The ambition and goal of the Americanism Committee is to quicken the spirit of American patriotism and to stimulate an awareness — a genuine feeling of pride and respect toward patriotism — so that we as Members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will become constant reminders to the people of our Nation that America truly means freedom and that
The Committees on Americanism — Grand Lodge, State and Local — are charged with implementing the patriotic activities of the Order and its Subordinate Lodges. Each Lodge should take part in as many of these programs as possible in order to accomplish a diversified impact for Americanism in their area.
Every fall local school children in grades 5-6 and 7-8 are provided an opportunity to participate in a contest involving writing a 300 word essay on an Elks assigned patriotic topic.
Local winners are chosen and awarded savings bonds and their essays are sent on to the District for further competition and awards with the possibility of advancing to the state, regional, and national competitions. Click here for Contest Poster.
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