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ELKS PRIDE

WHAT IS ELKS PRIDE? HOW DO YOU GET IT? IT'S NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN HOLD IN YOUR HAND. YOU SURELY CAN'T BUY IT AT WAL-MART. IT'S A FEELING YOU GET BY GIVING OF YOURSELF.

SEVEN YEARS AGO, I JOINED THE ELKS. MY FIRST YEAR WAS SPENT LEARNING ABOUT WHAT THE ELKS DID. I WAS SHOWN HOW TO COOK FOR LARGE GROUPS OF PEOPLE. OTHER MEMBERS GAVE ME INSIGHT AS TO HOW A LODGE WAS RUN. I GOT INVOLVED WITH A FEW COMMITTEES AND ATTENDED MEETINGS. SOON I FOUND OUT WHAT WAS MEANT BY "MAN COUNTS HIS STORES NOT IN WHAT IS SAVED, BUT BY WHAT IS GIVEN." THE MORE I GAVE, THE MORE I RECEIVED. WHAT WAS IT THAT I RECEIVED? PRIDE! PRIDE IS KNOWING THAT SPECIAL CHILDREN COULD SPEND A WEEK AT CAMP. THEIR FAMILIES COULD HAVE A WEEK TO THEMSELVES. SEEING THE TEARS OF JOY THEY HAD WHEN RE-UNITED. PRIDE IN COOKING FOR 200 PEOPLE I DON'T EVEN KNOW AND HEARING HOW MUCH EVERYONE ENJOYED THE NIGHT. KNOWING THAT A NEW COUPLE WILL HAVE A FOND MEMORY OF THEIR SPECIAL NIGHT. THIS IS A SMALL SAMPLE OF ELKS PRIDE.

WHAT IS IT AND HOW DO YOU GET IT? YOU ALREADY HAVE IT! NOW GIVE IT A CHANCE TO GROW. GET INVOLVED, COME TO MEETINGS, READ YOUR PUBLICATIONS AND TALK TO OTHER MEMBERS. THEN SHOW YOUR PRIDE. WEAR IT ON YOUR BODY, TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND SUPPORT LODGE ACTIVITIES. IF YOU HAD IT, YOU NEVER LOST IT. IT NEEDS TO BE RENEWED!

Mike Cowell/Chairman

Indoctrination & Investigation Committee

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