KI Elks to cel­e­brate 40th an­niver­sary Nov. 3

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Church - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — The Kent Is­land Elks, Lodge 2576, will hold their 40th an­niver­sary party from 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 3. The lodge was founded in Fall 1978 by a small group of lo­cal res­i­dents who caught the spirit of na­tional Elks or­ga­ni­za­tion, which be­gan in Fe­bru­ary 1868 in New York. Of­fi­cially known as the Benev­o­lent and Pro­tec­tive Or­der of Elks, the na­tional head­quar­ters is to­day lo­cated in Chicago, Illi­nois.

Many Elks lodges around the nation cel­e­brated the 150th an­niver­sary of the fra­ter­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion this past Fe­bru­ary. There are 1,928 Elk lodges in ex­is­tence across the U.S., in­clud­ing Hawaii and Puerto Rico to­day, 30 of those lodges in Mary­land. The KI Elks are part of the Mary­land, Delaware, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Elks Dis­trict, com­pris­ing 38 lodges. There are more than 850,000 Elk mem­bers reg­is­tered among all lodges na­tion­ally.

The birth­day party will be held inside Hauer Hall at the lodge. The hall was named for KI Elks found­ing mem­ber Fran­cis “Butch” Hauer, an Amer­i­can World War II hero who saved the lives of all the men on the de­stroyer he served, that was sunk in the North At­lantic, Christ­mas Eve, 1942, by a Nazi sub­ma­rine. Hauer was the com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer who sent out the SOS be­fore the ship sank within 15 min­utes af­ter be­ing hit. The hall was so named in Hauer’s honor in 2010, be­fore his death in 2013. His wife, Cathy Hauer, who was also very ac­tive in the Ladies of the Elks or­ga­ni­za­tion, died in De­cem­ber 2015.

The KI Elks, Lodge 2576, in Stevensville, con­tin­ues to grow in mem­ber­ship, with just un­der 700 reg­is­tered mem­bers. To be­come a mem­ber, a per­son must be spon­sored by a cur­rent mem­ber who rep­re­sents that in­di­vid­ual(s) as a mem­ber of good re­port in the com­mu­nity. The per­son seek­ing mem­ber­ship must be at least 21 years old and be an Amer­i­can cit­i­zen, have a be­lief in a Supreme Be­ing, and not be a mem­ber of the Com­mu­nist Party. If ac­cepted, they must par­tic­i­pate in a rit­ual ini­ti­a­tion cer­e­mony, and there are an­nual dues paid, ap­prox­i­mately $85 per year to the lo­cal lodge.

The Elks na­tional motto is “Elks Care, Elks Share.” The Kent Is­land lodge has do­nated over $1.5 mil­lion back to the lo­cal 501(c)3 or­ga­ni­za­tions over the past 15 years. Those non­prof­its in­clude or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Hospice, Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, Char­ac­ter Counts and vet­er­ans re­cov­ery pro­grams.

The Elks spon­sor an­nual youth ac­tiv­i­ties such as Soc­cer Shoot and Hoop Shoot, the Elks Na­tional Schol­ar­ship Foun­da­tion, and youth recog­ni­tions for out­stand­ing ser­vice to their com­mu­ni­ties.

In 2017, an Ea­gle Scout Project at the VFW in Grasonville was rec­og­nized for build­ing a mon­u­ment to all the mil­i­tar y per­son­nel who were res­i­dents of Queen Anne’s County who had died in ever y war in Amer­i­can his­tor y, from the Revo­lu­tion­ary War up through the most re­cent wars in the Mid­dle East. It took Scout Ja­cob McLaugh­lin of Queen­stown al­most four years to com­pleted the re­search which pro­duced 200 names of sol­diers who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for Amer­i­can free­dom. Ja­cob was hon­ored by the KI Elks for his work.

Tick­ets to at­tend Lodge 2576’s cel­e­bra­tion are on sale at the lodge for $20 per ticket, and the cel­e­bra­tion is open to the pub­lic. The ca­pac­ity inside Hauer Hall is 200 peo­ple, so tick­ets are ex­pected to sell out. There will be light foods, a large birth­day cake, and live band play­ing dur­ing the event.

The lodge is lo­cated at 2525 Ro­man­coke Road (Route 8, south) in Stevensville.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410643-2221.

Chil­dren ride a camel dur­ing the Blue Bay Farm Fes­ti­val Satur­day, Sept. 22. The event is an an­nual fundraiser for the McAr­dle School for Early Autism In­ter­ven­tion.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

The Kent Is­land Elks, Lodge 2576, in Stevensville will be cel­e­brat­ing its 40th an­niver­sary Nov. 3. Shown here, KI Elks Ex­alted Ruler Mike Kelly, left, stands with Queen Anne’s County Char­ac­ter Counts Co­or­di­na­tor Elaine But­ler, rep­re­sent­ing one of many 501(c)3 char­i­ties the Elks have sup­ported.

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