June 2021 Calendar Winners

1-Jun$25.00 #692EricBriggsSkowhegan
2-Jun$25.00 #179LinwoodCowanSkowhegan
3-Jun$25.00 #398IsaacBrownHoulton
4-Jun$25.00#1690DanaLabbeSanford
5-Jun$50.00#282DoyleWheelerBangor
6-Jun$50.00 #1171ChrisCookSanford
7-Jun$25.00#673AngelMotySkowhegan
8-Jun$25.00#1032MarieVarianBath
9-Jun$25.00#289Bonnie E.CochraneBangor
10-Jun$25.00#1366TinaWalkerAugusta
11-Jun$25.00#1317AlbertIngrahamWells
12-Jun$50.00#1011BarbaraPileggiPortland
13-Jun$50.00#377DawnRudolfBangor
14-Jun$100.00#719LyleCrosbyEllsworth
15-Jun$25.00#1435HollisSmithEllsworth
16-Jun$25.00#289Bonnie E.CochraneBangor
17-Jun$25.00#1703EricMathesonSanford
18-Jun$25.00 #1029NancyKaneBath
19-Jun$50.00#1472MeganGlassElsworth
20-Jun$50.00#80Kathy KellyWaterville
21-Jun$25.00#404BreePierceHoulton
22-Jun$25.00#1543NormaMurrayEllsworth
23-Jun$25.00#187TomClarkeSkowhegan
24-Jun$25.00#1412BarbaraPerkinsEllsworth
25-Jun$25.00#182EvaKennardSkowhegan
26-Jun$50.00#238JeffDoucetteSabasticook Valley
27-Jun$50.00#181ScottCrosbyWaterville
28-Jun$25.00#1008PaulineMurphyPortland
29-Jun$25.00#1480BethanieBlaisdellEllsworth
30-Jun$25.00#71KenEatonWaterville

19th Annual Owie Box Ride is July 10th

Good day everyone!

As of Saturday the route for the 19th Annual Owie Box Run has been set and we are really excited about this year’s ride! The goal this year is to raise at least $5,000 from this ride and we can certainly make this happen however your help is needed!

There are 3 ways we are looking for your help this year:

1.     Sponsor the ride. Donations made to support the run will be donated directly to MCCP and will not be used to support the ride itself. I am looking for businesses or individuals that would like to sponsor per the attached guidelines.

2.    Ride with us and get sponsors! Riders (bikes, cars, etc. are welcome!) are requested to get sponsors for their ride as we have always done. (Sponsor Letter and Pledge Form)

3.    Share this information as much as possible! The ride has been posted on the MEA Facebook page so please share that to your own pages and post the flyer in your lodge.

Attached are copies of the sponsorship letter and pledge sheet along with the flyer for the ride. My goal is for each lodge to obtain 2 sponsors for this event.

We are here to answer any questions there are so please contact me at either by phone at 207.453.6936 or by email at  elks2531secretary@gmail.com  or  Melinda.voisine@gmail.com.

We look forward to another great ride!

Fraternally, Mindy

Event Flier

President Monroe’s Comments to the 2021 Maine State Elks’ Convention

As we all know this past year has been very difficult. Covid 19 has interfered with the work of our association. We were asked by Grand Exalted Ruler Paul Ryan and President Anthony Gause to become more creative in accomplishing our goals. As we put the last year behind us, I’m in hopes that the 2021-22 year will get us back to business as usual. We must all come together as a team and work hard to meet our goals.

Therefore, my motto for the 2021-22 year is AIM For Success. When people look at my coin, I get asked, “What does AIM stands for”.  After 37 plus years in the military the one thing I did learn was the use of acronyms. The “A” reminds us to remain Active, the “I” represents Integrity, and the “M” stands for Motivate. By remaining Active, always acting with Integrity, and motivating others to do the same we can grow our organization, meet our goals, and continue to move toward the future as a successful organization.

My Coin.  You just heard me explain my motto which is on the coin. Now let me explain the rest. The red represents our Veterans who continue to protect our freedoms. It also serves as a reminder to wear red on Fridays in recognition of their sacrifices. The white represents a new start or beginning after a long year of covid restrictions. After a slow and challenging 2020-2021 year we must become more active, focus on our goals, and meet the goals of our Association.

Speaking of Goals. My first goal is one that I find important to our communications. As you know we have a very busy and at times overwhelmed Public Relations Team. There is no doubt that the Maine Elks Association website can and should be more accessible along with easier to navigate for all members. I would like to ask our Public Relations Advisor Wayne Cotterly, and Committee members to continue to meet and develop a new user friendly and easily updated website which provides more updated information for our members. But more help is needed. The Public Relations Committee is need of volunteers to assist in its efforts to provide an informative website that’s full of useful information.  I would also ask our Officers and membership to support this, as my goal is to have this website up and running by the end of this year.

It is no doubt that our membership numbers have been affected by the pandemic. We started last year strong with 10,712 members, and as of recent report we have 10238. That’s a loss of 474 with over 3000 delinquent members. We must become more active in recruiting and retention. I would like to challenge our Membership Chair Melinda Voisine, and every Lodge Membership Committee Chairperson, to increase our membership numbers by 2% or higher in each Lodge for the coming year. We must motivate our members to become active in this important drive which can only keep our Association strong…. We can do this.

As you have always heard the Elks National Foundation is considered the life blood of our Order, so is it equally important to our Association. The ENF provides funding to support our programs like Hoopshoot, Soccer Shoot, and Drug Awareness, just to name a few. I wish to ask everyone’s help in reaching my goal of ALL 20 Lodges meeting the GER per capita goal for the 2021-22 year. Also, I would like to set a dollar amount goal of $125,000 raised. I know our new ENF Chair David Hammond from the Waterville Lodge will work hard to make this happen, so please support his efforts, donate to the ENF, and motivate others to do the same.

Elks Training! A program we can all participate in. I have always found that every time I participate, I learn something new. I would like to ask President Elect Al Ingraham to provide and manage the Elks Training for this coming year. Whether he distributes an updated paper training course, or utilizes the Grand Lodge Training programs on Elks.org, my goal is to have every Lodge Officer participate in this important training opportunity. While I’m talking about training, I also ask that each lodge ER, Lodge Officers, and any members attend the Elks Learning Seminar led by Co-Chairman PSPs Claris Ranger and Bruce Brunelle.  A lot of time and effort goes into this valuable training program and we should all take advantage of it.

My next goal is to support our Veterans. Our State Veterans Chairman David Hassen and his team of volunteers work hard behind the scenes working with the VA and other organizations who do so much for our homeless Veterans. As an Elks Veteran Assistance Volunteer, I know firsthand how important this program is and what the needs are. I would like to ask that each Lodge build or purchase two, TWO Welcome Home kits to support the Maine Elks Association Homeless Veterans efforts. These kits can be stored in your Lodge or at our Veteran Furniture locations in Presque Isle, Bangor, or Augusta. So please support our homeless Veteran’s needs. They need our help.

Our Youth is another group of people that can use our help. As we prepare for the future, we must think about those who will become our leaders in the community, who will protect our resources, and ensure that what we started, continues. So, I ask that each Lodge start a new youth program this coming year which recognizes our youth for the accomplishments they have made. Whether it be through Scouting, the Antlers Program, or Student recognition programs, we can promote strong and healthy futures for our youth.

Soccer shoot is another Youth program that I would like to see an increased participation. Our new Soccer Shoot Chairman PDD Shawn Stacey, from the Bangor Lodge is already planning for a successful program.  I would ask for your help in support of Shawn’s efforts and ask every Lodge to assign an active Lodge Soccer Shoot Chairperson and hold a soccer shoot this coming year.

We must also continue to support our youth programs like the Dictionary Project, Hoop Shoot, and Scholarships to name a few. The future of our youth is important to us and our communities.

As you know our communities are being infected more and more by serious drugs like Fentanyl, Heroin, and NOW, Marijuana is legal and readily available. Participation in our Drug Awareness Program is a must. Every year our Drug Awareness Chairman, PSP Anthony Gause holds two Drug Awareness Seminars offering our Lodge Officers and Drug Awareness Chairman an opportunity to get caught up on the Grand Lodge program, and provide drug information updates on our State. I ask for 100% participation in this important program and 100% attendance at the Seminar. We need to get this message out to our youth and the community.

The next goal I have is in Ritual. I believe ritual plays an important part in our display of our heritage and traditions. There is no doubt that when an impressive initiation ritual is performed, our new members remember the day. While attending the recent 11 o’clock toast competition in Waterville, I noticed there were more Past Exalted Rulers than Exalted Rulers competing. I feel that this piece of the ritual is important and should not go to the way side. I would like to ask that each Exalted Ruler practice this piece of ritual, and participate in this competition.  My goal is a simple one to meet, 100% participation in the 11 O’clock Toast Competition by our Exalted Rulers.

My next goal is a Lofty one. The Maine Children’s Cancer Program is very important to me. Every one of us sitting here today know of someone who has a child with cancer, or who lost a child to cancer. In the early 80s I lost a nephew to neuroblastoma who was only 5 years old. Today neuroblastoma that has spread throughout the body has a 10 times higher survival rate in children due to extensive research and donations from people like us. Since the start of our MCCP program our efforts to assist in the fight against childhood cancer have resulted in over 5 million dollars raised. We must continue to raise these funds, and my goal for the coming year will be to raise another $300,000.00. I know this is a lofty goal but if we work together, we can and will meet this goal.

Lastly, I would like to talk on Lodge Operations. I ask that we all go back and look at our own Lodge Operations. Whether you are an Exalted Ruler, Officer, or a Lodge Committee Chairman go back to your Lodge and review your process and ensure good business practices are being followed. Ensure we are doing the right thing by following our Statutes, Manuals and Protocols to ensure your Lodge remains strong and prosperous. If you need assistance reach out to your District Deputies for guidance. Also remember that your State Association members are always available to assist. As we review our processes look around at your core of volunteers in the lodge. Remember to thank them and reward them for their efforts. Let’s make our members feel that sense of belonging. By doing so we can increase our member’s willingness to become Officers, and volunteers in the Lodge.

Monika and I look forward to visiting every Lodge in the State. We hope to see our old friends and meet some new ones in your Lodge. We thank you ahead of time if you purchase a gift for us, but ask that you not feel obligated to do so. We would like to ask that in place of a gift that you hold an MCCP fundraiser in your Lodge during our visit.

In closing, I ask for each and every one to commit to the goals that I have set for the coming year. I am also in hopes that the current covid restrictions will be relaxed soon so we can all get back to work on our charitable fundraisers. We must all work together to ensure another successful year for the Maine Elks Association. By remembering to “Aim for Success” our State Association will prosper and grow. Thank you for being here today and most importantly Thank You for belonging to the best charitable organization I know.

Congratulations and Thanks to the incoming Officers. I look forward to working with all of you in the completion of our goals.

May 2021 Calendar Winners

1-May$50.00 #1049JohnBusbyBath
2-May$50.00 #1531AngelaYoungEllsworth
3-May$25.00 #388BettyRobertsonBangor
4-May$25.00#1011BarbaraPileggiPortland
5-May$25.00#1210Paul M.NiemczykBiddeford Saco
6-May$25.00 #255KenHatchBangor
7-May$25.00#1360RachelTheurienAugusta
8-May$50.00#1141CourtneyMartinSanford
9-May$50.00#1357CurtisHalseyAugusta
10-May$25.00#1080RickLeonardRockland
11-May$25.00#1123PhyllisBrownRockland
12-May$25.00#507BillDarlingMillinocket
13-May$25.00#85Bob & LindaLawrenceWaterville
14-May$25.00#714GordonSwettEllsworth
15-May$50.00#1085ConnieBaileyRockland
16-May$50.00#1374IsraelCunninghamAugusta
17-May$25.00#1150RobertShawSanford
18-May$25.00 #1006Victoria A.DoughtyPortland
19-May$25.00#1357CurtisHalseyAugusta
20-May$25.00#1111IanAndersonRockland
21-May$25.00#119DarelynKearnsGardiner
22-May$50.00#1314ZackSprouseWells
23-May$50.00#1482ScottMonroeBangor
24-May$25.00#103DanBurkeWaterville
25-May$25.00#1229RoriCrossmanBiddeford Saco
26-May$25.00#507BillDarlingMillinocket
27-May$25.00#1210Paul M.NiemczykBiddeforrd Saco
28-May$25.00#183JohnAlwardSkowhegan
29-May$50.00#1194BettyInkelBiddeford Saco
30-May$50.00#1478JohnNichols IIIEllsworth
31-May$100.00 #1026DavidMerrillBath

Calendar Winners for April 2021

April 2021 MEA Calendar Winners

1-Apr$25.00 EricMathesonSpringvaleME04083
2-Apr$25.00 Anthony GauseAugustaME04330
3-Apr$50.00 Angela E.LawlerDixmontME04932
4-Apr$50.00StephanieIngrahamSouth PortlandME04106
5-Apr$25.00AnitaGrahamHoultonME04730
6-Apr$25.00 PaulVervilleWatervilleME04901
7-Apr$25.00KendaSimmonsOaklandME04963
8-Apr$25.00BryanHockingThomastonME04861
9-Apr$25.00JennaBluettSammamishWA98029-6337
10-Apr$50.00DwaynRichMadisonME04950
11-Apr$50.00LisaBrunelleSanfordME04073
12-Apr$25.00ConlonSavageSmyrna MillsME04780
13-Apr$25.00Maynard J.PushawHopeME04847
14-Apr$25.00JenniferYoungWatervilleME04901
15-Apr$25.00MichaelWeaverGlenburnME04401
16-Apr$25.00CurtisHalseyWinthropME04364
17-Apr$50.00Kathy BolducOaklandME04963
18-Apr$50.00 AliciaBriggsEllsworthME04605
19-Apr$100.00PattyDaltonPolandME04274
20-Apr$25.00Aaron (Hunter)PlanteMonroeNJ08831
21-Apr$25.00DonLeVasseurHoultonME04730
22-Apr$25.00GaryGrantCushingME04563
23-Apr$25.00DonBeckmannSullivanME04664
24-Apr$50.00LarryMillerMilfordME04461
25-Apr$50.00SteveQuimbyAugustaME04330
26-Apr$25.00PennyFowlerLamoineME04605
27-Apr$25.00RebeccaSibioCape CoralFL33993
28-Apr$25.00Laura & JohnYorkBangorME04401
29-Apr$25.00PeggyKenneyWarrenME04864
30-Apr$25.00LisaLemelinBelgradeME04917

Annual Drug Take Back Day

On this 20th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day we have almost 140 collection sites throughout Maine.  Last time we collected over 40,000 lbs of unused/unwanted medication and discarded them safely. Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) or vaping devices are accepted (batteries must be removed).
Most law enforcement agencies are hosting collection sites at local police departments, neighborhood pharmacies and grocery stores and many other locations. You can go to www.DEATakeBack.com<http://www.DEATakeBack.com> for a list of locations and partner tool kit.

Fast & Easy
Drive Through
COVID Safe
No Questions Asked

Thank you for your support,

Eriko Farnsworth
Community Outreach Specialist, DEA Contractor U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Portland ME Resident Office

Calendar Winners for March 2021

1-Mar$25.00 #1646NicoleDelanoMESanford
2-Mar$25.00 #480TomDarlingMEMillinocket
3-Mar$25.00 #422NoahEdgarMEHoulton
4-Mar$25.00#1169GinaParadis McEneaneyMESanford
5-Mar$25.00#1379JoeHorakallMEAugusta
6-Mar$50.00 #379JeraldWoodmanMEBangor
7-Mar$50.00#501RebeccaBrownMEMillinocket
8-Mar$25.00#433JustinEdgarMEHoulton
9-Mar$25.00#1476LizGordonMEEllsworth
10-Mar$25.00#1685Claire E.BrownMESanford
11-Mar$25.00#1354GaryCooperMEAugusta
12-Mar$25.00#350KevinO’ConnellMEBangor
13-Mar$50.00#383MichaelHopkinsMEBangor
14-Mar$50.00#1359LindaWalterMEAugusta
15-Mar$25.00#1667JenniferVincentMESanford
16-Mar$25.00#1535BobbyKleinMEEllsworth
17-Mar$25.00#1394GlendonStanleyMEEllsworth
18-Mar$25.00 #740ErinBachofner-BluettWARockland
19-Mar$25.00#47DianeMartitzMEWaterville
20-Mar$50.00#487CindiPickardFLMillinocket
21-Mar$50.00#1369JeremyDulerMEAugusta
22-Mar$25.00#1525AllenStevensMEEllsworth
23-Mar$25.00#1445MatthewFossMEEllsworth
24-Mar$25.00#1401MarilynDavisMEEllsworth
25-Mar$25.00#327Loriann M.HallMEBangor
26-Mar$25.00#1322DonSt.PierreFLYork
27-Mar$50.00#730KenSylvesterMERockland
28-Mar$50.00#1361JeffAugsburgerMEAugusta
29-Mar$25.00#1562MaryAlleyMEEllsworth
30-Mar$25.00#55DavidHammondMEWaterville
31-Mar$25.00 #1559ChipArcherMEEllsworth

Calendar Winners for February 2021

DayTicketLodge
1-Feb$25.00 #1132SusanPushawRockland
2-Feb$25.00 #8SteveKnowltonWaterville
3-Feb$25.00 #142Susan & ScottStorerFarmington
4-Feb$25.00#1010BarbaraPileggiPortland
5-Feb$25.00#483JamesNyman Jr.Millinocket
6-Feb$50.00 #1308DanielChaseWells
7-Feb$50.00#367HelenGilesBangor
8-Feb$25.00#406TaylorLondonHoulton
9-Feb$25.00#1479ScottBillingsEllsworth
10-Feb$25.00#1435HollisSmithEllsworth
11-Feb$25.00#1486SandraMonroeBangor
12-Feb$25.00#1107ErickAndersonRockland
13-Feb$50.00#686JaniceMurrayEllsworth
14-Feb$50.00#1449NancyFossEllsworth
15-Feb$100.00#189CurtSanbornSkowhegan
16-Feb$25.00#325NancyGoodwinBangor
17-Feb$25.00#119DarelynKearnsGardiner
18-Feb$25.00 #1141CourtneyMartinSanford
19-Feb$25.00#379JeraldWoodmanBangor
20-Feb$50.00#91StuHornerWaterville
21-Feb$50.00#1124ShirleyBerryRockland
22-Feb$25.00#1370LisaLemelinAugusta
23-Feb$25.00#590AnnBarnesWaterville
24-Feb$25.00#428PeterLedgerHoulton
25-Feb$25.00#654SteveLaMarreWaterville
26-Feb$25.00#1541MarkSobczakEllsworth
27-Feb$50.00#324VictoriaParysonBangor
28-Feb$50.00#1310EmmaChaseWells

It’s time to look toward July and Grand Lodge!

The reservation form for the Elks National Convention which will be held in Tampa Florida July 4th through July 7th, 2021 is in the packet. The New England delegation to the Elks National Convention has been assigned to the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport-Westshore, 4500 West Cypress Street, Tampa, FL 33607