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The Maine Elks Motorcycle Riders present the 18th Annual “Owie Box” Run on July 11th!
This year we will leave from Gardiner Lodge # 1293 for a beautiful ride through Central Maine with stops at 4 other lodges before ending at the Augusta Lodge #964 – Home of State President Anthony Gause and First Lady Linda!
Once we arrive in Augusta we will be treated to a BBQ celebration. Pledge sheets are available as well as FLIERs you can post and distribute. The rider with the most money raised will be awarded a $100.00 gift certificate to The Red Barn Restaurant.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Comfort Inn($96.00 +tax) and can be reserved by calling 207.401.2415 (please be sure to tell them you are with the Elks). If there are any questions please contact Mindy at 207.453.6936, or Melinda.firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to a day of fun with everyone!
MEA Calendar Drawing, May 2020
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Congratulations! I want to inform you that your Lodge has won 1st place in Division 2 for the 2019-2020 Lodge Community Project Contest. Because the Grand Lodge Convention was cancelled this year your plaque will be sent to your lodge. It may be several weeks before your lodge receives the plaque due to what is happening in our world today. Please take care and stay safe.
David Lake, Chairman
Grand Lodge Activities Committee, Area 3
Good Day All,
We will be having the Flag Day service at the Augusta Elks Lodge on June 14, 2020.
The service will start at 11am, we will meet at 10:30am to have a dress rehearsal. All State Officers will be in there white coat/black pants/ black shoes, black socks. This service will be on Zoom as well.
“Dare To Be Great”
Challenge Coins commemorating the installation of MEA President Anthony Gause are now available from PSP Don Piper for only $20 each.
Orders should may be e-mailed to Don at email@example.com
Checks should be mailed and made out to Donald Piper and include the address where they want the coin sent.
Don’s address is 25 Washington Junction Rd, Hancock, ME 04640 , phone # 207-460-7987
He will be mailing the coin(s) so make sure to provide him your physical mailing address.
Greetings Maine Elks,
Jessica and I would like to take the opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of you for the amazing support and hospitality you showed us during our year as State President and First Lady.
Our year was full of challenges and rewards, but we took great pride in serving you all and in representing the Maine Elks Association. Unfortunately, we were not able to visit every Lodge in the state during our year. However, we would like to thank all those Lodges that did host us during our visits. Each one was truly incredibly special, and we will always hold those memories close in our hearts.
During this time of global pandemic, Elkdom has experienced some extreme challenges, as the outbreak has shaken us to our core, and severely impacted us in every way. I am confident that like it always has, Elkdom will rise above these challenges and come out even greater and stronger than before. Likewise, the Maine Elks Association will remain “Stronger, Together”.
Jessica and I would like to wish our new State President and First Lady, Anthony and Linda Gouse, the absolute best in the upcoming year. They are absolutely wonderful people, and they will be amazing stewards of Maine Elkdom, representing us all with dignity, pride and class. I know that you all will all support them both unconditionally, and treat them just as wonderfully as you did Jessica and I.
I am confident that we will all meet again very soon, and when we do, it will be an amazing feeling. Until then, God bless The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and God bless America.
Fraternally, John Desjardins
MEA State President 2019-20
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|People who smoke, vape, or have a history of substance use disorders may be at higher risk of COVID-19 infection and complications, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). |
“As people across the U.S. and the rest of the world contend with corona virus disease, our friends at the DEA advised us that we should be alert to the possibility that it could hit some populations with substance use disorders particularly hard,” advised Kent Gade, National Director of the Drug Awareness Program. “This virus has certainly changed the way we need to deliver our message, but it hasn’t changed that message or our mission. Since this virus attacks the lungs, people (especially young individuals) who smoke or vape tobacco or marijuana are at a high risk from COVID-19, which is the respiratory disease caused by the virus”, he added.
While we have heard from the very beginning that the virus attacks an older population with underlying health issues, it only makes sense that smokers and vapors compromise our lungs. Thus, the work of the Drug Awareness Program cannot relax during this crisis. We just need to find ways to get the message out to the families and children we serve that we still need to make Smart Choices. Our messages before the virus ring truer now. The DAP Directors are constantly in contact with State Chairmen, who have been charged with keeping in touch with Lodge chairs. Our Lodges may be shuttered for the time being and our children may be home from school, but the message still needs to be reinforced. Lodge ER’s are reminded to encourage members’ families to seek out information at our various websites: www.elkskidszone.org and www.elks.org for up-to-date information.
The DAP is also designing in-home and on-line programs for kids while they are out of school and more information will be provided as this program is rolled out. “In the meantime, we need to heed the recommendations from the CDC. Practicing Social Distancing does not mean we abandon good social practices. When the opportunity presents itself, thank a police officer, a fireman, a first responder, a grocer, a nurse, a doctor or any essential worker in your community. We will come through this together and when we do, we will be stronger and better and more informed than ever before”, said Director Gade. He added that hopefully by the time you read this, we will be headed back to normal, however we must remain vigilant and our mission will not change or waiver.
Assistant Director – Elks National Drug Awareness Program
Since COVID-19 currently has all our lodge facilities closed, the three DD Clinics originally scheduled to be taking place this coming Sunday, April 19th, are being re-scheduled.
DD Maine Coastal has re-schedule his clinic for June 7th, 10-1200, still at the Portland Lodge.
Watch here or the Association calendar for further information on your district’s meeting.