P.E.R.’s

PAST EXALTED RULERS ASSOCIATION — Article III, Section 18 of the Constitution of the Order permits and Section 13.190 of the Laws of the Order mandates that there be an association of Past Exalted Rulers of the Lodge in good standing. The association advises the Lodge and conducts such programs it elects for the good of the Lodge. It elects Officers and adopts By‑Laws or other regulatory provisions. It should meet monthly. The first meeting night in February of each year is designated as Past Exalted Rulers’ Night. For information, refer to page 17 of the Ritual of the Local Lodges (Code 511500).

The 13 current P.E.R.s are; Robert Dixon, Doug Reuther, Doug McWard, Kurt Eggerding, Frank Kilcullen, Michael Conley, Jim Martin, James Allmeroth, Hal Dygert, Mark Gabauer, Mark R. Zust, Timothy Luby, & Larry Flowers.

2009 Exalted Ruler James Allmeroth.
Member since 1998.
2010 & 1993 Exalted Ruler Michael Conley.
Missouri Elks Vice President 2011, District Deputy 1999, Member since 1980, Life Member
2014 Exalted Ruler Robert Dixon.
Following Jerry Seger’s three year term. As leading knight in 2013/14, I performed the ER function during Jerry’s many months of incapacitation. I served as metro east district vice president in 2019/20. Member since 2006.
1987 Exalted Ruler Hal Dygert.
Followed Gino Lamartina.  The Chesterfield Lodge emerged with 1881 during my year as ER. Member since 1971, Life Member.
2017 Exalted Ruler Kurt Eggerding.
That year we purchased new meeting room seating and contributed older seating to Cedar Hill Elks Lodge #2678 for flood relief.  Initiated Compliance Committee.   Explored a building expansion. Member since 2008.
1998 & 1997 Exalted Ruler Larry Flowers.
Things that I accomplished during my two terms in office.1. Partnered with S.L.I.C.K. car club to have car shows on our property with proceeds going to the Back ,Stoppers, this event raised over $25,000.00 during its twelve run.  2,  Each of my two years we invited active and retired police to join us at our lodge and pool.  3.  started comedy night at the lodge, it was such a great and fun event that the district began using it as a district fund raisers.   My proudest part of being an E.R. was seeing a rise in membership. Member since 1988, Life Member.
1995 Exalted Ruler Mark Gabauer.
Attended National Convention in New Orleans we voted to allow women to become Elks. Member since 1990, Life Member.
1991 Exalted Ruler Frank Kilcullen.
When I became an officer we merged with Chesterfield 2711. Became ER 1990 (followed Hal Dygert) when we merged with the Overland Lodge. Member since 1987, Life Member.
2020 & 2019 E.R. Timothy Luby.
While behind the Fidelity podium E.R. Luby witnessed the first Kayak with a Vet, Holiday Coat Drives, a $119,000 Queen of Hearts pot, additional Americanism Rituals, contemporary merchandise, redesigned newsletter, stand alone website, formulation of the Site Strategy Committee, a renewed sense of volunteerism, and is spearheading (along with fellow P.E.R. Robert Dixon) the pursuit of  All American Lodge Certification.  Achieved the G.E.R. Making a Difference Special Citation in 2020 & 2019, was the Top New Member recruiter in Missouri in 2019, 2018, & 2017, Elk of the Year in 2017, and has been a member since 2013.
Jim Martin – 1981 Exalted Ruler.
The lodge at that time on Ladue Road was 1881, and I became Exalted Ruler after the Current ER, Leading Knight and Loyal knight  were either retired due to a change in employment or expelled but I became the ER.  Too bad because I had very little experience in the chairs and had only become an Elk in 1980.  We had very short Elk meetings, and then poker for those who wanted to play.  The current Elks Lodge is far more fraternal as a group than we were.  I recruited Jim LaMartina as Leading Knight, Art Michel as Loyal Knight, and can’t even remember who was the Lecturing Knight.  Along with apathy we had “swim pool Elks” and “bar Elks”.  The best thing that happened during that time was the initial employment of Peggy Lowe now Conley. Members since 1978.
2015 Exalted Ruler Doug McWard.
While Exalted “Exhausted” Ruler Doug oversaw the installation of the additional televisions in the bar area as well as getting the glass doors installed separating the bar from the rental hall.  In addition, he was the Officer of the Year + Metro East District Director in 2020, Chaired Wellness (Blood Drive, Health Fair, Organ Donations) in 2020, 2019, & 2018, was State Chaplain + Metro East Officer at Large in 2019, Officer of the year in 2017 & 2011, Pool Chair in 2012, 2011, 2010, & 2009, Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2018, 2017, & 2015, Leading Knight in 2015 & 2013, Volleyball Chair in 2013, Loyal Night in 2012, Lecturing Knight in 2012, and has been a member since 2004.
2002 & 2001 Exalted Ruler Doug Reuther.
Did back to back as ER because the Leading knight had no ambition to be ER. We remodeled the Hall and had a new roof and A/C installed. Started the Christmas auction and brought back the 100 Club. Member since 1992.
2004 Exalted Ruler Dr. Mark Zust.
Dr. Mark Zust is a general dentist and practices in St. Peters, Missouri. Dr. Zust is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and is a past President of the Greater St. Louis Dental Society and of the Missouri Dental Association.  He has served on the American Dental Association Board of Trustees representing the ADA Sixth District. Has served as Lecturing Knight, Loyal Knight, Leading Knight and then as Exalted Ruler. He lives with his wife Phyllis in Weldon Spring, Mo and have four children and eight grandchildren. Member since 1994.