Welcome to the great State of Oregon
and the Oregon State Elk's Website.
I would like to thank you for taking the time to visit our website. I hope that you find the information presented here of interest.
The Oregon State Elks Association (OSEA) was established to promote and support the programs and charities of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. The OSEA is organized into seven districts each lead by a Vice President who supervises and oversees the activities of more than 20 District Committees. The District Committees are in turn supported by the State Committee chairman who report to me as the President of the Association. If you are a member of an Oregon Elks Lodge and would like more information, training, or assistance with an Elks program, I encourage you to contact your District Committee Chairman. Their contact information is listed in the OSEA State Directory which is available in each Lodge Secretary’s office. If you have problems reaching your District Committee Chairman please contact your District Vice President or the State Committee Chairman. The OSEA Officers and Committee Chairman are dedicated to supporting the success of our Lodges and our programs and want to help you to succeed as well.
Our state major project is the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic at the Casey Eye Institute at the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. The Elks Children’s Eye Clinic offers pediatric eye care services for babies, children and young adults. The clinic provides evaluation, diagnosis and treatment services for a wide range of conditions from screening for normal vision correction and eye misalignment problems to caring for the most complicated eye conditions. The clinic also provides vision screening programs to school districts throughout the state.
Oregon Elks are blessed to have a second major project, Camp Meadowood Springs. Camp Meadowood Springs is a summer camp experience for individuals and their families impacted by communication or social learning challenges. It is open to children and teens that may have a diagnosis which affects speech or social learning skills, receive speech therapy or social skills training, do not qualify for education services but could benefit from them, or are neurotypical (non-impacted) siblings or peers. Camp Meadowood Springs has helped over three thousand individuals overcome their unique social learning challenges.
In addition to our major projects, Oregon Elks provide a variety of other programs for youth, veterans and the needy in our communities. The programs include scholarship and youth achievement, Americanism, Hoop-Shoot basketball free throw contests, and drug awareness programs. Each program and activity is handled by volunteers and we would love to have you join us in supporting these worthwhile endeavors.
If you are a visiting member or are interested in learning more about the Elks and the possibility of joining us, please feel free to contact any of our more than fifty Lodges here in Oregon. We pride ourselves on our friendliness and hospitality and would like to have you stop by. Many of our Lodges have RV facilities available to members. You can find more information about locations and contact information under the Lodges or Membership tabs at the top of the page.
If you are a member of an Oregon Lodge we encourage you to take advantage of this web site to gain knowledge and share information with your fellow Elks. Please send us articles on your programs, activities and success stories. Pertinent and appropriate photos that support the article are welcome as well. Many members visit this site regularly and enjoy keeping an eye on the goings-on across the state. Please keep the rules in mind when posting articles and photographs. Get permission for posting photos, especially for non-members. The Webmaster can provide guidance and assistance with posting to the site, and the District Public Relations chairman can provide guidance on what should or should not be posted.
The focus of my year will be on strengthening our Lodges by improving our membership results, developing quality public relations and enhancing communication, both within our organization and to the public at large. We will be updating the site regularly to highlight the Lodges that have been successful in these efforts with the hope that we can each learn from each other. As you read these articles you may find ideas that you can apply in your own Lodge.
Once again thank you for stopping by. I look forward to meeting you and working with you throughout my term as President. Please join me in making this an outstanding year for Elkdom and for our Lodges.
Last Updated February 7, 2016
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