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Gateway Elks Lodge, with a partnership with the Alder School Sun Program, offered an afternoon of fun and games for over 80 students plus their families. With a grant from the Elks National Foundation the Gateway Elks Lodge offered the students an afternoon of fun that included lunch, face painting, a coloring station, three different game stations and culminated with a candy toss. All of this was under the watchful eye of the Jr Elks mascot from the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic at the Casey Eye Institute Casey the Elk.

The candy toss was divided up into age groups and the kids hunted for candy and coupons that the kids to exchange for books, toys, games, or stuffed animals. At the end of the event the families went home with backpacks with personal hygiene items for the whole family. Gateway Elks was glad the sun was out that everyone had a wonderful day. We look forward to partnering with the Alder School Sun program and thank all who helped out at the event.


Denice Schuermyer Jean Friend Sun Program Directer Marshel Kellie Shearer
Deanna Davis Owen Melanie Hood Owen Hood
Kiaya Brewster  Casey the Elk Jim Schuermyer ER Bruce Beatty
Kylie Brewster  



 Regional hoop shoot 2016

Pictured left to right: State Hoop Shoot Chairman, John Heaton; Past Grand Exalted Ruler, Jim Damon; First Place Hoop Shoot Winner, Isabella Rodriguez; and OSEA President, Jim Alameda.


Isabella Rodriguez of Keizer, was featured (with three other athletes) in March’s Bull Elk Hoop Shoot article, having placed first at the District level in the girls 10-11 year old division.
Isabella then competed at State level in February at Silverton, again placing first in her division, qualifying her to compete at the Regional level.

At the school level over 63,000 young athletes from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska competed in this year’s Hoop Shoot, which means Isabella competed against 10,000 + girls in her age group.
At Regional Hoop Shoot, held at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington on March 12th, Isabella shot 22 out of 25 baskets to win first place and qualify for the national contest and is the only first place winner going from Oregon.

Grand Lodge will send Isabella and her parents to Chicago, Illinois to compete at the National Hoop Shoot Contest.

Congratulations, Isabella!!!


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portland uniform3A member of Milwaukie-Portland Lodge 142 found this vintage uniform in an antique store and couldn't pass up the opportunity for the Lodge to own it.

Now comes the question, "What was its purpose and which group wore it?" We know it wasn't part of the band as their uniforms were very different. The Drill Team we believe was a different color. We think it might have been a flag bearer's uniform because of the sash shown but can't be sure.  Is there anyone out there who can help us solve the mystery?

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Corvallis Lodge #1413 is pleased to share that 15 new members were initiated last night, including 4 married couples. The lodge also welcomed 2 reinstatements and 2 transfer during the month of February.


To make the evening especially meaningful for the new members, State President Jim Alameda, South Central VP Lisette Spencer, State Sargeant At Arms Pam Taylor and State Photographer Lisa Pinter were visiting for the evening.


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I am pleased to share that a new state brochure will premiere at the state convention in April. The brochure showcases how Elks began, what Elks do, how to become an Elk and more. It also features our state projects and the benefits of becoming an Elk. Though it is a fairly generic, it can be personalized by each lodge. There is a space on the back where lodges can personalize the brochure, and where they can post their lodge information. I believe this brochure will be a great tool for promoting membership in the future.


I have had the pleasures of visiting a number of lodges during this past year, meeting with district and lodge PR chairs. John and I appreciate the warmth and friendliness we received everywhere we went, and we hope to venture out more in the coming year to more lodges. I am committed to helping Elks grow and will do all I can to get the word out - Elks Care Elks Share.


Sharron de Montigny
OSEA Public Relations Chair