Minden Elks host state convention this week
A whole passel of Elks will be visiting Carson Valley this week as the Minden/Douglas Elks Lodge hosts the state convention in Minden starting today.
Convention Chairman David Trueblood said he anticipates 280 Elks and their ladies from all of the state’s 16 lodges will attend events planned for the week.
Coincidentally, the Valley’s Elks lodge has 280 members and has been in existence for 22 years.
“Not all of our people will be there,” he said. “There will be people from the other 15 lodges.”
Trueblood said the convention is an opportunity for Elks to pick their leaders for another year and to raise money for the Lodge’s main cause.
Operation Safe Haven receives between $60,000 and $70,000 from Elks to provide a place for children, whose parents have been involved in a domestic battery and the children must be removed from the home for a cooling off period.
“This has been our major project for the last 15 years and we do our best to raise funds through this sort of convention, flea markets and activities through the year.”
On Wednesday, the Elks will be hitting the links at the golf course formerly known as Sierra Nevada Golf Ranch.
On Thursday, new members will be initiated into the Elks by a ritual borrowed from the Masons.
“It is a very formal and very sincere ritual,” Trueblood said. “When we decide a new member is coming to join us, we do the ritual. We want to impress them that not only are we a fun-loving group, but that we have some morés.”
On Friday about 50 Elks’ ladies will be taking a cruise aboard the MS Dixie while the Elks hold their annual business meeting.
The public is invited to the Carson Valley Inn on Saturday for the Elks silent auction, which raises money for Operation Safe Haven.
The event will be held in the Carson Valley Inn banquet area. On Saturday night, the culmination of the week will be the big dinner where Elks will say farewell to their past president and hello to their new president, a Hawthorne resident.
Trueblood thanked the Minden Town Board for providing the use of the CVIC Hall for a $200 fee.
“It was very kind of them to give us this permission and we are most grateful,” he said.
The Elks will say farewell to Carson Valley with a breakfast on Sunday morning.
Trueblood said anyone with questions or who is interested in becoming an Elk should call him at 782-3416.