My Friends and Fellow Elk Members,
As I look forward to our next year in the Indiana Elks Association I want to thank each and every one of you for allowing me to be your State President. It is with great pride and honor that I have made it to this position within our great organization. However, as I have said in the past, I represent you, the membership which makes up our great State Association. It is humbling to know that I will be working with a great many like-minded members towards our goals and objectives over the next year. We will be working together to assist those less fortunate than ourselves.
This past year has been a burden on all of our Lodges, not just in our State, but within the entire Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. I wish I could tell you all of our Lodges survived, but that cannot be said. What I do know, and from what I have seen, is that our Lodges that have made it through this terrible pandemic, and other social issues, have done so through hard work, dedication, and teamwork. They all stepped up, they all volunteered, they all assisted their communities. They did it like true Elks. That is the spirit that drives the Elks forward and this is the reason I have picked the slogan and motto that I did for this next year as your State President.
My slogan for the year is “Kickin’ it Old School”. One definition that I found for the term “Old School” is as follows: Old school is any group of people who are traditionalists: they do things the way they’ve been done in the past. Old school means something close to old-fashioned, but it’s a term with more pride behind it. My motto for this next year is “Making Elks Americas Team”. Everybody wants to be on the winning team. We are the best service organization in the United States, or for that matter, in the world. We come together as a team, and do the work that must be done, just as we have always done in the past. There is nothing wrong with being hard working traditionalists working on a winning team. Because we are the “ELKS”.
I would like to encourage all of you to continue to work all of our programs equally. It is imperative that we continue to show our communities what and who we are. We must be diligent in continuing our work towards our Local, State, and National programs. The one State Program that I will be focusing on this year will be our Veterans. All proceeds from the sale of my T-Shirts, Pins, and the fishing poles that I custom build will be donated to the “Parade of Nickels” program.
Finally, I will be visiting each of the Lodge’s in our State Association throughout this next year. If you have any function or project you would like me to attend please let me know as soon as possible. Keep up the good work and I will see all of you soon.
“Making Elks America’s Team”
Indiana State President