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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

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

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