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The Bedford Elks Lodge #2844 was granted a charter on November 20, 2005.
The Bedford Lodge is proud that Nancy Owen is our current Exalted Ruler. Member Father Steven McNally,is the Grand Lodge Chaplain. Tim Childress is the current Southwest Virginia District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, Pat Shelor is a Past President of the Virginia Elks Association and a member of the Past State Presidents Advisory Council. John Owen is Fourth Vice President of Virginia Elks Association, a Lodge Trustee and a past Grand Exalted Ruler District Deputy for the Southwest District.
Bedford Elks Lodge #2844 was inspired by the handbags of hope project and sees it as an opportunity to help in the time of need. The lodge has donated handbags to the local Domestic Violence which helps many families in unpleasant and volatile situations that cause a need for family members to vacate their home in a hurry often only with the clothes on their back. One Virginia Elks Association major projects is the Virginia Elks Youth Camp. The Bedford Lodge members are responsible for the "Bedford Cabin", performing all maintenance required on the cabin each year. Each year boys and girls are able to attend the camp at no cost to them. We are proud to be able to extend this valuable experience to youth of Bedford. Another VEA major project is shop safety glasses. The Bedford Lodge annually supplies area shop students with high performance shop safety glasses at no cost to the student.
Other youth initiatives include the annual hoop shoot competition and distributing drug awareness literature to youth and their parents.
We are also involved with the Veterans at the Salem VA Hospital and the Virginia Care Center. We partner with Southwest District lodges to help with activities including ice cream socials and cookouts.
Donations are made annually to local community organizations to help fund their cost of operation.
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