A Message from our 2021 OSEA President
Welcome to the Oregon State Elks Association Website! My wish is for you to stay informed of some of the key activities and events our Oregon Lodges are involved in to help our communities where they need it most. We currently have seven unique yet distinct districts that conduct many charitable functions in support of our youth, elderly, special needs, Veterans, homeless, and others in need of our services.
The Oregon State Elks Association's Major Project is Elks Youth Eye Service (EYES), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and the Oregon Elks Children's Eye Clinic is our brand-new facility located at OHSU that opened at the beginning of this calendar year. We are very proud to say we have contributed significantly to the new clinic that bears our name and follows many years of generous support for the previous clinic. Our new clinic provides children with facilities to have world-class pediatric eye care, and together we have conducted many "miracles" for sight.
Another great charitable project that the Oregon Elks provide support for is Camp Meadowood Springs, also a 501(c)(3) organization, located in the beautiful Blue Mountains in Eastern Oregon. This camp provides wonderful opportunities for our youth to get instructional one on one as well as group therapy for improving their speech and hearing abilities. Oregon Elks have been maintaining and operating the camp for many years, and it is recognized as one of the best of its kind in the Nation.
A third outstanding charitable project that Oregon Elks proudly support is the Betty Hise Cancer Research Trust Fund, named in memory of the wife of Past Grand Exalted Ruler Frank Hise. This organization is also a 501(c)(3), and it provides valuable funding for conducting ongoing cancer research and has helped many people throughout its years of existence.
Any donations for all three of these charities are tax deductible within the applicable laws.
I encourage you to look through our Website, share the information with other Elks, and ask your friends and families to consider joining our great Order and the Oregon State Elks Association. Thank you for visiting this site, and God Bless.
Richard K. Shipley