Welcome to the “Land of Enchantment”
New Mexico is known for its rich diverse cultural history and its majestic landscapes. New Mexico has 88 mountain ranges. The Rocky Mountains extend along the northern region of the state. Las Vegas, New Mexico is located at the base of this range known as the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ). My home lodge, Las Vegas Elks Lodge #408 is the “Mother Lodge” of New Mexico and was chartered in 1898– Fourteen years later New Mexico became a state in 1912.
When visiting our 21 lodges in New Mexico and the “baby” lodge in El Paso, Texas, plan to visit several nationally recognized parks like White Sands, the largest gypsum dune; Carlsbad Caverns; and Gila Cliff Dwellings–all located in the southern region of the state. National parks in northern New Mexico include Capulin Volcano, Fort Union, and Chaco Canyon just to name a few. New Mexico is also geothermically active which has created 17 natural hot springs throughout the Santa Fe and Gila National Forests. Take advantage of the recreational activities in these areas–camping, hiking, biking, boating and fishing are popular in these regions. New Mexico’s bountiful winter snow makes skiing at eight major ski resorts a treat for the novice and advanced skiers.
New Mexico’s rich cultural history and traditions are celebrated through various activities such as the world’s largest annual Pow-Wow called the “Gathering of Nations, “ which is held in Albuquerque the 4th weekend in April. Over 565 Native American tribes from the United States and Canada participate. Las Vegas hosts the annual Fourth of July celebration which is 131 years old this year. Roswell hosts its annual UFO Festival in July. The Chile Festival takes place in Hatch in August, and the Indian Market takes place in Santa Fe. September brings about the “Whole Enchilada Fiesta” in Las Cruces. Albuquerque hosts the International Balloon Fiesta in October.
These are just a few key activities and landmarks that the “Land of Enchantment” offers. Stop into our local lodges when exploring our Great State and meet some Great Elks!
Barbara Venturi, 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.”