Thursday, August 29, 2013

Elks Community Builder of the Week

Weehawken, N.J., Lodge No. 1456
Weehawken, N.J. is a more beautiful place thanks to the Elks! Using an Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant, Weehawken, N.J., Lodge No. 1456 partnered with local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, a teen peer leadership group, and other high school students to plant a garden surrounding Weehawken Town Hall.


The students gave this project two green thumbs up! They enjoyed digging in the dirt, and working alongside other local youth and the Elks.

To keep the plants and their new friendships thriving, the Elks plan to tend to the community garden year-round.

“The Lodge furthered its status in the community by working with youth on this visible project,” says Project Manager Thomas Rovito. “We plan to plant more next year, and cultivate this project for years to come.”

Does your Lodge want to be featured on the ENF blog or other ENF pages? Simply submit fabulous Final Report Forms! Include project successes, feedback from the Lodge and community, and photos that we can share with others. Be sure to have all 2012-13 Beacon, Gratitude and Promise Grant Final Report Forms submitted by Saturday, August 31, to be eligible to apply for 2013-14 grants and for the chance to be featured on the ENF website, Facebook or Twitter!

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 www.elks.org/enf/community.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Elks Community Builder of the Week

Islip, N.Y., Lodge No. 2533
President Bush hails from New Haven, Conn. President Truman grew up in Independence, Mo., and President Jefferson was born in Shadwell, Va. The Elks hope that in 2036, our nation’s President calls Islip, N.Y. home.

To help youth learn more about public service, Islip, N.Y., Lodge No. 2533 used an Elks National Foundation Promise Grant to teach middle school students about Islip’s local government. The Elks and the students explored Islip by meeting with the town supervisor, visiting Town Hall, and touring local facilities like the airport and the recycling center.


After their educational morning, Elks treated the students to lunch in town, where they talked about what they learned on their trip.

“Our Promise Grant project allowed the Lodge to maintain a good relationship with the town and its schools,” says Project Manager Bruce Trezise. “Students learned about the Elks, their town and local government.”

The Elks National Foundation awards $2,000 Promise Grants to the first 500 Lodges that pledge to host an event that helps build the character and competence of local youth. To find out more about Promise Grants and the Community Investments Program, visit www.elks.org/enf/community.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Elks Scholar of the Week

Michael Maley
2013 Most Valuable Student scholar
Sponsored by Des Plaines, Ill., Lodge No. 1526

 
As an economics major at Washington University, Michael will learn about smart investments. Watch as he thanks the Elks for investing in his future through his MVS scholarship.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Elks Community Builder of the Week

Franklin, N.H., Lodge No. 1280
When you think of famous trailblazers, who come to mind? Lewis and Clark? Daniel Boone? The Franklin Elks?

Armed with their gear and an Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant, members of Franklin, N.H., Lodge No. 1280 partnered with local Boy Scouts and mapped hiking trails throughout the Great Gains Memorial Forest in Franklin, N.H. The Elks and the scouts headed out into the wilderness, cleared two trails, and built two bridges and a picnic table.

To encourage all kinds of exercise, the Elks and their new partners are working year-round to finish walking, biking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing trails. And that’s only Stage 1. The Elks anticipate that the entire project will take four to five years to complete. With the support of the ENF Beacon Grant, they are looking forward to working with the Boy Scouts every step of the way.

“Our project utilizes a very valuable local resource, offering residents a new outdoor experience,” says Project Manager Winnie Keyser. “Elks’ participation in this project serves as a positive example of the Lodge’s commitment to serving our community.”

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
www.elks.org/enf/community.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Elks Scholar of the Week

Ian Ludden
2013 Most Valuable Student scholar
Sponsored by Brandon, Fla., Lodge No. 2383
We asked Ian, “What does your MVS Scholarship mean to you?”

“My MVS Scholarship allows me to run on the cross-country team and continue my musical interests without financial stress.”

Ian will be on the cross-country team at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terra Haute, Ind. When he’s not running or practicing his cello, Ian will be hard at work studying computer engineering.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Elks Community Builder of the Week

Goodland, Kan., Lodge No. 1528
The Elks at Goodland, Kan., Lodge No. 1528 spread healthy eating habits to the community! Using an Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant, the Goodland Lodge provided healthy afternoon snacks for students in need at a local elementary school.

Throughout the school year, Elks prepared and delivered nutritious food to students and teachers in need two days each week. The Elks enjoyed providing a variety of fruits and veggies and the students enjoyed trying them all!

“We gave the students the opportunity to try many different kinds of fruits and vegetables,” says Project Manager Zona Price. “They were treated to berries, melons, pineapple, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus and much more.”

With the help of the Gratitude Grant, the Elks encourage students to eat healthily—a message that some do not receive at home.

“Keeping our children safe and healthy is our first and foremost concern,” says School District Superintendent Bill Biermann. “Programs such as this help us see our goals through successfully.”

The Elks National Foundation helps Lodges serve their communities by offering $2,000 Gratitude Grants. Lodges are eligible to apply for Gratitude Grants after meeting the National President’s per-member goal for giving to the Foundation. To find out more about Gratitude Grants and the Community Investments Program, visit www.elks.org/enf/community.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Elks Scholar of the Week

Tonita Britt
2013 Legacy Awards recipient
Sponsored by Baker, Ore., Lodge No. 338

The Elks have always been an important part of Tonita’s life. Now, they continue to support her as she goes to Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. next year. See why else Tonita is thankful for her Legacy Award: