Batter up! With the help of Danville, Va., Lodge No. 227’s Promise Grant, the local high school baseball team holds a successful pancake breakfast fundraiser! Here, the team stands ready to serve breakfast to attendees.
by Gabriella Haire2015 Most Valuable Student Scholar My name is Gabriella
Haire and I am a junior studying biomedical engineering at the University of
Minnesota. Beyond dreaming up medical innovations, I enjoy volunteering at the
Ronald McDonald House, training for cross country ski races, and exploring new
cities one ice cream shop at a time.
Following a typical track practice in
March 2015, I received an atypical email. It was an invitation to the Elks Most
Valuable Student Leadership Weekend and the promise of an Elks National
Foundation scholarship. I was elated as I celebrated in the locker room, but I didn’t
fully realize how that email and the Leadership Weekend were just the beginning
of my relationship with the Elks. After a physics
lecture in November 2015, I received an email confirming my acceptance to the
Winter Elks Scholar Service Trip in Oakland, California. I was eager to connect
with Elks scholars for a whole week, rather than just a weekend. As it turned
out, a week w…
by Cullen Edens 2016 Most Valuable Student ScholarCullen,
along with 19 other scholars, came together to serve the San Antonio community
in the name of the Elks from June 26 to June 29. These 20 scholars then joined
130 of their fellow scholars for the 150 for 150 Service and Celebration
Weekend, where all 150 scholars worked together to serve the city of San
Antonio from June 29 through July 2.
My name is Cullen Edens and I am a junior at
East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma where I am majoring in Accounting. When
I was selected as an Elks Most Valuable Student scholar, I simply thought I
would collect my award and move on with my college education. I had no idea the
impact that the Elks National Foundation would have on my life. In late June, I traveled to San Antonio not
knowing that this service trip would transform the way I viewed the communities
around me. Arriving at Trinity University, I met 19 other Elks scholars from
across the country from Maine to California. We instan…
by Taylor Odisho Communications Assistant It’s taken an entire week to fully digest everything I experienced at my first Elks National Convention, and I think I can finally do justice in putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, in sharing them.
I started working as the Communications Assistant at the Elks National Foundation in October of last year. In just nine months, I’ve been exposed to stories, people and moments, and I’ve been working hard to convey these interactions in an honest, interesting light that resonates with our audience.
But it wasn’t until I shook hands with “Crazy Richard” Clayton and his wife; sat down with Nester Tan, a platinum donor with the ENF; or spoke with many of the Elks I’ve been writing about these past several months that everything finally clicked.
There’s a scientific way to say this, but I’m a writer, so I’ll use words. You can study a topic for hours and hours, but you’ll never be able to memorize what you’re reading until you can connect it to …