Members all, I hope and trust everyone is safe and healthy. The time seems to be getting away from me. It’s September already.
Not too much to report this month. We are still closed due to the Coronavirus and will be closed until which time the government decides to let us open. Apparently, according to a recent DD clinic meeting via Zoom, it is illegal for us to sell food or alcohol or even be open for that matter. We will stay vigilant and keep you posted.
I have a bit of good news…the Grand Lodge has graciously decided to send every Lodge in America a grant of $1500.00 to help defray some of our bills that must be paid whether we are open or not. This reminds me, if you can donate a few dollars yourself, it would be greatly appreciated.
Also, at the DD meeting, an idea was mentioned about anybody who wishes, should write a letter to our Governor and any other local or state officials asking “why” we, as Elks Lodges can’t be open. We will try to get the proper addresses to you soon.
One last thought. We are currently in need of a treasurer at the Lodge. If you have experience with quick books or accounting in general, I would ask that you consider the position. There is a monthly stipend that gets paid out for the position. You may contact me personally at 813 352 1261 if you’re interested.
In closing, I would like to remind everyone to practice social distancing and wear your mask when out in public. We will beat this thing together.
Stay safe and may God Bless.
Phil Rafferty –ER
No message this month.
Rich Griffiths, Leading Knight
As you know already our Lodge has been closed for some time due Covid-19 outbreak. I don’t know about you but we are sure missing our Lodge and all of our members and friends. We have not forgotten about you and are constantly trying to keep everything in good order so that when we are able to reopen everything will be ready to go.
We have just received permission finally to open our Lodge once again. It will take us a few days to get everything started back but our plans are to have the Lodge open by the week beginning September 7th. For right now we will just be open on the days we have a function of some kind but hope soon we can all get back to some sort of normalcy. Our Calendar reflects the days we will be open and of course we would love to see all of you.
We must however stay in compliance with the CDC Guidelines, so we are requesting mask to be worn and of course social distancing. We will have hand sanitizer on hand for everyone to use as well as masks if you do not have one. If you wish to attend our dinner-dance nights you must make a reservation early since we are only allowed a limited amount of people. We must follow these guidelines in order for us to stay open so please help us comply and we will all get through this together.
Thanks to our volunteers that have worked so hard and everyone that came to help get the outside of the building cleaned up also. See you all soon!!!
Cindy Griffiths, Nora Hughson, Sherry MacKeil, Diane Hein, Carr Hussey, Jane Hussey, Bill Rundgren, Bonnie Young & Phil Rafferty
Your House Committee
No message this month.
Larry White, PER