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OCTOBER 2015...


The fall season is upon us... football is in full swing, and the Kansas City Royals have clinched the AL Central Championship! Now on to the playoffs!

Our new club manager is Joanann Bay... she has been on board for almost a month and is in the training/learning process. If you happen to see her, please welcome her to our Lodge and help me get her broken in!

Our local Soccer Shoot was held on September 19, and I understand that there was a fantastic turnout of contestants. Thank you to Terry Breer and Roger Brick for heading it up and also to those of you who were able to volunteer your time and help out that day. By the time this newsletter is printed, the District Shoot will also be over. It is scheduled to be held on September 27 at our Lodge at 4 PM. I hope we have local contestants who will move on to the Regional Shoot.

Tony Windsor and I attended the Elks Fall Convention in Jefferson City on September 18-20. Once again, it is truly amazing to be able to meet with so many dedicated and compassionate members from around the state and to be associated with a great organization. Approximately 645 members flowed into the Capitol Plaza Hotel and enjoyed the weekend meetings and festivities together.

The Elks State President, Duane Heldenbrand, and his entourage will be making their visit to our Lodge on Friday, October 16. Come out and help us welcome them to our wonderful facility.

Steak and Shrimp Night will be Friday, October 30, so make your reservations!

Thanks to Jim Donoho, we will be holding a Gun Show on November 6 and 7. Flyers are posted around the Lodge with information. Many volunteers will be needed that weekend so please plan on volunteering some of your time. A sign-up sheet is posted on the office door.

Thanks to all of our members who are always willing to step up and make sure that our Lodge is in tip-top shape. Also, a huge thank you to our staff who has made sure that things are running smoothly, especially during the transition of hiring the new manager. We are also losing Kassie Anderson, a very valuable employee. Best Wishes to her as she starts a new chapter in her life!

Congratulations to Lori Frey and Jeff Parkey on their recent wedding! May you enjoy many happy years ahead!!

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please attend a meeting so that your voice can be heard. Everyone is always welcome.

Come out and see us soon and enjoy your Lodge! 

--- Martha Berry, Exalted Ruler

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  • December 5 - Cameron Veterans Home Bingo. Volunteers needed.


  • October 5
  • October 19


  • Leslie White, proposed by Nicole Booth

We will vote on proposed members at the October 5 meeting.

Our next initiation ceremony is November 16.

Summer is over; and as the year winds down, it seems like the Auxiliary is gearing up. Several Elks and members of the Auxiliary assisted with the Elks' annual blood drive by making calls to remind donors to donate. Diane McKiddy, Sandy Gwin and Jennifer Miller volunteered the day of the event to pass out refreshments and t-shirts to those donating. Sandy Gwin and Jennifer Miller attended the recognition banquet as our Elks' Lodge received recognition for the amount of blood collected (90 pints) which exceeded the goal. Attending one of these really makes you truly realize how valuable the contributions are. We heard from a mother whose daughter has experienced two bouts of cancer and how life saving these donations have been to their family. Their entire family attended to recognize blood donors and organizers.

We have a number of events scheduled for the rest of the year as follows:

  • November 6 & 7 - Concession Stand for the Fall Gun Show
  • November 21 - Annual Holiday Bazaar
  • December 4 - Annual State Bank Distinguished Citizens event

We are also working with some school classes to make cards for veterans that we hope to be able to distribute to the VA facility at Cameron in November.

Mrs. McKiddy has graciously donated her time and talent to make us another quilt to raffle as a fundraiser. It is a beautiful red and black quilt. We hope to get it on display in the very near future and begin to sell chances. If you just can't wait to see the beautiful creation, check it our on the Facebook sites of Sandy Gwin or Jennifer Miller. It is awesome, and someone is going to be very lucky to own it.

As always, spouses are invited to attend our meetings and/or volunteer to assist with any of the above referenced activities.

-- Elks Auxiliary

Hello! As of September 1st, I became your new Lodge Manager, and I would like to introduce myself. My name is Joanann Bay; I am married to Duane Bay. We have been residents of Chillicothe for 12 years now. We have four children (my youngest is a senior at CHS this year) and ten grandchildren (ranging from 8 mo to 15 yrs). We attend Souls Harbor Church of God and are very active with our congregation, including a mission trip to China in July of this year.

I am learning the ropes and hope to be able to transition into things smoothly. We hosted the Veterans Job Fair September 22nd in which I was able to assist. They were extremely pleased with the facility, assistance, and turn out. I believe this will become a regular activity spurring future events.

I am told we have a great bunch of members here, and I look forward to meeting you. If there is anything that I can help you with, please know that I am here for you. I look forward to my experience with this Lodge.

-- Joanann Bay, Lodge Manager

We resume our twice monthly schedule in October. Next meeting is October 5.

ENF grants sharpen Lodges' Community Focus

October is Elks National Foundation Month, a time to focus our attention on the "Great Heart of Elkdom" and the remarkable services provided by our Order. These services can be funded either directly by the Foundation, through State Associations or through the Lodges via the ENF Community Investments Program.

This year, the Elks National Foundation is celebrating the 10th year of the Community Investments Program, a program specifically developed to support Local Lodges with their Community Service Projects. The program, which was rolled out in July 2005 with a very modest budget of only $350,000, has met with tremendous success and incredible growth in its brief history. This year, the Foundation Trustees have budgeted $9,765,590 for the Community Investments Program, an increase of 2,690 percent since its inception!

The Community Investment Grants are offered by the Foundation to help you make a difference in your community with new and continuing programs tailored to meet the specific needs of your community and help you further demonstrate how "Care - Share." As we use our "Community Focus" to take full advantage of these grants, we will continue to build even stronger relationships proving that we are a reliable partner for our communities. In addition to the Community Investment Grants, this year there will also be an increased number of Freedom Grants available through the Veterans Services Commission. Please do not leave this essentially "free" money on the table!

For 2015-2016, in addition to the Community Investments Program, the Elks National Foundation has budgeted nearly $17,000,000 for other program services, including (in round figures): Scholarships ($4,300,000), State Grants ($8,720,000), Veterans Service ($1,485,000), Youth Programs Maintenance ($640,000). A total of $27 million goes toward the many meaningful programs supported by our great Order.

A strong Elks National Foundation perspective in your Lodge is another means of helping develop an even greater "Elks Pride" among your membership. The per capita ENF goal for 2015-2016 is $4.65 per member, and I ask that each Lodge and every Member renew your commitment to support the Foundation. I have no doubt that you and I can exceed this goal, knowing that the ongoing benefits to be derived from our contributions will far exceed the value of our gifts, proving once again that "Care - Share."

For more information about the Elks National Foundation and the programs it funds, please visit

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It has been pointed out that the list of Golf Tournament volunteers and some of the sponsors listed in last month's newsletter was incorrect. Our profuse apologies for the oversight. What follows is a correct listing of those who thoughtfully sponsored and/or volunteered for the event and contributed directly to its success.

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
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

AUCTIONEER: Don "Blackie" Blackburn

Andy Parks
Ashley Gabrielson
Brandi & Skyler Ewing
Brett Romeiser
Calvary Sprong
Carol Douglas
Clark & Sandy Gwin
Cliff & Diane McKiddy
Danny Williams
Darin Newman
Erin Gilliland
Fred Hinnen
Gary & Terri Willard
Gary Bellis
Harvey Donoho
Heath Harper
James & Marcia Beemer
Jeff & Roze Frampton 
Jenny Miller
Jeremy Donoho
Jim & Nancy Valbracht
Joey Rinehart
John & Nancy Guthrie
Kenny Estes
Kim & Rick Heese
Kyle Marcolla
Larry Kewitt
Les Cook
Marcia Weldon
Mark & Sydna Mccauslin
Rhonda Rouchka
Roger Saccaro
Shirley Marriott
Steve & Bev Howe
Steve & Christie Meservey
Steve & Jenette Voorhies
Steve Palmer
Tony Winsor
Vickie Lingard

Friday, October 30
Reservations required!

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).

29 Kenneth Beerman
29 Dennis Kennebeck
1 Kay Smith
3 Melinda Kimmis
3 Stephen Voorhies
3 David Walker
5 Terry Albertson
6 Ronald Mayers
7 Kevin Jeschke
8 Russ Thompson
8 Terry Tipton
9 Paul Ficken
10 Steve Palmer
10 Ella Robinson
12 Clark Carlton
12 Lewis McColm
12 Darrin Young
16 Christopher Wever
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 Ce Pete Saale
27 David Brobst
27 Steven Mason
27 Matt Wenzel
28 Dennis Drummond
30 Robert Grouse
30 Mary Louise Haynes
31 Warren Culling
31 Bernie Hogan

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