Grilling for DCFS
Marion Elks in August grilled 1,200 hotdogs for children and guests attending the annual Illinois Department of Children and Family Services picnic in DuQuoin. From left are: Jerry Murphy; Mikey Thomas; Joe Campbell; Penny Bagby; the Williams family, (ER) Kevin, Heather, Bailey and Jake; and Wayne Corzine.
Packing for the drive to the DCSF Picnic – Marion Elks member Ted Clendenin has been planning and organizing all aspects of the DCSF picnic for the past 23 years. All southern Illinois Elks lodges are involve in this project, led by Marion Lodge and Clendenin with assistance from fellow lodge members Becky Bourland, Jeannette Lamphear, Thor Linquist and Rose Davidson. Colter Deaton also was a hit with the kids, dressed as the Elks’ Drug Awareness mascot Elroy.
21st Pancake and Sausage Breakfast for Veterans Charity
Marion Lodge 800 held its 21st Pancake and Sausage Breakfast for Veterans Charity Fund in October. RIGHT: Preparing the breakfast fare, from left, were: Dave Vauch, Mikey Thomas, Deon Bundren, Randy Barton, Don Trombetta and Ralph Graham. (Chefs not pictured are Jerry Murphy and Kevin Williams.) BELOW LEFT: Hostesses included: Judy Trombetta (seated) and, standing from left: Jan Cunningham, Becky Bouland, Carol Place and Rose Davidson. BELOW RIGHT: The welcoming committee was made up of Penny Bagby, chairperson of both the IEA and Marion National Veterans Services (standing) and, seated from left: George Deichmueller and Tony Arvipas.
Marion Lodge Hoop Shoot
Marion Lodge Hoop Shoot Chair Lori Murphy in November, with the lodge winners, from left: Frankie Leigh Nicholas, 10-11 girls division; Nathan Kaufman, 12-13 boys; and Gage Dirk, 8-9 boys.