Our Lodge Charities
Gateway Elks, like Elks all over the country, strive to become involved with the
community around them. They get involved with schools, youth clubs, other
non-profit organizations and community functions to help strengthen and nurture
their community. The following are but a few examples of what we love to do!
Our Lodge Charities
BETTY HISE CANCER
DONATING QUILTS TO ADVENTIST HOSPITAL
left to right: Kelli Shearer (Betty Hise Committee Chairperson); Teri Gilmore (Adventist Breast Cancer Care Coordinator); Diana Mills (Lodge Tiler/ Quiltmaker) and ER Ralph Hartmann
Gateway's Betty Hise Committee made a presentation to the Adventist Medical Center of seventeen blankets to be used by patients receiving cancer treatments. Hospital representatives Teri Gilmore and Todd Dickerson, Director of Annual Giving, expressed an interest in working more with our Betty Hise Committee and the Lodge in a spirit of mutual cooperation.
CASEY EYE INSTITUTE
AT OHSU HOSPITAL
Members of Gateway Lodge spend time each week volunteering their
services at the Casey Eye Institute. They answer the phones, greet patients & guest,
help them find their way around the building and generally do whatever they
Please click here if you would like more information about the Casey Eye Institute and how the Elks help this great institute.
For more information on how you can become a volunteer, please email or ask one of the volunteers when you see them at the Lodge.
Pictured here are a few of our Gateway volunteers: (l-r) ~ Lois Freeman, Eleanor Brown and Shirley Stambaugh.
Gateway Elks Lodge Members Get Presidential Honors
Pictured here from left to right: Lois Freeman, Shirley Stambaugh,
Eleanor Brown, Margie Szmanie, and Nancy Rattey
At the annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon hosted by the staff of the Casey Eye Institute on Thursday June 23rd, 2011 Gateway Elks Lodge members who volunteer at the eye clinic received The President&rsquos Volunteer Service Award.
Elks Lodge members from the Metro area have manned the information desk at the eye clinic since it opened in July 1991. Elk volunteers provide more than 7,500 hours per year. The volunteers are usually the first people that eye clinic patients and family members encounter upon arriving for their appointments. They perform a number of interesting duties. Some of these duties include welcoming patients, giving directions for patient appointment locations, calling medical transport and taxi&rsquos, help prepare mailings when needed, and even bringing surgery patients down from the 6th floor post-op room to their waiting transport.
This was the first year Elk volunteers have received this award. The Elk volunteers were nominated under the "Family and Group" category. Receiving awards were: Gold Award: Eleanor Brown (3,543 hours of service), Lois Freeman (1,331 hours of service), and Shirley Stambaugh (1,087 hours of service). Silver Award: Nancy Rattey (522 hours of service) and Margie Szmania (548 hours of service). Congratulations ladies. You make Gateway Elks Lodge very proud!
SPEECH & HEARING CAMP
A NEW WAY TO ASSIST MEADOWOOD!
AND NOW YOU CAN HELP TOO!
eScrip has partnered with local businesses and major credit card companies to donate a percentage of your purchases to your favorite charity...every time you use your card!
eScrip is proven to be a fantastic resource for fundraising where participating business partners contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to the school, group or organization of your choice. Now you can sign up for this fantastic service to help support Meadowood Springs Speech and Hearing Camp!
And it is so easy!
Simply go online to eScrip.com
and select 'Group ID'. Enter the number
500016104 for Meadowood Springs Speech-Hearing Camp and
then fill out the rest of the registration form and you're done! Within
about a week, every time you use the cards you indicate on the registration,
Meadowood will recieve a percentage of the amount. And, with your
eScrip account, you can track your purchases and your donations to Meadowood!
You can also download the form by clicking HERE, fill it out and mail it in. This method takes about 6-8 weeks processing time.
For more information about Meadowood Springs Speech and Hearing Camp, please
We at Gateway Elks encourage not only all Elks but anyone who wishes to sign up for this most worthy cause.It's for the kids and they are extremely grateful!
ELKS NATIONAL FOUNDATION
2013 Hoop Shoot Trophy Winners
Gateway is pleased to have our Hoop Shoot 1st and 2nd place winners and their families in our Lodge for dinner and for the presentation of their trophies Thursday evening February 14th. We are very proud of these young kids and would like to see you here also to congratulate them on their accomplishment. Click here to find out more information on the Hoop Shoot program.
$1,000 Community Grant
Awarded to Alder School's Reading Program
Gateway Elks Lodge was awarded a $1,000.00 Community Gratitude Grant from the Elks National Foundation to use towards a community project. Our lodge chose to use this grant money to help the summer reading program at one of our local elementary schools.
On Tuesday July 26th, 2011 our Lodge went to Alder Elementary School and presented them with over 400 books and treats. The books that were given will be used for a lending library for the summer and after school programs.
We also gave all the summer program kids treats for the day. Each child got cookies, 100% fruit juice, pencils, crayons, and a book mark. Casey the Elk was also on hand to see all the kids and hand out stickers.
Many thanks go out to the lodge members for all the donations you made to ENF, because without your kind donations in helping our lodge meet it's per capita donations, we would not have been awarded the grant from ENF.
Help us achieve our per capita for the fiscal year 2011/2012 and the ENF Foundation will award us with a new grant worth $2,000.00!! Just imagine what we could do with this grant money from ENF! Click here to find out more information on how you can help us achieve our ENF goal in reaching our per capita for 2011.
BRONZE AWARD FOR CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS
GIVEN TO CHARTER MEMBER RON BROWN
The distinguished Elks National Foundation Bronze Plaque and Pin were posthumously awarded to charter member Ron Brown for his contributions of over $5,000. OSEA Chairman of the Board of Trustees Gene Spina and OSEA ENF Chairman KC McCuen presented the plaque and pin to Ron's wife Eleanor in a simple ceremony during the Lodge meeting on June 17.
(left to right) PER Gene Spina, OSEA Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Lois Freeman, Gateway ENF Committee; Eleanor Brown and PER KC McCuen, OSEA ENF Chairman.
How Can You Help?
- You can donate online at www.elks.org/donate
- You can make a one-time donation
- You can pledge a fixed amount over a course of time
- You may contribute to the Foundation in memory of loved ones
- You can name the Elks National Foundation as a beneficiary of your estate
For more information about the Elks National Foundation please contact our lodge ENF Chairperson at or:
Other Community Involvement
DICTIONARIES FOR 3RD GRADERS
On October 29th our lodge sent out five groups of members to six different grade schools in our area to delivered over 450 dictionaries. This is our third year with this project and more and more we are starting to see that the schools not only welcome us but look forward to us coming in and talking with their third graders. Over the past three years we have been able to give out more then 1600 dictionaries to local 3rd graders. Our entertainment committee has taken up the challenge to buy the dictionaries with a little help from our Widows and the Elkette (thank you ladies). We had a great group of entertainment committee members, PER's, officers, and spouses to help with this year's deliveries. It looks like all of our hard work is paying off and that because of this program the doors to those schools may open for other programs like Americanism and Drug Awareness. We are looking forward to working with the schools on other projects.
Shown above are Carolyn & Bill Jacobson with Woodland Elementary 3rd Grade teacher Ms Vizzini and two of her happy students.
Shown above are (lt) member Denice Schuermyer, the boys and girls of Ms Foster's 3rd grade class at Fairview Elementary School and (rt) Ms Foster, their teacher.
Members of the Gateway Elks Lodge recently distributed 696 dictionaries to 3rd graders in 11 Elementary schools in the local Portland area and neighboring communities. The dictionaries were purchased with donations from the Lodge Entertainment Committee, the Lodge Widows and Lodge members.
The dictionary distribution to 3rd graders is a yearly, on-going program of Gateway Lodge. We hope to expand it even further in the future.Back to the top
GATEWAY ELKS DONATE HAND-MADE
TO ANIMALS AT OREGON HUMANE SOCIETY
(photo: (left to right) Gateway Lodge member Diana Mills, Mary Henry, OHS Donor Relations Manager with temporary resident Gretchen in the foreground)
Everyone likes to curl up with a nice warm blanket from time to time. Somehow a blanket, all warm and fluffy, instills a sense of peace and security. And that is just what is needed when animals first come to the Oregon Humane Society center on Columbia Blvd. Coming into a strange place with strange sounds and smells and people all around that they don't know can be overwhelming to an animal. A nice warm blanket helps to assure them that all will be well.
The members of Gateway Elks Lodge #2411, understanding the situation, made a slight detour from their normal community efforts to assist their less fortunate 4-pawed and tail wagging neighbors. The Elks gathered together material and supplies and member Diana Mills set to work making hand-made, pet-sized quilts to be donated to the Oregon Humane Society for use by the temporary residents of that facility. Odd sized scraps of durable material in festive colors were fashioned into 22 quilts that ranged in size from baby kitten to Great Dane. Oregon Humane Society Donor Relations Manager Mary Henry and temporary resident Gretchen (shown above) received the quilts from Lodge members Diana Mills and Esteemed Leading Knight Ralph Hartmann in the lobby of the Columbia Blvd facility. Ms Henry stated that she hoped this act of kindness by the Elks will help others realize the need these animals have for our help and understanding.
The Oregon Humane Society has a terrific record saving and placing lost, neglected or abandoned animals. In 2008 they proudly reported a 96% save rate for their sheltered animals. That means that 96% of their animals were either adopted, reunited with their owners or placed with another group (such as a specific breed rescue group) committed to finding the animal a home. They never put a time limit on how long an animal remains available for adoption at the shelter and they never euthanize one pet to make room for another. Their high adoption rate many times higher than the national average are made possible by a caring community, dedicated employees, committed volunteers and thousands of generous donors, like the Gateway Elks, who make this work possible.
But there is more to the OHS than finding new homes for animals in need. OHS is dedicated to making a difference in their community: OHS educators reach out to youths to instill humane values; OHS volunteers bring therapy animals to hospitals; the OHS animal rescue team works to save trapped animals that need human help. Making the community a better place for pets makes it a better place for people.
Diana Mills and the members of Gateway Lodge make and donate quilts through-out the year to human recipients as well. Chief among the organizations that receive them are the Veterans Hospital in Portland and the VA Nursing Skill Care Unit in Vancouver, WA, Meadowood Springs Summer Camp for Speech and Hearing Impaired Children in Eastern Oregon, the Elks Children Eye Institute at OHSU and local Senior Care facilities. In the past couple of years, Diana, with fabric and supplies donated by the Lodge members, has personally made over 2,500 quilts to be donated by the Lodge. Leading Knight Ralph Hartmann said that it is not unusual for her to periodically show up at the Lodge with a hand truck stacked with boxes that are stuffed full of newly made quilts. And this new venture, quilts for animals, is just another example of her dedication and that of the Elks motto Elks Care ~ Elks Share, even with our animal neighbors.
For more information about the Oregon Humane Society, visit their website at www.oregonhumane.org or visit their facility at 1067 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland. They may also be reached by calling 503.285.7722.Back to the top
GATEWAY ELKS DONATE HAND-MADE QUILTS
NORTHEAST EMERGENCY FOOD PROGRAM
Diana Mills (a member of Gateway Lodge) is extremely adept at making quilts. So far this year, she has produced 283
of them to be donated to the Casey Eye Institute, Meadowood Springs Speech and Hearing Camp for youngsters, and our Veterans
Committee as gifts to hospitalized Veterans in the area. Now she has turned her talents to helping our community by making
quilts for the Northeast Emergency Food Program at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church. At a special presentation at the Lodge,
Diane (above right) presented 23 blankets on behalf of the Lodge to Wes Clark (above left), a member of
the Board of Directors of the Emergency Food Program. Also shown are Exalted Ruler Russ Muma and Esteemed Leading Knight,
GATEWAY LODGE ASSISTS LOCAL SCOUT TROOP IN
BUILDING A RAMP FOR
The members of Gateway Lodge supplied the material for a local scout project to build a wheelchair ramp for a mobility-impaired gentleman in the NE area of Portland. The scouts, assisted by their troop leader and contractor Don Brisack braved freezing weather, snow and heavy rain to build a sturdy access ramp to the gentleman's home.Back to the top
GATEWAY LODGE PARTICIPATES IN LOCAL FUN PARADE
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Members of Gateway Lodge proudly marched in the local Gateway area Fun-O-Rama parade. Participants handed out Drug Awareness ribbons to the crowd and demonstrated that "Elks Care - Elks Share"
RETIRING OLD AMERICAN FLAGS
Gateway Lodge gratefully accepts torn, tattered and faded old flags to be respectfully retired by our local Boy Scout Troop on Memorial Day.
Flags to be retired may be brought to the Lodge Office anytime during Lodge business hours.
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SNAP-TABS FOR KIDNEY DIALYSIS
Yes, it's fun – but remember that all of the proceeds will go to Kidney Dialysis. This is an on-going hunt for pull-tabs so bring them in anytime. Your collection can be turned in at the Lodge office during regular business hours.Back to the top
EYEGLASSES AND HEARING AIDS
Gateway Lodge collects used eyeglasses and hearing aids for the Lions Club to aid sight and hearing impaired individuals who have limited resources.
So next time you're digging through the drawers and find an old pair of glasses or an old hearing aid that isn't being used, drop them by our Lodge during regular business hours for collection.
EDUCATING THE COMMUNITY ABOUT ELKDOM
Gateway Lodge exhibited the purpose, benefits, wonders and joys of Elkdom to our community at the East Portland Exposition. Designed to showcase community involvement and interaction in the East Portland neighborhoods, the event attracted other non-profit organizations as well as local businesses, attractions and food vendors. Volunteers manned the booth throughout the many weekends there, greeting visitors, answering questions about the Order and meeting with other community-oriented groups to foster our involvement in the community.Back to the top