Join us as we celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday May 12th, 2013.
Menu: Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, potatoes, Belgian Waffles, Quiche, Fresh Fruit & Assorted Pastries
Lounge opens at 10 AM ~ Brunch at 11 AM
Adults $13, Ages 12-5 $6, Child 4 & under FREE
This event is open to current Elks Members and their guests, this event is not open to the public.
Please call the Lodge for reservations and more information at 343-1431.
Hello Chico Lodge,
I hope everyone has had a good April and had a chance to enjoy our Lodge this month. It has definitely been a fun month for me. Obviously being my first month as Exalted Ruler there were many firsts. Conducting Installation, Running the Meetings, and being involved in this month’s Birthday Night Dinner were my highlights.
If you were looking for a good reason to come to our Lodge this month, Mother’s Day Brunch which is May 12 will be a really good time for the entire family. Call the lodge to book your tickets.
I look forward to seeing you.
By the time you all read this, I will have just been installed as the new Exalted Ruler here at the Chico Lodge #423.
It has been a long time coming as I have gone through most of the chairs, but the time has flown by. I remember the day I got a phone call from Russ Fortier, PER, asking me to be his Inner Guard, then talking my wife into letting me fit this responsibility into our busy schedules.
That was all back in early 2009. Since then I’ve been the Esquire, Loyal Knight, this past year’s Leading Knight, and this year’s Exalted Ruler. The Elks has definitely changed from another organization I’m a member of, to one really becoming a part of my life.
I am very excited to be in a position to help make a difference and improve our Lodge as a great place to enjoy family, friends and charity.
I hope to see you all around the Lodge this year.
Best, Mike O’Donnell
The Chico Elks Lodge #423 will be hosting it’s Annual Public Safety Dispatchers Appreciation and Awards Dinner on Thursday April 11th, 2013 at the Chico Elks Lodge #423, 1705 Manzanita Avenue in Chico.
Social Hour at 5:30 pm
Dinner at 6:30 pm
Awards Presentation following dinner
Buffet dinner is a choice of Roast Pork or Chicken Piccata, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables, Rice Primavera, Salad and a Dessert Bar.
Dinner Tickets: $16.00
or by contacting the office of the Chico Elks Lodge at 343-1431 and should be purchased before April 9th.
Sponsorships are available and appreciated call 343-1431 for more information.
The Public Safety Dispatcher Appreciation Banquet and Public Safety Display Day are a community service provided by the Chico Elks Lodge #423, it’s volunteers and in association with local Public Safety Departments and their Personnel.
As I sit here typing my final message, I just can’t believe how this year has flown by. I have had a wonderful time serving our lodge as Exalted Ruler and it has been such a rewarding experience for me and Jen. It was a very busy year, but fun none the less! I hope the membership at large feels I have done a good job in my tenure, and as I leave the position of ER, the Lodge a little better then when I started my year.
I want to thank everyone who has helped me through this year, with both words of advice and help with events. Volunteers are the heartbeat of our Lodge and without them our Lodge would not be as strong as it is today. I encourage all members to find one event and volunteer a little time, it is a rewarding and fun experience. To my fellow Officers, thank you for all your hard work and fun times we had at Ritual competition, Conventions and Lodge activities. You all have made this a memorable year for me!
I also appreciate the constructive criticism I have received from concerned members throughout the year. I realize our lodge is not perfect, but both officers and staff try their best to keep the membership at whole happy. I know we will never please everyone, but I do take to heart all the suggestions I receive and we try to improve our lodge in the best way we can.
Lastly, if you have visited other lodges you know what a jewel our lodge is and what a great facility and membership we have here at Chico 423. Also, our membership is growing and that is sadly an anomaly at many other Elks Lodges. We have a lot of new younger members coming in to help the Elks organization as a whole to grow and spread the word about Elkdom. With younger members comes family and kids, which is something that is fundamental in order to keep our organization thriving, so I ask you keep this in mind and remember a bit of child energy can be a great thing.
So what’s been going on here at the lodge you ask?? Well, we had barrel of laughs roasting our fellow brother Jimmie McMahen at a special Wednesday night dinner this past month. A lot of stories were told and I know Jimmy and his family really enjoyed themselves. Thanks to Al Smith, Jim Saxton and Carl Leverenz for putting this evening together. Then, at the first meeting of February we honored our “old timers” with pins to recognize their years of continuous dedication to the order of Elks. We started with our 25 year members and went all the way up to 65 years – WOW what an accomplishment! On the 17th we had a Sweetheart Fizz Breakfast and all that attended not only enjoyed the great meal, but also beautiful weather and many attendees
even soaked up a few rays on our awesome back patio.
Don’t forget about our open Crab feed coming up on March 15th. Bring a friend and introduce them to the Lodge and what Elkdom is about. I know that Chairman Rick Schmid and his crew are putting together a great night for us. On March 23rd we are having our installation of new officers; this is open to all members and is always a very fun night. Installation is also a great way to get to know the officers of your Lodge. Then, on Sunday March 31st we have our Easter brunch complete with a visit from the Easter Bunny who will kick off our egg hunt for the children on the back lawn. This is my favorite event of the year and you definitely don’t want to miss it!
Thanks again to everyone for a great year and I plan to continue to stay involved in our great Lodge for many, many years to come! Remember to keep making those reservations with De and I will STILL see you the lodge!
ER Matt Goddard
Our 2013 Wine and Brewfest will be held Saturday April 6th from 1:00pm – 5:00pm at the Chico Elks Lodge located at 1705 Manzanita Avenue in Chico. There will be over 30 beers featured, 20 wines, 12 restaurants and 60 raffle prizes.
Each ticket holder will receive a Souvenir Glass.
There will be live music by The Rockhounds.
Limited Tickets Available for $45 at the door
Proceeds benefit Chico Elks Charities and Chico Noon Exchange Club Charity – the Prevention of Child Abuse.
Greetings fellow Brothers & Sisters – As I sit here typing my second to last ER message, it does not seem like my term as Exalted Ruler has almost gone by. It feels as though it was just yesterday I was planning the last few details for my ER year to start – time really does fly when you are having fun. Well enough of that, I will save my goodbyes for next month’s message.
I hope the New Year is treating everyone well. I want to report on our New Year’s Eve celebration, as I said last month, I was writing a little too early to make the bulletin print date. It was a wonderful evening put on by a hard working committee headed by Chairman Glenn Goodman. The decorations made the room look fantastic and put everyone in a celebratory mood! I had never had the pleasure of seeing Greg Scott work his magic before and all in attendance, including myself, were thoroughly entertained. He kept the dance floor hopping and all of us guessing on what his next outfit change would bring.
For those who attended our January initiation meeting on Jan 23rd, we had a real treat from a few of our Past Exalted Rulers. Terry Horne coordinated a group of PER’s to do the initiation ceremony for eleven new candidates and it was a rousing rendition! I thank Terry and all of the PER’s who participated; Charlie Carroll, Russ Fortier, Rick Fortier, Wade Thorpe, John Garcia, Michael Staples and Ryan Vanella – you all did a wonderful job!
We have a couple of our biggest fundraisers coming up and I encourage you to attend and bring a prospective new member or an old member who has not been out in a while, to show off the lodge. I am speaking about our Members Only Crab Feed on Friday Feb 1st and our Open Crab Feed on Mar 15th, both of these events chaired by Rick Schmidt and his committee.
We are having a “ Sweet Heart Fizz brunch” on Feb 17th to celebrate Valentine’s day so grab your sweet heart and loved ones and come on down for a excellent brunch.
On Feb 6th we will be honoring one of our own, Jimmy McMahon, at the Wednesday night dinner. We will be serving one of Jimmy’s favorites, fried chicken, that night and there will be a few memories shared by some of his old cronies. I guarantee there will be a lot of laughs and slightly embellished stories to be told, all in the name of a Jimmy.
Remember to check those bulletins and make those reservations. Also, plan on attending one of the lodge meetings in February, as we will be celebrating Old Timers Night and honoring our members with 20 plus years of active membership.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the one of our dinners or events at the lodge!
Matt Goddard E.R
Happy New Year to all!
We are cruising into 2013 here at the Lodge. December was an event packed month for us; with both internal events and outside rentals. This place was hopping!
We had our Elks’ Memorial service on December 2nd put on by Charlie Carroll, PDDGER, and some of our Past Exalted Rulers. This was a moving service and very well attended. It is our way of paying our respects and honoring our departed members.
We had our Christmas Fizz put on by Terry Horne, PER, and his committee. This was a well attended event and we even had to seat people in the Lodge room! The omelet stations were a great addition to a delicious brunch.
Later that day, we had the annual Elks’ Children’s Christmas Party. This was hosted by Kim Thorpe, who was assisted by her husband, Wade Thorpe, PDDGER. Kim works hard all year long getting presents together for this wonderful community event. This year we had close to 140 children who visited with Santa and received an early Christmas present.
I am writing this a little early and will report on our New Year’s Eve party next month.
Don’t forget to check those bulletins because we always have something going on. We have our highly anticipated Members Only Crab Feed coming up on Friday, February 1st. Chairman Rick Schmid and his committee are working hard on making this another success. We are hosting the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 3rd, in the Lounge. Rick Schmid is also spearheading this event.
As always, remember to make those reservations and payments with De for dinners and events.
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND I WILL SEE YOU DOWN AT THE LODGE!