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JULY 2015...


Summer has officially started and with it comes warmer and hopefully dryer weather, especially for our farmer friends. Plans are in full swing for our annual Golf Tournament which will be held on July 25. This fundraising event takes a lot of work, and we must rely on many volunteers and member participation to make it successful. We also need sponsors, so if you would like to donate, please let us know. A volunteer signup sheet is posted on the office door, so please consider to donate some of your time for this great fundraiser for our Lodge. You will not only be helping our Lodge but will have a great time doing it!

Our annual Flag Day ceremony was recently held on Monday, June 15. Due to the wet weather that evening, we were forced to hold it inside. The history of the American Flag was read by Steve Palmer. Thank you to those of you who were able to attend and to our officers who were present to participate.

Our District Officers visited our Lodge for our meeting on June 15. Attending were Lee Vandusseldorp, District Vice President from the Milan Lodge, Kevin Judas, District Director from the Brookfield Lodge, and Matt Roberts, District Chaplain from the Trenton Lodge. I am very happy to say that we received a good report from them.

Thank you to the members who were able to spare a little time and join us on June 24 to present equipment to the Verelle Peniston School and prepare grilled hot dogs, chips, cookies and drinks. A huge Thank You to Terry Breer for getting the ball rolling and making it happen! This is such a worthy cause that only took a couple of hours out of one day and makes a huge difference in the lives of the handicapped students and their very dedicated teachers.

Lorie Brown and Monica Crowley have settled in and have been preparing some very delicious meals. Come out and see what they have to offer, enjoy some cold beverages, good food, and fun with family and friends!

Thank you to Julie and her staff for continuing to keep things rolling for us and to the volunteers who work to keep our grounds and building in great shape! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please join us at a meeting and let us know your thoughts. This is the best place for us to hear your voice!

If you haven't done so yet - pay your dues!!!

See you at the Lodge!

--- Martha Berry, Exalted Ruler

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  • July 20

Only one meeting per month in July and August on the third Monday.


  • David Whitt, proposed by John Riead
  • Howard Moritz, proposed by Michael Creekmore

We will vote on proposed members at our July 20 meeting.

Our next initiation ceremony is Monday, July 20.

In recognition of the 4th of July holiday, the Lodge will be closed.

The Auxiliary hosted the annual Relay for Life Survivor Dinner in June as it is a cause in which we are honored to participate. Attendance was down from previous years as there were several other community events scheduled for the same evening. The requested menu was spaghetti and chicken alfredo again this year, and the meal was delicious. Sandy Gwin flawlessly coordinated the efforts. Lori Brown volunteered her time to prepare the meal. We had numerous donations for desserts and wonderful volunteers to work the evening to plate desserts, serve those attending, work the kitchen, and do all the required cleanup following the activities. Our volunteers make this appear effortless. Special thanks to Lori for cooking, Julie for ordering the necessary food items on our behalf, and to the following individuals that prepared desserts and/or worked the evening: Bev Howe, Cheryl Riead, Diane McKiddy, Jennifer Miller, Joan Holcer, Kay Bellis, Mary Vulgamott, Nancy Valbracht, Pat Humphries, Terri Willard, and Wilma Graham. We hope we have not missed anyone and apologize for the oversight if we have. Our success is always reflective of those that volunteer to help.

Dr. Clark Gwin came in the afternoon of the survivor event and performed some much needed repairs in the kitchen to include fixing the knobs on the cabinets and repairing locks. He graciously stayed to offer his assistance with heavy pans during the evening.

We continue to look for money making projects so that we can continue to make contributions to our local community and to the lodge. If you think of something we can do, please don't hesitate to contact one of us. We are few in number but do get a few things done. You are always welcome to attend our meetings.

Enjoy the summer and be safe.

-- Elks Auxiliary

In an effort to improve service, better control inventory and control costs, we will be implementing a new point of sale system soon. As with anything new, there will be growing pains. We ask for your support, patience and understanding as we embark on this new journey. We believe there are several features that once implemented will significantly improve service to you, our members.

For the months of July and August, the Lodge only meets once a month on the third Tuesday. Our July meeting will be July 20.

The Golf Tournament is scheduled for July 24 (Calcutta) and 25. We are still looking for teams, hole sponsors and volunteers.


July 31

Reservations required!

We are required very 5 years to revise our Lodge By-Laws. 2015 is our year to do so.

The following are the proposed amendments. They were read at our June meeting, are being published in this newsletter, and will be voted on at our July 20 meeting.

Article II-A - Because we have never done so, we propose deleting reference to Associate Memberships.

Article III, Section 1 - We propose deleting the option to purchase a life membership by the lump sum payment of $1,450.00. Life Membership shall remain available by vote of the Lodge and upon payment of required annual dues for a period of not less than 30 years preceding election.

Article IV-A, Section 1 - We propose allowing for the shortened Initiation Ritual. The original rituals may be used at any time upon determination by the Presiding Officer.

Article V, Section V - We propose increasing to $5,000 the amount of unappropriated cash the Treasurer may have in his/her possession prior to being required to report the excess of that amount to the Chairman of the Board. The current amount is $1,000.

Article V, Section 6 - We propose increasing to $5,000 the amount of unappropriated cash the Treasurer may have in his/her possession prior to the Board of Directors being able to demand and receive the excess of such amount for deposit or investment. The current amount is $1,000.

Article XIII, Section 2 - We propose authorizing the Treasurer to pay recurring bills upon approval of the Board of Directors but without obtaining prior Lodge approval.

Article XIII, Section 3 - We propose authorizing the Treasurer to designate, subject to approval by the Lodge, a specified member of the Board of Directors to sign Lodge checks in the absence of the Treasurer.

We propose amending the House Rules by deleting reference to hours of operation. The House Rules are subject to revision every 5 years along with the By-Law and cannot be changed without ratification by the Grand Lodge Committee on the Judiciary. Deleting reference to the hours of operation allows us to change the hours without the current required approvals.

If you wish to discuss the proposed revisions or recommend some of your own, come to the July 20 meeting. Even if we revise the proposed revisions, by the end of the meeting we will have what we will submit to the Grand Lodge for final approval.

Thanks to Esther Houston, Marcia Weldon, Nicole Booth, Dave Booth, Kenney Estes, Richard Crane, Cindy Graham, Amie Kepner, Marvin Holcer, Joyce Mollohan and Martha Berry for taking time out of their day on June 24 to assist with our Verelle Peniston event. Special thanks to Terry Breer who stepped up to coordinate the event. We barbecued lunch for kids, parents, and staff and donated equipment the school had submitted on a wish list. In total, we donated $2,000 that we received in a grant from the Grand Lodge. Elks Care, Elks Share!

Our thanks and gratitude for wonderful journey

What a journey this past year, and we are so elated at the progress you have made on our membership issues. It is the cherry on top of the cupcake. For the first time since the inception of CLMS reporting, our decline nationally was finally under 2 percent. This is encouraging news. In fact, we decreased our shrinkage from 2.8 percent at the end of the 2014 Lodge year to 1.6 percent at March 31, 2015. That is almost half! We need to keep membership concerns at the forefront because it is our Members who enable our community service, which elevates the human condition of our communities. Let's keep the "full court press" on again this year.

Concentrate on the three prongs of membership: (1) initiations; (2) delinquency reduction; and, (3) reinstatements. Last year we had some 51,000 initiations, but during our high point of membership in the late 1970s we were initiating 75,000 new members per year. We need to close that gap.

As to delinquency, we must not drop from our rolls our delinquent Members until we have had a face-to-face conversation about their situation whenever possible. Lodge Secretaries, please do not drop delinquents before you have to. There may be "Sickness and Distress" involved in the delinquency that is worthy of consideration by the Lodge Standing Relief Committee.

As to reinstatements, those former members joined us for a reason and they already know of our good works - use that to your advantage and be certain that your By-laws provide for a 60-day period when reinstatement fees are reduced to $1. A Lodge that works hard during the year on all three phases will be sure to end in the PLUS column for the year.

Marcia and I are so honored to have served as Grand Exalted Ruler and First Lady. We have done our best to present you, the membership, with the high standards of leadership that you deserve. This year has been a most wonderful journey that we have thoroughly enjoyed. The gracious welcomes we have received from all quarters have been magnificent. Our thanks and gratitude do not seem to be enough. Our thoughts and good wishes will be with all of you, always.

We currently have 457 members, 40 of whom are still past due. A list of those past due is posted on the hallway bulletin board. If you have yet to pay your 2015-2016, please do so. Your membership card will be mailed to you shortly after payment is received. If you know a past due member, please reach out to them and encourage them to renew their membership.

If you do not use your 2015-2016 yellow membership card to access your private Club, do not be surprised or offended if someone asks if you have paid your 2015-2016 dues. Buzzing the door for entrance suggests you do not have a card (otherwise you would use it). To protect the benefits of our "private club" status, we cannot serve someone who is not a member in good standing, which includes past due members. If you have yet to paid your your 2015-2016 dues, please do so now.

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).

JUNE 2015
25 James Beemer
25 Darrell Wright
26 Robert Conrad
26 Jerry Miller
27 Tom Barnhart
27 Chris Carr
29 Denise James
30 Kenneth Lauhoff
JULY 2015
1 Jim Gillilan
1 Steven Neal
2 James Summerville
4 Ryan Gardner
5 Fred Collins
7 Clint Macoubrie
7 Bryan Rouchka
7 Steve Waits
8 Faye Posey
10 Gerald Long
10 Carl McBee
10 Gary McCoy
11 Scott Huddleston
11 Mike Lollar
13 Roger Hart
16 Lewis Baker
16 Anthony Ewing
16 David Gillespie
16 Larry Kiewit
17 Dale Sims
18 Gabe Jones
18 Clayton Wineland
19 Roger Boley
19 Kevin Fender
20 John Marcolla
20 Donald Ware
21 Shane Harkins
21 Joyce Mollohan
22 Mark Brown
22 Matthew Rardon
23 Rex Marshall
24 Jacob Caughron
26 Clint Boon
27 Lyndell Clevenger
28 Steve Pew
28 David Seiberling
29 Darrell Pepper
29 Bernard Ross
30 Marvin Holcer
31 Jason Graves
31 David Mattingly
31 Fred Simmer

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