The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has always been at the forefront of supporting the nation's veterans. The order has a direct connection with Veterans' Day that is not commonly known.

Veterans' Day, Nov. 11, was originally known before World War II (and is still known in Europe) as Armistice Day. It commemorates the end of World War I, the "War to End All Wars."

When hostilities ceased in November of 1918, President Wilson gave the American Expeditionary Force Commander, General John "Black Jack" Pershing, full authority to set the date and time of the Armistice. Pershing was an active and enthusiastic Elk, and selected the 11th hour of the 11th day of November, the 11th month, as the effective time of the Armistice. This was Pershing's salute to the memory of those soldiers "Elks and non-Elks alike" who perished during the long and brutal conflict.

The hour of 11 p.m. continues to have a special significance to the Elks, as it is the time when, at any evening Elks event, all activity ceases and all members and guests rise while the chimes ring 11 times and the "Eleven O’Clock Toast" is given in recollection of deceased members.

In 1917, the BPOE organized and equipped the first two base hospitals in France, which were the predecessors of MASH units. In 1918, the order built a 700-bed hospital and donated it to the Federal Government, the first of what would become Veterans' Administration hospitals. The Elks built a spectacular memorial to America’s veterans in Chicago in 1926, and more recently donated $1.22 million to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks dedicates the month of November as National Veterans Remembrance Month and pledges: “So long as there are Veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them”.

In over 250 VA Medical Centers, Outpatient Clinics, State Veteran’s Homes and USOs, there is an Elks committee at work. Thousands of Elks and their spouses give generously of their time, energy and resources so that the lives of our ill and aging veterans will be enhanced. Thousands of hours and like number of dollars are devoted to wholesome programs which are designed to help those in need, as we continue “Serving Our Nations Veterans”.

The Elks have set up ways that the local Lodge members can help our veterans in hospitals, care facilities or those living at home, such as:

Adopt-a-Veteran: This is a simple and effective program in which every Lodge can participate. It is an activity that spells out the measure of Elkdom’s patriotism and provides comfort, good cheer and understanding to the nation’s veterans who have fallen ill or institutionalized.
Veterans comfort care kits: Here is something else that our members across this great country do for our veterans. We provide amenities and necessities for veterans in hospitals, care homes, those we have adopted and the all too many homeless veterans.

In 2003 the Elks announced a program of mobilizing an Army of Hope to assist the families of Military Reservists and the National Guard who have been called to active duty during this time of crisis. This program has many facets and literally any activity that supports our troops and their families fall under this vital program.

Playing Cards for Veterans is another program that goes hand in hand with our Adopt-A-Veteran program. This activity gives a hospitalized veteran something else to do rather than just passively sitting and watching television. They can be distributed as part of any activity for our veterans. These are just a few of the many programs that Elks have available to assist our Veterans and Families.
If you would like to participate in these programs, contact your local Elks Lodge for information.

For additional information contact: Robert M. Hennings, National Veterans Service Commission Director at (773) 755-4736, vets[at]elks[dot]org, or 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, Il 606


Friday 09/13/2010

We have our numbers in for the Drug Awareness trailer at the Eastern Idaho State Fair. Members 312 hours and 946 miles. Non-members 445 hours and 614 miles. We can't tell everyone enough "THANK YOU" !!!!!!!! We affected around 15,000 plus people.

Friday 09/11/2010

The EISF is over. Thank you to all that came out and volunteered and another thank you to all who entered our drawings. We gave out free basketballs and soccer balls everyday. Good luck to those who put in on a bike! You will be contacted around Oct 20 so we can find out what size bike. You will recieve your bike on Oct 23 at 8 am at the Blackfoot Elks pancake breakfast for the Veterans! Good Luck! See you soon!

Friday 09/10/2010

Only 1 day left! In the N.W. corner of the fair grounds is the Elk's Lodge Drug Awareness trailer. Please come by and get info on the drugs out there....and enter a free chance for your child to win a bicycle....or basket ball or soccer ball. All raffles and information is FREE!!!! Stop by and say hello to our wonderful volunteers who have donated their time to help get the word out!!!!!

If you know a high school senior, tell them to check out the ENF website for scholarship opportunities. How is your Lodge promoting the Scholarship Contests?

Elks National Foundation Scholarship Program

Do you have a child or grandchild that is planning on going to college? If they're a high school senior, have them apply for the ENF Legacy Award, Legacy Awards are available exclusively to children and grandchildren of active Elks members. The contest begins September 1. Take advantage of this great opportunity!

Legacy Awards are $4,000 scholarships ($1,000 per year for four years). The Foundation will offer a total of up to 250 awards.

Reminder to get your Charitable Report completed for 2009-2010 ASAP please.  We have 14 out of 21 lodges completed.

Give yourselves and your lodges credit for the work they are doing in and around your communities.

The report is to be completed on CLMS under Grand Lodge, Charitable Record Report.

If for any reason you are not going to complete the report, please let me know 

Let me know if you have any questions.


Cindy Huggins

Boise Lodge is making plans for a warm welcome for every one this year.
Please find attached a flyer with some of the plans we have.
If you are planning to join us for dinner we have tickets for sale and will be sending some to each lodge with information.
If you can not find dinner tickets at your lodge fell free to e-mail mikestagner[at]yahoo[dot]com or you can call me at 208-631-8752.
Looking forward to seeing you at food caravan.

Mike Stagner  Boise Lodge 310

BOISE - The 2006 Idaho Legislature enacted a new special interest license plate program to generate funds to be used by the Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital. The program will specifically benefit specialized areas, including pediatrics, brain injury, stroke, hearing and balance, the Wound Clinic, and physical, speech and occupational therapies.

This new plate went on sale on Sept. 24 at local county automobile licensing offices.

An initial program fee of $35 will be charged when the plate is first purchased, with each subsequent renewal costing $25. These program fees are in addition to all other applicable annual registration fees, county administrative fees, and plate fees. All but $10 of the special program fees goes to the Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise.

This new license plate may only be displayed on passenger vehicles, light trucks with a gross vehicle weight of up to 26,000 pounds, motorhomes, and camper trailers (excluding horse, car, and cargo trailers with living facilities).

These special plates also can be personalized with up to five letters and/ or numbers. The cost to personalize these plates is $25 in addition to both the special program fees and all other required annual registration and plate fees. The renewal fee for a personalized plate is an additional $15 per year.

Individuals also can purchase sample versions of the Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital license plates from the Idaho Transportation Department for $30. Twenty dollars of each sample plate sale goes to the plates special interest fund. Sample plates can be personalized at no additional cost; these plates cannot be displayed on motor vehicles, but they do make unique gifts for friends and family.

Standard issue, sequentially numbered, Elks Rehabilitation Hospital license plates are only available at county assessors offices after they go on sale. Personalized and sample plates also can only be purchased after the plates go on sale by mail, by fax, or online from the Idaho Transportation Department office in Boise at the following web site - . All future renewals for the new plates will be processed at county automobile licensing offices.

Idaho State Elks Association's website is getting a new look and functionality.

We have the following additions:

  • ISEA Committees with representative & web link
  • Committee News
  • ISEA Officer Directory
  • Lodge Directory
  • Lodge News
  • Upcoming Convention Info
  • Gem State Elk archive

Please check back to see the progress.


Greg Bosen

ISEA Website Chairman