Elks Share, Elks Care

Posted by Elks 530 | Posted in Lodge News | Posted on 28-04-2020

Even though our facility is closed, Leslie True, Angie Palmer, and Debi Newman have been busy demonstrating the meaning of the Elk’s motto “Elks Share, Elks Care”. All three ladies recently became members of the Frankfort Elks Lodge 530, in part to find ways to give back to the community. Soon after becoming Elks members, the coronavirus happened. Since then, they have hand-sewn more than 1,200 personal protection masks for use in the battle against COVID-19. They estimate that it takes between 30-45 minutes to produce one mask. Their masks have been distributed to medical professionals, hospice workers, nursing homes and individuals from across the country, as well as from people in their home community of Frankfort. The masks have gone to locations in New York, Oklahoma, Indiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Florida, Iowa, Texas, even the Virgin Islands, and as close to home as Bradford Square skilled nursing facility located in Frankfort. Angie, Debi and Leslie mail the masks as fast as they can make them and have vowed to continue sewing until the pandemic is over. Thank you ladies for all that you have done to help the community stay safe and healthy. We are PROUD of all of you!

Frankfort Lodge Responds to COVID-19 Pandemic by “GIVING“

Posted by Elks 530 | Posted in Lodge News | Posted on 28-04-2020

Due to Beshear’s executive order of “bar and restaurant” closure and following the Kentucky State Elks Association reccommendations, on March 16, 2020 our lodge facility closed indefinitely. Even though the doors closed, another opportunity to “GIVE” opened! Our member, Veteran, and Bar Manager, Carla Hawkins along with a team of volunteers quickly responded by giving a generous donation of much needed food from our pantry to the Access Soup Kitchen. She also donated our extra vinyl gloves, hand sanitizer, bleach and antibacterial wipes to the Boon National Guard to distribute to local first responders. Thank you Carla for taking the initiative to get the food and supplies donated and distributed to organizations that serve our community. Another fine example of how “Elks Care, Elks Share”

Frankfort Lodge Supports Seniors!

Posted by Elks 530 | Posted in Lodge News | Posted on 28-04-2020

For several years, Linda LaFontaine (otherwise known as “The Bag Lady”) has dedicated her service to Capital City Activity Center, otherwise known as the Frankfort Senior Center. One of the ways that she helps them is by collecting our donated grocery bags and delivering them to the Senior Center’s “HELPING HANDS FOOD PANTRY” to use for weekly food distributions to senior families in Franklin County. In mid-April, Linda presented a $2500 donation to Diane Rodgers, Director of the Outreach Program. This donation was made possible and supported by the Beacon Grant awarded to us by the Elks National Foundation. Thank you Linda for all that you do for Frankfort Lodge and The Frankfort Senior Center. Also, once the Lodge is re-opened, don’t forget to bring your grocery bags to donate! The collection box is located in the front entrance. During the pandemic and for those who don’t visit the Lodge regularly, feel free to contact Linda (502) 330-0256 and she will swing by and pick them up!

KY State Association has NEW WEBSITE!

Posted by Elks 530 | Posted in Lodge News | Posted on 28-04-2020

At the 2020 Elks State Convention, State President Jesse Shipp announced his appointment of the State Webmaster and the State Newsletter Editor to Leigh Ruble. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the long “established” website was inaccessible and no longer available for use. In early March, a NEW KY State Association website was created, updated, and launched! Keep up with the latest news from the KY Elks Association at www.ky-elks.com. You can search for members, lodges and committees by joining to be a “member” of the site. Blogs, group discussions and detailed searches are just a few of the new features that our new site brings. Join by visiting the website and clicking “Log In” (top right) and select “Sign Up”. Become a member today!!! Also, please understand that this website is still under construction and is not completely finished at this time, but all of the information is current and up to date. If you have a question or a suggestion about the site or wish to submit an article for the August State Newsletter, contact Leigh at support@kentuckyelks.org

Elks In the Time of Quarantine

Posted by Elks 530 | Posted in Lodge News | Posted on 12-03-2020

Dear Members,
As some of you got the message via email, in response to the Governor’s extension of the Bar restaurant closure order that originally was set to expire on March 30th, the Lodge will be closed until further notice. I just wanted to let everyone know where we are as a lodge and update you on what we have been doing and what we will be doing in the coming weeks:

On March 16th, the day of the initial closure order, our regular lodge meeting was cancelled. The House met that evening and took three actions:

1) Directed the Treasurer to submit an amended 2019-20 budget to the grand lodge.

2) Directed the Treasurer to pay any necessary bills; and

3) Directed the Treasurer to, pay our current bar and kitchen employees for the next two weeks (3/19 and 3/26), based on the average amount of hours worked per week since 1/1/2020. On Friday (3/27) the House Committee, by remote email vote, approved extending that courtesy for two additional weeks (4/2 and 4/9). This essentially costs the lodge about $1,000 per week. We are in a position to absorb this cost for four weeks because of our strong financial position, a position these folks helped bring about.

In the next few weeks, while the lodge is closed, we will still undertake whatever charitable activity we can. An example is the use of our $2,000 Gratitude Grant from ENF, which this year will go towards replenishing the stock of the Franklin County Food Pantry. We also awarded our Americanism Essay prizes, and will award our Scholarships this spring to the class of 2020. We will also be doing some work on the bowling alleys in addition to some heavy cleaning in preparation for our reopening.

In the meantime, I had multiple members asking me if any of our members need assistance running errands or have any other needs that members could assist with. I have not heard, but if you know of a member who has a need we can help with, just let us know. Also, I know for many members this is a time of financial uncertainty, but if you have not paid your 2020 lodge dues and are in a position to do so, it would be greatly appreciated.

On April 6th, we will not have a lodge meeting but we will proceed with the installation of the new Chair officers, including our new ER Mark Ruble, and Trustees for the 2020-21 lodge year. The House Committee will also meet that evening to take any necessary action regarding the lodge.

When we hear more about a potential reopening date for the Lodge, we will keep members apprised.

John Snyder, ER