From the Station of the Lecturing Knight
With great pleasure and gratitude I wanted to express my thanks to all of you who have supported me during the past year as Lecturing Knight and being a new member at the lodge.
I had the privilege of being coached by many experienced Elks during the officer initiation, lodge meetings, and while practicing for the Ritual Ceremony. Receiving first place in the Ritual for the Lodge was overwhelming pride and the result of hard work by all involved. Many Thanks!!!
Some events I had responsibility for or attended: Mother’s Day, Lodge Picnic, Memorial Event, Hop Shoot, Breakfast on Sundays, Memorial Day, Brew Crew Summer BBQ’s, State Convention (amazing) Children Christmas event and a few others, were very well supported by all of you and your families. You volunteered when asked and again your knowledge and experience always made the events painless for me. Please continue to support “all” events at the lodge regardless - they are the main reason we are here as members. It’s the charities that we support that are critical for our success at the lodge; it will always bring positive feedback about our Lodge. It never hurts to have a little extra goodness these days. You know what they say it only takes one bad comment to wipe out 15 good ones. So bank that goodness with continuing to support any and all events that you can, remember they are all for charity.
It was a fast and furious year for me at the Lodge, the learning curve pretty high when you are newbie and with the depth of culture, behavior, and experience at the Lodge there were times where I had to take a few deep breathes. Some days had to step back and find Plan B. In Life, we are given Plan A and as life changes Plan A often may not work out, but always having a Plan B right around the corner does. Sometimes you may also jump to Plan E, F, or G, but that’s okay, don’t ever give up!
In closing, once again my many thanks to all of you, you welcomed me with open arms, held my hand as I stumbled and provided course correction when needed. I hope that I was able to provide that back to all of you this past year and that perhaps when called upon by my fellow Elks at any time in the future I can assist.
Maryanne Letteri, Lecturing Knight
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