Brothers and Sisters of the Indiana Elks Association
The high honor of being elected president of the Indiana Elks Association for the year 2019-2020 is truly appreciated. I am humble to be in the position to represent more than 15,200 Indiana Elks. Jane and I are looking forward to visiting the members at your Lodges. The anticipation of learning of all of the good work that your Lodges are conducting in your communities is exciting to the both of us. We take great pride in being able to serve as ambassadors for our state locally, regionally and nationally
The charities we provide to our communities are the Elks’ greatest asset. We are instructed from the first days as an Elk that ‘Charity is the greatest of all virtues’. Thus, this is the basis of my theme for Lodge year 2019-2020. ‘Elks make a Difference’. As Elks, we are fortunate to be able to begin to enhance our communities using the various grants provided by the ENF. We can then multiply that impact through additional fundraising, using those funds to meet the various needs of our communities. The ability for each Lodge to address local needs makes the Elks unique among fraternal organizations.
The ‘Elks make a Difference’ with our programs for youth and veterans, making hopes and dreams possible to achieve. however, because we do so much, it is is easy for us to become complacent. The demand in our communities is fast and we must always explore new ways to reach those in need. Two areas that have drawn my attention in recent years are homeless veterans and the elderly poor. When Elks seek out those in need, ‘Elks make a Difference’. I challenge all Elks to seek new ways to reach additional people in the need, bettering their communities even more.
Jane and I are grateful and honored to be your representatives of the Indiana Elks Association.
Michael L. Jack, State President
To our Absent Members
It is with a sad heart that I am sending this message to you, to inform you of the passing of our brother Michael Kelly. He was a great friend and a true brother to many of us. Mike, along with his happy spirit, true friendship and leadership will be sadly missed by all of the members, especially from the “Great Northwest District” and our State Association. Mike was a true Elk in every way.
There will be an Elks Memorial Service on Monday August 26th at 6:30 pm at the Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway in Chesterton IN. 46304 the wake is from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. His hard work, love and dedication to our District will never be forgotten. Please plan on attending his memorial service if possible and it would be appreciated if you can come in Lodge attire out of respect for Mike and his family.
After the Elks Service the Highland Lodge will be having a reception. The Celebration of his life will continue at the Lodge following the Elk services at the funeral home . There will be food and fellowship along with the sharing of many wonderful stories of fun times spent with Mike. We hope you will be able to attend his service at the funeral home. Then come to the Lodge to continue the celebration of his life and show support to his family and celebrate his life and accomplishments. Mike and Karen were a very special part of our Elk Family and will forever hold special places in our hearts.
Fraternally, Ed Boyle, PSP
Please see the link below to view or download the obituary.