July 23, 2009
It’s Czech, it means ‘southern
unity’ and it’s the official
name of the Buckholts SPJST
Lodge No. 15’s hall which
received the Texas Historical
Commission’s highest honor on
Sunday. Buckholts residents
E. J. and Joyce Provasek,
umbrellas shielding them
against the 105-degree heat,
were two of about 150 persons
attending the afternoon and
evening of activities which
featured unveiling of a THC
Recorded Texas Landmark marker.
For more photos, story and to see
what SPJST stands for, see Page 6C.
Doug Williams Sr., SPJST Lodge 15 president,
was master of ceremonies for marker dedication
ceremony Sunday at Buckholts
Buckholts SPJST gets top marker
Rockdale Reporter, July 23, 2009
Page 6C photos by Mike Brown, Rockdale Reporter
Buckholts SPJST Lodge No. 15’s Hall has quite a history. The current hall, the third,
was built in 1936 after thieves burned down the previous one in an attempt to distract
the population of Buckholts while they attempted to rob the bank.
For the past 73 years the distinctive octagonal-shape building has been a Milam County
landmark and a site for dances, political meetings, barbecues, receptions and many forms
of entertainment. On Sunday about 150 persons, including many longtime members,
dedicated a Texas Historical Commission Recorded Landmark marker.
That’s the highest THC award for a building. There are only nine in Milam County,
including the county courthouse which dedicated its marker on July Fourth.
Master of ceremonies Doug Williams Sr. presided over ceremonies which included the
playing of “Taps” by Trenton Glaser and an invocation by Rev. Gary Kleypas.
Hal Senkel, mayor of Buckholts, welcomed the crowd. Speakers were Brian Vanicek, Supreme
SPJST Lodge president and Melanie Zavodny, editor of the Vestnik Herald.
Bobby Wuensche, SPJST District Two director, presented membership pins and an
appreciation award and delivered closing remarks.
Lodge 15 officers are: Williams, president; Derrick Ruzicka, vice-president; Dorothy
Tomascik, vice-president; Sandie Fischer, secretary-financial secretary.
Organizers expressed appreciation to the Milam County Historical Commission, Jackie
Thornton, Dee Dee Green and Geri Burnett, and also to Steph McDougal and the
Preservation Society of Old Dance Halls.
SPJST stands for Slovanska Podporujici Jednota Statu Texas (Slavonic Benevolent Order of
the State of Texas), a fraternal society that promotes social activities and insurance
benefits for members.