New Jersey State Elks Assocciation
Over a 100 Years of Service
Welcome to the New Jersey State Elks Association
The New Jersey State Elks Association with its 115 Elks lodges support our local communities. Through our programs we help children learn about sports and leadership, like our Soccer Shoot and Hoop Shoot contests along with our Drug Awareness programs. We also give out scholarships, one being our most Valuable Student scholarship and we also have a scholarship for children with special
The Veterans committee, since the early days of Elkdom, has always been there for our Veterans. This committee has holiday parties, picnics, bingos, ball game trips, and dinners to name a few. Remember our motto; as long as there are veterans we will never forget them.
We also support our Troops and Veterans with our Army of Hope committees assisting families who have had immediate family members called to active duty with the military reserve or National Guard. Our Army of Hope committee of volunteers will be at the ready to help families of those patriots called to serve our nation. For more than 135 years the Elks have been aiding their communities and making America a better place to live. They continue this mission of "Service one patriot's home at a time".
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Congratulations to Richard Tabachuk PDD
NJ State Elks President - Elect for Fraternal Year 2015-2016
Rutherford Elks # 547
ELKS WERE FOUNDED ON FEBRUARY 16, 1868
Chicago, IL – Local Elks Lodges throughout the United States and in Guam, Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal will be celebrating 147 years of community service on February 16, 2015.
Last year alone, the Elks donated approximately $320 million in cash, gifts and time to make our communities better places to live. The Elks are one of the premier patriotic and charitable organizations in the United States of America.
The Elks vow “So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.” Elk volunteers visit thousands of hospitalized Veterans each year in support of both active military forces and retired Veterans. Elks furnish food, comfort care items, therapeutic items and gifts; provide recreational activities at bases and hospitals; and, stand ready to fulfill any need when called upon. Last year alone, the value of Elks’ contributions to our nation’s heroes provided more than $33.4 million to more than 300 Veterans Administration medical centers, clinics, and state care facilities, as well as to the homeless Veterans.
Annually, the Elks award college scholarships across the nation totaling more than $4 million.
The Elks Community Investment Program awards more than $8 million towards enriching our communities.
There are nearly 2,000 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership exceeding 800,000. Elks’ members must be American citizens who are at least 21 years of age and must believe in God.
To learn more visit www.elks.org
State President Pete Smith would like to thank the following people for making Danny's Dream come true. Dave Rzewnicki who contacted me about trying to make this happen. Dan Erickson, Joe Decenza, Exalted Ruler John Fernandez and the Middlesex Elks Lodge for hosting this great event. Manville/Hillsborough Elks Lodge for providing the Food Cost. Rusty Gerstenmier, PSP, Duke Angermier for arranging the Trike, and George Levelle Sr. from Bayone Legion Riders Post 19 for providing the Trike that Danny rode on. The Middlesex Police Department.and to The NJ Elks MC riders who traveled from around the State to make this wish come true. There were 78 motorcycles and approximately 120 people who attended and participated in spending a great day with Danny making his dream a reality. To watch Danny's Ride click here
On a personal note, writes Dave Rzewnicki. I wanted to say thank you for everybody’s participation. To see the response of the Elkdom community was truly impressive, heartwarming and humbling all at the same time. To have that many people respond on such a short notice for a seemingly short ride was much more than I or anyone else cold have ever dreamed of. To say that Danny and his parents were overwhelmed with the love and support they received on Saturday would be an understatement!
One observation that my wife made which brought a tear to her eye was that just about every person who participated in this event spoke with Danny and shook his hand. The gifts that some people gave him were unexpected and truly above and beyond.
I said it Saturday and I will say to again….This display of Compassion and Brotherly Love is one of the main reasons I became an Elk. I will resolve to seek opportunities to serve others as I witnessed Danny and his family being served that past weekend!
Thanks again for your role in making this happen!
Piscataway Lodge 2414
Its that time of the year to think about 2014 Scholarships
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