As the Holiday season approaches, we often get so caught up in the Christmas rush that Thanksgiving seems to almost get overlooked. With Christmas ads and all the hype that goes along with it, it is easy to forget that Thanksgiving time used to kick off the season. I would like to pause and reflect for a moment, not only what Thanksgiving means for us person- ally and for our families, but to focus on what it means here at the Elks.
There are many people that serve our Lodge and club who rarely get thanked for what they do. I would especially like to thank our manag- ers and employees who work so hard to keep our Lodge #1 especially through this challenging renovation period! Last but not least are the officers, House Committee and other committee persons, all who are volunteers, who work so hard to keep the Lodge running smoothly. Thank you all for everything that you do.
Having just returned from the CHEA midterm convention in Sacramento, California and taking a few days to visit family, I am always fascinated with this thing we call GPS and the ease of navigation. Although I miss the days of getting out the maps and plotting my trip, the GPS has made travel so much easier. With the ongoing renovations, how I wish they had a GPS for construction. In just the first few weeks of demolition we have encountered asbestos, rusting infrastructure and what appears to be human bones under the snack bar area, each requiring change orders and work stoppages. We don’t have a GPS to guide us, but thanks to the efforts of Board Member John Nadler we are dealing with each challenge. Bottom line is the project continues and the club is open for business.
I encourage you to come down and support the club and take advantage of the special events going on, including wine events, foot- ball games, music and dancing. We will be having a Christmas Lunch/Dinner on Christ- mas Day as well as our annual New Year’s Eve Party. Come and witness what is happening at your Lodge. Check the Aloha Elk, website, TV announcement board and the front desk for details and holiday hours.
While at the convention one seminar I attend- ed was insurance and safety which pointed out two concerns we all share with other Lodges. The first being the over serving of alcohol. For the second time in 3 years a Lodge was sued when a member left the Elks intoxicated and hit and killed someone. The settlement was between 6-10 million dollars in damages! More important was the loss of a life leaving a widow and children behind. Our Grand Lodge Sponsors will be sending a directive to all Lodges with some mandatory guidelines in the next few weeks regarding the service of alcohol. Any Lodge that does not conform will have their bar shut down.
The second area of concern is “slips and falls” due to negligence. I ask you all to be attentive to your surroundings and keep safety in the forefront. If you see a safety issue please report it to the Lodge. The other main order of business was to report ENF donations. As a district we turned in approximately $26,000. Although this was good, we are below where we should be. Again I urge you to become a recurring donor to both Major Project and ENF by contributing $5 or more per month. It’s simple. Go to the websites below and make your pledge today.
Major Project (CHEMPI): https://chea-elks. org/donations/index2b.htm
Merry Christmas, Bud A Lush – Exalted Rulerby