News from Augusta Lodge 964

Exalted Ruler’s Message

My Fellow Elks,

 Well, here it is, my final newsletter entry as your Exalted Ruler. In the words of my favorite band, what a long strange trip it's been!

 I will not spend any time here reflecting back on what I may or may not have accomplished as ER, as history is inevitably the ultimate judge of such matters.

 I would much rather use this as an opportunity to thank two very special groups of people. First, those people Sue and I are privileged to call our friends. I will not name names here, as I will surely leave someone out, but you know who you are. We love you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your help, and your loyalty, and your willingness to look us in the eye and let us know when you thought we were wrong, and simply for being there for us through some very tough times.

 The second group of people I'm grateful to are those individuals who do not call themselves my friends, some who may have thoroughly disliked me, some who disagreed with nearly everything I proposed, and yet, despite their personal feelings, avoided negativity, and never wavered in their spirit of volunteerism, their helpfulness, and their steadfast pursuit of the betterment of our Lodge and our Order. These are true Elks, and special people, and our Lodge is lucky to have them.

May God Bless Elkdom and each and every one of you.

Dave Kaplan, PER

Spring Fling

Saturday, April 12

Tickets on sale in the club room at $10 each

Social hour: 5 - 6 p.m.

Meal: 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Dance with music by Working Class: 8 p.m. - midnight

Door prizes from admission ticket

Benefit: Augusta Elks AAU baseball team and other lodge charities

Open to members and their guests

Ladies Night

Friday, Aug. 25

Tickets $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and under

Vendor tables: $25 each

5 - 6 p.m. Social Hour

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Light dinner with entertainment

5 - 9 p.m. Vendor displays, psychic readings, massages, etc.

Bring your grandmother, mom, daughter, girlfriend or co-worker for an evening of fun.

FMI: Linda Michaud 485-4710

Easter Breakfast

Sunday, Aug. 27

8 - 11 a.m. Only $7 - kids under 10 eat free

Easter Egg Hunt!

Membership Dues for 2014 - 2015

 Membership dues for the fraternal year 2014 - 2015 are now due. Regular member dues are $69 and Life Member dues are $29. You can pay by coming to the Lodge or by sending a check in the mail. (P.O. Box 2206, Augusta, ME 04338-2206). When paying your dues, please complete a membership form to ensure that your information is correct in the computer.

Maine Elks Association convention help needed

 The Augusta Elks Lodge will be hosting the Maine State Elks Convention on May 2nd, 3rd & 4th. We are looking for anyone who would be willing to volunteer some time. If you are interested in donating a few hours please contact Gary Cooper at or 622-4332.

April is National Donate Life Awareness Month

Donation and Transplantation Statistics

 Approximately 79 organ transplants take place every day in the United States.

 On average, a single donor can save or heal the lives of up to 50 people.

 Each year more than 28,000 patients begin new lives thanks to organ transplants.

 Over 46,000 patients had their sight restored last year through corneal transplants.

 A living donor can provide a kidney or a portion of their liver, lung, pancreas or intestine.

 More than one third of all deceased donors are age 50 or older, and nearly 8 percent are age 65 or older.

 Sadly, an average of 18 patients die every day while waiting, simply because the organ they needed was not donated in time.

 On average, 150 people are added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list each day—one every 10 minutes.

 More than 120,000 people are currently waiting for an organ transplant in the United States.

 Nearly 35 percent of patients awaiting kidney transplants are African American.

 In 2012, there were more than 30,000 tissue donors and 60,000 cornea donors.

 More than 1 million tissue transplants are performed each year and the surgical need for tissue has been steadily rising.

 As of June 2013, over 112 million people, approximately 46 percent of the U.S. adult population, are registered as organ, eye and tissue donors.

 To register to be an organ, eye and tissue donor visit:

 As Elks we know the importance of good deeds. Becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor is a supreme act of caring. Your donation will live on in others long after you are gone. Please join the 46 percent of American adults already registered. Make a difference!

Thank you,

Jim Ferland

Past Grand Esteemed Loyal Knight

Presque Isle Lodge 1954

We need your returnables

 Returnables donated at the Lodge will now be used to help with Lodge repairs such as wall repairs, painting supplies, TV brackets, & carpeting. If anyone would like to donate funds for this, please send them to the Lodge Secretary and they will be placed in an account especially designated for repairs.

 If you have any questions, please contact Margie Sparrow at 207-458-2699.

Thank you

Volunteer Advisory Committee report available

 In June of 2013, the Board of Directors of Augusta Elks Lodge 964 requested that an independent group of Elks be assembled and brought into the Augusta Lodge for the purpose of evaluating the current business practices and to make recommendations that might assist in restructuring the management and financial operations of the Lodge.

 This report is now available. You may receive a copy at the bar or by contacting the Lodge secretary at

 If you have any questions or comments, please contact any of the Lodge Officers.

 We wish to thank Jim Ferland, Philip O’Brion, & Wayne Cotterly for their tireless efforts and the long hours they dedicated to helping the Augusta Lodge

Augusta Elks Presents

Cabin Fever Raffle

Proceeds to benefit the Elks 15U Baseball Team & General Fund

For tickets see Tim Rodrigue (314-9857)

Drawing to be held at the Spring Fling on April 12, 2014


1st - $1,250 cash

2nd - $750 cash

3rd - $500 cash

Only 110 tickets sold @ $50 each

Get them will they last!

Meat raffle and dance thank-you

 The recent meat raffle held on Feb. 22 was a great success and everyone seemed to have had a wonderful time. I wish to thank everybody who came to support our cause on behalf of the Bread of Life Ministries. The Bread of Life is a wonderful organization in our community that helps many individuals who are in need.

 I would also like to take this opportunity to thank so many that made this all possible. Thanks go to Tim Rodrigue for supplying the tickets, to Steve Albison for printing the posters (Albison Print Shop) and certainly the volunteers who worked so hard – Rich Cunningham, Israel Cunningham, Ryan Minoty, Ben Benedetti, Monique LaFlamme, Wes De Campos, and Dave Kaplan (our Emcee).

 I appreciate the band(s) Archie and Friends (Working Class!) and our bartenders for the evening Judy LeVecque, Ed Luszczki and Tom Callahan. I also appreciate all who bought tickets to support this cause.

 Extra special thanks go to our sponsors for the evening – Hannaford Bros., Kennebec Savings Bank, Bread of Life Ministries, Damon’s Pizza, Brooks Bros., Augusta Seafood, West Gardiner Beef, Fuller’s Market, Tom Bangs, Rebecca’s Restaurant, Emery’s Meats and Ballard’s Meats. All the meat and Gift Cards were donated!

 Thanks to all who donated, volunteered and enjoyed the evening – it was a great time.

Gary Minoty, Chairman


 This four letter word is used when a golf ball errantly travels towards another person and often used by myself.

 The 2014 Golf season is fastly approaching. Our pre-season meeting will be April 16 @ 6:30 p.m. We may discuss format, location, rules, etc.

 Any questions please contact me via e-mail; or cell at 592-2477.

Thank you,

Scott Gray

Basket raffle items and ideas wanted

 We are looking for ideas for baskets that will be created and raffled off and well as items for the baskets. If you have any items you would  like to donate or any suggests for basket themes that can be made, we would love to hear them. Please contact Margie Sparrow at 207-458-2699. Thank you!

Augusta Elks Bulletin Board

April 1: House Committee, 6:30 p.m.

April 4: Birthday Bash

April 8: Board of Directors, 6:15 p.m.; Lodge, 7 p.m.

April 12: Spring Fling, 5 p.m.

April 15: House Committee, 6:30 p.m.

April 16: Golf meeting, 6:30 p.m.

April 22: Board of Directors, 6:15 p.m.; Lodge, 7 p.m.

April 25: Ladies’ Night

April 27: After-Easter breakfast and egg hunt

Club Room Hours

Monday-Tuesday: 12 - 8 p.m.

Wednesday-Thursday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Saturday (with function): 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Saturday (non-function) 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Sunday (with function): 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sunday (non-function): 12 - 8 p.m.