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:1 T,, r,, - March 28, 2012 VouR COMMUNITY Page 11 Elks'successful' year ends with new exalted ruler By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home Elks Lodge installed Jim Heimbuck as exalted ruler, along with a new slate of of- ricers, Saturday evening. Heimbuck, who has been an Elks member for four years, moved to Sweet Home 19 years ago from St. Helen's, where he worked at the Trojan Nuclear Plant in the Plant Modification Department, which handled con- struction projects. He moved to Sweet Home af- ter the plant was closed and went to work for James River paper plant in Halsey. He worked there for 10 years and then retired, stay- ing in Sweet Home. "I love Sweet Home," he said. He moved here for the job, "but we've always been kind of country folks." His family moved to Sweet Home with horses, and then raised cattle on 14 acres, although they've since stopped. "I would have joined the Elks a long time ago," Heimbuck said. He had friends who were mem- bers, but no one ever mentioned it much. He attended one of the or- ganization's crab feeds, held for prospective members; and Den- nis Bechtel, now district deputy grand exalted ruler, sponsored his membership. Heyward Dropla, who was exalted ruler, later asked him if he would serve as an officer. "! think it's exciting," Helm- buck said of his new appointment. "I'm really looking forward to it." A lot has changed in the past year, Heimbuck said. The lodge has been painted, redecorated, and so have the people who make up the lodge. It's friendlier and more inviting. Activities such as Texas Hold 'Em and karaoke are popu- lar. "We're getting a lot of people reinstating and transferring back," Heimbuck said, and he thinks Exalted Ruler Jim Heimbuck the next year will be even better. "We're having a lot of fun, and we're doing a lot of good in the community." "We have had a very suc- cessful year, but it's been a joint effort," Past Exalted Ruler Ron Sharrah said. "We've had a bigger group working toward a common goal than we have for years." Heimbuck wants to focus on increasing membership, which in turn helps the organization do more with its charitable activities, which include local scholarships, Thanksgiving baskets and dona- tions to schools as well as state- level charity. "The Elks are impressive to me because of what we're do- ing," Heimbuck said. "Just to see the expression on these people's faces, that's awesome." Heimbuck is married to Deb- bi. They have a daughter, Debbi Vance of Alaska, and a son, D.J. Heimbuck of Arizona. They also have four grandchildren. Heimbuck "is going to bring a lot of energy to the lodge, great ideas," Sharrah said. He's well- organized and meticulous. That's something the lodge needs right now. "I know he's going to do a great job." Other officers installed Sat- urday included Randy Claasen as leading knight; Sharrah as loyal knight; Jody Ramey, chaplain; Mel Pike, lodge esquire; Marty Johnson, inner guard; Kevin Howard, tiler; and Ron Walker, trustee. The lecturing knight position is vacant. In his last duty as exalted rul- er, Sharrah presented numerous awards to lodge members. Receiving the Blake Enos Award for dedicated service to the Elks were Emmy Dimick and Ron Fogle. Elk of the Year was Jerry Mc- Collum. Officer of the year was Bonnie McCollum. Citizen of the Year, which Photos by Sean C. Morgan Past Exalted Ruler Ron Sharrah presents the Elk of the Year Award to Jerry McCollum. may be presented to non-members, Blake Enos Award, it may not be was given to Lerena Ruby for her given at all in any given year. dedication and volunteering in the Bechtel presented district Sweet Home community, awards. Sharrah received the Receiving Outstanding Ser- Grand Exalted Rulers Make a vice Commendations were Virgil Difference Citation. The lodge, Cramblett and Patricia Sharrah. BPOE 1972, received the Grand A lodge can have up to two, Exalted Rulers Make a Difference Sharrah said, and along with the Special Citation. li$1.oo 4/6/11111 i ANV OARTON ,, OF CIGARETTES Gatorade 32.oz. 2/$3.00 Pall Mall $3.99 Copenhagen $5.49 Grizzley $4.29 Longhorn Wintergreen Fine Cut $3.69 Copenhagen Wintergreen / XLCut $3.99 Marlboro L&M $3.99 Old Gold $4.29 Camel & Camel Blue Limited Time Offer-S4.29 BEER SPECIAL Budweiser/Bud Light 16 pL cans $15.49 + DeposH Milwaukee Best ice 30 pack $16.99 +Deposit Bnsb & Bush Light 18 pack cans $13.99 +Deposit lolling Reck 16 pk cans $11.99 + Deposit Laundromat! All New Washers & Dryers! Same Hours, Same Building Ron Sharrah presents the Elks Citizen of the Year award to Lerena Ruby. ..... .... : Photo by Sean C. Morgan Representatives of Linn-Benton Community College receive a donation from members of the Sweet Home Elks Lodge. In front, from left, are John McArdle, director of development with LBCC ; Cathrine Thomas, LBCC Board; Jody Ramey, Elks; Ron Sharrah, Elks exalted ruler; Bonnie McCollum, chairwoman of the Elks Board of Trustees; Jim Heimbuck, Elks leading knight; Phyllis Heimbuck, Elks; and Bonnie Ramey, Elks. In back are Dawn McNan- nay, LBCC regional director; Mary Sue Reynolds, coordinator for the LBCC Sweet Home and Lebanon centers; Jerry McCollum, Elks; Bob Walker, Elk of the Year; A l Hennick, Elks past exalted ruler; Margery Lillich, Elks; and Juanita Hennick, Elks volunteer. The Elks donated $1,000 to an LBCC scholarship program aimed at applicants who are returning to LBCC to study in a trade program, which range from welding to mechatronics. 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