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Vol. XV, No. III
Donald Schwartz, E.R.

Miami Elks Lodge 948

Role Model
Last week while walking through one of our local parks, I stopped to watch a mens softball game. The behavior of these adults was very disturbing. The constant arguing with each other and with the umpire along with the inappropriate language would not have made any of us proud. Children were playing nearby and could and did witness all of the poor behavior that transpired.
I could not help but think how as Elks we have a responsibility to serve as role models for our families and community. For many of us, our children are grown and have left the nest. However, we still have the responsibility to serve as role models in our community; to reach out and inspire others; to show that we care.
In our oath as Elks, we promise, to always protect our members, their good name and their families, and this behavior is the model we need to pass on to others. When we perform charitable acts, we are doing our job as positive role models. When we shake the hand of a competitor, be it on the ball field, the tennis court, or the poolroom, we are serving as that positive role model. When the Flag goes by and we stand at attention, we are serving as role models.
Be a living day-to-day example of your value system. Show compassion, honesty, generosity and openness you would want from others. We need to examine our own behavior about how we treat others. Sometimes it is difficult because we may have to stand alone, but I say we know what is right and lets do it. Others will be watching.
My very best wishes to you and your families.
Donald Schwartz, Exalted Ruler

Summer time has arrived and it is Pool Party time for the children. Dirk Noyes, a certified life guard will be in charge. Children will receive one free hot dog and soft drink. The first party will be Sunday, June 22nd, 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
On June 14th, we will have a Fish Fry following the Flag Day Service from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Tickets will be $8.00 purchased in advance or $12.00 at door. You can purchase tickets from Edna Camacho, (305) 279-8420 or from the Bartender. The Elkettes will have their famous desserts on sale for $1.00.
The Tom Rhodes Show will be in the ballroom on June 21st. Tom (the other Rhodes brother) has recently moved back to Miami from Deland and is making his solo debut in Miami. Dance music will be provided by Rick Aikens from 7:30 to 11:30 pm. You have heard Rick in the Lounge and he provides a variety of dance music. Showtime at 9:00 pm. Tickets will be $10.00 per person. The dining room will be open with two specials. Please call (305) 270-8184 for dinner reservations.
The Earthshines will be playing in the ballroom on July 19th. This is a good dance band. The Mystiques will be playing August 16th for Italian Night.
Ben Jackson and Mike Myers will be having their annual bowling tournament on August 17th. All bowlers are welcome to participate. Come support our Charity events.
We have had many requests for the big band sound. Well, Mike Suman is bringing Swing City, his six piece band, to the ballroom on September 13th. This band plays the old time favorites of Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Louie Prima, etc., as well as disco music. So mark your calendar for this event. You dont want to miss it.
Thank you for supporting our Activities and our Lodge.
Ella Mae Shroyer
Activities Committee Chair

By: Marie Grime, President

Do you sew or do any type of knitting, crocheting, etc? This year the Elkettes community project will focus more on accessories of comfort and convenience for hospitalized veterans and others confined to a home.
We are asking for donations of such items from our Elkettes, Elks, even from their friends, neighbors, and co-workers out in the community.
Most of these items need to be sewn, though some may also be knitted or fashioned from other types of stitching. If you sew, or if someone in your immediate vicinity can sew, please let us hear from you on this. If you have or know of patterns that can be passed on, we would also appreciate your sharing them with us. Examples of items we are considering include:
Foot pocket blankets
Foot warming booties or socks
Shawls with pockets
Bed or chair caddies
Soft pillow type footstools
Walker baskets or caddies
In short, anything that can hold books, glasses, TV remote, medicines, etc. Perhaps you can think of different items along this line that we havent considered.
Even wood and metal workers might be able to fashion something in this comfort and convenience category that they would donate. Please contact me on these.
If you are interesting in helping us, or if you have any questions, please call or e-mail me at Thank you.

By: Edna J. Camacho

Section 2.030 of our Orders Statutes says that .It shall be the duty of each Lodge to hold the service known as Flag Day Services at the time and in the manner prescribed by the Ritual of the Order. Its being done on June 14th at 1:00 pm at Poolside under the direction of our Officers and with a special history of our Flag by our local Boy Scout Troup No. 22. They do this well!
Our United States flag has tender significance and is deeply honored by our Order of Elks. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 in memory of the day in 1777 when the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States. Flag Day is not an official national holiday, but the President proclaims a public Flag Day observance every year. Pennsylvania celebrates Flag Day as a legal holiday.
On Flag Day, people in the United States display the flag on their homes, businesses, and public buildings. Some schools honor the flag with special programs that may feature discussions of the flags origin and meaning. Many patriotic organizations hold parades and other Flag Day demonstrations.
Flag Day was first officially observed in 1877 to celebrate the 100 anniversary of the selection of the flag. Congress requested all public buildings to fly the flag on June 14th of that year. Some people suggested that Flag Day be observed each year. In 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand (1866-1932), a schoolteacher in Waubeka, Wisconsin, began a lifetime fight to establish Flag Day as an annual national celebration. In 1897, the governor of New York proclaimed a Flag Day celebration for the first time as an annual national celebration. In 1897, the governor of New York proclaimed a Flag Day celebration for the first time as an annual event in that state. President Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day as an annual national celebration in his proclamation issued on May 30, 1916. Since the World Trade Center disaster on September 11th and the recent Iraq crisis, our American flag has gained even more significance and is loved and honored by even more Americans and is flown daily.
Be proud to fly our flag; be proud to be an American. Come to your Lodge and enjoy this beautiful presentation.

A gentle reminder that our last day of bowling this season is Sunday, June 8th, at AMF Pines at 1940 South University Drive.
Our End of Season Banquet will be Saturday, June 28th, 5:30 pm at North Miami Elks Lodge.
All bowlers: Banquet is paid
Guests: Pay a minimal charge (not determined at this time)
Its been a fine year and we thank you for bowling with our league.
Please come next season and bring an Elk bowling friend!

On Sunday, May 18th our SunCruz to Nowhere took place. The number is 53. Fifty three Elks or family of Elks had one beautiful day. The weather couldnt have been better, the bus ride to Fort Lauderdale smoother, nor the seas calmer. Even the brunch on board was delicious.
I dont know how many winners we had, because they didnt tell me, but the one winner we did have was our Elks Charity Fund that always has priority. We sincerely thank all those who came aboard and we will be doing this again inthe middle of August.
Thank you again.
Mike Myers
Activities Committee

Ill bet you haven't noticed...
...That as you drive into the entrance of our Lodge 948, as you look either right or left, you see the two BPOE plaques embedded into the walls. These two signs have significant meaning. They spent years on the second-floor balcony of our Lodge 948s first building at Flagler Street and N.E. 3rd Avenue in downtown Miami. These were brought and served as a corner stone when our beautiful new Lodge opened thirteen years ago.

I'll bet you have noticed...
...that our Commemorative Walkway keeps growing and growing. Every month golden bricks are added. If yours is not there yet, dedicated to the memory of a loved one, or to a cause, or in honor of your family, please think about it. The brick costs $50.00 for three lines and an application blank can either be found in this issue or can be picked up in the Lodge lobby. This fee will go to in-lodge projects and charitable endeavors. Thanks to all of you who are there already.
James W. Murray, P.E.R. and Lodge Treasurer

...that the Star of Fidelity that hangs in our Lodge Meeting Room was brought from the Brickell Lodge, our second home, after hanging there for all those years and serving its purpose well. When the property was sold, the Star was securely preserved and years later it was moved into our present building where it hangs today.

What better time than these days of graduation to announce the following outstanding graduating seniors who were presented with Plaques from our Miami Elks Lodge No. 948.
Bryan Pinchuk...............Miami Killian Senior H. S.
Daniel Maland...............Miami Palmetto Senior H. S.
Joshua Rey...............South Miami Senior H.S.
Michael J. Mastrucci...............Christopher Columbus. H.S.
Chul-Han Kwon...............Saint Brendan H.S.
Patrick Turiano...............Southwest Miami H.S.
Michael Chow...............Miami Sunset Senior H.S.
Christine Monjer...............Westminster Christian School
Abhishek Hawaldar...............Miami Coral Park Senior H.S.
Ernesto Zaldivar...............Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll H.S.
German Betancourt...............Felix B. Varela Senior H.S.
The word to fully describe the above is proud. Proud of our young graduating seniors and proud to be of service to our community.
Miami Elks Lodge No. 948
Walt Regan, High School Awards Chairman

On Wednesday evening, May 14th, 2003, before our regular meeting our Exalted Ruler had the distinct honor of representing our Lodge in awarding scholarships to five outstanding high school graduates. The awards were presented by our Scholarship Committee chairperson, Virginia DiCristafaro. The recipients were:
Jacqueline Reyes - Felix Varela High School
She will attend Emery Riddle School of Aeronautics
Tiffany Anderson Miami Springs Senior High School
Winner of Elks National Foundation Scholarship, she will attend Vassar
Monica Orca - Southwest Miami Senior High
To attend Boston University to Study Forensic Psychology
Jennifer Hernandez Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School
To attend Stanford - Pre-Law
Michael Chow - Miami Sunset Senior High School
To attend Stanford to study Engineering
Michael, Jacqueline and Tiffany are Silver Knight Nominees.
Michael was All County in Tennis
Proud we are as Elks to make these awards in the name of our Order of Elks and Lodge No. 948, to these outstanding students.

By: David Albl

Many of you will be happy to know that The Trenches are back. The major part of the month of June is covered:
June 1st: John Hatton - Felix Sensale
June 8th: Ben Englander - Ed Abboud
June 15th: Joyce Bryda
June 22nd: Carol Dryden - Ellen Mitchell
After that we need help. Why not volunteer to be a bartender? You will only work every 2-1/2 to 3 months. We would appreciate your assistance.
Please call Dave Albl or Anne Goodrich.

At Miami Elks Lodge No. 948

Our first monthly clean up drew a small, but enthusiastic group of workers. We breakfasted on bagels and cream cheese, doughnuts and coffee, but some tireless workers scarcely touched the breakfast in an effort to get as much work done as possible in the time allotted.
Many thanks to the four Boy Scout leaders, most of whom were also Elks, brought five young scouts with them. Many thanks also to the Yard Crew who ordered and organized our lunches. Both the Yard Crew and the House Committee were helpful in getting us, from their cache of equipment and supplies, what we need to get the job done.
Prior to the clean-up day, Britt Parker and Dave Grime labored five hours on the pool deck with a pressure cleaner, and their labors helped make our day more productive.
Five other adults, three Elks and two Elkettes, cleaned doors, windows, plant beds, and pool furniture from 8:30 until after noon.
The scouts were an inspiration to us all. Five energetic young boys can get a lot done. This is the sort of project where you dont think yourself capable of getting the job done, but if you do what you can, and help each other, you will be amazed at yourself and your group effort.
And were going to do it again. If you can make it, bring your choice of cleaning supplies and equipment, and dress for work. We want our pool deck and lounge to sparkle for the Flag Day celebration.
Because of the small turnout, we didnt completely finish the windows and doors, inside and out, especially inside the lounge; nor did we get to the ballroom courtyard, so we will begin there, then head into the lounge with any time that remains. We will begin at 8:30 am again, and will work until noon or so.
We were a small group in Clean Up No. 1, but we had a lot of fun. Hope you can join us on Clean Up No. 2.
Thanks a bunch!
Joyce Collins, Clean Up Committee Chairman

We are grateful for the support that we have had from the membership and are making progress. Once again the trenches are open and those friendly members will greet you when you come for brunch on Sundays.
As summer time approaches, may we respectfully remind you that it is illegal to bring food and drink to the club when you are coming to the swimming pool. We can provide you with your needs.
Please remember that the game room is for members and their guests and that no one under 16 is to be in the room.
Ginger DiCristafaro
House Committee Chair

Your once very favorite CDs that lay on your shelf and you no longer use. They would serve their purpose well in our lounge. In addition your donation would be appreciated deeply by our members. Please check and if indeed you have some, please bring them to any member of our House Committee. We thank you!

On Tuesday, June 10th from 4:00 to 9:00 pm is Blood Drive time again.
Since our Miami Elks Lodge No. 948 has existed, Blood Drives have had tender significance among our members. Its only one of our ways of caring for and loving our fellowman. Please make that extra effort and come to us on the above evening.
If you can donate, you will be given a free spaghetti dinner.
Our sincere thanks as always and if you have any questions, please call either Mary Anne Weinstein or Glenna Carroll.

Umatilla, Florida 2003 Summer Camp

Our quota is filled and we look forward to July 20th through July 26th with the children ages 9 to 13 in Umatilla, Florida. Transportation is furnished to and from the camp. The sessions are coed and scholarships are available. Thank you for your support. Any questions, please call me, Pat Howard.