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.
A 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?
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
At the annual OSEA Elks Children's Eye Clinic Open House, plans were announced for a new building funded by the Oregon Elks. A new freestanding Elks Children’s Eye Clinic will be made possible through a $15 million gifts from individual Elks members.
Here is a video about the new Eye Clinic for your viewing.
Hillsboro, OR Elks Lodge #1862 participated in the annual Dictionary Project, a program sponsored by Grand Lodge Youth Activities Committee.
Cathy Swanson, Past Exalted Ruler, coordinated our Lodge involvement, including ordering the dictionaries and arranging their delivery to 17 schools with the help of Lodge members to grade students. Presentations were made in many of the classrooms and the students were so excited to learn about all the information included and to know this was their book to keep.
The Dictionary Project is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. Their Mission Statement is: To assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. Their Vision is: To provide a dictionary to every student in the United States. To help them to improve their communication skills and make the most of their education. More than 8,000 schools have benefited from this worthwhile program