Nov 2014
Nov 2014
Volume 20 - Number 11
We have 114 years of continuous
Charitable Contributions to the Community,
and we are one of the oldest and
still operating Elk Lodges in the Nation.
Our Lodge History has been long and rich
as we remember the valiant deeds of our Absent Members.
Lodge Officers
Exalted Ruler
Leading Knight
Loyal Knight
Lecturing Knight
Inner Guard
Debba Boles
Bill Convis
Jim Moore
Robert Beem
Bruce Sund
Jim Bowman
Mike Kochis
Bill Stewart
Jerry Maxwell
Julie Slaten
Darlene Grenz
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Trustee 1 yr.
Trustee 2 yr.
Trustee 3 yr.
Trustee 4 yr.
Trustee 5 yr.
Will Grenz
Dan Davis
Jack Johnson
Ed Molineaux
Jim Darnell
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Committee Chairpersons
Auditing & Accounting
Activities Committee
Fraternal Committee
Standing Relief Com
Accident Prevention
William Stewart
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Debba Boles
Jim Darnell
[email protected]
William Stewart
Jay Nau
Ed Bourne
“Red” Maurath
Joaquin Aguilar
Larry Aguilar
James Allen
Glen Chileski
James George
James Moore
Hartmut Schwarz
William Thomas
PER Year
2010, 2011
1986, 2003
1998, 2007
# years member
Birthdays for Nov:
Nov 05
Bruce Sund
Nov 13
James Driver
Nov 19
Joseph Kasza
Nov 25
Richard Garcia
Nov 27
Norman Phares
Nov 28
Donald Crabtree
Nov 28
Jim Darnell
Grass Valley
Elks Lodge #538
Nov Birthday List
Subcommittee Chairpersons
Accident Prevention
Apartment Manager
Bar Manager
Bill’s Wheels
Bingo Kitchen
Boy Scouts
Bulletin Editor/Publisher
Christmas Baskets
Christmas Party
Drug Awareness
Elks Picnic
Elk Training
Fire Fighter Dinner
Flag Day
Gov. Relations
Hoop Shot
Law Enforce. Dinner
Memorial Service
Mother’s Day
Nat’l Veteran’s
P.E.R. Assoc.
Presiding Justice
Purple Pig
Public Relations
Ritual Training
Soccer Shoot
Taco Nite
Web Master
Youth Activities
Jim Darnell
Elisabeth Sund
Jim Moore
Chad Wingo
Bill Dobbins
Debba Boles
Jim Bowman
Bill Convis
Jim Bowman
Lady Elk’s
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Bruce Sund
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Cindy Homa
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Debba Boles
Chad Wingo
Brian Hoyle
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Julie Slaten
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Bill Convis
Julie Slaten
Bill Convis
Bill Dobbin/Dan Davis
[email protected]
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[email protected]
273-1550 / 272-4110
Bill Philips
Bill Convis
Cindy Homa
Jim Moore
Mike Kochis
Darrell Echols
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Angel Johnson
Bill Stewart
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Bulletin Articles Deadline
Is the 15 of the Month
Articles are due to
Bill Convis by 15th (PLEASE!)
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Lodge Meetings
Social Quarters Bar Open 5:00 pm
Lodge Dinners – 6:00 pm
Lodge Meetings – 7:00 pm
(Meetings 1st & 3rd Wednesdays)
For reservations call 273-9228
or email:
[email protected]
From the Desk of the Exalted Ruler
We are almost to Thanksgiving, and as such need to remember all the things that make us
grateful. I am especially grateful for all the support and effort that the Bingo Crew makes. As
some of you may know, our Bingo nights are every Thursday in the downstairs dining room.
Bingo proceeds fund our charities. In addition, the winning Bingo players are very generous to
our Purple Pig Fund, making it possible to help many children with physical challenges. The
Bingo proceeds fund our Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Veteran’s, scholarships, youth activities, and
Americanism essay contest programs. So a big thank you to all those who come to Bingo and the workers who
make it possible.
On that note, we will still be serving our traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Family Night this month.
(Reservations please…) Brian Hoyle is heading up the cooking crew and promises to make it spectacular. So mark
your calendars for Wednesday, November 12th. Cocktails start at 5:00 pm with dinner following at 6:00 pm.
Reservations can be made by calling the Lodge Secretary (273-9228).
We had a great visit with our District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Kevin Correira on October 15th. Kevin reported
that our Lodge is doing well, and so needed no “meeting” to hash things out. Instead we visited, laughed and
everyone had a great time. The Lady Elks cooked a traditional Oktoberfest dinner with local bratwurst, which was a
hit for all who came. The Girl Scouts served dinner, winning the hearts of everyone there!
It is with sadness that I report that William “Duke” Hamilton, a life member here at the Lodge, has passed away.
His celebration of life service is scheduled for November 8th from 2 – 6 pm. Please join me in paying tribute to one
of our life members.
I also have some other sad news. Bev McPherson, President of our Lady Elks Association, has sent me a letter to let
us know that the Lady Elks will be disbanding as of October 31st. The Lady Elks have been a huge support of our
Lodge for many years. Unfortunately with economic challenges as well as diminishing membership, Bev has decided
to move to Oklahoma. She won’t be leaving for a few months yet, but the Lady Elks has decided to end it now. In
Bev’s letter, she explained that the Lady Elks would be donating $500 to the Purple Pig, and donating all of their
physical stash (linens, decorations, etc., to the Lodge. I wish Bev and all the Lady Elks a heartfelt thanks for all their
years of dedicated service to the Lodge. We will miss you greatly!
Our Trustee Jack Johnson is heading up a fund raiser to purchase 2 de-fibulators for the Lodge. He is making
gorgeous hand-turned wooden bowls for raffles. We are selling raffle tickets for 6 for $5, or $1 each. You do not
need to be present to win. Just put your name and phone number on the back of the ticket. Bowls are given out
each month at the last Bingo of the month. They are absolutely beautiful, and would make a great present for
On a more positive note, we have some great events coming up. In addition to Thanksgiving on Family Night, our
annual Veterans’ Dinner is November 10th. Veterans eat free. Everyone else pays $12. Taco Nite is of course
the 3rd Monday of the month, November 17th. Due to how Thanksgiving falls this year, there will be no Mama’s
Spaghetti this month or next (Thanksgiving and Christmas falling on the same week as we would normally have
it). We will resume Mama’s Spaghetti in January.
Thank you for all you do to support the Lodge by coming to the events, and working when needed.
See you all soon at the Lodge!
Debba Boles, Exalted Ruler
From the Desk of the Leading Knight
Grand Lodge Newsletter – Reprinted from Nov 2014
Message from the Grand Exalted Ruler – John D Amen
November among Elkdom’s greatest months November is one of the most
important months of the year in Elkdom. On the fourth Thursday we
celebrate the second biggest family holiday of the year – Thanksgiving.
Families across America travel for our traditional annual feast.
Another outstanding holiday this month is on November 11. That date was selected by a great Elk,
General John “Blackjack” Pershing of New York Lodge No. 1, who set the date for signing the
armistice to end the “Great War” – World War I – “the war to end all wars.” Brother John
remembered that “with us, the hour of eleven has a tender significance,” and he set the signing of
the documents for the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, thus,
memorializing our hour of remembrance. More significant than these dates are the things we, as
Elks, do during this month of special recognition and support for our military and our veterans.
If you have a VA medical facility near your community, November is a great month to give support
to our hospitalized veterans. Something as simple as a personal visit and chat with a hospitalized
veteran will brighten his or her life. Many Lodges will even provide a special “thank you” meal for
all veterans. Plan to do something for your Elks veterans as well as the veterans in your community
who will exemplify our motto of “ Care – Share,” and by so doing you will prove that we
are: “Elks: Elevating America.” In addition, you will honor and care for our veterans and help
satisfy our Elks’ pledge: “So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks will never forget them.”
Marcia and I wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Please take
time to count your blessings, recognize our veterans, they deserve it, and give thanks that you live
in America and have membership in the Elks.
Bill Convis – Leading Knight
November Calendar 2014
This past month on Oct 18-19, the scouts from our Lodge troop 21 spent the weekend at The
Zeibright Mine /Donner Mine Camp helping them close up for the winter. The scouts helped with
Painting, cleaning and moving a down tree. The camp is a music c
Our newest member Hershel Golden and Penny Johnson’s Memorial
Support your Lodge
Come to Meetings and Events!!
Big Bucks Drawing
Oct. 15th
Raffle Winners
$100 – Donald Tremewan
$25 – James Moore
Nov 2014
House Committee Meeting – 6PM
Lodge Meeting - Lady Elks
1:00 PM – Lady Elks
5:00 pm – Social Hour
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Meeting
CHEA Mid Term
CHEA Mid Term
CHEA Mid Term
Duke Memorial – 2PM
Veterans Dinner
Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts
Sportsman Meeting – Dining Hall
Family Dinner
Wine Tasting – 6PM
Taco Night
Trustees Meeting – 6PM
Lodge Meeting - Lady Elks
1:00 PM – Lady Elks
5:00 pm – Social Hour
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Meeting
Bingo – Big Bucks
6:30 Boy Scouts Meeting
Nov 5th
5:00 pm – Social Hour
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Lodge Meeting
Nov 19th
5:00 pm – Social Hour
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Lodge Meeting
Scout Meetings
Nov 10th
and Nov 24th
6:30-8 PM
House Committee
Nov 3rd – 6 PM
Trustee Meeting
Nov 18th- 6:00 PM
Nov Menu
5 star dinner (TBD)
Veterans Dinner
Family Dinner
6 star dinner (TBD)
Taco Night 4:30-7 PM
Tacos, Beans, Nachos and
the BEST Margaritas in Town!
Lady Elks Ice Cream Sundaes
Mama’s Spaghetti $8
5:30 pm
Support your Lodge
Come to Meetings and Events!!
A letter from Beverley McPherson, President Lady Elks
October 20, 2014
Exalted Ruler
Grass Valley Elks Lodge 538
109 S. School Street
Grass Valley, CA. 95945
Dear Exalted Ruler,
It is with regret and sorrow that I write this letter. The Elks Lodge 538 has been like a second home to me since
Due to the economy, the loss of membership, and my need to relocate, I find that the Lady Elks cannot remain
functional. We have voted to disband as of October 31, 2014 and perhaps allow for an occasional committee,
in order to help support the Lodge.
With that, we will be giving a check to the lodge for the Purple Pig in the amount of $500.00. We will also be
giving the balance of our funds to the Grass Valley Elks Lodge 538, to go to the general fund.
We will also be giving the Grass Valley Elks Lodge all of our tangible assets i.e: chair covers, linens, kitchen
utensils, decorations, etc.
Barbara Hensley is in the process of trying to recruit volunteers to keep the Ice Cream sales going at Taco night
for the Elks.
My hope for the future of the lodge is as always the best.
Warm Wishes,
Beverley McPherson
President Grass Valley Lady Elks
Duke Hamilton Obituary
William Glenn Hamilton, better known as "Duke" passed away on October
16, 2014 at the age of 75.
Duke was born to Beryl and William Hamilton Sr. in Prineville Oregon on
January 30, 1939.
The family moved to Dunsmuir CA where Duke attended the local schools.
He graduated from Dunsmuir High in 1957, Following graduation he
married his high school sweet heart and love of his life, Nancy Wyllie. After
high school, Duke continued his education at Chico State, earning a degree in
education. While attending college he and Nancy added 3 beautiful daughters
to their family.
Duke accepted a position at Nevada Union High where he was a beloved
teacher and coach for 35 years.
Duke lived his life to the fullest, enjoying his family and friends while
traveling the states, Baja and Canada. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting,
and plain "ole" giving people a hard time with his great sense of humor.
Duke is preceded in death by his parents and by his wonderful daughter
Tracie Ann Hamilton Nunnink.
He leaves behind a large family who will miss him dearly: his lovely wife,
Nancy, oldest daughter Pam(Paul Wiley), daughter Terri Hamilton Britton,
son in law Tom Nunnink, 10 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren
and sister-in-law Darlene Ball, as well as many "self appointed" sons and
The celebration of a life well lived will be held at the Grass Valley Elks
Lodge on Saturday, November 8th at 2 p.m.
Kate Richiger
Grass Valley Elks Lodge #538
109 S. School Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945