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Elks Continue Plans for Mesquite Little League Program
Posting Date: 05/16/2012
Mesquite Elks Lodge #2811 held an exploratory meeting Monday night, May 14, regarding forming a Little League program in Mesquite. The turnout was great as more than 50 adults plus youngsters from the community attended.
Moderator Lou Martin explained why the Elks suggested the program and what their involvement would be. He then asked members of the audience to sit at the head table and act as speakers and be part of an advisory committee.
Selected were Troy Tanner, Dan Wright, Bob Snell, Marco Ruelas, Rick Montoya and Geno Withelder. Martin and the committee fielded questions regarding participation and financing. Martin explained, “the purpose of the League is a means for ALL the youth of our community to participate in our ‘National Pastime .'" He further explained, “ The officers and members of the Lodge have taken action to apply for grant money through the Elks National Foundation which will be used as seed money for the program.”
Continuing funds would
be raised through donations, fund-raisers and concession stands. Each advisory member then spoke of the need for the program and their personal involvement in making it happen. Withelder said, "Folks it’s a win-win for the community."
Darin Hadley, President of the Moapa Valley Little League gave some insight regarding their program and how working together might benefit both programs. Resident Shelley Stenberg spoke eloquently about not forgetting the young girls of the community as other women of the audience nodded in agreement.
Travis Wakefield and Jeff Jensen commented on the club teams that they are coaching and how they are working within the community. Jensen said, "We are charged a minimal amount of seven dollars for the use of a field in St. George.” Martin explained that the advisory committee would have to negotiate with the City of Mesquite regarding local use of the fields. Everyone agreed.
After more discussion and affirmation for the program, Martin suggested the advisory committee meet Monday, May 21, at 4:30 pm at the Elks Lodge. The committee will then set up another organizational meeting.
Posted Date: 05/16/2012 The local Elks Lodge is so wonderful. What an asset to our community. It is good to see so many citizens get involved for our youth. Now, it is time for the city to make fields available at no cost to our children. Step up mayor and city council and promote this Little League for our city. Let's see how many supporters we have. You know the Lee's at the Eureka will help out. What about Randy? By: bobbiethompson
Posted Date: 05/16/2012 It is really about time we got a Little League here. Both kids and parents love it and it builds character. The Elks is doing a very good thing. By: Frank
Posted Date: 05/16/2012 I got to hand it to the Elks, this is a great idea. and we needed it for a long long time. By: Charlie
Posted Date: 05/16/2012 Troy Tanner should know that Little League will help keep kids off the streets and reduce crime problems. The Elks got the right idea. By: Pete
Posted Date: 05/16/2012 Hats off to the Elks. It is about time that a city of our size starts a Little League. By: Nan
Posted Date: 05/16/2012 The Mesquite Elk's #2811 seems to ALWAYS be involved in helping those in Mesquite! Way to go Elk's members for demonstrating your untiring support of your fellow man. As for the Little League, "Pete" is correct; Chief Troy Tanner could be considered almost an expert at keeping the youth involved in extracurricular activities so they stay out of trouble! By: Robert W. Everett
Posted Date: 05/16/2012 Keep up the pressure, Elks. Don;t let them back you down or talk you out of it. By: Sammie