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!