Gateway Lodge members working hard to get open. This week close to putting paint on the inside. These pictures are the deck outside trying to get it done before the rain.
These Board members and others continue to work tirelessly to get their lodge open and also within budget. Great Job everyone!
The State President's visit to John Day Lodge the weekend of September 16th raised $1000.00 toward the Elks Children's Eye Clinic. Thanks to the President's auction items and First Lady's raffle, the generous participants showed that Elks are all about charity and giving.
The third annual “Spring Fling” was held at Milwaukie-Portland Lodge #142 recently. The event held on June 10 was a joint effort between the Elks, the Portland Metro Rotary Club and the Lake Oswego/West Linn Soroptimist Club to raise money for two local charities. Approximately 300 people attended the dinner event, raising $7,000. The funds were split between the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic Building Fund and a Village for One, a local group that helps children who have been involved in sexual trafficking. Accepting the check on behalf of the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic Building Fund was Don Jensen.
Reference: Sellwood Bee Newspaper.
As we wind down the year it is time to start thinking about nominees for Elk of the Year and Officer of the Year. I attended State convention for the first time last year and I was disappointed to learn that just a few worthy Elks were nominated for Community Service awards including one district that had no nominations. Each lodge district has a Community Service Chair and a Lodge Community Service position that can be a resource for the application process. We hope to see lots of applications this year; for each category from every Elks Lodge. Applications must be received by the Committee on or before February 1st 2018.
NC Community Service Chair
July 15th Gateway Elks Lodge joined in the summer fun of Alders School Sun program, to end the first week with some fun and treats. With the help of two grants from the Elks National Foundation Gateway Elks Lodge provided some much needed relief to the summer program at Alder School. Gateway Elks Lodge used half of the grant money to buy lunch for the kids and families to kick off summer, stacks and stacks of snacks for them to have over the summer and darn near a truck load of new and gently used kids’ clothes and shoes to fill up the clothes closet. With the other half of the grant money Gateway Elks lodge was able to purchase much needed sporting equipment including, but not limited to, Soccer goals, soccer balls, volleyball nets and balls, footballs, basket balls, track equipment and even tops to wear to make teams. Gateway Elks lodge also provided the Sun program with a new washer and dryer as members of the lodge had heard that they program had no way of washing donated clothing and because of that some items had to be tossed at one point because of some bug issues. Gateway Elks lodge and the Alder School have had a long going and growing relationship that started years ago with the dictionaries for 3rd graders program and has grown and changed over the years.
The Elks are proud of the amount of money and time they give to charities all over Oregon but there is something about being face to face with these sweet kids that makes it so worth it. Gateway Elks was proud and honored when the kids gave back. This year the kids made a big painting to honor the diversity of the Sun program and the Healthy Food and Snack plus the sporting equipment the lodge gave them. Gateway Elks lodge will be honored to hang this picture in our new lodge building on 162nd in Stark as a welcome to our new community.