Exalted Ruler’s Message
How do you celebrate your birthday? Having had one recently, I had a quiet dinner and a glass of wine. After all, when you get older, the celebrations seem to diminish. But what if you are celebrating 150 years of existence? That is what we, as Elks, are celebrating this month. February 16, 1868 was the birth of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. While the Grand Lodge is planning a celebration to mark the event, we should all take a moment to reflect on our mission as Elks and what the future holds for our Lodge.
As Elks, our mission is to inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.
As for the future of our Lodge, that is in YOUR hands. Findlay Lodge #75 needs your help in order to continue our mission. I continually ask for your support of our new building fund, our charitable endeavors, and our Lodge activities.
If you would like to witness the Grand Lodge’s 150th celebration, go to elks.org and watch the live streamed event planned for February 16th. A better way to celebrate would be to come to the lounge that evening for a rib, chicken, or shrimp dinner. Music will be provided by Scott Shaull. We will even have a birthday cake to celebrate our 150th!
Yes February, the shortest and probably coldest month of the year, is also an exciting time to be an Elk. We have many Lodge activities planned. We will also be electing our officers for next Lodge year. Come to Lodge on February 22nd to witness the Past Exalted Rulers initiate a new class of members.
We are approaching the end of this Lodge year, and our membership is close to being at least plus one for the year. Let’s finish the year strong by asking a family member or friend to fill out an application to become an Elk.
See you at the Elks,
From the Secretary’s Pen
The winter has dug in and soon the dues notices will be mailed. If you want to get the weekly emails of what is coming up and what is going on in our Lodge, or you know someone who wants to get the emails, please send me an email so I can add you to the email list. The meeting on February 8th will be the night for officer nominations. The meeting on the February 22nd will be the officer elections for next year.
Soon you will receive your member dues notice in the mail. Please pay your dues promptly, as dues income is the single most important source of revenue we have. The Lodge thanks you very much for supporting the great things we do in the community. Dues are $129 for the full year and $64.50 for half of the Lodge year. Life members pay $69 per year. You may have noticed the dues are up $1. That is an increase in the assessment from the Grand Lodge, it is not an increase in lodge dues. You may write a check to BPOE 75 and mail it to PO Box 208 Findlay 45839-0208. You may drop your dues off at the Lodge. I have a box in the lounge on the chest freezer. You can pay your dues and the other charitable things ONLINE HERE! Of course cash is good as always.
During the meeting of January 11 the lodge didn’t initiate anyone and approved the memberships of Gerald Brickner and Robert Whitaker. Being an Elk has made a positive contribution to your life. Now it is time to pay it forward and help out someone else improve their life by becoming an Elk.
We remember our absent members who passed away during this Lodge year. The list includes Fred McCarty, Ralph Tabor, Gordon Mills, Robert Wall, Fred Spieker, Jim Elsea, Robert Emerson, Dick Baker, Ron Haynes, Bill Jaqua, Bill Freemyer and Ed Railing. Let’s hope it doesn’t get any longer. Their faults lie upon the sand but their virtues are written on the tablets of love and memory.
It pays to come to Lodge! On January 11th John Tinsman was drawn but he wasn’t present so he lost out on $45. On January 25th, George Whitson was drawn but he wasn’t present so he was a loser of $50. Come to Lodge so you can win. There will be two meetings in February on the 8th and the 22nd. There will be an initiation by the Past Exalted Rulers on the 22nd. It is always impressive so come to lodge and see it. See you at the Lodge
Jeff Jenson, PER