Hello again all, I’m back for another go round. I’m hoping this time as your ER will be even more successful than the last. It is with mixed emotions that I take the helm this time because I was so hoping that in our membership we could find some new faces with youthful exuberance to lead us into a promising future. We do have some fine young people that have stepped up and answered the call, unfortunately they do not possess the experience to lead the Lodge just yet, so a few of us old timers need to mentor them for a few years until they are ready to lead. Sorry to say that one of the best is leaving to continue his education. I may be a little prejudice about him being the best but I think I’m entitled.
I think the Lodge owes a huge thank you to Traci for stepping up this past year. I’m sure most of you have no idea how much time and energy it takes to be ER, but Traci went above and beyond. I’m sure we all have our thoughts about the trials and tribulations of this past year, and yes I was involved in most, if not all of them, but whatever you think or however you feel about them, Traci handled them by the letter of the rules of the Order as best we could interpret them.
Speaking of last year, I think we all need to move on and let go of the past obstructions that are holding this Lodge divided and again together work for the common good of the Order.
I am still looking to fill a couple of vacancies in the officer corps and I will encourage anyone harboring thoughts of becoming an officer to contact me with questions. The Inner Guard position is open and is historically where one would start the journey. I also have the Organist position to fill which would give someone a great place to start or just a reason to come to Lodge every week.
So, here we go again. Looking forward to this year and all the great things we as Elks do to better our community, state and nation. I hope you all find your part in this, as it has been said and is so ultimately true, it’s not the destination that is most satisfying, but the journey getting there.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL
From the Station of Brotherly Love
Thank you for your vote of confidence in electing me as Lecturing Knight for the year 2016-17. I look forward to a rewarding year serving the Caldwell Elks Lodge, its members and the community. There are many avenues within our organization to give of our talents in supporting our veterans, our youth and elderly as well as supporting our community in general. I personally look forward to a year of giving in every way possible to support and help organize our many activities within the lodge.
Sue Megran, Lecturing Knight
From the Station of Justice
With the new year comes new responsibilities. I am quickly learning that being an officer in the Lodge takes quite a bit of effort. I have spoken to several PERs and they have all assured me that; while it is a LOT of work, you get more out of it than what you put into it. I will strive this year to live up to my obligations as an officer and will make every effort to follow in the footsteps of the successful officers before me. Please bear with me as I learn and grow as an officer. I am looking forward to the changes of the season and am excited to plan some fun activities for our members. Horseshoe Tournaments, BBQs, Movies outside, the season is ripe for Elkdom to prosper. If you have any ideas or would like to help plan any outdoor activities, please let us know, we are always open to new ideas. Since I am now representing the Station of Justice, I will leave you with this thought: “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.~
Ben Schneider, Loyal Knight
From the Station of Charity
Sue and I moved from San Diego to Boise 22-years ago. I joined the Boise lodge and served as Treasurer, Trustee, Leading Knight and ER for two terms. Soon after Sue became a member of the Elks. I am looking forward to serving as your Leading Knight this year and with your help we can do anything we put our minds to. One of our Presidents’ made a comment/phrase in which I will transform and relate to our Caldwell Lodge. Ask not what your lodge can do for you, but what you can do for our lodge. If members would bring their families to the lodge just once a month for dinner and allow their family members to experience the Elks organization, soon they would want to become a member and get involved. I look forward to meeting each of you throughout this year.
Tony Megran, Leading Knight
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