Past State President Dennis Gerleman, center, is presented with the President’s Volunteer Award in January. Past District Deputy Jon Coulter, left, presented the award and Brandon Gerleman, right, the pin. Gerleman was nominated for the U.S. presidential award by IEA Drug Awareness Chairman Frank Burr for Gerleman’s more than 3,000 hours of community service.
Centralia Lodge 493 in December presented the Centralia Police Department with a $1,500 check — proceeds from an Elks National Foundation per capta grant — for its annual Shop with a Cop program. From left are Loyal Knight Tony Korzenewski, police Officer Andrew Harvard, Lecturing Knight Blake Freels, Exalted Ruler Jason Hoerchler, Trustee Pat Norrenberns […]
Food Baskets help 200 families in Carlinville An estimated 200 families received a food basket in December from Carlinville Lodge 1412, continuing a holiday tradition that dates to the 1950s. More than 150 volunteers packed and delivered the food boxes. Each basket was filled with basic nutritional food. Carlinville Elks depend on area businesses and […]
Jacksonville Lodge 682 Exalted Ruler Luke Tapscott, right, in December makes a donation to the Jacksonville Fire Department to buy smoke detectors for low-income families. Receiving the donation, from left, are: Jacksonville Firefighters Local 637 President Dan Klendworth and the department’s public education officer, Capt. Mike Griffitts.
Oglesby Elks continued contributing to the Illinois Valley Food Pantry during the holidays. They used a $2,000 Elks National Foundation grant to buy holiday turkeys and hams for the pantry to distribute. In addition, Oglesby Elks donated more than 150 pounds of canned goods that were collected at Elks bingo events. Ken Ficek,left, is accompanied by […]
The Illinois Elks Drug Awareness Program brought some holiday cheer to Brookfield Zoo with a Christmas tree decorated with red ribbons. Always looking for ways to promote the IEA Drug Awareness Program, Chairman Frank Burr said, “This will get the Elks name and the Drug Awareness message out to an average of 142,000 people who […]
Kankakee Lodge 627 donated 75 coats to students of Kankakee grade schools in December. Lodge Coats for Kids Chair Kerry Blue met with the kids and administrators to make the donation.
Mt. Vernon 819 members Bob Kane, Kari Docherty and Kathy Bowling get into the holiday spirit on their Christmas visit in December with a resident and Cubs fan at the Marion VA home. Christmas goodie bags, cards and candy canes were left for each resident of the home.
Mt. Vernon Elks Lodge in November hosted a steak dinner for the veterans in honor of the Elks’ Veterans Appreciation Month. All veterans and Elk members were invited to be recognized for their service. The dinner raised funds for Mt. Vernon Elks to visit the two veterans homes in southern Illinois once a month to […]