Exalted Ruler's Message
by Ernie NunesWell here it is November and as one member said to me "Well summer's over, it's Elk season". This is a very busy time around the lodge, not to mention the holidays. I would like to thank Kevin Christie, Dave Suchar, Anne Poole and her group for doing so much for the Veteran's Stand Down. Dennis Hunter and I went down and took a look at that operation. Totally amazing! As you may know we had a $2000.00 ENF grant to buy sleeping bags and waterproof duffel bags. There was enough money left over to take those in need shopping for new boots.
Joe Moore did a great job with the Leading Knight's Fashion Show. As always Sylvia Vader and her crew put out another great meal. Speaking of great meals, Hans Gerstacker did it again at Oktoberfest and what a spectacular auction coordinated by Liz Smith our ENF chair. As we move into holiday mode I would like to ask everyone to be patient. We are all volunteers here. Remember to buss your tables and call in as early as possi- ble for dinner reservations. The latter is very important so the cooking crew know how much to buy and prepare. If something is happening that shouldn't be, rather than taking care of it yourself, find an officer to handle it. If one isn't available one of the bartenders can help.
Happy Veterans Day to all of you and thank you. Here's to a safe and happy holiday season. Let's keep being the best we can be.
Ernie Nunes, E.R.
Eureka #652 Exalted Ruler
A Long Standing Tradition by StaffThanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, currently celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863. Thanksgiving was historically a religious observation to give thanks to God.
It is thought that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated to give thanks to God for helping the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony survive their first brutal winter in New England. The first Thanksgiving feast lasted three days providing enough food for 53 pilgrims and 90 Native Americans. The feast consisted of fowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash. William Bradford's note that, "besides waterfowl, there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many," probably gave rise to the American tradition of eating turkey at Thanksgiving.