ST. AUGUSTINE ST. AUGUSTINE ST. AUGUSTINE ST. AUGUSTINE ELKS LODGE #829 ELKS LODGE #829 ELKS LODGE #829 ELKS LODGE #829
October, 2021 October, 2021
Exalted Ruler’s Message
Yes, I'm still EXCITED!
As our year continues to move forward, we are experiencing steady growth within our lodge. As of this letter, we have taken in 108 members since April 1st. Additionally, in August, we initiated (33) new members, our most significant initiation for the 829 to date. To date, we have 1188 members.
We are thankful our Past Exalted Rulers worked diligently to pre- serve our lodge during difficult times and persevered to maintain our mission. There have been extenuating circumstances that have tested the very core of our lodge, but with faithful leadership, we have survived. With this in mind, we are planning an Apprecia- tion Ball for the Past Exalted Rulers; information is forthcoming.
In September, Bill Lennon, our Government Relations Chair, and I met with St. Augustine Fire Chief, Carlos Aviles. We introduced Chief Aviles to our mission to reach out to our city and county offi- cials to promote Elkdom and support our first responders. We are looking forward to a visit from Chief Aviles to see our lodge.
In August, our Community Outreach Chair, Cathy Walsh, and her assistant, Liz Bastedo, and committee collected medical supplies for the Wildflower Clinic, which provides medical care for the less fortunate. In addition, our lodge obtained a $2000 grant from Elks National Foundation to present to the clinic. The total amount raised was $2,778.47. We are grateful for the services provided to our community through the clinic.
In September, the Community Outreach Committee raised $400 for the Homeless Coalition Food Bank. Great Job!
Our Public Relations Committee Chair, Sara McDavitt, and Com- mittee met with R. B. Hunt Principal Amanda Garman to discuss needs for the students and staff. Principal Garman asked for help raising funds for "Stop the Bleed" kits for each of the 40 class- rooms... she also needed funds for playground balls and staff ap- preciation. During our business meeting, the PER Association do- nated $700 to purchase (40) Stop the Bleed kits for the school, mission accomplished! Also, members have been purchasing playground balls and raising funds for staff support. Way to GO!
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Exalted Ruler’s Message (Con’t)
Our Veterans Committee Chair, George April, assisted by commit- tee members Jim Bellamy and Rich Bastedo, and many volun- teers, worked many hours to host the annual Veterans Stand- down hosted at our lodge on September 11th. Special thanks to Jim Bellamy for his coordination of the event with our local Veter- ans organizations. Veterans are never forgotten!
Our St. Augustine PER Association has been raising funds to sup- port the District PER Golf Tournament. The contributions raised from the tournament are to support our state functions. To date, our PER Association has raised $2,100 to contribute to sponsoring the tournament. Of this amount, $900 is from members' donations.
Our Eland Association has reignited and planning future events, for information contact Diane Cook or Judy Reyes.
Rosie Dean and her Activities Committee are planning some excit- ing events for the near future. Great times ahead!
Our House Committee Chair, Jimmy Dean, and the House Com- mittee continue to provide outstanding support for our members and lodge visitors. In addition, the House Committee works dili- gently to keep the social quarters as clean and safe as possible for your welfare. Finally, we still need volunteers to assist in the food prep and service areas.
For "ELKS of the MONTH," I am choosing Geoff and Becky Dob- son. First, I want to thank them for their many years of unselfishly giving their time and money to promote the spirit of true ELKS.
They continue to donate food for our new members on Initiation nights. Thank you for your many years of faithfulness to our lodge and our order.
As we move forward, I continue to be amazed at the support from our members who are giving the time and money to promote Elkdom. The smiles on the faces of our members and guests are infectious. I am excited about the future of our lodge. So, if you are missing out on the excitement, Get Involved!
Remember, if you enjoy what is happening in your lodge, tell oth- ers. If not, please tell me!
BE BLESSED AND GET INVOLVED.
Your Exalted Ruler, A. Joseph Smith Sr.
What an exciting month! The Lodge applied for, and received, a Grati- tude Grant of $2000. to be given to Wildflower Healthcare, along with the $ 778.47 in member contributed goods. This generous donation will go a long way toward providing underinsured/uninsured St Johns’
County residents needed dental and health care. We are also collecting Wish List items for the Food Pantry at the Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition. Both should be delivered in early October.
Our October non profit is the Betty Griffin Center. A partial list of their Wish List items will be on our Community Outreach Table in the social quarters. Their need is great and their requested items is extensive.
Please go to their website bettygriffincenter.org for a complete list.
As always, if you know of a worthy charity, let us know!
Cathy Walsh Elizabeth Bastedo Kcpwalsh93@gmail.com
New Members—September, 2021
Our Lodge continues to grow as we initiated 27 new members in September.
The new members are:
(Front row L to R): Robert Autey, Rich Martinez, Brian Elliott, Lisa Peterson, Steven Eddy, Eleanor Tremayne, Duffy Stedman (Middle Row L to R): Steve Kuper, Rich Alleman, Jim Cochrane, Alan Keary, David Sneider, Ken Salce, Dan Bell, Art Lancaster
(Back Row L to R):Francis Cichy, Scott Williams, Daniel Simpson, Nick Roberts, DS McCullough, Mark Tremayne, Glenn Favre, Marty Mattson
NOTE: This makes 61 new members in the last two month. Congratulations to ALL!
When you see them in the Lodge introduce yourself to them, and make them welcome.
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America A Fraternal Organization
Scott A. Wilson, Vice President Northeast District 4674 Town Center Parkway #161 • Jacksonville, FL 32246-8617
(904) 626-0942 (c) • email@example.com Fellow Elks of the Northeast District:
My first three months as your Northeast District Vice President have been amazing. It is an honor to see so many of you attend our visitation dinners. Our next dinner will be in Orange Park on Patriots Day which is also the 20th Anni- versary of the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil in US History. I hope to see a large turnout where we will hear from Americanism District Chair Betty
“BJ” Sullivan and others. Volunteers will serve Charcuterie at 5:30 pm and at 6:30pm they will serve salad with Beef or Vegetarian Lasagna and a Cannoli Cone for dessert for $12.00. Each Lodge should RSVP your number of at- tendees to Exalted Ruler Lara Mathis no later than 09/07/2021 at La- raSellsJax@gmail.com.
Our Annual District Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sunday October 10, 2021, which is about five weeks away. The Northeast District needs your help!
Please call your friends and business partners to see if they would be willing to sponsor a $50 hole or sign up to play for $60 per person. Corporate Sponsor- ships are also available. Please see the attached flyer or reach out to me for additional details.
Our next quarterly report is due no later than October 10, 2021, also approxi- mately five weeks away. Exalted Rulers and Lodge Officers should assist Local Committees Chairs, ensuring the Northeast District has completed 100% re- porting prior to October 10, 2021. District Chairs will verify all reports are com- pleted and sign off on those reports no later than October 15, 2021. My goal for our Northeast District Team is 100% reporting for all four quarters. Teamwork will make that happen!
I love to hear about your community events and charitable fundraisers. During the month of August, I had the honor of attending a St. Augustine Lodge #829 business meeting where they initiated 33 new members. I also participated in the Splash Day event at Gainesville Lodge #990 where they used a Beacon Grant to provide children a day filled with fun, food and fundraising for Autism.
Please continue to share these amazing events with me so I can participate in its success.
After Orange Park, we have two more visitations to go. Mandarin/St Johns
#2866 on Saturday October 2, 2021 and Jacksonville #221 on October 23, 2021. I would love to see some new faces so let your Lodge Secretary or Exalt- ed Ruler know your availability. Each Lodge has a basket to giveaway at their visitation. The Exalted Ruler or their designee has tickets available for you to- day or at the visitation!
Scott A. Wilson, Vice President Northeast District #1800 Florida State Elks Association
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America
A Fraternal Organization
2021 2021 2021
2021 Annual Annual Annual Annual Northeast Northeast Northeast Northeast District District District District Golf Golf Golf Golf Tournament Tournament Tournament Tournament
Contact: Scott A. Wilson 904-626-0942 Glen Gardner 352-602-0441
Paul Orosh 904-891-3077 Wayne Reyes 904-540-0237
Keith Eppes 904-864-0664 Richard Martin 904-535-5049
“Teamwork Makes Elkdom Shine”
Magnolia Point Golf and Country Club
3670 Clubhouse Drive*Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043
Sunday Sunday Sunday
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FOLLOWING THE GOLF TOURNAMENT PLAYERS ARE INVITED TO ENJOY OUR TACO BAR. FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE WEL- COME TO EAT FOR $10.00.
The Activities Committee wants to encourage each of our members to come to the Lodge and participate in our Hallow- een Contest on Sunday, October 31.
You might even win a prize!
The Elks 829 Scholarship Committee will be preparing a Prime Rib Dinner on Friday, November 5. The menu will in- clude your choice of Prime Rib or Mahi, soup, salad, Twice Baked Potato, a Vegetable and Dessert. A limited amount of tickets will be available soon. All proceeds will benefit our local Scholarship Committee.
For more information on either event, check out your Weekly Blast as well as our Dining Room table flyers.
Our Lodge Welcomes Northeast Vice President Wilson
Dues may be renewed by credit card online: elks829.com
Lists of current membership candidates (new, transfers or reinstatements) are posted on the Lounge Bulletin Board. Members wanting to comment on a prospective candidate should contact a Lodge Officer or send an email to:
A list of bills-to-be-paid and detailed budget information is available at the Wednesday meetings.
Please notify the Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org or (904)471- 2829 when your address, phone or email changes.
Attention Ladies of Elks #829! Come join us for our next meeting of ELAND and see what all the excitement is about. As the New and Improved ELAND, we need your enthusiasm, ideas and laughter. Please join us at our next meeting on Thursday Novem- ber 14th at 6:30pm. Let’s put those talents to action. WE NEED YOU! We NEED your Support! Any questions or to register, please contact Dianne Cook at 386-503-6460 or at Eaglespir- it315@gmail.
From the House Chair:
At least 6 major concerts in October. Volunteers are always need- ed. Friday Oct 1st is your last chance to hear Davis Loose before he moves to Nashville. Open Mic night is on the 13th and 27th. Music Video nights starting at 6:00 are the 7th and 21st. We need cook- ing volunteers for Taco nights and Sunday. The 29th will be the PER fish fry. Entertainment TBD.
Jimmy Dean, House Chair
Upcoming Amphitheater Parking EventsParking Volunteers are Very Urgently Needed Sunday, October 3rd
Flogging Molly with special guests Streetlight Manifesto, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, and Thick
Friday, October 8th
Shinedown presented by 107.3 Planet Radio Saturday, October 9th
John Legend “Bigger Love Tour” with special guest Kirby Thursday, October 14th
Earth, W ind and Fire Saturday, October 16th Brantley Gilbert
Sunday, October 17th
Modest Mouse with special guest Empath Wednesday, October 20th
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Thursday, October 21st
Casting Crowns with special guest Matthew West Monday, October 25th
Kevin Costner/Modern West “Tales from Yellowstone Tour 2021”
Tuesday October 26th LANY “gg bb xx Tour”
Saturday, October 30th
Buddy Guy & Kenny W ayne Sheperd Band
To help, send an email to email@example.com or contact Carolyn Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-687-6350.
LODGE OFFICERS 2020-2021
EXALTED RULER JOE SMITH SR.
EST. LEADING KNIGHT RANDY COOK (PER) ESTEEMED LOYAL KNIGHT DR ERIC COLON
ESTEEMED LECTURING KNIGHT KATHERINE HELHOSKI
SECRETARY MICHAEL RATHMANN
TREASURER JUDY REYES
TILER PATTI SHIPLEY
ESQUIRE BRIAN WELLIVER
CHAPLAIN SARA MC DAVITT
INNER GUARD CHRIS LOVE
ORGANIST GEOFF DOBSON (PDD)
ELKS CLUB INC.
ONE YEAR BLAIR CRAIG TWO YEARS TOM PHILLIPS THREE YEARS RANDY STAY (PER) FOUR YEARS OLEN MEREDITH (PER) FIVE YEARS KEVIN WALSH (CHAIR)
CHAIR PAT SHIPLEY (PDD)
MEMBER BOB KERSHNER (PER)
MEMBER JAMES DEAN (PER)
MEMBER DAVID LEE (PER)
MEMBER MEMBER MEMBER
TED BEAL (PDD)
BARRY MASTERS (PER) A. JOSEPH SMITH SR. (ER)
COMMITTEE CHAIRS 2020-2021
ACCIDENT PREVENTION/SAFETY RANDY STAY (PER)
ACTIVITIES ROSEMARY DEAN
AMERICANISM JOE SMITH SR.
AUDITING BRUCE DAVIDSON
BINGO MARY BEACH
CHARITY RANDY COOK (PER)
ELAND LIAISON JUDY REYES
ELKS NATIONAL FUND MIKE HUGHES (PER)
FRATERNAL ROSEMARY DEAN
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS BILL LENNON
INVESTIGATION MIKE HUGHES (PER)
MEMBERSHIP MIKE HUGHES (PER)
ORIENTATION CHRIS LOVE
PARKING CAROLYN ANDERSON
PER ASSOCIATION LAISION JOHN GEBERT (PER) PUBLIC RELATIONS SARA MC DAVITT
RELIEF JOE SMITH SR. (ER)
VETERANS AFFAIRS GEORGE APRIL (PER) YOUTH ACTIVITIES IRV STOCKDALE
CHAIR JAMES DEAN (PER)
MEMBER (BAR MANAGER) MEMBER (SECRETARY) MEMBER (ACTIVITY CHAIR)
MARIA CRANN DONNA BELLAMY NECIE SMITH ROSIE DEAN
PAT SHIPLEY (PDD) (904) 471-2630