Throughout the years, with several other lodges merging, Dornbusch Lodge of Tynan united with Fortschritt Lodge of Beeville, Eintract Sister Lodge of Skidmore and Roosevelt Lodge of Skidmore to become the present General Bee Lodge 284-2 of Tynan.
The celebration began with registering and visiting with friends at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., General Bee President Marvin Crutchfield called the assembly to order. Presentation of the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance were led by Dennis Carlson. Dianne Puckett completed the opening ceremony by singing “America, the Beautiful.”
Distinguished guests were introduced and welcomed by President Crutchfield. Guests joining the festivities from the Grand Lodge were Steve Pruitt, Grand President/CEO, and his wife, Julie; Lee Vogel, Grand Vice President/Fraternal, and his wife, Bernice; Buddy Preuss, Grand Vice President/Marketing; and Kim Krueger, Fraternal Activities Coordinator, and her husband, Dustin.
Norman Jostes and H.H. Laechelin shared General Bee’s history. Jostes shared the formation and merging of the various lodges from Aug. 4, 1912, to Jan. 12, 1941. Laechelin then read the minutes of this January meeting when the four historical lodges merged to become the General Bee Lodge 284-2. Several decisions were made at this meeting, including the selection of Bremer School in Tynan to be the place of meetings to be held on the first Sunday of each month, the election of Hermann Jostes Sr. as president of the Lodge and the unanimous vote to have all minutes recorded in the English language.
Grand President Prewitt gave his principal address, which included the beginning of the Hermann Sons Organization in New York and spreading to its present-day location in San Antonio. He emphasized the growth and strength of Hermann Sons as an insurance group today.
Prewitt proceeded to recognize those present who had reached personal milestones as members with General Bee. Robert Braune of Victoria was presented with his 50-year membership pin. Bettina Stridde, being a member since Jan. 16, 1937, received her 75th-year pin. Bettina has a long history with General Bee Lodge, serving as secretary/treasurer and historian from 1979 to 1993 and for the past 18 years beginning in 1994, she has served as vice president. She also served in the position of reporter for many years.
Members present were blessed with the music of Dianne Puckett as she sang and accompanied herself on the keyboard throughout the program. Her entertainment was a medley of inspirational songs from days long ago that conjured up many memories. She ended her selections with “Happy Trails To You.”
After the program, refreshments were served by General Bee members, while everyone present enjoyed visiting and sharing stories.