From the Exalted Ruler

February in Indiana. What a bummer unless you're planning on coming to the Super Bowl party at the Elks to start off the month. The log will open at 2:00 PM. We will provide Coney dogs and chili with a pitch in for the side. Make your best dish and come on up. Lots of fun and activities planned. The date is February 3 you won't want to miss this.

It's that time of year again to begin thinking about new officers for the upcoming year. At our favorite seventh meeting, we will be taking nominations for the 2013 – 14 year starting April 1. New faces are always needed so if you would like to be considered or would like to nominate someone, please be in attendance. This is Also past exalted rulers night so PER Who would like to sit in an old chair for the night please attend.

The past exalted rulers ball will be on March 9 and will be chaired by Mike Fleming this year. Invitations will soon be in the mail to our P. E. R.s S. A sign-up sheet will be also soon be behind the bar for reservations.

Applications are now available at the lodge For the skinny Lee athletic scholarships. If you have a child or grandchild or know anyone graduating this year who would like to apply, please pick up forms and instruction sheets at the lodge.

At our last meeting, the secretary reposed an amendment to our lodge bylaws to increase our yearly dues by two dollars to absorb the two dollar increase from Grandlodge for our monthly magazine. At February 21 meeting, this proposed amendment will be open for discussion and vote.

P. S. Our new incoming state president for 2013 – 14, John Sauer, has accepted an invitation to our Super Bowl party. Let's all show up and welcome John to Newcastle. Hope to see you there.

Gary Dobbs