Traverse City Elks News & Updates
150th Anniversary of the Elks
The Order of Elks was Founded on February 16, 1868. Come Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. The Elks USA 150th Anniversary Party will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from noon to 5:00 pm. There will be a Pig Roast to celebrate this special event of 150 years of Elking Around. In addition to the wonderful pork, there will be Magic Beans, Cole Slaw & Potato Salad. A special dessert will be furnished by Cindy & Denny Svec. Special two-for-one pricing is just $14.95. Invite your friends and family as this event is open to the public.
Annual Al & Joanne Clare Major Project Night
It's finally here, the Al & Joanne Clare Dinner, our Major Project Fundraiser. Be sure to set aside February 20th for a two-for-one dinner and participate in the "Chinese Raffle" for lots of surprise door prizes! It's a great time to become annual members and it's sure to be a fun evening. The special needs children thank you in advance for attending. The menu will include: Caesar Salad, Garlic Toast, Mediterranean Pasta, Baked pasta with meatballs, Apple Jack chicken with candied walnuts and assorted desserts. The cost is $15.95 or two for the same price. All members and guests are invited. Help us support our children with special needs
Pot of Gold
Every Tuesday night between 6:45 and 7:15 pm. we will draw a member's name from the list of members in good standing. The pot starts at $100 and you must be present to win! You will have five (5) minutes to claim your prize. If there is no winner, the pot will continue to grow $100 per week up to $1000!! On that night we will draw 10 member names until a valid winner claims the $1000 prize; if no one claims the prize, the $1000 rolls over to the next week and 10 more names are drawn. But remember, you have only five (5) minutes to claim your prize, and you must have your membership card and a picture ID. So come to your Lodge, enjoy dinner and drinks and win a "Pot of Gold" just for being there. Rules are posted at the Lodge. Congratulations to the latest $1000 winner, Lindsay Mang.
If you love Trivia, be sure to join us on Monday February 12 and 26th and March 12 and 26th at 7:00 pm in the lounge.
Major Project/Gold Key Charitable Raffle
The Michigan Elks Association charitable raffle benefiting Michigan Elks Major Project and Gold Key Scholarships will support cases and camps for Major Project and the Gold Key Scholarships for special needs students. Tickets are only $5 each and may be purchased from any Lodge officer or in the Lounge. 1st prize is $2500 with additional prizes through the 12th drawing. The drawing is scheduled for May 19, 2018. Help our children - Buy a ticket here. License #R43271
Monthly Breakfast Buffets
A breakfast buffet will be served on the last Sunday of the Month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The menu consists of fresh cut fruits, pastries, scrambled eggs, apple wood smoked bacon, pork sausage, buttermilk pancakes, coffee and orange juice. The cost is only $10.95 (plus tax & tip). Please join us!
Breakfast with a View
In addition to our monthly breakfast buffet, weekly breakfast specials will be offered each Saturday serving from 11:00 to 2:00 pm. You may chose from: eggs your way for $6.95 which includes 2 eggs cooked to your liking, fresh shredded hash browns and choice of bacon or sausage links and house baked toast; or build your own omelet for $9.95 which includes 3 eggs filled with your choice of 3 items and served with fresh shredded has browns and house baked toast; or order Challah French Toast for $6.95 which includes choice of sausage links or bacon: or you may have Biscuits & Gravy for $6.95. Add on-alcoholic beverage $1.00. There will also be a Bloody Mary special.
Top of Mind Events
New Lodge Bylaws
The Lodge recently approved the proposed Bylaws changes posted in the February and March Bulletins. The proposed changes were submitted to Grand Lodge Judiciary and subsequently approved by them on April 10th. If you wish to obtain a copy of the revised Bylaws, they are posted on the elks.org website at the following address: http://www.elks.org/lodges/bylaws.cfm?lodgenumber=323. Note that a user name and password are required, and access through this link is restricted to Lodge members only. Members who don't yet have a password may register online at: http://www.elks.org/members/registration.cfm.
Elks Donate Life
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has joined forces with Donate Life America to increase donations of organs, eyes and life-saving tissue. Have you registered as an organ, eye and tissue donor? For those of you who answered yes, a huge thank you for your commitment. For those of you who have not yet made that commitment, there are opportunities to do so. Registration forms for the Gift of Life Michigan can be found in the Lodge lobby or at www.giftoflifemichigan.gov.
Care Pack for Kids
The Lodge has created a wonderful program to assist young children in the Traverse City area. CARE PACK 4 KIDS is backpack food program that discreetly provides nutritious, child-friendly, easy-to-prepare food to chronically hungry children in every day backpacks to take home over the weekends and out-of-school times. This wonderful program for children nourishes the body that nourishes the mind and benefits the children by providing nutrition, eases their anxieties, reduces absenteeism, improves attention span, raises academic performance and increases self esteem. We are looking forward to growing this program and if you would like to assist, please contact the Secretary’s office.
Gift Ideas - Shop at the Lodge Store
Thinking of some gifts for that special someone? How about proudly displaying your membership in Traverse City Elks Lodge? Shop the showcase at the Lodge for some great Elk items. Proceeds from the sales go to the Gold Key Scholarship fund.
50th Anniversary of Lodge Dedication
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of residence in our current location was milestone event. The old Lodge burned on December 12, 1963 and the Lodge moved into the old Osteopathic Hospital on August 5, 1965. Pictures of the old hospital and the new Lodge were superimposed on cakes that made the event special.