I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and that your home and holiday was filled with love and laughter. Thank you to everyone for all the help with Stegmann, the Vets Dinner, (which people talked about for days!! they were so impressed) (special thanks to Katy Ann for the homemade dessert spread, wooooo) the Christmas party, the two breakfasts with Santa, (week 1, 120 people, week 2, 105 people) and all the other functions that have been going on, that includes every breakfast and Friday night dinner. Oh by the way did everyone see the Fish Fry Friday crew's new shirt? Check-m-out!! pretty snazzy.
My new wake up time has been 3 am, oh what a killer after a while, but there's bound to be a reason for it. The brain runs wild during the night and here is one of those thoughts that came to me. As a whole, many of us have lost friends and love ones this past year. It is hard to adjust and learn to live without that friend, spouse or family member. That's where our Elks Family can help. Reach out to each other, check in on each other you don't have to be pushy or overbearing. Send a text to say Hi, a quick Phone call to see how they are, a hug, the offer to just have coffee together, just be who you are, and let them know your there and you care. You can be in a crowded room and still feel so alone. It's the little things that mean so much in the long run.
The Lodge needs new blood to move forward. People willing to step up and step out of their comfort zone for the Lodge itself and the community we serve. It has definitely been a learning experience. My mouth used to be more like Ida's, now I actually stop and think before I speak, yes I know hard to believe. I have Gained confidence, built strong friendships, learned to think before reacting, still working on the overbearing control part, but hey, I have made progress. Reach out to a PER or a chair. Joe and Jerry are a plethora of information and believe me they will not let you fail, you may stumble, but we are all in this together. There is no one man band!!
Thank you for all you do for the Lodge and the community we serve..