Recently I was reviewing the bulletin from July 2015 and noticed that it mentioned that our lodge had surpassed 1,000 members – the first time in 15 years. I’m proud to say that Chico Lodge #423 is now approaching 1,500 members just two years later!
June was an amazing month for lodge events! I was so proud to be a part of the bench dedication at Chapman Elementary School on June 2 nd where the lodge donated $2,300 to assist with their replacement. The 3 rd Annual Sporting Clay event was a huge success again! Thank you to Nick Ghimenti, event chairman, and the ladies of the Chico Posse Foundation for your efforts!
The Elks Ladies had a successful yard sale and fun was had by all at the Father’s Day BBQ. Our North District Vice President (NVDP), Robert Lenk, and his wife, Heather, visited our lodge on
June 14 th followed by our Flag Day presentation on June 15 th .
As things are winding down a bit, I would like to take the opportunity to remind all of us about the principles of our order – Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity – and expand on each them in the upcoming months. Since the founding of the Elks in 1868, the order has worked diligently to live out these principles. Starting in July, let’s focus on Charity – the cornerstone of every Elk structure, the highest virtue of every Elk creed. Elks act quickly in times of need as evidenced in our own lodge when we had the scare with the Oroville Dam Spillway. Going back in history, in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake the Elks had already set up a tent city for those left homeless. This was prior to the government stepping into help. It’s also the little things we do for each other and our community – benches at an elementary school, spaghetti feeds to cover medical bills, support of Sober Grad nights for our teens, updating our own lodge playground, and assisting veterans in transitional housing. There is work involved in applying for the grants we receive and implementing their use. This year our grants have gone to support Wheelin’ with the Cops, Food from the Heart of Chico, and to the Holly House (transitional home for women). Sometimes we give our time, sometimes we give financially. Every event, every dinner, every raffle ticket you purchase at the lodge ultimately goes out in some form of Charity. The legend given in the Leading Knight’s charge during initiation states that Charity is the greatest of all the virtues; and that it should ever rule us in our hearts and in our lives, leading us to speak no unkind word, to harbor no evil thought, to bear no malice, to support no wrong; but to nurture, love and protect; to condone, forgive and forget. This credo is one we can all put to good use in our private lives, as well as when we are at the lodge.
The annual Elks Americanism Essay Contest is a program of the Elks’ Grand Lodge Fraternal Committee, this contest is for students in 5th through 8th grades and is designed to promote interest and reflection on freedom and liberty.
The theme of this year’s essay is:
“Why Our Veterans Are America’s Heroes?”
Eligible participants must be Students enrolled in the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade at the time of the contest.
Essay length is not to exceed 300 words.
Essay must be typed or legibly printed in ink. Also, Essay must be submitted as written (or typed) by the entrant.
Essay must be submitted for judging to the Elks Lodge nearest to the address of the entrant. (Schools in the school districts of Chico, Durham, Biggs, Gridley, Hamilton City and Oroville are in the area)
Student participants must be identified by name, grade, school attending and sponsoring Elks Lodge (Chico Elks Lodge #423)on the Essay.
Essay should be submitted to Chico Elks Lodge #423 on or before December 15, 2017.
Plaques awarded by the Grand Lodge for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place for national winning essays in Division I and Division II. Winners will be announced at the Grand Lodge Session in San Antonio, Texas, July 1-4, 2018.
Questions & Comments
Questions and comments can be directed to the Chico Elks Lodge #423 Americanism Essay Contest Committee using our contact page.
Online Essay Submission:
Essays must be received no later than December 15, 2017.
Essays may be submitted using the form below or in person or by mail at the Chico Elks Lodge #423 at 1705 Manzanita Avenue in Chico, CA 95928.
The Chico Elks Lodge 423 has donated $2300 to help build benches at Chico’s Chapman Elementary School. The benches were a vision of Chapman Elementary intern and Chico Elks Lodge 423 staff member Erin Carioti and were built by the community youth group YouthBuild.