Lodge #2844 Home
The Bedford Elks Lodge #2844 was granted a charter on November 20, 2005. Being a new Lodge we do not yet have a building of our own. We currently hold our meetings at the Elks National Home. We have purchased 5 acres of land from the Elks National Home, a place for our own lodge. We continue to raise funds to build our new home. Also we have developed a site plan for our property and are solicting contractors for bids.
Even though we are young in years, our membership as of December 15, 2011 is 764 members. We have been very blessed to have the support of Elks in the community of Bedford. Of course, having the Elks National Home in our city has had a huge impact on our growing membership.
The Bedford Lodge is active in our community. The Bedford Lodge is proud that Robert "Bob" Humphreys is our Exalted Ruler. Pat Shelor,a member of our lodge is the past Virginia Elks State President and is now a member of the Virginia Elks Association Trustees. Member Father Steven McNally,is the Grand Lodge Chaplain. Pat Shelor is a Past Presidents of the Virginia Elks Association and one of the Presidential Aides to the current State President. John Owen, one of our Lodge's Trustees is a past Grand Exalted District Deputy for the Southwest District, Southwest District Chairman of the Government Relations Committee and Southwest District Chairman of the Ritualistic Committee.
Our major youth project is the Virginia Elks Youth Camp and our Secretary, Michael Haynes, is Past President of the Virginia Elks Youth Camp. Marie Haynes is a Director of the Camp representing our Lodge. The Bedford Lodge members are responsible for the "Bedford Cabin", performing all needed maintenance required on the cabin each year. This year we will send 31 youths from the Bedford area to camp at no expense to the youths. We are proud to be able to extend this valuable experience to youth of Bedford.
Our other Virginia Elks Associastion Major Project, Safety Classes,is being sponsored also by our Lodge. This past year we donated 100 pair of safety glasses to the Bedford Area Schools for their Industrial Arts Programs. Our budget for this year has funds for safety glasses again this year and we will donate the amount needed by the local school system.
We are also very involved with the Veterans at the Salem VA Hospital and the Virginia Care Center. We help sponsor bowling, ice cream and cake events, furnish winter coats to the Veterans in need and participate in the Southwest District Cookouts twice a year.
This past year we donated grant funds to the Precept Schools of Virginia, located in Bedford, the D-Day Foundation for the Foundations summer youth camp, the Bedford MuseumKids Program, Hunters for the Hungry, Bedford Christian Free Clinic, Societyof St. Andrew, Patrick Henry Girls School and Smith Mt. Lake Disabled American veterans. Also donations from the Lodge were given to the Elks National Home, Bedford Christmas Station, Bedford Vol. Fire Dept, Bedford House, Bedford Life Saving Crew, Bedford City/County Museum, Bedford Ride, Boy Scut Troop 183 and to the Pulaski Va. Elks Lodge No. 1067 for their Disaster relief Fund.
Our Lodge also participates in other local events; Bedford CenterFest where we distribute Drug Awareness materials; May Day on the Loop; scholarships, where we have had two winner of $1000-and one 4year $1,000 scholarships and a $4,000 scholarship to a grandaughter of one of our members; we have a girl hoop shooter this year who won the State Contest, the regional shoot and was a contestant in the National Grand Lodge Shoot where she finished 6th. We donate American Flags to local schools, have Flag Day and Memorial Day services at the National Home.
Our Secretary's Office is located on the second floor of the Elks National Home. Our lodge phone number is 540-425-9333 and our email address is email@example.com. We urge you to call or email for information. If not available please leave a message and we will return your call.
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