A few other celebrations taking place within the lodge include our State Association Vice President Mark Giosso’s visit to our lodge on July 28, 2017. He will be joining us for Rib Night! During the month of July, our Lodge Secretary, our District Drug Awareness Chairman/Esquire and I will travel to Reno, Nevada for the Grand Lodge Convention. This will be a great opportunity to meet folks from all over the United States. August is also packed full of fun events. Our soon to be District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Joe Tato will be visiting our lodge on August 16th. August 18th is the start of our 34th Annual 2017 BPO Elks Northwest District Jamboree weekend. August 19th starting in the morning will be a chowder cook-off. For a nominal price, you can come out and have some snacks and sample all the wonderful chowder that has been prepared. There will be prizes awarded for best chowder and best booth. Additionally, Saturday night will be a seafood dinner and auction. This always proves to be a fun event for all. Volunteers gladly welcome! Please come out and support your Lodge!
A final celebration that the lodge hosted was one that was both fun and bittersweet. On Sunday, June 18, 2017, the Lodge hosted an informal surprise potluck for Chris Polka, our favorite bartender at the Friendly Corner. Chris is moving on to new adventures where she can be closer to family. We will miss her dearly and we appreciate all the hard work she has done for us over the years!
Happy summer to all and safe travels if you are out and about. Thanks again to all our members, volunteers, and officers for all you do for this lodge.
Jennifer Corey, E.R.
Eureka #652 Exalted Ruler
During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.
Adams's prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.
Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.
In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, James Monroe, the Fifth President of the United States, died on July 4, 1831. Calvin Coolidge, the Thirtieth President, was born on July 4, 1872, and thus was the only President to be born on Independence Day.