Elks Care, Elks Share. Are YOU an Elk?

 

Elks are

 

-A fraternal order with nearly a million members and a 141-year history.

-A network of more than 2000 lodges in communities all over the country.

-A generous charitable foundation that each year gives millions in scholarships, an    inspiration to youth, a friend to veterans and more.

 

Mission

 

To inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share.

 

Origin

 

The Elks organization was founded in New York City on February 16, 1868 under the name “Jolly Corks” by 15 actors, entertainers and others associated with the theater. In ensuing years, membership expanded to other professions.

 

Purpose

 

The Fraternal Order was founded “To promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its members; to quicken the spirit of American Patriotism and cultivate good fellowship.”

 

Membership

 

The Order is a non-political, non-sectarian and strictly American fraternity. Proposal for membership in the Order is only by invitation of a member in good standing. To be accepted as a member, one must be an American citizen, believe in God, be of good moral character and be at least 21 years old.

 

What They Do

 

The Order spends more than $80,000,000 every year for benevolent, educational and patriotic community-minded programs in such fields as benefitting physically handicapped children, sponsoring Elks National Foundation scholarships, scouting, athletic teams, veterans’ works, a national “Hoop Shoot” free-throw contest involving more than 3 million children, physical and occupational therapy programs and patriotic programs.

The youth of our country have always been important to the Order. It is for this reason the Elks Drug Awareness Education Program was launched to warn primary grade students and their parents of the dangers in drug use. Additionally, every lodge observes June 14th as Flag Day, a tradition which the Elks began in 1907 and was later adopted by the Congress as an official observance.

 

Elks Lodges bring so much more to their communities than just a building, golf course or pool. They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up.

Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet need, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

 

Programs

 

Public service is an integral part of being an Elk. In keeping with this tradition, Elks create and participate in many programs to better their communities and demonstrate that Elks Care – Elks Share!

 

Scholarships

Each year the Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.65 million in college scholarships to graduating seniors.

 

State Projects

All across the nation our Elk State Associations sponsor programs to build stronger communities by assisting those in need through scholarships, medical research, recreational opportunities, and lots more.

 

Hoop Shoot

The yearly Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program is open to all boys and girls ages 8 through 13. The contest starts at the lodge level and advances through district, state and regional contests before the national finals in the spring.

 

Drug Awareness

The Elks Drug Awareness Program distributes literature and organizes events to make kids and their parents aware of the dangers posed by alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs. Try the program’s Drug Awareness quiz and test your knowledge!

 

Veterans Memorial

A monument in the truest sense, the Elks National Veterans Memorial was built in 1926 to honor Americans whose profound sacrifices for the nation can never be recognized by mere words.

 

Elks Veterans Service Commission

Since the early days of Elkdom, the Veterans Service Commission has patriotically served those Elks who have fought for our great nation.

 

Community Investments Program

Through the Elks National Foundation’s Community Investments Program, Lodges can apply for grants to serve their communities, meeting local needs.

 

Americanism Essay Contest

The Americanism essay contest is a patriotic theme based writing contest for students in 5th through 8th grade.

 

Soccer Shoot

A program under the Youth Activities Committee, the Elks Soccer Shoot Program is intended for toddlers to teenagers.

 

Junior Golf Program

A program designed young people with a desire to play golf and want to be the next Tiger Woods or Natalie Gulbis.

 

Dictionary Project

This effort has been bringing nearly 10 million dictionaries to schools and students over the past 15 years.

 

Antlers

A program for young people between 12 and up to 21, the Junior Elks are part of the Antlers.

 

Youth Recognition

A program designed to recognize outstanding young men and women for achievements in their school and community.

 

 

Meetings: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. except July, August & December 3rd Tuesday Meeting


Directions: 103rd & Antelope

2nd Ave North to 78th st

2 miles east – 1 1/2 mile north


Lodge Phone: 308 – 238 – 0760


Mailing Address: P. O. Box 26 — Kearney, NE 68848

 

For more information about the Elks and their nationwide events, visit. http://www.elks.org/