Elk of the Month – That member of our lodge that has stood out from the herd and gone above and beyond for their fellow members in some notable way.
For the Month of August the Past Exalted Rulers Association would like to thank our wonderful member that made a nomination of a fellow member and share with you an Elk that has quietly and diligently volunteered for our lodge over the last ten years.
This member is one of those very important people “behind the lines” that help out and get things done in areas that most members wouldn’t have any idea someone is volunteering to help. This member works the door selling tickets for events, helps you get a burger at the Car Show, year after year. This member cleans the storage room or helps in some way to maintain our building, serve food, sell raffle tickets, works on kitchen duty, and jumps to help out if she see someone in need around the lodge.
This member doesn’t limit herself to helping out around our lodge and was recently seen with nail pouch hanging from her waist while helping with her companies Delta Building for Veterans, a partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Most importantly, Lydia Evans volunteers in the lodge office putting together membership cards each and every year. It is very likely that Lydia sent you your card these past years and put all those little stickers on it for your Elk charity donations marked on your renewal form – And your card is one of over 1600 each sent out each Spring!!. That is volunteering.
While she is not alone in this effort, she is very committed to getting the daunting jobs done. She with many of the lodge mailings throughout the year and helps our lodge secretary in any way needed around the office when she is available.
Lydia works full time in a career that takes her out of town every week. She does this all, and has for many years, on her days off, whenever she can. Now THAT is an extraordinary volunteer for our lodge.
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. We know that these members didn’t step up and volunteer to be rewarded for their efforts but our Past Exalted Rulers Association wants to thank these members and by doing so each month will develop a pool of eligible recipients for the 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.
Monthly Elk of the Month Award recipients not only get this article in the Antlers Newsletter & Online, 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 Officer Installation Dinner each year. You can find the nomination form on our website (ballardelks.org), fill it out as best you can and get it to our Past Exalted Ruler Association before the 19th of each month – firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations Lydia – keep up the great work!