Thursday, April 13, 2017

What’s the weather got to do with it—the 2017 version.



by Christine Robinson
Senior Associate, Communications

This past week, the ENF staff prepared for two big events—MVS Leadership Weekend and Hoop Shoot National Finals—all while closing the 2016-17 fiscal year. It’s a team effort, which begins at the local Lodge level and continues through district, state and National. We couldn’t do what we do in Chicago without every one of you. Thank you. 

So, the weather. What’s that got to do with it

Leadership Weekend takes months of planning and hard toil.  We want to make it the best weekend ever. Of course, we couldn’t do any of this without the Elks scholars—the most important part of the best weekend ever.  

And as you may know, Midwestern weather can be unpredictable. It changes at the drop of a scholarship cap. We can’t control the weather. If we could, there wouldn’t be any seasons. It would be our favorite one year-round. (For me, that’d be late summer.) 

So you’re still wondering, what in the world does the weather have to do with this weekend?
Well, take a look at my favorite meteorologists’ forecast for the weekend.


That! ^ 
 
The Midwest was bracing for a wintry mix. And wintry storm mixes often come with rain, snow, wind and canceled flights

It would be very inconvenient to host the best weekend ever without any Elks scholars.
In case you didn’t read the March issue of Pulse, or haven’t been on Facebook lately, I’ll tell you here, it’s been very busy. So this past week, when the Top 20 MVS scholars were preparing for the best weekend ever—ENF staff we’re paying close attention to the weather and possible flight cancellations

Wednesday, it rained for the entire day and Tom Skilling was predicting a breezy Thursday. Tom’s forecast was right, but the Elks scholars were determined to be at the 2017 Leadership Weekend. After all, they had been preparing for this moment for their whole lives. 


My favorite meteorologist, Tom Skilling,
 meets one of his biggest fans in May 2016.
Photo credit: Tom Skilling's biggest fan (a.k.a me)
On Thursday, as ENF staff kept their eyes to the skies, the storm system breezed through Chicago, and the wintry mix stayed away. Phewwwww. 

The forecast shifted and ENF staff headed to the airports to greet the top 20 because April Showers bring Elks scholars. 

Now you know what the weather’s got to do with it. 

For more weather themed blog post, check out the 2016 Version of Whats the Weather Got to do with it

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