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Gateway Elks Teen of the Month of March 2016

The Gateway Elks Youth Activities Committee is proud to present March teenager of the Month. He comes from Madison High School, and is a senior with a 3.4 grade-point average. In addition to academic excellence, he is active in his school, in his church and in the community. The son of proud parents Eric and Lori, his name is Matthew Bennett.

Matthew is a member of Madison High School’s Associated Student Body Leadership Team. And, he was selected to represent his school in the Portland Public Schools Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. SuperSAC, as it is known, addresses issues such as class size, arts programs, state school funding, alcohol policies, and commercialism in the schools.

Active in school sports, Matthew is on the Madison High School varsity cross country and Baseball teams. He is also one of the team captains on the Soccer Team and has lettered in all three sports. And, he is part of his school’s theater group, playing the lead role of Conrad in Madison’s production of “Bye Bye Birdie.

As a long time Boy Scout, Matthew attained the position Scouts Senior Patrol Leader – providing leadership for other scouts on various functions and events. In December, he became an Eagle Scout – the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scout program. Only a small percentage of scouts ever achieve this rank.

Additionally, Matthew is a Youth minister in his church - The St. Rose of Lima, Catholic Church. He is involved in his parish with the community services food pantry, Meals on Wheels, and Loaves and Fishes. He also helps in community beautification - including creating a garden for the sisters of his church as part of his scouting project.

In his spare time, Matthew, enjoys playing guitar and writing songs and is trying to learn the piano. He hopes to play baseball at Oregon State University while majoring in engineering. His aspirations are toward Aerospace engineering, or even astronautics.

casey the elkThanks to our Oregon Elks, the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic at OHSU Casey Eye Institute offers pediatric eye care services for babies, children and young adults. The clinic provides evaluation, diagnosis and treatment services for a wide range of conditions, from screening for normal vision correction and eye misalignment problems to caring for the most complicated eye conditions. Check out our progress for 2015 in the 


Eye Clinic Annual Report

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

On Feb 6 the State Scholarship final judging and awards were held at Bend Lodge. A total of 14 district winners (boy and girl from each of 7 districts) and 4 additional students were evaluated. Ten of the students were able to be present in person. Click below to see more photographs which show some of the day's activities:

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Newport Elks Lodge #2105 Donates Dictionaries to Local Schools

Once again, the Newport Elks Lodge participated in the annual Dictionary Project, which is a program sponsored by the Grand Lodge Youth Activities Committee.  Past Exalted Ruler Marlene Williams coordinated the Lodge’s involvement, including ordering the dictionaries and arranging for their delivery to two local schools for use by third-grade students. Marlene and Past Exalted Ruler Robert May met with the staff of both the Sam Case Elementary School in Newport and the Crestview Heights School in Waldport to discuss the program and deliver the dictionaries.  Between the two schools, 240 dictionaries were made available to the students.  This included 72 for Crestview, 168 for Sam Case, plus 36 Spanish-English dictionaries for each school.

    The Dictionary Project was founded in 1995 by Mary French of Charleston, SC. It's primary focus is to promote literacy to children in third-grade as they transition from learning how to read to identify and use information. Elks joined this movement in 2004 and have donated more than 2 million dictionaries to third-grade students and their teachers as sponsors of The Dictionary Project since that time. With over 1,000 lodges participating, more than 8,000 schools have benefited from the program.  For the current lodge year (2014-2015), about 250 lodges have presented over 175,000 dictionaries to more than 2,200 schools.

    A dictionary’s usefulness goes beyond the spelling, pronunciation and definitions it lists.  It is also an aid for solving problems that arise as a child develops his or her reading, writing and creative thinking abilities.  Students benefit from an increase in self reliance and resourcefulness.  For many children it will be the first book that they have ever owned.  The dictionary edition that the Elks provide, “ A Student’s Dictionary” (Dictionary Project, Inc.) also contains additional valuable information for the students’ use, including a Table of Weights and Measures,  the Declaration of Independence,  the Constitution, Maps of Seven Continents, information on the 50 states, biographies of the U.S. Presidents, and facts about the Solar System.  As mentioned, the lodge also distributed Spanish-English dictionaries this year, an additional resource that was greatly appreciated by both schools.

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Pictured (from left) at Sam Case Elementary School in Newport is Sue McVeigh and Past Exalted Ruler Robert May. Sue, a former 3rd Grade Teacher, is the Lincoln County School District Title Reading Specialist. Note the boxes of dictionaries in the foreground.
Elks National Veterans Service Commission (ENVSC)

The statistics below reflect the generosity, effort, and selflessness of our members and their spouses who work so hard to keep our pledge to the veterans of our Armed Forces.

It is with a great deal of pride that the Elks National Veterans Service Commission publishes this report  for the 2013-2014 fraternal year.

Survey of Volunteer Veterans Service Programs
for Fraternal Year- April 1, 2013-March 31, 2014
Compiled by the Office of the Grand Secretary