President Johnny Hilliard
New Mexico received its statehood 1912, becoming the 47th state in the union.
New Mexico is home to around 2.1 million people in 33 counties, it is 370 miles long and 343 miles wide, with a square mileage of 121,589 miles.
Although NM didn’t become a state until 1912, its Capitol, Santa Fe, was actually founded in 1610, 14 years before the pilgrims landed. It is the oldest city west of the Mississippi, and is the oldest capitol city and holds the oldest governmental building in the Nation. Santa Fe, as well as being the oldest, is beautifully enveloped with amazing art scenes and delicious cuisines, and sits at an elevation of 7,199 feet above sea level, which places it as the highest capitol city in the US.
New Mexico is a wonderful state with many different cultures, elevation changes and landscapes. New Mexico has the only point in the US where four states (NM, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah) borders meet, termed “the four corners”. New Mexico also holds the International Balloon Fiesta, which has become the largest hot air balloon event in the world, utilizing 78 acres to launch, and is held the first week in October. New Mexico is also home to the white sands monument, which is the largest tourist attraction in the state. It is also the largest gypsum dune field in the world and is located in the south-central region of the state, and stretches over 275 miles. New Mexico is also home to the Capulin Volcano, which is in the northeastern corner of the state. The cone stands at 8,000 feet and from the top you could see four other states, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado.
Outside of our state attractions, NM is home to over 8,000 elks from 22 different lodges. We have lodges spaced out nicely for road trips, with some in all four corners, and we are even blessed with having El Paso as part of the New Mexico Elks Association.
As you can see, NM has many places for you to come by and visit. It has everything from desert landscapes to beautiful mountain ranges. The only thing missing, is you!
Johnny Hilliard, 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.”