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APRIL 2014...


Spring has finally sprung, but once again we have snow in the forecast. I know we are all ready for warm weather, sunshine, and blue skies!

I recently attended the Elks State Convention in Jefferson City and enjoyed meeting up with old friends and acquaintances and making some new ones. When I attended the State Bowling Tournament in Joplin, I knew our teams represented our Lodge very well, and it was confirmed at the convention. Out of 65 teams from all over the state, the team of Tony Gannan, Billy Keith, Gary Wayman, Mark Plymell, and Joe Gilliland placed first! I was very proud to accept the traveling State Bowling Trophy and plaques on their behalf. Congratulations to them and also to all of the other bowlers who traveled to Joplin to represent our Lodge at the tournament.

Also at the convention, Dennis Cannell competed in the Eleven O'Clock Toast Contest and placed First! He brought home a very nice trophy and was also given the honor of performing the Toast during the Memorial Service at the convention. Congratulations to Dennis on a job well done!

I was also able to bring home the trophy and ribbon for Westley Brandsgaard for this efforts at the State Hoop Shoot. Westley won 3rd place in his division, and we congratulate him!

The Grand Exalted Ruler, Millard Pickering, attended our convention and spoke at the meeting on Saturday and at the banquet on Saturday night. Another highlight of the banquet were the seven (7) students who won the Most Valuable Student Scholarships each spoke to the audience.

The Hospitality Room for the Northwest District was hosted this time by the Brookfield Lodge. They won First Place with their room decorations of a carnival theme... Yea to the Northwest District!

Plans are underway for Band Night which will be held on Saturday, May 3. This event is to raise funds for the Vocational Scholarship Fund in Memory of Bill Tharp. Watch for flyers and additional information around the Lodge.

I was able to attend a lunch meeting at our Lodge for Student Government Day which was hosted by our Lodge, The American Legion and Kiwanis. Approximately 60 students and teachers from Chillicothe and Southwest Schools, county commissioners, and Chillicothe city officials attended along with Terry Coult, who represented the American Legion. What a great group of young people.

The installation of the new officers for the upcoming year will be held at the meeting on Monday, April 7. I would like to Thank the outgoing officers - Brett Romeiser, Amie Kepner, Marcia Weldon and Steve Howe for their service and devotion to our Lodge over the past years. They have all spent many hours working on various events to help to make them successful. Thank you to all of you!

As the warmer weather moves in, more events will be taking place at the Lodge. I've heard many great compliments about the food that Dustin is preparing each week. Thank you Dustin! Julie and her staff also do a fabulous job of taking care of all of us, so come out and enjoy some meals, cold drinks, and fun with family and friends!  --- Martha Berry, Exalted Ruler

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  • Cameron Veterans Home Bingo - April 5
  • DDGER meeting - April 6, Brookfield
  • Officer Installation - April 7
  • Band Night - May 3


April 7 - Officer Installation
April 21 - Initiation, State Vice President Visit


  • Trent Miller, proposed by Paul Mautino
  • Steven Clark, proposed by Tom Barnhart
  • Franklin Bywaters, by transfer dimit from Milan
  • David W Gillespie, proposed by Martha Berry

We will vote on proposed candidates at the April 7 meeting.


Our next initiation ceremony is April 21.

2014-2015 DUES PAST DUE

Your 2014-2015 dues ($80.00) are due April 1. If you haven't already done so, send your dues in, or bring them by the Lodge so you can get your 2014-2015 key card for access to your Lodge. Dues' notices were mailed out the last week of February. The notice includes spaces for you to make voluntary donations to the Elks National Foundation, Missouri Benevolent Trust and/or scholarships. Please consider donating to any of these great causes.


The Installation Ceremony for the 2014-2015 newly elected officers will be held Monday, April 7.


Know someone deserving of being either our Citizen of the Year or Elk of the Year? Make your nominations known to any of our current or future officers or come to the meeting on March 3 and submit your nomination personally. The Citizen of the Year does not need to be an Elk member.


Are you willing to serve your Lodge by being Chaplain on the officer team? Know of someone who might be? Chaplain is one of the officers appointed by the Exalted Ruler, and there is currently a vacancy. If you or someone you know is interested in serving, please contact Martha Berry, Steve Palmer, or any of the other officers.


The new, blue 2014-2015 membership cards should now be used to identify yourself as an Elk and to gain entrance to the Lodge. New cards are issued as you pay your 2014-2015 dues. As an Elk, you should carry your card with you at all times. Please use your card for admission to the Lodge and refrain from using the door buzzer.


Congratulations to CJ Pfaff of Bishop Hogan School whose Elk's Americanism Essay Contest entry was deemed the best in the State in the 5th and 6th grade category and has advanced to the level of national judging!

Elks.Org provides easy access to program manuals.

Even in volunteer work, we all think about the cost/benefit formula as a metric for the effectiveness of our efforts. Time is a very valuable commodity, and no one has enough to entirely ignore wastefulness.

Fortunately, as Elks, we have many tools readily available to help us be more efficient in our tasks.

I would wager that if you look about the offices of your Lodge Secretary you will find several manuals related to the various tasks and offices common to any Local Lodge. These manuals have been developed over time, often by experts, and frequently updated to help people do their tasks more efficiently and to answer many frequent questions about the operations of our Order. Most of us who have served as District Deputy recall reviewing the checklist of these manuals as a part of the annual official visitation. Sometimes we had to blow a little dust off the covers to read what they were.

Well, after a great deal of effort by our Grand Secretary, Bryan Klatt, and the Chicago staff, most of these important resources are now available online from your easy chair at home or wherever you access the digital universe at Elks.Org.

These manuals offer a wealth of information to anyone involved in Lodge operations. There are ideas and tips gathered from around the country over many years which can help your Lodge be more successful and avoid common problems.

Those hard-copy volumes were hard to keep track of, not easy to update, and sometimes only available during Lodge office hours. With online access, any registered Elks Member has information at his or her fingertips 24/7.

Why not take a moment to look over all the information offered at Elks.Org?

You might be surprised at what you find and how much time it can save you.

See you down the road.

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).

MARCH 2014
27 Norman Curnow
27 Danny Hoyt
27 Dennis Spears
30 Jana Brobst
30 Allan Timmons
31 Doug Hall
31 Darrell Pegelow
APRIL 2014
2 Randy Ward
3 Bill Keith
3 Ronald Milbrandt
3 Franklin Schottel
4 Charlotte Jones
6 Charles Haney
7 Daryl Crawford
7 Larry Loyd
7 Donald Thompson
8 David Gann
8 Robert Thompson
8 Roger Wolf
9 Ben Beetsma
12 John Meneely
14 William Pray
16 Robert Fairchild
16 Bill Young
17 Daniel Altenburg
18 Dennis Sturguess
19 Peter Bradley Jr
19 Jon Shannon
20 Bruce King
20 David McMullin
20 Debra Shaefer
21 Amy Mason
21 Bobby Sprouse
22 Eugene Spainhour
23 Harvey Donoho
24 Pat Thorne
28 Jim Wheeler
30 Brian Anderson

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