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Newly elected Les Hofer, (DDGER) conducted his first District Deputy (DD) Clinic in Brookings on Sunday, September 16th, 2018. Brice Neal, Exalted Ruler of the Brookings Lodge and host of the clinic opened the meeting with a few words of welcome before introducing the guest of honor Les Hofer, District Deputy of the Grand Exalted Ruler (DDGER). Roseburg Lodge #326 was represented with six in attendance. All seven lodges making up the Southwest District were well represented as well, with more than 50 officers in total attendance. 

The first order of business by Les was the presentation of Citations of Merit to the following Exalted Rulers (ER): Polly Steiner - Ashland Lodge, Brice Neal – Brookings Lodge, Richard Billman – Coos Bay Lodge and Walter Kauhn – Myrtle Creek Lodge. Les followed with a few important words to those in attendance. 

The morning program continued with an Officers Training exercise from Charles (Lou) Kolkhorst, Special Representative. The Jeopardy style game used the Elk mottos of “Brotherly Love,” “Justice,” “Charity,” and “Fidelity” as the heading categories with subsequent letters underneath. As the categories and letters were selected, questions or situations were revealed requiring a “true” or “false” response. Audience participation was energetic, entertaining and informative. 

Our own Steve Malone, Southwest District Vice President guided the various committee chair reports. After all the committee reports were complete, the District Deputy Clinic was adjourned. 


By Doris Kobernik 



DDClinic Brookings



Four Exalted Rulers receiving Citation of Merit at the District Deputy Clinic in Brookings, Oregon on September 16, 2018. From left to right: Richard Billman (Coos Bay Lodge), Brice Neal (Brookings Lodge), Polly Steiner (Ashland Lodge) and Walter Kauhn (Myrtle Creek Lodge).