The Elks adopted a Flag Day ritual in 1911 that was made mandatory to celebrate every June 14 and the Elks National Foundation was created in 1928.
Van Duyn stated early in life, the young Brainerd Lodge looked forward to a home of its own.
"The fact that we can make a difference and we can see what we are doing and see the effect we have in Brainerd and not somewhere else." One of the Elks' biggest challenges is finding enough volunteers to run the programs.
Wisneski said volunteers can give as much or as little of their time to an Elks program as they'd like.
They may also contact Van Duyn at 218-838-6529 or [email protected], or Wisneski at 218-839-8503 or [email protected] Van Duyn and Wisneski both said the Elks have touched so many youths and veterans over the years.
A touching story each year come from volunteers who pick up the youths who attend the Elks Youth Camp and bring them home.The mission of the Elks is "to make a difference in the community," said Wisneski."Whether that is with youth, citizenship, Americanism or veterans.As Elks, we endeavor to promote pride of citizenship and patriotism among the youth of our great country.This year’s topic is: Prizes are awarded to a 5th &6th Division and to a 7th & 8th Grade Division.Then there is the Elks Lodge, which refers to the programs, which the members organize and staff.Elks youth programs include: • The dictionary project, with which about 600 third-graders receive a complimentary dictionary, • Scholarships, with which the Elks provides more than ,000 for Student of the Month and other scholarships, • Soccer Shoot, which is a contest to test different level skills for different age groups, • Hoop Shoot for ages 8-13, with youths who compete in a free throw contest, • Americanism Essay Contest, • Youth Camp for "deserving" youths ages 9-13, • Sponsoring a young person for School Patrol Camp each summer; an Ice Mites team for Brainerd Amateur Hockey Association, supporting the Elks debate high school tournament and Brainerd/Baxter Parks and Recreation softball, baseball, soap box derby, Miracle Field and other programs.Thus, the Brainerd Elks Lodge, was born and they were granted a charter membership to the BPO Elks.Jim Van Duyn, a longtime Brainerd Elks member and public information officer, said the Elks was the first service club in Brainerd.As an incentive to have students participate, a bonus of 0 will be awarded to the class of the two first place winners in their divisions.The contest starts with our local lodge in Alameda on December 15th and progresses through District and State levels, and ends with the naming of our National Winners at the Grand Lodge Session in St. If you have any questions, please contact Tamara Hilton via email.