David MurphyExalted Ruler
Welcomes you to
1/2 - Bingo
1/13 - Blood Drive
1/26 - Sunday Breakfast
1/27 - Blood Drive
2/2 - Super Bowl Party
2/6 - Bingo
2/8 - Harvey Stout Shuffleboard Tournament begins
2/10 - Blood Drive
2/11 - Auxiliary Meeting
2/12 - Lodge General Meeting
2/14 - Friday Night Valentine's Day Dinner
2/17 - Blood Drive
2/26 - Lodge General Meeting
3/5 - Bingo
3/9 - Blood Drive
3/10 - Auxiliary Meeting
3/11 - BoD & Lodge General Meeting
3/13 - Friday Night St. Patrick's Day Dinner
3/23 - Blood Drive
3/25 - Lodge General Meeting
3/26 - Comedy Night w/
3/28 - Officer Installation
3/29 - Breakfast w/
the Easter Bunny
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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.
The next Breakfast will be Sunday, January 26th, 2020
Happy New Year all. I hope you, your family and friends had a happy and safe Holiday Season. With the new year, our thoughts turn to the upcoming new Elk year that begins in April. One concern that continues is the financial health of the Lodge, which is not as good as we would all like. Earlier in my term as Exalted Ruler I had addressed this concern and asked for member input for ideas to improve the situation. Asking Members to go as far as thinking “out of the box” for new ideas to raise funds for the Lodge. I received one response.
Longtime Member and Past Elk of the year, Rowe came through with an idea to host a Casino Night. Bob went as far as researching what was needed for the event and building props for the night. Unfortunately, further research into the permits needed for the event and the equipment that was required to be rented from licensed vendors for the evening, proved too costly. This is just one example of the regulations that make raising funds for the Lodge difficult. The idea of “well, you know we used to....” ways to raise funds no longer apply in today’s era of increased enforcement of those regulations. We are not alone in these struggles, as most volunteer organizations are facing the same issues.
All is not lost. We have a few events coming up that should help with the Lodge finances, but we will need all of your help. These events include a comedy night with Uncle Floyd in March, a new, you heard it here first, Tricky Tray in October, and a possible Murder Mystery in between.
With each of these events, help will be needed, not only the day of the event, but in the time leading up to the event to make it a success.
So, what can you do? Get involved. Contact the person running the event and ask what you can do. My guess is that you will be asked to help publicize the event and sell tickets. For the Tricky Tray, maybe find a sponsor or donate an item to be auctioned off. Selling tickets should be easy. Find a few of your friends and agree to go out for a fun night, then come to the event, have fun and support Your Lodge. The contact person for Uncle Floyd is Leading Knight Daniel Petitt Sr. Information on the other upcoming events will be published in future Elks Tails.
An additional thought that was brought to my attention, was to hold a Member Night Out type of event. This event would most likely be held in the Grill Room for members to come out, in a casual setting, to discuss ideas to not only to raise funds, but also increases membership. Please let me know of your interest in such an event, and the format you would like to see used.
In Grand Lodge News, during the 2019 Elks National convention, outgoing GER Mike Lahr issued a challenge to the Elks members to raise funds for the Pearl Harbor Memorial in Hawaii. The Elks are partnering with the Pacific Historical Parks, a World War II organization that oversees the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. The goal of this challenge is to raise a per capita donation of $1.00 per member. Canisters have been placed in the Grill Room to help in collecting funds for this worthy cause.
I hope you all stay safe and warm this winter season and look forward to the upcoming Elk Year as much as I do.
David Murphy, Exalted Ruler