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Lodge Newsletter Contest

Submit your lodge newsletter to be judged and see if your lodge gets an award at the GEA Spring Meeting. Submit newsletters by 1/3/16 via email to: Gine Sweenie 706-217-9182 State Lodge Activities Committee Chairperson. Click on the link below for more details.

Lodge Newsletter Contest.

Membership Seminar Presentation

Click on the link below to download the Powerpoint presentation developed by Rick Gathen (Grand Lodge National Membership and Public Relations Manager) that covers many good ways to improve membership, This is the same on that Rick presented at the 2015 Fall Meeting in Valdosta.


Georgia Elks News

October 2015 issue now online.

Photo Gallery

The Photo Gallery now contains the 2015 GEA Annual Convention, 2015 Junior Golf Clinic, and 2015 Aidmore Open House. Go to the Activities page to access the Photo Gallery.

Public Safety Officer Information

Go to Forms And Documents for information and the entry form for the Public Safety Officer Of The Year.

Aidmore Directory

If you have not received your copy, and would like one, please send me an e-mail and we will get one in the mail to you.

Abe Wilkinson, CEO
Elks Aidmore, Inc.
2394 Morrison Road
Conyers GA 30094
770-483-3535, ext 11
678-858-8580 (cell)

Georgia Elks News

All Elks and Auxiliary Members:

Please send in articles and photos for your Lodge and Auxiliary. Also, please remember to place The Georgia Elks News on your mailing list so we receive your Lodge Bulletin (electronic copy preferred). Our goal for the newspaper is to have a news item from every Lodge and Auxiliary in each and every issue. Remember to tell us who, what, when, where, and to identify any people in your photos. As a reminder, Lodges/Auxiliaries should obtain permission to publish photos of children that are identified in photos, either from a parent, Aidmore, or the school where the photo was taken.

Deadline for the May 2015 Issue is April 18th, 2015. With your help, we can make this another great year for the Georgia Elks News.

Send news/photos in by deadline to:
John Helgesen, PSP, Editor
Georgia Elks News
4045 Five Forks Trickum Road
Suite B-8 #105
Lilburn, GA 30047
Phone: 770-979-8295
John Cell: 770-309-0317
Marilyn Cell: 404-644-0317
FAX: 770-982-8819
Email: gaelksnews@gmail.com(note: this is a NEW e-mail address)

Please attach no more than 4 photos (full size jpg) per e-mail; identify the people in the text of the e-mail; article may be sent as MS Word attachment (.doc or .docx) or copy and paste the article into the text of the e-mail.

New Top Membership Proposers Program

The Grand Lodge just added Top Proposers to the new GL Membership page. Check it out. We want people motivated to propose/reinstate members. Now is the time to work even harder with your Exalted Rulers on recruitment initiatives. Please refer to the presentations in New Orleans to help boost new Members and increase reinstatements. Working reinstatements is an easy and effective way for Lodge Secretaries to help drive membership. Getting them to do it is the challenge.

The Grand Lodge updated the Membership Toolkit Home Page to include our Top 25 proposers:

We've also added the same list to our Members Only Home Page, in the right sidebar:
at the bottom of this list, there's a link to the Toolkit.

Rick Gathen
Grand Lodge Membership/Public Relations Manager
Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks
Of the United States of America
2750 N Lakeview Ave
Chicago, IL 60614-1889
Email: RickG@elks.org
(773) 755-4904 - phone
(773) 755-4905 - fax

ENF Winners Announced

THANK YOU, Georgia is 5th in the Nation for ENF Donations!

We rank behind Texas in the Number 1 position, Nevada in the Number 2 position, Mississippi in the Number 3 position and Utah in the Number 4 position. In fact, Brunswick Lodge #691, ranks 3rd in the Nation for Lodge Donations! Way to go Brunswick Lodge Members!!!

The following is a District Summary:

Southeast Lodges, all 7 Lodges made the Grand Exalted Ruler's goal of $4.60 per capita:

Brunswick, $77.80 per capita
Valdosta, $12.35 per capita
Jesup, $9.60 per capita
Camden County, $8.80 per capita
Douglas, $5.97 per capita
Waycross, $5.17 per capita
Savannah, $4.90 per capita

Southwest Lodges, 6 out of 7 Lodges made the Grand Exalted Ruler's goal of $4.60 per capita:

Union City, $35.43 per capita
Griffin, $13.87 per capita
Albany, $9.26 per capita
La Grange, $6.75 per capita
Fitzgerald, $5.68 per capita
Columbus-Ft. Benning, $4.70 per capita
Tifton, $2.43 per capita

Northeast Lodges, all 8 Lodges made the Grand Exalted Ruler's goal of $4.60 per capita:

Covington, $15.22 per capita
Toccoa, $10.23 per capita
Eatonton, $9.01 per capita
Augusta, $6.67 per capita
Gainesville, $6.10 per capita
Athens, $5.87 per capita
Lake Oconee, $4.68 per capita
Elberton, $4.60 per capita

Northwest Lodges, all 6 Lodges made the Grand Exalted Ruler's goal of $4.60 per capita:

Atlanta-Northlake, $20.02 per capita
Dalton, $15.10 per capita
Cartersville, $5.38 per capita
Marietta, $5.28 per capita
Calhoun, $5.28 per capita
LaFayette, $5.09 per capita

The average for the State of Georgia was $11.22 per capita.

Once again, thank you for your generous donations to this wonderful Grand Lodge Program!

Fraternally, Jane S. Santee DDGER Southeast District 2200

ALMS Fund Raising Announcement

We have the gift for you to give to those special family and friends in your life; and help Aidmore at the same time.

Aidmore's Living Memorials is a great way to have your gift recognized and enjoyed by all guests visiting the Aidmore Campus.

ALMS Committee - Stanley Santee, Jim Boyd, Ron Anderson, Dannie Anderson, Jane Santee, and PSP Vance Rhodes as Advisor.

ENF Impact Grant Winner

Congratulations to Covington Lodge #1806. Below is a brief explanation of how the ENF Impact Grant will help the Covington Lodge and their Community.

Covington, Ga., Lodge No. 1806 will be there for community members in need through the Elks Care Food Pantry project. Once a week, Elks will deliver and stock food at the pantry. But that's just the beginning. Elk volunteers will be there twice a week to distribute food and meet with community members. Elks will also construct a children's area at the pantry, and volunteer twice a week to watch the children while their parents shop.

Jane S. Santee
DDGER, Southeast Georgia
GEA State ENF Chairman

Thirty-One Gifts Fundraiser For Aidmore

Bethany Jackson, PER of the Cartersville Elks Lodge, has offered an interesting and unique way to help stretch the resources for the residents at Elks Aidmore. Bethany is a consultant for Thirty-One Gifts. Many of you are already familiar with the web-based business, or probably know someone who is.

Bethany has offered to help us in two ways. She has opened up a "party" on her website for Elks Aidmore Fundraiser. The Aidmore girls will be creating a Wish List valued at under $100. One way to help might be sponsoring a Wish List for one of the residents. Secondly, you have the option of just ordering directly from Bethany by going to her website , clicking on "shop" and then going to the Elks Aidmore Fundraiser. Of these direct orders, Bethany will donate 20% of the sales back to Aidmore. If anyone is interested in hosting their own party, Bethany will donate 10% of their sales as well! Once we receive $100 in donations, we will use the money to sponsor a Wish List for one of the residents.

For additional information, or to participate, please contact Bethany directly at 770-547-5905 or email Bethany at mrsbjackson@gmail.com.


The Photo Gallery has been updated to include photos from the Jekyll Convention 2015. Go to Activities to find the link to the Photo Gallery. We still have more photos to post and will get them up soon. If you have photos of various Elk events around the state please email them to Webmaster. Please include a description of the event.

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Upcoming Events

  • 12/12 - Christmas Decorating, Aidmore
  • 12/13 - Christmas Party, Aidmore
or click here for the GEA Calendar.