Spreading the Cheer!

Every year, the Fraternal Herald becomes packed with the unique volunteer activities of our members. This is especially true after the holidays, when the holiday stories come in. Many of the activities have become traditions for our members while some are first time events. This year we wanted to highlight one unique activity from each district that has done during the Christmas Season.

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Mark and Mike on trumpet assisted by Natalie Stejskal

1. Lodge 67 Yukon, OK
Many lodges do a Christmas party, but this lodge stepped it up by creating a Christmas party program. It featured lodge members displaying their talents and skills for the partygoers.

 2. Lodge 330 Brookfield, IL
This lodge pulled double duty for their holiday activity. First, members collected Christmas cards from elementary school kids then distributed the cards to residents at a nursing home. The members then stayed to visit with the residents.

3. 56 Lynch, NE
The town became a little merrier after members from Lynch stopped by! Members decorated a gazebo with red and green big candy canes, cedar boughs, and red bows to spread some Christmas cheer.

4. Lodge 346 Willow River, MN
This lodge showed its creative side last holiday season. Lodge members made lap robes for Pine City Care Center and gave fruit baskets to area seniors, to make the holidays brighter for those in need.

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Members wrap presents for needy children

5. Lodge 500 Cedar Rapids, IA
For many years, Lodge members at lodge 500 have helped wrap presents for Homeless Children’s fund by collaborating with HACAP (a non-profit that focuses on reducing poverty in a six county area).

 6. 365 Kewaunee, WI
Members decorated a Christmas tree in a holiday parade of lights in memory of wfla member Lance Corporal Dean Opicka, killed in Iraq. WFLA respects and honors every service member past, present, and future.

7. 181 Seattle, WA
The members of Seattle lodge 181 gave back to the arts community in their area last year. Members provided assistance at all four Nutcracker Ballet performances. The group helped with concession sales and ushering.

Each of these unique examples shows the diversity of the activities that can be done to spread cheer. What is your favorite voluntary holiday activity?

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Western Fraternal Life Association was established in 1897 as a Czech fraternal benefit society, providing its members burial insurance, social and ethnic activities, and a means of preserving Czech heritage. Lodges were formed throughout the Midwest and members attended meetings and special events. Today the membership is open to those who are supportive of the purpose of the Association.

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