District No. 4920

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Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Lodge Officers!  The Lodge year begins in April with a Tea Dance, and continues with a Membership Appreciation/Recruitment Dinner, our second "Elks Care, Elks Share" Day to help our more senior members, and lots of entertainment!   We will have most of our entertainment on Wednesday evening, so come out and enjoy.  There are activities for everyone this month; check out the ECHO for all of the upcoming events.

March was full of "ups and downs".  At the Missouri Elks Association Spring convention in Jefferson City, PER Don Cook was named Missouri State Elk of the Year.  Congratulations, Don, Joplin Lodge 501 is very proud of you and your accomplishments.  

But with the sunshine comes the rain.  We lost two revered members in March:  Doc Gaskin and Jane Watson.  They were very precious people, and true and loyal Elks.  I have no doubt they are enjoying the "green pastures of knowledge and the still waters of peace".  Their names will always be inscribed on the tablets of love and memory, and in our hearts.  The places that have known them will know them no more, but our lives are richer and more blessed for having had the opportunity to call each of them "friend".  Their families continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

We have come a long way from May 22, 2011; however, the road has been a long and rocky one, filled with potholes and "speed bumps".  We have lost many friends along the way, and their names remain inscribed on the tablets of love and memory, as well as in our hearts.  And we have gained so many new friends on this journey.  The members of the Webb City Lodge are the exemplification of "Brotherly Love" and "Fidelity". They opened their arms and the doors of their Lodge to us when we lost our Lodge home in the tornado of May 2011, and made us feel like "family". We owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.

We also greatly appreciate those at 4th Street Bowl who graciously "stepped up" to fill the void left by the loss of our building. Our legendary "Speed Bar" and "Slow Bar" are both gone, however the heart of Elkdom remains strong in Joplin.

Joplin Elks Lodge 501 is located at 1802 West 26th, in Joplin, Missouri. Lodge 501 was founded in 1899 and enjoys a heritage that is steeped with the best of Elk Traditions. Nestled in the Heart of the Ozarks in SouthWest Missouri, Joplin has a population of 46,000. The population within a 40 mile radius of Joplin is 400,000, making it Missouri's 4th largest metropolitan area.

We invite all guests of the web site to sign our guest book and please feel free to let us know how we are doing. Meetings are the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, and begin at 7pm.

Lodge Directions: 1802 W 26th Street Joplin MO

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