CO-Chairman Region I
CO-Chairman Region II
Francis J. Decibus PSP
Stephen Terrible PSP
HANDICAPPED CHILDREN ARE THE NEW JERSEY STATE ELKS ASSOCIATION MAJOR PROJECT
At a hotel in Trenton this committee was founded with the purpose of establishing such activities that would bring light , sunshine and happiness into the lives and hearts of the afflicted.
Many years have passed since the birth of this movement, "helping handicapped children to help themselves" which was inaugurated by the Elks of the State of New Jersey. We as successors of our founders have carried on this great humanitarian work. We try to direct the lives of handicapped children away from the drab existence of being left out, which had been their lot, and into the channels where love, happiness, and contentment are found.
The Elks of New Jersey are dedicated to the objectives of service as described in our slogan, "helping handicapped children to help themselves," and as stated in our articles of incorporation, to wit:
"....For handicapped children under the age of nineteen, who are lame or who have lost, totally or partially, or who do not or who have never enjoyed the use of their limb or limbs, or by reason of some other physical disability, have lost , totally or partially , or who do not or who have never enjoyed the use of their limb or limbs, or who are otherwise physically infirm or mentally retarded."
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State Handicapped Children's Committee Chairman
Director Elks Camp Moore
ECM Emergency Contact Phone Numbers
I’m Glad Somebody Helps
WHAT A WEALTH OF MEANING THERE IS IN THOSE WORDS
We, as Elks, have continually taken a great deal of pride in talking about our Handicapped Children’s Committee’s works. However deeds are always better than words therefore we must practice what we preach. We can do this best by seeing to it that any handicapped child needing help in any community in our state is cared for by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Our aim is to help them become self-sustaining and useful citizens so that in the future they may enjoy a happy and normal life.
Our work means scarifies of time, patience, understanding, love of neighbor, and a deep respect of our beloved Order. Surely, if each one would keep those thoughts in mind and continually strive to improve the work we have been doing, then it is reasonable to assume that handicapped children will continue to utter the words of our beautiful slogan: "I’m glad somebody cares."
The Elk Lodges of New Jersey provide advice and assistance for the caring of Handicapped Children of every race, color, and creed. More than 88 Handicapped Children have received college scholarships. Over 2400 children participate in the Poster Contest every year. Each year the Elks select four Area Poster Children. The Elks maintain clinics, hiring competent nurses, therapists, pediatricians, psychologists, teachers, etc. to help restore children with disabilities. Operations are provided where necessary. Equipment, such as crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, etc. are furnished. Artificial limbs, braces, special shoes, hearing aids, are also furnished. Elk's Camp Moore provides Handicapped Children outdoor camping experience that would otherwise not be available.
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