OR SOUTHWEST
District No. 7560

Officers Notes November2014

 

 

Hello Members -

October has really flown by and Linda Repp, O.S.E.A. President’s visit that included guests and visitors from across our state and the lodges of the Southwest District, went very well. We all had a great evening at the “Meet and Greet” Friday and then the Lodge took our State President and guests on a tour of the Redwoods at Jedediah State Park to have a look at some of the giant redwood trees. Then to round out the evening, we had a wonderful meal in our dining room. Oh yes, let’s not forget your Exalted Ruler did his usual and got a bit tongue tied while introducing our district and lodge officers.

The lounge and the Sunday football kicked off and is doing very well. With the new lounge hours and Sunday breakfast being served up by volunteers the lounge is the place to be on Sunday. The menu changes every week and the food is very good. Monday nights we also have hamburgers and hotdogs for the game. So if you haven’t been down there yet, you’re missing a lot of fun and great food.

Also, the Monday night darts is going very well with a lot more players and another way of enjoying the company of your fellow Elks. On Thursday nights its cook your own steak with all the trimmings. So let’s get on down there and enjoy the fun, food, and games.

November is Veteran’s Month, where we salute our veteran’s past and present. We will be having a Special Breakfast on Sunday the 9th of November for all Veteran’s and their guest. This is put on by our local Chapter of the Viet Nam Veteran’s and if it’s like the ones we have sponsored at the Elks before the food will be great.

Speaking about our Veteran’s brings to mind what the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks does for our Veteran’s. So a bit more history:

In 1917, the Grand Lodge created the War Relief Commission and endowed it with two million dollars to finance activities. The commission organized and equipped the first two base hospitals to reach France, Unit 41 staffed by faculty and alumni from the University of Virginia, and Unit 46 staffed by the faculty and alumni from the University of Oregon. The Elks also built a hospital in Boston for returning wounded veterans and gave the hospital to the federal government. This hospital was the beginning of the current Dept. of Veterans Affair

During WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, the Elks were there and provided needed money and support. And we continue today by supporting our Veterans. Some of the other programs we support: Elks National Foundation, Children’s Eye Clinic, and the big one coming up the Christmas Basket Program.

YES! THE ELKS CARE, THE ELKS SHARE and THE ELKS ARE GIVING! So when asked to donate some of your time or maybe some money, I know we will all come together and get it done!

I want to wish to our Veterans a big Thank You for your Service, I Salute you. And to all our members and their families, wishing you A Happy Thanksgiving! Hope to see you around the 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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