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.
Thanks 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
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
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.