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Are We Having Fun Yet?

by Jim O'Kelley
Director, Elks National Foundation

(This is the fifth 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.)

Many of us have been mostly staying at home for two months now, which begs the question, “Are we having fun yet?”
In answering that question, I can’t speak for everyone, but after crashing one of their virtual happy hours, I can speak confidently for the folks at Ferndale, Michigan, Lodge No. 1588. That crew is having a ball.
Ferndale is a suburb of about 20,000 people, just across the Eight Mile from Detroit. A bedroom community in the 1920s and ’30s, Ferndale boomed along with the auto industry in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. In fact, today, it still derives its nickname from a catchy 1960s advertising campaign that caught: Fashionable Ferndale.
As the economy went, so went Ferndale. The city has had its ups and downs since that heyday, and the financial cris…

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