Elks were just asked about site

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By The Staff

Dear Editor,

Over the past couple of weeks there has been a significant amount of press coverage on the Trinity and 15th option for the new Municipal Building. As an officer of the Los Alamos Lodge 2083 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, I wish to state my disappointment with county leadership and their disparaging remarks about our facility. For the past 50 years the Elks have served this community as a nonprofit volunteer organization, proudly upholding the four principles of our Order: charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity.

Unfortunately, only yesterday (9/2/08) did we receive an official correspondence from a developer about the Trinity and 15th proposal. Any potential sale of the Elks property is not a trivial or quick decision that can be made. The sale of this property will require the approval of our local Elks membership and our national organization. Our constitution and statutes have a clear and defined time line and procedure we must follow to allow for this option to occur.

Furthermore, we are proud of the fact that we have chosen to use the funds our organization raises to charitable causes locally and in conjunction with our national organization instead of using those funds to make cosmetic changes to our building. We do not have the option, as the county does, to raise funding for new buildings from taxes or bond sales so we do the best with what we have.

It is our hope as a Lodge that in another 50 years we will be able to celebrate a century of support to the Los Alamos community. The motto of our organization is Elks Care, Elks Share, and this community can continue to count on Los Alamos Lodge 2083 to stand by this motto. We care about the future of Los Alamos and we have begun the necessary steps as mandated by our constitution and statutes to inform  our members and national organization about the potential sale of the Elks property.

We will continue to work diligently to resolve this issue, and we request the community’s understanding and patience while we review the available options so we may continue to support this community to the best of our ability.

Kirk Hollis

Trustee, Los Alamos Elks Lodge 2083