Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church - Hot Springs Village, AR
Buddy Dixon and guest speaker Nicole Good
Buddy Dixon and guest speaker Nicole Good
The Men's Club Annual Steak Dinner was held on May 10, 2016 in the Lower Hall of the Church.  The dinner was attended by 191 members, wives, or dates, and were served a delicious steak dinner prepared by Johnna's Catering.  After dinner, Nicole Good, daughter of long time Sacred Heart Church members, Linda and Mac Good, and Business Development Coordinator for HSV POA, gave a power point presentation about the status of  "The New Desoto Club".  The Club will open sometime in late May, 2016 and the operator will be Johnna, who prepared the steak dinner for the evening.

After Nicole's presentation, Don Glinka announced the nominees and asked for approval of the Men's Club officers for the 2016-2017 year. The following members were elected for the coming club year:

President - Don Glinka
1st Vice President - Jim Arnold
2nd Vice President - Rick Martinek
Treasurer - Rick Goss
Secretary - Bill Patterson
Sergeant At Arms - Scott Krantz
Program Director - Buddy Dixon
Buddy Dixon making a presentation on the Sacred Heart Cemetery
Buddy Dixon making a presentation on the Sacred Heart Cemetery
The Sacred Heart Men's Club held their regular members meeting on February 9, 2016.  72 members and 2 guests enjoyed a meal prepared and served by Chef Johnna's Restaurant.

After the meal Buddy Dixon and Deacon John Froning made a presentation entitled "ADVANCED PLANNING CAN KEEP YOU FROM MAKING A GRAVE MISTAKE".  Buddy discussed the history and current status of the Sacred Heart Cemetery, with the cremated remains of 105 members and relatives of parishioners of Sacred Heart Church in the 3 Columbariums in the Cemetery.

Deacon John then covered the necessary steps to plan your funeral, which include planning the music and mass readings, lectors, handling of the remains (cremation or burial of body), and other items that you don't want your relatives to have to decide during a very emotional time for them.

Check the Photos page for more meeting photos.
Holiday Dinner attendees
Holiday Dinner attendees
The Men's Club hosted a Holiday Dinner with wives or dates on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.  The dinner was open to the entire parish.  Over 120 attendees enjoyed a meal consisting of a choice of three entrees prepared by Chef Johanna's Cafe & Catering.  The meal was one of the best prepared for the Men's Club over the last few years.  After the dinner, Buddy Dixon introduced the Gospel singing group "Rejoice Singers" .  This group entertained the Men's Club at the last meeting of the 2014-2015 year and were equally good at this dinner meeting.

The last event for the evening was the singing of the "12 Days of Christmas" by a group of men wrestled from their chairs by program director Buddy Dixon.  The singing was equally hilarious to past years and was anchored by "5 Golden Rings" Dick Hill.  See the pictures under the "Photo" section of this website or view the video below (click the lower right corner of the video to view in full screen).

The Men's Club Chicken Bake was held on Friday evening, September 25th in the Lower Hall of the Church. Rick Hiemenz and his crew prepared dinner for over 400 patrons with the food being served by members of the Men's Club.  This is one of two major fundraisers for the Men's Club, which supports several local charities and the Catholic schools in Hot Springs and Benton, AR. 

The event coordinator, Joe Lemmler, did a great job in working with over 50 Men's Club volunteers to be in the right place at the right time.  A great job by all and another successful event.
Buddy Dixon, Program Director with David Twiggs, COO & General Manager HSVPOA
Buddy Dixon, Program Director with David Twiggs, COO & General Manager HSVPOA
The Men's Club met on Tuesday evening, September 8th for their first meeting of the 2015-2016 Club year.  Over 165 attended the meeting which was open to wives and dates of members.  Don Glinka, this year's president presided over the meeting and dinner was served by Chef Johnna's Restaurant.  After the meal, David Twiggs, COO & General Manager for the HSVPOA discussed items of concern for the POA and took questions from those in attendance.
Dinner at the pavilion at Dickey-Stephens Ballpark
Dinner at the pavilion at Dickey-Stephens Ballpark
The Men's Club's "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" trip, organized by Buddy Dixon, with much help from his wife Martha, was held on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.  Approximately 95 members, spouses, and friends gathered at Sacred Heart Church, leaving at 4:30 PM and arriving at Dickey-Stephens Ballpark in North Little Rock a little after 5:30 PM.  During the trip to North Little Rock  everyone received a package of Cracker Jacks to get in the mood for the game. 

Once at the Ballpark, the attendees were served a traditional baseball dinner of hamburgers and hot dogs in a pavilion adjacent to the stadium.  After dinner the group moved over to the stadium and were in excellent seats along the 1st baseline.  Unfortunately the Travelers lost to the Springfield Cardinals 2 to 0.  The group departed the stadium at 10:00M and arrived back at Church after 11:00M, tired but happy after a great outing.

As a footnote to the outing, Marshall and Evelyn Garrison signed up for a drawing for a trip to San Antonio and were notified later that they had won.  It pays to travel with the Men's Club.  Sign up for next years trip when it is announced and enjoy the fun.
The "Rejoice" singers perform
The "Rejoice" singers perform
The final meeting of the Sacred Heart Men's Club for the 2014-2015 year was held on Tuesday evening, May 12 at the Sacred Heart Church in the Lower Hall.  Some 170 members and guests were treated to a steak dinner cooked by Men's Club members with homemade ice cream for dessert, prepared by pastor Fr. Bill Elser.

The highlight of the evening was a performance by the group "Rejoice"‚Äč, 5 ladies who performed several upbeat gospel songs that delighted those present at the dinner.  

Officers for the 2015-2016 year were elected, Don Glinka - President, Joe Lemmler - 1st Vice President, Larry Poldrack - 2nd Vice President, Treasurer - Rick Goss, Secretary - Bill Patterson, Sergeant at Arms - Scott Krantz, Program Diector - Buddy Dixon.
Dr. Eric Bowen
Dr. Eric Bowen
The Men's Club met on April 14, 2015 for their regular monthly meeting.  The featured speaker for the meeting was Dr. Eric Bowen, cardiologist with Hot Springs Cardiologist Associates.  Dr. Bowen gave a relatively short presentation leaving plenty of time for questions from the members present.  There were numerous questions and comments about his presentation.  Dr. Bowen has offices in Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village.

After his presentation Don Glinka introduced new members Junior Wilkin and Bob Larson (see Photos). Reports were given by other officers, including the nominations committee.

Officer nominations for the 2015-2016 year are as follows:

President: Don Glinka
1st VP: Joe Lemmler
2nd VP: Larry Poldrack
Treasurer: Rick Goss
Secretary: Bill Patterson
Sergeant At Arms: Scott Krantz
Program Director: Buddy Dixon

Buddy Dixon announced that the next meeting on May 12th is the steak dinner with wives and that the "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" trip to see the Travelers play in North Little Rock would be on Tuesday, June 9th.