2013-05-02 / Lifestyles

Elks Lodge places first for donations

MANISTIQUE – The Manistique Elks Lodge recently held initiation and welcomed four new members. Following the ceremony, it was announced by Elks National Foundation co-chair Robert Carlson that the Manistique Elks had placed first in the state of Michigan in donations with a total of $16.09 per member – more than triple the national goal of $4.50.

Carlson added that without Manistique, the state association would not have met that goal.

“The Manistique Elks have again exceeded our goals in the name of charity,” he said. “We carried the state, every member of this lodge should be proud.”

The Negaunee Elks came in second with $10.66 per member and Traverse City came in third with $10.55 per member.

The Elks National Foundation programs include the largest private scholarship program in the country, the “Hoop Shoot”, drug awareness programs, and many veterans’ programs.

Carlson and Mary Hook have co-chaired the program since 2010. They conduct several fundraising events each year, including the annual chili cook-off.

The ENF rewards lodges with exceptional performance by redistributing funds back to them in the form of community grants. Last year, the Manistique Elks secured one such grant to aid in the funding of the flag pole and monument at the Manistique Central Park baseball fields.

Brian Norton, current Exalted Ruler of the Manistique Elks, is encouraging residents to get involved.

“I am very proud of our lodge and community,” he said. “Between Michigan Major Projects and Elks National Foundation our lodge is consistently one of if not the most charitable in the state.

That really says something about our members and volunteers,” he continued. “There are many working every day of the year to continue our mission of charity. I would encourage anyone that is interested to get involved.”

Get more information on the Elks by visiting www.elks.org or locally by visiting www.facebook.com/elks632.

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