Sunday, February 1st

TAWAS AREA LODGE NO. 2525
BPO ELKS A FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION
Telephone: 989-362-6788
1002 Monument Road • Tawas City, Michigan 48763
Website: www.tawaselks.org
FEBRUARY 2015 - Vol. XXXX No. 11
Members All Gee whiz! It’s time for me to put this article for the
bulletin together again! It seems like I just did this a
couple days ago! At any rate...here it is!
First off, the Big Buck Dinner. I am sorry to say that
Sam did not attend due to medical issues, but we finally
have surgery scheduled for next week. Yay! Just a few
more days after that and he won’t be broken anymore!
So I asked Brad Saegesser how the dinner went and this
is what he told me. There were approximately 50 people
in attendance and a great time was had by all. So there
you have it! A fun night! All kidding aside, I myself really
want to thank Roger Spencer for keeping this dinner
going! And thanks to all that helped put it together. I
believe this event was created in memory of Spencer
Welch, who was a long-time member of our lodge. I
remember Spencer when I was a young girl. He was
one of my favorite post office people! Maybe because
he gave me a ride home from the ice skating rink one
bitterly cold day and saved me from a nine-block walk.
Hard to believe he’s been gone so long. Ahhh, nostalgia!
Elks are never forgotten, so here’s to you Spencer. You
will never be forgotten either!
E-mail: [email protected]
We also had our pizza party on the 17th and holy cow
– were there ever a lot of people there! The lodge was
packed! Like I said before...pizza, music and dancing...
what more could you ask for? Well, maybe a beverage
or two! Many thanks to Dave Conn, Mike Bowman and
the rest of the crew for great pizza and Lin and Chuck
Anderson, also known as “Side by Side”, for the great
music! I can’t wait for the next one!
As we move on into February, I am reminded that my
year as Exalted Ruler is getting closer to being over.
Two more months...where did the time go? All your
officers will be getting into practice mode for District
Ritual competition coming up in March. This will be held
at the Flint lodge, so wish us luck when the time comes.
I can’t really think of anything going on in February at
the lodge, so there isn’t anything to tell you about. There
will be a super football party on Sunday, February 1,
but I’m not much of a football fan, so just check out the
rest of the bulletin for more information on that. I guess
that means that I should close this and quit boring you
to pieces! Have a great month everyone and see you at
the lodge!
Patricia Spriggs, Exalted Ruler
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Sunday, February 1st
New England Patriots
vs.
Seattle Seahawks
Party starts at 5:00 p.m. and your lodge will
furnish hot dogs and chips.
— DONATIONS ONLY —
Feel free to bring an appetizer to share.
Hale Area Schools will be hosting Rachel’s Carnival this year
on Saturday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The purpose of the
carnival is to bring together the Rachel’s Challenge groups from
Oscoda, Tawas, Whittemore-Prescott and Hale schools to showcase
and celebrate the impact of Rachel’s Challenge and to infuse our
communities with kindness. Please sign up for a two-hour shift to
help with this event. There is a sign-up sheet at the lodge or call 7283551, ext. 102, to volunteer for the 10 a.m.-noon or noon to 2 p.m.
shift. The school is located at 200 W. Main Street in Hale. Volunteers
will oversee the four inflatables and assist with carnival games.
MENU Prices WENT up!
As of January 1st, the lodge was forced to raise menu prices
due to increases in food costs. We always­ do our best to keep
prices as reasonable­as possible­. Changes are as follows:
BURGER NIGHT - THURSDAY
Hamburger - $3.00 • Cheeseburger $3.25
TACO NIGHT - TUESDAY
Tacos - $1.25 each
— MENU CHANGES —
Hamburger - $3.75 • Cheeseburger - $4.00
Hot Dog - $2.00 • Onion Straws - $2.50
Nachos (one size only) - $4.00
Page 2 — MEMBERS ALL —
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE:
Proposal for Amendment to Bylaws for
Tawas Area Lodge 2525 B.P.O.E.
ARTICLE IV: MEETINGS
Section 1. The regular meetings of this shall be held on the first and
third Tuesday evenings in each month throughout the year, except
the months of July, August and November, in which the Lodge shall
meet on the third Tuesday.
PROPOSED CHANGE
Section 1. The regular meetings of this shall be held on the first and
third Tuesday evenings in each month throughout the year, except
the months of July, August and November, in which the Lodge shall
meet on the third Tuesday in July and August and the first Tuesday
in November.
ARTICLE V: ELECTIVE OFFICERS AND DUTIES
OF THE SECRETARY
Section 4. …For the faithful performance of his duties he shall
receive as compensation $1500 per annum, payable semi-annually.
PROPOSED CHANGE
Section 4. …For the faithful performance of his duties he shall
receive as compensation $1700 per annum, payable semi-annually.
OF THE TREASURER
Section 4. …For the faithful performance of his duties he shall
receive as compensation $1000 per annum, payable semi-annually.
PROPOSED CHANGE
Section 4. …For the faithful performance of his duties he shall
receive as compensation $1200 per annum, payable semi-annually.
ARTICLE XIII: BILLS AGAINST THE LODGE
PROPOSED CHANGE — ADD
Section 3: The Treasurer may pay recurring bills upon approval of
the Board of Trustees (or Board of Directors as may be applicable)
without obtaining prior Lodge approval. Any such payments shall be
at the next Lodge meeting.
Section 4: The Treasurer may designate a specific member of the
Board of Trustees (or Board of Directors as may be applicable), or
chair officer, subject to Lodge approval, to sign Lodge checks in the
Treasurer’s absence. Any such designee shall be bonded in the
same amount as the Treasurer.
The above proposed Amendment changes, proposed by the
Board of Directors, will be voted on at the February 17, 2015,
regular Lodge meeting. A majority vote of Members at the
meeting shall be required for adoption.
365 Bank Club
MICHIGAN
ELKS
365 CLUB
PLEASE HELP
SPECIAL NEEDS
CHILDREN
A FEW COIN
S
EVERY DAY
Neil and Ellen Mochty
Scott and Aggie Hartsig
Don Seymour Jr.
Roger Spencer
Kurt Sias
Don Seymour
Scott Hartsig
Major Project Chairman
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1
1
1
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Because “Elks Care and Elks Share”
TAWAS AREA ELKS - FEBRUARY 2015
IMPORTANT NOTICE:
If, for some unforeseen reason, a member of the Tawas­Area Elks Lodge
wishes to no longer remain as a member of this lodge, you should contact
the secretary­ to apply for an Absolute Dimit. It must be applied for before­
the last meeting of the lodge year (March 17, 2015). It shows that you were
a member in good standing­when you took the dimit. “A member who shall
receive an Absolute Dimit shall become an unaffiliated member, but shall
remain subject to the jurisdiction of the Lodge granting such dimit.”
Members shall:
a. Submit a written request for the Absolute Dimit.
b. Attach membership card to written request.
Members:
If you are planning to transfer to another Lodge, please
do it as soon as possible. The closer we get to the end of the
Lodge year (March 31), the more difficult it becomes.
NOTICE:
NOMINATION OF OFFICERS FOR 2015 – 2016
In accordance with Section 3.080 of Grand Lodge Statutes­ and Article
VII, Section I, of the bylaws of Tawas­Area Lodge #2525, nominations for the
following officers will be held at our regular meeting on February 3, 2015:
Exalted Ruler • Esteemed Leading Knight
Esteemed Loyal Knight • Esteemed Lecturing Knight
Secretary • Treasurer • Trustee (5-year term)
Alternate to Grand Lodge Meeting in July (PERs only)
George T. Sermon, Secretary
To Tim St. Aubin for bringing attention
to the need for grab bars to be installed
for a local girl. Thanks also to Dave
Revord to installing the bars in the girl’s
home. Following is her response:
Thank you for installing the metal bar
in my bathroom. It works perfect. I am so glad to be able to do this
myself now! It took a while to practice, but I eventually got it. My
mom is happy about this, too. I could not wait for the support rail to
be installed. It works very well. It’s very secure as well. I am so glad
that I no longer need anyone’s help. Thank you so much for this!
Sincerely, Taylor “Star” Feese
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
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NEW ADDRESS
Name_____________________________________
Membership No. ____________________________
Street Address______________________________
City_____________________State____Zip_______
This “CHANGE OF ADDRESS NOTICE” must be received at the Lodge
office by the 15th of the month in order for mailings to reach you in the
succeeding month. To be sure a requested change of address is effective
and properly recorded. USE THIS FORM. Don’t phone this information
to the office.
TAWAS AREA ELKS - FEBRUARY 2015 TAWAS AREA ELKS #2525
COMMUNITY
COLLEGE
Through a generous donation from member Bill Dyer, we
are starting a new scholarship program this year that will be
awarded to two students from our area high schools who
are going to attend one of our local community colleges,
Kirtland Community College, Alpena Community College and
Delta Community College. We will be awarding two $750
scholarships. Applications for this new scholarship have been
sent to our area high schools, but please pass the word along
to any of your friends and family that have a high school
senior. The scholarship application can be downloaded from
the Tawas Area Elks Lodge website at http://www.elks.org/
lodges/LodgePages.cfm?LodgeNumber=2525&ID=15006.
The deadline for submitting completed applications is
April 30, 2015. If you have any questions about this new
scholarship or if you would like to make a donation to help
fund this scholarship in 2016, please contact Brad Saegesser,
Scholarship Chairperson, at 820-7171 or [email protected]
gmail.com.
Americanism Judging Contest
Essay & Coloring
On Sunday, December 28, lodge members got together to
judge the Americanism Contests for both essay and coloring.
Each contest has two divisions. In the essay contest, Division
I is 5th and 6th grades, Division II is 7th and 8th grades. The
coloring contest also has two divisions, with Division I made
up of 1st and 2nd graders, while Division II is 3rd and 4th
graders. Here is how the contestants from our lodge faired:
Essay D1 (5th & 6th): Thomas Bruning, Tawas
Middle School; Avery Coleman, Hale Middle School;
Autumn Sundberg, Hale Middle School; Essay D2 (7th
& 8th): Jolene Leonard, Hale Middle School; Raymond
Bruning, Tawas Middle School; Amber Leonard, Hale
Middle School.
Color D1 (1st & 2nd): Nathan Sides, Brooke Sheldon,
Lilly Vliet, all from Hale Elementary School; Color D2 (3rd
& 4th): Bethany Sides, Samantha Powell, AJ Short,
all from Hale Elementary School.
The lodge would like to thank the following judges for
helping with this contest: Ami Edmonds, Patty Spriggs, Colleen
Bagwell, Jack Kindt, Sam Spriggs and George Sermon. We
appreciate your time.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to
Pete Hupcik in the recent death of his mother
and to
John Hamilton in the recent death of his father.
Page 3
Spencer Welch
“Big Buck” Banquet
The evening of January 13 saw the Tawas Elks Lodge filled with
54 people celebrating the 25th Annual Spencer Welch Big Buck Contest Awards Night. Spencer would have been very proud of the eight
racks displayed by the successful hunters. Deer talk was loud and
ongoing well into the evening with stories about the strategy used to
gain success or excuses for missing the wily 30 pointer.
This year’s trophy antler display featured one 6-point, two
7-points, three beautiful 8-points and a once-in-a-lifetime 12-pointer!
Believe it or not, no spikes, 3- or 4-pointers or even a 5-pointer were
harvested by this wily group of nimrods. I don’t know if it was because of last year’s harsh winter and its toll on the deer herd or the
state of Michigan’s new licensing program or people just chose not
to harvest the smaller bucks (Letum Go, Letum Grow)! This made for
interesting judging to determine the smallest legal buck winner! This
is the third year in a row that we have had this judging problem. The
12-pointer was harvested by Dave Revord (pictured above center)
in archery season and was ineligible for the Spencer Welch contest,
but was displayed to give us all something to hunt for in the future.
Great job, Dave!
I would like to THANK everyone who made this evening a huge
success: Chef BOB KENNEDY, my old hunting camp partner, for the
great meal; his kitchen crew of Mayday, Bob Sieloff and Brad Saegesser; Dick and Jon Look for selling tickets and collecting the funds;
the wait staff, Cindy and Tammy, for making sure no one got dehydrated and kitchen advice; venison donators, Tammy and Bill Ulrich,
Steve Klenow and his market; door prize donator, Jack Kindt; rifle
donator, Bill Dyer; the successful hunters who brought in their racks
and entertained us with their hunting tips; and ALL who ATTENDED
the banquet to enjoy the evening and meal.
The 2014 Big Buck Prize winners were: Smallest legal buck and
best 4-6 pointer, Roger Spencer (pictured above right); Best of Show
Rack, Matt Haglund (pictured above left).Other prize winners were:
50-50 Raffle Winner, Matt Haglund; Gun Rest Winner, Tim Dehl; 7
MM 08 Ber Tikka Rifle, Ericka Earl.
In the closing words of the great hunter BRUSH SAGE, it is never
too early to start planning for next year’s hunt. See you, my fellow
hunters, in your 2015 food plots.
Roger Spencer
Get well wishes go out
to Denny McArdle and
“Tweet” Bird, who
recently­experienced
some health issues. We
wish them all the best
and speedy recoveries.
TAWAS AREA LODGE
Non-Profit Organization
U.S. Postage Paid
East Tawas, Michigan
Permit No. 4
NO. 2525
BPO ELKS
A FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION
Telephone: 989-362-6788
1002 Monument Rd. • Tawas City, MI 48763
OFFICERS FOR 2014-2015
Exalted Ruler - Patricia Spriggs
Esteemed Leading Knight - Mark Kubiac, PER
Esteemed Loyal Knight - Michael Bowman
Esteemed Lecturing Knight - Raymond Bruning
Secretary - George T. Sermon, PSP
Treasurer - Christine Gentges
Tiler - Ami Edmonds
Esquire - Cynthia Smith
Chaplain - Colleen Bagwell
Inner Guard - Sam Spriggs, PER
Board of Directors:
Lowell McArdle Patricia Spriggs
David Bird Mark Kubiac, PER
Jack Kindt Michael Bowman
Fran Mathy Raymond Bruning
Fred Duncan, PER
SUNDAY
1- FEBRUARY
Super
Football
Party
TAMMY/JAN
8
VOLUNTEER
MARY
15
VOLUNTEER
CINDY
2
MONDAY
40¢
Wings
CINDY
9
40¢
Wings
CINDY
16
40¢
Wings
CINDY
22 NASCAR 23
Daytona, FL
40¢
Wings
VOLUNTEER
MARCIA
CINDY
25
3
TUESDAY
Tacos 1
$ 25
ea.
Trustee Mtg. 6 p.m.
Regular Mtg. 7 p.m.
CINDY
10
Tacos
1
$ 25
ea.
WEDNESDAY
4
5 BURGER
6
Chicken
NIGHT
Sandwich w/FF
Hamburger $3
Only $3.00! Cheeseburger $325
MARY
11 Chicken
CINDY
24
Tacos
1
$ 25
CINDY
27
ea.
CINDY/MARCIA
12 BURGER
NIGHT
Sandwich w/FF
Hamburger $3
Only $3.00! Cheeseburger $325
CINDY
MARCIA
$
25
17 Tacos 1 ea. 18 Chicken
Trustee Mtg. 6 p.m.
Regular Mtg. 7 p.m.
THURSDAY
CINDY/TAMMY
19 BURGER
NIGHT
Sandwich w/FF
Hamburger $3
Only $3.00! Cheeseburger $325
FRIDAY
0
7
JAN
13
JAN
14
MARY
20
MARY
21
FISH
FRY
TAMMY
25
CINDY/MARCIA
26 BURGER
TAMMY
27
TAMMY
28
JAN
28
TAMMY/MARY
29
MARCIA
30
MARCIA
31
JAN
CINDY/MARCIA
TAMMY
JAN
Chicken
NIGHT
Sandwich w/FF
Hamburger $3
Only $3.00! Cheeseburger $325
FISH
FRY
~ DAILY MENU
SELECTIONS ~
Chicken
26
SATURDAY
4 ¢
Burger & Draft
$w/FF
VOLUNTEER
Sandwich
Hamburger $375 • Cheeseburger
400 • Hot
Dog
200 • French
Fries $175 • Onion Straws $250
Tacos $1$ea.
$
Just
$3.25
Wings
Only $3.00!
MARY
French
Fries/Onion Straw Mix $3 • Sweet Potato Fries
3 • Chicken Strips $6 • Wings 50¢ ea. • Wing Basket $5
CINDY
CINDY
Chicken31Sandwich w/Fries $350 • Shrimp Basket $6 • Nachos (one size) $4 (Not available on Thursdays)
30
40¢
LODGE HOURS
KITCHEN CLOSES
NIGHTLY AT 8 P.M.
TAMMY
Wings
SUNDAY
AT 7:30 P.M.
MARCIA
Every Day from 3-10 p.m.
Sunday from 3-8 p.m.