As PDD Rich Lavagno enjoys his
much needed rest and hopefully planning his next cruise, I am
busy working with the Officers, PER's, Trustees and committee
chairs to assure a great year for our beloved lodge.
I'm excited in knowing that we are the second
largest lodge in the district and believe that this trend will
continue. We have also met with great success in ENF, as we
met our per capita goals and have received a beacon grant which
is dedicated to our veterans.
I encourage all members to come and volunteer,
attend meetings and to be more active in YOUR lodge. I want
to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who worked hard
to assure the installation of officers was a GREAT success.
Hope and Ken Miller for the delicious food, Susanne Lucas, Eileen
Lavagno, Tiffany Quick and Amy Mack for attending to and preparing
for our guests. A special thanks to Randy Sornberger for donating
his time, hard work and attention to important details in the
kitchen. Congratulations to Randy Kerr for being given the Elk
of the Year award and Bob Rowe for receiving Citizen of the
Year, Randy Sornberger and Eric Anderson for receiving special
Grand Lodge awards.
I am proud and excited for all of our officers
as we move forward in this year as we continue to grow our vision
in helping those who are less fortunate.
All members, If you have an idea for an event
to benefit those in need, I am just a phone call away. We all
can work together to make any event a success. I leave you with
this Elk fact. On February 16, 1868 the Jolly Corks merged into
the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks. When choosing
the animal, the choice was between a Buffalo and an Elk. The
vote was 8 to 7 for the elk. Moral of the story...become informed,
be an active member, as every vote and idea does count.