Dear Brothers and Sisters,Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Happy Spring to everyone, at least I think it’s Spring. It’s been quite cool but the flowers are coming out and it is time to mow my lawn.
As usual, April is quite busy. Saturday, April 7th was the Homecoming for State Vice President Deb Miners at the Hudson Lodge. It was quite amazing, seeing the number of Kinderhook Elks in attendance. It was a very good time. Congratulations to the Hudson Lodge for putting on such a nice event. The next weekend, Saturday April 14th was the District Deputy's Clinic at Red Hook/Rhinebeck Lodge. At the meeting, it was announced that our own Christopher P. Akers (PSVP) is the North Hudson District Deputy Designee for the 2018-19 year. Congratulations Chris and may your year be a huge success.
The Board of Directors selected Ben Lasher as Chairman, John Sundwal as Deputy Chairman, and Chris Bellingham as Secretary of the Board for this year. The Homecoming for State President Phil Conaty was held at the Sullivan on Saturday, April 21st. PSP Jerry Shook and his wife, Abby, attended and said that it was a very nice affair. The last week of April had the cooking of Chickens and Steaks for a Veteran’s event at the Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club on April 28th. On April 29th, we had both the PER Breakfast and parking for Sean’s Run in Chatham, at both the High School and the fairgrounds.
This month saw the passing of two members: Robert Peck (PDD) and Ida Leiser. Robert was the fourth Exalted Ruler of this lodge 40 years old, in 1978. He was also the longest serving Past District Deputy for our lodge. The ceremony was nicely done by the PDDs and PSVPs of the district. Ida was last year’s Elk of the Year. The turnout for her ceremony and reception was so amazing. During the reception, there was 30-40 minutes of testimonials, some quite hilarious.
The month of May is going to be just as busy. First, is the Spring Cleaning of the Lodge on Saturday, May 5th from 9 to noon. All members are encouraged to attend and lunch will be provided. On Sunday, May 6th, we will be having our annual Soccer Shoot. This starts at 11am. All kids between ages 4 and 15 are eligible. Winners advance to our district round.
Saturday, May 12th is a rental of the grounds from 1 to 7pm. On the 13th, we are doing a Chicken BBQ in the pavilion for a party. The weekend of the 19th is very busy with the Miracle Run on the 19th and a pavilion rental on May 20th. Finally, the State Spring Convention beings Thursday, May 31st in Rochester.
In closing, I’d like to remind all the members to treat other members and guests with respect. This is a family oriented lodge. I am told there have been recent instances of members' guests being scolded while they were volunteering with us.
The Best of May to Everyone,
ER John Piddock
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