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Boise, ID - Elks from all over the Gem State gathered in Boise Saturday to celebrate the Elks Lodge's 150 years of history. Elk memories adorn the walls. Many are memories of current members and some of the members who have passed. On Saturday, about 50 men and women packed the Boise Elks Lodge as a way to honor their own and reminisce.

Susie Stertz was one of the first women inducted into the group back in 1999.

"I wanted to become a part of it because my dad was. He was initiated back in 1955," said Stertz.

Stertz would go on to help create several vital programs throughout the years.

Saturday's host and former President Mike Stagner said volunteers like Stertz are what keeps this group going.

"I think the Elks are unique because we are all volunteers," said Stagner.

The group works with people of all ages and backgrounds.

One of the group's most notable accomplishment is scholarships raising millions of dollars nationwide.

"We raise money for many different programs," said Stertz.

From youth to veterans the group helps build the community from the ground up.

"From building food banks to outreach programs. We have many programs to help our communities grow and better place for our citizens," said Stagner.

Stertz said the Jolly Corkers had come a long way and she is proud to be a member.

"I hope that this is a legacy that my children will follow," said Stertz.

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Thanks to the ENF BEACON Grant this year, Boise Elks Lodge #310 purchased 3 Trikes and 2 Cruiser Bikes for the Idaho State Veterans Home in Boise. On July 4th we put on a BBQ on the grounds of the Home and presented the Trikes/Bikes to them. This was the launch of the "Peddle With A Vet, Bike Project and Boise Elks.
You are welcome to join us on Thursday evenings at the Home, 7 pm and ride with the group! (weather permitting)

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This years Highway Clean up is dedicated to John Hinman. He started it all. For those who do not know, twice a year Boise 310 cleans a 2 mile stretch on Highway 21 starting around the Grimes Creek turnoff. Members and helpers are welcome. No matter what shape you are in we will find you a job. We will meet at 10 A.M. Saturday October 5th at the Grimes Creek turnoff. This is a lot of fun and another chance to get to know your fellow Elks and their friends. Dress appropriately.
John and Claudia Buehler
Don and Pat Burns
Bill Washam

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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.