Exalted Ruler Message


Hello again my friends!  August brings us to one of the hottest months of the year… (Not to mention the rest of ‘em). It’s been a busy time for me what with the Grand Lodge Convention, installing new members, visiting the new dignitaries at other Lodges and what not. Whew! But I’m enjoying it. AND thank you for your continued support.

Secretary Larry White, again this year, is working for and getting those all-important grants for us. We can do so much more community service when we receive them. When you see him, thank him.

To all of the hard-working volunteers, and you know who you are, I wholeheartedly thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated!

Progress on the new A/C unit is a bit slow but it’s coming. Permits are being applied for and we have lined up a Contractor to perform the work.

We are always looking for volunteers for all kinds of things. If you feel like you would enjoy spending a little time with your friends at the Lodge, please, come on down. One of the things that would help a great deal is lawn maintenance. We can’t seem to keep up this year.

In closing, I want to remind everybody that we have been approached by Coastal Engineering, a development agency, to possibly purchase some or all of our property. Negotiations are in progress. When the time comes, you will be mailed a special letter indicating the meeting in which a vote will be taken.

A reminder to my Officers, only one meeting in August (4th Monday) and we have initiation. Until then,

Fraternally Yours,

Phil Rafferty E.R.

A Note from your Leading Knight


Greetings, I hope that this letter finds everyone happy and healthy. Here we are already into the month of August, time sure does fly. Starting next month (September) we will try to have entertainment every Friday night, dinner will start at 6:00 p.m., music 7:00-10:00 p.m. 

I would like to thank Stan Volkorez for all his hard work running the grill for our Tuesday lunches, and he also helped out at other meals when needed. Stan is going to take a well deserved break. He will be dearly missed by all the kitchen crew. Good luck Stan, and know that at anytime you are more than welcome to join the kitchen crew again. 

Saturday, July 20th, myself, my wife Cindy, our ER Phil Rafferty, and Lodge Secretary Larry White, represented our Lodge at a dinner at Aripeka Elks Lodge #2520 to welcome our new state President Tom Ludwick and his wife Joyce, and our new Vice President-at- large, Rudy Masi and his wife Dolly. All six Lodges of the Central District of Florida were represented. We wish them safe travels and the best of luck on their trips around Florida. Hope to see you at the Lodge!  

God Bless,

Rich Griffiths, Leading Knight

House Committee Message

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer; even though we have been a little slow around the Lodge, we have been busy getting things organized. 

As you all probably know by now the Herd will now be available online at our website You can read and/or print your copy of the newsletter at any time. The calendar is also available; check it often as it may change from time to time. You may also pick a copy up at any time in the Lodge. 

Due to vacations and a lot of our volunteers going to be gone for the month of August, we are taking a couple of weeks off from our Friday night dinners. Therefore, on August 9th and 16th there will not be a Friday night dinner dance. We will have Triviaoke on Friday the 23rd and will have a dinner dance on Friday the 30th. Hope you will make room on your calendar for us. Come on out and enjoy a great dinner and friendly atmosphere as well as great music!! Vic and Lisa have been gracious enough to entertain us that night. 

We are also now offering bar food if you decide to drop by and need a bite to eat. Hot Dogs, Brats, & Pizza are just a few items that are offered. Come see our bartenders, have a cold drink and something to eat!!

Starting in September we will be back in full steam and a full calendar beginning with Labor Day, Sept. 2nd beginning at 1:00 p.m. We will have Hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings! Maybe even bring out the Corn Hole Games for you to try your luck at. Never know what we may cook up for dessert, so mark your calendars and plan on coming out to join us. 

Beginning in September, not only will we have Angelo on the first Friday but we will now have Sweet Charlie on the second Friday of each month by popular demand. Hope you will come out and support them both.  It is always great to see everyone having a great time. 

As always we thank all of our Volunteers for stepping up and doing a great job! If you would like to Volunteer please let us know; we will never turn away a volunteer and always welcome your help. If you like to cook or just help out it is greatly appreciated. We will miss Stan Volkorez, who was a great help in the kitchen, especially on Tuesday for our Karaoke Lunch!!! Thank you for all your help!!!

God Bless.



Sherry MacKeil, Nora Hughson, Gin Poisson, Diane Hein & Georgeann Bennett

Secretary's Message


No Message this month.

Larry White, PER