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Download the September, 2016, newsletter as a PDF file... or read it below.



HELLO Fellow Elks!!! I hope finding the newsletter in your mailbox was a GREAT surprise!!! We are going to be mailing the newsletter to every member in hopes of being positive that we are letting everyone know the happenings at the Lodge. Without our members knowing what's going on and supporting the happenings at the Lodge, we won't be as successful as we can be! If you have access to our website, Facebook, or are at the Lodge to pick up a newsletter and we can save postage by not mailing it to you, let us know! We are looking for $100 sponsors to help with the cost of the newsletter and have gotten several but need more. If you are interested in donating, let me know, and we will recognize you in the next 12 monthly mailings of the newsletter as a donor. We are looking for approximately 20-25 donors which will cover the cost of the newsletter mailing and supplies for 12 months.

School is back in session, summer vacations are over... where did the summer go?? With that said, the Social Committee met recently and has LOTS of things planned for the upcoming months so please be sure to check out the rest of the newsletter and mark them on your calendar! Do you have ideas that you think would be beneficial to the Lodge or just want to be a part of upcoming events? Come to the next meeting and join in on the fun!

The Royals' bus trip was SO MUCH FUN!!! It was a great day spent with fellow Elks having fun, enjoying a Royals WIN with a GRAND SLAM!! We all enjoy time together at the Lodge but the day spent at the "K" was GREAT FUN!!

Harvey Donoho is going to fix our patio!! With some help that is!! He is looking for around 50 people to donate $100 to repair our patio that is in poor shape and cracking and becoming a hazard. He is hoping to replace the patio and a couple of other items on the outside patio area that need attention. I hope that those that can support this project will. It's not every day someone steps up to head up a project, collect the funds for it and make sure it happens. He'd like to be able to collect donations and make this happen before winter, but if not enough donations are received; the target will be next Spring. Thank you Harvey!!!

I am writing this before the Blood Drive on the 25th but would like to extend thanks to Bev Howe for heading it up once again. Also BIG thanks to everyone who took time out of their evening to make phone calls to gather donors, to Nico for providing pizzas to those that volunteered, to those that manned the cookie and drink station the day of the event and to everyone that was able to and took time to donate. Our Blood Drive is one of the biggest in the area, and it is all due to the great people that step up and help when something is needed.

I would like to personally thank everyone that was there to show support during our recent break-in at the Lodge. From our manager Amy to fellow members and officers who left work or took time out of their day to check in and help, Harvey and Mouse who came straight from work to make needed repairs, the staff who was all concerned and wanted to help in any way, to the Chillicothe Police Dept. who were there as soon as we called and have been with us every step of the way. It is a very traumatic situation and is something that is never planned for, but we came together and "This too shall pass."

Be sure to mark your calendars for what's coming up at the Lodge and let us know if you have any ideas! No idea is too big or small - every idea is greatly appreciated!!

-- Amie Kepner, Exalted Ruler

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  • August 25 - Blood Drive
  • September 16-18 - Fall Convention, Jefferson City
  • September 17 - Soccer Shoot
  • September 30 - Steak Night (reservations required)
  • October 14 - State President's Visit


  • September 19
    Due to Labor Day falling on the fist Monday, only one meeting will be held this month. We'll resume our two meetings a month schedule in October.


  • Jerry Dean Capps, proposed by Greg Flick

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

Our next initiation ceremony is Monday, September 19.

See you next month!

-- Ladies Auxiliary

Hello, this is my first time writing the newsletter so bear with me. I just want to start of by saying thank you for all the encouraging words and help since I have started this new adventure. All in all, I think things are going pretty smoothly. When I started the manager position, I was very nervous but quickly found out that everyone is willing to help in so many ways. I love working for an organization where I can see how everyone comes together to do things whether it be work or fun.

We are going to be starting September off with Wing Night and Fantasy Football draft on Thursday, September 1. On Wednesdays we will be doing "menu only" for food and Friday, September 30, we will be having a Steak and Shrimp night. Please call and make your reservations by Wednesday, September 28.

I hope everyone had a great month. Fall is almost here. --- Amy Brauer

We are going to start celebrating monthly birthdays one time a month with the Social Committee Cooking the food, and your only duty is to come relax and enjoy... It is FREE WILL DONATION.

Please make sure you are keeping up to date with upcoming events so you don't miss out!

September 1 - WINGS ARE BACK for the Fantasy Football Draft this evening. Wings will be ready by 6pm.
September 5 - Patriotism Week begins
September 8 - September Birthday BBQ - Burgers and Dogs with all the Sides! Come wish your favorite people of September a Happy Birthday! Free Will Donation.
September 15 - Social Committee Meeting @ 6:30pm
September 15 - We invite everyone to come down for Indian Chili and Chili, Hot Dogs with all the fixin's. Free Will Donation.
September 16, 17, 18 - State Convention in Jefferson City
September 19 - Elks Meeting 7:30pm - Come find out what is going on in the lodge.
September 30 - Steak Night - Don't forget to make your reservations by calling 660-646-5350.

This is just to get you back into the swing of things. Exciting events, contests and lodge fundraising to look forward to in upcoming months!

Due to Labor Day falling on the fist Monday, only one meeting this month. We'll resume our two-meetings-a-month schedule in October.

This year's Soccer Shoot will be held Saturday, September 17, beginning at 9:00 am. The event will be held on the practice fields, just east of the Green Hills Soccer Club fields on Litton Road. As always, a successful event requires a number of volunteers. Sign up on the office door or contact Amie Kepner, Steve Palmer, or any officer to volunteer for one of the more significant youth events in Elkdom.

Our annual blood drive will be held Thursday, August 25, from noon until 6:00 at United Methodist Church. Once again, we need volunteers to staff the phone bank that will call potential donors a couple of days before the event, volunteers to staff the refreshment area during the six (6) hours of the drive and, of course, donors. The Red Cross typically schedules a drive shortly before ours, eliminating donors at our drive due to the 6-week waiting period between donations. Please consider supporting the Lodge by delaying your donation until the August 25 drive.

Strengthen Lodge through unity and teamwork

I Henry Ford once said: "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." A successful Lodge is one whose Officers, Committees and Members work together and participate in Grand Lodge, State Association and Local Lodge programs.

Officers of the Lodge should lead by example but not attempt to do everything by themselves. Show enthusiasm, and encourage the entire membership to become more involved in your Lodge programs. Delegate responsibility to your Committee Members and other Lodge Members who would welcome the opportunity to become more involved. Many hands make light work!

As the old saying goes, two heads are better than one, and with a team, even more so. Resolutions to problems and fresh ideas are generated by the brainstorming and friendship that teamwork fosters. Teams allow skills, knowledge, opinions and experiences to be pooled together for the benefit of the Lodge as a whole. This leads to better productivity for every Member of the team, and every task completed by each Member leads to one noticeable outcome that the whole team and Lodge can take pride in.

Lodges that conduct successful and highly publicized community programs heighten pride in their Members. This not only leads to fewer Members dropping their membership, it creates interest in others to join our Order.

In addition, you must continue to reach out to your inactive Members and constantly remind them of the community programs and good works that your Lodge accomplishes every day. Your Lodge bulletin is an effective tool to rekindle the pride that every Member had when they joined the Order. I am certain that your Lodge has scheduled many activities to benefit the youth of our nation, our veterans and other community programs and demonstrate that Elks continue "Leading the Way."

As you know, October is Elks National Foundation Month. Perhaps create a team to fashion and implement an event that will help your Lodge meet this year's goal of $4.65 per Member. This will be a great exercise in team building and camaraderie, and will support the Great Heart of Elkdom as well.

Thank you for being an Elk and for Caring and Sharing.

We currently have 462 members, 57 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.

The Golf Tournament was July 23 and 24, with the Calcutta being held on Friday, July 22. We would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who sponsored our 20th annual golf tournament!

4-D Guns & Ammo-Jimmy Donoho, Aaron Baker Construction LLC, Adam Warren Law Offices, American Family Ins-Janet McCauslin, Ashley Gabrielson - United Country, Bank of Brookfiled-Purdin, Barnes Baker Motors, Boji Stone Cafe - Brent & Lindsay Kepner, Boley & Boley Insulation, Boon Family Farms, Bott's & Tye Corp, Bryan Rouchka, BTC Bank, C&R Concrete - Shawn Clark, Cameron Wal Mart, Carpet Plus Restoration, Carquest, CB&S LLC /Colter Brothers, Chillicothe Animal Hospital, Chillicothe Constitution Tribune, Comfort Inn, Chillicothe Diesel, Chillicothe Plumbing Supply, Chillicothe State Bank, Chula Bar & Grill, Chula Coop, Clark's Furniture, Cliff & Dianne McKiddy, Commercial Turf, Cloverleaf - Brian Anderson, Cool Crest - Independence, Country Carpet, Crowe Concrete, Custom Door LLC - Cory Minnis, custom Auto Glass, Cuts & Bolts, Dekalb-Asgrow Seed/Steve & Bev Howe, Diamond Vogel, Ecolab - Gary Summy, Edward Jones - Jim Bonderer & Mark Harrison, Elks Ladies Auxiliary, Empire District Gas, Extreme Recreation-Brookfield, FEC Company, Fosters Heating & Cooling, Francine's Pastry Parlor, Friendly Tire & Lube, Gabrielson's Truck Repair & Towing, Gann Asphalt & Concrete, Gary & Terri Willard, Gaslight Real Estate - Lindy Lile, Gastineau Electric, Glazier Liquor Distributors, Goad Heating & Air - Kevin Goad, Grip N' Twist Cycles - Travis Cordray, Green Hills Golf Course, Green Hills Telephone, Haas Farms - Ron & Frances Haas, Halo's - Kerri Brenner, Habiger Management/McDonalds, Hardens, Cummins, Moss & Miller, Helena - Roger Grant, Hinnen Hauling, Hometown Family of Stores, Hutchinson & Company, Hy Vee - Chillicothe, Illuminations by Newman-Darin Newman, Images Hair Salon, Indian Hills Nursing Home, Integrity Refrigeration - Willie Edmisson, Investors Community Bank, Irvinbilt Constructors, Innovative Concrete Specialists/Levi Chappell, J&C Transportation - Jim Harvey, Jeff & Kati Westcott, Jeff & Roze Frampton, Jeremy Clevenger, CPA, Jerseys Sports Grill, Jim & Nancy Valbracht, Jim & Sara Gillilan, Jim's Welding & Construction, Joe & Lurinda Gilliland, John Anderson TBA, Kassie Anderson, LMT @ The Worx, KCHI, Keith & Amie Kepner, Koehly Electric, Kansas City Royals Baseball, LR (Larry) Gatson, Lindley Funeral Home, Lauhoff Jewelry-Darren & Angie Lauhoff, Lee Hibner Logging, Lockridge, Constant & Conrad, Lloyd's Distributing, Lowes, Marcia Weldon, Marcolla Wealth Management, Mel Gregg Insurance, Meadville Locker, Mark, Sidna, Marcie & Mitchell McCauslin, MFA Agri Services, Martin House Gifts - JNS Enterprises, Medicine Creek Trading, Midwest Glove & Gear, Minnick Supply Co, MFA Oil Co/Brookfield & Chillicothe, Mike Thompson Construction, Nico'z Catering & Eatery, Missouri Noodlers-In Memory of Gary Webb, O'Malley Beverage, O'Reillys, Pat Thorne Lumber, Pioneer Seed/Derrick Stonger, Premier Eye Care Center, Price & Johnson Insurance, Robert Marriott Logging, Robertson Land Corp, Sensenich Jeweler, Sewell Agency - Lonnie Sewell, Shirkey Golf Course, Shipp's Rentals-Everett & Judy Shipp, SMC Electric, State Farm Ins - Scott Englert, Sydenstricker - John Deere, T.P.'s Barber Shop, T&R Soil , Triple J Embroidery, Wabash BBQ, Wilma & Dan Graham In Memory of Bill Tharp, Woody's Automotive, Windy Hill Antiques - Clark & Sandy Gwin, Young Veterinary, Woody's Outdoor Power Equipment - Fritz & Julie Kline

THANK YOU to all of teams that participated in the tournament!!
THANK YOU Chula Coop & MFA Agri Services for donating range balls!!!
Thank You to Dave Mapel for calculating the scores and prize payouts for us!!!
Thank you to Lori Brown & the Elks kitchen staff for feeding the crowd Friday Night!!!
Thank you Brett Romeiser for putting together the AWESOME slide show!!!
Thanks for the Gators: Sydenstrickers John Deere & Ron & Puddy Haas!!!
Thank you Danny Williams for the freezer for ice!!!
Thanks to Hy-Vee, Nico'z Catering & Marcia Weldon for donating food for the Saturday evening meal!!
Thank you Jeff Frampton, Nicole Booth, Carol Douglas & Joey Rinehart for prepping things for the meal!!
Thank you Mouse Thompson, Harvey Donoho, Kerby Vulgamott, Tim Hess, Bob Staton, Jim Valbracht, Gary & Kay Bellis, Kenny Estes, Jenny Miller and Sandy Gwinn for helping prepare the meal and tend the kitchen on Saturday Night!!
Special thanks to the hardworking bartenders and the entire staff at the Elks for a job well done!!!
Thanks Meadville Locker for supplying the ice bags!!!
Thanks to Barnes Baker for the Hole In One car and Par 3 Hole prizes!!!
Thanks to Woody's Outdoor Power Equip. & Woody's Automotive for offering a weeks vacation for Hole In One on #6!!!
Thank you Cameron Wal-Mart for donating water!!!
Thank You Steve Meservey & Joey Rinehart for being the "beer men" at the Golf Course!!!
Thank You to the staff at Green Hills Golf Course!!!


AUCTIONEER: David Blackburn

Gary & Terri Willard, Danny Williams, Jenny Miller, Roger Saccaro, Steve & Christie Meservey Family, Carol Douglas, Andy Parks, Jim & Nancy Valbracht, Cliff & Diane McKiddy, Steve & Bev Howe, Clark & Sandy Gwin, Mark McCauslin, Bryan & Rhonda Rouchka, Anthony & Brandi Ewing, Kenny Estes, Brett Romeiser, Marcia Weldon, Joey Rinehart, John & Nancy Guthrie, Kyle Marcolla, Steve Palmer, Harvey Donoho, Shirley Marriott, Joan Holcer, Gary & Kay Bellis, Kim Heese, Jeff Frampton, Erin Gilliland, Sondra & Jaylene Sturguess, Angela Anderson, Denise Wayman, Martha Berry, Dave Mapel, Fred Hinnen, Jim Harvey, Chris Cunningham, Ryan Jenkins, Carrie Cordray, Nicki Strub, Amy Brauer, Larry Wilson, Nathan Scott, Russ Madsen, Darin Newman And The Elks Ladies Auxiliary

A Sincere Apology To Anyone We Have Forgotten To Mention!
Thanks To Everyone That So Generously Helps Make The Golf Tournament Run Smoothly! 
We Couldn't Do It Without You!

~~Golf Chairmen: Keith & Amie Kepner and Dave & Nicole Booth~~




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).

25 Jim Donoho
25 Larry Gastineau
25 Gary Willard
27 Eric Pollard
29 Kyle Marcolla
30 Kimberly Riddle
31 Don Dennis
1 Keith Kepner
4 Dennis Cannell
4 Bev Howe
4 Mark Plymell
5 Valerie Gramenz
5 Tim Munday
5 Ginger Tate
6 Jim Gates
6 Robert Peters
6 Adam Wolf
8 John Tharp
9 Terry Breer
9 Larry Gatson
9 Clifford McKiddy
10 Judith Duley
10 Kenny Estes
10 Bernard Parks
11 Michael Creekmore
11 Matt Leamer
11 Steve Wiedmier
12 David Churchill Sr
13 Matthew Gatson
13 Bill Koehler
13 Gerald Noble
13 Todd Rodenberg
15 Westley Seifert
16 Jeff Frampton
16 Rolfe McCoy
16 Daniel Savage
16 Jim Waits
17 Vickie Lingard
17 Harry Lockridge
19 Eric Turner
20 Paul Oder
21 John Bechtold
21 Tracy Clevenger
21 Lindy Lile
22 Bryce Anderson
22 Donald Capps
22 Dwain Ireland
22 Paul Prichard
23 Mike Schneider
23 Terry Smith
23 James Valbracht
25 Michael Bosler
25 Dan Graham
25 Pat Kinsella
25 Bob Sherrow
26 Wilma Graham
26 Mark Walsh
27 Floyd Davis
27 Bob Dimmitt Jr
27 Phyllis VanDeventer
27 Danny Williams
29 Dennis Kennebeck

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