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So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu!

By Christine Wagner, Donor Services Associate

While these lyrics come from my favorite musical, they are a little bittersweet to sing right now. After a little more than three years, I am saying “so long” to the Elks National Foundation to pursue a new career opportunity. While I am very excited to embark on new experiences, I regretfully leave behind a special and unique group of people.

Working in the Donor Services department for the past three years gave me the wonderful opportunity to see all of the generous donations the ENF receives on a daily basis. Down on the first floor, we definitely appreciate the ENF Chairs who have neat handwriting and alphabetized lists! My job also allowed me to talk to volunteers from all across the country; one of my favorite parts of the job! However, it was always hard to hear from the Florida, Arizona, and California Elks about how warm it was in their area of the country while Chicago was still feet deep in snow!

I will look back on my time at the ENF fondly. Whether we are celebrating weddings (we are on a streak of four in four years…I think there is something in the water!), competing in K-Kup (our annual team-building event), or having our end-of-year pizza party (Deep Dish of course. We are in Chicago after all!), the ENF has always been a warm and welcoming place to work. 

What will my coworkers miss about me? Definitely my “impressive” singing voice. Karaoke is one of our favorite hobbies at the ENF! My go-to song? “Born to Run”Long Live the Boss!

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  1. Hey Christine,
    Good luck in your new career.
    Thanks for all your return e mails and info; and your dedication and work for ENF.

    Think of us all sometime.
    Best wishes!!!

    Take care.
    Margie Brouse,
    Berwick, PA #1138

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