May has certainly proved to be a busy month. With a trip to Houston, Texas, to begin the rush, the rest of the month has piled up, to say the least. I want to THANK, PER Paul Parker for taking the 1st Regular Meeting, Tuesday, May 7th, in my absence. And I want to THANK, PERs Ray Lisberger and George Worden for standing in for absent Officers at the Meeting of Tuesday, May 21st.
There have been two visits to Aurora food bank and help centers, with donations to their work coming from our ENF Challenge Grant for the Lodge Year. Our Grant this year was in the sum of $2,000.00; and, if we manage to meet our Per-Capita Quota for the current Lodge Year, we may be eligible for an additional amount of $2.000.00, bringing the Grant up to a total of $4,000.00. For a relatively small Lodge, in the 300 Member and Below classification, that is a BIG GIFT. And, it is one Aurora Lodge #1921 can be well proud to seek, as we work to re-establish the presence of Our Lodge in Our Community.
Remember, Members, ENF is not just scholarships—though it does a marvelous job in that area—but, ENF also works with the local Lodge in its charitable ventures as well. As we work to re-establish Our Lodge in Our Community, we are also working to provide enjoyable and entertaining Events in the Lodge, for all our Lodge Members as well. The upcoming Lodge Picnic, August 17th looks to be a great time to come out and Fellowship with your Lodge friends, their families, and our new members.
The month of June calls for our Annual Flag Day Observance. And, we will once again have the participation of the Lodge’s Scout Troop in presenting the Flags of our Nation’s history during this event. If you haven’t yet attended this Observance, I can only say I highly recommend you set aside Sunday June 16th for an afternoon of re-dedication to Elkdom, and to our Nation’s flag, and its meaning.
Remember when the Exalted Ruler and the Lodge Esquire engaged in a dialogue, right after you took your Solemn and Binding Obligation? Those questions and answers were a very fine summary of what it means to be an Elk.; and, they are just as important today as they were on that first evening of your admission into Elkdom. This is YOUR LODGE. How do you want it to grow and prosper? How can you help? Where can you Volunteer? There is an old saying, to the effect that: “Every minute spent in the service of others, is worth more than hours spent elsewhere.” The opportunities are open, and boundless; and the rewards are beyond all other pricings.
And, something I find very interesting. Just take away the “Y”, to get “OUR”; and quite a number of other questions get answered as well.
Colin J. Guthrie,
Our LODGE IN OUR COMMUNITY
Loving Hands "Unlimited" was founded by Terry Alexander in 1993. Our purpose is to help provide for the families of our community who need food, temporary shelter and the tools to build a better future. Loving Hands "Unlimited" is a non-profit organization that is 100% volunteer run. Loving Hands is a 501 c (3) Organization and a Colorado Nonprofit Organization.
As part of our program to reestablish the presence of our Lodge in our Aurora, CO Community, several of our Lodge Officers visited the site of LOVING HANDS, out on East 6th Avenue. This is one of the largest food banks and help centers in our Community. And, it was our pleasure to present them with $500 worth of food. As a survivor of an abusive childhood and many times finding herself homeless, Terry knows from experience what it means to be hungry and in need of a loving hand. That is why the philosophy at Loving Hands is to provide food, shelter, clothing, counseling, spiritual direction and unconditional love to anyone who seeks it.
This was the first of two May visits to Aurora Charities with contributions from our Lodge. These visits were made possible by YOU, the MEMBERS, fulfilling our Lodge per-capita quota for ENF Donations during the past Lodge Year. Our Grant-back this year totaled $2,000.00; and during this Lodge Year, 2013-2014, we are eligible for an additional $2,000, for a total of $4,000, to use according the Lodge’s wishes, for charitable purposes in our Community of Aurora, Colorado. With YOUR help, we will achieve the goal!
Would you believe that going to jail was a good thing? Yes! It is! Our second visit to a recipient of ENF Grant funds takes us, on Thursday, May 23rd, to the old Aurora Jail; where we find our Lodge Secretary and the Director of FRIENDS—the Downtown Aurora, Colorado food bank and help center—in the current storage area of the old cell block, In addition to our Lodge Secretary, PER & PDDGER, Tom Welch, we were accompanied by PER & PDDGER, Trustee George Worden. Your E.R., Colin J. Guthrie was behind the camera this visit—much to the benefit of the camera—and, while present, and attendant, does not show up on the page this time around. A good old fashioned hot meal may well be worth any number of kind words. And FRIENDS provides well for those who need.
Our most sincere THANKS to all the Members of our Lodge, who have so generously contributed to making it possible for our Lodge to re-establish itself as a vital part of the Aurora Community.
And, our most sincere THANKS to those who took the time to participate in this outreach to our friends and neighbors in Aurora. This is, indeed, Our Lodge in Our Community at its best.
Our most sincere THANKS also, to the Volunteers at both food banks and help centers for their kindness and courtesy in giving us the “Grand Tour”; AND MOST OF ALL, for setting an example that the rest of us can well attempt to try to match, as Our Lodge in Our Community works to again be part of those responsive to the needs of Aurora.
Lodge Birthdays and Anniversaries June, 2013“
02 Maxwell L. Saul 03 Richard L. Stevens
06 Richard M. Anderchin
06 R. Dean Weaver
07 Mark Kemmerling
08 Stephen C. Snider
12 Richard L Robison
12 Benny D. Watkins
13 Stephen G. Hogee
15 James L. Benson 15 Anthony C. Hakar
16 Anthony L. Lakers
16 Seyo-Chen (Kim) Ratajewski
17 Richard E. Oakes
26 Arthur L. Ashley
26 Jennifer Larson
27 Janet S. Eaton
27 Fred N. Smith
28 Wilma J. Succa
29 John R. Cain
03 Kay Hick
06 Pj (Phyllis) Layman
06 Virginia Potter
12 Richard Robison
14 Anna I. Krogh
16 Edonisa Vickrey
21 Sue M. Couch
23 Patricia K. Benson
26 Helen Boman
02 Theodore & Barbara M. Zahn
04 Lawrence & Renee D. Dilts
04 Ralph & Crystal C. Wilcox
05 Gilbert & Dorothy M. Sanderson
07 Olan & Loretta L. Pryor
08 James & Barbara Searcy
09 Richard & Rosemary Robison
12 David & Renee Keener
12 Lelan & Millie F. Sipp
16 David & Donna Marie Watkins
17 James & Linda R. Miller
19 Jeffrey & Janell K. Richey
20 Clayton & Karma Sue Conry
20 Joseph & Darlene A. Sattler
22 Frank & Donna V. Hellwig
26 Thomas & Shirley A. McDonald
28 Ralph & Pj (Phyllis) Layman
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AUGUST 17TH, 1 PM TO 5:00 PM AURORA ELKS LODGE Hamburgers, cheese burgers, hot dogs and all the fixings. Baked Beans & Potato Salad, Ice Cream Treats. Please call the lodge and let us know you are coming!!! Come meet old friends and make new ones.....bring the kids! REMEMBER, ADD THIS TO YOUR CALENDAR
Tuesdays: 11:00 AM Bingo at 4 Aces
Wednesdays: Lodge Bingo 6:00 P.M, $5.00 Dinner Nights As Announced, Check Calendar for Menu PERS 3rd Wednesday
Fridays: Cocktails at 5:00 PM Enjoy a fun night of games, happy hour prices, and good fellowship with your friends and fellow Members
Aurora Lodge is Dedicated to the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity
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OUR ANNUAL FLAG DAY CEREMONY is SUNDAY JUNE 16, 2013 @ 1:00 PM