Dear Fellow Elk 248 Members,
This March newsletter is my last chance to communicate to all of you of Wausau Lodge 248. It was a privilege to serve all of you as Exalted Ruler. As I write this letter, have a gain in membership of 17! We have initiated over 40 new members and have another initiation on March 15th so we should have a net gain of about 20 members! That should put us at about 760 members!
Elk’s belief in God and what we do for the children, community, veterans and each other should continue to be an inspiration to us all!
Your next Exalted Ruler, Chuck Berens, and his slate of officers will, I’m sure, continue with strong leadership and give all Elks the passion to continue all the great things we do! Please be as supportive of their efforts as you were with mine! Your trustees continue to make our club inviting to all and work very hard to keep our club doors open. Ballroom bookings are up and continue to be an important revenue source for us.
I urge all of you to renew your belief in Elkdom. We are at a critical point in our society. It seems that our belief in God, our political beliefs and some of our liberties are in jeopardy. When you become an Elk you stated your belief in God before your initiation. Do not be afraid to stand up for your belief in God and Elkdom!
If you don’t get to the Lodge often or attend functions, please continue your membership so that your brothers and sisters can continue our good deeds as Elks.
It was my privilege to present Exalted Ruler awards to the most deserving at State President’s Night. Grand Exalted Ruler recognition awards were presented to Wes Simonis for his fine work on the lodge bulletin and PER Marty Sullivan for his never ending belief in my abilities. Aaron & Annie Opper’s efforts in children’s programs earned them Couple of the Year. That smile and never ending involvement earned Shirley Van Slate Lady of the Year. Bruce Conard earned Officer of the Year through his efforts with improving club operations. Bob Lamovec is Elk of the Year because of his ongoing support to all aspects of Elkdom and expanding membership. Our Citizen of the Year was Father Steve Brice for his efforts for the disadvantaged and fighting for bus service in the Weston area.
Don’t forget to volunteer to help with Smelt Fry! This is one of our biggest fundraisers. Todd and Laurie Wunsch deserve your support. Finally, Jane and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and friendship this last year. What beautiful memories we will have!
Sincerely and Fraternally,