District No. 5160

Essay theme announced!

The GL Americanism Committee has selected the theme, "Why am I Proud to be an American," for
the 2010-2011 Grand Lodge Americanism Essay contest. The contest starts with the subordinate lodge
and progresses through district and state and ends with the national winners. This important patriotic
contest gives school children in grades 5-8 the opportunity to express their views of the American Dream.
Nationally, first, second and third-place winners in each division will receive a $1,000, $500 and $250
U.S. Savings Bond, respectively. Lodges that sponsor a national winner will be presented with an
engraved plaque at the Grand Lodge convention. Many lodges, district and state associations also offer
different types of awards to their winners. Lodges are advised to contact their school districts now and
provide them with the new topic and ask them to add the essay contest to their fall curriculum. Additional
information about the contest will be found on the GL web site and in the 2010-2011 supplement to the
Americanism manual shortly after the Grand Lodge convention in Orlando. This information will also be
mailed to all Exalted Rulers.
This is a most important contest because it involves school children in your area in Americanism at
its best and shows that the members of your lodge are proud to be Americans, proud to be Elks and proud
to participate in the Grand Lodge's Americanism programs. Your GL Americanism committee is committed
to serving you and assisting you as we all show pride in America.
May God continue to bless America. God bless the Elks and may God bless each of you.

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