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AUGUST 2015...


Summer is flying by, and, once again, we've had another successful Golf Tournament! Thanks so much to the committee for organizing another great fundraiser. Many thanks also to the wonderful volunteers, sponsors, donations received from businesses and individuals and the teams who participated... with everyone working together, we are able to keep giving back to our community.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 13, for OBT Luau/Birthday Party... Free will donation for smoked pulled pork plus sides - sure to be a fabulous evening for some fun with family and friends!!

Please welcome new members Chris Peery, Blake Rasmussen, and David Whitt. All were initiated recently and have joined our great organization.

The Fall Convention is coming up on September 18-20 and will be held once again at the Capitol Plaza in Jefferson City. If you are interested in attending and would like to learn more on what the Elks are all about, this is a great opportunity. Please let me or Steve know so we can get you registered.

It's almost time to get ready for football season. The football drafts will be held on the evening of Thursday, September 3, which is also the first Chiefs' preseason game. More information will be provided at a closer date. Come out and enjoy hot wings and cheer on the Chiefs as they start their season!

For those of you who are not aware, our manager, Julie Meek, has accepted another position and has resigned as club manager. Although I hated to see her go, I wish her the very best and thank her for all she has done while employed here to keep everything running smoothly. Good Luck Julie!

We still have some members who haven't paid their dues. If you are one of them, please get them paid so that you can receive your new card to prove you truly are an Elk!

Friday, July 31, is Steak and Shrimp Night - Reservations are required!

Thank you Roger for cleaning up the outside... pulling grass and weeds, power washing the patio, spraying for weeds, painting on the patio, etc. Thanks also to Marcia and Danny for always helping out with extra little jobs and picking up around the Lodge.

We have several things coming up, so come out and have some fun at the Lodge!

--- Martha Berry, Exalted Ruler

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  • September 18-20, Fall State Convention, Jefferson City
  • September 11 - Soccer Shoot, 9:00. Volunteers needed
  • October 4 - Cameron Veterans Home Bingo. Volunteers needed.


  • No meeting August 3
  • August 17

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


  • Conner Dixon, proposed by Austin Busse
  • Dwain Ireland, proposed by Mike Thompson
  • Dan Boylan, by reinstatement

We will vote on proposed members at the August 17 meeting.

Our next initiation ceremony is September 21.

It is our sad duty to announce for those who don't already know that Julie Meek has resigned her position as Club Manager. Julie did a great job managing the club, and she will be missed. We wish her well in her new endeavors.

A search is underway for a new Club Manager, and we hope to have an announcement by next month's newsletter. In the meantime, Martha Berrry has stepped up to fill Julie's shoes on an interim basis, and we are very thankful to Martha for doing so. She has already made a tough transition smoother than it would otherwise be.

The Lodge only meets once in the month of August, on August 17. Due to Labor Day falling on Monday, September 7, we will also meet only once in September, on September 21. We will resume our twice monthly schedule in October.

Ronald L Hicks from Fredericksburg, Virginia, was installed as our newest Grand Exalted Ruler at the Grand Lodge National Convention held July 5-9 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

I offer my sincere thanks and appreciation for the faith and trust you have placed in me to serve as your Grand Exalted Ruler. It is indeed my honor and privilege to accept this role and my desire to show that your confidence has not been misplaced. As Nancy and I travel our great country, visit your Lodges, and attend your State Association meetings, we know we will be inspired to hear about your many acts of kindness, charity and brotherly love. It is our hope that we can return the favor by inspiring you to build on those endeavors in order to accomplish even more in the name of Elkdom.

"Elks Pride - Community Focus" is my theme for the year. It speaks to our responsibility to each other and to our obligation to the communities we serve.

"Elks Pride" is the expression of our dignity, joy and self-respect. It begins with each of us and is driven by a positive attitude and a "can-do" spirit, and heightened by the Members around us who share our thoughts, vision and values. Elks Pride helps us to realize our potential, develop healthy relationships within our Lodges, and increases the desire to do more and better for our Members and for the people we serve.

"Community Focus" is the emphasis we place on the concern, commitment and benefit of Elkdom to our communities, and it can be greatly enhanced when supported and promoted through "Elks Pride." Service to our communities is a responsibility we all share, and it should be a priority for every Lodge. We offer great appeal to those who know who we are and what we do as Elks!

By strengthening our "Community Focus," we introduce our friends and neighbors to more and more of our good works, share the Pride that comes with being an Elk, and prove ourselves to be a reliable partner for the community. A strong "Community Focus" will draw the community to you, put a "face" on your Lodge, and create awareness and interest in your Lodge and Elkdom. Can everyone say "Membership"?

There are so many ways to develop and promote "Elks Pride and Community Focus." As Nancy and I visit with you during the year, we look forward to discussing them with you and sharing your ideas. Thanks again for the trust you have placed in us and may God bless you all.

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

At this time, 42 members are past due. Delinquent members as of September 30 will be dropped from the roles of the Lodge. Prior to doing so, per our by-laws, their names will be published in the September edition of the newsletter. Once dropped, members can reinstate by payment of a $15 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?

Living or dead, an Elk is never forgotten, never forsaken.
Morning and noon may pass him by,
the light of day sink heedlessly in the West,
but ere the shadows of midnight shall fall,
the chimes of memory will be pealing forth the friendly message:
"To our absent members."

We remember those Elks who have passed away since April 1, 2014...

David Speicher
Rachel Coburn
Harold Thomas
Rick Hibler
Roger Fraser

Thanks to Amie Kepner, Keith Kepner, Nicole Booth, and Dave Booth, along with an army of volunteers, dozens of sponsors and over 50 teams for making this year's golf tournament another smashing success. Specific thanks to volunteers and sponsors will appear in next month's newsletter.

Please welcome David Whitt, Blake Rasmussen, and Chris Peery, our newest members initiated in to the Lodge at our July 20 meeting.

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.

The Lodge be conducting its annual soccer shoot, probably sometime in September. Stay tuned for more details. As always, we'll need some volunteers to make the event a success.

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).

JULY 2015
30 Marvin Holcer
31 Jason Graves
31 David Mattingly
31 Fred Simmer
1 Terry Clevenger
2 Gary Bellis
3 Daniel Ross
6 Butch Bonderer
8 Adam Perry
9 D Anderson
9 Frank Chaney
10 Sam Gray
10 Ron Lame
11 Lee Caughron
11 Amie Kepner
11 Pete Madison
11 Joe Rinehart
12 Steve Howe
14 Edwin Turner
15 Kathy Price
16 Raymond Downing
16 Esther Houston
16 E L Reed
18 Garry Mosley
18 Dave Quigley
19 Randy Lee
20 Jason Montgomery
20 Gary Summy
21 Ron Koehly
21 Robert Trantham
22 Lanny Dixon
22 Bob Pyrtle
22 Ron Wolf
23 John Warren
25 Jim Donoho
25 Larry Gastineau
25 Gary Willard
26 Donnie Rogers
27 Eric Pollard
29 Kyle Marcolla
30 Kimberly Riddle
31 Don Dennis

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