The importance of
membership goes without saying, but it needs to be the focus of every
Lodge in the country. The rate of lapsation
has slowly diminished membership at many lodges through out the years.
It is a realistic goal for every Lodge in the North Central District
to be at plus one or better. To achieve this we all must work to
reduce lapsation, and recruit new members. Each and every lodge needs
to have attractive functions and events that appeal to a wide range of
people. Programs are available to assist us all. The Second Step
Program is a proven way to get new members involved in the Lodge you
can get all the information you need about it from the California
Hawaii Elks Association web site. We can as a District grow with
enthusiasm for Elkdom. Get your members working with and enjoying
deals with the population numbers of your lodge; and specifically with
those members that havenít kept their lodge dues current. Lapsation reports include numbers of new members initiated,
transfers both in and out of the lodge, and decedents, in addition to
those not current with their dues.
Lapsation reports are made monthly by each lodge to the
District Chairman. These
reports are assimilated into a District Report and forwarded to the CHEA
State Lapsation Chairman. Currently,
the reports are in Excel Format and are Fax and E-mail friendly as well
as mailable to the District Lapsation Chairman.
The Lodge Reports need to be in the District Chairmanís hands
no later that the fifth of each month to permit forwarding to the State
Chairman on that date.