Richard (Rick) McDonald was installed as the 2015-2016 Exalted Ruler of the Mesquite Elks Lodge #2811 at its annual installation meeting and dinner Saturday, April 4, 2015. The Honorable Don Wolf, District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, from the Las Vegas Lodge, conducted the swearing-in ceremony. Nearly 100 people attended the event including representatives of Elks Lodges from Boulder City, Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Laughlin, Pahrump and St. George along with members of the Mesquite Lodge.
Mr. McDonald is the 15th Exalted Ruler of the Mesquite Elks Lodge since it’s founding in 2011. He has been a member of the Mesquite Lodge since 2009. His election to this position exemplifies his leadership and commitment to the Mesquite Elks Lodge and to the citizens of this community.
The other officers installed were: William Oskin, Leading Knight; Harold Straley, Loyal Knight; Valerie Todd, Lecturing Knight; Charlie Lum Kee (Past Exalted Ruler), Secretary; Don Worley, Treasurer; Gilbert Niimi, Tiler; Yvonne Lum Kee, Inner Guard; Jerry Cole (Past Exalted Ruler) Esquire; Chuck Thompson, Chaplain; and Larry Todd, 5 Year Trustee.
Mr. McDonald thanked Debbie Oskin, outgoing Exalted Ruler, for her outstanding leadership this past year and her dedication to the citizens of Mesquite. He went on to describe his goals for this next year including his three main areas of emphasis: increasing Lodge membership; getting the Lodge involved with even more community events; and increasing Lodge members involvement in Lodge activities. And finally, he asked each of the officers to work with him to provide the leadership that will guide our Lodge toward achieving these goals.
Persons interested in joining the Mesquite Elks Lodge can contact Charlie Lum Kee, Lodge Secretary, at (702) 345-2811.