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NOVEMBER 2014...


Welcome to the fall season! We've experienced some cooler temperatures and also some beautiful fall days. We have several events coming up, so don't miss your chance to come out and enjoy them.

I was honored to join our state president, Brian Crawford and wife, Betsy, along with other state officers, Duane Heldenbrand, President Elect and wife Angie, Ellis Shipley, District Vice President, and Lee Vandusseldorp, District Tiler and Melissa for their visit to the Trenton Elks Lodge on a Friday evening. On Saturday morning, we all rode in the Missouri Days Parade. On Saturday evening, they made their way to our Lodge for their visit here and were all very pleased with what they saw. They were entertained that evening with the performance of Cody Slaughter, the very talented Elvis Tribute Artist, who put on a fantastic show for everyone. If you haven't had the opportunity to see him, you've missed a very entertaining young man. We hope to have him back again next year.

The Purple Ball/Costume Party will be held on Saturday, November 1. Music will be provided and please bring a snack or appetizer to share. Costumes are optional, but always a great time to see how everyone is dressed up - come out and enjoy the fun!

Marvin Holcer and Kenny Estes will be popping Kettle Corn for BooFest, which is held around the square each year on Halloween. They will need some assistance, so if you can help out, please let me or them know!

The Veterans' Appreciation Dinner will be held this year on Thursday, November 13. This is to honor our area veterans for their service to our country. We will need lots of volunteers, so please consider to donate some of your time for that evening. The volunteer sign-up sheet will be posted on the office door.

Our Hoop Shoot will be held at the YMCA on Saturday morning, December 13. Joyce Mollohan is the chairman and would appreciate several volunteers to help her out that morning. A volunteer sign-up sheet will be posted on the office door.

We have initiated several new members, so please make them feel welcome when you see them. If you propose someone for membership, please plan to attend their initiation.

Thanks to everyone for all you do in keeping our Lodge running smoothly. Come out and enjoy your Lodge!

--- Martha Berry, Exalted Ruler

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  • Purple Ball / Halloween Party - November 1
  • Veterans Appreciation Dinner - November 13. Volunteers needed.
  • Elks Memorial Service - First Sunday in December
  • Hoop Shoot - December 13. Volunteers Needed


  • November 3
  • November 17


Our next initiation ceremony is Monday, December 15.


DDGER Larry Shew and his crew visited the Lodge on October 7 and conducted the annual inspection. In his report to the Lodge that night, Larry extended compliments to the Lodge.


Mark the date... November 22 is the Holiday Bazaar at the Elks' Lodge sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary. We have numerous vendors; and, of course, Santa will be there for picture taking! If you have questions about the event, call Sandy Gwin AT 660-646-6700 or Jennifer Miller at 660-639-2683. We will need extra help at the concession stand that day so if you have the time, please let us know so we can get the schedule going.

The Auxiliary donated $250 toward the Safe House here in Chillicothe. We are always proud to be able to help out with our local causes and we realized this facility serves many needs in the community.

The Auxiliary will once again be serving cookies for the State Bank Distinguished Citizens party again this year (around the first of December). We will be getting out the 'cookie' letters in November asking for your help with homemade goodies!

We continue to meet the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Lodge. If you are interested, we would love to have you come to a meeting. We do a lot of fun things throughout the year and we support the Lodge in many ways.

Have a great fall! It's been such a wonderful summer that I know we all hate to see it go, but the leaves are beautiful and the cool weather is just right for watching sports and finishing up fall harvest! Enjoy!  -- Sandy Gwin


We are having a beautiful Fall so far. The weather couldn't be better. Make sure to come out and cheer on the Royals as they play in the World Series. Also, don't forget about the specials we are having for Chiefs and Mizzou games. Come down and enjoy them.

The Purple Ball is November 1, from 7 PM to midnight. We will have drink specials, and Kenny and Paula Estes will be the DJs. There will also be prizes for the best costume. Bring your favorite appetizer or snack and have some fun.

We will have Prime Rib on November 7th. It will be reservations only, and the grill will be closed.

On November 22 the Elks Auxiliary will once again be hosting the Holiday Bazaar from 10 AM to 4 PM. Come out and do some Christmas shopping and try one of the giant tenderloins.

The Lodge will be closed November  27 for Thanksgiving.

If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks. - Julie Meek, Club Manager


Please welcome Clint Macoubrie, David Brobst and Gary Veach, our newest members initiated at the October 20 meeting.


We had 3 contestants representing our Lodge who won 1st place in their division at the state soccer shoot in Jefferson City - Chase Corbin, Dylan Holder and Juliet Schmadeke - and will now compete in the regional contest in El Dorado, Kansas. Callaway Chapman and Ethan Corbin won 2nd in their division at the state competition and also represented Chillicothe well!


The Lodge will be closed Thanksgiving Day so employees can spend the holiday with their families.


At this time, 41 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 Purple Ball will be held on Saturday, November 1. Get your best costume ready and prepare yourselves for a great time! There will be appetizers and music for all - come out and join the festivities.

November among Elkdom's greatest months

November is one of the most important months of the year in Elkdom. On the fourth Thursday, we celebrate the second biggest family holiday of the year - Thanksgiving. Families across America travel for our traditional annual feast.

Another outstanding holiday this month is on November 11. That date was selected by a great Elk, General John "Blackjack" Pershing of New York Lodge No. 1, who set the date for signing the armistice to end the "Great War" - World War I - "the war to end all wars." Brother John remembered that "with us, the hour of eleven has a tender significance," and he set the signing of the documents for the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, thus, memorializing our hour of remembrance. More significant than these dates are the things we, as Elks, do during this month of special recognition and support for our military and our veterans.

If you have a VA medical facility near your community, November is a great month to give support to our hospitalized veterans. Something as simple as a personal visit and chat with a hospitalized veteran will brighten his or her life. Many Lodges will even provide a special "thank you" meal for all veterans. Plan to do something for your Elks veterans as well as the veterans in your community who will exemplify our motto of Elks Care - Elks Share, and by so doing you will prove that we are: "Elks: Elevating America." In addition, you will honor and care for our veterans and help satisfy our Elks' pledge: So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.

Marcia and I wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Please take time to count your blessings, recognize our veterans - they deserve it - and give thanks that you live in America and have membership in the Elks.


Did you know... There are Elks Scholarships available other than the ones presented by our local lodge? The Elks National Foundation (ENF) also awards scholarships.

  • The Most Valuable Student Scholarship is awarded to the top 500 applicants. Applicants must be a US Citizen but do NOT have to be related to a member of the Elks. Application deadline is Dec. 5, 2014.
  • Legacy Awards are for any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild or legal ward) of a living Elk. They are $4,000 scholarships. The application deadline is Jan 30, 2015.
  • There are also Emergency Educational Grants available to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks who want to continue their education. Grant amounts are based on information submitted and can be up to $4,000.

If you know of a child that is a Senior in High School this year, please be sure to let them know about these available scholarships and encourage them to apply. It is always great to see the youth of our community receive scholarships from the ENF! Erin Gilliland, Daughter of Joel Gilliland, was awarded one of the $4,000 Legacy Award Scholarships last year!

I will be distributing information to the area schools as well as posting information on the lodge bulletin board within the next week. You can also go to: then click on OUR PROGRAMS at the top of the page and select SCHOLARSHIPS for more detailed information.

Please contact me at 660-247-0033 if you have any questions.  -- Amie M. Kepner, Chairpersson 


Our profound thanks and appreciation are extended to the following sponsors who made the recent Scholarship Band Night such a success. Please support their businesses or extend your personal thanks.

Kenneth & Pauls Estes Family 
Grand River Technical School
Indian Hills Retirement Home
Missouri Mobile Concrete Inc
Chris Perry Tow & Repair
Wabash BBQ
Steve & Bev Howe - DeKalb/Asgrow Seeds
Wooly Booger's
J.W. Constant Rentals
Martha Berry - Gaslight Real Estate
Lauhoff Jewelry
Wilma Graham
Tina & Sarah Tharp Families
Jeremy Donaho
Farmers' Electric Cooperative.
M & L Trucking & Repair
Brotherton Farms - Trucking
Mid-Western Advertising
David & Cindy Graham
Hinnen Hauling & Construction Inc.
Professional Firefighters 
Lois Stone
Pat & Dee Kinsella
James & Marcia Beemer Family
Gold Rush
Bad Reputation
Penny Huff Kennebeck It Work!
Pete Madison - Barnes Baker Motors
Shipp's Rental
O'Reilly Auto Parts - Chillicothe
O'Reilly Auto Parts - Trenton
Farrell Warren Family
Minnick Suppy
Jamie (Estes) Robinson Family
Mike & Marty Colgan Family
Susan Myers Family
Botts & Tye
Gary & Terri Willard
Chuck Hayney
Sally King and Paul DeWeese

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).

30 Robert Grouse
30 Mary Louise Haynes
31 Warren Culling
31 Bernie Hogan
31 Chris Koehly
1 Nicole Booth
2 Larry Hamilton
2 Raymond Hoyt
3 Debra Baker
3 Martha Berry
3 Lanny Wright
4 Dennis Batchelar
4 Richard Dowell
5 William Gilliland
5 Chad Vulgamott
8 David Graham
8 Joe Rinehart
9 David Hicks
11 Nathan Murphy
11 Robert Stephens
15 Franklin Bywaters
15 Sidna McCauslin
15 Ronnie McLaughlin
16 Mark Switzer
17 Rick Hibler
17 Jeff Westcott
20 Tony Burtch
20 Larry Wilson
21 Les Cook
21 Robert Trantham
22 Stan Baldwin
23 Jonathan Cole
25 Frank Blakemore
26 Larry Willard
27 Paul Churchill
27 Toby Seifert
27 Steve Shoot
30 Scott Johnson

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