My Fellow Elks:
May is here and the lodge is preparing for a busy month with several activities this month. The pool is in the process of being opened and THE LODGE NEEDS YOUR HELP! We have scheduled our annual clean-up day for Saturday May 9th. We have a lot of work to be done before the pool can be opened. The lounge chairs need to be cleaned and placed out, the concession stand and the bathrooms needs to be cleaned, the concrete needs to pressure washed. We also need to clean the back porch area to prepare for our summer cook outs. And there is must more to be done. Our pool will open on Saturday May 23rd.
Mother Day is May 10th, this is the day that we take time out to Thank our Mother’s for all they have done for us over the years. Please remember your mother.
May also brings the annual Youth Banquet on May 14th. At this event we, as Elks, extend our appreciation to area youth for their commitment to their education. Scholarships in varying amounts are awarded. We believe the future of the Elks rests with our youth. Assisting in their education is where it all begins.
Let us not forget the men and women of this great nation that gave their lives serving in our armed forces. Memorial Day is on May 25th, the last Monday of May. This date was set aside in the early 1860’s for the practice of decorating servicemen’s graves with flowers. Memorial Day, as we know it today, was officially declared a Federal Law in 1967. In the traditional observance, our flag is flown at half-staff until noon symbolizing a nation in mourning. The flag is then raised to full staff, by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain but, rise up in their stead and continue our fight for liberty and justice for all. Justice is a cardinal virtue of all Elks.
As I have stated in my April letter, we need to keep our focus on growing our membership. At our last meeting in April, we initiated 5 new members and that was a great start but we have a lot of work to do to get our membership back over the 500 mark. I would like to challenge each and every one of you to support our continued membership drive by nominating at least one friend, relative or work acquaintance for membership in the Elks. Remember we have a Great Lodge here in Sanford, with a pool for the kids and a lot of activities for the adults.
Joe Clancy Exalted Ruler