Emblem #265 News
President Virginia Frizzle
Meets First Tuesday of the month 7:00 pm at the Elks lodge
Greetings Elks Lodge 1934
We would like to thank the many Elks who supported our Military Mail Breakfast last month. This last year I have appreciated all the Elks do for our Emblem Club and this community. The new Emblem officers will be installed on Saturday, March 7, 2015. This is my farewell message as president. Vice President Carol Swain will be our new president and continue keeping the Lodge informed on Emblem news as we continue to work with the Elks in the coming year.
Yours in Emblem,
The Supreme Emblem Club of the U.S.A. A small group of Elks' ladies began meeting together in 1917 to wrap bandages for American troops during the First World War. They enjoyed the sociability, and at the same time felt the joy of accomplishment. The combination of assisting others and enjoying good fellowship appealed to other women, and a community group came together. Fifteen members of a group of ladies in Providence, Rhode Island, related to members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, who were active under the name of Emblem Club, developed the idea of a national organization of such groups. The organization was chartered in the State of Rhode Island as the Supreme Emblem Club of the United States of America by Esther A. Sweeney, Mary T. Duffy, Alice Farrell, Mary L. Clark, and Charlotte O'Conner of the "original fifteen", on April 27, 1926, and filed in the office of the Secretary of State of Rhode Island on May 3, 1926. Nine Emblem Clubs were organized during the first year in the New England States in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. This number has steadily increased and now, in more than seventy years of formal existence, Emblem Clubs are located in every section of this country, including Alaska and Hawaii. With this organization continuously progressing, the future of Emblem is even more promising.
The Emblem Club attracts individuals of many diverse talents, abilities, and ages, all of whom combine to make Emblem a very special organization. In Emblem there is an important place for each member.
The insignia of the organization, an Elk's head surrounded by a wreath, is used on pins, stationery, publications and banners. This insignia shows that our members are related to or sponsored by members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America, and cooperates in their endeavors, when invited to do so.
The adopted colors of the Emblem Clubs are Purple and Gold.
The color of royalty, denotes the highest standards and principles and is used by the Elks with whom our relationship or sponsorship establishes eligibility for membership in the Emblem Club.
This color is used to signify quality or great value and symbolizes the rich blessings and material means.
The Ritual for the Emblem Clubs was written by officers of the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the U.S.A., and was adopted in the early years. The Ritual includes a nondenominational prayer, and a salute to the Flag of the United States of America.
An individual must be a citizen of the United States of America and at least eighteen years old. A prospective member must be sponsored by an Emblem Club member and by a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America. An Emblem Club may be recognized as an auxiliary by an Elks Lodge. However, the Lodge has no jurisdiction in the formation, rules, or regulations of the Emblem Club.
The Emblem Club is an independent organization. The goodwill and assistance of the members of the Lodge of Elks is most welcome and helpful and cooperation between the Elks and the Emblem Club is most desirable in the interest of progress and harmony. An Emblem member attending a meeting or social event within the Elks Lodge must be governed by and obey the House Rules of the Elks Lodge.
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