Thursday, February 26, 2015

Meet the ENF Staff

Jocelyn Moya
Programs Assistant
How long have you worked at the ENF?
Just under two months. I started the first week in January.

What projects are you/your department working on right now?
Grants, grants, and more grants! But seriously, mostly approving Community Investments Program grant applications and reviewing Final Report Forms. It’s actually a very exciting time for us since we just got approved to increase the amounts on Promise and Gratitude Grants and we’re approaching the Community Investments Program’s 10th year.

What’s your favorite part of working at the ENF?
I really enjoy reviewing Final Report Forms. I get a good look into the projects we fund and how they’re impacting local communities. Most of them come with pictures and those are a lot of fun to look through.

Describe your average day at the ENF.

My average day at the ENF starts with responding to emails from local Elks Lodges followed by sorting through the mail to see what exciting things the Lodges have sent us. The majority of the mail we receive is Final Report Forms which I then sort by grant because Mary, Sarah and I each handle different grants. After opening and sorting the mail, I review and process Final Report Forms. Depending on how many we receive that day I might also scour through our files for new pictures to post on the CIP’s Instagram or write a story for Elks in Action. I’ve written two Promise Grant stories so far and I strongly encourage you to check them out. Click here to read the most recent!

What are you looking forward to this year?
I’m really excited to celebrate the 10th year of the Community Investments Program! It’s great to see how much this program has grown and the impact it continues to have in Elks communities. It’s a very exciting time for me to come on board.

Outside of the ENF, I’m really looking forward to the summer. It has been a long and drawn out winter here in Chicago so I’m ready to get outside and enjoy the city.

What’s one thing about you that might surprise people?
I have a fear of clusters of holes, specifically tiny ones. They give me the heebie-jeebies for days. I didn’t realize it was a thing until the topic came up when talking with a friend one day.

What reality show would you go on and why?

Is there one where you get to travel the world and eat a lot of food? That’s the one I’d be on. Ideally it’d be co-hosted by Anthony Bourdain and Shakira.


A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Elks National Foundation helps Elks build stronger communities through programs that support youth, serve veterans, and meet needs in areas where Elks live and work. Lodges meet local needs in Elks communities through Community Investments Program Beacon, Gratitude, Promise and Impact Grants. These grants offer Lodges opportunities to serve the community in ways that will raise the Lodge’s profile, energize the membership, encourage former members to return to the fold, and gain the notice of people who want to be part of an organization that’s doing great things. To learn more about the Community Investments Program, please visit www.elks.org/enf/community. 

 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Meet the Class of 2014 Elks Scholars

Anastasia Pineschi
2014 Legacy Awards Recipient
 
University of California, Los Angeles—Theatrical Set Design Major

Sponsored by Sun City Ariz., Lodge No. 2559


Elks scholars are well-rounded and dedicate their time to the things they are passionate about. For Anastasia Pineschi, she balanced her interests in athletics and the arts while also giving back to her community.

At 9 years-old, Anastasia began taking fencing lessons at the encouragement of her father. Through practice and dedication, she became an internationally ranked fencer and a team captain by high school and continues to develop her skills.

She was also a soprano soloist for the Mira Costa Vocal Ensemble, while serving as Artist Council President at the National Children’s Chorus and performing the principal part in several operas at the Los Angeles Opera.

She also had a strong performance academically, being a member of the National Honors Society and the California Scholarship Federation, an organization that recognizes academically motivated students and encourages involvement in community service.

Anastasia took this encouragement and volunteered her time as a day counselor at the Tumbleweed Day Camp, a camp that allows children to enjoy nature within Los Angeles, and serving as student teacher at the Learning Garden, a community garden located at her high school that allows students to learn about and be close to nature.

She now looks forward to continuing her interest in theatre as she studies theatre set design and combines her interests and passions into a career. 

“I’m extremely grateful to the Elks for their generosity, sense of community and kindness,” says Anastasia. “I want to return my heartfelt thanks to the Elks for the potential they saw within me when I was awarded the status of an Elks scholar.”

A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Elks National Foundation helps Elks build stronger communities through programs that support youth, serve veterans, and meet needs in areas where Elks live and work. In 2014-15, the Elks National Foundation allocated $1 million to fund 250 scholarships for the children and grandchildren of Elks. If you know any Elks children who are high school seniors, encourage them to visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars for information, including eligibility and deadlines.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Meet the Class of 2014 Elks Scholars

Savannah Pham
2014 Most Valuable Student Scholar
 
Stanford University—Psychology Major

Sponsored by Temecula Valley, Calif., Lodge No. 2801


Savannah Pham leads her life according to an Abraham Lincoln quote, “I have an irrepressible desire to live until I can be assured the world is a better for my having lived in it.” Savannah is already on her way to making the world a better place.

In high school, Savannah was active in the Air Force JROTC program, serving as a class officer and senator, and rising in the ranks to become a Cadet Commander for her unit of nearly 300 students.

She was also a leader in academics, being a member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation. She also volunteered her time with the Murrieta Youth Advisory Committee, planning events for local teens to keep them engaged and out of trouble, while also serving as a lawyer for Youth Court, and organizing events for local senior citizens.

Beyond the classroom, she was able to pursue her interest in psychology when she interned as a research assistant at the University of Wyoming, helping conduct studies into depression.

“Being an Elks scholar is a truly humbling and incredible experience,” says Savannah. “I can’t wait to involve myself in service projects at my local Lodge so I can give back to the community that has supported me.”

A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Elks National Foundation helps Elks build stronger communities through programs that support youth, serve veterans, and meet needs in areas where Elks live and work. For 2014-15, the Elks National Foundation allocated $2.44 million to fund the Most Valuable Student scholarship program, which includes 500 four-year Most Valuable Student Scholarships. For more information about the Most Valuable Student scholarship program, including eligibility and deadlines, visit www.elks.org/enf/scholars.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Elks Community Builder


Greenwood, Miss., Lodge No. 854

With the help of the Elks from Greenwood, Miss., Lodge No. 854, Sgt. John Pittman Drive—a major route in the city of Greenwood—is looking more beautiful than ever. The Lodge used an Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant to partner with Boy Scout Troop 200, the Greenwood Department of Public Works, and local volunteers to improve the appearance of this major road. 
 
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of all the individuals involved in making this project a success, 214 trees were planted along the route.

“The Lodge came together and made this a success,” says Community Investments Program Project Manager Walter Jordan. “More members and citizens have expressed a desire to participate in the continuation of the project next year.”

A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Elks National Foundation helps Elks build stronger communities through programs that support youth, serve veterans, and meet needs in areas where Elks live and work. Through Beacon Grants, the ENF 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.