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MAY 2015...

FROM THE EXALTED RULER - Martha Berry

Spring is finally here! Grass is growing, flowers have begun to bloom, birds are chirping and God's beauty is all around us. Take time to enjoy the beautiful sunrises and gorgeous sunsets.

The officers for the 2015-2016 term have been installed. Congratulations to the following who are returning for another year: Brian Anderson-Leading Knight; Richard Crane-Lecturing Knight; Terry Breer-Loyal Knight; Steve Palmer-Secretary; Joyce Mollohan-Treasurer; Sondra Sturguess-Tiler; Kenny Estes-Inner Guard; Everett Shipp-Esquire; and Marvin Holcer-Chaplain. Our Trustees will all be moving up one year with David Booth moving in as 5-year Trustee and replacing Mike Thompson. Thank you Mouse for all of your hard work, support, dedication and efforts over the years!! The remaining Trustees are Danny Williams-4 year Trustee; Fred Hinnen-3 year Trustee; Darren Lauhoff-2 year Trustee; and Keith Kepner-1 year Trustee. I am once again returning as your Exalted Ruler and want to thank you for your trust and support. We have a great Lodge, and by working together, we will continue to make improvements to make it even better!

It is our turn on Saturday, May 2, to assist with Bingo at the Veteran's Home in Cameron. If you'd like to participate, there is a sign up sheet on the office door. It's just a short time out of your afternoon and means SO much to the veterans.

Band Night was a huge success due to the efforts of Kenny Estes! He worked diligently at getting sponsors, organizing, and getting volunteers for the evening. This event is a fundraiser for the Bill Tharp Memorial Vocational Scholarship Fund and thanks to Kenny, it is alive and well!

If you haven't received your new membership card, then you are past due and not recognized as an Elk. Please get your dues paid and come out and enjoy the Lodge!

Steve Palmer and I attended the DDGER Clinic on April 19 at the Excelsior Springs Lodge. It is imperative that we all work on obtaining new members and retaining the ones that we have.

Steak and Shrimp night will be on Friday, May 29... be sure to make your reservations if you want to be included!!

There will be a Fish Fry/Mountain Oyster dinner at the Lodge on Saturday, May 2. Come out and enjoy some great food with family and friends!

Thank you once again to our great staff and to the volunteers who always help to keep our Lodge in tip top shape! Hope to see you soon!

--- Martha Berry, Exalted Ruler

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FROM THE SECRETARY - Steve Palmer

UPCOMING EVENTS:

MEETING DATES

  • May 4
  • May 18 - Initiation

PROPOSED FOR MEMBERSHIP

  • Mark Brown, by reinstatement
  • Franklin Bywaters, by reinstatement

We will vote on proposed members at our May 4 meeting.

INITIATION
Our next initiation ceremony is Monday, May 18.

FROM THE CLUB MANAGER
It's time to get the garden and flowers planted. I think we all enjoy this time of year - being able to be outside to BBQ and spend time with family and friends.

We have a few things going on at the Lodge this month.

  • Saturday, May 2, we will be having a fish and mountain oyster fry. Make plans to come out and join us.
  • Friday, May 29, we will have steak or hot-spiced shrimp on the menu. Reservations are required. Please have your reservations in by Wednesday, May 27. The grill in the kitchen will be closed on Steak night.

If you have any questions, concerns or requests, please let me know. - Julie Meek, Club Manager

CITIZEN AND ELK OF THE YEAR
The Elk, Officer, and Citizen of the Year Awards will be presented at the May 4 meeting.

CAMERON VETERANS HOME BINGO MAY 2
It is our time again to staff the Bingo game at the Cameron Veterans Home. The date is Saturday, May 2. We meet at the Lodge around 1:00 to drive over for the game that starts at 2:00. It lasts an hour, and we're home by 4. It is one of those volunteer opportunities that leave you feeling better than you've felt in a long time. We need 3 to 6 (or more) volunteers.
Please sign up on the sheet on the office door or let one of the officers know you're interested in volunteering.

FROM THE GRAND EXALTED RULER, John D. Amen
May brings flowers... and a lot of 'Elktivities'

It is May already and the flowers are here. This is a month packed with "Elktivities". The very first day of the month brings with it the due date for the annual survey of charitable programs and the per capita dues payment to Grand Lodge. For the annual survey, CLMS will help with the task, but in this paperless world there is still paper that needs to be mailed to Chicago so do not delay.

Mother's Day is up next and while it is no longer a mandatory service, it is always a great time to dust off the old Ritual and have a worthy Lodge event that recognizes Mother on Sunday, May 10. It will also be a great day for the Lodge Club to hold a brunch or luncheon. It will be packed with families on this great family occasion.

Armed Services Day falls on Saturday, May 16, this year. It is another good opportunity to recognize and honor servicemen and women on active duty, and our Veterans. Just nine days later comes Memorial Day on Monday, May 25. This special day was born to memorialize all American Civil War servicemen who had made the ultimate sacrifice. While it is still appropriate to give special recognition to our Veterans who have passed, the day has been broadened to remember all who are no longer with us. My Lodge in Denver decorates all those graves in the two Lodge "Elks Rests" with American flags, and my family takes time out to meet up at the family plots in the local cemeteries to renew our friendships.

It is also appropriate to review and adjust Lodge goals for the year ahead. The time to be working on dues collections from delinquent Members is now, not next February and March. The earlier we start the more successful we will be. More than two-thirds of our membership decline is from Members who fail to pay their dues.

Last, one of the most disheartening tasks that I must perform is to sign an Executive Order accepting the surrender of a Lodge Charter. If your Lodge is among those thinking about holding a surrender vote be sure to let your State Association and Grand Lodge officials know. These people may be able to help, but only if they have advance knowledge of the situation. I have witnessed situations where the PGER State Sponsor first learned of the situation only after the surrender vote had been taken by the Lodge. That is tragic!

Finally, our warm spring weather has finally arrived. Here in Colorado it is "Springtime in the Rockies" - the most beautiful season of all.

See you on the road.

PAST DUE
We currently have 453 members; 121 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 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.

ACCESS TO THE LODGE
We are a private club comprised of individuals elected by the membership and who pay annual dues for the privilege of belonging. We all learned at our initiation ceremony that the way to prove yourself to be an Elk is by presentation of your membership card. Your membership card is also what provides you physical access to your Lodge, much like a key.

Dues notices were mailed to all members some time in late February. That gave everyone at least four (4) weeks to pay their dues before April 1, the date on which a member who had not yet paid became past due. To date, 332 members have paid. Many got Early Bird stickers for paying before April 1.

We are a private club, not open to the public. If you have not yet paid your 2015-2016 dues, you are not a member in good standing, and you do not have a membership card. Therefore, you can't prove yourself to be an Elk, and you don't have the "key" to access the Lodge.

At the April 20 meeting of the Lodge, the members present voted to have the Secretary mail past due notices to all past due members by May 1. The Lodge also voted that effective May 15, past due members who come to the Lodge will not be served until their dues are paid.

So, if you are currently past due and are still past due on May 15 and decide to come to the Lodge, bring your dues payment with you.

We look forward to all members in good standing enjoying their Lodge.

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.

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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).

APRIL 2015
24 Pat Thorne
27 M Dorney Hecker
28 Bryce Baker
28 Jim Wheeler
30 Brian Anderson
MAY 2015
2 Roger Comer
3 Jeffrey Thomas
4 Nancy Hicks
7 Steve Meservey
8 James Harvey
8 George Hayward
13 Mitchell McCauslin
15 Warren Henry
15 James Houseworth
16 Leeroy Schnake
17 David Hague
17 Darren Lauhoff
17 John Lewis
18 Jack Graves
18 Raymond Hamilton
22 William Ream
22 Farrell Warren
23 Kim Griffin
24 Janet Dixon
25 Deborah Walker
26 Austin Busse
26 Bonnie Collier
26 Jeff McDonald
27 Martin Eller
27 Curt Lafollette
27 Laurie Mallory
28 Dusty Jordan
28 Penny Kennebeck
29 Kerby Vulgamott

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