CARRABASSET VALLEY — More than 250 lodge members and guests are expected to convene at the 83rd annual Maine Elks Association Convention at Sugarloaf USA Friday through Sunday, May 4-6.
Festivities will begin Friday night with the presentation of individual lodge awards, including service to youth programs, veterans, the Elks National Foundation charity fund and the Maine Children’s Cancer Program.
Special recognition will be given Friday night as the Elks celebrate their gift of $3 million in donations to Maine Children’s Cancer Program. The program, led for many years by past State President Don Richard of the Rumford Lodge, was created to provide services to Maine’s children with cancer and their families. The program is based in Scarborough and serves infants, children and adolescents from across the state. A subsidiary of Maine Medical Center, the program is linked to research centers throughout the United States and beyond, to provide treatment for children in Maine. The Maine Elks Association adopted the program as a major project in 1985.
On Saturday morning, delegates from the 22 Maine lodges will elect new officers for the association during the business portion of the meeting. On Saturday night, Youth Scholarship winners, Americanism Essay Contest winners and Drug Awareness Contest winners will be presented. This year’s check to the Maine Children’s Cancer Program will be awarded.
Another major event at the convention will the presentation of the Grand Lodge of Elks Enrique “Kiki” Camerena Award to Lt. Thomas Reagan of the Bangor Police Department. The award was established by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks to recognize and honor law enforcement officers who have made a significant contribution in the field of drug prevention.
Reagan is the first Maine police officer to receive the prestigious honor. Elks National Drug Awareness Director Kent Gade will make the presentation of the national award to Reagan.
For information, visit maineelks.org.