Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Elks Community Builder of the Week

Mountain Home, Ark., Lodge No. 1714

Mountain Home, Ark., Lodge No. 1714 used its Gratitude Grant to help kids in need. Elks contacted teachers, counselors and nurses at local schools to see what students lacked. They then shopped for everything from school supplies to clothes and shoes, so the schools could distribute the materials to any child who could use them.

The ENF awards Gratitude Grants to Lodges to directly address local needs. Lodges are eligible to apply for Gratitude Grants after meeting the GER’s per-capita goal. To find out more about Gratitude Grants, visit www.elks.org/enf/community.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Convention Truck is Coming!

By Communications Specialist Kristen Scaletta

It’s summertime at the Elks National Foundation, which can only mean one thing. Convention is coming!

Each year, the Elks hold a national convention where members from across the country gather and attend seminars and meetings, check out one another’s booths, and connect with other members. The Elks National Foundation participates by holding different seminars to share our work and by maintaining a booth in the Convention Center, where visitors can come to learn more about our programs. Check out our website for a list of our Convention events.

This year, the Elks National Convention will be in Phoenix, Ariz., from July 17 to 21. You may think that’s a while from now, but under the guidance of Development Manager Kate Keating Edsey, we’ve been planning for this year’s Convention since last fall.

Each year before Convention, a truck leaves from the Elks headquarters, where our offices are housed, carrying all the items we’ll need for the week. As you may guess, we have thousands of brochures, newsletters, stories on our programs participants, recognition items and other promotional materials (such as much needed fans) to pack up and send to Phoenix.

Right now, we are busy gathering these materials, so many of our offices are piled high with boxes. We’re slowly checking items off of our packing list, which includes everything from signs to sombreros (more on that later).

The truck leaves for Phoenix next week, and we can’t wait to follow it shortly!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Elks Community Builder of the Week

Sand Springs, Okla., Lodge No. 2553


Sand Springs, Okla., Lodge No. 2553 used its Gratitude Grant to help a local therapeutic riding center. Here, Matthew, a child with disabilities, is learning to ride thanks to the Lodge’s donation. Elks keep in touch with the center, which reports that Matthew’s horsemanship and confidence have improved greatly since he began a few months ago.

The ENF awards $2,000 Gratitude Grants to Lodges to directly address local needs. Lodges are eligible to apply for Gratitude Grants after meeting the GER’s per-capita goal. To find out more about Gratitude Grants, visit www.elks.org/enf/community.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Elks Community Builder of the Week

Rancho Cordova, Calif., Lodge No. 2484

As part of the Catch the Spirit Impact Grant Project, Rancho Cordova, Calif., Lodge No. 2484 recently hosted a Welcome Home spaghetti dinner for about 200 California National Guard soldiers and their families. These soldiers recently returned from Afghanistan, where they spent the past year performing Medical Evacuation duties for wounded soldiers. Here, Project Manager Bob Burns Sr. (left) and ER Dave Ferguson (right) pose with a few of their guests.

The ENF awards Impact Grants to help Lodges significantly address unmet needs in Elks communities. Impact Grants are competitive grants worth up to $10,000 and are open to all Lodges. To find out more about Impact Grants, visit www.elks.org/enf/community.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Elks Community Builder of the Week

Santa Cruz, Calif., Lodge No. 824


Summer is in full swing for Santa Cruz, Calif., Lodge No. 824! The Lodge used its Promise Grant to hold a youth golf camp. Watch this video to see photos of the happy golfers.

The ENF awards Promise Grants worth up to $2,000 to the first 500 Lodges that pledge to host an event that helps build the character and competence of youth in their community. To find out more about Promise Grants, visit www.elks.org/enf/community.