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Message From the ER

My Fellow Elks,

Summer is rapidly coming to a close. The majority of summer vacations are over and everyone is settling back into the normal, daily grind. School is back in session and we are getting back down to business here at the Lodge.

Speaking of school, your Lodge is participating in Lee County School’s “Stuff the Bus” campaign. Having so many children around with the need for school supplies, we have set up a donation box in the Club Room for donations (pens, pencils, paper, folders, etc.). We will be taking donations until after Labor Day weekend. Please stop by and pitch in!

Also, with the start of school, there are buses on the road again. Please use extra caution on the streets and highways. If you are not familiar with the School Bus Stop Law, you can go to to read the law. When buses are present, children are present.

Your Lodge will once again be holding the Annual Labor Day Cookout on the Patio. Hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings will be served from noon until 2:00 PM. There will be a water slide for the kids in the lower parking area until 5:00 PM. Bring the family and your appetite!

We typically close the pool for the season on Labor Day. Since the majority of members have taken their vacations and will be sticking around the area more, we have elected to keep it open for the remainder of the week closing on Sunday, September 7th. There will be a pool clean up day on September 13th beginning at 9:00 AM. If you have enjoyed the pool this summer, please come help us get it ready for winter.

We will go back to having meals on Friday nights in the Club Room. The menu is in your newsletter and is posted on the Club Room monitor.

There will be live entertainment on selected Fridays during the remainder of the year. The next performance is scheduled for September 26th. Rob Matthews will perform for us from 8:00 PM until 11:00 PM. Come and enjoy a meal and entertainment!

There is still a little time left to sign up for the Elks sponsored 7th Annual Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament. It will be held on September 6th at Carolina Trace Country Club. Registration starts at 11:30 AM with a Shot Gun Start at 1:00 PM. This is a great cause and will help to make the daily lives of our Wounded Warriors a little bit easier. Gather up a 4 man team and come out and enjoy!

There are still some members who have not paid their 2014 dues. Letters have been sent out as a reminder. Please get your dues in as soon as possible. In the near future, we will be making dues payment easier by offering an online credit card payment option.

Lastly, your Lodge needs your continued efforts in recruiting new members. Sponsor a friend or family member TODAY! Most members are unaware that if you sponsor eleven members or reinstatements in any given Elk year, you receive a gold watch with the Elk logo from Grand Lodge! Some of you are well on your way this year. Who will be the first?

Again, thank you all for what you do for Elkdom.

Edmond Wesley, Exalted Ruler


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July – Message from the ER

My Fellow Elks,

June has come and gone and we are rolling into July. 

On the 7th of June, we held a Lodge Open House and Member Drive which netted 15 new members.  Not quite as many as we had hoped for as last year’s drive netted 27 new members.  Still, not bad!  I thank those of you who have spread the word and sponsored a new member. 

As you are all aware, our Board of Directors recommended we raise dues and set our initiation fee to a steady amount with no fluctuation. So, in April, we did just that.  With this in mind, moneywise, we only missed last year’s drive by approximately 4 members.  Fortunately, we have signed up at least that many members since the drive. 

I mention this because everything we do for the Community, our veterans and our Members comes solely from our paid memberships.  The more we take in, the  more we can do as Elks.  Everyone knows someone who is not yet an Elk.  Please TALK TO THEM about joining us!

On June 14th, Lecturing Knight Karen Riojas chaired our Annual Flag Day celebration at the pool.  Ms. Riojas, along with guest speaker Robert McGehee, put on a great event alongside our flag display with a history lesson on “Old Glory”.  Our guests enjoyed food and drink after the ceremony. 

We even made the second page of The Sanford Herald.  I was told it would have been on the front page but there was some small golf tournament going on in Pinehurst.  Thank you to Zach Potter for his coverage of the event.

With July comes our Annual 4th cookout on the patio.  This is a great time to bring the family out to the pool and enjoy a hamburger or hot dog cooked on the patio from 12:00 – 2:00.  Early enough to get in a swim before heading out to the various community fireworks displays.

Also, the cook out is your last chance to purchase a ticket to win our “Summer Fun”, 6 burner, stainless steel, gas grill.  All proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warriors.

Looking ahead, our Pool Manager, Debi Setzer, will be hosting Family Swim Nights.  Pizza will be served at the pool on July 11th and 25th.  These are the same nights our Club Manager will hold “Cook Your Own Burgers” on the patio for lounge customers. 

I will be attending the Elks National Convention in New Orleans this month.  I am working on some Club Room entertainment for the end of the month for after I return. 

Lastly, due to the fact this is vacation season, our lodge will not hold the usual 2nd Wednesday meetings in the months of July and August.  The 4th Wednesday meetings for initiations will still be held.

Again, thank you all for what you do for Elkdom.


Edmond Wesley, Exalted Ruler

Exalted Ruler

Ed Wesley
Ed Wesley

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