From the Station of Justice
Greetings from the Station of Justice.
I hope all fellow elks are fairing well and staying cool. It sure seems like summer has finally found us for the year. Have a wonderful July 4th celebrating safely with family and friends.
With the summer months being slower months, we still have activities happening at the lodge. Please join us for the Fallen Soldiers dinner on July 11th and support the group transporting the flame state to state. This is a great opportunity for us to give back to a great cause.
Don’t forget on August 14th the Deke Marmon Clay Shoot, so grab a bunch of buddies and put a team together. It is a great time and an event benefiting several lodge initiatives. We welcome all your support and the time you are able to volunteer.
Lastly, be just to one another and always smile.
Esteemed Loyal Knight
From the Station of Brotherly Love
I want to start this article with a huge “Thank You” to all of the volunteers that helped during the ISEA Summer Convention. With all of your help, the Summer Convention was a huge success and a wonderful event enjoyed by fellow lodge members from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Personally, there is nothing more enjoyable than to see fellow Elks having a good time. We also got to see our own Chuck Roberts being installed as ISEA President, and Keith Mills one step closer to being installed as the Elks Grand Exalted Ruler.
I want to thank Navy Petty Officer First Class Eden Avilino from Navy Recruiting Station Caldwell, ID for assisting with our Flag Day Ceremony. She contacted her cadre of Navy Recruit Delayed Entry Program members and found Angel Uvay who came to the lodge and paraded our American flag for the ceremony. “Thank You”, Petty Officer Avilino, and Angel Uvay for your dedicated support of the community and our Nation.
I wish everyone a wonderful Fourth of July holiday. As you celebrate with your loved ones and friends please remember our motto “The faults of our brothers and sisters we write upon the sand, their virtues upon the tablets of love and memory”.
With Brotherly Love,
Esteemed Lecturing Knight
From the Station of Charity
Lessons of Life from a 16 year old.
I thought perhaps I would take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of family and some simple life lessons. As some of you know, on June 20, 2013, I lost my granddaughter, Taylor Emma Folwell. She had just turned 16 years old the month before and was very excited that her mother had just come home from the hospital with another baby brother.
She was talking to her mother, kissed her new baby brother and walked into the next room to watch a movie on TV. Ten minutes later, she was no longer with us. Taylor passed away of Cardiomyopathy. She had no signs, no symptoms, she was just gone. A month or two later, her mother came across this list Taylor had written and I want to share it with you:
All I ever needed to know I learned from being a big sister
By Taylor Folwell
Sometimes losing can feel better than winning.
There are times to be silly and times to be serious.
Always be a role model.
Being right isn’t always the most important thing.
Always watch out for family.
Never take things too seriously; sometimes you just need to laugh.
Always stand up for loved ones.
Never do something you wouldn’t want people to find out about.
Don’t be afraid to answer questions.
Family is forever, appreciate that.
Children learn what they live and as Elks, we should mentor our youth, whether they are our children, our grandchildren or the youth in our community. We have the programs in place and the ability to reach out and teach our youth the importance of not only family; but also the importance of community.
We have the ability to touch someone’s life and make it better, easier; even if it is for a short period of time, the lessons are learned. Get involved, reach out and participate. It doesn’t take much to touch a heart. I miss Taylor every single day; she was always smiling, ALWAYS laughing. The world was her own personal stage and she was quite the character. I hope everyone will take Taylor’s wisdom to heart and use it in their daily lives. We wouldn’t be Elks, if we didn’t care. Be kind.
Traci Roberts Marmon