I always admired the Elks from the first time I attended an Elks Picnic for Foster Children. As a kid, every time I went to an Elks sponsored event I felt safe and in the presence of men exemplifying the qualities of charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity. The women, known then as the Emblem Club, lived the same virtues and were supportive of all the Elks Lodge endeavors.
Twenty-one years ago I had the honor of being initiated as one of the first women admitted to the Elks Lodge. To this day, I consider it one of my golden crowns of success. I remember going through all the work of qualifying to become a member of this august group of people that makes a positive sustainable difference in our Community and our Nation.
The best memory was getting dressed up to pledge my allegiance to Elks Lodge 616 during my Initiation Ritual. The men looked so debonair and the women so elegant. The ritual then was conducted with much pomp and circumstance. When the ritual was complete one felt as though they truly had become a member of a much honored and respected organization with a legacy of tradition and rituals, Elks Lodge 616.
I encourage us to continue promoting the honor it is to become an Elk and maintain a dignified dress code for initiation: a relaxed “business attire” that befits this sacred ritual.
There is something to be embraced that we as Elks are Blessed to be a Blessing. Let us be mindful as we respect our Elks Ritual, dressing and conducting ourselves with dignity.
Go forth and do things far greater than you ever thought possible, sharing your aloha with everyone you are blessed to have enter your circle of influence.
Until next month may God bless you and hold you in the palms of His hands. ELKS CARE ELKS SHARE!
Malama pono, a Hui hou Deloreseby