The annual installation of 2016-17 officers for Delta Emblem Club #462 was conducted at the Delta Elks Lodge Saturday, April 16.
A potluck lunch was served at 12:30 p.m. Special guests were in attendance. The members and guests then retired to the lodge meeting and the installation ritual was performed. Honored guests included Willie Gordon, exalted ruler; Josh Viga, leading knight; and Duncan Wurm, loyal knight.
Outgoing president Diane Martinez gave a farewell speech. She listed the many things the club had accomplished in the past year. It was impressive!
Conducting the installation ceremony were LaVon Campbell, Montrose Emblem Club #91, installing officer; Georgia McNeil, Montrose Emblem Club #91, installing marshal; and Jan Gardner, Cortez Emblem Club #131, installing chaplain.
These supreme officers were assisted by members from Hotchkiss Emblem Club #306.
The officers of the coming year were installed according to ritual -- Diane Martinez, president; Kay Thatcher, vice president; Ilene Dreier, financial secretary; Barbara Pierce, treasurer; Mary Jo Chaffee, recording secretary; Ruth Marvel, press correspondent; Margie Ahlberg, chairman of trustees; Helen Wurm, second trustee; Chandra Martinez, marshal; Ruth Marvel, chaplain; and Garrett Abeyta, first guard.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.