District & MEA

2021 – MEA Fall Convention

Representatives of Saint Louis #9 attended the 2021 Fall MEA (Missouri Elks Association) Convention in Jefferson City Friday October 1st through Sunday October 3rd.

Elks 9 Leaders with GER (Grand Exalted Ruler) Paul Ryan of Santa Clarita, California #2379.
(L to R) – Mark Goddard (Leading Knight, Saint Louis #9), Ryan Jennings (Lecturing Knight, Saint Louis #9), Timothy Luby (PER & Trustee, Saint Louis #9), Paul Ryan (GER, Santa Clarita, California #2379), AJ Ford (Exalted Ruler, Saint Louis #9), Beth Schnettler (Loyal Knight, Saint Louis #9), Michael Schnettler (Trustee, Saint Louis #9)
Leaders outside the Metro District 4870 Hospitality Suite
(L to R) – Mike Polson (Esquire to the DDGER, Ellisville #2664), Carol Meattle (PDDGER, Manchester #2058), Timothy Luby (PER / Trustee, Saint Louis #9), Greg Peterson (District Director, Manchester #2058), John Israel (Vice President, St. Charles #690), Cori Israel (Spouse of John), AJ Ford (Exalted Ruler, Saint Louis #9), Ryan Jennings (Lecturing Knight, Saint Louis #9), Keith Freeman (PDDGER, Affton #2635)
Business Meeting participants singing Happy Birthday to Bill Delarber (DDGER PSP) from Affton #2635
(L to R) – Keith Freeman (PDDGER, Affton #2635), Bill Delarber (DDGER PSP, Affton #2635), Robert Dixon (PVP PER, Saint Louis #9), Beth Schnettler (Loyal Knight, Saint Louis #9), Michael Schnettler (Trustee, Saint Louis #9) Aj Ford (Exalted Ruler, Saint Louis #9), Mark Goddard (Leading Knight, Saint Louis #9), Ryan Jennings (Lecturing Knight, Saint Louis #9)
Metro Missouri District 4780 leaders who represented lodges that met or exceeded the per capita giving to the ENF (Elks National Foundation)
Back row (L to R) – Ron Bollinger, PSP PDD, Cape Girardeau #639, Mark Cribbs, Exalted Ruler, Manchester #2058, Kelly Mitchell, Leading Knight, Troy #2805, AJ Ford, Exalted Ruler, Saint Louis #9
Front Row (L to R) – John Israel, Vice President, St Charles #690, Jim Green, Exalted Ruler, Affton #2635, Barb Burke, Exalted Ruler, Crestwood #2503, Bill Haley, Exalted Ruler, Florissant #2316
Board Members of Saint Louis #9
(L to R) – Ryan Jennings (Lecturing Knight), AJ Ford (Exalted Ruler), Timothy Luby (PER / Trustee)
Leaders of Metro District in the ‘There’s No Place Like Home in the Metro East’ Hospitality Room (which won the Best Themed Hospitality Room competition)
(L to R) – Carol Meattle (PDDGER, Manchester #2058), Mark Cribbs (Exalted Ruler, Manchester #2058), John Israel (Vice President, St. Charles #690), Dave Lafeber (At Large Officer, Florissant #2316), Vickie Lafeber (spouse of Dave), Aj Ford (Exalted Ruler, Saint Louis #9), Barb Burke (Exalted Ruler, Crestwood #2503), Greg Peterson (Director, Manchester #2058)

District 4780 Update – September 1st per E.R. Ford

The Fall MEA Convention is Friday September 30th through Sunday October 3rd in Jefferson City. The theme for our districts hospitality suite is “There’s No Place Like
Home” featuring our very own ER, AJ Ford who will portray one of the characters from “The Wizard of Oz”…but which one? Heading into the winter we’re hosting the District Trivia Night Saturday November 6th. Tickets are $10/person or $80/table of 8 and can be purchased at the bar. Florissant #2316 is hosting the District Comedy Night Saturday February 5th.

Flyer for the Saturday November 6th District Trivia Night

District 4780 Update – August 1st by PER Luby

On page 31 of the August newsletter you’ll find the District picnic flyer which is Saturday August 7th at Affton #4780. Please join us as Exalted Ruler A.J. will be in the dunking booth and leadership will be competing in a unique Olympics. The next DD Clinic / VP Meeting is Saturday August 22nd at Crestwood #2503 and the Fall MEA (Missouri Elks Association) Convention is Friday September 30th through Sunday October 3rd in Jefferson City. Heading into the winter we’re hosting District Trivia Night Saturday November 6th while Florrisant #2316 is hosting District Comedy Night Saturday February 5th, 2022.

Flyer for the Saturday August 7 District Picnic

District 4780 Update – July 1st by PER Luby

Head over to the Affton Lodge #2635 ( asdfasdf ) who’re hosting the annual District 4780 picnic Saturday August 7th. There you’ll have a chance to eat, enjoy libations, and take shots at Exalted Ruler A.J. in the dunking booth.

District 4780 Update – June 1st by PER Luby

Monday May 17th the lodge was visited by John Israel (District V.P., St. Charles #690), Dave Lafeber (State Marshall, Florissant #2316), & Greg Peterson (District Director, Manchester 2058). At 5:00pm before the lodge meeting John Israel conducted the Spring V.P. visit
when we discussed charitable contributions, National Foundation, officer training, youth programs (such as our hoop shoot and student of the month program), our October Drug Awareness Program Truck or Treat event, Veterans committee, our All American Lodge pursuit, leadership, and volunteering. The heavies were impressed as this isn’t a Lodge but a red white and blue Flag Loving American rocket ship propelling to the moon.

The following events are on the calendar (https://elkslodge9.org/ events/month/2021-06 ) and website (https://www.facebook.com/groups/STL9Elks ) but take note of the Saturday August 7th District Picnic at Affton #2635, Saturday November 6th District Trivia Night at St. Louis #9, and Saturday February 5th District Comedy Night is at Florissant 2316. Missouri Elks Association (M.E.A.) District 4780 consists of Affton #2635, Crestwood #2503, Ellisville #2664, Florissant #2316, Manchester #2058, St. Charles 690, St. Louis #9, & Troy #2805. Respectfully submitted by,

District 4780 Update – May 1st by PER Luby

Sunday April 11 District 4780 (Affton #2635, Crestwood #2503, Ellisville #2664, Florissant #2316, Manchester #2058, St. Charles #690, St. Louis #9, & Troy #2805) had its D.D. (District Deputy) Clinic followed by the Vice President’s meeting.  During which it was
established that the District picnic will be Saturday August 14th at Affton #2635, District Trivia Night Saturday November 6th at St. Louis #9, and District Comedy Night Saturday February 5th at Florissant #2316.  The heavies will be back Monday for the District V.P. visit
Monday 17 (5:00) ahead of our 6:30 Lodge Meeting which will also feature and Initiation Ritual. Going forward expect a District roundup in every newsletter. P.S. – MEA = Missouri Elks Association.

Left to Right – Roland Seal – Past State President (Mineral Area Community #2583), Bill De Larber – PER, PVP, Past State President, Esquire to the DDGER (Affton #2635), Keith Freeman – PER Affton Lodge, PVP, DDGER (Affton #2635), Patrick Dolen – PER (Affton #2635), Jim Green – Exalted Ruler (Affton #2636), and Chris Miller – PER, PVP (Affton #2635). 04/11/21
Our District GER Keith Freeman (Affton #2636) giving a passionate speech about membership. 04/11/21