Traverse City Elks News & Updates
Installation of Officers
Be sure to join us on Saturday, April 7, 2018 for the annual Installation of Officers. The installation ceremony begins at 6:00 pm. A reception will begin at 7:00 pm with appetizers served butler style. The dinner (plated) will be served at 7:30 with your choice of Shrimp Scampi, Braised Beef or Bourbon Glazed Pork Ribeye. DJ Ray will provide music this evening. Exalted Ruler Elect Carolyn Waters hopes you will join us for this important ceremony and fun evening.
Attention E-Cigarette Users
The supervising body has received complaints about the usage of e-cigarettes in the Lodge. After investigating the appropriate measures to be taken, it has been determined that the usage of e-cigarettes is strongly discouraged. Users are asked to refrain from using those devices in the building. Effective April 1, 2018 e-cigarette users should enjoy their devices outdoors. A fact sheet produced by the Michigan Department ofHealth and Human Services, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control, Tobacco Division states "Although e-cigarettes are not covered under Michigan's smoke-free law, businesses may set their own policy banning the use of e-cigarettes in their establishment. Based on information from the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), we encourage businesses to adopt such a policy. Currently, e-cigarettes are not approved by the FDA.
Pot of Gold
Congratulations to the last winner, Roger Sladek, who won $1000. The Pot of Gold drawings have been suspended for the time being. Other contests are being investigated and may be implemented in the near future.
Men's and Women's Golf Leagues
The Lodge offers three men's and one women's golf leagues. The men's leagues play at 1:00 pm on Tuesdays and both Elmbrook and Interlochen, starting May 8th; the third league plays on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm beginning May 2nd. Interested members may contact Don Schmuckal at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Lady Elks Golf League plays at Elmbrook, beginning May 14th. Interested Lady golfers may contact Susan Port at email@example.com.
If you love Trivia, be sure to join us on Monday April 23rd 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.