Hope all of you are dealing well with the extreme heat and humidity. I remember in a previous message I asked where summer was, but this is ridiculous.
Well, this month of June was quite busy with a lot of community service activities. It began right away on Friday, June 1st. While a contingent of Kinderhook #2530 elks were at the NYSEA Convention in Rochester, another group was cooking hundreds of hotdogs for the students of I.C.C. celebrating their achievements in the D.A.R.E. program. Thanks to Leo Buell (PDDGER) and his army of helpers.
On Saturday, June 9th was the Kinderhook OK5K race. During this event, as part of our sponsorship, we had a table with information posters, handouts, and membership forms. Also, we held an “Alex’s Lemonade Stand”, an Elks’ adopted program to fight childhood cancer. Thanks to Chris Akers (PSVP), Jerry Shook (PSP) and volunteer Erin Piddock for joining with me in the booth.
On June 10th, we held our Flag Day Ceremony. The ceremony included the Kinderhook Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, who paraded the various versions of our Flag, reading of the winning Americanism essays by their authors, and guest speaker Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) Gary Flaherty. Thanks goes out to Esquire John Deane for organizing this event and to Jean Engel for the refreshments.
The following weekend was even busier; so great to see this amount of activity. First was the Annual Tag/Yard sale. It was held Friday, June 15th thru Sunday, June 17th. During this event, Alex’s Lemonade stand was held again. The rescheduled Youth Soccer Shoot was held on Saturday, June 16th. Thanks to ‘Pip’ Williams and Tiler Larry Knott for their help.
That same day, we held a chicken BBQ from 3 to 6:30 pm. Finally, the Venture Scouts held a car wash on Sunday, June 17th to raise money for their upcoming trip to Alaska. Thanks to Leading Knight Annie Leiser, Trustees Ben Lasher and John Sundwall and Robin Howes. Special thanks goes to Inner Guard Rick LaCrosse and his wife Sandi for organizing the BBQ, and to Michaela Piddock for running the Tag/Yard Sale. Finally, a special thanks to Ed ‘Buddy’ Brusso for stepping up in helping and his tireless effort on moving the items from the storage area to the pavilion.
The Veteran’s fishing trip was held on Tuesday, June 19th. I hear over 100 fish were caught. Thanks to Tom Miglio, the Veteran’s Committee and all the volunteers. Later in the week, a group went to Stratton VA and distributed ice cream and popcorn to the veterans staying there.
The Red Hook/Rhinebeck Lodge held the Homecoming for District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Richard Belcher on Saturday, June 23rd. Everything was good; the turnout, food, speeches, and overall good time.
Finally, on Sunday, June 24th we had an initiation for 9 new members. Thanks to everyone for attending, to John Utley (PER) for serving as Lecturing Knight and to Wendy and our daughters for organizing the refreshments and to Jean Engel for the sandwiches. Remember to welcome the new members with open arms, make sure they are transitioning well and if they need any assistance.
So what is happening at the Lodge in July? First is the 154th Elks National Convention is being held in San Antonio from June 30th to July 4th. Those attending from our lodge are Jerry (PSP) and Abby Shook, Christopher P. Akers (District Deputy GER-Designate), Wendy and I.
There will be NO Vegas for July and August as it takes the summer off. It starts back up on September 14th.
On July 26th, the Veteran’s Committee is taking veterans from the Stratton VA to Joe Bruno Stadium for a baseball game.
A couple other reminders for upcoming events in August are: • Cruise-In being held on Sunday, August 5th • State Police ID Breakfast on Sunday, August 26th • Chatham Fair parking Wednesday August 29th thru Monday, September 3rd
Wishing you and yours a wonderful and safe July. Fraternally yours,
John Piddock, ER
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