Remember the Men's Fashion Show, November 18th. This event is always so much fun and you are guaranteed some very unique beauties. Hope to see you all there.
See you there!
Gwen Morris, Loyal Knight
Sunday night was to be our last night. After an enjoyable potluck dinner, we settled around the campfire, only to be driven indoors by 50+ miles per hour winds. Early Monday morning found us in the middle of what would become the Santa Rosa/Napa fire disaster. People were being evacuated into the fairgrounds (where we were staying) without food and shelter. Being the Elks that we are, we immediately offered our help. That included sharing our food, helping setting up cots, caring for animals, and helping the elderly find a place to sit/lay. The fire was burning all around us, but we remained calm and safe. Our ability to leave did not exist. Highway 101 was closed to the north and south of our location.
Tuesday morning found us tired and depressed, knowing of all the homes that had been lost. At the same time, the fires continued and posed a concern to our own safety. Once we received the word that Highway 101 was open to the north, we made a run for home. What we saw as we headed north was not a pleasant sight. Businesses and homes gone, and freeway signs still burning, as we passed. In the end, all Roamers arrived home safely and with a prayer in our hearts for all the fire victims.
The next meeting will be on November 1st in the lodge at 4:30 pm. Followed rd th by our next outing to Benbow RV Park November 3 -5 . If you are interested in joining please attend the meeting.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we're in need of three Chair Officers for our year 2017-2018. Two of these positions are elected and one is appointed. Being a Chair Officer takes a time commitment and responsibility, but it's very rewarding. If you’ve been wondering how you can get more involved in your lodge, this just might be what you're looking for. If you are interested, please contact me at the lodge or you can call me at (707) 599-4478.
Last, but not least, as you know we’re approaching the busiest season at our Lodge. Please take the time to thank our very dedicated volunteers: our kitchen crews, our servers, our bartenders, our tilers, our cashiers and many others. This Lodge could not operate without our volunteers and they do such a tremendous job. If you can volunteer in any way, please call us at 442-6652.
The Elks National Foundation Scholarship Program provides 2.44 million dollars in scholarships annually. Three boys and three girls applications will be selected from our lodge to compete at the District, State, and National levels. Five Hundred four-year awards will be presented in the spring of 2018.
Legacy Awards Scholarships are for college-bound high school seniors who are the children or grandchil- dren of dues-paying Elks. Applicants compete against other children and grandchildren from the state of the sponsoring Elk Lodge. Applications are judged on the core values of the Elks National Foundation. Applications must be accessed online at enf.elks.org/leg. An application must be submitted online by February 2, 2018.
The AMVETS Riders, Chapter 96 of Humboldt County presented Tomich with a flag for appreciation of her service in the Army from 1944 to 1946. Eureka Elks Lodge #652 and the Emblem Club supplied a luncheon for the more than 100 people who attended the event. The Lodge paid Tomich’s dues for the following year. Shirley Tomich, 94, still helps serve luncheons to the homeless, sews and does needlepoint for the Emblem Club to raise money at its fundraisers. She attends social functions and meetings at the Lodge.
A presentation and formal flag raising are held on the last Friday of each month at noon to choose our monthly Humboldt Hero. Each hero receives an American flag, an appreciation plaque and a $50 dinner certificate. For more information on the activities of Eureka Elks, go to elks652.org.
L to R – Eureka Elks Trustee Kevin Christie; AMVETS member Keith Wal- dron; Eureka Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Jennifer Cory; AMVETS Pierre Carbonneau; Elks member Scott Hammond; and, Dave Suchar, Eureka Elks Lodge #652 Board of Trustees and Veterans Committee Chairman. Behind Humboldt Hero Shirley Tomich, who is seated, is Bonnie DeCarli.