Aloha, our Lodge was represented at the annual California-Hawaii Elks Association’s convention in May by myself, Secretary West, and Leading Knight Hicks. Over 1000 members and guests attended the annual convention that featured con- current informational sessions and seminars on insurance, membership, business practices, auditing and ac- counting, to name a few. The annual convention provides an opportunity to network with other lodges and dis- cuss similar issues and challenges we all face – a wise investment as our lodge’s membership and overall operation is in the top five nationally. I am also proud to inform our membership that your efforts and donations to Major Projects this past year totaled $138,708.80. Our district total was $165,074.29 and association total was $3,569,482.04 – Congratulations and continue the momentum by donating at https://chea- elks.org/major-project/donations.
This July the Order celebrates 150 years of service and remains committed to our nation as well as our regional and local communities. This commitment is evident in our faithfulness to our cardinal virtues of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity. Beginning July 1st, I will have the honor of representing our lodge at the Grand Lodge Convention in San Antonio and will provide a full report upon my return.
You are now witnessing the reopening of our club, lounge and lobby areas. You will notice new staff and managers as the House Committee and Club Manager are actively recruiting to increase our staffing to pre-renovation levels with a focus on enhancing member and guest experiences with creative menu options, surveys and service. Furthermore, I can’t express enough my appreci- ation and Mahalo to the Members Renovations Advisory Group led by William Blaisdell. Mahalo also to staff, members, and vendors for their patience, dedication, and sweat over the past eight months of our renovations. There were many times that we had to adjust daily, sometimes even hourly, as construction related activity changed and evolved. Going forward, unforeseen issues may create minimal interruptions as we move towards 100% operational.
Unfortunately, with a new facility comes acts of vandalism which was witnessed in our newly finished men’s bathroom (graffiti) and swim step signs (defaced). We ask that members and guests respect our Lodge as you would your own home. Members remain responsible for the actions of their guests and family members. Alleged infractions will be referred to the House Committee/ Board for investigation and appropriate punishment to include expulsion from the Order will be served. Please report any violations to the front desk staff or manager on duty and complete an incident report.
With summer upon us, we will see increased usage of our facilities. We encourage our members, family and friends to patronize our Club and we have taken steps to improve your experience. On weekends, you will see additional front desk staff and parking attendants. Towing services will resume July 1st, so please check that your parking decal is properly placed on your windshield. Also, it remains the member’s responsibility to ensure your guests purchase the necessary parking pass from the front desk when you sign in your guests. Failure to comply with these instructions will result in towing of the vehicle at the owner’s expense. Don’t chance it – buy it!
On behalf of the By-Laws Committee, members will be given an opportunity to submit written recommendations on specific items in our by- laws they would like to see revised, deleted, or added. The deadline for submission is July 15th and can be emailed to Chairman Robert Kekuna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
E Hana Kakou – Let’s Work Together! Mahalo,
Byron A. Apo, Exalted Rulerby