Eureka Elks 652

Exalted Ruler's Message

by Jennifer Cory  

Greetings all! My first month as Exalted Ruler went quite quickly. April was a busy month for the lodge. We hosted some amazing events which included the Peace Officer Appreciation Dinner, the BIG 4 Dinner, and the Children's Easter Party. Each of these events was well attended and nothing but positive feedback was received.This certainly makes me proud of our lodge. With a membership the size of ours, there are always housekeeping items to be addressed.

First of all, remember we are an all-volunteer lodge and we are always looking for folks to help out. The biggest concern right now is getting our grounds in good shape for sunnier weather. We are in desperate need of someone to come help mow and run the weed eater. Please contact the main office if interested. Also, during events you will likely be asked to show your membership card. Also, if you are lucky enough to look under 21 years of age, you will probably be asked to show your ID. On larger event nights, we may ask those who are 21 years of age or older to wear a wrist band so bartenders do not have to repeatedly ask for identification. I suspect that I won't have the privilege of wearing a wristband as 21 is long gone! Also, on Friday nights or during events when there is dancing, please be mindful of younger children and their presence on the dancefloor. We don't want any of our guests getting injured. Please keep any bar glasses off the dance floor as well. We want everybody to stay safe.

For final housekeeping items, the Exalted Ruler has made a few changes. First, the ER parking spot has moved. It is the last spot on the left as you come down the driveway. I am hopeful people will catch on that this is the ER spot and I will eventually be able to move the bright orange cones. The lodge treasurer now occupies the old ER spot. Finally, there is a locked mailbox in the hallway near the main office. This box is designated for the Exalted Ruler and will be checked often. If issues arise, comments need to be made, concerns crop up, or compliments are in order, please stick a note in the ER box in the hallway. Leave your name and number and I will get back to you if necessary. I am hoping to be more available to the membership and when I am unable to be physically present, please leave something in my box so I can get back to you. I want to be as available as possible to the membership.

A reminder, the ritual team travels to Ukiah and competes on May 6, 2017. Wish the team good luck as they have been working extremely hard. There will be no lodge meeting and initiation on MAY 17, 2017, as many officers will be at the State Convention in Palm Springs. I am extremely grateful for all the support I have received during this first month. I'm so proud of our lodge and our membership.

Jennifer Corey, E.R.
Eureka #652 Exalted Ruler

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Memorial Day - May 29th

  

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed annually on the last Monday of May . Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. (Southern ladies organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date. Most dates were in May.) By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

By the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as people visited the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 auto race, held since 1911 on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountains. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with kinfolk and others. There often is a religious service and a "dinner on the ground," the traditional term for a pot-luck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the "memorial day" idea.