Elks, Camera, Action—ENF Video of the Day
Elks National Foundation programs recipients across the country are thankful for support from the Elks family. During the 2013 Convention in Reno, Nev., some of these recipients joined with the Elks to express their gratitude.

View all of our Videos of the Day from Convention demonstrating how Elks are building stronger communities thanks to ENF programs.

Engaging Elks Scholars | Closing Remarks—Macy Warburton

Most Valuable Student scholar and Elks Scholar Advisory Board member Macy Warburton, sponsored by Winfield, Kan., Lodge No. 732, is grateful for being a part of the Elks family, but knows there are many scholars that haven’t had the opportunity to build lasting relationships.

“It is worth it to add all of us to your family.”

Macy Warburton
2010 Most Valuable Student Scholar
Sponsored by Winfield, Kan., Lodge No. 732

Engaging Elks Scholars | Closing Remarks—Maryann Slater

As a Legacy Awards recipient, Elks Scholar Advisory Board member Maryann Slater, sponsored by South Plainfield, N.J., Lodge No. 2298, has grown up with the Elks. She hopes that by actively engaging Elks scholars, more students across the country will have the experience of being a part of the Elks family.

“I’ve met so many different people, and I’d really love to continue that in my life and in the lives of the other Elks scholars.”

Maryann Slater
2011 Legacy Awards Recipient
Sponsored by South Plainfield, N.J., Lodge No. 2298

Engaging Elks Scholars | Closing Remarks—Sean Pringle

As an active volunteer at his sponsoring Lodge, Oceano/Five Cities, Calif., Lodge No. 2504, Most Valuable Student scholar and Elks Scholar Advisory Board member Sean Pringle knows firsthand the positive impact the Elks have on scholars and on the community.

“Getting involved at an earlier age with my home Lodge and establishing a connection through volunteer opportunities has really helped me to understand more about the Order and to be able to contribute with community service.”

Sean Pringle
2010 Most Valuable Student Scholar
Sponsored by Oceano/Five Cities, Calif., Lodge No. 2504

Engaging Elks Scholars | Closing Remarks—Devin Noonan

Legacy Awards recipient and Elks Scholar Advisory Board member Devin Noonan, sponsored by Asbury Park-Wall, N.J., Lodge No. 128, thanks the Elks for his scholarship and encourages the Elks to bridge the gap between Elks and scholars.

“I’m a Legacy scholar. My entire family is Elks. It was in my roots, embedded in me, I’m going to be an Elk one day. Not a lot of people, especially scholars, have that same connection that I had growing up.”

Devin Noonan
2008 Legacy Awards Recipient
Sponsored by Asbury Park-Wall, N.J., Lodge No. 128

Engaging Elks Scholars | Closing Remarks—Sean Loosli

Sean Loosli, sponsored by Provo, Utah, Lodge No. 849, is thankful to the Elks for investing in his future with his Most Valuable Student scholarship in 2003. He encourages the Elks to take advantage of the connections formed with Elks scholars.

“The scholarship isn’t just a gift, it’s more of an investment. It’s an investment in the future of that student. It's an investment in the future of your Lodge. It’s an investment in the future of the community.”

Sean Loosli
2003 Male Top Most Valuable Student Winner
Sponsored by Provo, Utah, Lodge No. 849

Engaging Elks Scholars | Closing Remarks—Jesse LeBeau

Most Valuable Student scholar and Alum of the Year Jesse LeBeau, sponsored by Ketchikan, Alaska, Lodge No. 1429, thanks the Elks for inspiring him to give back to the community.

“I hope that I can live up to the way that you are living your lives.”

Jesse LeBeau
2005 Most Valuable Student Scholar
Sponsored by Ketchikan, Alaska, Lodge No. 1429

Engaging Elks Scholars | Closing Remarks—Karsten Coates

Most Valuable Student scholar and Elks Scholar Advisory Board member Karsten Coates, sponsored by Northern Neck, Va., Lodge No. 2666, stresses the importance of personal connections between Elks and Elks scholars.

“It’s really good to have those personal connections. We would love to continue them, so please do continue to reach out because we’re so thankful for everything you do.”

Karsten Coates
2012 Most Valuable Student Scholar
Sponsored by Northern Neck, Va., Lodge No. 2666

Engaging Elks Scholars | Closing Remarks—Nate Baker

Elks Scholar Advisory Board member Nate Baker, sponsored by Tyrone, Pa., Lodge No. 212, thanks the Elks for his Most Valuable Student scholarship and for a warm welcome into the Elks family.

“I talked with 50 people about my story, about their story, and about how they give back to the Elks and I really felt at home.”

Nate Baker
2013 Most Valuable Student Scholar
Sponsored by Tyrone, Pa., Lodge No. 212

Practical Connections

After receiving his Most Valuable Student scholarship in 2010, Elks Scholar Advisory Board member Sean Pringle returned to his sponsoring Lodge—Oceano/Five Cities, Calif., Lodge No. 2504—to share his first-year college experience. Watch Sean illustrate the importance of celebrating ENF program successes.

“It’s definitely a great opportunity to connect with your Elks scholar whom you sponsor, and to invite them over to the Lodge and have them share their stories of their successes throughout college.”

Sean Pringle
2010 Most Valuable Student Scholar
Sponsored by Oceano/Five Cities, Calif., Lodge No. 2504

Tomorrow’s Elks

Today’s Elks scholars can be tomorrow’s Elks. Our scholars are committed to community service. They join clubs and organizations, and they lead them. They’re industrious. They’re the kind of people who would make great Elks someday, but that’s not going to happen just because we gave them a scholarship. We need to engage them. Watch ENF Director Jim O’Kelley encourage the Elks to engage with Elks scholars, giving them an opportunity to give back now as scholars and in the future as Elks.

“It’s going to take action on our part. We have to go out, we have to make this happen. And the way to do it—personal connections.”

Jim O’Kelley
Director
Elks National Foundation

Family Ties

Legacy Awards recipient and Elks Scholar Advisory Board member Devin Noonan, sponsored by Asbury Park-Wall, N.J., Lodge No. 128, knows that not all Elks scholars had a connection to the Elks as they were growing up. Watch as he demonstrates why all Elks scholars should have the opportunity to build a lasting relationship with the Elks.

“Seeing the level of camaraderie and support and love that this group has really opened my eyes and made me want to be a major part of the organization.”

Devin Noonan
2008 Legacy Awards Recipient
Sponsored by Asbury Park-Wall, N.J., Lodge No. 128

Elks are Fun

Elks love serving their communities, but they also like to have fun. Watch Legacy Awards recipient and Elks Scholar Advisory Board member Maryann Slater encourage the Elks to connect with community members.

“While you are community service-minded, and that is one of the major pillars and goals of your Lodge, you also do have the social atmosphere to offer to members that want to join.”

Maryann Slater
2011 Legacy Awards Recipient
Sponsored by South Plainfield, N.J., Lodge No. 2298

All in the Elks Family

Elks Scholar Advisory Board member Nate Baker, sponsored by Tyrone, Pa., Lodge No. 212, was excited to receive his 2013 Most Valuable Student scholarship. Watch as he thanks the Elks for welcoming him into the Elks family.

“The Elks are a family, and I feel like I’m a brother, a son, a grandson, a nephew to a lot of people.”

Nate Baker
2013 Most Valuable Student Scholar
Sponsored by Tyrone, Pa., Lodge No. 212

Personal Connections

Most Valuable Student scholar and Elks Scholar Advisory Board member Macy Warburton, sponsored by Winfield, Kan., Lodge No. 732 started volunteering at the Elks Hoop Shoot after personally connecting with local Elks. Watch as she explains how these relationships have enhanced her experience in the Elks family.

“I’ve grown all those personal connections, and that’s what has really kept me going.”

Macy Warburton
2010 Most Valuable Student Scholar
Sponsored by Winfield, Kan., Lodge No. 732

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

Most Valuable Student scholar and Elks Scholar Advisory Board member Karsten Coates, sponsored by Northern Neck, Va., Lodge No. 2666, knows that Elks scholars want to give back with the Elks. Watch as he encourages Elks to connect with local scholars and form lasting relationships.

“That first mention is all we really need to build a really strong personal connection.”

Karsten Coates
2012 Most Valuable Student Scholar
Sponsored by Northern Neck, Va., Lodge No. 2666

Joiners, Doers and Leaders

Elks scholars are involved in community service, work and other activities on and off campus. Watch Legacy Awards recipient and Elks Scholar Advisory Board member Maryann Slater, sponsored by South Plainfield, N.J., Lodge No. 2298, explain how your Lodge can engage with busy students.

“We do want to be able to give back, so it’s just important that you let us know.”

Maryann Slater
2011 Legacy Awards Recipient
Sponsored by South Plainfield, N.J., Lodge No. 2298

Missed Opportunities

Legacy Awards recipient and Elks Scholar Advisory Board member Devin Noonan enjoys serving his community. Watch as he explains how he would have benefitted from an opportunity to serve with the Elks as an Elks scholar.

“It makes me feel good when I can see the impact that I’m making on my local community, and look out at the change I’m able to promote.”

Devin Noonan
2008 Legacy Awards Recipient
Sponsored by Asbury Park-Wall, N.J., Lodge No. 128

Pay it Forward

After winning the $60,000 Most Valuable Student scholarship in 2003, Sean Loosli, sponsored by Provo, Utah, Lodge No. 849, thanked the Elks by giving back to help others. Watch Sean explain his contributions to the ENF and to Elks’ communities.

“I’ve felt a desire to continue to give back and continue to contribute to the Elks, as well as paying it forward to other people who are in my situation.”

Sean Loosli
2003 Male Top Most Valuable Student Winner
Sponsored by Provo, Utah, Lodge No. 849

Hoop Shoot Report: Part 3 of 3

2013 Female Getty Powell Award Winner—Kiera Holcer
Although she’s small, Kiera, sponsored by Brookfield, Mo., Lodge No. 874, has a big heart and much talent. With a perfect score of 25 out of 25 free throws, Kiera became a Hoop Shoot National Champion and the female Getty Powell Award winner. Watch Kiera thank her new friends, the Elks.

“The one common trait among every Elks member I have met is the fact that they truly care about me and hope I do my best—win or lose.”

Kiera Holcer
2013 Getty Powell Award Winner
Sponsored by Brookfield, Mo., Lodge No. 874

Hoop Shoot Report: Part 2 of 3

2013 Male Getty Powell Award Winner—Landon Carroll
After sinking 25 out of 25 free throws at the 2013 Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals, Landon Carroll, sponsored by Jackson, Ohio, Lodge No. 466, became a Hoop Shoot National Champion and the male Getty Powell Award winner. Watch as he thanks the Elks for the support along the road to Springfield.

“It has been one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me. The Elks and the Hoop Shoot family have taught me much more than basketball.”

Landon Carroll
2013 Getty Powell Award Winner
Sponsored by Jackson, Ohio, Lodge No. 466

Hoop Shoot Report: Part 1 of 3—Hoop Shoot Recap


Bringing two ENF programs together, 2009 Most Valuable Student scholar Clara Ritger, sponsored by Tahoe-Douglas, Nev., Lodge No. 2670, produced this recap of the 2013 Hoop Shoot National Finals, showing the dedication of the 72 finalists. Watch Clara’s video with an introduction by ENF Director Jim O’Kelley.

“You don’t have to be fast, or big or strong. If you’re willing to put in the time it takes to master the shot, then you can compete at a high level in the Elks Hoop Shoot.”

Jim O’Kelley
Director
Elks National Foundation

Return on our Investment—Elks scholar Sean Loosli


The ENF was confident in the investment in Sean Loosli’s future when he was awarded the 2003 Male Top MVS scholarship. Ten years later, watch as Sean demonstrates his return on our investment as he gives back to the ENF to help others in the future.

“I hope that my continued participation with the Elks will bring positive returns to many of you as well.”

Sean Loosli
2003 Male Top Most Valuable Student Winner
Sponsored by Provo, Utah, Lodge No. 849

Top 2013 MVS Female Winner—Grace Young


Watch as Grace Young, sponsored by Hoboken, N.J., Lodge No. 74, thanks a group with values similar to her own—the Elks. Like the Elks, Grace helps those in need get an education through a community service project to support students in and out of school.

“I am honored to be a part of the Elks family, and I cannot wait to get involved, make my own mark, and give back by impacting future generations of Elks.”

Grace Young
2013 Female Top Most Valuable Student Winner
Sponsored by Hoboken, N.J., Lodge No. 74

Top 2013 MVS Male Winner—Anish Athalye


Although Anish Athalye, sponsored by Worcester, Mass., Lodge No. 243, could not attend Convention, he wanted to express his gratitude to the Elks for his scholarship. Watch as Anish explains his future plans at his dream school.

“I am truly honored to have been chosen as one of the top MVS scholarship winners.”

Anish Athalye
2013 Male Top Most Valuable Student Winner
Sponsored by Worcester, Mass., Lodge No. 243

Elks Scholar Thank You


Debuted at Convention, watch this video that features 2013 Most Valuable Student and Legacy Awards scholars thanking the Elks for investing in their futures and welcoming them into the Elks family.

“I speak on behalf of all of us when I say we all owe a lot to the Elks. We are so thankful for this Foundation.”

Nicholas Staffileno
2013 Legacy Awards Recipient
Sponsored by Casper, Wyo., Lodge No. 1353


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