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
Betsy Ross, who is credited with making the first American Flag, and George Washington sat in the same pew at church.
The American Flag farthest away from Washington, D.C., stands on the surface of Mars.
Former Marine Robert McGehee listed these and other details about the American Flag during the Sanford Elks Lodge’s Flag Day celebration on Saturday.
The event, held at the Elks Lodge’s pool, offered swimming, hot dogs and a history lesson on why America celebrates Flag Day for children and parents alike.
“We want to instill in children at a young age that the flag is more than just cloth,” McGehee said. “It represents our history and our triumphs.”
McGehee founded the Sanford chapter of the Marine Corps League, a national organization dedicated to preserving the tradition and promoting the interests of the U.S. Marine Corps, and enjoys doing events like the Flag Day celebration.