Exalted Ruler's Message

posted Apr 6, 2015, 10:14 PM by Web Master   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 7:40 PM ]

As I write this article, the figures for our Annual Auction are not finished. However, I would like to thank Mike Rogers and Lenny LaTour; the Chairmen of this event.
    I would also like to thank all of the members who participated in anyway, from donations to purchases, to set up, clean up, kitchen duty and everything in between. Your hard work and dedication is noticed and appreciated.
November is a wonderful time of year. We have the opportunity to come together to honor and pay tribute to our veterans and their families for all of the sacrifices they have made for our country.
    Our Lodge will once again, in conjunction with the Veterans Council and the City of Caldwell, hold our annual Veterans Memorial Service. It will take place on Saturday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m. So please join us at the new Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall and show your support for our veterans.
    The Lodge will be serving lunch (hot dogs, chips, water, soda) free of charge after the ceremony. November is also the time when we pause and give thanks for all of the wonderful things that life has to offer; especially our family and friends. As we are now in full swing of the busy season at the lodge, remember to pause and give thanks for our many blessings.
    We all have to be thinking about membership. I was telling someone the other day that I don’t know why everyone is not an Elk. Look at all that we represent. Our flag, our Country, our veterans, our youth, our state project as well as our community.
    As you recruit new members, be loud and proud. We are Americans working together to make our local communities a better place, that’s what we do, that’s what we need to share.
    Don’t forget we have Western Night coming up on November 18th so put on your cowboy hats and come down and enjoy a great steak dinner and support this great Lodge. Happy Thanksgiving to all; go Dallas!!!!


Fraternally yours
Tom Marmon, Exalted Ruler

Knight's Corner

posted Mar 31, 2014, 9:15 PM by Web Master   [ updated Nov 1, 2017, 7:44 PM ]

From the Station of Justice
    I had an idea for my article this month, but I’ve decided to switch gears. I was going to concentrate my article on the importance of bringing in new members and while that is important, I want to concentrate this article on our existing members.
    While is it pretty much a given in any lodge that 20% of the membership does 80% of the work, our lodge goes beyond that statistic. While it’s true that we have a handful of members that we count on every month, we sometimes forget about those who don’t or can’t participate very often but still manage to make a difference. We just finished our biggest fund raiser of the year and while we didn’t have participation from some of our tried and true bidders, others stepped up and helped make the event a success.
    I was co-chair of the Auction this year, but unfortunately, due to some health issues, I was unable to attend the actual Auction. This event requires the most work and is the most important as far as fund raising, so I felt bad about not attending. After talking to the other officers, I had nothing to worry about.
    Our membership, as a whole, stepped up and participated; and once again we had a successful event. My point is….EVERYONE is important to the success of this Lodge and while we appreciate those who come down and work week in and week out, let’s not forget those who participate. If you sell tickets a few times a year, or you buy tickets a few times a year, you contribute to the success of this Lodge.
    If you simply pay your dues and are unable to participate in the functions, you still contribute to the success of this lodge. Of course, we need that 20% doing 80% of the work, but we need 100% of our membership to be successful. So, thank you, thank each and every one of you for making a difference; not only in our lodge, but in our community. I am very proud to be a member of Caldwell Elks Lodge #1448.
    We do great things for a lot of people and you are all a part of that success. So whether you show up for golf, show up for the camping, show up for dinner, we appreciate you. Thank you all for what you do, our community and our lodge is a better place because you are a part of this great organization.

Fraternally yours,
Lenny LaTour,
Esteemed Loyal Knight

From the Station of Brotherly Love
    Fall is upon us and the leaves are turning colors; now is the time to dig out the warmer socks, heavier coats and rain boots. It is also time to winterize your cars.
    Long story short, it is time to get ready for winter. Perhaps once your home and car are ready, you can pick up the phone and see if your neighbors need a helping hand getting themselves ready for the cold winter. And since you have that phone in your hand, you might as well call one of the members of our wonderful Home Association and offer to help them get the Lodge ready for the winter.
    November also brings one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. We used to come home from school change our clothes and run back outside to play tag or football or just clown around. Mom would be busy in the kitchen preparing our Thanksgiving feast and the house was filled with wonderful smells.
    Close your eyes and go back in time to those wonderful memories. As Elks, we can do little things to ensure that children today can enjoy that very same experience. Donate to a food bank this month and let everyone know that Elks Care, Elks Share. And finally, take a moment to remember our Veterans.
    Take another two or three moments and thank a veteran. Enjoy your families and help other families; that’s what Elkdom is all about.

Fraternally yours,
Don Bell,
Lecturing Knight

From the Station of Charity
    Happy Thanksgiving to all! The months are flying by and the holidays are upon us. We should all stop and reflect on our good fortunes and be thankful for them. I am personally thankful to be a member of such a great organization as the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
    When we stop and think about the good work that we do; whether it is helping the foster kids, supporting our veterans, or helping the less fortunate, we should feel great pride at what we accomplish as an organization. I would encourage every member to give themselves a pat on the back for helping further our charitable works.
    As the holiday’s approach, we should all keep the less fortunate in mind and work to see that everyone has a wonderful holiday season. One of the best ways I can think of to accomplish this is through your continued support of the lodge and what we stand for. Without the support of the good folks that comprise our membership nothing is possible.
    Remember, Elks Care and Elks Share.

“Laws control the lesser man... Right conduct controls the greater one.”
Mark Twain

Mike Rogers
Esteemed Leading Knight

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