On Saturday afternoon two new members were initiated into the Kinderhook Elks. This was the first initiation of the year and was performed by past exalted rulers. We were very honored to have, as guests, our District Deputy, along with the ER, Chaplain, and one other member of the Rensselaer Lodge.

The 2017 district hoop shoot was held in Ichabod Crane High School gymnasium. Kinderhook Lodge had two winners that will pass on to the NY State regional hoop shoot. Riley Strobel won in the girls 8-9 age group and Nick Franco won in the boys 12-13 group. The tie-breaker for the boys 8-9 age group was a nail-biter that went to three rounds before a winner emerged.


On Tuesday evening, the PERs association provided a roast beef dinner to more than 70 community residents at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Valatie. Community dinners is a program of St. Luke's that runs from January through March each year. Every Tuesday evening, a local orgnaization steps up to serve a meal.

Kinderhook Elks arranged for Santa and one of his elves to visit the Lodge to have lunch with local, special-needs families. Small gifts were handed out and everyone had their photo taken with Santa.

After a week of preparations, the Marion Stegmann deliveries were made on Saturday morning. This is the first year under new  committee chairman, Ben McEwan. In spite of bad weather and treacherous road conditions, the event was a success, with food and gifts delivered to 275 families.

The 2016 Hoop Shoot was held on Sunday, December 11th at the Chatham High School gymnasium. There were 24 boys and girls in attendance. Chairman for this event was SVP Chris Akers, Co-chairman PER Joel Dyslin and District Chairman, PSVP Rich Belcher.

On Sunday, November 6th, four new members were initiated as members of the Kinderhook Elks. The ritual was performed as part of our annual visitation and was attended by dignitaries and members of other Lodges in the North Hudson district.

The Lodge hosted a Special Needs party on Saturday, October 1st. The event was organized by Linda Baker with enormous support from many members of the Elks Lodge and the community. 

On a beautiful Thursday in September The Kinderhook Elks Veteran’s committee sponsored a day of fishing for hospitalized veterans from the Stratton V. A. Hospital. This is the 5th year that this event has been held.

Kinderhook Elks hosted a Summer Luau for developmentally disabled adults in the pavilion at the side of the Lodge. It was a humid, 90-degree day but everyone had a great time.