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Exalted Ruler’s Message

It is my sincere hope that the recent holiday season found you happy, healthy, and safe. It certainly was a memorable time for your Lodge. The achievements that we enjoy have only happened as a result of the concerted effort expended by "YOU", our caring and sharing membership.

As the calendar flips, we have set the bar on a very high rung, but our goals are definitely reachable if you continue to strive to help your fellow man.

The secret to our success is growth. We need to find more people who think like we do and bring them onboard.

There are two more opportunities to initiate new members before I pass the gavel and return to your ranks. Showing a substantial increase in membership is and has been a personal goal of mine. We offer so much to our members and ask for so little that anyone worthy should want to join. Please help me get the word out.

Also, January 1 starts the campaign to bring in 2017 dues. Early remittance really helps our secretary get a head start on the posting, etc. Please don’t wait until the last minute.


Dues for this year are $48.25 for members and $33.25 for Honorary Life and Life members. If you would like to round up to $49 and $34, I will give the extra 75 cents to Home Services. Now is a great time to give your donations to Home Services and Elk's National Foundation. All you need to do is check the box on the dues slip and include it with your payment.

If you are currently out of town and mail in your dues I will be happy to mail your membership card to you if you include a self-addressed stamped envelope. If you do not send an envelope I will put your new card behind the bar.


Second Harvest Food Bank

Thank you to all who helped out at the Second Harvest Food Bank in December. It is always a good time when we get together with other Elks and help our community. I will soon be scheduling times for next year so please watch the bulletin for more details.  

Auxiliary News

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Season. Thank you to the members who assisted with decorating the dining room for the Christmas season. Laura Straub would like to sincerely thank all members who donated Christmas gifts for the Sarah Reed Center. They were very much appreciated and enjoyed. You all embody the spirit of the Elks, "Elks Care, Elk’s Share." Thanks also to the 15 Auxiliary members who donated their time and supplies to wrap the gifts. Many hands made this task easy. Finally, a very special thank you to Lynn Straub, and her husband, Jeff, for heading this project.

We had a fantastic Christmas Party thanks to Patti Seidel and her committee. They even provided hand-painted Christmas tree ornaments for each of the attendees! Instead of gifts, everyone provided donations for the Food Bank BackPack program. We then voted to increase the donation to total $1,000. At the Christmas Party, we also presented a check for $5,000 to Don Langer, Leading Knight, to be used for the Elks Christmas Food Baskets.

As the New Year begins, Sue Ozimek will be taking reservations for our next Bingo on Sunday, March 5th. Please call Sue at 838-4239 to make your reservation. Doors will open at Noon—bingo to start at 1:00 PM.

Our next Auxiliary meeting will be Tuesday, January 3rd at 6:00 PM. (Please note it will be on Tuesday evening because of the holiday on Monday) Refreshments will be provided by Janet Wolf and Judy Doyle.

Gun Raffle

Hello all. Hope everyone had a joyous and wonderful Christmas. Just a reminder to get your Gun Raffle tickets returned to the Lodge. Please help sell more by picking up packs of 10 that are behind the bar to sign out. Also, if you can help with a sponsorship, there are forms behind the bar as well. The Raffle is Saturday, February 25th, so get the date set aside for some great food, drinks & prizes! We will be having a volunteer meeting in early February. The date will be posted in next month’s newsletter. Have a great New Year and see you all soon!

PER Meeting

The PER meeting that was scheduled for Thursday, January 19th, has been changed, The new date is Thursday, January 12th, 6:30 at the Lodge.

Poker Run

I would like to thank all those involved with our 9th Annual Poker Run on August 13, 2016. The riders, committee members and volunteers made it a successful day. Twenty-five riders participated with motorcycles and cars in a full day of riding. We made stops at Charlie’s Pizza, Edinboro, the Meadville Elks Lodge, Corry Elks Lodge, The Creekside Inn and the Twins Restaurant. My heart-felt "Thanks" to each of these places for their hospitality. Food and refreshments were provided in the dining room afterwards with entertainment provided by T.O.M.O.R. (The Old Men of Rock). The net proceeds of $900.00 will be given to Liberty House which is a temporary home for Homeless Veterans. Thanks to the Volunteers that handed out cards, sold 50/50 tickets and helped with registration: Mark Platz, Elaine Langer, Jack & Paula Myers, Claire Steiner, Bill Allison, Helen Rapp, Pete Chandler, Terri Straub, Jeff Veith and Mark Gross. Also, thanks to the House Committee for making sure things were in order at the Lodge for our guests.

Elks Annual Hoop Shoot

A Free Throw Program for Youth Ages 8-13. We are looking to expand on the Elk’s annual hoop shoot this year. This year’s Hoop Shoot will be later this year, during the "basketball season." We will also have a change in location in order to host more shooters. Date: Sun, January 15, 2017 Time: 1:00-4:00pm (Registration begins at 1:00pm) Location: Family First Sports Park. Please go to the Elk’s website ( and Facebook for more information I am looking forward to working with girls and boys in the community. It is a great opportunity to help the youth learn a little more about basketball, the Elk’s, and more importantly themselves.

Bill Bateman Special Needs Party

I thank all the volunteers who made the Elks 67 Bateman Special Needs Christmas Party a great success. All the volunteers that helped and for those who gave donations, it's a party that wouldn't go well without those who pushed wheelchairs, and served pretzels, chips, and pop. Thanks also go to John Retay and his staff, Santa Claus, Del Petrush and the wonderful music provided by DJ Lisa.

Chaplain’s Corner

It is my sad duty to report the following death since our last bulletin: In memory of Bill Melms. In addition to the donations to legacy trust fund, any member that passes away may have a brief ceremony at the funeral parlor if they so wish.

Drink Specials

Beer of the Month: MGD 12oz $2.00

Sunday: 22 oz. Draft Special $2.00

Monday: Pinnacle Vodka $2.25

Tuesday: Coors Lite (16 oz draft) $1.50

Wednesday: Lambrusco $2.75

 Thursday: Seagrams Wine Cooler $2.25

Friday: Cruzan Black Cherry Rum $2.25

Saturday: Heineken 12oz $2.50

Just a Reminder

Don't forget members, ladies included, please remove your hat when you enter the Social Quarters out of respect for our deceased members. 

No children are permitted in the Social Quarters after 10pm.  Prior to 10pm, children must be with their parents and guardians and be supervised at all times.

Don't forget, the TVs are controlled by the Club Manager, House Committee or the on duty bartender.

All members & Auxiliary members must sign the daily sheet for themselves, no exceptions.

Please do not phone the Lodge to see if the daily had been hit on the day before.

ALL GUESTS must be signed in by you and are only permitted to stay as long as you do.

Guests are not permitted to buy refreshments.

Information contained in the newsletter and on the website may change without prior notice.  Please check the bulletin board in the social quarters for any updates.

Contact Erie Elks Lodge #67

For questions and/or comments regarding the Erie Elks Lodge #67, please contact us at (814) 833-9780 and listen for the correct prompt.

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