|Monday, February 7, 2022|
“There is no traffic jam along the extra mile.” – Roger Staubach
Last Thursday, we honored the men and women who have served as Exalted Rulers of our lodge at our annual PER Meeting. In my opening remarks, I offered the following words:
“In author Brené Brown’s book, Dare To Lead, she writes, ‘the only thing I know for sure after all of this research is that if you’re going to dare greatly, you’re going to get your [butt] kicked at some point. If you choose courage, you will absolutely know failure, disappointment, setback, even heartbreak. That’s why we call it courage. That’s why it’s so rare.
The 56 men and women of our lodge who have chosen courage over comfort, and have been rewarded with the honor of wearing these gold jewels, are the ones we honor this evening.’”
Few are the members willing to step up to “go through the chairs” and eventually become Exalted Ruler. There is no pay, no stock options, no golden handshake. Only the guarantee is having to address the needs, questions, and thoughts of 1000+ members.
You will have a team of dedicated officers, office staff, and committees to help you, but the Exalted Ruler is the Executive Officer of the Lodge. The buck stops there.
Fifty-six men and women chose to go “the extra mile” and our lodge is better for it.
Thanks to the PERs that participated in last week’s meeting.
Tommy Taylor (1996-1997) – Past Exalted Ruler, Past Association Vice President, Past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler
Lyle Larkin (2008-2010) – Past Exalted Ruler
James “Jim” Stewart (2000-2001) – Past Exalted Ruler
Thomas “Tom” Smith (2010-2013) – Past Exalted Ruler, Past Association Vice President, Past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler
James Leitholf (2017-2020) – Past Exalted Ruler
David Workman (2020-2022) – Past Exalted Ruler
New Incoming Officers
Congratulations to the following members chosen by acclamation to serve in the following offices for the year 2022-2023:
David Slottje – Exalted Ruler-Elect
James “Jim” Booth – Esteemed Leading Knight-Elect
Pat Raetz – Esteemed Loyal Knight-Elect
Deb Dyson – Esteemed Lecturing Knight-Elect
Sharon Belleu – Secretary-Elect
Joyce Ford – Treasurer-Elect
Bruce Scyphers and James Leitholf will be in a run-off for 5th Year Trustee at our next lodge meeting.
Our Officer Installation Dinner will be on Thursday, March 31. This will be an open meeting so family members and friends can attend (per GLS 12.010).
I will have the honor of crowning our next Sweetheart of the Year this coming Friday night at our Annual Sweetheart Ball. Reservations are highly recommended for Friday night’s dinner and dance.
The 6-piece dance band, Breezin’, will be bringing the music on the large stage. You don’t want to miss this one!
Super Bowl Sunday
A herd of Rams meets a pride of Bengal Tigers on an open field… which group will come out victorious? Join us on Sunday at 3pm and we will find out together!
We’ll have all our TVs (a dozen of’em) on the big game so there won’t be a bad seat in the house. It’s also a potluck, so bring your favorite dish to share.
Tuesday Night’s Dinner
Tuesday night’s dinner will be by popular request. The Swim Step Crew will be preparing Homemade Farm Style Meatloaf, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, and a roll all for the low low price of $12.
Mel will be turning out the COLDEST and best-mixed cocktails and beer this side of the Rockies.
And as always, the Restless Natives will be there with the tunes and the attitude. We’ll see ya at the Lodge!
Have a great week!