Minden-Douglas Elks Lodge gets national award
The Minden/Douglas Elks Lodge #2670 won one of six awards given out of 2,200 competing lodges in the All-American Lodge contest. It is the first time the award has been given to a Valley lodge.
The lodge will accept the award at a ceremony in Anaheim on July 20. There will also be a display of the history of the Minden/Douglas lodge.
“We were just ecstatic,” said Charles Harris, exalted ruler of the Minden/Douglas Elks of the award.
“It’s a big deal. It’s not a little thing,” he said.
The contest consists of a lodge’s participation in 32 categories. The categories range from the sponsoring of a new lodge to posting a gain in membership.
The Minden/Douglas lodge participated in the Elk of the Year, Officer of the Year and Citizen of the Year contests which counted toward the All-American contest.
They also participated in a community image contest, a memorial service, a youth week, scholarship awards, a membership contest and a lodge bulletin contest.
“All those activities went toward winning that award,” Harris said.
Minden Elks Lodge #2670 placed first in the state of Nevada out of 14 lodges.
“We took Lodge of the Year for the state,” said Harris.
Also involved in the winning of the award: Jim Schramm, esteemed leading knight; Ray Hoyt, esteemed loyal knight; Grady Goodwin, esteemed lecturing knight; Russel Wailes, esquire; Elza Turkington, chaplain; Rodney Snead, interguard; Dean Lord, tyler; Bob Algeier, secretary; Don Gust, treasurer; John Holth, Vic Christ, Doug Tucker, trustees.
“If it wasn’t for all these people, we wouldn’t have won,” said Harris.
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