When I joined the Summit Elks Lodge #1246 nine years ago, I was immediately taken by the comaraderie and sense of community within the lodge which feels like an extension to the Summit community as a whole.
The many charitable aspects of the lodge made to the local community is a testament to our diverse and growing membership who all truly care about helping people; I believe this is our best quality and the more we represent the aspect of giving the more our lodge will grow and prosper.
It amazes me to see how much the lodge has grown and continues to grow since I joined in 2009. The new rooftop project is a direct result of how successful our lodge has been in expanding membership and it's important that we all as members take into account the efforts made by all involved to greatly improve our dwelling that so many of us enjoy on a regular basis.
My grandfather, Walter Binder, was a Summit resident for most of his life and my father, Robert Binder, was a graduate of Summit High School. I was born at Overlook Hospital and grew up living in Summit so my family roots as well as my own run deep here and I've always loved this town. Being a part of the Summit Elks has always brought back memories of my life growing up here and I very much enjoy seeing old friends and meeting new ones through the lodge.
I grew up playing shuffleboard in my grandfather's basement of his Summit home on Oak Ridge Avenue and playing shuffleboard at our Summit Elks Lodge has always made me feel close to him. My family and I couldn't think of a better place than the Summit Elks to showcase Walter Binder's shuffleboard table which will be located on the new rooftop and enjoyed by all members and guests.
My grandfather was a devoted member of the Summit Methodist Church and he was a true patriot serving as a naval aviator in WWII; he loved God and country and he loved living in Summit and being part of the community here, so this donation in Walter Binder's honor is a very fitting tribute to the beliefs of the Summit Elks Loge #1246.