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Rio Rancho Lodge 2500 helping Local Veterans

On November 20, 2017, Al Semrua – Rio Rancho Lodge Committee Chairman,  delivered 16 Sleeping bags and 16 boxes of  personal hygiene  items, thermals, hoodies and gloves to the  Albuquerque Veterans Administration

On December 12, 2017 Allen, Jan, Kathy, Bobbie, and Veterans Chair Al of Rio Rancho Lodge #2500 prepared Swiss Colony meat packages to go out to veterans

Elks Help in Texas Storm Disaster Relief

ELKS DISASTER RELIEF PROGRAM HELPING TEXAS VICTIMS

Chicago, IL –National Elks President Malcolm J. McPherson Jr. recently announced Local Elks Lodges from every state, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Panama Canal Zone will be raising donations to assist the thousands impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
National Elks President Malcolm J. McPherson Jr. also authorized a donation of $25,000 be made from the Elks Disaster Relief Program, Inc. His motto is “Strengthening Elkdom through Community Awareness”
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has made more than 5 Billion in donations since they first started 149 years ago. Last year alone, the Elks donated approximately $323 million in cash, gifts and time to make our communities better places to live. The Elks are one of the premier patriotic and charitable organizations in the United States of America.
They have more than 1,900 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership nearing 800,000. Elks’ members must be American citizens who are at least 21 years of age and must believe in God.
To learn more visit www.elks.org

NMEA Fall Workshop: Sept 30 – Oct 1 2017

The NMEA Fall Workshop will be held September 30 – Oct 1, 2017 at the Albuquerque Lodge. For full information, click on the link below.

Fall Workshop

2017 – 18 Letter of Good Standing

The Letter of Good Standing is available for download. It is on the Public Forms page, under General Forms.

 

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.

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 silvercityelks.com and for more information about the national Elks Lodge visit elks.org.

Stewart McClintic may be reached at stew@scdailypress.com.

Silver City Wins Grand Lodge Five Star Website Award!

In the March Grand Lodge newsletter, the top websites for 2016 – 2017 were announced. Joining the winners was our own Silver City Lodge 413!

Check out their winning site at silvercityelks.com

Congratulations!!

Officer Training to Start

The beginning of the 2017 Lodge year is upon us, and that means each Lodge will soon be visited by your friendly Officer Training facilitators. This year we have some new folks heading your way:

Denise Dawson, from Raton 969 for the Southwest, Jerry Wheeler, from Las Cruces 1119 for the Southeast, Mary Rogers from Farmington 1747 for the Northwest, and, well, making a return (and hopefully final) appearance, Dan Gerth, from Los Alamos 2083 for the Northeast.

Sessions will be starting the last weekend in February, and run through the end of April. Each Lodge will receive a letter from your facilitator asking you to set a date for your training, and don’t dilly-dally, as there really isn’t a lot of room! Note that you do not need to wait for your Officers to be installed to set a date, you should be pretty sure right now who will be coming in.

As usual, we’ve added some new information to the presentation, so it will be fresh, and well worth your while. All officers (including appointed officers) are expected to attend, and all members are very welcome. Come and Learn what the Statutes actually say!

Dan

Grants-Milan Crabcrack!

Date:  Februay 18, 2017
Time:  Doors open at 5:00 pm
Where:  Grant-Milan Lodge #2053
Cost: Elk Members – $35.00/person for crab only
         Elk Members – $45.00/person for crab and steak combo
 
         Guests – $45.00/person for crab only
         Guests – $55.00/person for crab and steak combo
 
This event is always fun, and the food is GREAT! Make reservations early, as there is another event taking place that same weekend and hotel rooms may become scarce.
Highly recommended!

Silver City Elks Make Christmas a Little Merrier

Elks help make Christmas a little merrier

Written by on December 19, 2016

Silver City Elks Lodge No. 413 helped make Christmas just a little more special for more than 45 families on Saturday by offering them a free breakfast at the lodge and giving multiple presents away to more than 45 children, who also got to visit with Santa Claus himself.

Exalted Ruler Andrew Housley said that Saturday’s event is just one way that the lodge promotes the national organization’s motto, “Elks Care, Elks Share.”

He said this is the second year the club has done a breakfast with Santa Claus and gift giveaway, although this year things were more organized. Housley said the 45 families came from elementary schools from around the county — five from each elementary school in both the Silver and Cobre school districts. Housley said that the school nurses helped identify families who might be in need this holiday season.

The hundreds of gifts, worth more than $5,000, were funded through an Elks National Foundation grant and donations from lodge members, and each child got about $105 worth of presents to take home this year. Housley said he hopes the lodge continues to get the grant and be able to give back to the community every year.

Clarissa Kirker, mother of Bayard Elementary School third-grade student Azriella Grimes, said she was very thankful the Elks were able to host their event on Saturday.

“It was really awesome of them to do this for the kids,” she said. “It made them all feel very happy.”

Diana Talamantes, mother of Sixth Street fourth-grade student Gabriel Talamantes, said she was also thankful for Saturday’s event.

“I’m very grateful because it puts a smile on the kids’ faces,” she said. “I told them they were going to eat with Santa and get presents and they all lit up. It really made them happy.”

So far this year, according to Housley, the Silver City Elks Lodge has given back more than $35,000 to the community.

For more information about Silver City Elks Lodge No. 413, visit silvercityelks.com.

—STEWART McCLINTIC

(Press Staff Photo by Stewart McClintic) Gabriel Talamantes, a Sixth Street Elementary School fourth-grade student, meets with Santa Claus at Silver City Elks Lodge No. 413 on Saturday morning. Talamantes and more than 45 other children received multiple presents Saturday during the Elks Lodge’s annual breakfast with Santa and toy giveaway.

(Press Staff Photo by Stewart McClintic)
Gabriel Talamantes, a Sixth Street Elementary School fourth-grade student, meets with Santa Claus at Silver City Elks Lodge No. 413 on Saturday morning. Talamantes and more than 45 other children received multiple presents Saturday during the Elks Lodge’s annual breakfast with Santa and toy giveaway.

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