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Download the December, 2016, newsletter as a PDF file... or read it below.
(Our November newsletter is also still available online.)

DECEMBER 2016...


November was a great month at the Lodge with lots of activities and changes happening. It doesn't seem possible that December is here, and Christmas is just around the corner!

Thank you Brett Romeiser, Leading Knight & Chairman of the Fraternal Committee, for planning and hosting the annual Veterans Dinner!! The Veterans Dinner is something Brett is very passionate about and enjoys planning and does a great job doing so. He had a great group of volunteers who made the event run smoothly and a large crowd that came out and enjoyed the evening. He has GREAT ideas and hopes to continue to grow the event each year.

BIG thanks to the Ladies Auxiliary and all they continuously do! They have been busy with their annual activities; and we are very lucky to have such a great group of ladies that step up and do great things for our Lodge and the Community!

The first month of having volunteers help prepare and serve meals on our food nights was fantastic! It was great to see so many wanting to help out! There have been comments and suggestions to help improve our meal nights, and everyone is working together to make them the best they can be. With that said, this is new to a lot of us, so please be patient as we work out the issues and strive to make things better each week. If you'd like to help out on a Wednesday or Friday night let us know!! If you want to cook a meal but not serve the food or if you want to help serve food but not cook the meal... either way, we'll find a way for you to help out. Everyone working together is what makes the Lodge GREAT!!

Our Annual Memorial Service will be held Sunday, December 4th at 11:00am. Please plan to attend this service as we remember our departed members.

The Social Committee is putting together another FABULOUS New Year's Eve event!! There are additional details in the newsletter. Be sure to check them out and get your tickets or table soon. After last year's success, they are predicting it will sell out quickly!

Be sure to keep the calendar on your fridge or close by so you are always up to date on what is going on at the Lodge. If there is something you see coming up that you'd like to be a part of and help with let us know! The more the merrier!!

Keith and I would like to wish everyone a VERY Merry Christmas!! We hope those that will be traveling have a safe journey and enjoy the time spent with family and friends.

Until next year... Amie

"The Holiday Season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings
and seek out ways to make life better for those around us." ~ Terri Marshall

-- Amie Kepner, Exalted Ruler

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  • December 5 - House Committee Only
  • December 19


  • William Crowley, proposed by Kenny Estes
  • Richard Wells, proposed by Kerby Vulgamott
  • Jonathan Cooper, by reinstatement, proposed by Amie Kepner
  • William Jones, proposed by Kenny Estes

We will vote on proposed members at our December 19 meeting.

Our next initiation ceremony is Monday, January 16.

The gun show was a little slower in October than we had expected. However, those that attended enjoyed the food prepared by the Auxiliary. The homemade chicken and noodles were a hit. You know you have achieved success when someone shares with you that they were the best that individual had eaten since her grandmother passed away - what a compliment. As always, individuals came through to help us out. Clark and Sandy Gwin prepared the pulled pork for the Friday night special as well as cooking off the chicken. Lorie Brown volunteered her time and came in to put the special together and cook for us on Saturday. Additional assistance was provided by Bev Howe, Cheryl Riead, Diane McKiddy, Jean Schottel, Joan Holcer, Marcia Beemer, Mary Vulgamott, Nancy Guthrie, Nancy Valbracht, Pat Humphreys, Terri Willard, and Shirley Marriott. Thank you everyone that made this happen. A special thank you to Ray Downing for his generous cash donation again this year.

At the writing of this column, we are entering into the Holiday Bazaar weekend. Cliff McKiddy, Clark Gwin, Danny Williams and Nicole Booth put the tarp down and arranged all the tables. They are such good troopers. Sandy Gwin, Diane McKiddy and Cheryl Riead decorated for the event so that it would be lovely as usual. We are hoping the concession stand does well and that we have a great turn out of shoppers.

Up next will be the State Bank Distinguished Citizens Event on Tuesday, December 6th. We need your cookies, and hope that some of you are willing to bless us with your culinary gifts of cookies and breads. The variety is what makes this special and so much appreciated.

The holiday season is upon us and we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas with all the blessings and love that come with family and friends. This is the time of year we should take a moment to reflect on how blessed we are with the gifts we have been given. Have a joyous time. Come back after the New Year with a renewed energy to volunteer and be of service to others.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! -- Ladies Auxiliary

December has come upon us and what wonderful weather we have had for this time of the year. The holidays are approaching; and we have had a lot of holiday parties scheduled for the banquet room. The 25th of December (Christmas Day) the lodge will be closed. The lodge will be having a New Years Eve party - tickets will be on sale to the members only thru December 5th and will open to the public on the 6th. See image below for details. I would like to personally thank all of the volunteers who have been helping in the kitchen. Everyone has done an amazing job and have fixed some fabulous meals. If anyone would like to be a volunteer in the kitchen and prepare or serve a meal please get a hold of either Kenny Estes, Amie Kepner or myself to get on the calendar. From my family to yours, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  --- Amy Brauer


Welcome to the end of 2016! Check out all the Fun Times we are planning at the lodge. The best way to have fun is BE INVOLVED!

04 - Memorial Day Service 11am followed by all-day Tailgate Party 
08 - Wings KC vs Raiders
15 - December Birthday Celebration 6pm - FREE WILL DONATION!!!!
29 - NYE Setup

Our next Social Committee Meeting will be December 6th at 6pm.
**Finalizing New Year's Eve Party Decorating and setup**

Watch for the next Gun Show February 10, 11, 12, 2017.

Click on image for a closer view.

Thank you to everyone who entered the Chili Cook-off and had a little fun in the kitchen with the 12 entries. A HUGE Thank You goes out to Kim Heese for taking charge of this event and running it on such short notice... Marcia Weldon, Rhonda Rouchka, Cindy & David Graham for judging the event... and the moment you've all been waiting for... 1st Place: Paula Estes, 2nd Place: Fred Hinnen, 3rd Place: Kelly Toole; Best Soup: Debbie Shaffer People's Choice: Paula Estes.

We currently have 467 members, 55 of whom are still past due. A list of those past due is posted on the hallway bulletin board. If you have yet to pay your 2016-2017, please do so. Your membership card will be mailed to you shortly after payment is received. If you know a past due member, please reach out to them and encourage them to renew their membership. In particular, if you proposed a past due member, see what you can do to get them to renew their membership. Usually a personal invitation is the best way.

For the foreseeable future, the Lodge will incur the expense of mailing newsletters to all members each month unless the member notifies Steve Palmer or Amie Kepner that they don't need it mailed to them. You can opt out of receiving a mailed newsletter and save the Lodge some expense by E-Mailing or by calling Steve or Amie. If you choose not to receive a mailed copy, the newsletter is always available online at shortly before the first of the month. You may request an E-Mail reminder when it is available by emailing You can also pick up hard copies at the Lodge beginning the last Wednesday evening of each month.

Information for January Newsletter Deadline:
December 18, 2016
Please email any information to Nicole Booth at

December - A month for Caring and Sharing

During the upcoming holiday season, we will all be busy attending parties, visiting and sending greeting cards to family and friends, and shopping to purchase that special gift.

However, we all know that there are those who have no family to get together with, who will not receive a gift or a greeting card, and who may even spend the holidays alone. As Elks we cannot and should not forget that there are folks who need our help but may be too proud to ask.

My motto this year is "Elks - Leading the Way." What better way to demonstrate to our communities that Elks are leading the way than to keep in mind our pledge to our hospitalized, housebound, and disabled veterans during the holidays? We also need to reach out in our respective communities to seek out those families who may need a holiday dinner basket or a child's toy to put under the tree.

I know from reading all of the charitable reports, that our Lodges throughout this great country participate in many heart-warming activities and make a difference in the lives of others. At this time of year, it is especially important that we reach out to those who are less fortunate and who are in need. The Christmas season is all about giving back and showing generosity and compassion to those in need.

If your Lodge does not sponsor a toy or clothing drive for families with young children who live in homeless shelters, you may want to volunteer to start such a program. This will be an activity that, when the call goes out to your membership for assistance, you will be overwhelmed with the positive response you will receive from your members to volunteer.

Local community service programs will stimulate a return to increasing membership. These opportunities to perform such acts of kindness and voluntary community service will attract worthy Members to seek membership in our beloved Order.

In closing, Donna and I wish each of you a Merry Christmas, a happy holiday season, and a safe and prosperous New Year. May God bless you, our veterans and the men and women who serve in the Armed Forces around the globe, and may God bless America.

Thank you for being an Elk and for continuing to show that Elks are Leading the Way. Follow our travels at

Reporting on Events: The Hoop Shoot

Get the Word Out to all Students between the ages of 8-13.
Age Groups are based on the contestant's age on April 1, 2017.
This program teaches the youth how to:
COMPETE through learning the importance of good sportsmanship
CONNECT with other students, ages, and even with parents too
SUCCEED through healthy competition and practice, students develop ways
to stride for achievements in school and future life events.

Date: December 3, 2016
Place: Grand River Area Family YMCA
Registration: 9:00AM
Start Time: 10:00AM

Nicole Booth 247-3240 for registration forms or to sign up to volunteer - sign-up sheet on office door too!

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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).

21 Les Cook
21 Robert Trantham
22 Stan Baldwin
23 Jonathan Cole
24 Mike Ewing
25 Frank Blakemore
26 Larry Willard
27 Paul Churchill
27 Toby Seifert
27 Steve Shoot
30 Scott Johnson
3 Gene Whitmer
4 Renee O'Neal
5 Greg Flick
6 Shelley Fales
7 Matt Gabrielson
7 Bill Haynes
7 Chris Peery
8 Barrie Bothwell
9 Brian Sherrow
11 Derek Albertson
12 Gayle Gordon
12 Christine Young
14 Jeremy Hudson
14 Randy Roberts
15 Kasey Johnson
16 Ted Surber
17 Dr Roger Brick
17 Michael Leamer
17 Darin Ward
18 Darin Newman
18 JC Regan
18 Linda Sapp
19 Jeff Staton
21 Tim Bosler
21 Farrel Hahn
21 Sondra Sturguess
22 Hilary Rasmussen
22 Michael Smith
22 Gary Worman
23 Daniel Akers
23 John Greene
24 Theodore Hicks
25 Steven Clark
25 George Laprade
26 Darrin Crowe
26 Cecil Douglas
28 Chad Brotherton
28 Danny Hind
28 Glenn Tharp
29 William Ross
30 Dr Clark Gwin

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