Our new Elk year has the National Veterans Committee doing grunt work:
- The writing and submitting of two (2) Elk grants by a 31 March deadline. Mahalo to our Trustee and PER Augie Rey for the huge assist in writing these. As for everyone else, mahalo for your edits: seven (7) drafts before submission. I will do better for the July dead- line.
- Submitting a Never fun to talk about money, but upon the acceptance of the above grants, not all the funds requested will be utilized. Cross your fingers for accep- tance, folks, as other programs can then be funded.
- Loyalty Day, on 1 May began during the days of President Eisenhower as a counter to the Soviet Union’s May Day Parade. Our Loyalty Day project is on track: classroom flags will have arrived no later than mid-April and ‘pledge of allegiance’ cards shortly there- Teachers and Principals are excited and have already ‘blue taped’ the location for their new classroom flags. Our crew awaits the word to begin installation. Due to the lead time for printing, I am unable to tell you when this took place in April.
- Speaking of loyalty, many Veterans joined
with me at a service at Punchbowl for a World War II veteran. U.S.M.C. Pvt. Tillman’s re- mains were recently identified by DPAA. A call went out for volunteers to assist. Pvt. Till- man, age 21, was KIA at Betio, of the Tarawa Atoll in November, 1943. We welcomed him home with the proper honors on 9 April, 2018.
- Memorial Day is fast approaching (28 May) and you are welcome and encouraged to join us at the Waikiki Natatorium for
As always, if you want to meet and talk story, I’m at the Lodge, among other times, on Saurday, 5 May and 2 June from 0830 – 1100 or try me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Look for the group in their red or blue shirts.
For those whom have volunteered for upcoming events, mahalo. I will be in touch soon.by