Mt. Vernon 819’s Veterans Chairman Keith Hertenstein (left) and IEA Veterans Chairman Bob Kane (middle) present a staff member at U.S. Rep. John Shimkus’ Office in Harrisburg with more than 600 valentines for Shimkus’ annual “Valentines for Heroes” program to collect valentines for distribution throughout the region to veterans and those currently serving in the […]
Mt. Vernon Antlers members Rebekka Delaney and Ashli Presswood put valentines in the Elks Lodge 819 Valentines for Heroes collection box. The lodge collected valentines in January for U.S. Rep. John Shimkus’ annual Valentines for Heroes program.
IEA Second Vice President Tom Deien and wife Brenda greet Grand Lodge First Lady Donna Zellen and Grand Exalted Ruler Michael Zellen upon their arrival at the IEA Mid-Winter Meeting in January.
IEA West District officers were glad to greet Grand Exalted Ruler Michael Zellen at Zellen’s GER visit to the IEA in Springfield in January. The well-wishers, front from left, are: John Bailey, Candace Dawson, Alex Jordan, Julie Boers and Amy Jackson. Back: Joe Boers, Jennifer Woods, GER Zellen and Crystal VanWassenhove.
Decatur Lodge 401 raised $500 at its 16th annual Barstool Open in January to benefit United Cerebral Palsy. This year’s hole, designed by Randy Hopwood, featured a single bank with several obstacles in the middle. “All in all it was a very successful day at the Elks!” lodge cyber assistant Mike Carr said.
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.