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Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
2750 Lakeview Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614-1889

Background Information

 

 

 

The Order of Elks is a national fraternal organization with headquarters in Chicago and 2,224 subordinate Lodges in every State, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Philippines, the Canal Zone and Puerto Rico. Membership is limited to citizens of the United States, over twenty-one years of age who believe in God. Currently there are over 1,280,000 members of the Elks. Most Lodges have a ladies auxiliary.

The Elks is essentially a charitable organization. In 1994-95, the Elks nationally spent $4,700,000 for college scholarships for high school seniors. The organization also spent over $6,000,000 for other youth programs, including the Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw competition involving more than three million youngsters. Total contributions in all Elk charities exceeded $134,000,000.

The following links are to further information on specific programs within the B.P.O. Elks.

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So You Want to Join the Elks?

To be eligible for membership in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, you must be a citizen of the United States over the age of 21 who believes in God.

You must be sponsored by a member of the Elks Lodge and reside in the jurisdiction of the Lodge you wish to join. You also need two other Elks who will be your co-sponsors. The Elk who proposes you for membership must obtain a Membership Application from the Lodge Secretary.

After your proposer fills in the required portion, you will be given the Application for Membership. Fill it in, following the instructions and answering all questions. Return the completed application to the Lodge Secretary.

Your application will be read at a regular Lodge meeting. It will then be forwarded to the Investigating Committee, who will call you and set up a time for you and your sponsor to meet with the committee so that they can interview you.

After the interview is concluded, the committee will report to the Lodge concerning your membership. The members will be given a notice not less than 10 days nor more than two months before the vote will be taken.

When the vote is concluded, you will be notified and asked to present yourself and your spouse for indoctrination. During indoctrination, you will learn more about the Order's programs and charities. You will also be told during the program the date you will be initiated.

After initiation as an Elk, you can take part in all meetings and social functions of the Lodge.

If for any reason your application is rejected, you cannot make application for membership for six months from the date of rejection.

Click here to fill out a Membership Inquiry Form

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One of our Grand Lodge fund-raising partners, Vantage
Direct Marketing, (through its travel branch) has
graciously donated two (2) European River Cruises to the
Grand Lodge Membership Committee for use in its membership
recruitment program. These cruises have a combined value of
over $8,000.00 and will be awarded at the Grand Lodge
Convention in Reno, Nevada. These awards are in addition to
the cruise and vacation award drawings to be awarded. For
those not wishing the cruise, the vacation award will be a
four-night/three-day trip to anywhere in the continental
United States not to exceed $1,800.00.

 

Welcome to the New Jersey Elks Association website.  The State of New Jersey boosts 118 Elks’ lodges and well over 41,000 members. The New Jersey Elks are among the best and most active fraternal organizations in existence.  Last year our state membership donated, in good and services, almost $44 million dollars to charity!

Public service is a key component of the New Jersey Elks. Elks create and participate in many programs to better our local communities.  These are just of few of our successes:

Special Needs Children   Camp Moore, a state of the art summer camp facility, provides special needs children with an outdoor sleep away camping experience. Camp Moore offers these kids normal childhood experiences while offering their families respite from the constant demands of raising a special needs child. The Elks also provide assistance for the ongoing care of Special Needs children.

 

Hoop Shoot The Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program is open to all boys and girls ages eight through thirteen.  The contest starts at the local lodge level and advances through district, state and regional competitions before continuing to the national finals.

 

Drug Awareness The Elks Drug Awareness Program distributes literature and organizes local and state wide events to educate children and their parents about the dangers posed by alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs.

 

Veterans Programs Since the early days of our Order, the Veterans Service Commission has patriotically served those who have fought for our great nation. Elks participate in a variety of activities with local Veteran’s hospitals. The Elks long standing tradition vows to remember all of our veterans.

 

For more information about these and other Elk programs, go to the State Program link and click on the appropriate committee name.

So you want to join the Elks? To be eligible for membership in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, you must be a citizen of the United States over the age of 21 who believes in God.

You must be sponsored by a member of an Elks Lodge and reside in the jurisdiction of the Lodge you wish to join.  Two other Elks need be your co-sponsors.  The Elk who proposes you for membership will obtain a Membership Application from their local Lodge Secretary.

After your proposer completes the required portion, you will be given the Application for Membership.  Fill out your portion of the application completely. Do not leave questions unanswered.  When the application is complete it should be returned to the Lodge Secretary.

Your application will be presented and read at a regular Lodge meeting. It will be received by the Investigating Committee, who will contact you and set up a time for you and your sponsor to meet with the committee.

After meeting with the Investigating Committee, the committee will report to the Lodge concerning your membership.  Lodge members will be given proper notice and a vote will be taken.

At the conclusion of the membership vote, you will be notified of the result. You and your spouse will be asked to present yourself for orientation.  During this process, you will learn more about the Order's programs and charities.  A date will be set for your official initiation into the Order. Once initiated, you are welcome to take part in all meetings and social functions of the Lodge.

Contact your local lodge for further information. The Lodge Direction Link will provide you with contact information. Although the process of joining appears to have many steps, it is really quite simple. I hope you join us!

 


 

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What Everyone Has Been Waiting For!
Starting Friday June 5th, 2020, the NJSEA Convention Committee has opened an online New Jersey Elks store offering shirts, hats, masks and more. Just when you were disappointed you could not buy New Jersey Elks items in Wildwood this year, you are in luck. Go to our new website and look at what is available. Pick out something, order it from the website and have it delivered to your home in no time at all. Check back frequently to see what we may be offering so you can always have the newest NJ Elks items available, even if it is not convention time. Try it out, see what you think. If you have any suggestions, please let your Convention Committee District Representative know. Happy shopping!!

Visit our online NJSEA Convention Committee Store!! 


Future Grand Lodge Convention Sites

Year Date City  State
 2021-2022 July 4 - July 7   Tampa   Florida 
2022 - 2023 July 3 - July 6 Atlanta  Georgia
2023-2024 July 2 - July 5  Minneapolis Mininesota
       

 

 

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             Tucked away in the hill of the Ramapo Mountains,Elks Camp Moore offers a fun filled vacation away from home for children with special needs. A week at Elks Camp Moore is a remarkable experience not soon to be fogotten. The primary goal of the camp is to further develop the recreational and social skills of each child. In a relaxed and accepting atmosphere , each camper experiences new adventures, lasting friendships, and opportunities that promote independence and greater self-confidence.

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STATE HEADQUARTERS
April Mayorga
P.O. Box 1596
Woodbridge,NJ 07095
Officer 732-326-1300
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CAMP DIRECTOR
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ELKS CAMP MOORE
Emergency Contact Phone Numbers
Summer: 973-835-1542
Winter: 609-651-6209

 

  

CAMP MOORE TRUSTEE

Bill Applegate - Ridgefield Park #1506
Doug Freund - Clayton #2132
Peggy Berry -Howell #2515

Richard P. Vreeland -Livinston #1855

Keith Oakley - Clifton #1569

 ADVISORS
Francis J. Decibus, PSDGER
Robert F. Binetti, PSP

Ron Mangone, PSP

 FINANCIAL ADVISOR
Stephen J. Terrible, PSP

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  Americanism Committee Objectives

 The BPO Elks is a distinctively American organization – one of our many goals is to quicken the spirit of American patriotism in our Community and in our Youth, and to stimulate an awareness — a genuine feeling of pride and respect toward our great Nation, its history, and our Flag.

The NJSEA will once again be holding the Americanism Challenge, please print up the entry sheet and keep track of all your Americanism Programs and Activities.  On March 15th send your entry form to your District Chairs, the lodge with the highest amount of recorded items will receive a recognition plaque at the Summer Convention in Wildwood.  Any District Chair with 100% participation will also be recognized.

 As Elks it is our duty to promote the spirit of Patriotism.... Always wear an American Flag pin on your lapel!

 

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2020-2021 Essay Contest Theme

"How can Patriotism be Demonstrated?"

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Handicapped Children Committee

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State Chairman
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 Advisors
Francis J. Decibus, PSDGER
Robert F. Binetti, PSP

Ron Mangone, PSP

Financial Advisor
Stephen J. 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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Director Elks Camp Moore
Todd Thompson


ECM Emergency Contact Phone Numbers
Winter: 609-651-6209

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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 Special 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 sacrifices 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 special needs 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 Special Needs Children of every race, color, and creed. Scholarships are awarded to Special Needs high school seniors. Each year the Elks select four Special Ambassadors and four Alternate Ambassadors, each representing an Area of our State. They are honored at Lodge, District and State events. The Elks maintain clinics, hiring competent nurses, therapists, pediatricians, psychologists, teachers, etc. to help restore children with disabilities. Equipment, such as crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, etc. are furnished. Elk's Camp Moore provides Special Needs Children outdoor camping experience that would otherwise not be available.

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Youth Sports Tournament

 

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 The New Jersey State Elks Association has been sponsoring a Youth Sports Tournament for New Jersey Boys and Girls (ages 13 to 18) for over 30 years.  The purpose of the tournament is to promote competition against the best athletes in the state in each individual sport and to promote camaraderie among all competitors.  Scholarships are awarded to the winners of each sport to be used for the college or trade school they plan to attend. There is NO cost to either the student / athlete or their school.  All costs are covered by the local Elks Lodges through their Youth Activities Programs. 

 The New Jersey State Elks Association is proud to once again sponsor their Annual Youth Sports Tournament on Monday, June 29, 2020.

The tournament is a 1day event held in Central New Jersey.  An Awards Luncheon will follow immediately after the conclusion of tournament. All parents, grandparents, and siblings are cordially invited to attend the luncheon and presentation ceremony (athletes are free, but there is a cost for the others. Applications and other information are available on-line at www.njelks.org.

The venues for the individual sports are as follows:

Bowling - Lanes at Sea Girt, Wall Township, NJ

 Golf - Spring Meadow Golf Course, Wall Township, NJ

Tennis - Neptune High Schools

Participants will report directly to their individual location 1 hour prior to the start of competition for instructions and warm-up. A Schedule of Events will follow.

 

 

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State Chairman
Kevin Doherty  
Co-Chairman Region I
Michael Adamski
Co-Chairman Region II
Theresa Borkowski
Advisor
Reggie Craig PSP



 

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Advisors

Thomas Zisa, PSP

Richard Bard, PSP


New Jersey State Elks Association

The Antlers Are Back!

The newest program in Elkdom is an old one! Yes, it is the Junior Elks Program called “the Antlers.” It is a chance for young people in our communities to get involved with the Elks in the many service-related projects our Lodges sponsor.
The program was initially organized in the late 1930’s and went well for several years as an active arm of the Elks. However, by the 1960’s interest in the program had waned and was ended. Recently, a few Lodges have restarted the program with great success.
The Antlers of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America has as its major objective the following:
* To quicken the spirit of American Patriotism;
* To teach respect for parents and love of home;
* To inculcate the fundamentals of good citizenship;
* To aid in a worthy cause;
* To establish foundation of character;
* To promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members;
* And to respect the conviction of others in the matters of worship and religion is true
Americanism.
The Members of Grand Lodge at the convention in St. Louis overwhelmingly voted in support of renewing the program. Membership in the organization is open to any individual who has passed their twelfth and not yet reached there twenty-first birthday, who is a citizen of the United States of America, of good character and who believes in the existence of God.
Is your Lodge ready for “the Antlers”? For information regarding the “Antlers” Program, you can contact me.
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STATE CHAIRMAN
Robert Murphy
CO-CHAIRMAN REGION I
Joseph Siegfried
CO-CHAIRMAN REGION II
Thomas Brown
STATE SOCCER COORDINATOR
Robert Murphy
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DIRECTOR
V.L. Jackson
CHALLENDER BATTERS-UP DIRECTOR
Thomas Gardner

ADVISORS
Richard F.Pachucki PSP
Diego Tabbachino PSP


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NJSEA DRUG AWARENESS

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To be part of the Elks Army of Hope and to locate a nearby Elks Lodge, contact Elks Headquarters toll-free at (866)-ELK-VETS [(866)-355-8387]

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The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the U.S.A. announced in February 2003, a plan to assist families who have had a father or mother called to active duty with the military reserve or National Guard. An Army of Hope, comprised of carpenters, electricians, mechanics, plumbers, attorneys, doctors, accountants, teachers, and professional people and tradesmen of every type, has been mobilized by the Order of Elks. These volunteers will be at the ready to help families of those patriots called to serve our nation. In 2,100 Elks Lodges across America 1,000,000 members are poised to make minor repairs and provide professional services to keep homes functioning until loved ones return. For more than 135 years the Elks have been aiding their communities and making America a better place to live. They continue this mission of service one patriot's home at a time. 
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Our Mission 

Our mission statement is, “To assist our Active Military Servicemen and women, those severely Wounded in the line of duty, and our Fallen Hero families whose loved ones were killed in the line of duty.

The war on terror goes on and those sons and daughters serving in the military from New Jersey continue to die and become severely wounded. These are not single deaths, with the death of a loved one, part of a family, neighborhood and community dies. The parents, the children or grandchildren, aunts and uncles, friends, neighbors, co-workers all lose part of their hearts. You may have seen our tribute banner to the Fallen Heroes, to you they are faces. To this committee we know every parent and met with most of the family members. We shed tears with them and offer what comfort as best we can. The war on terror calls upon all of us to be vigilante but most of all falls on our military. We are trying our best to support New Jersey’s severely wounded and the families of our Fallen Heroes. We are becoming more and more aware of more troops that are severely wounded as time goes by that need our help. Please do not forget us when you give donations. The picnic is the only place there will be a donation line and we ask for you and your lodge to make a donation and honor our heroes and their families. Let them know their sacrifices have not been forgotten and never will be.

The work of the committee through your donations, have helped many soldiers and families from losing heat in the winter, being removed from housing and many other daily survival needs. We support job fairs to help the many veterans and soldiers get jobs as they return to civilian life or just get back on their feet. They need our help in so many ways.

We will continue to work with the schools to get cards and letters to our troops overseas. We will work to help them in every way we can while they are overseas with mementos from home and items to make life a little easier.

The Army of Hope is committed to our troops and will do everything within our power as Elks to aid and assist them.

On behalf of the AOH committee we say thank you, most importantly we say thank you on behalf of our active military Troops, Severely Wounded Soldiers and the families of our Fallen Heroes.

 

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Stephen Daly, Trustee

MaryAnn Applegate, District Author

 

Bayonne 434 | Cliffside Park 1502 | Closter 2304
Hoboken 74 | Jersey City 211 | Palisades Park/Ft. Lee 2475
Ridgefield Park 1506 | Tenafly 2271 | Weehawken 1456

 

ecdistrict

Doreen Duffy, VP

Richard Wood,  DDGER

Steve Grote, Trustee

Lisa Wood, District Author

 

 

 

 

Cranford 2006 | Mountainside 1585 | Rahway 1075 | Springfield-Hillside 2004
Stirling 2392 | Summit 1246 | Union 1583

centraldistrict

Jeff Van Woeart, VP
Dan Larsen, DDGER
Patrick J. McDonnell, Trustee

Scott Dunham, District Author

Carteret 2235 | Colonia 2282 | East Brunswick 2370 | Edison 2487
Metuchen 1914 | New Brunswick 324 | Piscataway 2414 |
South Amboy 784 | South Plainfield 2298 | Watchung Hills 885| Woodbridge 2116

 


northdistrict

Brian Hamilton, VP
Jeanne Gademan, DDGER
Harry Schutte II, Trustee

Maureen Whalen, District Author

Mahwah 1941 | Oakland 2167 | Park Ridge 2234
Passaic Valley 2111 | Pompton Lakes 1895
Wayne 2181 | West Milford 2236 | Westwood 1562

 

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Chris Clune,  DDGER
Louis S Lusquinos Jr, Trustee Chairman

Louis S Lusquinos Jr, District Author

Belleville 1123 | Cedar Grove 2237 | Harrison/East Newark 2326
Kearny 1050 | Lyndhurst 1505 | Newark/Bloomfield 21
North Arlington 1992 | Nutley 1290 | Orange 135
South Orange 1154 | West Orange 1590

 

nwdistrict

Carol G. Morokoff, VP
Moira McCann, DDGER
Pete Appaluccio, Trustee

Paul J. Burke, District Author

 

 

 

 

Boonton 1405East Hanover 815 | Hackettstown 2331 | Lake Hopatcong 782
Livingston 1855 | Madison 1465 | Parsippany/Troy Hills 2078
Sparta 2356 | Sussex 2288


nedistrict

Dominick Annuzzi, Jr, VP
Brian Murphy, DDGER
Tamara Malizia, Trustee

Thomas Huffman, District Author

Bergenfield 1477 | Clifton 1569 | Dumont 2593
Elmwood Park/Paterson 60 | Garfield 2267
Hackensack 658 | Hasbrouck Heights 1962
New Milford/Teaneck 2290 | Paramus 2001 | Rutherford 547


scdistrict

Kelly Miller, VP
Thomas D. Jamieson, DDGER
Eileen Brennan Watts, Trustee

Nick Figaro, District Author

Eatontown 2402 | Freehold 1454 | Jamesburg 2180
Keyport/Matawan 2030 | Long Branch 742
Middletown 2179 | Millstone 2613
Old Bridge 2229 | Red Bank 233


sedistrict

Jim Dugan, VP
Robert Byrnes, DDGER
Barbara Monti, Trustee

Dan Boesman, District Author

Asbury Park/Wall 128 | Bayville 2394 |
Brick 2151 | Howell 2515 | Jackson 2744
Lacey 2518 |
Lakewood 1432 | Manahawkin 2340
Manasquan 2534 | Point Pleasant 1698 | Toms River 1875


swdistrict

Peter DeLucia, VP
Warren Barkalow, DDGER
John Sanchez, Trustee

Peter DeLucia, District Author

 
 
 

ELKS “HOOP SHOOT”

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NJSEA HOOP-SHOOT COMMITTEE

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STATE CHAIRPERSON
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Region I Chairman
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Region II Chairman
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STATE ADVISORS

PETE SMITH, PSP

ROBERT D.MAURO, PSP

                 

 

 
 
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STATE CHAIRMAN

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CO-CHAIRMAN REGION I

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CO-CHAIRMAN REGION II

Gloria Hardy

ADVISORS

Diego Tabbachino, PSP 
Richard Gathen, PSP 
William Oakley, PSP 

THE THEME FOR OUR 2021 PARADE WILL BE:

UNDER CONSTRUCTION

 

 

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is a nationwide patriotic and charitable organization. One hundred nineteen Lodges are maintained within the State of New Jersey, consisting of a membership in excess of 41,000.

Deeply rooted in their communities, this fraternal organization perpetuates a presence dedicated to the service of their communities. Programs are varied and contribute to the benefit of many groups such as veterans, senior citizens, handicapped children, civic organizations and much more. The Elks are family-oriented, and as such, a significant percentage of effort is dedicated toward the youth of local and encompassing neighborhoods. Todays youth will form the foundation of tomorrow's society, and the Elks are in the forefront to offer their support and help provide forums for physical and mental growth while offering the students the opportunities to make their own decisions.

This then, is the Mission of the Drug Awareness Committee: "To support, in a non-clinical format, local, municipal, school, and civic programs dealing with drug usage and the direct nature of an insidious problem that is affecting our communities, our families and our very lives."

Peer Leadership Conference is for High School students and will be held February 2 to February 4, 2018

Pathway to Leadership Conference is for students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades and will be held February 1, 2018

Both Coonferences will be held at the Ocean Place Resort and Conference Center.

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  Peer/Pathway to Leadership Conference

 

 

 

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The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is a nationwide patriotic and charitable organization. One hundred seventeen Lodges are maintained within the State of New Jersey, consisting of a membership in excess of 42,000.

Deeply rooted in their communities, this fraternal organization perpetuates a presence dedicated to the service of their communities. Programs are varied and contribute to the benefit of many groups such as veterans, senior citizens, handicapped children, youth peer leaders, civic organizations and much more.

The Elks are family-oriented, and as such, a significant percentage of effort is dedicated toward the youth of local and encompassing neighborhoods. Today's youth will form the foundation of tomorrow's society and the Elks are in the forefront to offer their support and help provide forums for physical and mental growth while offering the students the opportunities to make their own decisions.

This then, is the Mission of the Drug Awareness Committee: "To support, in a nun-clinical format. Local, municipal, school, and civic programs dealing with drug usage and the direct nature of an insidious problem that is affecting our communities, our families, and our very lives."

 

Future PEER Leadership Conference Dates.

February 6 - 9, 2020
February 3 - 6, 2021
February 2 - 5, 2022
February 1 - 4, 2023

 Conferences will be held at the Ocean Place Resort and Conference Center.

Our State Committees
Here you will find information on the following State Committees
On your left click on the committee you want to go to

Americanism

Lodge Activities
Grand Lodge contest awards
Grand Exalted Rulers Pin

Ritual

Antlers

Membership

Scholarship

Army of Hope

National Foundation

Special Children

Auditing & Business Practices

Officer Training

Tam Training

Drug Awareness

Parades

Youth Sports Tournament

Elks Camp Moore (Our State Project)

PEER Leadership

Youth Activities/Programs
Battersup Information

Soccer Informatiom

Government Relations

Public Relations

Veterans Programs

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Publication The NJ Elk

 

 

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New Jersey State Elks Association
Public Relations Committee

Joe Pedone 

State Chairperson
Park Ridge #2234

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Co-Chairperson, Region I

Asbury Park/Wall #128

Joanne Stolarz

Co-Chairperson, Region II
Clifton #1569

 

ADVISORS

 

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                                    South Plainfield #2298

Rich Tabachuk, PSP

   Rutherford #547                                                                                     

 

 

Central

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Watchung Hills #885

North West

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Sussex #2288

East

 Lisa Dilorenzo

Bayonne #434

South

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Millville #580

 

East Central

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Springfield Hillside #2004
 

South Central

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Red Bank #233

 

North

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Wayne #2181

 

South East

Dan Boesman

Manahawkin #2340

North Central

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Kearny #1050

 

South West

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Edgewater Park #2550

 North East

Thomas Huffman 

Rutherford #547

 

 West Central

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Flemington #1928

 

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Marketing the NJ ELKS has never been Easier

 

Below you will find a sampling of NJ Elks ads that can help grow your lodge image to your community and build a better appreciation for Elkdom.

The first three ads revolve around our Veterans, Peer Leadership and Special Needs Children and can be edited in the gray box at the bottom. This allows your lodge committee chair, district chair or state chair to personalize these ads with contact information so that non-Elk members can contact these individuals directly regarding these three programs.

The remaining ads currently available on this page are for use on your social media pages, as flyers or posters placed at either a lodge event, town or any sort of public event that your lodge is represented at.

In the future, check this page out from time to time for other ads that can help drive brand awareness for your lodge and the state association.

Using these pages has never been easier just contact one of the three committee chairs: Kathleen Ivey: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 732 768 2328   Joanne Stolarz: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 201 264 1706 or myself Joe Pedone: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 908 963 9686 to receive the three editable ads at the top of our ad list.

See you all down the road where Elks roam!

Joe Pedone

NJ Elks State Committee Chair Public Relations/ Marketing

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 New Jersey State Elks Association's History

 

 

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The New Jersey State Elks Association was founded in 1913. Morris Odell of Camden Lodge No. 293 was elected the first president. Since then, many fine Elks from lodges throughout the state have held this high office. Down through the years, the New Jersey State Elks Association has been doing an excellent job in fulfilling its role. It has produced many great leaders. Many have been rewarded for their devoted and unselfish service by being appointed to Grand Lodge Positions. Each and every one of these Elks started the same way, in their respective lodge. Four members of our New Jersey State Elks Association have succeeded to the Order’s highest office of Grand Exalted Ruler. Joseph A. Buch of Trenton Lodge No. 105 State Association President in 1922, well known in Elkdom as the Founder of the “Aid to Crippled Children Movement”, became Grand Exalted Ruler in 1940. William J. Jernick of Nutley Lodge No. 1290, State Association President in 1939, became Grand Exalted Ruler in 1954, Kenneth V. Cantoli of Hasbrouck Heights No. 1962, State President in 1977, became Grand Exalted Ruler in 1983, and Arthur Mayer Jr. of Bergenfield Lodge No. 1477, State Association President in 1985, became Grand Exalted Ruler in 2001. New Jersey has been very fortunate in having four outstanding Grand Exalted Rulers, and is proud of its outstanding handicapped children program with Elks Camp Moore, the “Miracle on The Mountain” at Haskell, North Jersey, The Cerebral Palsy center and The Adult Training Center in Clifton, The Cerebral Palsy Center in Somerville, and in our national high standing in National Foundation, Lodge Activities, Membership, Youth Activities and other Grand Lodge National Programs, especially considering the fact that geographically, New Jersey is one of the smallest states in the nation. Until the early 1960’s, membership in the State Association was not limited to Exalted Rulers and Past Exalted Rulers as it is today. Today one must be the Exalted Ruler of their Lodge to be recognized as their lodge’s official delegate. As Past Exalted Ruler they become permanent members of the Association as long as their lodges stay in good standing.



NJSEA MIRACLE RUN 2014 ~ 2015

Daryl Dreher
Chairman

Sall Ditta Treasurer

Mary Beth Gerstenmier
Secretary

Rusty Gerstenmeir  Advisor

Carl "Duke" Angermeyer

Frank Bingert

Stece Cooke

Daryl "Little D" Dreher, Jr.

Chet Evanchick

Michael Forristel

Paul Gualano

Marita Kresge

Kelly Mazzochi

Howard Proctor

Charlie Scanlon

Pete Boettger

Bob "Dallas" Peterson

 

 

 

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STATE CHAIRMAN I EDITOR IN CHIEF

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CO-EDITOR

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PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

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PHOTOGRAHERS
George Yusko
Pete Simone

Fran Freid

Don Swzak

Terri Coyne

 

ADVISORS
Francis J. Decibus, PSDGER 

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 Auditing and Business Practices

 

 

 

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Financial Reporting System Training

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BPO Elks of the USA

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  Officers Training

 

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Region 1 Training

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Region 2 Training

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The GL Training Course is for all NJ State Members to take.
Completed tests should be given to your district training chairman,
and that our goal is to get at least one completed test from each lodge in the state.

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The State Photographer Team works hand and hand with our State events throught out the year.

STATE PHOTOGRAPHERS
George Yusko
Richard Phillips

Fran Freid
Debra Czech

STATE VIDEOTOGRAPHER
Bill Scannon

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Click here for State photo Albums

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CLMS Coordinators

 

 

 

  

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STATE CHAIRMAN
Brian Hopkins
CO-CHAIRMAN REGION I
Clint Sprague
CO-CHAIRMAN REGION II
Salvatore Ditta
ADVISORS
Robert F. Binetti, PSP
Paolo D. Paone PGLK

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GRAND LODGE PUBLIC RELATIONS & MEDIA TOOL KIT

 

 

Table of Contents

 

1 – MANUAL – AIMS, GOALS & PROGRAMS

          GL Public Relations Aims, Goals & Programs 2009-2010

 

2 – MANUAL – PUBLIC RELATIONS & MEDIA HANDBOOK

            PR and Media Handbook

 

3 – MANUAL – PUBLIC RELATIONS BASICS

            Public Relations Basics -  Word Document

 

4 – MANUAL – PUBLIC RELATIONS EVENT PLANNING

            Public Relations Event Planning – Word Document

 

5 – MANUAL – STEPS TO A PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN

            Steps to a Public Relations Campaign – Word Document

 

6 – MANUAL – GLPR DISTRICT CHAIRMAN INSTRUCTIONS

            Public Relations planning & implementation on a District level – Word Document

 

7 - DUTIES

            District duties 2009-2010 – Word Document

            Lodge duties 2009-2010 – Word Document

 

8 – www.elks.org USER MANUAL

            User manual for www.elks.org with instructions & suggestions – Adobe pdf Format

 

9 – BANNERS & SIGNS

          Public Relations Motto - Word Document

Elk Banner Higher Visibility - Word Document

            Elk Banner New Heights - Word Document

            Elk Banner Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders - Adobe pdf Format

            Elk Banner Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders - Word Document

            Elks Bumper Sticker – My Pictures

Elks Care Elks Share Veterans Sign - Adobe pdf Format

Veterans, Elks Care, Elks Share - Adobe pdf Format

           

10 – ELK’S TOASTS

          A Toast to Our Absent Brothers

            The 11 O’Clock Toast

            The Eleventh Hour

            The Original Jolly Corks Toast

            To Our Absent Brothers

Toast to Our Veterans

 

11 – ELK’S LOGOS

          Various Elk’s logos including ENF & “Elks Care – Elks Share” – opens in My Pictures

            Elk’s Emblem Usage Guide -  Adobe .pdf file

 

12 – OUR HISTORY & INFO OF THE ORDER

            Elks – About Us – Word Document

            Elks – Charles Vivian - Word Document

John F. Kennedy – membership record – Windows Document

San Francisco ElksWindows Media Player

The Jolly Corks & the cork trick –  Adobe pdf file

The Jolly Corks, the cork trick, the death of Charles Vivian – Word Document

The Origins of the BPOE – Word Document

 

13 – POWER POINT PRESENTATIONS (all are in Power Poiint Presentation format)

            ENF Programs Presentation

Maine Elks Association PR Presentation 1 

Maine Elks Association PR Presentation 2 

Maine Elks Association PR Presentation 3

Maine Elks Association PR Presentation 4

Maine Elks Association PR Presentation 5

            Public Relations v.2

            Using the Media presentation

            Utah Elks Power Point – Utah Elks

            Wings – I’m Alive

           

14 – SPIRIT OF OUR FLAG

            A Tribute to Our Flag – Word Document

            Lucky To Be An American – Windows Media Player

            Colors – Power Point

            Flag Video - Windows Media Player

God Bless the USA - Windows Media Player

Greatest Play In Baseball – Windows Media Player

            I Am the Flag of the United StatesWord Document

            I Pledge Allegiance by Red Skelton – Word Document

            Star Spangled Banner -  Windows Media Player

            Taps – Windows Media Player

            Vet’s Coffee Ad – Windows Document

            Video – Flag Sky Dive – Windows Document

           

15 – MEDIA CONTACTS

            Folder – Radio Contacts

                                    Radio Media Contacts – Excel Format

Radio Contact Headquarters – Word Document

            Folder – Television Contacts

                                    Public Service Access Channels – Excel Format

                                    TV Media Contacts – Excel Format

            Newspapers – Daily – Excel Format

            Newspapers – Daily Spanish – Excel Format

            Newspapers – Weekly – Excel Format

            Newspapers – Weekly Black – Excel Format

            Newspapers – Weekly Spanish – Excel Format

                                   

16 – TIPS, IDEAS & SAMPLES

          An Evening with the Elks - Word Document

Donate Elks Magazine – Adobe pdf Format

          Elk’s Magazine Submission guidelines – Adobe pdf Format

Elks Miracle Plunge publicity – Windows Media Player

            GL Newspaper guidelines – Word Document

            GLPR Methods of Promotion – Word Document

            Major Methods of Advertising – Word Document

            Sample Lodge Newsletter - Adobe pdf Format

Sample PR flyer for a State Association meeting.pub – Microsoft Publisher

Sample PR Tri-folder Brochure 2008.pub – Microsoft Publisher

Sample Utah PR flyer Fall Meeting – Word Document

Top Ten Things Newspaper Editors Want – Word Document

UEA PR Brochure – Microsoft Publisher

 

17 – PUBLIC RELATIONS POWER POINT SEMINARS (all are in Power Point Presentation format)

            PR Presentation 1 – Power Point

PR Presentation 2 – Power Point

PR Presentation 3 – Power Point

PR Presentation 4 – Power Point

PR Presentation 5 – Power Point

UEA PR Brochure – Microsoft Publisher

 

18 – SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS

            PR Presentation – Area 1 – Power Point

PR Presentation – Sample – Power Point

 

19 – PRESS RELEASE INFO & EXAMPLES

            Elks Prototype Ad - Adobe pdf Format

            New Style ENF MVS Press Release - Adobe pdf Format

            News Release Tips - Word Document

            Press Release – Elk ENF MVS 2008 News Release - Word Document

            Press Release – National Essay Contest 2007 - Word Document

            Press Release – Top Winners News Release – PR Version 1 - Word Document

            Press Release – Checklist Summary - Word Document

            Press Release – Marvel Comics - Word Document

            Press Release – Louisiana Hurricane - Word Document

            Public Relations English Usage Rules - Word Document

 

20 – AWARDS AND CITATIONS

          Special Media Citation, No. 1 – ­Word Document

            Special Media Citation, No. 2 – Word Document

            GL PR Awards Template – Word Document

 

21 – AMERICANISM

          Americanism Tri Fold Pamphlet – Adobe pdf Format

 

22 – DICTIONARY PROJECT (all are in Word Document format)

            Dictionary Labels

            Dictionary Project Camarillo Heights

            Dictionary Project Ladera

            Dictionary Project San Cayetano

            Pictures of Dictionary Projects – opens in My Pictures

 

23 -  Elks Lodges Numerically Listed – all known Lodges – Word Document

 

NJ STATE ELKS ASSOCIATION

NOTICE OF STATE PRESIDENT AND DISTRICT ELECTIONS

SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020

 

Please be informed that on Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM, the NJ State Elks Association will conduct the annual state and district elections. There is no contest for State Secretary or State Treasurer.  However, there is an election for the position of State President and District Vice President as noted below.

 

District Voting Locations
Central Metuchen # 1914 - Vice President; State President     East District Ridgefield Elks # 1506 - State President 
 South Egg Harbor #2563 - State President    East Central Union Elks # 1583 -State President - No VP Nomination - Caucus Required
 South Central Freehold # 1454 - State President    North District Park Ridge # 2234- State President
 South East Brick # 2151 - Vice President; State President    North Central North Arlington # 1992 - State President
 South West Hamilton # 2262 - State President    North East New Milford-Teaneck # 2290 - State President
 West Central Flemington # 1928 - State President- No VP Nomination - Caucus Required    North West Lake Hopatcong #782 - State President

 

Present Lodge Membership and State Association card to vote. Election Headquarters will be Hamilton Elks #2262.

There are no contested district elections in the South, South Central, South West, East, North, North Central, North East and North West Districts.

 

Election Headquarters will be at Hamilton Elks # 2262

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Our State Dignitaries

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Contact us:

State Secretary, Joyce Powell


State Headquarters for our State Project Camp Moore
April Mayora
P.O. Box 1596
Woodbridge,NJ 07095

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Here you will find Chairman manuals, forms and our State book

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State Secretary
Joyce Powell

Mailing address:
151Washington Place
Hasbrouck Heights,  New Jersey  07604

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Telephone:
(C)201-320-3670
(Fax)201-288-5787

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STATE BATTERS UP COORDINATOR

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Co-Chairman Region I

Joe DeBonis

 

Co-Chairman Refion II

Dan McCann

 

CHALLENGER PROGRAM/SPECIAL CHILDREN

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CHALLENGER PROGRAM/SPECIAL CHILDREN

STATE CHAIRMEN


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A Concise History

 In 1917, the World was at war. The Order of Elks was only 44 years old. In April of that year, Grand Exalted Ruler Edward Rightor appointed a committee to study what the Order of Elks should do in this crisis. The Committee was ordered to present its findings to the Grand Lodge Session in July.

During the July Grand Lodge Session held in Boston, this Committee, headed by Past Grand Exalted Ruler John K. Tener reported to the membership and recommended, "That the Elks give first consideration to the sick and wounded on the battlefields of France and equip base hospitals for their care; that the Order create a fund for war relief work."

The membership enthusiastically and unanimously approved a resolution appropriating one million dollars for the "War Relief Fund." This money was raised by out Brothers at the subordinate Lodge level.

Grand Exalted Ruler Fred Harper who was elected Grand Exalted Ruler at the Boston convention, appointed an Elks War Relief Commission. With Past Grand Exalted Ruler John K. Tener serving as Chairman, this Commission began evolving toward the organization we now have today: the Elks National Veterans Service Commission.

During World War I, the Elks, under the auspices of the War Relief Commission, helped the nation to victory. Through the patriotism and generosity of our members, the Commission organized and equipped the first two base hospitals to reach France, Unit 41 staffed by faculty and alumni from the University of Virginia and Unit 46 with University of Oregon faculty and alumni.

In 1918, to accommodate the maimed and wounded, the Elks built a 700 bed Reconstruction Hospital in Boston and gave it to the federal government. This hospital was the forerunner of the VA Medical Centers we have today. Another facility was scheduled for construction in New Orleans when the government decided it was not needed. That same year, the Order built a 72 room Community House to take care of the families visiting the forty thousand soldiers stationed at Camp Sherman, Ohio.

During the war, the Salvation Army was severely handicapped in its great work for the servicemen by lack of funds. To make sure this work continued, the Elks War Relief Commission and the subordinate Lodges of the Order undertook campaigns to raise funds for the Salvation Army, and on many occasions assumed the entire cost of these undertakings. In addition, the Commission, at Christmas time 1918, gave the Army $60,000 to continue its work.

The Commission made forty thousand rehabilitation, vocational and educational loans to disabled veterans who were ineligible for government help or were waiting approval of their applications for assistance. This service was so effective that the federal government followed the Order’s example; they set up a revolving fund and took over this activity. The GI Bill, which makes funds available to veterans for education, had its genesis from this Elk program.

More than seventy thousand Elks served in the Armed Forces during World War I. The supreme sacrifice was paid by over one thousand Brothers.In 1940, it was becoming quite apparent to many people that war was quickly approaching our shores. At the Grand Lodge session held in Houston, Texas that year, the Elks unanimously voted to establish the Elks National Defense and Public Relations Commission

The primary focus of this Commission was to establish a patriotic program which placed the power of the Order behind the United States National Defense Program. All Elks were called upon to help preserve and defend our democratic way of life.

Right after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Grand Exalted Ruler John S. McClelland sent a telegram to President Roosevelt placing the Order of Elks at the nation’s disposal. McClelland then called a special session of the Elks National Defense and Public Relations Commission to be held in New York City, From this meeting on January 4, 1942 was born the Elks War Commission.

With an initial war chest of $35,000, the War Commission set about its work. They also appealed to the subordinate Lodges far financial aid and manpower. Once again, our Brothers, with their ladies, responded as they always have in times of crisis. Their support was overwhelming.

The United States Army asked the War Commission to help recruit 45,000 young men for the ground crews of the Army Air Corps. The Commission, with the help of the Lodges, recruited 47,000 men for the ground crews.

During its first session, the War Commission decided to set up a program in cooperation with Lodges that were close to large military camps. They wanted to provide Brother Elks with the benefits of their membership in the spare time available to them. The Commission also wanted to provide members of the Armed Forces who were not Elks some of the comforts of home while far away from their families.

Throughout the United States, 155 Elks Fraternal Centers were established. They were supported by the Elks National War Commission, and in many instances by individual Lodges.Because of their record of accomplishment, the Elks were asked to help recruit men skilled in construction for the Army Corps of Engineers and the Navy Construction Battalions. With the enthusiasm and efficiency of our Lodges, the requested numbers of Army Engineers and Navy Seabees were met three months ahead of schedule.

The President of the American Merchant Marine Library Association reported to the Commission that 600,000 books were needed to provide reading material for the seamen of the Merchant Marine Service. The Order responded by providing 650,000 books, one for (at that time) every member in our great fraternity

Aid was provided for members of Manila Lodge No. 761 and Agana, Guam Lodge No. 1281 and their families after they had been captured and devastated by the Japanese.

Thousands of gift boxes containing smokers supplies, candy and personal hygiene items were sent to our fighting military personnel, while thousands of slippers were distributed to hospitalized members of the Armed Forces.

When thousands of wounded and disabled members of the Armed Forces were returned to the States for recuperation at government hospitals, the Elks again stepped forward offering their services helping entertain these veterans. In addition to radios, phonographs, playing cards, books, magazines, games, musical instruments and craft items, they also provided comfort items for bedridden patients.

The Elk volunteers also spent hours listening to these heroes. They heard their tales of horror and heroism during battle. They listened to the hopes and dreams of these young veterans who were far from home, family, spouses and sweethearts. Most of all, the Elks were there to lend support whenever possible.

It was through the work with hospitalized veterans during World War II that we continued our evolution of SERVING OUR NATION’S VETERANS.

In July 1946 at the Grand Lodge Session in New York, the Elks National Veterans Service Commission was created to replace the Elk War Commission. The main goals of the new Commission were "to carry on the Hospital Program, the Peace Army Enlistment Campaign, and all uncompleted activities supervised by the Elks War Relief Commission. During this session, the Elks pledged that "So long as there are veterans in our hospitals, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them." Our commitment continues to this day. The Elks even provided funds and materials to build a recreational unit at the Navy Hospital in Guam.

At the Philadelphia convention in 1948 a delegate from each Lodge in California deposited a bundle of hides at the rostrum. These hides, valued at $26,000.00 were distributed to 21 veterans hospitals who had requested these items. This was the beginning of our Leather Program. We still actively promote and support occupational therapy programs with tooling leather provided from hides donated by Elks.

The Elks National Veterans Service Commission became the Elks National Service Commission in 1949 at the Grand Lodge Session in Cleveland. This new Commission was named the patriotic agency of the Order, in addition to continuing our work with veterans.

When a shooting war broke out in Korea in 1950, the Elks responded by sending gift packs as they had in World War II. The same was done in 1965 for those involved in the Vietnam Conflict.

In 1951 during the Korean War, the Secretary of Defense appealed to the Order for help in procuring blood for our wounded. Within a few months, the Elks Lodges obtained over a half million pints. During the Vietnam War, the Defense Department was concerned with the morale of our 400,000 troops fighting communist aggression because of the anti-American sentiments being reported on the home front. After much discussion, it was decided that a "Letters from Home" campaign would help counteract all the negative acts emanating from this country. When the Commission learned that wounded veterans from Vietnam were sweltering in Tripler Army Medical Center that lacked air conditioning, they provided 24 air conditioning units so that these military personnel might recover in relative comfort.

The Elks again answered the call and flooded these fine young defenders of freedom with letters expressing our gratitude for the sacrifices they were making for our country. Since 1986, the Commission has worked closely with Re-Creation, a group of young men and women who travel around the country visiting and entertaining our hospitalized veterans. This program helps brighten the days of those confined to VA Medical Centers.

As our fighting men and women were defending the sanctity of life from the sands of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to Iraq, the Elks once again mounted a letter writing campaign thanking these patriots for the dedication to duty. Gift packs were also sent as in previous conflicts.

That Elks hold veterans in high esteem is evident by their actions. During the Grand Lodge Convention held in Los Angeles in 1921 a proposal was made to establish the Elks National Headquarters in Chicago. The Committee also recommended that the Order erect a memorial building honoring those who served their country and gave their lives during the Great War. Two and one-half million dollars were raised by the Elk Lodges to pay for the new building.

The cornerstone was laid on June 7, 1924. Upon completion two years later on June 14, 1926, the edifice was formally dedicated to those who served in World War I. The National Headquarters and Memorial Building was rededicated in 1946 to those who saw service in World War II. Again, in 1976, this honor was bestowed on those who answered the call in Korea and Vietnam.

The Elks were among the first fraternal organizations to formally welcome home the returning veterans from Operation Desert Storm. Subordinate Lodges held appropriate functions recognizing the veterans’ sacrifices and thanking them for their commitment to duty.

In 1990, at their annual meeting in Las Vegas, the Elks voted to restore their National Headquarters and Memorial to America’s Veterans. They raised over $4,500,000 for this purpose. On July 3, 1994 the building was rededicated to peace and to those who served in Grenada, Panama and Operation Desert Storm.

At the National Convention held in New Orleans in 1995, the delegates voted on July 13th to change the name of the Elks National Service Commission to the Elks National Veterans Service Commission just as it was from 1946 to 1949. While our name has changed, our mission is the same — to provide aid and comfort to any veteran in need.

Our story is long; our work is humble; our history is proud. The Elks National Veterans Service Commission will continue SERVING OUR NATIONS’S VETERANS.

 

”So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.“


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