Date:  Feb   2003
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February Travel and Fun Report

Our sympathies to the family and friends of Willard Nelson. 

Here in the Northwest, we start another year with balmy weather; while south, the Outlaws swelter in heat.  Regardless, we will enjoy another great year of camping, travel and friends  starting with the Valentine Brunch, February 9 at the Cloverleaf Tavern, 10 am.  The cost is $9 per person for a breakfast feast and all the fixings.  We do not know if pizza is on the menu. 

The brunch is hosted by Stephanie Dunmire, Darrell Schmittler and the Blankenships.  You may pay at the door, but if you have not signed up yet, please call Stephanie at 792-0372 (or email her at and let her know you are attending.

The March outing will be corned beef, cabbage and Irish soda bread at the home park, the 13th to 16th, hosted by the Peterson and Rotts.  Ben says there will likely not be a Tic tournament; he apparently has something else cooking (besides the cabbage).

April 10-13, we travel back to our brother lodge, the Port Townsend Elks, for an outing hosted by the Davis's, Lewis's and Blankenships.  They are still planning.

Larry and Janice Watson will host the Christmas dinner.  We still need hosts for the May outing in Ellensburg and the November dinner meeting at the Sons of Norway.  And hosts are always glad to have additional partners.  A good outing generally takes three sets of hosts.

I have seen the new swing set and it is a wonderful piece of craftsmanship  a Cadillac.  This year, Al Sande has constructed a double swing with a table and umbrella stand between them.  Al is also building a small table to sit in front of the swings.  The green canvas beach umbrella was provided by Ben.
This swing set is so good it should sell itself, but we do need ticket-sellers and someone to coordinate sales.  If you wish to be ticket chair, please contact the president.

The 2004 Northwest Elks Rally appears destined to return to Hood River, OR.  Your Wagonmasters, Bud and Lorraine Maves, are considering ideas for options for extending the outing similar to the trips after Walla Walla in 2001.

The sidewalk from the shelter to rest rooms is finished.  Drop down to the home park and check out the fine job.  Gary Lewis, our improvement chairman, is drawing up his list of prospective projects for this year.

SUNSHINE:  Our new sunshine chair, Joyce Cordova, reported on surgery or illness for Bunny Hudanich, Keith Brown and Peggy Brooks.  Last year Jim was sporting a cast; this year, Peggy is.

Joyce may be reached at 360-981-0830 or

If you have not received a new roster, contact Cathy Higdon at 830-4850 or  And of course, she reminds us dues are due.

The February regular meeting is Monday, the 10th, conversation and gathering at 6:00 pm and the meeting at 7.  Guests are always welcome at the meeting or at any Travel and Fun function.

If you have comments or suggestions, call 373-6416 or email

Gary Blankenship


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