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Dear Fellow 248 Members,
Since my last newsletter I attended the Grand Lodge Convention in Phoenix and actually the weather the third week of July was 109˚ but it was nicer there at 18% humidity then here at 90˚ and high humidity! Some notes about the Convention and balloting on motions. We are now going to be a “local” lodge not a subordinate lodge. The officer’s titles and chairs stay the same, so I continue to be your Exalted Ruler not the Local President. We have basically defunded the National Home out East unless funds are appropriated at Grand Lodge.
The opening ceremony and balloting sessions were interesting but I was most impressed by the National Memorial Service. Remember to put our Wausau Elks 248 Memorial Service on your calendar for December 4th.
Even though most everyone equated Labor Day as the end of summer there is still a lot of baseball to watch, which we will do because the Brewers are in contention. Thank you to Kevin and Wendy McCarthy for organizing our Brewer trip on August 14th. We all had a great time and watched the Brewers win in the 10th inning. This year it was 2 buses; as people talk about it we might generate enough interest for the trip next year with 3 buses!
Hopefully between league playoffs and the World Series (with the Brewers in it) we will be watching the Packers winning their way through their schedule. The Packer Club will, I’m sure, have many interesting raffle prizes and wonderful food and camaraderie.
So far we have had two winners in the Queen of Hearts drawing. Dick Mayer picked the Queen of Spades and Don Wyro picked a Joker. So the Big Lady is still on the board.
Monday, September 19th is the fall golf outing. Get your foursome together.
The District Deputy is no longer required to attend an initiation at each local lodge so Gary Sheahan, DDGER Northeast District, has scheduled his Wausau Lodge visit for our Thursday, October 20th inspection and regular lodge meeting.
Would you like to spend some time at Art World 2011 and also volunteer to help? Call Herb Lessmiller at 715-570-3260 or Jackie Heitmann at the lodge, 715-845-5602. We need help Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!
Enjoy the summer that’s left and autumn on our patio. We have commitments to put a permanent roof over the area where we now have the tent. I will keep you posted.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
Dear Fellow 248 Members,
I am writing this newsletter a bit early as I will be attending the Elk National Convention in Phoenix July 15th thru 21st and copy must be submitted on July 18th for the August newsletter. The Elk’s National Convention is traditionally held during the 4th of July week but is the 3rd week of July this year. Leading Knight Chuck Berens filled in for me during the lodge meeting on July 21st. I am sure they did a great job.
At the July 21st lodge meeting, members will ballot on 2 candidates and 4 candidates at the August 18th meeting as it stands, it could be more. With is in mind, there are already 13 available for initiation on September 1st.
We have already initiated 13 this year plus have 4 reinstatements. It really makes me believe that Elks Care, Elks Share! On the downside, however, Elks 248, as of today, have 37 members delinquent in their dues. Their key access cards were turned off on July 12th. Their names and proposers will be posted in the lower bar. If you know someone and can help us get them paid and back it would be greatly appreciated! That’s $4500 we need to continue the projects we have committed to this year. That equates to about $10 a month for them to help us continue Veterans projects, Goodfellowship, Kid’s Halloween, and the list goes on. If they can’t join us on a regular basis that’s sad but their dues help the community, call it a charitable donation.
As voted on during our June lodge meeting, I represented the 248 members on a number of issues facing Elks across the country at the National Convention. Many of the changes are to modernize our Fraternal Organization and make it easier to share Elkdom with more people. However, our members feel that tradition needs to be blended with modernization. I voted against the proposal to change the traditional officer titles of Exalted Ruler, etc. to President and Vice Presidents. A negative vote was cast on the proposal to allow assessments on members to support the Elks Nation Home. Our members felt the retirement home should support itself as it houses only a privileged few out East.
A couple things I supported were to allow lodges to have the option to allow Social Parlors (bars) open during regular lodge meetings if they are separate and isolated from the Lodge Meeting floor and allowing active Duty Military personnel guest access cards for up to 90 days. There are many other issues to be determined but I thought these the most interesting. There will be Initiation at the September 1st meeting.
Please see the bulletin for the Adult Picnic August 24th. Sign up and bring your neighbors, friends and prospective members.
Dear Fellow 248 Members,
June finally gave us some settled weather and, with it, very nice days for a successful Bass Tournament and Kids Fishing Derby – To Say No To Drugs. Thank you JoAnn for organizing the Bass Tournament, which provides funds for the Kids Fishing. Over 40 youngsters participated in the fishing derby. One child caught a total of 133” – that’s a lot of bluegills and crappies! Thank you Aaron and Annie and Elroy the Elk! There was plenty of help at both events. Thank you volunteers!!
June 14th was Flag Day; the event and participation were great! Thank you Chuck Berens, Leading Knight for a job well done. Just an FYI, it is the Leading Knight’s responsibility to plan the event. Kevin Hermening was our guest speaker and gave a patriotic and inspiring speech. Kacey Hermening sang the National Anthem, the VFW Burns Post #388 was Honor Guard, the American Legion Post #10 did the 21-gun salute, Taps by
Michael Maher III and the Boy Scouts participated in the History of the Flag.
Our new officers did a great job on their parts at our second member initiation of the Lodge year on June 16th. We welcomed 5 new members and 2 reinstatements! There are even more proposed. They will, unfortunately, have to wait until September to be initiated. By that time there will be a large group being initiated.
Jane and I are heading to Phoenix the 3rd week of July for the Elk’s National Convention. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, but they say it’ s a dry heat. Yah right. Our Leading Knight Chuck Berens will handle affairs while I’m gone and will conduct his first Lodge Meeting on July 21st as I will not be back. I’m sure
he will do a good job!
August 24th is the date for our Adult Summer Picnic – mark your calendars. Please see the bulletin for
the specifics. Sign up sheets will be out the 1st of July. Bring some friends!
Dear Fellow Elk 248 Members,
I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and holiday season, one spent with family, friends, and fellow Elks. It is a wonderful time where we reflect on our blessings of the past year. I hope your blessings were many and continue into our new year.
While we reflected back during the holiday season, on New Years day, we start to look forward into our future and resolve to make our own world a better place. Resolutions may take the form of traditional of goals such as being smarter about our health, and improving our personal lives. These goals are certainly worthwhile as life is fragile and should be lived to the fullest. The Knights of Columbus use a phrase “Tempus Fugit, Memento Mori” from Latin which literally means Time Flies, Remember your Mortality. The message seems very stern until we realize the deeper meaning of living life to the fullest by making the best use of our time and talents.
My wish for you and all the Elk #248 members is that our new year brings full satisfaction in your daily life. We are fortunate to have such an opportunity at our own Lodge. Volunteerism is a wonderful potential to increase the riches in our own and others’ lives. Support given to others is paid back many times and ways through gratitude created and our own feeling of self worth. Get active and support our efforts, find a new or past member and get them active as well. It is a great resolution to making our Elks Lodge and your own life a better place.
We have many strong and positive factors going into 2011. We will initiate over a dozen new members this month bringing new friendships and talent into our lodge. Welcome them as they start their wonderful journey as Elks. Our club revenues are increasing and we are doing a better job with the dollars received. We have a bright future with these trends. Now it is our job to keep the momentum going throughout the new 2011.
For your support, I am grateful. I wish you the best year of your life.
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