What's happening, what just happened, what's coming

The Elks donated a popcorn machine to the Legion. We hold our Meat Draw there every week, and when they needed a new machine we stepped forward. The Legion gave us a nice Certificate of Appreciation. Photo here.

MEAT DRAWS AT THE LEGION LOUNGE EVERY FRIDAY - The Elks have a Meat Draw .  Every Friday starting at 5:30, come join us for fun and fellowship, and a chance to win good meat! There's 8 draws, a dollar a ticket, for a good variety of meat supplied by Fine Foods. There's bonus draws, a Teddy Bear Draw and a 50/50 draw. 

Barbecue Catering - We had a great year! We will be doing it again in 2020! Call the Elks for your barbecue catering needs! 306-692-7474. We now have a grill for pancake breakfasts. Roy Champion makes a radio announcement in the spring, offering the Lodge's service to cater barbecues in and around Moose Jaw. We supply labour, food, etc for any organization or party that books us. We served lots of food last summer, and raised a lot of funds doing it! We're looking forward to doing the same this year, and we'll probably be busier!

15 Wing Show & Shine Concession Stand - We did an excellent job at 15 Wing (CFB Moose Jaw) at their annual Show to support families of service people.  This year we will have the Elks Concession Stand at the Show and Shine, July 12th. Sales are substantial,  and help us continue our good work in the community. To all volunteers a sincere thank you!

Backyard Barbecue Raffle - We have an annual raffle for a Backyard Barbecue for up to 12 people. Tickets are $5.00. The draw is held at our regular May meeting.  The 2019 WINNER is Rick Bjorge. Congratulations!

RADIOTHON - We donated $2,000.00 to the CHAB Radiothon to support the Wigmore Hospital. The Radiothon was a huge success, doubling its goal of $150,000.00.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITY - We donated $1,000.00 in May toward providing a place for families to stay near hospitals where children are receiving treatment.

SPEECH AND HEARING MONTH - May is Speech and Hearing Month. The Moose Jaw Elks Lodge No. 7 supports the initiative.

CHILI CHALLENGE - WE HELD OUR FOURTH ANNUAL! IT WAS ON SUNDAY,  APRIL 28, 2019!  Our Chili Cooking Contest at the Legion Hall on Sunday, April 28 was a big success! We had 11 entries, attendance of about 50, a successful Silent Auction, 50/50 Draw and Raffles. Attendance was great despite the snowstorm.  Photos and coverage here.  THE 2020 CHILI CHALLENGE IS CANCELLED! 

Raffle Ticket Sales - We are helping the Provincial Association and Foundation sell raffle tickets online and by phone and Radiothon in the next few months to support the Provincial Elks Children's Charity  Raffle. Funds raised will go to the Saskatchewan Elks Foundation for distribution to the Elks and Royal Purple National Fund for Children and other needs to Help Children Hear. The main draw will be made at the Provincial Conference in Prince Albert on June 13, 2020. More information here.

Annual General Meeting - is held in March. Executive elections happen. The Budget is presented and voted on. Matters of great and lasting importance are discussed.

Soccer Balls Donation - We donate soccerballs in September! The Elks donated 10 soccer balls to the Moose Jaw Soccer Association. Photos are on the Donations page. This is an arrangement where we will donate soccer balls as needed, when requested.

Walkathon - The Provincial Elks Association holds a Walkathon every year in a community in Saskatchewan. It was here in 2013. Come on out for a nice walk! Several of our members are going.  Proceeds support our cause, Helping Children Hear.

Elks Homes - The Sask. Elks Association owns and operates 135 seniors' apartments in nine communities across the province, including Moose Jaw. Our Lodge manages the homes here.

Caroline's Carts - Our National Office in Regina entered a partnership with Safeway and Save-On Foods (which has stores in BC and Alberta) to place the carts in grocery stores across the country.  Locally we went a step further and partnered with the Co-op and Superstore as well. The three stores have one cart in each store. Caroline's Cart ( www.carolinescart.com ) is a shopping cart designed for special needs individuals and their caregivers. It has six wheels for stability and tipover prevention, front and rear brakes for easy loading and unloading, a seat that can accommodate people weighing 35 to 250 lbs, and a 5-point safety harness seatbelt. It provides a caregiver a viable option to assist in transporting a special needs individual through a store while shopping, without the difficult task of having to maneuver a wheelchair and traditional shopping cart at the same time. There's photos on the Donations page.

Festival of Trees - We entered a decorated tree every year. In 2018, it was auctioned off for $2,200.00. See the picture here. Funds are donated to the Children's Ward at the hospital.

National Convention - The  Elks of Canada Grand Lodge Convention will be here in Moose Jaw in July  All members are welcome to attend.

Park Art Concession - July 1st,
we have a concession stand in Crescent Park in front of the Art Museum during Park Art. Photos of the 2015 stand are on the Fundraising Fun page. This is a major FUNdraiser for us, and we need all the volunteer help we can get! Family and friends are WELCOME! Contact Sam Morrison.

New Members are always welcome! Phone the Office at 692-7474, leave your name and number. We'd love to hear from you, and will return your call promptly. More information is here.

The Annual General Meeting is held in March in the Royal Canadian Legion hall, 268 High St. W.

The executive is: Sam Morrison, President; Ken Mathers, Past President; Dave Deis, First Vice President; Marie Champion, Second Vice President; Harold Claffey, Third Vice President; Chris Svab, Chaplain; Roy Champion, Treasurer; Bonnie-Lee Copeman Bender, Secretary; Jeremy Myers, Membership Director; Mike Lichahz, Historian.

Recent Donations: 2017 donations are on the Home page. This is why we're Elks!