The regular meeting of Delta Emblem Club #462 was held at the Delta Elks Lodge on Monday, June 26. The meeting was opened according to ritual, led by president Diane Martinez.
Roll call of officers showed first guard Garrett Abeyta absent. There were five past presidents in attendance.
Recording secretary Mary Jo Chaffee read the minutes of the previous meeting. They were accepted as read. Corresponding secretary Barbara Pierce read the communications and bills. Those needing action were taken up in the proper order of business. A motion was made and passed that all bills be paid.
Financial secretary Mary Jo Chaffee and treasurer Barbara Pierce gave the financial reports. They will be filed, pending audit. Communications consisted of the following: a letter from the Delta Fire Department and thank you notes from the Delta Barracuda swim team and Cedaredge grad night party.
The following committee reports were given: sunshine, a sympathy card to the Reim family; Americanism, 599 coupons, one hour and 50 minutes; community service, six education labels, nine cancelled stamps, 18 miles, 12 hours and a small bag of pop tabs.
Recess was called and the scholarship march was conducted. The birthday of Barbara Pierce was celebrated. Margie Ahlberg won the door prize, which was donated to the scholarship fund.
Under new business, a motion was made and seconded to donate to the Delta Fire Department for the annual fireworks display.
A discussion was held concerning the selling of pop tabs locally, with the cash to be sent to the Ronald McDonald House.
Members who attended the state convention in Cortez gave reports of the activities there. Three Delta Emblem Club members were elected to the state roster of officers for the coming year. Members were reminded that July will be a dark month for the club. We will continue to assist at the Delta Elks bingo night. The meeting closed at 7 p.m. according to ritual.
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.