Elks' remodeled facility needs more usage, lodge leader says
November 18, 2020
Sweet Home Elks have spent the last decade remodeling their facility, but now that they have it about finished, they find themselves in a bit of a jam.
"It's the whole COVID thing," said Randy Claasen, this year's exalted ruler for Lodge #1972, at 440 Osage St., who noted that facility rentals, which are an important part of the Elks' annual budget, are significantly down.
"We were booked solid last year from January to last October, then when COVID hit, everything shut down. We're struggling along with everybody else."
The lodge has had a workover, and is the best shape it has been in for...