Exalted Rulers Message

Greetings to all,

Another great month has past here at the Lompoc Elks Lodge. We hosted a great visitation for the District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, James Smitley. It was a very nice evening. It started off with a review of how we are doing with our year so far, and - good news all around; our programs were rated as sound and flourishing. The meal provided by the lodge was praised by all – we had ham, scalloped potatoes, mixed vegetables and crescent rolls (comfort food). It was very tasty and served piping hot. Kudos to the kitchen!

I spent the first couple of these types of dinners a bit uncomfortable because everyone seemed to know each other already. I felt like I was just making polite conversation, but I worked hard to forge friendships and focus on engaging in these relationships. It has really paid off! These evenings have turned into valuable networking sessions as I get to know everyone better. I learn how the other Lodges function as well as some of their remedies to improve the situations that affect all Lodges across the board.

We all went into the Lodge meeting following dinner and a social was hosted for those non-lodge members. I have to say that was the hit of the evening. We hosted a wine tasting of our local vineyard produce and presented a basic wine education of our Santa Rita Hills appellation. Most people that are from Lompoc are already aware of the unique growing conditions we have here that are so very distinct. Our east-west valleys, cool weather, fog, wind and soils all combine to complement our many crops including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes for wine. Our appellation is young so it is nice to be able share it with others. As a bonus – several of our guests either produce wine themselves or are serious wine enthusiasts and really appreciated both the wines as well as the local information. Good choice for us. It was a great success and a good time was had by all. There are still more visitations ahead, we will be following our DDGER around to the local Lodges in the area and will participate in his visitations there.

Sherri Giovanacci,
Exalted Ruler

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