Another month and another nomination for Elk of the Month! Opening the nomination email from our online nomination form I was thankful to see it was for a member that is going above and beyond for her lodge and is doing it mostly behind the scene, unbeknownst to most of the members of our lodge.
This member came to me about a year ago when I was acting as Chairman of the Governing Board and said – “I can do that.” I did my best to dissuade her as what she was asking to do is a lousy stressful volunteer position. She looked me in the eye and said “I know, but I can do it and I want to do it.” And you know what, a year later she’s still doing it and doing it amazingly well!
I am honored to recognize the efforts by Natalie Deleon for her loyal and meritorious services in the furtherance of the aims of our order. Natalie is our volunteer Upstairs Hall Rental Coordinator and she has tackled this position zealously but operates behind the scenes and through her efforts helps the lodge reach its budgeted income through consistent rentals of our upstairs lodge hall. It’s a tiresome, thankless, stressful and tense volunteer position but without members like Natalie stepping up and saying “I can do this” our lodge wouldn’t be able to do all the fun and good things we do on a regular basis.
We do what we do as Elks not for the 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 web promotion they get 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