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Exalted Ruler’s April Message

 

 I would like to thank all of those who came out and participated in the vote for Exalted Ruler. I am humbled by the results and thank you for electing me. I promise to do my best to serve you well! I would also like to thank outgoing Past Exalted Ruler (P.E.R.) Ben Mackiewicz Jr. on an outstanding job. A lot of members have no idea what goes on behind the scenes to keep this lodge running efficiently and Ben did a great job given all of the obstacles that he had to overcome this past year. I would also be remiss if I didn’t thank Bill “Chief” Tubman and his House Committee for all of their hard work and being able to turn things around for the betterment of the lodge! A big shout out goes out to our bar manager Tina and her bartenders, the crews that work so tirelessly to put out the dinners, and all of the members that served on the various committees and were up to the task when it was their turn. And finally, last but not least, the Officers of this lodge who served this past year – thank you for your persistence in seeing that the lodge operates as well as it does.

  A lodge is often measured for success by what type of year it had both financially and in membership. Our lodge did very well this year in both and I am happy to report that we had nearly a 3% increase in our members with 49 new ones being initiated this past year and a net gain of around 22. However, on the flip side, we still lost around 30 members who just decided, after a year, that they were no longer interested in maintaining their membership. I’d like to find a way to fix that and I would like your input to help me. I have set up a new email, exaltedruler1274@gmail.com, where you can email me your input on Elks business and/or ideas. I will promise to read and take into consideration each and every one. I would like to know how we keep members involved.

  This year, I would like to see more involvement from the membership. We will be using text messages, email and, of course, the old fashioned way – we will just ask you in person to maybe help out, join a committee, or just support the lodge by coming into the lounge and maybe having a cold frosty drink and/or a bite to eat! Another way you can be involved is as a member of the membership committee and by sponsoring someone into our lodge. There’s an old saying: How do you get someone to join the Elks? You ask them!

  Finally, let’s have fun this year. We can do it and if you have any ideas that you would like to bring up to the House Committee or myself, please feel free to do so. I think we have a great group for our newly appointed House Committee and I look forward to working together with them this year. Thank you to Bob Lake, Laurie LeFebvre, Steve Cogswell, Jim Wiksten, Wally Glendye, Gary Russell and Dan Newton for your upcoming service to the lodge! Let’s hope it’s a smooth year!

Chris Larrivey

Exalted Ruler 2014-2015