The State Fall Meeting and the State Contest will soon be here. Hopefully you have your District Contests dates planned and just about done. Please remember, use the newest Soccer Manual. This is one that has Under 8 age group only in the five-goal contest. U-10, U-12 and U-14’s all compete in the grid goal contest. If someone doesn’t have the manual, it is available for download at the Grand Lodge website in the GL Activities Committee page.
Please don’t forget to get me your District results including winners names, ages, genders and how many family members will be attending the State Contest with them. If for some reason the winner cannot attend the State Shoot, feel free to send an alternate. Just let me know in advance. I’d like to have all your District information at least one week prior to the State Shoot.
I also will need the participation figures from every Lodge that held a Local Contest. I must compile these numbers for the State and get them to Grand Lodge. Everyone should use the Event Form found in the Program Manual.
The State Contest will be held Saturday October 15th at Lebenon with both the shoot and luncheon at the Centenary United Methodist Church, 910 Fordice St. in Lebanon. Note that any expenses for your winners’ attendance are not covered by the State. Also, let me know if you or any other Elks from your District will be attending the contest at Lebanon. As usual, we can use as much help as possible to run the contest smoothly.
The state contest schedule is as follows: NOTE: All times are Eastern Time. Registration will take place between 10 and 11 A.M. at the site. Please, be prompt. The contest will start at 11 A.M. and conclude with the last shooter. We will then move inside the church hall for the luncheon and awards. This should conclude by 2-3 P.M. We try to make schedule accommodations if possible, but we must try to be fair to the other contestants. Early departures are allowed, and all contestants must be registered by the start of shooting. I know that might be inconvenient for some, but they need to make the commitment, just like we do. There are always some conflicts, but have your contestants try to cooperate.
I look forward to seeing you and your contestants at the State Contest. Again, please, provide the information that I need to me in a timely manner. My thanks go to everyone for all your efforts for the Elks Soccer Shoot in Indiana this year.
Transportation and lodging is unfortunately not covered by our budget. But, in case you are interested in arriving the evening prior to the contest, I’ve provided the following information: Lebanon Lodge usually has Friday evening dinners at a reasonable price. Just mention that you are with the Soccer Shoot for entrance. The address is: 215 Lafayette St. There are a number of restaurants near all the hotels/motels below, since they are near an interstate exit, as is usually the case.
Lebanon, Indiana Hotel/Motel Info.
Motel 6, 405 N. Mt. Zion Rd., 765-482-9999
Holiday Inn Express, 335 N. Mt. Zion Rd., 765-483-4100
Econo Lodge, 1245 W. St. Rd. 32, 765-482-9611
Quality Inn, 210 Sam Ralston Rd., 765-482-4800
Hampton Inn, 410 N. Mt. Zion Rd., 765-481-2120
Crossroads Inn, 1280 W. SR 32, 765-482-9190
John R. Willsey
State Soccer Shoot Chairman
PO Box 276
Freelandville, IN 47535