This has been an exciting and busy couple of months. In June I was privileged to represent our Lodge at 2 scouting events. On June 11th I was invited to attend the Cub Scout Pack “Arrow of Light” Ceremony. This award, achieved by 2 of our Cub Scouts, is the highest award a Cub Scout can earn. The evening concluded with a “Bridging over Ceremony” where two Cub Scouts transitioned to Boy Scouts. Then on June 16th I attended an Eagle Scout Court of Honor where Duane Okamura from our Troop 616 received his Eagle Scout award, the highest award in Scouting. If you know of someone interested in joining the Cub or Boy Scouts please let me know.
July opened up with the spectacular Fire- works show on the 4th of July. It reminds us how lucky and proud we are to be an American and to live in this great country of ours. Two special events were held in July to raise funds for our charities.
By the time this is published I will have attend- ed the Grand Lodge Convention in Reno. I will share some of the highlights in my next article and any changes to the statutes that come out of the convention. I will hopefully bring back some good information for our Lodge.
Get ready for our major fundraiser for the year. On August 26th is “Member Appreciation Day”. Under the direction of Major Project Chairperson Bobbe Fernandez, this will be a fun filled afternoon including a drawing for cash prizes as well as activities planned for the whole family.
The highlight of the day will be Aya, our theme child and the first theme child ever to be selected from Hawaii. Please come by and say hello to Aya and her family. All profits go to support our Major Project. Don’t miss this great event. I remind you and urge you once again to become a recurring donor to Major Project and ENF.
For as little as $5 (or more) per month you can sign up and make a difference in helping our keiki. Sign up today and help our children walk, talk, see and play and fund our many other charitable programs. It’s easy…just go to the websites below and pledge your month- ly donation:
Major Project (CHEMPI): https://chea-elks. org/donations/index2b.htm
Our Board and House Committee is gearing up for the Lodge renovations to begin in late September. Your patience as we improve our Lodge is appreciated.
I would like to thank Robin and Rose Wilson for their donation of two framed vintage post- cards of the Castle house and the interior. I have given this to Lodge Historian Anita Man-ning to display.
Lastly, stay involved and keep informed. Check out our new informational TV to keep up on current Lodge events, meeting notices and club activities. Please read the Aloha Elk and check out the Elks 616 website for addi- tional information.
Until next month:
“ELKS WORKING TOGETHER, MAKING A DIFFERENCE”