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SWD ENF Committee

Committee Members

Chairperson:

Gina Mellon (2457)
email: gina_mellon@yahoo.com
Phone: 609-276-9476

Lodge Chairpersons:

Trenton #105
Mount Holly #848
Hightstown #1955
Bordentown #2085
Hamilton #2262
New Egypt #2457
Marlton #2514
Edgewater Park #2550
Deptford #2708

Patrick Marchetti
Patricia Millinghausen
Bob O'Brien
Heather Cheesman
Fred Miller, Jr.
Lawrence Craver
Diana Matyas
Henry Freck
Barbara Quidone

 

Committee Meeting Schedule

Meetings will be held on the third Thursday of the month, and will generally be held wherever the "big bunch of committees" is meeting.  We do not meet every month, though, so, click here for the district meeting schedule to be sure we're meeting.

Upcoming Lodge & District Events

It's a new Elk Year with new challenges! Watch this space for more info.

October is ENF Month - lodges should plan not only fundraising, but also AWARENESS raising activities.

The annual State "Biggest Heart Challenge" will start in January, 2016.

Marlton Lodge and Allison Fistori will be defending their title in the Bloody Mary Contest on March 6th, 2016.

Message From the District Chair

Last year was another great year, but now the dials are reset and we're all once again marching toward the annual per-capita and State Presidents goals (even before we know what those targets are!)  This year, it will be even more important that Lodges meet per-capita to take advantage of the Gratitude Grant, as that grant is being increased to $2500.  Beacon Grants will also be increased this year.

Please remember that Charity is our reason for being, and the source of our best press -- and it's ENF that makes much of that charity possible.

District Chairman's Challenges

Challenge #1: "I Know What I'm Talking About" Challenge
It's really difficult to convey the importance of the work that the Elks National Foundation does if you're not really familiar with it. So the first Challenge is designed to ensure that our ENF chairs are familiar with everything that ENF can do.
To meet this challenge, the Lodge Chair must...
...register online at http://www.elks.org/ENF/ENFChairmanRegistration.cfm
...earn the 2015-2016 chair certificate by taking the training (or refresher) online at http://www.elks.org/ENF/volunteers.cfm.
(You need to register as an ENF chair and log into elks.org before accessing this site!)


Challenge #2: "Lead From The Front" Challenge
It can be easy to fall into the trap of believing that the Elks National Foundation is the place where grant money comes from, but we forget that those grants are only possible because somebody is putting money in. It's not easy to explain the importance of donating to ENF if you're not leading by example. So the second challenge asks our Lodge leadership to do just that.
To meet this challenge, the Lodge Chair and all Elected and Appointed Officers should be recognized as active donors of at least $10 between April 1st, 2015 and March 31st, 2016.

District Challenge Standings

Here's where the Lodges stand with the District Challenges:

Lodge

Challenge #1

Challenge #2

Trenton #105

(no report)

(no report)

Mt. Holly #848

(no report)

(no report)

Hightstown #1955

(no report)

(no report)

Bordentown #2085

(no report)

(no report)

Hamilton #2262

(no report)

(no report)

New Egypt #2457

(no report)

(no report)

Edgewater Park #2550

(no report)

(no report)

Marlton #2514

(no report)

(no report)

Deptford #2708

(no report)

(no report)

 

Grand Lodge "Chair Challenge" Standings

The Chair Challenge contest recognizes Lodges for having a broad-based fundraising program in support of the ENF. We encourage Lodges and ENF Chairs to recruit new donors, retain last year's donors, and reactivate lapsed donors. Beyond these objectives, participation points reward additional goals. Comprehensive reports and standings aid ENF Chairs in tracking ENF support, identifying donors, and understanding strengths and weakness. For more information, go to the ENF Chair Challenge page.

Our own Mount Holly Lodge #848 finished the year with the #1 spot, and Bordentown Lodge #2085 was right behind in the #2 slot!  With Deptford Lodge #2708 (4th place), Hamilton Lodge #2262 (8th place), and Edgewater Park Lodge #2550 (9th place), our district held 5 of the top 10 positions in the state!.

Here are the final standings in the Grand Lodge/ENF Chair Challenge for the 2014-2015 Elk Year:

Rank

Lodge

Points

1.

Mt. Holly #848

134.759

2.

Bordentown #2085

118.600

3.

Deptford #2708

109.730

4.

Hamilton #2262

100.165

5.

Edgewater Park #2550

99.200

6.

Trenton #105

94.330

7.

Marlton #2514

84.364

8.

Hightstown #1955

46.250

9.

New Egypt #2457

40.863

 


Southwest District ENF Donations as of 03/31/2015

All of our Lodges met the new Grand Exalted Rulerís goal for 2014-2015 of $4.60 per capita. Eight out of nine went on to meet the State President's Challenge of $5.75 per capita. Congratulations and thanks for all the hard work!

Rank

Lodge

Members

Donations

Current
Per-Capita

1.

Edgewater Park #2550

155

$4,3612.00

$29.75**

2.

Mount Holly # 848

407

$6,209.90

$15.26**

3.

Marlton #2514

137

$1,560.00

$11.39**

4.

Hightstown # 1955

165

$1,719.00

$10.42**

5.

Trenton # 105

295

$2,809.50

$9.52**

6.

Deptford #2708

802

$6,648.40

$8.29**

7.

Hamilton #2262

702

$5,281.00

$7.52**

8.

New Egypt #2457

306

$2,210.00

$7.22**

9.

Bordentown #2085

865

$4,229.00

$4.89  *

Total

3,834

$35,328.80

$9.21**

** - denotes Lodge that has met both GER's goal of $4.60 and State President's challenge of $5.75
*  - denotes Lodge that has met the GER's goal of $4.60

As reported on www.elks.org/enf

Resources for District Chairs

The National ENF office makes many resources avaailable on its website for Lodge ENF Chairs.  Once particularly valuable resource is the collection of recorded Webinars covering a range of topics. Registered ENF chairs are sent email giving them the opportunity to "attend" these webinars in person, but since they're mid-day/mid-week, that's not always possible. But they are recorded so a Lodge Chair can still get the valuable information offered.  Webinars can be found here: http://www.elks.org/enf/webinars.cfm


Mission Statement of the Elks National Foundation

The mission of the Elks National Foundation is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. We provide tomorrow's leaders, our youth, with a healthy beginning; honor the Elks pledge to never forget our veterans; help the state Elks associations accomplish their charitable objectives and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities.

Like all Elks, the Foundation values the belief that charity is the greatest of all virtues and that by sharing and giving we have the power to replace sorrow and despair with hope and confidence. Donations to the Foundation help us fund programs that match our cornerstone values of knowledge, integrity and community.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2015 10:42