District No. 3480

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

Exalted Ruler Message

Our annual visit from our District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler (Johnny Jones) took place at our September 2nd Lodge meeting. The critique letter he sent follows:

“On behalf of my team and I want to thank you and your Lodge for your cooperation and fine hospitality during our visit. I wish to commend you and your officers on your preparedness and courtesies. Thank you for the meal before the meeting it was greatly appreciated. I was impressed by you, and your officers in the manner in which you conducted your meeting. Your community is fortunate to have an organization such as yours. It was wonderful to hear of your good
works such as two grants and waiting on the third, various youth activities, lodge activities and donations. I was also happy to hear that you have nine applications to be voted on and four new applications for membership. I truly believe you have one of the finest Lodges in the state are doing a great job promoting the Grand Exalted Ruler, John D. Amen’s Motto of, “Elks Elevating America.”

His letter ends with “Ya’ll get it.” Thanks to my officers for all the hard work they put in for the visit.



Ron Caffee ER


Quote from “Teddy Roosevelt” 26th President of the United States

I ran across this quote from Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the USA and think it fits the occasional condition at the Lodge, and in reality, pretty much all places:

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or
where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually
in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs
and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming,
but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy
cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the
worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those
cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” 

Mark Lisney

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 29 – Cheeseburger/fries

Oct 06 - Pork Loin, Scalloped potatoes
Oct 13 - Salisbury Steak, mashed potatoes, green beans
Oct 20 - Lasagna, salad, garlic bread.
Oct 27 - Cheeseburger and fries

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

Come enjoy the fun!


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 is officially closed for the season and in the process of being drained to the winter level and winterized in preparation for whatever Mother Nature throws at us this year. A special thanks to Paul Carol and Jason Frost for providing the pool maintenance and plumbing work, as well as to all the other good folks that helped us this season.

I want to take just a moment to address the weather issues we had this year. Louisville weather, as you are aware, can be very fickle. It can be beautiful one minute and raining, hailing, or snowing the next, and that’s just in spring and summer! Our goal is to keep the pool open every available minute we can. The only time the pool would ever require to be closed during normal operational hours is for maintenance, weather, and an unexpected Health Department issue
(this last one happens very rarely). This year presented a difficult weather pattern to call with any certainty of getting it correct and early in the season I personally made a few bad calls based on the weather conditions at the time. This led to people showing up to the pool expecting it to be open (based on the weather they were experiencing) and it was in fact closed until a certain time. Needless to say I had a lot of explaining and apologizing to do, but out of that we adjusted our methods to better serve our members and guests to be open for them. We still didn’t always get it right, but we got it better than it was.

The key to staying informed about any information concerning the pool is our Facebook and Twitter pages. These are updated continuously throughout the day and especially when we have events or issues such as maintenance or weather. The Elks Lodge typically does not have the latest greatest news of what is going on with the pool, but we are also working on that as well for next season.

Here are the links:


If you will kindly remember that our goal is to be open for our members and guests and when we do close for weather for any reason or length of time, it is with your safety and well-being in mind and that we are working behind the scenes to get our staff in place and to reopened as soon as we possibly can.

Lastly, our 2015 Pool applications are now available. There is a specific application for Elks members (this includes other local and Indiana Elks Lodges as well) and a specific application for Non-Elk members. The applications can be found at the lodge bar and online at our facebook page available to download. Please consider joining early and sharing our pool with family and friends to join as well.

All the best,
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!


Now that summer has faded into the past, and the weather starts to turn cooler, we need to redouble our efforts in our contributions to the ENF. As of September 15th we have a total of $6,384.50 in donations or $18.69 to the Fund. This amount is about $350.00 behind last year's total for the same period. A total of 98 lodge members have paid to date, leaving 92 members still not paid with six (6) months remaining this year. If we are to reach our goal of $11,935.00
this committee needs to work a bit harder. We have applied for and been approved for the Promise Grant and Beacon Grant for a total of $4,000.00 ($2,000.00 each Grant). There are two (2) more Grants which we will apply for @ at
a later date. As always ALL donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Please make your check payable to E.N.F. NOT to Louisville Lodge #8.

EDW. C. Black, Chair Person

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,
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.

Annual Trunk-Or-Treat
Saturday, October 25th

5pm to 8pm (or while supplies last)

This activity provides a safe and fun atmosphere for all children to Trick-or-Treat. This event will be advertised and open to all children in our community. Elks and Ladies Auxiliary members will handout candy from the back of their decorated cars and/or trucks starting a 6:00 pm. Vehicles need to be in position by 5:00 pm, so we can rope off the area for safety
reasons. The first two parking lanes closest to the Lodge will be reserved for this event. If it rains please be prepared to take some decorations into the Elks’ Hall. In the past we have had at least 200+ trick-or-treaters, so I’m calling on you, to do your Community Service.

The signup sheet is located on the Lounge door to Elks’ Hall. This event is paid for by the E.N.F. Promise Grant. If you have any questions please feel free to call me and leave a message on my cell 262-1707.
Many Spooky Thanks,
Lisa Swinney - Youth Chairman


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.

Greetings Ladies,
Our September meeting brought another new member, Nancy Bash, WELCOME NANCY! Also during our meeting, we (the auxiliary) were presented a beautiful “Memorial” stone along with a couple of solar lights for the memory garden from the Veterans committee.

Fall is in the air! And those odd shaped balls are flying through the giant H’s. Go CARDS!

While discussing the fall raffle, Peggy Wahl raised her hand to ask a question (and we thought she was volunteering), so she volunteered to be in charge! Margie Gnagie offered to help Peggy. They are looking for volunteers to sell raffle tickets at the fish fry’s. Our next meeting will be October 7th and Bunco will be October 21st. Don’t forget “Trunk-or-Treat” October 25th and mark your calendars for the 1st of November for our annual Craft Bazaar. Please help us by donating cookies for the Bake Sale.

The Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring its very first Sip and Paint Class for Charity.

The class will be guided by Shelley Frank on October 14th and was limited to just 10 attendees. The class has drawn a considerable amount of interest and filled up in just 2 days, so we look forward to doing more of these events in the future.

Until we meet again,

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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