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Colorado Trip #8


Sandra and I arrived in Denver on Thursday and were greeted at the airport by State Sponsor PGER Dwayne Rumney and his wife, Sandy along with the Colorado Elks State President George Uhland and his wife, Vicki. In addition there was also Colorado Special Deputy Dr. Ray Ross and his wife, Amie, District Deputy  Wayne Rogers and a group of Colorado Elks and guests. We left the airport and went directly to the CEA Major Project , Laradon Hall, for a tour and lunch. When we arrived we were joined by G/L Judiciary Committeeman John Amen and his wife, Marcia, along with a host of other Elks and guests.  The Colorado Elks Association has a fabulous Major Project that offers support for special needs children as well as adults and helps prepare them to be independent as possible. The Administrator, Dr. Frank Lucero, epitomizes “Passion”. We arrived at the hotel/convention center in time to get into our formal attire for the State President’s Banquet which opened their State Convention.

Which way should we go?

Friday morning I headed to the convention business meetings and Sandra went to breakfast with the ladies, afterwards toured the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and then enjoyed a luncheon that included a creative and humorous “fashion” show. Friday late afternoon we went to the Denver Lodge #17 for a dinner. The lodge had more history about the Order of Elks than any place I have seen! The lodge room is massive and is filled with Tiffany stained glass from their original lodge. The lodge ER, Adam Lovell, and his members fed hundreds of us before we headed to the Colorado Rockies baseball game. The Denver Elks were recognized and a few of us were presented on the field. I volunteered to warm up in the bullpen and handle the first three innings but the Rockies’ coaching staff thought “Not”. A group of the state and Grand Lodge officers along with the State Sponsor PGER Dwayne and Sandy joined us as we  watched the game from a sky box (nice!) There were approximately 675 Elk members and guest that watched the victory!

Officers and Ladies at the game with Spec. Deputy Ray Ross in the back row

At the Colorado Rockies Game


Saturday morning I was off to the business sessions for the day while, of course, Sandra was off to have fun. The ladies hosted a “Come and Go” coffee in Sandra’s honor. The ladies came in later in the morning for the Memorial Service and then they were off for another luncheon.  Sandra joined me in the convention for the installation of officers and awards presentation. Saturday evening we attended the formal banquet honoring the newly installed Colorado State Elks Association, Jerry Hilzer and Alice. I shared my message that evening to approximately five hundred attendees. We later presented the ritual award winners for the CEA. I ended the evening shaving off a member’s very long beard for a fund raiser. I would have to say I did an awful job.

The Colorado State Elks are passionate about the Elks National Foundation and I could feel the drive this membership has for our Order. I am certain they understand that it is time to knock down our walls and let the world know what we do and invite the community to be a part of our good works. Colorado should be Proud and now it is time to get Loud and Visible in their respective neighborhoods.  We must” Promote Elks Passion” outside of our lodge environment. Do it with vigor NOW…put PEP in your step. Lose the complacency about our declining membership and replace it with conviction to expand our Order.


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