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New Mexico is the 5th largest state in the United States with a land area of 121,592 Square miles. There are 22 Elks lodges in the New Mexico State Elks Association starting at the far north with Farmington and ending up with El Paso, Texas at the far South corner. The oldest Lodge is the El Paso Lodge #187 and the youngest is Deming #2750.
The State Association divides the state up into four districts and two areas, one North and one South. The Association is roughly divided by interstate 40 and the east and west is divided by the Rio Grande River. Then there are four districts in the state association. The Northwest has six lodges. The North East is comprised of five Lodges. The Southeast is comprised of Five Lodges; Southwest District comprised of six lodges. The Southwest District includes the El Paso Lodge #187; Silver City Lodge #413; Las Cruces #1119; Lordsburg #1813; Alamogordo Lodge #1897 and Deming Lodge #2750.
My home lodge is Las Cruces #1119 and it is in the southwest corner the state and is at the intersection of Interstate 20 and Interstate 10. Las Cruces is the second largest city in the state with a population of 101,712. It is also the home of New Mexico State University (home of the Aggies) founded in 1887 and is the oldest University in New Mexico. It is a land Grant University and is a fully accredited university and the home of the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum that covers the 3,000-year history of Farming and Ranching in New Mexico. New Mexico State University in 2017 had 24,580 students enrolled at all campuses. It was also the home Lodge of the Hon. Robert Boney, who is the only Grand Exalted Ruler from New Mexico and was elected in 1967. In 1968 he was made sponsor of the State Elks association and held that position for a number of years. When he passed away, the Grand Lodge decided to have his memorabilia reside at the Las Cruces Elks Lodge 1119 and they have been placed in the foyer of the Lodge so all visitors have an opportunity to see them.
The landscape in New Mexico varies from high snow cap mountains of the north to the deserts of the south
There are many places to visit throughout the state; casinos throughout the state; horse racing with six racetracks in New Mexico for those who enjoy them. There are many state and US government parks and a Balloon Festival in Albuquerque in October. You can visit Santa Fe, one of the oldest cities in the United States, and visit the Indian reservations nearby. Or you can climb the mountains in northern New Mexico around Taos and Red River and walk the River Walk in Farmington.
In the Southern half of the state there are many places to visit and see. You can travel to the Gila Cliff Dwellings outside Silver City; the Carlsbad Caverns and walk the river walk in Carlsbad. You can have fun at the duck races in Deming; visit the ghost town outside Lordsburg or go to the White Sands National Park near Alamogordo. You can attend the Viva El Paso Music Festival which celebrates the El Paso, Texas cultural history. You can fish the many mountain streams and walk the many trails in the 88 Mountain ranges located in New Mexico. There are also eight major ski resorts for those who enjoy winter sports.
New Mexico is a land of many Cultures. Come visit us and enjoy our lodge’s hospitality.
Gerald Wheeler, President New Mexico Elks Association
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the USA has joined forces with Donate Life America to increase donations of organs, eyes and life-saving tissue. The Grand Lodge, Fraternal Committee is asking Elks Lodges nationwide to promote the Organ Donor Program in their Lodge Bulletins and Lodge Web sites to help inspire members and citizens in their communities to make these life-saving donations. The need is paramount. More than 110,000 patients were waiting for organ transplants as of March 2011, according to the Donate life America Web site, www.donatelife.net. Only 28,663 organ transplants had been performed in 2010, and even fewer – 14,502 – organ donations had been made in that year. We Elks Members can help close the gap! The effort of Lodges to promote the program through their Bulletins and Web site can gain them five points in their quests to be named an All American Lodge. More incentives will be announced in coming years as the program takes shape throughout Elkdom. For more information on the importance of donation and how to become a registered donor in your state, click on the Donate Life icon to go to the Donate LifeSM web-site, or by logging onto www.donatelife.net. This is a great way to show that “Elks Give from the Heart.”