Commitment closed Elks’ lot

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In your Dec. 8 editorial, “Our View: Parade of Lights a wonderful event easily made better,” you commented on: “The Elks Lodge on Pine Street had plenty of parking available, but chose to keep out anyone who was not a member. Perhaps Elks leaders could be a little more hospitable?” The Auburn Elks Lodge is very supportive of our community. This year, thus far, we have donated over two truck loads of new toys and canned goods to our local community for Christmas. We support the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the four local high schools in their programs as well as scholarships to seniors. We put on public safety classes for hunters (at no charge), blood drives, assist in the local Veterans Day parade, just to name a few activities, as well as donating countless monies to the above. Although we are a private club we normally do open our parking lot to the public for the Festival of Lights, however this year we had a private party (non-Elks) which scheduled months ago to rent the lodge. We are sorry for any inconvenience and will in the future try and block off this time of the year for public parking for this event. Bill Chelonis, secretary, Auburn Elks