SWD Government Relations Committee

Committee Members


John Sanchez (1955)
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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