I would like to thank the Past State Presidents and Steve May for being in charge of the installation of the State Officers.
The Honorable James Damon, Past State President and Past Grand Exalted Ruler, for being the installing Officer and your lovely wife, D.J.; thank you both.
Grand Exalted Ruler Michael Zellen, we are honored to have you and your lovely wife Donna with us for the 100th Convention.
Thank you North Central for electing me as your Vice President four years ago.
I would like to thank the members of the Oregon State Elks for the privilege and honor to serve the great State of Oregon as your State Elks President.
I will serve you to the best of my ability and do the best job I can in representing the Oregon State Elks these years. This is not about me as President but it is going be about the Oregon State Elks. I represent every District and every Elk in the State.
LET’S TALK CHARITY
Charity is what the Elks are all about; the JOLLY CORKS started the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks because of the need for a Charity Organization.
You say Charity should start at home; yes, I agree but if you meet your Grand Lodge Elks National Foundation per capita, and apply for every grant that is available for you, what you could do for your community would be far more than any other organization.
We need to support our Charities. Our State major project is the Oregon Elks Children’s Eye Clinic Visual program; we are so privileged to be able to continue doing what the Elks have done for years for the children in this State.
The new Oregon Elks Children’s Eye Clinic building will have our name on it when finished, but to do so we must raise the 5 million that is needed to finish our commitment.
Oregon Veterans will always be one of our top priorities.
Our youth are our future; some day they will be the ones that will be moving the Oregon State Elks forward. Some of our Youth programs:
- Scholarships, we are second only to the Federal Government
- Hoop Shoot
- Drug Awareness
- Meadowood Springs
- Local kid’s sports
- The Youth programs go on and on; we have Lodges that raise money for non-funded sports, music, drama and etc.
Christmas baskets; food drives are some of the things that we do for our community, it never stops.
I can hear you; we should be talking about membership. I am, if you do your Charities and publicize what you are doing, the community will know what the Oregon State Elks is all about, not just a restaurant and lounge, you will be marketing your Lodge and you will see membership growth.
This year’s profit from the President’s lapel pin donations will go to the Elks Children’s Visual Program.
Remember CHARITY IS THE CORNERSTONE OF EVERY ELK STRUCTURE AND HIGHEST VIRTUE OF EVERY ELK’S CREED.
I want to thank our friends and Elks member from out of State for attending our 100th Convention.
Also our extended family, The Oregon Elks Members, you have been a blessing to Jan and myself with your support and comfort this last year. Thank you so much.
Dan Lowe Jan Lowe
OSEA President 1st Lady