CA NORTH CENTRAL
District No. 0880

Leading Knight - Mike Hanson

Leading Knight - Mike Hanson

September 2017 Message

 This past month, I was able to attend the Grand Lodge convention at Reno; big doings this coming year.  We are getting ready to celebrate our 150th year.  We have come a long way from a handful of theater people who enjoy a good time to one of the largest and greatest volunteer organizations in the country. 

Generally we don’t toot our own horn, but this coming year we are going to shout it from the rooftops—we do good works and help thousands of people every year.  I will be pulling little factoids, about our Elk heritage, for this column as the year progresses.  We are the largest provider of scholarships, 2nd only to the Federal government.  Our scholarship program was started back when the GIs were coming home after World War II, before the GI Bill became active.

In addition to the Elks celebrating their 150th year, Carmichael Lodge #2103 will be celebrating our 60th year.  We will need to think about how we can make this coming year even greater than years past.  Any ideas for celebrating this milestone will be appreciated.

Many of you are curious as to the financial gain materialized from winning the lotto hat at the 4th of July raffle.  The wife and I have drug out scratching the tickets as long as possible and to date, the hat has delivered $248.  I have the last couple of tickets to deliver and be checked and then we have to check all the non-winners for their second chance potential.  Just as I personally benefitted from the 4th celebration, the lodge also benefitted.  The Fireworks Booth generated over $7000.  Thank you to everyone who stopped by and purchased your “fun” at our lodge—and especially, thanks to my wife, Susan, and all the other volunteers who helped to make it possible.  As I pointed out we could have probably gotten some more $$ if we sold time in the booth and billed it as a religious experience in the sweat lodge.  Seriously, thank you all for making this year a success.

The high temperatures this summer have made it difficult in the kitchen.  When it is over 100 degrees outside, it makes it closer to 120 degrees for the kitchen staff.  We are researching air conditioning options in order to alleviate this situation.  You may notice there are other small projects underway that will benefit our membership as well as the lodge.

The fifth Wednesday Dinner and Dance should still be in the future when you read this.  Volunteers are needed.  The last one found four of our oldest members called into action to make the event successful.  We should not have to rely on last minute recruits.  If you can provide 3 or 4 hours of your time once a month, there are ample opportunities where your time and talent can be put to good use.  The personal feelings of satisfaction for a job well done and the knowledge that your help benefits others is always available at Lodge 2103.

My wife has reminded me, once again, that we should be creating a list of our ill and shut in members.  If you know of any member who is ill, or cannot get out and about, please let me know.  I would like to get a committee together that can take on home and hospital visits. I look forward to talking to each of you as time goes on.  Remember, in order to get the greatest benefit from our lodge, volunteer, volunteer, volunteer.

October 2017 Message

Summer is coming to an end.  Bar-B-Ques and swimming/boating on the rivers will soon be a thing of the past.  The weather will start to change and it will be time to think about Thanksgiving and Christmas.  But wait, first we have Trunk-or-Treat coming.  That’s right.  The last Saturday in October (28th) will be Trunk-or-Treat at the lodge.  Let’s decorate our trunks, get into that incredible costume you have been saving for this special occasion, and provide a safe and sane approach to Halloween for kids in the area.

Susan and I attended the 5th Wednesday dinner and dance on August 30th.  We had a great turn out from the volunteer corps and everything went very smoothly.  In addition, the survey performed by my wife indicated it was the best tri-tip dinner in recent memory.  If you attended, I bet you will agree.  If you did not attend, you truly missed a nice night.  The food and music were both great.

I am reminded that next year the lodge will celebrate its 60th anniversary and the BPOE will be celebrating its 150th anniversary.  This year, the 4th of July doings at the lodge had one of the largest turnouts and everyone enjoyed themselves.  For next year, we are anticipating an even more enjoyable time.  We each need to take the time to talk about the Elks with our friends.  Last month, I pointed out the scholarships provided by the Elks. 

During WW1 we provided help with the field hospitals in France (we set up 2).  The Elks purchased a warehouse in Boston and  turned it into a 700-bed rehabilitation hospital.  We turned it over to the War Department which became the start of the VA system we see today.  During the Korean War, the Elks donated half a million pints of blood to help wounded soldiers.  Vets and those who defend our country have always been important to the Elks.

We have some events on the horizon, so mark your calendars.  On Friday, October 27th , there is the horse race event at the lodge benefiting the Elks National Foundation.  This is an important part of the Elk tradition due to the many things ENF provides nationally and locally.  This year, it has allocated $12.5 Million to fund the Community Investments Program, which funds activity in the communities via grants.  We took advantage of two grants last year and expect to do better this year.

After Thanksgiving (that is coming so quickly) we will have two special events scheduled in December: The Christmas Buffet,  and the New Year’s Eve Dance. We need a chairperson for the Christmas Buffet.  For the New Year’s Eve Dance we hope to recreate a 1940s supper club environment.  If you have any ideas, please let me know.

My wife has reminded me, once again, that we should be creating a list of our ill and shut in members.  If you know of any member who is ill, or cannot get out and about, please let me know.  I would like to get a committee together that can take on home and hospital visits.

I look forward to talking to each of you as time goes on. Remember, in order to get the greatest benefit from our lodge, volunteer, volunteer, volunteer.

 

 

 


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