2014-04-24 / News

Elks to host convention

William Raredon William Raredon MANISTIQUE – Manistique Elks Lodge No. 632 will host the Michigan Elks Association Upper Peninsula District No. 4280 Spring Upper Peninsula District Convention on Saturday.

It will be the first time since the late 70s the local lodge has been in the position to host such an event.

Delegates including state officers from all the lodges in the UP will attend.

Also attending will be 109th District State Rep. John Kivela, from Marquette. Kivela participates as an Elks member at his local lodge.

William Raredon, exalted ruler of the Manistique Lodge expressed the organization’s enthusiasm about the ability host the convention after such a long absence. “I and the other officers of Lodge 632 are pleased to be able to host the annual spring convention in Manistique,” he said. “We are hoping it will bring with it an economic booster to the community.

The lodge has seen several ups and downs over the years and our members have really pulled together to keep our organization going,” he continued. “A feat several other lodges throughout the UP are struggling with.

Raredon went on to add that the area support received by the lodge has contributed to its success over the years.

“Local businesses and residents have been so supportive of us over the years with our chicken barbeques, sponsors for our golf outings, and raffle sales,” he explained. “We are able to give back to the community with our exceptional performance in monies funds from the Elks National Foundation.”

The event will kick off with the district deputy clinic at 10 a.m. The general business session will start at 11 a.m.

Upon the conclusion of the afternoon agenda, the banquet will follow at the lodge in the evening. Social hour is set for 5 p.m., with dinner at 6:15 p.m.

All Elks members are invited to participate. Dinner tickets are available for $15.

For more information on the Elks locally, visit www.facebook.com/elks632.

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