Daniel J. Petitt, Sr
Welcomes you to
Friday Night Dinners
Offering delicious dinner selections the third Friday night of every month from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM.
Committee Chair Linda Murphy will be trying to schedule dinner dates for upcoming months.
If you have any questions, would like to volunteer to help, or you have an idea for a Friday Night Dinner, please contact Linda at: 609.605.6694
All you can eat breakfasts are held the last Sunday of every month from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.(except July, August, and December)
The cost is $8.00 per adult, $4.00 for children ages 5-12, and children under 5 are free.
All proceeds benefit Special Needs Childrens Committees.
Exalted Ruler's Message
Well this is an interesting way to start my tenure as Exalted Ruler. I hope that everyone is practicing good health habits and using the new “social distancing” rule. I have been avoiding everybody as much as I am able, and I am enjoying the quiet and solitude. But, then again, I am retired and that has been my lifestyle for the past eight years.
I know that this pandemic has been hard on many, many people who have been furloughed from their jobs and I can understand their frustration with the entire subject and whether or not they have contracted the virus or who they may come in contact with. The news media has been in the forefront of spreading information and that is a task in and of itself for any one person to understand and process.
That brings us to the Lodge and what is happening. A small crew of Officers has been working on cleaning and repairing the building and we should all be thankful for their efforts during this crisis. They have done their work while practicing safe habits and are adamant about keeping up the projects that need to be completed.
Because of a mandate from Grand Lodge that follows the advice of many State Governors, all lodges in the United States are closed. That translates into lost revenue and that means that we, as members, must work twice as hard when this health crisis ends, and we are able to get back up to speed to raise money for our charities. Yup, now you can see how the ‘domino effect’ really works. The lodge is not open so we cannot hold events which raise money for Special Needs, Veterans, Scholarship, etc. Since we are not raising any money for these and many other charities, those people are not receiving the assistance that they need. Yes, it does run downhill or so the saying goes.
So, what is the solution? Once we are able to re-open the lodge and resume booking events, we will need volunteers, lots of volunteers. We will need members to give like they have never given before. We will need people to cook and serve breakfast. We will need volunteers to work at our monthly bingo game. We will need bodies to cook, serve and clean up at banquets and other events that are scheduled. We will need members to fold and prepare the monthly Elks Tale. We will need members to clean the lodge and make repairs to the best of their ability. Basically, what I am asking for is for every member to volunteer to do something.
I had planned on starting an ENF ‘cork’ fundraiser in April but by now you realize that has fallen by the wayside as another victim of the covid-19 virus. BUT I will start this program as soon as the lodge re-opens and I hope that every member and Auxiliary member would participate so that money can be raised for the Elks National Foundation.
Three other items on my list were to conduct a Long Opening and Long Closing of a Lodge Meeting in April, but that will be put off until the future and I also hope that some long-time members would come out to observe the officers in this time honored tradition. I had scheduled a general Meeting of the Lodge and that will also be rescheduled so that everyone can participate. And last, but not least, is the Tuesday with the ER where any member can talk privately with me about any concerns, comments and suggestions.
We have been dealt a blow to our mission to serve the community, but we can come back, and I know that we, together, can come back stronger than ever.
Daniel J. Petitt, Sr.