Elks recognize members who passed away in 2018
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.
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.