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  A new online edition of the Elks Magazine is now available on the Grand Lodge Website at elks.org.
Log in is required to enter the membership section of the website. If you have not visited the elks.org
website member only section, you can register online at:  Member Registration. The new digital edition
is exactly the same as the hard copy, except it takes up less space and makes it available to any Elk
member who has registered on the website. There is no additional cost for the service.

Did you know...The Elks Magazine was first issued June 1922. To see select pages of this wonderful magazines first edition click on this link."Elks History June 1922"
GL Newsletter, August 2013 Government Relations: Funds growth spurs mission
by ROGER L. TRIPLETT
Grand Lodge Committee Member

Local Lodges and State Associations are to be commended for an excellent job of reporting their charitable statistics for 2012-13.
The Elks' Charitable Summary for the year just ended on March 31st, 2013 shows a 21 percent increase from 2011-12.

Contributions totaled $422,093,418, eclipsing the 2011-12 mark of $348,508,863 by $73,530,555.

The increase will certainly add to the Elks' overall mission to fund our charitable goals, making it increasingly important that our right to exist as a private organization is protected.

In turn, the mission of the Grand Lodge Government Relations Committee is to assist the Grand Lodge, State Associations and Local Lodges in protecting and preserving that right.

In this mission, the Government Relations Committee serves as a resource for, and provides leadership to, the State Associations, and through them, to the Local Lodges. They gather information concerning pending state, local and national legislation affecting our Order. They encourage State Associations to monitor proposed legislation, which would be beneficial or detrimental to our activities, and to take appropriate action.

Areas of concern:

Public Accommodation: defining what constitutes public accommodation and establishing what requirements must be met in such facilities.

Private organizations: defining what a private organization must or can do in order to be classified as non-profit and fraternal.

Gambling: as it relates to bingo and pull-tabs.

Property tax exemption: establishing requirements for seeking exemption for local property taxes and defining what facilities may be exempt.

Legislators
When appropriate, individual Members are encouraged to contact their legislators and ask for their support. Much of the work of legislative bodies is done in committee meetings and public hearings between legislative sessions. Often there are opportunities to speak and provide input they might not otherwise have. Get to know your legislators, invite them to dinner at the Lodge or to a special function like Flag Day or a Memorial Service.



Major Project - Copper Cannon

    The mission of Copper Cannon Camp is to enrich the lives of under-served youth of New Hampshire by providing a quality, tuition-free camp experience. Copper Cannon Camp is unique in that it is the only completely tuition-free summer camp experience for children living in New Hampshire. Our founder, Hamilton Ford, overcame an underprivileged childhood and was changed by a summer camp experience he and his family had. He decided then and there that summer camp was something that every child, regardless of background or financial status, deserved to experience. And 50 years and 20,000 campers later, we uphold that same belief to this day.

Attention Elks - This is Saturday, March 3th, 2016 at 4PM! For "The 46th Annual Copper Cannon Camp Buffet & Auction" Location – Littleton, NH Elks Lodge #1831

Our campers come from all over the state and are accepted regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, orientation or handicapping conditions. Our only requirements are that campers fall within the particular age group they are applying for, and that they meet the financial income requirements to receive the free camp experience. For more information about Copper Cannon Click here.

Attention Elks -
Check out this great interview that Copper Cannon Executive Director Peter Christnacht did with NH NPR. Click on the link for the full interview! Don Chesnel "Copper Cannon Camp is tucked away in Franconia Notch on 128 acres of White Mountain National Forest. In some ways a typical overnight camp with sing-a-longs at night and archery during the day, Copper Cannon is unusual in one respect". As Sean Hurley reports, "it's one of only a handful of co-ed camps in the country that's absolutely free for kids of low income families". http://www.nhpr.org/post/copper-cannons-free-summer-camp

ATTENTION NH ELKS! YOUR STATE MAJOR PROJECT CALLS!
Copper Cannon Camp's annual clean-up day will be May 31st due to the weather on the last one.
Come help get camp ready for the summer and prepare the facility for its long term success.
The projects are based on the skills of our volunteers. A few possible projects are:
" Tree cutting and trimming
" Wood chopping
" Painting
" Carpentry
" Trail building
" Landscaping
" Etc.
Please RSVP to Pete at info@coppercannon.org or 603-823-8107. This will help me plan projects, buy food and purchase supplies.








1. All Lodges are reminded that our Charitable Records Reporting online need to be updated, finalized and submitted at the very beginning of April. All Lodges have been inputting throughout the year, but now is the time to tie up all the loose ends and get ready to submit the completed data. Last year we chased a couple of Lodges. Let's get this done early this year. It should be ready to go TODAY if you have kept up your data input all year.

2. Also - important - ATTENTION ALL STATE COMMITEES -
Megan Arlitt, our State Elks Secretary is tasked with submitting our State Level Charitable Data for Committee Activities such as Veterans, Copper Cannon State Major Project, Drug Awareness, Spelling Bee, Soccer Shoot, Hoop Shoot, Youth Activities, Lodge Activities, Scholarships and any and all Committees that had State Elks Association Level Activities. He needs this info asap. I know some things are still in progress, but don't wait any longer to get your data ready for him. All major State Chairs need to do this with their programs. He needs mileage, hours, participants, elks, helpers involved, non-cash contributions and cash contributions. Brian can't dream this data up, it has to come from our State Chairs so let's get it into him.

Megan Arlitt's email is MLB1275@aol.com


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Attention all those going to the NH State Elks Convention! See attachments and read info below.
REMINDER TO:
ALL Exalted Rulers and all Members and Officers - NH STATE ELKS CONVENTION - Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, Bartlett, NH - May 18, 19 and 20. Packets were distributed to Exalted Rulers Sunday January 12 at the the State Meeting
1. Registration forms (See attachments) are needed by April 1, please. If you are not staying at hotel but wold like meals, please complete form (just the bottom half). Any questions on this, please contact Doti Acres Gath!
2. Don't forget to bring your raffle item donations for the State Convention Raffle. It can be anything from a blanket, decorative art, small cooler, bottle of cheer or anything else you would like to donate. (All Lodges/ERs are required to bring 1 item)
3. Items for the Copper Cannon Raffle are also appreciated and desperately needed.
4. Also ER's - Don't forget your ER Jewels and Black Tux for the Memorial Service on Sunday Morning. Each Lodge must have the Exalted Ruler or a Designated Representative at the Memorial Service in Black Tux and Lodge ER Jewels.
5. State Elks Sergeant-At-Arms Frank Mello from the Laconia Elks will be coordinating the Exalted Rulers for the ceremony.
6. Please remember that for hospitality suites, there is no push pins or anything allowed that will leave a mark or hole in the wall allowed.
7. Don't forget the Hospitality Star Contest. Based on theme and lodge involvement.
8. State Officers, Grand Lodge Officers - White Dinner Jackets for the Saturday Evening Banquet. All - Saturday evening banquet is dress up night for all who attend. Friday Evening Buffet is informal dress. Saturday Business meeting - State Blazers and Tie for Delegates.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation with these items.
Questions or Comments? Contact the State Elks Convention Committee Members - Doti Acres Gath, Don Chesnel, Frank Collins.
Doti Acres Gath and Convention Committee Members
Are you going to the Convention? It's going to be a great weekend! We look forward to seeing you there!



Attention Elks - Beware about a scam involving the Georgia State Elks. This event was new, but I have seen this particular scam for a number of years. It's the "stranded victim scam" where someone you know says they are stranded somewhere far away because they got robbed or whatever and want you to send money. This personally happened to me once and I instantly knew it was fraud because the person they were impersonating was in Rochester and not in London, England as the scammer wanted me to believe. It is quite remarkable that people are still using this one, but they are. Beware. Never do this. Never. Make a call to the person who you know before doing anything. I am always amazed at how people will just blindly respond or take action on emails that come out of nowhere, even ones that are supposedly sent by people you know. Check it out first. "Click here to see Document"


Hello Lodges in NH.
Whether you are aware of this or not, there is still time to take action for this program
The NH State Elks Association has a program known as State Elk of the Year. It is designed to select an Elk from a Lodge that has received the Lodge Award for the past Lodge Year. The award will be presented at the NH State Elks Convention in May. If you would like to nominate someone for State Elk of the Year, submit the nomination to NHSEA Lodge Activities Chairman Steve Bourdeau, PER from the Franklin Elks. Submit the nomination and backup information to: Steve Bourdeau He needs nominations as soon as possible. If you have questions or comments contact Steve by email sbourdeau@hotmail.com or call him at 387-2584 (Cell Phone)


To all NH Lodges, DD's, SP, SDGER and the State Association -
We have completed reporting our Charitable Data to Grand Lodge. All Lodges have reported and the State Association has reported, beating the deadline. We are 100 percent................again! Congratulations to all and thanks for your support!
Sincerely,
Don Chesnel
NHSEA Government Relations Chair


To all Lodges in NH - Public Accommodation
It has come to my attention that some Lodges may not realize the implications of protecting our private organization status in the state of New Hampshire. Per the Order of Elks Constitution and Statutes, our IRS Tax Status and the NH State Liquor Laws, Elks Lodges enjoy the privileges accorded private entities in our state. With that classification comes responsibilities. We must do everything we can as members to protect that status. We must keep our doors locked and controlled. Our Elks functions and socials are always for "Members and Guests". We should mark all of our events that way in our newsletters, in our advertising, on our roadside signs, etc. We are never "Open to the public" nor should we put a sign out that says, "All are Welcome". In the case of private organizations in our classification, "All are not welcome", (because we are a private organization) and we should never advertise ourselves that way. We are not a place of public accommodation. I realize Lodges rent their halls for private functions, etc. and some play bingo where the general public comes into our buildings. That is fine per se, but we need to isolate and control our social quarters from these events. The general public is never allowed into our quarters or buildings unescorted, etc. other than private rentals or bingo. And when you have guests with you, you must sign in and escort them and be with those guests while they are in the Lodge. If you leave, they must leave. By the book, guests are not supposed to buy anything while in a Lodge. The member is in charge of everything, including the purchase of drinks, tickets, etc. And this fact always jumps out at me - Why would we all pay dues to be part of a private organization if we let anyone walk into our facilities repeatedly, unescorted and by the way, breaking our rules and the laws of New Hampshire? Why would we want to do this? It's why Lodges have a three visit rule for non-members. We all pay dues for the right to be a member of the Elks. Why would we want to let non-members have these privileges for free? We are all having problems these days making ends meet in our Lodges. The economy continues to be sluggish and we are all paying a price for it. That's a fact. But let's not compound our financial challenges by breaking our own rules and the laws of the State we live in. To do so jeopardizes all of us and our Lodges in various ways, including our liquor/gaming licenses and the status we enjoy as legitimate members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
Sincerely,
Don Chesnel
State Elks Government Relations Chair


All NH Lodges - Reminder - Do you have money that needs to be turned into the Elks National Foundation? An online donation is instantaneous, but if you are mailing in donations, they need to get taken care now! Everything is done for this year at the end of t