Augusta Elk Nominated for National Honor

Lina Michaud – 2019 State of Maine Mother of the Year Nominee

     The Maine Chapter of American Mothers, Inc., is proud to announce that Lina Michaud has been nominated for the 2019 Maine Mother of the Year.   Lina will be traveling to Washington D.C., April 28th – 30th, 2019 for the National Convention, where the 2019 National Mother of the Year, will be selected and honored.

Lina is the daughter of Terry Cloutier and the late Roland Cloutier of Augusta, Maine.  Lina is married to Mike “Shu” Michaud and is the mother of 2 wonderful Children, Anthony and Asia Le.  She also has two lovely Stepdaughters, Marcy Le Tavano and Emily Drake Michaud.  Lina refers to her 3 Grandsons, Lukas, Reid and Logan, as some of life’s greatest blessings!

Lina is the 4th Member of Le Club Calumet in Augusta to be nominated for this prestigious honor.  Lina joined Le Club Calumet and was initiated with the 1st group of (Female) Members in 2005.  She has served at the Club in various capacities through the years and is very proud of her Franco-American Heritage.

Currently, Lina devotes much of her time to her growing family and the youth in her local community through her Membership with the Elks, promoting scholarships, organizing the Greater Augusta Area Back to School Event and is an Advisor for the Antlers (Junior Elks) Program.  Lina is a strong supporter of the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, Kinship Group of Central Maine, Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope for Homeless Female Veterans, Family Violence Project and numerous other charitable programs.  Her commitment and dedication to her community is truly admirable.

Lina is also a member of Saint Michel’s Parish, the Augusta Emblems Club #233, Veterans of Foreign War and American Legion Post 2 Auxiliaries and serves as the ABC Quilt Coordinator for the Maine Chapter of American Mothers.  Lina is extremely proud to be an Alumni of Cony High School – Class of 1979 and the University of Maine at Augusta where she achieved her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services.

The Maine Chapter of American Mothers, Inc. cordially invites Family, Friends and Colleagues to join us in congratulating Lina on her nomination and wishing her the very best in Washington D.C. as she competes for the 2019 National Mother of the Year at the 84th Annual Convention.  We are confident Lina will be a great representative for the State of Maine.

Our Chapter is putting on a Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction to help defray the costs of the associated Convention Expenses.

Date:  Friday, March 29th, 2019

Location:  Le Calumet Club, Member’s Lounge

334 West River Road, Augusta, ME

Time:  Social:  5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Dinner:  6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Music:   Archie & Dave

7:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Tickets:  $10.00

     If you would like more information about American Mothers or the Event, please contact our Maine Chapter at: (207) 485-7100  or  (207) 622-3469.

If you are unable to attend the event, but would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to the:

Maine Chapter of American Mothers

C/O Lina Michaud, 27 Bunny Street

Augusta, ME  04330

January 2017 News

SP visit and MEA meeting at Gardiner Lodge

The official visitation of State President J. Andrew Bolz and First Lady Trish at the Gardiner Elks Lodge will be on Saturday, Jan. 7, the night before the Maine Elks Association State Meeting.

There will be a dinner and Country Show with the meal served at 5:30 p.m. Dress is casual and tickets are $12 per person.
MCCP “Beacons of Hope” 2017 calendar money due

Back in August 2016, the 2017 “Beacons of Hope” calendars were distributed to Elks Lodges and members, and they were asked to only take what they were willing and able to sell. It is now 2017, and time to wrap up the program.

It is requested that all lodges/members that have not turned in their money for the calendars to do so at the State Meeting that will be held this weekend (January 8, 2017) at the Gardiner Elks Lodge.

Thank you to everyone who helped with this project!

Wayne Cotterly, PDDGER, PSP

Beacons of Hope Calendar Coordinator

 Honor Flight Maine
Benefit Variety Show
Saturday, Jan. 28, 6-8 p.m.

Le Club Calumet
334 West River Rd.

Vocalists, Comedians and Special Appearance by Elvis Presley!

For tickets and other information, call 512-8210 or 240-1398
Admission is free for all World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans

Elks caring for our veterans

Augusta Elks members put together a Christmas party for the Mental Health Ward at the Togus VA Hospital. Shown in the top photo with the tray of food and musical instruments are, left to right, Elk Members Maria Hassen, Dennis Gagne and the multi-talented musician Dick McAuslin (Lefty).

The Elks and DAV provided clothing, the Gardiner Middle School provided hand written Christmas Cards, the VA the tray of food and the Stand Down Committee donated jackets, mittens and underwear. Shown in the bottom photo are Maria Hassen on the left and Elizabeth Marrone, Recreation Director, looking over the handmade cards. The VA Recreation Division supplied coupon books for the canteen. There were 17 patients on the ward who enjoyed the food, gifts and joined in the Christmas spirit with the musician. (Photos courtesy of David Hassen, MEA Veterans National Service chair)

Wanted: E-News editor for 2017-18

By Mike Lange, PER

E-News Editor

I will be stepping down as E-News Update editor effective May 1 and I’d like to find a replacement as soon as possible.

As many of you already know, my wife Ronda, has serious health issues and I’m caring for her at home for as long as possible. Thankfully, I have some assistance from a home health care agency to take some of the burden off.

However, I don’t have as much free time or flexibility to travel as I used to. I am also still working part-time as a writer and copy editor for a weekly newspaper in Dexter.

The job is relatively easy. You’ll receive 90 percent of your material via email and normally publish an E-News Update once a month.

We use Constant Contact and the fees are paid by the Maine Elks Association. So the position doesn’t pay anything – but it doesn’t cost you anything, either.

The only requirements are a decent computer and email system and a sharp eye for details. Some press releases can be run almost untouched. Others need a little TLC and corrections.

If you’re interested, drop me a note at Please don’t call my cell phone number listed on the MEA website (592-5941). I live in one of those notorious “dead zones” and reception only improves when I’m two miles away from home.

PI Elks, Governor’s Restaurant Red Ribbon Week

National Red Ribbon Week was the third week in October. During that week, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks encourage school age children throughout the nation to make a life pledge to remain drug free.

It was appropriate, therefore, that during the month of October, Governor’s Restaurant and Bakery of Presque Isle, in cooperation with the Presque Isle Elks Lodge 1954, held a coloring contest featuring the Elks’ Drug Awareness Program mascot, Elroy the Elk, and the current Drug Awareness slogan, “Just Say No.”

Each winner received a Governor’s gift card and was entered in the Elks’ lodge contest with winners from other locations.

According to the Presque Isle Elks Drug Awareness chair Alan Harding, “The Presque Isle Elks were so pleased to be able to partner with the owners of Governor’s Restaurant and Bakery in Presque Isle, Tony and Sherry Sullivan, as well as the parents who visited Governor’s in Presque Isle with their children during the month of October.”

“All parents are concerned about the dangers of drug abuse which their children face today. A simple coloring contest can open a conversation between parents and children about those dangers at an early age when children are so impressionable and are able to appreciate the message of “Just Say No” throughout their lives.”

“It is the hope of Elks nationally that these coloring contests and the conversations resulting therefrom during children’s most formative years will reduce future drug abuse,” Harding concluded.

Full house for Presque Isle Christmas dinner
Guests filled the Presque Isle Elks Lodge at 508 Main Street in Presque Isle to full capacity, approximately 230 people, for the 12th Annual Elks Family Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day. The Presque Isle Elks Lodge 1954 picked up their guests needing transportation, by limousine, courtesy of Ace Rent-A-Car, or a wheelchair-accessible van. At the lodge, the Elks served their guests, who were predominantly elderly citizens, a five-course, sit-down, traditional Christmas dinner, and provided live, musical entertainment to ensure that these guests would not be celebrating Christmas alone.

Using social media calls for setting boundaries

By Rick Gathen

Grand Lodge Membership and Public Relations Manager

Local Lodges are finding social media – including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others – an effective means of promoting their efforts to broaden their reach into their respective communities.

The watchword is to keep the messages positive. To remain on the high road, here’s a social media disclaimer for your Lodge to consider adopting:

We reserve the right to remove comments and or materials from the (Anywhere) Elks Lodge social media when those comments:

are hateful or mean-spirited.
are potentially libelous, obscene, or sexually explicit.
are personal attacks, or involve profanity or insults.
are private or public information published without Lodge consent.
violate any law or promote the violation of any law. contribute to or encourage
discrimination or harassment.
are accompanied by photos of Members drinking or smoking, or considered harmful to the Elks’ image and reputation.
contain the names of minors.
divulge Lodge business that may violate your Obligation.
are not positive and informative.
Lodges should always reserve the right to terminate someone’s ability to post when any of the aforementioned has been posted. Other tips for having a successful presence in social media:

Don’t dive in head first. Social media beginners should focus on a few things and do them well.
Don’t accept non-Members as friends.
Don’t post photos that may be “harmful” to the Elks image and reputation.
Don’t post names of children.
Don’t post Lodge business that would be in violation of your Obligation
If you have news or information of interest to the members of the Maine Elks Association, please send your articles to Assistant Public Relations Director Mike Lange for inclusion in future issues of this newsletter.

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