Los Alamos Elk's Lodge #2083

Lodge Hours:
Monday & Wednesday,
3:00-8:00 p.m.
Friday
2:00-8:00 p.m.

1601 Trinity Drive
Los Alamos, NM 87544
(505) 662-5611


Message from the Exalted Ruler

This will be the last Antes for the current fiscal year for us. Probably by the time you are reading this it will be one year since we officially had to close the Lodge due to the COVID pandemic. Had go back and review emails and the official date for us shutting down was March 17, 2020. This last year has been interesting to say the least and although not what I (and I will assume you) expected I do have a since of pride and feel honored that I have been able to serve as ER during this time. I cannot express my gratitude to all of the officers in a manner that truly recognizes my thanks for the support they have given me and this Lodge. I would also like to thank our membership for their support and understanding during these unusual and difficult times. It is time to move on and I am sure everyone is wondering what that means.

I will start with an easy update. All the officers that supported this Lodge have decided to “re-up” for another year. Nominations were made by the PERs early last month and all officers were approved at our last regular Lodge meeting in February. Welcome back everyone, looking forward with working with you for another year.

Now for the BIG news

I am sure you have all heard of the changes to the NMDOH health orders made last week. I sent out an email update based on these changes when we recognized the affect to our club operations. The BOG met on March 1 and the following decision were made:

1. According to the definitions determined by the NMDOH and review our revenues the year before all of this started, our Lodge and Club fall under the definition of “Other” business. Our liquor sales compare to our overall revenue is 48%, below the 50% definition defined by the NMDOH that would put us in the Bar/Club category. However we were notified by the Alcohol Beverage Control Division (ABC) later and regardless of this order they define us a Club for opening options.

2. Under this definition and based on our current county color rating of “green” we approved to reopen the club (outside service) at 25%.

3. We will follow the NMDOH Bar/Club/Restaurant guidance for COVID restriction for operational purposes including but not limited to:

- COVID checklist
- Temperature checks
- 25% capacity
- Mask requirement unless seated
- 6 foot spacing
- No more than 6 persons at a table
- Service by club personnel only

4. We will open no sooner than March 11

5. We will be doing a “soft opening”

6. Specific operational hours will be define by the Club Manager and BOG on an as needed bases.

We are Reopening

For kicking off the new year this a great and positive way to start. Of course there are many things that we are working on to get us ready. We are currently restocking the club inventory and cleaning the facility in preparation of the doors opening up and setting up an outdoor service area that will give our members the best chance of staying warm. We are completing all necessary documentation and requirements to notify all government entities of our opening. The 11th is a goal but this date may change based on input and approvals as we move forward. We will do our best to keep all members aware of official dates as the month moves on.

I have exceded my one page limit but a couple of other issues I wish to speak to you about. I am grateful to all our members and our county for reaching the “green” level. I believe if we can continue on the path for “turquoise” we will get back to a new normal with operations inside. I am also pleased to see that the vaccine is rolling out and we are beginning to get the shots to our groups that are considered high risk, wish it would be faster. As we move forward with these changes and want to stress that just because we have reopened the club does not mean we are back to the way it was before all of this started. I cannot stress enough that if you are feeling sick, regardless of whether you have the vaccine or not, please do not come to the Lodge. We need to continue to protect our members, their families, our workers and our community from this deadly virus. This Lodge will strictly enforce this requirement, there will be no exceptions. I understand that this may be difficult to distinguish as to whether you have a bad case of allergies or are really sick but we will be conservative with assessments. If it is felt that you may be sick you will be asked to leave and will not be served. I do not want this to become an argument or to put our club employees in a tough situation so before coming to the Lodge please make the tough decision as to if you really need to. Our Lodge is not going anywhere and will be here when you are feeling better.

There will most likely be other restrictions we feel may need to be added or expanded upon so please keep an eye on your emails
for updates. We will also be sure to have posting at the Lodge as another form of communications.

Well that is where we are at, overall I cannot express my excitement to see everyone again. I know we are not out of the tunnel yet but I do believe I see the light (hopefully not another train coming our way). Please continue to stay safe and let us know if you need anything from your Lodge.

Kirk Hollis
Exalted Ruler

 


Upcoming Events:

May 3
BOD/BOG Meeting
6:00 p.m.

May 7
Pay Day Cafe
TBD

May 10
Lodge Meeting
6:30 p.m.

May 17
PER Meeting
6:00 p.m.

May 21
Pay Day Cafe
TBD

May 24
Lodge Meeting
6:30 p.m.


 

Benevolent and Protective Order of Elk's #2083
1600 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87544
(505) 662-5611

bpoe2083@bpoe2083.org

For more information about Los Alamos, visit

http://www.losalamos.com