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Can summer already have almost passed us by? State fair is over, preseason football has started, school is in session... Labor Day is almost here. I hope that everyone has had a very enjoyable and fun-filled summer.

Our local Elks' Soccer Shoot will be taking place this year on Saturday, September 19, at the GHSC Practice Field for boys and girls from ages 4-13. Competition is from 8:30 to 12:45. Participants DO NOT have to be in the GHSC Soccer Program to participate or 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 27, and we will also need volunteers to assist with that event.

Our Lodge will once again be hosting a Blood Drive through the Community Blood Center. This event will be Thursday, August 27, at the United Methodist Church from noon to 6. Volunteers are needed to pass out refreshments to the donors... if you can assist with this, please let me or Steve Palmer know. It also only takes a few minutes of your time to donate blood - a priceless gift. Please consider to either walk in or make an appointment to donate!

Our next Steak and Shrimp Night will be October 30 - Reservations are required!

The State Convention will once again be held at the Capitol Plaza in Jefferson City on September 18-20. If you would like to attend, there is still time to get registered. It's a great way to get acquainted with fellow Elks from around the state and is always a good time!

We are still seeking a qualified person to fill the vacancy of Club Manager. If you know of anyone who would fit into this position, please encourage them to apply.

I want to offer a special Thanks to those members who are always willing to step up and take care of anything that needs attention. We also have a wonderful staff and a thank you to all of them!

Come out and enjoy your Lodge!

--- Martha Berry, Exalted Ruler

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  • September 18-20, Fall State Convention, Jefferson City
  • September 19 - Soccer Shoot, 8:30. Volunteers needed.
  • December 5 - Cameron Veterans Home Bingo. Volunteers needed.


  • No meeting September 7
  • September 21 - Initiation

Only one meeting per month in September on the third Monday.


  • Dwain Ireland, proposed by Mike Thompson

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

Our next initiation ceremony is September 21.

What a different summer. With all the rain, it seemed like a long spring. It has not been a typical summer for the Auxiliary either. Our last event was the Relay for Life Cancer Survivor Dinner in June. Since then, we took a break from business as usual. If you noticed, we didn't have an auction at this year's golf tournament. Interest has really declined, so we thought we would give it a rest for at least a year and see if it was missed

With summer almost over and kids back to school, it is time for us to get back to business as well. We will make a determination at this month's meeting as to the size of donation we will make to Back Pack Buddies. Our next anticipated event will be the Holiday Bazaar in November. Seems like a ways off, but we have to start work on notices and securing vendors. If you know of a new and unique product line out there, let us know. We like to keep our good solid vendors but also like to be on top of new trends - things to draw the crowds to the Elks. Also you might think about working with us as we serve food during the event.

In case you have not heard, Mildred Hilt has been hospitalized again. She was supposed to be dismissed Friday. She really enjoys hearing from everyone. Feel free to give her a call, drop by for a visit, or send her a card to 500 Baptist Home Lane #408, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601.

We have been low key this summer but are refreshed and ready to jump back in - come join us!

In recognition of the Labor Day holiday, the Lodge only meets once in the month of September, on September 21. We will resume our twice monthly schedule in October.

At this time 42 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?

The Lodge will once again host its annual Community Center Blood Drive on Thursday, August 27, at the United Methodist Church. We'll need about 8 volunteers to call prospective donors a couple of days before the event (date yet to be determined) and people to staff the refreshment station during the drive which lasts from noon until 6:00. To volunteer, sign up on the sheet on the office door or contact Bev Howe or Steve Palmer. The drive will not be successful without volunteers.

The Red Cross will host at least one blood drive between now and then. The Community Blood Center is the sole provider of blood to Hedrick Medical Center. If you're inclined to donate, or know of someone who is, encourage them to wait until our drive to donate, when it counts the most.

To schedule an appointment to donate, call Steve Palmer at 660-247-3280.

The Lodge will conduct the annual soccer shoot on Saturday, September 11, starting at 9:00 in the morning. The event will be held at the practice fields on the east side of Litton Road across from Danner Park. The event is open to all youth between the ages of 4 and 13 as of their August 1 birthdays. The event should be over by noon. Volunteers are needed for this event. Contact Martha Berry or Steve Palmer to volunteer.

The Fall State Convention is scheduled for September 18-20 in Jefferson City. If you are interested in attending, please contact either Steve or Martha.

We regret the inadvertent omission of brother George Meinershagen from the list of departed members we remembered last month.

In vain we call. He/she has passed into the light which is beyond the valley of the shadow of death. The places that have known him/her shall know him/her no more; but his/her virtues are written upon the tablets of love and memory.

In an effort to improve service, better control inventory and control costs, we will be implementing a new point of sale system soon. As with anything new, there will be growing pains. We ask for your support, patience and understanding as we embark on this new journey. We believe there are several features that once implemented will significantly improve service to you, our members.

Orientation is key to membership and retention

The strength and vitality of any organization largely depends on its ability to maintain and increase membership, and in that regard, I expect us to soon begin reversing the decline in membership that we have been experiencing since the 1980s. However, membership is like anything else; you cannot keep doing the same old thing and expect to get better results. What is your Lodge really doing to address membership? Do you have an active Membership Committee or do you simply pay lip service to membership, and hope that people will knock on your door for an application?

Every Lodge should have an "active" Membership Committee that reviews and becomes familiar with the Grand Lodge Membership Manual that offers many great ideas for attracting new Members, reinstatements and Stray Elks. It should be a committee that meets at least monthly to set goals, publicize membership classes, discuss incentives, review delinquents, develop collection strategies and find ways to take advantage of social media and the Lodge website.

Even the Lodges that seem to do a good job with recruiting new Members often have difficulty with retention. This may be because we fail the new Member at orientation by not doing enough to assist them in getting quickly involved at the Lodge and actually "experience" Elkdom. Orientation should be considered the "First Step in Member Retention," and I urge every Lodge to adopt an "Orientation Process." This process begins with the application for membership, and does not end until after an informative orientation, an impressive initiation, and, most importantly, not until we get the new Member quickly involved in his or her very first Lodge activity.

Seek a commitment from the candidate at orientation to get quickly involved in an upcoming event, and establish a follow-up program, thereby assisting the new Member to "jump-start" his or her career in Elkdom. This will give each new Member a reason to return to the Lodge, get comfortable with their surroundings, meet active Members, experience the sense of accomplishment that comes from participation, and provide a real sense of belonging and contributing to their Lodge. In short, it creates a better opportunity to become a true and faithful Member - one who will be more inclined to life membership in the Order and less likely to become dissatisfied and drop out.

I hope that each of you will join with me this year to help strengthen the compelling message that Elks Care - Elks Share by promoting "Elks Pride and Community Focus" in your Lodge and by working to increase your membership numbers.

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Chillicothe Elks Lodge 656 would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for sponsoring our 19th annual golf tournament. Please support the following businesses! They care for and support our community!

4-D Guns & Ammo - Jimmy Donoho
AC Excavating
Adam Warren Law Offices
Alamo Drafhouse Cinema - KC MO
American Family Ins - Brent Minnick
American Family Ins - Janet McCauslin
Anytime Fitness
Bank of Brookfiled-Purdin
Barnes Baker - Collision Dept
Barnes Baker Motors Chillicothe
Barnes Baker Trenton
Beemer's Clothing
Boji Stone
Boley & Boley Insulation
Boon Family
Bott's & Tye Corp
Bryan Rouchka
BTC Bank
C&R Concrete - Shawn Clark
Cameron Wal Mart
Carpet Plus Restoration
CB&S LLC / Colter Brothers
Chili Cafe & Yogurt
Chillicothe Animal Hospital
Chillicothe Bootery
Chillicothe Constitution Tribune
Chillicothe Diesel
Chillicothe Meat Locker
Chillicothe Plumbing Supply
Chillicothe State Bank
Chillicothe Truck Repair & Towing
Chula Coop
Clark Carlton
Clark's Furniture
Cliff & Dianne McKiddy
Cloverleaf Cold Storage-Brian Anderson
Comfort Inn
Commercial Turf
Constitution Tribune
Cool Crest - Independence
Country Carpet
Crowe Concrete
Custom Door LLC - Cory Minnis
Customer Auto Glass
Cuts & Bolts
Cutting Edge Supplements
Days Inn
Dekalb-Asgrow Seed/Steve & Bev Howe
Diamond Vogel
Donald Company
Ecolab - Gary Summy
Edd's Plumbing Supply
Edward Jones
Empire District Gas
Farm Bureau Ins - Joe Neptune
Farmers Electric
FCS Financial
Fosters Heating & Cooling
Francine's Pastry Parlor
Friendly Tire & Lube
Gann Asphalt
Gary & Terri Willard
Gaslight Real Estate - Lindy Lile
Gastineau Electric
Gilliland Piano Tuning
Grand River Ins - Mel Gregg
Green Hill Telephone
Green Hills Golf Course
Habiger Management/McDonalds
Hair Masters & Tanning
Halo's Kerri Brenner
Harden Cummins Moss & Miller
Helena Chemical/Roger Grant
Hinnen Hauling
Hometown Family of Stores
Hutchinson & Company
Hy Vee - Chillicothe
Illuminations by Newman
Images Hair Salon
Images Hair Salon/Angela Graham
Indian Hills Nursing Home
Innovative Concrete Specialists/Levi Chappell
Investors Community Bank
Jeff & Kati Westcott
Jeff & Roze Frampton
Jerseys Sports Grill
Jim & Nancy Valbracht
Jim & Sara Gillilan
Jim's Welding & Construction
Joe & Lurinda Gilliland
John Anderson TBA
Johnston Rentals
Kasey Johnson
Kassie Anderson, LMT @ The Worx
Keith & Amie Kepner
Koehler Home Sales/Shane Harkins
Koehly Electric
Larry Gatson
Lauhoff Jewelry/Darren & Angie Lauhoff
Lee Hibner Logging
Lindley Funeral Home
Lloyd's Distributing
Lockridge, Constant & Conrad
Lurinda Gilliland/Lula Roe & Rodan Fields
M&L Trucking
Marcia Weldon
Mark, Sidna, Marcie & Mitchell McCauslin
Martin House Gifts - JNS Enterprises
McCoy & Samples Dental Clinic
Meadville Locker
MFA Agri Services
MFA Oil Co/Brookfield & Chillicothe
Midwest Glove & Gear
Mike Thompson Construction
Minnick Supply Co
Missy Madison - Thirty One
Moore Equipment Co
Morton Building
Nico'z Catering & Eatery
North Central Mo Veterinary
Dr Venner
North Missouri Construction
O'Malley Beverage
Paps Primitives & Floral
Pat Thorne Lumber
Penny Kennebeck - Thirty One
Pin Oak Hill
Pioneer Seed/Derrick Stonger
PJ's Storage
Premier Eye Care Center
Price & Johnson Insurance
Rachel Romeiser - Thrive
Robertson Land Corp
Roger Brick
Roger's Pawn & Gun
Ron and Frances Haas-Haas Farms
Rumery & Associates
SAC Appraisals - John Saccaro
Scott Stephens, CPA
Sensenich Jeweler
Shelter Insurance-Matt Leamer
Shipp Rentals - Everett & Judy Shipp
Shirkey Golf Course
Skipper Plumbing
SMC Electric
Sophisticuts - MeLinda Kimmis
Sporting KC
State Farm - Scott Englert
Stifel Nicolaus
Sewell Agency Inc
Sydenstricker - John Deere
T & R Soil
T.P.'s Barber Shop
Thermo Seal - Brookfield
United Country Graham Agency/Ashley Gabrielson
Vulgamott Rentals
Wabash BBQ
Wilma & Dan Graham, In Memory of Bill Tharp
Windy Hill Antiques - Clark & Sandy Gwin
Woody's Outdoor Power Equipment - Fritz & Julie Kline
Woody's Automotive
Young Veterinary

Proceeds go to scholarships, youth activities, and veteran programs.

THANK YOU to all of teams that participated in the tournament! Thanks to Hy-Vee & Marcia Weldon for donating food for the Saturday evening meal!! Thank you to Lori Brown & all of the Elks kitchen staff for feeding the crowd Friday & Saturday! Thank you Brett Romeiser for putting together the AWESOME slideshow!! Thank you Kenny Estes for the use of your sound system! Thanks for the Gators: Sydenstrickers John Deere & Ron & Puddy Haas! Thank you Danny Williams for the freezer for ice! Thank you Mouse Thompson, Fred Simmer, Bob Staton, Mike Colgan, Mel Brown, Richard Crane, Terry Breer, Jim Valbracht, Marcia Weldon, Jeff & Roze Frampton and Clay Wineland for helping prepare the meal on Saturday Night! 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 up on the banquet hall! Thanks to Meadville Locker for supplying the ice bags! Thanks to Barnes Baker for 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 Cameron Wal-Mart for donating water! Thank You Steve Meservey for being the BEST "beer man" ever at the Golf Course! Thank You to the staff at Green Hills Golf Course!

AUCTIONEER: Don "Blackie" Blackburn

Amie Spears
Andy Saccaro
Bob Staton
Bob Stewart
Brett Romeiser
Bryan Rouchka
Bryan, Angela, Jacob and Lydia Anderson
Carl McBee
Carol Douglas
Charlotte Jones
Clark and Sandy Gwin
Cliff McKiddy
Danny Williams
David and Nicole Booth
Deanna Kepner
Denise Wayman
Donny Thompson
Farrell Warren
Fred Hinnen
Gary and Terri Willard
Gary Peterie
Harvey Donoho
Jeff and Rose Frampton
Jenny Miller
Jim and Nancy Valbracht
Jim Gates
John and Nancy Guthrie
Katie Kepner
Keith Kepner
Kenny Belzer
Kenny Estes
Kenny Kennebeck
Kerby and Mary Vulgamott
Larry Kiewit
Larry Wilson
Les Cook (thanks for the ribs)
Marcia Beemer
Mark and Sidna McCauslin
Melvin Humphries
Michael Lowe
Mike Colgan
Mike Thompson
Pat and Dee Kinsella
Paul Prichard
Pete Madison
Roger Grant
Roger Saccaro
Scott Johnson
Steve and Bev Howe
Steve Biggerstaff
Steve, Kristi, Josh and Noah Meservy
Toby Seifert
Vickie Lingard


A sincere apology to anyone we have forgotten to mention!

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).

27 Eric Pollard
29 Kyle Marcolla
30 Kimberly Riddle
31 Don Dennis
1 Keith Kepner
4 Dennis Cannell
4 Bev Howe
4 Mark Plymell
5 Valerie Gramenz
5 Ginger Tate
6 Jim Gates
6 Robert Peters
6 Adam Wolf
8 John Tharp
9 Terry Breer
9 Larry Gatson
9 Clifford McKiddy
10 Judith Duley
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
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
20 Paul Oder
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

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