“Éirinn go brách!” Sure and begorrah ‘tis a great day for the Irish! For those of you who know me, this is a special month—the “wea- rin’ of the green” and St. Patrick’s Day. Well, ‘tis a great day for our Honolulu Elks as well. As I write my final article as your Exalted Ruler, I’d like to thank everyone for all the support you have given me this past year. As the song goes “all good things must end someday” and so it goes each year for the Exalted Ruler.
I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. Not so, however, for this great organization called the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. It continues to live on. In the beginning of my term I told you my theme was “Elks Working Together…Making a Difference”. I could not have asked for a better group of officers, committee persons and volunteers to accomplish
all that we did this year. We participated in all the Grand Lodge required programs, made contributions to our local community, the Major Project and ENF, honored our Veterans, expanded our scouting program, resurrected our Kupuna Committee and as promised, brought back the aloha spirit to Honolulu Lodge 616!
One of the biggest projects in nearly 60 years was the beginning of our Lodge renovations. This has not only been challenging for our officers and members, but for our dedicated employees as well. Our employees have endured reductions in hours and pay in order for us to keep the club open for our members. We owe a debt of gratitude and thanks to our managers and staff who have stuck with us during this difficult time. Please acknowledge them.
It would be impossible to thank everyone who played a part in “making a difference”, but I would like to single out a few people who went above and beyond this year. Secretary George West has been my guide and support throughout the year. PER Deb Knight and Lecturing Knight Bobbe Fernandez have worked tirelessly throughout the year on special events and fundraisers, organizing Member Appreciation Day raising about $18,000 for the Major Project, putting together a Christmas Lunch with Santa for the kids and so much more. Thanks to Gloria Yau and her volunteers who had a very successful Spaghetti Bingo which raised $2,000 for the Major Project and $2,000 for ENF.
The House Committee, under the leader- ship of John Carroll, with the assistance of our “club budget guru” Phyllis Horner, along with committee members Michelle Bray, Fred Martinez and Howard Tocman spent hours and hours making hard decisions to keep the club open during the renovations.
I want to acknowledge Trustee Judy Ruba- no who kept us on track with our Lodge Budget. There are many others, too many to men- tion here, that gave of their time to make this a successful Lodge year. To all my committee Chairpersons I want to thank you for taking your time to show that “Elks care, Elks share”. I could go on and on as there were so many who contributed so much. Major Project (CHEMPI): https://chea-elks. org/donations/index2b.htmENF: https://enf. elks.org/donate
If I didn’t specifically mention your name, I apologize, but I sincerely want to thank all of you who stepped up this year. Mahalo! Before the year ends, you can become a recur- ring donor to both the Major Project and the Elks National Foundation. Just go to the links below and pledge as little at $5.00 (or more) per month.
I want to congratulate our new officers for 2018-19 and wish you the same success I was fortunate to have. I invite you, the members, to come to our installation of officers on Sun- day March 18th at 11am. Bring your family and friends and support our new officers. The work is not done and they need your continued support to keep your Lodge number one. Hopefully I will see some of you down at the club on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday March 17th. The Lodge room will be set up for an Irish party with the traditional corned beef and cabbage. Don’t forget to wear your green.
Once again Don Conover will be there to entertain. I’ll be the funny guy, dressed in green, shirt covered in “blarney” but- tons and an Irish “Bud” mug in my hand. Might even sing a song or two. Until then—
~May the road rise up my friend to meet you May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face today
And the rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.~
“Elks Working Together…Making a Difference”
Aloha! Bud Lush, ERby