Idaho State Soccer Shootout which was held in Blackfoot. This is one of the many Drug Free youth activities the state lodges provides their community. 5 lodges were represented-Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, Preston, Mountain Home and Pocatello.

There is a saying in the business world when a business starts failing after many years of success! “Go back to what got you there” In understanding this saying, many businesses were successful because while they were small, they took care of the details such as understanding the word trust. If they promised something to a customer, they made sure it was done on time. When they grew and expanded they forgot some of those details. There was a time a hand shake was as good as a contract. I can relate to a relative of mine who was on a trip in the thirties and after traveling 100 miles out of town, turn the car around and drove back because he had promised a man he would pay him on that day. He then resumed his trip! In our world today being accountable for what we commit to is a very important trust which must be accomplished if we are going to be successful. As Elks, we must always display this image of trust!

Our new Americanism Essay theme is “Why I am proud to Pledge Allegiance to our Flag” It will be interesting to read these thoughts from our new young leaders! How many of us have an understanding of the words being pledged?

In our own ritual to be an Elk, how many of us understand our pledge taken in the Obligation? In our fast pace world, let us take the time to evaluate the promises and pledges we make to others! It’s just plain good business! God Bless You All! God Bless our Veterans! God Bless America!

Tom Tuttle- Americanism Chairman

Do you know any high school seniors? Encourage them to apply for an Elks National Foundation college scholarship! Most Valuable Student scholarships and Legacy Awards applications are available now. http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars

My Fellow Americans,

Happy Birthday America! It is hard to fathom that our country is only 235 years old! As we look at our country today, so much has been accomplished in such a short of time. Our founding fathers started everything rolling with discontent on how they were being governed, with no say in the laws being enacted to govern them. At first it was just discontent with no real desire to be an independent government, but as time went on in their quest to right their freedoms, they realized that they actual wanted their own independent country where they could select their own leaders, worship in their own ways, be able to raise their families in their own way, be able to control their own destinies. We could do this without being afraid! We could do this because we had a Constitution and Bill of Rights giving us the ability to functions with out fear of persecution. Having the independence to work under these conditions, our country built a great country which went from a colony to a government unmatched by any other government and a leader to the world. For years we were an isolated country which made us feel very secure but as the world changed, with travel so much more advanced, so did our isolationism where outside forces became a threat. We observed this on Pearl Harbor Day and 9/11. These were wakeup calls which had real affects on our lives! During 9/11 people once again took time out from their busy lives to unite as a nation in protecting the rights of each other. They went to work in building back what was destroyed, their patriotism became stronger, they cried out in prayer to our greatest leader God for his protection. As our founding fathers found the strength and wisdom to overcome their fears, so must we as current Americans take time out to overcome our fears and reach out to keep our freedoms. We cannot wait for a wake up call but must make our quest to keep our independents a daily desire. The Elks have always practiced this form of desire, they have made sure our flag was the United states flag, they have put forth fundraisers in times of crisis, they practice their believe in God, and they are a proactive organization in accomplishing what must be done to keep our country safe and strong. Be Proud to Be An Elk! Be Proud to Be an American!

God Bless you all! God Bless America!
Tom Tuttle- Americanism State Chairman

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On June 7th, 2011 Elkdom lost one of its most cherished members Mac McCluey. Mac exemplified what Elkdom is all about. He was Veteran's Committee Chairman for more years than most can remember and the winner of many awards for this. He was our Lodge Organist and State Organist. Mac traveled around playing for many Assisted Living facilities and was a regular at the State Veteran's Home. Mac was a Honorary Life Member. He was a 60 year member of Boise Lodge #310 initiated in 1951. Mac was inducted into the Idaho Elks Hall of Honor in 1999. Mac was in charge of Flag Day for the Lodge for many years and took great pride in that. His day to be laid to rest is June 14th Flag Day. This is so appropriate for one of the most patriotic men I have ever known. I will remember Mac most playing the organ for members at the lodge meetings and for the youth at so many lodge functions. Mac we salute you and your name will be on all our Tablets of Love and Memory. Mac most of all you will be remembered as a dear friend.

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Idaho State Elks Association has been instrumental in relaunching the http://discoverelks.org website.

This is a website dedicated to offering the public a simple and clean view of who Elks are and what Elks do in their community.

You can help us by directing your Public Relations to http://discoverelks.org. You may also post your community activities here. This is a great way to spread the message of Elkdom. You can follow the activity on Facebook and Twitter too.

If you have any questions or feedback please contact Greg Bosen, PER (ISEA Website Administrator) at greg.bosen@gmail.com

Thanks to all those that supported this effort.

Greg Bosen, PER

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In the 18th Century, our forefathers created a new government in which all men by the Declaration of Independence are created Equal. They had lived under the rule of a monarchy and wanted to be free to choose the laws, their people who governed them, worship with out persecution, and many other rights to live a free life. As a new government, they established a new flag in which we have for over two hundred years used as our symbol for a free country. The new country abolished the symbol of their old country, the British flag as it no longer was their flag or represented their new country. When new citizens come to our country seeking a new life and pledging The United States as their new country, they no longer can pay allegiance to their old country or the old countries flag, as they are no longer, by their own choice, a member of that country. They and other members of this country have one symbol in which to pledge and that is the American Flag. There is House Joint Resolution 13 before Congress that prohibits physical desecration of the Fag of the United States. We must show pride in our flag and make sure that it is protected. There are proper ways to retire a flag with respect!

On June 14th, Flag Day, there is a special program that is beautiful and respectful showing the history of our flag and the military flags. It is at 7:00 pm at the Veterans Hospital. I urge you all to see this event. In the State of Idaho, other Elks Lodges are conducting similar programs. Please seek out a Lodge in your area, to enjoy this event.

God Bless You!
God Bless America!
Tom Tuttle - Americanism State Chairman

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Nampa Lodge would like to invite you to Dinner.

Where: Nampa Lodge #1389
When: Saturday April 30th, 2011 6:00pm-8:00pm
Serving: Barbecued Pork, Scalloped Potatoes, Cole Slaw & Dessert
Cost: $12 per person
Entertainment: Karaoke 7:30pm - 11:00pm
Dress: Casual

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