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Wow - summer has almost passed us by... the state fair is over, preseason football has begun (GO CHIEFS), school has started, and Labor Day is approaching quickly. I hope that everyone has had time to enjoy it this year.

The Elks Soccer Shoot will be taking place on Saturday, September 20, with competition beginning at 9:30. Once again, it will be held at the GHSC Practice Field for boys and girls with ages ranging from 4 to 13. Participants DO NOT have to be in the GHSC Soccer Program to participate, nor need to know how to play soccer. A sign-up sheet is posted on the office door for volunteers. The district shoot will be held at our Lodge on Sunday, September 28, at 3 pm and volunteers will be needed for that also.

The DD Clinic for our district was held this time at our Lodge on August 17. Officers from around the district attended and shared information. If you're a deer hunter, please consider to keep the hide and turn it in for our deer hide program that benefits the veterans. Missouri has won 1st place nationally for the past two years for donating the most hides and has received recognition at the National Convention. It's a very simple process, so if you're interested, please let me know. Let's help to keep our state on top!

Several new members have been initiated into our Lodge in the past several months. Please make them feel welcome.

Steak & Shrimp Night has been scheduled for Friday, September 26. Reservations will be required.

Band Night is scheduled for Saturday, September 27. Kenny Estes has worked very hard to make this another successful fundraiser for the Bill Tharp Memorial Vocational Scholarship Fund, so please plan to attend - whether you wear your dancing shoes or just come to listen to the music, you are assured to have a good time!

A huge Thank You to Bev Howe, Diane McKiddy, Steve Palmer, and all other volunteers who assisted with the Community Center Blood Drive this past week. It was another successful turnout, and it only takes a few minutes of your time to donate so that others may benefit. You never know when you might be on the receiving end of this priceless gift.

Thank you to our wonderful staff and to officers and members who are always willing to step up and help with any project and to keep everything running smoothly! All of you are very much appreciated!!

Come out and see us soon!!

--- Martha Berry, Exalted Ruler

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  • September 12-14, Fall State Convention, Jefferson City
  • September 20 - Soccer Shoot at 9:30, Green Hills Soccer Club fields
  • September 21 - TEA DANCE
  • September 26 - Steak Night (reservations required)
  • October 4 - Cameron Veterans Home Bingo - 2:00
  • October 18 - Cody Slaughter (Elvis impersonator)
  • October 18 - State President, Brian Crawford, visit


  • No meeting September 1
  • September 15


  • Gary Veach, proposed by Everett Shipp

We will vote on proposed members at the September 15 meeting.


Our next initiation ceremony is October 21.


Even though the Ladies have not met during the summer months, we've still been active in assisting with the golf tournament, cleaning up around the Lodge building, and getting ready for some fall events. We donated an iPad to the Elks to be included in the raffle drawing at the golf tournament. We also held the silent auction once again which was not as successful as the last few years, but still helped us raise some money for some very worthwhile endeavors, including a donation to the Backpack Buddy program. We purchased some new chairs for the front lobby and Cheryl and John Riead painted it for a fresh new look right before the golf tournament. We have just begun making plans for the holiday bazaar again this year; if you are interested in having a booth or helping at the refreshment stand, please let one of us know. It's a busy, fun time, and we can certainly use the extra help. November 22 is the date to reserve to attend this event.

It has been a great summer and now it's time to get ready for fall when we return to having our monthly meetings the first Monday of each month at 6:30 at the Lodge. If you have any interest, please feel free to give me a call at 660- 646-6700.

-- Sandy Gwin, Ladies Auxiliary President


Summer is winding down, and the kids have gone back to school. Football season is starting so come down and watch Mizzou and Chiefs games with us. The Royals are in first place and have a chance at the playoffs for the first time since 1985. Come enjoy the rest of the season at the Lodge.

The Lodge goes back to Winter hours starting September 1. We will open at noon on Saturday and Sunday. The Tea Dance is scheduled for Sunday, September 21, from 3-6 PM.

We will have Steak and Hot Spiced Shrimp Night on Friday, September 26. Reservations are required and please have them made by Wednesday, September 24.

Country Band Night will be Saturday, September 27, at 7:30 PM. The bands this year are Saturation Point, Rusty Cages and Bonderer Family Band. Get your tickets in advance at the Lodge. There will be a $10 cover charge per person.

I would like to thank John and Cheryl Riead for painting the front foyer at the Lodge. It looks great! I would also like to thank Danny Williams, Jenny Miller, Kerby Vulgamott, Clark Gwin and Marcia Weldon for maintaining and cleaning up the landscaping around the Lodge.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to contact me. I would also like to hear any suggestions for future menus as well. Thank You! - Julie Meek, Club Manager


Steak Night will be September 26. Past events have been very successful. Call the Lodge and make your reservations, which are required, now. Shrimp will also be available as an alternate main course.

The successful Lodge emphasizes teamwork.

It is well recognized that an organization reflects the persona of its leader. In our Local Lodge structures, the Exalted Ruler is President and Chief Operating Officer. It is imperative that this leader have the ability and motivation to get things done through others. There are simply too many things in motion for the Exalted Ruler to handle them all, in addition to presiding over meetings. The one power that an Exalted Ruler has - and how this power is used will determine a good year or be the cause of a bad year - is the appointment of committees. As leaders of your organization, choose your committees well and you will have a smooth and successful year.

Officers, committees and Members must all work together for the success of the Lodge. An authoritative management style rarely works well in a volunteer environment. The phrase that "it is much more effective to use honey as an incentive rather than vinegar" exemplifies an effective management style.

I frequently hear the complaint that only 5% of the members do all the work. If that concern applies to you, then on your next project go to inactive members, call them on the telephone and ask for their help. You will be surprised at how many Members were simply waiting for someone to invite them to become involved. A good leader recruits the personnel needed to accomplish the goals of the Lodge.

In addition, you must constantly reach out to those inactive Members to keep them interested and remind them why they joined your Lodge in the first place. One easy and effective tool for this purpose is your Lodge newsletter. Be sure every issue has at least one article and photo of a community service or charitable act performed by your Lodge Members. An inactive Member who sees that the Lodge is performing a useful community service is much more likely to value membership and continue to support his or her Lodge with annual dues.

Again, be sure to carry a tri-fold membership application - a propitious moment for inviting someone to join can be fleeting and lost if there is no paperwork handy.

Last, but not least, Patriotism Week starts September 8 this year. Be sure to fly the American flag all week in remembrance of that terrible event, September 11, 2001.


It is our turn to host Bingo at the Cameron Veterans Home. The date is October 4, at 2:00. It only takes 2 1/2 hours out of your day (45 minutes over, 45 minutes back, and an hour there). You'll seldom spend that little time and come home with a better feeling. Volunteer sheets are on the office door.


The Community Blood Center blood drive sponsored by the Lodge on August 21 collected 78 units. Thanks to Bev Howe, Nancy Valbracht, Shirley Marriott, Dianne McKiddy, Teri Willard, Sandy Gwin, Martha Berry, Cindy Graham, Debra Schaefer, Richard Crane and Terry Breer who made appointment phone calls on August 19, to Sandy Gwin and Dianne McKiddy for spending over 6 hours at the drive greeting donors and serving refreshments, to the United Methodist Church for making their facility available, to KCHI and the Constitution Tribune for free "advertising," to the Community Blood Center employees and to all the donors who made the drive such a success.


In recognition of Labor Day, there will be no meeting on Monday, September 1. Our next meeting is September 15. Beginning with October, we resume our first and third Monday meeting schedule. Meetings begin at 7:30.


The Chillicothe Elks 656 would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for sponsoring our 18th annual golf tournament. Proceeds go to scholarships, youth activities, and veterans programs.

Please support the following businesses:

Adam Warren Law Offices
American Family Insurance - Janet McCauslin
Army National Guard
Asgrow & Dekalb Seed Steve & Bev Howe
Bank of Brookfield Purdin
Barnes Baker Motors Chillicothe
Barnes Baker Trenton
Beemer's Clothing
Boley & Boley Insulation
Boon Farms
Bott's & Tye Corp
BTC Bank
C&R Concrete - John Reynolds
C&S Customer Overhead Door - Cory Minnis
Century 21 - Troy Smith/Rick Hibler
Chillicothe Animal Hospital - Dan Ross
Chillicothe Constitution Tribune
Chillicothe Diesel
Chillicothe Plumbing Supply/Bill Haynes
Chillicothe State Bank
Chillicothe Truck Repair
Chula Coop
Cliff & Diane McKiddy
Cloverleaf Cold Storage - Brian Anderson
Comfort Inn
Commercial Turf
Cook Plumbing
Country Carpet
Crowe Concrete
Cutting Edge Supplements
Danny Williams & Jenny Miller
Diamond Vogel
Ed Douglas for Presiding Commissioner
Edward Jones - Harrison/Bonderer
Empire District Gas
Englert Construction
Farm Bureau Ins - Joe Neptune
Farmers' Electric Cooperative
FCS Financial
Fire & Flood Restoration - Ken Beerman
Fosters Heating & Cooling
4-D Guns & Ammo - Jimmy Donoho
Francine's Pastry Parlor
Friendly Auto Tire
Gann Asphalt
Gary & Terri Willard
Gaslight Real Estate - Lindy Lile
Gaslight Real Estate - Martha Berry
Gastineau Electric
Grand River Insurance - Mel Gregg
Green Hills Companies
Green Hills Golf Course
Habiger Management - McDonalds
Halo's Kerri Brenner
Hardin, Cummins, Moss, & Miller
Helena Chemicals - Roger Grant
Hinnen Hauling
Hometown Pharmacy
Hutchinson & Co.
Hy Vee - Chillicothe
Indian Hills Nursing Home
Investors National Bank
Jeff and Kati Westcott
Jerry's Service Center
Jim & Nancy Valbracht
Jim & Sara Gillilan
Jim's Welding
Joe & Lurinda Gilliland
Kassie Anderson, LMT at The Worx
Koehly Electric
Lady Elks Auxiliary
Larry Gatson
Lauhoff Jewelry - Darren & Angie Lauhoff
Lee Hibner Logging
Lindley Funeral Home
Lloyd's Distributing
Lockridge, Constant, Conrad
Mark, Sidna, Marcie & Mitchell McCauslin
Marriott Logging
Martin House Gifts - JNS Enterprises
Meadville Locker
MFA Agri Services
Mid-Western Advertising
Mike Thompson Construction
Missy Madison, Thirty One Consultant
Neal Family Dentistry
Nico'z Catering & Eatery
North Missouri Construction
O'Malley Beverage
PJ's Storage
Paps Primitives
Pin Oak Hill
Premier Eye Care Center
Price & Johnson Insurance Agency
Robertson Insurance Services
Ron and Frances Haas - Haas Farms
Scott Stephens
Sensenichs Jewelry
7-Up/Snapple of Chillicothe - Bryan Rouchka
Sewell Insurance
Shelter Insurance - Matt Leamer
Shirkey Golf Course
State Farm Insurance - Scott Englert
Staton Commodities
Stifel Nicolaus - John Marcolla
Sydenstricker John Deere
T&R Soil
T.P.'s Barber Shop
Tina Mapel Memorial Dog Park - Dave Mapel & Family
Triple J Embroidery
United Country Graham Agency - Ashley Gabrielson
United Country Graham Agency-Dan Graham
Vulgamott Rentals
Wabash BBQ - Esther Houston
Wilma Graham, In Memory of Bill Tharp
Windy Hill Antiques - Clark & Sandy Gwin
Woody's Automotive
Woody's Outdoor Power Equipment - Fritz Kline

Thanks to Hy-Vee for donating the food for the Saturday evening meal and donuts & coffee for Saturday morning!!
Thank you to Dustin Hibler & all of the Elks' kitchen staff for feeding the crowd Friday & Saturday!
Thank you Kenny Estes putting together the wonderful slideshow and the use of your sound system.
Thank you Nicole Booth and Marcia Weldon for taking pictures and posting them on the web!
Thanks for the Gators: Sydenstrickers John Deere, Les Cook and Vickie Lingard & Ron & Puddy Haas!
Thank you Danny Williams for the freezer for ice! 
Special thanks to the hardworking bartenders and staff at the Elks for a job well done!
Thanks Peter Sym for the great set up and clean on the banquet hall!
Thanks Meadville Locker for supplying the ice bags and cooking the hog!
Thanks to Barnes Baker for offering the Hole In One car and Par 3 Hole prizes!
Thanks to Woody's Outdoor Power Equip. & Woody's Automotive for offering a weeks vacation for Hole In one on #6!
Thank you Bryan Rouchka & 7-Up American Bottling for donating water and power drinks!


Auctioneer: Col. Tom Barnhart
Emcee For Saturday Night: Darren Lauhoff

Gary & Terri Willard, Danny Williams, Jenny Miller, Mike Thompson, Roger Saccaro, Steve & Kristi Meservey, Carol Douglas, Chris & Nicki Strub, Jim & Nancy Valbracht, Steve & Bev Howe, Keith & Amie Kepner, Clark & Sandy Gwin, Jimmy & Calvary Sprong, Mark & Sydna McCauslin, Bryan & Rhonda Rouchka, Brandi Ewing, Les Cook, Vickie Lingard, Dave & Nicole Booth, Kenny Estes, Brett Romeiser, Marcia Weldon, Julie Meek, Martha Berry, Tony Winsor, Cliff & Diane Mckiddy, Ashley Gabrielson, Fred Simmer, Mike Colgan, Jeremy Donoho, Joey Rinehart, Mel Brown, Nathan Scott, John & Nancy Guthrie, James & Marcia Beemer, Dan & Wilma Graham, Dustin Hibler, David Mammen, Penny Kennebeck, Valerie Gramenz, Jean Schottel, Heath Harper, Steve Palmer & Fred Hinnen, and a Sincere apology to anyone we have forgotten to mention!

Thanks to Craig and his staff at Green Hills Golf Course for helping to make the tournament run so smoothly!


Belated thanks to Jenny Miller, Danny Williams, Kerby Vulgamott, Clark and Sandy Gwin, and Roger Saccaro for their efforts cleaning up the landscaping around the back of the Lodge. It looks great! Thanks folks!


Please welcome our newest member: Bryce Baker, initiated in to the Lodge at the August 18 meeting.


At this time 46 members are past due. Delinquent members as of October 31 will be dropped from the roles of the Lodge. Prior to doing so, per our by-laws their names will be published in the October edition of the newsletter. Once dropped, members can reinstate by payment of a $15 reinstatement fee and prorated dues. 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?


The Fall State Convention is scheduled for September 12-14 in Jefferson City. If you are interested in attending, please contact either Steve or Martha.


This year's Soccer Shoot is scheduled for Saturday, September 20, at the Green Hills Soccer Club fields west of Danner Park. We need 10 to 12 volunteers to assist with the event that begins at 9:30. A sign up sheet is on the office door.


The Lodge goes back to Winter hours starting September 1.

September 1 through May 31...

Sunday: Noon to 9
Monday-Thursday: 3 to 9
Friday: 3 to 11
Saturday: Noon to 11

Whenever three or more Elks are present at posted closing hours, the Lodge may remain open until less than three Elks are present or 1:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 p.m. Sunday, whichever comes first.


A Tea Dance will be held Sunday, September 21, at the Lodge at 3:00. Come and enjoy the big band sounds of The Little Big Band.

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.


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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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).

29 Kyle Marcolla
30 Kimberly Riddle
31 Don Dennis
1 Keith Kepner
4 Dennis Cannell
4 Bev Howe
5 Valerie Gramenz
5 Ginger Tate
6 Jim Gates
6 Robert Peters
8 John Tharp
9 Terry Breer
9 Larry Gatson
9 Clifford McKiddy
10 Kenny Estes
10 Bernard Parks
11 Michael Creekmore
11 Matt Leamer
11 Steve Wiedmier
12 David Churchill Sr
13 Bill Koehler
13 Gerald Noble
14 Dale Davenport
14 Kevin Windsperger
15 Westley Seifert
16 Jeff Frampton
16 Rolfe McCoy
16 Daniel Savage
16 Jim Waits
17 Vickie Lingard
17 Harry Lockridge
18 Margie Albertson
19 Eric Turner
21 John Bechtold
21 Lindy Lile
22 Bryce Anderson
22 Donald Capps
22 Paul Prichard
23 Mike Schneider
23 Terry Smith
23 James Valbracht
25 Michael Bosler
25 Dan Graham
25 Pat Kinsella
25 Bob Sherrow
26 Wilma Graham
26 Mark Walsh
27 Floyd Davis
27 Bob Dimmitt Jr
27 Phyllis VanDeventer
27 Danny Williams
29 Kenneth Beerman
29 Dennis Kennebeck
30 Nolan Parks

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