A Message from our 2020 OSEA President
I am honored and humbled to serve as your President this year. We have an opportunity to build on many of the great things the Presidents before me have accomplished and we will work together to make our Organization the best it can be.
We, as a team, will continue the good work already in play by our Lodges, members, officers, and volunteers. We will have significant hurdles to overcome due to the unusual circumstances we are in this year with COVID-19. But as Elks, we persevere. If we come together as a team, I feel we can work with our Lodges all over the State to recover from our closures. It will take work and patience, but with hard work I believe we can do whatever we set our minds to.
We have a new Oregon Elks Children’s Eye Clinic building to open this Fall and many other opportunities ahead of us. Our Oregon Elks Children’s Eye Clinic is one of the premier facilities in the nation which we have been supporting since 1949. The clinicians there offer ground-breaking treatment which gives parents and their children hope for a brighter future. I cannot be more proud of this facility and the doctors there!
Our motto, Elks Care, Elks Share, is taking on an entirely new importance. Our members and Lodges are needed more than ever by those around us. Let’s show everyone what Elks are really about! Whether it be assisting our less fortunate, feeding families in our communities, awarding young adults for their success in school, taking care of our Veterans, or assisting our elderly, I urge all of you to personally do your best in assisting your Lodges and communities get through these challenging times. We can do it if we all come together!
As I travel all around Oregon, I look forward to seeing many of you during my visitations – most to Lodges I’ve never seen before. I hope to meet as many of you as possible and share in the joy of being an Elk.
Thank you all again for your confidence and support!
A Message from our 2019 OSEA President
To my Elk Family,
Wow! What a year, lots of changes, lots of laughter, and even a few tears. I cannot begin to tell you what a wonderful experience this has been for me. Memories I will never forget and will treasure. And in the blink of an eye, it’s over. Hard to believe.
There are so many I want to thank for this incredible journey, first and foremost my AWESOME husband Dudley, who from the beginning to the end, has supported, loved and helped me every step of the way. I love you. Southeast District for believing in me and giving me this opportunity to follow this dream. To the State Officers, who taught me a lot, worked with me, may not have always agreed with me, but stood by me. But most of all, to you the members, the Lodges, the volunteers, you gave me the best year of my life. You welcomed me, you were so gracious and encouraging, you are family, and I thank you for that.
The Elks Children Eye Clinic, a New Hospital, and to be part of that, makes me so proud to be an Elk. Meadowood Springs Camp, a truly remarkable and magical place. We here in Oregon, have such unique and beautiful places and people to give our children the help they need and deserve.
Being able to visit so many lodges over these last seven years as a Vice President and President, has given me a chance to see this unbelievable and gorgeous state from one end to the other. Enterprise to Coquille Valley, two places I had never been to, but will go back to. Beautiful. But it’s the people, the friends who do all the work around the state, I will never forget you, and I thank you for letting me be part of that.
2019-2020, I had the best year ever, and that’s because of YOU, don’t ever change. I know Kim Duty as your new President and the Vice Presidents and Trustees, will make this another great year!
Finally, I would like to Honor this year’s winners of some prestigious awards:
Hall of Fame: Dudley Williams, Ginny Van Loo, Tony Tucker
Elk of the Year: Jim Knauff
Officer of the Year: Rudy Marostica
These people are what it means to be an ELK!!!
With that my friends, I shall finish my year, as your President, like no other. A PANDEMIC! Really! We will get thru this. Please check on each other, make some phone calls, emails, cards, letters. Please stay home and stay safe. And will see you soon.
God Bless each and every one of you. I love you all.
Mary R Williams
Oregon State Elks
Past State Presidents
Officers for 2020-21
President – Kim Duty, N.W.
One-Year Vice President – Richard Shipley, Metro
Two-Year Vice President – Ben Adams, S.C.
Three-Year Vice President – Nick Bettencourt, N.E.
Four-Year Vice President – Dan Buckholz, N.C.
Five-Year Vice President – Steve Malone, S.W.
Six-Year Vice President – Julie Smith-Tittle, S.E.
Seven-Year – David Backlund, N.W.
Chair – Douglas Riggs, N.E.
Two-Year Trustee – Gary Miller, S.E.
Three-Year Trustee – Gilman Smith, S.W.
Four-Year Trustee – Stephen May, N.C.
Five-year Trustee – Edward Parmer, Metro
Six-Year Trustee – Joyce Middleton, N.W.
Seven-Year Trustee – Tim Horn, S.C.
Executive Secretary – Emma Pletz, Metro
Treasurer – Jim Doerfler, N.C.
Sergeant-at-Arms – Paul “Lanny” Schulze, N.W.
Ass’t Sergeant-at-Arms – Bill Rhoads, Metro
Chaplain – Bruce Wilkinson, S.C.
Inner Guard – Randy Morgan, N.E.
Ass’t Inner Guard – Steven Armbruster, N.C.
Tiler – Joel Buoy, S.W.
Ass’t Tiler – Bill Tittle, S.E.
Organist – Dean Lemire, N.W.
Photographer – Carole Pletz, Metro
Tom Winters, S.E.