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.

Fraternally,
John Snyder, ER

Sulena Bryant Wins Kentucky’s Veteran Volunteer of the Year Award

Posted by Elks 530 | Posted in Lodge News | Posted on 07-08-2019

Each year, the Kentucky Elks Association awards the Veteran Volunteer of the Year Award to a person who demonstrated a longstanding commitment to improving life for our veterans. This is in keeping with our Elks pledge, “So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.”

At the recent Mid-Year Convention hosted by Louisville Lodge #8, the 2019 Veteran Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to none other than our very own Sulena Bryant! To those who know Sulena, this news will come as no surprise. She has dedicated herself to working with veterans. She currently serves as the Veterans Chair for our lodge, as well as the VAVS representative for the Lexington VA. She’s helped homeless veterans find housing through the Welkome Home Program, and she’s always looking for a new opportunity to help veterans.

Please join us in congratulating Sulena Bryant on this well-deserved honor! You can click the picture to the right to see a larger version of the image.

Frankfort Elks Award Citizen of the Year to Danny Bryant

Posted by Elks 530 | Posted in Lodge News | Posted on 19-06-2019

Recently, the Frankfort Elks Lodge awarded its 2019 Citizen of the Year Award to Danny Bryant, the owner of the downtown Frankfort Pic-Pac. Mr. Bryant is a fixture in the community, donating food and money to charities and feeding generations of FHS kids at lunch and after school, and most importantly, serving as an oasis in a part of town that would otherwise be a food desert. For all of these reasons, plus the fact that he’s simply a great guy, the Frankfort Elks Lodge #530 honors as its 2019 Citizen of the year, Mr. Danny Bryant.

Pictured above is Mr. Bryant (right), along with Frankfort Lodge Exalted Ruler John Snyder.

Frankfort Elks Attend State Convention in Hopkinsville

Posted by Elks 530 | Posted in Lodge News | Posted on 01-03-2019

From February 21 through the 23, nine members of Frankfort Lodge #530 attended the annual state convention of the Kentucky Elks Association in Hopkinsville, KY. Also in attendance were representatives from all 16 Lodges across the state, as well as special guests State Sponsor Lester C. “Ted” Hess and Indiana State President Randy Snellenberger and his guest Nancy Wells. On Saturday, Charlie Martin of Hopkinsville Lodge 545 was installed as our new State President, and his wife Lana as the new First Lady.

The officers and members of Frankfort Lodge #530 would like to extend our very best wishes for the coming year to Charlie and Lana, and we are looking forward to having them both come to Frankfort for their official visit.

We’d also like to recognize and thank our outgoing State President and First Lady, Charlie and Troi Cunningham of Frankfort Lodge #530. They have been amazing representatives for our lodge and state over the past year and we are very proud of the success they have brought to the Kentucky Elks Association.

Frankfort Elks Angel Tree Christmas Party Brings Christmas to Kids

Posted by Elks 530 | Posted in Lodge News | Posted on 19-12-2018

This past weekend, our Frankfort Lodge held its annual Angel Tree Christmas Party. Needy kids from around the community were treated to a meal of pizza and treats. After everyone had eaten, Santa Claus came to visit, and brought along Mrs. Claus and Rudolph as well!

Each child received a stocking full of treats, and was able to open a gift during the party. They each took home a stack of additional gifts as well.

As you can see above, Santa was a big hit with the kids. Many thanks to all of the members who shopped for gifts, wrapped gifts, and helped plan and put on the party. We’d also like to extend a special thanks to everyone who purchased an Angel Tree ornament to help fund the party.

You can check out all the pictures from the party in the gallery below.

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