Welcome to the land of “Red or Green”!
The New Mexico Elks Association is very proud of our Lodges, 21 in New Mexico and 1 in El Paso, Texas. New Mexico is an enchanting experience so let me give you some interesting information about our Great State.
New Mexico is the fifth largest State, by size, and the forty-seventh State, admitted on January 6, 1912. Our State flower is the Yucca, State Bird is the Roadrunner, State Tree is the Pinon, State fish is the Cutthroat Trout with the Black Bear as the State Mammal.
Santa Fe is our State Capitol which is the highest Capitol in the United States at 7,000 feet above sea level. Located in Santa Fe you will find the Palace of Governors which was built in 1610 and is one of the oldest public buildings in America. Year around you will find Native Americans in front of the Palace of Governors selling their beautiful handmade jewelry.
Each year in October, Albuquerque hosts the world’s largest hot air balloon Fiesta. Hundreds of balloons fly during the weeklong event.
Philmont Scout Ranch is located in Cimarron and more than one million Scouts, Ventures and Leaders have experienced the adventure of Philmont, since the first camping season in 1939.
So much to see and do in New Mexico, experience the “Land of Enchantment”. While in New Mexico, please remember the great work our Lodges accomplish. Stop in and support our Lodges while in the area.
“ELKS CARE, ELKS SHARE”.
Kandi Barks, 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.”