Happy New Year! As the saying goes “out with the old and in with the new”. It’s hard to believe 2017 has come and gone. Looking back on this past year we can be very proud of our accomplishments. One of the most obvious is the beginning of Phase I of the Lodge renovations. The good news is the members will have a chance to vote on completing Phase II, something we thought could not happen for a couple of more years. The Board has negotiated a creative deal with our contractor to complete Phase II by the end of April 2018 providing we get Lodge and Grand Lodge approval for the additional funding. The vote is scheduled to take place Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
So what are some of the other accomplishments? Let me share some of them with you.
Membership: Our membership continues to grow at about 20-25 per month which will leave us with a positive growth at the end of the Lodge year.
Major Project: In May our Lodge donated $130,000 to the Major Project and raised another $16,000 in August at Member Appreciation Day. We were honored to have Aya, the first theme child from Hawaii, and her family attend the event.
Kupuna Committee: Our Kupuna committee had a very successful Spaghetti Bingo and raised $6000. They then donated $2000 each to both the Major Project and to ENF. They also sponsored an Estate Planning Lecture and a tour of Kahumanu Farms.
Veterans Committee: Organized the Memorial Day parade and planned the Flag Day and Veterans Day event. Ongoing is “card bingo” the last Wednesday of every month at the Tripler Long term care facility. Eight boxes of school supplies were delivered to an elementary school of which 40% of the students are dependents of military families.
Grants: Our Lodge applied for and was awarded 2 ENF grants. The Beacon Grant which was used for a Beach Cleanup project and the Anniversary Grant that partnered with CORE to assist wounded warriors in their recovery with PTSD.
Scouting: This year we have doubled the number of scouts in both our pack and troop. The scouts have assisted with Member Appreciation Day, Flag Day and marched with us in the Christmas Holiday Parade as well as assisting with other Lodge activities.
Kumulokahi: They continue to work with our youth in our paddling program and participated in Member Appreciation Day giving canoe rides to our members and guests that day. They sponsored their annual Lodge Halloween Party fund raiser, where a good and spooky time was had by all.
Christmas Holiday Parade to honor our Veterans: The Lodge rented a trolley and entered the Holiday Parade which was attended by about 60 members and friends including our Cub and Boy Scouts. Our decorated trolley with lights, banners and flags was the hit of the parade.
November and December were busy months. In November we held our Veteran’s Day program and lunch and had a successful catered Thanksgiving luncheon, as our kitchen was closed. On the first Sunday of December, under the direction of our Lodge Chaplain Delorese Gregoire and assisted by the one and only PER Teru Yasuda and assistant to our Lodge Secretary, a very touching ceremony was held to honor all those members we lost this past year. We had a Christmas Day lunch and rang in the New Year with our annual New Year’s Eve party.
Grand Exalted Ruler’s Visitation: Stop by the Lodge Thursday evening, January 4, 2018 and greet our Grand Exalted ruler Malcom McPherson and First Lady Pat who will be making their official visitation to our Lodge.
So as you can see Honolulu Lodge 616 is alive and well.
I want to thank all of those that have helped to make this year a success and for all of our members that have supported our events and supported the club during the renovation.
I wish all of you a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
“Elks working together, Making a difference”—Yes you can do this by becoming a recurring donor to the Elks Major Project and ENF. Just contribute $5 (or more) per month and help our Keiki, our Veterans and our community. Go to the websites below and sign up today!
Major Project (CHEMPI): https://chea-elks.org/donations/index2b.htm
Bud Lush, ERby