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ATTENTION ELKS OF ARIZONA
In December, I had the fortune of speaking with 25 Elks State Presidents by telephone. I mentioned that the Elks have had a partnership with Donate Life America for over three years, but many Elk members are not aware of the relationship. If you go to the Elks National website, and go to the Fraternal Relations Committee, you'll find the area on Organ Donation. There, you'll also find the attached poster. When I spoke with the State Presidents (I might have talked to you,) I asked if you would email the poster to the Exalted Rulers in your state, asking the ERs to print and post it in their respective lodges. Everyone said YES, OF COURSE we will email our ERS. From that action, perhaps members went to the site, then went to www.donatelife.net ,looked up their state site and learned about donation and registered. For that I sincerely thank you.
Major Project - Copper Cannon
The mission of Copper Cannon Camp is to enrich the lives of under-served youth of New Hampshire by providing a quality, tuition-free camp experience. Copper Cannon Camp is unique in that it is the only completely tuition-free summer camp experience for children living in New Hampshire. Our founder, Hamilton Ford, overcame an underprivileged childhood and was changed by a summer camp experience he and his family had. He decided then and there that summer camp was something that every child, regardless of background or financial status, deserved to experience. And 50 years and 20,000 campers later, we uphold that same belief to this day. Our campers come from all over the state and are accepted regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, orientation or handicapping conditions. Our only requirements are that campers fall within the particular age group they are applying for, and that they meet the financial income requirements to receive the free camp experience. For more information about Copper Cannon Click here.
Attention Elks -
ATTENTION NH ELKS! YOUR STATE MAJOR PROJECT CALLS!
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"Lodges - Don't forget to update your Charitable Records Data on a Monthly Basis"
2015 NH state convention applications
Bill to prohibit smoking in NH fraternal organizations
NH Elk Lodges,
NH Elks - Reminder - See message and attachment from Bonnie Jacques on the State Charity Raffle - Please support this effort. Contact Bonnie Jacques with comments or questions.
Attention ER's, Officers and Lodges - Click here for a list of events and dates you should review when planning the new Lodge Year starting in April. This list will be discussed and copies distributed at the New Officer Clinic in March. This list was developed by our SDGER Bob Jones.
Attention all those going to the NH State Elks Convention! See attachments and read info below.
Attention all Elks / Emblem Members - ,
A message from Linda French on our Charity Dance Ad Book this year............She needs Ads from Lodges and Emblem Clubs, etc. by 2/15/14................
Just to remind everyone that this year's Charity Ad Book is a Joint Function. Yes, the Elks will get the profit from the ads they sell and the Emblem will get the profit from the ads they sell. This only being fair as there are fourteen Elks Lodges and eight Emblem Clubs, but it is being done together.
You might want to think about mentioning both organizations in your ad. Totally up to you but just wanted to put that out.
Also, PER Associations, PP Presidents, Vice Presidents, officers, and individuals can take an ad out. If you know someone with a business, ask them, they might want to buy one. Full page ad is $75.00 and half page is $45.00. Deadline is 2/15/14.
Attention Elks- Beware about a scam involving the Georgia State Elks. This event was new, but I have seen this particular scam for a number of years. It's the "stranded victim scam" where someone you know says they are stranded somewhere far away because they got robbed or whatever and want you to send money. This personally happened to me once and I instantly knew it was fraud because the person they were impersonating was in Rochester and not in London, England as the scammer wanted me to believe. It is quite remarkable that people are still using this one, but they are. Beware. Never do this. Never. Make a call to the person who you know before doing anything. I am always amazed at how people will just blindly respond or take action on emails that come out of nowhere, even ones that are supposedly sent by people you know. Check it out first. "Click here to see Document"
A message from our Special Deputy concerning scholarships:
The Hospital at Manchester has made the following request.
Hello Lodges in NH.
Whether you are aware of this or not, there is still time to take action for this program
The NH State Elks Association has a program known as State Elk of the Year. It is designed to select an Elk from a Lodge that has received the Lodge Award for the past Lodge Year. The award will be presented at the NH State Elks Convention in May. If you would like to nominate someone for State Elk of the Year, submit the nomination to NHSEA Lodge Activities Chairman Steve Bourdeau, PER from the Franklin Elks. Submit the nomination and backup information to: Steve Bourdeau He needs nominations as soon as possible. If you have questions or comments contact Steve by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 387-2584 (Cell Phone)
To all NH Lodges, DD's, SP, SDGER and the State Association -
We have completed reporting our Charitable Data to Grand Lodge. All Lodges have reported and the State Association has reported, beating the deadline. We are 100 percent................again! Congratulations to all and thanks for your support!
NHSEA Government Relations Chair
To all Lodges in NH - Public Accommodation
It has come to my attention that some Lodges may not realize the implications of protecting our private organization status in the state of New Hampshire. Per the Order of Elks Constitution and Statutes, our IRS Tax Status and the NH State Liquor Laws, Elks Lodges enjoy the privileges accorded private entities in our state. With that classification comes responsibilities. We must do everything we can as members to protect that status. We must keep our doors locked and controlled. Our Elks functions and socials are always for "Members and Guests". We should mark all of our events that way in our newsletters, in our advertising, on our roadside signs, etc. We are never "Open to the public" nor should we put a sign out that says, "All are Welcome". In the case of private organizations in our classification, "All are not welcome", (because we are a private organization) and we should never advertise ourselves that way. We are not a place of public accommodation. I realize Lodges rent their halls for private functions, etc. and some play bingo where the general public comes into our buildings. That is fine per se, but we need to isolate and control our social quarters from these events. The general public is never allowed into our quarters or buildings unescorted, etc. other than private rentals or bingo. And when you have guests with you, you must sign in and escort them and be with those guests while they are in the Lodge. If you leave, they must leave. By the book, guests are not supposed to buy anything while in a Lodge. The member is in charge of everything, including the purchase of drinks, tickets, etc. And this fact always jumps out at me - Why would we all pay dues to be part of a private organization if we let anyone walk into our facilities repeatedly, unescorted and by the way, breaking our rules and the laws of New Hampshire? Why would we want to do this? It's why Lodges have a three visit rule for non-members. We all pay dues for the right to be a member of the Elks. Why would we want to let non-members have these privileges for free? We are all having problems these days making ends meet in our Lodges. The economy continues to be sluggish and we are all paying a price for it. That's a fact. But let's not compound our financial challenges by breaking our own rules and the laws of the State we live in. To do so jeopardizes all of us and our Lodges in various ways, including our liquor/gaming licenses and the status we enjoy as legitimate members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
State Elks Government Relations Chair
Hello Fellow Elks, Just passing along information that you might not have. My friend Jim Strojny, Past State President of the Mass Elks Assoc has informed me that 2 brothers who were to be initiated into the next class of members of Stoneham Elks Lodge and their sponsor were severely injured in the Boston Bombings. The 2 brothers each had a leg amputated and the 3rd remains in critical condition. A fund has been set up through TD Bank to assist them. You can go to any TD Bank to make a donation. The fund name is: Marc, JP, and Paul, Marathon Victim Fund. The account # 8371871647. You can also mail a donation to: TD Bank, 280 Montvale Ave, Woburn, Ma 01801. Please help if you can and pass this message on to other Elks. God Bless all of the victims of this trajedy, and God Bless all of you!! Jim Foley, PDD (From Connecticut but now lives down south).
Attention all Lodges and State Elks Association Committee Chairs -
All NH Lodges - Reminder - Do you have money that needs to be turned into the Elks National Foundation? An online donation is instantaneous, but if you are mailing in donations, they need to get taken care now! Everything is done for this year at the end of the month. The longer it is put off, the better the chances that it will not get counted for this Lodge Year! Please do it now! We are doing excellent, but still have two Lodges that have not quite made their per capita. Let's get to 100 percent as we did last year! Thanks! NHSEA ENF Committee
At the NH State Elks Meeting in Lebanon, NH today, a question was posed about New Hampshire State Elks Association Jackets.
Nothing has changed about availability. Apparently there is some confusion about how to get a NH State Elks Jacket.
Attention Lodge Secretaries,
A new category has been added to the Charitable Records Online Report for disaster relief.
"Natural Disaster Relief" has been added under the 15xx series lines under Community Service Progs. Line #1508
If you have any questions please contact Fred Mensch or their computer tech support. This was done at the request of one member of the Grand Lodge Government Relations Committee. He thought there should be a category for Lodges who participate in disaster relief, including fundraising or donations, in light of what happened in NY and NJ last fall with the hurricane. This category covers Lodge involvement with any type of disaster relief.
Scam targeting VA recipients
Important Info for Elks Lodges - Manual for Board of Directors 2011
How is the Elks National Foundation Helping New Hampshire?
Elks Take over town
Dover Elks #184 and other groups display American Flags in the city
The Rochester, NH Elks Lodge #1393 recently made a $760.00 donation to the Homeless Center for Strafford County
Elks/Donate Life Poster
Girl Scouts Help Portsmouth, NH Lodge #97 Make Cards for Christmas Baskets
Great job and Congratulations Nashua NH Elks #720 Awarded ENF Impact Grant for the third year in a row!
Nashua Elks Crafts 2013 November 10, 2013
Littleton Elks lodge Annual Craft Fair 2013
Dover Elks Donate $1,000 to the Pease Greeters
ROCHESTER, NH ELKS LODGE #1393 PRESENTS "MARGARITAVILLE"
Manchester Lodge #146 makes in New Hampshire Union Leader E-Edition Article
The Dover, NH Elks #184 hosted a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, July 20 for the recipients of the 2013 Elks National Foundation Gratuity Grant. The mission of the Elks National Foundation is to help Elks build stronger communitiesClick here for the full story and picture.
Portsmouth Elks Tri-Lodge Games - August 3rd
Rochester Elks bans Smoking
Dover Elks #184 post US Flags in Dover
Nashua Elks #720 honor Plus Company Members
Elks Lodge No. 146 awards scholarships
Gerry Gravel (Elks #1393) has been named Rochester, NH Citizen of the Year by the Rochester Chamber of Commerce
Littleton Elk's Lodge Installation of Officers 2013-2014
Dover Elks #184 - Installation of Officers and Awards Ceremony
Rochester Elks #1393, David Carr PER, PDD to be inducted in the Sports Hall of Fame in May
Dover Lodge #184 Exalted Ruler receives award from The Dover Youth Football Organization
Rochester, NH Elks #1393 Donate to St.Charles Children's Home
Dover lodge presents "Fashion for a Cause" charity fund raiser
Rochester, NH Elks #1393 donates $580 to the Strafford County Homeless Shelter
Dover, NH names Dover, NH Elks #184 their Non-Profit of the Year
Portsmouth Lodge of Elks #97 Delivers Christmas Baskets/Gift Cards
Nashua, NH Elks #720 serve up dinner on Christmas Day at the soup kitchen
Laconia, NH Elks #876 holds 1st annual Elks Mania and raised $10,637 for the WLNH Children's Auction
ELMO's Angels help raise $30,000 for Hardings' new van - Dover Elks #184
Derry-Salem Elks annual Craft Fair November 3, 2012
Nashua Elks #720 receive award by the Nashua, NH Soup Kitchen
Dover Elks #184 help raise funds for Wheelchair Van
Dover Lodge #184 BBQ Pig Roast To Benefit the Harding Family
Family Fun Day at the Laconia Elks #876
Franklin Elks #1280 Help Fund Summer Program
Portsmouth Elks #97 Supports Friends Project
Flag Day - Dover, NH Elks #184
Portsmouth Elks #97 Supports Friends Project
Portsmouth, NH Elks Lodge #97 raises funds for the Wounded Warrior Project
Portsmouth Elks #97 announce Scholarship Winners
Rochester, NH Elks and Emblem Club Visit the NH Veterans Home for Bingo Night
Rochester Elks #1393 announce annual award winners - Fosters
Rochester, NH Elks #1393 announces Julie Sylvain as their new Home Manager
Rochester Elks #1393 recognized by NH State Representative for Volunteerism Efforts
Portsmouth Elks #97 and Scouts Brighten Holidays
Chichester, NH CUB SCOUT PACK #85 along with Concord/Epsom Lodge #1210 sending warm Christmas cheer to the Soldiers in Afghanistan
Dover, NH Elks #184 raise $3000 for Honor Flight Program
Dover and Rochester to hold joint flag-raising ceremony
August 2011 - Claremont, NH Elks Lodge #879 - Nearly 50 children embarked on a trip to Copper Cannon for a week of summer camp fun.
Rochester, NH Elks #1393 donate $1,000 to Meals on Wheels
Rochester Elks to conduct annual Flag Day ceremonies
Laconia Elks Lodge #876 make donation to local Boys & Girls Club
Rochester Elks Lodge #1393 member Donald Chesnel recieves award from NH Governor Lynch
Rochester Elks Lodge #1393 Elks and Emblem Club visit NH Veterans Home in Tilton, NH.
Littleton Elks Lodge #1831 teams up with other local organizations for distribution of food baskets.
Laconic Elks Lodge #876 Food Basket Program.
The Rochester Elks Lodge #1393 recently donated $750 to the Local Toy Bank. See link for Pictures.
Nashua Elks Lodge #720 donates to the "We The People" Milford High School youth group
Rochester Elks Lodge #1393 held its Annual Awards Night on Saturday, March 26th, 2011