Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Elks Community Builder of the Week

Stevens Point, Wis., Lodge No. 641

Youth in Stevens Point, Wis., are hooked on fishing! Using an Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant, Stevens Point, Wis., Lodge No. 641 partnered with the local police department to hold Cops ‘n’ Bobbers for local youth in need.

Thanks to the Elks, guests are now expert fishermen. Elks taught the children and their families the best kinds of bait to use and how to measure and record the fish they caught. Police officers helped with the fishing lessons and taught youth how to play safely around the water.

Guests left the shore with fishing knowledge and new friends in the Elks and local police officers.

“Cops ‘n’ Bobbers was an excellent cosponsored program,” says Project Manager Michael Kinney. “Our Lodge will definitely be recognized in the community for working with local law enforcement to support local youth.”

Through Beacon Grants, the Elks National Foundation gives Lodges the opportunity to develop an ongoing, charitable, Elks-driven community project. These $2,000 grants are available to all Lodges. To find out more about Beacon Grants and the Community Investments Program, visit

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