To the Members and Friends of the Kinderhook Elks,
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I find it quite hard to believe that we’re entering the last month of 2022 already. It goes by so fast and November was no exception.
Saturday, November 5th was our lodge’s visitation by District Deputy GER Linda Rowse, her inspection team, and State Vice-President William Mellan. I can not express sufficiently the gratitude to all the people that made this visitation remarkable. First to our secretary PSP Jerry Shook and treasurer PER Joe Laviano for the remarkable job with the inspection and audit team. A huge thanks to Abby Shook and her crew for the grand appetizer table; both the setting and food were amazing. To PDD Leo Buell, PDD Chris Akers and PER John Utley and the officers of Kinderhook Lodge #2530, thank you all so much for your time and energy in performing an incredible Ritual. Finally, thank you to all the members of our lodge for attending. It was a splendid thing for the 3 new members to experience.
We honored our Veterans during Wednesday, Nov. 9th with a dinner. All were welcome with Veter-ans and spouses being free of charge. Joe Laviano and his crew did an absolutely astounding job in serving over 140 roast beef dinners.
On November 20th, was a Wreath making event at the lodge. There was a great turnout and everyone had a great time.
Then on November 25th, we held our annual Trim-A-Tree decorating event. Thanks to all those that turned out, ate, drank and decorated; the lodge looks so festive.
For December, in addition to our usual activities, we have a few important events happening. First is that Sunday, December 4th is the annual Memorial Service. The Officers of the Kinderhook Lodge of Elks will perform the Ritual of Memorial Services in remembrance of all deceased members. The ceremony will be conducted at the Lodge. This is the most solemn ceremony in our Order and all Elks members are encouraged to attend.
Also starting on the 4th is the Marion Stegmann Fund week; with the delivery date being on the 10th; please signup, especially drivers and helpers.
The Elks Americanism Essay Contest has the essay due date of December 15th. On the 17th, is our Christmas party.
May the spirit of the Holiday season fill you with Love and Charity and may all your loved ones be safe.
ER John Piddock