October 11, 2019 IEA 2019 Fall Meeting Highlights The Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation 2019-20 board of directors, accompanied by the IEA state officers, assembled for their annual group photo for the 2020 benefit calendar, which will be distributed later this year. Front from left are: Mark Bump, CCC Area 4 director; CCC West Central District Director Amy Jackson; Sharon Kay Dirck, CCC Area 2 director; Greg Verdun, IEA president; Kristi Wykes, CCC secretary; John Feld, CCC director emeritus; and Don Koehler, CCC Northwest District director. In back are: Bill Block, CCC administrative manager; Marvin Leathers, IEA secretary; CCC West Central District Director Jim Goldsborough; Chad Mitsdarffer, CCC treasurer; Tawn Williams, CCC chair; John Bayler, CCC vice chair; Charles Campbell, CCC director emeritus; Jeff Rodier, IEA first vice president; and Todd Lindsay, IEA third vice president. KENNY BELTZ SCHOLAR — Recipient Divya Merchant of Mt. Vernon, with her mother Kinny Merchant. In back are CCC Chair Tawn Williams, CCC Vice Chair John Bayler, IEA President Greg Verdun and IEA Secretary Marvin Leathers. MIKE MANNING SCHOLAR — Recipient Alyssa Pellmann of Millstadt, with her parents Kurt and Mary Beth Pellmann. In back are IEA President Greg Verdun, CCC West Central District Director Amy Jackson and Chris Ord, Timothy Richards and Robin Lemay, all of Belleville Lodge 481. PETE MATSON SCHOLAR — Recipient Sarah Kuester of Freeburg, with her parents Kevin and Karen Kuester. In back are IEA President Greg Verdun, CCC Area 4 Director Mark Bump, CCC West Central District Director Jim Goldsborough, and Timothy Richards and John Schaberg, both of Belleville Lodge 481. BILL LEAS SCHOLAR — Recipient Megan Seibel of Belleville, with her parents Robyn and Tim Seibel. In back are: IEA President Greg Verdun, CCC Secretary Kristi Wykes; and Timothy Richards and John Schaberg, both of Belleville Lodge 481. The top recipients of scholarships from the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Corporation were introduced at the dinner highlighting the IEA Mid-Winter Meeting in Springfield in September. The recipients, holding their plaques, from left, are Pete Matson Scholar Sarah Kuester of Freeberg, Mike Manning Scholar Alyssa Pellmann of Millstadt, Kenny Beltz Scholar Divya Merchant of Mt. Vernon and Bill Leas Scholar Megan Seibel of Belleville. They are accompanied, from left, by CCC Secretary Kristi Wykes, CCC Area 2 Director Sharon Kay Dirck, CCC Area 4 Director Mark Bump and CCC West Central District Chair Jim Goldsborough. Newsette editor Joe Baker displays the plaque he received for 2019 on behalf of the Illinois Elks Publication Corporation, from IEA President Greg Verdun, right, with corporation Chairman Mark Bump. The Newsette received four of five stars in judging by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Committee in its Contest “I” for state publications.