With January 2021 in the books we should
continue to look forward with optimism that we will
see improvement to the conditions that currently
surround us as the year progresses. The Lodge
reopened as planned on January 11th with normal
hours of operation. Weekly food events are planned
and details will be communicated to our membership
as they become available.
As mentioned in the January message the Lodge applied for grant
dollars through various government agencies. In addition to the $5,000
we received in December two additional grant requests for $2,500 each
were approved. The $10,000 in total grant dollars received will be used
to cover operating expenses.
Preparations have begun for Lodge year 2021/2022. This includes
preparing our operating budget, selecting and voting on Lodge officers
and trustees. As mentioned last month, if you are interested in being
considered for a leadership role please contact a current officer or P.E.R.
to better understand the commitment. To be considered you must be a
member in good standing and must be nominated by a member in good
standing. Nominations will take place at the regular 7:30 business
meeting on Wed. February 10, 2021.
Finally, as we all know the needs of those afflicted with Cerebral
Palsy is the primary charitable cause supported by Elks at all levels.
The United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland prepared a video
highlighting the good work that our support of this charity facilitates. The
video clip under the title “Our Financial Support of Cerebral Palsy at
Work” has been as added to the home page of the Lodge website which
can be accessed at www.elyriaelks.com .
I encourage you to view it as it reinforces the benevolent aspect of
being an Elk. A special thanks to P.E.R., Dean Robinson for providing
In closing, please stay safe, look out for family, friends and neighbors
and know that you all remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Fraternally Yours, Chuck Martin ER