Maine Elks State Convention Central

 May 5th to May 7th, 2023

State Convention In








The Maine Elks Association Convention Committee invites you to the 2023 Maine Elks Association 94th State Convention to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch, 14 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn, ME 04210 from May 5th – May 7th, 2023.

Please find enclosed in this packet the registration/meal form, student award winner and family form, convention booklet advertising form and a convention agenda by clicking the button “Registration Package” at the bottom of this page.

All events and activities for the 2023 Maine Elks Association State Convention will take place at the:

Hilton Garden Inn-Riverwatch
14 Great Falls Plaza
Auburn, ME 04210
(207) 784-4433

Hotel Reservations are handled by the individuals. The room rate is $109 plus tax, which includes two breakfasts per room. We encourage guests to book prior to March 29th, 2023 to secure the discounted rate. After this date, the discounted rate will no longer be available, and reservations would be based on availability and at their current best available rate. You can book directly online through your group’s personalized booking link: or by dialing 207-784-4433, or by dialing 877-STAY-HGI (877-7829-444) option 1 and informing the agent of your group code: ELKS23


Hotel Description

Property Location A stay at Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch places you in the heart of Auburn, steps from Androscoggin Historical Society and 4 minutes by foot from Festival Plaza. This hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Androscoggin River and 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Bonney Park.

Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 138 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a 24-hour fitness center. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access and a ballroom.

Dining Enjoy American cuisine at Garden Grille & Bar, a restaurant which features a bar/lounge, or stay in and take advantage of the room service (during limited hours). Cooked-to-order breakfasts are served on weekdays from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM and on weekends from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM for a fee.

Business Amenities Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and express check-out. Planning an event in Auburn? This hotel has 10436 square feet (970 square meters) of space consisting of conference space and a meeting room. Free self parking is available onsite.

Please see the post on Convention Parking HERE

Maine Elks Association 94th State Convention Agenda


Friday, May 5, 2023

Time Event Location Dress Code
12:00—4:00 PM Registration Dorothy Lewis Boardroom Casual
12:00—4:00 PM Vendor Exhibit Great Falls View Room Casual
5:00—6:00 PM Social Hour Great Falls View Room Jacket/Tie
6:00—7:00 PM Dinner Riverwatch Grand Ballroom Jacket/Tie
7:00—9:00 PM Awards Riverwatch Grand Ballroom Jacket/Tie


Saturday, May 6, 2023

Time Event Location Dress Code
8:30—9:00 AM PER Assn Meeting Great Falls View Room Jacket/Tie
9:00—Noon Vendor Exhibit Great Falls View Room Casual
9:00—Noon Registration Dorothy Lewis Boardroom Casual
9:00—10:00 AM Trustee Meeting Mill Pond Room Jacket/Tie
10:00—Noon Business Meeting Canal/Mill Pond Room Jacket/Tie
Noon—5:00 PM Free Time
Noon Officer & Committee Photos (Public Relations) TBD Jacket/Tie

1:00—2:00 PM


2:00–3:00 PM

District Deputy Orientation

National Pre-Convention Meeting

Dorothy Lewis Boardroom

Great Falls View Room



5/5:30—6:00 PM Social Hour Great Falls View Room Semi-Formal or Jacket/Tie
6:00—9:30 PM Dinner/Awards Riverwatch Grand Ballroom Semi-Formal or Jacket/Tie


Sunday, May 7, 2023

Time Event Location Dress Code
10:00—11:00 AM Memorial Service Riverwatch Grand Ballroom Casual
11:00—12:00 PM Officer Installation Riverwatch Grand Ballroom Casual

Locations are subject to change—Notice will be given
EXALTED RULERS: Don’t forget your Gold Jewels, Tuxedo, White Jacket & Black Socks for Sunday Morning Service

Each year, the Maine Elks Association recognizes outstanding members and Lodges for their work showing Elks Care–Elks Share. Below is the tentative awards presentation agenda for each night’s awards banquet:

Friday, May 5, 2023

Award Ceremony to begin at approximately 7:30 PM

Lodge & State Awards

  • Elks National Foundation, Walter Morrison “Give Me a Dollar” Award
  • Drug Awareness
  • Public Relations
  • Lodge Activities / All American Lodge
  • Veterans
  • MCCP
  • Outstanding District Exalted Rulers
  • Maroon Nemer Award for Outstanding Committee Chairman
  • Justin L. Ingersoll Jr. Award for Officer of the Year
  • Maine Elks Association Elizabeth J. Sicard, Spouse of the Year Award
  • Maine Elks Association Roland “Duke” Morgan, Elk of the Year Award

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Award Ceremony to begin at approximately 7:30 PM

Youth Awards

  • Americanism Essay Contest
  • Drug Awareness Awards
    • Coloring Contest
    • Poster Contest
    • Essay Contest
    • Video Contest
  • Youth Activities
  • ENF Scholarship State Finalists
  • State Major Project Check Presentation / MCCP

Each year, the Maine Elks Association compiles its annual reports of the work it has accomplished throughout the year, and publishes this information in a Convention Book. The Convention Book is provided to all registered attendees when checking in at the Convention.

In an effort to help defray the costs of the Maine Elks State Convention, the Convention Committee will once again be provide advertising space in the 2023 Convention Book. Advertising prices are as follows:

  • Inside Front Cover $150.00
  • Inside Back Cover $150.00
  • Full Page Ad $100.00
  • Half Page Ad $150.00
  • Quarter Page Ad $125.00
  • Business Card Ad $120.00

Convention Booklet Ads and submissions are due no later than March 15th, 2023. All photos and reports should be submitted in digital format, PDF is preferred. All items related to the Convention Booklet are to be sent to Carlette Eaton at Please make all advertising checks payable to the “Maine Elks Association” and send to Carlette Eaton, c/o Waterville Elks Lodge #905, 76 Industrial Street, Waterville, ME 04901.

Dimensions for Advertising can be found in the Registration Package.


Registration information for the 2023 MEA State Convention can be found in the Registration Package by clicking the button at the bottom of this page. 

Convention Registration deadline will be no later than April 1st, 2023. The completed forms and payment
made payable to “Maine Elks Association” should be mailed to Vassie Fowler, c/o Biddeford-Saco Elks Lodge #1597, PO Box 1597, Saco, ME 04072. Any registrations received after April 1st, will be charged an additional $15 late fee.


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