- Apr 13: Hibbing: Raffle
- Mar 17: Hopkins: St Patricks Parade
- Mar 15: Regional Hoop Shoot
- Mar 2: Duluth: Dues Paying Day
- Feb 23: Bonspiel
- Feb 8: State Hoop Shoot
- Jan 17: ER 101
- Jan 5: State Ritual Competition
- Dec 15: Hutchinson: Yankee Gift Exchange
- Dec 14: Willmar: Yankee Gift Exchange
- Dec 8: Owatonna: Holiday Party
- Dec 7: Red Wing: Youth Camp Event
- Dec 2: Dakota County: Xmas Party
- Dec 1: Minneapolis: Holiday Party
- Nov 23: Int'l Falls: Santa Visit
- Nov 10: Faribault: ENF
- Nov 8: Mankato: Wine Tasting
- Oct 29: Austin: A Fresh Start
- Oct 27: St Cloud: Halloween Party
- Oct 26: Thief River Falls: Buck&Doe Night
- Oct 21: Mid Year Convention
- Oct: Alexandria: Pig and Wing
- Oct 6: Stillwater: Chuck Wagon
- Oct 5: Virginia: Mystery Dinner
- Sep 28: Bemidji: Homecoming!
- Sep 15: Worthington: King Turkey Day
- Sep 8: Rochester: Member Appreciation
- Aug 24: Eveleth: Car Show
- Aug 17: Wadena: Make-A-Wish
- Aug 3: Brainerd: County Fair
- Aug 3: Youth Camp
- July 20: Winona: Rockin the Lot
- July 1: Austin, TX
On The Road Again : A Year in the Life of the State President
|We are kicking off a new element to the Minnesota Elks web site aptly titled "On the Road Again : A Year in the Life of the State President." We hope to bring you tales of some of the wonderful events, activities and goings on at the various Elks lodges throughout Minnesota as State President Lynn Rohlf wends her way through the state. We hope you sit back and enjoy Lynn's ongoing adventures this year!|
|Greetings Fellow Minnesota Elks!|
Well, this is my first installment in our new feature: "A Year In The Life Of The State President"
Upon returning home from the State Convention in Hibbing, I got busy packing to head out that next Friday for the Grand Lodge Convention in Austin, Texas.
You've heard of Thelma & Louise, well my trip was: "Ms. Lynn and Ms. Beverly." Bev Smith and I drove out of Duluth, Minnesota at 6:30 a.m. on Friday June 29, 2012, with a GPS (AKA: Po Po) destination of Austin, Texas: 1,324 miles and 20 hours of travel. Our initial plan was to drive 14 hours to Oklahoma City and to finish up the trip on Saturday. Well, our plans changed right off the bat as we decided that we needed to arrive in Austin in time to see Hopkins Lodge #2221 perform the Initiatory Ritual in the Grand Lodge Contest. So, we set our GPS for Ardmore, Oklahoma - a mere 16 hours of travel. We pulled into Ardmore at 11:20 p.m. We were up and on the road by 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2012, and arrived in Austin, Texas at 10:30 a.m., plenty of time to check in, get registered, and arrive at ritual.
Hopkins Lodge #2221 performed at 1:30 p.m. and did an outstanding rendition of the initiatory ritual. Even though they did not place, they did a great job. Way to go Hopkins!
The Grand Lodge Convention kicked off on Sunday, July 1, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. with the Opening Ceremony and Memorial Service. I was truly honored to represent the Elks of Minnesota by carrying in the Minnesota Flag during the opening ceremony.
The Minnesota Hospitality room, hosted by Central District President George Lehn and Tammy Prior, got off to a rousing start on Sunday at 7 p.m. This was something new for Minnesota, as we are typically open during the day. The room closed just a bit before 11 p.m., when the delegations from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado and Wyoming gathered on the main floor of the hotel to do the Eleven O'Clock Toast.
The usual meetings were held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
On Monday, the State Presidents, State Secretaries, Exalted Rulers and District Deputy Designates all met for a seminar to help prepare us for the coming year.
On Tuesday, I was able to meet with the incoming Grand Exalted Ruler, Thomas Brazier, and have my photo taken with him.
On Wednesday, we had the legislative session and many decisions were made that will affect our Order. For additional information, please check out the information posted on the Grand Lodge Web Site at www.elk.org
Wednesday evening found a group of up taking a trip to the Texas Hospitality Room. Our bus ride home was quite eventful, but if we had to be stuck somewhere on the Fourth of July - in an air conditioned bus on the middle of the bridge directly in front of the fire work display - that was the place to be! I thought people and traffic were bad in Duluth, Minnesota, after the fireworks end, but it is nothing compared to Austin, Texas. I guess the saying "that everything is bigger in Texas," is quite true.
On Thursday, we heard from the National Hoop Shoot Getty Powell Award winners, as well as the top male and female scholarship recipients. Listening to these four outstanding youth really reminds me of what the Elks stand for and that our hard work and donations are truly appreciated by the youth and the communities that we serve.
We then witnessed the Installation of the 2012-2013 Grand Lodge Officers. Along with our new Grand Exalted Ruler, Thomas Brazier, our very own Ray Engelland of Willmar Lodge #952 was installed as Grand Lecturing Knight. GER Brazier's first duty was to install his District Deputies for the coming year. Those installed from Minnesota were:
To finish out the day, I had the great honor of presenting GER Brazier with his Grand Exalted Ruler ring. Upon presenting the ring, I informed him that we would be using his "Beacon Of Hope" to guide us in the coming year as the Minnesota Elks - ROCK THE BOAT!
Thursday evening brought a little rest and relaxation and a trip to Sixth Street in downtown Austin, Texas. For those of you who have never been, the street is lined with shops, bars, and restaurants and best of all - live music! After finishing up my shopping, I headed to the Chuggin' Monkey. I believe their claim to fame is that one of the owners is Bachelor star Brad Womack. A gang (a group of Minnesota Elks) gathered and enjoyed some country music by a great duo and then a little blues music by Tish and her MizzBeHavin Band.
It was hard to believe, but Friday morning had arrived and it was time to head back to Duluth.
Wyoming State President Fran was quite impressed with our packing abilities as she exclaimed that "we would never fit all of that in my little car." It all fit and we left Austin, Texas at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, July 6, 2012.
Our fist stop, the Oklahoma City National Memorial. What a truly amazing experience. I cannot put into words the feelings I had as we toured the memorial grounds. Even though the thermometer said 102 degrees, it was worth the stop! We pulled into Topeka, Kansas, at 9:30 p.m. and decided to call it a night.
On Saturday, July 7, 2012, we headed out at 6:15 a.m. with a GPS destination of Duluth, Minnesota. We arrived back in Duluth at 6:15 p.m.
So, overall, a very successful convention. We shared our hotel with fellow Elks from Wisconsin, Colorado and Wyoming, and had many Elks from the other States visit our very friendly and happening Hospitality Room! Thanks to George and Tammy for a fabulous job and to all of the Minnesota Elks and guest for their assistance in making this room such a success. We had some raffles, had a few adult beverages, had some fine food, had a lot of fun, and raised a little bit of cash for the Minnesota Elks Youth Camp.
Stay tuned as I will be keeping you posted of my travels across the Great State Of Minnesota in the coming months . . .
In the meantime don't forget to ROCK THE BOAT!
Minnesota Elks Association State President