As we enter the twilight of ER Lush’s year, I thank all the officers, trustees, staff and especially the volunteers for their support this past Elk year. Before ER Lush leaves office in April however, NVS – National Veterans Service will be accomplishing the following:
FEBRUARY saw us participate in attending a UH vs Air Force baseball game with over 100 wounded warriors and their families; VFW – Veterans of Foreign Wars (25+); and a few Elk (5+). We enjoyed a Sunday after- noon of companionship and sharing. Go Bows! This sharing and companionship was also en- joyed by Elk volunteers with Veterans at Tripler’s, Community Living Center in February.
MARCH has us, after Lodge approval, ordering 1000 small American flags (4” x 6”) for upcoming events and ceremonies; and 50 American classroom flags (2’ x 3’) with brackets. These class room flags will be in- stalled by Elks, and VFW Post 8616 at an el- ementary school, before Loyalty Day (1 May).
APRIL, a new Elk year begins and our service to Veterans continues under the new ER. Our NVS budget will have been submitted, accepted and approved.
MAY, the 1st is Loyalty Day. We should be standing tall to recognize our efforts to install 50 flags at an elementary school. Partnering with VFW Post 8616, every keiki will receive a copy of the Pledge of Allegiance. The 28th we will be assisting the World War I Commission and Friends of the Natatorium with a ceremony celebrating the 100th anniversary of World War I.
JUNE has us fulfilling an Elk obligation, Flag Day. I will NEED HELP. The ceremony date is to be determined, but somewhere between the 10th and 16th is the usual time frame. We will also be collecting school supplies for keiki who have parents that have deployed.
JULY 4th, has a crazy idea, thanks to an e-mail I received. The NVS will set up a table and offer free ice cream to any keiki, 12 and under, who can recite the Pledge of Allegiance from memory. Please, only one entry per child, while supplies last. HELP WILL BE NEEDED at this fun event.
AUGUST will be the distribution of school supplies and numerous conventions and training for your NVS chair.
SEPTEMBER offers Patriot Day(11th); POW/ MIA Day (15th) at Punchbow and Gold Star Family Day (30th). I’ll be at Punchbowl. All are welcome.
OCTOBER will see us distributing vouchers at Veterans Court to assist in their efforts to get back to work. We will be making arrangements for Toys for Tots and are tentatively hoping to hold a symposium for Veterans and families Mental Health. This last will depend upon an ENF grant that the Trustees and ER will have to assist me with. Mahalo in advance for the assist.
NOVEMBER is Veteran’s Day (11th) and we will be at the Waikiki Natatorium, UH Manoa with Student Veterans of America (SVA) and at Kapiolani Community College with their SVA. A 100th anniversary celebration will be held at the Lodge after the Natatorium ceremony. I NEED LOTS OF HELP please. Toys for Tots will begin at this time, so have your unwrapped toys and gift cards ready to go.
DECEMBER has Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (7th)Not enough? Remember, our Lodge visits Tripler’s Community Living Center on the last Wednesday of each month for card bingo. We provide prizes, volunteers and positive attitudes. More volunteers are welcome.
Finally, identify yourself please if you served. Our Americanism committee wants a photo of every Elk so we can display them. A photo in uni- form, back in the day, and a current photo would be fantastic. Please send photos to me lock- email@example.com and I’ll pass them along.
Mahalo, Ron Lockwoodby