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FEBRUARY 2015...


The first month of the year has passed by quickly; and, we are now getting ready for some activities in February. I want to thank Kenny and Paula Estes for the music for New Year's Eve and those of you who were able to attend.

The J Street Band from Carrollton provided the music for our Appreciation Night - what a good time it was! Once again, I want to thank all members, individuals and businesses who have supported our Lodge for our many events so that we can give back to our community.

The Super Bowl Party is Sunday, February 1 - the Lodge will be providing pulled pork, so bring your favorite side dish or appetizer to share and come out and enjoy the game between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. There will also be drink specials and prizes to give away during the game.

Our next Band Night will be Saturday, February 7, with Saturation Point providing the music. Gold Rush will be playing for us on Saturday, March 7. Put on your dancing shoes and come out for a good time.

The annual Gun Show is February 13-15, and we need many volunteers throughout the weekend to make it successful. The sign up sheets are posted on the office door. If you would like to be a sponsor, we would appreciate your support since this is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year providing funds for our programs for youth, veterans and scholarships. Raffle tickets are also available for sale. Please see me or Kerby if you have any questions.

It is once again time for officer nominations. If you are interested in a position or would like to nominate someone, please let me or Steve Palmer know. Nominations will be taken at the February 2 meeting with voting on February 16.

I am very sad to announce that Dustin will be leaving us at the end of January. He has done a fantastic job and prepared fabulous foods and meals for us. I will miss him and wish him the best of luck with his future endeavors.

We have a lot going on in the next several weeks so come out and enjoy time with family and friends.

--- Martha Berry, Exalted Ruler

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  • Super Bowl Party - February 1
  • February 7 - Band Night (Saturation Point)
  • Gun Show - February 13-15
  • Valentine's Day - February 14
  • March 7 - Band Night (Gold Rush)
  • Spring Convention - March 13-15


  • February 2
  • February 16 - INITIATION


  • Chris Young, by reinstatement
  • Sean Springborn, proposed by Gary Holley
  • Mark Plymell, proposed by Peter Madison
  • Jeff Parkey, by reinstatement
  • Mark Harrison, by reinstatement
  • Mike Gates, proposed by Tony Winsor

Our next initiation ceremony is Monday, February 16.

There is a lot going on this month. I don't know about you, but I am ready for Spring. We have been lucky with the weather, but this flu bug going around needs to go away.

On February 1st, we will be having a Super Bowl Party. We will have drink specials, games, hot wings and pulled pork. Bring your favorite side dish or snack and come on down.

The band Saturation Point will be playing on February 7 at the Lodge at 8 PM.

The annual Gun Show will be going February 13-15. Come down to look around and volunteer if you can.

On February 21, we will be having the Champagne and Diamonds Dinner and Dance. This is to raise money for the Children's Advocacy Center. Contact me if you would like tickets. They are $35 per couple or $20 per person.

I'm sad to announce that Dustin, our cook, will be leaving. He is wanting to spend more time at home with his family. We will miss him and thank him for his time with us. We are looking for a replacement, so if you have any suggestions please let me know.

As usual, I would like to thank the Auxiliary and volunteers for all the work they have done around the Lodge - it is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please let me know. Thanks. - Julie Meek, Club Manager

Your Lodge is only as good as the officers willing to serve and that you elect to do so. Nominations for the 2015-2016 year will be accepted at the February 2 meeting. Elections will be at the February 16 meeting. If you or someone you know is interested in serving the Lodge in the capacity of an officer, please come to the February 2 meeting and make the nomination. The elected offices are:

Exalted Ruler ~ Secretary ~ Leading Knight ~ Treasurer ~ Lecturing Knight ~ Five-Year Trustee ~ Loyal Knight ~ Tiler

Since the office of Trustee is a 5-year rotation, we only elect one trustee a year or fill any vacated position. Chaplain, Esquire and Inner Guard are positions appointed by the Exalted Ruler elect.

Come out to the Lodge Sunday, February 1 and cheer for your favorite team! Club Manager Julie Meek has a great time planned.

The 13th annual Gun Show is scheduled for February 13 through 15 at the Lodge. Event chairman Kerby Vulgamott has again arranged for a great event with all tables sold out shortly after last year's show. We'll be in need of volunteers to collect entrance fess, check in firearms, help with set up on Friday afternoon and taking things down on Sunday afternoon. Watch for sign up sheets on the office door. If you're interested in buying or selling a gun, or just seeing what folks have to offer, make plans to come to what the vendors describe as one of the best gun shows of the year.

Most of what we do could not be accomplished without the help of volunteers. The Gun Show is just over two weeks away, and we are still short on the number of volunteers needed to run the show smoothly. If you have yet to volunteer for something this year, here's your chance. The sign up sheet is on the office door. Please offer your help. And if you've already volunteered for something else, and felt good for doing so, we'd be glad to have your assistance again.

Volunteers, ENF grants help 'Elevate America'

Now is the time to finalize your plans for obtaining Elks National Foundation grants for your Lodge. Most Lodges have now achieved my $4.60 per-capita goal for giving to ENF and have thus qualified for a Gratitude Grant. If your Lodge has not yet achieved the goal for the 2014-2015 Lodge year, there is still time to make it, so get busy. March 31 is the cut-off date to donate to the ENF. The Gratitude Grant of up to $2,000 can be used for a variety of charitable community needs. Gratitude Grant applications are due no later than May 31, 2015.

Next, consider and plan for a $2,000 Promise Grant. A Promise Grant project must serve youth in need and events are required to be alcohol- and drug-free. This year's projects must be completed by July 31, 2015. Promise Grants are limited to the first 500 qualifying applications and new applications will be available July 1 for next year.

Beacon Grants are designed for ongoing, Elks-led, charitable community activities and the grants are available for up to $2,000. These grants require bona fide "Elk involvement". Simply handing a check to a charity does not achieve our goal of elevating the status of the Lodge in the community through active Elk participation of worthy community projects. Any Lodge may apply, and projects must be completed by July 31.

Freedom Grants, managed by the Veterans Service Commission, are oriented to projects that serve veterans or active duty military personnel and/or their families. They are competitive, limited in number, and the application period is August 1 through August 31. Active Elk involvement is also required.

If you have a major community project in mind, an Impact Grant from ENF may be just the ticket. These grants are available for large scale, Elk-run service projects of up to $10,000. The grants are competitive and require significant Elk involvement and community presence.

This summary will serve as your reminder of the various grants funded by Elks National Foundation - "The Great Heart of Elkdom". Do not miss the opportunity to Elevate America and your community by taking advantage of the ENF grant program. Your community and your Lodge will be the beneficiaries!

The lodge will once again be awarding scholarships this year. Please let those you know graduating from high school they are available. The application is available here. Applicants DO NOT have to be related to someone affiliated with the Elks. Applications will be judged on academics, character, leadership, participation and financial need. All scholarship applications MUST be received at the lodge by 4:00 pm, March 21, 2015. If you have any questions let me know. -- Amie Kepner
, Scholarship Chairperson

At this time 39 members are past due. 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? Once dropped for non-payment of dues, a member may reinstate by payment of a $15 reinstatement plus pro-rated dues.

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 Dennis Albertson Jr
30 George Meinershagen
30 Lamar Moore
31 David Miller
31 Gary Webb
2 Gary Holley
2 Merl O'Neal
3 Greg Link
4 Mike Harrington
5 Paul Chapman
5 Dell Gaston
6 Larry Brammer
6 Thomas Hartwig
6 Ron Miller
7 Deanna Kepner
8 Tony Gannan
8 Aron Gerhart
9 Brandon Dennis
10 Zane Jones
10 Jason Spears
11 Alan Scott
12 Darrin Fravel
12 Jack Kelly
12 David Luetticke
13 Kim Heese
13 Valerie Humphreys
14 Brent Barnett
14 Brandi Clark
15 Warren Hoyt
16 Bill Regan
17 Fritz Kline
17 Clark Peterson
18 David Churchill
18 Scott Lindley
18 Brenda Thomas
19 David Mammen
19 Robert Marriott
19 Trent Miller
21 Melvin Humphreys
21 Davey Scott
22 Nick Shiflett
23 Robert Christison
24 Stephen Leach
25 John Guthrie
27 Paul Steele
27 Don Worthington
28 James Chapman Jr.

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