At the Grand Lodge Convention last month, I had an opportunity first hand to see how other lodges across the country are approaching their charitable giving, Club rooms, and activities. There were quite a few good ideas I saw, and want to implement in our Lodge, but my biggest takeaway was that Kenton Lodge #157 is doing things the right way across the board, and I am exceedingly proud to be a member here!
One area of need we have currently is with help in the Club. There are times when we need an extra hand to help serve, bartend, or even be a bar-back and help supply the bar. If you have experience, a heart to help, or a desire to learn how to be a Club volunteer, please let me, an officer, or any Club employee know. We would love to help get you in the mix, and you could be a huge help! No experience required!
Another thing I am proud of is our social media footprint that we are making. We have a large presence on many differ-ent platforms, including on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Our website (kentonelks157.com) has expanded signifi-cantly, and we have added advertising inside and outside of the lodge with our signs. If you think you could help by learning how to update our outdoor sign (it’s EASY… just uses a remote control), we could really use your help!
Finally, I’m proud of our philanthropic endeavors. We have a Kids’ Day coming up August 4, with the price of admission being a toiletry item for our troops. This day will emphasize our local youth (and their families) seeing how we assist veterans, troops, and promote drug awareness in Hardin County. I want to keep this momentum of youth and families going forward, and want to get our Antlers Program up and running. Please see me if you are able to help work with local teens to show them early on all the positive things that happen with the Elks. With assistance from Julie Crowe, we have applied for and are receiving multiple grants that will allow us to participate in programs like Shop With a Cop, purchase needed items for local law enforcement, and supplement our veterans giving activities.
We are doing it right in Kenton, and I think we can even do a little more, with help from you, our members. I would love to sit down with you and talk about how we can get you plugged in to help the best, even if it’s something I haven’t listed above! Maybe you want to start a Bowling league, or there is a connection we can make to serve people in our community who need help? Let’s talk about it!
As summer winds down, I hope to see you up at the Lodge more, and remember to keep referring those new members!