Hey there, happy November!! I can’t believe the year is almost over. We’ve got some activities planned for you this month. We start with Bingo on Saturday November 4th and again on Saturday the 18th. Games start at 2 pm. Come join us. The Texas Hold ‘Em card games are scheduled for Saturday,
November 11th and 25th. The fun starts at 1 pm. Please sign up in the Lounge so we know how many tables to set up. We have Karaoke on Saturday, November 18th!! It will run from 5 to 9. Come on down and sing, or sing along or just enjoy the fun. Football season is in full swing. The Lounge will now open at 11 am, due to the time change. Lunch is available for purchase. You can also sign up to make something for football lunch. There is a sign-up sheet on the board by the front door. Darts happen on the back patio every Saturday at 5 pm. Come join the fun. Wednesday dinners are still here and delicious. Check the calendar for the upcoming menus. Please sign up by the Monday before so we know how many people to shop and cook for. There is no dinner on November 22nd--it’s the day before Thanksgiving.
There are some activities happening on November 11th, Veterans Day. The flags go up on Oracle Road at 7 am. There is a free breakfast for Veterans from 7 to 8:30. Our Veterans’ ceremony will be at 8:30. Then the flags come down at 5 pm.
Heads up! December 3rd is our Elks Memorial Service. This is to honor and remember those who left us in the past year.
The Lodge will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd, so ….
Yes, Christmas is right around the corner! Our Lodge is again “adopting” 20 local children through local food bank-Impact of Southern Arizona. We purchase clothing, toys and art supplies for the kids. I am asking for monetary donations to help with this awesome project. Please consider writing a check to “Catalina Mt. Elks #2815” and write Adopt-A-Family in the memo line. I will need help with the wrapping of gifts later in the month. Let me know if you’re interested in helping out.
AND, we need volunteers to assist with the “Thanksgiving meal kit” give-away. This program is coordinated through Impact, our local food bank. I don’t have all the details right now. As soon as we know the date, time, and location, I will post information in the Lounge. That being said, the event is usually the Monday before Thanksgiving.
We keep hoping that fall will arrive soon, but as I write this article, it is still 100 degrees. It is great to see our seasonal friends joining us again. Please come down to the Lodge, there are loads of opportunities for camaraderie – Bar Bingo, Darts, Texas Hold ’em, NFL Football, Wednesday Dinner, Queen of Hearts, Karaoke, and simply visiting with fellow Elk friends. See Jan Trudeau’s article, the calendar, and flyers for complete information regarding social activities in the Lodge.
As I mentioned last month, prices are going up. Domestic Beer, well drinks, wine, and sodas will increase by $0.50. Premium Beer, White Claw, and High Noons will increase $0.75. Call liquors and Top Shelf liquors are for the most part increasing by $0.50; each of these has been separately evaluated with price increases varying. A complete price list will be posted in the lounge on November 1st.
As well, all know food prices have increased significantly over the last several years and none of these increases have been passed on. Hamburgers/Cheeseburgers and Hot Dogs will increase to $6.00 as will Friday night food. Wednesday night meals will increase to $15.00. I hope to further evaluate Wednesday meals and have a team putting together a questionnaire regarding Wednesday night meals. I am hopeful that we can do somethings to increase participation and reevaluate the meal price.
Many have been asking about our drink chips and how we will move forward. We are purchasing new chips which will have a value of $3.50; the black chips with a $3.00 value will remain and can be used until further notice as will the blue $1.00 chips.
I want to thank all our volunteers: Wednesday dinner crews, Friday night food cooks and servers, our bar stockers, and Sunday food cooks. We can’t do it without everyone’s help. A special thanks to Cheryl Galligos for keeping the House Committee on track and maintaining the calendar and Mimi Wittenborn for helping during her absence. It’s great to see we’ve got some new faces attending the House Committee meeting and helping. Finally, Boots and Bling would not have happened without the help of many, many folks (patio cleaners, room/patio set up and tear down, appetizer cooks, and servers); Pam Wedwaldt deserves special thanks for all of her efforts coordinating the event!