We are honored to have you visit our website. We hope that you will take the time to explore the site and to gain an understanding of what it is to be a modern member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Find out who we are, what we are, what we do and how you might join our charitable fraternal organization!
The Order of Elks is distinctly American. It is a national, charitable organization founded on the principals of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity. Here in Oregon our two primary charities are the Meadowood Springs Speech and Hearing Camp and the Elks Children's Eye Clinic, part of the Oregon Health and Science University. Through the Elks National Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Order, we offer local and national scholarship programs. We also offer other Youth Programs such as the Teenager of the Month Awards, Elks Drug Awareness Program, and the Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest. Our Veterans are very important to the Elks. The BPOE Elks offer services to our veterans, such as the Elks National Veterans Service Commission, and grants to maintain the Elks Veterans Memorial in Chicago.
Our Lodge here in the Parkrose district of Portland is just one of many across the State of Oregon, ,and across our great Nation... all of which are committed to the same goals. As a member of the Order, you are welcome in any of the over 2100 such Lodges in the contiguous 48 states, Hawaii, and Alaska. A definite plus if you're traveling for business or pleasure as Elks tend to treat each other like extended family.
We hope that after viewing our site you may have a better understanding of today's Elks and you may even be interested in joining our Order and helping us with our worthy causes. And lest you think we are all work and no play, take a look at our Photo Gallery, our Lodge Calendar and our Entertainment Section! And check back often! The site is on-going and new photos and articles will be posted frequently.
If you're in our area, please drop in and ask for a tour of our Lodge. Visitors are always welcome. And if you're anywhere else in the country, check the phone book and contact the Lodge nearest you.
Lodge, Committees, and Charities!
Gateway Elks Lodge #2411
Officers for the Year 2013 - 2014
Esteemed Leading Knight
Esteemed Loyal Knight
Esteemed Lecturing Knight
Archie Says . . .
The Camp Meadowood Springs (Formerly Meadowood Springs Speech and Hearing Camp) work (fun) weekend
is right around the corner! It may have a new name, but the camp has been there for many many enjoyed years.
The winters are very harsh up there, and our Lodge, and many other Lodges around the state, could use your help!
This is a state-wide Elks project that we tremendously enjoy helping out this wonderful camp for kids.
Come join your friends, and meet new friends!
Make sure to talk with Bob Kennedy about booking your RV or cabin after May 1st!
For a history on how we adopted Archie The Elk, please
Elk's National Foundation
When you give to the Elks National Foundation, you're doing more than funding the Elks National Drug Awareness and "Hoop Shoot" programs. You're doing more than supporting the Community Investments Program and providing Emergency Educational Grants to the children of deceased or totally disabled Elks. You're doing more than maintaining the Elks Veterans Memorial. You're doing all that, and you're supporting Elkdom in your state.
During the 2011-12 Lodge year, the Elks of Oregon donated $191,022.97 to the Elks National Foundation. This year, the Foundation will give back the following:
- State Charities Grant - $120,670.00
- Special Projects Grant - $95,570.00
- Bonus Grant - $31,020.00
These grants support your state's major charitable project, as well as other philanthropic projects. Portions of these grants will also support your state's Drug Awareness Program, Hoop Shoot, Soccer Shoot and educational programs.
We will award a total of 17 "Most Valuable Student" scholarships to high school seniors from your state. In addition, we will award up to 7 Legacy scholarships to children, grandchildren and stepchildren of Elks.
- Most Valuable Student $68,000.00
- Legacy Award $28,000.00
These funds will help them provide aid and comfort to hospitalized veterans.
- National Veterans Service Commission $7,860.00
That's a ratio of 1.838 for every dollar the Foundation received from your state last year. And that doesn't even include the money Lodges in your state will get back through our Community Investments Program. For the 2011-12 fiscal year, for example, we awarded a total of $115,640.00 to 50 Oregon Lodges.
Since inception in 1928 through March 31, 2012, the Foundation has granted a total of $7,954,664.18 to your state, compared with your state's total donations of $6,811,092.44. That's a ratio of 1.168 for every dollar the Foundation has received from your state.
The Foundation's past support includes:
- $3,800,587.00 in State Charities Grants
- $1,266,463.00 in Special Projects Grants
- $1,888,963.04 in "Most Valuable Student" Scholarships
- $85,174.02 in Emergency Educational Grants to the children of deceased or totally disabled Elks
- $149,105.75 in Legacy Award scholarships to the children and grandchildren of Oregon Elks.
For more information about the Elks National Foundation, contact your local chairman or write us at Elks National Foundation, 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, email@example.com.
The 2013 Dues Notice is now available to you for download. Please click here to take you to our Member's Home Page to view and print your form.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Lodge Secretary, Judy Veazey.
Please note that this is in the "Member's Only" section of our website. To
find out how you can become a member, please
click here ... or ask one of our officers! Stop by our Lodge during normal business hours (Monday - Friday from 10am - 4pm) to take a tour!
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