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Elk members, spouses, and friends

Greetings from your Exalted Ruler

I hope you are having a wonderful summer. With Summer half behind us I hope you are able to spend some time with your family, your friends, and at the Lodge.

I spent time this past July at the Grand Lodge Convention in San Antonio and got to see the new Grand Exalted Ruler Michael T Luhr. His motto this year is “Working Together to Make a Difference”.  Chances are real good he looked at our Lodge to get the idea for his slogan.  At the Convention the Veterans Service Video was shown highlighting Stew Israel and his crew with shots of our Lodge. If you haven't seen it go to our Lodge Web page and check it out It'll make you proud.

Our lodge "Works Together" to make things work as well as any Lodge in the nation. Our volunteers are among the best anyone could ask for.

The seafood dinners are always a big hit I hope you get a chance to enjoy them. Our Blues and Jazz nights are the best anyone can put on, Burger nights are hard to beat and our special event like the ENF Spaghetti Dinner and other special events are the best. Dr Pocket’s Bash turned out to be one our best events ever.

Our Lodge is also hosting the Southeast District Gold Key Golf Outing on August 25. There are opportunities to sponsor holes; sponsor carts and many other choices. It's going to be a great time so make sure your foursome gets signed up in time.

On a darker note the Lodge has experienced some hard times lately. The main air conditioner over the big hall, the walk in cooler and the ice machine have all required repair or replacement. These repairs have cost the Lodge approximately $20,000 and put a real strain on the Lodge. A letter has been sent out asking for your help and “Working Together” maybe we can raise extra funds to cover these repairs.

Your Officers and volunteers are working hard to keep your Lodge moving forward and with your help we can make this the best lodge in the land.

I look forward to seeing you down at the Lodge, and don't forget if you come to the Lodge for a regularly scheduled meeting, the first drink after the meeting is on me.

Enjoy your summer but don't forget the Lodge!

Fraternally:

Bruce A Stark

Exalted Ruler