by Jim O'Kelley Director, Elks National Foundation (This is the fourth in a series of posts about the need for Lodges to stay relevant during this time of isolation. To find all posts in the series, click here: #StaySafeBeRelevant .) Back in 2008, during the sleepy off-season in Charlevoix, a small northern Michigan resort town nestled among three lakes, six locals were watching the paint peel at their favorite watering hole when one of them had an epiphany. Now, as the popular meme attests, bar stools aren’t the best breeding grounds for big ideas, but every rule has its exception. So, Chris Jones set down his drink and declared, “We should start an Elks Lodge.” His friends had a lot of questions, but they were enthusiastic about the idea. None of them knew what they were getting into. It's good to have goals. Rochelle Roerig tries to sell enough Queen of Hearts tickets to stack higher than her trusty flask. “We knew nothing,” reminisces Past Exalted
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