Exalted Rulers Message
Well July flew by faster than I could imagine. I want to talk a little bit about the goings on at grand lodge. We voted in 12 resolutions none of which really affect our lodge. One thing that really stuck out in my mind is that our national membership is up slightly. But more importantly than that we only lost a little over 1% of our membership that represents the lowest membership loss in over 30 years. That's great for elkdom and it reinforces the fact that we as elks are really doing a good job.
The other thing that grand lodge would like to see is faster initiations for applicants. They would like to see applicants initiated in 30 days or less. As good as that sounds it might be a tall order due to availability of the candidates and our staff. And one other note on the 12th of July we were presented several checks from United Launch Alliance. These checks were presented by employees that work for ULA that volunteer at least 40 hours a year to charitable entities. I personally would like to thank Anne Clark, Jay Maddock, Rocky Miclat and Katie Holmes for their involvement and support of the lodge in everything they do here. Without their help and all of the volunteers in the lodge we simply wouldn't exist. So thank you all for everything you do to support the lodge
A reminder September 24 is the big buck contest. Mark your calendars we are planning a huge event this year including a live band, belt buckles to the winners many other prizes to be given away including rifles. We’re hoping to give away 4 rifles. This event is going to be open to the public and all are welcome. The contest is only open to local bucks. No out of state bucks are allowed. We are also going to be giving out a special prize to youth hunters. This is going to be a lot of fun and you're surely not going to want to miss it. We will have presale tickets available in the next few weeks.
Dan Oliveira, Exalted Ruler