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MARCH 2015...


February started off with a great Super Bowl Party! Thanks to all who came out and brought food and participated in the festivities.

The 13th annual Gun Show was another successful fundraiser for us. It takes a lot of work behind the scenes, and I want to say many thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors, dealers, staff, customers who came through during the weekend, and of course Kerby who does a fantastic job of organizing and keeping things rolling for us. Thank you to the ladies for their concession stand and delicious food and desserts and thank you to Jeff and Hy-Vee for the Sunday morning breakfast. Thank you to everyone who was able to help out and for all your hard work!

The Elks State Bowling Tournament is being hosted on February 21-22 and 28-29 by the Florissant Lodge. Good Luck to our bowlers; and I am hopeful that they will once again bring the traveling trophy back to Chillicothe!

Do you know of an Elk member who has gone above and beyond this past year and who deserves to be recognized? Or a citizen of the Chillicothe area who has volunteered, donated and/or promoted our community and deserves recognition? We are currently seeking nominations for Elk of the Year and Citizen of the Year... the Citizen of the Year does NOT have to be an Elk member. If you know of someone for either, please let me or Steve Palmer know.

The installation of the Lodge officers for the coming year will take place soon. I want to personally thank all of the officers for their participation and support, and I look forward to a great year ahead.

We have initiated several new members and also reinstated some previous ones... please make them all feel welcome in our Lodge.

Please keep the family of Rick Hibler in your thoughts and prayers. He had a way of making people laugh just by being around him, and it was a laugh that most of us will never forget. Rest in peace, Rick.

Once again I want to thank our members who continue to take care of things around the Lodge and most of the time things get done without having to ask. Also thanks to Julie and her staff for their service to us members. I appreciate everyone's continuous efforts!

Keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming events and Wednesday and Friday night meals and come out and enjoy your Lodge with family and friends!

--- Martha Berry, Exalted Ruler

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  • CANCELLED - March 7 - Band Night
  • Spring Convention - March 13-15
  • Scholarship Band Night - April 4
  • New Officer installation - April 6


  • March 2
  • March 16


  • Clayton Wineland, proposed by Fred Simmer
  • Terry McBee, proposed by Paul Prichard
  • Joshua Fosdick, proposed by Esther Houston
  • James Bailey, proposed by Kerby Vulgamott
  • Austin Busee, proposed by Heath Harper
  • Issac Pollard, proposed by Eric Pollard

Our next initiation ceremony is Monday, April 20.

I'm ready for this cold weather to go away. The time change is almost here, and hopefully the weather will change with it.

For those who are observing Lent, we are offering some different items on the menu. We have a catfish basket, which includes catfish, fries and slaw. We also have fried shrimp and a fish sandwich.

The 2015 NASCAR season has started. Come down to the Lodge and watch the races with us.

I would like to put together a Social Committee that will work with me to come up with new and exciting things to do at the Lodge. If you have any interest in being a part of this, please let me know. If you don't want to be on the committee, but have ideas, let me know them.

I look forward to better weather and seeing you all at the Lodge. - Julie Meek, Club Manager


Per statute, notice is hereby giving that our records indicate we have yet to receive payment of 2014-2015 dues from the members listed below; and, therefore, they will be dropped from the rolls of the Lodge on March 16 unless payment is received prior to that date. A dropped member can reinstate by submitting an application for reinstatement, paying a fee of $15, being voted on favorably by the members of the Lodge at a regular meeting of the Lodge, and paying prorated dues from the time of reinstatement.

Amparo Anthony
Blaine Barnett
Dennis Benson
Stephen Biggerstaff
Arte Boon
James Chapman Jr
William Coberly
Dale Davenport
Larry Gastineau
Gil Gates
Kimberly Haakonstad
David Hicks
Danny Hoyt
Brett Jeschke
Carl Jones
Bill Koch
Chris Koehly
Stephen Leach
Matt Leamer
Greg Link
Gerald Long
Scott Lowe
David Luetticke
Amy Mason
George Meinershagen
Chris Parkey
Nolan Parks
Darrell Pegelow
Frank Ryan Jr
Andy Saccaro
Jeff Staton
Spencer Sutton
Betty Taul
Donald Thompson
Travis Tipton
Kevin Windsperger

Thanks again to Kerby Vulgamott and a host of volunteers for making the 2015 Gun Show another great success. Volunteers and sponsors will be recognized in the April newsletter.

March transition to new Officers a busy time

March brings with it an ending and a new beginning. It is a time of transition. Nature brings the beginning of spring and a re-birth of plant and animal life.

We also see the end of a Lodge year and the installation of a new array of Lodge Officers. It is a time to reflect upon the goals achieved and those goals that continue to challenge for the new Lodge year ahead. This is a time when we take stock of our membership accomplishments and resolve to first match and then exceed the past year's results. We trust your Lodge has been among the nationwide links in this great chain of brotherhood that has Elevated America to new heights with your community service.

Congratulations are in order to the new Lodge Officers. I challenge you to set worthy goals for your Lodge and the Order of Elks. As thousands who have gone before, you will enthusiastically go about meeting the challenges of leading and operating your Lodge and engaging in visible Elks volunteerism in your community.

I trust that your Trustees, Board of Directors and Governing Body of the Club have been working on a budget to present to the Membership in April. This is one of the most important tasks of the entire Lodge year.

It is also time to plan the Lodge volunteerism and community service. We will naturally attract a large group of good new Members who seek to join our ranks in this great crusade of elevating the human condition in America.

Throughout this new Lodge year let us always remain mindful of our mission as set forth in the Preamble to our Constitution. As leaders of our Local Lodge we must inculcate the four great principles that are the foundation of our Order: Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity. We vow to remain steadfast in our belief in God in the face of distractions from many quarters.

Our benevolence must start by promoting the welfare and happiness of our Members. American patriotism will be paramount in our thoughts and deeds. Good fellowship flows from our principle of Brotherly Love. We must always seek to perpetuate ourselves as a great fraternal organization of American men and women. We must govern ourselves with an eye on preserving and enhancing the beautiful ideas set forth in our mission statement, which is derived from this Preamble.

Let us pray for the safety of our troops overseas and at home in this small world in which we live. May God help us and bless our beloved Order.

We have a used Canon ImageRunner 3300 copier available for the best offer. Copy count is 314,249. It copies 21 sided to two-sided, accommodates 8 1/2 x 11 and 8 1/2 x 14 paper, and sorts. Arrangements can be made to inspect the copier. We're not expecting much, so don't be shy with your offer. Offers accepted until March 15.

The lodge will once again be awarding scholarships this year. Please let those you know graduating from high school they are available. The application is available here. Applicants DO NOT have to be related to someone affiliated with the Elks. Applications will be judged on academics, character, leadership, participation and financial need. All scholarship applications MUST be received at the lodge by 4:00 pm, March 21, 2015. If you have any questions let me know. -- Amie Kepner
, Scholarship Chairperson

We are accepting nominations for Citizen and Elk of the Year. The Citizen of the Year does not need to be an Elk. Nominations can be submitted to any Lodge officer. We will be voting on the nominees at the March 16 meeting.

We need your help in encouraging past due members to renew their memberships. A personal invitation is the best way to do so. A list of past due members is posted on the bulletin board in the hallway. If you know you are past due, won't you consider submitting your dues payment now?
Per statute, past due members will be dropped from the rolls of the Lodge on March 16. Once dropped for non-payment of dues, a member may reinstate by submitting an application for reinstatement, paying a $15 reinstatement fee, and being voted on favorably at a regular meeting of the Lodge.

Let your fellow members, particularly our newest ones, know that the newsletter and calendar are available online at shortly before the first of the month. You may request an email reminder advising when it is available by emailing You may also pick up hard copies at the Lodge beginning the last Wednesday evening of the month. Finally, you may request a hard copy be mailed to you by contacting any bartender or Steve Palmer.

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The birthday list is based on some old and perhaps unreliable information. If we have anybody's birthday wrong, or if we are missing yours, please let us know so we can correct it next time. Contact the Lodge (646-5350) or Steve Palmer (247-3280).

27 Paul Steele
27 Don Worthington
28 James Chapman Jr.
MARCH 2015
1 Robert Howe
2 Joe Haley
2 Bill Raney
3 Dianne Donoho
3 Joe Garrison
3 Rachel Guthrie
3 Chris Parkey
4 Susan Martz
6 Mike Miller
8 Donald Overton
8 Gary Veach
9 Bob Sprouse
11 Shane Baxter
11 Scott Englert
12 Nathan Scott
13 Douglas Girres
13 Mary Vulgamott
14 Rich Anderson
14 Don James
14 Michael Lowe
15 Connie Greever
16 Carl Morgan
17 James Alford
19 Jim Laffey
19 David Moore
21 Fred Hinnen
21 Mark McCauslin
22 Ron Haas
23 Tom Chapman
23 Kirby Layman
23 James Sprong
24 Alan Miles
25 Cryssa Smith
26 Jarrod Marshall
27 Norman Curnow
27 Danny Hoyt
27 Dennis Spears
28 Clint Isaacs
30 Jana Brobst
30 Allan Timmons
31 Doug Hall
31 Darrell Pegelow

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