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STATE CHAIRMAN
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CO-CHAIRMAN REGION I
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CO-CHAIRMAN REGION II 
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ADVISOR
George H. Miller III, PSP

Ronald A. Mangone, PSP
 

Defining who you are as an Elks Lodge while building value within your communities

Citizen of the Year/Elk of the Year/Officer of the Year

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Each Lodge is encouraged to select a citizen, not necessarily an Elk, who has contributed in a special way to improving the local community. This individual should be someone who has shown leadership in the community; has contributed voluntary service and is recognized as being an all-around good citizen. The selection is yours alone - promote it!

Recognizing such a person helps show that the Elks are concerned with building a good community, and demonstrates "Elks Care - Elks Share." After the selection, honor him or her by presenting the award at a dinner sponsored by the Lodge, or in conjunction with a community-night program sponsored by a local civic organization.

The full name (no nicknames) of the person selected should be submitted to the Grand Secretary in writing so that an inscribed citation may be issued to the "Citizen of the Year."(Not issued before January 1; Postmark Deadline is March 31.)

NOTE:
The proper form for requesting awards is sent to each Lodge Secretary and Exalted Ruler with the December issue of the Grand Lodge Newsletter.


ELK OF THE YEAR

The "Elk of the Year" Award has become increasingly popular. It is an award which has a great amount of meaning. It is a way a Lodge can recognize a Member who is always willing to help; a Member you can rely upon to get things done. The selection process should not be taken lightly. The qualifications should be stringent as it would be far better not to designate an "Elk of the Year" than to select a Member less than worthy of the honor. The attributes of the nominee should be weighed very carefully. Every involvement should exemplify "Elks Care - Elks Share." Loyalty, dedication and willingness to work are essential to this consideration.

An anonymous committee should be appointed by the Exalted Ruler in sufficient time to observe and evaluate worthy candidates. The committee should preserve its anonymity throughout the selection process, and at the proper time (preferably during the month of February), the announcement of the award should be made at a dinner or other special event for the purpose of honoring the chosen "Elk of the Year." If properly organized and promoted, this can be an outstanding annual event within your Lodge. Strive to make it so!

We caution everyone to keep in mind the two basic rules which are to be followed in the selection of your "Elk of the Year":

- CANNOT be a Lodge Officer.

- Only ONE ELK can be chosen.

The full name (no nicknames) of the individual selected should be submitted to the Grand Secretary in writing so that an inscribed citation may be issued to the "Elk of the Year." (Not issued before January 1; Postmark Deadline is March 31.)

NOTE:
The proper form for requesting awards is sent to each Lodge Secretary and Exalted Ruler with the December issue of the Grand Lodge Newsletter.



OFFICER OF THE YEAR

This award is a way a Lodge can recognize a current Officer who has contributed over and above the duties of office toward the improvement of the Lodge and our Order. This Officer must be someone who has shown leadership, contributed voluntarily to services and Committees and has status among Members as an outstanding Elk.

This award will reward an Officer who is always willing to help, an Officer who can be relied upon to get things done. The qualification should be stringent as it would be far better not to designate an "Officer of the Year" than to select an Officer less than worthy of the honor.
The Exalted Ruler shall direct the Lodge's Past Exalted Rulers' Association to select the "Officer of the Year." At the proper time (preferably during the month of February), the announcement of the award should be made at a dinner or other special event for the purpose of honoring the chosen "Officer of the Year."

We caution the Lodge's Past Exalted Rulers to keep in mind two basic rules which are to be followed in the selection of an "Officer of the Year":

- Recipient must be a Lodge Officer.

- Only One Officer can be chosen.

The Officer's full name (no nicknames) and title should be submitted to the Grand Secretary in writing so that an inscribed citation may be issued to the "Officer of the Year." (Not issued before January 1; Postmark Deadline is March 31.)

NOTE:
The proper form for requesting awards is sent to each Lodge Secretary and Exalted Ruler with the December issue of the Grand Lodge Newsletter.