By Elks National Foundation Development Manager Kate Keating EdseyAll our boxes are packed, we’re ready to go… to the 2015 Elks National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana!
Convention is a big deal around here. As a national organization, we just don’t get to see ENF volunteers and supporters often enough. However, each July, our staff descends on a host city to meet and greet thousands of Elks. Through hosting special ENF events and representing the Foundation at the booth in the exhibit hall, we get to know our friends of the Foundation and hear what is happening in Lodges across the country. We also get to engage with eager Elks at seminars and workshops, helping Lodges with grants, fundraising and youth programs. Pretty exciting, right?
The road to Indy this year—and for every Elks National Convention—is a long one. Our team starts planning for the next year as soon as we return from a Convention, while our successes and opportunities are fresh in our minds. Then, it’s my job to keep us on track with regular meetings as the master schedule continues to grow, and work closely with the Elks Convention Department staff to manage our presence. All of the Convention planning happens as we work on other tasks and duties, which makes it a challenge for everyone involved.
With just two weeks left, we’re ready to send all of our materials to Indy, while putting the finishing touches on events and presentations. We’ll send about 50 boxes on the Convention truck, with assistance from the Grand Lodge shipping department. We’ll meet those boxes—and hopefully you—at the Indiana Convention Center. Click here for the full ENF Convention Schedule.
Want to learn more about the ENF in Indy? Listen to the latest episode of Midday with the ENF, with me as a special guest!
Kate Keating Edsey
With more than 800,000 members and nearly 2,000 Lodges nationwide, Elks are providing charitable services that help build stronger communities across the United States. The Elks National Foundation, the charitable arm of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, helps Elks build stronger communities through programs that support youth, serve veterans, and meet needs in areas where Elks live and work. To learn more, visit www.elks.org/enf.