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    May 24, 2018


    Dear Conventioneers,

    The National Convention will be held in San Antonio, Texas, July 1st through July 4th, 2018, with the Oregon Delegation housed at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 East Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205. The convention and exhibits of State Associations will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 East Market Street which is adjacent to the hotel. The Ritual Contest will also be held at the Convention Center.  

    Pre-registration for the convention is suggestedin order for you to save $10 and avoid long lines at the Convention Center. The registration fee is $50.00 per member if you pay in advance. It is now open and closes on June 24 to register online. You may do this by going to: elks.org. After signing in, look under the “Members Only” tab at the top and click on National Convention. Click on Pre-registration on the drop-down menu at the left and the form is all ready for you to go! If you pay registration when you arrive, it will be $60.00 per member plus waiting in long lines. If your spouse is a member, they must also pay the $50.00/$60.00 fee. Be sure to have your Elk membership card, picture ID and receipt with you in order to pick up your credentials!

    The Convention Center will be open during the following hours:

    Registration:                                                                         Exhibits:

    Saturday, June 30       8:00 AM to 4:15 PM                         Saturday, June 30       8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

    Sunday, July 1                        8:00 AM to 3:45 PM                         Sunday, July 1                        8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Monday, July 2          7:30 AM to 3:45 PM                         Monday, July 2          7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

    Tuesday, July 3          7:30 AM to 1:00 PM                         Tuesday, July 3          7:30 AM to 2:00 PM



    The 150th Anniversary Celebration will be SUNDAY from 4-6 pm at the Convention Center. There will be a huge celebration party following the opening celebration where food and drinks will be available for purchase.

    The Grand Lodge Sessions start promptly at 8:00 AM Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention CenterProper attire at all Business Sessions (Mon-Wed) for the Oregon Delegates is OREGON GREEN.

    The big Social Event is the Grand Ball honoring Grand Exalted Ruler Michael Luhr on Tuesday evening, July 3, from 7:00 to 11:00 PM at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.  All Elks and their spouses are invited; admission is by your registration badge.  Let’s have a good turnout from Oregon for this event.  Dress is FORMAL. Everyone should go, even if for a short time. It’s part of the experience and shouldn’t be missed!

    Ritual Competition will be at theHenry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.


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    Sunday, July 1 - During the morning and early afternoon will be a great time to use your City Sightseeing Hop-On, Hop-Off pass to explore San Antonio.

    Monday, July 2After sessions, you can continue to explore San Antonio. For those that have chosen to attend (invitation only, see Eager Pins flyer) the celebration for the incoming Grand Exalted Ruler Mike Luhr of Alaska, that is scheduled from 5-7 pm (approx.) in the evening.

    Tuesday, July 3 - We will enjoy dinner atop the Tower of the Americas close to the hotel. There will be shuttle service available for those who choose not to walk. You are encouraged to attend the ball after dinner.

    Wednesday, July 4 - We will be having dinner at the historic Menger Hotel next to the Alamo. Be sure to look at all the historic display cases and pictures! It is of the era of Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders!


    Saturday, June 30:

    • 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM – The Hospitality Room will be open for Oregon Members only. Stop by, relax, and visit with your fellow Oregon Elks! It will be hosted by your state officers. Of course, we will welcome any out-of-state guests that might stop by!

    Sunday, July 1:

    • Enjoy San Antonio during the day and the huge evening festivities planned by Grand Lodge which will be food, bars and “ReCreation and Lt. Dan Band” with Gary Sinise for entertainment.

    Monday, July 2:

    • 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Southeast & Northwest Districts.  Hosted by Brad Lovrien & Deanna, Wes Hodge & Rebecca and the Exalted Rulers and spouses from their districts.

    Tuesday, July 3:

    • 2:00 PM to 5:00 PMSouthwest & Northeast District. Hosted by Scott & Retta Harvey, Tina & Doug Potter and the Exalted Rulers and spouses from their districts.

    Wednesday, July 4:

    • 2:00 PM to 5:00 PMNorth Central, South Central & Metro District. Hosted by Blake Whitson, Terry & Carole Layman, Chuck & Kay Dangerfield and the Exalted Rulers and spouses from their districts.


    If your Lodge is sending anything for giveaways in the Headquarters/Hospitality Room, please hang on to them until it’s your time to host. If possible, please bring your items with you or send them with someone who is driving. The state office will NOT pay for shipping or storage. If you are shipping, send them to: Your Name, c/o Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 East Market Street, Ste 347, San Antonio, TX 78205. You can pick them up at the Fed Ex office in the hotel There will be extra fees charged for receiving and storage. You also need to know that the hotel DOES NOT ALLOW any microwaves, crock pots or hot plates in the rooms.


    The complete Grand Lodge Program will be published in the June Issue of the Elks Magazine. We want you to enjoy yourself in San Antonio; of course, this is after you have attended each and every Business Session of the Grand Lodge. Make sure to schedule your activities so they do not conflict with any Grand Lodge Program.

    There will also be various seminars held which are very informative. They will be scheduled on Sunday as early as 9:00 AM and following General Sessions on Monday and Tuesday. The schedule should be on the elks.org website starting in May. This is a good opportunity to get insight and ideas on different committees and issues.

    I am looking forward to a fun-filled trip to San Antonio!! 


    Emma Pletz, Executive Secretary

    Oregon State Elks Association



                             FORMAL DRESS     SUNDAY AFTERNOON – OPENING SESSION                                                                                                                                TUESDAY NIGHT – GRAND BALL

    Exalted Rulers:  Green Coat, White Shirt/Blouse, Black Pants/Skirt,

    Black Shoes & Socks or Nylons and Long Black Tie/Scarf.

    Spouses:  Long or Short Formal Oregon Green Dress,

    BlackSkirt/Pants, Sport Coat/Shirt/Tie.


    The Memorial Service will also be held at the Opening Session. We will all try to sit together at Opening Session as a group. I will try to get someone to help direct you to where Oregon is sitting as you come in.



    Exalted Rulers: Green Coat, White Shirt/Blouse, Beige/tan/khaki Pants/Skirt,

    Brown Shoes & Socks/nylons, Long Black Tie/Scarf.




    Exalted Rulers:  Oregon (Green colored) Shirt, Beige/tan/khaki Pants/Skirt, or Capris (at least knee length).

    Spouses: Oregon (Green colored) Shirt, Beige/tan/khaki Skirts/Slacks/Capris.


    Athletic shoes are OK for casual dress.




    The New Oregon Elks Children’s Eye Clinic Building


              The relationship between the Elks and Oregon Health & Sciences University’s Department of Ophthalmology began in 1949, when Dr. Kenneth Swan was looking for the cause of Retinopathy of Prematurity or ROP, which is blindness in premature babies.  At the same time, a member of the Oregon City Elks, Judge Robert Mulvey, became the father of twin premature boys who were blind.  A connection was established between the Elks and Dr. Swan, who believed ROP was caused by excessive oxygen being given to these premature babies, causing the blood vessels in the eyes to develop in a haphazard manner.  Dr. Swan needed a $2,000.00 oximeter to prove his theory and the Elks provided the funds, and Dr. Swan was able to confirm that the excessive oxygen did indeed cause ROP.




    At that time, the Elks were looking for a state major project and it was decided that a relationship with the Department of Ophthalmology would be a good fit.  Thus, the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic was born.  The Elks made a significant decision at that time, instead of just treating individual children, we would create a facility that would not only provide treatment, but also do research, and training for doctors to become ophthalmologists.  This relationship grew and developed through the years. 



    It is important for all Elks to realize that OHSU is contributing $15,000,000.00 to the operating cost of our clinic so the building can be named for the Oregon Elks.  Why is OHSU doing this?  I believe it is their way of thanking the Elks of Oregon for the over $40,000,000.00 that have been donated since 1949, to make this Department of Ophthalmology the world leader that it has become.  OHSU recognizes the role that the Oregon Elks have played in making OHSU such a successful institution. The $15,000,000.00 on top of the previously donated $40,000,000.00 will make the Oregon Elks the largest organizational donor to the entire Oregon Health and Sciences University System.



    In 1963, the Elks decided to create a foundation to provide stable funding for our eye clinic and the Elks Youth Eye Service or EYES, was created.  EYES is modeled after the Elks National Foundation, where monies donated are never spent, but are invested, and only what is generated by those investments is spent.  Since its inception in 1963, EYES has received just over $3.3 million in donations.  At the end of 2016, the total amount given by EYES to our visual program will be $29,686,798.00, and as of September 1, 2016, the value of our investments has grown to over $54 million.

    In the mid-1980’s, the Department of Ophthalmology decided to build a new building and a member of the Portland Elks Lodge, Harry Casey donated over $9,000,000.00 towards the construction of this facility.   The Department of Ophthalmology became the Casey Eye Institute.  In addition to Harry Casey’s donation, individual Elks and our Lodges donated thousands of dollars towards the construction and equipping the new building. There are no records indicating the amount of other Elk donations since 1949, but I have estimated that these donations would be in excess of $3 million.  These donations would have come from individual Elks, lodge fund raisers, the Elks National Foundation, a portion of the OSEA per capita dues and other sources.  In total, it is certainly fair to say that the total amount of donations to our major state project since 1949 would easily exceed $40,000,000.00.

    What we have helped to create is a world leader in the treatment of vision issues.  Dr. Earl Palmer, building on the work of Dr. Swan, developed a treatment of Retinopathy of Prematurity and became the pre-eminent authority in the world in treating this condition.  A gene therapy program, where a defective gene, which will cause blindness in a child, can be identified and replaced with a healthy gene, inserted in the eye, to override the defective gene thus preserving the child’s eyesight   One of four places in the world where this procedure is performed is our Elks Children’s Eye Clinic. 


    Each year our clinic accepts six doctors to enter a three year residency program to become ophthalmologists.  There are over six hundred applicants for these six positions.  The clinic has over 133,000 patient visits annually, of which over 18,000 are pediatric visits.

    OHSU is planning on constructing a new building adjacent to and connected with the Casey Eye Institute.  This will be a $50 million, six story, 60,000 sq. ft. building.  The naming rights for this new building are set at $20 million.  In July of 2015, Dr. David Wilson, Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Keith Todd, President of the OHSU Foundation came to the EYES meeting with a proposal.  If the EYES Directors would agree that for the next seven years, the $15,000,000.00 that we normally give for the operation of our clinic would be earmarked to the construction of the new building, then OHSU would cover the operating cost of our Elks Children’s Eye Clinic.  The Elks would also be asked to spread the word about this new building and make members aware of this project and try to raise the remaining $5,000,000.00 so the new building would be named the Oregon Elks Children’s Eye Clinic.




    How can you help?



    The most important thing is to get the word out. Every dollar donated helps, but hopefully by spreading the word someone like Harry Casey will step forward and contribute millions. It’s also possible to contribute through ones will. This is where the OHSU Foundation comes in. They have people who are adept at estate planning and can arrange for donations to be made through that vehicle. An important thing to remember is that these donations are tax deductible. 

    You can donate multiple ways. Donations are accepted as cash, check, or even credit card.


    Click on the Donate Now button to the left to donate!


    This is a tremendous opportunity for the Elks of Oregon to establish our place at the Oregon Health and Sciences University.


    Gene Spina     
    President, Elks Youth Eye Service                                                   


  • Lots of money coming to Oregon. Why? Because some Lodges are doing their part.  Three Lodges are receiving Impact Grants that total to somewhere between $20 to 30 thousand. Only one Lodge received the Impact Grant for the first two years, then 2, then 3 this year. Sixteen Lodges have made their per capita and can claim $2000 each for their communities. Some Lodges have applied for and received $2000 each for their youth projects. Both the State projects, Children’s Casey Eye Clinic and Meadowood each receive money from Elks National Foundation. Money is given for Drug dogs or other projects. In the past few years, Oregon has received from $1.85-1.95 back for every $14. donated.

    It is now time for the 38 Lodges that have not achieved their per capita of $4.50 to step up and do their part. It has been nice that you can ride the bandwagon with the Lodges that do their part, but it is now time for you to pay for your ticket to ride on the wagon too. Show some pride in your Lodge. It may be too late to get a Promise Grant or Impact Grant, BUT, it is not too late to get your $2000 Gratitude Grant to help your community. Some Lodges do not even have to put $2000 in to ENF to get back the $2000.
    So what is the problem?
    If you need help, ideas, or other questions, please feel free to contact me. We are 9th in membership in the nation, but for some reason we end up 20-30th in the nation for donations. Please step up and do your part now.

    Thank you,

    Lou Kolkhorst, PER

    OSEA ENF Chairman
    1433 N 13th St
    CoosBay, Or 97420
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    (541) 290-2060 Cell

    There shouldn’t be a reason you can’t contact me and there shouldn’t be a reason you don’t make your per capita.

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    Volume 1, Issue 5 -- Editor – Gladys Andrus

    Oregon Summer Convention News:

    We had a great Summer Convention in April. We held an auction, at which we made about $2800. We had our table selling some new items, stretch bracelet, a cancer awareness scarf, and our new supply if butterflies, plus the usual cookbooks, grab bags and our Betty Hise jewelry. We made around $1200 from the table. After taking in donations and the donation of $5,000 from ENF, we came to a grand total of $15,191.72. We gave our donation of $7,500 each to OHSU and MSTI.

    We were privileged to have Grand Lodge First Lady, Jane Helsel, in attendance as well as Diane Kile of Idaho.

    In October several of us attended a talk by Dr. Brian Druker of the Knight Cancer Institute at OSHU, on “The End of Cancer is Within Reach.” I have a DVD of his talk
    if anyone would like to borrow, it is about 40 min. long, please contact me. It is worth the time
    to see.

    National Convention News:
    We had a table at National Convention held in Portland in July, and did quite well.

    October Leading Knight Seminar:
    We had a table selling jewelry, grab bags, butterflies etc. plus 2 baskets we had a drawing on. Again we did quite well.

    April Summer Convention:
    Plans are ready for summer convention:
    Board Meeting – Thursday April 22nd at 1:00 in Helen Klein room at Red Lion Inn in Salem.

    We will have our table selling usual items. Need grab bags, please bring some if you can and be sure to mark if for women or men. We will also have a raffle for 3 nice items. If you can spend an hour or two working the table please let Roni Hargin know.

    Our general meeting will be Friday at 11:00 at the Red Lion Inn.

    What’s happening at the Lodges.

    Florence Lodge still has the pie ladies selling pie (last year they raised over $1,250.00).

    Tualatin Valley Lodge – once a month have a Betty Hise Breakfast.

    Let me know what’s going on in your Lodge for Betty Hise so it can be included in the Next Newsletter, which I hope to do quarterly.

    Jewelry Sales

    We are still selling our exclusive jewelry, a couple of new items have been added, if you need an order form or information contact Jean Stephens at 503-620-0265 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    We have bracelets from $24.00 - $120.
    Necklaces from $26.00 - $160
    Earrings from $10.00 - $30
    We have one new bracelet added to our collection. We also have a sale on a couple styles we are phasing out.

    Remember if you move, change phone numbers or email address please get the info to Kathy Dietz so records can be updated.

    Helen Klein – 1st Year
    Sherry May – 1st Year
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    Gladys Andrus – 2nd Yr
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    Vickie Lambert – 2nd Yr
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    Dorene Estep – 3rd Yr
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    Roni Hargin – 4th yr
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    Susan Myers – 4th yr
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    Corporate Officers:
    Treasurer – Elsie Simon
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    Secretary – Julie Evey
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    Corres Secretary – Kathy Dietz
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    Idaho Liaison
    G’Nell DeLack This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Contact your Editor:
    Gladys Andrus 503-656-7212
    Mail: 2587 Mark Lane
    West Linn Or 97068
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  • My Brothers and Sisters of Elkdom

    This tribute is an extension of the established customs of our Fraternity, in keeping with one of our most solemn Pledges: Living or dead, Elks are never forgotten, never forsaken.

    We are a very social group. However, when the Hour of Eleven is upon us, we pause from our social functions to pay reverent respect to our departed members. As Elks, we do not take this token of recollection lightly.

    This is the moment when we bow our heads in tender reverence and silent tribute to Gene Jaramillo who has left our midst.

    Gene J. was born in Denver, Colorado on October 11, 1935. He graduated from Louisville, Colorado High School in 1953.

    gene_memorialsmallGene's military career began in 1954 when he became a mechanic in the Army Corp of Engineers Bridge Battalion. He also spent some time at Fort Lewis, Washington in the motor pool. He was discharged from active duty in 1956.

    Following his military service, he was employed by the Post Office Department here in Portland. In 1957 he went to work for the Oregon Air National Guard and in 1970 he was assigned to the position of Material Control Technician. He later advanced to Aircraft Maintenance Analysis Technician.

    Gene was initiated into the Gresham Elks Lodge on April 30, 1968. He transferred his membership to Gateway Lodge on April 26, 1969. His membership number is 26.

    Gene was appointed to Lodge Inner Guard in 1971 - 1972. He served as Lodge Assistant Esquire 1972 - 1973 and as Lodge Esquire in 1973 - 1974. He was elected to each of the chairs and served as Gateway's Exalted Ruler in 1977 - 1978.

    He was selected Gateway's Elk of the Month for November 1970 and as our Elk of the Year in 2001 - 2002. He was elected Oregon State Elks Association Vice-President in 2005.

    Gene served on many - many Lodge committees and even worked as Lodge janitor and Club Manager. He loved the Elks and would do whatever was required to serve his Lodge and Elkdom. He was happiest when he was cooking steaks or tacos. I'm not sure about the steaks but I can attest that his tacos were the best!

    His final article as Exalted Ruler contained this comment: "May the great spirits of Love, Health and Happiness be your constant companions." That one statement speaks volumes about Gene and the size of his heart.

    I want to share this poem with you. It is not my poem - the author is unknown to me. I want to share it because I think it reflects what is in my heart and in the hearts of many you.

    You never said I'm leaving;
    You never said goodbye.

    You were gone before we knew it;
    And only God knows why.

    A million times we needed you;
    A million times we cried.

    If love alone could have saved you;
    You never would have died.

    In life we loved you dearly;
    In death we love you still.

    In our heart you hold a place;
    That no one could ever fill.

    It broke our heart to lose you;
    But you didn't go alone

    For part of us went with you;
    The day God took you home.

    It is true that we will miss his familiar voice and the grasp of his friendly hand. That voice and the assistance of those hands are gone, but the echoes of his voice and the efforts of those hands will be with us forever.

    I can only imagine the exchange that took place when Gene met Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates. I'm betting it went something like this:

    Saint Peter: "Hi Gene, I've been expecting you!" How are you?
    Gene J.:"FAAANTASTIC!!!"

    Gene is gone from us now, but one thing cannot be taken away, his memory resides inside our heart, and lights up our darkest days. May the blessing of God be upon you - rest in peace my Brother.

  • On behalf of the Elks National Foundation, let me congratulate the Coos Bay Elks Lodge on being a 2009 Impact Grant recipient! The competition was fierce again this year. We received 152 grant applications and selected only 46 Lodges to receive an Impact Grant award of up to $10,000.

    Your Lodge will receive a 2008-09 grant award of $10,000.00 to support the project: South Coast Food Share Weekend Snack Pack Program-Bunker Hill Elem..

    Your Lodge has just joined the ranks of 45 other Lodges that are working to improve the quality of life in their communities. Throughout the grant cycle, our Programs Associate Lesley Greene will be right there with you to lend support and to ensure your project stays on track. Should you have questions beforehand, we are only an email or phone call away.

    We applaud you for being part of an illustrious group of Lodges looking to meaningfully and visibly address the needs of communities where Elks live and work. You should expect to receive your official award letter, including any grant contingencies, along with the grant assurances by October 31, 2008.

    Again, congratulations!Coos Bay is the only Lodge in Oregon to receive an Impact Grant this year.

  • Our Mission Statement encompasses the values we believe


     in and practice as Elks.  Take a look.