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The Roanoke Elks 1147 PERSINGER ROAD, S.W. ROANOKE, VA 24015 LODGE 345-8126 SECRETARY 344-6140 POOL 982-9074 http://www.elks197.org PUBLISHED MONTHLY ELK OF THE YEAR..................................................................MARY ANN BISHOP OFFICER OF THE YEAR.….............................................................DAVID STULTZ OUTSTANDING AUXILIARY MEMBER OF THE YEAR.........SUSAN CHILDRESS CITIZEN OF THE YEAR….........................................................ANN MARIE WOOD EDITOR..........................................................................................BILL BESTPITCH SEND BULLETIN SUMBMISSIONS TO: bestpitch@naxs.net

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OFFICERS FOR 2010-11 VINCE BRANDTNER...........................................................................Exalted Ruler PAUL MARNELL........................................................... Esteemed Leading Knight GARY FINNEY.......…...….................................................. Esteemed Loyal Knight BILL BESTPITCH…….…........................................... Esteemed Lecturing Knight WILLIAM R. CHASE..................................................................................Secretary WAYNE HALL…….................................................................................... Treasurer STEVE BRANDTNER...................................................................................Esquire RAYMOND JAMISON.......................................................................................Tiler MIKE VIA.………….....................................................................................Chaplain CHUCK JORDAN…………………........................................................,Inner Guard TRUSTEES David Stultz, PER, CHAIRMAN Marvin Carter Brad Sneed Rick Vitolo Tim Shepherd, PER

NOVEMBER 2010

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Lodge 197

Roanoke Elks Our Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive is underway. As in the past, grocery bags with a list of six items on them will be placed in the upstairs foyer, lounge, dining room, and the downstairs bar, starting Oct. 1st. We are asking every member and every Auxiliary member to please pick up a bag (or two), fill it with the listed items, and return it to the Lodge by November 13.

If you prefer, a gift of cash would be great. The money is used for turkeys, bread, milk, eggs, and margarine. Those of us who have been blessed must remember the less fortunate and give back a little. We will deliver the baskets on November 20. Drivers will deliver in teams of two (one MUST be a member). Sign up in the Lodge. We need AT LEAST 25 teams of drivers!

Steve Nelson will be our DJ playing a variety of music and light hors d’oeuvres will be served with a cash bar. All proceeds will go to the Elks National Foundation. $10.00 per person.

For Current News and Events, Visit the Roanoke Elks Online at: http://www.elks197.org Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 3 4 5 6 Closed Auxiliary Wed. Nite Bowling with Friday Nite Roanoke Board Meeting Dinner the Vets Dinner Veterans Taco Salad Spaghetti Parade

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Volume 119 Issue 11

Annual ENF Dance November 13, 8 PM to 11 PM

AUXILIARY OFFICERS FOR 2010-11 PRESIDENT................................................................................ PAT PATTERSON VICE PRESIDENT.…...................................................................... SUSAN DOBBS RECORDING SECRETARY .................................................................JANE OMER TREASURER .............................................. ......................... BLANCHE HENNING CORRESPONDING SECRETARY ........................................ BARBARA NEMURA HISTORIAN ......................................................................................EMALEE HALL

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24 25 Wed. Nite Thanksgiving Dinner OPEN 4:00 - ? Fish & Chips

12 13 Friday Nite Annual ENF Dinner Dance; BaconFood Basket wrapped Filet Donations Due 19 20 Friday Nite Deliver Food; Dinner Chili Cook-off Chicken & VT vs. Miami Alfredo Tailgate Party 26 Friday Nite Dinner Seafood Gumbo

If you cannot attend, please consider sending in a donation to the Elks National Foundation. The donation you give helps to support our Veterans Programs, Scholarship Programs, Drug Awareness Programs and more. Our Lodge goal is $5.00 per member. Why not help us now by donating ahead of time? Just send your check to the secretary and let him know if you’re coming to the dance.

Chili Cook-Off and VA Tech vs. Miami Tailgate Party, November 20 Times to be determined by when game starts. Tailgate party starts 2 hours before game. Come up to the Lodge and do your best tailgating. Drink Specials.

Chili Cook Off at halftime.

There will be a $2.00 tasting fee. Winner receives a trophy!!!

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New Year’s Eve Bash Friday, December 31, 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM Live Music featuring the “Blues Brothers” Heavy Hors d’oeuvres and a Champagne Toast at midnight. Tickets are $13.00 per person or $25.00 per couple. Breakfast buffet after midnight will be offered at an additional charge.


Message from The Grand Exalted Ruler To All District Deputies, Exalted Rulers, Officers and Members: The holiday season is upon us. November is a month when we all have the opportunity to give thanks for all we have received. And what have we received? Freedom to do what we want, freedom to be who we want to be, freedom to go about our daily lives without fear, freedom to enjoy our lives and time with our families and friends, freedom to follow our dreams and, most importantly, freedom to help others. But, who gave us these freedoms? It is the Veterans, and these freedoms continue due to the sacrifices of the members of our active-duty military. Take time during this holiday season to remember our sacred promise: “So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.” We should remember our Veterans and members of our active-duty military each and every day, but especially on November 11, Veterans Day. Take every opportunity to thank them and their families. Promote Elks Passion by showing our Veterans and active-duty military members and their families that we as Elks do Care and do Share. Be loud, be proud and be visible when helping our Veterans and military members. Sandra and I join each of you and your families in this time of Thanksgiving. We wish for you a wonderful time with your families as we all gather together in giving thanks for all of the blessings and freedoms that we enjoy and have and continue to receive. Sandra and I pray that you have a safe, happy and fun Thanksgiving and ask that you continue to pray for our troops, Veterans, our Order, and this great nation we call America. Sincerely and Fraternally, Hon. Michael F. Smith, Grand Exalted Ruler

Balloting – November 9

Message from The Exalted Ruler Leaves are falling, yard tools are put away, and fall is here with winter close behind. Let’s not go into hibernation. Your Elks Lodge is the place to be for fellowship with your brother and sister ELKS. We are a year-round organization and need your support to maintain it. There are a lot of exciting events planned. Upcoming is the ENF dance on Nov 13, Memorial service on Dec 5, members only Christmas party on Dec 19, and New Year’s Eve with the Blues Brothers. The District Deputy visit went very well. Thank you to Bill Chase, Wayne Hall, and David Stultz for getting us ready for this important visit. Next time you see one of these folks, thank them for a job well done. It means a lot to our Lodge. If you missed the Oktoberfest, you missed a great time. We enjoyed a visit from our State President, Jim Powell, and his wife, Leah, District Deputy, John Owen and his wife, Nancy, State Vice President, Darryl Myers, and his wife, Karen. We especially enjoyed Karen’s yodeling abilities, along with others. We also enjoyed having a group from the National Home, and a fun-loving group from the Roanoke Valley Newcomers Club. We appreciate the support from these folks. I would like to thank my daughter, Kellie Rice, for her expert German cooking. And a special thanks to my brother Elks, Bill Bestpitch and Chuck Jordan, for helping me make the sausage. Thank all of you for supporting this event. Thanks to Mike Via for putting on a great Bocce tournament again. It was great weather day and all participants had a great time. Look for the spring tournament. It’s a great day to spend at the Lodge. Busy ELKS are happy ELKS. Fraternally, Vince Brandtner, Exalted Ruler

Submitted by: Grand Lodge Newsletter

Mendy Songer Dale Poindexter

Manager’s Corner

Membership Sponsor: Larry Howell Sponsor: Pam Johnson Reinstatement Lawrence Hancock

Roanoke Elks Lodge #197 does not discriminate in its membership because of race, religion or sex. Any member of this lodge knowing good reason why any applicant mentioned above should not become a member of this order is conscience-bound to make the same known to the Exalted Ruler, which information will be held strictly in confidence.

    

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- Don’t forget our annual ENF dance to be held on Saturday November 13, 8 PM to 11 PM. Tickets are $10.00 per person and sold at the bar. - We need all the Thanksgiving Food Drive food to be turned in by Saturday. November 13, and we still need volunteer drivers to deliver the baskets – sign-up sheet in the lobby. - Yes, We Are Open!!! Your voice has been heard, and we WILL be open on Thanksgiving Day!! We will open the lodge at 4:00 pm, and we will stay open as long as there are people here. If no one shows up, we will close at 7:00 pm. The kitchen will be open on a very limited basis. - Please keep your lodge in mind when making your New Year’s Eve plans. Our New Year’s Party will be held Friday, December 31, from 8 PM to 12 PM featuring the Blues Brothers. Tickets will be $13.00 each or $25.00 per couple. There will be a champagne toast at midnight and a breakfast buffet at 12:30 (reservations requested for breakfast and not included in ticket price). ______________________________________

Notes from the House Committee - Per ABC regulations AND Elks Lodge Statutes: All members must have their membership cards on their persons in order to gain entrance into the lodge, and all guests must be signed in on our guestbook located at the bar. Please help our staff to reinforce these rules. - We kindly ask that the front doors remain closed at all times and allow only the staff to open doors for others. Michelle Emery, House Committee Chairperson ______________________________________

BOCCE NEWS Wednesday Night Dinner Specials – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (while supplies last) Wednesday, Nov. 3 – Taco Salad in a shell … $4.95 Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Manager’s Special … TBA Wednesday, Nov. 17 – Chicken Parmesan over pasta w/ tossed salad and bread … $6.95 Wednesday, Nov. 24 – Fish & Chips w/ slaw and hushpuppies … $5.95 Wednesday, Dec. 1 – Homemade vegetable beef soup w/ 2 grilled cheese sandwiches … $5.00

The fall bocce tournament was a lot of fun. Some excellent games were rolled, but in the end, David Brooks and Annie Reeves prevailed over Don Gerkin (alias “Pickle”) and Ella Scott (L to R in photo below). Thanks to everyone who helped – Kyle McBroom with getting the court ready and Charlie & Kelly Matthew for the awesome stew they prepared. Everyone enjoyed it, including me. See you in the spring. Watch your Bulletin. Mike Via, Bocce Tournament Chairperson

Friday Night Dinner Specials – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (while supplies last)

Auxiliary News November 2 – Board Meeting, 7 P.M.

November 16 – Membership Meeting, 7 P.M

Friday, Nov. 5 – Spaghetti with meat sauce, tossed salad and garlic bread … $5.95 Friday, Nov. 12 – Bacon-wrapped Filet w/ baked potato, tossed salad and bread … $10.95 (Reservations required by Wednesday November 10) Friday, Nov. 19 – Chicken Alfredo w/ tossed salad and bread … $6.95 Friday, Nov. 26 – Seafood Gumbo w/ bread … $5.95 Friday, Dec. 3 – ½ Rack BBQ Ribs w/ slaw, baked potato and bread … $10.95 (Reservations required by Wednesday December 1)

Please support the Elks’ annual Thanksgiving food drive. Grocery bags of food must be returned to the lodge by November 13.

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Christmas dinner **note date change** December 7, 6 o'clock social; 6:30 dinner $20 for guests - due to Lyn Epting by the November 16 meeting

For more information about assisting with the projects to help veterans on Nov. 4, 6 & 7, contact Bill Bestpitch at bestpitch@naxs.net or (540) 761-6566.

Service to Veterans

Stay connected with your Lodge! In addition to your bulletin, we have other ways for you to be updated on Lodge events. We are on Facebook – just search for Elks #197 and request to be added. We also have our website www.elks197.org and just recently added an email list. If you would like be on our email list, please email elks197events@gmail.com and type “add” in the subject line for weekly updates of Lodge events and specials.


Elks Lodge #197 November 2010 Bulletin