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2018 Iowa Elks Association Vocational Grant

The Iowa Elks Association is pleased to offer twenty (20) $1,500.00 Vocational Grants to individuals pursuing a vocational (2-year or less) training/education program. This competition is open to current high school seniors or any nontraditional student pursuing such a program at an accredited school. These grants ARE NOT intended for students pursuing a 4-year course of study that will lead to a bachelor’s degree. Applications received for persons ultimately pursuing a 4-year course of study will be disqualified from consideration.

Return completed application to your nearest Elks Lodge by March 9, 2018.

Vocational App 2018.pdf       Vocational App 2018.doc



Davenport Lodge raises over $15,000 for the Quad City Vets

Golf-Tournament-donation-for-QC-Vets.jpgThe funds were raised through the 2017 Davenport Elks Caring for Quad City Veterans Golf Tournament, which was held on Friday, September 22, 2017, at Emeis Golf Course. The Quad City Veterans Outreach Center was founded by VanDeWalle in November 2016 and the doors to the Center opened in January 2017. The Center serves all Veterans offering a variety of goods and services, e.g., food pantry, housing assistance, Veterans benefit counseling, job placement and more.

Very excited to receive these funds, VanDeWalle said, “I’m so grateful to the Davenport Elks for choosing our Veteran’s organization to be the recipient of these funds. The needs of our Veterans are so great here in the Quad Cities; people just don’t realize. These funds will be used to provide much needed food and other items to those we serve.”

On a beautiful sunny day for golf, the tournament started off with recognition of the Elks Lodge’s five oldest Veterans, Marlin Ashcraft, Eldon Baxter, Darrell Mairet, Wallace Miller and Myron Swanson. They were each presented with an embossed money clip in recognition for their service to our country. A military honor guard then played taps and concluded the ceremony with a 21-gun salute.

Golf tournament chair Carolyn Waugh commented, “It was a nice ceremony to recognize, not only our Elks’ veterans, but all veterans who have served our country, and the honor guard was very impressive. We are so grateful to our sponsors, all the golfers who participated, and the many volunteers whom made this tournament a huge success.”

Elks National Veterans Service Commission

“November Is Elks Veterans Remembrance Month”

Elks volunteers provide direct service to Veterans in more than 330 VA Medical Centers, State Veterans Homes, Vets Centers and other Veterans facilities each month. Through our grants to Elks Lodges, we connect directly with Veterans and military members in their communities, providing them with services where they live.

We help Veterans rehabilitate and thrive by sponsoring and volunteering at 5 adaptive sports programs each year, and provide recovering veterans with therapy kits and wheelchair gloves. Our Welcome Home initiative, a partnership with the VA at the national level, is reaching out to some of our most vulnerable veterans: those who are experiencing homelessness.

To this end, the Elks have pledged $4 million dollars to help end Veteran Homelessness. Last year alone, the value of Elks’ contributions to the nation’s heroes provided more than $40 million to more than 323,573 Veterans served.

Let us remember to thank our Veterans and to show our appreciation in some special way every day, not just in November. And, should you see a member of our Armed Services in uniform, please march right up to him or her and say: “Thank you for your service. Have a great day!” It is the least we can do.

Want to join us in our service to Veterans? There are more than 1,900 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership nearing 800,000. Elks’ members

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Shenandoah initiates its first female member

First Female Member to Shenandoah 


A Community Day of Support, Awareness and Education for Post -Traumatic Stress

Des Moines Iowa State Capitol - Rotunda
1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319
Saturday June 20th, 10:00am-3:00pm open-house
Beginning remarks with keynote speakers 10:00am-10:30am



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Burlington Elks Lodge #84 recognized for seventh year of adopting and ensuring that the 5&V Outdoor Cinema up and running four times throughout the summer for all of the community.


Elroy the Elk (Drew McCarthy)
Front Row: Bernita Adams, Jessica McChesney (Lecturing Knight), Michelle Steer (Exalted Ruler), Dana Johnston (Esquire to District Deputy, Past Exalted Ruler), Sally Miller (Chaplin)

Second Row: Dan Ells, Rich Miller (Trustee, Past Exalted Ruler), Rich Adams, Jennifer Helling, Brad Phillips, Michele Randle, Paul Miller (Trustee, Past Exalted Ruler)

Third Row: Don LaRue (Past Exalted Ruler), Matt McChesney, Jeremy Helling (Loyal Knight), Justin Sapp, Peggy Phillips

Now in its seventh year, the 5 & V Outdoor Cinema couldn't function without volunteer assistance from members of Elks Lodge #84. Every year since 2010, films have been shown on the side of Drake Hardware & Software at Fifth and Valley St. in downtown Burlington.

The Elks have led the way in adopting this event and ensuring its smooth operation. Along with set up and tear down, they are responsible for sound and projection for each of the four movies every year. They also let attendees use their restroom facilities.

In addition, every year the Elks commit to sponsoring the first movie of the season, which also involves programming pre-showtime activities for the kids. And this year, Elks volunteers secured the equipment and supplies and repainted the screen for the outdoor movies. Downtown Partners is thankful for their ongoing support, which makes the 5&V an enjoyable night out for so many families.


The American Red Cross, Burlington Fire Department and Burlington Elks Lodge #84 have worked on pre-canvassing 5 neighborhoods in Burlington, Iowa this week to let the community know that they will be in their area to install smoke detectors.

On Saturday, September 19, 2015, bright and early at 7am, the three different organizations will join forces in fire prevention at the Burlington Elks Lodge #84 for training and organization of equipment, then off to the neighborhoods. Over 80 volunteers will be out and a prediction of over 700 smoke detectors will be installed. Another great victory for our organizations "Working together, making your home safe...".

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