SWD Americanism Committee

Committee Members


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

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


*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