Debbie Briggs

Activities Committee Director
Farmington #2430

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Activities Committee

The Maine Elks Activities Committee is responsible for promoting programs of the Elks that serve our Youth and our Communities. The Committee promotes the following community outreach programs used by local Elk Lodges.

  • Youth Recognition Program
  • Dictionary Project
  • JROTC Award Program
  • Junior Golf Program
  • Medals of Valor & Service
  • Community Projects Contest
  • Elks & Scouting

At the Local Lodge Level, other programs are also conducted by the Lodge’s Activities Committee. These include:

  • Hoop Shoot
  • Soccer Shoot
  • Antlers; and
  • Drug Awareness

Below, you will find a brief description of each of these programs.

Activities Committee Programs

Youth Recognition Program

The Elks Youth Recognition Program offers local schools the opportunity to recognize top students and teenagers who are outstanding citizens in their communities. This is accomplished through the Elks Student of the Month/Year and the Teenager of the Month/Year program.

This is a peer recognition program, with a student selection committee in local schools who review nomination forms available from the Elks. The students are recognized for their academic achievement as well as their community involvement. Winners are chosen monthly and are publicly recognized in the local media. At the end of the school year, the student selection committee will choose the winners of the Student and/or Teenager of the Year from the pool of monthly winners. The Elk Lodge provides the awards and presents those at an award banquet attended by the students, their families, teachers, and school administrators. The media may also be in attendance for coverage of the event.

Dictionary Project

Literacy is an important component of a good education, and the Elks want to help assure that students have a good start, so we have partnered with the Dictionary Project based in Charleston, South Carolina to provide free dictionaries to 3rd Grade Students.

The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers, and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we encourage our sponsors to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade.

Elk Lodges work with local schools to provide these dictionaries to the students.

Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Award

The JROTC award program recognizes top cadets who will be the future leaders in our armed forces. Elk Lodges partner with local JROTC programs to provide recognition that consists of a medal and a certificate. The JRTOC instructor determines which cadet receives the recognition, and the Elk Lodge provides the award and arranges for an appropriate presentation.

Elks Junior Golf Program

The game of golf has been enjoyed for centuries, and by introducing the game to our young people, we have the opportunity to encourage them to learn, achieve, and develop skills that can last a lifetime.

Local Elk Lodges can partner with a golf course in their community to run tournaments, clinics, or golf camps. In addition, skills contests can also be conducted to allow youth to show off their driving, chipping, and putting skills. How the Local Elk Lodge conducts the program is up to them, but the committee is available to provide ideas and support for their program.

Medals of Valor & Service

Every day across this great country, hundreds of thousands of 9-1-1 emergency calls are made, requesting the assistance of our emergency services, and every day, tens of thousands of dedicated first responders respond to those calls.

The first responders who answer to the call for help, do so fearlessly and relentlessly. No matter how often that call comes, no matter how grueling the work, and no matter how severe the danger…they answer, and we are indebted to the untold good that these first responder do every day.

The Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks believes in honoring those who serve our communities as first responders, and the Medals of Valor and Service program are a way for Lodges to thank our first responders for their commitment, sacrifice, and service.

The Medal of Service is available for Elk Lodges to recognize outstanding first responders in the police, fire, and emergency medical service communities.

The Medal of Valor is available to Elk Lodges to present to the family of a fallen first responder who has made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

Community Projects Contest

Each Elk Lodge is encouraged to conduct a Community Project that provides a benefit to the community and its people. To recognize those Lodges who have conducted a project, the Activities Committee promotes the Community Projects Contest, conducted by the Grand Lodge Activities Committee. Click on the button at the top left to download the application from Elks.org.

Elks & Scouting Program

For decades, the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks have supported the scouting movement through the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. Elk Lodges are encouraged to support the troops and packs in their community by serving as a Charter Organization, or recognizing the scouts who receive the top ranks and awards. The Elks have certificates to recognize the following achievements:

  • Eagle Scout Rank
  • Girl Scout Gold Award
  • Girl Scout Silver Award
  • Girl Scout Bronze Award
  • Arrow of Light Rank (cub scouts)

Elk Lodges can also partner with local scouting organizations to conduct community service projects together.

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