Johnson County Elks Lodge, which was instituted in November to become the IEA’s first new lodge in 50 years, was the recipient of some lodge hand-me-downs to equip their new lodge. Johnson County Lodge Exalted Ruler Norman Suits, left, receives the Elks clock, formerly owned by the now-defunct Dalton Lodge. He is accompanied, from left, by South District Deputy Dennis Bierman, South District Sponsor Charlie Campbell and IEA Sponsor Lou Sulsberger. “It’s been kind of a whirlwind ride” to get Johnson County Lodge in operation, ER Suits said, crediting members Lori McClellan, Debbie Riddle, Christy Furman and Cheryl Qualls for laying the groundwork leading to the lodge’s institution. “Without them, this would not be taking place.” Earlier, IEA member Tom Funk unveiled other lodge furniture to give to Johnson County Lodge, including oak chairs and and an altar. “It’s not perfect but it will get you going,” Funk said. Sulsberger added, “I guess you’d call this a little icing on the cake.” The give-away took place at the dinner highlighting the IEA Mid-Winter meeting in January.
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