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JULY 2014...


We have officially stepped into the summer season, and with it comes warmer weather and summer activities. Steve and Gary are continuing to work on plans for the golf tournament which will be held on July 26. An event of this size takes a lot of work, volunteers, and member participation for it to be successful. They are also looking for sponsors so let them know if you can help! A volunteer sign-up sheet will be posted soon on the office door so please consider donating some of your time for this fundraiser for our Lodge.

Congratulations are in order to Julie and Heath on their recent engagement and to Brett and Rachel on their wedding. Best wishes to both of these couples!

Several of our members have lost a family member recently, so please keep the families of David 'Spike' Speicher in your thoughts and prayers.

Our annual Flag Day ceremony was recently held with the assistance of members of Boy Scout Troop 121. The history of the American Flag was read by Steve Palmer followed by the flag retirement ceremony conducted by the scouts outside by the flag pole.

If you haven't seen the south side of our Lodge recently, take time to check it out. Thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary, we now have an Elks sign for that entrance and it looks fabulous! Thank you Ladies!!

Thanks to all of you for supporting our Lodge. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, plan to attend one of our meetings. This is the best choice for us to hear your voice.

See you at our Lodge!

--- Martha Berry, Exalted Ruler

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  • Grand Lodge Convention - July 13-17, New Orleans


  • July 21 - Only one meeting this month.


Bryce Baker, proposed by Ricky Baker

We will vote on proposed members at the July 21 meeting.


Our next initiation ceremony is August 18.


Please welcome the newest member of the Lodge, Trent Miller, who was initiated at the June 16 meeting.

2014-2015 DUES PAST DUE

We currently have 455 members - 69 of whom are past due. A list of those past due is posted on the hallway bulletin board. If you have yet to pay your 2014-2015, 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.


For the months of July and August, the Lodge only meets once a month - on the third Tuesday.

Our July meeting will be July 21.


Summer is now upon us. I hope everyone is enjoying it. Don't forget the Lodge is operating under Summer hours. The Royals are hanging around in the AL Central race - come join us for some of the games.

Friday, July 4th, the Lodge hours will be from 3-6 PM. There will be no food or Queen of Hearts that night.

I would like to thank the Women's Auxiliary for the new kitchen supplies. We would also like to give a big thank you to Nancy Guthrie, Jenny Miller, Danny Williams and Nancy Valbracht for hanging the new lights in the banquet room.

Another big thank you goes out to Hy-Vee, 7 Up/Snapple, and Orschelns for donating food, drinks and propane for SPA kick-off BBQ.

Please don't forget about the Elk's Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 26. The Calcutta will be Friday, July 25, at 8 PM. There will be food that night, but the kitchen will close at 8 PM when the Calcutta starts. The Lodge will open an hour early on that Saturday at 2 PM. Please make your plans to attend that weekend and either play or help out.

If you have any suggestions or comment, please catch me down at the Lodge or give me a call. Thanks.

- Julie Meek, Club Manager


Hello from the Ladies' Auxiliary! We hope you all are having a great, fun-filled summer!

Once again we hosted the Cancer Survivor's Dinner in June. We had about 80 participants! We are always glad to partner with the Relay for Life folks to provide the no-cost dinner to survivors. Thanks for everyone who helped with the dinner and a special thanks to the girl scouts to assisting in the serving of the meal. Sometimes it is difficult for us to pull off an event like this since there are so few active members of the auxiliary. Seven ladies served the event and cleaned up afterward. Let me not forget to give a great big thanks to Dustin and David for volunteering their time to prepare the food for us. It was delicious; and your time and effort was very much appreciated!

The Golf Tournament Silent Auction is fast approaching, and again we are asking for donations for our yearly silent auction. If you have extra jewelry, home decorations, etc. or would like to donate your home baked goods or wine, etc. we would certainly be appreciative! You can contact either me at 660-646-6700 or Jenny Miller at 660-639-2683 and we will be glad to pick up your donations!

The new sign is up on the south end of the Lodge building so take a look and see what you think. We appreciate Kelly Poling's artistic abilities and thank him sincerely for doing this for us!

July 4th is fast approaching. We hope you have a safe, fun-filled celebration. See you at the Lodge! -- Sandy Gwin


Due to the 4th of July holiday, the Lodge will close at 6 p.m. so our staff can spend the holiday with their families.


The Golf Tournament is scheduled for July 25 and 26. We are still looking for teams, hole sponsors and volunteers.

'In all things, give thanks' has new meaning.

When Susanne settled on that phrase for her pin last year we thought we had a clear concept of what it meant: To recognize the small things we do for others every day as a way of accepting, as St. Therese wrote, that not everyone can do the great ones.

As our journey has progressed now to the end of the term our understanding of that phrase has broadened and deepened with the many experiences we have had. Wherever our travels have taken us we have seen the best the Elks community has to offer and spent quality time with the Best People On Earth.

We have seen the joy in the face of a challenged child experiencing normalcy for the first time in the caring environment of a treatment center. We have shared in the wonderful "shoot-for-the-moon" optimism of young scholars as they see their future open up because of winning a great scholarship.

We watched men and women who had never felt the satisfaction of being productive citizens proudly display the fruits of their labors.

Who could not be moved watching a young child set aside the tears and pain of cancer treatment by sorting through the "Owie Box" to find that special toy or the grizzled veteran wiping away a tear after realizing his service and sacrifice has not been forgotten?

These are but a few of the great experiences you have shared with us this year, each more than worthy of gratitude and recognition. But the cumulative effect of all that our membership provides is immense, indeed.

So as we close this marvelous experience we find it challenging to fully comprehend the many things the Order achieved this year. It could be that, even after looking back on this time and reviewing the many mementos and pictures of our visits, we will still be unable to fully grasp the magnitude of what so many living, giving, caring and sharing Elks accomplished in the year past. But we will ever be thankful for all things - great and small. 

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 2014
25 James Beemer
25 Darrell Wright
26 Robert Conrad
26 Jerry Miller
27 Tom Barnhart
27 Chris Carr
29 Denise James
29 Travis Tipton
30 Blaine Barnett
30 Kenneth Lauhoff
JULY 2014
1 Jim Gillilan
1 Steven Neal
2 James Summerville
4 Ryan Gardner
5 Fred Collins
5 Scott Lowe
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
19 Roger Boley
19 Kevin Fender
20 John Marcolla
20 Donald Ware
21 Shane Harkins
21 Joyce Mollohan
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
30 Andy Saccaro
31 Jason Graves
31 David Mattingly
31 Fred Simmer

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