With summer over and as we enter the Fall season it is a time of change. What might not appear to be as spectacular here in Hawaii, on the mainland this is the time of the year the weather becomes cooler, the nights become shorter, and leaves change colors and fall from the trees. So change is also true here at the Elks. By the time you receive this bul- letin changes due to the long awaited renova- tion will have begun. This will continue on into Spring, an appropriate season of rebirth and renewal.
I would like to share with you a variation on the story of “A man, his son and the donkey”: One day a boy and an old man were walking through a village with their donkey. The boy rode and the old man walked. As they went along they passed some people who remarked it was a shame the old man was walking and the boy was riding. The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions. A short time later, they passed some people that remarked, “What a shame, he makes that little boy walk while he rides. They then decided they both would walk!
Soon they passed some more people who thought they were stupid to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride. So, they both rode the donkey. Now they passed some peo- ple that shamed them by saying “How awful to put such a load on a poor donkey”. The boy and man said they were probably right, so they decided to carry the donkey. As they crossed a bridge, they lost their grip on the donkey and he fell into the river and drowned.
The moral of the story…
If you try to please everyone, you might as well kiss your ass good-bye.
We know we will not be able to please every- one during this renovation period, but ask for your patience and understanding as we make your Lodge better. By the time we weather the winter rains and the warmth and sun of spring- time arrive, I think it will all be worth it!
I want to thank Bobbe Fernandez and her team of volunteers for a very successful “Member Appreciation Day”. It was a fun filled day with many activities, an appearance by our theme child Aya and her family and her therapist Jocelyn. In the process, with your generous donations, we raised money for our Major Project.
In these next six months I challenge you to continue to support our charities. Donations to the Major Project and Elks National Foun- dation are encouraged, requested, welcomed and appreciated. Whether it’s an outright do- nation of time, a monetary gift, or just turning in a plump purple pig, every little bit helps. As I promised in each Aloha Elk article, you can become a recurring donor to the Major Project or ENF. Just donate $5 or more per month by going to the websites below:
Major Project (CHEMPI): https://chea-elks. org/donations/index2b.htm
“Elks working together, Making a difference” Bud Lush, Exalted Rulerby