Somerville, NJ Lodge News

NJ WEST CENTRAL
District No. 5860

Exhalted Ruler's July 2017 Message

Dear Fellow Members,

Welcome to the month of JULY 2017. The lodge and patio area is abuzz with summer time activity. June 1st – we had formal opening of the Patio for the season. Come with friends and family and enjoy.

First Weekend in June was the NJ State Convention in Wildwood, and good time was had by ALL. The Weather was a success and Special Thanks to Better Parades Committee especially Meghan Kelly and Misty O’Keefe for all they do for this event. Mark your calendars – next year’s convention in June 1st – 3rd. Let’s get a great turnout.

June 10th was the annual Elk’s Flag Day Ceremony at the Somerville Court House. Was a great event-Thanks to all officers that was able to attend and take part in the Elks Ceremony. Special Thanks to Flag Day Committee especially the two Mike’s ! Mike Minaides and Mike Torralbas.

Mid July- I am traveling out to Reno, Nevada to attend the Grand Lodge Convention. Looking forward in talking to and learning from other lodges to hear about what they are working on to help their community, grow their Elks, and retain membership. I will report back at the July lodge meeting and in the August Call.

The incoming GER is Malcolm McPherson from the Lyndhurst, NJ lodge. How great this coming GER Elk Year we have a "Jersey Guy". Malcolm has always been supportive of Somerville # 1068 efforts and has spoken highly at the state and national levels about us.

Our current GER Michael Zellen is always requesting to grow membership and retain membership. Being we continue to grow membership at 1068, we must work on retaining membership. With this, if you proposed a member in past; please be sure that they are current on dues and are not dropped for non-payment of dues.

In Closing, this 4th of July please enjoy with friends and family and give Thanks to this great country enabling us to do the Elks creed – ELKS CARE – ELKS SHARE.

EVERY DAY WE THANK ALL THOSE WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE, AND ALL VETERANS LIVING AND DECEASED, FOR THEIR PAST SERVICE TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY.

TO ALL ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY AND FIRST RESPONDERS THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND COME HOME SOON AND SAFE.

Look forward to see you around the lodge.

Fraternally Yours –

John Blaney, Exalted Ruler – Somerville NJ Lodge # 1068


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