It's hard to believe, but our fiscal year is almost half over. A lot has transpired in the last six months. The most encouraging item is the influx of new members. We have enrolled 20 new members (which is almost a 10% increase),what is really encouraging is the fact that almost everyone of them has become active in some capacity. Several have volunteered to do monthly Friday night dinners and several have committed to fill in as bartenders.
John initiated our daily hot dog sales and our taco night, unfortunately, we have had to discontinue the taco nights due to a loss in revenue, but the hot dog sales are still flourishing. We need to replace the Thursday night tacos with something that will be of interest to our members. If you have any ideas, please contact me and we will try to make it happen.
Our calendar is finally starting to fill up with some great meals and functions and the participation has also started to pick up. The WOTM put on a very successful spaghetti feed and then Mauda backed it up with a wonderful stuffed pork chop dinner, Thanks Ladies.
We had a great Mexican dinner put on by Rick (unfortunately, he fell and broke his neck prior to his night), but other new members stepped up to the plate to make it happen. Dan put on several delicious rib dinners that were sellouts and of course Chris's Wednesday night patty melts are always a hit. We have tried several times to have Karaoke after dinner on Fridays and there just doesn't seem to be any interest from our members. We have lost Liz as a bartender, she is gainfully employed full time now, but Carl and Teresa and Beth have volunteered to fill up the vacancies.
In case you haven't noticed the exterior grounds have been cleaned up, a crew came in for about six hours and filled up two dump trucks with nothing but discarded items, trash and waste from trimming the trees and dead foliage. We were also able to finally clean out our grease trap after a 100 years and now the kitchen sinks drain considerably faster. Things are happening here, you need to stop by once in a while and meet our new members and feel the energy that they are producing and maybe you will be able to give us your input to help make our great lodge even better.
On a down side, we still have a major problem with membership arrearage. At the present time we have 52 members that have not paid their dues. Charlie and Jesse and myself have a list, please see one of us and check out the list and maybe you can help us by contacting some of them who you might know or you sponsored. Always remember that this is YOUR lodge and we are just volunteers trying to maintain and enhance the facility for your enjoyment, but for any lodge to survive it needs a constant influx of new members and participation by all its members at the various functions and meals.
Thanks for all you do for the Fraternity Fraternally submitted George Hannum Administrator