NY WEST
District No. 6520

Message from the Desk of the ER:


In lieu of an ER Message, I found this of interest:


 


In 1928 one Man’s dream became a reality for all Elks. Then National President John F Malley envisioned a plan that would “unite the forces of the order into a mighty army for the service of mankind” During the annual Grand Lodge Convention in Miami that year, Malley’s call to service inspired delegates to take action by voting to establish the Elks National Foundation with an initial Grant of $100,000.


 


The mission of the ENF is to help Elks build stronger communities. They fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. They help youth develop lifelong skills, send students to college, meet the needs of today’s veterans, support the charitable works of the state Elks associations and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elk communities.


 


Since inception the ENF has contributed more than $500 million toward Elks charitable projects. This year the ENF allocated $14.9 million to fund the Community Investments Program. (Grants).


 


Funds come from generous lodge member donations. Since its inception, they have received more than $270 million in contributions and bequests. Today they have over 100,000 active donors and an endowment fund valued at $825 million.


 


The foundations budget includes the funding of Community Investment Programs, (Grants,) Scholarships , Elks National Veterans Service programs, Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest, Elks Drug Awareness Programs, and Elks Memorial Building Maintenance.


 


Our Lodge benefits from these programs. We have been receiving 9 to 10 thousand dollars per year the past number of years in grants which have been used by us to fund Field Trips for Children of Special Needs, Dictionary Programs for 3rd graders, Drug Awareness programs in conjunction with Kenmore Police Dept. Food Pantries and such organizations as Friends of the Night People, Haven house etc. We also fund programs for the VA Veterans and the homeless. We also receive scholarship funds for the High School students we sponsor.


 


We derive so many benefits from our yearly donations to the National Foundations, I would encourage you to join us in their support.


 


Fraternally,


Linda Paul-Beutner E.R.


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