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Eileen Brennan-Watts
State Chairperson

              Barbara Muller           Region 1 Co-Chairperson


          Bruce Lockwood               Region 2 Co-Chairperson



George H. Miller III, PSP     


Robert G. Jani, PSP

Americanism Committee Objectives


The BPO Elks is a distinctively American organization – one of our many goals is to quicken the spirit of American patriotism in our Community and in our Youth, and to stimulate an awareness — a genuine feeling of pride and respect toward our great Nation, its history, and our Flag.

The NJSEA will once again be holding the Americanism Challenge, please print up the entry sheet and keep track of all your Americanism Programs and Activities.  On March 15th send your entry form to your District Chairs, the lodge with the highest amount of recorded items will receive a recognition plaque at the Summer Convention in Wildwood.  Any District Chair with 100% participation will also be recognized.

The Americanism Essay Contest

Last year, we had 9200 essays submitted by Lodges throughout the state. All you need is an essay from a child in grade 5, 6 7, or 8 to participate.  This year, the contest the theme is “Why Is It Important To Vote”. Official contest forms are available below, or contact your District Chairman. Please note that the Contest Cover Sheet must be submitted with essay. The top three winners in each Division will receive a prize from the State Association, and the first place winners will be considered in the National Contest.

The Essay topic this year is "Why Is It Important to Vote?" 

Please help support our fundraising project of NJSEA Pins and Patches, all  profits go directly to support the prizes for the state essay contest.

 As Elks it is our duty to promote the spirit of Patriotism.... Always wear an American Flag pin on your lapel!



2016 Essay Contest Theme

"Why Is It Important to Vote"


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1 Certificate of Participation 2016-2017 188
2 NJSEA Americanism Challenge Form 419
3 Americanism Manual 462
4 2016 - 2017 Essay Contest 629
5 2016 - 2017 Pins and Patches 749
6 Us flag rules and ettiquette 978
7 Sample Proclamation 1065
8 U.S. Flag Code 2224