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Elks Children's Eye Clinic - Over 60 Years of Making a Difference

The Elks Children's Eye Clinic is the major charitable project of the Oregon State Elks Association. The clinic would not be possible without the Oregon State Elks Association commitment to providing eye care for babies and children. The Elks became involved with the University of Oregon Medical School (now Oregon Health & Science University) in 1949. That year, Dr. Kenneth Swan needed a piece of equipment called an oximeter for a baby whose father was an Oregon Elk. The Oregon Elks promptly raised $2000 for the oximeter. Soon after, the Elks' continued generosity established the Elks Children's Eye Clinic. Donate here to continue Elks support.


Elks National Foundation

You've heard about the 'ENF' - What is it? It is Elks National Foundation, founded in 1928 with a mere $100,000.

Over the years, more than $259 million in donations and bequests have been received. They now have over $680 million in their endowment fund and have contributed over $481 million to charitable projects nationwide.

How does it help Oregon?

Since it’s inception in 1928 through March 31, 2018, the Foundation has granted to Oregon a total of $10,233,271.18. In the 2017-18 lodge year, donations from Oregon totaled $200,497.11. This year we will get back a grand total of $406,700.00 to support our charities. That is $2.029 for every dollar we donated! This amount does not include the various grants that are given to lodges, which makes the total even more!

Keep up the GREAT work everyone! THANK YOU !!!!!


Read more about ENF here.





Lou Kolkhorst

OSEA ENF Chairman (Former)

1433 N 13th St

Coos Bay, OR  97420

541 266-8300 Home

541 290-2060 Cell

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Oregon State Elks Association Trust

The primary duty of the Board of Directors of the Trust is to further the charitable and educational activities of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America and the Elks National Foundation.

The Board of Directors is comprised of the five most senior duly elected Trustees of the Oregon State Elks Association. The President is the chief operating officer of the Trust and has general management of its business, properties and affairs.

The Board of Directors is charged with receiving funds from the Elks National Foundation, the Elks Youth Eye Services, members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and other sources for the purpose of benefiting the charitable and educational projects of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Oregon State Elks Association.

These funds are distributed to organizations qualifying as exempt organizations under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended and for general charitable, scientific and educational purposes. 



Lanny Schulze, Chairman of the Board
OSEA Trustee Northwest District
Terry Brant, 1-Year Trustee
OSEA Trustee South Central District
Doug Riggs, 2-Year Trustee
OSEA Trustee Northeast District
Gary Miller, 3-Year Trustee
OSEA Trustee Southeast District
Gil Smith, 4-Year Trustee
OSEA Trustee Southwest District
Stephen May, 5-Year Trustee
OSEA Trustee North Central District
Ed Parmer, 6-Year Trustee
OSEA Trustee Metro District
 Joyce Middleton, 7-Year Trustee
OSEA Trustee, Northwest District 
Emma Pletz, Secretary
OSEA Executive Secretary
Jim Doerfler, Treasurer
OSEA Treasurer

Camp Meadowood Springs - 46 Years of Making a Difference


Camp Meadowood Springs is a major charitable project of the Oregon State Elks Association and its subordinate lodges.  This camp would not be possible without the Elks' dedication and commitment to helping children 6 to 16 years of age with speech, language and hearing challenges. 
Each year, the Oregon State Elks and Lady Elks sponsor children to attend one of two 10-day summer residential camps/clinics.

The Elks became involved with Camp Meadowood in December of 1968. $700 was raised after a program was outlined and presented to the Elks.  Since that time, the Elks have continued to support Camp Meadowood Springs.