Ingjald Lodge #65

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Thursday, November 18th Meeting

The nominations for 2022 officers were closed. All officer positions were filled. There were NO contested positions. The nomination committee made the motion to cast one unanimous ballet to elect all persons who were nominated. The motion passed; therefore elections set for the December meeting are no longer necessary.

Thursday, December 2nd Meeting

The regular meeting will be held at 7:00 PM at the downtown office. The election portion is cancelled.

Kid‘s Drive Through Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Saturday, December 11th from 2 to 4 PM.
Kid‘s age 12 and under. Register by calling (716) 487-9305 and leave a message by 12/5/21.

Chief‘s Message

Hej, fellow Viking members and friends,

I would like to thank everyone for their patronage and support this year. We had another great summer. The House Committee met recently and reviewed our finances during the months of January and February for the past 10 years. The review revealed during these two months we typically lose between 6,000 and 15,000 dollars. Last year we were closed during this period and our losses were down to a little over 3,000 dollars. This information was presented to the Lodge and the Lodge passed the motion to close again this year beginning Monday, December 20, 2021 and to reopen on Friday, March 11, 2022 due to continuing COVID-19 restrictions and loss of revenue.

The House Committee is planning a grand reopening on Friday, March 11th , membership appreciation bash, complete with specials and a BAND! Until closing on 12/20 we will continue to be open on Sunday from 12:30 PM to the end of the second football game, on Wednesday from 4 to 9 PM, and on Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10 PM. During December we will again feature Swedish Specials as we did last year. You can find detail menu listings Thursdays on our web site, on facebook - Vikings 65 and Instagram at @VikingsLodge65.

Chief Toots

2022 Dues Information

2022 DUES If this newsletter is in your name your dues amount is on the front label of your newsletter or you can find it on your 2021 membership card.

No dues will be accepted in person at the downtown office, however, the new membership cards are available on Friday & Saturday nights from 5 to 8 PM at the Lake Park during November and through December 18th. After the 18th you can mail your payment to the downtown office.

What Happens to My Dues? First $15 goes to the Grand Lodge. Most of the remainder goes for taxes & Insurance. !n 2021 the Viking‘s County, Town Tax and School Tax was about $65,000. Our Insurance Payment for the year 2021 was $35.000, totaling $100,000. The amount of Dues collected for the year was about $125,000.

Member‘s Message

From Bob Greenwald, Past Chief and Member of The Grand Council

The Covid 19 pandemic has changed the way we live our lives as individuals and the way our Lodge is operated. This is not our choice but it is a situation that we must deal with. The Lodge Officers and Staff have been doing their very best to keep everyone safe and follow the protocols established by the Chautauqua County Department of Health and the New York State Liquor Authority.

Remember, Ingjald Lodge #65 is a Fraternal Organization. One of the definitions I found for Fraternal Organization is “the members freely associate as equals for a mutually beneficial purpose”. The Founders of the Independent Order of Vikings and Ingjald Lodge #65 certainly understood this definition or we would not have the organization and facilities that we mutually enjoy today. I am not sure that we are living up to our predecessor‘s standards of Fraternalism. I think from time to time that we, as an organization and individually, lose sight of that meaning.

I would ask you and every member of our Lodge to examine their commitment to this ideal and respond accordingly. With that in mind please be respectful of our bartenders and wait staff and limit your conversations to subjects that are not aggressive regarding the employees and Lodge Officers. Nobody is happy with our current situation as a result of Covid 19 but making others uncomfortable does not get us back to where we all want to be.