Middleboro Lodge #1274 Elks Care, Elks Share
Exalted Ruler’s Message
Well, I am pleased to report that with the month of June at our doorstep, summer is now just around the corner. In fact, it officially begins on June 21st and I am sure all of you like myself are looking forward to the upcoming stretch of warm weather!
As many of you may or may not be aware of, our Lodge is now past 30 years old and with any building as it ages, increased maintenance is required to keep the building safe and functional for all of our members. Many of the needed repairs and updates to our Lodge will require a large capital expenditure and I am pleased to report that your elected Board of Directors is working hard to accomplish this vital work. But did you know that more than two thirds of the needed repairs and upgrades our Lodge so desperately needs can be accomplished with a little bit of capital provided by the Lodge along with some volunteerism by our Members? With that being said, I want to reach out to our Members that work in the mechanical trades to kindly ask for your help to make our Lodge a place that we can all be proud to say is our home. So if you have a talent for carpentry, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, painting, etc., we can really use your help. Please reach out to the Board of Directors if you can and lend us a hand with your talent!
The bus trip took place on April 21st and I am pleased to report to the Membership that a good time was had by all! The Lodges we visited were extremely welcoming to all our members and truly lived up to the motto that “Elks Care Elks Share”.
After a 4 year absence, the couples (2 person) pool is back with a vengeance and a great time was had by almost 180 members and their guests who attended this event on Saturday, May 12th.
The mother’s day ceremony and breakfast took place on Sunday, May 13th and was well attended. It was my honor and pleasure to conduct the ceremony along with your great group of officers.
As many of you know, two significant events happen in the Elks calendar during the month of June. Thursday June 14th is flag day and we will be conducting our annual mandatory ceremony on that day. Please come to the Lodge and attend the service that will be performed by the officers where we can reflect on the meaning of our nations flag and all that it represents to us as proud Americans.
On Sunday, June 17th we will celebrate Father’s Day. For the first time, the Officers of the Lodge will be conducting an official ceremonial tribute to all fathers newly provided by the Grand Lodge this year. Further details to follow.
This month is when the Massachusetts State Elks convention is held in Hyannis over the weekend of June 8-
In closing, I encourage all members to stop by the Lodge, have a bite to eat, enjoy a beverage, watch a sporting event, listen to some music or just socialize with your fellow members. Also, please don’t forget to tip your bartenders. They are working hard to serve you!
Shawn – Exalted Ruler