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DECEMBER 2014...

FROM THE EXALTED RULER - Martha Berry

The holiday season is approaching quickly; and although we should stop every day and take the time to be thankful for all our blessings, most of us fail to do so except on special occasions. Please be mindful of others who may have a rough time during the holiday season.

I would like to say a special thanks to Marvin Holcer and Kenny Estes for tackling the job of kettle corn for Boofest... they had several helpers along with some FBLA students, and I understand that they ran out of popcorn. Since the popper has been stored for several years, I appreciate their efforts in getting it out and running again!

We had a fun time at the Purple Ball/Halloween Costume Party. A special thanks to Julie and her staff for decorating the lodge for the festivities. Thanks also to Kenny and Paula Estes for providing the music, and to everyone who attended and brought lots of goodies to share.

We served approximately 120 veterans and their guests for the Veteran's Appreciation Dinner. We had great kitchen volunteers, Jeff Frampton and Hy-Vee, delicious desserts made by the Ladies of the Auxiliary, and scouts and leaders of Boy Scout Troop 121. I received many compliments from our guests, and they appreciated the meal and the service they received. Thanks to all who helped to make this a successful evening for them.

The Ladies were again involved with organizing the very successful Holiday Bazaar after the 68th annual Holiday Parade on November 22, 2014. Thanks to Jenny and Sandy and the many others who stepped up to help out with decorations, set up and clean up and working that day in the concession stand. Mrs. Claus even strolled around through the vendors throughout the day.


CT Photo - Beth Cox

The Hoop Shoot will be held at the YMCA on Saturday, December 13. Sign up begins at 9 AM with the shoot to follow at 10 AM. Several volunteers are needed. There is a sign-up sheet posted on the office door.

Plans are being made for ringing in the New Year. We will have music - please bring an appetizer or snack to share with everyone. Watch for more information that will be posted around the Lodge.

The memorial service for deceased members will be held on Sunday, December 7. Please plan to attend to honor our absent members.

Once again, I want to say Thank You to our members who are always willing to help out with any problem that may arise and to keep things going for our Lodge.

I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season! 

--- Martha Berry, Exalted Ruler

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FROM THE SECRETARY - Steve Palmer

UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • Elks Memorial Service - Sunday, December 7, 3:00
  • Hoop Shoot - December 13. Volunteers Needed.
  • Initiation - December 15
  • Tea Dance - December 14
  • Christmas - December 25
  • New Year's Eve Party - December 31
  • Appreciation Night - January 25

MEETING DATES

  • December 1
  • December 15 - INITIATION

PROPOSED FOR MEMBERSHIP

  • Adam Lowe, proposed by Ken Estes
  • Ronald Mayers, proposed by Ken Estes
  • Raymond Downing, proposed by Kerby Vulgamott
  • Christopher Wever, proposed by Michael Creekmore
  • David Bevelle, by reinstatement
  • Joe Haley, by reinstatement
  • Mike Lowe, by reinstatement

INITIATION
Our next initiation ceremony is Monday, December 15
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FROM THE CLUB MANAGER
Hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving. We are getting to a busy time of the year with Christmas coming soon. With all the decorating, shopping, and spending time with family and friends, take a break and come down to the lodge and see us. The lodge will be open from 3-6 PM on Christmas Eve. The kitchen will be closed. We will be closed all of Christmas Day. Make plans to come down New Years Eve. Kenny and Paula Estes will be the DJs. The kitchen will be closed that night, but bring your favorite appetizer or snack and bring in the new year with us. If you have any comments or questions, please don't hesitate to come see me. Have a safe and joyous Holiday Season. - Julie Meek, Club Manager

2014 ELKS AWARDS
The Chillicothe Elks Lodge 656 Officer, Elk and Citizen of the Year Awards for 2014 were named November 3, 2014. Pictured are Kenny Estes, Elk of the Year; Martha Berry, Exalted Ruler; Lesley Patek, Citizen of the Year; and Steve Palmer, Officer of the Year. Kenny Estes serves as Inner Guard and Steve Palmer as Secretary.

LODGE CLOSED EARLY CHRISTMAS EVE AND ALL DAY CHRISTMAS DAY
The Lodge will close at 6 on Christmas Eve and be closed all day Christmas Day so our employees can spend the holiday with their families.

LODGE CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY
The Lodge will be closed Thanksgiving Day so employees can spend the holiday with their families.

MEMORIAL SERVICE
Come join us Sunday, December 1, at 1:00 at the Lodge for our annual Memorial Service when we recognize and honor our departed members. Living or dead, an Elk is never forgotten, never forsaken.

VETERANS APPRECIATION DINNER
Thanks to Hy-Vee, Boy Scout Troop 121, and all the Elks volunteers who made this year's Veterans Appreciation Dinner another successful event. Over 120 vets and their guests were served.

PAST DUE
At this time, 41 members are past due. 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? Once dropped for non-payment of dues, a member may reinstate by payment of a $15 reinstatement plus pro-rated dues.

FROM THE GRAND EXALTED RULER, John D. Amen
Let Christmas be time to 'Elevate America'!

This is the busy holiday season when social activities at our Lodges are at the maximum and we as Elks have the opportunity for fun with our friends. December can also be a time for great voluntary service in our communities. I am reminded of a good friend who is an active and prominent Elk in my home state. He grew up in a dusty town in another state where the economy was chronically in poor shape. My friend learned of the Elks when he was a boy in his small town because of the annual Christmas party hosted by the Elks for the whole community. Some 50 years later he would recount the pleasant experiences of sitting on Santa's lap at the Elks Lodge, grateful for the simple gift he received from the Elks on those happy occasions.

This remembrance of my friend exemplifies the message of our Leading Knight's Initiatory charge that "the influence of a good deed, honestly and promptly performed, will continue forever."

One of the most heart-warming activities that we can participate in is Christmas basket donations to the needy. It takes a little planning and a few requests to local businesses for donations of food items and small gifts. My experience is that at this time of year our businesses are supportive and generous in this type of activity. If your Lodge does not have a community gift basket program you are missing out. This is one activity that when the call goes out for volunteers you will be pleased at the positive response.

This can also be a time of year when sadness can be felt in our VA hospitals. A friendly visit with a veteran who is sick or in distress will be rewarded greatly. It costs nothing other than a little time, and "the influence of a good deed will last forever."

Marcia and I wish all Elks and families a Merry Christmas and Happy and Prosperous New Year.

ELKS NEWSLETTER ONLINE
Let your fellow members, particularly our newest ones, know that the newsletter and calendar are available online at www.chillicotheelkslodge.com shortly before the first of the month. You may request an email reminder advising when it is available by emailing contactus@chillicotheelkslodge.com. 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.

MEMBERSHIP CARDS REQUIRED FOR ACCESS

How can you prove yourself to be an Elk? Our initiation told us it is our membership card. The Lodge is a private club, not open to the public. Access to your Club is through the front door, inserting your membership card in the card reader until it buzzes, and you can open the inner door. We will be returning to that secure method of allowing card, they won't need to. If they do buzz you in, don't be surprised if they ask you to sign a log of everyone who gets buzzed in. We can't expect our bartenders to know every member and we absolutely don't want them allowing non-members in to your Club. If you're asked to sign in, thank whoever asks you for protecting your right of membership in the Lodge.

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BIRTHDAYS
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).

NOVEMBER 2014
26 Larry Willard
27 Paul Churchill
27 Toby Seifert
27 Steve Shoot
30 Scott Johnson
DECEMBER 2014
4 Renee O'Neal
5 Greg Flick
6 Shelley Fales
7 Matt Gabrielson
7 Bill Haynes
8 Barrie Bothwell
9 Brian Sherrow
11 Derek Albertson
14 Randy Roberts
15 Kasey Johnson
16 Ted Surber
17 Roger Brick
17 Michael Leamer
17 John Swartz
17 Darin Ward
18 Darin Newman
18 JC Regan
18 Linda Sapp
19 Jeff Staton
20 Terry Coult
21 Tim Bosler
21 Farrel Hahn
21 Sondra Sturguess
22 Hilary Rasmussen
22 Michael Smith
22 Gary Worman
23 Daniel Akers
23 John Greene
24 Theodore Hicks
25 Steven Clark
25 George Laprade
26 Darrin Crowe
26 Cecil Douglas
28 Chad Brotherton
28 Danny Hind
28 Nikki Norman
28 Glenn Tharp
29 William Ross
30 Clark Gwin

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