Lodge News

Lodge 164 June News

June 18, 2019

Jr. Bowling Tournament
On Sunday, March 31, local junior bowlers gathered at Camelot Lanes in Boardman, OH to compete and and enjoy and afternoon of FUN! Elaine Chachko from Lodge 442 and Dr. Tom Sopkovich from Lodge 164 co-chaired the event. Eighteen bowlers enjoyed bowling and received give-a-ways from the GCU Home Office along with donations gift cards and coupons from these local vendors: Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Quaker Steak & Lube and Arby’s. St. Mary, St. Michael and Infant Jesus of Prague churches along with Lodge 164, Lodge 360 and Lodge 442 donated gift cards. Thanks to all who helped make this event a success. Hope to see you next year.

Easter Donation
During Lodge 164's second quarter meeting on Sunday, April 7, a $200.00 Easter donation was made to St. Mary Church and accepted by Fr. Richard Lambert. The check was presented by Treasurer Sharon MacDonald and President Dr. Tom Sopkovich.

Meatless Luncheons
Starting on Ash Wednesday after the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts held at 11 AM at St. Mary’s Church, Lodge 164 served a meatless soup & sandwich lunch. About 24-28 attendees enjoyed the meal and donated funds for the benefit of Sisters Bernarda & Leocadia of St. Basil the Great serving the Youngstown Area Byzantine Churches.
After 7 weeks of luncheons, $1,003.00 was generated from donations and sales of left over quarts of soup and sandwiches. Expenses of $177.00 for food supplies were paid by Lodge 164 as a donation. The resulting net profit of $1,003.00 will be matched by the GCU as part of our Community Matching Funds donations for 2019.

Mother’s Day Bingo Fundraiser Event
The annual Mother’s Day Bingo event was held on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at St. Mary’s Social Center, Youngstown, OH. The doors opened at 4 PM with the sale of bingo sheets and rip-off games starting at 5:30 PM. With some promotion of the event, the largest Sunday bingo crowd of 275 players in many years enjoyed the event.
GCU giveaways were passed out in the hall foyer before bingo started. A free strip of games and a free dauber were given to each player. At 6:45 PM, bingo started with Mary Beth Hritzo calling the first half of games.
Fifteen GCU members worked the event along with 5 non-members from St. Mary’s. Total sheet sales resulted in $6,543.00 of income. After payouts of $3,872.00 in prizes and $154.00 in dauber expenses, the net profit was $2,517.00.
With the balance of Community Matching Funds of $1,997.00 added to this profit, the total of $4,514.00 will be divided equally among three Charities in the Mahoning Valley. After rounding to the dollar, $1,505.00 will be donated to The Rescue Mission of the Valley, The Community Kitchen and the Veterans Outreach of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties.
Lodge 164 thanks the GCU for the posters and Matching Funds which made the benefit very successful and beneficial to the three Charities who assist the underprivileged in the Mahoning Valley.