-Tex Roofing. They will also redo the underpinning on the hall which is rotten in several places and has many places where animals have damaged. A motion was made to accept the bid and allow Cen-Tex Roofing to make the necessary repairs. We had one of our 50-year members present at the meeting, and President Randy Gaas presented Roger Weichert with his 50-year pin. He also made a presentation to outgoing Vice President Wilfred Hildebrand for 23 years of faithful service to the lodge. Mr. Wilfred served as our vice president from 1995 to 2017. The meeting was adjourned, and Roger and Mr. Wilfred were honored with a cake and punch reception after the meeting. Next Meeting—June 3 The next meeting will be Sunday, June 3 at 2 p.m. Fraternally submitted, Susan Skrabanek (Reporter Kyle Skrabanek’s mom) —SPJST—

Lodge 20, Granger receives incentive award


Following a quick meal, President Bridget Bohac called the Monday, April 9, 2018, meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Secretary Jvonne Elwood called roll. The vice president and treasurer were absent. Jvonne then read the minutes from the February meeting. Gilbert Bohac made a motion to accept the minutes as read; David Kerlin seconded. All members voted to accept the minutes. Correspondence received was a thank you card from Ronald McDonald House for donating aluminum can tabs. Bridget gave the financial report for Brenna Bohac. For FAC news, Bridget reminded members of Join Hands Day on May 5. Under old business, Bridget informed us the lodge received our incentive award of $869.30. She also told us that Mike Anderson, our tenant in the adjoining building, had to postpone some maintenance he was planning on doing due to an illness. Nine members attended the District

Happy 80th Birthday, Lois Elles of Lodge 32, Victoria!

Pictured with Lois Elles at her 80th birthday are granddaughters Sara Buccigrossi, Simona Buccigrossi, and Kayla Elles. The candle board on the table, made by Mark and Darla Buccigrossi, was painted and decorated by Simona Buccigrossi. It held 80 birthday candles, and Lois was able to extinguish them all - without the smoke alarm going off!

An 80th birthday celebration for Lois Elles was held on March 17, 2018. In addition to her husband Franklin Elles and sisters Nyle Leshikar and Iris Hegemier, she was honored with the presence of many guests, including her high school girlfriends, family friends, and cousins. The party menu included two birthday

cakes, cookies, truffles, sandwiches, chips, and dips. The party was hosted by her children and grandchildren - Darla, Mark, Simona, and Sara Buccigrossi, Allison Elles, and Daryl, Aimee, Kayla, and Ryan Elles. —Submitted by Darla Buccigrossi —SPJST—


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Two Spring Meeting. Gilbert said the meeting was a great time. David assured everyone he would be finishing the last window restoration in the next couple weeks. Thanks, David, for all your hard work! Moving on to new business, Bridget mentioned that the water bill needed to be questioned due to a suspected inaccuracy. Also, she advised us that elections were no longer going to be held in the hall. Despite it being a reliable source of income, trying to coordinate with voting officials had proven to be increasingly difficult. David made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Gilbert seconded the motion, and all members voted in favor. Jvonne Elwood, Secretary —SPJST—

Lodge 24, Cyclone grateful for Mother’s Day dinner assistance

Lodge 24, Cyclone is in preparation for our Mother’s Day dinner (at midday). We are in debt to Kenneth Andel, Billy Smetanka, Robert Macek, and Wilbert Mikeska for cleaning the pits. Being 1,000 chicken halves are to be made, a big area is needed. Salute! Other items are being secured by members for the meal . . . 200 pounds of cabbage for the slaw, many beans and onions, and more items. Members will start the fire at 3 a.m., and the kitchen workers will start at 4:30 a.m. Everything will be ready for your dining pleasure at 11 a.m. We are justifiably proud of our lodge and look forward to your dining in the hall or taking plates to-go. We are looking forward to seeing you on Mother’s Day, and we are hoping to see you. For the lodge, Bobby Hoelscher, Reporter —SPJST—

Lodge 40 El Campo-Hillje reports on April meeting

The meeting of SPJST Lodge 40, El Campo-Hillje was held on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 1 p.m. President Cathy Garcia called the business meeting to order. She led us in the Pledge of Alle-

giance. We had a moment of silence in memory of our deceased and sick members. President Garcia did the roll call of officers. She also gave the treasurer’s report. It was approved as read. After old and new business were discussed, President Garcia talked about Join Hands Day and the District Six Spring Meeting in Hallettsville. The members were very honored to


have District Six Director Karen Kaspar to attend our meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 1:52 p.m. Fraternally, Ardis Bacak —SPJST—

Jerry and Janie Marusak celebrate 65th wedding anniversary

Jerry and Janie Marusak celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Janie is a member of SPJST Lodge 25, Ennis. They first met at St. John’s Catholic Church in Ennis at the young ages of 17 and 21. They married on May 9, 1953, and had the traditional Czech wedding mass at 10 a.m. on a Saturday at St. John’s Catholic Church in Ennis. Following the wedding mass, it was tradition to serve homemade chicken noodle soup for lunch at the Czech dance hall then the wedding gifts would be opened by the bride and groom with anxious guests admiring the gifts. The wedding cakes would also be cut and served following the gift opening. Then at 5 p.m., the Czech supper would be served with the typical Czech sausages, complete with sauerkraut, salads, and desserts. A Czech polka band would soon start the grand march with guests participating in the festivities. The band would play until midnight for all to enjoy, young and old. After their marriage, Jerry who was enlisted in the Air Force, was assigned to Alexandria, Louisiana. The newlyweds moved there and welcomed their first child - daughter Janet, the following year. With Jerry spending four years in the Air Force, he received his training as an aircraft mechanic, and they moved back to Texas where Jerry would work in the airline industry his entire career. Janie remained a housewife, and they welcomed another daughter Jenna and son Jerry, Jr. The family would travel back to Ennis each Sunday to visit their families where happy memories will always be held close to their hearts - wonderful Czech homemade meals and time spent with loved ones on the family farms. The couple’s oldest daughter Janet completed her bachelor’s degree in dietics and also completed her Juris Doctorate degree. She practices law in Ellis County. Janet has two children - daughter Ana, who currently is married and is a gynecologist in Pensacola, Florida, and son Andrew is attending medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico. Their second child Jenna is married to David Hunter. They have three children - Rachel, who graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, was 2005 SPJST State Queen, and

currently lives in Austin; Bryant, who graduated from Tarleton State in Stephenville and lives in the San Antonio area; and Jordan, who graduated from Tarleton in Stephenville and was married in April. All three children were active members at SPJST Lodge 25, Ennis. Their third child Jerry, Jr. is married and resides with his wife and two children in Crowley - son Alex, who is graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington in May with an engineering degree, and daughter Marissa, who works and attends junior college. Jerry and Janie continue to reside in Ferris, where all of their children were raised. They live on a farm where they continue to raise cattle and hay. Jerry retired from his career as an aircraft mechanic, of which he has fond memories. He and Janie traveled along with their children throughout the United States and Europe. Janie continues to be a housewife and enjoys cooking and baking. Her specialty is homemade kolaches and egg noodles. She also enjoys genealogy. Janie has researched her own Novy family and her spouse’s Marusak family. Janie continues to update her books as she receives new history on the families. Jerry and Janie are members of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Ferris and St. John’s Catholic Church in Ennis. They enjoy attending the St. John’s Golden Crusaders monthly meeting for the golden church community members.

Daddy and Momma, we thank you for all of your sacrifices and labors of love. You always put us first instead of yourselves and are always helping others. May you both always have joy, happiness, peace, and all our love. Happy anniversary, Daddy and Momma, Grandpa and Grandma. We all love you. Let’s congratulate this married couple for their everlasting love and commitment to one another, their children, and their grandchildren. Submitted by, Jerry and Janie’s Family —SPJST—


Lodge 47, Seaton sets June 3 picnic

SPJST Lodge 47, Seaton will be having its annual picnic on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Fried chicken, sausage, homemade coleslaw, potato salad, along with all the trimmings, and dessert will be served from 10:30 a.m. until sold out. Plates will be sold for $10. You can enjoy your meal in the comfort of the hall or outdoors under the pavilion. Plates-to-go will also be available for you to pick up from our drive-thru. Highlights of the day will be a polka jam from 1 to 4 p.m. Bingo will be held inside the air-conditioned hall. A kid’s zone for the youth to enjoy throughout the day will include a bouncy house, the favorite train ride, ring toss, golf, bean bag toss, and plinko from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are available for a prize drawing with the following prizes: Insigna 55-inch LED television, Poulan 18-inch chain saw, JobSmart 10-gallon portable air compressor, Amazon Fire 7-inch tablet, $75 Walmart gift card, and $50 Academy gift card. You may purchase your tickets in advance from any lodge member or on the day of the picnic. The drawing will be held at 7 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. District Two Youth Beseda Dancers

will perform at 3:45 p.m. Youth members from Seaton and Granger Youth Clubs invite you to see their performance. We are so very proud of these youth. They have worked hard, and you won’t want to miss the joy they will bring to everyone! A live auction will be held at 4 p.m. It’s always a treat to see what items will be auctioned off. We would appreciate each lodge member’s family to donate an item for the auction. Homemade items or homemade sweets always seem to be good items. Members, we are in need of bingo and country store items, desserts for the meal, and desserts and crafts for the sweet booth. Donations for any of the above mentioned will be appreciated. Workers are needed in all areas. The kitchen is in need of many workers throughout the day. Please contact Patsy Koslovsky or Judy Pechal if you are willing to help. Members and friends, we’d love your help. Please remember your help is needed on Saturday, June 2 at 8 a.m. to help prepare and set up for the picnic. We thank everyone in advance for the support of our lodge which in turn helps us to give back to the community and other organizations. I have always heard one of the most enjoyable things about the Seaton Picnic is getting to see friends and visiting with

one another. I truly believe this. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon. We hope to see you there —Sunday, June 3 at Seaton Star Hall! Fraternally, Patsy Koslovsky Secretary/Reporter —SPJST—

Lodge 48, Beyersville to host 2019 district meeting

The Lodge 48, Beyersville meeting came to order at 6:06 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance. All were present except for the vice president and secretary. Robert read the minutes from the last meeting in Alice’s absence. Howard made a motion to accept the minutes, and Bonnie seconded. Bonnie U. gave the treasurer’s report. Bonnie W. made a motion to accept the report, seconded by Donna. Michelle gave the youth club report. Six members were present. The youth club bought a sponsorship for the car show. They will have four youth attending camp this year with three attending LIT camp. The youth club will purchase the camp tee-shirts again this year. The youth’s Join Hands Day project will be

Lodge 28, East Bernard sales agent shares District Six meeting scenes

Here are some pictures from the District Six Spring Meeting. It was a beautiful day, with warm, sunny weather and pleasant breezes. Everyone came together, had a great time, conducted business, had a wonderful lunch, and generally had

a great time. Wish you could have all been there. Linda Bratina, Sales Agent/FAC Lodge 28, East Bernard —SPJST—

TOP LEFT PHOTO: District Six Director Karen Kaspar installs the district officers. TOP CENTER PHOTO: District Six Director/Supreme Lodge Vice Chairman Karen Kaspar, President Brian Vanicek, and other members. TOP RIGHT PHOTO: Fraternal Field Manager Delisle Doherty speaks about how well the district is doing in insurance sales and how that affects the lodge and brotherhood portions of SPJST. LEFT PHOTO: Lodge 28, East Bernard Vice President Jeanette Kaminsky, left, and Secretary/Reporter Helen Kelner. RIGHT PHOTO: Director Kaspar. —Submitted by Linda Bratina

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assisting the Critter Crusaders with a garage sale at the KB Homes pool on May 5. Youth are planning an outing to Austin Park and Pizza in June. Youth will also be planting crepe myrtles on the lodge grounds for their Earth Day project in memory of Alice Hejl and Johnny Susan. Cheryl gave the hall report, and five events were held and two were booked. Bobby was not present for the property report. Under new business, the Easter event is being discussed to change to a summer family event. There will be no egg hunt. The District Two Spring Meeting is March 17, 2019, with a St. Patrick’s theme. Howard discussed giving money away on drawing tickets, and we need to have activities for kids during the meeting. We also talked about possibly having bingo for adults. A $100 donation was made to Critter Crusaders. Howard made the motion, and Bonnie seconded. We bought two tickets for the 1966 Ford Mustang that the SPJST Foundation is raffling, and Howard made a motion and Bonnie seconded. Nancy made the motion to adjourn, and Donna seconded. Thanks, Michelle Newsom, Reporter —SPJST—

Lodge 49, Rowena changes meeting time

Dear Members, SPJST Lodge 49, Rowena will now meet at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. Please make note of this change, and we hope to see you at our meetings on the first Wednesday of August and November. Becky Wood Secretary/Reporter —SPJST—


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lodge 54, West reports on March meeting

The meeting of SPJST Lodge 54, West was held at St. Joseph Hall on March 2, 2018. The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. by President Freddie Kaluza. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Freddie followed by a moment of silence in memory of Agnes Dujka, Lillian Mynar, Jimmy Polansky, Eugene Horak, Shirley Polansky, and Kenneth Taylor. All of our officers and sales agents were present except Treasurer Mary Lou Mynar. We had 16 members in attendance for the meeting. Freddie acknowledged District Three Director John Engelke as our guest. Minutes of the last meeting were read by Janice Kaluza. Marcela Vaculik made a motion to accept the minutes, and JoAnn Matus seconded the motion. Motion passed. Janice Kaluza read a letter from West ISD, thanking the lodge for the $100 donation for the Junior Historians who danced at our Christmas party. The FAC report was given by Linda Kaluza. She stated on April 7, there is a 42 domino tournament in Temple. The Home Office will have Join Hands Day designated for May 5 if anyone would like to participate, and the SPJST Car Show in Seaton will also be on the same day. Christine Bishop made a motion that the report be approved as read. Ronnie Kaluza seconded the motion, and it passed. Janice

Kaluza mentioned we did a project last year for Join Hands Day at West Rest Haven, and we did it in June for the residents’ Father’s Day party. We decided to do Mother’s Day. Janice was going to check with West Rest Haven to see when they will have this on their schedule so we can join in and help West Rest Haven for our project. The treasurer’s report was given by Freddie Kaluza since Mary Lou Mynar was not present. Ronnie Kaluza made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report, and Jeanie Maler seconded the motion. Motion passed. Freddie asked Czech reporter Jan Vaculik and Agent Wilburn Willis if they had anything to report, and both of them said they did not. District Three Director John Engelke let members know he presented a check at the Christmas party to West High Junior Historians for $500 which was given from his discretionary fund. He also stated there would be a Founders Day Celebration on May 19 at Lodge 1, Fayetteville. Freddie Kaluza said we had two members from Lodge 66, Waco - Sarah Wines and Elsie Bernice Sawyer who transfered to Lodge 54. Josephine McDaniel, Daniel R. Mynar, Kerri Belinda Kaluza, Albert Edward Srubar Jr., and Irene Marie Srubar made certificate changes. Caden Blake Volcik, Alison Claire Volcik, and Kayla Grace Volcik were all signed up as new members of Lodge 54. JoAnn Matus made a motion to accept the new members, and Christine Bishop seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Under old business, the Christmas party went very well. We signed in around 330 people including Czech dancers. Under new business, we will be honoring 10 people at the next meeting on June 1 who will be given their 50-year pin as a member of our lodge. We have decided to serve Dickey’s Barbecue, mashed potatoes, corn, salad, and bread for the meal to honor all who have faithfully stayed a member throughout the years. Linda Kaluza made a motion to adjourn the meeting, seconded by Ronnie Kaluza. The prayer was led by Janice Kaluza in English and Marcela Vaculik in Czech. A cake was brought for the birthdays since the last meeting which were Freddie Kaluza, Herman Matus, Wilburn Willis, Ronnie Kaluza, Jon Vaculik, John Engelke, Jeanie Maler, Jody Hromadka, and Bennie Matusek. Door prizes of $15 each were given to Bennie Matusek and Ronnie Kaluza, and all enjoyed food and fellowship together. Next Meeting—June 1 The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 1 at St. Joseph Hall. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. —1 John 4:16 Fraternally, Janice Kaluza, Reporter —SPJST—

Lodge 54, West Shares March Meeting Scenes

TOP CENTER PHOTO: A cake was brought for the birthdays held since the last meeting. Celebrants were Freddie Kaluza, Herman Matus, Wilburn Willis, Ronnie Kaluza, Jon Vaculik, John Engelke, Jeanie Maler, Jody Hromadka, and Bennie Matusek. OTHER PHOTOS: Scenes from the March meeting of Lodge 54, West.

—Submitted by Janice Kaluza, Secretary


Lodge 66, Waco reports on April meeting

The meeting of SPJST Lodge 66, Waco was called to order by President John Engelke at St. Paul’s Church on Monday, April 23, 2018, at 6 p.m. with all officers present. There were nine members present. Members recited the Pledge of Allegiance and motto. Members stood for a moment of silence for Elaine Karnis. Secretary Sister Dana McAdams read the minutes of the March 20 meeting, and they were approved as read. The Entertainment Committee reported that for the May 14 meeting, chicken tenders, potatoes, green beans, and tea will be served. We will celebrate Mother’s Day, and 50-year pins will be distributed. Sister Dorothy Veselka of the Cheer and Condolence Committee reported she sent get well cards to Jodie McAdams, Sr. and Lily Jane Popp. We hope they are feeling better. Sister Diana Engelke read names of candidates for membership. SPJST wrote up Glenn David Koslovsky. He was accepted into Lodge 66. Sister Diana Engelke read a resolution of sympathy on Elaine Karnis. May she read in peace. A reminder that Founders Day will


be held at Lodge 1, Fayetteville on May 19. FAC Sister Diana Engelke read a letter from State Fraternal Director Frank Horak.

Bookkeeper Sister Diana Engelke gave the bookkeeping report. Donation for the month of April will be made to Friends for Life for $100. Door prize winner was Mary Hessel.

One hundred percent winner was Mary Hessel. The next Lodge 66 meeting will be held on Monday, May 14 at St. Paul’s Church at 6 p.m.


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Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m. Fraternally, Dorothy Veselka Reporter —SPJST—


Lodge 80, Holland joins hands with American Legion, Ladies Auxiliary, Volunteer Fire Department to assist Woman’s Study Club with fundraising event

SPJST Lodge 80, Holland joined hands with Holland Woman’s Study Club, American Legion Post 526, Holland Ladies Auxiliary, and Holland Volunteer Fire Department for the annual Woman’s Study Club spaghetti lunch, silent auction, and bake sale on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Kuhlman Center in Holland. Preparations for the event began on Sunday afternoon, April 15 as members of Lodge 80, Holland and Study Club members met at Lodge 80 to cook and cut

120 pounds of chicken, 24 cups of bell peppers, celery, and onions each for 12 large oven roasters. On Monday, April 16, members of the Study Club and Lodge 80 met to cook the spaghetti and add all the ingredients from the previous day, plus the Velveeta cheese. Roasters were stored in the walk-in cooler at Lodge 80 until Wednesday, April 18. On Wednesday, members of Lodge 80, American Legion, and VFD were at Kuhlman Center to help serve, support the bake sale

On Sunday afternoon, April 15, members of Lodge 80, Holland, American Legion, and Study Club prepare ingredients for the spaghetti luncheon. LEFT PHOTO: Some real “cut-ups”! Left to right are Connie Horak, Carol Wolf, Ann Mazoch, Janie Luna, Danny Hendricks, and Barbara Hill. CEN-

and silent auction, and, of course, eat the delicious meal! Students from Holland High School were a great help in moving and loading the roaster ovens to the serving tables. Study Club members were pleased to have such great community support as funds from this event will go towards scholarships and the betterment of the community. —Risa Pajestka, Lodge 80, Holland —SPJST—

TER PHOTO: “Cut-ups,” left to right, are Paula Wolf, Joyce Martinets, Nancy Carsen, Shirley Liles, and Frank Pajestka, Jr. RIGHT PHOTO: “Cutups” are Marsha Mazoch, far left, and near, left to right, Paula Wolf, Joyce Martinets, Silveria Tschoerner, Shirley Liles, and Mike Mazoch.

TOP LEFT PHOTO: Paula Wolf is ready to get take-out plates as the Woman’s Study Club ladies serve. TOP CENTER PHOTO: A great turn-out! TOP RIGHT PHOTO: Woman’s Study Club member Joyce Martinets, left, of Lodge 80, Holland is pictured with Lodge 80 President Rita Spinn-Janke at the spaghetti lunch and silent auction.

LEFT PHOTO: Lodge 80 member and American Legion member Danny Hendricks visits with Kathy Hegar and others.

RIGHT PHOTO: Woman’s Study Club and Lodge 80, Holland members are ready to serve.


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Lodge 84, Dallas meets this Sunday at American Legion

Dear Readers, Lodge 84, Dallas will hold its May monthly meeting at the American Legion Hall on Sunday, May 20, 2018, from 2 to 4 p.m. The American Legion Hall is located at 10205 Plano Road, No. 204 in Dallas, Texas 75238. If you have any questions about directions, please contact Ed Carpenter at 214-212-0023. We hope to see you there! Anne Scott Cowan, Reporter —SPJST—

Lodge 92, Fort Worth announces upcoming activities

Dear Readers, Please join fellow lodge members and friends for all upcoming activities at SPJST Lodge 92, Fort Worth - National Hall, 3316 Roberts Cut Off Road. We look forward to seeing you and enjoying these activities and events with you and your family at Lodge 92. Everyone is welcome! Tuesday, May 22 Game night at Lodge 92 at 7 p.m.

Friday, June 8 Tanglefoot ballroom dance, 8 to 11 p.m. Tanglefoot members - $8; nonmembers - $17. Tuesday, June 12 Ladies Circle meets at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 12 Lodge meeting at 5:30 p.m. Game night follows at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 13 Sportsmen’s Club, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. A monthly meeting of hunting and fishing enthusiasts with speakers and door prizes. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Tuesday, June 26 Game night at Lodge 92 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 8 Lodge meeting at 1 p.m. Polka dance from 3 to 7 p.m. with Texas Dutchmen of Houston. Admission is $8. Barbecue plates will be available for $8.

Upcoming events and rental information available from Event Manager Jon Durham 817-624-1361 or online at Fraternally, Angela Paprskar Casteel —SPJST—



Lodge 141, Sealy plans Join Hands Day project

Lodge 141, Sealy members met at 6 p.m. at Gordon Memorial Library. We were happy to be joined by Donnie and Janice Victorick. President Rick Martinez began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Secretary Bernice Stolarski read the minutes, and Treasurer Freda Jemela gave her report. Both were approved. Join Hands Day plans were discussed. District One Director Donnie Victorick stated that SPJST Education and Nature Center (ENC) has been renamed “Camp Kubena.” He also spoke about the Founders Day event at SPJST Lodge 1, Fayetteville. Since there was no more business to discuss, Bennie Stolarski made the motion to adjourn, seconded by Freda Jemela.

Lodge 81, Needville joins hands with KJT, KJZT youth at S.P.J.S.T. Senior Living Center

Youth from KJT, KJZT, and SPJST Lodge 81, Needville joined hands to play bingo and cook hamburgers at S.P.J.S.T. Senior Living Center in Needville. LEFT PHOTO: Pictured are Winnie Susan, Emma Kujawa, Dorothy Blinka, Willie Mae Kuykendall, Maxx Stavinoha, Anna Gadway, Brianna Nesvadba, Briley Nesvadba, Evan Stavinoha, Elizabeth Dostal, Samantha Dostal, and

Brady Dostal. CENTER PHOTO: Lodge 81, Needville Youth Club meets at the S.P.J.S.T. Senior Living Center. Pictured are Evan Stavinoha, Samantha Dostal, Anna Gadway, Elizabeth Dostal, and Brianna Nesvadba. RIGHT PHOTO: District Five Director/Lodge 81, Needville Assistant Youth Leader Bradley Stavinoha joins the group for a photo.

LEFT PHOTO: Maxx Stavinoha, Briley Nesvadba, and Brady Dostal play with a cockatoo pet at the senior living center. CENTER PHOTO: Join Hands Day at S.P.J.S.T. Senior Living Center in Needville on Saturday,

May 5. RIGHT PHOTO: Youth from SPJST, KJT, and KJZT and adults from Lodge 81, Needville gather for the Join Hands Day project at S.P.J.S.T. Senior Living Center in Needville.


Next Meeting—June 12 The next formal meeting will be on Tuesday, June 12. Thanks, Bernice Stolarski, Secretary/Reporter/FAC —SPJST—

Lodge 142, Houston to honor longtime members this Sunday

Dear Readers, The monthly meeting of SPJST Lodge 142, Houston was held Sunday, April 15, 2018. At 1 p.m., a social and meal of hamburgers and trimmings, chips, and dessert was served. Prayer of thanks was given by Dennis Hermis. The meeting was called to order at 2:15 p.m. by President Keith Kieschnick. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Flag Bearer Zoe Saxton. A moment of silence was held for deceased member Mae B. Travis. May she rest in peace. Roll call of officers showed all present except for Guide Carol LaPaglia. We had 28 members and guests District Five Youth Counselor Barbara Linney-Gonzalez, Cindy Messina, and Janice Comberrel. Secretary Elizabeth Hermis read the March minutes. Financial Secretary/ Treasurer Mary Ann Kieschnick gave the March financials, and both reports were approved as read. Correspondence - A donation request was received from Houston Food Bank. Invitations were sent our to our 75- and 50-year members to which pins will be presented in the May Meeting. New member is Piper Renee Miller sales agent is Kerry Herrington. Youth Leader Catherine Manchack reported seven youth members and two guests DYC Barbara Linney-Gonzalez and Zoey Coleman were present at the youth meeting. Youth members with March birthdays were Aiden Hermis on the 2nd - 9 years and Karley Kieschnick on the 28th - 15 years. She reported on attending the Youth Leaders Workshop in Seaton on March 24. District Five Spring Meeting was Sunday, April 8. Zachary Coleman was elected vice president for the district youth. The second annual Easter egg hunt winners were first place - Jolin Havies, second - Ryleigh Comberrel, and third - Aiden Hermis. FAC Pat Schleider reported on the May 19 Founders Day at Lodge 1, Fayetteville and the May 5 SPJST Car Show at Lodge 47, Seaton. She stated that we will be having our presentation of 75-

and 50-year members at the May meeting. DYC Barbara Linney-Gonzalez thanked all who participated in the district Easter egg hunt. All had a fun time. Camp registration deadline is May 1. Chaperone training is to be completed on line. She also discussed rebate checks from the Home Office. New business was presented by Karole Coleman. Lodge 142 is hosting the District Five Meeting in 2019. President Keith and all were in favor. Discussion followed on camp monies for youth attending camp and guidelines. Sick Committee reported Mary Jane Hue, and welcomed back Mo Dunn to our meeting. Birthdays for April were Zack Coleman on the 28th, Mary Jane Hue on the 4th, Bob Schleider on the 29th, and Debra Ngo on the 20th. Anniversaries were Bob and Pat Schleider - 39 years on April 21 and Mo and Holland Dunn - 19 years on April 16.

Door prizes were awarded. Capsule drawing went unclaimed and not present, Bernard Derkowsky, Erica Puryear, Aaron Manchack, Delores Blahuta, and Russell E. Luke.

Next Meeting—May 20 The next Lodge 142 meeting will be Sunday, May 20 at 2 p.m. with a meal at 1 p.m. and members 75- and 50-year pin presentation in the Annex Building at Lodge 88, Houston. Fraternally, Elizabeth Hermis, Secretary —SPJST—


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Lodge 160 San Angelo meets May 16

Dear Members, SPJST Lodge 160, San Angelo will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 6 p.m. The Dutch treat dinner and meeting will take place at Ole Gin Steakhouse in Wall. We hope you will be able to join us! Fraternally, Sandra Jansa, President —SPJST—

Lodge 97, Placedo members join hands at Hospice of South Texas

Lodge 97, Placedo members met on Friday, May 4, 2018, for Join Hands Day at Hospice of South Texas, a non-profit organization. We helped assemble several different snack bags that will be used for information seminars. We also sorted papers for patient sign-in packets. The group then presented a

check for $100 to Volunteer Director Devery Koehl to be used by the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Fraternally, Judy Bellanger, Secretary —SPJST—

LEFT and RIGHT PHOTOS: Lodge 97, Placedo members assemble different snack bags that will be used

for information seminars. —Submitted by Judy Bellanger, Secretary

LEFT PHOTO: Lodge 97 members sort papers for patient sign-in packets. RIGHT PHOTO: Pictured are, left to right, Marvin and Joyce Tomas, Dawn Dierlam,

Aileen Lott, Dorothy Schovajsa, Hospice Volunteer Director Devery Koehl, Lodge 97 President Gay Revel, Donna Vanek, and Judy Bellanger.


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Lodge 191, Lufkin seeks donations for hall insurance

SPJST Lodge 191, Lufkin and Lufkin Dance Club joined together to give dance lessons every Tuesday night in April. A great big thanks to instructors Bernard and Catherine Hylands for doing an excellent job of teaching the students the basics of dancing. They taught the twostep, waltz, polka, and a few line dances thrown in. The students seemed to have a great time, and they did quite well. There were adults as well as teenagers among the students. The last Tuesday night ended with refreshments, cookies, dip and chips, and lemonade. They all seemed to appreciate the food and drink. Thanks to those of you that furnished the food. The April SPJST dance featured Glenn Lenderman and Friends. As usual,

Lodge 84, Dallas welcomes new member

Each family has their stories, but Lodge 84, Dallas wants to welcome Lawson Keene Parks Lawson Keene Parks to ours. Lawson was born on February 15, 2018, to Kyle and Lindsay Parks. Lawson’s sister is Karina Joy Parks. His grandparents are Ervin and Donna Rusnak, and Edwin and Carol Parks, and his aunt is Chelsea Rusnak. Lawson’s great-grandmother Eleanor L. Rusnak is making sure Lawson is included in the 100 Percent SPJST Family. Thank you, Eleanor, for trusting your family to our SPJST family. Sales agent is Lynda Novak of Dallas. —SPJST—

Glenn did an excellent job of playing for the dance; he plays such a variety of music that you are bound to like some of it. He also takes requests, and he knows so many songs that he can probably play just about anything you ask for.

May 18 Dance The Flat Prairie Dog Band will play for the May 18 dance. Come on out and listen and dance to some more good music. The lodge dances are always the third Friday night each month and are from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $6 for members and $8 for guests. Please bring a covered dish or snack food for the food table. Thanks to everyone for the food each month. That is one meal that you do not have to cook the whole meal, and you get a variety of food.

Donations Needed The lodge will be taking donations for insurance on the building which is around $4,000 per year. If you would like to contribute to this fund, a jar will be set up in the foyer for this purpose. Or, if you would like to mail it in, the address is: SPJST Lodge 191, Lufkin PO Box 3113 Lufkin, TX 75903

and it will go to the treasurer. This would also be tax-deductible if you itemize your taxes. If you know any of the dancers or members of the lodge that are ill, of if you want something added to the newsletter, please email me at or call 936875-2867, and I will add it to the next newsletter. Lodge 191 Vice President Doyle Oliver will be having heart surgery on May 9 in Houston. He will have a heart valve replacement. Please be in prayer for him, Sarah, and their family. Submitted by, Pat Scogin, Secretary/Reporter —SPJST—


Happy 98th Birthday, Lydia Alholm of Lodge 92 Fort Worth!

Lydia Alholm celebrated her 98th birthday on April 30, 2018. She enjoyed having lunch with several of her friends who came to visit. Lydia is a member of SPJST Lodge 92, Fort Worth.

Lodge 202 Jourdanton plans June meal, meeting

Lodge 202, Jourdanton met Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Jourdanton Community Center. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Silence was observed for deceased member Annice Mae Guenther, and in honor of the armed forces. President James House welcomed

everyone. All officers were present. Secretary Bettie House read the minutes that were approved as read. Treasurer Sandra Hoggard presented the financial report. Correspondence was received from Kelly House, Madison Lutz, and Kenzie Lutz for the lodge’s donations toward their goat and turkey projects that they sold at the county livestock show. Fraternal Activities Coordinator Kathleen Polasek noted the dates of Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and SPJST state events. Youth Leader Regina House stated the district youth leadership workshop was held, and District YAD and camp will be in July. Regina and James House’ daughter Michelle will graduate from Texas A&M University in College Station on May 12. Congratulations, Michelle! Congratulations to Lodge 202 Youth Club member Samara Valdez for receiving the SPJST Otto Hanus Scholarship. The lodge meal on Sunday, June 3 will be cold cuts. Youth members will bring desserts, and adults will furnish sides. Door prize winners were Kathleen Polasek, Lloyd House, Lian Pruski, and Caitlyn Pette. The meeting adjourned. A get well card was signed for Mary Ann Barta, and a sympathy card was signed for the Annice Guenther family. Next Meeting—June 3 The next meeting will be Sunday, June 3 at 1 p.m. at Jourdanton Community Center. Cold cuts will be provided by the lodge, youth will furnish desserts, and adults will bring sides. Fraternally, Bettie House, Secretary —SPJST—

Lodge 107, Floresville reorganizes youth club

Lodge 107, Floresville Youth Leader Lian Pruski receives the youth funds back from adult Lodge 107 Treasurer Oscar Korus, for reorganizing the Lodge 107 Youth Club.

—Polly Bayer Reporter

Lawson Keene Parks


Lodge 202 Jourdanton graduating seniors

Attention, Graduating Seniors of Lodge 202, Jourdanton: Lodge 202, Jourdanton is offering a scholarship at the local level for high school seniors. To apply, please contact Lodge 202 Jourdanton Youth Leader Regina House at spjst202youth@ or 830-570-2046. —SPJST—

Ladies Circle of Lodge 92 Fort Worth

President Cathy opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and asked for a moment of silence in memory of member Louise Collins who passed away recently. Janet Basham then gave an inspirational and thoughtful reading. Business proceeded as usual with Secretary Joan reading the minutes which were approved as read, and Treasurer Margaret Laymance giving the financial update. Marlene Bass, our sunshine chair, sent a card to Pauline Morbitzer for her recent eye surgery, and updates were

given on others who were unable to be with us due to health issues. Alene Kercho is still recovering from the stroke she had but is better now; Betty Krenek is receiving chemotherapy and is also on the upswing; and Caroline O’Brien is in therapy and hoping to go home soon. We missed each of you and are sending prayers for good days ahead. We were also missing many of our regulars, and we hope that all are okay and were just busy on meeting day. The ladies of the Circle have an ongoing project named “Gloria’s Gifts.” We collect can tabs and Coke lids, soup labels, and whatever else shows up. Lisa Juran delivered seven gallons of can tabs to the local Ronald McDonald House this past month, and she reported that you’d thought we gave them a million dollars. She also took the can lids to Castleberry Elementary who was most appreciative as well. The staff at the Ronald McDonald House sent a lovely thank you note which Lisa shared with everyone. Thank you to Lisa for continuing Gloria’s legacy by making sure these items are taken to where they belong. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. The Easter Bunny made her annual visit to the lodge for the Ladies Circle meeting in April. She left behind a huge nest of eggs and prizes for everyone. President Cathy Simmank and her bunny helper friends prepared a fun-filled

Easter egg hunt for the ladies. This year, each member had to find eggs that spelled out E-A-S-T-E-R, and they also had to search for their very own personalized egg. Each egg was filled with candy, nickels, or with prize notes. The Bunny worked hard on her prizes which included packages of cookies, decorated cupcakes, pencils and erasers, a plant, garden decorations, and money for bingo. Standing back and watching when the president said “go” was like going to a sale in a department store. The ladies didn’t hesitate to get into the swing of the activities. Everyone participated, and it is always so much fun with a lot of laughing and giggling. We have to give Cathy huge kudos for the work she put into this annual event. It was so fun and so unique. Next month, we will honor our mothers with stories of how they loved us even when we were “unlovable.” My mother Carmen Simek left me when I was only 13 years of age, and today, I give thanks for the mothers of my friends, Mary Ann Juran and Joyce Hubenak. Mrs. Juran and Mrs. Hubenak were instrumental in teaching me things that my mother would have taught me. Most of all, there was Mona Lee Hattendorf, my aunt, a beautiful lady inside and out, who watched over me for many years. So sorry to get personal, but I wanted to lift up those Czech ladies who were so special to me and whom many of you knew, Our birthday girls for April were celebrated. They were Lisa Juran, Joy Booe, Joyce Tesar, Kathy Thome, Marie Keller, and Lydia Alholm - a big 98 and still driving. Those missing in action were Cherie Price, Sherrie Watkins, Wanda Moree, Alene Kercho, and Pattie

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Williams. The birthday song was sung, and later they led the way to lunch. We also send happy birthday wishes to all for another grand year. There were 10 lucky winners of door prizes after which Mary Ann Krivanek read a couple of cute stories from her phone. Janet Basham led the blessing for lunch, and we adjourned to sample all things good. Hostesses for this day were Evelyn Scaff, Bessie, Lisa and Garland Ellsworth, and Lucy Martinez. Thank you for stepping in to take care of lunch duties at the last minute. Lunch was awesome with a lot of yummy items. Bingo followed lunch, and I didn’t win a thing. Come be with us in May to honor your mother. Respectfully submitted, Joan Simek Shropshire Secretary —SPJST—

Ladies Circle of Lodge 92, Fort Worth celebrates April birthdays

Lodge 191, Lufkin shares April dance scenes

Birthday ladies are, left to right, Lydia Alholm, Marie Keller, Joyce Tesar, Kathy Thome, Joy Booe, and Lisa Juran. RIGHT PHOTO: Happy birthday to 98-year-old birthday lady Lydia Alholm! —Submitted by Joan Simek Shropshire, Secretary


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★ ★ 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.

Kelner family

Descendants of Anton and Alouise Jancak Kelner will hold their 33rd reunion on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the American Legion Hall in East Bernard, Texas, from 12 noon till 9 p.m. Barbecue meat will be prepared. Please bring a side dish and dessert. Silverware, plates, and drinks will be furnished. Please bring donated items for the auction, silent auction, and children’s games. Also bring items for playing cards, dominoes, and other games. Bring pictures, history, and recipes to be shared.

Lodge 200, Bruceville-Eddy member receives Lifetime Achiever Award

Contact the following for information: President Donnie Kelner 979-2821270; Vice President Louis Petrosky 281-389-4433; Treasurer Joey Pitman 281-236-7652; Secretary Helen Kelner 281-342-2624; or Historian Lillian Neeley 713-947-2472. Submitted by, Helen Kelner Lodge 28, East Bernard —SPJST—

Sefcik-Kubin families

The Sefcik-Kubin reunion is Sunday, June 3, 2018, at New Tabor Brethren Church Fellowship Building, CR 225, Caldwell, Texas, at 11:30 a.m. For the reunion, each family is asked to please bring a meat dish, vegetable dish, and dessert to be shared with everyone. Silverware, paper goods, tea, and coffee will be provided. You are encouraged to come early and attend the morning worship service beginning at 10:30 a.m. The 2018 reunion committee are Ronny Herrmann - 979-567-9360; Frances Hargrove - 830-620-0080 or; and Jennifer Beardmore - 832-612-0519. Submitted by, Frances Hargrove Lodge 17, New Tabor —SPJST—

Grandkids By d.knape

On day one all is happiness and joy so glad to see them once again

by day two ready to tear our hair out

worn out by the demands of youth its physical and mental strain we retreat to our chairs to recover when God made youth he gave them eternal energy

Lodge 200, Bruceville-Eddy met Sunday, April 22, 2018. Allen Trigg, Sr., left, was presented the 2018 Lifetime Achiever Award by Vice President James Hosch.

when God made old people he gave us fatigue. —SPJST—


In Memory of Margaret Migl

Margaret Ann Vala Migl, 68, of Houston, Texas, went to Heaven on Sunday, March 18, 2018, surrounded by her family after a long struggle with heart complications. Born on August 26, 1949, in Houston to her Czech parents Annie (Zubicek) and Emil Vala, Margaret attended Fannin Ele- Margaret Migl mentary, Lanier Middle School, and San Jacinto High School. She met Leroy, the love of her life, at a dance at SPJST Lodge 88, Houston, and they were married on June 22, 1968, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church and had twin daughters. Margaret made sure the twins were provided with the best academic opportunities sending them to Saint Anne Catholic School and Saint Agnes Academy. Margaret was an insurance agent for many years and was a member of the Insurance Women of Texas until her retirement. She enjoyed spending time with her family, listening to polka music, taking casino trips, playing bingo and board games, and seeing her two grandsons participate in their favorite school and sports activities. They were her pride and joy, and she was their biggest fan. She was a lifelong member of SPJST Lodge 88, Houston where she was an active member of the Birthday Club Sisters and Czech Chorus as well as a former assistant youth club leader. She loved her family and was proud of her Czech heritage. Any room Margaret was in was always full of laughter and love. She will be remembered for her infectious laugh. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister Helen Pavlas. She is survived by husband Leroy Migl; twin daughters Marlene Migl Satterwhite and Darlene Migl Polly; sonsin-law Stephen Satterwhite and Mark Polly; grandchildren Nathan Polly and Jered Polly; sisters Mildred Holden and Frances Vala; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. S Pánem Bohem - a Czech blessing meaning “Go with God”. —SPJST—

Expression of Sympathy

SPJST Lodge 202, Jourdanton officers and members extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of ANNICE MAE GUENTHER, who was born November 17, 1931, in Zorn, Texas, to Hugo and Viola (nee Bartoskewitz) Rohde. She passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the age of 86 in San Antonio. Annice was baptized and confirmed at First Protestant Evangelical and Reformed Church Annice Guenther of New Braunfels. Roy and Annice were married at this church on December 8, 1949. Annice was a member of SPJST Lodge 202, Jourdanton. Annice was preceded in death by parents Hugo and Viola Rohde; husband Roy Guenther; sister Mildred Magin; and brother Harold Rohde. She is survived by son Rodney Guenther and wife Rocio of Carlsbad, California; daughter Crystal Pickard and husband John of San Antonio; granddaughter Hilary Pickard of Austin; and numerous relatives and friends. Visitation was at Sunset Funeral Home on Thursday, May 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service was at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, May 4 at 3 p.m. If you desire, a memorial donation may be made to MacArthur Park Lutheran Church Bell Choir or to Northeast Senior Assistance, 2903 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, Texas 78217 - both have the same address. With deepest sympathy, Bettie House, Secretary —SPJST—


In Memory of TSgt. Thomas E. Cole, Sr.

TSgt. Thomas E. Cole, Sr. USAF (Ret), age 73, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas. He was born on December 26, 1944, in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, to Thomas Warren and Amy Elizabeth Cole. TSgt. Cole retired with 23 years of service in the USAF and served at various duty stations around the TSgt. Cole world including Pakistan, Thailand, and England. TSgt. Cole retired from Wright Patterson AFB and settled in San Antonio. He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Amy Cole; and sisters Amy Ruth Cole and Darlene Taylor. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Willie Mae Stella Cole; children Michael Patrick Cole (Jennifer Cole), Thomas Earl Cole, Jr. (Tammy Cole), and Mary Edith Johnson; brother Jeffrey Cole and sister Billie Lee Snowden (Donald Snowden); grandchildren Ashleigh Christine Johnson (George Aldana), Amber Lynn Johnson, Amy Elizabeth Johnson, Jakob Michael Garza, Samantha Garza (Anthony Garza), Krista Jane Cole (Chris O'Bryan), Jessica Elizabeth Pearson (Jack Pearson), Lennon Leigh Cole, and McKinnley Elizabeth Cole; great-grandchildren Christian Anthony Aldana, Jeilynn Mae Aldana, David Aiden Matthew Johnson, Marlie Kailynn O'Bryan, Anthony Michael O’Bryan, Terrance John Pearson, and Michael Patrick Pearson. Thomas enjoyed umpiring baseball, square dancing, B-rated movies, coin collecting, and Dunkin Donuts. A funeral mass was held at St. Vincent De Paul CC. Interment followed at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors. Thomas was a member of SPJST Lodge 133, San Antonio. He and his family enjoyed the social gatherings for many years. We, the officers and members of Lodge 133 wish to extend our sympathy to the family. You will all be remembered in our prayers. —SPJST—

Resolution of Sympathy

The Resolution Committee of Lodge Karel Havlicek No. 4, Hallettsville on behalf of the entire membership wish to express our sincere and deepest sympathy to the family of our departed lodge brother, LARRY WAYNE SASSIN, 51, who suddenly passed away at his home in Freeport, Texas, on March 21, 2018. He was born on January 20, 1967, to Louis and Evelyn Galetka Sassin. Larry graduated from Brazosport High School in 1985 where he played football until he injured his back. He played the cornet in junior high and high school bands. He then attended the Police Academy at Brazosport College. He then took a different path by working in the HVAC business for Johnson Supply for more than 27 years until his death. Throughout his life, he enjoyed hunting and fishing at the family farm in the Hallettsville area as well as salt water fishing and duck hunting with his friends in Freeport. He enjoyed having dogs around for pets and training some to hunt with him. He enjoyed listening to country music. Larry was a member of SPJST Lodge 4, Hallettsville. He was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Evelyn Sassin. Survivors include brother David and wife Susan Sassin; niece Stacey Sassin and nephew Michael Sassin of Austin; Uncle Hilmer and Aunt Gay Ann Galetka of Hallettsville; Aunt Delores Sassin of Schulenburg; and numerous cousins and friends. A memorial service was held in Clute on Sunday, April 8 for co-workers and friends. A family memorial service was held at Vsetin Czech Moravian Brethren Church in Hallettsville on Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m. A private burial was held prior to the service in Vsetin Cemetery where he was laid to rest next to his parents. May our departed brother rest in eternal peace. Resolution Committee Gayenell Chudej Victoria Zak —SPJST—

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In Memory of Joseph J. Slovacek

Joseph J. Slovacek passed away at the age of 89 in Dallas, Texas, on Monday, April 2, 2018. Joseph was born on October 3, 1928, in Bardwell to Louis C. and Frances (Belha) Slovacek. He grew up in the Ennis Joseph Slovacek area and attended Palmer schools. He went to Arlington State College for four years where he earned a certificate in engineering. On September 27, 1958, he married Charlyne Agnes Spaniel. They made their home in Dallas for seven years before moving back to the farm near Ennis. He served his country proudly in the United States Army in Okinawa and was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He worked for LTV for 17 years before retiring to the farm where he loved spending time working the land and ranching. He was a member of SPJST Lodge 25, Ennis. He was also a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a former member of St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, American Legion, VFW, and KJT. He served as Precinct 122 election judge for many years. He was also elected to serve as the Farm Service Agency of Ellis County Committee Representative. He is survived by his wife Charlyne Slovacek; son Ronald Slovacek and wife Barbara; daughters Donna Blankenship and husband Cord, and Yvonne Jander and husband Christopher; grandchildren Christy Meaney, Katy Blankenship, Sarah Slovacek, Jason Jander, Jacob Jander, Adam Miller, Lindsay Whitman and Shelly Miller; four great-grandchildren; brothers Albin Slovacek and wife Lillian and John Slovacek and wife Anna; sisters Mary Foitek and husband Jerry and Margaret Kozlovsky and husband Charles; sister-in-law Delphie Slovacek; along with a host of extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son David Slovacek; brother Louis Slovacek; and sisters Emily Marusak and Georgie Kozlovsky. Betty Macalik Lodge 25, Ennis —SPJST—

Expression of Sympathy


We, the Resolution Committee of Lodge 17, Novy Tabor, wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family of our departed lodge sister, BESSIE SEFCIK. Bessie was born on January 19, 1939, in Liberty County to James and Olga Glover. She passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. She married Clarence Joe Sefcik in September 1963 and to this union, they had three children. When her children were young, Bessie was a Cub Bessie Sefcik Scout and Girl Scout leader and supported the children in everything they did by being a band booster and a volunteer. She enjoyed her garden, tending to her flowers, and cooking for family and friends. She was a member of SPJST Lodge 17, New Tabor. She was also a member of New Tabor Brethren Church and Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 4485 and loved to spend time there with friends and play dominoes. She is survived by sons Clarence and Joe Sefcik; daughter Vannessa Sefcik and spouse Charles Schneider; sistersin-law Annie McNair, Mildred Glover, and Gloria Glover; grandchild Christopher Schneider; step-grandchildren Anthony, Carissa, and Rachel; and four step-great-grandchildren. Funeral service was held on Saturday, February 10 at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Caldwell Masonic Cemetery. May our departed sister rest in eternal peace. Resolution Committee Susan Skrabanek Betty Suehs —SPJST—


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SPJST Youth Section

VĚSTNÍK 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

State Fraternal Director shares May youth updates

SPJST Graduating Seniors As I sit here constructing my May newsletter, I can’t help to think about our seniors getting ready to graduate and move on to their next journey in life. When I took on the State Youth Director position back in 2010, this year’s graduating seniors were in the fourth grade. Uh-oh . . . I just gave away my age! It has been a blessing for me to watch you grow up in the SPJST Youth Program and transform into the awesome adults you are. So spread those wings and make your SPJST family proud of you, and always remember you have a home with SPJST. Congratulations, and I wish you only the best life has to offer. Our youth program is top notch in the state. I wish more members would have their children participate in the program. Flag Day Essay Contest All SPJST youth between the ages of five and high school senior are encour-

Lodge 30, Taiton youth wins reserve grand champion award at county fair

aged to enter this year’s Flag Day Contest. This contest will promote patriotism and creative literacy. There will also be a coloring contest for members ages eight and under. Several prizes will be awarded in the Flag Day Contest. All of the winners will be announced in the Vestnik leading up to Flag Day on Thursday, June 14. The deadline for all entries is May 31. This year’s theme is “Standing Up for Our American Flag.” This would be a good time to talk about the right way to display the United States flag and flag etiquette. You may also consider having a member of the Boy Scouts or the American Legion come in as a guest speaker. Save the Date! 2018 Leaders-in-Training (LIT) Camp June 15 to 17 Districts Two/Six Camp June 20 to 24

Districts Three/Five Camp June 27 to July 1

Our county fair was this past week. I showed roasters and got reserve grand champion and fourth in showmanship. It was a great honor to receive that title. It was a really long and fun week, and

Districts One/Seven Camp July 18 to 22

Please be sure and check your calendars. We are looking for physically active adult chaperones very soon. Also, youth, if you are not able to make it to your district’s camp - that is okay - you can register for any of the camps!

Online Camp Applications Please know that applications for LIT Retreat and SPJST Summer Camp are available on the website or you can go directly to and sign on to complete your application. Chaperones, you were to have application and training completed by April 30. Each camper needs to fill out a separate camp application. Please be sure to fill in each blank, and if it does not apply to you or your child fill in the space with “N/A.” Please get the camper application in as soon as possible . . . even though we

I can’t wait to see all my county friends next year! Sincerely, Brittany Baker, age 15 —SPJST—

set up the date of May 10 as the deadline. We have a lot of planning to do and the sooner we have the final number, the easier it will be for us to plan out activities and make cabin assignments. The deadline date will be Thursday, May 10. Parents, when registering yourself and your child for camp, do not pay for the insurance offered. If you think your child’s camp is prorated, please contact the SPJST Youth Department at 800-7277578. I will receive verification that campers have completed their camp application. If you have any questions, please contact me at or my cell phone 254-534-0681 or Fraternal Services Specialist Tammy Martinez at or 800-727-7578. Camp Tee-Shirt Orders Due June 1 Youth leaders, if you are not purchasing tee-shirts for your youth, please provide your parents with the camp tee-shirt order form. This year’s camp tee-shirts

Lodge 17, New Tabor Youth Club seniors attend 2018 CHS Baccalaureate Dinner

Lodge 17, New Tabor Youth Club senior members Brandon Powell, left, and Dillon Narro, right, with Pastor David Johnson of New Tabor Brethren Church and Pastor Wayne Calder of First United Methodist Church of Caldwell are pictured at the 2018 Caldwell High School Grad-

uating Seniors Baccalaureate Dinner. Seniors enjoyed a meal served by the local ministerial alliance. Seniors were given words of wisdom from scripture and blessings to go out into the world and take the Lord with them in all that they do. —Submitted by Brandon Powell


are available for sale. The deadline to order is June 1. Tee-shirts can be delivered to camp, picked up at the Home Office, or mailed to you for $2 each. District Youth Achievement Day (YAD) Dates Please make note of these District YAD dates: District One Sunday, July 8 Caldwell Civic Center District Two Saturday, July 14 Lodge 24, Cyclone

District Three Saturday, June 23 Lodge 183, Arlington District Four Saturday, June 30 Lowake Community Center District Five Sunday, July 22 Lodge 88, Houston District Six Sunday, July 15 Taiton Community Center District Seven Sunday, July 1 Lodge 107, Floresville

State Youth Achievement Day is Saturday, August 4 at Mayborn Center in Temple Please mark your calendar and start working on your YAD projects. State Youth Achievement Day is right around the corner. I will have a listing of blocked hotel rooms so you can make reservations in next month’s newsletter. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in Temple this August.

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to find the Milky Way before the next meeting and ask them in the June meeting about the Milky Way. Fraternally, Frank Horak State Fraternal Director —SPJST—

June Vestnik Project The June Vestnik Project will be about the Milky Way. Purchase a Milky Way candy bar for each of the youth club members. Challenge the youth members

SPJST May Vestnik Project - Johnny Appleseed

This project earns a maximum 1 point in the SPJST Youth Clubs Merit Points System. Mail completed project no later than June 1, 2018 to: SPJST Youth Program c/o SPJST Home Office • P.O. Box 100 • Temple, Texas 76503

Name___________________________________________________________Age______________ Lodge______________

Who is Johnny Appleseed? Who is Johnny Appleseed? Johnny Appleseed lived in the days of early America. He became a legend, and many stories were told about him. Some people do not know he was a real person. His name was John Chapman, and he was born in the state of Massachusetts in 1774. His father, Nathaniel, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. His mother, Elizabeth, died when he was still a very young child. When he grew up, he made it his life's work to plant fruit trees in the developing parts of the country. He carried sacks of apple seeds with him and planted orchards throughout the Northwest Territory. The states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois were formed from this area. His mission was to plant fruit trees so the settlers, as they moved west, would have something to sustain them as they tried to survive in the new land. In 1802, he carried sixteen bushels of apple seeds down the Ohio River. He had two canoes lashed together to transport the seeds. Most of the time he carried the seeds in leather bags on horseback, or on his own back. He dressed simply, wearing clothes he had traded for trees. Sometimes he cut a hole in a sack and wore it as a shirt. Material "things" just did not matter to him. You see pictures of him wearing a pot on his head for a hat. John Chapman was a Christian and conducted his life in a Christ-like manner. He would preach to the families he visited. He called it delivering news "right fresh from heaven". Source:


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Lodge 17, New Tabor Youth Club elects 2018-2019 officers

The 2018-2019 officers of Lodge 17, New Tabor Youth Club are: President Madison Kellum Vice President Tabor Dowell Secretary Macy Narro Treasurer Macey McCuller Reporter Kadie Hartman

Lodge 47, Seaton youth excited about senior youth year


Lodge 47, Seaton Youth Club collects, donates to Helping Hands pantry

Dear Readers, Lodge 47, Seaton will be having its picnic on Sunday, June 3, 2018, and I invite everybody to join us. We also elected officers, and I was elected president for the 2018-2019 youth year. I look forward to seeing what will come along this last year in the youth club. Sincerely, Chase Alexander, age 17 —SPJST— Thirty-nine youth were present at the May meeting of Lodge 47, Seaton Youth Club. “I want to say how proud I am of this youth club,” Youth Leader Amber Bartek says. “They collected items to donate to our local food bank Helping Hands in Belton to provide snacks for the summer.

The youth club is looking forward to another great year! Sincerely, Macey McCuller, age 17 Reporter —SPJST—

Lodge 25, Ennis Youth Club shares May meeting scenes, activities Our meeting was held Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 2 p.m. Everyone was encouraged to apply online for SPJST Camp Kubena as well as LIT camp. Election of officers was held, and those installed were:

TOP PHOTOS - LEFT: Youth joining hands with the adult lodge to working on hall preparation for new ceiling tiles. PHOTO 2: May youth club meeting. PHOTO 3: The last meeting as youth club members for April Dvorak, far left, and Pierce Tignor, far right. RIGHT PHOTO: Maison, April, and Chad win the monthly door prize. BELOW

President Amanda Droste Vice President Brandon Droste Secretary Austen Holland Treasurer Misty Dvorak Sergeant-at-Arms Cody Nelson Flag Bearer Preston Sullivan

Congratulations to our new officers and best wishes to each one of them in the new 2018-2019 youth year! Fraternally yours, Rita Holland, Youth Leader —SPJST—

PHOTOS - LEFT: Seniors April and Pierce pose for one last photo before they leave. PHOTO 2: New youth club officers for 2018-2019: Amanda, Brandon, Preston, and Misty. PHOTO 3: State Queen April Dvorak finds the SPJST Car Show “car of her dreams.” RIGHT: State Queen April helps at the SPJST Car Show.



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Lodge 48, Beyersville Youth Club joins hands with Texas Critter Crusaders

Youth from Lodge 48, Beyersville Youth Club joined hands with Texas Critter Crusaders in a garage sale to raise money. All money made helps

Lodge 202 Jourdanton youth happy about summer; ready to see friends

Dear Vestnik, Summer is almost here, and I could not be happier! I am excited to be a senior in high school and also to see my friends from camp for the next to the last time. My junior year has flown by, but it has been a fun one - even through the hardships, schoolwork, and days missed. I hope everyone else can say the same for this year and the upcoming one. I can’t wait to watch us all grow up together! Fraternally, Kelly House, age 17 —SPJST—

Hey, Kids! Enter the Flag Day Essay Contest!

Hey, kids ages 5 to high school senior! Enter the 2018 SPJST Flag Day Essay Contest today!

What is it? Each year, SPJST sponsors a Flag Day Contest to promote patriotism and creative writing.

Who Can Enter? All SPJST members who are entering kindergarten or age 5 to high school senior. Youth club membership is not required. The age group will be determined by the age of the current youth year.

local shelter animals with microchipping, vaccinations, and spaying/neutering pets for adoption. —Michelle Newsom, Youth Leader

2018 Theme “Standing Up for Our American Flag”

The Rules ❒ Write a Flag Day essay or poem with the theme “Standing Up for Our American Flag” in mind. Essay length must be between 150 to 500 words. ❒ Entries must be typed.

❒ Entries must be original and created by the youth member.

❒ Entries become the property of SPJST and will not be returned.

Lodge 40 El Campo-Hillje youth wins first in rock contest

Lodge 107, Floresville youth: bake sale, come get your cakes!

Lodge 185, New Braunfels youth wins D.A.R.E. essay contest, receives bicycle

Dear Vestnik Readers, On April 23, 2018, I participated with my fifth grade class in graduating from the D.A.R.E. Program, sponsored by the Seguin Police Department. As part of our graduation requirement, we had to write an essay about what we learned about Drug Abuse Resistance Education. I was very excited to learn that I was one of the winners in the essay contest and was presented with a new bicycle from Officer Hope Vasquez, Captain Victor Pacheco, and Chief of Police Kevin Kelso. Megan Ohnheiser, age 11 —SPJST—

Hello. Today, we had a bake sale for the food pantry in Floresville. We sold a lot of cakes. I helped hold the sign and yell “bake sale, come get your cakes.” It was a good day. Thanks, Colt Pruski, age 5 —SPJST—

Dear Readers, My sister and I participated in the decorated rock contest at the District Six Spring Meeting in Hallettsville. I won first place in my age group! It was fun painting my Ninja Turtle Leonardo. He is my favorite because we kind of have the same name. My middle name is Leonard. My sister NayEli isn’t old enough yet, but she still likes to do everything I do with SPJST. Thanks, Noah Garcia, age 6 —SPJST—


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❒ Entries must include a cover sheet with participant’s name, address, phone number, and lodge number. ❒ Entries must be received by May 31, 2018.

❒ Send entries to:

State Fraternal Director Frank Horak c/o SPJST Home Office PO Box 100 Temple, Texas 76503-0100 Email:

Judging Entries will be judged by a panel of writing specialists. Judging is based on the entry’s creativity, grammar, and neatness.


Awards All participants will receive a participation certificate. Youth club members will also receive two merit points in the Merit Point System. Winning entries will be published in the Vestnik.

Lodge 142, Houston youth excels at USA Gymnastics Regional Championship

Grand Prize Winner $100 gift card and winning entry read at the SPJST Flag Day Ceremony on June 14 at a location to be announced. (Youth winning grand prize will not receive age category prize.)

Lodge 142, Houston Youth Club member Ashley Maul participated in the Level 9/10 USA Gymnastics Regional Championships at the University of Denver on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Ashley qualified in the Top 7 at Regionals to make it to the Western National Championships. Her scores were vault 9.625 (5th); bars - 9.10 (12th); beam - 9.325 (6th); floor; and allaround - 37.60 (5th).

Age Category Prizes Ages Entering Kindergarten or Age 5 to 8 Years - $50 Gift Card Ages 9 to 11 Years - $50 Gift Card Ages 12 to 14 Years - $50 Gift Card Ages 15 Years to High School Senior $50 Gift Card —SPJST—


—Submitted by Catherine Manchack Youth Leader

Lodge 88, Houston Youth Club works, learns, plays for Join Hands Day

Dear SPJST, On Saturday, May 5, 2018, Lodge 88, Houston Youth Club assisted with the gun show held at Lodge 88 by cooking and serving food to the attendees. It was our Join Hands Day project, and we

served Mexican food. Thank you for all those who helped make this a great project. Following, we held our District Five workshop. Then we had our Lodge 88 Youth Club monthly meeting. We went

to Chuck E. Cheese after the meeting. We had fun, ate pizza, and had more fun. Mark your calendars for our next event on June 1. We will be going to Constellation Field to watch the Sugar Land Skeeters.

Come join us on Sunday, June 3 at SPJST Lodge 88 for lots of fun and activities for our Homecoming. See you there! Megan Pflughaupt, age 8 —SPJST—





SPJST members, friends, families invited to celebrate Czech milestones May 22 at Czech Center Museum Houston

The Czech Republic observes two important milestones in 2018 — the 100th anniversary of Czech sovereignty and the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Czech Republic. To celebrate these milestones, the Czech Center Museum Houston invites all SPJST members, families, and friends to come out on Tuesday, May 22 and enjoy an evening of traditional musical arrangements performed by Ceska Moravska Kapela accompanied by Czech recording artists Eva Adams and Vasek Sevcik. Ceska Moravska Kapela is a traveling ensemble of the Pardubice Conservatory in the Czech Republic. The group is touring Texas and will be appearing in conjunction with the National Polka Festival in Ennis over Memorial Day weekend. Admission is free of charge, and all monies raised goes to defraying travel expenses. Wine and beer available. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the per-




Bratrství Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Slovanská Podporující Jednota Státu Texas

Uředni orgán SPJST ★ Založené roku 1897

formance from 7 until 9 p.m. The Czech Center Museum Houston is located at 4920 San Jacinto Street in Houston and is home base for SPJST Lodge 232, Houston - Midtown which received its charter on March 14, 2017. —SPJST—



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 512859-2543. Submitted by Alice Bracewell, Lodge 48, Beyersville.

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 254899-2935 or email

Czech recording artists Eva Adams and Vasek Sevcik, above, will perform with Ceska Moravska Kapela, left photo, at Czech Center Museum Houston on Tuesday, May 22.


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. Preregistration preferred. For information, call 888-785-4500; 979-968-9399; or email

May 18 The American Czech Theatre presents “The Stand-In”—at The Beltonian Theatre, 219 East Central Avenue, Belton, Texas at 7 p.m.: A comedy by Ladislav Smoljak and Zdenek Sverak about the beloved Czech fictional character Jara Cimrma - voted the Czech Republic’s “greatest Czech of all time”. Executive Producer Sarah Wilhelm, Director Sarah Reynolds. Performance sponsored by Czech Heritage Museum and Genealogy Center, Temple. For information, contact Sarah Wilhelm at or Susan Chandler 817-919-9095. May 19 The American Czech Theatre presents “The Stand-In”—at TCHCC Sanford Schmid Amphitheater, 250 West Fairgrounds Road, La Grange, Texas at 7 p.m.: A comedy by Ladislav Smoljak and Zdenek Sverak about the beloved Czech fictional character Jara

Cimrma - voted the Czech Republic’s “greatest Czech of all time”. Executive Producer Sarah Wilhelm, Director Sarah Reynolds. Performance sponsored by Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center, La Grange. Pre-sale tickets are $12, and $15 on night of the event. Order online at or call 888-785-4500.

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 drawing 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.

May 20 TCHCC Slavnost - May Fest and Tribute to the Immigrants—at Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center, 250 West Fairgrounds Road, La Grange: Ceremony honors Czech immigrants to Texas of any year, 10:30 a.m. Contact TCHCC for immigrant recognition forms. Available for the first 25. Meal served at 11:30 a.m.; music on the deck - 12:30 to 5 p.m.; prize drawing, country store, May pole dance and village tours. For information, call 888-785-4500; 979-968-9399; email; or visit

May 20 The American Czech Theatre presents “The Stand-In”—at Sokol Dallas, 7448 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas at 1 p.m.: A comedy by Ladislav Smoljak and Zdenek Sverak about the beloved Czech fictional character Jara Cimrma - voted the Czech Republic’s “greatest Czech of all time”. Executive Producer Sarah Wilhelm, Director Sarah Reynolds. Performance sponsored by Sokol Dallas. For information, contact Sarah Wilhelm at or Susan Chandler 817-919-9095.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

TCHCC, La Grange hosts Slavnost this weekend

TCHCC will celebrate Slavnost ‘May Fest’ this Sunday, May 20, 2018. The weekend events begin on Saturday, May 19. It’s another great night under the stars! On Saturday evening, The StandIn (Záskok) will be performed from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sanford Schmid Amphitheater in the TCHCC Complex. Záskok, written by Ladislav Smoljak and Zdeněk Svěrák, premiered in the Czech Republic in March 1994. It is a comedy set in 1910 about a small troupe of actors who find themselves short of company members. To allow the show to go on, they call in the famous Czech actor Karel Infeld Prachensky to perform one of the parts. However, the show becomes disastrous when the famous actor forgets his lines, causing chaos to ensue. The beginning of the play sets up the belief that Jara Cimrman, a fictional Czech personality, wrote the play being watched. “It is a real honor to take this beloved piece and to shepherd it onto the international stage.” – Brian Caspe, Actor in the Cimrman English Theatre. With the first visit to the United States, The Stand-In was performed at distinguished establishments such as the Bohemian National Hall in New York City on April 19 and 22, 2017, and later at the Czech Embassy in Washington, D.C. This truly will be a wonderful evening overlooking the Colorado River Valley. The annual Slavnost ‘May Fest’ and Tribute to the Immigrants to Texas will be held on Sunday, May 20. The day will begin with music in the Koliba Foyer at 9 a.m. along with svačina. The Tribute to the Immigrants to Texas ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony recognizes the families whose Czech ancestors immigrated to Texas. A delicious fried chicken dinner with all the trimmings will be served in the Hanslik Hall beginning at 11:30 a.m. Plenty of Czech style desserts will also be available along with refreshing beverages of all kinds. Music on the deck of the TCHCC from 12 to 6:30 p.m. The Travelers Orchestra of Columbus, Texas, will begin at 12 noon. At 3:30 p.m., there will be a special performance by the Eva Adam’s Czech Ensemble from the Czech Republic, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Czechoslovakia. A dance floor has been added for all our dancing patrons. The Czech Village and Museums will be open for touring, a hay ride, prize drawing, May pole dance, door prizes, country store, pastry shop, and much more. Item donations for the country store and pastry shop are welcomed. Help with genealogy research will be available in

the Melnar Library and the TCHCC Kopecky Gift Shop has a new stock of items great for gifts for any occasion for everyone. For more information, contact TCHCC at 888-785-4500, email, or visit the website The TCHCC address is 250 West Fairgrounds Road, PO Box 6, La Grange, Texas 78945. The TCHCC is a nonprofit organization and accepts donations in any form. All donations are welcomed and will be acknowledged. Come enjoy a great weekend of Czech heritage and culture! —SPJST—

Texas tour of Czech play “The Stand-In” set for this weekend

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 “The Stand-In,” a

comedy by Ladislav Smoljak and Zdenek Sverak, presented by The American Czech Theatre. Executive Producer is 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. “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 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 SPJST Lodge 133, San Antonio member John Kuba who lives in Podivín, Czech Republic, shared ples dance/‘ball’ invites, a newspaper clipping, and an ad with the Věstník recently:

Dear Melanie, Here are some announcements of ples, sale of pomlázka at super market, photo from newspaper, kroj, and Easter Monday. We are having warmer weather now. My apricot trees are blooming as well as all spring flowers. My rhubarb is up so I can start pulling it. ~ Yours, John

LEFT PHOTO: Folklorní Tradice. An old time Czech Easter Monday tradition, whereby boys would spank girls with a handmade whip called pomlázka for girls to keep their health and beauty in the year ahead. Boys are then rewarded with a painted egg or candy and a ribbon around the pomlázka. This tradition is celebrated in villages and small towns. Although it may have lost its symbolism and romance, it is now mainly for fun. RIGHT: Czech Easter pomlázka.


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.” “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 at-

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tempts, 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—



Wednesday, May 16, 2018



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Wednesday, May 16, 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, 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, May 18—Social Sunday, May 27—Lander reunion Sunday, June 3—Lodge 6 meeting, 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9—Petter reunion Sunday, June 10—RVOS Love 46 Meeting/Family Day Friday, June 15—Social Saturday, June 16—Gerik wedding Sunday, June 17—Soukup reunion Friday, June 22—Malone coop Meeting Saturday, June 23—Girard family reunion Saturday, June 30—Tichavosky family 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: Peggy Dobecka 254717-0383 or Jeanette Beseda 254-717-7840. 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 254-717-0383; 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: 979884-1451. 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 20—Czech Melody Masters Sunday, June 3—Glen Collins Sunday, June 10—The Moravians Sunday, June 23—Glen Collins, 2 to 5 p.m.: All Elgin High School class reunions are invited.

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: 512-285-3100. 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 512-217-0162.

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) 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 254-9850002. 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) Wednesday, May 30—Birthday potluck, 6:30 p.m.

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, May 16—Taylor Made Band with guest musician Fritz Hodde, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 18—Old Friends, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Monday, May 21—SPJST Lodge 29, Taylor Youth Club monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Taylor SPJST Hall. Friday, May 25—Last Call 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, 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 254-749-3326; Hall Phone: 254-863-9320. Lodge Meetings: Second Wednesday of each month, 7:30 p.m. at the hall. Sales Agents: James (Dude) Mann 254-715-0275 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 979-2183527; or FAC Ronnie Roesler 979-406-0158.

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 254-721-2887; 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) Attention: Beginning in August 2018, meetings will be held at 6 p.m.

Lodge Hall: 706 FM 2133, Rowena. Hall Rental Information: 325-262-3377 - Butch Wood. Lodge Meetings: First Wednesday of February, May, August, and November, 6 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 254541-9165 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: 361-7934742. 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 84, DALLAS (3) 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.information, call 979-922-1279; or 979-922-1553.

LODGE 88, HOUSTON (5) Friday, May 18—The Fab 5, Beatles Tribute, $10 per person Sunday, June 24—Al Sulak and the Country Sounds, country/western. 2 to 6 p.m. $10 per person. Saturday, June 29—Driftwood, country/western. $15 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: 713-869-5767; 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 IH-30 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 817624-1361. 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 361-5762935.

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 214906-3385 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 177, ACADEMY (2) Attention: Remaining 2018 lodge meetings will be held the second Wednesday of every other month in June, August, October, and December at 5:30 p.m.

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 179, WARRENTON (1) Lodge Meetings: Second Thursday of each month, 11 a.m. Location will be announced in the Vestnik prior to the meeting each month. For information, contact Ricky Weyand 979-966-7138.

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 979922-1553.

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 832-6272842; or Secretary Elizabeth Hermis 281-787-8717. 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 325-6518045 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: 713487-3297. 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 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 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 9—-5 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.

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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.

LODGE 196, HOUSTON-WEST (5) Attention: The May meeting date for Lodge 196, Houston-West has been moved to Sunday, May 6, 2018. Potluck lunch begins at 1 p.m.; 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.

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 713515-2835. 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. 254-624-5152.

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) Attention: The time of the meeting of Lodge 202, Jourdanton will be at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. Please note the change of time and make plans to attend. 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 940322-8503.

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 806-535-8356. 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) 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—-

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