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On behalf of the members of the Middleboro Lodge of Elks I welcome you. We are a vital link in the fraternal chain of Lodges of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, U.S.A. Our Lodge was Chartered by the Grand Lodge in 1912. We are located at 24 High Street in the heart of Middleboro, Massachusetts, halfway between Boston and Cape Cod. The Lodge is a also one of the eight Lodges of the Massachusetts South District, and member of the Massachusetts State Elks Association.
Ronald L. Hicks
Grand Exalted Ruler
Edgar G. Simoneau
District Deputy G.E.R.
Wareham/New Bedford #79
MA South 2015 -
MA Elks President Fall River #118
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 its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself 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 through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care — Elks Share.”
Elks are community. No matter where you go in the USA, an Elks Lodge is right around the corner. With more than 850,000 members and 2,000 Lodges nationwide, Elks are providing charitable services that help build stronger communities.
Elks Lodges bring so much more to their communities than just a building, golf course or pool. They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up.
Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-
Brian Needham Memorial
PER Golf Tournament
Back Nine Club
September 12, 2015
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Green Fee, Golf Cart, Coffee Prior To Tee-
Tee Sponsors Needed
$50.00 per “Sponsor Sign”
Sponsor 3 or + holes and golf FREE!
Registration Fee Due by Aug 23rd
Exalted Ruler’s Message
How the Elks Began
It All Began With the Jolly Corks. Starting as as a group of actors and entertainers bent on having fun AND avoiding a New York Excise tax in 1867 (Sundays were the ‘dry’ day), this convivial group called themselves the Jolly Corks (for a clever trick with corks they performed on the uninitiated to win rounds of drinks). That same year as membership grew, some members saw the vision to become more helpful in the community. Alas, two feuding factions split the group over different philosophies. Fortunately, the latter faction moved forward with their new ideals and in February of 1868, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was chartered–and with a great new spirit and direction, began to help Veterans, Scouting, Scholarships and more–wherever Charity, Justice and Brotherly Love were needed!
Who are the Elks?
Middleboro Lodge #1274
Past Exalted Rulers
The purpose of the Past Exalted Rulers Association is to foster the spirit of good fellowship between the members of the Lodge, and to render experienced counsel and assistance to the Lodge, thereby keeping the administration of the Lodge in safe and capable hands, and to make the Lodge a credit to the community and the Order. It is upon this high plane of duty that every Past Exalted Ruler is called into the service of his Lodge.
Every Past Exalted Ruler of this Lodge, and every Past Exalted Ruler of any other Elks Lodge who is now a member, or shall hereafter become a member, of this Lodge, automatically becomes a member of this Association, and shall continue as a member as long as he shall be in good standing.
The goal of the P.ER. Association, organized under authority of the Grand Lodge, shall be to stand ready at all times to give counsel, advice and aid to this Lodge and its Officers; to maintain the high standards of the Lodge and to nourish the spirit of good fellowship among the Officers and members.
Through our fundraising events, such as our annual golf tournament and periodic raffles, the PER Association continues to support our Lodge goals in meeting the charitable needs or our community. This year the PER Association has been able to award 3 $500 scholarship awards to vocational students, $200 to the Elderly Clothing Drive. Through the years, we have shared the fruits of our labor in support of Toys For Tots, Emblem Club Scholarship Program, and the Elks National Foundation.
The Middleboro Lodge #1274 PER Association will continue to support our Elk Motto, “Elks Care -
What’s going on at the Elks...
Hello Everyone, Summer has arrived. I hope you all enjoyed the 4th of July. Cliff and I enjoyed the Fireworks at the Indianapolis State Park, while listening to a band playing Patriotic songs. I did "feel proud to be an American", and proud to represent our awesome Lodge at the National Convention. Thank you for allowing me to do that.
The opening ceremony was moving, the meetings were informative, the city was clean, friendly and relaxed, with beautiful monuments everywhere. The weather comfortable in the seventies. We could walk the entire city through skywalks, going from our hotel to the Convention Center, to other hotels, restaurants and Malls.
We, the South District Exalted Rulers met daily at 7:00 am with our DD Esquire Bill Collins, and DD Gerard Simoneu to head to the meetings.
We later met for dinner and our State President Jeff Hopkins joined us. The Tuesday meeting was the day we voted on 18 resolutions, with Weds being the results. I have these posted on the bulletin board in the Lounge, and will print in next month's bulletin.
Next was the swearing in of our DD, and GER Ron Hicks. He is offering his membership pin to any member that brings in 3 new members ,effective beginning this July through his term. Let's all work for this special pin! Massachusetts came in 4th in the country with an increase in membership of a plus 67 .Our Lodge had a huge hand in that with a plus 27!
We had met the MVS Scholarship recipients, and Hoop Shoot winners. We had motivational speakers and spoke with other lodges.
At the end of the day I was very pleased with our Lodge, to know that we participate in all of the programs mentioned, and just how much we have going for us. This is a credit to all of you!
See you all on Sunday August 9th at the Lodge for Steak n Lobster! Laurie
Ronald L. Hicks
Elected Grand Exalted Ruler
The leadership of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks got down to business with the first business session of the 151st Grand Lodge Session with the election of the Grand Lodge officers for 2015–2016, including Grand Exalted Ruler Ronald L. Hicks.
During his term as a Grand Trustee, Hicks was centrally involved in preparing the sale of the Elks National Home.
Hicks was elected President of the Virginia Elks Association in 2009 and has been recognized by his state association as both Elk of the Year and Officer of the Year.
The newly elected Grand Exalted Ruler spoke about his vision for the Order, which is encompassed in his theme of “Elks Pride -
Elks Pride, he explained, “represents our dignity, our joy, and our self-
Edgar G. Simoneau
Wareham/New Bedford #79
Gerry was appointed District Deputy for MA South by G.E.R. Ronald L. Hicks at the 2015 Grand Lodge Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, for the Elk Year 2015-