At the time these Hoofprints are being sent out, the officer corps and our ritual coaches are representing all of you in San Antonio, Texas for the 150th annual National Convention. This gathering is a time where we get caught up on the national business of the Order, vote on any pending legislation, and connect with others in Elkdom from around the country and share ideas and good times (and a couple drinks, too).
One additional piece of business we have at Convention is working hard to bring back a national championship in the ritual contest. We have been practicing hard for months, and brought back a district championship in January, and a state championship in April! The exemplification of the initiation ritual is very important to me, and I hope it is to you, too. Over the past 150 years, barring a couple minor word or phrase changes, every Elk in every lodge across the entire United States has come into our order under the same obligation, with the same words, during the same ceremony. Times can change, and years will pass, but the crux of what we believe as an organization remains the same. Elks will always believe that Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity should be the guiding principles our organization, and our lives, and the initiation ritual communicates that in a unique and beautiful way. It helps bond us to those who came before us, and those who will come after us, in a way that nothing else can. Please know we will be representing Kenton well!
Around the lodge, we have a couple projects we are working on, too. The upstairs card room is currently not available for use, as the trustees are working on behalf of the membership to make the bar operable again, and doing some other renovations to make the room an appealing option for all members and all kinds of activities. Additionally, a new menu is coming out soon, which will have a few more food options. I would love to see bigger crowds come up on Friday and Saturdays for dinner to try out the new items, even in these busy summer months.
Finally, I would like to charge each and every one of you to recruit, recruit, recruit. I would love to grow our membership this year, and we need your help to get us there. Starting July 1, anyone who recruits a new member that takes the obligation will receive a free drink from me. If you recruit 3 members, I will give you a $20 Club gift certificate. And if you can get 11 in a lodge year, Grand Lodge will give you a watch and a certificate. We will keep track, but please let me know when you refer new members! If you need help with how to fill out a membership application, please ask an officer. This promotion will end at the end of the lodge year, March 31.
Looking forward to a great summer with you all! See you at the lodge!