Steve Race, PDD
To my Kinderhook Elks Family,
The Lodge has had so much going on and this is why I always say "my Elks FAMILY." That's what we are, a family, not by blood, because blood doesn't make you family, that makes you related. There isn't much I or you can do alone here. We work together, we play together, we have our issues and we don't always agree, but we continue on. We forgive, we learn from one another, and we work together for the greater good. As Christmas approaches let's try to and work a bit on our oath. “The faults of our members we write upon the sand, their virtues upon the tablets of love and memory.” Forgive often, love without reserve, put your best foot forward, be proud of who you are and all that we have accomplished not only in our Lodge but in the community.
There are changes coming in the New Year. Tammy has handed off the advertising and the newsletter to Kate so please reach out to Kate if you have things that need to be advertised not only to the public but to members. It is a learning adventure, so let's try and be patient until she can get everything under control. Tammy has reminded me that I can send out emails to all the members also, so every once and awhile I may give you an update.
Lodge officers are needed for the upcoming year. If you’re interested in moving the Lodge forward please reach out to an officer and let them know.
Upcoming events, Stegmann is first on the list for December, followed by the Vets Christmas Party, (last I heard has over 125 people are coming so extra hands would be so helpful). Tammy has set up a CPR course at the Lodge and I believe the flyer is already out there. This is the knowledge that can save a life! The Christmas party is the 18th and lastly, Santa will visit during breakfast on the 12th and the 19th. If you're able to help on any of those functions let us know.
The car show committee will be meeting again in January to start working and planning on this year's show. A grand time was had by all last year and we are all looking forward to a bigger and better event. Come and share your thoughts and ideas. The new t-shirt design is ready to go. I for one am very excited about this event.
Thank you for everything you do for the Lodge and the community we serve. Have a wonderful Christmas, remember it's not about the gifts under the tree but the gifts that come from the heart.