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Who and What is the BPOE or Elks
What is the BPOE or Elks
If you don't know what the BPOE (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) is you might lump us in as just another place to go to drink and watch the Sunday afternoon football game. While most Elk Clubs have facilities to enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow members during sports events on television, they are much more and represent much more to the community in which the actual building is located.
The Elks is first, last and always a fraternal organization dedicated to it's charities and the betterment of the community around them.
While the Elks does not have an affiliation with military organizations such as the the Legion or VFW, the Elks support and provide programs for the veterans. Our pledge to veterans is, "So long as there is a veteran the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks will never forget them." We take that pledge seriously and provide comfort to veterans in VA hospitals all around the United States.
Our youth programs are dedicated to promoting family values. While we have and support a basketball free throw contest nationally and a soccer program up to the state level, the Elks provides much more support through their National Charity which is the Elks National Foundation (ENF) which is called the Great Heart of Elkdom.
Each year the Elks spends the interest only from ENF and the Elks are only second to the United States government in the amount of support they give to students across the United States in scholarships. There are several categories of scholarships available which start at the State level and all are funded by ENF.
Along with scholarships, the ENF supports a Drug Awareness Program that is geared towards school age children in an effort to fight against the debilitating attack against the youth of our great nation.
The Elks is a group of hard working, dedicated Americans who spend endless hours working with the schools and youth activity groups such as Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts in their communities.
The Elks host a Flag Day Service each year which is mandated by Grand Lodge Statutes. At our Lodge, we used that function as a time to reach out to the community and award our youth for their accomplishments over the ensuing year. We would award any scholarships that were won along with achievements for Americanism Essay Contest, Student of the Year, Hoop Shoot winners and Soccer winners. This was time for our Lodge to demonstrate what we as Elks knew to be the real reason for belonging to our Lodge.
So what is an Elk and Why Would I Join?
An Elk is an American citizen who believes in God and who is dedicated to the betterment of the community around them.
Why would I want to join knowing that it is an organization dedicated to hard work and being a member entails hours of volunteer time? As it is said, "All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy." We as elks put aside our labors of love and enjoy the company of our fellow members. Many a night has been enjoyed in the Lodge sitting around the bar or in the banquet halls just having fun. There are golf leagues at some Lodges and Bowling at others. Our Lodge is hosting a mixer this month that is a fun night where all new members and old members are invited to come to the Lodge and meet and greet each other in fraternal friendship. The food will be provided by the Lodge and members will bring pot luck donations to the buffet style table for the enjoyment of all who attend.
The Elks have Lodges all over the United States and members from all Lodges are welcomed to other Lodges just by showing their membership card. If you like to travel, a challenge is to visit as many Lodges as you can on your journeys.