Welcome to the great state of Oregon and the Oregon State Elk's Website.
As Oregonians we are fortunate in having all four seasons. Enjoy the lazy days of Summer with the excitement of different water sports, winter snow skiing on our gorgeous mountains, the fall colors in the gorge or iris's in bloom in the spring time in the valley - a wide variety of year-round events can be yours. From the ocean to the west, the cascade mountain range in the middle and the desert towards the east, we are lucky that with our 54 Elk lodges we have one in any area of the State for you to visit.
The Oregon Elks are a very community oriented organization. We raise money yearly for the charities we support and for our local communities.
Our major project is the Elks Children Eye Clinic in Portland. This facility is considered one of the best eye clinics in the U.S. children from all over the United States come to Oregon to be treated at the clinic. The Elks Children Eye Clinic is in forefront of finding the answers to the diseases causing childhood blindness. I am proud to say the Oregon Elks have donated over 25 million to this project.
Another project is the Camp Meadowood Springs located in eastern Oregon's Blue Mountains. The camp is where children who are impacted by communication and/or social learning challenges can attend a one week session and have one on one daily therapy.
Between these two major programs and our other charitable programs, scholarships, Christmas baskets, back pack buddies, food kitchens, and the veterans, the Oregon Elks strongly believe in helping those in need - Elks Care Elks Share.
Please take the time to look over our website. I assure you; that you too will want to join and have fun while helping to make Oregon a better place.
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on the great path called Elkdom.
The Oregon State Elks Association convention will be held in Springfield this year.
On Thursday (April 23), the highlights will include the State Officer's meeting and the OFO Government Relations Seminar. Friday (April 24) will feature Committee meetings and workshops in the morning, then the Opening Session in the afternoon. Saturday (April 25) includes the primary Session in the morning and the President's Reception in the afternoon.
These activities will be held at the Willamalane Sports & Recreation Center with the exception of registration and the reception which will be located at Springfield Elks Lodge.
250 South 32nd Street
It is with a great deal of pride that the Elks National Veterans Service Commission publishes this report for the 2013-2014 fraternal year.
Cash Value of Donated Hours* $ 22,646,434.00
Total Combined Miles 3,804,344
Cash Value of Miles traveled** $ 2,092,389.00
Cash $ 2,817,365.00
Hours Worked 22,646,434.00
Miles Traveled 2,092,398.00
Total Contributions $ 33,407,789.00
*The Federal Government has determined that the cost of work done by charitable organizations like the Elks would average out to $21.79 per hour if performed by social care and government agencies.
**Mileage computed at $.55 per mile.
Robert M. Hennings, Director
Elks National Veterans Service Commission
Honor Flight of Oregon Flight and Southern Oregon Honor Flight, are proud members of the Honor Flight Network. Created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices they transport our heroes living in Oregon to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. For applications as guardian or veteran and more information on Honor Flight of Oregon please visit their web site honorflightoforegon.org .
We are losing our WWII veterans at an alarming rate. If a warrior was 18 in 1944 they would be 88 today. This is our chance to provide funds to send some of them to Washington D.C. for a visit to our nation’s memorials dedicated to their service. Following the lead of our president, I urge you all to provide as much support as you can.
OSEA Honor Flight Coin
The coins are about the size and weight of a 1920’s silver dollar. If we raise just $20.00 for each of 750 limited edition coins, we will be able to donate $15,000.00, or enough for as many as 15 veterans to take the trip to Washington D.C. and visit our National WWII Memorial and much more.
On December 7, 1941 this country went to war. The war would last over 1,360 days and would cost at least 3,758 Oregonians their lives.
On June 6, 1944 men from all the states of the union stormed the beaches of Normandy. They came as liberators and not conquerors.
On June 6, 2014, the 70th anniversary of D-day, Oregon’s WWII memorial was dedicated. Veterans from Oregon have had to wait 70 years to correct an oversight and see the completion of their WWII memorial.
The Black granite wall with names of the fallen and the 33 foot tall obelisk stand as silent testament to all who lived and worked for our freedom during one of the darkest times in our history. The memorial has information not only about our war fighters but also the home fighters. Women who flew and delivered air planes, all those that worked the ship yards, and kept civilian life as normal as could be. New technology will allow visitors to access information on all the theaters of operation as well as activities at home in Oregon.
Elks National FoundationWhen you give to the Elks National Foundation (ENF), you're doing more than funding the Elks National Drug Awareness and "Hoop Shoot" programs. You're doing more than supporting the Community Investments Program and providing Emergency Educational Grants to the children of deceased or totally disabled Elks. You're doing more than maintaining the Elks Veterans Memorial. You're doing all that, and you're supporting Elkdom in your state.
During the 2013-14 Lodge year, the Elks of Oregon donated $155,487.46 to the Elks National Foundation. This year, the Foundation will give back the following:
- State Charities Grant: $194,490.00
- Special Projects Grant: $110,020.00
- Bonus Grant: $46,230.00
- Most Valuable Student: $72,000.00
- Legacy Award: $36,000.00
- National Veterans Service Commission: $7,860.00
- GRAND TOTAL: $466,600.00
That's a ratio of 3.001 for every dollar the Foundation received from Oregon last year. And that doesn't even include the money Lodges in Oregon will get back through ENF's Community Investments Program. For the 2012-13 fiscal year, for example, ENF awarded a total of $144,000.00 to 38 Oregon Lodges.
Please take a brief moment to view this video and learn what ENF and some of the Elks Lodges across the Nation have done for their communities.
For more information about the Elks National Foundation, contact your local chairman or write us at Elks National Foundation, 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614.
Give back to your community by supporting the Elks National Foundation's work or by joining your local Elk's Lodge. Click Here to find a Lodge near you.
More information and some great videos covering the screen program and HB 3000 can be found on the excellent website for the Elks Children's Eye Clinic