OR SOUTHWEST
District No. 7560

Officers Notes August 2014

 

 

Hello Members -

 

Let me begin by saying thank you for allowing me to be your Exalted Ruler for a great lodge of Elks. I also want to thank you for allowing me to represent you and our lodge at the Elks National Convention in New Orleans this year. I met a lot of great Elks from all parts of our great country and also our new Grand Exalted Ruler John D. Amen whose theme this year is “Elks Elevating America.” We as Elks, do just that in our own community by the work that we do with our children, veterans, and the good people of our own community.

 

We had a very busy month with the sponsorship for Relay for Life of which we had members attend for many hours. I want to say a special thank you to Brian Hartman and Esteban Hernandez for helping out at the Relay for Life program (volunteered over 6 hours each) held at the High School football field from Saturday 4 pm to Sunday 8 am. I understand we had a good showing and lots of Elk support for such a great program.

 

For those of you that didn’t make it to the live Standup Comedy held on Friday the 11th of July, I am told that it was a great and funny show and I for one am sorry I missed it because of my traveling to the Convention. Next up will be the PERS Luau on August 9th and if it is anything close to what it was last year we are in for a great time and meal. Tickets are now available in the office and lounge. I hope to see all of you there.

 

Now I have some news about the National Convention. One of our district lodges (Ashland) took 8th place overall in the Western Division of the 2014 Grand Lodge Ritualistic Contest. The state of Nebraska took 1st place overall. They all did a great job and if you happen to be over in Ashland stop in the lodge there and congratulate them for a job well done. Other news was we had 22 resolutions to go over and vote on and 14 of them were adopted. I have the list of resolutions and will be posting them on the bulletin board for your viewing.

 

I also had the pleasure of hearing from the 2 top Student Scholars emerging to win $50,000.00 Scholarships each and the 2014 Hoop Shoot winners were introduced. All of this is provided by the donations given by the Elks National Foundation the goal of which is $4.60 per capita. On this I do challenge each and every one of our members to donate $5.00 each to the ENF. I will match up to a total of $500. This is how important this is to me and our lodge.

 Remember, Elks Care, and Elks Share.

Taco Tuesdays and Friday night dinners are doing really well and Karaoke on Saturday nights is really hopping and fun. Come on down and enjoy the fun. Until then hope to see you in the lodge.

Fraternally,
Randy Mitchem
Exalted Ruler 2014 - 2015

 


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