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-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet need, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
2014 Area 1 Regional Champion from Middleboro Lodge of Elks
On Saturday, November 8, in Augusta, Maine, our Lodge had two representatives competing for the title of Region 1 Soccer Shoot Champions.
Our Massachusetts State Soccer Champion (U-10 girls) Paige Rooney shot a perfect score to take home first place and received the High Score Trophy for the Jr. Division. Paige wrapped up her Jr. Division career with 2 Regional Championships, 1 Regional High Score Award, 3 State Championships, and 2 State High Score Awards.
For the first time, our Lodge sent two representatives to the Regionals. Our Massachusetts State Soccer Champion (U-10 boys) Nathan Donahue took home a second place finish in a very close shoot out in his group.
Paige and Nathan competed against six other youths, all State Champions from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York.
The Area 1 Championships is a weekend event and was hosted by the Maine Elks Association. The Augusta Lodge of Elks hosted all the meals during the weekend as well as the Awards Banquet.
The Massachusetts Elks Association provided the lodging, meals, embroidered warm-up suits, t-shirts, soccer-ball backpacks, and other goodies for the Massachusetts competitors.
Patrick D. Rooney PER, PDD, HLM Chmn
FREEDOM GRANT ACTIVITY
Middleboro Elks recently presented a check from the Mass Elks Charity to Tom White who was representing Robin's Kids, a community project.