Beyond the Scholarship: Pillars of the Community
The Elks have established a great community all across the country. They are so passionate and driven to help other people. It’s always really exciting to meet Elks members. They’re always so welcoming and so excited to see us. I mean you feel like a celebrity when you
meet the Elks. They want to know all about your successes, like what have you done since you’ve received a scholarship? What can we go back and tell the Lodge
about you and about your time with the Elks? We really gain a sense of family. Everyone supports everyone. You can go to a Lodge anywhere in the country, and you’ll find support there. They’ll welcome you in with open arms. Elks is family because we all have one common goal, and we all want to provide service back to our community to make the world a better place, and to make sure that veterans are respected and give back to them because they’ve given so much to us. Things like faith, things like hope, things like community, things like caring for the people around you and looking out for people who are less fortunate. Those core values of what it means to be a good person and what it means to be an Elk will continue to live on. The Elks, to me, are a group of people who are really invested in their local communities and are exceptionally compassionate. I think the Elks and the Elks scholars really get it. Coming together with other people
and serving other people and making our purpose outside of ourselves is where we truly find ultimate meaning in life and where we find passion to do all the
incredible things that scholars and Elks members do. I grew up in a small town where the pillars of the community were all Elks. I love the mission of service, and so, not only am I hanging out with these other Elks, but doing something that’s really important. We just can’t thank the Elks enough for everything they’ve given to our family, and everyone behind us. Y’all are absolutely amazing, have changed all of our lives for the better and made it possible for us to lead and
serve in our own communities in ways that we couldn’t have imagined before.