Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Elks Community Builder of the Week

Coshocton, Ohio, Lodge No. 376

 
For the Elks in Coshocton, Ohio, family safety is a number one priority. Using an Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant, Coshocton, Ohio, Lodge No. 376 partnered with the local fire department to provide smoke detectors and home safety tips for families without smoke detectors in their homes.

“Coshocton has many families in need,” says Community Investments Program Project Manager Marilyn Griffis. “We were able to give supplies and support to community members whose homes lacked smoke detectors.”

The Beacon Grant project raised the Lodge’s profile in the community, motivating some of the local firefighters to join the Lodge.

“The fire department was overjoyed to help with this event,” says Griffis. “The community got to see how the Elks are interested in helping those in need.”

Don’t miss the opportunity to serve your community with $2,000! Beacon Grants, available to every Lodge, help Lodges like Coshocton hold ongoing, Elks-led charitable projects. Don’t wait! Applications for 2013-14 Beacon Grants are due on March 31, 2014. For more information about Beacon Grants and to access the online application, visit www.elks/org/enf/community/BeaconGrants.cfm.

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, January 22, 2014

Elks Community Builder of the Week

Van Wert, Ohio, Lodge No. 1197


Up, up and away! Using an Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant, Elks from Van Wert, Ohio, Lodge No. 1197 partnered with the Van Wert hospital, local senior homes, local support groups for people with disabilities, and the Van Wert Regional Airport to provide hot air balloon rides for community members with special needs.

The Elks stayed grounded, helping riders in and out of the wheelchair accessible balloon and offering food and friendship to guests.

Thanks to the Beacon Grant, the Elks were able to connect with local organizations and give community members in need an uplifting, memorable experience.

“This is my first time in a balloon,” says local nursing home resident Rita Clapp. “My whole family came to watch!”

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.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Where Has the Time Gone?

by 2010 Most Valuable Student scholar and Elks Scholar Advisory Board member Macy Warburton

Macy Warburton, an at-large representative on the Elks Scholar Advisory Board, reflects upon her recent graduation from Kansas State University, and what the Elks have meant to her throughout her college career.

Looking back a few years, I can clearly remember receiving the notice that I had been awarded a Most Valuable Student scholarship. Now, as a recent graduate of Kansas State University, I am able to look back to my college graduation and remember the time that I was awarded my undergraduate degree. Where has the time gone?

The moment I walked across the stage at graduation to receive my diploma was a moment that came with many emotions. I often have heard stories of people’s lives flashing before their eyes, and to be honest, graduation was a lot like that. In an instant, numerous college memories came to mind—from all the exams I had taken to all the people I had grown close with over the past few years. It was then that I realized how meaningful that moment actually was. Graduating college means more to me than recognizing that I had done well enough to pass my classes and receive my degree. It means that I am a better person now than I was just a few years ago because of the many people and opportunities that have allowed me to grow in all aspects of my life.

Hoop Shoot Regional Director Randy Gragg
and his wife celebrate with Macy.
One major highlight of my college career that stands out far beyond the rest is being an Elks scholar. Beginning college, I was extremely thankful for the financial help the MVS scholarship provided me. Now I am thankful for this and so much more. Being an Elks scholar gave me connections, support, service opportunities, and a whole lot of fun. The Elks have allowed me to serve alongside them at Hoop Shoot contests, help engage new scholarship recipients, and simply become a member of the Elks family. They have truly been there for me through it all, teaching me to take advantage of every opportunity given to me and to care for every person I meet, while always having fun in the process.

All in all, graduation has shown me that I am not taking a final step, but rather a beginning step into the rest of my story. I am ecstatic to know that the Elks will continue to be an integral part of my life as I continue this story.

Macy Warburton
2010 MVS Scholar
Sponsored by Winfield, Kan., Lodge No. 732

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Elks Community Builder of the Week

Cedar City, Utah, Lodge No. 1556


Youth in Cedar City, Utah can see clearly now thanks to the Elks. Using an Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant, Cedar City, Utah, Lodge No. 1556 partnered with Southern Utah Vision, local schools, and a local eye doctor to start Code Glasses, providing eye care for youth in need. After Elks performed preliminary eye exams at the Lodge, they took families to the local eye doctor for a follow-up exam and ensured every child in need of glasses received a pair.

“Thank you, Elks Lodge. Now I can see the world much brighter,” reads a note from Zandihr, who benefitted from Code Glasses.

Thanks to the Beacon Grant, the Cedar City Elks provided support and a healthy start for youth in need. The project also reenergized Lodge members, motivating them to get involved with the Lodge’s community service.

“This project was a success,” says Community Investments Program Project Manager JoAnn Aldridge. “Even members that aren’t involved in the Lodge came to help out.”
 
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.