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FROM THE EXALTED RULER
We started off February with a great Super Bowl Party! As always, great food was brought in by everyone to enjoy as we
watched the game. Thanks to all who came out, brought food, and also to those who donated items for the drawings!
12th annual Gun Show was once again very successful and raised funds for our scholarship, youth, and
veterans' programs. Kerby always does a great job of getting it organized and keeping things rolling. We had many fantastic volunteers, sponsors, dealers, staff, and, of course, the customers who came throughout the weekend. Thank you to the Ladies for serving their delicious food and homemade desserts and to Jeff Frampton and Hy-Vee for the breakfast on Sunday morning. Thank you to everyone for your hard work that helped to make this event successful!
I was recently honored to present four (4) $500 Bill Tharp Memorial Scholarships to
Grand River Technical School
students Kaleb Gilliland, William Nowlin, Dustin Buck and Tyler Maberry. What a fantastic way to help out area students and remember our friend.
I recently attended the Elks State Bowling Tournament in Joplin; and, once again, our teams represented us very well. However, the final results of the tournament
won't be available until after next weekend when the final bowlers from around the state have completed their games. Also during this session, Pete Madison was appointed as a new Director for the Elks State Bowling Board. Congratulations to Pete! The new Joplin Lodge which was rebuilt after the tornado was very nice; however, the rebuilding process for the town is not yet complete.
We had a special
Valentine's dinner this year since the date fell on a Friday. By reservation only, we served a full dinner of your choice of Prime Rib or Crab Stuffed Chicken Breast along with a variety of delicious dessert choices for the evening. Thanks to all who joined us for the evening and the staff who made it special for everyone.
The installation of the
lodge officers for the coming year will be taking place soon. I want to personally thank all who have served this past year, and I welcome all of those who are incoming.
I'm looking forward to another great year ahead.
Without our volunteers we
couldn't survive. I want to Thank Terry and Mike for installing the new water heater; Derek and Jeremy for delivering the copy machine that was recently donated to us; Fred for keeping our lot cleared from the snow; Danny for always keeping our lights burning plus other various odd jobs; and to any and all others for their continuous
efforts - we have fantastic volunteers who keep our Lodge in great shape. Thank you all!
Martha Berry, Exalted Ruler
FROM THE SECRETARY
- Steve Palmer
- Spring Convention
- March 14-16
- Tea Dance
- March 23
- Cameron Veterans Home Bingo
- April 5
- Officer Installation
- April 7
- Band Night
- May 3
- Mark Walsh, proposed by Gary Ralls
- Jacob Caughron, proposed by Lee Caughron
- Clinton Isaacs, proposed by David Graham
- Sherry Lynn Parks, proposed by Melinda Kimmis
- Adam Perry, proposed by Jim Perry
- Daniel Akers, proposed by Pete Madison
We will vote on proposed candidates at the March 3 meeting.
Our next initiation ceremony is April 21.
FROM THE CLUB MANAGER
We are all ready for some warm and consistent weather. On Thursday, March 13, Fred Hinnen will be cooking wings. Come out and enjoy.
NASCAR has started so be sure to come to the Lodge on Sundays and watch. NCAA conference tournaments and March Madness are right around the corner. Be sure to check out all the action at the Lodge.
There is a Tea Dance on Sunday, March 23.
If anyone has any comments or suggestions, please let me know.
Julie Meek, Club Manager
- Exalted Ruler
- Martha Berry
- Leading Knight
- Brian Anderson
- Lecturing Knight
- Richard Crane
- Loyal Knight
- Terry Breer
- Steve Palmer
- Joyce Mollohan
- Sondra Sturguess
- Five Year Trustee
- Danny Williams
Please thank them for taking on the responsibility of managing your Lodge and give them your support as they lead the Lodge into a new fiscal year.
LOOKING FOR A CHAPLAIN
Are you willing to serve your Lodge by being Chaplain on the officer team? Know of someone who might be? Chaplain is one of the officers appointed by the Exalted Ruler, and there is currently a vacancy. If you or someone you know is interested in
serving, please contact Martha Berry, Steve Palmer, or any of the other officers.
2014-2015 membership year starts April 1. Dues notices will be mailed out the last week of February. Payment is due April 1. The dues notice includes spaces for you to make voluntary donations to the Elks National Foundation, Missouri Benevolent Trust, and/or scholarships. Please consider donating to any of these great causes.
The Installation Ceremony for newly elected officers will be conducted at the April 7 meeting.
CITIZEN AND OFFICER OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS
Know someone deserving of being either our
Citizen of the Year or Elk of the Year? Make your nominations known to any of our current or future officers or come to the meeting on March 3 and submit your nomination personally. The
Citizen of the Year does not need to be an Elk member.
We will once again be awarding several scholarships to local area High School Seniors. Spread the word to those that you know! The application
(in two formats) is available here. Application deadline is
4 pm, March 26, 2014.
FROM THE GRAND EXALTED RULER,
Millard C. Pickering
Paying it forward can help ensure
This is an exciting time of year for the Order of Elks. By Grand Lodge Statutes,
local Lodges should have selected their leadership for the next fraternal
year which commences in April. With those changes come new faces potentially at all levels, from committees to officer team.
Serving a Local Lodge can be a very rewarding experience. Every Elk enjoys being a part of something larger than themselves and working for worthwhile projects in their Lodge and community. I think that type of attitude is a big part of what makes us
"Distinctively American", setting us apart from many other organizations and much of the rest of the world.
Those stepping out of office can look back with pride at having served the Order with diligence and fidelity. Our gratitude for everyone who serves should be evident and generous. Indeed, the survival of Our Order depends upon good people stepping up to carry forward, and gratitude is all the remuneration most officers and committee persons take away for all their hard work.
With much attention focused on the election and selection process, some important aspects of leaving office can be overlooked.
Just as any Elk would want to leave things a little better than they found them as a result of their service, we should also acknowledge the duty to get the next person serving off to a good start. However successful our term has been we have learned some things about the job, dodged a few pitfalls and found a few short-cuts that would help the new guy.
Spend some time with the person taking up the position. Share some success stories as well as areas where you may have fallen a little short of your goals. Doing this not only enhances your image as a leader in your Lodge but also helps foster the leaders of tomorrow.
Paying it forward is the best pay of all and great insurance for the future.
See you down the road.
Let your fellow members, particularly our newest ones, know that the newsletter and
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You may request an email reminder advising when it is available by emailing email@example.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.
STATE HOOP SHOOT RESULTS
Congratulations to Westley Brandsgaard who took third place in his age group at the State Hoop Shoot.
Another great year for us! Our Lodge needs to be very thankful
- we all came together once again to make money for our Lodge. Our volunteers
- what a great crew we have! Also, a special thanks goes to Kenny Estes, Martha Berry, Jeff Frampton and Jim Donoho, and a
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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.
1 Robert Howe
2 Bill Raney
3 Dianne Donoho
3 Joe Garrison
3 Rachel Guthrie
3 Chris Parkey
4 Susan Martz
6 Mike Miller
8 Donald Overton
9 Bob Sprouse
11 Shane Baxter
11 Scott Englert
12 Nathan Scott
|13 Douglas Girres
13 Mary Vulgamott
14 Rich Anderson
14 Don James
15 Connie Greever
16 Carl Morgan
17 James Alford
19 Jim Laffey
19 David Moore
20 Mike Hughes
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
30 Jana Brobst
30 Allan Timmons
31 Doug Hall
31 Darrell Pegelow
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