NEWSNews from the Maine Elks Association
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At the Maine Elks Association State Meeting in Millinocket on August 7, 2022, MCCP Committee Director Michael Desjardins introduced a new fundraising tool to help Lodges spread the word about the State’s major project the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. He presented a two-sided brochure card that explains the program and offers a QR Code to allow for members and the public to make a contribution to the program through Peer-to-Peer OneCause Social Fundraising’s website for the Maine Elks Association. The website can be visited at: p2p.onecause.com/MaineElksAssociation. Here is what the new advertising card looks like:
One the website you will find several levels of giving, including:
- Hope $25.00
- Courage $50.00
- Support $100.00
- Perseverance $250.00
- Strength $500.00
But you can donate any amount as well. You can make a donation through a company name or in memory of someone, and donations can be made using any major credit card. If you would like to obtain these cards for use in your Lodge, please contact MEA MCCP Director Michael Desjardins. We also encourage you to contribute to this worthy cause.
The Elks Disaster Relief Fund was set up to assist communities that have been affected by disasters. Over the past two years, several catastrophic disasters have ravaged many areas of this great nation. To help lighten the burden of those in need, the Elks Disaster Relief Program, Inc. has provided the following assistance:
- Oklahoma Tornados and Floods ($25,00)
- Nebraska Floods ($20,000)
- Texas Floods ($25,000)
- Oregon Fires ($25,000)
- Texas Climate Issue ($25,000)
- Tennessee Floods ($25,000)
- Louisiana Floods & Hurricane ($25,000)
- New Jersey Floods ($25,000)
- Western Kentucky Floods and Tornado ($25,000)
- Arkansas Floods ($10,000)
- Colorado Fires ($25,000)
- Montana Floods ($25,000)
- Eastern Kentucky Floods ($10,000)
The Order needs your help to replenish the program. All Lodges and State Associations are encouraged to raise and donate to this most important program. Without continued support of this fund, the Order may not be able to continue to live up to our motto of Elks Care–Elks Share by easing the burden and lend a helping hand to the victims of major catastrophes. Donations to the program are tax deductible as allowed under 501 (c) 3 of the IRS Code, and you do not have to be a member to make a donation to the fund.
You can make a contribution online at Elks.org :: Donate to the Elks Disaster Relief Program
If you prefer to send a check, all checks should be made payable to the “Elks Disaster Relief Fund, Inc. “
Contributions can be mailed to:
Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks
Attn: Bryan R. Klatt, Grand Secretary
2750 North Lakeview Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-1889
On Saturday, August 6th State President Al Ingraham and First Lady Stephanie will be visiting the Millinocket Elks Lodge #1521, and the lodge has planned a special dinner to greet our first couple.
Then on Sunday, August 7th the lodge in Millinocket will host the Summer Meeting of the State Association, with Trustees meeting at 9:00 am and the general business meeting at 10:00 am.
Here’s the form for more information on area lodging, and to submit your preferences for the dinner.
The Skowhegan-Madison Elks Lodge members recently built planters for Seniors at the Springhouse Gardens Senior Living Apartments. They were featured in the community section of the Kennebec Journal/CentralMaine.com here: Skowhegan-Madison Elks volunteers build planters for seniors – CentralMaine.com
The Presque Isle Elks Lodge #1954 were recently featured on WAGM-TV speaking about the Elks and their involvement in the Community. Check it out here: Aroostook Community Matters: Presque Isle Elks (wagmtv.com)
Houlton Elks Welcome State President Albert Ingraham and First Lady Stephanie to their Christmas in July Event
On Saturday July 23rd, the Houlton Lodge of Elks #835 will be holding a par 3 golf tournament event at North Forks which is located on McSheffery Rd. in Houlton. Joining us for this event will be State President, Albert Ingraham and First Lady, Stephanie Ingraham. Registration opens at noon, tee off at 1:00pm. The tournament is random draw with a scramble format, there will be raffles and a BBQ following the event. All proceeds raised will go to Maine Children’s Cancer Program. For more information, contact the Houlton Elks Lodge #835
On Wednesday, July 6th, three new District Deputys Grand Exalted Ruler were installed during the Grand Lodge at Atlanta, GA.
Shown from Left to Right, Maine’s new DD’s are:
Alan Heal, PER from the Rockland Lodge #1008 is the DDGER for the Maine Coastal District
Eric Hoard, PER from the Ellsworth Lodge #2743 is now DDGER for the Maine Northern District
Dave Hammond, PER from the Waterville Lodge #905 is the new DDGER for the Maine Central District.
These excerpts were taken from the daily Convention Newsletters, to see what else has been happening in Atlanta this week go to https://www.elks.org/convention/newsletters.cfm
June 2022 MEA Calendar Winners
Date Prize No. Name Town Lodge
1st 25 1171 Bethany Smith Holden 244
2nd 25 276 Nancy Bryant Newport 2713
3rd 25 120 Dalshie Duquette Brewer 244
4th 50 503 Jim Oliver Ogunquit 1293
5th 50 1479 Amy Sparks Portland 188
6th 25 76 Tim Elms Winlsow 905
7th 25 660 Ryder Lombardo Rockland 1008
8th 25 230 Michael Thibodeau Milford 1287
9th 25 566 Jeanette Conley Scarborough 188
10th 25 1132 Natalie Knox Ellsworth 2743
11th 50 786 John Fowler Biddeford 1597
12th 50 181 Nancy Flagg Brewer 244
13th 25 1208 Rob Snow Bangor 244
14th 100 12 Felicia Gaulin Albion 905
15th 25 1515 Stephen Noyes Westbrook 188
16th 25 17 Daniel Armstrong Killmarnock 905
17th 25 165 Scott Monroe Brewer 244
18th 50 981 Ellen Grunblatt Farmington 2430
19th 50 914 David Walter Augusta 964
20th 25 1831 Susan Pushaw Hope 1008
21st 25 829 Daniel Fortin Brunswick 2043
22nd 25 1595 Ed Darnall Parkman 1597
23rd 25 1249 Scott Randall Brewer 244
24th 25 731 Linda Perigo Springvale 1470
25th 50 1564 Reginald Leonard Hermon 244
26th 50 630 Donna Dennison St George 1008
27th 25 1321 Tami Lane Hampden 2743
28th 25 487 Laura Salley S Gardiner 1293
29th 25 79 Paul Verville Waterville 905
30th 25 501 Mark Caron Acton 1470
On Monday, July 4th, the assembled Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks conducted the first business session of the 157th Grand Lodge Session. Among the business conducted this day was the nomination and election of the order’s leadership team for the Fraternal Year 2022-23.
Elected Grand Exalted Ruler for this coming year was Bruce A. Hidley, of Watervliet-Colonie, NY Lodge No. 1500.
Also elected were two members of the Board of Grand Trustees, including our own Past State President Wayne D. Cotterly of Augusta, ME Lodge No. 964, and Joseph C. Cooper of Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota, FL Lodge No. 2855.
Also receiving national recognition in the “Community Project Contest” were the Houlton Lodge No. 835, that took 1st place in Division 5 (451 – 700 Members), and Augusta Lodge No. 964 that took 2nd place for Division 6 (701+ Members). Well Done team!
In addition, nine Elk lodges will be celebrating their 100th Anniversary during the Fraternal Year 2022-20, including the members of Sanford, ME Lodge No. 1470, which was instituted on June 28, 1923. These excerpts were taken from the daily Convention Newsletters, to see what else has been happening in Atlanta this week go to https://www.elks.org/convention/newsletters.cfm