On on Saturday, October 19th, our State President, John Desjardins and First Lady Jessica will Visit the Portland lodge. So we will be serving an Italian Buffet for dinner at a cost of $12.00 per person. If you think you’ll be attending the dinner the Portland lodge would like to know how many so we plan for enough food. There will be music entertainment for the evening.
Also Sunday October 20th the Fall Elk’s state meeting will be held at the Portland Lodge #188 at 1945 Congress St. Portland. There will be coffee, donuts and muffins in the morning and make your own sandwich at lunch, for donations.
Please call the lodge at #207-773-7396, with any questions and to let us know if you’ll be attending the Saturday night dinner.
The Comfort Inn at 90 Maine Mall Rd, (207) 775-0409, will hold 10 rooms at the price of $109.00 for Elks members. Also the Doubletree Hotel across the street from the Maine Mall, will hold 10 rooms for Elks at $194.00:
Reservations should be made by September 10th.
WAGM TV’s coverage of Lodge sponsored Patriotic Community Program
PSP J. Andrew Bolz has requested that members of the MEA be advised that his e-mail account may have been hacked as of this afternoon, June 24th, 2019. No word yet concerning mal-ware attachments, but for the time-being please disregard unusual message you may receive from Andy.
Presque Isle PER Alan Harding recently discussed the Elk’s Flag Day ceremony with Channel 8 TV: “Flag Day commemorates the 14th day of June 1777 when the first continental congress first adopted a flag of the union which was then just formed.”
This is the Elks 108th year celebrating Flag Day which, is a mandatory celebration for every elks lodge since 1911.
“Initially Flag Day was known as Texas Elks Flag Day. Now we celebrate Flag Day throughout the United States and we celebrate all the things our flag symbolizes.”
During the annual presentation, the Elks present previous flags and tell their history, including how the design on the flag was created. And of course the current flag is honored.
“We’re celebrating the country, were celebrating the sacrifices, were celebrating the freedom, the liberty, that was hard fought and which must continue to be hard fought in order to maintain. Those are the things that flag represents and that’s the respect that it deserves.”
The flag is a symbol of our strength and sacrifice as a nation. A symbol of the trials and tribulations of our ancestors before us. Today we remember our history and we honor our flag. Zach Tardie News Source 8
Dan Dücker is departing his position as Interim Director for the Maine VA Health Care System at Togus. During the State Association’s recent Flag Day observance President John Desjardins presented him an MEA President’s Coin and state Veterans Chairman Dave Hassen gave him a custom Cane. Thanks so much for your service to Maine’s Veterans Dan, and best of luck in your coming endeavors as Director of the VA Medical Center Fayetteville, NC!