Moose Jaw Elks cel­e­brate 105 years with of­fi­cial visit from Na­tional Pres­i­dent

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The Moose Jaw Elks Lodge #7 cel­e­brated its 105th an­niver­sary on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 9 at the Le­gion Hall. Grand Ex­alted Ruler (Na­tional Pres­i­dent) of the Elks of Canada of­fi­cially at­tended to rec­og­nize the sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone.

The of­fi­cial visit of the Na­tional Pres­i­dent, Brother Ron Pot­ter is a first for Moose Jaw in nine years! To mark the oc­ca­sion, the Moose Jaw Lodge also rec­og­nized vol­un­teers and ini­ti­ated two new mem­bers, as well as pre­sented a cheque of $2,700 to the Elks of Canada Chil­dren’s Fund.

The Elks of Canada is the old­est and largest all-Cana­dian fra­ter­nal char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion, with 250 Lodges and 11,000 Mem­bers through­out the coun­try. There’s about 40 Lodges and 1,800 Mem­bers in Saskatchewan.

The mis­sion of the Elks of Canada is “a Cana­dian vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion of men and women serv­ing com­mu­ni­ties” with a vi­sion “to be the best vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion in Cana­dian com­mu­ni­ties.” “Na­tion­ally, we have the Elks and Royal Pur­ple Fund for Chil­dren, which pro­vides fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance and pro­grams for med­i­cal needs of chil­dren with hear­ing and speech dis­or­ders. The Na­tional Of­fice is in Regina. Provin­cially, we have a Foun­da­tion which pro­vides fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for adults with med­i­cal needs where no funds are avail­able from other sources. We are the main spon­sor of SPARC, the Saskatchewan Pe­di­atric Au­di­tory Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre (Chil­dren’s hear­ing cen­tre) through our an­nual Walkathon. We also now have 135 Se­niors’ Homes in eight com­mu­ni­ties across the prov­ince, help­ing se­niors re­main in their com­mu­ni­ties near their fam­ily and friends in well-main­tained low-rent homes. We have homes in Moose Jaw, on Maple Street East,” said Harold Claf­fey, Dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Dis­trict 7 (Regina and Moose Jaw area).

Claf­fey says Moose Jaw Elks are heav­ily in­volved in the com­mu­nity. “Lo­cally, our Lodge is heav­ily in­volved in Moose Jaw. We have con­ces­sion stands an­nu­ally at Park Art and 15 Wing Show and Shine. We cater bar­be­cues for or­ga­ni­za­tions all over town all sum­mer. We have a Chili Chal­lenge ev­ery Fe­bru­ary. We have Meat Draws ev­ery week. We con­trib­ute funds to many lo­cal needs, in­clud­ing the Health Foun­da­tion, the Food Bank and the Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion. We pro­vide Schol­ar­ships to the high schools. We pro­vide per­son­nel to the Sal­va­tion Army to op­er­ate the Christ­mas Ket­tles. We sold our build­ing years ago and in­vested the funds. The growth from the in­vest­ments pays our ex­penses, so we do­nate 100% of the funds we raise. We were the seventh lodge in Canada, founded in 1913. We have over 100 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in serv­ing Moose Jaw, and tonight we cel­e­brate our 105thAn­niver­sary,” out­lined Claf­fey.

Grand Ex­alted Ruler Ron Pot­ter, who is the 2017-18 pres­i­dent says he is happy to be in Moose Jaw to cel­e­brate the 105th an­niver­sary. Pot­ter joined the Elks in 1992 and has served in all the ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions in his home lodge, in the Pro­vin­cial As­so­ci­a­tion and in Grand Lodge. His theme for his term as Na­tional Pres­i­dent is “Look­ing Back – Driv­ing For­ward.” Pot­ter has a burn­ing pas­sion for Elks of Canada, so much so that he has a tat­too of the Elks logo over his heart! “Elks are very much in­volved in the life of com­mu­ni­ties. There is not a com­mu­nity that you visit that there’s not an Elks ball park, play­ground or com­mu­nity hall that the Elks have built and run. We want peo­ple to know that we’re here and we are mak­ing an im­pact, so part of my of­fi­cial visit is to raise aware­ness. We do so many things in com­mu­ni­ties and across Canada,” said Pot­ter. “My goal this year is to go to as many lodges as I can across the coun­try to raise this aware­ness by meet­ing with com­mu­nity mem­bers and Lodge mem­bers and get the word out there on the nu­mer­ous ac­tiv­i­ties we con­trib­ute to in com­mu­ni­ties that keeps the com­mu­nity ac­tive and vi­able.”

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