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What is Communication?

by Christine Robinson Senior Associate, Communications
I work in the Communications Department at the Elks National Foundation, and I get this question a lot—“so what exactly do you do—what is communication?”
Well to me, communication is story telling. We’re sharing the stories of real events. It’s inspirational. The facts, the names, the impact, the awards, the hard work, the volunteerism, the efforts—everything is real. It’s inspiration!
And the story we’re sharing? How you—a powerful network of Elks—are building stronger communities with our funds.
How are we sharing the story?
Through our website, news articles, brochures, letters, social media, infographics, Heartbeat, Midday, and my favorite—films.
You, a powerful network of volunteers, bring the stories to life.
And this year, the films that we created, are so moving and so powerful, that I have to grab tissues every time I watch them. 
This year, we shared a total of nine films during the 2017 Elks National Convention in Reno. Nin…

At Home in the Biggest Little City

by Branden Pearson
Most Valuable Student Scholar At-Large Scholar Advisory Board Representative
After attending the Leadership Weekend in April and visiting my local Lodge––shortly afterwards, I decided to apply for the Elks Scholar Advisory Board. I was fortunate to be selected as an At-Large Representative. One of my first responsibilities was to attend the Elks National Convention in Reno.
When I arrived in Reno, I had the opportunity to reconnect with my friends from the Leadership Weekend and meet the other members of the Scholar Advisory Board. After everyone arrived and we were finished with introductions, we headed to Lake Tahoe to go horseback riding. It was my first time horseback riding, and I had an absolute blast! We ended our horseback ride with a good old-fashioned BBQ and s’mores around the campfire. By the end of the night, I was already so close with all the other scholars and was so excited for the next few days.
We started the next morning with our Elks Scholar Advisory…

Same City, New Perspective

Forever Family

by Samantha Johnson
Most Valuable Student Scholar


My name is Samantha and I am from Annawan, Illinois. I was a 2017 Top 20 Most Valuable Student Finalist and I will be starting school at Loyola University Chicago in the fall. I plan to major in Biology on a pre-health track.
Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a week in Chicago with 15 of my fellow Elks scholars. When I first arrived, I was a little nervous. I had never met any of these people and I wasn't sure what it was going to be like to live with strangers for the next week. 
However, they weren't strangers for long. By the time we were ready for bed that night, we had become friends who had more in common than we could've imagined. We all fit together wonderfully, and throughout the week the relationships continued to build off of the foundations that were established right away. We learned from each other's experiences and we shared our thoughts and feelings. We had meaningful conversations and we also joked …