Elks Lodges bring so much more to their communities than just a building. They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up.Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet needs, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
At the Elks Lodge veterans come first and formost, with a dedication to the United States Constitution and the laws that are set forth in our great country, a love for the flag and what it represents.
Greetings fellow members, I hope everyone has had a great summer and enjoyed time spent at the lodge. With cooler temperatures coming, the patio will be even more inviting to come up and enjoy some of Chef Doug's good meals and listen to the entertainment. We may even get to light up the fireplace. Thanks to all who patronized the lounge during August and look forward to seeing you in the months ahead. Last month our lodge had the privilege of awarding $1000 checks to two very deserving recipients. The first went to the Hidden Treasure Academy. This is a private post-secondary educational program for high functioning adults with intellectual disabilities. The Academy offers social and recreational activities for these young adults so they may experience a more fulfilling life with opportunities learned within the program. The second recipient was the Army National Guard's Family Readiness group. This local organization provides help to the families of deployed soldiers from the area. Both of these organizations are an important part of our community and we are pleased to be able to help. These funds are derived from the GER's per-member goal for giving to the ENF in 2014-2015. The Gratitude Grants help us to keep our community strong and let the public know that the Elks are an important part of it. Thanks to all who donate to the ENF so we are able to do these things. If you haven't donated, see the secretary or just drop your change in the boxat the bar. On the 30th of August the lodge hosted a District Deputy clinic in the lounge. This informative event included representatives from all the lodges in the East District and was presented by our new DD, Mr. Jack Carney. Thanks to all who attended and if you missed it, make plans for the next one. September looks to be full of activities with Labor Day on the seventh, kicking off patriotism week through the 13th. The Hamblen County Substance Abuse Coalition will hold their annual Chili Cook Off on the 26th where Chef Doug will be defending his titles, be sure to attend and support him. Let’s bring home the trophies again this year. We will also have the drug awareness trailer set up and will be handing out literature to the crowd. If you would like to volunteer some of your time for the day, see me or any of the officers. Check your calendars for entertainment news from Doug Smith and have a great month. I want to welcome our new members, Steven Pittman, Billie Schoenfeld, Paul Von Herbulis, Bryant Hawk, Jamie Mitchell, Melinda Collins, Lance Epps, Adam Tackett, Chad Wardrep, Paula Greene and Christopher Young along with reinstated Cindy Brown and transfers Jimmy and Debra Mc Gahee. We look forward to seeing each of you and your families in the lounge. Bring a friend and introduce them to our great Elk's family. Don't forget the donation areas in the foyer. We are collecting for the veterans as always and also Kingswood School. Check the list and try to help with items the children need or you can make monetary donations in the lounge; just see one of the bartenders. Finally, as always, meetings are on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7:30, please try to attend and see all the fun we have and get involved in your lodge.