To My Kinderhook Elks Family
There are so many things that I want to say here but I’m having a hard time putting it into words that work. The first thing I want to say is that I am sorry to one of our members, we overstepped and did something that hurt you, it wasn't intentional, we made a big mistake. I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me and let me know so we can rectify the situation. It is a work in progress, and I promise you it will be taken care of.
The Lodge owes members and their families a huge THANK YOU for busting their butts with barbecues, state president’s visit, initiation, breakfasts, every event that we have here plus the everyday things too. I have seen people work endlessly to make events happen, and many of them are not members, but all do an amazing amount of work around here and it is greatly appreciated. So, thank you to everyone for what you do.
To members we haven't seen in a while, what happened? Where are you? You joined an organization dedicated to the community. We work to raise money to pay our bills, and to help better the community. We need you; we want you to be part of everything we do. Please stop by, get involved, if you have had an issue let us know, we can’t fix what we don’t know is broken.
It is hard for us to call you it takes time, which we all know there is never enough of. Please if you see something in the newsletter or the weekly email that you can help with, please call us. Many hands make light work.
When you come into the Lodge remember this place is supposed to be welcoming. Also remember that everyone needs to be treated with respect and dignity. There is no reason to berate someone, to talk down to them, or to make them feel bad about themselves or the job they are doing. Everyone does the best that they can do. It takes a second to hurt someone, and sometimes that hurt is irreversible. So, take a second and think before you speak, as my mother used to say if you don’t have anything nice to say don't say anything at all.
The Lodge has brought quite a few new members in that have become involved in many activities. That is a wonderful thing. However, yeah you knew that was coming, we have members old and new that we want and need. Can you reach out to someone who’s a member that you know and find out their story. You can find out what we need to do to get them involved and let’s work out a plan to make that happen.
Thank you to everyone for everything you do.
ER Anne Leiser