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Exalted Ruler’s Message

  "All gave some; some gave all." -Korean War veteran and purple heart recipient Howard W. Osterkamp.I am starting my message this month with a quote to remind everyone that November is Veterans Remembrance Month.The Elks National Veterans Service Commission is asking all Lodges to run special events to commemorate Veterans Remembrance Month and to raise funds for the Lodge's Veterans Service Commission. While we usually have a monthly lunch for the veterans from the Brockton VA and homeless domicile (as well as local vets), if you are wondering what you can do, please contact our Lodge Veterans rep Dick Tinkham. Even if you just gave pause on November 11 and remembered those veterans, living and dead, who gave so freely so that we could live freely in this great nation!

   Additionally, this is the month that we celebrate Thanksgiving and give thanks for family, friends and a variety of other things. Again, if you know/see one, thank a vet! And, if you are truly blessed, we would hope that you would share some of those blessings with the Elks National Foundation (ENF).Because of ENF grants, we have been able to give back to the community.And for that we should be thankful. Once again, I'd like to thank Paul Hinchcliffe for all the work he has done to allow us to be the recipients of these grants. I'd also like to take pause and ask that you pray for the soul of our departed brother, Anders Martenson Jr, PER and a constant big time contributor to the ENF. He willtruly be missed and we are hoping that members will step up to the task so that we can continue to give back to our community!

   One last thing: I am hopeful that we will have a vote on the floor in the October 15th meeting that will allow us to extend our $1 reinstatements into November so that people can get an early Christmas present. Wouldn't it be nice to become a member again for only $1 application fee and $18 pro-rated dues? I think that it would... and for that, I am also thankful!

Chris Larrivey

Exalted Ruler 2014-2015

November 2014