Good day All,

Terence P. Ford Grand Lodge Activities Committee Area 1 has asked me to encourage you to participate in youth programs such as Antlers, Dictionary Project, Soccer Shoot/ Junior Golf JROTC Award Program, Teenager/Student of the Month and Year, and National Youth Week. ENF offers several grants to help fund these community projects.

Mark Eaton Area 1 Fraternal Committee would like to remind us to pick an Elk and Officer of the Year. It seems not all lodges are recognizing those who deserve theses honors. Remember recognition pays.

I have selected Vassie Fowler as the new Convention Chairman. Anyone willing to help and contribute in anyway please let us know how you might be able to help. Please see the announcement about her appointment for more information.

So Far Stephanie and I have visited Presque Isle, York, Houlton, Wells, Millinocket, Ellsworth, Bangor, Sanford and Old Town.  Each visit has been wonderful, and we have enjoyed the hospitality and events that were planned. I can see why Scott and Monika said they would love to do another year. Each lodge has or will get our thank you letter Please share with your members.

Membership should always one of your number one priority. Recruiting new members is going well please take care of members you have now, get them involved so we can reduce our losses.

Please continue to support ENF, MCCP, and our Vets. Apply for all the Grants you qualify for. This money can be used to support the Vets, our communities, and Grand Lodge Programs.

Stephanie had decided on her raffles as First lady. For the Veterans, David Guay is donating a patriotic throw, our daughter in law has donated monogramed “31” items for ENF and for MCCP she is planning on a backyard firer pit. She has her tickets with her. They will be $20.00 for 26. You get to place them in which ever bucket you want. See Stephanie if interested. All monies collected will be split evenly among the three charities. We had a great time at the Forks and at the Sanford Auction and golf tournament. These events have us off to a wonderful start at raising our goal for MCCP. Please remember that October is ENF month and plan a fundraiser for your lodge.

Al Ingraham
MEA State President

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