Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church - Hot Springs Village, AR
Boys & Girls Club Reps-Ike Eisenhauer, Joe Stiewe, Mens Club Rep-Buddy Dixon
Boys & Girls Club Reps-Ike Eisenhauer, Joe Stiewe, Mens Club Rep-Buddy Dixon
Ike Eisenhauer, long time Paul Bewie Boys & Girls Club Board Member and Joseph Stiewe, new Executive Director of the Club gave a very informative presentation on the status of the Club and the reasons for the recent changes. If you were not aware, the Club recently entered into an agreement with the Jesseville and Fountain Lake School Districts to aid all three organizations.

The basics of the arraignment were that the school districts  purchased the real estate and facilities then owned by the Club in exchange for the Districts paying off the debts of the Club, which were substantial and unsustainable.  The Districts are leaseing back to the Club, under very favorable terms, a portion of the property for after school and summer programs.  

The School Districts, for their part, were looking for a place to run their Alternate Learning Environment (ALE) , which they had been running in rented space in the facilities near the bowling alley on Hwy. 7, south of the Village. The Districts will expand the facilities at the Club location to handle these ALE classes in a more stable, and over time, less expensive model.  

The new relationship between the Club and the School Districts also has other benefits. It allows the three to work together more closely to serve the kids. The Club and Schools are working together to maintain the buildings and fields, as well as securing increased grant funding to help provide the very best for the kids. 

Joseph (Joe) Stiewe, is the new Executive Director, being hired in February of this year. Joe has been involved with Boys & Girls Clubs (B&GC) for some 40 years, having joined the local B&GC in Wisconsin when he was 7 1/2 years old in Wisconsin. He was most recently Executive Director of the local B&GC in Longview, TX.  Joe has a wife, Yvette, a son 26 years old, and daughters, 24 and 15. Joe explained that based on his review that the Club had become an after school day care, with few programs normally associated with a good B&GC Club. The intent is to restore these programs that will be allowed by the reduction in costs associated with the new association with the School Districts and  with the help of local volunteers and continued financial support from organizations such as the Sacred Heart Mens Club.
Buddy Dixon directing
Buddy Dixon directing
The Mens Club members, their wives, and widows of previous Mens Club members enjoyed a Christmas Dinner catered by Home Plate Cafe.  Approximately 90  people were in attendance and enjoyed a wonderful dinner of beef loin,  pork loin, or turkey breast, served at their table by Home Plate staff members.

After dinner, a short meeting, emceed by acting President Bill Patterson, was held.  The membership approved the donations for this year as proposed by the Mens Club Board.  The amounts and the beneficiaries are:
St. Johns School -  $500, Our Lady of Fatima School - $500, McCauley Center - Meals On Wheels - $1000, Paul Bewie Boys & Girls Club - $1000, Jackson House - $1000, Samaritan Ministries - $1000, Sacred Heart Christmas Baskets - $1200.  Ed Keearns, Director of the Christmas Basket program was in attendance and was  presented with a check for $1200 for this program. 

Buddy Dixon then presented a proposal for a trip to Crystal Bridges Museum Of American Art in Bentonville, AR.  The proposed trip would occur on April 15 - 16, 2013, and would include on April 15 a guided tour of the museum, a guided tour of the Norman Rockwell Exhibit, which opens in March of next year at the museum, tours on April 16 of the Walmart Welcome Center, Museum of Native American History, and then a train ride from Springdale, AR to Van Buren, AR and a bus ride back to the Village.  Cost of the trip is $210 single occupancy, $260 double occupancy.  The trip is being offered exclusively to members of the Mens Club, their wives, and widows of previous members until January 15, 2013.  After that it will be opened up to other members of the parish.  Contact Buddy Dixon at 501-922-2811 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

After this presentation Buddy Dixon directed his 12 elves in a rendition of the 12 Day Of Christmas, which was enjoyed by all.  

Deacon John Froning closed the meeting with a prayer.
Late seating waiter Mike Kerwin visiting a table.
Late seating waiter Mike Kerwin visiting a table.
The Mens Club held their annual Chicken Bake on Friday, September 21, 2012.  Over 400 tickets were sold for this event, which is one of two major fund raisers for the Mens Club organization.  The menu of salad, baked chicken, green beans, and baked potato was prepared by Rick Hiemenz and a crew of 10 helpers.  Fr. Bill Elser prepared several gallons of ice cream that was sold by the CCD students with the help of the St. Jude's Guild after the patrons had finished their meals.

Approximately 40 members of the Mens Club, besides the kitchen crew, served as tickets takers, waiters, Refreshment Center tenders, kitchen coordinators, take out helper, and setup crew.  Bob Heisler was the overall coordinator for the Chicken Bake and is congratulated for a great job.  Also Rick Hiemenz and his crew are to be congratulated on preparing and serving a great meal .

If you didn't make it to the Chicken Bake, be sure and attend the other major fund raiser for the Mens Club, the Fish Bake, which will be on March 22, 2013.
Buddy Dixon and Dannett Botkin At Mens Club Kickoff Dinner
Buddy Dixon and Dannett Botkin At Mens Club Kickoff Dinner
The Mens Club met on September 11, 2012 for their annual Kickoff Potluck Dinner with their wives/sweethearts invited to the meeting. There was a good crowd of approximately 160 attending. After opening prayers and the pledge of allegiance led by Deacon John Froning, Buddy Dixon led us in the singing of God Bless America in remembrance of the tragedy that occurred eleven years ago on September 11, 2001.

The Mens Club supplied brats, sauerkraut, and condiments and those attending supplied the rest of the meal.  After dinner, a short meeting was conducted prior to the evenings speaker.

Dannett Botkin, Marketing Manager for the POA had talked to the Mens Club last year and was invited back to update us on the current status of the POA's efforts to market the Village both locally and nationally. After her speech, Fr. Bill talked to us briefly about the house of formation opening and then led us in a closing prayer.
Arkansas Travelers fans from Sacred Heart enjoy the game at Dickey-Stephens ballpark.
Arkansas Travelers fans from Sacred Heart enjoy the game at Dickey-Stephens ballpark.
On Monday June 4, 2012 some 110 church members and friends met at the Sacred Heart Church parking lot where they were picked up by 2 buses to take them to North Little Rock’s Dickey-Stephens Ballpark.  Buddy & Martha Dixon handled the reservations for the event and even with a number of last minute cancellations, they were able to fill both buses, which have a capacity of 55 people each.  The buses drove thru some rain on the way to the ballpark but the skies cleared by the time we got there.  During the trip, original “Crackerjacks” boxes were given to each participant after they sang the song “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”, which naturally talks about “Crackerjacks”.

Upon arrival at the ballpark the buses stopped just outside the park next to the pavilion where everyone was served all the hamburgers, hotdogs, and baked beans they could eat.  By game time at 7:10 PM everyone was seated in their reserved seats.  The Arkansas Travelers were behind for much of the game but came back and won it by a score of 5 to 4 with 2 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. 

During the game Linda Good won a pizza presented by the Traveler’s mascot, one of our group won an Arkansas Traveler shirt (they actually caught it when it was shot from an air gun toward our group), and someone in our group caught a foul ball to take home as a souvenir.  The game ended shortly after 10:00 PM and the group returned to the buses for the return trip to the Village, arriving there about 11:30 PM, tired, but all seemed to have a great time.

On the trip over to Little Rock, the participants were asked to guess the number of paid admissions to the game, with a prize of a $20 gift certificate for the closest estimate on each bus.  On the trip back to the Village, Dorothy Weber won on Bus #1 and Scott Krantz’s grandson won on bus #2.

Fr. Bill was able to attend the dinner, leading us in grace before the meal, but due to a death of a friend’s relative in Conway, had to leave before the game to attend the rosary.  Many thanks to Buddy and Martha Dixon for all their work and especially to Buddy for all the details he worked out and the great idea for the Crackerjacks. 

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Ed Voss, Dick Hill, Jim Passe, & Chuck Ralph cooking at Steak Dinner
Ed Voss, Dick Hill, Jim Passe, & Chuck Ralph cooking at Steak Dinner
Over 160 Men’s Club members, their wives, and widows of previous Men’s Club members, gathered for a year ending steak dinner on Tuesday, May 8th.  The steaks were grilled by Rick Hiemenz and his staff of 10 helpers who all received Men’s Club caps for all the hard work they’ve put in during the Men’s Club 2011-2012 year.  Fr. Bill made 6 different flavors of ice cream for the dinner with the Snickers pieces ice cream being voted the favorite.  Fr. Bill also received a Men’s Club hat for all the hard work put in by him on behalf of the Men’s Club during the year.

Members of the Men’s Club that were leaders of the various committees were recognized, as well as the outgoing officers for this year and the incoming officers for next year.  After the winning quartet from the Valentine Day party lead us in a rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”, and a reminder to sign up for the Men’s Club sponsored baseball trip to Little Rock on June 4th, the dinner was closed by those attending forming a circle along the walls of the lower hall and singing the hymn “Let There Be Peace On Earth”.
Getting ready to serve the meal at the Samaritan Ministries’ facility are (l. to r.) Bob Heisler, Kathleen Nosek, Dick Hill, Janice Spaniel, Marvin Young, Milt Spaniel and Greg Rogers.
Getting ready to serve the meal at the Samaritan Ministries’ facility are (l. to r.) Bob Heisler, Kathleen Nosek, Dick Hill, Janice Spaniel, Marvin Young, Milt Spaniel and Greg Rogers.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus Men’s Club has been a financial supporter of Samaritan Ministries of Hot Springs.  Some Men’s Club members also volunteer at the ministries’ facility.  Samaritan Ministries serves homeless men in the Hot Springs community providing food, clothing, shelter, training and encouragement.  Recently the Men’s Club decided to take its’ support one more step and under the direction of Mike Kerwin will serve the dinner meal at the facility one day a month.  Club members and their spouses prepare the meal and bring it to the Samaritan Ministries facility in Hot Springs where it is served.  The March meal consisted of Cajun Chicken Jambalaya, a vegetable casserole, tossed salad, rolls, devil eggs and apple pie for dessert.  Participating for the Men’s Club in March were Bob and Colleen Heisler, Dick Hill, Bill and Kathleen Nosek, Greg and Rosemary Rogers, Milt and Janice Spaniel and Marvin and Lucy Young.

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Father Bill Elser, Pastor, greets guest at the Sacred Heart Men’s Club Fish Bake.
Father Bill Elser, Pastor, greets guest at the Sacred Heart Men’s Club Fish Bake.
Over 400 people turned out on Friday, March 30, for the Sacred Heart Men’s Club Fish Bake.  Guests enjoyed an excellent dinner of baked fish, potatoes, vegetables, Cole slaw and bread.  Again this year, Father Bill Elser, Pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, donated his now infamous homemade ice cream.  The young people from the parish took orders and served the ice cream to raise money for the CCD religious education program.  Men’s Club members spent much of the day preparing the dinners.  Guests arrived for two settings, at 5:00 and 6:30, seated by the maître d’ and waiters served their dinners.  The proceeds from the Fish Bake are donated by the Men’s Club to parish and community charities.

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Guests enjoying the fish dinner being served at the Fish Bake.
Guests enjoying the fish dinner being served at the Fish Bake.