From the Station of the Exalted Ruler
Greetings to all! And Happy September! I would like to start by issuing high kudos to our Veterans Chairman and Trustee Jim Overstreet for hosting our Navy night! This event was handed to him with very little lead time and orders to make it happen. Jim quickly enlisted the help of Diane Beggin and they went to work recruiting members and our Deer’s to assist. The Navy night was a huge success. The feedback and words of thanks from the Sailors and Marines made you proud to be an Elk. They were blown away by the warm reception and hospitality of the Members.
I would like to thank each and every one of you who donated food, desserts, your assistance in set up and tear down and all of our members and visiting members who hosted the bar for the Sailors and Marines. Seeing everyone come together and contribute to the success of this event makes me proud to serve as your Exalted Ruler.
First Lady, Sharon and I had the opportunity to ride on the USS Spruance from San Diego to San Pedro. What a wonderful day on the sea and such a kind and gracious crew serving aboard the USS Spruance. I am glad that Lodge 1378 got to return the favor with our hosting of the crews of the USS Spruance and USS Anchorage. Again, my thanks to all who helped make this event a success.
This month on Sunday, September 7th will be the annual Lodge picnic. Our Esteemed Loyal Knight John Aube will be hosting the picnic and we look forward to seeing you all there. We appreciate all of the help everyone is willing to give in order to make the picnic a great time for all.
Next month, October, our Esteemed Leading Knight, Sal Quijano will be hosting our annual charity ball, keep your eyes out for announcements regarding the charity ball and plan on attending. We would love to see you there.
Finally, my hats off and thanks to all of the members who donate their time and talents to the upkeep, general maintenance and wellbeing of Lodge 1378. Whether it be landscape, painting, changing light bulbs, fixing computer issues, giving lodge tours to guests or prospective members, making sure someone gets home safely, driving our donated goods to their intended locations or just being the person who is willing to dive in and get their hands (clothes, shoes, etc.) dirty when needed, my thanks to you and your willingness to help make Lodge 1378 the home away from home that it is to so many. I look forward to seeing you down at the lodge, remember, it is a better place when you are there.
Erik Blomquist, Exalted Ruler, PER
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