Ridgewood, NJ Lodge News

District No. 5560

Ridgewood Elks NJ #3 Contributor to National Foundation

Ridgewood Lodge has reached the proud position of number one contributor per capita in the State of New Jersey. Members who have yet to make their contribution this year send checks to the Lodge payable to ENF o sthat the donations may be forwarded to Grand Lodge for calendar year 2007-2008. Donations can also be made online by visiting www.elks.org. National Foundation is the lfeblood of our organization, funding Grand Lodge programs including Scholarships, Hoop Shoot and Youth Activities, Camp Moore, CP Centers in Fair Lawn and Clifton, Drug Awareness and Peer Leadership.

National Foundation is increasing the dollar amount of reimbursement grants available through the Gratitude Grant and Promise Grant components. Gratitude Grants are available to all Lodges that attain the GERs per-capita goal; Promise Grants are available to the first 250 Lodges that pledge to hold events that build the character and competence of local youth. Each component currently offers reimbursement grants of up to $300. That amount will be increased to $400 for the 2007-08 fiscal year. Ridgewood Lodge has benefited from such grants for its Peer Leadership and Drug Awareness programs.

Robert Blum
National Foundation Chairperson

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