Eureka Elks 652

Lodge Secretary's Corner...

  by Ernie Nunes

Let's welcome to new members!

The PERS have added red, white and blue ribbons to all past exalted rulers who served in the military. There are some we don't know about; if you have any relatives who were PERS and served in the military, let us know so we can fix them.

Dues notices have been sent out if you have any questions call the lodge 442-6652.

Ernie Nunes, PER
Lodge Secretary

Loyal Knight's Corner

  by Gwen Morris

It is October and you know what that means don't you?, It is ENF month! I know you all want to support Elkdom and you can by attending our annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 14th with cocktails starting at 5 pm and dinner to follow at 6 pm. Once again our own Hans Gerstacker and his crew have agreed to create a delicious menu for our enjoyment. The menu includes Wiener schnitzel, German sausage, hot potato salad, red cabbage and various desserts. All this for only $20.00 per person. Bring your family and friends to this event. It is our major fundraiser for ENF. Hans has promised to wear his German attire and rumor has it that he may be joined by Elisabeth Gerstacker in costume also. You too can come in costume and join in the fun or come as you are. One thing is for sure, you are promised a great meal!

Elk's National Foundation provides charitable funding for scholarships, grants and helps our veterans with many programs. This is a national program but it is a local program too which allows us to help others in our community. This month is about you also and without your generous support, we here at Elkdom could not fund our community projects.

If you haven't been out to the lodge lately, ENF month is a great time to get involved in your lodge and bring a couple of friends with you who might want to join.

Make your RESERVATIONS NOW for Oktoberfest. You can do that by calling the Lodge at 442-6652

See you there!
Gwen Morris, Loyal Knight

Trustees Corner

  by Mark Householter

A reminder the breakfast survey is still active on Survey Monkey. We have only had 12 responses and I know there are more of you that attend breakfast and have a computer. Enter the link below in your browser and take the survey today.

If we were sending the Herd Talk electronically you could just click on the link and the site would open immediately. Electronic Herd Talk will happen soon, we are getting closer every day. For those that haven't as yet embraced the computer, you can manually express your opinion on breakfast by entering your thoughts on the survey posted adjacent to Nina’s office.

Over the last two years, we've managed to place $230,000 in a reserve account to apply to our mortgage principal. We thought we had to wait for 5-years before we could prepay against the principal. Treasure Gary did some investigating and discovered we were wrong. We can pay down principal at any time. Gary, with approval from the lodge, took $200,000 from the reserve account and applied it to the principal of our mortgage. I had the pleasure, on Gary's behalf, to announce during our meeting on September 20th our loan balance after the $200,000 payment brought us below $1,000.000 so our new mortgage balance is $914,000. If we continue on this course we could pay off the loan within five years! A special thanks to’re always going to be 6’ tall to me.

Fraternally yours,
Mark Householter
Chairman, Board of Trustees

Redwood Roamers


The Roamers held their monthly meeting on September 6th. They came from the west (Coos Bay/Florence). They came from the east (John Day), and they came from the south (Eureka/Grants Pass). In total, eight Roamers RV rigs made the trek to Sisters, Oregon over the third weekend of August to attend our latest adventure. Smoke filled the air, and plans to attend Dee Wright Observatory went up in, well, "smoke". Instead of the Observatory, our attention turned to waterfalls, food, and of course SHOPPING. All had fun. The food was plentiful and we understand free of calories. In between eating and storytelling, the Roamers found time to visit Koosah and Sahalie Falls and donate their uneaten desserts to the young muscular, but dirty, firefighters. The crowning touch to our great adventure was the Reese’s and mint s’mores, around the last-night campfire!

Our outing to Apple Hill included 7 RVs at the outing with 13 Roamers. On Friday we explored 3 different apple farms. One had a museum containing artifacts from the late 1800's when it was started, very interesting. Friday we had dinner at the Sportsman's Hall in Pollock Pines. On Saturday we took a tour of the Gold Bug Park and Mine and the Stamp Mill. After 2 weeks of work in the Stamp Mill, the workers would be stone deaf. We had a potluck dinner Saturday night. Everyone had a great time.

The next outings are Sonoma County Fairgrounds, October 6th thru 8th. There will be a wine festival at this outing, with a grape stomping contest. Benbow RV Park, November 3rd thru 5th. If you are interested in joining the Roamers or any of the outings, our next meeting will be October 4th, at 4:30 in the Lodge, please feel free to attend.

Photos: Roamers having dinner on Sisters outing and Roamers touring Gold Bug Park and Mine.

Veterans' Corner

  by Dave Suchar

The new RED Shirts are now available. The new design can be seen as you enter the Lodge. It depicts a father returning home following deployment and being greeted by his daughter. The new shirt is available in the following sizes at the price indicated:

Wear your shirt on Fridays to remember all those who are actively deployed protecting our freedoms. The proceeds from the sale of these shirts go to assist veterans. Call Dave Suchar, Veteran’s Committee Chair to place your orders. 707-498-2058

Dave Suchar,
Veterans' Committee Chairman

Holiday Appetizers Made Easy


The Eureka Emblem Club will be featuring a Holiday Appetizer cooking class on Thursday, October 19th at 6:00 p.m. at The Lodge.

Learn easy ways to prepare fancy holiday appetizers and tips on making holiday entertaining a cinch with these show-stopping appetizers. Our local guest chef will be Louise Zuleger, formerly of Avalon restaurant in Old Town Eureka. She has also cooked in New Orleans and at a Bed and Breakfast in England. Zuleger is the owner of Louise's Gourmet Seasoned Finishing Salts which she sells locally. We will also be holding a salt tasting in class. Learn how to give your dishes that extra finish with salts (Bernaise salt made with tarragon and parsley, or other salt favorites including garlic pepper, and Applewood smoked lemon and pepper.)

The cost is $40. Reservations and prepayment are required. For more info, contact Linda Barry at 444-3160 or Suzie Owsley at 443-8073 or

Find more information (and friend us!) on all our cooking classes on Facebook at Eureka Emblem Cooking Classes.

Leading Knights' Corner

  by Dennis Hunter

As you can see, the next few months are going to be very busy at the Lodge! Great events! Hope you can come on out with your friends and family and enjoy as many as possible.

How about a FREE Wednesday night dinner at the Lodge to start out the month of October? Starting Wednesday, October 4th, bring your FULL Purple Pig to the Lodge and you'll receive a FREE dinner that same night. Please don't fill your Pig with pennies. This same offer takes place on October 11th, 18th and 25th. All your coins will go toward the State Elks Major Project.

Then, on October 14th, you’ll want to join our Esteemed Loyal Knight, Gwen Morris, for our annual Oktoberfest. More about this elsewhere in this month's Herd Talk.

Next month, the excitement continues. On Saturday, November 18th, have fun at our annual Men's Fashion Show and auction. We have five beautiful models lined up to auction off some great items. How you define “beautiful” is up to you, but we'll all have loads of fun. The night is capped off with a delicious dinner prepared by Andy Butch and crew. Don't miss it. Call 442-6652 now for reservations.

With all these events planned, we're in need of volunteers. If you can lend a hand, please call 442-6652. Thanks and see you at the Lodge.

Dennis Hunter,
Leading Knight