ENF Reports

Here you will find information that pertains to our Lodge standings in the programs sponsored by the Elks National Foundation.

From the Elks National Foundation

The Elks Most Valuable Student Scholorship Application is now online. Please make sure to share this information with anyone you know with a High School Senior. Here is an article from the Elks National Foundation about one of the Elks prior MVS Winners.

Sean Pringle Stacks Elks Scholar Accolades

In a thank-you video submitted to the Elks National Foundation after he joined the Elks family as a 2010 Most Valuable Student scholarship recipient, Sean Pringle pledged to join the Elks. Five years later, he made good on promise and joined his sponsoring Lodge, Oceano/Five Cities, Calif., Lodge No. 2504. Now, he’s been named the 2019 Alum of the Year.
While earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering at Cal Poly, Sean embraced the Elks and his fellow Elks scholars. He joined the Scholar Advisory Board and began building a bridge between Elks scholars and Lodges, leading to his next journey into Elkdom.
“After serving on the advisory board, going on service trips, and seeing all the projects the Elks were doing, it really inspired me,” Sean shares. “So, I joined the Lodge.”
While the Elks helped make Sean’s dream of becoming a civil engineer come true—he’s currently a Journey Engineer at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company—he continues to be a vocal supporter of the Elks and the Order. And he’s backing up his words with action. Sean serves as the Scholarship Chair for his Lodge and District, and he also gives back to the ENF as a member of the Fidelity Club.
“There’s a motto I loved learning back when I first started working on the Scholar Advisory Board,” Sean shares. “We were told Elks Lodges are places where ‘neighbors come together, families share meals and children grow up.’ As an Elks member, this statement speaks so true to our Order.”
Sean received a $500 grant to the charity of his choice, and he’s chosen the Purple Pig, California-Hawaii Elks Association’s major project aimed at addressing the unmet needs of children with disabilities.
Looking ahead, Sean is eager to continue providing service to his community and to the Order, “as an Elks scholar and an Elks member.”
In 2019-20, the Elks National Foundation will award $4.1 million in college scholarships, ensuring a bright future for our nation’s youth. For more information about our scholarship programs, and for ways Lodges can get involved with Elks scholars, visit elks.org/scholars.
For more scholarship information please contact Lodge Scholarship Chairman Bill Myers or
visit www.elks.org/scholars

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Elks National Foundation update:

Last year we applied for $10,000 in Elks National Foundation Community Investment Grants and of that we received $8,000. This year there are some changes to the grants including making the Freedom Grant first come first to get as well as another year of the Anniversary Grant. Another change is that the Gratitude Grant will now be based on meeting the prior years per-capita. This is going to allow us to apply and likely receive all 5 Community Investment Grants totaling $10,000 for us to use in the community. And for the first time in a while our lodge is going to apply for an additional $10,000 Impact grant. This would bring our grant total for the year to $20,000 if all grants are approved. The proposed projects for the grants are as follows:

Beacon $2000—Oregon School for the Deaf Holiday Project Promise $2500—National Guard and Veterans Family Holiday Project Gratitude $2000—Salem Elks Backpacks Project
Anniversary $1500—DARE Program
Freedom $2000—Entertainment events at Lebanon Veterans Home Impact $10,000—Salem Keizer Education School Garden Project

To help on any of these projects or others see Blake Whitson or a lodge officer!