Emblem Club members from Delta, Hotchkiss and Montrose gathered at Delta Elks Lodge #1235 on Saturday, April 8, for a sandwich and salad luncheon.
Following the meal, they retired to the meeting room of the lodge. Delta Emblem Club #462 and Montrose Emblem Club #91 held an installation ceremony of officers for both clubs.
The meeting was opened according to ritual, led by Delta president Diane Martinez. She directed the marshal to escort special guests into the meeting room and introduce them. They were installing officer Barbara Pierce, Delta; installing marshal Karen Martin, Hotchkiss; and installing chaplain, Ruth Carson, Hotchkiss. She then introduced the Delta Elks exalted ruler, Duncan Wurm. President Diane gave a brief summary of the past year's actions of Delta Emblem Club #462, then presented a gift to ER Duncan for the Delta Elks. She announced Sister of the Year was Helen Wurm and gave her a plaque.
Montrose president LaVon Campbell gave a report of activities of Montrose Emblem Club #91 for the past year.
The gavel was turned over to installing officer Barbara Pierce and the installation ceremony was conducted for both Delta and Montrose Emblem Clubs.
Installed for Delta Emblem Club #462 were: Diane Martinez, president; Ruth Marvel, vice president; Mary Jo Chaffee, financial secretary; Barbara Pierce, corresponding secretary; Margie Ahlberg, trustee; Helen Wurm, marshal; Ruth Marvel, press correspondent; Garret Abeyta, first guard; and Kay Thatcher, chaplain.
Those installed for Montrose Emblem Club #91 were: LaVon Campbell, president; Ruth Tibbets, vice president; Georgia McNeill, financial secretary and treasurer; Mattie Lee Bridges, corresponding secretary and recording secretary; Edith Barella, trustee; Lee Edwards, first guard; and Ruth Tibbetts, chaplain.
Members of Hotchkiss Emblem Club #306 served as proxy where needed. Following the installation ceremony, the meeting was closed according to ritual, led by Delta president Diane Martinez.
The clock is ticking. The Delta Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) has 120 days to reach agreement with the taxing entities it's asking to help fund a gateway project near the intersection of Highways 50 and 92. Half that time has elapsed, and there is no Plan B, city manager David Torgler emphasized during a meeting with taxing entities Monday.