Midday with the ENF: 2016

Debbie, Jim and Maryann

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Episode 31: December 2016 | A Midday Christmas Carol

Jim and Debbie are visited by three guests in this special holiday episode. They talk Most Valuable Student program changes, tell tales from this year's Road to Chicago for the Hoop Shoot Finals, and look forward to future Scholar Service Trips. Plus, there's caroling.

Show Notes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the December episode of Midday.
Tribeca Flashpoint College. (This episode was produced by students Colin Uthe and Evan Ullrich.)
The 2016 Chicagoans of the Year. (Debbie's father is one of them!)
Tricia O'Kelley on IMDB. (Jim's sister is famous, too!)
The Most Valuable Student program.
The Hoop Shoot program.
Elks Scholar Service Trips.
Let It Snow. Let Dean Martin make it better.
Getty Powell Award winners attend the Hall of Fame's enshrinement ceremony.
Hoop Shoot Origins. Learn more about Frank Hise and the origins of the Hoop Shoot here.
Still in the Game. TJ and Peyton Cahill give back.
Do You Hear What I Hear? Bing Crosby? You got no complaints.
The Dallas Trip.
The New Orleans Trip.
Deck the Halls. Nat King Cole is better than us.
Good King Wenceslas. And finally, how about this version by the Irish Rovers?


Episode 30: November 2016 | Two Best Friends Enter...

Colleen Muszynski and Mary Morgan fight to the death for the right to be called the Best Friend of the Show. Also, they talk with Jim and Debbie about the new class of Impact Grant recipients and ending veteran homelessness.

Show Notes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the November episode of Midday.

Tribeca Flashpoint College. (This episode was produced by student Colin Uthe.)
The Legacy Awards scholarship contest, for children and grandchildren of Elks.
The Community Investments Program.
Impact Grants specifically.
Meet the 2017 class of Impact Grant recipients.
EFELT and Jeff Mitchell, the 2015 CIP Volunteer of the Year.
This could be your Lodge, if you put some effort into your progress reports.
Naugatuck's seniors project.
The Veterans Service website.
The Warrior Summit Coalition.
V.A. Voluntary Service.
Pat Gleason's tips for serving veterans.
The Welcome Home Booklet.
Our One Last Stand series on veteran homelessness.
Follow Veterans Service on Facebook.
The Summer Scholar Service Trip.
The Veterans Emergency Assistance Program.
The Notre Dame study on homelessness.


Episode 29: October 2016 | So, No One Else Is Coming?

Jim and Debbie handle this one alone. They peek in on the recent Board meeting, catch us up on a couple of work trips, and break down the latest films in the #TrueGritTuesdays series.

Show Notes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the October episode of Midday.

Tribeca Flashpoint College. (This episode was produced by students Colin Uthe and Cody Kapala.)
The Griteos, our #TrueGritTuesdays series about the Hoop Shoot and how it develops gritty kids.
The ENF Choir.
The Foundation's Twitter account. Follow us!
The Legacy Awards scholarship contest, for children and grandchildren of Elks.
The Community Investments Program.
Scholar Service Trips.
The National Scholarship Providers Association.


Episode 28: September 2016 | That Doesn't Sound Like a Job

School is back in session, and we've got Elks Scholar Fellow Jenna Johnson on the big show to talk all about our scholar engagement efforts.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the September episode of Midday.

Tribeca Flashpoint College. (This episode was produced by student Colin Uthe.)
Elks Scholar Fellows.
The 2017 Most Valuable Student scholarship application.
The Spring Scholar Service Trip.
The Summer Scholar Service Trip, including a short film.
Blog post by Garrett, a summer trip participant who joined the Elks.
Blog post by Ashley, another summer trip participant who joined the Elks.
The Welcome Home initiative for homeless veterans.
Tips for meeting the needs of today's veterans, including the Pat Gleason video.
One Last Stand and the companion films.
A short film about Veterans Service's emergency assistance fund.
Elks Scholar Service Days.
Meagan Fuller, the 2015 Alum of the Year.
The Notre Dame study on homelessness.


Episode 27: August 2016 | The Concrete Slab of Understanding

It's grants season! Colleen Muszynski joins Jim and Debbie to talk all about the Community Investments Program.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the August episode of Midday.
Tribeca Flashpoint College. (This episode was produced by students Cody Kapala and Colin Uthe.)
The original Midday talk show.
The CIP's swanky new website.
Teaming up for Teens, a story about the Minnesota site visits.
Susan Good, the CIP's Volunteer of the Year.
The Class of 2016, all 63 Impact Grant recipients.
The Class of 2016, checking in at the halfway point.
The brand-new CIP Field Guide.
ElksInAction on Instagram.
CIP Resources.


Episode 26: July 2016 | A Chicken Dance for the Soul

Jim and Debbie podcast live from Houston in this special convention episode. Guests include the top two Most Valuable Students and the CIP Volunteer of the Year.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in this special convention episode of Midday.
This episode was produced on-site at the Elks National Convention in Houston by Freeman Company.
Who was George R. Brown? Wikipedia knows.
Convention photos.
Elks Scholar Fellows.
The Welcome Home Initiative.
A short film about the Emergency Assistance Program for veterans.
A recap and short film about the Summer Elks Scholar Service Trip.
Elks Scholar Service Trips.
A short film about the Winter Elks Scholar Service Trip.
Our Scholarship Programs.
The Community Investments Program.
A short film about Susan Good, our CIP Volunteer of the Year.
Alum of the Year Opportunity.
Alum of the Year Dr. Rachel Russo.
The Weigel Medical School Scholarship.
Nadya Okamoto's Convention Intro. Jay Little's Convention Intro.
A short film about the Third Annual Leadership Weekend.
Veterans Service website, including the hotline for homeless vets and the website Mary mentioned.
Mary's Welcome Home presentation.


Episode 25: June 2016 | A Bag of Cats

Jim, Debbie and guest Kate Edsey preview the upcoming Elks convention in Houston.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the June episode of Midday.
Tribeca Flashpoint College. (This episode was produced by students Cody Kapala, Colin Page and Colin Uthe.)
Elks Scholar Service Trips.
Elks Scholar Fellows.
Scholar Advisory Board.
Houston Astros Website.


Episode 24: May 2016 | Oh, and by the Way...

Jim and Debbie tell us why the Big Show skipped April. Then they reflect on the Hoop Shoot Finals with Billy Donnelly and on the Leadership Weekend with Maryann Slater in this instant classic episode.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the May episode of Midday.
Tribeca Flashpoint College. (This episode was produced by students Cody Kapala, Colin Page and Colin Uthe.)
The Hoop Shoot Finals Recap, including the highlights video and photos.
The Leadership Weekend Recap, including photos.
ENF in Your State.
The 2016 Class of Legacy Winners.
Beacon Grants.
Gratitude Grants.
Heartbeat.
Foundation Fellowship.
Find Billy and Maryann on the org chart.
Kevin Laue, the keynote speaker.
C.J. Cowgill and the Hoop Shoot Hall of Fame.
The Elks Veterans Memorial.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The 2016 Class of Most Valuable Students.
Elks Scholar Fellows.
Elks Scholar Service Trips.
Cooper's Song.
Cooper's Video.


Episode 23: March 2016 | The March to April

Jim and Debbie check in with Billy Donnelly, who has been marching down the road to the Hoop Shoot finals for the first time. Then they catch up with Maryann Slater, recently returned from the Spring Scholar Service Trip, and look forward to next month's Leadership Weekend.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the March episode of Midday.
Tribeca Flashpoint College. (This episode was produced by students Logan Mounts, Ryan Guida, Michael Hamlin and Alex Edmonds.)
The Hoop Shoot.
The Leadership Weekend.
Billy sings with the ENF Carolers.
Billy blogs about his first Hoop Shoot.
Billy blogs about his trip to Decatur for the state finals.
The field is set. Wish the finalists well by sending e-greetings.
The Chicago Experience.
The Griteos with links to Jim's corresponding blog posts.
A short film about the 2014 Hoop Shoot Finals, featuring returning finalists Cole Pentelute and Bailey Finn.
USA Today article about former national Hoop Shoot champion Makai Mason, the first breakout star of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
A little network called ESPN talks about the Hoop Shoot, during a broadcast at the Maui Invitational last November. The clip features classic, must-see photos of 1974 finalists Chris Mullin and Steve Alford.
Maryann's webinar on engaging Elks scholars.
The Join video starring Maryann and Macy. An instant classic.
Rohini's Instagram page.
Elks Scholars Go to Washington, a recap of the Spring Service Trip.
Youth Service Opportunities Project.
Nourish Now.
Capital Area Food Bank.
A Wider Circle.
A short film about the Summer Service Trip.
A short film about the Winter Service Trip.
The Aleethia Foundation.
The Grateful 20, the 20 Most Valuable Student finalists.
Flickr photo album from the Spring Scholar Service Trip.
Elks Family Video. We'll post a link here as soon as it's done.


Episode 22: February 2016 | All about Albuquerque

Recently returned from the annual budget meeting in Albuquerque, Jim and Debbie share highlights from the trip--including a surprise for Jim--and look forward to the coming year.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the February episode of Midday.
Tribeca Flashpoint College. (This episode was produced by students Alex Grawey, Michael Hamlin and Eric Mallon.)
The Oakland Scholar Service Trip.
Elks Scholar Fellows.
Welcome Home Initiative.
Hoop Shoot: The Chicago Experience.
Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House: Elks Veterans Memorial.
The Backboard.
Kevin Laue, the keynote speaker for the 2016 Hoop Shoot Finals.
Elks Scholar Service Trips.
The 5 Stages of an Elks Scholar Service Trip, Emily Schaff's blog post about the Oakland trip.
An Elks Family Affair, Lynn Glick's blog post about the Oakland trip.
Impact Grants.
Team photo, the fightin' Tigers of the 1979 Lyons Township Little League. (Coming soon.)
Want to double-check Jim's roll call of past Convention sites?
The Foundation's grants and appropriations.
The Community Investments Program.
The Scholar Advisory Board.
The Leadership Weekend.


Episode 21: January 2016 | We're Legal!

We celebrate our coming-of-age episode with Maryann Slater, who is recently returned from the second Elks Scholar Service Trip to the Bay Area. We also hear from another formerly homeless veteran.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the January episode of Midday.
Tribeca Flashpoint College. (This episode was produced by students Ryan Guida, Kristopher Franzen and Logan Mounts.)
First, some mood music for an episode about a trip to California.
The Scholar Advisory Board.
Clara Ritger's The Great American Cooking Story.
Elks Scholar Service Trips.
2015 Leadership Weekend.
Community Collaborations International.
Photo album from the trip.
One Last Stand.
The Lonely Road, Gerald's story.
Elks' Welcome Home Initiative.
V.A.'s hotline for homeless veterans: 877-424-3838.


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