‘SERVICE OVER SELF ‘is exhausting! We’ve sped from Halloween, into the Navy’s and Marine Corps birthdays’, through Veterans Day, and eaten our way through Thanksgiving. All of these great events where we shared outstanding food; fantastic comradely and the sharing of memories and toasts with many comrades for our absent companions.
We’ve improvised, adapted and overcame obstacles as this long awaited renovation began. Veterans Day was scaled back this year; quite a bit, but the flag for the luncheon was awe- some! This event will change back in 2018, as renovations will be pau, and a more slam bang “Over There” celebration will be held for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Have an idea; let me hear from you ASAP. The Blue Angels for a flyover is a no go, but I like the thinking.
Pearl Harbor Day, Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa and other holidays are upon us. As Elks we will be at Tripler Medical Center with and a holiday bar-be-que taking place. We will be at Pearl Harbor for the 76th remembrance on the 7th. We will be at the midnight Memorial Service, held at the Vietnam Memorial, by the state capitol, the evening of 24 December, as we remember Christmas in Vietnam. Please attend this wonderful ceremony of Veterans. As Veterans, and Elks, we accept these events/ceremonies as part of our ‘Service over Self‘ theme. As this is the end of the calendar year, mahalo for this work.
In the remaining months of this Elk year, we will do more with other organizations. We have collaborated with Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Friends of the Natatorium, Catholic Charities, other Elk Lodges, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and others. In pooling our resources, we stretched our funds and did even more to assist our Veterans.
As Elks, we have four (4) months left in this Lush year. Imagine what ‘Service over Self’ is yet to come? Your ideas are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by in the Lodge. I’m there at least twice weekly and the first Saturday of each month for our VFW Post meeting. All Veterans breakfast at 0830 with the Post meeting at 1000. Aloha, Ron Lockwoodby