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OCTOBER 2014...


The fall season is in full swing - football season has started; and on game days, we are having drink specials and an opportunity to order appetizers while you watch the games.

Our local Soccer Shoot was held on September 20. We had a fantastic turnout this year, and I want to thank Richard Crane, Terry Breer, Steve Palmer, Marcia Weldon, Kenny Estes, Tony Winsor, Jerry Noble and Roger Brick for helping me with it that day. The District Shoot will be held at our Lodge on Sunday, September 28, at 4 P.M. We will also need some volunteers to help out on that afternoon so please consider signing up.

On Saturday, October 4, it will once again be our turn to travel to the Cameron Veteran's Home for Bingo. A sign-up sheet is posted on the office door for volunteers. We only need 4 or 5 people to go, and it's always a great time to visit with the vets and help them with their Bingo cards.

I was once again honored to represent our Lodge at the fall state convention in Jefferson City. Over 600 members attended from around the state, and it is truly evident that Elks members are very dedicated and compassionate people.

Mark your calendars for the Purple Ball/Costume Party which will be held on Saturday, November 1. Plans are being made so watch for flyers and information on our Facebook page.

This upcoming weekend will be a busy one for our Lodge... Friday the 26th is Steak and Shrimp Night - reservations are required; Saturday the 27th is Band Night (Kenny Estes has worked diligently to assure us that we will have a great night for the Bill Tharp Memorial Vocational Scholarship Fund; come out for a great time and a fantastic cause); Sunday the 28th is the District Soccer Shoot at 4 - volunteers needed!

Our volunteers are very important to us and vital to our events being successful. It only takes a few hours out of your time, and with all of us working together, we can continue to have successful events. Thank you to all of our volunteers!

There are many things upcoming so don't miss out - come out and enjoy your Lodge with family and friends!

--- Martha Berry, Exalted Ruler

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  • October 4 - Cameron Veterans Home Bingo - 2:00
  • October 18 - Cody Slaughter (Elvis impersonator)
  • October 18 - State President, Brian Crawford, visits


  • October 6
  • October 20 - INITIATION


  • Clint Macoubrie, proposed by Heath Harper

We will vote on proposed members at the October 6 meeting.


Our next initiation ceremony is October 20.


Fall is here with the cooler evenings and leaves starting to turn. Football is in full swing, between high school, NCAA and NFL. Come down to the lodge and enjoy Mizzou and Chiefs games. We have beer specials, Bloody Mary drinks, and appetizers available to order during the games.

On October 18th, 7:30-9:30 pm, Cody Slaughter will be back to entertain us. Tickets are available. $20 for reserved and $17 for general admission. Reserved seating is filling up quickly, so come in and get yours.

Just a reminder, the hours for the grill and buffet on Wednesdays and Fridays are 6-8:15 pm.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please let me know.

Thanks. - Julie Meek, Club Manager


Thanks to Roger Brick, Kenny Estes, Terry Breer, Jerry Noble, Marcia Weldon, Richard Crane, Tony Winsor, Steve Palmer and Martha Berry for making the 2014 Soccer Shoot a success. Contestants were still shooting after noon. We don't have the final numbers at time of publication, but it was one of the best attended shoots in recent memory. Winners will be announced next month.


We still need volunteers for the Cameron Veterans Home Bingo on Saturday, October 4 at 2:00 in Cameron. Leave Chillicothe around 1, be back by 3, seldom feel better about yourself for what you've done and provide a much appreciated service to Veterans who are deserving of our support and gratitude. Sign up sheet on the office door or call Martha Berry or Steve Palmer.


At this time 40 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 $25 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?

Follow the statutes to a successful Lodge

This is a simple reminder that when we were initiated as Elks we each took a solemn oath called the Obligation. We all took the same oath as there is no short form of the Obligation. At the beginning of this oath, in fact the second paragraph, we each swore to "support the Constitution, and obey the Statutes, rules and regulations of this Order..." As long as you "obey the Statutes" you are in a safe harbor, free from discipline or chastisement. Additionally, every serving officer doubled up by solemnly promising at his installation to office to "conform with and maintain the Constitution, Statutes, rules and regulations of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America..."

Lodges have a large degree of independence and sovereignty but each and every Lodge must adhere to a basic structure and rules that are specified in the Statutes. Our Statutes are not laid down as tablets of stone but are adjusted every year by the delegates to the Grand Lodge Sessions. Thus, the Statutes are adjusted to the evolution of our society and culture.

Every Member has the opportunity to initiate a change to the Statutes. The procedure for changing them must be strictly adhered to and also must receive the approval of a majority of the delegates at a Grand Lodge Session.

Truthfulness and adherence to our self-made laws is represented by the principle station of each Local Lodge - the station of the Exalted Ruler. In fact one of the few express statutory duties is to "enforce the Laws of the Order."

Enjoy Columbus Day this month and have a safe and Happy Halloween.

P.S. Be sure to carry a tri-fold membership application - you never know when you might need it... and thank you for Elevating America.

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).

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
1 Kay Smith
3 Roger Fraser
3 Melinda Kimmis
3 Stephen Voorhies
3 David Walker
5 Terry Albertson
7 Kevin Jeschke
8 Russ Thompson
8 Terry Tipton
9 Paul Ficken
10 Gil Gates
10 Steve Palmer
10 Ella Robinson
12 Clark Carlton
12 Lewis McColm
12 Darrin Young
17 Arte Boon
17 Butch Shaffer
20 Jimmie Richey
21 Rhonda Webb
22 Stephen Biggerstaff
22 David Milligan
22 Terry Nibarger
23 Jim Bonderer
23 Tony Winsor
25 Amparo Anthony
27 Steven Mason
27 Matt Wenzel
28 Dennis Drummond
30 Robert Grouse
30 Mary Louise Haynes
31 Warren Culling
31 Bernie Hogan
31 Chris Koehly

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