Mt. Vernon Lodge 819 continued to bring life to Past Exalted Ruler Mark Manis’ dream of providing “Coats for Kids” who need them. Loddge Chaplain Debbie Summers teamed with the Mt. Vernon Rotary Club in December to distribute 140 coats to seven schools, whose teachers and social workers picked the recipients. Front from left are: […]
Canton Lodge 626 was host in January to a fundraiser for the Canton Disaster Recovery Fund, which was established after the Canton downtown was devastated by a natural gas explosion on Nov. 16. Area musicians donated a Patsy, Loretta and Johnny tribute show, and food was served by the lodge. All $1,864 raised that evening […]
Carol Alcorn, executive director of the local homeless shelter, PADS, receives two gift cards from Ken Ficek, grant coordinator for Oglesby Lodge 2360. The funds – from a $2,000 Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant – are earmarked for PADS clients to purchase medicine, pharmaceuticals and other necessities.
Oglesby Public School Dean of Students Mike Balestri, left, and school nurse Mary Newcomer, right, show Oglesby Lodge Exalted Ruler Don Finley and Leading Knight Ken Ficek some of the clothes purchased with a $2,000 Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant to the lodge for the school district’s Students in Need initiative.
Wheaton 2258 Past Exalted Rulers Thomas Tracy and Judith Pokorney recognized their lodge winners of the Americanism essay contest, first- and second-place winners Julia Ryan and Katelyn Basel, both students at St. Isadore School in Bloomingdale. Ryan won $25 for her effort.
Elgin 737 members Sue Steinback and Frank Celarek presented dictionaries to an appreciative class of third-graders at St. Thomas More Sc” and hool in Elgin in December. Pupils penned notes to Steinback and Celarek, thanking them for the “cool,” “awesome” and “terrific, super” dictionaries they were given. “What a benevolent group the Elks are,” Eduardo […]
Granite City Lodge 1063 donated $500 to the Lambert Airport-based USO in fall 2016. Past District Deputy A. Sonny Ambuehl presents the check to USO Director of Volunteers Jennifer Warner, flanked by USO Operations Manager Cary Warner and volunteer and Past VFW Commander Dave Miller.
Princeton Lodge had a lot of help for its annual Labor of Love Christmas Basket Program, led by Past Exalted Ruler Penny Best. With Best, in right photo, are area residents Lori Zeman and Franke Wolsfield; Sue Schnarr and Marie Roth, in middle photo; and three unidentified managers from the Bureau County food pantry.
The IEA Northwest District donated $2,000 to veterans at the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle, just in time for Christmas. A home resident displays the $2,000 check, along with Princeton 1461 Exalted Ruler Eric May, lodge Veterans Chair Penny Best and home activities dirctor Susan Scully. The donation is in addition to the $200 and […]
Oak Lawn Lodge 2254 donated $3,000 to the Manteno Veterans Home in fall 2016 to help fund a Thanksgiving luncheon for veterans at the home. Oak Lawn Veterans Chairman Mike Simental presents the check to Silvia Bell, a veterans assistant at Manteno, left, and Program Direcor Cindy Scott.