The regular meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge on May 23. The opening ritual was performed, led by president Diane Martinez. Roll call of officers showed all were present. There were six past presidents in attendance.
The financial officers gave their reports. They will be filed pending audit.
Mary Jo Chaffee, chairman of community service, gave the following report for 2015-16: 569 miles, 280 hours, $6,858. This consisted of card tops, education tabs, cancelled postage stamps, items to Abraham Connection and emergency help to many people.
Under old business, plans were put forth for the Colorado state convention to be held at the Delta Elks Lodge June 25 and 26. Further plans will be discussed at the next social meeting.
Under new business, plans were spoken of concerning a yard sale to be held in August.
The corresponding secretary read a nice thank you card from Sisters of the Holy Cross and a letter from a Delta area resident asking for financial aid on some utility bills. A motion to help passed.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.