News from the Maine Elks Association

July 2022 Calendar Winners

DatePrizeNo.Name  Lodge
2nd50186Kris MillerBangor244
7th25515AnjaSpangenbergOld Orchard1470
8th251284LewisGordonMt Desert2743
10th50554StephanieIngrahamS. Portland188
12th25779GlenMcCallumOld Orchard1597
14th251153NormanHodgkins IIHancock2743
15th25107Robert BurnsHampden244
19th2584Linda LawrenceClinton905
22nd25694S . DoughtyOwls Head1008
31st5068RebeccaTheriaultChina Village905

New MCCP Fundraising Tool Introduced

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: 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.

Support for Elks Disaster Relief Fund Needed

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 :: 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

The MEA is Going to Millinocket

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.

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

More Highlights from the Grand Lodge

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.

Congratulations Gentlemen!

These excerpts were taken from the daily Convention Newsletters, to see what else has been happening in Atlanta this week go to

Calendar Winners, JUNE 2022

June 2022 MEA Calendar Winners

DatePrizeNo.Name TownLodge
4th50503Jim OliverOgunquit1293
6th2576Tim ElmsWinlsow905
8th25230Michael ThibodeauMilford1287
10th251132NatalieKnoxEllsworth 2743
13th251208Rob SnowBangor244
16th2517Daniel ArmstrongKillmarnock905
21st25829Daniel FortinBrunswick2043
26th50630DonnaDennisonSt George1008
28th25487LauraSalleyS Gardiner1293
Monthly drawn winners for June 2022, three prize amounts amended due to processing error.

Maine Highlights from the Grand Lodge

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

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