Well, one down and one to go, for our yearly visits by Arizona Elks dignitaries. AEA Vice President–West, Hank Thonnard, PDDGER, and his lady Pauline were very impressed with our Lodge. They said that they had a wonderful time, and we are to be “commended for the great work your Lodge is doing in supporting the Grand Lodge, State Association, and your own Lodge programs.
In witnessing the willingness of your officers and committee members to work
for the Lodge, I have no doubt that Catalina Mountain Lodge #2815 is
in excellent hands again this year.”
Next up is the DD visit by Larry Hamel, DDGER, AZ South District. Prior to Larry’s visit, we will be visited by Barry “Bear” Carlile Jr., PER, Auditor, Business Practices Vice Chairman South. Bear will be performing an audit of our Lodge. Some of the items in the audit are sales tax returns, 1099s, and W-2s for calendar yearend December 31, 2022, bank reconciliations & investment account reconciliations, inventories of physical assets, meeting minutes; bills against the Lodge and receipts of session; inventories for beer, wine, liquor, and food; the date insurance was last reviewed; and committee reports.
DDGER Larry will be visiting us on Thursday, November 9th, for a Lodge meeting and new member initiation. We will have a meeting with the officers and committee chairs prior to the Lodge meeting.
He will be looking for activity reports from our officers and committee chairs.
By the time you are reading this, we will be back from the Mid-year convention in Tempe on October 21-22. I will update you all next month on any changes or interesting activities from the convention.
Armistice Day (An armistice is a formal agreement of warring parties to stop fighting) was originally passed as a legal holiday in 1938, it was established to honor the end of World War I on Nov. 11th, 1918, and the Veterans who returned home. In 1954, after WWII and the Korean War, many Veteran organizations urged Congress to change from the word Armistice to the word Veterans. This was to honor all living American Veterans of all wars. Remember Memorial Day is for service members who have died in the service of our country and Veterans Day is for honoring the living. Please pray for, thank, hug, and/or kiss as many Veterans as you can on Nov. 11th; they have served our country well and deserve our recognition and praise.
A few upcoming events at the Lodge and in our
community to be aware of:
· 2nd: All Souls Day – Day of the Dead
· 5th: Love Your Red Hair Day
· 10th: 248th Birthday of the USMC – our son Josh is a Marine
· 11th: Veterans Day
· 12th: Happy Hour Day
· 22nd: Love Your Freckles Day
I’ll see you all at the Lodge.
Wishing you all an early Happy Thanksgiving.
I would like to take a moment and thank Bonnie Mason for her time as Leading Knight. I was very saddened to have to accept the responsibility to take over for her, and she has my deepest condolences for all that she is having to go through in her life. Her spouse, Danny, was a great member who did so much for this Lodge, and he will be missed.
I would also like to thank the members of this Lodge for accepting me back into this position. I honestly thought that it would be many years until I returned as an officer, but I thought that I could help now. This Lodge is not only one of my favorite places to be, but it also houses most of my good friends! It is an amazing part of our community, and we do so much for so many. It's hard not to be proud!
I also hope that you will support me as I move back into the position of ER in my second go-around, and I hope to make you proud and to take care of some of the responsibilities I missed as a rookie.
Anyway, back to the chair of Charity. Our Lodge (ER Ron) is working hard to give us an All-American Lodge status. One way all of our members can help is to sign up to be Fidelity Club Members with ENF. With a small donation of $10 per month, you will join many other members in not only supporting ENF, but also getting our Lodge credits for Fidelity Club Members. Your donation not only helps our causes but also helps our Lodge through receiving matching grants from the Grand Lodge. It is a small donation, but it helps in so many ways.
You can sign up by reaching out to Kathy Buell or going to the Elks website, Elks.org, clicking on Support ENF Programs, and then clicking on Monthly support, and sign up for the Fidelity Club. Easy Peasy, and you have just made a difference!!!
Charity is really easy and makes a difference to so many. You can help!!!
Signing off for this month, but as always, Elks care, Elks Share!
Well, it’s fall, at least by the calendar if not the temperature. I hope everyone had a Spooktacular October. And I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Looking forward to our “snowbird” Elks returning and hopefully, the weather cooling off.
We are now a little over midway through our fiscal “Elks” year, and I hate to continue nagging, but if you have not paid your dues, please get them in right away. Exalted Ruler Ron would like for us to be an “All American Lodge”
this year so we need your help….. get those dues paid. Thank you.
Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10:00 until 2:00, or later if needed. Also don’t forget notary service is available.
Welcome to our new members.
LODGE STATS YEAR-TO-DATE
Membership to Date 585
Life Members 62
Average Age 71
Hey everyone! Thanksgiving is almost upon us, so Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Safe travels to those who must travel, and everyone have a wonderful Holiday weekend.
VERY EXCITING NEWS!!!!!!
THE PAST EXALTED RULER’s ANNUAL LOBSTERFEST IS COMING BACK!!!!!!
That’s right!! Live Lobsters flown in from New England!
The date is January 20th, and the PERs and their Ladies will be doing all of the cooking, serving, and cleanup just for you!
For our newer members, we’ve not been able to do this for maybe 3-4 years due to Covid, blah, blah, but when we were able to have this event, it’s always had a great turnout, wonderful fellowship, and great eats!! Everyone, keep your eyes and ears open for the sign-up sheets. We are still in the early planning stages, so the sheets won’t be out for a bit yet.
Also, the Past Exalted Rulers Association voted to sponsor 2 T Boxes for the Catalina Mountain Elks annual Charity Golf Tournament for $150.
We also voted to donate $500 to our annual Clothe-A- Child project.
That’s all for now, have great Holidays and be safe.