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Exalted Ruler's Column

  by Jennifer Cory

Greetings all! The holidays and chilly weather are upon us! Please keep checking your Herd Talk for all the fabulous festivities taking place at our lodge. On October 14, 2017, we hosted our annual Oktoberfest fundraiser. What a success! We had great food prepared by Hans Gerstacker, authentic beer mugs, 50/50 raffle, fabulous costumes, and fun music. Congratulations to our Loyal Knight Gwen Carroll for a great event.

As always, we need plenty of volunteers as we approach the holidays. Our lodge tends to be booked on a daily basis during this time, and our regular volunteers get spread thin with all there is to do. Please contact the lodge if you have some time to spare. I look forward to seeing you all at the lodge during this holiday season.

Keep an eye out for the children's Christmas Party and New Year's. I'm especially looking forward to seeing our gorgeous models at our Men's Fashion Show on November 18th.

Thank you all again for your contributions to the lodge!

Best regards,
Jennifer Cory, Exalted Ruler

Thanksgiving Celebration

A Long Standing Tradition  

Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, currently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863. Thanksgiving was historically a religious observation to give thanks to God.

It is thought that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated to give thanks to God for helping the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony survive their first brutal winter in New England. The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days providing enough food for 53 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans. The feast consisted of fowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash. William Bradford's note that, "besides waterfowl, there was a great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many," probably gave rise to the American tradition of eating turkey at Thanksgiving.