Midday with the ENF: 2015

Join the ENF for lunch! Listen to the latest episodes of Midday with the ENF. The Elks National Foundation's monthly podcast—hosted by Director Jim O'Kelley and sidekick Debbie Doles, the Assistant Director—features stories, jokes, and an inside look into ENF programs.

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Episode 20: December 2015 | The Big Show Turns 20!

Would-be Best Friend of the Show Colleen Muszynski and her minion Jocelyn Moya join Jim and Debbie to discuss using Lodge grants to address veteran homelessness. We hear from two more formerly homeless vets. And there's caroling. It's an episode worthy of a landmark birthday!

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the December episode of Midday.
Tribeca Flashpoint College (This episode was produced by students Ryan Guida, Kristopher Franzen and Logan Mounts.)
"Muscle and Tissue," Michael Baron's original song about Jim's Godson, M. Cooper Heinz, who died November 23, 2014.
A Facebook post about the stakeholder dinner at the Elks Veterans Memorial.
Functional Zero in veteran homelessness defined.
Pat Tillman.
Breaking down the CIP grants.
Peace and Quiet, Erin's story.
Off Course, Ryan's story.
Resurfacing, Rickey's story from episode 19.
One Last Stand: The Fight against Homelessness.
Video of the ENF carolers!

Episode 19: November 2015 | The Fight against Homelessness

Friend of the Show Mary Morgan, the director of the Elks National Veterans Service Commission, joins Jim and Debbie to talk about the Elks' commitment to help the Veterans Administration eliminate the scourge of homelessness. The episode features an interview with Rickey, a formerly homeless veteran.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the November episode of Midday.
Tribeca Flashpoint College (This episode was produced by students Ryan Guida and Kristopher Franzen.)
"Muscle and Tissue," Michael Baron's original song about Jim's Godson, M. Cooper Heinz, who died November 23, 2014.
A better definition of a meme.
The Elks' Welcome Home Initiative.
Lodge grant programs.
One Last Stand: The Fight against Homelessness.
Resurfacing: Crime, Dumpsters, and the Sweet Sound of Keys.
The HUD-VASH program.
Tips for serving veterans and the Pat Gleason video.
PADS Shelter Program.
Elks Headquarters' clothing drive for homeless veterans.
The Emergency Educational Grant program and Haylee Manning's story.
The Veterans Service website.

Episode 18: October 2015 | 2016 Impact Grant Recipients

Jim and Debbie discuss the 2016 Impact Grants with Colleen Muszynski. After listening, share your ideas by emailing the Midday Mailbag.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the October episode of Midday.
Tribeca Flashpoint College
2016 Impact Grant Recipients
Click here to learn more about the Impact Grant.
Impact Grant Review Sheet
2015 Impact Grants in Action
Fresno, Calif., Lodge No. 439—Mt. Olympus Challenge
Share Bear Snack Pack Project

Episode 17: September 2015 | #Gritober Preview

Jim and Debbie chat with Wendi Dwyer, the new Communications Manager at the ENF, about GRIT. After listening, share your ideas by emailing the Midday Mailbag.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the September episode of Midday.
Jim's interview with Clara Ritger.
Jim's interview with Bryce and Sean.
Caught up in the Moment or Grit Happens—Jim's Blog Post
Hoop Shoot Volunteer Film
Against All Odds: Autumn Pack | 2014 Most Valuable Student Top Scholarship Winner

Episode 16: August 2015 | Inaugural Scholar Service Trip Recap

Jim and Debbie chat with Anne Stretz and Maryann Slater about cheese curds, bunk beds and haunted lighthouses in this Scholar Service Trip recap. After listening, share your ideas by emailing the Midday Mailbag. And please forgive the sound quality. We're readjusting to life without John...

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the August episode of Midday.
More about the ENF's newest program
A recap of the summer service trip
Learn. Serve. Connect.--the official film about the trip
Spencer Fricke's brilliant thank-you video
The Elks Scholar Advisory Board
"The Man from Escanaba" ... sort of
Manistique Memories, Anne's blogpost
"Everything is Awesome"
Scholar Rohini Manickam's photo journal
You'll find the short daily videos that Maryann shot with her iPhone here
Jim's favorite photo
Local news coverage of the trip


Episode 15: July 2015 | Live from Indy | Day 5

On the final day of their daily run in Indy, Jim and Debbie catch up with Director of Internet Operations Frederick Mensch, who reveals his secret identity, and Kate Keating Edsey. After listening, share your ideas by emailing the Midday Mailbag.


Episode 14: July 2015 | Live from Indy | Day 4

In this episode of Midday, Jim and Debbie chat with Elks Scholar Fellow Maryann Slater, GER Ron Hicks and CIP Volunteer of the Year Jeff Mitchell, live from the 2015 Elks National Convention. After listening, share your ideas by emailing the Midday Mailbag.


Episode 13: July 2015 | Live from Indy | Day 3

In this episode of Midday, Jim and Debbie chat with Mary Morgan, Maryann Slater and Steve Lucas, live from the 2015 Elks National Convention. After listening, share your ideas by emailing the Midday Mailbag.


Episode 12: July 2015 | Live from Indy | Day 2

In this episode of Midday, Jim and Debbie chat with Elks Scholars Devin, Anji, Sarah, Mark and Andrew, live from the 2015 Elks National Convention. After listening, share your ideas by emailing the Midday Mailbag.


Episode 11: July 2015 | Live from Indy | Day 1

In this episode of Midday, Jim and Debbie chat with John Fuller, Mitch Dane, Ray Lozano and Meagan Fuller live from the 2015 Elks National Convention. After listening, share your ideas by emailing the Midday Mailbag.


Episode 10: June 2015 | Convention Preview

In this episode of Midday, Jim and Debbie chat with Development Manager Kate Keating Edsey about all things Convention. This is your ENF guide to Indy, including tips on what ENF events to attend. After listening, share your ideas by emailing the Midday Mailbag.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the June episode of Midday.
2015 ENF Convention Schedule
Grand Lodge Convention 2015
Visit Indy.com
Community Investments Program
Scholar Service Trips
Join film starring Maryann Slater
Google: Have you guys heard of this?


Episode 9: May 2015 | Catch up with 2003 Top MVS Scholars

In this episode of Midday, Jim and Debbie catch up with Bryce Caswell and Sean Loosli—top Most Valuable Student Scholarship winners from 2003 who recently volunteered at the 2015 MVS Leadership Weekend. In addition to this interview, Jim and Debbie recap the Hoop Shoot National Finals and the Leadership Weekend. Attention Middies: We want to hear form you. After listening, share your ideas by emailing the Midday Mailbag.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the May episode of Midday.
2015 MVS Leadership Weekend recap
2015 Hoop Shoot National Finals recap
Engaging Elks Scholars film
JOIN.LEAD. films
MVS Top Winners Project: 2012 Interview with Bryce Caswell
MVS Top Winners Project: 2012 Interview with Sean Loosli


Episode 8: April 2015 | Membership

In this episode of Midday, Jim and Debbie chat with Elks Membership and Public Relations Manager Rick Gathen about exciting new membership initiatives this fiscal year. This is one episode you don’t want to miss. After listening, share your ideas by emailing the Midday Mailbag.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the April episode of Midday.
Membership Toolkit: Use this page as a resource for presentations, the top recruiters report, and more!
Elks Scholar Speaker Program: Invite a scholar to speak at your Lodge
Why We Join film
My Journey website, featuring the new Orientation video
Follow the ENF on Facebook
Send a Hoop Shoot e-greeting by April 8, 2015
Meet the Top 20 Most Valuable Student Finalists


Episode 7: March 2015 | The Elks Hoop Shoot

In this episode of Midday, Jim and Debbie get geared up for the 2015 Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals by interviewing two key Hoop Shoot volunteers. Don’t forget to share your feedback. After listening, email the Midday Mailbag. Special thanks to Elks scholar Barry Harris for providing an original score for this podcast.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the March episode of Midday.
JOIN., LEAD., and the original Midday with the ENF
Order DVDs and other supplies to share with Lodge and community members.


Episode 6: February 2015 | Record Distributions

In this episode of Midday, Jim and Debbie announce how the record 2015-16 distributions will benefit every ENF-funded program. Tell us what you think! After listening, email the Midday Mailbag. Want to know what Jim meant by keeping up his streak? Scroll down to listen to Episode 1.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the February episode of Midday.
Outline of the Foundation's 2015-16 record distributions.
See what percentage of your Lodge supports the ENF.
The 2014 Hoop Shoot National Finals Film, and LEAD.


Episode 5: January 2015 | 2014 Year-in-Review

In this episode of Midday, Jim and Debbie look back at the Foundation's 2014 successes. Tune in for highlights from the 2014 Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals, the inaugural MVS Leadership Weekend, and the Elks National Convention in New Orleans. Want an on-air shout out? Email the Midday Mailbag.

Footnotes

Here are the links to web pages and videos mentioned in the January episode of Midday.
The original Midday, 2014 Hoop Shoot National Finals, and LEAD.
Jesse LeBeau's Keynote Address at the 2014 Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals
Recap of the 2014 MVS Leadership Weekend
VA Chief of Voluntary Services Pat Gleason Talks About Meeting Veterans' Needs
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