1 TALLAHASSEE ELKS LODGE #937 BENEVOLENT AND PROTECTIVE ORDER OF ELKS ANTLERS FEBRUARY 2011 WORDS FROM THE ER S STATION (I didn t get a desk) They said it couldn t be done; but thanks to all of you who bought tickets and came out for New Year s Eve, the end-ofyear Dinner & Dance was a success. Everyone who attended had a wonderful time. I was happily surprised at the number of people still at the Lodge for the ringing in of the new year. A very special thank you to Regina & Yayo for decorating, Carina and Bob for preparing the meal, Sue for working the door, Carolyn for plating every single dinner and Frank for helping serve and clean up. It was also most appreciated that Gary Radtke (from the band) and Pat (his wife) jumped in to help deliver dinners to the tables. I know there were more people who worked this event and I apologize for not naming you individually but thank you. One might think that things would have slowed down in January. They did not. We had the Oldies but Goodies night in the dining room and Lounge. What a hoot that was. I shall not mention it by name but the evening even included a strawberry colored liquid of which some of you may not have such fond memories. Personally, I thought the dessert shooters stole the show- what a delicious variety. If you have not attended one of the themed dinners in the dining room, you are not taking full advantage of your dues. Actually, if you do not eat in the dining room regularly you are missing out on one of the best benefits if your membership. Also in January, we had the State President s visit. What a weekend that was. If you did not participate, you really did miss one of the best parts of Elkdom. Jim Hurst, FSEA President, is a wonderful person and it is really inspiring to hear him speak; as it was all of the guest speakers. North District Vice President, Carl Ledig, and wife Dolly (plus family and crew) did an incredible job rolling out the red carpet for our honored guests. The ballroom, lounge, foyer and even the ladies rooms never looked better. I cannot tell you how proud I was of the Elks and Elketts of Lodge #937 that helped make the visit, the hospitality room and especially the banquet a resounding success. I would like to thank Carl for having Jim and his entourage eat ALL of their meals at the Lodge. In other visits, the group is taken to outside eateries. I told Jim (we are on a first name basis now) on Sunday that Hogie (our Club Manager) has offered a standing invitation for him to visit every couple of months because he likes what happens around the place in preparation for such a visit. Now one might think that the holidays are over, but if you read the Antlers, you will see the feasting continues. We have several, very special dinners coming up. So mark your calendars to come to the Lodge; and if you do not receive e- mail notices of upcoming events, please contact me so I can get you on the list I was so excited about sharing the recent events, I did not have space to tell you what I learned in the lounge tonight: From the AARP magazine, Bonifide entries in the world s top English dictionaries. Stay tuned. Fraternally and thank you for your support, Tracey A SECRETARY S CORNER Many important items of business are covered in February. Nominations are taken at the lodge meeting on February 1 for the lodge officers to be elected for the next lodge year that begins April 1. That same meeting is PER Night in the chairs. Additional nominations are taken on February 15, but only for those positions where no nominations were made on February 1. I will get the billing prepared this month for next year s dues to the lodge membership. Additionally, I will be sending delinquent notices to all members who are delinquent in their dues, encouraging those members to keep their membership current. If you have a question for the lodge secretary, call me. Tom Walden, Secretary FRIDAY NIGHT DINING ROOM VOLUNTEERS February 4 Bobby & Jan Thorburn & Tracey Austin February 11 Tom Walden & Karla Jones February 18 Helen & Bryce Thornton February 25 Lee & Linda Fish PROPOSITIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP For Membership by Initiation: Donnie Traylor, proposed by C. Wayne Turner By Transfer Dimit (balloting on Mr. Barnhart on February 1): Merle Barnhart, from Panama City Lodge #1598 For Reinstatement: Walter Culley II, proposed by Charles Hurst February 1 Balloting; Reading of revised House Rules February 8 House Committee Meeting February 11 Indoctrination February 15 Initiation; Balloting for revised House Rules February 22 Trustees Meeting February 28 PER Meeting
2 FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS 3 Kahl, Yayo Ungericht, Eric F. 6 Thornton, Bryce G. 17 Bugbee, Robert C. 7 Pope Jr., Melvin L. 18 Fugler, Michael Roy 8 Schleich, Howard H. Stelter, Rodney C. 9 Villamar, Eduardo 22 Barfield, John B. 10 Cotter, Joyce M. 23 Coker, Donald A. Skuse, Richard J. 24 Falmlen, Rodney 11 Fisher III, William L. Raker, Robert W. Ward, David E. Russell, Clayton E. 12 Rotruck, Jerry 25 Durocher, Robert 16 Maurey, Gerald L. 28 White, Bonnie SUNDAY BREAKFAST BUFFET Scrambled Eggs Eggs to Order Bacon Sausage Sausage Gravy Biscuits Pancakes French Toast Grits Hash Browns Fruit Sliced maters Orange Juice Milk Coffee Where: Elk s Dining Room When: Sundays Time: 9:00-12:00 pm Cost: $6.50 per person + tax If you are bringing a crowd of eight or more, please call the lodge and alert the kitchen so we can be ready to serve your family and friends when you arrive. TALLAHASSEE 937 PATRONS Anonymous Art & Deanne Adams Ben and Regina Balding Phil and Sharon Bennett Tom Bliss Carol Bosenberg Sue Cowger Preston & Georgia Davis Lee & Linda Fish Betty Gramling Charlie & Annette Hurst Wayne & Andrea Harrell Roy Harvey Charles Johnson, Jr. Chuck Kingry Barbara Knight Lou & Barbara Langnehs Robert Metz Chuck & Mary Anna Mohr James A. & Lorraine Moore Tom Nawrocki Bruce Peck Edith Perrella Walt Peters Don & Nancy Reeves Miriam Roberts Jack Shoemaker Virginia Singleton Juanita Smith Paul & Marilyn Tabanelli Bryce & Helen Thornton Sue & Laura Tully Arnie Weand Buzz and Lou Wright If you would like to be a patron and help offset the cost of the newsletter, it is only $20.00 for the entire lodge year. Please see Tom Walden for patron donations. The Wishing Well donations for December totaled $400.00! Our members, as well as, the Bingo players are the ones to thank. Thank you! ELK HAPPENINGS LODGE MEETING ON FEBRUARY 1ST AT 8 PM **NOTE** The appreciation dinner has been postponed ** CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NORTH DISTRICT RITUAL WINNERS! Our Lodge was judged in the Initiatory Ritual Competition on January 22 nd. Warrington Lodge also traveled to Tallahassee to compete for the Northwest District. Neither team had any other Lodges in their Districts compete; only nine Districts will be sending teams to State. This is very sad for Elkdom. While both teams should be very proud of their accomplishments, Tallahassee was the higher scoring team. Team members were privileged to be awarded individual, first place plaques by FSEA President James Hurst at his Banquet that evening. So Tallahassee, Now that you won the North District Competition, what are you going to do? We re going to Disney World! The State contest will be held in May during the Yearly Convention at the Disney Coronado Resort in Orlando. Congratulations also go to Tracey Austin, Bob Thorburn (ERs and Leading Knights) and Betty Irvin (open class) for competing in the 11:00 Toast. The competition was very close but Tracey will be representing the North District at State. SPRUCING UP THE LODGE In January, the lodge installed new carpet in the lounge and lounge foyer. Additionally, new vertical blinds have been installed on the wall with all the windows in the dining room. The parking lot has been restriped so you now can choose a space in which to park, rather than having to guess where to leave your car. Special thanks to the PERs for taking on the task of striping and thanks also to Rick Peckham who grabbed a big bucket of paint and a fast roller to do the south portion of the lot. The lodge has a considerable amount of decorations in anticipation of Mardi Gras. While we do not expect to celebrate at the lodge, the purple, gold, and green motif adds a great deal of color to many of the rooms. Thank you, Dolly and Carl Ledig for sharing those decorations with us.
3 CANDLELIGHT DINNER ON FEBRUARY 26 The next Candlelight Dinner is set for February 26th with the following menu: Minestrone Soup Salad Greens with Pomegranate Vinaigrette Chicken Limon Linguine with Lemon Cream Sauce Vegetable Medley Crescent Rolls Chess Pie WHAT A WEEKEND FSEA President, James Hurst and First Lady, Julia, visited the North District & WOW Was it a great weekend? REALLY??? I would like to thank EVERYONE who made the weekend such a huge success! Cooks, servers, clearers, decorators, coordinators, constructors, bartenders, photographers, movers, shakers you know who you are, I know who you are, and I could not have done it without you! Thank You! Thank You! THANK YOU! WOW!!! Carl Ledig, VP ND VALENTINES DAY DINNER A RITUAL TEAM FUND RAISER February 14, 7:00pm Please join us Monday evening for a sit-down dinner with your sweetheart (served Candlelight style ). Tickets are on sale in the Lounge now; the cut off to make your reservation is Friday, February 11 or 60 guests. For $17.00, we will serve you: Cream of Tomato-Basal Soup Caesar Salad Cook to Order Rib-eye Steaks Twice Baked Potato Casserole Haricot Vert Almandine Homemade Love-Knot Rolls Bananas Foster Glass of Champagne Mustache Matt will be playing romantic music on his keyboard for your listening pleasure during dinner. So, please, do not mark those calendars, just pick up the phone and call to reserve your seats now. The Ritual Team is going to State and we would like to be able to pay for the trip without help from the Lodge. What a better way to show your support, than coming to dinner. What a deal! Tickets are $15 per person and will go on sale February 4th in the lounge, and remain on sale till February 23rd or when sold out, if that occurs first. If you are interested in attending, put the event on your calendar. WANT TO HAVE SOME FUN? On Saturday and Sunday, March 5th and 6th, our Lodge will be the only food vendor for the Natural Bridge Historical Society s reenactment of the Battle of Natural Bridge. This is our second year participating in the reenactment. Last year we had a lot of fun doing this and we are really looking forward to having a great time this year! The weekend at Natural Bridge is a great opportunity for Community exposure, to help another non-profit Organization and, hopefully, provide a little income for the Lodge. Nanci Longman is the volunteer coordinator for this event. She is in the process of scheduling several crews so that no one person has to work until he or she keels over! Food service will be from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. This will be the first year that we will be offering breakfast to the participants of the reenactment. If you would like to help out your Lodge and become a part of this fantastic opportunity, please contact Nanci at to volunteer a little of your time. She will schedule you based on your availability. SGT. MAJOR S HELPING HANDS, INC. Invites you to come join our Silent but FUN Auction on Friday, March 4, 2011 from 4-8pm in the ballroom benefitting Sgt. Major s Helping Hands, Inc. and the National Guard s Family Readiness Group. Find and bid on the treasure you can t live without ~ then enjoy a very special Italiano themed dinner prepared by Chef Carina in the dining room from 6-8. Donations to the auction will gladly be appreciated and accepted. Please contact Tracey O
4 ITALIAN NIGHT IN MARCH Plan to join us at the lodge for Italian Night on Friday, March 4, The Oldies and Goodies night in January drew a terrific crowd and folks had a ball! Carina Tate and her team will be in the kitchen and there will be food in the dining room on the buffet line at the regular price of $9.99 with the following menu: Olive Garden Green Salad Caesar Salad Toscana soup Spaghetti in Meat Sauce Roast Pork Loin Picatta Fettuccini Alfredo Italian Vegetable Medley Zucchini and Apple Fritters Garlic Bread Tiramisu Find some folks who would like to join you, and put together your own reserved table for four or more persons. Remember that all the food is homemade in the lodge kitchen. REPAIR OF THE SIGN OUT FRONT You may have noticed that our sign out front has a couple holes from vandalism in the sign face that you see when driving south on Magnolia. The cost to repair the sign is just about the same as our insurance deductible so we have been waiting till we had some extra bucks to replace the sign face. The company who repairs our sign in times of distress tells us they have a gently used sign face that they will donate to us to replace the one side that is damaged and we only have to pay the labor cost. We have given The Sign Company on South Adams Street the go ahead to take care of that issue. We appreciate their generosity! PER NIGHT IN FEBRUARY While the Elk appreciation dinner may have been postponed, on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, the Past Exalted Rulers will sit in the chairs to conduct our regular Lodge meeting. Everyone looks forward to this evening as many of the PERs relate a story of what happened during their year. This is also the first night that Officer nominations for the Lodge year will be accepted. Additional nominations will be accepted on February 15 th, BUT ONLY FOR THOSE CHAIRS WHERE NO NOMINATIONS WERE MADE ON FEBRUARY 1, OR IF THE NOMINEE HAS WITHDRAWN. (See Section 3.080, GL Statutes.) Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. AN OPEN APOLOGY To Yvette Reader and Betty Irvin Please accept my sincerest apology for not coming into the January Elkett meeting to congratulate you on achieving Lifetime Membership. The Elketts are an extremely important component of the Tallahassee Elks Lodge and supporting our goals in Elkdom. I sincerely thank you for the years you have dedicated to the Elketts and the Tallahassee Elks Lodge. Again, congratulations and thank you! Sincerely, Tracey Austin Exalted Ruler; Tallahassee Elks Lodge #937 ELKETT CORNER FEBRUARY 2011 Happy Birthday wishes are extended to: 3 rd Yayo Kahl 13 th Kathleen Talantis 22 nd Martha Carrin 26 th Gloria Whitaker 27 th Lou Wright 28 th Barbara Nettles and Bonnie White Many thanks to all who made January s meeting so special for Charter Members, Life Members, Past Presidents and Elketts of the Year. A fun time was had by all in attendance and Keith White s spaghetti dinner was the best! Once again, thanks Keith! A special Congratulations to new Life Members Betty Irvin and Yvette Reeder. February 3 general meeting will be our annual cookie exchange. Each member is requested to bring two dozen cookies to share with others. This is always lots of fun and a treat to take home so many different kinds of cookies to enjoy. Make your reservations now to attend. Once again, it is time to elect officers for next year. A Nominating Committee (composed of two Board members and three members from membership, according to the By- Laws) was elected for this purpose. Annette Hurst and Gloria Whitaker were elected from the Board and Yayo Kahl, Marge Peters and Sheila Wolfe were elected from Membership. This Committee will have a tentative slate of officers at the February meeting to be voted upon and approved by Membership for next year. Please read your Antlers each month. There is lots going on and you definitely do not want to miss anything! Your support for Lodge # 937 is important. IMPORTANT DATES: February 3 General Meeting and Cookie Exchange February 17 Board Meeting Submitted by: Joyce Dunaway, Secretary
5 GER MESSAGE: TIME TO ASSESS PROGRESS AS LODGE YEAR ENDS A Message from the Grand Exalted Ruler Hon. Michael F. Smith February brings us a number of opportunities in which we can make our surroundings a better place. Our Order celebrates its anniversary on the sixteenth, Presidents Day and, of course, Valentine s Day. Have your Lodges plan an event recognizing Presidents Day through your Americanism Committee. Invite your community to witness our dedication to our country. Make it a visible event and let the attendees know who we are and what we represent. On February 14 have your Lodge serve a Valentine s Day meal or host a reception and encourage your Members to bring their special person to be recognized. As the Lodge year is coming to an end, February allows us to evaluate our progress and push to attain the goals we may not have met at this point. It is time to be developing the Lodge budget for next year, along with the nomination of Officers. Our Order is going through some changes to improve and grow. Take the time to evaluate where your Lodge needs to be and fill the offices with the people you believe can achieve your objectives. Many opportunities will be presented at the National Convention, and you will need the leadership to direct the membership in order for your Lodge and our Order to advance. What a great month February represents. Embrace the opportunities and Promote Elks Passion. Remember to Be Proud, Be Loud and Be Visible with our works. FSEA FEBRUARY QUARTERLY FEBRUARY 4-5, 2011 Make plans to attend the February Quarterly Meeting of the Florida Elks Association at the Florida Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla. This meeting will include a meeting of the Florida Elks Major Projects Committee which is a required to be attended by all officers of the FSEA, all District Deputies, all Exalted Rulers, & the 1 & 2 year member Lodge appointees to the Major Projects Committee. The highlight of this meeting is a visit by the Grand Exalted Ruler, this year Florida s own Michael Smith. Mike will be accompanied by his wife, Sandra, and they will be real comfortable at home in Florida in February. All Elks and their spouses/guests are invited to attend. A copy of the agenda can be obtained on line at and click on the February Quarterly or for more information, contact Carl T. Seibert, State Secretary. A MESSAGE FROM THE FLORIDA STATE ELKS ASSOCIATION S STATE PRESIDENT My Fellow Elks, It seems as though our year as the FSEA State President is proceeding rapidly. As we approach February I would encourage all members to continue the generous donations to the Harry-Anna Trust Fund for support of our two Major State Projects. I wish to thank all the individual lodge and district fund raising efforts which will be taking place between now and the end of our fiscal year March 31 st. I also wish to commend PER Jim Larsen from the Manasota Lodge for his marathon run New Years Eve which resulted in over $5,000 accrued to the Trust Fund from donations and pledges. Harry-Anna State Chairman Ron Snow has recently sent letters to all Exalted Rulers, Trustees, and Secretaries suggesting that as many lodges as possible donate money on the occasion of our Major Projects Meeting taking place Saturday, February 5 th at the Youth Camp Quarterly Meeting. Many lodges or districts choose to give checks on that day, and GER Ruler Mike Smith will be attending and present to assist me in receiving any such donations. Nominations and elections of new lodge officers for will be conducted during the month of February. I encourage all who aspire to such a position to take the opportunity to serve in that capacity and provide the leadership that is so essential to having a successful and productive lodge. I know such leadership is demanding, time consuming, and often a challenge. However, it can also give one a great sense of accomplishment, pride, and satisfaction in that you are helping your respective lodge and promoting the goals of Elkdom. And remember this thought: That Leader is best, that when the people s task is accomplished, and their work is done, the people will all say, We have done it ourselves. Fraternally, James E. Hurst, FSEA State President PASSPORT Passport is an activity of the Interlodge Visitation Committee encouraging visitation to Florida Elks Lodges. It includes recognition for various levels of achievement. Go to the for more information.
6 February, 2011 SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT 1 4:00 11: Appreciation Dinner Postponed Elk Meeting PERs Sit in Chairs Foltz s Crew Elketts General Meeting Starts at 8:00 pm Volunteers Needed House Committee Meeting 6:30 pm Cook s Crew Indoctrination :00 11: Dan McWilliams Monday Night Burger Deal Valentine s Day Dinner Elks Meeting Initiation 7:00 pm Symon s Crew Elkett Board Meeting Tom Walden Monday Night Burger Deal Trustees Meeting 6:30 pm Henley s Crew Candlelight Dinner 27 ER s not volunteering, just filling in crew 28 4:00-10:00 PER Meeting 6:00 pm NATURAL BRIDGE RE-ENACTMENT ELKS COOKING BREAKFAST & LUNCH Call Nanci Longman to sign up for a shift. It is a ton of fun! Sgt. Majors Helping Hands Auction & Italian Dinner
7 Tallahassee Elks Lodge 937 Officers Exalted Ruler Tracey Austin Leading Knight Robert Thorburn Loyal Knight Lou Langnehs Lecturing Knight Rod Stelter Esquire Jan Thorburn Chaplain Wayne Harrell Inner Guard Betty Irvin Tiler Bob Kohler Secretary Tom Walden Treasurer Ralph Ferrell Trustee (5-year) Keith White Trustee (4-year) Don Coker Trustee (3-year) Lee Fish Trustee (2-year) Denise Mick Trustee (1-year) Ron Foltz Lodge Advisor Larry Henley, PSP North District VP Carl Ledig North District DDGER Carol Cruce (850) Lodge 937 Programs Adopt-A-Road Tom Walden Antlers Wayne Harrell Bingo Bobby Thorburn Community Activities VACANT HATF Ron Brown Investigation Jeff Jansen Lapsation Rod Stelter Lodge Activities Betty Irvin Membership Ken Carlton, Jr Parliamentarian Larry Henley, PSP Publicity & Public Relations Tom Napier Relief Committee Tracey Austin Social & Community Rod Stelter Volunteer Coordinator Sue Greely The Antlers is a Monthly Publication of the Tallahassee Elks Lodge NORTH MAGNOLIA DRIVE TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA VOLUME 13, NUMBER 2 National Programs Accident Prevention Don Coker Americanism Lou Langnehs Auditing & Accounting Alice Varney By-Laws Stan Nettles Drug Awareness Karla Jones Elks National Foundation Robert Thorburn Elks Memorial Jan Thorburn Flag Day Lou Langnehs Government Relations Julia Ferrell Hoop Shoot Lou & Bobby Indoctrination Lou Langnehs July 4 th Lou Langnehs Memorial Day Lou Langnehs National Foundation Scholarships Karen Peek National Veterans Service Max Ferrell Scouting Ron Brown Soccer Shoot Lou & Bobby Sports Bobby & Lou Visitation (Sickness & Distress) Don Coker Visitation (Inter-Lodge) Betty Irvin Youth Activities VACANT Elkett President Marilyn Tabanelli Club Manager John Holgan RV Park Rick Peckham LOUNGE Dining Room FAX