Miami Elks Lodge
July 13th ,1905 -Come - Join Us!
From the beginning of 2014, I was honored to serve as your Exalted Ruler. I had so many plans, so much I wanted to do, and the time just went by so fast. I guess time flies when you're having fun. We made changes, redecorated throughout. New roof, with the Crystal Ballroom that is an absolute joy to have as part of our Lodge. We have the best Board of Directors for some time, full of experience and enthusiasm, headed by Ed Leduc, and he has done an outstanding job even though he had only been a member only 6 months.
I recently attended the DDGER meeting in the Keys Lodge, Tavernier. I had to give an accounting of how our Lodge has done for this year so far. We com-pared extremely well with the other Lodge of the South district, and we have also Initiated 109 new members this year, which is not bad in any one's book.
We have members who give their time, putting their heart and soul into the committees and the projects that made the year one of the best ever. The social event calendar is just growing each month and Miami Elks Lodge #948 still has more to come.
The Sweetheart Ball is coming up again this month, hosted by their President, Helen Mule and the Elkettes. This is a very formal affair, and is one of the best attended and grandest events on our calendar. So for all of our members who have not yet been to the Ball, especially new members. Bring your significant oth-er on Valentine's Day for an evening of unforgettable dinner and dancing.
Thank you for supporting our Lodge, our Charities, the Veterans and our Youth, because without your help and participation, none of this would have been
Exalted Ruler, Miami Elks Lodge #948
Birthday from Miami Elks Lodge #948.
For our members with a birthday in
AUGUST be sure to clip out the coupon in the bulletin and bring it into the lodge any time during the month for a free well drink or domestic beer and also receive
a 10% discount on a meal at the Lodge. You must present
your member ID and coupon to receive this offer and the
drink and meal must be consumed in the same visit. Not
valid with other specials or discounts offered by the
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To inculcate the
principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to
recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance
the happiness of our members; to quicken the spirit of American
patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate the
Order as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government,
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States
of America will serve the people and communities of this nation through
benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks
The Miami Elks Lodge #948 was chartered on July
13th, 1905. William Mark Brown was the Exalted for the first two
years of our existence. The lodge consisted of 22 members
initially, has grown to as many as 3,000 members in the past and
currently has over 1,100 members. Over the years the lodge has
been a bellwether of community activity and a guiding force in
shaping Miami and South Florida. Organizations like the United
Way of Miami-Dade County and the South Florida Blood Bank can
trace their roots to our lodge, where they started with humble
beginnings and grew to be the community forces they are today.
We are also a charter member of the Florida State Elks
Association, comprised of 60,000 Elk members in 105 lodges throughout
Florida. Nationally our organization is comprised of over
840,000 members and over 2,100 lodges. We are the largest fraternal
organization in the United States. For more information about
the Order and the good works we do
|What We Do:
Our aim is to lessen the suffering of those less fortunate than
us and to invest in benevolent programs that help our children
to realize their full potential as they grow up, to bring
comfort and assistance to veterans and active military service people of
the United States military, to be community leaders in the fight
against drugs and to quicken the pulse of Americanism in our
community. We achieve these goals using various financial instruments
to fund our benevolent programs,
donations, volunteerism and old fashioned hard work. We are a strong link
in the chain of B.P.O.E. lodges and annually contribute thousands
of dollars to charitable foundations as well as distributing
thousands of dollars to the local community.
- Elks National Foundation. This
trust fund distributes money on a national level to Elks
state associations and nationally managed programs. These
- America's Promise
- Drug Awareness
including the Hoop Shoot, Soccer Shoot, and Drug Awareness as well as other
youth activity programs.
- Veteran's Services
- Elks National Home.
- During the past year the Elks National
foundation distributed over 13 million dollars in
scholarship monies to deserving college students, another 6
million to affiliated Elks state associations. In all, the
Elks National Foundation distributed more than 22 million
for all of the programs under its jurisdiction. The fund is
seeded by contribution and fund raisers from Elks lodges
across the nation.
- Harry-Anna Trust Fund. This fund
is managed by the Florida State Elks Association and it is
used to finance the two major benevolent projects of the
Florida State Elks Association:
- Florida Elks
Youth Camp. The Florida State Elks Youth Camp
is a 385 acre camp located in Umatilla, Florida, 45 miles
north of Orlando. The camp has been rated A+ by the American
Campers Association and scored 798 points out of a
possible 800 points at the last evaluation. The camp features
a lake with catch and release fishing, canoes, paddle boats,
an archery range, golf driving range, Olympic swimming pool,
baseball diamond, soccer field, outdoor basketball courts,
tennis courts, a rock climbing wall, a confidence building
ropes course with elevated and ground elements, 68 cabins
that house 9 occupants each, a 15,000 square foot enclosed
pavilion, an 850 seat gymnasium with 3 full length basket
ball courts, and additional primitive camp sites. The camp entertains
over 2000 children during the 6 week summer session and
about 23,000 people use the site annually. The camp has an
annual budget of over 2 million dollars.
- Florida Elks
Children's Therapy Services. This service
provides free in-home physical & occupational therapy
to handicapped children throughout the state of
Florida. The program utilizes 20 vans with licensed physical
and occupational therapists and currently visits over 300
children per week.
- The Harry-Anna Trust Fund is seeded by
donations and fund raisers from Florida Elks Lodges and
members. In the fraternal year 2005-2006 over $1 million in
new donations was realized.
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