Hotchkiss Emblem Club #306 met April 2 at the Hotchkiss Elks Lodge. Refreshments of strawberry pretzel dessert, candy, mints and drinks were served by Ruth Carson and JoAnn Anderson.
President Karen Martin opened the meeting. She asked marshal Gwen Carpenter to escort exalted ruler Bob Kapus, Abbie Swarbrick, Robert Pearce and Teresa Driscoll into the room. President Karen presented Kapus with his gift from the club. Bob presented Karen with a plaque for Emblem's service during the year. Abbie thanked Margaret Pearce for her help. Bob presented state president Ruth Carson with a teapot, her symbol this year.
Karen asked for a minute of silent prayer in memory of Margaret Deutsch.
Roll call found first marshal Laura Reich, second trustee Sue Whittlesey, third trustee Nikki Carpenter and first guard Margie Brungardt absent.
The minutes were read and approved. Financial secretary Karen Emmons and treasurer JoAnn Anderson gave their reports, which were filed for audit.
Corresponding secretary Ruth Carson read a letter from Elks National Foundation listing some things monies were spent for and thanking the club for its donation. A letter from Cortez Emblem Club #261 reminded members of the quarterly meeting April 21. Delta Emblem Club #462 announced installation April 21. Hotchkiss High School requested money or gifts for the grad night party. Thank you notes were received from Tyler English's family for a donation, from Courtney Anderson for the club's scholarship, and from Larry McMillian for a donation of $50. Several people sent checks for the scholarship fund in Margaret Deutsch's memory.
The bills were read and approved.
For ways and means, Ruth reported serving 53 taco dinners. The club made $260 to go to the state president's project for the year. She thanked Karen Martin, Karen Emmons, Gladys and Gwen Carpenter, Donna Williams, Donna Cochran, Krista Emmons and Bill Carson for their help.
Gwen gave her yearly report for community service. She also reported on the Deutsch funeral dinner and thanked all who helped.
Twelve members signed the register. Gladys Carpenter won the dime march.
Karen Martin reported on convention planning. She asked members to bring kitchen and bathroom accessories to the May meeting.
Maxine Burch thanked all who helped celebrate her birthday.
The club has a standing rule to donate $50 to the Hotchkiss grad night party. Under the good of the order, Karen read an article about a little girl being a fireman. The club sang Karen's song and the Emblem Club song and the meeting was closed.
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