The Elkhorn Elks #381 held a very special anniversary event on Saturday, April 27. Members from not only Elkhorn but from lodges across Manitoba and Southern Saskatchewan gathered to celebrate.
MC for the evening, Kevin Tutthill, ER for the Elkhorn lodge, welcomed everyone attending and introduced the dignitaries at the head table. In his opening remarks, Tutthill recognized past members and thanked present members for their work in making the organization what it is today.
Grace was given by lodge Chaplain C. Toder and after a wonderful roast beef supper, four long-term members were given the honour of cutting the anniversary cake. Addresses were given by Grand Exalted Ruler (GER) Ron Potter of Moosomin who, in his remarks, praised the Elkhorn organization for their work. He commented on how he used Elkhorn as a template for how an organization can succeed. He went on to say how supportive the Elkhorn lodge was of the Elks and Royal Purple Children’s Fund with Elkhorn contributing $20,000 to the fund over the years.
The next address was by the Manitoba Elks Association Provincial President Guy Mullen. Mullen had the opportunity to meet and welcome some of the new members of the Elkhorn lodge. He recalled when he attended his first provincial meeting and felt a little nervous not knowing anyone at the meeting. He said he was greeted and soon became friends with two members of the Elkhorn lodge – Jim and Wendy Shackel. Mullen thanked Elkhorn for their service to the community and support of the Elks programs.
Mark Humphries, representing the RM of Wallace-Woodworth brought greetings from Council. He congratulated the Elks on their 65 years of service to Elkhorn and area.
Members’ Year Pins were presented. GER Ron Potter presented pins to members Gerry Gatey and Bob Thomson for 50 years of service to the Elks organization.
Four items were auctioned off at the conclusion of the evening with all proceeds to the Fund for Children. Humphries served as auctioneer and once the bidding concluded, approximately
$1,700 was raised for the charity.
When the formalities were completed, members and guests were entertained by Julianna Moore, originally from St. Lazare.
Tutthill said of the evening, “The Elkhorn Elks are so lucky to be members of a community that support every venture and event we host, be they small or large. Our members over the 65 years have left our present members an awesome legacy, and it is now our job to move forward and uphold that legacy.”