On behalf of our 54 lodges of the Oregon Elks Association, I welcome you to our website and I encourage you to learn about the great Elk lodges in our state and the great work we do in our communities. From the pristine coastline of Oregon to the vast farmlands and high desert of central and eastern Oregon, Elkdom is thriving in our state. Oregon is home to not one, but two state projects. You'll find information on the Elks Children's Eye clinic, a major project of the Oregon State Elks Association that has helped thousands of children see. You'll find information on our Meadowood Speech and Hearing camp, a summer camp for children with speech and language delays that works miracles.
You'll find great information here at this site on the lodges in our state, each of which will show you a unique and very special hospitality on your visit. In Oregon, you'll also find all major Elks programs are alive and thriving. From the Elks Hoop Shoot (which was started in Oregon by PGER Frank Hise), to astounding veterans programs, to extensive work in the community, you'll learn about it here.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting.
Carl Lino, President, Oregon State Elks Association
Pictured from Left to right Leonard Gisler, Cecil Head, Dick Arenz, Ted Cupp, Ray Tompkins, Dale Tweed these are the WWII Veterans that participated in the activities of the day.
In a special project called “Hillsboro Elks Leading Progress” or “HELP”, Hillsboro, Oregon Elks Lodge No. 1862 is using a 2013 Elks National Foundation Impact Grant of $10,000 to partner with the Hillsboro Family Resource Center (HFRC) and Youth Contact, a local non-profit organization to provide food, clothing, hygiene supplies (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and tissue), school supplies, and medical/dental care for families in the community. The Elks collect and distribute items in the community, and are helping the HFRC to expand its effectiveness and outreach.
With Elks National Foundation funds, Hillsboro Lodge purchased a large freezer and refrigerator for the HFRC, and got another one donated to expand their pantry food storage to include perishables. They also purchased new office computers for the center, and are working with the HFRC to provide training such as gardening, sewing, and education. They have included the HFRC in their Christmas Basket, Drug Awareness, and Backpack Buddy programs, and have plans for inclusion in other family and youth activities and events.
Elks have donated hundreds of hours to the project, and in partnership with the HFRC have helped hundreds of families as they continue to expand the Center’s capacity. Additional plans include purchasing new shelving for storing goods, drop-off bins for clothing and shoes, adult clothing, and more hygiene products as well as food to supplement the donations and small purchases. Additionally, the Lodge’s primary Grant Writer and Project Manager for the endeavor is Past Exalted Ruler and current Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Shipley, who also sits on the Hillsboro Family Resource Center’s Advisory Board with local school district, law enforcement, AmeriCorps, Cover Oregon (formerly known as “Healthy Kids”), and other agency officials.
Not only have the Elks National Foundation Impact Grant funds been put to good use, but the attention continues to get the project more donations and volunteer help within the community. The HFRC now has a need for an English-Spanish translator to help with clients, and the Lodge is looking to fulfill that need, and is also seeking a second Impact Grant for 2014 to continue supporting and expanding the HFRC even further.
pictured in front of the HFRC (building 451) are from left, Past Elk of the Year Reginald “Shep” Shepherd, Hygiene Program Chairman and Elk Ellen Bloch, Youth Contact Representative Maria Serna, HFRC Program Coordinator Evan Weaver, Cover Oregon Representative Mayra Rubio, Youth Contact Representative Arianna Gutierrez, and Youth Contact Representative Violeta Ibarra.
pictured is Past Elk of the Year “Shep” Shepherd making a weekly delivery of food to the Hillsboro family Resource Center.
pictured is some of the clothing items at the Hillsboro Family Resource Center available to families in need free of charge.
pictured in front of one of the computers purchased with the ENF Impact Grant, is HFRC Program Coordinator Evan Weaver, Cover Oregon Representative Mayra Rubio, Youth Contact Representative Violeta Ibarra, Youth Contact Representative Arianna Gutierrez, and Youth Contact Representative Maria Serna.
pictured is the David Hill Community Garden in partnership with the Hillsboro School District, that is next to the Hillsboro Family Resource Center.
PER and BOT Chairman and Project Manager Rick Shipley took the photo
All eight lodges in Oregon’s Metro District are very active in promoting Drug Awareness, particularly during the month of October and Red Ribbon Week. The district utilizes any opportunity to distribute flyers, pamphlets, brochures, red ribbons, crayons, coloring books, wrist bands, bookmarks, and other materials and has made very good use of their customized Drug Awareness trailer which has monitors and a DVD player installed at community events and parades.
Beaverton Lodge #1989 held a large event at the Beaverton Library, and Penny Douglas, Beaverton's Youth Activities Chairman, spoke with the kids about saying no to drugs and as the ribbons indicate, "Elect to be Drug Free!"
Forest Grove Lodge #2440 set up the DA trailer at numerous farmers markets and other events throughout the year, including during Summer Fest at St. Bebe’s Church. They also distributed materials at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School to fifth and sixth graders to help get the message out to, “Say No to Drugs!” Pictured left to right are Jason, Chaplain Meri Lance, Leading Knight Rick Lance, and Kenya.
Gateway Lodge #2411 hosted a Drug Awareness table at their family Halloween party. Pictured left to right are DA chairman Tim Simmons, Member Larry Potter, Patricia Morgan, Lecturing Knight and Youth Activities Chairman Mike Finch, and Karen Finch.
Gateway Lodge also used the DA trailer in a community parade and on display. Pictured with a family visiting the DA exhibit left to right are Member Larry Potter, and Lodge DA Chairman Tim Simmons.
Gresham Lodge #1805 held an annual East Multnomah County Diversified event with a Halloween theme. The community guests came in costumes that they had been working on all year and they were treated to a pizza dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, and a costume contest while a DJ provided an opportunity for dancing.
Hillsboro Lodge #1862 used part of an ENF Promise Grant to host a children’s Halloween/Drug Awareness party. The children were provided food and drinks, and a DJ provided dance and karaoke music. A special guest included a visit from the Hillsboro Police Department, Officer Scott Butts, accompanied by his Drug Dog Ronin who put on a demonstration for those in attendance. Officer Butts also spoke to the kids and answered questions. Adults pictured left to right in the back are Lecturing Knight Cathy Kingery, Officer Scott Butts, Exalted Ruler Bob Cox, and PER/BOT Chairman and District Drug Awareness Chairman Rick Shipley. Accompanying the children in front is Ronin
Milwaukie Lodge #2032 held its annual “Haunt” that was themed “Fear Asylum” in which many Elks and non-Elks participated in the fundraiser. Thousands of guests visited the Lodge over the course of several weeks which raised tens of thousands of dollars, and at the entry to the event was the DA trailer. Pictured left to right are members Rebecca Harrison and July Spackman, Chaplain Emily Busch, Esquire Will Geovannello, Past Chairman of the Board Richard Gilmore, Hillsboro PEY Pam Shipley, and member Ron Justice.
Oregon City Lodge #1189 handed out candy and DA materials to costumed trick-or-treaters on Halloween in front of their lodge. Several hundred children and their families visited. Pictured left to right are Past Officer Dee Ferrante, Trustee Margaret Wright, Loyal Knight Mary Beth Cole, and PER Jim Knauff, along with a young guest.
Portland Lodge #142 hosted a children’s Halloween and Drug Awareness party. Many local children and their families participated in the evening fun. Pictured are some of the costumed participants showing off their Red Ribbons in support of Red Ribbon Week.
The Newport Elks are holding a charity fundraiser at the lodge on Saturday, Dec. 7th. This annual Charity Ball will include a dinner served at 5:30 pm, live music, and the conclusion of the raffles and silent auction that are now underway. Proceeds from this event will support the lodge’s ongoing efforts in the community which include activities such as the scholarships for graduating seniors at Newport and Waldport High Schools, the upcoming Community Christmas Dinner and Holiday Food Basket distribution, and the recent Veterans Day Dinner. Tickets are on sale now at the lodge and should be purchased in advance of this event by members for themselves and their guests. Tickets are $25 each or $45 per couple. Dinner entrees include a choice of Prime Rib or crab legs.
The lodge encourages others in community to support our charitable work by participating in the auction and raffles. The high bidder in the auction will receive a round of golf with Dave Wilcox and Joe Schaffeld. Wilcox, a former linebacker with the San Francisco 49ers who played in seven Pro Bowl games , is one of only six U of O Ducks in the NFL Hall of Fame. Schaffeld, a member of the U of O Hall of Fame, is regarded as having been one of the University’s most respected football coaches. The golf round will be scheduled for next summer at the Agate Beach Golf Course in Newport.
In addition to products donated by a variety of local merchants, the raffles feature a Newport Adventure Package worth $1000 that include contributions from Newport Trade Winds, Marine Discovery Tours, Latta’s Fused Glass, Ossie’s Surf Shop, and the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. The Family Adventure Package, worth $500, includes activities in Portland (OMSI, Portland Zoo, Oaks Park), and Newport (Oregon Coast Aquarium, Ripley’s, The Wax Works, Undersea Gardens). Tickets for any of the raffles are $1 each (11 for $10 or 60 for $50) and are available at the Lodge and Ocean Tire Factory. Auction bids may be submitted at those locations as well as on Facebook (The Newport Elks BPOE#2105).
The Newport Elks Lodge #2105 is located at 45 John Moore Road. For information about this event as well as membership, community activities, and the contributions that the organization makes at the state and national level,