Lodge 355 gets down to business at annual Spring Work Party

May 08, 2012 - Lee Jackopin, Lodge 355 Secretary

Several members of Fairport, Ohio, Lodge 355 took part in the April 28 Spring Work Party to tidy up the grounds of their fraternal home, the Fairport Slovenian Club.
Rakes, brooms, garbage bags and dumpsters... all part of the Fairport Lodge 355 Spring Work Party at the Fairport Slovenian Club.

FAIRPORT HARBOR, Ohio — Fairport Lodge 355 hosted its seventh annual Spring Work Party at the Fairport Slovenian Club, the Lodge’s fraternal home. The date was Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, and included Lodge members and friends of the Lodge and club.

Mother Nature gave us a decent day; it was on the cold side but without rain. Mother Nature has been unpredictable this year. Our weather went from winter to spring, to summer to winter, to summer and back to spring. Several days before, Johnstown had two feet of snow. On the day of our work part there was a narrow band of no-rain from Cleveland to the Pennsylvania border and a couple miles south of Lake Erie. Further south, there was rain, cold, frost and snow.

The outside work started with picking up the leaves that had accumulated along fences and buildings, and in the flowerbeds and balina courts. The flowerbeds were spaded and the perennials were trimmed. Cans, paper, cigarette butts and other trash items were picked up from the parking lot. Extra tables were set up in the clubroom for the club’s last-Saturday-of-­the-month dinner which featured strip steak, pork loin chops and chicken grilled to perfection on the outside grill.

One of bigger tasks was completed the previous Saturday when, due to miscommunication, Matt Zalar and Wayne Tenney came for the work party. They proceeded to rearrange the railroad tie parking curbs on the east side of the parking lot. In order to prevent their movement during snowplowing, a second row of railroad ties had been added. Even though snowplowing was done only a couple times last winter, the railroad ties had been pushed around haphazardly. Matt and Wayne repositioned them and even used a stretched rope to position the ties in a straight line! The railroad ties in the west side of the parking lot were re-positioned during the work park, and a sieve was made to screen out large limestone granules in the balina courts.

Volunteer workers were Stan Baucher, Al Clingerman, Sue Coffman, Lee Jackopin, Matt Kangas, Frank Mahne, Lois Melin, Lou Reho, Frank Sajn, Rudy Schumer, Wayne Tenney, Bob Ulle and Matt Zalar. Lodge 355 wishes a hearty thank you to these volunteers who helped even though they had spring cleaning to do at home and are busy with family and other activities.

Fairport Lodge 355 provided doughnuts and coffee to start the day and for the morning break. At noon, the Lodge provided a good lunch of Slovenian smoked sausages made by several members of the Fairport Slovenian Club, complete with condiments, chips, doughnuts and beverages. There was time for some camaraderie before everyone scattered for their personal activities.

Lodge 355 has several upcoming activities on their schedule. The Spring Pancake & Sausage Breakfast at the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, will be held Sunday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast is free for Lodge 355 members, just sign in at the ticket booth. The CAL Don Gorjup Golf Tournament at Rolling Green Golf Course is Saturday, May 26.

Sunday, May 27, is the opening picnic of the season at the SNPJ Farm, hosted by the Farm Board. Fairport Lodge 355 will host a picnic at the SNPJ Farm on Sunday, July 8, featuring good food and the Bob Kravos Band. Members of Lodge 355 will also be attending the Lake County Captains baseball game Monday, July 30, as part of the Slovenian Heritage Night celebration. We hope to see more of our Lodge Brothers and Sisters at some of these activities. Come on out for some SNPJ fraternalism!

The bottom line is that this year’s Lodge 355 Spring Work Party had everyone pitching in to do what they were able to do, while enjoying a fun time of camaraderie, fraternalism and support of our fraternal home and Slovenian culture.