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FEBRUARY 2016...


We have moved quickly into 2016, and there are several events that are coming up that you won't want to miss out on. Be sure to mark your calendars and keep up with everything.

Steak and Shrimp night is Friday, January 29, and reservations are required. Also that evening, there will be a 50/50 drawing. Ask any bartender to purchase your tickets.

It is once again time for officer nominations. If you are interested in a position or would like to nominate someone, please let me or Steve Palmer know. Nominations will be taken at the meeting on February 1.

The Super Bowl Party will be on Sunday, February 7. There has been a hog donated; and, as always, we ask that everyone bring a snack or appetizer to share and come out and enjoy the game between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.

One of our biggest fundraisers, the annual Gun Show, will be held on February 12-14. Many volunteers are needed throughout the weekend from setup beginning at noon on Friday to cleanup on Sunday afternoon. Any amount of your time is very much appreciated... volunteer sign-up sheets are posted on the office door. Kenny and I are also working on sponsors. If you would like to be a sponsor, please let one of us know. Raffle tickets are also being sold for two guns that will be drawn for. Jim Donoho has graciously donated a Ruger 10-22 and the Lodge has purchased a Beretta A300 Outlander 12 gauge. Contact any bartender to purchase tickets. Please see me or Kenny if you have any questions.

The Social Committee has been working on events in order to bring more members out to the Lodge. Taco Tuesday will be February 16, and since that is also the birthday for the Order, Roze Frampton will be making margarita birthday cakes.

Thursday, February 25, is Wing Night! They are always a crowd pleaser so come out and enjoy!

The State Convention that is held in Jefferson City is March 12-14. Our Lodge is the host for the Hospitality Room this time, and we need members to attend and help throughout the weekend. We also need some ideas for the food to serve and decorations for the room. If you would like to be involved, please let me know. It takes a lot of planning in order to have everything ready.

Please keep Fred Hinnen and his family in your prayers as he recovers from a recent stroke.

I want to extend my sympathy and prayers to the family of Jim Beemer and also to his many friends here at the Lodge. He was a quiet gentle soul who will be missed by us all.

Be sure to watch the calendar for all the upcoming events, and come out and enjoy the Lodge with family and friends!

--- Martha Berry, Exalted Ruler

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  • Super Bowl Party - February 7
  • Winter Gun Show - February 12-14
  • Spring State Convention - March 11-13


  • February 1
  • February 15


  • Tim Munday, proposed by Marcia Weldon
  • Fred White, by reinstatement

We will vote on proposed members at the February 1 meeting.

Our next initiation ceremony is March 21.

The New Year's Eve party was a success, and all had a great time from what I hear. Now only 11 more months until we do it again. I think Nicole, Brett, Amy, Marsha and the entire crowd that set it up did a wonderful job. There are more things to come from them in the near future so look for notices.

A quick look at February will include Super Bowl 50, weddings, receptions, auctions, the annual gun show and social events (taco night and wing night). Not to mention once again Champagne & Diamonds Dinner and Dance February 20, hosted by North Missouri Children's Advocacy Center. Lauhoff Jewelry has donated a 14 karat white gold diamond in motion pendant & earring set. You can get your tickets at the bar, but hurry space is limited.

Thank you to everyone who helped throughout the month with the clean up and set up for the events in the banquet room. Not a member, but Duane Bay volunteered a lot to assist me, as well as Kenny Estes, Sondra and Danny Sturguess, Brian Anderson (and family), Marcia Weldon, Mrs. Valbracht, Dave and Nicole Booth, Keith and Amy Kepner (who also saved my eyes by donating a new monitor for my computer), Steve Palmer, our illustrious ER Martha Berry; and I am sure I have missed some names, but I could not have done it without you. If you would like to help out at all I am sure there is something coming up that needs an extra hand.

I also wanted to extend prayer for recovery for Fred Hinnen and strength for his family during this rough time. 

-- Joanann Bay, Lodge Manager

The new year is well under way. We are looking forward to another productive one.

The Auxiliary would like to thank Danny Williams and Kenny Estes for helping us take down the holiday decorations. They both were great moving all the chairs and tables in the store room so that everything could be put back on the shelves.

Our next project is to assist with the February Gun Show at the lodge on February 12, 13 & 14. The Auxiliary Will have a concession stand Friday evening, as well as all day on Saturday and Sunday. We look forward to and count on delicious pies and desserts donated by various members for us to serve and sell at the event. Hopefully, you will be able to contribute as so many look forward to the desserts with pie being the most requested. We would really appreciate them at the lodge any time after 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 12. As always, we would appreciate workers to help serve. There is a gun class being held during the same time frame so we will work around everyone's commitments if you could help for a few hours during any of those times.

We continue to sell raffle tickets for the quilt made by Mrs. Cliff (Diane) McKiddy. It is currently on display at the lodge. If anyone is interested in helping us sell tickets, it would be greatly appreciated. Contact any of the auxiliary members and we will get the tickets to you. We plan to draw for the quilt at the gun show on Sunday.

There has been some conversation about a spring garage sale if there is enough interest expressed and an open day on the lodge's schedule.

We hope to see you at the gun show. Stay warm; hopefully spring will be here before we know it.

  -- Elks Auxiliary

The Spring State Convention will be held March 11 through the 13th. Chillicothe is the host of the District hospitality suite for this convention. We need a number of people to work the suite and make sure we represent Chillicothe well. The first eight (8) people to contact Steve Palmer will have both night's room expense paid for by the Lodge in exchange for their efforts with the suite. Don't delay, the spots are likely to go fast. If you've never been to convention, it is a great time!

The Winter Gun Show will be held February 12-14. We are seeking volunteers to work the show. Individuals willing to do so should contact Martha Berry or Steve Palmer. If you have yet to volunteer for any of the activities the Lodge has sponsored year to date, here is a wonderful opportunity for you to show your support of the Lodge and Elkdom. Your volunteer commitment could be as little as 2 or 3 hours.

Come down to the Lodge on February 7, bring an hors d-oeuvre, enjoy the whole hog donated by Duane Ireland and cooked by Jeff Frampton, and watch the Super Bowl with your Lodge friends. Bring a guest and introduce them to the benefits of the Lodge.

By statute, we are required to publish the names of past due members thirty days prior to dropping them from the rolls of the Lodge for non-payment. Each person listed will also be receiving a first class letter advising them of their membership status. Our records indicate the following as past due. If anyone listed below disagrees with our records, please contact Steve Palmer at 660 247-3280. Anyone who remains on the list will be deleted from the rolls on March 15. Dropped members can apply for reinstatement upon the filing of an application and submission of a $15 reinstatement fee.

Altenburg Daniel
Baker Lewis
Barnett Brent
Bechtold John
Beerman Kenneth
Bonderer Butch
Burtch Tony
Fender Kevin
Gerhart Aron
Greever Connie
Hart Roger
Isaacs Clint
Jordan Dusty
Koehly Ron
Laffey Jim
Madison Pete
Mason Steven
McColm Lewis
Murphy Nathan
Newbury Norm
Rader Chris
Riddle Kimberly
Rogers Donnie
Scott Nathan
Swartz John
Vulgamott Chad
Wright Lanny

Oh what a night indeed... Best crowd the Lodge has seen in years for New Years Eve! Thank you to everyone who was able to come out and enjoy bringing in 2016 with your friends, we hope you enjoyed everything from the food, decorations and music by the Katatonics! We are already making preparations for next year and have been looking at bands, decor and food ideas. This could not have happened with the help and donations from the following people: Marcia Weldon, Brett Romeiser, Amie Kepner, Kenny Estes, Keith Kepner, Dave Booth, Bev Howe, Angie Lauhoff, Darren Lauhoff, Joanann Bay, Duane Bay, Brian Anderson, Daniel Savage, Steve Howe, Lydia Anderson, Clayton Anderson, Jacob Anderson and the Bartending Staff at the lodge who sold tickets and kept us organized and sane through preparations.

We had a great time putting it all together and looking forward to next year! If you would like to get more involved with types of events like this, or have ideas for the Social Committee - please join us in a meeting and bring your ideas, thoughts and ideas on how to get more volunteers.

Volunteering at the lodge is one way to get involved and enjoy your time with fellow Elks and you can do that by signing up for an event posted on the office door at the lodge. "Elks Care... Elks Share"

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy rest of 2016. -- Nicole Booth, Social Committee Member

Thanks to the efforts of chairperson Joyce Mollohan and volunteers Sondra Sturguess, Kenny Estes and Richard Crane, this year's Hoop Shoot was another success. Winners were:

Girls 8-9 No participants
Boys 8-9 Landon Jones
Girls 10-11 Halle Rucker
Boys 10-11 Carter Crawford
Girls 12-13 Lucy Reeter
Boys 12-13 Randy Harkins

Boys 8-9 Quentyn Smith
Girls 10-11 Regan Crowe
Boys 10-11 Griff Bonderer
Girls 12-13 Selby Miller
Boys 12-13 Owen Oesch

All first place winners advanced to the District contest, and Randy Harkins and Halle Rucker have advanced to State, which will be held February 6 in St. Louis. Congratulations to all who participated.

Time is fast approaching for the nomination and election of Lodge officers for the 2016-2017 year. The success of the Lodge depends on a vibrant officer corps and the infusion of new attitudes, opinions and talents to that committed group of individuals. If you assume someone else will do it, you'll turn around one day and discover the Lodge closed due to a general lack of interest and the "burn out" of those who have carried us this far. Nominations opened at the January 4 meeting and close at the February 1 meeting unless no nominations for an elected office have been made by that time. Elections will be held at the February 15 meeting. Here's a great opportunity to make a difference. Contact any current officer to be nominated. Elected positions are: Exalted Ruler, Leading Knight, Lecturing Knight, Loyal Knight, Five Year Trustee, Secretary and Treasurer.

At this time we know the Leading Knight, Treasurer, and 5-Year Trustee positions will be vacant at the time of nominations and elections. It would be a great sign if multiple people ran for the same offices. There are no winners or losers; there are just Elks trying to make their Lodge an even better organization.

Transition begins with electing dedicated Officers

February is a transitional month, a time when change is in the air. It is the month to nominate and elect Lodge Officers for the coming year. A strong Lodge depends on engaged Members and the election of dedicated, energetic leaders with a positive attitude.

Lodge Officers must maintain a positive demeanor if they are to achieve positive results. If you have decided to run for office in your Lodge, I thank you for that commitment and encourage you to be that leader, inspire others and allow your enthusiasm to become contagious.

Our Past Exalted Rulers have built and maintained the foundation of our Order - our Local Lodges - and many of them have gone on to serve in State Associations and at the Grand Lodge level. Take advantage of their dedication and guidance, and let their talents and experience be a valuable resource in helping to build a successful Lodge.

Speaking of change, as I travel this great country I sense a new attitude toward Membership growth, Lodge pride and community service. There's a new mindset and a strong "can-do" spirit developing throughout Elkdom. Members are engaged; we're being Louder and Prouder; people are discovering who the Elks are and what we do, and we are enrolling new Members in historic numbers, by far the highest rate in more than 36 years! And, to aid in this transition, Lodges are finding new ways to become more comfortable, fun and welcoming for their Members, their guests and especially for their families.

We need to remember that February 16 is the birthday of our Order. On February 16, 1868, shortly after the death of one of the original "Jolly Corks," leaving his wife and children destitute, the small group of actors adopted the more noble purpose of serving others, and thus was born the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Since then, for 147 years, we have been making a difference and changing lives every day.

Finally, as we approach February, let's not forget our special Valentines! Valentine's Day is about love, and whether you're spending the day with your significant other or with family and friends, it's about showing those around you how much they truly mean to you. My favorite Valentine is the one person who supports me in all I do, my best friend and loving wife, Nancy. Be sure to set some time aside for that special person in your life.

Enjoy your month, good luck on your elections, happy birthday, relish the extra day (Leap Day) and cherish the time with your favorite Valentine.

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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).

29 Dennis Albertson Jr.
30 Lamar Moore
31 David Miller
2 Gary Holley
2 Merl O'Neal
3 Greg Link
4 Mike Harrington
5 Paul Chapman
5 Dell Gaston
5 Sean Springborn
6 Larry Brammer
6 Thomas Hartwig
6 Ron Miller
7 Deanna Kepner
8 Tony Gannan
8 Aron Gerhart
9 Brandon Dennis
10 Zane Jones
10 Jason Spears
11 J Alan Scott
12 Darrin Fravel
12 Jack Kelly
12 John Manning
13 Kim Heese
14 Brent Barnett
14 Brandi Clark
15 Warren Hoyt
16 Bill Regan
17 Fritz Kline
17 Clark Peterson
18 David Churchill
18 Scott Lindley
18 Brenda Patchen
19 David Mammen
19 Robert Marriott
19 Trentis Miller
19 Howard Moritz
21 Melvin Humphreys
21 Davey Scott
22 Nick Shiflett
23 Robert Christison
25 John Guthrie
25 David Mehrhoff
27 Paul Steele
27 Don Worthington
28 James Bailey
28 James Chapman Jr

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