Lodge News

Lodge 109 June News

June 18, 2019

Annual Easter Egg Hunt
On Palm Sunday, April 14 Lodge 109 held its annual Easter egg hunt for the parish children in the church hall. Approximately a dozen children participated in searching out the 200 plus candy and toy - filled eggs. The search was lively and was completed in less than 10 minutes after which each child was given a chocolate three bar cross by Helen Meaders.

Bingo with the Veterans
On Monday, April 29 Lodge 109 sponsored a Night of Bingo for the veterans at the Butler V.A. Medical Center. Canteen booklets purchased by the lodge were awarded to the winners. The lodge volunteers enjoyed the time spent visiting with the veterans. This is an event that is anticipated by both groups each year.

Hoagie Sale Successful Matching Funds Project
On Thursday, May 9, GCU Lodge 109 held its semi-annual hoagie sale to raise money for the church. Members of Lodge 109 and St. John the Baptist Byzantine Church in Lyndora made 527 hoagies.

All hoagies were pre-ordered and were either picked up at the church or delivered to those persons or businesses whose orders were for 10 or more hoagies. The hoagies sold for $6, the price for the last several years. The project was split up into two days with Wednesday being one of preparation. Meats and cheese were sliced, counted, and bagged and tomatoes, lettuce, and onions are also prepared and bagged ahead of time.

Once everything was ready, the assembly line procedure the day of the sale went smoothly, making quick work of the foot-long hoagie roll filled with 3 types of meat, cheese, lettuce, sweet onions, tomatoes and Italian dressing. The hoagie crew is pretty accomplished and works well together. They filled all the orders in record time. Thanks to the GCU Home Office for matching our profits through the Matching Funds project and the many volunteers who helped make this sale a huge success.

Lodge 109 has completed a Helping Hands project at St. John's to beautify the church property for the summer months. The Fraternal Grant received from the Home Office is much appreciated for this project. The lodge’s annual Flag Day ceremony and luncheon was held on Sunday, June 9. A complete recap of this event will appear in the August issue of the GCU Magazine.