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Grand Lodge On-line Registration Ends July 12

Last Call:
Convention Pre-Registration Ends July 12

If you’re planning to attend the 2017 Grand Lodge Convention in Reno, be sure to register online before July 12th, 2017:


Note that each member registering online can register an unlimited number of non-member guests at no charge, but every member attending the convention must register individually, even husbands and wives. If your spouse needs to register but doesn’t yet have an account, they’ll need to get a password first, then pre-register for the convention.


Remember, too, that every member registering for a password must have a unique email address. For security and privacy reasons, the system will not allow two members to register with the same email address.

Silver City Donates Shoes to First Graders

May 26, 2017

On Wednesday May 24th 2017 Members of the Silver City Elks Lodge 413 were out in force and presented a new pair of shoes to First Graders at Hurley, Bayard, Central, and to First and Second Graders at San Lorenzo Elementary Schools 120 children overall.

This is part of the Elks Community Investment Program and was made possible by a Gratitude Grant from the Elks National Foundation. In the presentation of the shoes, Students were encouraged to stay active, continue to read, and ‘run away’ from drugs during the Summer.

As Elk’s Members, we believe and practice Elks Care and Elks Share by donating some $40,000 plus locally and over $300 million across the nation every year. Our primary focus is on Veterans and Youth. Each year we give every 3rd grader in both Silver and Cobre School Districts a new dictionary and support many of the athletic and academic programs. We encourage the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity. If you have any interest in being a part of the Elks or would like more information you may find it at www.silvercityelks.comand

Sickness and Distress

We have just received news that Sarah Bradley, granddaughter of PSP Troy Winham and wife Kay, received a heart transplant on 4/17 at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

UPDATE: 4/18, 9:41AM  All is going well, Sarah’s new heart started beating without stimulation, and she is completely off the machine that was keeping her alive. She will be in Phoenix for a couple of months before she can return home.

Grand Lodge – Reno July 16 – 19!

If you are going to Reno, please complete the following and return by Friday, May 19, 2017 or a room cannot be guaranteed!

Hotel Reservation for 2017 Elks National Convention

Information on pre-registration for the convention  is available in the May Grand Lodge News bulletin, in the Members Resources section.

The Grand Lodge housing request form is also  available on the Members’ Resources /Forms page.


See you in Reno!

Silver City Mortgage Burning Party!

Elks Lodge burns mortgage

Written by on February 27, 2017

(Press Staff Photo by Stewart McClintic) Silver City Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Andrew Housley, center, burns the final page of the lodge’s mortgage on Saturday evening during a celebration for paying off the mortgage in October 2016.  With him are, from left, Casey Kimberly, Clem Eugene Bratcher, and, far right, Gary Ford.

(Press Staff Photo by Stewart McClintic)
Silver City Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Andrew Housley, center, burns the final page of the lodge’s mortgage on Saturday evening during a celebration for paying off the mortgage in October 2016. With him are, from left, Casey Kimberly, Clem Eugene Bratcher, and, far right, Gary Ford.

Although the weather outside was cold and frightful, things were hot inside the Silver City Elks Lodge on Saturday evening when the club celebrated paying off their mortgage by burning it.

Members of the board of trustees took turns burning a page of the mortgage after a short speech reminiscing about the last 10 years spent in the lodge on South Cooper Street next to Highway 90.

Now that the mortgage is paid, Silver City Elks Lodge No. 413 will be able to focus more on what’s important to the lodge, which is giving back to the community in which it resides.

According to Exalted Ruler Andrew Housley, the lodge has given more than $81,000 to the community in charitable donations since 2015.

“We’re proud that it’s paid off because it will allow us to focus more on charity and those in need,” Housley said.

The Elks Lodge moved from their location downtown more than 10 years ago to their current location next to the High Desert Humane Society, and since then they have worked to pay off the nearly $200,000 mortgage.

Housley, who became Exalted Ruler in 2015, made it his goal to pay off the mortgage. Housley is resigning this year from his position as Exalted Ruler after two years presiding over the lodge, and is proud that he has been able to accomplish his goal. When he first took the helm of the lodge the mortgage was just under $100,000.

Paying off the mortgage of any lodge within the Elks organization is a big deal since the goal of the club is to give back to the community. The Elks donate to organizations like local high school sports teams, nonprofits, churches and a variety of others.

Housley said although they celebrated the paying off of the mortgage on Saturday, the lodge actually signed the paperwork paying off the mortgage back in October 2016.

Saturday’s celebration, although a couple of months late, also celebrated the lodge’s 119 years in Silver City after it was founded in 1898. Due to the dual celebration, many Elks dignitaries turned out for the event, including the state president and representatives of the Grand Elks Lodge.

Rick Callaway, Special Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of Roswell Lodge No. 969, on behalf of Grand Exalted Ruler John D. Amen, said that he was proud the Silver City Lodge was able to pay off their mortgage.

“I was excited we got this news. What this lodge and the leadership of this lodge has done is amazing,” Callaway said.

He said although much of his job generally deals with lodges in trouble, being part of something positive felt nice for a change.

“I was so proud to get to be a part of something good,” Callaway said.

Larry Curtis, the New Mexico Elks Association president, said he was also happy to be able to attend a mortgage burning ceremony at one of the state lodges.

“I congratulate you for fostering great leaders,” Curtis said. “When leadership extends past the lodge, it means a lot to us in the association and the people in New Mexico.”

For more information about Silver City Elks Lodge No. 413 visit and for more information about the national Elks Lodge visit

Stewart McClintic may be reached at

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