Each month this decision gets harder and harder – who should be the Elk of the Month? What with the amazing things happening around our lodge the choice isn’t getting any easier. The Friday night Bingo team has ran with what I thought was an odd idea and created an undeniable success. A new member stood up and made a Halloween candy drive for deployed troops happen. The Hoop Shoot, Veterans day, regular Bingo, Trivia and more…yet Elk of the Month is still here to decide upon.
One member came to mind, and not just for his contributions this past month, which of course are commendable, but for his past, continued and ongoing contributions toward the youth in our community, their connection to our lodge and our lodge membership as a whole.
This member consistently holds the bar high with not only his efforts and activities but his demeanor around the lodge and in our community. He has been integral in bringing the Boy Scouts to our lodge. Has been a central part of their continued involvement in our lodge and has recently built upon that success to bring Cub Scouting into our lodge. He has taken over, with the help of his wife Peg, our New Year’s Eve festivities and stepped up to help out with many other items around our lodge.
Leading by example and deserving of respect and thanks from myself, our members and our community, I am honored to recognize the efforts and involvement of our member, Scott Radford, by designating him as Elk of the Month. Scott your efforts do not go unnoticed even though they often happen behind the scenes and without much thanks or fanfare. Scouting is a large part of the lodge’s connection with our community and your continued efforts help our lodge succeed while helping the youth of our community become knowledgeable and productive citizens of our future.
We do what we do as Elks not for recognition or personal gain but for the greater and nobler good of the lodge and the community we live in. I know that these members didn’t step up and volunteer to be rewarded for their efforts but never the less we will thank these members and by doing so can develop a pool of eligible recipients for the coveted Elk of the Year Award given each year to the member who is always willing to help, the member our lodge can rely upon to step up and get things done.
Award recipients not only get this post on the website but also an article in the Antlers, they receive a $12 gift certificate to our social quarters, an Elk of the Month certificate to pin on their wall and are in the running for Elk of the Year, awarded at the 2018/19 Officer Installation Dinner. You can find the nomination form on our website (ballardelks.org), fill it out as best you can and get it to our Exalted Ruler before the 19th of each month – firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations and thank you Scott – keep up the great work!