Midday with the ENF: 2019 (Season 6)

Hosting an episode of Midday isn't all grins and giggles.

Join the Midday crew for their ground-breaking (maybe) sixth season! Don't miss a single pod as host Jim O'Kelley and sidekick Debbie Doles give you an insider's look at the Elks National Foundation and the programs we fund.

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Episode 53: April 2019 | The Podcast Jumps to Warp Speed

In a brisk episode, Jim and Debbie introduce the top 20 Most Valuable Students and then share some of the storylines for this year's Hoop Shoot National Finals. This one will get you pumped for the two big April events.

Show Notes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the April episode of Midday.

  • Flashpoint Chicago. (This episode was produced by students Beau Falcon, Nikolai Stier and Savannah Victoria.)
  • Learn more about the Welcome Home initiative and the Emergency Assistance Fund.
  • Check out the videos and other great coverage from the Biloxi service trip right here.
  • Learn more about the Portland service trip right here.
  • Check out photo albums and short films from the first five Leadership Weekends right here.
  • Meet our Board of Trustees.
  • Okay, so maaaaaaybe the Top 20 finalists weren't as final as we led you to believe. Shortly after we recorded this episode, one of the 20 declined our invitation to attend the Leadership Weekend and accepted a $4,000 runner-up award instead. The actual Top 20 are listed here.
  • We've compiled some of the Nard Dog's greatest hits for you.
  • And speaking of great hits, this one goes out to one of the Top 20 finalists. (And, raspberries to Jim for botching the lyrics.)
  • Here's Anthony Thompson's Convention hype video from 2018. He's one of two returning champions in this year's Hoop Shoot National Finals field.
  • The other is two-time champion Camden Cowgill. Here is Camden's Convention hype video from 2016. We also did a Griteo about the Cowgill dynasty and Camden's rivalry with his legendary uncle. Watch Anything You Can Do.
  • Anthony and Camden will be joined by another champion from 2016, Samantha Griebel. Check out For My Sisters, a story about Samantha carrying her three older sisters to the finish line.
  • The Griebels joined the Fidelity Club. You should, too.
  • When we interviewed him at the 2017 National Finals, DeShun Coleman knew he'd be back one day. This year is that day. Here's DeShun in I'll Be Back.
  • Will Parkhouse, his brother and father appear in this Griteo from the 2016 contest, Hangin' Out. It speaks to the benefits of spending time with your kids.
  • Give your ears and eyes a rest after that battery of videos. Here's a web story about the Besonens of Michigan.
  • Explore the rich history of the Hoop Shoot program.
  • Okay, here's the Randy Eaton story that we stumbled through on the pod. In his very first year as the state director for Missouri, Randy had a national champion, Paula Corder. (... Debbie was right.) Paula went on to play at Southeastern Missouri University, where she led the nation in free throw percentages in 1999. She's still in the top 10 of highest free throw scorers in the NCAA.
    This year, in Randy's final year as a state director, Paula is back with her daughter, Kaylee King. Feels like full circle for Randy.
    Hoop Shoot lore is filled with great stories like that!
  • Fine, here's one more trans-generational Griteo: Bit by the Hoop Shoot Bug.
  • Check out the full field of 2019 National Finalists, and send some e-greetings to your favorites. We'll compile the greetings in a booklet and present them to the Finalists when they arrive in Chicago. We want their weekend to begin with the knowledge that their family, friends and the Elks are rooting for them.
  • Like this stuff? Then like us on Facebook and get a daily dose of feel-good stories.
  • And there are soooooooo many more videos like the ones we linked to here on our YouTube channel. Check it out and subscribe.
  • And finally, the link to Jim and Debbie's podcast about A Game of Thrones, A Podcast of Ice and Fire, is currently down. We'll get that fixed ASAP.

Episode 52: March 2019 | The Fast Track to Destruction

Jim and Debbie interview Nicole, a veteran who was on the fast track to destruction before getting help from the V.A. and the Elks. Plus CIPsters Colleen Conrad and Chelsea Dennis drop by to talk about the new Spotlight Grant. 

Show Notes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the March episode of Midday.

  • Flashpoint Chicago. (This episode was produced by students Beau Falcon, Nikolai Stier and Savannah Victoria.)
  • Don't blame February for the shortened month. It's actually this guy's fault.
  • Learn more about the Community Investments Program. You'll have to wait for more info about the Spotlight Grant, though.
  • The ENF offers a scholarship for the children of deceased or totally disabled elks. Learn more.
  • Learn more about the Welcome Home initiative and the Emergency Assistance Fund.
  • (We also fund the Veterans Service Commission's other programs.)
  • So, what exactly is a Most Valuable Student?
  • Nicole is one of the veterans featured in the #BeTheSpark series. Read her story and others. Since joining the fight to end veteran homelessness in September 2015, the Elks have helped more than 1,350 veterans like Nicole exit or avoid homelessness through timely emergency financial assistance.
  • Our mission is to build stronger communities. Want to help?
  • On the page for each grant component of the CIP, you'll find a link to Instagrant ideas.
  • Learn more about CIP Patron Saint Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

Episode 51: January 2019 | Back on the Bayou

Just back from the Service Trip to Biloxi, Elks Scholar Fellow John Kavula joins Jim and Debbie on the big show. Episode 51 also features interviews with Rose, a veteran who avoided homelessness thanks to emergency assistance from the Elks, and Fischer Brown, a three-time Hoop Shoot National Finalist. 

Show Notes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the January episode of Midday.

  • Flashpoint Chicago. (This episode was produced by students Beau Falcon and Nikolai Stier.)
  • Learn more about the 2019 class of Impact Grant recipients.
  • Watch Opened Doors, a new film about the Oshkosh grants team.
  • Help us get rated on Charity Navigator. Click the link, register as a user for free, then search for Elks National Foundation and click the Vote Now button.
  • Our next #TrueGritTuesday Griteo series launches on January 22. Watch on Facebook, our YouTube channel, or right here at elks.org. Watch for new Griteos every Tuesday!
  • Want more news from the Hoop Shoot program?
  • Learn more about the Welcome Home initiative and the Emergency Assistance Fund.
  • Rose is one of the veterans featured in the #BeTheSpark series. Read her story and others. Since joining the fight to end veteran homelessness in September 2015, the Elks have helped more than 1,350 veterans like Rose exit or avoid homelessness through timely emergency financial assistance.
  • You can learn more about, and catch up on all the great coverage from, the Biloxi service trip right here. Having just watched the rough cuts of the Biloxi films, we can tell you that they're going to be amazing.
  • If you'd like to learn more about past service trips, or the upcoming Portland trip, you can do that from this handy dashboard.
  • John was joined on the Biloxi trip by fellow Fellow Brianna Bueltmann. Meet the Elks Scholar Fellows.
  • Learn more about the Gratitude Grant component of the Community Investments Program.
  • Finally, tell the high school seniors in your life about the Legacy Awards scholarship for the children and grandchildren of Elks. The deadline is coming!

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