Elks Children's Eye Clinic - Over 60 Years of Making a Difference
The Elks Children's Eye Clinic is the major charitable project of the Oregon State Elks Association. The clinic would not be possible without the Oregon State Elks Association commitment to providing eye care for babies and children. The Elks became involved with the University of Oregon Medical School (now Oregon Health & Science University) in 1949. That year, Dr. Kenneth Swan needed a piece of equipment called an oximeter for a baby whose father was an Oregon Elk. The Oregon Elks promptly raised $2000 for the oximeter. Soon after, the Elks' continued generosity established the Elks Children's Eye Clinic.
Betty Hise for Cancer Research, Inc.
The Betty Hise for Cancer Research, Inc is a nonprofit organization created as a program for Oregon and Idaho Ladies and Elks to promote and generate ongoing funds for the research and treatment of cancer. Funds raised are invested in the Betty Hise for Cancer Research Inc. with distributions made each year to OHSU Knight Institute for Cancer Research and Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI).
Cancer is a complex and devastating disease and finding the cause and cure is elusive. Research is the KEY to ending this dreaded disease. With your help, support and contributions, we enable Northwest researchers to move forward to this goal.
The Betty Hise for Cancer Research can be contacted at:
Betty Hise for Cancer Research
Betty Hise (1916 – 1987) was the wife of Past Grand Exalted Ruler Frank Hise. Due to her diagnosis of breast cancer she endured five major surgeries during the last 15 years of her life, but sadly lost her fight in 1987. Because cancer affects so many women of all ages Pat Bybee, her friend from Idaho, wanted to establish a fund for cancer research in Betty’s honor. Pat passed away before the fund could be established and others continued the cause and the Betty Hise for Cancer Research Inc. was established. Funds raised are invested in The Betty Hise for Cancer Research Inc. with distributions made each year to OHSU Knight Institute for Cancer Research and Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) for cancer research.
Elks National Foundation
You've heard about the 'ENF' - What is it? It is Elks National Foundation, founded in 1928 with a mere $100,000.
Over the years, more than $183.6 million in donations and bequests have been received. We now have over $370 million in our endowment fund and have contributed over $300 million to charitable projects nationwide.
How does it help Oregon? In 2008-2009, Oregon received back from Elks National Foundation, $1.753 for every $1.00 that was contributed from Oregon members.
UPDATE: 2009-2010, OREGON RECEIVED 1.95 BACK FOR EACH DOLLAR.
UPDATE: 2013-2014, OREGON RECEIVED 3.00 BACK FOR EACH DOLLAR.
Keep up the GREAT work everyone! THANK YOU !!!!!
Oregon State Elks Association Trust
The primary duty of the Board of Directors of the Trust is to further the charitable and educational activities of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America and the Elks National Foundation.
The Board of Directors is comprised of the five most senior duly elected Trustees of the Oregon State Elks Association. The President is the chief operating officer of the Trust and has general management of its business, properties and affairs.
The Board of Directors is charged with receiving funds from the Elks National Foundation, the Elks Youth Eye Services, members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and other sources for the purpose of benefiting the charitable and educational projects of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Oregon State Elks Association.
These funds are distributed to organizations qualifying as exempt organizations under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended and for general charitable, scientific and educational purposes.
Mike Coomler, Chairman of the Board
Gerald Sternes, 1-Year Trustee
|Ginny Van Loo, 2-Year Trustee
OSEA Trustee Metro District
|Paul "Lanny" Shulze, 3-Year Trustee
OSEA Trustee Northwest District
|Doug Rigg, 4-Year Trustee
OSEA Trustee Northeast District
|Gary Miller, 5-Year Trustee
OSEA Trustee Southeast District
|Terry Brant, 6-Year Trustee
OSEA Trustee South Central District
| currently open - 7-Year Trustee
OSEA Trustee, Southwest District
|Emma Pletz, Secretary
OSEA Executive Secretary
|Jim Doerfler, Treasurer
Camp Meadowood Springs - 46 Years of Making a Difference
Camp Meadowood Springs is a major charitable project of the Oregon State Elks Association and its subordinate lodges. This camp would not be possible without the Elks' dedication and commitment to helping children 6 to 16 years of age with speech, language and hearing challenges.
Each year, the Oregon State Elks and Lady Elks sponsor children to attend one of two 10-day summer residential camps/clinics.
The Elks became involved with Camp Meadowood in December of 1968. $700 was raised after a program was outlined and presented to the Elks. Since that time, the Elks have continued to support Camp Meadowood Springs.