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As you might have guessed, the Elks National Foundation spent a lot of time this month preparing for the Elks National Convention.

This year, from June 30 to July 4, we’re celebrating 150 years of Elkdom in San Antonio. We’ll be holding a massive service trip, seminars, presenting the ENF report at Opening Ceremonies and rocking out with Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band! Check out the ENF’s schedule here.

If you’ll be at convention, don’t forget to swing by our booth, drop off your ENF postcard, and say “Hi!” Stay connected at home by following our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

150 Scholars, 150 Years

In celebration of the Elks’ sesquicentennial, we made it our mission to bring 150 scholars to this year’s convention. I have two words for you: Mission accomplished.

Here are the names and sponsoring Lodgesof the 150 scholars who will be serving in San Antonio from June 29 – July 2. On Sunday, July 1, the scholars will be packing hygiene kits alongside Elks in the Exhibit Hall at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

If you’ll be there, stop by, meet the scholars, and lend your hand to help local veterans in San Antonio.

Check out the LEAD5 Recap Video!

Before we close the books on the 2018 MVS Contest, be sure to watch what happened when the Finalists came to Chicago for the fifth annual Leadership Weekend—LEAD5. There were leadership activities. There was service. And there was lots of fun.

Catch the recap here.

New Grant Year is Here!

Grant applications for 2018-19 will open July 1 and close December 31 this year. Get caught up with everything you need to know in the CIP Field Guide.

Lodges did an incredible job last year in applying for a record-breaking number of Gratitude and Beacon grants—let’s do it again! Also, Anniversary Grants return to kick off another 150 years of service. Let’s break that record, too!

Important Dates

June 26 – 29 Summer Elks Scholar Service Trip in San Antonio

June 29 – July 2 150 for 150 Elks Scholar Service and Celebration Trip

July 1 CIP Grant Applications for 2018-19 Open

July 1 – 4 Elks National Convention in San Antonio

August 15 2019 MVS Contest Begins

If you haven’t heard, we’re currently auctioning off a once in a lifetime dining experience with Grand Exalted Ruler Malcolm McPherson and his wife Pat on Bidding for Good. The McPhersons will travel to the winning bidder’s city to take them and a guest to dinner. Not to mention you’ll be riding in style in a limo to the dinner.

There are also 14 gavels that will be used at Convention, and then auctioned off! Each of these handmade gavels was created with a theme that represents the Elks’ rich history, from the “JFK” gavel to the “Great Heart” gavel honoring the Elks National Foundation.

Head to Bidding for Good to submit your bid for these unique experiences and items!


Jim O’Kelley