Sickness & Distress
As reported 10/1/2017
Death of a Member
Illness of a Member
Illness in a Member's Family
Death in a Member's Family
In vain we call. He/She has passed into the light which is beyond the valley of the shadow of death; the places that have known him/her shall know him/her no more; and we realize that in the midst of life we are in death; that He who watches over all our destinies will again, on the last great day, unite the chain of Fraternal Love so recently broken.
Please accept the souls of our departed brothers and sisters.
Love them as we have loved them. Hold them close by your side, until the day we can meet again.
Please pray for our members and their families in their time of grief.
Eleven O'Clock Toast
You have heard the tolling of eleven strokes.
This is to impress upon you that with Elks the hour of eleven has a tender significance.
Wherever Elks may roam, whatever their lot in life may be, when this hour falls upon the dial of night, the great heart of Elkdom swells and throbs.
It is the golden hour of recollection, the homecoming of those who wander, the mystic roll call of those who will come no more.
Living or dead, an Elk is never forgotten, never forsaken.
Morning and noon may pass them by, the light of day sink heedlessly in the West, but ere the shadows of midnight shall fall, the chimes of memory will be pealing forth the friendly message,
"TO OUR ABSENT MEMBERS"
The Original "Jolly Corks" Toast
Now is the hour when Elkdom's tower is darkened by the shroud of night, and father time on his silver chime tolls off each moment's flight. In Cloistered halls each Elk recalls his brothers where'er they be, and traces their faces to well-known places in annals of memory. Whether they stand on foreign land or lie on an earthen bed, Whether they be on the boundless sea with the breakers of death ahead. Whate'er their plight on this eerie night Whate'er their fate may be Where ever they are be it near or far They are thinking of you and me So drink from the fountain of fellowship To the Brother who clasped your hand And wrote your worth in the rock of the earth and your faults upon the sand
"TO OUR ABSENT MEMBERS"
Remember to call the Lodge with any information on any deaths or illnesses to your family so we may post them at the Lodge, in the paper and at the website.
Lodge of Sorrows
When there is a death of one of our Members, the Lodge should be notified with dates and Funeral arrangements so we can post it at the Lodge for all our members to see. At the same time you may ask that we perform a Lodge of Sorrows Ceremony for our departed Member, This is done by our Lodge Officers, usually at the Funeral Home. This is our way of saying farewell to our fallen member until the hour of eleven, when they are remembered during the Eleven O’clock Toast. All Elk members are invited to join the Officers in this Special Ceremony and all visitors are encouraged to stay to watch this touching tribute to one of our members who has moved on to a better place. If you have any questions, call the Lodge @ 734.453.1780.