Elks rec­og­nize mem­bers who passed away in 2018

Record Observer - - NEWS - By DOUG BISHOP [email protected]­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — Kent Is­land Elks, Lodge 2576, held its an­nual “To Our Ab­sent Mem­bers” memo­rial ser vice Sun­day af­ter­noon, Dec. 3, rec­og­niz­ing those lodge mem­bers who died in the past year. This year, 10 of the more than 720 mem­bers of the thriv­ing lodge died. This brief but solemn cer­e­mony is held the first Sun­day of De­cem­ber lodges across the na­tion. The cur­rent na­tional mem­ber­ship is above 800,000.

The 10 Kent Is­land Elks mem­bers who died this past year were: Joanne S. Gery, Stu­art W. Lawrence, Jan­ina Bukowsky-dick­son, Thomas J. The­len Sr., Charles W. Carter, Peter Juet­tner, Ter­rance Crane, E. Joe Cook, Os­car “Sonny” Schulz, and Dave Sch­midt. Schulz was one of the 200 found­ing mem­bers of the KI lodge in 1978. His card num­ber was 57, in­di­cat­ing he was one of the first mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to join that year.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, Lodge Sec­re­tary Sally Kramer was called upon to read each name aloud, as if call­ing roll, and a can­dle was lighted for each by KI Elks Esquire Ron Kunz, who was stand­ing in front of the Elks sym­bolic al­tar.

KI Elks Ex­alted Ruler Mike Kelly said, “In vain we call! The places that have known them shall know them no more, but upon our tablets of love and mem­ory, their names shall en­dure for­ever. To the mem­ory of our fel­low mem­bers who have en­tered into the realm of eter­nity, firm in our faith, we are re­minded by these ser­vices that we are born, not to die, but to live. Of our de­parted mem­bers, may we be in­spired ever to a life of ser­vice to the liv­ing.”

The Kent Is­land Elks, Lodge 2576, in Stevensville, has pro­vided “ser­vice to the liv­ing,” giv­ing more than $1.5 mil­lion to reg­is­tered 501(c)3 char­i­ties over the past 15 years, as well as spon­sor­ing nu­mer­ous fam­ily and youth ac­tiv­i­ties to strengthen fam­i­lies.

Among the other words spo­ken dur­ing the cer­e­mony, Kelly called on ev­ery­one present to stand and sing “Auld Lang Syne” (words to the song were on the printed pro­gram). Fol­low­ing the clos­ing prayer, Kelly said, “I now de­clare this memo­rial ser­vice closed.”

A light meal was pro­vided for all who at­tended. This cer­e­mony is al­ways open to the pub­lic to at­tend.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Kent Is­land Elks, Lodge 2576, Esquire Ron Kunz lights can­dles Sun­day af­ter­noon, Dec. 3, for each of the 10 Kent Is­land Elks mem­bers who died in 2018. The an­nual “To Our Ab­sent Mem­bers” solemn cer­e­mony is held the first Sun­day in De­cem­ber at the lodge.

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