District No. 3480

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Welcome to Louisville Lodge #8. Ron Caffee is our ER this year.

Exalted Ruler Message

A recent jury verdict against a Pennsylvania Elks Lodge has caused wide reverberations across the Elks world. The verdict is a liquor liability case that involved a Lodge hosting a fundraising event. One attendee who was not a member of the Elks Lodge left the fundraiser after a few beers. His vehicle crossed the centerline and collided with an oncoming car, killing one and injuring three others.

We can improve the quality of life for those in our communities in a dozen different ways, but just one incident like this can permanently tarnish a Lodge’s good reputation. We must insist that our bartenders cut off the drinks for anyone who begins to exhibit signs of intoxication. It is not only the legal thing to do it is our moral obligation as well.

The Monday lunch crew is in full swing with Randy (Rotten) Willinghurst, Jerry (Pull Tab) Wilhelm, Tony (Hatman) Hattemer, Julie (Black Widow) Caffee doing a great job.

$5 - September Elk Lunches on Monday’s 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Start your week off with a $5 lunch at the Elks and enjoy a delicious lunch and contributing to a
good charitable cause.
Sept 2 - No lunch
Sept 8 - Spaghetti w/meatballs, salad and garlic bread
Sept 15 - Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes and green beans
Sept 22 - Bratwurst, Sauerkraut and mashed potatoes
Sept 29 – Cheeseburger/fries

Of course our lodge continues to be busy with Corn hole - Cards - Darts - Dancing --- ' fill in the blank....

Come enjoy the fun!

On another note please come out on the 2nd of September to welcome our District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Johnny Johns. This is his annual visit and it would be nice to have a few more at the meeting. The meeting will start at 7:30 and I look forward to seeing you there.


Ron Caffee ER

Here is a link to our Flag Day and Retirement Ceremony courtesy of Lodge Member Mark Lisney

Don't forget if you have any ideas for activities or events, let us know so that we can plan for the future.


The Legendary Lodge #8 has a new history book available. It is a timeline from 1877 through today and is full of one of a kind photos, articles, and documents that detail the unique history of Elkdom's fifth oldest Lodge. It is priced at $15.00 plus postage. For more information please contact Terry Akin, PER, Historian at or inquire within the Lodge.


Tax Status Change
Thanks to the careful work of Tom Walsh, Lodge #8 now has a 501-C3 tax exemption which will allow the Lodge to expand our scholarship program in a number of ways. Any members who are interested in assisting our youth, please see Ron Caffee about a place on the scholarship committee. We will develop several methods that will enable tax free donations to our students and we are open for the business of helping our kids. Please find a way to donate to this worthy cause.

Terry Akin


As you all know, our back hall is available for rental. Please encourage your friends and families to use our facility for their wedding receptions, reunions, parties, meetings, etc. Call the Lodge and ask for Tom Walsh.

Lodge Happenings!



Applications are available for the 2015 Swim Season. Please remember that our pool survives by its membership and volunteers. We are always looking for some form of help and it will not require a great deal of your time. Any help is welcome and appreciated!

Get involved!!!!

Even though we are closed from September until the end of May doesn't mean there isn't work to be done. We can always use people with various skill sets and resources to prepare for the next year. Join our team, it doesn't take a huge time commitment and it is fun!






The pool will be closed for the season Monday, September 1st after the swimming day is finished. The season went by super fast and while everything went extremely well, we did have to put up with a very fickle weather pattern.

This season included a splash party, a movie night, 3 Introduction to SCUBA classes (very cool),
a visit from the WKU Dance Team, arm wrestling demonstration and workshop, water
volleyball, basketball, slack line walking (think tight-rope over water), an adult swim night (that was rained out again), and a Masseuses. Not bad for 2 full months and a month on school schedule. New 2015 membership applications are now available. There is ONE application for all ELKS now and one for Non-ELKS. Thank you all for your membership and support. We look forward to serving you all again next year with more activities and fun!

The Pool Committee and
Pool Manager Ed Frank

Pool Committee

Applications are available for the 2015 season, but if you have misplaced yours, or want to join, applications are available at the Lodge or can be downloaded from our FaceBook Page.

For Up To Date information about our pool which will include various events and parties we will also keep you updated on Pool closings due to maintenance or weather issues.

Join our FaceBook Page: or Follow us on Twitter @elks8pool

These resources are something you will find very helpful throughout the entire year.

The Pool Committee

*************NEWS LETTER NOTES*****************

Please send your articles and information to David Bratcher. You can leave it at the bar or the office or better yet e-mail it to David Bratcher at or call 502-558-4304 by the 15th of the month.

Please remember all our members and their families that we have lost during this past year.


In Memoriam

All Elks many good deeds are forever written on the tablets of love and memory and in the minds of those who know them.



On March 11th, Lodge #8 was graced with the presence of nine of our community’s finest students.

Bryan Birk, Nicole Smith, Courtney Klein, were our patriotic essay winners and they

entertained us with a reading of their compositions. Their entries have been submitted to the State

competition and we should know the results soon.

Kristen Reesor and Joshua Kotter were the winners of our Judy Lindsey Memorial Scholarships and both

won a State Scholarship.

Jenna Farineau was the winner of the first Jackie Polsgrove Memorial Scholarship.

All three delivered terrific speeches that were addressed to the younger winners and gave them

valuable insight in how to prepare for their college preparations. Their advice could help many of us

older kids too.


If you don't apply you can't win!


Elks National Foundation Now is the time for everyone to start thinking about your annual contribution to the Elks National Foundation. Your donations help support our Lodge and the State Association in the funding of Hoop Shoot, Elks Drug Awareness, Community Investments, Soccer, Educational Programs, Most Valuable Student Awards In past years(Kentucky received three $4,000 winners), Legacy Awards totaling $12,000, National Veterans Service Commissi.on ($7,860), etc. Last year Kentucky Lodges donated a total of $49,982.76 to the National Foundation, but we will receive back from the Foundation a total of $77,280, $1.54 for every $1.00 donated.

Louisville Lodge has been a leader in our endeavors. Please mail your check to the Lodge, bring your donation and leave at the Bar or you can give your check to me at Lodge meetings. Checks are to be made out to Elks National Foundation or ENF. All donations are tax deductible.

More information to come in a later Newsletter.

Edward C. Black, ENF Chair

Veteran’s Affairs

As a reminder the POW/MIA table is set up in our lodge as respect to those Armed Forces personnel who fall into this category. Please respect this table while you are in the lodge. Those who have served and those currently serving the uniformed services of the United States are ever mindful that the sweetness of enduring peace has always been tainted by the bitterness of personal sacrifice. We are compelled to never forget that while we enjoy our daily pleasures, there are others who have endured and may still be enduring the agonies of pain, deprivation and internment.


A Night of Karaoke – Friday, August 8th and August 22nd
If you would like an evening singing solo, or with friends or just dancing and listening please join us at the Lodge. Hours are 8:00 pm– 12:00 am. Any questions or additional information please contact Don Hollifield or John Doelker.

Cornhole League - Euchre League - Dart League - Peanuckle We are looking to start a Peunuckle league one Thursday a month.

Our 2014 Elks Golf Scramble will be held Sept 13 at Heritage Hill Golf Course at 8:30am. We Have the entire course too ourselves with a shotgun start. Entry fee is only $65.00 per person. We need hole sponsors for the cost of $50.00 for your sign to be placed on the tees. All donations for door prizes will be greatly appreciated. We will have food and beer back at the lodge after the golf. Applications are now available at the Lodge Bar. For donations and tee sponsorship please see Jeff “Bodeni” Feeney. (552-4638).

Congratulations to our Essay Contest Winners

Senior Division 7th & 8th grade 1st Emily Coy Ascension School 2nd Julie Gnaddinger St Gabriel School 3rd Evan Campbell St Martha School

Junior Division 5th 7 6th grade 1st Caroline Cunningham St Agnes School 2nd Jay Scott St Martha School 3rd Mary Fultz St Agnes School

**LADIES' AUXILIARY** The Ladies Auxiliary meets every first Tuesday of the Month at 7:30. If you are a wife of an Elk Member or Female Elk - please join use. Sign up forms are at the bar.

Greeting Ladies,September 9th is our Memorial service and we will be remembering our lost lady of 2014, Frances Reisinger. This will be our regular September meeting that is moved to the second Tuesday due to the regular Elks meeting being moved to Tuesday because of Labor Day. Hope to see everyone in September!

Pat Seybold,
Ladies Auxiliary President


Hello is almost time to begin the fish fry’s. Our first fry will be on October 17, the third Friday in Oct. We would like to thank all who helped last year and are looking forward to another successful year.

Butch and Pat Seybold


Monday through Thursday 1:00pm. until 11:00pm. Friday and Saturday Noon until 1:00am. Sunday 1:00pm. until 10pm.


CORRECTION ON EMAIL ADDRESS If you had trouble emailing Kathy Haire to get the news letter emailed to you --- it is


Have you gotten your password yet? It opens up many doors on the Elks website, copy and paste this link to register. Follow the instructions to register - it's that easy and free!


Go to the State Website KYELKS.ORG and click on the Elks News page - the link to the BLOG is on that page. All you have to do is subscribe to the blog with your email address - this will enable you to keep up with sickness and distress of members across the state, also any important messages that may be needed.


Are you interested in going GREEN help save the trees -- one way is to get on our Lodge email list and your News Letter can be emailed to you. If you are interested in this please email


Follow us on twitter! @BPOE8 and on FaceBook (it's easier to just search B.P.O.E. Lodge 8 Louisville, Ky)

Any questions contact the Lodge at 491-8335.

Our Lodge meetings are on the first & third Mondays of the month at 7:30 p.m. Meeting Directions: 2824 Klondike Lane Louisville KY

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