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Area 1 Regional Soccer Shoot Information

On November 5, 2022, the Maine Elks Association hosted the Area 1 Regional Soccer Shoot contest at the Augusta Tennis Club. Photos from the weekend are now available in the Gallery Section of the Maine Elks website located here: Region 1 Soccer Shoot | Flickr.

Kids from all over New England recently gathered at the Kennebec Valley Tennis Association in Augusta, Maine to compete against each other in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks’ Soccer Shoot championship for Region 1.

Region 1 to the Elks encompasses lodges from New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.  Each state brought one boy and one girl from each of four age groups; 7 years old and younger, eight to nine, ten to eleven and twelve to thirteen.

Intended to help keep our youth focused and away from undesirable activities, the Elks’ Soccer Shoot program consists of two different contests that test different level skills at different ages.  Contestants are grouped by gender and age. 

The competition took place the morning of Saturday, November 5th, but the competitors and their families were hosted by the Elks of the Augusta Lodge #964 and the Maine Elks Association beginning with registration and a pizza party the evening of Friday, November 4th and extending to the families departures on Sunday morning.

Maine State Soccer Shoot Director Shawn Stacey, from the Bangor Elks #244, coordinated the event with help from his fellow Bangor lodge members as well as spirited volunteers from all levels of local and state Elks membership from the state Elks association and throughout New England who stepped up to retrieve loose balls and provide other assistance in operating the competition.   

The final standings of the competition were announced, and trophies presented during a banquet Saturday evening at Augusta’s lodge on Civic Center Drive.  Speakers for the evening included two past Elk National Presidents (Grand Exalted Rulers), Mike Zellen from Saugus, MA who’s responsible for lodges from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and David Carr from Ticonderoga, New York who oversees all the orders lodges from New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island.

New England’s top girl and boy shooters are: under 8 – Alexa V from MA and Jayden E from NY, under 10 – Mya S from RI and Easton M from VT, under 12 – Ryan C from RI and Nathan S from RI, and under 14 – Griffin D from NH and Dominic D from RI. 

The first-place shooters’ scores will now be forwarded to the National Soccer Shoot Coordinator.  After comparing and analyzing all the age and gender specific scores from all six regions nation-wide the final top four boys and four girls are expected to be announced as the eight National Champions in the Spring of 2023.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.

The Maine Elks Association coordinates the fraternal efforts of twenty lodges ranging from York Lodge # 2788 in the Coastal District to the Presque Isle lodge # 1954 in the Northern District.  To find out more about this and other programs in your area go to www.maineelks.org or www.elks.org.

Advancing from Region I for consideration for National Title are:

Girl Boy
Under 8:
Alexa V.  from #959 in Hudson, MA Jayden E. from #1097 in Middletown, NY
Under 10:
Mya S. from #1860 in Bristol County, RI Easton M. from #1566 in St. Albans, VT
Under 12:
Ryen C. from #2359 in Smithfield,RI Nathan S. from #2337 in East Providence, RI
Under 14:
Griffen D. from #1393 in Rochester, NH Domenic D. from #2337 in East Providence, RI

MCCP Christmas Bells Are In!

The 2022 Christmas Tree Bells are now in – RED this year,   check with your lodge soon, at only $10 each they’re sure to go fast!

Red Ribbon Week Held This Week

Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was born on July 26, 1947, in Mexicali, Mexico. He graduated from Calexico High School in Calexico, Calif., in 1966. After graduation he joined the U.S. Marines where he served for two years. After his military service, Kiki joined the Calexico Police Department and later moved to the El Centro Police Department. In 1974, he became part of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Seven years later he was assigned to the resident office in Guadalajara. He worked out of this office for four and a half years and was close to exposing a major drug trafficking operation. On February 7, 1985 Kiki was kidnapped. That was the last time he was seen alive. He was 37 years of age.

Shortly after Kiki’s death, U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter; his wife Lynne Hunter; Calexico High School classmate, Henry Lozano; and Calexico City Councilman and educator, David Dillon launched the Calexico High School Kiki Camarena Club in Kiki’s hometown of Calexico, Calif. On April 20, 1985, over one hundred Kiki Camarena Club members pledged to lead drug free lives.

Interest from school districts in other cities in California’s Imperial Valley afforded Henry Lozano, then-Executive Director of Imperial Valley Teen Challenge, to create Kiki Camarena Clubs in Holtville, Brawley, and El Centro, California with the support of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.

In 1986, Henry Lozano, as a member of the Board of Directors of Californians for Drug-Free Youth, Inc., created a statewide coalition comprised of the Elks, Lions, Rotary, California Narcotics Officers Association, California Drug Enforcement Administration and drug prevention parent groups who worked together to establish the first statewide Red Ribbon Week celebration in October.

In 1988, the National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth championed the first national Red Ribbon Week campaign with Honorary Chairman President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. That same year, congress officially established Red Ribbon Week.

Now, at the end of every October, millions of Americans dawn red ribbons in memory of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. The Elks are proud to be a part of such an important tradition. For more information on the Maine Elks Association Drug Awareness Program, contact State Director Anthony Gause. Contact information can be found in the MEA State Directory.

Fact information about Drugs can be found here: Get Smart About Drugs

Red Ribbon Card: RedRibbonWeekCardUpdated.pdf (elks.org)

Maine Elks Hold State Soccer Shoot in Bangor

On a cool morning on Sunday, October 16th, the Maine Elks Association conducted their State championship Soccer Shoot contest at the John Bapst Practice field on Mount Hope Avenue in Bangor.

Intended to help keep our youth focused and away from undesirable activities, the Elks’ Soccer Shoot program consists of two different contests that test different level skills at different ages. Contestants are grouped by gender and age. Kids competes in groups of 7 years old and younger, eight to nine, ten to eleven and twelve to thirteen.

Hosted by the members of Bangor Elks Lodge #244, the state contest welcomed nineteen kids, ages 7 to 13, and their families from across the state. State Soccer Shoot Director Shawn Stacey coordinates the program in Maine and assembled the team to conduct this event with the help of several members of the Bangor lodge Soccer Shoot committee and the Bangor High School class of ’23. Final standings were announced, and trophies presented after the spaghetti lunch at the Elks lodge.

Maine’s 1st place boy and girl winners are:

Under 8 – Emma H (Rockland) and Jack R (Waterville),
Under 10 – Bella S (Sanford) and Drake L (Houlton)
Under 12 – Rihanna P (Sanford) and Brayden F (Rockland)
Under 14 – Lucy C (Presque Isle) and Reid R (Rockland).

The first-place shooters will advance next to the Area 1 Soccer Shoot to be held on November 5th at the Augusta Tennis Club in Augusta. At that venue, they will face the best shooters for their age and gender group from NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, and NY. Scores for the top shooters in that contest will be forwarded to the National Soccer Shoot Coordinator, with the highest scores named as National Soccer Shoot Champions. Last year, Maine had its first National Champion in the Soccer Shoot. Emily C., sponsored by the Presque Isle Elks Lodge #1954 was the top shooter in the country in the U-12 girls division. She was presented with her National Champion’s Trophy at the MEA State Convention in May.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.
The Maine Elks Association coordinates the fraternal efforts of twenty lodges ranging from York Lodge # 2788 in the Coastal District to the Presque Isle lodge # 1954 in the Northern District. To find out more about this and other programs in your area go to www.maineelks.org or www.elks.org.

Photos from the event can be found here: State Soccer Shoot | Flickr

It’s Soccer Shoot Season

Sanford lodge Soccer Shoot winners with committee Co-Chairs ER Robert Shaw and Esteemed Lecturing Knight Marise Anagnost

Elks National Foundation Scholarship Applications are now Open

The Maine Elks Association Scholarship Committee announces that the following scholarship applications are now available from the Elks National Foundation. Three types of education funding are available:

2023 Most Valuable Student Contest:
Open August 1st through November 14, 2022 @ 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
***Open to ALL High School Seniors***

2023 Legacy Awards Contest:
Open September 1st through February 6, 2023 @ 11:59 Pacific Time
*Open to Elk Children and Grandchildren

2023 Emergency Grants:
Open May 1st through November 1, 2022.
Open to a Child/Children of a permanently disabled or deceased Elk.

*Please See Guidelines for specific details and qualifications on each of the above listed scholarships opportunities. Also, please check with your local lodge Scholarship Coordinator for other possible scholarship awards offered through the Lodges. Additional information on the Elks Scholarship Programs and Emergency Education Grants can be found here on Elks.org: ENF Scholarship Programs (elks.org). We value our youth and support them in pursuing their Educational Endeavors!

For questions or more information on the Scholarship Programs, contact State Scholarship Committee Director Lina Michaud at slaale@hotmail.com.

MEA Calendar Winners for September 2022

DatePrizeCalendar
No.
Name TownLodge
1st25100KenEatonWaterville905
2nd251270DonaldMcHenanStonington2743
3rd501590SeanEldridgeGorham 188
4th50477Mary HartnettLudlow835
5th1001224TeddyHarrisHermon244
6th251473CoreyDameWindham188
7th25959Neal WelchReadfield964
8th25936BethanyDularAugusta964
9th251107MeganSchanzDixmont2743
10th501179Frank HartnettBangor244
11th50552DesireeBryantS Portland188
12th25494TerryBerryHallowell1293
13th25250RonTrimmMilford1287
14th25224PaulWinklerBangor244
15th25539Jo-AnnKayattaPortland188
16th25163JustinMacDonaldHampden244
17th50280ErnestBryantPittsfield2713
18th50362JohnBraleyDamariscotta1521
19th25612Geo CabotBrunswick2043
20th25169KenBakosBangor244
21st25237Rose SturgeonOld Town1287
22nd251841John NavishKittery2788
23rd251254Lloyd HopkinsHermon244
24th501360Billy C. WebberEllsworth2743
25th501512HelenLaCountWestbrook188
26th25972DonnaMcLaughlinFarmington2430
27th25724KarenJalbertSpringvale1470
28th251297KatieDeRevereMt Desert2743
29th25743RachelFisherActon1470
30th25262CaseyEstesOld Town1287

MEA Ritual Report October 2022

On October 23rd, Bruce Brunelle, Grand Lodge Ritual Committee member, will be in Maine to present a Ritual clinic. All areas of the ritual will be explored and discussed. The clinic will be in Sanford and will start at 9 am. Past Exalted Rulers and current Exalted Rulers are able to take the floor judges test for 1st approval. Any member of the order can take the word judges test and computer test for certification. Please download the Ritualistic Manual from the Grand Lodge website and review prior to the clinic. I strongly urge all Lodge ritual coaches, mentors or helpers attend this clinic to enhance their knowledge for assisting the lodge officers especially to those planning on competing in any of the contests this year.

This year’s state ritual contest will be held on February 26, 2023 at a lodge to be determined. In an effort to encourage more lodges to compete this year, the Maine Elks Ritual Committee will suspend any penalties, with the understanding that they will be assessed at any other competitions that the team would compete in. 87% of your score is based on your words and how you say them. If you have memorized your part, you are over the hardest step. So, plan now to compete for a chance to represent Maine in the National Contest in Minneapolis Minnesota in July 2023. It should be noted that should the first-place team is unable to attend the national contest the 2nd place team is eligible to represent Maine in the contest.

Maine’s Eleven O’clock Toast and the Exalted Rulers charge to the Flag Contests will be held at the Waterville Lodge on March 12, 2023. Both contests are open to Exalted Rulers and Past Exalted Rulers the Highest score of each will represent Maine in the National Contests in Minneapolis. Please note that participation in these contests are worth points for your lodge in the All-American Lodge contest.

Please make plans for Elks Memorial Day on December 4, 2022. Officers should review the Memorial Service Ritual (page 17 Rituals of Special Services 5116010 4/10/2018) and rehearse to make an impressive presentation for the families of the departed members.

The ritual is one of the components of the supreme law of the Order and should be treated as such. Make sure all officers are using up to date rituals. All are available to download at the Ritual Committee’s area at Elks.org. They are pdf files that you can put on your phone, tablet, or computer to use for practice and markup electronically as you perfect your presentation. Your presentation to new members will make a lasting impression! Make sure it’s one you want to make; lasting gratification that they made the right choice by joining the Elks. The instructions for its presentation are included in the “Yellow” “Rituals of Local Lodges” ritual books #511500 dated 10/11/2017. Please take time to present it properly. You as officers are selling the product of Elkdom.
The purpose of the Ritualistic committee is to assist lodges in making impressive presentations to new members and I will be glad to assist any lodge asking for help please feel free to call on me. Anyone wanting more information on ritual, competing in the contest or just being part of our ritual please contact me, Frank Ricker at fjflrick@msn.com

Fraternal Committee Sharing Ideas

Greeting fellow Elks,

I have spent a while as the new Fraternal Committee Chairman trying to learn what the fraternal committee is all about. It turns out that there are several contests are under the purview of this committee. However, make no mistake it is not the contest committee. The reason the Fraternal Committee has these contests is to showcase how Elks exemplify our cardinal principals: Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity. In addition to showing the community what we do these contests provide the officers of the Lodge with a structure and ideas to better achieve our goals.

Last meeting, I spoke of the big contest, known as the All-American Lodge contest or Contest A. This contest, which originated in the early 80’s includes earning points for most of the contests, many other Lodge activities, and charitable work throughout the year. I always encourage E.R.s to use the All-American Lodge/Contest A form as a checklist throughout the year. Just as a reminder, get the completed form to your District Deputy by April 1, 2023, so that they can be forwarded to me and passed up the fraternal chain.

This October I want to share with an idea that we use at Houlton Lodge #835. It turns out that almost all schools, high schools included, have a student of the month program. It also turns out that the Elks have a student of the month program. The details of the program can be found at elks.org  on the Grand Lodge Activities Committee page. What Houlton Lodge has done is to contact the principal of Houlton High School (HHS) and come to an agreement that we would sponsor the HHS student of the month program. We are just helping them utilize a program they run anyway and who better than the school itself to chose appropriate students. We provide the monthly certificates (available on elks.org) and small gift cards to each student chosen. As a Lodge we are getting our name and mission into the schools and hence out into the community. Its really a win-win situation for the Lodge and the school. During Youth Week in May, we also invite each student of the month to the Lodge for a complementary meal celebrating the accomplishments of the youth in our community. This gives you two items to check off on the All-American/Contest A, a youth week program and a student of the month program.

Thank you, and if you have any questions let me know. mihannigan@gmail.com

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