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Robert Sanchez, VP
Jack Fistori, DDGER
John Sanchez, Trustee

Peter DeLucia, District Author

 
 
 

SWD Government Relations Committee

Committee Members

Chairperson:

Stanley Reynolds (2457)
email:
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phone: 609-548-0761

Lodge Chairpersons:

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

(open)
Karen VanBrunt
Mark A Nebbia
Vacant
Anthony R Cammarata
Helen Williams
Jack Fistori
Roberta Freck
Dorothy Morrison

 

Committee Meeting Schedule

For meeting dates, times and locations, click here for the district meeting schedule.


Special Events and Reminders

(to be supplied)


 

SWD Americanism Committee

Committee Members

Chairperson:

James Sharpe (2085)
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Phone: 609-947-4560

Lodge Chairpersons:

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

Thomas J Tully
Howard Davis
Jeffrey Bernas
James Sharpe
Ken Schulte
Gina Mellon
Jeanne Ritts
Barbara Horowitz-Rigg
Marie Sadler

Committee Meeting Schedule

The District Americanism,  National Veterans Service (NVS) Committees have decided to merge operations so as to provide a better program for our lodges and improve participation in district-sponsored events. Lodges are free to continue with separate chairs if they so desire, with both chairs attending district meetings.

Meetings are generally on the third Thursday of the month and begin at 7:30PM unless otherwise specified. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR!! For specific information and meeting locations, click here for the district meeting schedule.


Lodge and District Events


Mission of Honor

Bordentown Lodge #2085 is asking all Lodges to help them in support of Mission of Honor. This organization is dedicated to locating unclaimed cremated remains of veterans in New Jersey and ensuring that these heroes obtain the dignified final tribute and burial they deserve. Click here for more details.

Mission Statement of the National Veterans Service Committee

The National Veterans Service Commission has served the interests of America's veterans since World War I. Today the Commission operates a range of programs designed to improve the quality of life of our veterans as well as salute their service to the country.

SWD Membership Committee

Committee Members

Chairperson:

Louis Gamba (2085)
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phone: 609-638-8966

Lodge Chairpersons:

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

Joan Siwy
James Hall
Sandee D'Abbraccio
Mary Piccone
Jacqueline Wahler
Stanley Sherman
Allison Fistori
Marian Johnson
Barbara Quidone

 

Committee Meeting Schedule

Meetings are generally on the third Thursday of the month and begin at 7:30 PM unless otherwise specified. For specific information and meeting locations, click here for the district meeting schedule.

 

Special Events and Reminders


 

A Message From the Chairman

 

Membership is crucial to our Lodges. If we do not have paid up members, Lodges must find alternate means of raising money.

All Lodges need to process their candidates in a timely manner. If a candidate is not initiated in a few months, there is a chance the Lodge will lose the candidate. If there is an unavoidable delay, make sure to contact the candidate so they know you have not forgotten them.

Our committee meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Please check the SW District Committee Meeting schedule on WWW.NJELKS.ORG.  Feel free to contact me by email or cell phone with any questions.

Lou Gamba, PER, PDD

Submitted 8/19/16

 

 

 

 

SWD Americanism Committee

Committee Members

Chairperson:

Diana Matyas
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Lodge Chairpersons:

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

Vacant
Mary Miller
Lorraine Bernas
Sharon Sharpe
Ed Beideman
Gina Mellon
David Maytas
Barbara Horowitz-Rigg

Veronica Kelley

 

 

Committee Meeting Schedule

The District Americanism,  National Veterans Service (NVS) Committees have decided to merge operations so as to provide a better program for our lodges and improve participation in district-sponsored events. Lodges are free to continue with separate chairs if they so desire, with both chairs attending district meetings.

Meetings are generally on the third Thursday of the month and begin at 7:30PM unless otherwise specified. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR !!  For specific information and meeting locations, click here for the district meeting schedule.


Lodge and District Events

South West District Flag Retirement at Marlton Lodge October 4th 2pm

Americanism Essay Contest

The title for the 2015-2016 Americanism essay contest is: "What I Can Do to Promote Americanism and Love of Country" The deadline for local lodge submissions is December 18th, 2015.

Mission Statement of the Americanism Committee

The ambition and goal of the Americanism Committee is to quicken the spirit of American patriotism and to stimulate an awareness — a genuine feeling of pride and respect toward patriotism — so that we as Members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will become constant reminders to the people of our Nation that America truly means freedom and that Elks Care and Elks Share.

Our NJ state Americanism chairperson Eileen Brennan-Watts would like the local lodges to participate in the Americanism activities which are listed on page "2" of the Americanism Manual. The manual is available on the members area of The Grand Lodge website under "manuals".Along with the utilization of the Grand Lodge website, she encouraged the use of email communication to and from local lodges with myself as the conduit for forwarding your local lodge activities and pictures. There will be a Facebook page for the state Americanism committee which will display those pictures and any reported information. The pictures will also be displayed at the Fall Conference and the Wildwood Reunion. An Americanism Committee patch is being planned, as well as a pin, which will be sold as an Americanism state fundraiser.The title for the 2015-2016 Americanism essay contest is:                 "What I Can Do to Promote Americanism and Love of Country"The deadline for local lodge submissions is December 18th, 2015. So please try to have the essays returned to your lodges by that date. Please submit the judged entries for submission to the district by January 30th 2016. Do not forget about Patriot's week in September and there is a Southwest District Flag Retirement planned on October 4th at Marlton Lodge. We are anticipating another great year for Americanism, and I would like to thank all of the past and present chairpersons as well as our joint committee, for their support. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Southwest District shines because of you!!!!

Thank You,David MatyasSouthwest District Americanism Chairperson

LODGE AMERICANISM PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES 

*Flag Programs

a) Fly Flag Day and Night

b) Flag-Flying Calendar

c) Present Flag (and/or Flagpole) to Community

d) Present Flags to New Residents of Community

e) Flag (and/or Flagpole) Dedication Ceremony

f) Present Classroom Flags to Every School

g) Flag Presentation to Boy/Girl Scouts

h) Flag Retirement Programi) Replace Worn-out Flags  

* Community Activities

a) Honor New American Citizens

b) Honor Citizens for Outstanding Service

c) Honor Award for News Media

d) “Get Out and Vote” Program

e) Cooperate with Local Service Clubs

f) Work with School Boards, PTAs, etc.

g) Flag History Display

h) Conduct Veterans Remembrance Program

i) Participate in Parades (4th of July, Christmas, Memorial Day, etc.) 

* Lodge Activities

a) Heritage Corner

b) Flag Day

c) Law and Order Night or Day at the Lodge

d) National Patriotism Week

e) Lodge Programs for Veterans in Hospitals/Nursing Homes 

* Publicity/Public Relations Activities

a) Distribute “Honor Our Flag” Decals

b) Distribute “About Our Flag” Booklet

c) Display “Honor Our Flag” Billboards/Placards 

* Americanism Contest

a) Grand Lodge Americanism Essay Contest (Reinstated in 2013-14)

b) Lodge Americanism Brochure Contest (Sponsored by District or State) 

* Other Programs and Activities

a) Other Displays for Community Special Days

b) Distribute “Citizens Rule Book”

c) Distribute “Flag Code”

d) Distribute American Flag Lapel Pins

e) Present Recognition Certificates for Flying Flag

f) Distribute Children’s Pledge Kits to Schools

g) Distribute Pledge of Allegiance Wallet Cards to Schools

h) Your Ideas to show that Elks are Leaders in Americanism

i) Your own programs/activities not listed

Don’t forget to check the District Calendar for other important Lodge, District, and State Events. Click here to jump to the calendar page.

Committee

January 2017

 

February 2017

March 2017

April 2017

October 2016

November 2016

December 2016

Americanism
/ NVS / Army of Hope
@ 7:30 PM

15th

Edgewater 2250

21st

Marlton 2514

18th

Hightstown 1955

 

15th

Hamilton 2262

 

20th

New Egypt 2457

17th

Mt Holly 848

no meeting

Auditing &
Business Practices

Convention

Drug
Awareness

19th

Edgewater 2250

16th

Trenton 105

No Meeting

 

 

20th

Trenton 105

 

 

20th

New Egypt 2457

 

17th

Mt Holly 848

 

No Meeting

 

 

18 - Drug Awareness

Committee Members

Chairperson:

Rebecca A. Castelize

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Phone: 609-712-7985

 

 Lodge Chairpersons:

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

Becky Castelize
Howard Davis
Wayne Varga
Anthony Gulotta
(open)
Keith Buckalew
Jack Fistori
Raymond Arndt
Peggy Schankin


Committee Meeting Schedule

Meetings are generally on the third Thursday of each month, and begin at 8PM unless otherwise specified. For specific information and meeting locations, click here for the district meeting schedule.


Lodge & District Events

Watch here for information on district and lodge Drug Awareness events.

Mission Statement of the Drug Awareness Committee

The Elks National Drug Awareness Program strives to teach all children and parents about the dangers of illegal drug use and prevent the abuse of legalized and prescription drugs. As the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States, the program relies on state, district and Lodge volunteers to promote a drug-free lifestyle. By taking pride in America’s communities and youth, the program takes action against youth drug use through education and inspiration.

 For more information, visit the Drug Awareness Program page at www.elks.org

SWD ENF Committee

Committee Members

Chairperson:

Gina Mellon (2457)b
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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

Janet Moskus
Pat Jackson
Bob O'Brien
Shari Barrett
Fred Miller
Lawrence Craver
Alison Fistori
Roberta 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 Ruler’s 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.

 

SWD VP

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Robert Sanchez SWD VP

Edgewater Park Lodge #2550
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Secretary to the District Vice President:
Colleen Arndt
 
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SWD Government Relations Committee

Committee Members

Chairperson:

John Sanchez (1955)
email:
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phone: 609-819-5673

Lodge Chairpersons:

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

Donald J Apai
Walter J Tafe
John Sanchez
Donna Pelehaty
Jim Brusgard
Stanley Sherman
Jason Patchel
Robert Sanchez
Ed Furphy

 

Committee Meeting Schedule

For meeting dates, times and locations, click here for the district meeting schedule.


Special Events and Reminders

Your Charity Records are important – they’re what help the Elks maintain their non-profit status. While your Lodge Secretary is responsible for keeping the CLMS2 Charity Records up to date, that can’t be done unless every Committee and Activity Chairperson provides the information needed!

Mission Statement of the Government Relations Committee

The purpose of the Elks Government Relations Program is to help protect our Order’s right to exist as a private organization. Legislative bodies at the National, State, and local level often consider legislation which would negatively impact our exercise of this freedom. Additionally, there are areas where fair and appropriate legislation would enhance our community and charitable work. To effect this, Elks need to be aware and need to establish positive relationships with their legislators — local, state, and national.

-      Government Relations Manual, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, © 2004, reprinted 2008

 

SWD Special Children Committee

Committee Members

Chairperson:

Barbara Quidone (2708)
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phone: 609-280-9551

Lodge Chairpersons:

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

Robert McGuckin
Jen McHose
Steven Drake
Kyle Wilson
David Perry
Edmund Treadaway
George Tencza
Heather Young
Andy Pagano

 

 

Committee Meeting Schedule

Meetings are typically held on the second Monday of each month and begin at 8PM unless otherwise specified. For specific information and meeting locations, click here for the district meeting schedule.


Special Events and Reminders

Planning for the Annual District SCC Charity Ball has begun. Watch this space for details.

Watch this space for information on the 2018 Visit to Camp Moore

 

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                                                         Jack Fistori

   Marlton Lodge #2514

 

                                                                                                    

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Cell - 609 784-2715 Home -

 

Secretary to the District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler:
Allison Fistori

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 Cell - 856 889-7254 Home -

 Marlton #2514

 

Esquire to the District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler:

Pete DeLucia

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Cell - 609 529-9795 Home -

Bordentown #2085

 

Auditor to the District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler:


 Heather Cheesman

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Cell - 609 298-7828 Home -

Bordentown #2085


 


 Message from the District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler

                                                                                                 

 

My fellow Elks,

I very recently had the distinction of being installed as your District Deputy at this year’s national convention in St. Louis. As such, I will be overseeing the affairs of our district and visiting your lodges often. Most of you probably know me already, but I am looking forward to meeting the many new officers and members of whom I have not yet made the acquaintance.

I am particularly looking forward to helping increase the unity and participation among our lodges which seems to be happening this year. We are all guided by the same cardinal principles of our Order and dedicated to the same causes within our committees. Let’s work together to increase our impact in the community, raise more funds and awareness for our special children and homeless Vets and share in our events to support one another in our common goals. Let’s prove just how amazing the Southwest District is!

I am proud of our members who all took the obligation to better our communities, I am proud of our officers who have dedicated themselves to be the leaders of our lodges and I am proud of our committees for devoting their time and effort to our noble works. In short, I am honored to be District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of the Southwest District. I am looking forward to a productive and rewarding year.

Yours in Elkdom,

Fraternally,

 

Jack Fistori, DDGER

 

 

 

 

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SWD Lodge Activities Committee

Committee Members

Chairperson:
Ron Mangone (848)
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phone: 609-668-5242

Lodge Chairpersons:

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

Janet Moskus
Stephen R Gray
Maria MacLean
Robert Lenhardt
(open)
Edward Moore
Jason Patchel
Colleen Arndt
Norraine Ernhart

Committee Meeting Schedule

Meetings are typically on the 4th Friday of a month, and begin at 8PM. A light repast or refreshments are typically provided by the host lodge, and spouses/guests are invited (encouraged, in fact!)

For specific information and meeting locations, click here for the district meeting schedule.


Special Events and Reminders

SWD Lodge of Sorrow

Our Absent Members Who Have Passed in 2015

From Trenton Lodge #105…



 

From Mt. Holly Lodge #848…


 

 

From Hightstown Lodge #1955…


From Bordentown Lodge #2085…



From Hamilton Lodge #2262…



From New Egypt Lodge #2457…



From Marlton Lodge #2514…

 

 

From Edgewater Park Lodge #2550…

 

From Deptford Lodge #2708…



 

Their memories have been written upon the Tablets of Love and Memory

 

Welcome to the Southwest District

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New Jersey State Elks Association

Benevolent and Protective Order or Elks


Honorable Malcolm J. McPherson PGER, Grand Lodge Sponsor
Anthony Alfonso State President
Ron Mangone PSP District Sponsor

Jack Fistori, Southwest District District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler
Robert Sanchez, Southwest District Vice President
John Sanchez, Southwest District Trustee

 

 

 

   

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I AM THE FLAG

 

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I am the flag of the United States of America.

I was born on June 14, 1777, in Philadelphia.
There the Continental Congress adopted my stars and stripes as the national flag.

My thirteen stripes alternating red and white,
with a union of thirteen white stars in a field of blue,
represented a new constellation, a new nation
dedicated to the personal and religious liberty of mankind.


Today fifty stars signal from my union,
one for each of the fifty sovereign states
in the greatest constitutional republic the world has ever known.


My colors symbolize the patriotic ideals and spiritual qualities of the citizens of my country.

My red stripes proclaim the fearless courage and integrity of American men and boys
and the self-sacrifice and devotion of American mothers and daughters.


My white stripes stand for liberty and equality for all.

My blue is the blue of heaven, loyalty, and faith.

I represent these eternal principles: liberty, justice, and humanity.

I embody American freedom:
freedom of speech, religion, assembly, the press,
and the sanctity of the home.


I typify that indomitable spirit of determination
brought to my land by Christopher Columbus and by all my forefathers -
the Pilgrims, Puritans, settlers at James town and Plymouth.


I am as old as my nation.

I am a living symbol of my nation's law:
the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.


I voice Abraham Lincoln's philosophy:
"A government of the people, by the people, for the people."


I stand guard over my nation's schools,
the seedbed of good citizenship and true patriotism.


I am displayed in every schoolroom throughout my nation;
every schoolyard has a flagpole for my display.


Daily thousands upon thousands of boys and girls pledge their allegiance to me and my country.

I have my own law:
Public Law 829, "The Flag Code" -
which definitely states my correct use and display for all occasions and situations.


I have my special day:
Flag Day. June 14 is set aside to honor my birth.


Americans, I am the sacred emblem of your country.
I symbolize your birthright, your heritage of liberty purchased with blood and sorrow.


I am your title deed of freedom, which is yours to enjoy and hold in trust for posterity.

If you fail to keep this sacred trust inviolate,
if I am nullified and destroyed,
you and your children will become slaves to dictators and despots.


Eternal vigilance is your price of freedom.

As you see me silhouetted against the peaceful skies of my country,
remind yourself that I am the flag of your country,
that I stand for what you are - no more, no less.


Guard me well, lest your freedom perish from the earth.

Dedicate your lives to those principles for which I stand:
"One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."


I was created in freedom. I made my first appearance in a battle for human liberty.

God grant that I may spend eternity
in my "land of the free and the home of the brave"
and that I shall ever be known as "Old Glory,"
the flag of the United States of America.


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SWD National Veterans Service Committee

Committee Members

District Chairperson:

Stan Reynolds (2457)
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Lodge Chairpersons:

Trenton #105
Mount Holly #838
Hightstown #1955
Bordentown #2085
Hamilton #2262
New Egypt #2457
Marlton #2514
Edgewater Park #2550
Deptford #2708

Terri Haremza
Howard Davis
Jeffrey Berbus
Hank Elmer
Edward R Biedeman
Stan Reynolds
Jack Joyce
Robert Sanchez Dorothy Morrison

 

Committee Meeting Schedule

Meetings are generally on the third Thursday of the month and begin at 7:30PM unless otherwise specified. THIS IS A CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR !! For specific information and meeting locations, click here for the district meeting schedule.

Lodge and District Events

The Annual Army of Hope Picnic at Lacey Lodge will be held on Sunday, September 14th, 2014 Please plan on being there.

There will be a large school bus leaving from Mt Holly 848 at 10:45AM on the day of the picnic. It will return at 5pm (as soon as picnic ends). Anyone wishing to ride it will only be $5.00 pp. Please advise Jim Hall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 609-610-2240.

 

 

A Message from the National Veterans Service Commission Army of Hope

The “Army of Hope” was implemented to provide support to the families of our military reservists and guardsmen who were called up for active duty during our country’s war on terrorism. Although originally conceived for reservists and guardsmen, there is nothing that would prevent Lodges from offering support to the families of servicemen and women serving regular military duty.

The first step is to contact the Members of your Lodge and see who is interested in supporting this program, their availability, and what skills they have to offer. Create a call list broken down by skills. The Lodge may have to evaluate funding resources for certain projects if the need should arise (i.e., gasket, paint, etc.).

The second step is for someone from your Lodge to make contact with your local reserve or guard units. Most of the time, this can be handled by a simple telephone call to the unit’s headquarters. You need to speak to someone in authority (usually the Public Affairs Officer) and explain to them who you are and what the program is about. You may also offer to join in with them on their own support group or even another organization. Not every Lodge will be able to offer all the support necessary, but you should try and do what you can.

Once contact is made with your reserve or guard unit, make sure your Lodge office staff of Lodge helpers know about the program and can forward questions to the correct individuals.

Information articles in your Lodge newsletter can help keep the “Army of Hope” Program in the forefront of your Lodge and community service activities. The “Army of Hope” also fits perfectly with our efforts in the Blue Star Program. What better way to recognize our servicemen and women than presenting a Blue Star Flag to their families?

As you work with the families of our service people, please report your activities to Mike Manning who is located at our Chicago office. Additionally, your activities should be recorded in the Lodge Annual Charity Records Booklet.

Fraternally,

Roger R. True, PGER, Member Elks National Veterans Service Commission