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Exalted Ruler’s Message

  Happy Labor Day! If you haven't noticed, we now have a new Grand Exalted Ruler, John D. Amen (whose message can be found elsewhere in this bulletin). He was elected and sworn in at the Grand Lodge Convention, which I had the pleasure of attending, in July. I was also fortunate enough to have a quick "meet and greet" with him and, just like a PER before me, I invited him to visit our lodge if he was ever in the area! His motto for the upcoming year is "Elks: Elevating America" and if you read the last issue of our bulletin (or the Elks Magazine or Grand Lodge Newsletter), he clearly explains what he means.

    I also had the pleasure of seeing our new District Deputy, Craig Shurtleff, being sworn in. Craig and his team will be here for a pre-visit (where we go over all the books, policies, etc) on Thursday night, September 11. He and his team will then return for their actual visit on Saturday, September 20th. Social Hour will begin at 3, the meeting (along with initiation) will begin at 4:30 pm at which time the lounge will be closed. After the meeting, at approximately 5:30 pm, we will retire to the downstairs hall for a meal. There will also be entertainment that night, so join us if you can.

     September is a busy month with the Clam Boil and Pig Roast - both big charity fund raisers (read more elsewhere in this bulletin). It is also a time to start revving up our engines and inquiring of those guests who come with members if they'd like to join. GER Amen, State President Mark Cronin and DD Shurtleff all have emphasized that we need to work on increasing our membership and I concur. However, remember, we would also like to bring in more volunteers, so keep that in mind when asking someone to join. We can use all the help we can get - and that includes from EVERY member! Don't wait to be asked: VOLUNTEER! It's good for the lodge and I'm sure you'll find some satisfaction in it as well!

Chris Larrivey

Exalted Ruler 2014-2015

September 2014